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rivercityreading

Joined September 2016

Book blogger at rivercityreading.com, loving on litfic & nonfic.
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Technically for school, but (let's be honest) this is something I'd read for fun anyway.

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Loner | Teddy Wayne
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Mehso-so

Phew, this had many more layers than I expected it to, but I'm still torn. I'm a sucker for campus novels, so I held on as the typical dude psyche got creepier and creepier. It almost has two endings: one totally redeeming, brilliant twist and one gut-punch that needs a trigger warning. I almost wish it had made it through to the #ToB17 shortlist because I'd love to read discussion on it.

NovelVisits I reviewed Loner back in September and think you and I had a similar reaction to it. Working with young people, I thought David would have fallen somewhere on the autism spectrum because of his extreme social awkwardness while still being brilliant. 2y
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No Country: A Novel | Kalyan Ray
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An overlooked favorite from a few years back that clocks in at 553 pages. #FunFridayPhoto

Penny_LiteraryHoarders OMG. LOVED this book!!! ❤❤❤❤ 2y
MicheleinPhilly I've never even heard of this but it sounds amazing! 2y
GregZimmerman I've had this book on my shelf since soon after you first wrote about it. Thanks for reminding me I need to read it. :) 2y
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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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Full review on the blog today, but this book is BANANAS in the best way. So odd and ominous and creepy, it was nearly impossible to put down. Totally different setting and story, but if you loved the way you felt reading The Beautiful Bureaucrat, this is a book for you.

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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Finally going back to read her debut.

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Super interesting look at the way algorithms dominate our world, in areas like employment, criminal justice, and education. Not nearly as mathy as it sounds, much more focused on the inequality these "WMDs" can lead to.

BkClubCare Interesting. (Since I'm in the middle of Just Mercy! This algorithm concept does not compute) 2y
rivercityreading @BkClubCare It seems out of left field (especially with a book like Just Mercy!), but as an example...there's an algorithm sometimes used when determining whether or not to grant parole that tries to assess how likely someone is to re-offend. As you can probably imagine, it's imperfect and tends to misclassify defendants of color as a higher risk too often. 2y
BkClubCare @rivercityreading - will check it out. Thx 2y
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I'll hop in on the #FunFridayPhoto with a #shelfie. Part of my presentable fiction favorites. There are several other not-so-well-groomed shelves in this house.

KarenUK Lovely shelves 💕 2y
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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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Book #2 of 2017 is shaping up to be perfectly weird.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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How do you even explain a book like this?? First, it's not the George Saunders you may be expecting, but it's just as great. Part novel, part nonfiction, part play, part nothing you've ever read before. Allllll worth reading.

lovelybookshelf Do you know how to pitch a book or what?! 2y
NovelVisits I've been very interested in this book. Glad to hear you liked it! 2y
chowmeyow Starting this one soon - so very glad to hear you liked it! 2y
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More train reading! 🚂 #readathon

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The Red Car | Marcy Dermansky
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Train reading! Headed to New York to see Hamilton 😍

Christine ‼️ ‼️‼️ Lucky you - enjoy!! 3y
TheBooktrovert Wow!!! Super extra jealous. I hope you have the best time! 3y
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I'm an unsettled reader lately, so essays/interviews are working well.

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I started this several weeks ago and it was lost in the madness of starting school. I'm glad I was able to pick it back up again today.

Sarahsbookshelves I absolutely loved it! One of my favorites of the year. 3y
theshrinkette I just got this from the library! 3y
susanw I hope you love it, it's in my top few books of the year. 3y
chowmeyow My hold copy is waiting at the library for me and I get to pick it up tomorrow! 3y
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😡 😡 😡

lovelybookshelf Oh my gosh this entire book is FULL of that! I feel like I can't trust history anymore. 3y
lovelybookshelf Sorry, I was thinking two things at once. It's full of comments like that AND situations where men took credit. Grrr! Such a great read, though. 3y
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Starting the month with some fierce ladies.

TriniCapini Target audience? 3y
TriniCapini (Wondering about the 5 year old or if it's more adulty) 3y
rivercityreading @TriniCapini Definitely not for 5, talks about beheading, etc in the first profile. Probably more YA - adult. 3y
TheBooktrovert I got an ARC at BEA and had it autographed to my 12 & 8 year old nieces. I have it to them last month and they were thrilled. 3y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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My favorite book from September. Loved how real the characters were and how Bennett allowed us to see every angle of their lives through the chorus of the "Mothers". I'll have a full review up on the blog soon!

Eamann What a great cover! 3y
bookishnerd Was it your blog that I said this morning I am really going to have to read this? lol I tend to repeat myself and now more media to rub the risk! 3y
bookishnerd And apparently my typo fixes are delete or ignore. That should say run not rub... 3y
StephanieY I can't stop confusing this for The Girls. Which one are you reading and loving @kerry? Mothers or Girls? 3y
rivercityreading @Bookishnerd Either way, it's definitely worth reading! 3y
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Yes Please | Amy Poehler
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Been meaning to read this for so long!

theshrinkette The audiobook is SO fun! 3y
kristinshafel So good!! One of my favorites from 2014. I hope you enjoy it! 3y
Charity It's really good. 3y
jessicaesquire Cried on the subway multiple times listening to this one. 3y
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😭 Another book that has to go back before I can read it.

