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LibraryThing member ablachly

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Books, libraries, coffee, theater, running, and oxford commas. One of the humans behind LibraryThing and Litsy.
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This is like The Good Place meets Jasper Fforde‘s Thursday Next. It was a little slow to get started—a lot of characters and a lot of backstory to build, but it eventually got there and then rolled delightfully along.

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It isn't like the movies, Amaryllis Fox says in the early chapters of her memoir. There aren't high speed chases through city streets, jumping through civilians as the undercover agent evades their surveillance tail. She then proceeds to tell a story that is so compelling, I can't for the movie (which is, apparently, coming).

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ablachly Recruited out of Georgetown, Fox becomes an agent for the CIA, working under non-official cover as an arms dealer posing as an art dealer. This story about the decade she spent doing counterterrorism work is fascinating, as are all the places you see her grasp for her own identity -- who is she, underneath all the masks she's wearing? It's an exhilarating book, which never loses its humanity. 1mo
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Prose so deliciously lyrical that I just want to eat it.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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I loved this. It‘s sharp and smart and tough to read at times. On its face, this is a story about Toby Fleishman and his divorce, but Taffy turns it into such a good exploration of relationships and gender roles. I‘ve always loved the profiles she‘s written, and am thrilled her first novel delivered.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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It turns out I DO enjoy girls with swords. A whole hell of a lot. This book is magnificent.

GingerAntics I‘m always up for a good girl-with-sword story!!! 2mo
ablachly @GingerAntics sooooo good. 2mo
GingerAntics I‘ve added it to my Apple Books wish list!!! It‘s not out until September, though. 2mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Sparse and tense.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Nothing says “book to relax by the water with” like lesbian necromancers.

cariashley Am really looking forward to this one, especially after @Liberty‘s rave review! 2mo
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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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Ugh, SO good.

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Orpheus Girl | Brynne Rebele-Henry
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Well great, thanks Brynne Rebele-Henry, for making me cry on an airplane while sitting next to a stranger. This slim book is not an easy read at all, mostly taking place in a terrifying pray the gay away camp. It‘s haunting and graphic and truly gutting.

lorannen I mean, the cover ALONE... Sorry about plane crying. I think my last stint was making the mistake of watching Coco on a plane. Fortunately it was an overnighter and everyone else was asleep. 3mo
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Orpheus Girl | Brynne Rebele-Henry
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Snagged this arc at #ala2019—it‘s a retelling of the love story of Orpheus and Eurydice as two teenager girls in a conservative Texas town. #airportread

lorannen Okay, but can we talk about your suitcase? It's really cute. 3mo
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Lyrical and gutting.

Chelsea.Poole Agreed! Reading this now! 3mo
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The Gravity of Us | Phil Stamper
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Queer high schoolers, astronaut parents, NASA, and reality tv—this book is charming. I snagged an advance copy at #BEA and devoured it on the train ride home.

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We Learn at Home | Miriam Elia
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Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
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Mostly Dead Things is a weird and funny and sad book about grief and family, with one of the strongest senses of place (taxidermy in swampy hot Florida!) that I‘ve read in a long long time. It‘s also fantastically queer, in an uncomfortable “I see myself in this, it‘s too good, make it stop” kind of way. I would read it all over again, right now.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This is the queer rom com of my actual dreams—I pulled every string I could to get an advance copy last year (thanks @ph9k ) and proceeded to read it 4 times through. I can‘t remember the last time I was so excited for a book to come out so I could force/tell everyone I know to read it, and now it‘s out and debuted on bestseller lists and it deserves all the praise and attention. Go forth and read and be charmed and be hopeful.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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If there‘s anything better than footnotes, it‘s wooing someone with a bibliography. Fact.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Oof.

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Why We Fight | Tj Klune
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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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This book. Started great, getting even better.

GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 4mo
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This book is...not small.

gibblr It‘s cat sized! 😂 4mo
Soubhiville I didn‘t realize it was available in paperback yet! I need to pick up a copy! 4mo
ablachly @Soubhiville I was hoping by getting the paperback, it'd be slightly less of a chunkster than the hardcover I'd seen around. NOPE! :) 4mo
Soubhiville It‘s a brick all right! But I‘ve been Looking forward to reading it! 4mo
rretzler 😻 4mo
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Upright Women Wanted | Sarah Gailey
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We have to wait until NEXT FEBRUARY for this! “The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.“

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I miss Peter Grant, but this novella was still a fun diversion into the German equivalent of the Folly! #NetGalley

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Release day! I've been waiting for this one...

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Death Prefers Blondes | Caleb Roehrig
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My TBR is frequently disrupted by whatever comes off hold at the library. And so, this is all of a sudden up next: drag queen cat burglars? Yes please.

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I bought this after seeing it mentioned everywhere following NASA cancelling the all-female space walk for lack of enough suits in the right sizes. I‘m only a few chapters in, but so far, excellent. Good and infuriating fodder for fueling rage.

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A Conjuring of Light | Victoria Schwab
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So good. Pirates and magic and excellent characters (strong women! Queer characters!). This last book of the trilogy was long but didn‘t feel like it at all. I wish there was more to read.

conceptDawg I'm reading this series too. I'm only one book in so far but I'm liking it so far. The characters are good and the use of magic is interesting. 5mo
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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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Ahhhhhhhhh. So good. Queer, dystopian, rebellion. Ends on a cliffhanger please bring me the next book right quick.

