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unabridgedchick

unabridgedchick

Joined October 2016

Book blogger, 30something married lesbian & mom. Boston
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Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
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Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution by Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Heather Webb, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot
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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
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Letters for Lucardo by Noora Heikkila
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Imagine the plot of a Joan Collins-esque penny dreadful, the setting of pre-WWII Europe, & characters from a soap opera. FAREWELL MY LIFE is that book; it's like a froofy cocktail in a bathtub: excessive & fun. My only critique is that this book, which is self-published, could have used a little more polish as there are passages repeated verbatim in various chapters and inconsistent formatting.

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Chilling Effect | Valerie Valdes
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Firefly but with a lesbian Mal?!?! Sign. Me. Up.

Kaylamburson Happy Litserversary!!! 1w
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Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution | Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Heather Webb, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot
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It's no surprise I'm loving RIBBONS OF SCARLET given the authors; appreciating that much of the story & themes speak to current issues. Even opening paragraphs of 1st chapter make me think abt our responses to border crisis, black lives matter, & people we other.

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Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution | Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Heather Webb, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot
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Biggest cat ever.

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Sharing my love for National Geographic with Unabridged Kid thru their 2020 almanac. This beefy book is everything I loved abt the mag: gorgeous photography, empathetic interest in people and the planet. Topics in popular media covered, random trivia, the works. I think this would be a great book to jumpstart homeschool or independent study for kids.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston

I can love you and want you and still not want that life. I'm allowed, all right, and it doesn't me me a liar; it makes me a man with some infinitesimal shred of self-preservation, unlike you, and you don't get to come here and call me a coward for it.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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It's weird to say this about a novel that is wish fulfillment but this book had too much artifice and exaggeration for me to take it seriously. Everything in this book was extreme: emotions, language, pace, characters. McQuiston took an element and streeeeeeeeeeeeetched to the point of caricature. The result was something that detailed the depressing reality of our current political landscape with bubble gum True Love that didn't quite gel.

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Supper Club | Lara Williams
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To stave off loneliness in college, our narrator Roberta takes up cooking. But this isn't one of those sumptuous, charming foodie novels that has your mouth watering; instead, there was something a little gross, slightly dank, and funky about the food. There was an extreme focus on body that reminded me of Otessa Moshfegh and Siri Hustvedt; same with the myopic self focus of our main character.

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Supper Club | Lara Williams

Those evenings, sitting on the living-room floor, laptops to our sides and an array of paper scattered across the floor, drinking wine and listening to music, were suffused with a warmth like nothing else I'd ever felt. I thought of it as the same feeling people get when planning their wedding. It felt enormous and essential and transitory: this papier-mâché beast that we were trying to carve into form.

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Wahler has written a lovely novel of a woman married to a troubled man; a novel that doesn't pretend to answer for him or make sense of his legacy. Instead, it focuses on this minister's daughter who fell in love with a handsome rogue who couldn't shake his penchant for danger. For good or for bad, Wahler skirts away from judging his political views and focus on the loneliness of his bride.

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Nonviolent true crime and a Lillet spritzer.

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Eating my leftover birthday cake. Mmmmm...

Caroline2 Yum!! 😋 4mo
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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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This book! Was! So! Great!

Perfect in all the ways: imaginative re-imagining of Austen? Check. Wonderful slow burn romance at the heart of the story? Check and check. Hilari-awful secondary characters that are cringe-y and delightful in equal part? Check! Many mentions of food so yummy you are motivated to get take out immediately? Triple check!

BookishTrish I loved it so much I read it twice last year 4mo
Shannonbee I got this from Netgalley but I've been putting it off for no good reason. Back to the top of the TBR it goes! 😍 4mo
unabridgedchick @Shannonbee it's perfect for the summer! So charming and sweet. 4mo
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The Snakes | Sadie Jones
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Okay, friends, if you want something that is a total beach read -- family dysfunction, a marriage challenged, tragic death, decaying French hotel -- but with a slightly literary style, I highly recommend The Snakes by Sadie Jones. Just finished it this morning and OHEMGEE. I'm practically shaking. Read it in two days because it's that compulsively terribly irresistible.

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Seriously obsessing over this book but also dragging my feet at finishing. I'm not ready.

Notafraidofwords That‘s me all the time with a book I‘m enjoying. 4mo
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Only one dud in this collection; the rest skirt adventure and horror and terrible reality.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Finishing this cute romance this weekend. What are you reading now?

Centique I‘m reading a non fiction book about Alice in Wonderland 4mo
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I am not feeling swoony about this, my first Karen Russell.

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Everything abt this novel impressed me, from the seemingly discomforting premise (woman in need of $ comes to US to woo someone) to the depth of character development & unbelievably wonderful romance. Our Happy Ever After is earned, our heroine is so deep and real, & story itself gripping and bittersweet. My first Hoang novel but not my last!

