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rachelk

Joined January 2018

enthusiastic librocubicularist
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‘The Doll‘ 4 ⭐️
‘Norwegian Wood‘ 3 ⭐️
‘The One and Only Ivan‘ 4 ⭐️
‘Killers of the Flower Moon‘ 3 1/2 ⭐️
‘Whiskey Words and a Shovel‘ 2 ⭐️
‘Serving the Servant‘ 4 ⭐️

#AprilWrapUp #WrapUp

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 📖💖 4w
rachelk @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! Six books in a month is actually good for me — but one was a children‘s book and another was poetry so it was easier 😅 (edited) 4w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It all counts! 😊 4w
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Use the shovel to bury this one. I‘m joking of course! I know it‘s an unpopular opinion, but this book of poetry wasn‘t for me — I found many of these poems to be condescending, repetitive and full of platitudes. That said, there were a few in there that elevated this review from a pan to so-so. 🤷🏻‍♀️

SW-T Good review. Some really good poems, but a lot of them are repetitive, sooo repetitive. Usually not the better ones. 4w
rachelk @SW-T thank you 4w
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U.S. history, true crime, mystery and suspense all in one important, gut wrenching book. Why didn‘t I learn about any of this in school? My only issue is that it did feel a bit too drawn out. I think this *might* be that rare book that will work even better as a movie. I am excited that Scorsese & DiCaprio are in production with it — every U.S. citizen should know this story. #nonfiction #history #crime

JanuarieTimewalker13 I just finished this. I‘m so disgusted and infuriated at the vast injustice the Osage experienced. I‘m glad this story got exposure, and I‘m happy BOTM picked it 2 years ago. I finally got to it. I can‘t wait for the film either! (edited) 1mo
rachelk @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes, I completely agree! 1mo
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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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I‘d encourage parents and teachers to check out this beautifully written children‘s book, inspired by a real gorilla that lived in a Tacoma, Washington shopping mall for 27 years. Although at times the story is very sad (gently but honestly dealing with the death, neglect and abuse of animals) it is a wonderful and ultimately triumphant tale of compassion and love for all creatures. #childrensliterature #awardwinning #newberrymedal

rretzler My boys and I absolutely loved this book! 1mo
rachelk @rretzler ❤️🦍 1mo
Suet624 A sweet book. 1mo
rachelk @Suet624 Yes 🙂 1mo
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Norwegian Wood | Haruki Murakami
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I liked some elements of this book a lot, but because it was so highly rated I expected...more. You can tell that Murakami is a gifted writer but also that it‘s an earlier work, not yet reaching the heights he‘s capable of. I‘d say it‘s a pick for Murakami fans.

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It was a shock to realize that last week marked the 25th anniversary of Kurt Cobain‘s death. I drove past his childhood home (feeling too old to be doing something like that) and wondered how much sadness was for the loss of a person I never knew, how much for the loss of his music and how much for the loss of that time in my life.

In any case, here is a new book about Kurt, and a book recommended by Kurt. Think I‘ll read them both. #kurtcobain

AmyG Serving the Servent is so good. And it will make you sad all over again. Such a loss. 1mo
JackOBotts I can‘t believe it‘s been 25 years. I enjoyed Perfume; I hope you do, too. 1mo
rachelk @AmyG I may have to read a little here and a little there 😢 1mo
rachelk @JackOBotts I‘ll have to review it when I‘m done, it sounds interesting. 1mo
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Thirteen short, suspenseful stories dealing with failed love — many with a tragic, gothic feel. Fans of the Brontë sisters, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O‘Connor and of course Daphne du Maurier will most likely love it. I immediately had to read ‘The Happy Valley‘, ‘And His Letters Grew Colder‘ and ‘The Doll‘ again. #shortstories #literature #gothic

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I found the perfect cozy reading nook in a possibly haunted hotel. I think Daphne du Maurier would approve.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds awesome!! 2mo
RebL Love it! 👻 2mo
tracey38 Nice! 2mo
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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‘Fox 8‘ 4 ⭐️
‘Barrel Fever‘ 4 ⭐️
‘Hope Never Dies‘ 2 1/2 ⭐️
‘Notes on a Nervous Planet‘ 4 ⭐️
‘The Remains of the Day‘ 5 ⭐️
‘The Book of Joy‘ 4 ⭐️

#MarchWrapUp #WrapUp

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great! 📖💖 2mo
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Great question! I‘ve read quite a few outstanding books so far, but I think my favorite has to be ‘A Gentleman in Moscow‘ with ‘The Remains of the Day‘ coming in as a close second.

