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rayna

rayna

Joined March 2016

readtheworld.org / I now mostly post over at @readtheworld
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The Husband's Secret | Liane Moriarty
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The Husband's Secret was a great choice for the readathon! It's so fast-paced and suspenseful.

I just hit hour 18... I think I'll be up late tonight!

#24in48

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Just finished this memoir/true crime story on audio. It's set in the city where I grew up, Poughkeepsie, New York, and details the author's correspondence with the serial killer Kendall Francois.

I haven't yet processed all my thoughts about it. I've heard about the case since I was a kid, but didn't know all the details until now. I'm certain I've driven by Francois's family home many times without realizing. It's a strange feeling.

#24in48

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About six hours into #24in48; spent the afternoon at the pool. 💦💦💦

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Finally awake and starting this #24in48 thing!

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Bailedbailed

I had really high expectations for this after hearing several people rave about it. The writing is often beautiful, but it is SO slow. I also found the audio narration to be too varied in volume -- since I listen while I drive, her voice dipping up and down meant I missed some things.

JoeStalksBeck I bailed too and I'm a lab girl! 2y
rayna @JoeStalksBeck Glad to hear I'm not the only one! I kept waiting for something new to happen, but after I got more than a third through it, I figured it was time to quit. 2y
JoeStalksBeck Yeah, it dragged to much for me. I was waiting on the pace to pick up 2y
Mdargusch Sounds like it was time to move on. There are too many good books out there! 📚📚📚 2y
rayna @Mdargusch exactly! 🙃 2y
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party crasher

Robothugs 😱😱😱 2y
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"When the corpses of some of Franklin's officers and crew were later discoverer, miles from their ships, the men were found to have left behind their guns but to have lugged such essentials as monogrammed silver cutlery, a backgammon board, a cigar case, a clothes brush, a tin of button polish, and a copy of The Vicar of Wakefield. These men may have been incompetent bunglers, but, by God, they were gentlemen."

#reread #annefadiman

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Euphoria | Lily King
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Made it out of the library sale with only two books. #smallmiracles

Jokila Euphoria's an excellent choice!! 😊💕 3y
Sarahreadstoomuch And both are great reads!! You totally won! 3y
balletbookworm 84 Charing Cross Road!! So good ❤️ 3y
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Waiting out the rain in my car.

elkeo_TheBookDragon That's lovely 💕 3y
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I finished this novel a week ago and am still thinking about it. Such gorgeous writing.

magictoyshop This has been on my South East Asian reading list for a few months now. What a gorgeous opening. 😍 3y
rayna It's so good! Hope you enjoy it! 3y
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Finished Evening Is the Whole Day a few hours ago and just picked up Strangers in the House, a memoir about growing up in Palestine. We'll see how long I can stay up... #readathon

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Still reading this, but only about 90 pages left. It's wonderful but very densely written. I took the doggo on a long walk and had a bit of a nap... #readathon-ing is tiring!

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Breakfast time! I listened to to my current audiobook, The Association of Small Bombs, while cooking. #readathon

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I didn't think I was going to be able to participate in the #readathon but my plans for the day got cancelled! To start I'm going to finish Evening Is the Whole Day, which I have about 200 pages left in.

RealLifeReading Hooray! 3y
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Embers | Sandor Marai
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Damn, say what you really feel.

Tikabelle Whoa. That is heavy. 3y
rayna Yeah, the book is basically 100 pages of setup and then 40 pages of a really intense bromance convo. So far, anyway. 3y
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Bailedbailed

Turns out I just wasn't that interested in the Pope. Oh well.

elkeo_TheBookDragon 🤣😂🤣 3y
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Wife of the Gods: A Novel | Kwei J. Quartey
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New read! This one's been on my #toread list for ages.

Matilda My current audiobook read and really enjoying it! 3y
rayna @Matilda Nice! 3y
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Embers | Sandor Marai
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New book! #sundayreads

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Arrowood | Laura McHugh
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Just starting this now. #librarybook

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This novel is SO GOOD. I can't believe I haven't finished it yet. Thank cats it's almost the weekend!

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Pancakes + book = perfect Sunday morning.

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I'm only 80 pages into this novel, but it is excellent so far. #fridayreads

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An Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
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"There are two kinds of people in this world: people who want to be desired, and people who want to be desired so much that they pretend they don't."

I finished this novel late last night and absolutely loved the ending. Highly recommended!

Spiderfelt Brilliant. 3y
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An Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
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Saturday night in. Only a few pages left...

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An Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
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"She sincerely believed that the world curdled if her husband held his breath, and if his every whim wasn't met, the universe itself turned to ash."

Laalaleighh 📚stacking. This passage gives me all the feels about so many topics. Especially how many women in the world are still raised to think this way. 😔 3y
Tikabelle Holy wow do I hear that passage in my bones. 3y
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An Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
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Already loving this novel! I've never read anything set in Beirut before, and the writing is really bringing the city to life.

irre I just bought this. Can't wait to start! 3y
rayna @irre Hope you enjoy it! 3y
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Mehso-so

Though I liked the writing style in this novella set in Iceland, the complete lack of character development made it fall flat.

#sjon #thebluefox #coverart #novella

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Loved this book! It's definitely taken a top spot in my list of favorite graphic memoirs (alongside Persepolis).

