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rach_simone

Joined September 2016

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Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
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I can't stop thinking about this book. It's intense, dark and unexpected. It takes place during 1991/1992 and one of the characters is obsessed with Nirvana and the descriptions we're so vivid that I had to listen to Nirvana while reading this book!

EllanaRose Aww that's set when I was learning how to read! 1y
Megabooks I loved this too! 1y
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Delightful read! Pretty predictable but so much fun!!! I can't wait for the next one in the series

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Saga, Volume 2 | Brian K Vaughan
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Oh man, this is just unfair.

britt_brooke 😍😍😍 1y
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Can't wait to jump into this one!

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Invisible Life: A Novel | E. Lynn Harris
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This book follows a young bisexual man through adolescence and adulthood and how he navigates life and various relationships. I am happy that we have made progress with societal acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, but it is still a pretty relevant read at times.

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Wave | Sonali Deraniyagala
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Wow. Sonali Deraniyagala has been through the unthinkable and still has grace and perspective. Her pain comes through so clearly and so does her intelligence and wisdom.

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Really beautiful and heartbreaking read. It spans decades and families. Great examination of different types of love. I was hysterically crying for the last few pages.

DGRachel She writes so beautifully. I‘ve just started my first book by her, but something tells me it won‘t be my last 2y
rach_simone @DGRachel I will definitely be reading more from her! 1y
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Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Don't be fooled by the fun cover - this is a deep and devastating novel. It follows a family (mother and two daughters) living in Jamaica and the ways they compromise themselves and each other.

RebelReader @rach_simone You described this book perfectly! 👍🏼👍🏼 2y
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Treasure | Rebekah Weatherspoon
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Quick and sexy read!

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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Charming and quick read! The flashbacks were vivid and fun. Haig is clearly a history buff and has a great appreciation for it. The end felt a little rushed, but a nice read otherwise.

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American War | Omar El Akkad
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It took me a while to get into this book, but it was a really impressive and riveting read. I was blown away by how realistic this book felt - it felt like future historical fiction (if that makes sense).

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Thrilling read!

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Alix and Valerie | Ingrid Diaz
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Mediocre writing, mostly two dimensional characters, but the plot had some good twists and turns.

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Battle Hill Bolero | Daniel José Older
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As always, Older's writing is vibrant and his world is so real. I didn't love this one as much as the other two in the series - not sure if it was the characters he chose as POV or what.

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Wonderful, beautiful, heartbreaking and pretty steamy. It really captures how people can change your life.

Armie Hammer's voice is pure sex and passion. Highly recommend on audio.

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We Need New Names: A Novel | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Compelling book about home and identity. It also included the social aspects of colonialism and war. Some of the strongest parts of the book included the perpetual trauma people face and how they react based on proximity (seeing the destruction of their home versus seeing war and poverty across Africa on the news).

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Battle Hill Bolero | Daniel José Older
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This should be mandatory reading. The erasure of women, specifically black women, from history is terrible and needs to be fixed. This book had a great balance of social and political context as well as the technology advancements and personal stories of the women. I am in awe of these women!

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Extremely fast read. So simple and beautiful. It kind of reminded me of Proof, which I love.

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Santino. Fontana's. Voice. I think this book should only be done on audio because it is so creepy, but Fontana is so disarming as Joe. I loved the bookish and New York aspects. It truly frightened me even as it was pretty fantastical at some points.

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What an incredible sequel. Does not disappoint. I am so excited to read the next one and so sad that it's the last one. N.K. Jemisin's world building is phenomenal. It is so clear, accessible and wonderful. I also love the characters a lot.

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Eddie Izzard is such a delightful person. Enjoyable book - great on audio!

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The Enchanted: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
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This book is so beautifully written. It is so surprisingly
lyrical considering it is set in a prison. It is clearly written by someone who understands the justice system. It is also heartbreaking.

moranadatter Agreed. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. 2y
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Intense, unexpected and very creepy. Great read!

ReadingOver50 Loved this one! 2y
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Edinburgh: A Novel | Alexander Chee
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#ACityInTheTitle on the left and #BookSpiral (more like circles and shapes) on the right #LGBTQ #UncannyOctober

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Whoa. This book took me a while to get through because it is so vivid and follows so many stories. Definitely enjoyed it, but will probably not rush to finish the series.

