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readordierachel

Joined September 2016

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
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The Dumb House | John Burnside
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It's good, but brace yourself. Completely inside the mind of a sociopath who sees human beings (and animals for that matter) as tools or experiments. There are some gorgeous passages describing the natural world & some questionable musings about human nature/language, all juxtaposed against horrific acts. Luke is a supremely unreliable narrator. So much rationalization & ascribing dubious motives and feelings to the people around him. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

saresmoore Great review and such a cool cover! 2d
readordierachel @saresmoore I like the cover too! And it takes on some creepy symbolism after you read the book 😬 2d
Kalalalatja Great review, I agree with it all! 2d
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teainthelibrary Instantly stacked - this sounds good! 2d
readordierachel @Kalalalatja It's haunting! Now I'm curious about his other books. 2d
readordierachel @teainthelibrary It is. Disturbing but good! 2d
batsy Your review is so good! I've been interested in this one but just a little bit wary; need to pick it up when the mood is right. 2d
readordierachel @batsy Thanks! It's definitely a book you have to be in the right head space for. I was repelled and drawn in simultaneously and put it down a couple times b/c of that. I'll be so interested to hear what you think when you get to it. 2d
Reggie Ughhhhh, should I, shouldn‘t I? Do I want to make room for a sociopath in my life. I can just stack it and leave it right? Nice review. Lolol, update-I has already stacked it. I‘m an idiot. (edited) 2d
readordierachel @Reggie Hahahaha. I don't want to be responsible for bringing a sociopath into your life. For what it's worth, I'm not sorry I read it. 24h
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Hoang is 2 for 2. Fantastic 3-dimensional heroine, a neurodiverse hero, and a plot that actually has some stuff to say (and teach) about the immigrant experience in this country. More romance like this, please.

And the sexual tension (and sex) is turned up to 11 🔥

Tanisha_A Ooh, nice review. I haven't read her at all. 2d
readordierachel @Tanisha_A The author herself is on the autism spectrum and so far each of her 2 books has featured a heroine or hero who is neurodiverse. And the romances are sweet (and spicy) and believable. Good stuff 👍🏼 2d
Tanisha_A @readordierachel Ah! Intriguing. Stacked! 😁 2d
mrp27 Agreed! I was pleasantly surprised that I liked The Kiss Quotient, I'm looking forward to this one. 2d
readordierachel @mrp27 I liked aspectsof this even more than the first one. I'm excited to see what she does next! 23h
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Simmering with tension and bleak themes, but this somehow manages to be a light, quick, sometimes funny read. That balance is what makes it so clever. It's the kind of book that gives you so much insight that the lines of right and wrong begin to blur a little. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Theaelizabet Good review. I loved this book. 4d
Dragon Great review, stacking! 😀🐉 4d
readordierachel @Theaelizabet Thanks! I'm looking forward to whatever she writes next. 4d
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readordierachel @Dragon Thanks! I hope you like it. 4d
batsy Clever review! Great description of the book's subtle charm/power. 4d
Reggie I still can‘t get over her dancing to Whitney Houston and the “Let‘s play Clue!!!” Lol, nice review, Rachel. 4d
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 💚 3d
readordierachel @Reggie Right? That and all the Snapchat references! 3d
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Becky Chambers takes #spaceoddity and gives it heart and dimension. The universe is vast, but her stories are really about the little moments. Lots of warm conversation and self-reflection, and she always makes me tear up at least once. I just love her. I'll plug her books every chance I get. 🖤

#maymoviemagic
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

GypsyKat I have the first two on my Kindle TBR! 2w
readordierachel @GypsyKat I hope you like them when you get to them! (I loved the second even more than the first) 2w
Cinfhen I‘ve seen loads of #LitsyLove for these books but I couldn‘t get into them 😬 2w
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Tanisha_A I love this collage. 😍 2w
Katerina I love these books too 😍 I was a bit disappointed at first that the second was not a direct continuation of the first, but then it didn't matter at all. She has created a great universe and I hope we'll get to see much more of it. 2w
rohit-sawant This sounds wonderful! 1w
GypsyKat @readordierachel I have them already, I just haven‘t read them yet. I feel sure that I‘ll love them! 1w
readordierachel @Cinfhen It took me a little bit to get into the first book, but once I was into it, I was INTO it. But we all have different tastes, and that's what makes reading fun! 6d
readordierachel @Katerina Same on all counts! I ended up loving the second one even more than the first. Can't wait to see where she goes next! 6d
readordierachel @rohit-sawant She's a really talented author! Space opera that manages to be grand and intimate at the same time. 6d
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So, I liked this. I think. I liked the style, I liked the tone, I liked how it glanced off each topic like a pinball, periodically circling back to certain themes. There was a bit of catharsis in reading about the months right after Trump's election, about the fatigue of the every-day-is-somehow-worse-than-the-last-how-is-that-even-possible nature of his presidency. ⬇️

readordierachel I'm unfamiliar with Kathy Acker (and the author for that matter), so I'm sure there are references that I didn't pick up and I can't speak to how effective this was as an experimental pseudo memoir. I did find myself tiring of the character of Kathy, of her wealth and inaction. I'm left wondering it Laing was trying to comment on that, but I'm just not sure. And yet, in spite of that, I found it a pleasure to read. So, yes, I liked it. I think 2w
JSW The fatigue you‘re talking about is REAL. ❤️ 2w
sarahbarnes Great review. This book is on my TBR and I‘m looking forward to it! 2w
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Reggie Do you watch SNL? Cause last night their opening skit was supposed to be funny but I just found it depressing. It had a lot to do with what you just mentioned. Nice review. 2w
batsy Thoughtful and intriguing review! This is definitely on my list. 2w
Tanisha_A Love your review. It's on my list. On another note, I know you sent me the book earlier but I haven't got my hands on it yet. I am assuming the post people are taking their sweet time. 🙂 2w
rohit-sawant Terrific review. This sounds like a relatable yet weary read, but also a glad-I-read-it sort of book. 2w
Theaelizabet Yours is the review that makes me want to read this book. I could use a catharsis. 2w
youneverarrived Great review. Been wanting to read this. I love her non-fiction. 2w
readordierachel @JSW It really is. Here's hoping there's an end in sight 🤞🏼 2w
readordierachel @sarahbarnes Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 2w
readordierachel @Reggie I do, but I haven't watched the latest one yet. I will have to remedy that. I'll think about your response as I'm watching the opening (Tbh, it's opening usually the weakest part of the show for me anyway.) 2w
readordierachel @batsy Thanks! I look forward to you thoughts on it 😁 2w
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Oh shucks! I was hoping it had arrived by now. I will hunt down the tracking number and see if I can see where it is on its journey 😊 2w
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks! Yes, that's a great way to describe it! I should have mentioned that it's funny, too, so that helps break up some of the weariness. 2w
readordierachel @Theaelizabet Thanks! Yep, I wish there was more catharsis to be had too. 2w
readordierachel @youneverarrived Thanks! After this, I'd really like to try her nonfiction. Is there something of hers you recommend in particular? 2w
youneverarrived I‘d recommend The Lonely City 👍 1w
readordierachel @youneverarrived I will check that one out! 1w
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Looking forward to this story of a Peruvian family who emigrate to NYC in the 1990s and the challenges they face. #immigrantsong