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The Cassandra | Sharma Shields
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Magnificent and dark and gutting in its horrificness. Incredibly well written, but very hard to read.

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Lost and Wanted: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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Train reading!

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Feisty pirates, brooding royals, magic, multiple Londons. And I‘m ready for book 2. Thank you @kgriffith this was good SantaThinging.

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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A smart, political, nicely paced spy story, featuring a young black woman working for the FBI in the 80s. Fantastic.

Liatrek I can‘t wait to read this one😊 6mo
BibliOphelia Ooh! Just heard about this on NPR. Stacked! 6mo
ablachly So so good. I tore through it. 6mo
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Leading Men | Christopher Castellani
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Sad and beautiful. It flows like poetry and I absolutely loved it.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Great to hear! I have this in the queue! 6mo
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Leading Men | Christopher Castellani
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"How many lives could a person lead at one time, and how did you keep them from crashing into each other?"

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Leading Men | Christopher Castellani
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“You think I deserve a love story. This is the best I can do. He came for someone else, but I was the one he chose. They are different things, being loved and being chosen. Being chosen is the more powerful powerful drug. It enslaves you. And what you miss when it ends is not the man who did the choosing, but that rush at having been seen by him.”

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This was fantastic. It's a murder mystery set in a fantasy world, with queerness and assassins and secrets and scribes. It moved quickly, and I can't wait for the next book.

conceptDawg As far as I can tell I just need to constantly query what you're reading and read it next. This looks very interesting. Adding to my stack. 5mo
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Inspector Betty Church is one of the first female police officers, returning to work in her small hometown after losing an arm while working in London. Now she's investigating a series of murders, while dealing with a crazy cast of characters--sexist coworkers, unappreciative parents, and an ex-boyfriend's family who seems more like family than her own. The book is delightful and quirky (in a Jasper Fforde kind of way--which is to say, good).

kgriffith Jasper Fforde way is indeed a complimentary comparison. 7mo
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Murder mystery, time travel, groundbreaking female scientists—I am 120% on board with this book. The beginning dragged a bit—too much announcing that things had happened rather than letting the story unfold. Luckily that faded once the mystery got going and the timelines more convoluted. It's a good and twisty story, with interesting questions about how you might feel about death when you're constantly visiting past and future selves and (con't)

ablachly (con't from initial post).. some brutal answers about what the psychology of time travel actually might amount to. Plus, queer characters. 7mo
BooksAtNight Ooh sounds interesting! Adding it to my TBR 😆 7mo
conceptDawg Testing comment 7mo
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Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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This book is absolutely beautiful. The narrative is split between present day, when Nedda is an astronaut, and 1986, when she's growing up in a small Florida town with a scientist father who used to work for NASA. It's a work of speculative fiction, sure--but also a poignant reflection on relationships, family, death, and time.

ph9k was this part of the ARC box I sent? 7mo
ablachly @ph9k Yes - but also maybe I got a Netgalley copy and read it a few weeks ago? BUT I STILL WANT THE HARD COPY YOU GOT ME. 7mo
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Holmes and Watson, but where Sherlock is the sorceress Shaharazad Haas. The book is (of course) narrated by Ms. Haas‘s housemate, the fumbling Captain John Wyndham, whose gentle sensibilities frequently require him to to censor his account. This is a queer fantasy world, with sky-pirates, vampires, underwater cities, necromancers, fishmongers, and luxury express trains. It is weird and ridiculous and I loved it.

CarolynM I've just finished this one. I'm not a fan of fantasy, or steampunk, or even Sherlock Holmes, but I really liked it. Alexis Hall writes so entertainingly no matter what his subject matter. 1mo
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Snagged an #arc of this thanks to @ph9k.

conceptDawg test 7mo
TNbookworm Wow! This sounds amazing! 7mo
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Book signing!

Kimzey Cool! 😎👍🏻📸 9mo
AmyG Wow! 9mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awesome!!! 9mo
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Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Every year, LibraryThing staff comes up with the best books we‘ve read that year (not necessarily *published* then, just read). I love reflecting on what I‘ve read and trying to remember why I loved each one—and then getting endless recommendations for what‘s next from my coworkers.

This year, these are mine. All of them are in this blog post: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2018/12/top-five-2018/

saresmoore Great picks! 9mo
TheLibrarian I‘ve only read one of these and will have to check the others out. Thanks for sharing! 9mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Completely and totally riveting.

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My favorite sci-fi books are the ones that build a credible enough world, but that focus more on the characters than on the science fiction. This is one of those books. Here and Now and Then is deeply human, investigating the complexities of family and loss and yes, time travel.

SandyW Stacked, Thanks! 10mo
TimSpalding Hello! 10mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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I‘m gutted. I want to quote half the book, and I‘m still sobbing a little. One of the best things I‘ve read in a long long time.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked!!! 11mo
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I gave up on this one. Just too flurfy (that‘s a word because I say it is). I wanted more backroom politics and less drunken bad decisions.

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Charming.

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Phenomenal. Incredibly poignant. I ache for this book, which also happens to have a much more powerful narrative arc than I‘m used to seeing in memoirs.

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Played fast and loose with reading this before it returns to the library, but got it done with time to spare!

This book was. I‘m not sure. Both horrible (I kept thinking wtf is happening) and incredible (the writing is amazing).

kgriffith Definitely considered and decided against using “fast and loose” in a work email tonight. 11mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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Everything I could ask for.