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rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain

Joined January 2017

writer. reader. obsessed with stories. contributor for @bookriot rachelbrittain.com one half of unassignedreadingpod.com
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Spell on Wheels | Kate Leth
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Fully figured I'd get Luna, but I got Hermione. Not gonna complain about that though.

https://bookriot.com/2019/10/15/harry-potter-witch-quiz/

Scochrane26 I got mcgonagall. Doesn‘t surprise me, but I love Luna and Hermione, too. 1d
madamereadsalot1 I got Fleur. 1d
Laughterhp I got Tonks! 1d
TheSpineView Hermione 1d
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madamereadsalot1 I got Hermione 2d
NeedsMoreBooks Got Hermione 🧙🏻‍♀️ 2d
lesliemarie Agnes Nutter! 2d
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Wife Baba Yaga! 2d
julesG I got Hermione, too. 2d
CoffeeCatsBooks I also got Hermione! 1d
rachelsbrittain @lesliemarie Agnes Nutter is amazing 😂 1d
rachelsbrittain @Wife yess love seeing someone get Baba Yaga! 1d
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Packing and my suitcase is fully one-third full of books... 😬

Hooked_on_books You can fit more! I‘m sure you don‘t need those shoes. 😬😂 2d
rachelsbrittain @Hooked_on_books right? Who needs shoes or clothes when there are BOOKS? 😂😂 1d
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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1. Gideon the Ninth, Dead Astronauts, and Kingdom of Souls

2. 15 (if you could digital downloads)

3. I've been in a bit of one for a few weeks know-- normally comics or time pull me out of it, but whew I'm ready for it to be over already

#weekendreads

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Haven't even started reading it yet but yes yes yes yes yes

Tera66 Pay day for me tomorrow, Im buying this book first thing! 6d
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More bookmail and love these illustrations so much

CoffeeCatsBooks Sigh, I am waiting for mine to be delivered today. Looks lovely! 7d
Scochrane26 Very cool. I haven‘t bought any besides the first because I was afraid the last 4 would be huge. I‘ll have to reconsider now that this one is out. 7d
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Monstress Volume 4 | Marjorie Liu
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This series just continues to get better and better. Stunning artwork, fascinating storylines, and every new volume continues to take twists and turns that take me by surprise. Definitely my favorite comic at the moment.

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Ahhh very exciting book mail!!

TheRomantiCate I‘m going to the Nashville stop of the Ninth House book tour and I‘m so very excited!!! 1w
rachelsbrittain @TheRomantiCate so jealous!! Is it at Parnassus by any chance? I adored that bookshop when I was in Nashville 1w
TheRomantiCate @rachelsbrittain it‘s being hosted by them, but the actual event is at the University school of Nashville 1w
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Reason # 243 why always keeping a book in your bag is a necessity: sometimes roadwork strands you at your grandparents house for an extra hour

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Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) | Julie Murphy
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Very exciting book news from Julie Murphy!

LibrarianRyan Interesting. 2w
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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A weird thriller about a paleobotanist, a bible with feminine pronouns, motherhood, identity, & parallel universes. It hooks you immediately with alternating timelines between Molly's daily life at the archeological pit & the moment she realizes there's an intruder in the house. The writing is so immersive it was uncomfortable at times, but that's a testament to the writing. Ending is a bit abrupt, but overall a really weird, entrancing read.

Melismatic Sounds interesting! 2w
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Clearly not paying enough attention

(She bit me moments after taking this so don't feel too bad for her.)

CoffeeCatsBooks She‘s a beauty! 😻 2w
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I've been in a bit of a reading slump or a no-time-for-reading slump, but I'm hoping to have more time this weekend

TheAromaofBooks I love it when books have colored page edges! 2w
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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1. Gideon the Ninth and The Need

2. The Deep by Rivers Solomon

3. Orpheus Girl, Don't Read the Comments, and The Light at the Bottom of the World

#weekendreads

lovelybookshelf I loved Rivers Solomon's first book. Totally need to read The Deep! 3w
rachelsbrittain @lovelybookshelf Same! It's such a good one, too. And a novella which I didn't realize going into it. 3w
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Opposite of Always | Justin Reynolds
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New library books

britt_brooke Nice haul! 3w
uwak I've heard good things about Patron Saints of Nothing, hope it holds up! 3w
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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*finally* some time to read again and celebrate getting through the first draft of a new book with donuts 😍

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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1. Gideon the Ninth

2. The Need by Helen Phillips

3. The Hadestown soundtrack

#weekendreads

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The Heavens | Sandra Newman
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Day 3 of #7days7covers #covercrush

This beauty has been on my shelf for months, and I still really need to read it.

