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twohectobooks

Joined April 2016

Saskatchewan, Star Trek, and so on | I blog about books at www.twohectobooks.com
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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
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Hild: A Novel by Nicola Griffith
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McNally Robinson Booksellers - Saskatoon by Saskatoon, SK, Canada (Bookstore)
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Nexus: Ascension by Robert Boyczuk
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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
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Worstward ho | Samuel Beckett
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Well...... this is awkward 😳 We‘re avoiding the word “fail” and my #positivity mantra includes the word three times! Let me explain!

I love this passage so much and have had it up on the wall for years now because nothing else gets me in quite the same way. This is all about failing over and over again and continuing anyway. And I love the idea of “failing better” which could mean to fail even more spectacularly or, maybe, to succeed.

#bfcr2

sudi Love this 💕💕💕 25m
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A year or two ago I decided to try switching from multiple #cookbooks to one big one plus a binder of favourites. It‘s only been semi-successful, mainly because I still hate cooking. #riotgrams

Tamra Out of curiosity, what do you hate about it? I am guessing it‘s like me learning to like football. Ain‘t gonna happen. 5h
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#riotgrams

I always have at least one or two #librarybooks out these days. I basically put them on hold and pick up as necessary. Once I‘m finished my #modernlibrarytop100 books I hope to use the library even more.

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Swim! Swim! | James Proimos
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My #bujo is pretty plain compared to many but this is my very simple tracker for the #bookfitnesschallenge #bfcr2 starting tomorrow!

My goals are simple for now:
📚 7️⃣ books
🏊🏻‍♀️ 1️⃣8️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ m in the water

Looking forward to staying active this summer with everyone!

And shoutout to my fabulous teammates @mcipher @beckyb @debbiegrillo @lucy_anywhere @okthislooksbad @books.bottles.and.babies @krayoncolorz

twohectobooks Oops, forgot to tag @wanderinglynn as well! Thank you for hosting! 2d
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 2d
BeckyB Love it! I need to write all my goals down so I can keep track of how I do each week! 2d
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Lucy_Anywhere Nice one 🙌 2d
mcipher I love this - I need to get a tracker to keep myself on target, too. Great idea. 😊 2d
twohectobooks @BeckyB @Lucy_Anywhere @mcipher @wanderinglynn thanks all! I need to keep my bujo trackers extremely simple or they end up not getting used. Hopefully this one works out well enough! 2d
wanderinglynn I think your bujo looks great! You have beautifully neat handwriting. 👍🏻 2d
Clwojick Ooooooooh! This is so soothing to look at! I love your writing. 😍 2d
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Dhalgren | Samuel R. Delany
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Awkward! Only one #sfbypoc book on my shelves, and it‘s this bizarro journey through a ruined city. #riotgrams

Molly_the_mezzo May I suggest Octavia Butler? She‘s my all-time favorite sci-fi author, and she fits into this category. 2d
twohectobooks @Molly_the_mezzo thanks! I actually read her Lilith‘s Brood/Xenogenesis trilogy a couple of years ago and really liked it + plan to read more of her stuff, it just didn‘t end up on the bookshelf (most of my books come from the library). 2d
twohectobooks @Molly_the_mezzo on a related note, one of the members of my book club ended up with an early edition of the book where Lilith is depicted as a white woman! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2d
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Molly_the_mezzo @twohectobooks That‘s fascinating! All of her books have Black women as the main characters, so I‘m surprised she started out differently with Lilith. 2d
twohectobooks @Molly_the_mezzo she didn‘t, it was just the publisher either getting it wrong on purpose or by accident. This is the cover illustration, apparently I neglected to mention that in my previous comment 😳 (edited) 2d
Molly_the_mezzo @twohectobooks Oh, man, that‘s awful! 2d
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Bailedbailed

Man, I am RUTHLESS this year. This is the fourth book I‘ve DNF‘d!

I‘ve had this book on my goodreads #tbr since March 2013 (it was the oldest one) and figured I might as well pick it up. Weeeell this style of humour and I don‘t get along apparently. Oddly enough I think I‘d enjoy the book more if the authors took the premise more seriously.

