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RamsFan1963

Joined March 2018

LA Rams Fan, Book Lover, Old School Comics Fan, Hufflepuff and Retail Warrior
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20/150 I wasn't sure you could fill a book with just one year and make it interesting, but the author did it. 1932 was a pivotal year for the US, as the Great Depression worsened, the country decided it had had enough of Hoover and his indifference to the plight of the common American, and chose to embrace Roosevelt's big government socialism.
FDR isn't one of my favorite presidents, but there's no denying that the economic policies ⬇️⬇️

RamsFan1963 under Hoover was only making things worse, and a radical readjustment was needed to save the country. This might sound dry and academic, but it's actually very lively and the narrator does a spot on imitation of FDR and Hoover. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 8h
DieAReader 🥳Great 8h
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Hoka! (Hoka, #3) | Poul Anderson
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Playing catch up...
I am posting one (or two) book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 54 & 55
#ABookADay2024

AlaMich When I see Hoka now, i immediately think of the shoes. 😂 20h
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Playing catch up...
I am posting one book (or two) from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 52 & 53
#ABookADay2024

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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February hasn't been a good month for me. A good long readathon is just what I need to boost my spirits.
My goals:
Finish Dhalgren for #ClassicLSFBC
Finish The Doctor & The Kid
Finish 1932: FDR, Hoover and The Dawn of A New America
Finish 2 or 3 graphic novels
Read 30+ hours

Good luck to everyone joining in.
#20in4 #FabulousFebruary @Andrew65

bthegood hope this boosts your spirits🙂 (edited) 2d
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Mehso-so

19/150 I really wanted to enjoy this book, because of my life long fascination with the Roman Empire and it's people, but I sadly found it dry and academic. There's a lot to learn here about how the Romans viewed this pandemic, its effects on the social, economic, and political arenas, but it's missing the human element. I never got a true feeling of what the average Roman experienced during the plague, the author kept the story at a distance.

RamsFan1963 3 ⭐⭐⭐💫 19th book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65 3d
DieAReader 👋🏻👋🏻Next! 3d
TieDyeDude Bummer, sounds like there is a lot of potential in that event for many stories. I was not aware of this plague. 3d
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Wanderers: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 51
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 50
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1. 2015. I moved from Virginia to West Virginia
2. The Supernatural Enhancement by Edgar Cantero. The main characters move into a house that may or may not be haunted.
Thank you for the tag @audraelizabeth
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!💜📖📚 4d
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The Refrigerator Monologues | Catherynne M. Valente
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 49
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Extreme Venomverse | Ryan North
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Mehso-so

18/150 This is definitely for diehard Venom fans only, anyone else might be left scratching their heads. Carnage is sweeping the multiverse, killing various incarnations of Venom. We get to see various people as Venom, but that's about all there is. The artwork varies between gorgeous and detailed to very cartoony. 3 ⭐⭐⭐
18th book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65

DieAReader 🥳Great! You‘re on🔥📚🤓 7d
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 48
#ABookADay2024

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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 47
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The_Book_Ninja I like Stableford 1w
Jari-chan Love that cover! 7d
Bookwomble The cover looks like Ian Miller's art style, which I really like. 3d
RamsFan1963 @Bookwomble You have a good eye! The cover was done by Ian Miller 👍👍 2d
Bookwomble @RamsFan1963 He's pretty distinctive, and I've a free bike with his covers 😊 2d
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Boys Weekend | Mattie Lubchansky
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Mehso-so

17/150 Sammie, a newly out transgender woman, is invited by her best friend to join him and their college buddies at El Campo, a swanky floating resort, for his bachelor party. The guys are pretty much jerks, refusing to see Sammie as a she now, inforcing male stereotypes on her. This is an odd mix of gender drama, social satire (all the men talk in business buzzwords and marketing lingo), paranoia and Elder Gods horror. I thought parts ⬇️

RamsFan1963 of the story were a little heavy handed and lacked subtlety, but overall I liked Sammie. 3 ⭐⭐⭐💫 1w
DieAReader 🥳Great 1w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1w
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Holliday was cutting into his steak at the Sacred Cow when a large shadow fell over his table.
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Chicago: a satire | Thomas P. Johnson, Lawrence J. Gutter Collection of Chicagoana (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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1. Chicago - Its hard to top the Cell Block Tango.
2. The Greatest Showman - I can sing "From Now On" over and over again.
3. Inherit The Wind - One of the greatest dramas ever
#ThreeListThursday @dabbe

