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LadyCait84

LadyCait84

Joined December 2017

“And she's reading again. How novel.“
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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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The hype about this one made me curious. And what fun it turned out to be, having that rare “one more chapter, bedtime be damned” addictive pull. Eager to get my hands on book 2 of the series.

(Pic is from a silent book club meet-up a few days ago, which was the reading session when I got well and truly hooked on this book. But I‘m glad I didn‘t get to the spicier parts while reading in public — I‘m a blusher.)

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Historical fiction inspired by midwife Martha Ballard & a rape case for which she served as witness during the winter of 1789-90.

Considering how far we both have & haven‘t come regarding women who seek justice against powerful men, the courtroom drama is an interesting & important part of the story. But the most compelling part is still Martha herself. Seeming very OF a time, yet also outside it, given how rare & invaluable her literacy was.

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Two bored and awkward teens spend a summer creating art — what could go wrong?

A lot actually, when the art takes on a life of its own.

I really enjoyed this one. A short, easy read that also happened to give me a lot to think about.

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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This one hit hard in all my tenderest places, but what a masterpiece.

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Mehso-so

I was intrigued by the concept & the specific relationships each section explored.

But the writing style just felt so flat. I saw other reviewers suggest it might have been due to translation, but I don‘t think that was my issue. It was more about where the author offered detail (like describing everybody‘s outfits?!) vs where he kept it sparse or oversimplified (the action, character development)? I was left annoyed; so much missed potential.

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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Finally finished! Doing it mostly on audio helped & it‘s easy to forgive the length when remembering it was first released as a serial. David himself is easy to root for (even as you want to shout at him for his naivety on occasion) & the gaggle of side characters are easy to love: the eternally devoted Peggotty, the bombastic Mr. Micawber, the donkey-hating Aunt Betsey...

Except Dora. I almost couldn‘t stand Dora as much as the real villains.

rachelk Dora was so incredibly frustrating! Ugh! 2w
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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I‘m so excited my book club is reading Demon Copperhead this month, but the only reason I haven‘t read it already is that I was insistent on reading this first. (Or listening to it, as the case may be — don‘t think I could finish it in time otherwise.)

This is by no means my first Dickens, but it‘s been quite a while. And I keep being struck by how funny this book is. 22% in and, yes, I‘ve cried twice. But I‘ve laughed much more.

Ruthiella I‘m always surprised when I am reminded of just how funny Dickens is! 😃 2mo
dabbe LOVE this book! 🖤💜🖤 2mo
rachelk I just finished ‘David Copperfield‘ in anticipation of reading ‘Demon Copperhead‘. I absolutely loved it, even more than ‘Great Expectations‘. 2w
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Last book of 2023 was the latest continuation of the Emmy Lake Chronicles.

I‘m growing fonder and more attached to Emmy with each entry into this series, as well as attached to her friends and colleagues. I hope AJ Pearce plans to continue, especially as I believe she‘s particularly skilled at balancing the tragedies of wartime London with heartwarming scenes of community and perseverance.

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Panpan

This was my book club‘s last read of 2023 (and our 60th read overall as we close out our fifth year together) and I‘m so bummed that I hated it.

The premise had potential, and the fact that the author had written for Schitt‘s Creek had me so hopeful. But sadly, I found the protagonist unlikable at every turn. Even bits obviously intended to be found funny, just made me annoyed or frustrated.

squirrelbrain I felt the same about this book - it‘s not often I hate a book, but I did with this. 2mo
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Mehso-so

Some of the action was clunky, and even more of the dialogue was cringey, but I was still rooting for the romantic pairing and loved every moment devoted to swooning over the Alaskan scenery and wildlife. I‘ll probably pick up the second book, but not sure if it‘s a good thing that my favorite part was the main dude‘s bromance with a bull moose?

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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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Quiet, even cozy at times, but also challenging and thought-provoking. This novella packed some punch into its 112 pages, dealing with the Magdalene laundries of Ireland. It resonated on multiple levels for me — tugging on tangled, complex feelings regarding my own religious upbringing, as well as reminding me of many past and present horrors that are / have been enabled, if not directly perpetrated, by an intwined Church and State.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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Once Upon a Wardrobe | Patti Callahan
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I love stories that are about the power of stories.