8little_paws Oh that's so unfortunate! I'm anticipating reading this one eventually as well. 3y
theshrinkette Its so good so I'm sure you'll get to it eventually. 3y
MaureenMc Bummer, dude. It is excellent. 3y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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😁

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The Woman Next Door | Yewande Omotoso
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Such pretty book mail today! The Guineveres hits shelves in a few weeks, but we have some time on The Woman Next Door (Feb 2017).

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Remember when Saturdays were for fun reading?? 😭😭😭

Mccall0113 I feel ya. I'm headed to take a civil service test. It's beautiful outside. Le sigh 3y
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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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I read about 80% of this as an audiobook and actually preferred that format. It's definitely big, sprawling, and a little too neat at times, but it's one of the better reading experiences I've had this year, for sure.

OutlandishLit Gotta get on this shit 3y
mauveandrosysky I just bought it and am excited to dig in 3y
theshrinkette Oh hey I'm glad it worked for you! 3y
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rivercityreading @TheShrinkette thanks for the encouragement to keep on! It really evened out in the end. 3y
8little_paws @rivercityreading I'm happy to see you liked it! I recall us chatting about it on Twitter. I was trying to encourage you to finish without spoiling it! Not easy :) 3y
rivercityreading @8little_paws definitely not easy and you did it perfectly! 3y
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Story of a Brief Marriage | Anuk Arudpragasam
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I found the beginning and end of this much stronger than the middle, which lost me in the slow pace, but I still recommend it for anyone who loves a unique perspective and gorgeous writing.

Liberty The writing is freaking amazing. 3y
rivercityreading @Liberty so good...the first page destroyed me 3y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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shainareads 🔪❤️ 3y
kristenlcoates This effing book. ❤️💔 3y
theshrinkette Oh boy. 3y
kerry I'm loving this book so hard right now. 3y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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If this book reads half as gorgeous as it looks, I'm in for a treat.

mauveandrosysky This is up next for me! Really looking forward to it. 3y
Megabooks I'm excited about it! 3y
MaureenMc I'm no. 1 on my library's hold list for this one! 3y
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rivercityreading @mauveandrosysky @Ebooksandcooks @MaureenMc I just read about 10 pages last night but it's SO GOOD 3y
mauveandrosysky I'm hooked already! 3y
Lupita.Reads Yay! Can't wait to dig in! 3y
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Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar
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Mehso-so

I absolutely loved the writing in this one, particularly the way Konar builds a fantasy-like world between her main characters. The end, however, just felt jarringly unrealistic and almost soured the rest of the novel for me.

Sarahsbookshelves After you and Catherine, have now taken this one off my TBR, which is a relief 😀 3y
WesleyHoffmann Oh no! I'm on a miles long wait list for this one. Maybe ill pull myself off 3y
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Lucy Barton popped up in my library holds today, so here's hoping a super short read means I won't run out of time!

theshrinkette Would love to hear your thoughts on this! 3y
rivercityreading @theshrinkette it's only about 4 hours long, so it shouldn't take me too long to report back (I hope!) 3y
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Sadly, this fabulous sounding chunkster has to go back to the library before I can get to it. But back on the list it goes.

kristenlcoates My library checkouts consist of 10% read, 25% abandoned, and 65% no-time-so-imma-just-put-this-back-on-hold-thanks-library 3y
rivercityreading @kristenlcoates I like that we're keeping our libraries afloat by falsely bumping their circulation numbers. 3y
Victoria_C @rivercityreading ❤️️this way to look at our patronage! 3y
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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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Shifting to print! Of course I choose the 600 page book the month I start school.

kristenlcoates Look at us, reading for fun. Go team! 3y
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Loved Bernadette so much that starting this makes me nervous, but here we go.

intothehallofbooks I almost picked up Bernadette at the library tonight. I can't believe I haven't read that one yet 😳 I've heard good things about both books! 3y
theshrinkette Excited to hear your thoughts! 3y
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Hi, I was the last person on Earth to read this book, so you probably don't need me to tell you how great it is.

shainareads The last person would be me 3y
shainareads Ugh, sent before I was done. I'm holding out to get my hands on the LMM recording. 3y
CarolynOliver Yeah, no, you're not the last one. 3y
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JessicaTBTP Definitely not the last. 3y
kerry Umm I hadn't even heard of this one but I just clicked the handy dandy add to stack button and BOOM. Things are happening. 3y
BkClubCare What a sales technique- lots of people adding this to tbr! 3y
Librariana I was also relatively late to the party, but it's one of my absolute favorites! 😊❤ 3y
MrBook Great cover! 3y
I-read-and-eat Not the last! On the stack ;) 3y
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Great, incredibly thought-provoking essays on race, protest, diversity, and segregation with a pulse on what's happening right now, including the rise of Donald Trump. #nonfiction

A.Shari.A Hi Shannon! Great to see you here. I really enjoy your blog. Cheers! 3y
rivercityreading Thanks @A.Shari.A !! 3y
shainareads Oh please yes 3y
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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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Tragic. I'm not cut out for audiobooking.

kristenlcoates SHANNON 3y
rivercityreading @kristenlcoates KRISTEN I AM HERE 3y
shainareads RENEW RENEW RENEW 3y
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rivercityreading @shainareads I did, but there are three people ahead of meeeee :( I think I can finish my print copy before it has to go back if I hustle up. 3y
MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! I think you'll find this place to your liking 😊👍🏻. 3y
rivercityreading Thanks, @MrBook! It's bookish perfection. 3y
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