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stephothebesto

stephothebesto

Joined February 2019

Lover of libraries. Binge reader of SFF, LitFic, YA. Goodreads: goodreads.com/stephothebesto
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The Kingdom Of Gods | N. K. Jemisin
Mehso-so

I liked the first two books of this trilogy better. This one felt disjointed and jumped around a lot... But maybe that feeling reflects my reading pattern. I didn't feel like there was enough time spent with the main characters and I mostly felt perplexed in a bored way instead of in the curious way that Jemisin's writing usually provokes.

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#49bdaygiveaway

What a cool goal to set! I hope you make it, @Jerdencon and happy birthday!

Jerdencon Thanks for joining 😀 7d
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Came home to some exciting book mail yesterday!!!

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Counting Descent | Clint Smith
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Too real. 😳

I saw this on the tagged author's Instagram. If you like slam poetry and social justice, keep an eye out for his work.

MandaMT Ooof. This meme is calling me out. 1w
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Mail-Order Wings | Emily Arnold McCully, Beatrice Gormley
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It's here it's here! I'm not sure who to tag...but after some deep sleuthing (aka looking at all the #summersantagoespostal tagged posts) my best guess is @Jennick2004 ... Did I get it?

@BookishMarginalia #summersantagoespostal

Jennick2004 🤣🤷‍♀️😝 2w
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Just signed up for #staycationtimeswap hosted by @Chrissyreadit

Fav place: anywhere! I love atmospheric books set in different places
Favorite time: Past... Or cozy future
Fav book that embodies this: The Night Tiger (past)/ A Closed and Common Orbit (future). Both are super atmospheric and captivating

Chrissyreadit Thanks for joining in!!! 2w
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Santaland Diaries | David Sedaris
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@BookishMarginalia #summersantagoespostal

A lot of summer (bookish) lovin' to be delivered on Monday!

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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June picks #BOTM

LittleWonder BOEC is one of my favorite books! 2w
stephothebesto @LittleWonder thanks for the endorsement! I hadn't heard of it and from the description, I felt like it could go either way. I'm looking forward to it! 2w
LittleWonder So good! Just a perfect extra donor you story! Enjoy! 2w
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Broken Kingdoms | N K Jemisin
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1. Any fried item. There's an Indian snack called methi para that I can't stop eating once we open the package. Also veggie straws or sweet potato chips.
2. I don't feel guilty about it...I unabashedly love Miss Congeniality. And Pitch Perfect.
3. Again, no guilt about reading...a book I like to read as a cozy treat is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Or Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. ...continued in comments

stephothebesto 4. Shopping sprees at Target and/or TJ Maxx. Getting those fun things I don't need but know I will enjoy - boxes of stationary, lotion or body wash, novelty snacks, tote bags, soft pajamas...
5. Already happened! Went to Deep Ellum Brewery in Dallas and had beer and Elote Tater Tots with my BFF :)
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The Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne
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1. Visiting my friend in Dallas and eating delicious tacos. Reading on the flight.
2. Having a Great British Bake Off style 3-person competition with friends. The challenge: Savory pastry parcels.

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The Patriots: A Novel | Sana Krasikov
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Yes! I love inter-generational sagas and this one delivered. Florence was a flawed and compelling character, and the historical fiction part was so well done. I didn't enjoy the Lenny-Julian arc quite as much, but the story as a whole was compelling.

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1. Check my Goodreads TBR which is stacked pretty deep thanks to Get Booked and Litsy, consider what I'm in the mood for, see what's available at the library, consult the Read Harder Journal for what challenge is next, walk around the library and see what's on display.
2. I don't have a commute since I work from home.
3. My phone 😳
4. Trader Joes inner peas or popcorn, peppermint or lavender tea.

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Came across this at my local Friends of the Library store. Only $2 for a hardcover! Loved this book and excited about City of Girls!