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First time rereading since childhood — maybe at age 8 or so — and Edmund is even more of a shit than I remembered (like, way earlier than the bewitched Turkish Delights). Plus, the Biblical allegory is much more obvious. Still, it IS wonderfully atmospheric and charming. Full of enchanting visuals that I was pleased to find have lingered much more accurately in my memory.

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Maud's Line | Margaret Verble
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Edged by a so-so but, oh my, were many of the characters‘ choices frustrating. Though I suppose that makes them believable — who isn‘t prone to self-sabotage every once in a while?

Gabbymags123 True 3mo
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Lightning Strike: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Read this because of my mother‘s rather forceful recommendation, but ended up really enjoying the mystery/coming-of-age story. Will likely pick up more of Krueger‘s Cork O‘Connor series at some point and might bump This Tender Land higher up my TBR list (it‘s been sitting patiently on my shelf for years).

AmyG This Tender Land is fabulous. 4mo
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Scarathlon | Litsy
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Chrissyreadit wow!!!!🤩 4mo
dabbe #yahooyou! Thanks for being such a lovely part of our group! 🧡🖤💜 4mo
emz711 How do I get involved in a points game? 3mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Oh this was just the cutest — a perfect autumn read I will likely revisit again and again. (And I really wish I could try all the delicious treats sold at this pumpkin patch!)

LiteraryinLawrence This book is the best. 4mo
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Scarathlon | Litsy
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A fitting screenshot for prompt 31, “Halloween,” because I watch it at least 5 times through every year.
Any questions?

#hhc #halloweenhexescoven #scarathlon
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dabbe 🖤💜🖤 4mo
emz711 David 🐍🎃🎃 3mo
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Scarathlon | Litsy
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Texreader What hauls some kids are going to get! That‘s awesome!! 4mo
TEArificbooks Cool fidget spinners 4mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Oh, @THill — this was the most wonderful package!!!! First, every part was so beautifully wrapped, I almost didn‘t want to open them. Almost. But, of course I did, and then the books and goodies were all SO PERFECT!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for spoiling me so spookily!!!

#hhs #hauntedhollowswap @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🖤👻🧡 4mo
JessieKB What a great treat!!!🧡🖤 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome package 🧡 4mo
THill I‘m so happy you loved everything!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 🧡🖤👻🎃 4mo
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I really enjoyed the historical setting, but of course still mostly appreciated this one for its connection to the tales of the modern Owens women I love so much.

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Scarathlon | Litsy
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Some Sunday evening gaming…

130 points for the A-Z game, 90 points for the creature feature game, and I got 1,570 points for the book titles game throughout the week.

#scarathlon #halloweenhexescoven #hhc

@dabbe @BookmarkTavern @Liatrek @JessClark78 @Chrissyreadit @TheDaysGoBy @vonnie862 @Sresendez12 @Nessavamusic @kelli7990 @JessieKB

dabbe 🖤🎃🖤 4mo
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Scarathlon | Litsy
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dabbe 🖤🎃🖤 4mo
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The Shining | Stephen King
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Doing a spooky movie night double feature…have to admit The Shining hits different now that I‘ve read the book.

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JessieKB Sweet baby!!!!🤍🤍 4mo
emz711 🦟🐌🐛🐜🐝🐞🦋🦗🪲🎃 4mo
dabbe Hello there, cutest pup with your oogie boogie! 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Irving Washington
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dabbe 🖤🎃🖤 4mo
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Scarathlon | Litsy
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dabbe 🖤🎃🖤 4mo
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Scarathlon | Litsy
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Have really been enjoying the changing leaves on our afternoon dog walks lately — a good fit for prompt 25: “fall/autumn.”

#scarathlon #halloweenhexescoven #hhc

@dabbe @BookmarkTavern @Liatrek @JessClark78 @Chrissyreadit @TheDaysGoBy @vonnie862 @Sresendez12 @Nessavamusic @kelli7990 @JessieKB

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
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Mehso-so

At the beginning, the storyline felt like a PBS period drama with witches (which would have been my cup of tea, indeed)…but the back half got derailed by increasingly awkward and convoluted plot points. It did provide ample #scarathlon word search points, however.

