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abbielistenstobooks

abbielistenstobooks

Joined November 2018

sci-fi, ya, fantasy, magic, adventure, intersectional feminism, history -- mostly on audio, mostly from the library
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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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Okay that was really really good

Cathythoughts It certainly was 👍🏻♥️ 4d
abbielistenstobooks @Cathythoughts on many many levels! 4d
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Highly recommend this book to any and all white people

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I am absolutely GUTTED by this book, and by the fact that there isn't more of this book.

merelybookish I loved this book when I read it! 3mo
merelybookish @abbielistenstobooks I don't even remember it that well now, but I remember how it blew me away. And how she balances the magical with the realistic so well! 3mo
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Hold Back the Stars | Katie Khan
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In whose name do you act?
Not god, not king or country.
In whose name?
My own.

I love the world built in this book, and the story told. This book is just so goddamned good.

Clwojick Oooh. I‘ve been wondering about this one. 3mo
abbielistenstobooks It's so good! I actually was thinking about starting it again yesterday, when I couldn't find anything good on my shelf and I'm waiting for a million holds from the library! 3mo
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Here is a book that is DEFINITELY written for the male gaze. NOPE.

It was recommended to me by a few folx, all of them male video gamers -- as, apparently, there is a game called The Witcher based upon this series.

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Hold Back the Stars | Katie Khan
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Not long ago, I would often say I didn't have time to re-read any book, since there were SO MANY GOOD BOOKS in the world! But here we are. I really loved this book the first time. I wonder if it'll be better now that I know how it all unfolds?

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The Ship Beyond Time | Heidi Heilig
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I really enjoyed this fantasy duet! I still can't tell if there will be a third in the series...

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Starting this one on this blustery Michigan afternoon

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The Ship Beyond Time | Heidi Heilig
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This is a good series! I'm not sure if it's just a duo, or maybe there will be more coming? Maybe I'll be able to tell by the time I finish. Almost there!

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A good adventure! Nice world building.

Hoopla is kind of trash as an app, but it has books that Overdrive/Libby doesn't! 🤷

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Incredible woman.
Incredible life.
Damn good book.

britt_brooke I loved this book so much! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Wasn‘t it fabulous?? (just like her) 4mo
abbielistenstobooks @britt_brooke @BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved it so much! She made me cry a few times - like, absolutely sniffling sobbing crying. She's incredible. 4mo
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Enjoying this! It's a good follow up to Michelle Obama, as it's so entirely different. There no way it can even try to compete!

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what I put on when I want my 23yo to spend time with me

RebL Relatable 4mo
abbielistenstobooks @RebL out of the hundreds of books I've recommended to him over the years, this is maybe the only one he actually likes! Kids. 🤷 4mo
RebL Sounds to me like you reared a properly irreverent young man who knows the value of a towel. 4mo
abbielistenstobooks @RebL he's a hoopy frood for sure! 4mo
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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What a lovely tale! I can't wait to read the sequel

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How many of you actually read the books suggested by Goodreads when you finish one?

jessinikkip I read the suggestions and will make note of any that sound good to get on my next library trip if I liked the book I just finished 5mo
JoRead Never and I think it's annoying they send an email that I finished a book. It's like I know, I marked it as finished, didn't I? 😅🤷‍♀️ 5mo
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this pic has nothing to do with the book; it's a pretty floor in the hotel I stayed at this weekend with my friends

the book was great! fascinating.

JacqMac That is pretty. 5mo
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Sometimes hoopla is trash so I had to start a book on a different app so now I'm in the middle of a hundred different books it seems like

BibliOphelia I‘ve had much better luck with Libby vs. Hoopla. 5mo
Kaye Hoopla has some issues that need fixed. I‘ve sent them notes about it in their help section. Sometimes the audiobook doesn‘t keep my place and I have to start again or try to find where I left off. The print size in the ebooks is WAY too small even set at the largest size. They‘re very prompt to reply but the repair end of it takes a lot longer. I wish their ebooks would send to kindle like Libby‘s does. 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @BibliOphelia same! I far prefer Libby, but some books exist on hoopla that don't exist on Libby. 😭 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @kaye I have all of those same problems! Ugh. But then there are some books that exist there that aren't on Libby. 🤷 5mo
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Seveneves: A Novel | Neal Stephenson
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1. -15°F (feels like -35°F!)
2. 72°F
3. 65°F
4. allllllll of it!
5. 🤔🤔🤔 I tagged the book I'm reading RIGHT NOW because I am enjoying it and I couldn't pick otherwise!
#HelloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 And stay warm! 🥶 5mo
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Finished one, on to the next!