Tagging @KirstieE if you haven't been already-- just post about 7 book covers you love in 7 days if you want to join in. No explanations needed, and tag another litten if you can to spread the fun!

KirstieE Thanks for the tag !! 4w
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Orpheus Girl | Brynne Rebele-Henry
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Day 2 of #7days7covers #covercrush

Does my love of this cover have anything to do with mg inability to stop listening to the Hadestown soundtrack? Guess we'll never know.

@Mollyegutman you might enjoy this. Just post about 7 book covers you love in 7 days if you want to join in. No explanations needed, and tag another litten if you can to spread the fun!

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A little Wednesday treat in the mail

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Perfect day for @Addison_Reads to tag me in #7days7covers because I just started this beauty and love everything about it from the skeleton-covered cover to the sprayed black edges

Tagging @sebrittain Post about 7 book covers you love in 7 days if you want to join in. No explanations needed, and tag another litten if you can to spread the fun! #covercrush

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Polite Society | Mahesh Rao
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Getting in a little reading on this Emma retelling while my computer takes the world's longest update

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Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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If you want to find out about some great fall YA releases, check out my most recent post for Book Riot:

https://bookriot.com/2019/09/17/more-fall-2019-ya-books/

LibrarianRyan I love the cover of Pet. I have been awaiting it! 1mo
rachelsbrittain @LibrarianRyan it's so good! And yes, the cover is truly excellent 1mo
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Polite Society | Mahesh Rao
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Sunday morning boatride reading

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 1mo
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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New library book per a glowing recommendation from @Mollyegutman

Megabooks I loved it! 1mo
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Orpheus Girl | Brynne Rebele-Henry
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1. Dead Astronauts, Polite Society, and Queerbaiting and Fandom

2. Orpheus Girl

3. Sunny, high of 93°

#weekendreads

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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A gloriously imaginative magical realist take on aspects of the Hansel and Gretel story with a mysterious unchartable country, changelings, and lots and lots of gingerbread. It took a few chapters for me to really get into, but by the flashbacks I was totally hooked.

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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This quote killed me ?

"... who turned Sherlock not even in the pursuit of justice, necessarily, but out of sheer disbelief that his mate kept denying that he'd been subject to at least three instances of attempted murder."

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hes7 So. Excited. 😍 1mo
Meaw_catlady Oooh yay!! 1mo
cleoh Can‘t wait to read this one! It sounds so good! 😍 1mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Saw @Liberty talking about how great this book is and then that it has "lesbian necromancers" and I'm just completely sold so it became a surprise pick-me-up from the bookstore today ?

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Sonic break

EKonrad Love me some Sonic! 😄 1mo
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The Okay Witch | Emma Steinkellner
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It doesn't even feel like fall where I am yet (still in the 90s) but it's never too early to get in the Halloween spirit I guess? 😂

https://bookriot.com/2019/09/11/childrens-halloween-comics/

LibrarianRyan I liked the okay Witch. It was fun. 1mo
rachelsbrittain @LibrarianRyan I thought so too! 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Not a book per se, but for anyone who might be interested I have a flash fiction piece out in Parenthses Journal Issue 7. It involves, witches, poison, and possibly a little bit of cannibalism. It's also my first piece of fiction available for free online so thought I'd share here for any littens interested 😊

http://www.parenthesesjournal.com/issue-07/if-only-you-ate-them-sooner-rachel-br...

MicheleinPhilly Congrats! 1mo
llwheeler Congrats! 1mo
Cinfhen Congrats 🎉 1mo
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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Up early enough to get in a little reading with breakfast this morning

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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1. Gingerbread, Dead Astronauts, and Polite Society

2. Maple

3. "This is sounding exactly like the time you kept saying 'It can't be the gingerbread,' when it was the gingerbread. It really, really was." - Gingerbread

#weekendreads

thebluestocking I love it when you do this meme! Your graphic design and questions are always spot on. Thank you!! 💙💙 1mo
Maria514626 Love this. Thanks you, @rachelsbrittain. Have your Sunday is lovely! (edited) 1mo
rachelsbrittain @thebluestocking thank you!! Life has been a lot lately so it's been a while since I was able to make one-- but very happy to be back at it and so glad to know you enjoy them!! 1mo
rachelsbrittain @Maria514626 thank you! Hope your day is lovely too! 1mo
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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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New book and a bath bomb to match

VioletBramble Pretty 1mo
GypsyKat Nice! 1mo
CouronneDhiver Great photo! 1mo
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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Apparently (according to an email I just got from Uppercase) these are the top added YA books on Goodreads so far this year (though NOTE RWRB is not a YA novel. At all.) I've only read five of them. How about you all?