Also discovered this printing error.

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Hild: A Novel | Nicola Griffith
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🙄 I am such a procrastinator. I knew this prompt was coming up, I knew there was rain in the forecast, I knew that I wouldn‘t be home until after 9 pm tonight... and yet I still waited until the last minute for my #flowersplusbooks photo. #riotgrams

(Can someone please explain what “clinch covers” means? I am too old or nerdy or offline to get it. @bookriot )

TheAromaofBooks haha I had to look up clinch cover when you asked, because I didn't know what it meant either - apparently it's a cover with an embracing couple on the front, like the kind on romance novels. Who knew that that had an actual name?! 4d
twohectobooks @TheAromaofBooks oh my goodness, thank you! Lol I never would‘ve figured that out. Now... do I have any of those on my shelf? 4d
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Brontë
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#riotgrams #ireadthistooyoung

I was 10 years old the 1st time I read this & I only understood about 1/2 of what I was reading. It was such a transformative experience for me, though, & so much of what I look for in literature originated with that early experience reading this book.

I wonder how many readers out there also owe a lot of their love of reading and taste in books to an early experience with a book they weren‘t quite ready for yet.

BooknerdsLife Awww don‘t think I‘d love Jane Eyre as much when I was 10yrs old! You‘re a very mature reader! 👍🏼🤗 I only read books like Tom Sawyer or Oliver Twist (YA edition of course) when I was that age 😅🙈 5d
twohectobooks @BooknerdsLife Jane has an “in” for young readers, which is that she‘s also young at the beginning of the book. I dunno how mature I actually was, because I continued reading a lot of Sweet Valley Twins and trash like that with a bit of LM Montgomery mixed in after reading this. 5d
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Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn 🙂
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1️⃣ My sister (since her birth almost three decades ago) and Anne (since grade one or two) 🥰
2️⃣ My province is called the land of living skies with good reason but the most recent memorable sunset was one I watched while on the ferry to Vancouver Island two years ago
3️⃣ Sawdust
4️⃣ Slaughterhouse-Five
5️⃣ Tagging you if it‘s still Wednesday where you are!

Eggs Oh wonderful responses!! Your sunset 🌅 experience sounds so lovely 🤗💗 5d
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Is it bad that this novel about a group of brothers murdering their father is the first thing that sprang to mind in response to the #fatherfigures prompt? #riotgrams

(It‘s about time I reread this, and I‘m thinking of trying a newer translation.)

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McNally Robinson Booksellers - Saskatoon | Saskatoon, SK, Canada (Bookstore)
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I have more #bookmarks than I‘d ever need to use at once in any universe, especially because my favourite local bookstore will give you a new one every time you buy a book. #riotgrams

Clwojick Thanks to two rounds of #bookmarkswap, I easily have over 200z 😅😅😅 1w
twohectobooks @Clwojick oh my goodness! 7d
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Native Son | Richard Wright
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Mixed feelings but it‘s definitely a book I would recommend. Bigger Thomas is a young black man struggling with poverty in 1930s Chicago. He commits a brutal crime and almost gets away with it. It‘s hard to root for a murderer and rapist, but that‘s kind of the point of the book. Wright‘s prose gets so deep into his protagonist‘s experience and feelings that the book is often hard to read and I went through so many different emotions.

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I used yesterday‘s #riotgrams #freebie to simply not post at all. Today I have a photo of the ever-evolving #tbr shelf beside my bed. Tagged book is first up because it‘s from the library.

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Guess I better stop reading and get a few things done after spending a few hours reading this morning. Jacques gets to nap. #catsoflitsy

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Hild: A Novel | Nicola Griffith
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#bedsidetablebooks

Every time I pick up Hild it‘s late and I start falling asleep. Hopefully I can make some progress this morning.

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At long last, Slaughterhouse-Five has come up on the #modernlibrarytop100 list! It‘s been many years since the first and only other time I read a Vonnegut novel, and I‘m looking forward to this one.

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Nothing has really blown my mind yet this year, but Appointment in Samarra came close. Definitely my #favbookoftheyearsofar #riotgrams

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#thursdaysurvey @laurenslibrary

Thanks for the tag @tournevis !

