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Joined February 2024

“If I don‘t diminish things I have to face them at their normal size, and that‘s horrible.” --Alexis Hall
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The High Middle Ages by Teaching Company, Philip Daileader
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Waiting for the Flood by Alexis J. Hall
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Ridiculous!
Small Vices by Robert B. Parker: 4 read/4 listen (since 2004)
Grilled Cheese & Goblins by Nicole Kimberling: 5
Joy by C.S. Poe: 7

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Banquet of Lies (Recency London) by Michelle Diener: 7
Murderbot by Martha Wells: 2 read/3 listen
An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities) KJ Charles: 5

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Jericho Candelario's Gay Debut by R. Cooper: 6
And Everything Nice by Ada Maria Soto: 6
Loud & Clear by Aidan Wayne: 6

random_michelle Of course, I reread The Hobbit every year from about age 9 through college & the same for The Complete Sherlock Holmes.

& the whole Miss Marple series every couple years, the Thieves World series every other year for awhile
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Deblovestoread I just reread The Hobbit and LOTR with my daughter..🤦‍♀️...how soon we forget! 4w
dabbe WOW! That's a whole-lotta new for the TBR! Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 4w
random_michelle @dabbe Everything there is a comfort read, but different things are comforting for different reasons. :)

And I'd probably reread one of those right now except I'm rereading Charlie Adhara's Wolf at the Door, so there's another series reread. :)
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Third book in the series. Lady Helena is getting ready to come out of mourning, much happens to distract her: her nephew getting into trouble, her older sister being demanding, the death of her friend's father, the visit of a cousin, and much more.
It sounds like a lot, but most characters are familiar from previous books, as are some of the threads.

Now I must wait years for the next book.

bthegood Welcome to Litsy - a good tag to follow is @LitsyEvents - then you will get posts on readathons, read-alongs and books clubs and other fun events on Litsy. Hope you are enjoying it so far 🙂 4w
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I am! Although I am terrible at readathons. I want to read the book I want to read right now. Having to read something makes me want to read anything BUT that.

Stupid brain. ;)
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Stiletto: A Novel | Daniel O'Malley
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audio book, narrated by Moira Quirk

Most of my audio listens are to books I've already read. This is a series that is perfect for an audio reread--action and adventure to keep me moving and amusement to keep me laughing.

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Two Feet Under | Charlie Cochrane
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Mehso-so

Another reread. This is just a nice comforting cozy series. I like both main characters, the mysteries aren't bad, and I like the perspective Adam--a teacher--brings to the series.

CarolynM I enjoy this series. I‘ve just finished no6🙂 4w
random_michelle @CarolynM I wish there was another book in the series, but I haven't seen anything (although she's put out a couple Cambridge Fellows books since I think) 4w
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You‘ve been gallivanting around, mixing yourself up with suicides and pox-ridden servants and adulterers and that French physician who turns out to be a duke. Your remarks about my dear boy show that this irregular life of yours is coarsening your fibers.

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Stiletto: A Novel | Daniel O'Malley
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Two ladies came in, dressed very smart. They explained that the baby was not dead, that he was in the care of the government, and that there would be some more duties for me here at the hospital. If I took on those duties and kept it all secret, then I would receive a good deal of money and the gratitude of the nation. If I didn‘t—well, they never actually said what would happen. But I understood it wouldn‘t be nearly as nice.

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Murder in G Major | Alexia Gordon
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“I want to leave on a high, not sneak away in shame like the Colts out of Baltimore.“

Several months ago I remembered most of this quote, but could not for the life of me remember the book. I was convinced it was an early Spenser.

I am weirdly thrilled I finally figured out what the book was.

(I enjoyed this series and wish there were more books.)

random_michelle My father was from Baltimore, so the Colts were anathema to us. 1mo
kspenmoll I enjoyed this series as well. I too wish there were more. 1mo
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To make up for bizarre cover I just shared, here is the cover of a new book I absolutely love.

The covers in this series are all distinct, yet also clearly part of a series: black silhouette in front a washed out silhouette of a building, with a single color wash for everything & a floral border.