#bestbooksofar2019 @megnews

rachelk @mdhughes72 Ooh, I‘ve got ‘The Female Persuasion‘ here — I‘ll have to get to it soon! 2mo
megnews Thanks for sharing! I‘m getting lots of great recommendations from this question. 2mo
rachelk @megnews I‘m seeing some good recommendations too! Great post. :) 2mo
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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A proper English butler, Mr Stevens, at one time achieved the highest ranks in his field, but at what cost? Over the course of a driving trip, Stevens reflects on his life and career as the reader discovers a man who completely sublimated human feeling to an unwavering standard of professional duty. Ishiguro is a masterful story teller who allows us to understand more than what we are told by our narrator. An incredibly moving novel.

DivineDiana And a great movie! 2mo
rachelk @DivineDiana I‘ll have to watch it now! 2mo
sprainedbrain I loved this book so much! ❤️ 2mo
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rachelk @sprainedbrain I did too! I only wish I had read it sooner. 2mo
sprainedbrain @rachelk oh me, too! I just read it last year. Still need to watch the movie. 2mo
rachelk @sprainedbrain Have you read anything else by this author? I liked (edited) 2mo
sprainedbrain @rachelk That‘s the only other one of his I‘ve read (loved it, too) but I have 3 more on my tbr for #1001books. 😃 (edited) 2mo
rachelk @sprainedbrain I haven‘t read it yet, but I own 2mo
rachelk @sprainedbrain I haven‘t read anything else of his either but it seems like his books are really different from each other. (edited) 2mo
rachelk @sprainedbrain what‘s 1001books? 2mo
sprainedbrain I have The Unconsoled and A Pale View of Hills in my piles. 😃 1001books a list of books that one particular publication thinks we should read before we die... I‘ve been slowly making my way through them for a while now. There‘s an app for it that I use, but also a book: 2mo
rachelk @sprainedbrain Oh thanks! I just looked at the list and now I have to get the app and move some things up on my tbr! 2mo
sprainedbrain @rachelk oh, fun! There are quite a few people making a go at the list here on Litsy and there‘s a great group on Goodreads, too. 2mo
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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We‘re finishing Sunday out like this.... 🐶📖❤️

ferskner Such an amazing book. 2mo
rachelk @ferskner Yes! I love it so far. 2mo
Daisey Perfect way to end the weekend! 2mo
Ericalambbrown I love this one! Hope it continue enjoying it ❤️📚 (edited) 2mo
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Lake Success: A Novel | Gary Shteyngart
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Sunday morning book & breakfast. I think someone was doing a six hour reading challenge today? If it involves reading whatever strikes me throughout the day — I‘m in! Let hour one begin! 😊📚🍀

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St. Patrick's Day | Gail Gibbons
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Happy St. Patrick‘s Day, Littens! 📚🍀📚🍀📚🍀

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I love how relatable and open the author is about anxiety, life in the 21st century and his own personal experiences. The book is organized into insightful, bite sized chapters that are easy to read — even for a highly distracted person. #selfhelp #nonfiction

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Unpopular opinion: for a guilty pleasure book, I‘m not getting much pleasure. It‘s a rock n‘ roll novel told completely in interview format. I feel like I‘d rather read a real interview with a band that I care about.

Samplergal I started it last night and put it down. I hope to find it‘s voice, but I‘m not sure it‘s for me either. 😢 2mo
rachelk @Samplergal I hope it gets better for you!🤞🏻 I really wanted to like it. (edited) 2mo
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The Book of Joy | Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu
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“Compassion is a feature of strength, not weakness.”

Freespirit Lovely quote❤️ 2mo
JennyM 🙌🙌🙌 2mo
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I‘ve now read everything Mr. Sedaris has to offer at least once. This is an early work of his short stories and essays. I think they‘re brilliant. Full disclosure, I‘ve always felt as if I could have been part of the Sedaris clan, a later in life, surprise baby no. 7, younger sister to David and Amy, etc. Anywho, if you‘re reading this, Mr. Sedaris, please stop and get back to work on your next book! P.S. I ❤️ you!

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A fast read with a ridiculous premise and questionable characterizations...in a word, it‘s absurd. But fun. With that in mind, I wrote my review to the tune of ‘Escape‘ (the Piña Colada song):

“If you like Barack Obama, and suspense with a train
If you‘re re not into George Bush, if you think Trump is insane
If you like a bromance with Joe Biden, and some silly scrapes
I´m the book that you´ve looked for, check out me, and escape" ?

