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The Cage: A Novel by Audrey Schulman
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Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
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Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
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The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner
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Beloved by Toni Morrison
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If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar
Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

7 days, 7 covers, no explanation.

Addison_Reads Beautiful 💚 18h
Centique Wow! 17h
batsy That's stunning! 16h
Cathythoughts Beautiful ♥️ 13h
sudi 😍 12h
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The Beauty | Aliya Whiteley
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3

7 days, 7 covers, no explanation. I'm loving seeing everyone's choices.

Want to play @atla ?

vivastory This challenge has, among other things, reminded me of books that are still on my TBR that deserve a TBR bump. Great choice 👍 2d
readordierachel @vivastory This is a really weird/good one. I think you'd like it. 2d
Cathythoughts Very good 2d
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If They Come For Us | Fatimah Asghar
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2

7 days, 7 covers, no explanation.

batsy 💜 3d
vivastory I haven't seen this one before. Fantastic selection! 3d
Centique That is gorgeous! 2d
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The Cage: A Novel | Audrey Schulman
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

Thanks for the tag @vivastory 🙂
Anyone else who wants to play, consider yourself tagged!
7 days, 7 covers, no explanation.

LeahBergen I read this one when it first came out. 😆😆 4d
readordierachel @LeahBergen Did you like it? I'm about halfway through. I wish they still made covers like this. So corny, but I love it 😆 4d
vivastory Nice! I love covers like this! 4d
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batsy Gahhhh didn't see that coming!! Love it. 4d
readordierachel @vivastory @batsy So much drama before the story even starts 😆 4d
Reggie Yikes!!!! 4d
sudi Love how dramatic this cover is 😄 3d
readordierachel @sudi Me too. It's a story of it's own 😆 3d
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Orange Eats Creeps | Grace Krilanovich
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I haven't finished a book since August 17. Sigh. Figured some library therapy was in order. Unintentionally 🍊 themed. The tagged book sounds wild and has a pretty low score on Goodreads. I'm excited 😆

vivastory Sorry to hear about your book slump! I've been meaning to read the tagged book for years. 5d
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks. I think it's turning around finally 🙂 5d
batsy Same, I've had the tagged book on my list for years! 😆 Look forward to your thoughts and glad you're feeling like your reading mojo is back. 5d
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readordierachel @batsy @vivastory I'm way behind the times apparently. I just found out about this book last week! 5d
batsy I can't believe I still remember but back in the day I used to obsessively read the now-defunct Bookslut and it was mentioned there 🤓 Their recommendations were always on point. 5d
Billypar Good luck, and if it works out, you should try a book that's on my TBR shelf and make it a trio. 5d
readordierachel @Billypar Good idea! I've been meaning to read that one. 5d
readordierachel @batsy Now I'm on a journey through the Bookslut archives 😍 5d
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This is a book that will stay with me. Whitehead tells the story of Elwood Curtis, a boy sent to Nickel Academy, ostensibly a school designed to reform wayward youth that is in reality a prison, where racist staff & guards abuse & discard the boys at will. Whitehead based Nickel on the Dozier School for Boys, a real Florida reform school. It's a heartbreaking & angering story, unsentimental & unflinching. Required reading.

Graciouswarriorprincess I just finished it and can't wait to discuss it this evening at the B&N bookclub! 1mo
readordierachel @Graciouswarriorprincess Hope you have a good discussion! 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @readordierachel Thank you. It was a good bookclub discussion. 1mo
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Reggie Man, Rachel, I didn‘t want to read this one...nice review. 1mo
readordierachel @Reggie It's really worth reading. Heartbreaking, but worth it. 1mo
RaimeyGallant Can't wait to read this! 1mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant It's a good one 👍🏼 1mo
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Finished this a few weeks back and have been thinking about it since. Ma weaves a unique tapestry: zombies (sorta), dystopia, immigration, capitalism, religion, cult dynamics, workplace ennui, a love story, and a love letter to cities. It's a lot for one book, but for me it all blended so sweetly. Loved this and am looking forward to more from her. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

vivastory Fantastic review. This has been on my TBR. Might need to move it up! 1mo
Nute Love this review! I‘m ready for this type of fresh take with zombies (sorta)!😁 1mo
sarahbarnes This one is definitely on my list! 1mo
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batsy I love this review! 💜 1mo
Tanisha_A Sounds a good read. Awesome review! 😀 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I must read the book soon! 1mo
sudi Love this review 😊 1mo
britt_brooke I liked this one, too. Nice review! 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, friend! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 1mo
readordierachel @Nute Haha! Thanks 😊 1mo
readordierachel @sarahbarnes I hope you love it when you get to it! 1mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks, friend! ❤ 1mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thanks, friend! 💛 1mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB Thank you! Look forward to your thoughts on it! 1mo
readordierachel @sudi Thanks, friend! 🧡 1mo
readordierachel @britt_brooke Thanks! I liked how genre busting it felt. Hard to categorize. 1mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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For the first third of this book, I couldn't decide if I liked it. The characters are ridiculous---everyone is a caricature, but that's clearly by design. Then the weirdness really kicks in 🐇 Let yourself go along for the ride. If a send up of literary MFA programs mashed up with some light horror, magical realism, and Heathers references sounds like something you'd enjoy, give this a go. By the end, I loved it.

vivastory I'm sold! 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory 👍🏼I think you'll dig it 1mo
Reggie Nice review! I was enjoying the hilarious fever dream of it all and then I got hit in the heart by the last quarter of it. 1mo
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LauraJ I loved it too! 1mo
readordierachel @Reggie Right? It got so poignant at the end! 1mo
readordierachel @LauraJ So weird and good! 1mo
monalyisha I felt similarly! 🖤 2w
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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I want to go to this party so bad.

