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jetspins24

jetspins24

Joined March 2016

I like books more than people.
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Thought this was great. Listened to it on audio, and I just flew through it. Really enjoyable.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I still loved Uprooted more than this one, but this was a fascinating grownup fairy tale. Like a strange mashup of Rumpelstiltskin, the Snow Queen, with maybe some Hansel and Gretel thrown in, (or an homage to The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe?) but it is also entirely it‘s own story, and it works. Like in Uprooted, the female relationships are the best parts, as well as the theme of the love of family - whether born or found family. Recommend.

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Sadly, I am not going to make my full 24 hours. Only a little over 16 hours this weekend. Still, I finished 2 books I was partway through, listened to an entire audiobook, made it 2 hours into another, and read just over 40% of another novel I started, so not too shabby, I say.

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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Scrappy Little Nobody | Anna Kendrick
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Listened to this on audio for a bit so I could make myself breakfast, eat it, clean up my kitchen and knit for a little while. Done being productive for now, AND, there‘s 3 hours 10 minutes more added to my total. Now back to my book book! #24in48 #24in48readathon

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What your book starts with, Reading Challenge #1 - #24in48 #24in48readathon

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Starting on my #24in48 reading with this stack of options. Some I am already reading, some just seem like good variety of choices of where to go next. Whoops! My coffee‘s done brewing, time to pour a cup and dive into this pile!

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Lacuna | Barbara Kingsolver
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L-acuna- Barbara Kingsolver
E-vensong - Gail Godwin
I- Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
J-ulie and Julia - Julie Powell
E-verything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
T-his Rough Magic - Mary Stuart
T-iny Beautiful Things - Cheryl Strayed
E-xtremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Foer

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Animal Dreams | Barbara Kingsolver
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1. Leia
2. Objectively Best? 10. My Doctor, always? 11. And nope, I‘m not sorry.
3. Team Daenerys, not Khaleesi.
4. #3. I like my plot lines resolved.
5. Tie between Animal and the Swedish Chef.

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Delightful, sweet, steamy, adorable contemporary romance. The main characters - particularly the hero - are maybe a little too perfect, but not in a grating or annoying way. Not a unique premise - basically a gender-flipped Pretty Woman plot, but I really enjoyed it. Worth the time.

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This book was really great. Cecile Richards has been a lifelong champion of many many fights for equality and fairness. She is clearly an amazing human being, and seems to have a bottomless well of energy for fighting the fights that most need fighting. I would like to be her when I grow up, please. This book is her personal history entwined with the recent history of progressive politics in the US. A cathartic, inspiring read - great on audio.

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Just announced his next book, which I am super psyched about. Souza is an excellent IG follow!!

SHADE: A Tale of Two Presidents

Shade is a portrait in contrasts, telling the tale of two presidencies through a series of powerful visual juxtapositions-with Pete Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama given new power and meaning when framed by tweets, headlines, quotes, and other material from the first 500 days of the Trump administration.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I can‘t wait! My favorite author of all time. Will be reading this the very day it is available.

TrishB Just getting into her books, can‘t believe I‘ve not read before. When is this out? 2y
jetspins24 October. All but one of her books are on my all-time favorites list. She‘s been my favorite author for 20 years. 2y
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Small Wonder | Barbara Kingsolver
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Thinking about this today.

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This is a fantastic book. I also read her first one - Everything I Never Told You - a while back. This one has every bit as excellent writing, but is a less sad story...so if you can‘t handle the heaviest of heavy right now, but want a great read, I highly recommend this. So good! I am in for anything she writes in the future, no question!

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Bailedbailed

So much Nope. Can't do this kind of vague, meaningless nonsense right now. I am sure it's well-intentioned, but I can't listen to another second of it. Maybe I'm just too cynical, but I made it an hour in and I am so done. First return to Audible, I think.

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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Starting this one for a couple more hours before I quit for the night. #24in48readathon #24in48

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Starting here, on audio, for #24in48 #Readathon

jetspins24 Much more serious in tone than I was expecting. Very obvious that Lockwood is a poet by trade, as the writing is extremely...poetic? Lyrical? Romantic? There were some very funny moments, but overall this was definitely NOT a comedic memoir, and that was maybe more what I was in the mood for? Anyway, clocked 10 hours 12 minutes for the #24in48 #24in48Readathon #readathon 2y
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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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This book came highly recommended by many people and holy cats, it did not disappoint! Excellent writing, slow build of a sense of dread/doom, since you know the outcome from the outset. Not at all what I was expecting the plot to be, but SO GOOD. I will be thinking about it for a while!