C.Perone Best review I've ever read!! Brava!👏👏 3mo
Bookzombie Awesome review! Now I‘m going to have that song in my head the rest of the day. 🙂 3mo
Lauram I love this. Well done. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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Branwen You rock! Love this! 👏👏👏💕 3mo
Traci1 😆 Love the review. 3mo
rachelk @C.Perone @Bookzombie @Lauram @Branwen @Tracy1 Awww, thank you! You made my day. 🥰 3mo
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Fox 8: A Story | George Saunders
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Fox 8 is a modern fable told from the perspective of an endearing fox. Without moralizing, this short story (in a small book) makes us think about our environment, politics, immigration and how we treat each other. Humorous and bittersweet, I recommend ‘Fox 8‘ in book format in order to see the lovely illustrations and more importantly, how the words are spelled. 🦊 ❤️

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When they have every newish book you‘re interested in, just sitting there waiting for you.... I ❤️ my #library #LibraryLove

Do you love your library too?

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My weekend acquisitions look like a nice mix to me — self improvement, nonfiction, humor, psychological thriller & historical fiction. (I think ‘Barrel Fever‘ is the only David Sedaris book I haven‘t read yet.) Things to look forward to! #BookHaul 📚🤗

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 4 ⭐️
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life 3 1/2 ⭐️
Their Eyes Were Watching God 4 ⭐️
Jane Steele 3 1/2 ⭐️
The Fire This Time 4 1/2 ⭐️
#FebruaryWrapUp #WrapUp

rachelk @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you! Yes — I think that was a book that really needed to be written. 3mo
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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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This wasn‘t a retelling of Jane Eyre so much as it was a slightly campy, loving, homage. Told in three sections from the perspective of our ‘killer‘ heroine, there are many moving parts, which all come together nicely in the end. It is a very entertaining and satisfying read. I would recommend this to fans of Bronte, historical fiction, crime, suspense and romance. #HistoricalFiction

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Trying not to cry while reading in public — this book is powerful and it is painful. #BlackHistoryMonth #Essays

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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This is a beautifully written novel about a Southern black woman, Janie Crawford, living in Florida in the 1920‘s. During the course of her three marriages, Janie begins to find her own voice. Hurston uses culturally specific dialect while exploring themes of sexism, social class, love, freedom, and self autonomy in this literary classic. #BlackHistoryMonth #AfricanAmericanLiterature #WomensLiterature

SamAnne A classic. 3mo
rachelk @SamAnne Yes! I‘m glad that I put it on my TBR after watching The Great American Read last year. 3mo
Linsy Great book! ♥️ 3mo
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Your Aunt Rachel here (probably how the author would describe me) may not be the target audience for these essays — and sure enough I found some of them too crude, snarky or dark humored — but somewhere around the ‘Happy Birthday‘ essay, Irby and her unflinching, brutally honest style grew on me and truly, I love her now. #BlackHistoryMonth

Christine11 I loved this one too - so honest and funny. Plus it‘s my favourite cover ever! 😊 (edited) 3mo
rachelk @Christine11 Yes!😻 3mo
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A good explanation of HeLa cells and in-depth family biography make for an interesting read. While showing multi-generational effects of racism, poverty and the (horrifying!) history of non consensual use of black people in medical experimentation, Skloot reminds us that although we all rely on scientific discovery, a human being is behind every tissue sample. #BlackHistoryMonth

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A Gentleman in Moscow 5 ⭐️
The Enchanted 4 1/2⭐️
Becoming 5 ⭐️
My Ántonia 4 ⭐️
Milk and Honey 3 ⭐️
Exit West 3 1/2 ⭐️

#JanuaryWrapUp #WrapUp

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Beautiful Ruins | Kazam Butur
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I picked this up in a used bookstore today and I‘m really enjoying it so far. Someone on here said it reminded them of The Nix, which would be great since I loved that book!

Freespirit Sometimes you just get a gem of a book at the second hand book shop! 4mo
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The Bat | Jo Nesbo
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I have read a few of his later books so it‘s fun to see where it all started for Jo Nesbø and his Oslo Crime Inspector, Harry. BTW, if you‘ve never googled Jo Nesbø —he‘s a father, rock climber, bestselling author of crime thrillers and children‘s books, is lead vocal and guitar in a rock band, a former economist and reporter. Oh, he‘s also handsome as a movie star. ?