& I believe these are self-published, so she has made an effort.

I think it's lovely & eye-catching.

Artist: Rachel Lawston

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Often when I glance at a cover thumbnail, I see something that isn't there. Sometimes I am not sure what I am supposed to be seeing.

I think the gentleman on this cover has knees that begin immediately below his chest.

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“That's enough.“

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This was the 2nd Talia Hibbert book I read &, and I read it prior to my own neurodiversity diagnoses.
So. Much. Highlighted. Text.
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“Now she didn‘t know if she should laugh or gasp. She compromised by choking on her own spit.“
“Being around people who were supposedly ‘normal‘ made her feel abnormal.“
“She wasn‘t graceful. She was, in fact, the opposite of graceful.“

SW-T This was my first Hibbert, but not my last. Really enjoyed it. Went back and read the rest of the series. (edited) 1mo
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Paladin's Hope | T Kingfisher
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Paladin's Hope | T Kingfisher
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Mehso-so

I was conflicted the first time I read this. I wanted to love it, but didn't.

The 1st issue is we didn't learn anything about the Wonder Engines, so the whole underlying plot was unfulfilling. The 2nd problem is I didn't believe all Galen & Piper's actions. Galen not telling Piper about his sleep issues? No. And the resolution to their relationship problems? I felt offended on Piper's behalf.

Which is too bad, because LIKE Piper & Galen

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Check, Please! series by Ngozi Ukazu: Pie, Hockey, & allowing yourself to be who you are

The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stifevater
“Ronan Lynch—dreamer of dreams, fighter of men, skipper of classes.“
“This is what you get, Maura, for using your DNA to make a baby,”
“Adam was his son‘s friend, & so he had inherent worth.“

Frontier Magic series by Patricia C. Wrede: Eff learns her own magic & her own way & she is not cursed

dabbe More for the TBR! Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 1mo
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Half-Resurrection Blues | Daniel Jos Older
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I've been looking for quotations recently, & remembered one of my favorite passages that is really an ultra short story.

The page previous Carlos walked into a Mexican Bakery.

“At the only other table in the place, an ancient mustachioed man in a Yankees cap plays Uno against an eight-year-old girl with pigtails.“

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Paladin's Strength | T Kingfisher
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I'm trying not to reread these one right after the other.

Unfortunately, I've already almost finished “Paladin's Hope“

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Paladin's Strength | T Kingfisher
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“No real tradition of paladins up here. They have a lot of gods of the sea, but if one of them calls a paladin, you get a god-touched privateer.“

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Winter's Gifts | Ben Aaronovitch
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“So it‘s not authentic?”

“That‘s one of those loaded words,” said Boyd. “It implies there is an authentic and inauthentic Ojibwe culture that is historically fixed, rather than a living culture that is constantly evolving, just like every other culture.”

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Speculations in Sin | Jennifer Ashley
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I think I've been reading this series since it came out.

It's a nice solid historical series with a main character who is a cook who actually has the worries & concerns of a Victorian cook (lack of free time, fear of being fired).

The slow burn romance is slowly solidifying, and I really loved how this book reconfirmed Kat's character so well, with her willingness to ask for help when it is for other people.

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Winter's Gifts | Ben Aaronovitch
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Narrated by Penelope Rawlins. I actually read this in early February, but forgot to add it to my logs.

This is a Kimberly Reynolds, not a Peter Grant story, so I'm always sad not to hear Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's voice.

Penelope Rawlins does a decent job of Kimberly's accent, but less of a good job on male--especially midwestern--voices. I had a hard time telling the male characters apart.

I also laughed at the describtions of midwest snow.

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Jury of One | Charlie Cochrane
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Again, it's a perfectly adequate series--nothing really stands out--but it works very well for me as an end-of-the day wind down book.

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Speculations in Sin | Jennifer Ashley
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“What do they want in return?” I asked. No one in these gangs did things out of the kindness of their hearts.

“Money. Me.” Joanna‘s mouth twisted, then a fierce light entered her eyes. “My daughters. They considerately said they‘d wait until they were older.”