mrp27 Loooove Kate Bush. I look forward to your review, trying to decide if I want to add this one to my tbr. 2mo
batsy Oh my god, me too 😆 2mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 I‘m so there. 2mo
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Ruthiella Loved the writing in this book! 2mo
readordierachel @mrp27 🙌🏼 Me too! So far I'm enjoying it. It's super weird. Hope you're riding out the earthquakes down there OK! 2mo
readordierachel @batsy @LeahBergen Mona Awad gets us 😆😆 2mo
readordierachel @Ruthiella She can really set a scene! 2mo
mrp27 @readordierachel ohh sounds like a stacked to me!! Thanks, last nights quake was totally unnerving but in general we're very lucky with no major problems. 2mo
merelybookish The smut salon! (And yeah, super weird!) 2mo
vivastory Hey, I hope everything is going well 2mo
merelybookish Hey Rachel! Popping in to say hi! 2mo
Trashcanman Where you at? You're missed. 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Hey Scott, sorry I've been MIA. Truth be told, life got hard and I was in kind of a bleak place. But I think I'm back :) Hope you're well. 1mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Hello! 👋🏼 1mo
readordierachel @Trashcanman Hey TCM, that's nice of you to say. Missed you all as well 🙂 1mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Sorry to hear you were having a hard time. But glad to hear it has passed. 1mo
vivastory I completely understand. I'm sorry to hear that you were having some difficulties. Anytime you want to talk, feel free to message me on Goodreads. I'd give you my email address, but I honestly hardly ever check it & it's easy for me to overlook emails due to all of the spam. 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thank you, that means a lot ? And I hear you about the spam. So much advertising, no matter how many things I "unsubscribe" from. 1mo
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@Chrissyreadit Thank you so much for recommending this cookbook! I made the Dilly Stew With Rosemary Dumplings and it was delicious, without being overly laborious. (Doesn't photograph well, but it tasted very good 😆). Excited to try more recipes from this one 👍🏼

Chrissyreadit Oh good! That one sounds yummy and I haven‘t tried it yet. I may have to this weekend. 2mo
Powered_By_Plants Looks yummy! This book is fab 👍😁 2mo
readordierachel @Chrissyreadit Is there a particular recipe you like to make from this one? 2mo
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readordierachel @Powered_By_Plants I'm excited to try more recipes from it! 2mo
Chrissyreadit @readordierachel funny you ask!! I just pulled my book out. I‘m going to skype and batch cook Sunday with my SIL and I‘m going to try out some new recipes from her book. 2mo
readordierachel @Chrissyreadit What a fun idea! Let me know how it goes! 2mo
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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Putting this aside for now. I just...don't care what happens. Maybe I'm not in the right headspace for a thriller? Might give it another go at a later date.

Cathythoughts I bailed after a few pages first time. But I went back months later in need of a thriller fix .... it worked well then. Who knows ?! 🤷🏻‍♀️📚 2mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts That gives me hope! I will save it for a rainy day then 👍🏼🙂 2mo
Cathythoughts I bailed on Whisper Networks today ... I can‘t imagine going back ... but ... I might give it another go some day ( or not ... 🙄 2mo
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readordierachel @Cathythoughts It's kind of freeing to bail on a book. Now we can follow our bliss move on to more enjoyable reads! 😃 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes very freeing .. unless I‘m lucky , I start & bail a good few times until I find “ the one “ 😀 2mo
Jenken1998 I bailed this one also. 2mo
Addison_Reads I almost bailed, but finished it since it was a local bookclub pick. I just never cared about any of the characters in this one. 2mo
readordierachel @Jenken1998 Glad it's not just me! It started out pretty strong and then just stalled I felt. 2mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads Yeah, I think that was part of it for me too. It lowers the stakes. 2mo
Redwritinghood I hated this one. 2mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood I remember! Your review actually made me feel better about deciding to bail 😆 2mo
BooknerdsLife Now I‘m not sure if I want to start it 😅 2mo
readordierachel @BooknerdsLife Lol. Don't let me dissuade you too much if you're interested. I've read a lot of positive reviews. It just wasn't my particular flavor. 2mo
BooknerdsLife @readordierachel I‘m still pretty curious about it 😆Will wait for my library copy🤗 2mo
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Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
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Ok, here are my #top6reads so far in 2019. All 5 ⭐. Theory of Bastards was my favorite favorite. Thanks for the tag @Redwritinghood ! What about you @batsy @Tanisha_A @JennyM @DivineDiana ? And anyone else who'd like to share 😊