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The Patriots: A Novel | Sana Krasikov
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Love some punchy dialogue. Only 50 pages in but very hooked on this 500+ "sweeping multigenerational debut novel"

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
Bailedbailed

This is a challenging book and I don't think I'm in the mood for it at the moment..not sure when I will be, but it's not now.

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So psyched about Litsy.com - it's so easy to add images! Here's a GR Reading Challenge post. At least 80% of my reads have been influenced by the Book Riot podcast Get Booked. Amanda and Jenn are the best! The tagged book was an unexpected favorite that I never would have read, had it not been for their recommendation.

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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this read! I recommend it if you like:
- considering the dark side of technology, a la Black Mirror
- rich descriptions of setting (this would make a good winter read, lots of snow and ice)
- an unusually structured novel
- a fairly slow pace
There are a few other things that might be appealing, but I don't want to add any spoilers.

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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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The Binding is both my current read and the last step standing between this quilt and its recipient! Learned a lot from this one... patience, not demanding perfection, and improvising.

Mtroiano It looks great! 1mo
SarahHarts_books Beautiful!!😍😍 1mo
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Having a hard time with this one. I understand Queenie is suffering from suppressed childhood trauma, but her choices are cringe worthy and painful to read. Has anyone read it? Does it get better?

suzisteffen It‘s so painful! Ahhhh. I‘m in the middle - people keep saying she makes better choices and gets more help as the book goes on, but WOW OUCH ARGH. 3w
stephothebesto @suzisteffen 😬 I don't think her choices get THAT much better. I won't judge you if you bail, but I'm also here if you want to comment all your reactions 😊 3w
suzisteffen @stephothebesto thank you! Finished! I mean ... the choice to stay at her grandparents after her mum gives her that check?! The choice to first drink with, then go home with, then stay and debate Courtney86?!?!!!! Honestly think she could also have sued her workplace for what they did to her. Ugh! SO, I guess I‘m really glad she went to therapy; I am no fan of her grandmother; and Tom needs to take a header into an empty pool. Not to mention TED. 3w
stephothebesto @suzisteffen lol to the Tom comment. He was so lame. And what about Guy - YIKES! He was atrocious and every interaction was beyond cringey. Every time I see this compared to Bridget Jones it bothers me... That was light and silly and had gratifying consensual sex, albeit with a jerk. But they are NOT comparable. 3w
suzisteffen @stephothebesto they wanted to report her sex partner to the police for harming her! NOT THE SAME. Guy - how could Cassandra? She can never apologize enough IMHO. 3w
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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Big fan of this one. I'd recommend it to anyone who's into intergenerational sagas. I was impressed by Proulx's scope of time and depth into the subject of logging. The ending sped up and fizzled out a little, but it didn't bother me as there weren't major plot points to wrap up. Thought provoking and atmospheric.

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1. Anywhere with friends and good swimming.
2. 🍉 ...and always popcorn
3. Swimming, early morning walks and reading, of course
4. Iced green tea or iced coffee
5. 🕶️ - the big no-pictures-please kind
6. Hammock chair
@LibrarianRyan thanks for posting, though I hear @hermyknee is the creator. This is a fun one 😊

LibrarianRyan Yep it was @hermyknee But we All share. Thanks for participating. 2mo
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Panpan

This was an anticlimactic read - I was aware of and had fully bought in to the concept before reading...and after reading, I'm just frustrated. The book over-explains the rationale for this technique and under-demonstrates how to put it in practice. While I recommend the concept to other teacher trainers, I don't recommend the book.

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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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Excited to read this for the #readharder challenge Books about Books.

Jennick2004 Pretty picture! 2mo
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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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The book starts out in 1693 and the pace of life blows my mind - striking trade deals that will go into effect 2 years later (minimum), wandering around port towns or New France wilderness until you find the person you want to talk to... It's crazy to me!

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Love! When I finished this, I sighed and hugged it. Character driven, thoughtful, creative. Becky Chambers is a queen!