#maymoviemagic
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Cinfhen I don‘t think I‘ve read any Peruvian fiction. Im curious to hear your thoughts when your done. Happy Mother‘s Day 💕 2w
readordierachel @Cinfhen Happy Mother's Day to you too! 💚 2w
vivastory This one sounds really interesting. Happy Mother's Day! 2w
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merelybookish I have this from the library but don't know when I'll get to it! 2w
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! 😊 2w
readordierachel @merelybookish It sounds good doesn't it?? And @Redwritinghood liked it, so I have high hopes 😁 2w
Redwritinghood @readordierachel @merelybookish I liked it. It was bleak, but well done. 2w
rohit-sawant Fascinating! A little late but Happy Mother's Day! 2w
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! 😊 2w
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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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“So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord
Ere I will yield my virgin patent up
Unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke
My soul consents not to give sovereignty.”

I was really feeling Hermia in this bit. That last line in particular. I'm gonna find an occasion to use it in real life. Shouldn't be too hard 😁

#Shakespearereadalong
@merelybookish

batsy Yes! ❤️ I underlined this and wrote YAAAAAS in my copy 😆 2w
readordierachel @batsy Hahaha! That's perfect 🙌🏼 💕 2w
merelybookish Great passage! I hope it comes in handy someday! 😆 But I love how unwavering Hermia is! 2w
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readordierachel @merelybookish She knows what she wants! 2w
Lcsmcat I love Will‘s strong women. 2w
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Called a "political travelogue" and "literary criticism with solid field reporting," this is the story of the year Emma Larkin spent in Burma, following in the footsteps of George Orwell. (He lived and worked there for 5 years in the 1920s, as an Imperial Policeman.) It seems the author might have said on her travels: see #howfarillgo and #dontstopmenow

#maymoviemagic
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

RaimeyGallant I just finally (now that I'm on the web version) read the quote in your profile, lol. 3w
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant Groucho Marx for the win 😋 3w
Cinfhen This one sounds pretty interesting! Once again, thanks for posting & sharing ❤️ 3w
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Stephjotsdown Wow. Interesting. Adding it to my TBR 3w
charl08 Love this book! 3w
rohit-sawant This seems fascinating! Great mashup of prompts! 🙌🏼 2w
readordierachel @charl08 good to know!! 2w
readordierachel @Stephjotsdown Enjoy! 👍🏼 2w
readordierachel @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant 🤗🤗🤗 2w
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Sense and Sensibilty | Jane Austen
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This is from a little learners edition of Sense and Sensibility. 😂😂😂

LeahBergen I just snort-laughed. 😆 3w
readordierachel @LeahBergen I definitely laughed out loud in the store 😆 3w
JackOBotts I love those books. My kids love Emma & Pride and Prejudice...we have Wuthering Heights, too. 👍🏼 3w
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readordierachel @JackOBotts They're so cute. I bet Wuthering Heights is hysterical! 3w
batsy 😂😂 3w
readordierachel @batsy Right? Distilled to it's purest form 😆 3w
Tanisha_A I am reading this book right now, and this is 😂 3w
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Pretty accurate you would say? 😆😆 3w
Trashcanman I must know what the tattoo says if it's something you don't mind sharing? 2w
readordierachel @Trashcanman Sure, I don't mind. It says "All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh." It's from the Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing. I read it (and got the tattoo) in my early 20s, when I was going through some stuff. It resonated for some reason. 2w
BiblioLitten 😁😁 2w
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I don't have the heart to tell her the book is upside down. She's so into it, and who am I to stunt her creativity? 🤷‍♀️
#raisingreaders

vivastory This is great 👏 3w
batsy Too adorable 😍😍 3w
Cinfhen Adorable!!!! 3w
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Erofan Ahh! 💕 3w
Cathythoughts Ahh the little pet 💕💕💕 3w
GingerAntics Aww she‘ll figure it out eventually. 🥰🥰🥰 3w
LeahBergen Awwww! 😆😆 3w
Tanisha_A Aw! So cute! 3w
JSW 😍 she‘s trying! 3w
BarbaraBB Too cute 😍 3w
DivineDiana Love! 💗 3w
Reggie Awwww!!! 3w
Redwritinghood Too cute! 💕💕 3w
UwannaPublishme How cute is she! 💕💕💕 3w
readordierachel @UwannaPublishme I think she's pretty cute ❤🤗 2w
merelybookish So sweet! No harm is trying out different possibilities! 😍 2w
BiblioLitten So adorable! 💕😘 2w
readordierachel @merelybookish @BiblioLitten She marches to her own beat and I love it 😊❤ 2w
minkyb ❣️❣️❣️ 1w
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The Dumb House | John Burnside
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I'm reusing The Dumb House because I came across this line today and it jumped out at me and made me think of the #youngandbeautiful prompt: "Ten years before, she would have been considered pretty; now, with the lines around her mouth and the stain of persistent disappointment in her eyes, she was almost beautiful."

I think that's a compliment?? ?

#maymoviemagic #besticoulddo #ipromisenottousethisbookforeveryprompt
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

rohit-sawant Looking forward to your review of this one! 3w
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The Dumb House | John Burnside
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#weveonlyjustbegun this book and I, but I'm already disturbed and hooked. The first line is: "No one could say it was my choice to kill the twins, any more than it was my decision to bring them into the world." ?

#maymoviemagic
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

BiblioLitten 😟 That line 3w
JennyM That‘s one heck of a first line! 3w
vivastory I have this on my shelves. Haven't read it yet but that's one hell of an opener! 3w
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Cinfhen Stacked!!!!! That‘s such a powerful first line!!!!! 3w
Cinfhen Thanks for posting & sharing 😄 3w
Cinfhen Ohhh, I just read the blurb.... creepy!!! I‘m a little nervous now... tag me when your done, please!! 😱 3w
rohit-sawant Such an arresting first line! Stacking! 3w
Cathythoughts I‘m going to wait for your review! Sounds good though 3w
LeahBergen I‘ve had this stacked for ages. I can‘t wait to see how you like it! 3w
Reggie That‘ll hook ya. Stacked!! 3w
Kalalalatja I read this some years ago, and loved it, but it is soooo creepy and disturbing! 3w
gradcat Omigod...that‘s a winner as far as first lines go...I love reading different and/or weird first lines! ♥️ 3w
everlocalwest This has been on my list for a while! I'm excited to see what you think. 3w
readordierachel @Kalalalatja Sooo creepy indeed! I am so nervous and interested to see how it all plays out! 3w
gradcat Good on you! I‘m eagerly anticipating your review! 3w
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Duende: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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Tracy K. Smith is so good ?