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dabbe 💜🧡💜 4mo
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Scarathlon | Litsy
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dabbe Yikes! 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
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Mr. Postman brought me something fun today! #hhs23 #hhs @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 4mo
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dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
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Scarathlon | Litsy
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Really enjoyed this week‘s game — it was fun to see what odd tangents my brain went on when encouraged to do free word association. Pretty happy with my 514 words.

#hhc #halloweenhexescoven #scarathlon

@dabbe @BookmarkTavern @Liatrek @JessClark78 @Chrissyreadit @TheDaysGoBy @vonnie862 @Sresendez12 @Nessavamusic @kelli7990 @JessieKB

dabbe #yahooyou! 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
JessieKB Awesome!!🖤🧡 4mo
Chrissyreadit 🎉🎉🎉🎉 4mo
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Bram Stoker's Dracula | Bram Stoker
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dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
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The Shining | Stephen King
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Well, that was intense.

(But fantastic for the #scarathlon word search — so many uses of the words “blood” and “dark.”)

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Part 2 for photo challenge prompt 20: “potion/magic.”

(I took a short break from reading tonight to go hear “The Sound of Magic.”)

#hhc #halloweenhexescoven #scarathlon

@dabbe @BookmarkTavern @Liatrek @JessClark78 @Chrissyreadit @TheDaysGoBy @vonnie862 @Sresendez12 @Nessavamusic @kelli7990 @JessieKB

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dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
JessieKB Great Friday night!!🧡🦉 4mo
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dabbe Wow. 🧡🖤🧡 4mo
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For photo challenge prompt 18: “zombie.”

Which actually tugs on my heart a bit, as bonding with a coworker over The Walking Dead 9 years ago turned out to be the first seedlings for our eventual courtship and marriage.

Zombie matchmakers, who knew.

#hhc #halloweenhexescoven #scarathlon

@dabbe @BookmarkTavern @Liatrek @JessClark78 @Chrissyreadit @TheDaysGoBy @vonnie862 @Sresendez12 @Nessavamusic @kelli7990 @JessieKB

Chrissyreadit 💛🧡💛🧡 4mo
Jari-chan What a wonderful love story 🤭 4mo
dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
Reggie How awesome! 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau Awwww, what a great story 💕 4mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
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Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery
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“I‘m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

A favorite quote and its matching candle for the day 16 prompt: “October.”

#hhc #halloweenhexescoven #scarathlon

@dabbe @BookmarkTavern @Liatrek @JessClark78 @Chrissyreadit @TheDaysGoBy @vonnie862 @Sresendez12 @Nessavamusic @kelli7990 @JessieKB

dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
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Mid-point check in: 5084 points

Hoping to get a LOT more in these next two weeks!

#hhc #halloweenhexescoven #scarathlon
@dabbe

dabbe #yahooyou! #hexesrock! 🧡🖤🧡 4mo
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Starling House | Alix E. Harrow
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dabbe 🧡🖤🧡 4mo
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Disappointed I didn‘t get more — life kept getting in the way this week. But I‘ll take my 2,800 points and hope I do better in week 3‘s game.
#hhc #halloweenhexescoven #scarathlon
@dabbe @BookmarkTavern @Liatrek @JessClark78 @Chrissyreadit @TheDaysGoBy @vonnie862 @Sresendez12 @Nessavamusic @kelli7990 @JessieKB

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
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Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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Supernatural horror, with a western twist. I had no idea where it was going for parts of it, but I enjoyed the ride.

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Frankenstien | Mary Shelley
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dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
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Binge watched all 8 episodes of “The Fall of the House of Usher” today and they each had layer upon layer of allusions to Poe‘s life and body of work. ‘Twas both spooky and nerdy. And I loved it.

#hhc #halloweenhexescoven #scarathlon

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dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
Blueberry I need to watch it. 4mo
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dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
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Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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emz711 🧣🧣🧣 4mo
dabbe Lovely! 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
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