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behudd

Joined June 2018

Administrative Assistant at a University // I love books!
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫I‘ve purposefully avoided this book since it came out because of the difficulty of the subject matter & my general avoidance of “heavy” fiction, but Whitehead manages to write of brutality without his writing becoming brutal.
The fact that it‘s real, recent history is hard to take in, and I‘m grateful there are authors like Whitehead who do the difficult work of wading through that history & telling us these stories.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Even in death the boys were trouble.

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Today Tonight Tomorrow | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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I very rarely read books set in high schools, but Solomon has been continually impressing me this year, and this book was no different.
The whole book takes place over 24 hours - Rowan & Neil‘s last day of high school - and the pacing was perfectly done.
Definitely the best teen romance I‘ve read - ever? - at least in recent memory. Highly recommend.

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Blood & Honey | Shelby Mahurin
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Eh. This book was fine, but it definitely seemed like a step back from the first book.
Though we get dual POVs, I struggled to understand the motivations of the main characters, and the plot & pacing lacked the drive that book one was so good at. I will still read book 3, especially because the ending of this one was 😳, but not right away.

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Today Tonight Tomorrow | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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James Madison: A Biography | Ralph Louis Ketcham
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⭐️⭐️Every year, for the last 4 years, I listen to a presidential biography. They are generally harder works for me to get through, but this one proved almost impossible.
A lot comes down to the audio narrator who honestly sounds like a computer reading the book - so much so that I at first looked it up to make sure it was actually a human. And for THIRTY EIGHT HOURS, that‘s a lot. This book did too much & with a very difficult narrator.

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Incredible having a book club discussion with author Erik Larson (writer of Devil in the White City & many more) hosted by Sharon McMahon (@sharonsaysso). Amazing!

marleed I saw him live on the Tuesday prior to the Covid shutdown (he flew from NYC to Chicago to Kansas City). On the way there my friend and wondered if the other heard of a possible pandemic. In the crowded, sold out room, Erik sat on stage and was incredibly aware of what his audience was not. No hand shaking or book signing. I think I should annotate in my book that it would have been signed if not for a raging pandemic! 3w
behudd @marleed he talked about that book tour stop last night! Cool you got to see him in person! 3w
marleed @behudd Haha. It had to be memorable for him. It was very apparent that he was freaked out a bit in the Chicago airport and worried about his wife (who could have imagined how incredibly true this concern was!) about his wife working in the NYC hospitals. 2w
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Blood & Honey | Shelby Mahurin
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“Dark clouds gathered overhead.”

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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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I loved this one! Teen fantasy series are my comfort genre, and this one checked all the boxes.
The magic system in this is interesting, and the cost of using magic is steep & intricate. There were so many reveals in this one, I can‘t wait to see what she does in the next two books!

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The Ex Talk | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫After loving Solomon‘s Weather Girl, I was interested to see how her other books compared and wasn‘t disappointed!This is a fun romance with a public radio setting.I think the only thing that kept taking me out of it was that I thought I‘d relate to her main character,but it never hit an emotional place for me. And the final conflict was easy to see coming, so I was anticipating it the whole time.Highly recommend to all romance readers!

LoverOfLearning I bought this book for someone else but not myself! What a shame! HA I still want to read this. 4w
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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The short review is: it was incredibly well written. And I hated it.
The longer review: the first 2/3 of this book is a pretty faithful, more modern Gothic tale, and then it takes a turn decidedly into horror.
Moreno-Garcia is amazing at crafting setting & mood, and I was unsettled the whole time I was reading her work.
It‘s difficult to explain: I never enjoyed what I was reading & yet I couldn‘t put it down.

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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“The parties at the Tuñóns‘ house always ended unquestionably late, and since the hosts enjoyed costume parties in particular, it was not unusual to see Chinas Poblanas with their folkloric skirts and ribbons in their hair arrive in the company of a harlequin or a cowboy.”

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This book was just as charming and hilarious as the first. The audiobook narration is some of the best I‘ve listened to.
Very British, very fun, & very heartwarming, I can‘t recommend this series enough. Eagerly anticipating book 3 out in September!

ReadingOver50 Can‘t wait for book 3! 1mo
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The Turner House | Angela Flournoy
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“The eldest six of Francis and Viola Turner‘s thirteen children claimed that the big room of the house on Yarrow Street was haunted for at least one night.”

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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫This rating is based more on the presentation of his findings than actual points. I really liked how he dug into the seeming inconsistencies in the Bible, put things into historical & cultural context, & included his own personality & humor. But there was a *lot* of repetition and places where it could have been condensed. I‘d recommend this because I do think he makes great points & I like how he helped me think about the Bible.

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The Turner House | Angela Flournoy
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Jackaby | William Ritter
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This book was really fun! It was given to me by a friend, and I knew nothing about it going in aside from the blurb on the front comparing it to both Sherlock Holmes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Realistically not up to the level of either of those, it was still a fun, YA supernatural mystery. There are three other books in the series, which I wouldn‘t mind reading in the future, but won‘t seek out right away.