My favorite poems were "Duende," "In Brazil," and "When Zappa Crashes My Family Reunion."

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I read this in high school and have forgotten much of it, but there is a car accident in it that has stayed with me. I was so disturbed by it, and I still think about it sometimes when I get #behindthewheel.

#maymoviemagic
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Reagan-reads Oh I really enjoyed that book! 3w
candority I saw this at a used bookstore today, but decided not to buy it. Now I‘m intrigued 🤔 Plus, seeing it twice in one day must be a sign, right? 😂 3w
readordierachel @Reagan-reads I think I liked it, too! But it's been a while. 3w
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readordierachel @candority The universe is telling you to buy it! 3w
Reagan-reads @readordierachel I remember that car accident but I also read this a long time ago. I tried reading A Prayer for Owen Meany and I just kept thinking I should reread Garp. 🤷‍♀️ 3w
Cinfhen I should read this!!! And yes @candority it‘s a sign !!! 3w
BarbaraBB Great choice for this prompt. I know exactly which scene you mean 😲 3w
Reggie The kid loses an eye but doesn‘t something else happen to somebody else? The mom‘s arm breaks? He hits her from behind? I just liked this book because if you ever want the anti-openending this is it. Lol 3w
rohit-sawant John Irving is another writer I've been meaning to read. 3w
Joyfulmimi I actually really appreciate you sharing about the car accident which will keep me from reading this book and being triggered. I drive a lot and have a phobia about being in a car accident. (edited) 3w
readordierachel @BarbaraBB It's haunting 😱 3w
readordierachel @Reggie It's wild. Garp's wife is performing oral sex on a dude in the other car (that Garp hits) and she bites some of his penis off and I think breaks some teeth or something? 😱 3w
readordierachel @rohit-sawant I've only read this and The Hotel New Hampshire, but I remember liking them, although it was a long time ago. 3w
readordierachel @Joyfulmimi Car accidents are so scary! 3w
gradcat I‘d forgotten that accident until now, and funnily enough, now I remember it quite clearly. I read a good few of his books back in the day...it‘s been eons though. I remember being obsessed with the books mentioned here. 3w
readordierachel @gradcat Yeah, even though I only read a couple of his books, I was really into him. For some reason I never think to pick up another one now. It's so interesting how we grow and change as readers. 3w
gradcat I truly think his appeal wears off after awhile...maybe the books are for younger folks—I‘m probably too old now! 😂 3w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Lovely, although it didn't move me in the same way that Song of Achilles did. The narrator, Circe, felt more distant somehow. But perhaps that's fitting, as her character is often so distant, literally and figuratively, from those around her.

Having just read the Odyssey, I really enjoyed seeing some of those events through Circe's lens. I liked seeing Odysseus and especially Penelope from that angle. ⬇️

readordierachel
Circe felt much heavier on the mythology (a few times at the expense of more compelling characterization) than Achilles did. Quite a lot happens in this book. But I'm fascinated by Greek mythology, so overall it's a plus. Miller has found a wonderful formula, and I love the way she writes. I hope there are more retellings on the horizon.
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riversong153 Agreed I liked both but did enjoy Song of Achilles more. 3w
readordierachel @riversong153 It's hard not to compare the two. I wonder if I would have been more in love with it if I'd read it first? 3w
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riversong153 @readordierachel me too! I think Song of Achilles was just so powerful that it would‘ve been tough to rise to that level again. But she did a great job! 3w
Toniyesss I totally agree - I LOVED Song of Achilles and it took me a while to get into Circe. I ended up really liking it but not with the same passion as the first 3w
readordierachel @Toniyesss I had the same experience! 3w
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Damned | Chuck Palahniuk
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I DNF'd this tale narrated by a 13-year-old girl who ends up in Hell. Interesting idea, but I hated the execution of this #highwaytohell.

#maymoviemagic
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Patchshank I didn't like it much either. I wasn't able to finish it. 3w
readordierachel @Patchshank I remember liking some early Palahniuk back in the day, but this was just not my cup of tea 3w
merelybookish I have no desire to read Palahniuk and posts like this remind me why! 😉 3w
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rohit-sawant I haven't read anything by him yet. Love this cover, though! 3w
Reagan-reads I think Snuff was the last one I finished. Lullaby was so great. 3w
Cinfhen One Palahnuik was enough for me 🙄 3w
Cinfhen But good choice for prompt!! 3w
Reggie Me and you both. This book was the last time I bought a Palahniuk until Fight Club last month. 3w
gradcat He is very difficult to swallow, but I like a few things he‘s done. I can easily understand why people don‘t like him, though—not everyone‘s cup of tea 🍵! 3w
readordierachel @merelybookish I used to dig him, but I've changed so much as a reader in the last 2 decades 🙃 3w
readordierachel @rohit-sawant I do, too! 3w
readordierachel @Reagan-reads I might have to check that one out someday. Just the premise of Snuff was too much for me 🙈 3w
readordierachel @Cinfhen Funny enough I've never read Fight Club, but I don't think I want to tbh... 3w
readordierachel @Reggie It's just so unsavory, and not in a fun way! 3w
readordierachel @gradcat Yes, I can totally see (and respect) that there is an audience for his work. Just not me anymore, I guess! Although I remember liking Survivor and Invisible Monsters way back in the day. 3w
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I adored this. Yes, it‘s a love story of sorts, but the scope is much larger than that. Nature, religion, socioeconomic status, colonization, and women‘s rights and place in society are all woven into the backdrop.

Oscar and Lucinda are some of the most well-drawn characters I‘ve ever read. They breathe and sweat and fidget. I knew them, and I loved them. ⬇️

readordierachel Carey's sentences can be long and meandering, and his narrative often gets sidetracked. But all the tangents and minute details taken together create such a rich reading experience. He makes you work for it, but it's worth it. 1mo
AntoinetteBuchanan One of my all time favourite novels 1mo
readordierachel @AntoinetteBuchanan one of mine now, too 💕 1mo
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mom2bugnbee Pretty sure I need to see this movie, also! Hello, Ralph Fiennes! 1mo
readordierachel @mom2bugnbee I watched it just yesterday. It's pretty true to the book. And Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett are 😍😍 1mo
vivastory But the end of the book!! It made me scream! So real & honest, even if frustrating! 1mo
Cathythoughts Ralph Fiennes ♥️. I have to see this too. I never read though ... stacking 👍🏻 (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts I already have it on kindle 🤦🏻‍♀️👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory I know! 😭 Somehow I'd blocked that out from the movie. Was not expecting it! At first I was really mad. But you're right, it was more real. And although it was so fucking sad, at least Lucinda sort of had a happy ending in the long run? 1mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts I hope you love it 💕 1mo
charl08 I should try this again: gave up on it when I first got it. 4w
readordierachel @charl08 I hope you have better luck with it 🤞🏼🤞🏼 3w
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Cat's Eye | Margaret Atwood
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I have two copies of Cat's Eye, a hardcover and a paperback. It's a mass market paperback, the first printing in that format, so it's got some mileage on it. My copy is pretty janky: small type, the cover hanging on for dear life, the pages yellowed. I picked it up in a used bookstore some years back. I was about to put it in a stack to give away, no room for duplicates in an already overcrowded bookshelf... But I just realized it's signed! 😯

