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SpeculativeFemale

SpeculativeFemale

Joined June 2017

Bookworm with a strong inclination toward speculative fiction.
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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
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Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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Today I'd like to take a second to acknowledge the comfort and mental refuge that books can offer.

Pictured is dawn over the city as viewed from a hospital parking garage after waiting for someone to be seen in the emergency department for nine hours.

In a time of stress and worry when I didn't have the focus to read something new, I went back to a favorite (tagged) audiobook again, and it really helped me keep it together.

LiteraryinLawrence I find that comfort in books too. Sending you hugs. 💗 (edited) 13h
KathyWheeler I also find familiar and loved books to be comforting. Take care. 13h
sprainedbrain Hope things are better. 💕 12h
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AmyG Hope all is ok. 12h
Dragon Books can be a refuge- take good care of yourself 💐 12h
Suet624 💕💕💕 9h
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Gwendy's Button Box, Volume 1: A Novella | Stephen King, Richard Chizmar
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I grew up reading Stephen King, starting with Carrie when I was 11 years old. I read nearly everything he wrote up through the early 2000s before I kind of drifted away. I've recently found my way back, though, and decided to start with something short.

Gwendy's Button Box has a fun premise and a very relatable main character. I loved the tension and the darker moments. I did find the ending a bit unsatisfying, but overall I really liked it.

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His and hers book pic I took a while back. I love being able to curl up and quietly read together. 😊

Anyway, the first book in the Miss Peregrine series definitely captured my attention with its unique characters and plot.

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This is a Litsy/BookTok made me do it book, for sure. I'd been seeing it everywhere, so I finally gave it a try. The premise was interesting and the main character relatable. I enjoyed it overall, though I felt it got just a little stuffy and preachy at the end.

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Jones
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After years of loving the movie, I finally checked out the book and found that I love it just as much!

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Just finished this audiobook on a long drive today. What an absolutely delightful and unique story! Familiar characters from several classic literary sources are pulled together to solve a mystery, and end up turning up another mystery in the process. I'm seeking out the sequel, for sure!

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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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I flew through this book, just couldn't put it down! I absolutely loved the characters, the richness of the setting, and the unexpected twists and turns of the plot. I'm so glad I picked this one up!

BehindthePages I've seen so many positive review for this! Totally on my TBR. 2w
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The Ickabog | J.K. Rowling
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I'm calling this book a pick, though with some reservations. Setting my issues with the author aside (the book was a gift), this story does have some fun moments and important lessons. It did also drag a bit and repeat itself a bit in places, as well. Overall, I enjoyed it, though not as enthusiastically as some of her previous work.

And I just pulled out the Doctor blanket for a fun background 🙃

Laughterhp Oo I love that blanket!! 2w
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Who Fears Death | Nnedi Okorafor
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Another month has gone by and I still haven't caught up on posting about the books I've read on here! But I'm making a promise to myself, this week I'm cracking down on my laziness and getting it done!

In the meantime, just sharing the latest addition to my shelves: this was an unexpected gift from my guy tonight in celebration of the one year anniversary of moving in together.

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Picked this one up from the local library on a whim, and I'm glad I did. What bookworm could resist a world where the Great Library not only still exists, but also rules over everything? So much knowledge and so much power, but how is it being used?

Beautiful world building, interesting characters, and a plot that keeps slowly revealing more secrets make this one a really fun read. Looking forward to getting my hands on the next book!

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I had no intention of falling off the radar again, but here we are again!

I've been keeping busy with my new job, but I've still reading a good bit, too, so I have a few reviews I need to get posted sometime soon (including the predecessor to the tagged book, my current read).

In the meantime, hello from Sphinx and I!

Leftcoastzen Welcome back! Cute kitty!😻 2mo
KathyWheeler Sphinx is adorable! 2mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2mo
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An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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I really should have read this slower. I devoured it too quickly and then had to place a hold on the second book in the series because someone else has it checked out from my library system!