TieDyeDude Great list! 1w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 You've also reminded me of 12 ANGRY MEN, another great courtroom drama in the deliberating room. Thanks for sharing! 🩷💜❤️ 1w
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Beautiful Chaos | Gary Russell
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 46
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Dhalgren | Samuel R. Delany
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It's about midway through February and I just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing with the February/March #ClassicLSFBC selection, Dhalgren.
Started it yet? Enjoying it? Finding it baffling? Ready to bail?
I've found it as surreal, hallucinogenic and unsettling as I remembered it from years ago.
@Bookwomble @Ruthiella @TheSpineView @BookmarkTavern @wanderinglynn @Readergrrl @Johanna414 @Lizpixie @BookBelle84 @Larkken

TheSpineView Not started yet. Plan to read in March. 1w
CatLass007 I haven‘t started it yet, but soon. 1w
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Ruthiella Started it and finding it baffling! 😂 I think a woman just turned into a tree? (edited) 1w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m on page 116. There are moments where I‘m struggling through it and it reminds me of some of the pretentious works I‘ve read in creative writing classes. Then there are other times where I‘m completely enthralled with the style. Mostly I just hope The Kidd finally takes a shower before having intercourse with another character. 🤣😂🤣 1w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Ruthiella I‘m still not sure whether that was an actual occurrence or some sort of hallucination. 🤷‍♀️😅 1w
BookwormAHN My library hold should be in soon. Sounds interesting so far 😸 1w
Roary47 I am unable to get around to this one. 😞 I‘ve been busier than expected. 1w
kwmg40 I've not started yet but hope to do that soon! 1w
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 45
#ABookADay2024

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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 44
#ABookADay2024

TieDyeDude I was such a fan of Palahniuk in college. I haven't read his last few, though, and sold most of my collection of his books when we last moved. 2w
RamsFan1963 @TieDyeDude Like most people, the only book I've read by Palahniuk is Fight Club. 2w
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The Dispossessed | Ursula K. LeGuin
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16/150 I FINALLY finished January's #ClassicLSFBC selection. I'm not sure if the book was too high brow for my low brow tastes, but I found a great deal of the book mind numbingly boring. I didn't like Shevek as a character, he was cold, aloof and more interested in his physics theorems than in other people. I don't think I'd want to live on Anarres or Urras, they both were unpleasant places for different reasons. I'm probably missing ⬇️⬇️

RamsFan1963 some of the finer sociological, philosophical and political points the book was making, simply because I found the story so dull. 3 ⭐⭐⭐ 2w
DieAReader 👋🏻👋🏻Next up🤓📚 2w
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RamsFan1963 @DieAReader Yes my next fiction read is a 180 degree turn to a steampunk adventure starring Doc Holiday. 2w
Ruthiella Fair assessment! Sorry this wasn‘t a win for you. 2w
RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella Not all books can appeal to every reader. That said, I'm enjoying the February/March selection for #ClassicLSFBC 2w
Larkken I‘m still working on this from January, too 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2w
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Iron Council | China Miville
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them
Day 43
#ABookADay2024

Jari-chan Oh, Mieville is one of my favourite authors! 2w
AlaMich I also am a fan of Mieville, though I haven‘t read this one yet. 2w
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The Taking of Chelsea 426 | David Llewellyn
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 42
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15/150 While I was expecting this to be more of a spy thriller, a race against time to avert the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it is instead a look at the spy organizations of both the US and Japan leading up to December 7th, 1941. The intelligence community was caught flat-footed by the attack, and spent the years afterward looking to pin blame. Much like the 9/11 attack in New York, the pieces were there if only the various parties, Navy ⬇️

RamsFan1963 intelligence and the FBI, and put the pieces together in time to avert the disaster. 3.75/5 2w
DieAReader 🥳Great 2w
Andrew65 Sounds an excellent read. Well done 👏👏👏 2w
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Taliesin | Stephen R Lawhead
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 41
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Metrophage: A Novel | Richard Kadrey
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 40
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Mossflower | Brian Jacques
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 39
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BookmarkTavern I love this book! ❤️ (edited) 2w
AlaMich Looks charming! 2w
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Paul of Dune | Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 38
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14/150 Another clever and entertaining mystery involving Enola Holmes, and her lesser known brother Sherlock. I like how Enola has grown and changed with each new story, growing in skills and confidence. I hope the author has many more of these stories to tell. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
14th book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65

DieAReader 🥳Great 3w
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I forgot to post yesterday so two for one today...
I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 36 & 37
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Morningstar | David Gemmell
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 35
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13/150 More mainstream, i.e. less weird, than the other Nightvale books I've read, this was still an entertaining tale of betrayal and revenge across generations. Duel timelines are both ghost story and pirate adventure, with the two stories tying neatly together in the end. 3.75/5 stars.
13th book finished for #Readaway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65

DieAReader 🥳Great 3w
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They Bite | Jonathan Maberry, David F. Kramer
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Bailedbailed

I found this interesting at first, but it quickly became tedious. I'm going to pass it on to a friend who's more interested in the paranormal than I am. I only finished
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dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 3w
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 34
#ABookADay2024

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Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula | Loren D. Estleman
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 33
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Dhalgren | Samuel R. Delany
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To wound the autumnal city. So howled out of the world to give him a name. The in-dark answered with wind.