Aimeesue I help sort books for a church book sale and I almost always check inside older books that look slightly out of place; a lot of times people have kept them because they're signed. Found a copy of Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, illustrated and signed by Edward Gorey. (edited) 1mo
vivastory That's amazing!! 1mo
rohit-sawant How awesome! 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly 😮😮😮 1mo
merelybookish I guess you're keeping the janky paperback! 🙂 1mo
Redwritinghood Oh! That‘s fantastic! A keeper for sure. 1mo
batsy Fab 💜 1mo
mrp27 Oh wow!! 1mo
UwannaPublishme Wow!!! How cool is that! 1mo
Tanisha_A ❤️ 1mo
BiblioLitten A signed copy 😍 1mo
readordierachel @Aimeesue Whoa, great find! I will definitely be paying attention next time I'm scoping used books! 1mo
readordierachel @merelybookish @Redwritinghood Definitely keeping the janky old paperback 😀 1mo
wordzie 😎 1mo
DivineDiana Amazing! 4w
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I've heard this series is popular? And all the characters get what they deserve and live happily ever after? 😆
🐺🦁🦌🐉🐙🏵☀️🐟🦅

(I know I'm the last person in the world to read this, but I've always been a late adopter. This is cell phones all over again.) #currentlyreading

Lynnsoprano Not to worry, I was the second to last, and I have not seen a single episode of the series 1mo
wanderinglynn I haven‘t read it or watched the show. I tried to pick it up a while back, but couldn‘t get into it. 1mo
ZeinaHesham I haven't read the books and haven't seen the series and I feel left out tbh 1mo
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Freespirit I have read 3 books. They are epic and complex! They are brutal at times and not always a happy ending😁...my son has read them all and waits with baited breath for the next one. 1mo
saresmoore I loathed the first book, never finished it, and now adamantly refuse to come anywhere near that bandwagon. I hope you like it better than I did! 1mo
whippoorwill815 I love GoT! But I suggest taking your time. He hasn‘t written a new book in like...7 years or something. And there‘s supposed to be 2 more! 1mo
readordierachel @Lynnsoprano @wanderinglynn @ZeinaHesham Full disclosure, I've watched the show (not the new season though), so I have some idea what I'm getting into. But I was always intimidated by how long and involved these books appear 😬 1mo
readordierachel @Freespirit I think your son is not alone in anxiously awaiting the next one. I wonder how much longer it can possibly be! 1mo
readordierachel @saresmoore Oh no! Now I'm nervous! We shall see... 1mo
readordierachel @whippoorwill815 7 years! Good thing I'm a slow reader, lol. 1mo
vivastory Now I have to ask, when did you get your first cell phone? I didn't sell out until 2009. 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory You beat me! I think it was in 2007? I just remember everyone had one and I didn't want one. Now it's glued to me, lol. 1mo
vivastory It is a little sad because if I leave the house without it I'll go back & pick it up... I mean I survived for 30 years without one & now it feels like a necessity 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory Right?? I've done the same thing. I guess you could make the case that there aren't pay phones anymore, so it's the only way to call anyone? But I call people less now than ever. It's changed so much about the way we communicate and interact with the world. Some good, some bad. 1mo
vivastory It's definitely a mixed bag, I'm on the phone more now, but I almost never call people. I watch a lot less TV than I did before I had my phone, a definite bonus. Although it's easy to go down an online rabbit hole. But I've also connected with wonderful people, such as yourself, on here 🙌 1mo
batsy Hahaha! "Cell phones all over again" ? I was pretty late to that, too! I've never read these books or watched the show. Now with the 8th (I think) season starting I feel a compulsion to watch it from the start ? 1mo
sudi You have all the time in the world to catch up with the books, since it's probably going to take GRRM a lifetime to finish this series. 😭 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory Yes! The way it lets us connect with awesome people we wouldn't have met is a definite bonus 🤗 1mo
readordierachel @batsy Here's to being being the curve 😂 I don't think I would have watched it on my own, but almost everyone I know is into it and I'm a 🐑 😆 It sucks you in! (although I have issues with it) Hoping the books are the same 1mo
readordierachel @sudi I wonder if he'll move faster once the show is over? 🤔 1mo
sudi @readordierachel i hope 😩 1mo
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"Language is, in other words, not necessary, but voluntary. If it were necessary, it would have stayed simple; it would not agitate our hearts with ever-present loveliness and ever-cresting ambiguity; it would not dream, on it's long white bones, of turning into song."

I felt bad about my lukewarm response to Felicity yesterday, so I decided to pull some of Oliver's older work off the shelf. ⬇️

readordierachel This book was my first introduction to her, in college many years ago, in a class on the literature of mindfulness. I remember being in awe of her. That hasn't changed. Revisiting this now was a wonderful experience. There is so much to savor about this collection. Pretty much perfect. 1mo
batsy Beautiful pic and review 💙 Love this comment on language... 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful..... ✨✨✨ 1mo
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JSW I‘d love to read her but haven‘t known where to start. I‘m considering 1mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks ❤ It's from a larger piece, Three Songs, that has a lot of lovely things to say. 1mo
readordierachel @JSW That looks like a good place to start! I've not read that one in particular, but it sounds like it will be a great overview of her work. I hope you enjoy 💕 1mo
rohit-sawant Lovely review! I haven't read her yet but hope to change that soon with this one! 1mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! I hope you love her! 1mo
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This is the Mary Oliver I love 💙

saresmoore Oof, I feel that in my bones. 1mo
Suet624 Gorgeous. 1mo
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
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Reggie So beautiful. 1mo
readordierachel @Reggie Isn't it! 1mo
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Felicity: Poems | Mary Oliver
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Mehso-so

"August of another summer, and once again
I am drinking the sun
and the lilies are spread across the water.
I know what they want is to touch each other."

None of these really moved me, although there were some nice moments here and there, like the lines above from "The Pond." I don't think that any of these poems will stay with me.

Cathythoughts That‘s a lovely quote though 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts I agree. She has some lovely observations about nature 💕 1mo
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Virgin: Poems | Analicia Sotelo
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"I dream the scent
of my mother's lipstick
has come back to haunt me---
like an oil pastel
marking
my dreary, dramatic heart."