Once Upon a River was absolutely delightful and engaging

Jee_HookedOnBookz I enjoyed it too! 5mo
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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I'm really enjoying how much the river plays into the story, and also how much this is a story that is at least somewhat about storytelling -- which meanders like a river

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Gabrielle Union reads this herself and it was interesting #PBNread2019

Stephaniereads1 I enjoyed it! I love that she read it. 5mo
Lea It‘s good. It‘s intense sometimes but so good. 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @Stephaniereads1 @lea super intense! She's lived quite a life! 5mo
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It was fine

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I've been wanting to read this, and it fits the #PBNread2019 challenge. I really might finish the challenge before the end of January.

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Shadow of Night | Deborah E. Harkness
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I'm not very good at lining up the check marks but 🤷 This fits, because the whole trilogy is being turned into a television series this year, right? #PBNread2019

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Shadow of Night | Deborah E. Harkness
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Enjoyable! Now on to the third, as soon as it comes in on the library app

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Am I going to finish this challenge before the end of January??? Without even meaning to? The Three-Body Problem was originally written in Chinese, by a Chinese SciFi author. #PBNread2019

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The War I Finally Won | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Children's book I've never read! Is it cheating if it's a children's book that didn't yet exist when I was a child? Okay. January's not yet over and I'm half done with #PBNread2019

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I will likely read 150+ audiobooks this year, but I'll put this one as the audiobook for #PBNread2019 because I think that it truly shines in audiobook form. It has 166 narrators! ONE HUNDRED SIXTY SIX.

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This one's a retelling of The Iliad, from the perspective of Briseis. Last year, I read The Song of Achilles, which is also a retelling of that story, from the perspective of Patroclus. I enjoyed SoA better, but this one was pretty great, and is one I read in 2019, so it counts for the fifth on the #PBNread2019 list

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The Illuminae Files 3. Obsidio | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I'll read anything Amie Kaufman writes, but now that I've read two series by her, I think I can tell the influence of the second writer #PBNread2019

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Progress on #PBNread2019

This is a good one for the first item on the list

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Interesting to assess how far I've come on this list this year! Let's start with this one, which was a book club pick. #PBNread2019

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Okay... working on #PBNread2019... Here's an unaltered pic for anyone who wants to play along!

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Delightful!

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This was so good. So satisfying. Through the whole trilogy, the full cast audiobook, with occasional sound effects, really delivered!

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FINALLY.

This series sucked me in so fast! And my library just never got around to buying this, the third in the trilogy, on audio. So I bought it.

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Enjoyable! Did not expect supernatural elements, but it worked.

PurpleyPumpkin Loved this book!👍🏽 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @Karkar I've finished and I loved it! The ending was fully satisfying. 5mo
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~life~

SW-T LOL! Bookworm problems 😉😂 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @SW-T haha totally relate, right? 5mo
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The War I Finally Won | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Yes I stayed up all night to read a book aimed at kids ages 9-12. It was totally worth it, too.

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I finished this one a few days ago but I guess I didn't tell Litsy? As I just saw it on my "currently reading" list. What a fantastic series! What a fantastic universe! So cool to make humans the outsiders, the newcomers, the immigrant species. I loved it so much, and wish there were more books in this universe.

abbielistenstobooks Oh I see - there are two different tagable versions of this book. I did post my review when I first finished it! I guess I'm okay with singing its praises again though 🤷 5mo
Severnmeadows I‘m so looking forward to reading this. My only science fiction so far has been Doris Lessing‘s Shikasta series. 4mo
abbielistenstobooks @Severnmeadows I haven't read those! I will put them on the list. I hope you enjoy this series! I still think about it a lot. 4mo
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Current situation: front yard

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 5mo
Kaye Beautiful sky 5mo
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About 75% through and really enjoying this one! Two stories are weaving together, ten years apart. From reviews, it seems the ending is... less than satisfactory? So I'm bracing myself for that.

