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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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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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1. I completed my Goodreads challenge of 52 books. I'm still working on the Read Harder Challenges from the bookriot journal.
2. Hmm... On Litsy, few people know that I've lived in Spain, Chile, Istanbul, and India.
3. Depends on my mood- I always love Motown. Also modern folk (which my friend calls "Hey!" music)
4. Sept and Nov 23 are our wedding anniversaries because we had a wedding in the US and one in India.
5. ? (Labeled as high five...)

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I read this, bit just finished it on audio, which I really enjoyed. The cast was pretty great, especially Jennifer Beals as Daisy Jones. Sometimes the male characters blurred together, and Billy Dunne had a random accent, but it was a good listening experience.

Does anyone have another cast of characters audiobook rec?

There's talk of this becoming a miniseries on Amazon and I really hope that happens because I want to head the music so badly!

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#7days7covers - Day 7

Tagging anyone who hasn't played yet - maybe a new follower or a past swap partner? 😊

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I Am Not Myself These Days | Josh Kilmer-Purcell
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Soubhiville Oh yes, I love this cover too! 1mo
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84 Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
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#7days7covers - Day 2.

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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7 days 7 covers no explanation. Day 1

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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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This was a slow burn, and I'm glad I started with the audiobook and switched to print around chapter 16 (.../when I couldn't renew my Libby loan). So many reactions! So many things to discuss!

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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2. Currently, The Good Place. Honorary mention to Great British Bake Off 🧁
3. Coffee and a slice of toast. Maybe it will fulfill its destiny and become 🥑 toast.
4. Eastern
5. Floral Print Mirror. / Red Mirror.

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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#unpopularopinion I can't get on board with the premise of this book (Stella needs to learn how to be intimate because of her autism) - Stella has been having bad sex because she's been with bad partners who don't care about her needs or pleasure. Stella is not having bad sex because she's autistic. The bar is set WAY too low for me to be excited about Michael, who, while great with Stella, is otherwise stereotypically emotionally unintelligent.

j9brown Felt the same, I didn't love this one & don't really get the hype! 2mo
stephothebesto @j9brown I'm glad I'm not alone! Also I'm excited that you liked 2mo
j9brown @stephothebesto Loved it so much, it and the whole series gets a spot of honor on my bookshelf 😝 I highly recommend them! 2mo
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This is a pick for me... But verging on so-so, as a personal rating. The cast is fun, the magic is fascinating and the author really knows how to keep it action-packed. Personally, I get a little bored by all the fight sequences and there are deeper topics that characters will think about for a couple lines, but are otherwise glossed over (e.g. where's the line between pretending to be evil v becoming evil). I'll probably read the next one.

stephothebesto To anyone who's read it - who would you cast for movie adaptation? I always picture Alex Borstein, aka Susie from Mrs. Maisel, as Boots. 2mo
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84 Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
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A delightful one-sitting read and another box checked on Meriden Library summer reading bingo board. It's also my first epistolary read.

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Look how well the T-shirt and tote from @catiewithac complement my current read! Thank you, Catie!!! #staycationintimeswap #SITS

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍😍 2mo
stephothebesto @Chrissyreadit Seeing the tagged book on your feed inspired me to request it from the library. I JUST finished it - what fun! I liked it a lot, though the battle scenes became a bit of a blur. What did you think? 2mo
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@catiewithac Thank you for an amazing swap box! The T-shirt and tote bag are so nice and warrant their own photo shoot. The wrapping paper was so pretty (wild flower seeds, whaaat). I like the range of books you picked, too and am looking forward to reading all of them! And this was the box that kept on giving with the cards, goodies, and beeswax wrappers (which I've been wanting to try). Thank you! #sits #staycationintimeswap @Chrissyreadit

Avanders Love it! 2mo
Chrissyreadit Such an amazing Staycation!! 2mo
catiewithac I'm glad you liked the giant box of things! I loved the box you sent me! It was definitely one of the best swap boxes I've ever opened 😍 2mo
stephothebesto @catiewithac Yay! I'm happy you liked it. Rome was such an inspiring locale - I'm glad you mentioned it. 😍 2mo
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Mehso-so

It's hard for me to rate this one. The style is clever and engaging, the overarching themes are fairly compelling, but... EVERY character is SUCH a tough hang. I also get really frustrated by books that pit the cool, artsy, unique moms against...all other moms, who are made out to be simple and petty and unable to lead their own lives (I'm looking at you, Big Little Lies). That's a turn off for me.so I don't think I can make this a Pick.

marleed I liked this but I get what your saying. I felt that way about Little Fires Everywhere. 2mo
stephothebesto @marleed I'm glad you understand! My brother read Little Fires Everywhere and told me the same thing, so I've been avoiding it. 2mo
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I listened to the last episode of Binge Mode Harry Potter today and Mallory Rubin had the most moving piece on the impact the series had on her life. I laughed, I cried, I vowed to reread the series soon. Thanks for the memories, Mallory, Jason, and JKR.

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Queen of the Tearling | Erika Johansen
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I enjoyed this a lot - introspective heroine, more politics than than battles, making tough calls. I'm still confused by the setting though... It's very medieval, but it's supposed to be set in the future??? Transportation is all horses and carts, but there's a JK Rowling shout out? I don't understand that choice..it doesn't seem to add anything. Maybe it will come later? Does anyone have any insights?

Hazel0303 This is such a great series. I definitely need to read it again. And yes, you are right, but it will make sense as you keep reading. 3mo
stephothebesto @Hazel0303 thanks for responding! 3mo
Hazel0303 @stephothebesto You're so welcome! I hope you decide to keep reading it. 3mo
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The Quilter's Apprentice: A Novel | Jennifer Chiaverini
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A surprise signed copy! This was a fun quick read. Great for an afternoon in the hammock 😎

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There's a map, so you know it's gonna be good.

