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paisleyjess

paisleyjess

Joined December 2019

reading is my happy place
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These last two paragraphs remind me of my best friend's mother, a woman whose recipes we have tried in vain to obtain and understand.

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I can never keep a dust cover on my books. Anyone else?

Tamra ✋🏾 3d
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Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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A very interesting premise (what if Hillary didn't marry Bill) and the story was actually a lot of fun to read. It just feels like a richly detailed narrative with fun Easter eggs of reality sprinkled throughout.

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Pretty good fantasy portal story. Lots of heart.

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Usually I read with a beer but this felt more appropriate when battling a cold and reading about much worse things than the sniffles.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Pretty good. I am not sure it lives up to "a secret on every page" like NYT wrote but still an interesting read that I found hard to put down.

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A cute story with a thread of mystery plot point. I liked it more after the first 100 pages or so when the action picked up.

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Great book that feathers historical climbing with modern accounts. Where is Sandy Irvine?!

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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It is a good read and will spark ideas and conversations. It is not the end all be all for everyone. At times I was annoyed with the privilege POV.

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The Golem and the Jinni | Helene Wecker
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Loved this magical realism!

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The Hidden Palace | Helene Wecker
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Loved the sequel as much as the first book. The magical characters are written with real human emotions and thoughts, beautifully woven into a complicated and interconnected story.

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Great story centering women characters and using real life making of the dictionary to highlight how a woman's world would be documented.

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Re read this after seeing the play. The play is amazing and the book is a good one to revisit.

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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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It is a happy trans story but in such a way that feels all too neatly packaged.

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Just a fun brain candy book that might encourage you to put pleasure back in your life.

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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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Amazing! Great story centering women characters, interesting plot twists and it is all based on real code breakers! This one leaves you with that book hangover feeling.

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A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
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Great follow up to the first book. It's an interstellar character story that even non sci-fi lovers will enjoy.

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Last year's spooky book exchange gifted me this and I'm diving in.

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Shout out to my public library where I randomly found this book that I'm loving and to the author who acknowledged most crime drama knows nothing about technology

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Fool: A Novel | Christopher Moore
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Actually laughed out loud. Great palate cleanser between heavier reads

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A Witch in Time | Constance Sayers
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When it's hot, you stay in and read your book with a cold one.

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Great read about leaning to love food and the unique French culinary school system.

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How to feel all at once bad for being kinda old and also for being a food slob who just eats whatever is around....
Loving the book, though!

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Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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Already love this book

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In the Kingdom of Ice | Hampton Sides
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Why even get out of bed?

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In the Kingdom of Ice | Hampton Sides
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Lunch of champions. Loving this narrative history, but I'm a sucker for disaster tales.

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Waiter Rant | Steve Dublanica
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Interesting but at times very preachy and the author comes across very arrogant.

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An interesting fiction set in the real life story of the writing of the OED, focusing on female characters and how their words and works were disregarded. If you're a word nerd, you'll love this even more for that element.

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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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TW abuse
While heavy in subject matter, this book has levity in its deconstructed approach to story telling. The author plays with how the events would be told in various genres and settings.

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The characters feel like the lovable goofballs from Firefly. Fun summer reading!

Cheshirecat913 That definitely makes me want to read. 7mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Really really good. Back to the level of The Martian. Page turner with heart.

BooknerdsLife A signed copy!!! 😱😍 8mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir

Literally almost missed my stop while reading this on the subway. Andy has definitely bounced back to the level of his first book IMO

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Most perfect day in Boston. Loving this book but probably a little behind pace since book club is in a week. But who can resist a cold on outside RN?!

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This is fascinating! Even when I step away from it, I'm thinking about it.

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The Parisian | Isabella Hammad
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I guess I am not smart enough to get this book. A lot of awards and great reviews. It was hard for me to get into the characters and then they abruptly change in each part. I hated the ending as well.

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The Parisian | Isabella Hammad
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I love BotM but I had to stop as I was accumulating too many books (is there such a thing). I moved across the country, but somehow they found me again. Oohh the temptation!

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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This is a sad story but such a good read.

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah

This is a great read so far, but warning, man, there are moments of pure heartbreak. Oof

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A Column of Fire | Ken Follett
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Happy national beer day!

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Column of Fire | Ken Follett
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As always, I am really enjoying living in this world for a bit. More than the previous two books in this series, it also feels easier to jump in and out which I love.

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon
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This was an interesting story but only had one real plot so it lacks complexity. Very fast read but not fulfilling.

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My first essay book of this kind since perhaps grad school. I'm still itching for a plot as if it were a work of fiction.

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I actually really enjoyed this. There was the typical insane, maniacal mom thought rants but it turned around a lot in the last 10th of the book and made me forget those fleeting annoyances.

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I'm liking this one but tired of mom stories where the MC behaves irrationally bc they are a mother. We get it... Uterine madness for the new generation

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Charming Billy: A Novel | Alice McDermott
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Great use of language but I quickly got bored with the same events being told multiple times for no apparent reason.

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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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A kidnap mystery with magical realism under tones and an amazing MC. I wish for a series featuring the kookie Birdie.

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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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Um, did you guys know this is like a really good book? As I get further in my MotM backlog, I'm more and more tempted to renew my subscription.

TheBookHippie Yes. I read it this past summer! It‘s so good. 12mo
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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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Really enjoyed this one. I had a hard time understanding all the friend characters, but it was great to see the main character grow.

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If you have any sexual assault triggers, this book is sure to cover them, with nearly every character getting assaulted, talking about assault, using harsh language, etc etc etc etc. I could potentially get passed that if it wasn't for the rest of the story that feels incredibly preachy, like a mom lecturing through the text, and lacks character development. All of the changes are bc a character 'suddenly realized' something randomly.

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Kind of had a 'Normal People' vibe but with a specific Transgender plot. I'm on the fence as I wanted more happiness or more explanation for the disfunction, but it was a good read nonetheless.