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monnielane

monnielane

Joined May 2017

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Currently reading Recursion (hooked!!) and so excited I got to meet Blake Crouch a couple of weekends ago. I didn‘t have my copy of Recursion yet, so he signed Dark Matter for me.

Graciouswarriorprincess SO cool!! Glad that you got to meet him! :) 2w
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Fall reading!

rather_be_reading 😍😍 9mo
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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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Wow.

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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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Can‘t. Put. Down.

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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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This little book was creepy and I couldn‘t put it down.

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4.5⭐️ I don‘t know why it took me so long to read this. I loved Ng‘s writing and character development. This story broke my heart.

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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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Quick read. She had me at the brooding Scottish physical therapist, not even going to lie. 3.5 ⭐️ for me.

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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon
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Still can‘t believe I found these at my library‘s used book sale for $2.50 each! Made my whole day. #outlander

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I loved this. It‘s more than Punjabi Widows writing Erotic Stories. It‘s about the immigrant experience, empowering women, duty and choice. I adored the relationships between women of different generations. I laughed out loud more times than I can count! I teared up. And some mystery thrown in as well. Pretty much all the feels.

readordierachel Sounds great! 13mo
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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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How could I not buy this beautiful copy of Lonesome Dove in the library‘s used book sale shelves?! This book is amazing. I‘ve never been one for Westerns, but this book has my heart. I read it on my kindle several years ago, and have so badly wanted a nice hardback of it! Meant to be.

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Unbury Carol: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Car pick up line reading! I enjoyed Bird Box and this one is grabbing me so far. Carol “dies” repeatedly but it‘s actually a coma (no breathing, no heartbeat) and she comes back to life after a couple of days. Gold digging husband decides to pretend she‘s really died and bury her alive to be rid of her and get her money. OOOOHHHHH.

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Rainy day agenda! #treatyoself

readordierachel You've got the right idea! 14mo
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was stunning.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Really loving this.

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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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I happened to make some bread to go with our Italian wedding soup tonight. And I‘m between books. So of course I need to read Sourdough next! 🥖

britt_brooke Your bread looks delicious! Hope you enjoy this book, I did! (edited) 1y
monnielane @britt_brooke Well, the first chapter has hooked me and now I‘m hungry! 1y
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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I finished it, because it was a quick read and I wanted to see how it ended. But I didn‘t like Jazz as a character and I think Andy Weir doesn‘t know how to write a female protagonist/narrator. It was so annoying.

readordierachel Definitely skipping this one now. I *hate* unbelievable female protagonists written by men. Well, The Martian was still good :) 1y
monnielane @ReadOrDieRachel It was so unbelievable! It‘s funny because Andrew read it before me, and he said he was really interested to see what I thought of his female voice, because even he didn‘t buy it. The Martian was good! I would skip this one. (edited) 1y
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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Still a favorite, 15 years later. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Okay, I lied! I‘ll get to Artemis later. Decided to dive in for a re-read of Middlesex. I last read this in 2003, 5-starred it, count it among my top ten favorite books. Then my book club friend selected it for this month‘s book and I realized I don‘t remember all that much about it! Still loving it, 200 pages in. #reread

Reviewsbylola It‘s probably been that long since I‘ve read it too. Much better choice than Artemis. 1y
monnielane @Reviewsbylola I‘m not usually one to re-read books! I‘m loving it, actually. I was curious if it would hold up to how much I loved it in 2003. Not expecting much from Artemis, but I‘ll be reading so I can discuss it with my husband. 😁 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘m still waiting on my husband to read Artemis. I‘m sure he will because he loved The Martian but by the time he gets to it, I may have forgotten everything. 😂 1y
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readordierachel I'm trying to figure out your bookmark... 1y
monnielane @ReadOrDieRachel LOL it‘s a Pocket Jamie (from Outlander) that my sister printed and laminated for me. I like when he peeks over books at me. 😂 1y
readordierachel 😂😂😂 Thats amazing! 1y
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Next up on this snowy morning — Artemis. My husband just finished it, now it‘s my turn. Also, be very jealous of my #strangerthings blanket! Hi, Hopper! 💙

readordierachel Awesome. Blanket. 1y
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Mehso-so

My fourth Colgan read, and definitely my least favorite. I didn‘t dislike it enough to abandon it, but I really didn‘t care which of the love interests she wound up with at the end. I can usually fly through a Colgan book, but this one was more of a drag.

raelaschoenherr I enjoyed her family! But agree I was less in love with this one than her others. 1y
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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I‘m so torn. Certain elements had me turning the pages, but I never felt like enough of my questions were answered! I‘m still not sure what happened. And I honestly don‘t think I‘ll continue with the series. But I still want to see the movie? Maybe that will be more exciting than these 195 pages.