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Stiletto: A Novel | Daniel O'Malley

“If I took on those duties and kept it all secret, then I would receive a good deal of money and the gratitude of the nation. If I didn‘t—well, they never actually said what would happen. But I understood it wouldn‘t be nearly as nice.“

“So you agreed,” said Felicity, fascinated. “And you… never talked to the parents about it?”

“No, that would have led to the ingratitude of the nation,” said the nurse flatly.

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Three great non-fiction books?

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (of xkcd)

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

“coffeehouses were hotbeds of gossip, rumor, political debate, & satirical discussion. They were also popular venues for chess & backgammon, which were regarded as morally dubious.“

No Man's Land by Wendy Moore

#tlt #ThreeListThursday

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Mirror Lake | Juneau Black
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I am now forcing myself to step back from this series, both so I don't get burned out and so I have books to look forward to when life is too much and I need a cozy mystery to take my out of my own brain.
But really, this series is a delight.

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Cold Clay | Juneau Black
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This is another pretty much perfect cozy read.
And as much as talking animals living in a small town are fantasy, that bit remains incidental to the mystery.
And there are so many sly bits that made me giggle.

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The Rook: A Novel | Daniel O'Malley
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(T)he most effective psychics are the ones who never realize they‘re psychic and instead manage to live excellent lives by consistently making the right decisions. Their powers effectively guide them through the shoals of life without their knowing.

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The Rook: A Novel | Daniel O'Malley
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Audio narrated by Susan Duerden. Reread/listen.

I love this book so much. And the pace / action is perfect to keep me doing chores / exercising.

I can't read the first line without hearing Susan Duerden saying, “Dear you“ and it's just perfect.

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Honey Mead Murder | Dahlia Donovan
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I adored the Grasmere Cottage series, but haven't her more recent mysteries to be as good. The romance felt as if it were added because it was required, and (a problem for many first books in a cozy series) the characters involvement in the mystery seemed forced / unrealistic.
As much as I appreciate the rep she puts into her stories, her ASD characters are starting to feel all alike.

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The Best Corpse for the Job | Charlie Cochrane
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Reread. Queer cozy mystery.

As much as I give this book/series an average rating, it ends up being good for rereading when I need something cozy and reassuring.

Both characters are competent and kind, and neither gets in their own way as far as a developing relationship. Although the characters weren't all vibrant, the story--and mystery--held together, and the whole thing is a nice escape from reality.

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The Early Middle Ages | Philip Daileader
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I listen to non-fiction to put me to sleep (I used to read, this is nicer.) But 1) It takes months to finish a book 2) there are sections I miss, regardless of “rewinding“

I recognized names & places, but had never really put things together. Listening to this gave me context and the ability to tie it all together for the first time.

One note: he has a verbal tick of drawing out “aaaaaand“ which can get annoying. But not a huge deal.

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It was strange to speak of ‘gaps‘ in one‘s memory, because surely one‘s memory was mostly gaps: one forgot almost everything one experienced, unless one made an effort to remember. That was why police officers kept records.

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This finished my relisten of the Shadow Police series. I love Damian Lynch's narration (he's right up there with Kobna Holdbrook Smith) and the story was perfect to keep me cleaning and exercising.
The series is really dark, and tons of TW, but doesn't revel in the horrible things, (I can't read horror and glorified violence).
I just wish we'd gotten more books in the series,

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Shady Hollow | Juneau Black
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I picked this up and then promptly lost it in my TBR. A recent comment about this being a perfect cozy reminded me I already owned it and I should pick it up.

It was precisely the comfort read I needed.

Although the main characters are talking animals, it isn't a kid's story (although I just order a copy for a friend for reading aloud with her daughter). It reminds me of Looney Tunes--amusing for kids but even funnier for adults.

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Paladin's Grace | T Kingfisher
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Beartongue eventually told them that if they didn‘t stop trying to make her laugh in front of the Motherhood priest, she‘d throw them in the stockade.

“You don‘t have a stockade,” said Stephen.

“You will get to build one so that I can throw you in it!”

“Well, that does seem practical.”

“That‘s the Rat‘s priests for you,” said Istvhan. “Always very practical.”