Anyway, yes, I enjoyed this one so much that waiting an estimated week for the next book is rather annoying! 😂

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I'm so glad I finally got around to this one! It was captivating, with wonderful, complex characters and beautiful writing. I definitely recommend it!

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Ink and Sigil | Kevin Hearne
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The fun, creative plot lines and sense of humor in Hearne's books never fails to delight me!

I didn't quite click with Al as well as I clicked with Atticus at first, but I still enjoyed this book immensely and am looking forward to the next in the series!

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Remote Control | Nnedi Okorafor
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This was a perfect audiobook for one of my weekend trips. I finished it up just as I reached my destination!

I'd call this book another great story from a masterful storyteller. It has a more haunting tone and tale, but, like all of Nnedi Okorafor's books that I've read, also has a wonderfully vibrant setting.

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Akata Woman | Nnedi Okorafor
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I cannot say enough good things about this book and really this series overall. Sunny's journey from outcast to strong, capable woman is absolutely captivating.

I don't know if Nnedi Okorafor has plans to continue the series beyond three books, but I know I would love to see more.

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Akata Woman | Nnedi Okorafor
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FINALLY!

I have been waiting to get my hands on this and I'm so happy I finally did today!

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Akata Warrior | Nnedi Okorafor
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I have the day off and the weather here is cold and snowy, so I'm taking a long midday soak in a hot bath with a favorite audiobook playing.

I read the first two books of this series last year and loved them so much, I just had to check out the audiobook versions, too, and I'm glad I did!

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I promise, I'm still here and kicking! I haven't been around for a bit because the combo of trying for a new job and catching COVID had me kind of a mess for a while. But I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things soon.

In the meantime, I picked up this book from the local library on the recommendation of a professor from my college days I've stayed in touch with a bit online. He's one of the people whose judgement in books I trust most.

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The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse suite | Gabriel Ba, Gerard Way, Dave Stewart
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Reading my way into the new year with one of my Christmas gifts.

(Please ignore the messy desk background!)

Happy New Year to all!

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This Poison Heart | Kalynn Bayron
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Last full read of 2021 did not disappoint!

This book and its wonderful characters had me so wrapped up today that I finished the entire thing in just over three hours. Definitely a good way to spend a chunk of my holiday vacation!

kplovesbooks Love this cover! 😍 5mo
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Merry Christmas Eve!

I haven't posted in a while because I've been so busy with the holiday season. Here's a glimpse of one of the stacks of book gifts I finally got wrapped!

Anyway, happy holidays to all and I'm looking forward to seeing some Christmas book hauls soon!

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Paradox Bound | Peter Clines
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Another weekend of travel, another audiobook. (Pictured: Kinzua Lake in northwestern Pennsylvania)

I'm definitely enjoying this book a lot. There's just one problem - I arrived home with 41 minutes of the book left to finish! 😧

I'm hoping I'll have time between work and a meeting tomorrow, but it could be a day or two, which is frustrating 😅

BethM I have this on my audio tbr 6mo
SpeculativeFemale @BethM Fair warning, it does start a little slow, IMO, but picks up after a bit. I hope the ending is as good as I'm expecting now! 6mo
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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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This is another one where I'm calling it a pick, but by a narrow margin. It almost lost me once, but I pushed on and enjoyed it overall. I think I just had some difficulty relating to the main character at times. Still, the plot was certainly interesting and threw me for a loop once or twice.

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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The holidays mean both more travel, as pictured, and less time to read, unfortunately.

However, I did start reading Lore by Alexandra Bracken and it seems interesting thus far. I'm just hoping I'll have a bit more time to read it this week.

AmyG Drive carefully. 6mo
SpeculativeFemale @AmyG Luckily, I get to play passenger this time. 😁 6mo
Kimberlone We had 10 hours of round trip driving this weekend and audiobooked it up! 6mo
SpeculativeFemale @Kimberlone I wish I could have, but my significant other doesn't like audiobooks. He's a reader, but just can't get into listening to a book being read. 6mo
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The Complete Wheel of Time | Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
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Okay folks, let's talk #WheelofTime

Who else has watched the first three episodes? What did you think of it so far?