Librariana I saw someone post here, funny enough, that watching the movie made them want to go out and get the book the very next day, but I can't remember who it was! 1y
readordierachel Yeah, I had a similar experience with this one. I read the second book and was still pretty unsatisfied so I haven't pursued the third. I def want to see the movie though! 1y
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I love breezy Jenny Colgan books. Especially after reading something like Annihilation that left me really feeling WTF. I could relate to this quote. I‘ve left pieces of my heart in all the places we‘ve lived. #militarylife

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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My read and husband‘s read. #booklove #scifi

Rachel.Rencher Awh what a cute idea for a picture! 😍📖 1y
monnielane @Rachel.Rencher Thank you! 💜 1y
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Treacherous Curse | Deanna Raybourn
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5. I adore these Veronica Speedwell mysteries. I couldn‘t read it fast enough, but didn‘t want it to end! I have a massive crush on Stoker! I can‘t wait for book 4.

readordierachel I have the first book waiting to be read. Must move it up the list! 1y
monnielane @ReadOrDieRachel They are so fun, and make me laugh! I hope you enjoy the first one. 🤗 1y
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Treacherous Curse | Deanna Raybourn
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And next up... my most anticipated book of 2018! Take me back to Veronica Speedwell‘s world!!

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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I‘m torn on this. I gave it 3⭐️ and it was enjoyable, but I wanted a bit more. Loved the concept of people who age really slowly and are 400+ years old but look 40. I wish it had been fleshed out more.

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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T-minus 1 hour until the kids‘ bedtime! The it‘s full time book time. (Check out that Deborah Harkness blurb! Love her.)

Reviewsbylola I look forward to bedtime every day. 😂😂🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
monnielane @Reviewsbylola Oh yes! 😂😂 1y
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color: a tie between 💜💚
season: fall, all the way 🍂
genre: fiction
hobby: aside from reading? cooking, trying new recipes
snack: nachos
drink: coffee!!
bookish item: my new grey bookcase

tagging: @ReadOrDieRachel

readordierachel Hi! Fall is my favorite season too. If you can really call it a "season" in California :) 1y
monnielane @ReadOrDieRachel I know! Since leaving California, I‘m so happy to experience “real” seasons. Glad you found me on Litsy! Still pretty new and trying to get used to remembering the app on my phone. :) 1y
readordierachel @monnielane I'm glad I did too! I randomly looked up your name today and there you were! I figured if anyone I know was gonna be on a reading-centric social media app, it would be you 😊 1y
monnielane @ReadOrDieRachel You know it! ☺️ 1y
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Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Bought my copy from Thriftbooks and there are DOG-EARED PAGES! I didn‘t know people really did that. The horror!

Librariana Blasphemy!! 1y
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Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Super cute and a quick read. I still only give it 3⭐️ though. Maybe that makes it more of a so-so? I‘m still glad I read it!

Librariana I really loved this one, @monnielane, but I think it was the whole relating to the librarian thing - lol! Since I'm on a book-buying ban 'till June, on to the wishlist it goes 😁 1y
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Wayward Pines Trilogy | Blake Crouch
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Well, damn. This trilogy kept my undivided attention! Such a wild ride. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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Husband bought and built me a 6-shelf bookcase for Valentine‘s Day (this bookcase will hold my to-read books in our bedroom). LOVE. #truelove #besthusband #toread #bookhaul #readyourshelves

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Pines | Blake Crouch
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Snowy Sunday! Staying warm with this book. #bookclub #readyourbookshelf #readyourshelf #rys2018

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5⭐️ How I loved this! Laughed and cried. Heart-breaking and heart-warming.

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How true this is! That‘s the England I also went looking for.

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4⭐️ I was totally sucked into these stories (Eve‘s and Charlie‘s). It had me on the edge of my seat & I couldn‘t put it down.

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4⭐️ A book club pick that I knew nothing about. Totally took me by surprise (I‘m realizing I love reading books with zero expectations) and I thought it was so sweet and charming.

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Reincarnation Blues | Michael Poore
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Husband gave me all the books for Christmas! Ready for #readyourshelves in 2018. #christmashaul

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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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Jabberwocky This series definitely kept me up some nights! 2y
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The happy dance when my ebook library hold comes available! I‘ve been waiting so long for this one!

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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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This has been on my list for aaaaages. Time to read it. #readyourshelves

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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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Two of my library ebook holds came in at the same time! I‘m unsure of how much I want to read Lincoln in the Bardo. I‘ve heard the writing is a little hard to follow at first. Anyone read and loved it?

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I was completely immersed in this story. I laughed, I cried, it gave me chills. 4.5⭐️

Reviewsbylola Best book I've read in a long time! 2y
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Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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So I went a little crazy ordering on Thriftbooks... #thriftbooks #bookhaul

Librariana Look at you, girl! Nice job on scoring some good deals! 😊💜 2y
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Wow. I savored reading this one. It took me a couple of weeks (since I read it on my Kindle only while getting my littlest to sleep), but it was so beautiful. I see why it won the Pulitzer. How I loved Marie-Laure and Werner. 😭 #lateread #imbehind

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Uncommon Reader | Alan Bennett
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This is my (second) book club's selection and the library only carried it in audiobook format. My second audiobook, and I'm still not sold on the format, but I'm open to trying them more often. This made me wish for a physical copy, because it speaks SO MANY TRUTHS about the love of reading. So many passages to underline and highlight. Beautiful novella. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️#audiobook #novella

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Library hold success! Everything else I'm reading is paused for now. Yes, I am reading 4 books simultaneously.

Librariana Lol! That's the story of my life 😊 I'm usually reading 6 or 7 simultaneously, but you knew that already 😉 2y
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Diving into this!

swishandflick It's so good!! 2y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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This was fantastic. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️