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Another #getbooked recommendation that I really liked. Beautiful writing, fascinating stories. I love reading about artistic endeavors. Dessa is a deep thinker, hard worker, and humble but confident artist. I really liked this!

vivastory I love Dessa & Doomtree 3mo
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Are these stickers a hint?! Is there astronaut ice cream in there? Very excited! Thanks, @catiewithac! #staycationintimeswap #SITS @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit 👏🙌🥰🎉😍❤️ 3mo
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Are these stickers a hint?! Is there astronaut ice cream in there? Very excited! Thanks, @catiewithac! #staycationintimeswap #SITS @Chrissyreadit

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The Air You Breathe: A Novel | Frances de Pontes Peebles
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1. ✔️
2. Puffy. Try not to eat them all the time, but when a bookstagrammer posed the question "What core would you want in your wand? It could be anything" that came to mind very quickly.
3. Sunset
4. Book plane tickets to Italy and to Uruguay.
5. ??‍♀️ They were all pretty good... Third grade was a good grade for reading, so let's go with that.

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The Time Traveler's Wife | Audrey Niffenegger
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@catiewithac - There's some book mail coming your way!

#staycationintimeswap #SITS @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit Wow!!! I can‘t wait to see!!! 3mo
catiewithac I'm waiting for one more item for your package! Then it will mail out!! 🤓 3mo
stephothebesto @catiewithac Exciting! Take your time... The earlier it gets here, the more my will power to wait until opening day is put to the test. 😬😍 3mo
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Mehso-so

I liked the world building, but the plot was very predictable and the "big reveals" were not shocking at all. The edition I have also has a lot of bonus material, so the ending was abrupt since there were so many pages left. I miiiight give the next one's a try.

ElizaMarie I was iffy about Cinder too. Currently listening to Scarlet... it‘s pretty good so far 3mo
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Kicking off the weekend. I told y'all I'd be reading more Marissa Meyer. The local library really pulled through! I got all 3 (main) books in the series!

readingjedi That brew sounds interesting! 🍻 3mo
Shley9225 There are 4 main books... 3mo
stephothebesto @readingjedi it's pretty good! I love sour beers and am excited that they're trendy these days. This is the description on the can, which cracks me up: This German Gose is bright and frisky, tart and saline, and dances on the palate with punches of peach. Thirst quenching beyond all imagination, Peach Dodo is the finest of liquids for a beach picnic or for making history. 3mo
stephothebesto @Shley9225 woops. I guess #4 got lost in the shuffle when I was checking on Goodreads. Thanks for letting me know. 3mo
Shley9225 Yeah there‘s Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter (in that order) 3mo
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Star-Crossed | Minnie Darke
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Only a couple chapters in, but too much telling rather than showing when it comes to character development. Also my bar for romance is too high after listening to the When Harry Met Sally episode of the Rewatchables podcast, which has me focused on high quality dialogue/banter.

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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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I went into this not knowing if it was a retelling, a spin off, an origin story, or something else...and I think in this case, ignorance was bliss and great suspense 😊 I loved how immersive the world was, and also enjoyed the dialogue. I plan to read more from Marissa Meyer!

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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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This book is even cooler without the jacket! Thanks again, @Jennick2004 !

Jennick2004 Ooh pretty!! 4mo
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ this book is so good. But also I can't stop crying (as of the last few chapters). The chapters about Rita are my favorite, but really I like them all. The book is well written, conversational and educational at the same time.

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Summer is here! Library bingo, free latte, and a book of alphabet postcards to send to my niece. Does the tagged book count toward the bingo square A Book with a plant in the cover?

Soubhiville It does! Sweetgrass is certainly a plant! 4mo
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@Jennick2004 you are too good to me! This is the box that just kept giving! What a range of books (the tagged isn't pictured because I set it aside to start immediately). I'm glad you added your own pick to stretch my reading. The mug and pens and notebook any everything are delightful and THE POPCORN! That Chicago mix 🤤 Thank you so much!

#summersantagoespostal @BookishMarginalia

Jennick2004 Glad you liked everything 💙 4mo
monalyisha Wow! Also: cute mug! 4mo
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My name is that ok with you.
You killed my phone.
Prepare to be a part of the team.

...so aggressively welcoming.

CouronneDhiver Ha! Accommodating, indeed. 4mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Having just seen Rocketman really helps me visualize a lot of the scenes in this. Digging the interview structure and quotable bits.

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I'm cracking up over my morning coffee. I think this is one of the first memoirs I've read that's written by someone who clearly grew up in the 90s. There was also a reference to Puppy Surprise that was excellent.

JamieArc I loved this book, and that was one of the reasons! I kind of miss my pog collection 😂 4mo
stephothebesto @JamieArc Right?! I had some sweet slammers. 4mo
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You've done it again, Get Booked podcast! 4/5 of this TBR stack are nonfiction picks from the latest episode... I never browse in the nonfiction section, but I trust Amanda and Jenn to recommend some gems.

Crazeedi Liars I really enjoyed! 4mo
stephothebesto ... I can't count. 5/6. 😝 4mo
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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It took some time to get into this (honestly about 150-200 pages) but I'm glad I stuck with it. Some great characters and great quotes, not to mention the setting.

Crazeedi Glad to hear! 4mo
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The Kingdom Of Gods | N. K. Jemisin
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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 😀 4mo
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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. 5mo
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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 🤣🤷‍♀️😝 5mo
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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!!! 5mo
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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! 5mo
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! 5mo
LittleWonder So good! Just a perfect extra donor you story! Enjoy! 5mo
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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 Ptzsch, 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.