Great opening line.
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl Yes! Visceral. 3w
TheSpineView Love that opening! 3w
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 32 (yes I know I'm late, and this is the second Worf cover)
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Ruthiella Too much Worf is never a bad thing! Qapla‘! 3w
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Dhalgren | Samuel R. Delany
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I'm diving into this today. I've chosen to do the audiobook, even though its 34 hours and 32 minutes long. I know I can do that quicker than the 879 pages of the printed version.
#ClassicLSFBC

KathyWheeler I‘m doing the audio too for the same reason. 3w
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Shadows Have Offended | Cassandra Rose Clarke
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 31
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UwannaPublishme 😍🖖🏻 3w
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Muddle Earth | John Brunner
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 30
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Making It So: A Memoir | Patrick Stewart
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1. Tagged. My only 5 🌟 read for January
2. Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delaney. #ClassicLSFBC I first read this when I was 15-16 and while I don't remember a lot of the plot, I do remember it made me feel awkward and uncomfortable at time. I'm sure it was some of the sexual situations, which shouldn't bother me 44 years later lol

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView I am looking forward to reading Dhalgren. Thanks for playing! 4w
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12/150 While this sounds like the title of an Agatha Christie novel, it's actually the true story of the mysterious disappearance of Rudolph Diesel, pioneering engineer and designer of the diesel engine. Intertwined with the story of Diesel's life is the history of industry, specifically the advancements in mechanical engines, leading up to World War I. What happened to Diesel? Suicide? Accident? Was he done in by German spies ⬇️⬇️⬇️

RamsFan1963 determined to keep Diesel's new engine designs out of Allied hands before WWI? Or was it Pinkerton agents sent by J.D. Rockefeller to put an end to a rival of the gasoline engine and Rockefeller's oil empire? The concluding solution is both elegant and makes the most sense given the available data. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 4w
Crazeedi I bought this when I hear author conversation, it sounds really interesting 4w
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RamsFan1963 @Crazeedi Scott Brick narrates the book. He's always been one of my favorite narrators, he never disappoints. 4w
DieAReader 🥳Great! 4w
Crazeedi @RamsFan1963 oh boy, I got the physical book, but the audio would be really good 4w
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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 29
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TheLudicReader That‘s a good one. 4w
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The Dispossessed | Ursula K. LeGuin
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1. Working after being off for a 3 day weekend. Looking forward to getting my new glasses so I'm not half blind.
2. The Dispossessed and The Mysterious Case of Rudolph Diesel
3. Sarcastic, Introverted
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView
#motivationalmonday @cupcake12

Cupcake12 Love the answer to no.3 Hope you have a good week x 4w
TheSpineView You're welcome! 4w
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A mix of historical mystery, a bit of paranormal, and the last part of some densely philosophical science fiction. I should have had The Dispossessed finished by now, but the audiobook about Rudolf Diesel has been really good and hard to set aside.
#ClassicLSFBC

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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 28
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The tagged book for sure. Erik Larson is an auto-pick author for me. This is his first book dealing with the American Civil War era, I expecting it to be detailed, well researched, and very informative.

#SundayFunday @BookmarkTavern

AmyG Nice. I love his books. This should be especially interesting considering the climate we live in. (edited) 4w
BookmarkTavern That sounds really interesting! Thanks for posting! 4w
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 27
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TheLudicReader Some students encouraged me to read this a few years back and ..I just didn't get it. Lol. 1mo
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Timequake | Kurt Vonnegut
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 26
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Ruthiella I have that same edition and I‘ve not read it yet either. 1mo
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The Atlas Complex | Olivie Blake
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11/150 What an utter disappoint to conclude the Atlas trilogy. While the first two books weren't perfect, there were several story moments that annoyed me, they at least had coherent storylines. After the explosive finale of book 2, I wasn't expecting this one to start so slow, or take so long to get back to the main characters. If you've read the other two books, you'll want to see how it ends, but I don't think you'll find it satisfying.

Traci1 That's disappointing to hear. 1mo
DieAReader 🥳Off the #MountTBR at least 👋🏻 1mo
Meshell1313 Oooh nooooo. 1mo
RamsFan1963 @Meshell1313 Hopefully you'll have a better experience with it. For me, it took the parts of the series I didn't like and expanded on them, also the characters (to me) felt like they regressed back to the way they were at the beginning of the first book. 1mo
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Reamde: A Novel | Neal Stephenson
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive, and ever growing, TBR shelves. Some are old and some are new, some were gifts and some I don't remember why I bought them.
Day 25
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