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alayarachel

alayarachel

Joined January 2019

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Becoming by Michelle Obama
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When The King Comes Home | Caroline Stevermer
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Unexpected classical reference in my quirky little fantasy novel made me laugh. I do really like these Caroline Stevermer books, though!

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The Thief | Megan Whalen Turner
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I reread books a lot. It is one of life‘s greatest pleasures, and this book in particular is excellent.

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Beautifully written, vital work. The first chapter alone is an excellent and extensive collection of ideas and resources to think through literature, fantasy, imagination, white supremacy, and race.

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I have had this on my to-read pile for ages and I‘m glad I‘m finally reading it. It‘s very clear in breaking down the issues with how many white people do (and don‘t) talk about race and racism. Though I‘d argue it would be very good for people who *don‘t* want to talk about race (or who are afraid or uncomfortable about doing so) just as much.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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My other airplane treat book - I had been wanting to read this one for a while based on some trustworthy recommendations, and it did not disappoint. Deliciously dark, it uses and bends fairy tale tropes without relying on them too heavily.

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Black Wings Beating | Alex London
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I got this at the YA book festival a few months ago and finally read it last week. I have a mighty weakness for falcons and falconry, so I knew I‘d love that part. The characterization and plot were a little simple but it was a decent read and I‘m looking forward to the sequels.

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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I haven‘t posted here in ages! Time to play catch up. This was one of my airport treat books I got myself. I enjoy the Cormoran Strike books quite a bit and am glad to see JK Rowling‘s breadth. The characters always make or break a murder mystery for me - this has plenty of fascinating, complex people!

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I know some find this sacrilegious, but I love writing in pencil in the margins of dense, thought-provoking academic books.

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Magic Burns | Ilona Andrews
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This is fun urban fantasy, with a heroine who is not always perfect but is tough and smart. The world building was intriguing but I wanted more explanation for some things. If technology is so unpredictable, why does society keep the electricity grids up, especially for necessary things like traffic lights, instead of finding a different solution? Overall enjoyable, and I‘ll continue the series.

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Sherwood | Meagan Spooner
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Starting a new YA book, pretending like there is no grading. 😊

StellarDoc Is this in the backyard of the Cottage? I love the table! 4mo
alayarachel Haha nope this is the crepe place at Watters Creek! I love that place. I was getting my hairs cut that morning so I just stayed for lunch. 4mo
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The Kingdom | Jess Rothenberg
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I couldn‘t put this one down. Murder mystery meets corporate fantasy fairyland meets android princess!

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The Merciful Crow | Margaret Owen
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Fascinating world building and character development, and the book tackles hard subjects thoughtfully (though sometimes a bit too obviously), without fantasizing about an easy way out. I look forward to reading more by Margaret Owen!

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The Merciful Crow | Margaret Owen
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You know it‘s good when you sit down to read for a minute and look up an hour later.

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Wise Child | Monica Furlong
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This book is even lovelier than I remembered.

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Wise Child | Monica Furlong
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I haven‘t read this since I was a teenager but my lovely boyfriend found it for me! I‘m so excited to re-read it.

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I love these stories and Jemisin‘s word-smithing so much, and there is such a breadth to the collection. I am sure I will re-read these often.

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A satisfying conclusion, if a bit overly dramatic in a few places and a bit predictable in others.

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Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J Maas
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These are page turners, but they do good character work as well.

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This was a re-read. I first read it before the sequels were out, so I needed a refresher.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I know I‘m a little late to this party, but Michelle‘s discussion of balancing her job(s), money, life, relationship, fulfillment, service to her community, family, miscarriage, and infertility is everything. What an incredible woman.

dgingo It was my first Audible and I really enjoyed listening to her tell her story. 💕 4mo
alayarachel @dgingo yeah, I kind of wish I‘d done that - it would be a great to actually hear it in her voice. 4mo
dgingo @alayarachel I really enjoyed it, although it took longer to listen to it than to read it. And, I really missed her company in my car after it was over. #Seriously 4mo
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Echo North | Joanna Ruth Meyer
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Long, hard week. What better time to dive into a book that is not only in my favorite genre, dark fairy tale, but also by someone I know and want to support? The opening pages are gorgeous and intriguing. And just look at this cover art! 😍

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I am a grown woman and absolutely, categorically *did not* stay up until 2am just to finish this book.