RiotMom I got this through my postal book club and did not think I would like it much. Ended up loving it. One of the cooler books I read last year! 2y
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Might be his best book. Enlightening portrayal of living with a mental illness. Full of empathy for both the sufferer and those who love her, which I could see being difficult to accomplish, but is done well here. Recommend.

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"It's okay to admit that. Like a harried mother, you can feel a bone-deep attachment to this country of ours and be furious at it simultaneously. 'I love you, America, but I do not like your behavior one bit.'"

BarbaraTheBibliophage Well said. I spend a lot of time feeling just this way. 2y
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I definitely enjoyed the first section of this story. I found Sunja's story compelling, but as it went on, the succeeding generations of characters became less and less interesting, and the thread of a central plot basically completely disappeared. By the time I got to the last part of the book, I just didn't care about those characters, and some of their stories didn't seem to belong in the book at all.

Texreader Great review. Thanks! 2y
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Small Wonder | Barbara Kingsolver
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This.

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No next book until November? 😥 Great one sitting read from this weekend.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Finishing up my last couple hours by starting this on audio. My eyes were getting very tired at the end of book 4, but with this clocked time added to my 5 hours 58 minutes of audiobook at the beginning, I finished all 24 hours of the #24in48readathon #24in48 ! Had some really good picks this time around. Hooray for books!

DebinHawaii Awesome job!! Congrats! 🎉📚👍 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Congrats on your time and choices! 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚🎉🎉 2y
Reviewsbylola Awesome!! 2y
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I am not sure where this book is going with itself, but I am enjoying tagging along. Very interesting writing style, intriguing premise, vivid descriptions of endless, oppressively hot weather. Makes me want to read it in a hammock, with lemonade. Instead, I am going to sleep, as it is 2 am! Over 14 hours in, more to come tomorrow for #24in48readathon #24in48 !

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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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Read in one sitting. Amazing writing, deceptively simple plot, complex emotional stakes and I just really enjoyed it. Great read! Excellent pick for #24in48 #24in48readathon !

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Nice little 6 hour audiobook starter to my #24in48readathon weekend. I honestly loved the perspective she has about being the details person who makes insanely complex arrangements run smoothly and go virtually unnoticed in the midst of history as it is happening. It was actually very inspiring. Her skill in handling moving pieces behind the scenes made me proud to be a person who can do that kind of work. Much smaller scale, of course, but still.

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I have no idea who this description reminds me of. No idea whatsoever. Believe me.

Kalalalatja 😂😂 3y
AJBowers Honestly! 3y
Reviewsbylola My husband told me I say this all the time. I realized he is totally right. 😂 3y
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A Change of Heart | Sonali Dev
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I really enjoyed "The Bollywood Bride", so I was looking forward to reading this. It wasn't bad, but a bit disappointing. So much of the book was dark and depressing that when the love story finally emerged, it seemed a bit rushed and unbelievable, and the ending tied up too easily. I like her writing style, and that her romances have depth and substance, so I will read more, but this wasn't my favorite.

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A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
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Ok, I just love the way Becky Chambers writes. This is a fantastically interesting universe she has created, and though this book was different from the first, I loved it equally. Nothing too dark or heavy, but filled with empathy, observation, and wonderful characters. Can't recommend enough.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Wow. Just a really important, thoughtful and beautifully written novel. Good on audio. The weighty subject matter is definitely featured and explored, but within a larger story made so relatable by an extremely empathetic protagonist. I loved Starr, her family and friends. Their lives and relationships felt complex and true. A great book to open up discussion of a difficult subject with people of any age. So well done.

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Well. There that is.

TheEscapist Wow. I'll have to read this one. Simply and powerfully said. Thanks! 3y
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Like to think this is accurate. Don't know if I am all that kind, and I rarely make new friends, but the Ravenclaw part is correct. I would probably just hole-up in the library with books and yarn and never ever leave. Sounds like heaven!

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Ok, am annoyed at the Bookout App. I left off reading this morning at 8ish hours clocked, came back and started reading again, and despite having started the clock again, it is not keeping time, so I just lost 2.25 more hours of reading time for #24in48. Think I am just going back to using the stopwatch on my phone. Anyway, right now I should be at 10. 25 hours in, but I don't have that on record....grrrr, technology...

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Started off my #24in48 readathon by finishing this one up on audio. Simply a beautiful book. I love the writing style, the way she approaches her central theme, and the descriptions of these wild places are gorgeous to read! Makes me want to tour the national parks while I can, and the subject matter feels particularly poignant and appropriate right now. Highly recommend!!!!