swishandflick A Little Life! 😭 3mo
batsy Fabulous list and almost all on my TBR 🙂 Thanks for the tag! 3mo
Cinfhen Still need to checkout 3mo
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JennyM Great list...I will put my thinking cap on 😘 3mo
readordierachel @swishandflick Right? Gutting 😭 3mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen I hope you like it when you do check it out! 3mo
readordierachel @JennyM Look forward to your picks! 3mo
vivastory Which Toni Morrison books have you read? I've only read one, but I loved it. Wonderful list. All are on my TBR. 3mo
vivastory Except for Oscar & Lucinda. Already read (& adored) it. 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory Sula was my first! I can't believe it took me so long. I have Beloved and The Bluest Eye on my list to read next. I can't remember if we talked about it already, but which one have you read? 3mo
vivastory Song of Solomon. I read it late last year, around Xmas. I had always heard it was her most challenging book, but I was immediately drawn in 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory Adding it to the list. There is a documentary about her that I believe just came out. Not sure if it's in wide release yet. It's called "The Pieces I Am." Sounds fantastic. 3mo
vivastory I just heard about it. I will definitely be watching it... although it may take me awhile. I still haven't watched the documentary about James Baldwin. 😬 3mo
Cathythoughts Great list ! I‘ve read some & will be stacking others 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Tanisha_A Brilliant picks! My TBR is shooting up! Thanks for the tag love, will share in a bit. 🥰 3mo
youneverarrived A Little Life is amazing. I have the tagged back to read after your review on it 👍 3mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts ❤👍🏼😊 2mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived Ooh, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Look forward to your thoughts. 2mo
youneverarrived Thanks I‘ll let you know when I read it 😘 2mo
atla Ouch, my TBR list just grew by 3 books. I loved all 3 of your lower row, and haven‘t read any of the upper - so now I must add them immediately to my list! 2mo
BiblioLitten I have had Sula on my list for so long! 2mo
readordierachel @atla #sorrynotsorry 😁 Be warned that A Little Life is an emotional rollercoaster. So worth it though. 2mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten It's a fantastic book! 2mo
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The Laws of the Skies | Grgoire Courtois
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"All of these stories, all of these tales, repeat ad nauseam that a child has no business alone in the middle of the woods, that no good can come of heading off-road. And yet here we are."

Harrowing & grotesque, although there's a certain poetry to it. Abandon all hope if you choose to read this book. The situations are so extreme & hopeless that it's almost cathartic to read them & come out whole. I suppose that's horror in general, right?

readordierachel It was probably a mistake to read this before I go camping with small children this weekend... 3mo
DGRachel Oh yeah! I‘m never walking into the woods again and I certainly wouldn‘t go camping with small children. Good luck! 😱😱🤣 3mo
readordierachel @DGRachel Haha! Thanks, I'll need it. 😱🙃 3mo
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batsy Oh, you're a brave one! 😭😭😂 Great review, though. Perhaps there is something cathartic about reading stuff like this. 3mo
readordierachel @batsy Brave or dumb 😆 I kept trying to figure out what kept me reading. Like, it was so completely awful but I was enthralled and thought parts were kind of humorous. I settled on catharsis 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
Tanisha_A Love the review, and the way it contrasts the background of the picture - blue, hopeful, some clouds! 3mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Yes, it doesn't quite fit with the tone of the book does it? 😆 3mo
rohit-sawant Really intrigued by all the reviews for this 😱 2mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant It's not for the faint of heart for sure! But worth reading if you can stomach it. 2mo
DivineDiana I‘ll pass! 🤔 2mo
readordierachel @DivineDiana i don't blame you. It's definitely not for everyone. Very dark. 2mo
Reggie The part about the boar just made me feel like I was being spit roasted over flame. 1mo
readordierachel @Reggie It definitely made an impression. I was reading that whole part through spread fingers. #thingsyoucantunread 1mo
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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Charming as hell. The audiobook narration is perfect. If you like a good rom com, I imagine you will like this a lot. 👍🏼

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Three Weeks in December | Audrey Schulman
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It's clear that Audrey Schulman loves research. In the afterword, she mentions that she read 70+ books to write this novel and provides a reading list, by topic, of the ones she recommends. (She provided a similar list at the end of Theory of Bastards.) Three Weeks in December benefits from her extensive research; it is rich with details that ring true. But at the same time, the story sometimes lacks focus.

vivastory Fantastic review. I'm hoping to read her sooner, rather than later. 3mo
batsy Great review. She sounds like a fascinating writer and I look forward to checking out her work. 3mo
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readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! I'll be anxious to see what you think. Theory of Bastards is a better book imo, although I liked this one. 3mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks, Suba! Such an interesting mashup of ideas going on in her work. And I can't imagine being dedicated enough for that much research! Look forward to your thoughts on her stuff. 3mo
Reggie After reading your review I‘m curious about her list of books. Nice review!! 3mo
rohit-sawant Great review! 3mo
readordierachel @Reggie Thanks, Reggie! I have another one of hers to read, The Cage, which apparently has to do with bears in the tundra 😮 3mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! 😊 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I‘m intrigued!! By this book and this author. 3mo
readordierachel @ValerieAndBooks I've never read anyone quite like her! 3mo
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Three Weeks in December | Audrey Schulman
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Getting in a little reading while the child plays in the sandbox we made over the weekend (plastic kiddie pool w/ sand bought at a home improvement store). Best $30 I've ever spent. She's entranced and contained.

I'm enjoying this book a lot, but it needed a better editor. I've found several mistakes (repeated words, a date that didn't jive, etc). I don't mind a couple here and there, but it upsets the rhythm if there are too many.

Susannah I wish I could find something to entrance and contain my new young cat. He‘s driving me nuts. 😁 3mo
Reggie Does she make castles? 3mo
readordierachel @Reggie She's still pretty young, so she's more into dumping the sand on herself, then yelling "Mama look!" I think castles are a couple months away :) 3mo
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The bits about medical procedures & treatments were fascinating (& alarming). Doctors were doing some pretty grisly, backward stuff, essentially groping along in the dark trying to save lives and ending many in the process (although infection would probably have done the job anyway). Joseph Lister is one who shined a light & helped lay the foundation for modern medicine. 👇🏼

readordierachel We've come a long way, & it makes me wonder how far we'll go in the future, what else we'll discover.