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Bear and the Nightingale | Katherine Arden
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I‘ve been on a fairy tale novel kick recently, especially dark, lovely ones about fierce women and girls. Let me know if you have similar recommendations!

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Each story is stunning, unique, and thought provoking, ranging from steampunk to historical to absolutely futuristic, and N.K. Jemisin comments with such fierce brilliance on race and gender and power and ethics and war and culture and relationships. 😍 I can‘t read more than one story at a time - my mind and heart need time to process.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I loved Novik‘s Uprooted, and I‘m loving this one even more, though I‘m going slowly through it. It‘s my audiobook and I only listen when I run, but this makes me eager to get out the door. The story weaves together a number of women‘s voices and stories brilliantly; it is a fairy tale but has the bite of truth about it, as the best tales do.

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I generally dislike vampire books, so you know if I love one it has to be pretty good. (Also, I am continuing my rampage through everything Holly Black has ever written.)

Karizma Rampage! Love this. 6mo
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Doll Bones | Holly Black
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Continuing my Holly Black obsession. This was great, but I‘m glad I get kitty cuddles before bed - it was seriously creepy.

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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I don‘t want to have to wait for the next ...

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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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I am enjoying the hints of Tarot.

Serena5 This is in my TBR pile. How are you liking it? 6mo
alayarachel I like both of them so far - the main characters are very different from one another in some good ways, and there are some good twists (but some of the twists are a bit much ...). The second gets much more into the cosmology, which I always enjoy. 6mo
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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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StellarDoc I bought this one not too long ago. 6mo
alayarachel @StellarDoc I found it via Litsy and my library had it! 6mo
StellarDoc @alayarachel Excellent! One of my goals this year is to use the library more. The Overdrive app almost makes it too easy! 6mo
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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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Ronan and I feel the same way about the fact that I have to write syllabi today instead of reading.

dgingo Such a pretty baby kitty! 6mo
alayarachel Thank you! He‘s my wonderful goofball of a cat. Despite his expression in this picture, he is always good natured. 💜 6mo
dgingo @alayarachel He looks sweet, but that he has a lot on his mind. 6mo
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Yup I‘m hooked, and I‘m sad my library doesn‘t have the second one yet. This is a clever variation on the classic abducted-by-fae story, with excellent characterization and some fun twists.

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black

My library had a Kindle version and this book came highly recommended. I am hooked already!

Karizma @alayarachel Yay libraries! Let us know what you think. 6mo
StellarDoc @alayarachel You should come to Austin with us on Sunday to meet her! 6mo
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Rasselas | Samuel Johnson, Abraham Raimbach, Robert Smirke
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Does it count if I‘m reading to teach? I hadn‘t read this text before and I am finding it fascinating! So much discussion of how to find happiness in an uncertain world, with no real answers. Also, some thoughtful discussions of the benefits of marrying early versus marrying later in life. 🤔

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I‘m in the middle of several new books, but sometimes sinking into the slightly battered pages of a beloved old friend for a little while is marvelous.

StellarDoc Welcome to Litsy! 🙂 6mo
dgingo Yes! Welcome! 👍🏼🎉📚 6mo
StellarDoc @alayarachel I love the fact that your first post has the very essence of Litsy: book + furchild. 6mo
alayarachel @StellarDoc hah, yes! I‘m trying to do the thing right! All my reading happens with my fur people in close proximity. 6mo
StellarDoc @alayarachel Mine too. The snuggling is sometimes the best part! 6mo
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