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Thank you, @Mtroiano!!! Opening this felt like Christmas morning and it was super generous of you to count the boxed set as 1 book 🤩🤩🤩 I'm looking forward to sipping on that tea while curled up with these! #SFFS @Avanders

Mtroiano ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Avanders Oooh 🦄🧬♥️♥️👏🏽 2mo
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Sawyer and I share the same #squadgoals

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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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What should I build with these bricks? Latest TBR pile inspired by Book Riots 50 Books Over 500 Pages https://bookriot.com/2019/02/25/must-read-big-books/. I've read and loved a lot of books on the list, many without even realizing they're so long.

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Today's book purchase! The first two in the series were so delightful, I had to buy the third!

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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An action shot of my new bookmark that I won in a bet 😝 ...when you win a wager about who your mutual friend's favorite Golden Girl is.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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It's here! It's here! #BOTM

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Read Harder Journal inspirational!

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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Panpan

This one wasn't for me, but I definitely want to read more of Oyeyemi. Her writing is lyrical and there are some lines that really stand out. But this book was too ambiguous for me, the kind that makes me feel like, am I too dumb to understand this abstract symbolism? Or is it just maddeningly vague? Read it if you like: fractured narratives, lyrical writing, creepy settings, and feeling adrift in hints.

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Hartford symphony orchestra accompanied the movie with the live soundtrack! So cool!

Mtroiano Cool! 2mo
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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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My first book by Helen Oyeyemi. A challenging read so far, but I'm into it.

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I really enjoyed this! The rakish charm, the banter, the queer romance, the way Percy and Felicity made Monty check himself fairly often, the descriptions of the cities on The Grand Tour. I like that Monty is deeply flawed, but growing. I also enjoy that he doesn't have an ability to perfectly handle everything situation...he has his strengths and limitations "Fortune favors the flirtatious."

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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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Excited for what will be my second swap, hosted by @BookishMarginalia

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The stack is growing

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A gift from my brother to help me with the Read Harder Short Story Collection challenge. Little did he know, it's a signed copy! 🤯🤯🤯

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Fascinating read so far! Really atmospheric, lyrical writing and interesting relationships.

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The Happiness Project | Gretchen Rubin
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1. Going to Maine to visit my friend and see my favorite comedian (Gary Gulman)
2. My hair- the cut and color and shine
3. I'm proud of the effort I put into my relationships and keeping in touch.
4. @Applenabe @Mtroiano

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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Mehso-so

There was a lot to like about this book - a very intriguing premise (winters are so harsh that the majority of the population has to hibernate), pretty solid world building, interesting characters.
I'm going with so-so because like the narrator, the reader spends much of the time being confused or unaware. I'm okay with that, but the pacing of the book made me impatient with the main character and I was ready to just know what was going on

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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I like his style

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo

Enjoying this so far! Curious how the TV adaptation is going to go.

Who would you cast as the Triumvirate- Nikolai, Genya, and Zoya?

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What's your favorite winter read? Mine is A Gentleman in Moscow for the lyrical writing, character-driven story, and wit that makes me laugh out loud.

rachaich Loved this book :) 3mo
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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1. Usually 1, but it depends on the holds shelf!
2. About 6
3. Fiction in print & ebook, a cookbook, and an improv quilting book
4. 0, thanks to being able to renew via text message
5. 6
6. King of Scars (it's ready, but I'm out of town) and Where the Crawdads Sing which is going to be a while

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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Mehso-so

This would make for a good book club read, I think. Louisa Clark is such a fun character, and it's nice to see her find her way in NYC. ...in contrast, the rest of the characters are a bit too one note for me, which requires more suspension of disbelief than they warranted. This is nit-picky, but there's a letter written from an American character that is written in a VERY British voice - see picture above. It kind of snapped me out of the story.

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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Why are book covers in the UK so cute?

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