The poems gained momentum as I read, & I read the very last one, The Ariadne Year, four times in a row. I love how she blends heartache & humor & beauty, & I love how I feel like I got some sense of who she is, like she opened a window into her mind, her soul. I don't always feel that with poetry, but I did here. ❤

vivastory I'm not sure if I ever asked, but have you read 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory I haven't. It looks great! Do you reccomend? 1mo
vivastory Very much so. Copper Canyon is pretty dependable & that was one of their best publications of the past few years. I think you'd love it. 1mo
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readordierachel @vivastory Sold. Just put it on hold from the library. Thanks for the rec! 1mo
vivastory Anytime! 1mo
batsy Lovely review ❤️ It's such a fulfilling reading experience when that happens. 1mo
BiblioLitten 💙 1mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 💕 It is! 1mo
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The Odyssey | Homer
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I love that Wilson translated this into modern language. I enjoyed her notes on why she did so, as well as the introduction, even more than the actual poem. Now to read Circe and The Penelopiad.

vivastory Simon Armitage has a wonderful version that he adapted as a radio play 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory Oh cool! I will track that down! 1mo
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I was just going to drop off some books...
Apparently, I will be going hard for National Poetry Month.

I have no self-control 😆
#libraryhaul

minkyb You crack me up!!! 2mo
vivastory What a fantastic stack! 2mo
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batsy 😆 Some lovely reading ahead though 😍 2mo
Tanisha_A Wow! So many new to me poets here! Thanks for sharing. 😍 2mo
BiblioLitten 😍😍 1mo
merelybookish Wow! How could you resist you? 1mo
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Heidi | Johanna Spyri
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How about famous classics for CHILDREN? 🤨

LeahBergen 🙄🙄 2mo
BiblioLitten Exactly. 😒 2mo
Tanisha_A Ugh! 🙄 2mo
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Chrissyreadit Yes!!! 🙌 2mo
vivastory Michael Dirda talks about this in one of his books & the strange looks he endured from a bookseller when he bought a book he wanted to read that had been designated as "for girls" 2mo
GingerAntics Is this book for real? 2mo
Weaponxgirl Ugh! I hate when they do this kinda thing. 2mo
Ravenclawsbookshelf Yikes! This title is all wrong. I agree with you. 2mo
Centique Grrrrr 😡 2mo
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"...but why must she always hold herself back? They would have her tie silk rope between her ankles so she would move in a fettered way...
She would obviously be wise to take his advice, to leash herself in. But she was everywhere leashed in, in any case. It was the condition of her adult life to feel it. She refused the conventions of whalebone and elastic, but still she was squeezed and blistered, pinched and hobbled."

AntoinetteBuchanan One of my favourite books 1mo
readordierachel @AntoinetteBuchanan It's such a lovely read! So much rich character detail. 1mo
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Last night alone in a new (to me) city, so I decided to take myself out for dinner (with Oscar and Lucinda). This is one of those rare times when I really like the movie tie-in cover. They did a good job, I think. Usually I'm staunchly against. Also, I adore this book so far.

vivastory Have you seen the movie? I watched it when it first came out & remember liking it. My copy is also a movie tie-in cover I purchased at a used bookstore. I didn't even realize until I was about a third of the way through that it's signed by Carey! 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory yes, and same. I saw it and liked it when it came out but haven't seen it since. I will definitely rewatch when I finish. That's so cool that you have a signed copy! Have you read anything else by him? The Secret History of the Kelly Gang sounds good. 2mo
vivastory I read that one a couple of months ago & loved it. Those are the only two I have read by him. 2mo
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vivastory Enjoy your dinner BTW! 🍷 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Oh good, I'll have to try that one next. Thanks! 🥂 2mo
Tanisha_A I like how you party! 😀 2mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A 😁🤚🏼 2mo
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I couldn't resist these covers. Spent approximately $5. I'm pretty jazzed. #bookhaul

MaleficentBookDragon That is the cover of Wuthering Heights that I had in high school. ♥ 2mo
readordierachel @MaleficentBookDragon Aww, that's so cool! 2mo
cobwebmoth 😍 2mo
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Aimeesue Ooooh, lovely! I have a couple of those editions of du Maurier books too. They're really nice. 2mo
saresmoore Great finds! 2mo
DivineDiana Love them! 2mo
batsy Oooh 😍 These are fab finds! 2mo
mrp27 😍😍😍 2mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 2mo
LeahBergen Wonderful!! 😍😍😍 2mo
Tanisha_A They are 😍! 2mo
youneverarrived 😍😍😍 2mo
BiblioLitten Wow! Look at the Georgette Heyer😍 2mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten Isn't it neat! 2mo
merelybookish These are great!! 2mo
rohit-sawant Oh, these are fantastic! 2mo
Megabooks Beautiful covers! 1mo
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Hello, Rhode Island! | Martha Day Zschock
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If you are ever in Rhode Island, this used bookstore is AWESOME. It was a treasure trove. Well organized, friendly staff, eclectic selection, and all reasonably priced. They don't slap "vintage" on a shredded old copy of something and try to sell it to you for $30. They have some really cool rare editions and a lot of neat pulpy paperbacks.

Tanisha_A Gurrrl, that's a great find! 😍 2mo
batsy 😍 2mo
Redwritinghood Which town in Rhode Island is this? I‘m in CT and go up to Providence sometimes for shows. It might be a stop the next time I‘m up that way. 2mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A @batsy Such a cool place. I'll post my haul later 😋 2mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood It's in Providence! You should def check it out! 2mo
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I'm at an editing conference in Rhode Island for a couple of days and scored these two gems. Flipped through the tagged one already and it looks great!

RaimeyGallant I'm intrigued! 2mo
bewareofwords I read The Subversive Copy Editor for a class (in the editing minor) and I learned some great things! 2mo
readordierachel @bewareofwords Oh good! I'm looking forward to it 2mo
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I tried reading this last year and gave up halfway. Picked it up again for a book club last week and liked it much better this go round. Originally, I found it so flat, so cold. It felt like an exercise in creating an unlikable character. I had the same feelings this time, but they were tempered the more I read. ⬇️