1️⃣ Yep! It‘s not very big but they‘ve been doing a great job lately.
2️⃣ Last year around this time. It had been a long time before that though.
3️⃣ Not sure I have a favourite. Lately I‘m really into bats.
4️⃣ Anything I‘ve come in contact with has been in captivity. There was at least one monkey.
5️⃣ Again, whoever is still in the world of Thursday, please feel free!

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House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampanò
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I‘m not very good at remembering the #bestdedications. Here‘s a sort of anti-dedication (a rejection? a refusal?) instead. #riotgrams

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Tagged | Gary Crew
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Thanks for the tag @tournevis !

1️⃣ Steady sad eclectic
2️⃣ Shout out to my couch, it‘s A+ for curling up on the end of and ALSO for lying down on. Just need to make sure I don‘t end up taking a nap... lots of my photos for litsy posts are taken from the vantage point of the couch!
3️⃣ Not really, I‘m terrible at this sort of thing
4️⃣ Anyone who hasn‘t crossed over into Thursday yet😉

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗👏🏻 2w
tournevis 😘 2w
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I don‘t have much for #summerromance on my shelves because summer puts me in the mood for Stephen King and Shakespeare (I don‘t get it either!). But I think I‘d like to read this YA romance one of these days. #riotgrams

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Hild: A Novel | Nicola Griffith
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I‘m having kind of a tough time lately: work is crazy and I‘m feeling really unmotivated, there‘s tons to do at home, and I haven‘t gone swimming in over three weeks due to recovery.

On the bright side, I rode my bike to and from work today for the first time ever in my life.

Now I‘m going to bed early to spend some time with these books. Hopefully things will get better soon.

mhillis Great job with the biking!! 2w
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Dolores Claiborne | Stephen King
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#riotgrams

I have a lot of #monsters and beasties on my shelves. Decided to feature a couple of the more mundane ones.

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#retellings and I don‘t really get along most of the time, so these are about the closest things I have on my shelves: Hamlet CYOA, Narnia pastiche, and a version of King Arthur. #riotgrams

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Can someone please talk to me about the ending reveal in this book? Like the author does a pretty good job of dropping white pebbles along the path to show that the main character is the one who took the dead girl‘s head, so when it‘s revealed at the end I was like “cool I knew it.” Was I supposed to be shocked?

Melissa_J I felt rather let down at the end, waiting for a twist that never came. I still enjoyed the book overall, but the ending was rather unexpected. 2w
twohectobooks @Melissa_J I basically had the same experience. For me the real “twist” was the reveal that the MC is beginning to develop dementia like his father did. 2w
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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A dual timeline book in which mysterious chalk figures begin to show up where a group of kids didn‘t draw them, and many years later the same kids are drawn together as adults to finally figure out what happened. I liked this book just fine but mostly it made me want to read some Stephen King because he‘s the master at this sort of thing. Not as good as the hype led me to expect unfortunately.

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Just signed up for the next round of @wanderinglynn ‘s #bookfitnesschallenge because the posts I‘ve been seeing about the first round looked fun!

My goals are seven books and 18000m of swimming. I need to swim hard this summer to meet my overall swimming goals so hopefully this will help.

wanderinglynn Yay! Welcome aboard! 💙 2w
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#riotgrams

When it comes to #readinggadgets, this iPad mini is basically my only one. It‘s not ideal for reading use but it works from time to time when I get stuck reading an ebook. Most recently the tagged book, which I just discussed with my #bookclub yesterday!

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The Mysterious Benedict Society | Trenton Lee Stewart
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This is a fun middle grade novel about a group of gifted children who are recruited by a man named Mr. Benedict through a series of puzzles and tests. Most synopses stop there but the bulk of the book is their mission to foil an evil plot. I enjoyed the book and liked the characters but the whole time I was reading I couldn‘t help thinking how LONG this is compared to typical middle grade.