AnneCecilie You forgot that he was a pretty good soccer player too 😉 He was forced to retire at a young age because of injuries. So who knows what would have happened if his knees hadn‘t failed him? 4mo
rachelk @AnneCecilie Oh my gosh, of course he was! He‘s unreal! 😂 (edited) 4mo
rachelk The Most Interesting Man in the World wishes he was Nesbø 2mo
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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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This was my book club read for January. Everyone liked it, though not everyone loved the use of magical realism. It did prompt a good discussion about refugees that touched on empathy, family, love and politics. I thought the author had some fantastic insights into human nature and there were some truly beautiful passages.

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I wasn‘t going to buy this book but the library store had a new hardback copy for $2.00, so we‘ll see if it‘s worth the change in my purse that I scraped together for it. As a kindness to everyone I decided to block the hideous cover photo with the cute pup sticker.

Mimi28 We greatly appreciate your kindness, lol 👍🏽❤️😉 4mo
NatalieR Yes, thank you for your kindness. 😀 4mo
rachelk @Mimi28 @NatalieR You‘re welcome! I didn‘t want to upset any unsuspecting Littens happily scrolling by. 😂 (edited) 4mo
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OrangeMooseReads Thank you for your kindness 😊 4mo
readordierachel Good call 😆 4mo
VeganCleopatra Thanks for the pup image instead. 🤢 4mo
Ruthiella You improved the cover a million times over!!!! 😖 4mo
rachelk @Ruthiella Thanks :) 4mo
Stacypatrice @rachelk - The pup sticker 😂😂 Fantastic!!!! 4mo
rachelk @Stacypatrice I‘m glad you appreciated it! 😁 4mo
Kaye Thanks for the sticker. Already had to see that ugly mug in here once today. That‘s twice too many times. 4mo
rachelk @kaye I totally agree 😂 👍🏻 4mo
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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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Now that the memes are abundant, I have finally read this book of poetry. I‘m not sure what took me so long — it‘s a fast read. There are legitimate criticisms to be made of some of the less successful imagery and cliches but there are more than a few poems worth pondering. Over all it is an accessible introduction to poetry and feminism.

LokiDokey This is one of my daughter's favorite books. She took it with her everyday to school for over a year. I'm glad you liked it 😊 4mo
rachelk @LokiDokey Funny that you mentioned that, I was just thinking my daughter would probably like it. 4mo
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My Ántonia | Willa Cather
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Willa Cather wrote this novel drawing from her memories of a young woman (Annie) that she knew while growing up on the prairies of Nebraska. In ‘My Ántonia‘, Cather uses details from her childhood but writes from the perspective of a man nostalgically recalling his past. I loved this look at pioneer life, the surprisingly independent women and one of the most romantic passages I‘ve ever read. Many consider this Cather‘s greatest work.

zsuzsanna_reads Such a brilliant book! 4mo
Lcsmcat ❤️❤️❤️ this book! 4mo
rachelk @zsuzsanna_reads @Lcsmcat I totally agree! 4mo
Blaire I really need to get to this one. I‘ve owned a copy for about 15 years. 😬 4mo
rachelk @Blaire I hear you! have a lot of books like that too! (edited) 4mo
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1. Buttermilk pancakes with bourbon glazed bananas and toasted pecans from The Allison Inn & Spa
2. The Fire This Time
3. Only 12 states...so far
4. Good ones! lol
5. No plans — maybe I should visit another state or two instead? :)

#HumpDayPost
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The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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Confession — I love finding things in thrift stores. This pretty hardback was in perfect condition (as were the vase and the shoes)! 🤗 #thenest #thriftstorefinds

CoffeeNBooks I love thrift store shopping! 4mo
TheFunkyBookworm Wow great haul! 4mo
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rachelk @CoffeeNBooks Yes! It‘s so fun! 😃 4mo
Elma Love all three! What great finds! 4mo
rachelk @Elma Thank you! 4mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Just when you think we can‘t possibly love her more, yes we can! 💗

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1. Originally from Southern California
2. Rene Denfeld
3. 100+ books (I lost count)
4. A cozy bed
5. A Gentleman in Moscow

#littenintro @tessavi

suzisteffen Loved Gentleman in Moscow! 5mo
rachelk @suzisteffen Yes! I just finished it a week ago and it‘s one of my all time favorite books now. ❤️ 5mo
suzisteffen @rachelk THE LAST FEW PAGES 😮😮😮😮 5mo
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rachelk @suzisteffen I know, right!? I really got a kick out of the references to my favorite movie too. 5mo
suzisteffen @rachelk The movie references were great ways to bring the world into the somewhat closed world of the hotel, whew. 5mo
rachelk @suzisteffen Exactly, well put! 5mo
tessavi I saw a lot of posts about that book. Will check it, someday 😅 5mo
rachelk @tessavi I hope you do :) 5mo
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The Enchanted: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
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I picked this up because I loved the title and beautiful black and gold cover art. It was not what I expected. Devastating, brutal and haunting stories emerge from the setting of a corrupt stone prison — and yet the writing is gorgeous, poetic, hopeful and supremely imaginative. Denfeld makes you feel the humanity of men on death row without minimizing the horrors of what they have done. I can‘t stop thinking about this book.