I've read: RWRB, Aurora Rising, King of Thorn, Wilder Girls, and On The Come Up.

jillannjohn I‘ve read Wilder Girls and On the Come Up. 1mo
Erinreadsthebooks RWRB...nope, definitely not YA 😓 I‘ve read Two Can Keep A Secret and really liked it 1mo
Scochrane26 I‘ve read the one that‘s not a ya novel. 😁 1mo
LiteraryinLititz On the Come Up was good! That‘s the only one I‘ve read. 1mo
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These Witches Don't Burn | Isabel Sterling
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A cute read in the lead-up to fall full of queer witches trying to stop a series of threats terrorizing their town, from blood witches to witch hunters. I liked the magic lore and the characters. Story seemed to lag at times but overall a really enjoyable read that even managed to surprise me a few times with unexpected twists. And I'm always here for a good witchy read!

MellieAntoinette A great review! It was very fally!! 1mo
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Bloodlust and Bonnets | Emily McGovern
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I enjoyed this-- not nearly as much as My Life as a Background Slytherin (McGovern's webcomic), but still a fun read overall. Lucy, Sham, and Lord Byron (yes that Byron) team up to track down a vampire. Except Lucy doesn't want to track her down so much as be turned by her. And she's definitely not the only one keeping secrets. The story felt a bit rambling at times, but the humor was very dry and I enjoy some good Regency vampire humor.

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Dead Astronauts | Jeff VanderMeer
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New month, new tbr

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Summerland | Hannu Rajaniemi
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Books: 12

Pages: 3,221

Longest: City of Bones (485)

Shortest: Hex Vet: Witches in Training (80)

Favorites: The Deep, Wicked Fox, The Weight of Our Sky, and American Hippo

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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An incredible new novella from Rivers Solomon based on the song, The Deep, by Clipping. The descendants of pregnant African slaves thrown overboard have survived as ocean dwelling wajinru-- but their past is so traumatic that it is kept by one historian, who holds the collective memory of their people. Once again enthralled by Solomon's world building and writing. Cannot recommend enough.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds very interesting! 2mo
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These Witches Don't Burn | Isabel Sterling
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Brief reading respite during a busy day

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Wicked Fox | Kat Cho
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What a read! Half-gumiho, half-human Miyoung loathes killing to survive but does her best to be good, feeding only on evil men at the full moon. But when she saves Jihoon, a human boy, from a goblin, losing her fox spirit in the process, she has to risk everything to figure out how to get it back without becoming the monster she's always feared she would become. Lots of tension and drama & loved all the Korean mythology. Definitely recommended!

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The Okay Witch | Emma Steinkellner
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A cute middle grade comic about Moth, a thirteen year old girl, who discovers she's a witch after accidentally casting a spell on two of her bullies. But her mom doesn't want her doing magic-- and she won't say why. With the help of a talking cat possessed by the ghost of a family friend and her mom's old diary, Moth uncovers the truth about her mother's past and her complicated relationship with magic. Cute and perfect for a fun Halloween read!

underground_bks This sounds adorable! 2mo
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The Wild Robot | Peter Brown
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A very cute book about a robot stranded on an island, who learns to be wild with the help of the many animals who eventually accept her. The occasional illustrations throughout were really lovely, and I especially enjoyed the exploration of found family and friendship. Took me a few chapters to really get into it, but once Roz adopted a baby goose I was completely sold.

Tamra It‘s a truly lovely adoption story. My kids liked the sequel just as much, though I‘d say the first is best but the sequel is still worth reading. 2mo
rachelsbrittain @Tamra it really is! Which I didn't even know going in. Glad to hear the sequel is worthwhile too! 2mo
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Wicked Fox | Kat Cho
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At my gate with coffee and a book so ready (as I can be) for a day of flying

Megabooks I got a nitro cold brew this morning, too! 2mo
BeckyandBooks That‘s what I‘ll be doing Wednesday. Trying to decide what book to take with me 🤔 2mo
rachelsbrittain @Megabooks it was actually an iced cocoa cloud macchiato-- I'd never seen it on the menu before but it was quite good! 2mo
rachelsbrittain @BeckyB always the dilemma! Which books and how many lol 😅 2mo
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Downtown Books | Milwaukee, WI (Bookstore)
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Just made friends with the sweetest bookstore cat, Milo

Clwojick 🙀🙀🙀 2mo
TheLibrarian 😻 2mo
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Wicked Fox | Kat Cho
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Enjoying my last day in MKE in the best way I can