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I connected to Veronica Mars immediately. I love the show, the movie and the books! I'm a marshmallow. #UncannyOctober #YourFictionalBestFriend

DeeLew Yesssssss! Love VM! I've watched all three seasons multiple times, love the movie, and I love the books. 2y
DeeLew @rach_simone Did you do the Kickstarter thing? 2y
rach_simone @DeeLew yes! I went to the NY premiere with a friend. Did you? 2y
writerlibrarian Yes. 💖 2y
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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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Drown | Junot Díaz
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Great collection of loosely connected short stories. It reminded me of This Is How You Lose Her, which I loved. Junot Diaz is such a talented writer.

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Rick Steves Eastern Europe | Rick Steves, Cameron Hewitt
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I guess I don't read many books #SetInEasternEurope so I will definitely do that. I definitely want to travel there!

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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What a thrilling, creepy and fun read!! I highly recommend it on audio - Dan Stevens is an awesome narrator.

2BR02B Agreed, this was a great listen. 2y
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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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So far, And Then There Were None is thrilling, creepy and quite fun. This #rhyme is used throughout the book. #UncannyOctober

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I love baseball and I have season tickets to the Mets. I want to go to all 30 baseball stadiums. I'm about halfway there. #NonReadingPursuits #UncannyOctober

EllieDottie That is so cool 😎 I also love baseball and love to go to different stadiums, but I haven't been to nearly as many as you!! (I'm a big twins fan! And I love Mets fans because I'm not much of a fan of the Yankees) (edited) 2y
Blaire Me too - I want to do a big trip with my son when he's a bit older. 2y
rach_simone @EllieDottie awesome! Minnesota is high on my list of next places to go! 2y
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rach_simone @Blaire it's so much fun! What team(s) do you root for? 2y
Reecaspieces My husband and I are currently visiting all the stadiums. We have 9 down. It is a blast! Enjoy. 2y
rach_simone @Reecaspieces cool!! 😊 2y
Blaire I root for the royals and Red Sox. Grew up partly in Kansas and lived in Boston for college and law school. I've been to 9 stadiums so far! 2y
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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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Very different and incredible books, all with a #FirstPersonNarrator #UncannyOctober

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#Bare legs and current read. #UncannyOctober

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I absolutely loved this book. Classic yet still feels relevant and fresh. #PublishedInThe1930s #UncannyOctober

AmandaL I'm listening to the audiobook. Great choice! 2y
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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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I found this book extremely boring. The action of the book could've been completed in half the time. I read it for book club and I wouldn't have picked it up otherwise.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I cannot wait for this book! I saw Tayari Jones speak and she's so amazing. I also read and loved Silver Sparrow. #Waiting #UncannyOctober

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Tender is the Night | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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An interesting cover I've never seen before! #Garish #UncannyOctober

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Keeping the Moon | Sarah Dessen
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I love Sarah Dessen!! #UncannyOctober #Moon

AmandaL Love her too! 2y
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Rapture: Poems | Sjohnna McCray
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Really beautiful collection of poems. The poems became progressively intimate and it felt like the author was letting us in bit by bit.

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Going super classic for #FablesAndFolklore #UncannyOctober

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#UncannyOctober #NFAboutACountryYoudLikeToVisit Cheating slightly because I live in America, but I am planning on visiting all 50 states.

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I should be getting these before my vacation! Yay! #UncannyOctober #OctoberMostAnticipated

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Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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I found this book really picked up in the second part, from Chaurisse's perspective. All of the characters felt like real, flawed people. I found myself on the edge of my seat for the last third or so.

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Ghost Girl in the Corner | Daniel José Older
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DJO expertly weaves fantasy, mystery and social issues into a wonderfully written novella.

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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This book is chock full. Great characters. Impeccable world building - it feels familiar to out world in a lot of ways while still being entirely its own. I loved the differences in writing style across the narrations (the second person narrative in particular, since that is more difficult to pull off). I can't wait to read the rest of the series!!

rachelm It's one of my all time favorite series 2y
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Saints for All Occasions | J. Courtney Sullivan
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Enjoyable read even though I felt like so much was left unresolved. Audio was a great way to go - so many good accents! I also really liked the alternating structure.