Maike How do you track audio books on Bookout? 3y
jetspins24 I used the percentages feature and started and stopped it when I started and stopped the audiobook. (edited) 3y
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How Not to Let Go | Emily Foster
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Good follow-up to the first novel. It was a relief to finally get to a HEA for these two people who really deserved it. My only minor complaints were that Annie still said "Dude" way too much, and she was sometimes a little bit too perfect to be believable. Charles was a mess, but it was nice to see inside his head too, this time. Series is a worthwhile read if you like steamy romances with nerdy characters, rock climbing, & angst. Who doesn't? ?

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Invasion of the Tearling | Erika Johansen
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"My husband is not a clever man, but his very stupidity makes him dangerous. He has never asked himself whether he has the right to do the things he has done. He is not intelligent enough to consider such questions. This, I think is the crux of evil in this world, Majesty: those who feel entitled to whatever they want, whatever they can grab. Such people never ask themselves if they have the right. They consider no cost to anyone but themselves."

jetspins24 Reminds me of someone...hmmm 3y
Notafraidofwords 👏🙌🏽 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon 'grab' is exactly the word for what that someone does... (edited) 3y
StrayCat13 This quote spoke to me as well...very interesting... 3y
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"We learned early on, we live by wild mercy."

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Enjoyable, fast-paced read. Once I had a chunk of time to read I flew through it. Finished just a bit ago and am now making some tea and knitting on a sock before bedtime. Goodnight, lovely readers, hope you all got new books for the Holidays. 🎄⛄️📖

PurpleyPumpkin Love your sock. The colours are great!😍 3y
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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Oh my goodness! Totally overwhelmed by the fun and generosity of my #secretsantagoespostal gifts from @acc5446 ! Books I have had my eye on for a while, coffee that smells AMAZING, awesome new mug, candy, HANDMADE DISHCLOTHS! I am completely spoiled. Thank you so much! (And the pin might be my favorite part. 😜)
Thanks, @BookishMarginalia for organizing this - it was a blast!

RiotMom Ooooo I wonder if your secret santa is a Richmonder! That's one of our local roasters. 3y
acc5446 @jetspins24 hooray!! happy happy holidays and i hope you enjoy 😍 3y
acc5446 @RiotMom yes ma'am i am!! 3y
RiotMom @acc5446 hi neighbor! 👋🏻 3y
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Got my #secretsantagoespostal package in the mail today! So excited to find out what's inside! I love getting mail.

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Really great book! This has lots of data, context and analysis of the life circumstances and roles played by single women in America, today and throughout history - an in depth exploration of key subjects, also touched on single women's issues intersecting with race & class issues, though there probably could have been even more there. Very well written, and read well on the audiobook. I really enjoyed this book. Recommend.

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Loved this enough to stay up way too late finishing it last night. Beautifully written, sad and lovely. I was a tiny bit let down at the ending but overall, a really good read.

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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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Dark, but feels relevant.

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Rising Strong | Bren Brown
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May I catch that courage contagion. God knows I need it right now.

KarenUK Lovely quote 💗 3y
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Republic of Gilead, here we come. Congratulations America, we're even dumber than we look. I have been crying for hours, so I am going to bed. Maybe I'll wake up and this has all been a terrible nightmare. I am not hopeful we will survive this reality.

Heideschrampf Stay strong! The world is crying with you. At least you're not alone 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I don't understand how this is happening. 3y
jetspins24 This particular cover with the fondling creepy dude on it seems distressingly appropriate. 3y
jetspins24 I meant to say fondling, creepy orange dude. 3y
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The Fishermen: A Novel | Chigozie Obioma
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November book club book - my choice. It wasn't bad, just not what I was in the mood for. Very dark story, but the writing style was fairly removed, so it was difficult to feel for the characters at times.

shawnmooney Didn't like it very much either. I recommend this Zimbabwean novel much, much more highly: 3y
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The Queen of the Tearling | Johansen, Erika
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Took me a while to find time to finish this, but I really liked the characters, and there were some fun Easter eggs/references to try to puzzle out. Kelsea is such a competent ruler despite her inexperience and many obstacles, and this book did a good job of getting me invested in what will happen to her and to the Tearling. Left me a lot of unanswered questions, though so I will have to read on!

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I dunno, guys, maybe I need to quit reading mysteries for a while. The last few I have tried have all been painfully easy to figure out, and not that much fun as a result. This one is fine, nothing bad to say about it except that I solved the mystery about halfway through and then nothing else surprised me. Also, the main character had an annoying habit of wasting time berating herself for being stupid whenever she figured something out.

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Omg the MC was annoying. 3y
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Mehso-so

This wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't spectacular. I enjoyed the premise more than the execution, I suppose. I still sort of want to see the movie, despite having read some bad reviews.