readordierachel Moshfegh is a very deliberate writer, slowly feeding you details (sometimes too slowly), withholding just enough that you fill in the blanks yourself and then giving you more and changing the whole picture. ⬇️ 2mo
readordierachel Once I started connecting all the clues about what Eileen's life was really like (in the present and the future), I saw her "unlikability" as the armor it was, her "death mask" as she calls it. Protection. Didn't like this as much as My Year of Rest and Relaxation, but it pulled me out of my reading slump. 2mo
vivastory Stellar review, Rachel! Glad to hear you're out of your reading slump! 2mo
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batsy Lovely, thoughtful review 💚 2mo
Theaelizabet Glad to read more about this. Loved My Year of...,but wasn‘t sure I would be up for Eileen or McGlue. Now I think I‘ll give this one a try. 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, and me too! Are you out of yours? 2mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 💕 It was interesting to go back to this one after having read her latest. I think I'm a fan? 🙃 2mo
readordierachel @Theaelizabet I hope you enjoy it! It's quite dark, but lots to think about. I'm curious about McGlue, too. 2mo
Reggie Even though I panned this, I think about it all the time. So it can‘t be pan right? There was something about this month. I think a lot of us were in a slump. Glad you made it out! 2mo
readordierachel @Reggie That's how I felt when I finished! The more I thought about it and talked about it, the more I liked it, haha. 2mo
Tanisha_A I bought it right after i read MYoRaR, and your review makes me want to pick it up as soon as i finish my current read. 👌🏽! 2mo
Gezemice Great review! 2mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Look forward to your thoughts on it! 2mo
vivastory I am. I don't read as much during the week as I used to because of my new job, but I'm hoping to finish all 4 books I was in the middle of by tomorrow night. 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Good! About being out of the slump, not having less time to read. I feel your pain there. Happy reading this weekend 🙂 2mo
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"Death came at him like a ghost in a dream, transmogrifying, protoplasmic, embracing, affectionate, was one minute cold and wet like his father's oilskin, so he shrank from it and cried out in his sleep, pushing the tight-bunched flannel sheet into the pit of his stomach, and then sometimes it was warm and soft and wore the unfocused smile of his mother."

My goodness, this writing. I'm enthralled.

merelybookish The writing in this book is fantastic! 3mo
Aimeesue Excellent read! 3mo
readordierachel @merelybookish @Aimeesue I'm really enjoying it! 3mo
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vivastory I loved this one 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory I haven't gotten very much farther in it, but I'm loving it too. 2mo
Gezemice wow, great writing! 2mo
readordierachel @Gezemice There are so many striking passages in this book! 2mo
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The Odyssey | Homer
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#audiobaking some Elmo cupcakes for my kiddo's 2nd birthday.

(I didn't know how badly I needed Claire Danes narrating The Odyssey in my life 😀. She really breathes life into it.)

litenthusiast Those are so cute! 3mo
Purrsistently Those are really great!! 3mo
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cobwebmoth Those cupcakes are so cute! 3mo
Ingerella Wow! So cute! 3mo
Redwritinghood Nice job! Those look fantastic and yummy. 3mo
AmyG How cute! 3mo
Tanisha_A Oooh so darn cuteee! 😍🤤 3mo
saresmoore Oh my goodness! I love them! And I need Claire Danes to read me The Odyssey, too! !!! 3mo
squirrelbrain How cute are they?! 3mo
Booksnchill So fun!!! 3mo
RealLifeReading Oh so cute!! 3mo
Jas16 Omg those cupcakes are awesome 3mo
FreeReadAndWrite 1. Those cupcakes look amazing 2. I feel like I would listen to Claire Danes narrate anything 3mo
TheLibrarian Those cupcakes look fabulous!! 3mo
mrp27 So cute! 3mo
tracey38 Those look great! 3mo
Meglet I‘m going to look up said audiobook. My kid‘s reading The Odyssey in school. I need to keep up! 3mo
vivastory Those cupcakes and fantastic! Happy birthday to your mini rock star! 🙌🎉🎂🎸🤘 3mo
batsy Oh, those are so fab! ❤️ Happy birthday to the lil one 🎈🧁 3mo
readordierachel @saresmoore @FreeReadAndWrite @meglet Seriously, Claire Danes narrating this is wonderful 😍 3mo
rohit-sawant Those are terrific! 🙌🏽 Belated Happy Birthday to him! 🎉🎂🎉 3mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! 😊 3mo
minkyb Well done! 2mo
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This was warm and gentle and affecting. An absolute delight. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

On to volume 2!

saresmoore I can‘t find this anywhere locally. I think I might have to break down and buy it online. I‘m glad to hear you liked it! 3mo
readordierachel @saresmoore I got it from the library, otherwise I would send to you! It's worth buying, I think. And I think it would be good for younger readers as well. It's just lovely. 3mo
saresmoore Good to know, thank you! 3mo
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chapter_fifty2017 Am waiting on this one from the library.😍 2mo
readordierachel @chapter_fifty2017 I hope you like it! 2mo
minkyb Just finished Volume 2. Glad I discovered these through Litsy! 2mo
readordierachel @minkyb Me too! I'd never read manga before these. Litsy is good at expanding reading horizons 😊 2mo
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Infidel | Pornsak Pichetshote
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This is a smart mix of horror and political/social commentary. The art is very well done and the visual horror elements are satisfyingly disturbing. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

wordzie 😎 😎 3mo
Cathythoughts Looks great ♥️🖤 3mo
readordierachel @wordzie @Cathythoughts It was really good! Scary and thought-provoking. 3mo
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Cathythoughts I‘m stacking for #graphicnovel #booked2019 👍🏻 3mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Cool! Look forward to your review! 3mo
wordzie @readordierachel @Cathythoughts 😊 me too on the review ✋ 3mo
vivastory Wasn't it great? 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory It was!! And you are so right that Jordan Peele needs to adapt it. That would be amazing. 3mo
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Halloween | Jerry Seinfeld
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Found a very strange book at the library today... 🤔🎃

tournevis 🤨 3mo
LeahBergen 🤔 🤔 3mo
batsy Bahaha 😆 3mo
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Eggs A big favorite in my family 3mo
Cathythoughts I love him 😍 3mo
readordierachel @tournevis @LeahBergen @batsy It took me by surprise 😆 It makes me wonder about all the other celebrity-written kid lit I have yet to discover... 3mo
readordierachel @Eggs Good to know! We will have to give it a try 🙂 3mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts He's a very funny man 😊 3mo
vivastory This is great 😂 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory Right? So random 😆 3mo
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What a lovely surprise, Jennifer! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity! I'm really looking forward to this book, and the postcard is perfect. Having just moved to a new place after 15 years, it hit me right in the feels 💕 @Jas16

Jas16 I am so glad the second time was the charm! I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
readordierachel @Jas16 🤗🤗 3mo
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Sula | Toni Morrison
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"It was a fine cry - loud and long - but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow."