I'm cautiously optimistic!

CrowCAH I have not. But I plan on watching! 6mo
BarbaraJean I haven‘t watched any yet but am planning to. My husband and my MIL want to watch it all together over the holidays so I have to wait till mid-December! 6mo
Branwen I watched the first episode last night and really loved it! There were some changes, and one big one that I hate, but overall I loved the actors and their portrayals of the characters- especially Nynaeve! 💕 6mo
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I have been so impressed by these books. The characters are wonderful and the stories full of unexpected twists and turns.

There's also the constant sense of something more to the story, especially to the villain, yet to be revealed.

I will be waiting for the release of the next book with anticipation!

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Didn't take me long to get through the second Morrigan Crow book, and it was every bit as good as the first one, possibly even better. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the author takes the story next.

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Junk | Les Bohem
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A couple hundred more miles back home today and I finally finished this audiobook. While I'm not going to call this a favorite, it still made the cut as a pick just for the sheer creativity of the plot. It almost lost me once, but pulled together again by the end.

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Despite driving almost 400 miles today, I still managed to finish the first Morrigan Crow book, and what a book it was! The characters are great and the story walks that fine line of giving you enough information to follow but still keeping you guessing, throwing you curveballs. I can wait to start the next book!

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Some nights, especially after rough news from family, I just need a purely fun, escape book and kitty snuggles.

Thank goodness Sphinx here is a good cuddle-cat, and I finally got my hands on a copy of Nevermoor, which I've been meaning to read since I bought a copy for my grand-niece last year. So far, I am definitely enjoying it and it's doing a good job of mostly distracting me from my worries.

DrexEdit Here's to distractions and snuggles. Hope things work out for you. 6mo
Texreader ❤️🐈 Take care of yourself. 🤗 6mo
erinreads Kitty snuggles are the best, especially when you need them most. 😻 I‘ve got my ginger boy currently snuggled with me, who looks so much like yours! 6mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 6mo
Leftcoastzen Hugs ! Hard times definitely get better with a few cat snuggles. 6mo
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I'm calling this one a pick, overall, but I have to admit, it was a bit of a slog through parts of it. It did pay off, but it took a bit of tenacity to get through to the end.

Soubhiville Agreed. The Prince scene pushed it into pick territory for me. 7mo
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Cooler weather calls for homemade bean soup and a good book!

I'm still undecided on the book, though. This one drags on a bit more than the original, I think, but the characters and the adventure are enough to keep me going for the moment. Hoping for a strong ending!

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Serpentine | Laurell K Hamilton
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I have a hard time deciding what to say about the Anita Blake books these days. I still keep reading the newer ones, albeit I've been behind on them a long time, but I think it's because I just don't enjoy them as much as the older ones. I like the action more than the relationship stuff that took over for a while and hold on to the hope for that.

Larkken Oh man, I recently tried to get back into these from the beginning via audiobook and failed on book 3 - so much smoldering by so many different men! Plus, Jean Claude was annoying on audio, so many “mon petites” 😂 7mo
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Serpentine | Laurell K Hamilton
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With Halloween upon us, I decided to finally go back and try to catch up where I'd left off on the Anita Blake series. Vampires and were-animals seemed appropriate to the day, after all.

I also kicked off the day by watching some fresh apple cider being pressed (pictured above), buying a gallon of it, and getting some delicious fried cakes to go with it.

Happy Halloween & Blessed Samhain to all! 🎃

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Black Water Sister kept me reading late into the night and pretty much every other chance I got.

Rooted in questions of identity (culture, religion, and sexual orientation all play a part) and grounded in present day Malaysia, this book brings ghosts and gods to life in a surprising and compelling way.

I absolutely recommend this one!