While the parts about the science & medicine were engaging, I found some of the biography of Lister himself & the descriptions of hospital politics tedious.
Megabooks I have had this on audio for awhile. I should remember to read it. Thanks!! 3mo
Crazeedi It's crazy what medicine was way back when 3mo
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Cathythoughts It‘s awful to think of the pain people were in .... for what now is a more simple procedure. My one wish is for all dental treatments to be laser jobs .... I‘m terrified of the dentist 3mo
readordierachel @Megabooks the narrator is good. Enjoy! 3mo
readordierachel @Crazeedi It really is. I'm very thankful for modern medicine. 3mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Yes, it's heartbreaking to think of all the pain and lives lost. And I'm with you 100% about the dentist. I had a root canal last month and it was...unpleasant. Although I shudder to think what it would have been like in Victorian times! 3mo
Crazeedi I'll have to look for the audio of this! 3mo
Crazeedi Just borrowed the ebook! 3mo
readordierachel @Crazeedi cool! Enjoy! 3mo
Crazeedi @readordierachel I'm sure I will 3mo
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A Room With a View | E. M. Forster
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Young me was pretty obsessed with the 1985 film of this. I taped it off network TV in the 6th grade (I missed the full monty that was the bathing scene until years later 😆) and watched it over and over. In light of that, I'm not sure what held me back from reading this for so long. I can only say I wish I'd read it sooner ❤ It's light & funny but also has some deeper undertones about class and what's expected of women. Delightful.

BiblioLitten This is one of those, ‘I can‘t believe I haven‘t read it‘ books. 3mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful beautiful pic ✨ 3mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten Exactly! And it's a very quick read. 3mo
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readordierachel @Cathythoughts Thanks! 💕💕 3mo
LeahBergen I love this book. ❤️ 3mo
rachaich I read it recently and also coujdnt work out why it had taken so long. 3mo
Jas16 Love this book and the movie so much 3mo
batsy Same @BiblioLitten ! Especially since I love Howard End so much. 3mo
Reggie Man..... another stacked book.😜 3mo
rohit-sawant Loved this one! 3mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen @rachaich @Jas16 @rohit-sawant It's just lovely ❤❤ 3mo
readordierachel @batsy I've not read Howards End yet. I want to even more now! 3mo
charl08 Yes, reading the book made much more sense what all those question marks were about! 3mo
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"His left arm was reportedly so strong that he could use it as a tourniquet while wielding the knife in his right hand. This was a feat that required immense strength and dexterity...Liston could remove a leg in less than 30 seconds...in order to keep hands free, he often clasped the bloody knife between his teeth while working. Liston's speed was both a gift and a curse. Once he accidentally sliced off a patient's testicle along with the leg."

DivineDiana I think I‘m a little too squeamish for this one! 3mo
readordierachel @DivineDiana It's pretty intense! It makes me very thankful for modern medicine. 3mo
vivastory "..he often clasped the bloody knife between his teeth" This makes my inner germaphobe vomit a little 3mo
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BiblioLitten @readordierachel Me too! I read some crazy stuff here, and am glad that i live in the present. 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory Right? There was a note before on how surgeons rarely washed their aprons and had what was referred to as that "good old hospital stink" 3mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten It's remarkable how far we've come. That book sounds fascinating! 3mo
batsy Oh lord 😰 3mo
rohit-sawant What @vivastory said 😵 3mo
Reggie Yowza!!! Well we all have to start somewhere right? Even surgery. 3mo
readordierachel @batsy @rohit-sawant I know! This whole book is disturbing (ie, kinda gross) and fascinating. Like @Reggie says, we had to start somewhere. Makes me wonder where we'll be in another 50-100 years! 3mo
RaimeyGallant Omg! 3mo
Suet624 Yikes! 3mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant @Suet624 I know! Surgery was not for the faint of heart. 3mo
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Did some #audiobaking tonight. Vegan carrot cake with vegan cream cheese frosting. Turned out pretty well! I think it looks like Pac-Man with the piece missing. Just started the tagged book and it's fascinating (and somewhat alarming) so far 👍🏼

CoffeeAndABook Yumm 😃🍰🍴 3mo
vivastory The book has been on my TBR. Glad to hear it's interesting. The cake looks delicious! 3mo
RvnclawWhovian I love carrot cake 🤤 3mo
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Reggie That sounds and looks delicious!!😋 3mo
rohit-sawant Looks so yum! 😋 3mo
batsy Mmm! Looks delish! 3mo
DivineDiana It does look like Pac Man! 😀 3mo
ladym30 That looks amazing 🤩! 3mo
readordierachel @CoffeeAndABook @vivastory @RvnclawWhovian @Reggie @rohit-sawant @batsy @DivineDiana @ladym30 Thanks, friends! It was one of my better baking ventures 😊 3mo
Lindy Is the cake recipe from a cookbook, the Internet, or your own creation? Looks wonderful! 3mo
readordierachel @Lindy I used this recipe (although I used a different, easier frosting recipe from Minimalist Baker): http://www.picklesnhoney.com/hippie-vegan-carrot-cake-simple-recipes-for-joy-giv... 3mo
readordierachel @Lindy It was yummy 😊 3mo
Lindy @readordierachel Thanks for the recipe link. I haven‘t made carrot cake in a long time and now I really want some! 3mo
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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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'Lord, what fools these mortals be."
Which makes them very entertaining to read about. I would have been happier if Lysander and Demetrius fell in love with each other and Hermia and Helena, like, started a business or something. But maybe that's too modern a take ??