Read this in a single sitting. Masterful characterization, powerful social commentary, and gorgeous language.
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Tanisha_A I love Toni Morrison. Have to get this soon. Nice review! ☺️ 3mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A I read Jazz many years ago but somehow did not remember what an incredible writer Morrison is! Must read more! Do you have a copy of this already? If not, I'd be happy to send you this one 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts I loved this ... she is very special ♥️heartbreaking & beautiful 3mo
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readordierachel @Cathythoughts yes, that's a great way to describe it! ❤ 3mo
Tanisha_A @readordierachel I have read The Bluest Eye, and now reading Beloved. Will check out Jazz too. And, how thoughtful and sweet of you! I'd love to have your copy to read from. 💙 3mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Cool. If you email your address I can drop it in the mail. I'm readordierachel at gmail 😊 3mo
Reggie Great review!!! The day where the daughter asks her mother if she ever loved her kids and what happens after that will always stick with me. Ughh this book. So many affecting scenes. 3mo
batsy Lovely review. And that edition is fab! I really must read Morrison. I've read none of her fiction 😳 3mo
Tanisha_A @readordierachel Sent! Thankeeeee ☺️! 3mo
readordierachel @Reggie Oh man, yeah! There's so much packed into it, for such a slim book. 3mo
readordierachel @batsy I had only read one of hers, Jazz, a long time ago. I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to revisit her! And I really like this edition, too! I think it's the first trade paperback printing. 3mo
Tanisha_A @batsy You absolutely have to. ☺️ 3mo
ClairesReads Stunning edition! 2mo
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I'm in NY for a work trip, so I got to visit the Strand! It was as wonderful as I imagined it would be. (No pics of the actual establishment b/c it was snowing outside and then I was too preoccupied inside, so this pic of my #bookhaul must serve as evidence.)

Tanisha_A 😍 Sounds super fun! Enjoy your goodies! 3mo
LeahBergen That pouch is awesome! 😆 3mo
Bookzombie Love the pouch! 3mo
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vivastory Fun! I can't wait to return to The Strand. Any other fun outings planned? 3mo
JSW Love that place!!! 😍😍😍 3mo
Bklover Love your pouch! 3mo
Reggie Oh, The Unit!!! I liked it and hope you do, too!! 3mo
batsy Fab loot! I can't wait to read The Unit. And that pouch! 3mo
Cathythoughts Don‘t know these books .. must investigate 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
rohit-sawant So fun! Fantastic haul & loving the pouch! 3mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thanks! 🤗 3mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen @Bookzombie @Bklover @rohit-sawant @batsy John Waters knows what he's talking about! I couldn't resist 😁 3mo
readordierachel @JSW It's so cool! I'm so happy I had the opportunity to visit! 3mo
readordierachel @Reggie Oh, excellent! I bought it blindly b/c of the Margaret Atwood blurb on the cover, lol. So glad to hear it's good! 3mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts they both sound excellent 🤞🏼😊 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory I was in meetings all day, but actually went back to the Strand again for a little bit after. I couldn't resist! Then went to a bar called the Oscar Wilde, which was really cool! 3mo
FreeReadAndWrite Visiting Strand is on my bucket list! ❤️ 3mo
Pricel101 That pouch! Words to live by 😂 hope you enjoy! 3mo
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Foundational and accessible. More anecdotal than I was expecting (not a bad thing at all). A gateway into feminist ideas.

Bonus: the audiobook is narrated by Robin Miles who is top notch.

Susannah I love the title. Simple, but it seems like such a difficult thing for people to understand. 3mo
batsy bell hooks ❤️🙌🏽 3mo
Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 great title (edited) 3mo
readordierachel @Susannah @Cathythoughts I like the title too 😊😊 It goes straight to the point 3mo
readordierachel @batsy Yes! ❤ 3mo
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This is still on my tbr but comes highly recommended from my friend @FreeReadAndWrite My favorite character from the show is Omar ❤, masterfully played by Michael K. Williams. I'm hoping to read it this year and then rewatch the whole series.

(Loose interpretation of #omarsharif, I know, but the best I could do!)

Thanks for a super fun photo challenge @Cinfhen and @vivastory 😁
#musicalnewyear

vivastory Omar was one of my favorite characters. Michael K Williams also plays one of my favorite characters in Boardwalk Empire. I've been meaning to read this one. It's a good idea to do a rewatch afterwards. Thanks for posting, Rachel! 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks for hosting! I've been wanting to watch Boardwalk Empire, cuz I heard Michael Shannon is in it. 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Now I doubly want to watch it for Michael K. Williams! 4mo
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batsy Michael K Williams was brilliant in the show 🙌🏽 4mo
vivastory @readordierachel Michael Shannon has a great role in it. 4mo
vivastory @batsy I think Omar's death was definitely one of the more jaw dropping moments of the show 4mo
FreeReadAndWrite Yay! Thanks for the shout out. Anyone planning a rewatch of The Wire, read this book first! I‘m rewatching now & this book gave me an entirely new appreciation. I didn‘t think that show could get any better BUT THEN IT DID 🙌 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory @batsy Yeah, I did not see that coming! He really was an unforgettable character. 4mo
vivastory @readordierachel @batsy @FreeReadAndWrite One of the most disturbing aspects of the show is how realistic it is. I've heard a lot of lawyers & people in law enforcement say it's the most realistic tv series about drugs. 4mo
FreeReadAndWrite @vivastory yeah, I agree. I used to work in community programming with gang members and cops in neighborhoods and I think it‘s realistic on both sides. I also think David Simon is kind of a pretentious ass but I‘m pretty impressed with the lengths of ethnographic study he did to write Homicide & The Corner before doing The Wire. 4mo
batsy @readordierachel @vivastory Yes, jaw dropping is the perfect description for how it was! 4mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know there was a book. Loved the series. And Stringer Bell 😍 4mo
Cinfhen This book sounds fascinating! Loved seeing your posts❣️❣️❣️Thanks for joining in 💜 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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"Childbirth was a brutal affair. If she had been in charge of designing the human race she would have gone about things quite differently. (A golden shaft of light through the ear for conception perhaps and a well-fitting hatch somewhere modest for escape nine months later.)"

#LAL2019

cobwebmoth I loved that.😊 4mo
readordierachel @cobwebmoth Sylvie (and by extension Atkinson) is so funny 4mo
Tanisha_A Ha. That sounds about right. 😃 4mo
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daena I felt that one on a deep level. 4mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A I wish! 😆 4mo
readordierachel @daena It really resonates, doesn't it? 4mo
Laura317 I wonder how that escape hatch would work? 🤔🤔🤔 4mo
readordierachel @Laura317 Good question. In one ear out the other? 🙃 4mo
RaimeyGallant YES!!!!!!! 4mo
Laura317 @readordierachel Sounds like a REALLY bad earache!! 😳 4mo
batsy Ahaha! So true and I love that quote. 4mo
readordierachel @batsy Atkinson is quite funny. It's a very pleasant surprise! 4mo
readinginthedark Wouldn't that be nice! 😅 4mo
SmartSassery Man, seriously. 4mo
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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Too much work, not enough Litsy the last few days! But #ImHere and I managed to #audiocook this vegan mushroom risotto with spinach for dinner tonight. I'm not generally a pictures-of-food person but I was real proud of myself 😆.
So far I'm enjoying the tagged audiobook. Been reading a lot of heavy books lately, needed something fun.