TheAromaofBooks This is definitely one of my faves. I enjoyed the rest of the series as well 2w
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Late night #riotgrams

I thought about stacking up all my yellow books and then remembered my Nancy Drew shelf #itwasallyellow

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The Scarlet Letter: a romance | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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#riotgrams

When it comes to #hardcovervspaperback my collection seems to suggest that I‘m on the side of the paperback. Out of over two hundred books, less than two dozen are hardcover. Not sure why this huge discrepancy, other than frugality?

Anyway, the photo is of a rare case where I decided to replace an existing edition (blue) with a new one (red)... but haven‘t gotten rid of the existing yet. 😳

Tamra For me it‘s frugality and ease of reading - I find soft covers easier to tote and hold. 3w
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Nexus: Ascension | Robert Boyczuk
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Trying to make better choices, so instead of #booksandpastry here‘s a book and... the pastry section of a cookbook?
#riotgrams

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EclecticReaders Nice!! 3w
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La terre | Emile Zola
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#riotgrams #stacksonstacks

Bit of a blank on this prompt so here is a photo of some French language books that I keep on top of one of my shelves plus a “stack” of foreign coins I‘ve been stuck with after various travels. I want to start reading more French language books as soon as I‘ve finished my #modernlibrarytop100 project.

(Missed yesterday due to going to bed early with a bad headache 😭)

Chrissyreadit I like this stack!!! 3w
Leftcoastzen Like your pretty French stack.❤️ 3w
twohectobooks @Leftcoastzen @Chrissyreadit thank you both! These are all books I acquired from various relatives. For some reason I haven‘t figured out yet, French books have their spines printed in the opposite direction to English books, so you have to lay them down on their covers to see the spines right side up. 3w
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Nexus: Ascension | Robert Boyczuk
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#riotgrams #booksandsocks

It is way too hot out for socks, so here‘s a photo of one of my current reads in my sock drawer lol

Now I‘m off to finish planting my bedding plants, which you better believe I do barefoot.

twohectobooks Update: plants planted but I completely forgot two pots! They will have to wait. Also had to switch to sandals halfway through because my poor grass is so dry it was hurting my feet. :( 3w
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Gonna attempt to do #riotgrams here on Litsy this month.

First up is a small #shelfie of my physical #TBR books. I‘m really working hard to get this stack down to a maximum of ten at a time (currently a couple dozen or so), because it really stresses me out to have books around that I haven‘t read.

My TBR on Goodreads is another matter entirely...

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Nexus: Ascension | Robert Boyczuk
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#tbrbingo update for May! Grey is for stuff I read in previous months. I‘m one book behind and I anticipate that I‘ll fall further behind as I read more of the #modernlibrarytop100 books that I didn‘t put on this bingo card. Should be finishing the tagged book soon and finding out what the next #bookclub selection will be!

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Went plant shopping today. Almost ready to start reading on the deck!

Tamra Love it! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Every time I run an errand this time of year, no matter what it is or where I'm going, somehow I end up coming home with more plants!!! :-D 4w
twohectobooks @TheAromaofBooks I had a short list of what I wanted to buy and I pretty much doubled it lol 4w
TheAromaofBooks haha I definitely know how that goes! Happy planting!! 4w
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Elven Star | Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
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I‘m reading this series at my sister‘s urging and thought I might quit after this second book buuut I now find myself curious about the next one.

The series is a high-concept high fantasy taking place in a sundered world warred over by two rival races of very powerful beings. Humans, elves, and dwarves live in the various different realms.

I am pretty reluctant when it comes to high fantasy but I find the world building fun if nothing else.

Geeklet I‘m loving that 70‘s style fantasy cover. 1mo
twohectobooks @Geeklet yes! I love old fantasy covers so much. 1mo
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Nexus: Ascension | Robert Boyczuk
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I had to go in for an outpatient procedure yesterday so today I‘m off work, on the couch, reading up a storm.

I‘d prefer if this were just a normal day off, but I‘ll take what I can get.