#shakespearereadalong @merelybookish

GingerAntics I need to read this yet. This whole week has been crazy and amazing and wonderful, but very little reading has happened. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ha! I‘ll love to read a retelling like that! 👍 3mo
vivastory I need more Shakespeare in my life 3mo
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readordierachel @GingerAntics Hooray for your wonderful week! That's awesome! 😃 3mo
readordierachel @erzascarletbookgasm Someone needs to make that adaptation 😋 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory Me too. This was a nice palate cleanser. I forgot how much I enjoy Shakespeare. 3mo
GingerAntics @vivastory you‘re more then welcome to join us!!! We‘re on the last act of this play but if you‘ve already read it I don‘t see why you couldn‘t join the conversation. I‘m not sure what the next play is yet, but you‘re more than welcome to join us for it. Come join the party!!! @readinginthedark @merelybookish (edited) 3mo
GingerAntics Okay that would be an awesome adaptation!!! Can I cast the same three actors to play all the parts like I did with Winter‘s Tale (or was that 12th Night?)? 3mo
readordierachel @GingerAntics I don't see why not! 👍🏼 3mo
GingerAntics GAME ON!!! 3mo
batsy I love your take and you absolutely have to make a movie of that version of the play, please? 😆❤️ 3mo
merelybookish Yes, please write that! As much as I enjoy this play, it's hard to feel like H & H really win in the end. Glad you joined us! Shakespeare can be lots of fun! 3mo
readordierachel @batsy my life has purpose now! To get this movie made 😂 3mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I'm totally with you. It's a tidy ending but what have the women gained really? They can literally continue to live b/c they have the right husbands? Not ideal. I did really enjoy it though. Looking forward to more Shakespeare! Thanks for hosting! 3mo
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Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
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I loved this so much. Lit fic with elements of near-future sci-fi, cli-fi, dystopia, social science, and biology---it's hard to really describe. An acclaimed researcher who has struggled with a lifetime of chronic pain comes to a facility to study the mating habits of bonobo apes. 👇🏼

readordierachel There are so many layers to this book: chronic pain and the ways medicine can fail people who have it, the drive to procreate, the biology of attraction, the possibilities and limits of technology, the future of the planet, evolution, love, friendship, connection. It completely absorbed and moved me. I never wanted to put it down. Favorite book of the year so far. 4mo
tpixie Wow! Lots in the book!! 4mo
readordierachel @tpixie There is so much! And so good! 4mo
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tpixie @readordierachel 🎉😊🎉 4mo
Cinfhen Sounds great!!!! 4mo
Cinfhen Fabulous review🙌🏻 4mo
Cinfhen @shawnmooney Does this interest you??? How about you @LeahBergen Sounds like a meaty book for a buddy read xx 4mo
batsy Wow! Sounds amazing. I stacked it earlier thanks to your post ❤️ 4mo
vivastory This sounds brilliant. Will definitely be checking out soon! 4mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen Let me know what you think if you read it! 4mo
readordierachel @batsy I think it's really special 💕 Hope you like it if/when you get to it 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory I think you would like it. Look forward to your thoughts! 4mo
BarbaraBB Sounds fascinating. I hadn‘t heard of it but will check it out now! 4mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB It really was! I very randomly heard of it and am so glad I did! 4mo
GatheringBooks there needs to be a #EuropaEditionBookClub as well @vivastory 4mo
readordierachel @GatheringBooks Yes! I would join 🙌🏼 4mo
GatheringBooks @readordierachel right?? less american-centric, i feel. :) 😍📚🧚🏼‍♀️ 4mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen I laughed when I saw I was tagged in a comment about a book with this title! LOL what are you trying to tell me, Cindy? :-) This novel sounds quite interesting, but perhaps not my cup of tea. :-) 4mo
Cinfhen Ha!! I thought the title alone might sway you @shawnmooney 😘😘I‘ll keep looking for another book we might be able to read together 4mo
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen perhaps in 2020! We are also thinking of doing An International Year Of Reading in 2020 (special focus on translated titles), and the #EuropaEditions books would be perfect! 4mo
readordierachel @GatheringBooks In general, I think they are less American-centric, but this one is set there 🙃 The author is originally from Canada though. 4mo
GatheringBooks @readordierachel ooh! even more interesting! 😍 4mo
rohit-sawant Wow, sounds fascinating! Great review! 4mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks! 😊 4mo
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The Nakano Thrift Shop | Hiromi Kawakami
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Another day, another flight delay. Only 3 hours this time! Sigh. I'm about to finish my current read, so I bought myself a new one. I'm technically on a book-buying ban, but I feel like it's extenuating circumstances.

MicheleinPhilly Definitely. You have the patience of a saint. I would have bought 6 and still been a grump. 4mo
readordierachel @MicheleinPhilly I am surprised by how zen I seem to be about the whole situation. Maybe it's the glass of wine I had 🙃 4mo
ReadingOver50 Looks good. I love Japanese fiction 😀 4mo
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LauraJ Oh yeah...flight delay = automatic book purchase. It‘s in the rules. 4mo
Reggie I hope this is good. I loved Strange Weather in Tokyo. 4mo
Tanisha_A Yes. The circumstances change things. 😁 4mo
readordierachel @ReadingOver50 I need to read more Japanese fiction. So far this is great! 4mo
readordierachel @LauraJ @Tanisha_A I knew you Littens would understand the logic 😁 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie I actually recognized the author from your review of that one! So far I'm really liking it. 4mo
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Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
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I've been advised that my flight will be delayed by at least 5 hours. I'm always complaining about not having enough uninterrupted reading time. I guess the universe heard me. 🙄