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Sphinx isn't too sure about my latest book pick, but I'm enjoying it so far.

I think he just gets jealous when I get so wrapped up in a book that I forget to pay him what he considers enough attention.

Leftcoastzen So cute! 7mo
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Junk | Les Bohem
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Nearly finished Junk on my way home today. I'm still a little iffy on it, but the intricate and intriguing plot is enough to keep me going.

Also just sharing a photo of one of the sites along my travels: the Kinzua Bridge. Built in 1882, it held the record as the tallest railroad bridge in the world for two years. Restoration of the bridge began in 2002, but unfortunately it was struck by a tornado in 2003.

Soubhiville Oh wow! Incredible photo! 7mo
SpeculativeFemale @Soubhiville Thanks! It was taken from the Skywalk they made from the remains of the one side of the bridge. 7mo
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Junk | Les Bohem
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Listened to a bit of the tagged Audible original while traveling through western New York and Pennsylvania today.

Not sure about the book yet, but the scenery was unparalleled.

DrexEdit Beautiful!😍 7mo
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I'm not entirely sure what to say about this book.

I didn't love it, but I did find it compelling in a melancholic way. Parts were reminiscent of A Handmaid's Tale, if it were set in a different culture and told from a slightly different perspective.

Overall, I'm still going to call it a pick, but with somewhat less enthusiasm. Read with caution. This is not a happy story, but it does have important things to say.

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What does a cat on a chair have in common with my reading habits?

They're both inscrutable.

Started a new book over the last day or so and at about 100 pages, I'm still not sure what I think of this one.

Leftcoastzen 😸 7mo
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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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This book delves into questions of human nature and power, weaving together several characters' stories with other, short interludes, creating a tapestry depicting both the best and worst of humanity through the lens of one big "what if" question. It is masterful and thought provoking, while still being absolutely captivating.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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Wow. I picked this book at random for something a little different to read, and I am just loving it so far.

The way it explores the characters and their motivations has been great, and the questions it makes the reader ask, the tension it builds, has had me entranced since I picked it up.

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Akata Warrior | Nnedi Okorafor
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It's been a good weekend: a beautiful drive to and from my alma mater for the big local festival and parade, some fun time with family, and I finally finished another fabulous Nnedi Okorafor book.

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Akata Warrior | Nnedi Okorafor
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Crazy day at work, so I didn't get quite as much reading done as I'd have liked, but I'm loving this book just as much as the previous one!

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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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I absolutely DEVOURED this book in just about 24 hours, and on a workday at that. I haven't flew through something this way in a long time.

The characters, the descriptions, the story itself - I loved it all, and I'm starting on the next one immediately!

adoramichaels I agree!!! It moved up the second book in my tbr! But I'm reading another one of her books next! I was blown away! 2mo
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Blood & Honey | Shelby Mahurin
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Sphinx is with me for some general apathy tonight.

After finishing this book today, I checked my library's digital system and found the next book in the series is only available in print, not digital.

All I can really say is I just wasn't impressed enough with the first two books to want to go check it out. 🤷‍♀️

Leftcoastzen Cutie!😻 8mo
Soubhiville Beautiful kitty 🐱❤️ 8mo
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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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I finally went to check out one of the libraries near where I live now and wow! What an awesome place!

I didn't check out any physical books this time, but I did get my shiny new library card, got it entered in Libby, and checked out a digital copy of Serpent & Dove.

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Rhythm of War | Brandon Sanderson
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It's finally time! I finished Oathbringer last night and am finally moving on to Rhythm of War today.

Couldn't have come at a better time. Repairs on my car are taking longer than expected, which killed my holiday weekend plans. But at least I should get to really dig into reading.

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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Just wanted to say I haven't disappeared again completely! My son came to visit for a week and I just got a little busy showing him the city and the lake and everything.

But on the bright side, I finally finished my reread of the first two books of the Stormlight Archive and started reading Oathbringer! I'm loving it so far, and looking forward to reading Rhythm of War next.