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Bar + book + tea

Karli I loved that book! 3y
rayna @Karli I'm enjoying it so far (about halfway through)! 3y
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Books v. Cigarettes | George Orwell
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Good to know that nothing has changed about bookselling in more than a century...

balletbookworm I think I need to read this 😂 3y
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Born a Crime details Trevor Noah's stories of growing up as a mixed-race kid under apartheid, and is also a heartfelt tribute to his strict but loving mother.

Funny, engaging, and excellent on audio, this is not the typical celebrity memoir.

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The Turner House | Angela Flournoy
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I loved every second of this novel, which is set in Detroit and follows various members of a family with 13 children as they grapple with personal issues, ghostly apparitions, and the fate of their rapidly depreciating family home.

Engaging, timely, and beautifully written.

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The Turner House | Angela Flournoy
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Reading with my new nephew 💕

Bookzombie So sweet! 3y
LiteraryinLititz Adorable! 3y
rayna @Bookzombie @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! He is the sweetest. 3y
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BookThia ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️ One of the best feelings in the world! 3y
jessberk13 Adorable! Many blessings to your family! 3y
Megabooks So cute! 💕💕 3y
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The Turner House | Angela Flournoy
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Ugh, I can't even escape him in my reading.

He also turned up in my last audiobook, A House in the Sky, in which the author nicknamed the wealthiest-looking of her kidnappers Donald Trump.

MicheleinPhilly My friend sent me a clip last week from an early episode of Gilmore Girls when Lorelai and Sookie find out who owns the Dragonfly. Sookie says, "Tell me it's not that bastard Donald Trump." ? 3y
Lakesidemusing 😳👎 3y
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Hope In The Dark | Rebecca Solnit
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Early morning reading. #READUP

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The Thing Around Your Neck | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Finally getting back to this collection.

#weekendread

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"Before the advent of alarm clocks, people called knocker uppers were employed to knock on the windows of sleeping people in the morning, so they could get to work on time."

I'm glad that's how that sentence ended. I really thought "knocker uppers" was going in a different direction.

#doinggoodbetter #nonfiction

LauraBeth 😂😂😂 3y
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Reading #HarryPotter out loud to each other. We keep stopping to have long conversations about non-human magical species' mistreatment under the law, and the general incompetence of Hogwarts professors.

#stillgreatthough #chamberofsecrets

Beckys_Books Love it! 3y
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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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Finally starting this, a few days later than I'd hoped.

#masterandmargareadalong #readalong

ultrabookgeek Hey, who are you reading this with? Can I join? I started a few weeks ago and stalled out. 3y
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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Donating two boxes of books to my local library #booksale (because otherwise I won't have anywhere to put the new ones!)

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Coroner's Lunch | Colin Cotterill
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When the cat's away the mouse will wake up at 7AM on a Saturday to read all day.

#saturdayreads #weekendread

Tav Great photo! 📷 3y
rayna @Tav thanks! 3y
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Coroner's Lunch | Colin Cotterill
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Squeezing in some reading before class. #readingspot #mystery #readtheworld

MrBook Fantastic!!!! 😁👏🏻👍🏻👌🏻 3y
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My Life on the Road | Gloria Steinem
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Steinem is going IN on Betty Friedan.

#intersectionality #feminism #gloriasteinem

Tikabelle GAH. Get her, Gloria. #myfavesareproblematic 3y
jfount "'Mau-mau' the meeting"!!! 3y
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Coroner's Lunch | Colin Cotterill
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New library haul. Which should I start this weekend?

#happyfriday #library #bookstack #tbr

brendanmleonard Gods looks really interesting, but I'm a sucker for SoHo Crime! 3y
rayna @brendanmleonard Right? Too many good choices! 3y
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My Life on the Road | Gloria Steinem
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"I myself cried when I got angry, then became unable to explain why I was angry in the first place. Later I would discover this was endemic among female human beings. Anger is supposed to be 'unfeminine' so we suppress it -- until it overflows."

#gloriasteinem #truth

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My Life on the Road | Gloria Steinem
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This book is filled with both big ideas and small, lovely insights.

#gloriasteinem #memoir #laborday

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My Life on the Road | Gloria Steinem
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Sunny reading spot.

LLindsey I'm loving this book! She does a great job of weaving together her narrative. 3y
rayna @LLindsey Yes! Her life is so fascinating! 3y
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My Life on the Road | Gloria Steinem
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Getting in bed with a new book. #gloriasteinem #memoir

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Thing Around Your Neck | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Late night short story sesh.

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The Thing Around Your Neck | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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It's the last day of the #bookisholympics! I won't be getting to gold, but as long as I finish my audiobook (6 hours to go!) and read a few more short stories, I'll take home silver.

What's everyone else's plan for the last day?

StephBengtson My timing for these readathons are the worst. I'm on the last day of my 60 hour work week, but I'm almost done with book 4, halfway through a short story and I have two graphic novels on deck. Silver is mine!! 3y
Varshitha My week was crazy.. Couldn't read at all the entire way.. Making my way up to the second book of the week.. 3y
rayna @StephBengtson YAYYYY silver! 3y
rayna @Varshitha you can do it! 3y
Beckys_Books I'm rooting for you! 3y
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