Jerdencon Hope the flight isn't that delayed!! 4mo
C.Perone Uggghhhh that sucks😖 BUT happy reading!!!😬 4mo
Tanisha_A Hiii! I like when the universe hears us at times. 😁 Where are you going? Have a nice trip! 💜 4mo
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Cathythoughts Oh dear !! Still , the universe provides. Hope it‘s a great read ♥️👍🏻 4mo
wanderinglynn Ugh, but happy reading! 4mo
readordierachel @Jerdencon Thanks! 🤞🏼 4mo
readordierachel @C.Perone Thank you!! 4mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Hello there! I am headed to NYC for a 1-day work trip. Thank you! ❤ 4mo
readordierachel @wanderinglynn Thank you! 💕 4mo
batsy What a title and description! Bummer about the delay but enjoy your reading and safe flight. 4mo
readordierachel @batsy It's an absorbing read. So far I absolutely recommend it. Thank you! ❤ 4mo
LeahBergen 5 hours?? Yikes! 4mo
minkyb That is a major delay. 4mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen @minkyb it ended up only being a 4-hour delay 😆 Still long, but I did a lot of reading! 4mo
UwannaPublishme Oh my! That‘s a bit much, even for the Universe. 😁 4mo
readordierachel @UwannaPublishme Indeed. The universe went a little too hard 😆 4mo
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Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
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This is real good so far. Near-future speculative fiction (think contact lenses that project a computer screen only you can see, implants that monitor your vitals, etc; tech is advanced but the world still seems basically the same). A no-nonsense researcher with health issues is studying bonobo orgies at a facility. I'm loving it 👍🏼 #currentlyreading

Lindy Sounds great! 4mo
readordierachel @Lindy it is so far! 4mo
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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! 4mo
readordierachel @saresmoore I like the cover too! And it takes on some creepy symbolism after you read the book 😬 4mo
Kalalalatja Great review, I agree with it all! 4mo
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teainthelibrary Instantly stacked - this sounds good! 4mo
readordierachel @Kalalalatja It's haunting! Now I'm curious about his other books. 4mo
readordierachel @teainthelibrary It is. Disturbing but good! 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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) 4mo
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. 4mo
rohit-sawant Great review! I stacked this a while ago. Need to bump it up my TBR! 4mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Look forward to your thoughts! 4mo
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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. 4mo
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 👍🏼 4mo
Tanisha_A @readordierachel Ah! Intriguing. Stacked! 😁 4mo
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mrp27 Agreed! I was pleasantly surprised that I liked The Kiss Quotient, I'm looking forward to this one. 4mo
readordierachel @mrp27 I liked aspectsof this even more than the first one. I'm excited to see what she does next! 4mo
BiblioLitten Is this a sequel to The Kiss Quotient? Is it better? 4mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten It is a sequel. I wouldn't say better per se, but equally good in a different way, with elements I liked better. If you liked the first one, you'd like this 🙂 4mo
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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. 4mo
Dragon Great review, stacking! 😀🐉 4mo
readordierachel @Theaelizabet Thanks! I'm looking forward to whatever she writes next. 4mo
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readordierachel @Dragon Thanks! I hope you like it. 4mo
batsy Clever review! Great description of the book's subtle charm/power. 4mo
Reggie I still can‘t get over her dancing to Whitney Houston and the “Let‘s play Clue!!!” Lol, nice review, Rachel. 4mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 💚 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie Right? That and all the Snapchat references! 4mo
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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. 🖤

@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

GypsyKat I have the first two on my Kindle TBR! 4mo
readordierachel @GypsyKat I hope you like them when you get to them! (I loved the second even more than the first) 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen loads of #LitsyLove for these books but I couldn‘t get into them 😬 4mo
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Tanisha_A I love this collage. 😍 4mo
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. 4mo
rohit-sawant This sounds wonderful! 4mo
GypsyKat @readordierachel I have them already, I just haven‘t read them yet. I feel sure that I‘ll love them! 4mo
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! 4mo
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! 4mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant She's a really talented author! Space opera that manages to be grand and intimate at the same time. 4mo
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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 4mo
JSW The fatigue you‘re talking about is REAL. ❤️ 4mo
sarahbarnes Great review. This book is on my TBR and I‘m looking forward to it! 4mo
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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. 4mo
batsy Thoughtful and intriguing review! This is definitely on my list. 4mo
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. 🙂 4mo
rohit-sawant Terrific review. This sounds like a relatable yet weary read, but also a glad-I-read-it sort of book. 4mo
Theaelizabet Yours is the review that makes me want to read this book. I could use a catharsis. 4mo
youneverarrived Great review. Been wanting to read this. I love her non-fiction. 4mo
readordierachel @JSW It really is. Here's hoping there's an end in sight 🤞🏼 4mo
readordierachel @sarahbarnes Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 4mo
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.) 4mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks! I look forward to you thoughts on it 😁 4mo
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 😊 4mo
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. 4mo
readordierachel @Theaelizabet Thanks! Yep, I wish there was more catharsis to be had too. 4mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived Thanks! After this, I'd really like to try her nonfiction. Is there something of hers you recommend in particular? 4mo
youneverarrived I‘d recommend The Lonely City 👍 4mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived I will check that one out! 4mo
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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