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This is a new favorite of mine, taking a place alongside One Hundred Years of Solitude, Crime and Punishment, The Moonstone and The Little Prince. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Freespirit The Moonstone is a favourite of mine too. Have you read The Women in White? 5mo
rachelk @Freespirit Yes! I love that one too! 🙂 5mo
RebL I love this book so hard! I intentionally dragged it out. I made reading dates with myself. 5mo
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rachelk @RebL Same! I know I loved a book when I have to hug it and cry ❤️ 5mo
bookseller_cate Yay! Loved Gentleman in Moscow! Christmas 2017 my bookstore could barely keep it in stock. Christmas 2018, same thing. No wonder it‘s still only in hardcover. (Please report on Rules of Civility when you get to it.) 5mo
rachelk @duthie_yyc I know, right?! I had wanted my book club to read it this month but we like to make sure copies are available at the library and there is a long wait. I‘ll definitely report back on Rules of Civility. 5mo
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I think people are nervous about giving me books as gifts since they aren‘t sure what I already own — even I accidentally get myself duplicates. But one brave soul (careful listener?) gave me this for Christmas and it‘s perfect since I just recently discovered how much I love the writing of Amor Towles (A Gentleman in Moscow). ❤️

Did you receive any books over the holidays?

Jennick2004 No books, but there weren‘t any I was really pining over so I didn‘t request any 😉 5mo
Samplergal No books. But I did get some book socks. 😂 5mo
Freespirit Yes I was blessed with 8 books as gifts. Very lucky📚😍 5mo
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rachelk @Freespirit Very nice! 🙌🏻 5mo
rachelk @Samplergal I love fun socks! 5mo
rachelk @Jennick2004 I often think I don‘t want anything — until I accidentally happen upon it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 😂 5mo
Bookcation74 That‘s such a pretty version of 5mo
rachelk @Bookcation74 I think so too — it‘s the big print version. 🤓 5mo
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Likely to be my last read of 2018 and so far it‘s wonderful! 🤗

Update: I got busy with the holidays & didn‘t finish until January 1st.

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I‘m staying up way too late but what can I do? I‘ve fallen completely in love with Lindy West. Honestly, I don‘t find her shrill in the least— she‘s brilliant, hilarious, relatable and perfect. ❤️

JamieArc I‘m excited to see the screen adaptation! 5mo
rachelk @JamieArc Yes! I was excited to see that she will be played by Aidy Bryant. :) (edited) 5mo
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Ultimately it was not very believable, but it‘s ok simply because it was a fast read that held my interest and had a twisty plot.

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It‘s so easy to spend a gift card at Barnes & Noble. 📚🥳🎁 #happybirthdaytome #greenismyfavoritecolor

MatchlessMarie It looks like those two were made for each other! 👗🍫 6mo
rachelk @MatchlessMarie Yes — and for me!😀 (edited) 6mo
MatchlessMarie @rachelk Chocolate accessorizing should definitely be a thing. 6mo
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I used to say that I wasn‘t a short story fan (with the exception of Chekhov) but this year — after reading many excellent short stories by Shirley Jackson, the recent Lauren Groff book ‘Florida‘ and dipping into ‘Uncommon Type‘ by Tom Hanks, I had to rethink that opinion. I do believe that I am a short story fan after all! #readinglife #shortstories

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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This kind of day — filled with things I love 🐶🎄📚 #snickerdoodles #sleepingdog #christmastree #reading

LauraJ 🤤 snickerdoodles are my favorite! 6mo
ErinSueGreads Oh god now I need to make snickerdoodles 6mo
rachelk @LauraJ @ErinSueG They make the house smell good too :) 6mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Children raised in the harrowing grip of poverty, abuse, mental illness and religious zealotry makes for a painful and often frustrating read but Westover is a gifted writer and she bravely takes you on her journey out from underneath seemingly insurmountable odds. An excellent pick for fans of The Glass Castle or Hillbilly Elegy.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I was so excited to get my own copy of this book today! I‘ve already skipped ahead to the pictures — now on to the reading! 💕 #MichelleObama #WomanCrushWed #OprahBookClub

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