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Jackaby | William Ritter
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It was late January, and New England wore a fresh coat of snow as I stepped along the gangplank to the shore.

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Weather Girl | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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It‘s pretty fitting to finish this one during such a rainy stretch of days! I really enjoyed this romance! Ari & Russell were instantly likable main characters, and I like the focus it paid to blended families, mental health, and male body diversity. No complaints - highly recommend!

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Artemisa | Andy Weir
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This book is fun, action packed, and filled with accessible science.
For whatever reason, it didn‘t often compel me to pick it back up, but when I was reading it, I really liked the story, characters, & humor.
It doesn‘t make me want to move Weir‘s other stuff to the top of the list, but I‘d definitely read him again.

HeyT I think my favorite part of this was the relationship between Jaz and her penpal. 2mo
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behudd @HeyT yeah that was a really interesting addition! I kept thinking he was going to show up in person. 2mo
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Artemisa | Andy Weir
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I bounded over the gray, dusty terrain toward the huge dome of Conrad Bubble.

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ShyBookOwl Oh I really need to finish this one! I've started it a couple times but keep finding I'm not in the mood, despite thinking it's good 2mo
behudd @ShyBookOwl I‘m kind of feeling the same. I like it when I‘m reading it but don‘t feel super compelled to pick it back up. Hoping to finish it this weekend 🤞🏻 2mo
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Wow, No Thank You | Samantha Irby
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I am not a great reader of essay or short story collections, so this was an interesting stretch for me. I laughed out loud *frequently* and enjoyed reading it, but then was always shocked with how much more there was to read & how long it felt like it took me to finish.
Even so, I‘m interested in going back and reading Irby‘s other works, so I‘m glad this was picked for my book club as it continues to push me outside my comfort zone.

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Wow, No Thank You | Samantha Irby
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I live for a glamorous lifestyle blog featuring some gorgeous ingenue with piles of secret wealth that she never divulges to the unsuspecting slobs on the other side of the screen.

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Troubled Blood | Robert Galbraith
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Did this book need to be 927 pages? Probably not.
Did I love every single page & wish it were longer? Definitely yes.
The character development, settings, & mysteries in this series are so well crafted. Can‘t wait for the next.

aa_guer2021 Ahhhhh! There‘s another one! 🎉🎉 2mo
behudd @aa_guer2021 yes! It‘s actually been out since Sept. 2020! Don‘t know why it took me so long to read it 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Kimberlone Can‘t wait for what happens with Strike and Robin in the next one 💜 2mo
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behudd @Kimberlone Same!! 2mo
Kimberlone @behudd have you seen the tv show? 2mo
behudd @Kimberlone I haven‘t - have you? I know there is one but I haven‘t heard much about it from people who love the books. 2mo
bookaholic1 I love this series❤❤ 2mo
Kimberlone @behudd I have and it‘s really good! it‘s on a weird channel but in the US you can watch it on HBO max. The show has adapted up through Lethal White 2mo
behudd @Kimberlone ok great! Good to know! 2mo
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Troubled Blood | Robert Galbraith
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“You‘re a Cornishman, born and bred,” said Dave Polworth irritability.

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Wow, No Thank You | Samantha Irby
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Chasing Lucky | Jenn Bennett
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⭐️⭐️💫This was…fine? To be fair, I don‘t love stories about small town bullying gossips or family secrets, and that‘s pretty much all this book was, so a lot of this is probably just personal preference. I do think Bennett is a compelling writer who captures teens pretty realistically, which I appreciate. I read her Alex, Approximately & remember really enjoying it. So I think she‘s an author I‘d recommend for this genre, just not this book.

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Chasing Lucky | Jenn Bennett
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“There‘s a long-held belief in my family that all the Saint-Martin women are romantically cursed.”

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House of Sky and Breath | Sarah J. Maas
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It‘s too much, & it‘s too good.
5 stars.
That‘s the review.
SJM continues to be a fav.
Whoa.

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House of Sky and Breath | Sarah J. Maas
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“Sofie had survived in the Kavalla death camp for two weeks.”

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Every Christmas I ask for an Agatha Christie book via my work‘s Secret Santa, and they delivered on it this year!
I‘m always amazed at Christie‘s humor & modernity, even though this book is 85 years old. And she brings in so many characters but somehow makes it easy to keep track of everyone.
One red herring after another shows up, and I was happily shocked by the reveling of the culprit. Looking forward to seeing the movie soon!

ICantImReading I‘m reading (and enjoying) this now! 😍 3mo
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“Linnet Ridgeway!”
“That‘s her!” said Mr. Burnaby, the landlord of The Three Crowns.