Karkar I do not remember being disappointed in the ending. I will be interested in seeing what you think when you are done. 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @Karkar that's encouraging! I'll keep you posted. 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin I really enjoyed this book. Maybe I‘ll reread via audio one day!👍🏽 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @PurpleyPumpkin the author reads it herself! She's really great at it, too 5mo
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I love the universe this trilogy exists in, so very much. I want to believe that it's possible for humanity to become this version of ourselves. And I'm so very sad the series is over! 😭😭😭❤️

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I want to get this book so badly! The release has been super delayed in Canada for some reason but I think it's finally available. 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian yayyyyy! Hopefully you'll get your hands on it soon. A tip: I wish I'd re-read the first two immediately before reading this one. 5mo
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Couldn't help comparing to Song of Achilles, and this one doesn't win the comparison. It's good but not as good as that one. This one's much more brutal, and a bit less beautiful.

I've not read any direct translations of the Iliad, but between this and Song of Achilles, it's easy to find the details that came directly from the Iliad, and that was somewhat fun.

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Okay that's better

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Reincarnation Blues | Michael Poore
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Okay I'm out. A bit too much cisheteronormative male perspective. Male gaze, women as objects/conquests, etc. Bye!

Skyrimir Noooooo! I just bought this one too. Ugh 5mo
abbielistenstobooks @Skyrimir I have been looking forward to it for so long! Ugh 5mo
abbielistenstobooks But maybe you will be fine with it. My tolerance is pretty low! 5mo
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Reincarnation Blues | Michael Poore
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"This is a story about a wise man named Milo."

I already like it!

abbielistenstobooks Okay I'm out. A bit too much cisheteronormative male perspective. Male gaze, women as objects/conquests, etc. Bye! 5mo
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I didn't expect to like this as much as I did! The language is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.

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Seveneves: A Novel | Neal Stephenson
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I guess hard science fiction is where I'm at right now

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really liked this one...definitely made me think. 6mo
abbielistenstobooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I like it so far too! I'm reading the ebook of this one, and when I'm on the move, I'm listening to the audiobook of Three Body Problem - both v interesting, hard sci-fi. 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @abbielistenstobooks I haven‘t read The Three Body Problem, right now I‘m off on the Murderbot Diaries, which is more sci-fi with I, Robot types of twists. 6mo
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abbielistenstobooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa that reminds me, I should re-read I, Robot! Is Muderbot Diaries a mystery or thriller? Or just solidly sci-fi? 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @abbielistenstobooks More sci-fi action...its a short story series, so it actually would fit nicely after an I, Robot reread since that‘s also short stories. The first is... 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @abbielistenstobooks You are very welcome, enjoy Seveneves, and then maybe some Murderbot 6mo
speljamr This book was fantastic! One of my favorites. 6mo
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I think I've got a good plan for how to deal with Audible in this new year. I just returned a bunch of Audible books that I don't think I'm going to be reading in the near future, so that I could get money back, or get some books (like this!) that I want to read RIGHT NOW but my library doesn't have on audio.

abbielistenstobooks Continued: I'm also currently on month three of a 3-months-at-$6.95 Audible deal, so I'll cancel at the end of this month - but not before trying to read the four I just bought, then returning them for others! Another Audible deal will come along before too long, right? 6mo
inthegreensandblues I had a membership for a long time but have come to a similar place; I can get many books from the library or through other services, so now I am just joining short-term when there's a deal so I can stock up on harder to find titles. 6mo
abbielistenstobooks @inthegreensandblues yep, I think it's gonna work. I was a member before, then quit, then came back - but I'd never returned a book before! It was so... freeing? #MarieKondo lol 6mo
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