@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 💕 4mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen Happy Mother's Day to you too! 💚 4mo
vivastory This one sounds really interesting. Happy Mother's Day! 4mo
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merelybookish I have this from the library but don't know when I'll get to it! 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! 😊 4mo
readordierachel @merelybookish It sounds good doesn't it?? And @Redwritinghood liked it, so I have high hopes 😁 4mo
Redwritinghood @readordierachel @merelybookish I liked it. It was bleak, but well done. 4mo
rohit-sawant Fascinating! A little late but Happy Mother's Day! 4mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! 😊 4mo
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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 😁


batsy Yes! ❤️ I underlined this and wrote YAAAAAS in my copy 😆 4mo
readordierachel @batsy Hahaha! That's perfect 🙌🏼 💕 4mo
merelybookish Great passage! I hope it comes in handy someday! 😆 But I love how unwavering Hermia is! 4mo
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readordierachel @merelybookish She knows what she wants! 4mo
Lcsmcat I love Will‘s strong women. 4mo
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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

@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

RaimeyGallant I just finally (now that I'm on the web version) read the quote in your profile, lol. 4mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant Groucho Marx for the win 😋 4mo
Cinfhen This one sounds pretty interesting! Once again, thanks for posting & sharing ❤️ 4mo
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Stephjotsdown Wow. Interesting. Adding it to my TBR 4mo
charl08 Love this book! 4mo
rohit-sawant This seems fascinating! Great mashup of prompts! 🙌🏼 4mo
readordierachel @charl08 good to know!! 4mo
readordierachel @Stephjotsdown Enjoy! 👍🏼 4mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant 🤗🤗🤗 4mo
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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. 😆 4mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen I definitely laughed out loud in the store 😆 4mo
JackOBotts I love those books. My kids love Emma & Pride and Prejudice...we have Wuthering Heights, too. 👍🏼 4mo
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readordierachel @JackOBotts They're so cute. I bet Wuthering Heights is hysterical! 4mo
batsy 😂😂 4mo
readordierachel @batsy Right? Distilled to it's purest form 😆 4mo
Tanisha_A I am reading this book right now, and this is 😂 4mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Pretty accurate you would say? 😆😆 4mo
Trashcanman I must know what the tattoo says if it's something you don't mind sharing? 4mo
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. 4mo
BiblioLitten 😁😁 4mo
ephemeralwaltz 😂😂😂😂 3mo
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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? 🤷‍♀️

vivastory This is great 👏 4mo
batsy Too adorable 😍😍 4mo
Cinfhen Adorable!!!! 4mo
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Erofan Ahh! 💕 4mo
Cathythoughts Ahh the little pet 💕💕💕 4mo
GingerAntics Aww she‘ll figure it out eventually. 🥰🥰🥰 4mo
LeahBergen Awwww! 😆😆 4mo
Tanisha_A Aw! So cute! 4mo
JSW 😍 she‘s trying! 4mo
BarbaraBB Too cute 😍 4mo
DivineDiana Love! 💗 4mo
Reggie Awwww!!! 4mo
Redwritinghood Too cute! 💕💕 4mo
UwannaPublishme How cute is she! 💕💕💕 4mo
readordierachel @UwannaPublishme I think she's pretty cute ❤🤗 4mo
merelybookish So sweet! No harm is trying out different possibilities! 😍 4mo
BiblioLitten So adorable! 💕😘 4mo
readordierachel @merelybookish @BiblioLitten She marches to her own beat and I love it 😊❤ 4mo
minkyb ❣️❣️❣️ 4mo
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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! 4mo
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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." ?

@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

BiblioLitten 😟 That line 4mo
JennyM That‘s one heck of a first line! 4mo
vivastory I have this on my shelves. Haven't read it yet but that's one hell of an opener! 4mo
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merelybookish Wow! 4mo
Cinfhen Stacked!!!!! That‘s such a powerful first line!!!!! 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks for posting & sharing 😄 4mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, I just read the blurb.... creepy!!! I‘m a little nervous now... tag me when your done, please!! 😱 4mo
rohit-sawant Such an arresting first line! Stacking! 4mo
Cathythoughts I‘m going to wait for your review! Sounds good though 4mo
LeahBergen I‘ve had this stacked for ages. I can‘t wait to see how you like it! 4mo
Reggie That‘ll hook ya. Stacked!! 4mo
Kalalalatja I read this some years ago, and loved it, but it is soooo creepy and disturbing! 4mo
gradcat Omigod...that‘s a winner as far as first lines go...I love reading different and/or weird first lines! ♥️ 4mo
everlocalwest This has been on my list for a while! I'm excited to see what you think. 4mo
readordierachel @Kalalalatja Sooo creepy indeed! I am so nervous and interested to see how it all plays out! 4mo
gradcat Good on you! I‘m eagerly anticipating your review! 4mo
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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.

@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Reagan-reads Oh I really enjoyed that book! 5mo
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? 😂 5mo
readordierachel @Reagan-reads I think I liked it, too! But it's been a while. 5mo
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readordierachel @candority The universe is telling you to buy it! 5mo
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. 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
Cinfhen I should read this!!! And yes @candority it‘s a sign !!! 5mo
BarbaraBB Great choice for this prompt. I know exactly which scene you mean 😲 5mo
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 5mo
rohit-sawant John Irving is another writer I've been meaning to read. 5mo
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) 5mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB It's haunting 😱 5mo
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? 😱 5mo
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. 5mo
readordierachel @Joyfulmimi Car accidents are so scary! 5mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
gradcat I truly think his appeal wears off after awhile...maybe the books are for younger folks—I‘m probably too old now! 😂 4mo
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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. ⬇️

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.
riversong153 Agreed I liked both but did enjoy Song of Achilles more. 5mo
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? 5mo
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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! 5mo
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 4mo
readordierachel @Toniyesss I had the same experience! 4mo
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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.