Lindy 🌻Feel better soon. 1mo
twohectobooks @Lindy thanks! I‘m doing better than expected but am glad I could take the time for a recovery day. 1mo
Lindy @twohectobooks Did you end up doing much reading? 1mo
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twohectobooks @Lindy lots for me! Probably an average day‘s worth for you 😉 1mo
batsy Take care! 🌻 1mo
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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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Was thinking of going out to read on the deck and then noticed these HUNDREDS OF BABY SPIDERS on the screen door. I didn‘t notice them a few hours ago when I went to water the plants so I think they may have just hatched. AAAAAGHHHHH!!!!!

MelissaSue81 Ahh! Are they inside or outside? 1mo
twohectobooks Just found what I think must have been the egg sac or whatever. They‘re mostly inside but I‘m going to prop the screen door open and hope that helps them get away. @MelissaSue81 (edited) 1mo
Jenken1998 Time to move 😵 1mo
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twohectobooks @Jenken1998 I‘m seriously considering it. 1mo
batsy Aiiieeee!!! 😩😩😭 1mo
BooknerdsLife AAAHHH 😱😖 1mo
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Spindle's End | Robin McKinley
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Shout out also to the good/bad old days of the Canadian dollar being worth only 65 cents USD! 💸 lol

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Spindle's End | Robin McKinley
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Here‘s the deal. This is 1 of the oldest books in my collection, bought for myself & read during my high school days in the early 00s. It‘s prob the only book I read during that time that I can distinctly remember having issues with, but I‘ve always wanted to give it another try bc I love Sleeping Beauty & the cover is gorgeous.

Today I finally tried again & got 27 pages in, having many of the same issues I did ~20 yrs ago.

Not doing this again.

twohectobooks Also shoutout to @xicanti because her comments on the book about a year ago are a big part of why I didn‘t bother to give this more than 27 pages this time around. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks haha I love the way that this seems to be a love/hate kind of book. It's definitely rambly. My sister and I usually love the same books, but this one drove her crazy, while I've read it probably a dozen times. 1mo
twohectobooks @TheAromaofBooks yeah this is almost definitely a matter of taste because I don‘t think it‘s a bad book, just really not for me. Now you have me wondering what my sister would make of this one since she and I have slightly different taste. 1mo
xicanti Good move. I now wish I‘d abandoned it. 1mo
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Caved to the hype for this one and picked it up at the #library today on the way home from work. I want to start it right away but I have too much to do this evening!

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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Once I got over expecting this to be something it‘s not, I really liked this book. A country doctor rapidly becomes entwined in the lives of a formerly wealthy family in post WWII England. Is this a haunting or is it all in their heads? The book is a slow burn almost to a fault, except that I had a hard time putting it down. Sarah Waters captures the voices of her historic setting perfectly. My first Waters but definitely not my last.

Tamra I just 10 min ago started the audio. I like the narration! 1mo
twohectobooks @Tamra hurray! Hope you enjoy the book :) 1mo
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Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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Sunday morning reading in bed.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society | Trenton Lee Stewart
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Was just settling in with Jacques for our Saturday afternoon post-swim reading session when I realized that I have to be at a baby shower in less than an hour!! #catsoflitsy

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The Mysterious Benedict Society | Trenton Lee Stewart
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

This font is out of control. I read 2 as “nert up on nour tbr.”

1️⃣ Tagged plus Invisible Man
2️⃣ I‘m going to try rereading Spindle‘s End, and maybe Kate Mulgrew‘s memoir
3️⃣ Attack on Titan and Umbrella Academy if you count adaptations of comics (no spoilers plz!). If not.. it‘s been so long I don‘t remember!

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Earth Abides | George R. Stewart
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This is a fascinating but flawed sf classic that I‘ve wanted to read for a while and picked up because of my #bookclub. After a disease wipes out the vast majority of humanity, young geography student Ish is one of the few survivors to pick up the pieces. This book does a bad job when it comes to women, race, and disability, but a great job of considering the methods in which civilization would decay after an event like this.

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Native Son | Richard Wright
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Reading through the trial in Native Son, I‘ve been wondering why Mr Boris Max isn‘t spoken of in the same breath as Atticus Finch. Looks like it may have something to do with the fact that this section of the book was quite reduced in the original and subsequent editions. I‘m reading a restored version of the text from 1991. #modernlibrarytop100