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I‘ve said it before & I‘ll say it again: Sarah J. Maas just writes books perfectly tailored to me. She can do no wrong. I was hesitant to start this series, but with book 2 coming out next week, thought I‘d finally dive in, and I was not disappointed.
It‘s 800 pages, & I read the last 450 in less than 24 hours.
Cannot wait for book 2!

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“There was a wolf at the gallery door.”

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Twice in a Blue Moon | Christina Lauren
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This is my favorite Christina Lauren book I‘ve read - their others have these “oh I‘m so quirky and loud so people don‘t understand or love me” main female characters. And while they can be fun to read, they are not relatable, and I found Tate, the female lead here, to be a pretty relatable character.
Their writing, as always, is compelling & the story well told. I would recommend this one to romance fans.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This was a reread for book club, and I loved it just as much as the first time around! I think it‘s one of my favorite in the friends-to-lovers trope with one of the best romance endings. They still get their happily ever after, but in a way that feels more realistic. The audiobook is also very well done - Julia Whelan is quickly becoming a favorite. Highly recommend this one - already looking forward to rereading it again one day!

SarahBookInterrupted Wonderful, I have this in my TBR list and I‘m now even more excited to read it! 4mo
behudd @SarahBookInterrupted I had forgotten how funny it was! I laughed out loud many times listening to it. I hope you love it! 4mo
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“On vacation, you can be anyone you want.”

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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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⭐️⭐️⭐️There were some aspects I really loved in this book, but I didn‘t love the book as a whole.
The Middle Eastern setting was amazing - the clothes, culture, language, etc. I loved.There were some moments that I got confused, & the romance aspect felt a bit forced. And for a book focused on a quest, there was a long time before the characters got to any actual journeying. Overall it‘s an interesting story, & I do plan to read the second book.

ErinSueMreads I remember when this first came out. I worked at Barnes and noble and outside of the reviews printed on the back cover every single review I saw shared your sentiments almost exactly. 4mo
behudd @ErinSueMreads it‘s such a bummer cuz it could be so good & it‘s just not there. I‘m holding out hope for book 2 🤞🏻🤞🏻 4mo
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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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“People lived because she killed.”

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The Shadows Between Us | Tricia Levenseller
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This book is delicious (which I do not believe I have ever used that word to describe a book before, but once I thought of it, I couldn‘t think of anything else because it‘s so true).
The fashion, the drama, the tension, it all combines to create a really fun, fast escape into Levenseller‘s world. It was a treat to read.

GondorGirl I do believe she's got a sequel to this coming out later this year. 4mo
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Telling the story of female Polish, Jewish resistance fighters during WWII, Batalion took on a daunting task. Women are historically left out of talks of war, and the sources she used spanned counties, languages, and time periods. She managed to weave a captivating story highlighting some of the women who fought for their people.
I mostly listening to the audiobook, so I had a little difficulty keeping the women straight in my head.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫I was anticipating this one based on so much hype & great reviews -& I was not disappointed! It was a great read. Olive was funny & ridiculous without being annoying, the fake dating is always a winner for me, & the issues shown of women in academia/STEM were presented well. I missed having the story from Adam‘s point of view, which I think is really my only complaint. Definitely one I recommend,& I‘ll be looking for more from Hazelwood!

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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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I don‘t normally post about children‘s books I read, but this is a great look at the complexity of adoption in language children can relate to. Hall is an adoptee, and I‘m grateful to have this book to help generate conversations & give my children words to process all they might feel about being adopted.

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Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas | Annie Dillard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Stearns Eliot, C S Lewis, Edith Stein, Philip Yancey, John Donne, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Thomas Aquinas, Henri J M Nouwen, Meister Eckhart
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫I really enjoyed this Advent book! Spanning from November 24-January 7, the whole season of Advent through Epiphany is covered. Often as I was reading, I remarked on how refreshing it was to have to really use my brain to read an Advent book.
The poem “Black Rook in Rainy Weather” by Sylvia Plath was definitely a stand out entry for me, as was “The Holy Mother” by Romano Guardini.
I will definitely be reading this one again next year!

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“What kind of maniac travels in time?”

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I went into this one assuming I wouldn‘t love it - I don‘t like Jane Eyre & I‘m generally not a huge fan of retellings. But, as usually happens, I‘m glad my book club chose this one that I wouldn‘t have picked on my own because I did end up having a great time reading it. It‘s a fast, twisty read, and I honestly can‘t say much without spoiling - but I will say, definitely worth checking out.

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“It is the absolute shittiest day for a walk.”

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ShyBookOwl I loved this one!! Enjoy 4mo
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Isn't It Bromantic? | Lyssa Kay Adams
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This was a really fun addition to Adams‘ Bromance series - I enjoyed the “marriage of convenience” trope as it‘s one I don‘t usually read, and, as always, I enjoyed watching the “bros” subvert toxic masculinity in all their weird ways. Definitely a series I‘ll continue reading.

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