#musicalnewyear
@Cinfhen @vivastory

Grrlbrarian Looks yummy 😋 4mo
Weaponxgirl Looks delish! 4mo
Tralfamadorian Vegan!😍 4mo
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Redwritinghood Looks good! 4mo
cobwebmoth That sounds great! 4mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! That looks really good😋 4mo
LeahBergen That‘s a pretty risotto 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
merelybookish You should be proud! Looks yummy! 4mo
Nute That looks scrumptious! Be proud! 4mo
Susannah Looks terrific! I love mushrooms. 4mo
batsy Yum! 4mo
Cathythoughts Looks divine 😉 4mo
DivineDiana As you should be! Looks so good! 👏🏻 4mo
minkyb Looks good. I am a big fan of Laini Taylor thanks to Litsy. 4mo
readordierachel @minkyb This is my first of hers. So far so good! 4mo
tracey38 Looks good. And I am with you... too much work, not as much time for Litsy or reading with my new job. Hope to catch up on both over the weekend. 4mo
readordierachel @tracey38 Why does adulting always have to get in the way? I hope you're liking your new job! And that you can find a good balance of working and reading/Litsy time. 4mo
vivastory Risotto sounds amazing. I haven't had it in years. Looks delicious! 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory I hadn't either. It was really good! 4mo
rohit-sawant Oo, that looks great! 4mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks! It was yummy 🙂 4mo
SmartSassery That looks yummy! 4mo
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Hello, Friday....
Hope everyone is having a good one!

JoScho You too 🖤 4mo
saresmoore Lovely. 4mo
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Redwritinghood 🤗🤗 4mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts on this book! 4mo
Reggie How is this one so far? I don‘t know if I can do another Hanya. 4mo
vivastory What's the drink? I hope you like the book! 4mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB Have you read it? 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie It's very early yet. So far, the writing is fantastic (of course) but I don't have a bead on the story. I have a feeling it's gonna be more trauma though... 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Fingere crossed! It was a white sangria. Grown up juice 😆 4mo
vivastory I love Sangria 👌 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory It's so refreshing! 4mo
BarbaraBB No not yet, I have a copy waiting! 4mo
Tanisha_A The cover is beautiful! Enjoy! 😍 4mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB We'll see how it goes! 4mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thanks! 🤗 4mo
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readordierachel
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Anger and pain and so much love all wrapped up together. This book bleeds.

Written in the 70s, but it could just as easily have been written last week, the themes feel so relevant to today. Well worth reading, and then going and seeing the beautiful film adaptation by Barry Jenkins.

batsy ❤️ Great review. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👍 review 4mo
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The Great Gatsby | F Scott Fitzgerald
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Gatsby spends many #summernights throwing lavish parties for hangers on, frequently stepping away to answer the #telephonewire (usually business from Chicago), hoping that Daisy will walk in, so they can rekindle their romance and finally be together #forgood.

And now I'm all caught up 🙂

#musicalnewyear
@Cinfhen @vivastory

rohit-sawant Great #catchup post! Perfect pick! 💚 4mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks! I was inspired by your spectacular catchup posts 🤗 4mo
Megabooks Nice! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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readordierachel @Megabooks Thanks 🙂 4mo
vivastory Very clever! I need to reread this. I felt a bit meh when I read this, but have since read & loved several Fitzgerald stories. 4mo
Cinfhen Fantastic 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory It's the only Fitzgerald I've ever read. Definitely need to correct that. I used to be meh about it too, but I liked it much more when I recently reread it. 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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"She was born with winter already in her bones, but then came the sharp promise of spring, the fattening of the buds, the indolent heat of summer, the mold and mushroom of autumn."

So far I am really enjoying this!

#LAL2019 @Ingerella @Pruzy

Ingerella Me too! I just read that passage last night! 4mo
Pruzy Yeah, I‘m really enjoying Atkinson‘s writing. I don‘t know why she gets criticized for putting plot ahead of writing style. The writing is great! 4mo
Laura317 I think Atkinson‘s writing is lovely. It‘s hard not to read ahead! 4mo
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squirrelbrain @Laura317 - I agree! I‘ve just read the first section and don‘t want to stop.... @Ingerella @Pruzy 4mo
Pruzy @Laura317 @squirrelbrain Hopefully you both have other great books on the go! 4mo
readordierachel @Ingerella @Pruzy @Laura317 @squirrelbrain Yes! The writing is a pleasure to read so far. It will be tough to hold back. Maybe just a peek at the next section...🙈 4mo
Ingerella I have my Marked-up postal book going at the same time so I'm trying to pace myself, but it is hard! @Pruzy @squirrelbrain @Laura317 4mo
squirrelbrain @Laura317 @Pruzy @Ingerella @readordierachel Yes, it‘s not like me to stop and wait partway through a book but I‘m going to try...! (edited) 4mo
LauraBeth I love this! 4mo
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Teenage Elio does a lot of growing up the summer he falls in love with Oliver, an older doctoral student staying with Elio's family. I loved this book (and the film adaptation).

#whenigrowup #musicalnewyear
@Cinfhen @vivastory

Reggie Aww😭❤️ 4mo
vivastory I still need to watch the adaptation 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie I know! 😢 4mo
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readordierachel @vivastory It's really good. Highly recommend. 4mo
rachelk Yes! I read it in one day and cried almost the whole time. I loved the movie too.💔 4mo
Tanisha_A Mr. Aciman is coming to town for the lit fest which is starting tomorrow. Haven't read the book, but excited to see/ hear him. 4mo
Cinfhen This was quite a sensuous story!! You could feel the heat on the pages! Beautifully written 4mo
merelybookish I've only seen the movie but 😭 4mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A How cool! Have a wonderful time! Take lots of pictures 😊 4mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen Yes! It was 🔥🔥🔥 4mo
readordierachel @merelybookish That last scene! 😭 4mo
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Selected Poems | Pablo Neruda
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There's a bit of a mystery surrounding Pablo Neruda's death in 1963. The official report was that he died as a result of prostate cancer, but the outside expert consensus seems to be that that was a lie. Some say he was poisoned by secret service agents. (Sorry if this is a little morbid, but I just learned about it.)

#mysteriousways #musicalnewyear
@Cinfhen @vivastory

RaimeyGallant Secret Service agents are the worst. ;) 4mo
vivastory I've heard about this. It is a bit suspicious. What is maddening is the case of Roque Dalton, where the people responsible for his death are walking around free 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Wow. That is awful! 4mo
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Cinfhen No, thanks for sharing!!! I love political intrigue!!! 4mo
batsy Not morbid at all. I've heard about this and I'm totally convinced it's a cover up... 4mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen It's a wild story. I wonder if we'll ever find out exactly what happened. I agree with @batsy that it definitely seems like a cover up 4mo
Cinfhen Definitely want to read more about it! 4mo
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