@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Patchshank I didn't like it much either. I wasn't able to finish it. 5mo
readordierachel @Patchshank I remember liking some early Palahniuk back in the day, but this was just not my cup of tea 5mo
merelybookish I have no desire to read Palahniuk and posts like this remind me why! 😉 5mo
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rohit-sawant I haven't read anything by him yet. Love this cover, though! 5mo
Reagan-reads I think Snuff was the last one I finished. Lullaby was so great. 5mo
Cinfhen One Palahnuik was enough for me 🙄 5mo
Cinfhen But good choice for prompt!! 5mo
Reggie Me and you both. This book was the last time I bought a Palahniuk until Fight Club last month. 5mo
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 🍵! 5mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I used to dig him, but I've changed so much as a reader in the last 2 decades 🙃 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant I do, too! 5mo
readordierachel @Reagan-reads I might have to check that one out someday. Just the premise of Snuff was too much for me 🙈 5mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen Funny enough I've never read Fight Club, but I don't think I want to tbh... 5mo
readordierachel @Reggie It's just so unsavory, and not in a fun way! 5mo
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. 5mo
ephemeralwaltz I DNF'd this too!!! 3mo
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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. 5mo
AntoinetteBuchanan One of my all time favourite novels 5mo
readordierachel @AntoinetteBuchanan one of mine now, too 💕 5mo
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mom2bugnbee Pretty sure I need to see this movie, also! Hello, Ralph Fiennes! 5mo
readordierachel @mom2bugnbee I watched it just yesterday. It's pretty true to the book. And Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett are 😍😍 5mo
vivastory But the end of the book!! It made me scream! So real & honest, even if frustrating! 5mo
Cathythoughts Ralph Fiennes ♥️. I have to see this too. I never read though ... stacking 👍🏻 (edited) 5mo
Cathythoughts I already have it on kindle 🤦🏻‍♀️👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
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? 5mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts I hope you love it 💕 5mo
charl08 I should try this again: gave up on it when I first got it. 5mo
readordierachel @charl08 I hope you have better luck with it 🤞🏼🤞🏼 5mo
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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) 5mo
vivastory That's amazing!! 5mo
rohit-sawant How awesome! 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly 😮😮😮 5mo
merelybookish I guess you're keeping the janky paperback! 🙂 5mo
Redwritinghood Oh! That‘s fantastic! A keeper for sure. 5mo
batsy Fab 💜 5mo
mrp27 Oh wow!! 5mo
UwannaPublishme Wow!!! How cool is that! 5mo
Tanisha_A ❤️ 5mo
BiblioLitten A signed copy 😍 5mo
readordierachel @Aimeesue Whoa, great find! I will definitely be paying attention next time I'm scoping used books! 5mo
readordierachel @merelybookish @Redwritinghood Definitely keeping the janky old paperback 😀 5mo
wordzie 😎 5mo
DivineDiana Amazing! 5mo
ephemeralwaltz 😍😍😍 3mo
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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 5mo
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. 5mo
ZeinaHesham I haven't read the books and haven't seen the series and I feel left out tbh 5mo
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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. 5mo
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! 5mo
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! 5mo
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 😬 5mo
readordierachel @Freespirit I think your son is not alone in anxiously awaiting the next one. I wonder how much longer it can possibly be! 5mo
readordierachel @saresmoore Oh no! Now I'm nervous! We shall see... 5mo
readordierachel @whippoorwill815 7 years! Good thing I'm a slow reader, lol. 5mo
vivastory Now I have to ask, when did you get your first cell phone? I didn't sell out until 2009. 5mo
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. 5mo
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 5mo
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. 5mo
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 🙌 5mo
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 ? 5mo
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. 😭 5mo
readordierachel @vivastory Yes! The way it lets us connect with awesome people we wouldn't have met is a definite bonus 🤗 5mo
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 5mo
readordierachel @sudi I wonder if he'll move faster once the show is over? 🤔 5mo
sudi @readordierachel i hope 😩 5mo
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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. 5mo
batsy Beautiful pic and review 💙 Love this comment on language... 5mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful..... ✨✨✨ 5mo
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JSW I‘d love to read her but haven‘t known where to start. I‘m considering 5mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks ❤ It's from a larger piece, Three Songs, that has a lot of lovely things to say. 5mo
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 💕 5mo
rohit-sawant Lovely review! I haven't read her yet but hope to change that soon with this one! 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! I hope you love her! 5mo
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This is the Mary Oliver I love 💙

saresmoore Oof, I feel that in my bones. 5mo
Suet624 Gorgeous. 5mo
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
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Reggie So beautiful. 5mo
readordierachel @Reggie Isn't it! 5mo
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Felicity: Poems | Mary Oliver
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"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 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts I agree. She has some lovely observations about nature 💕 5mo
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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
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 5mo
readordierachel @vivastory I haven't. It looks great! Do you reccomend? 5mo
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. 5mo
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readordierachel @vivastory Sold. Just put it on hold from the library. Thanks for the rec! 5mo
vivastory Anytime! 5mo
batsy Lovely review ❤️ It's such a fulfilling reading experience when that happens. 5mo
BiblioLitten 💙 5mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 💕 It is! 5mo
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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 5mo
readordierachel @vivastory Oh cool! I will track that down! 5mo
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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 😆

minkyb You crack me up!!! 5mo
vivastory What a fantastic stack! 5mo
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batsy 😆 Some lovely reading ahead though 😍 5mo
Tanisha_A Wow! So many new to me poets here! Thanks for sharing. 😍 5mo
BiblioLitten 😍😍 5mo
merelybookish Wow! How could you resist you? 5mo
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