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Unabridged Kid is obsessed with this book, based on a documentary, about working dogs. He's convinced they're basically Paw Patrol.

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Not quite lion-and-the-lamb but close! Our pup has fallen hard for the orphaned kid. Has spent the weekend cuddling it.

Tamra Sweet! 6mo
MicheleinPhilly OMG! 😍 6mo
Eyelit Omg I‘m dying from the absolute cuteness overload 😍 6mo
Christine Awww!! 6mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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A wildly intriguing novel w real depth of heart to it, despite the seemingly flippant premise. Broder presents a heroine who is both cringe-worthy and desperately appealing; when she meets her merman, it's impossible to tell if the creature is real or a manifestation of her need. But Lucy believes in him, and her desire to be wanted leads her someplace far less magical -- and it's that which moves novel from flippant to disturbing and sobering.

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A nearly perfect read: a snaky plot, thorny characters nesteld in compelling narrative & resonant themes. All love stories are ghost stories, we'll read more than once in this book, but this novel is an imagining of the life of a literary genius touched with the insistent naming of the woman behind such a figure. It's tortured emotions stretched taut to the point of madness and deft, quiet moments of revelation that hummed in the heart.

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Letters for Lucardo | Noora Heikkila
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Dithering over my TBR but thinking my #fridayreads /#weekendreads will be THE BLACK GOD'S DRUMS and LETTERS FOR LUCARDO. Shorter reads so I can feel accomplished. What are you reading this weekend?

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Our heroine Nya is used to being a wallflower, finding love through phone app games and watching her friends find their happily ever afters. Our hero Johan is used to being notorious even though his behavior hides more altruistic drives. I love reading romances penned by a woman of color, because there's no othering or exoticizing of marginalized people. The heroine's identity is never part of the conflict between our lovers.

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The Luminous Dead: A Novel | Caitlin Starling
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Quickly, we see things are not as expected, but even our main character doesn't know what is standard. The novel devolves into a mire of paranoia and barely contained panic, infectious and so very, very fun to read. There are alien monsters, possibly unreliable narrators, horrifying realities or maybe terrifying delusions. It's impossible to tell what's real and what isn't, and I loved every moment.

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What are you reading this weekend?

Bklover I was just reading about this book. Adding it to my TBR. You‘ll have to let us know how you like it. (Oh, and I‘m reading The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George this weekend! Enjoy!! 7mo
BookishJess That‘s a pretty Tarot deck! 😍 7mo
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The Luminous Dead: A Novel | Caitlin Starling
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100 pages in and I can't stop. Caves, trust issues, monsters. So. Good.

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A Spark of White Fire | Sangu Mandanna
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When Esmae interrupts a royal challenge to win an unbeatable, sentient warship, she sets in motion a preordained tragedy that she, and others, try to prevent. Her life changes, her past starts to impact her future, and everything she thought she understood about herself and her history must be questioned. (If you're not familiar with the Mahābhārata, don't research ahead of reading so as to not spoil yourself the gasp-worthy twists.)

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A Spark of White Fire | Sangu Mandanna

"Your arrow was a spark," she replies," A spark of fire so hot and white that no one will be able to put it out. And even a spark of fire can consume an entire forest if it can jump from tree to tree. Watch, Esmae. Watch as one act leads to another and then to another after that. Watch the trees pass white flames on. Watch the forest burn."

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The Maple Syrup Book | Janet Eagleson, Rosemary Hasner
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Unexpected day in the sugar shack. Waiting for the sap to come up to 220.

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Although I usually can only manage one non-fiction book a year, I'm tearing through this one because it's got the drama of a novel with the sobering grounding of historical fact. In the early 1920s, oil made the Osage Tribe millionaires and whites couldn't stand it. Murders chip away at the community while corruption and collusion make justice impossible. The early FBI investigates, with its own baggage. Fascinating read.

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Incredulous kitty: how dare I read instead of petting?

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Walk of Shame | Lauren Layne
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I'm on a serious romance kick.

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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My #fridayreads/#weekendreads. What are you reading this weekend?

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A little woo before work.

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The romance was super hot, the attraction electric, and best of all, the main plot line (or, I suppose, secondary plot line to the romance) was super exciting and as interesting as the romance. Many elements of the story are based on true events or figures, which made it even more interesting to read.

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The tone of these pieces are darkly funny; Lawson is occasionally horrifying (her thing for taxidermied animals is just baffling to me) but always honest, and I laughed as much as I cringed. Now and then, I found her a Little Too Much, like when she name dropped being friends with Neil Gaiman or detailed her ridiculous behavior during an all-expenses-paid trip to Australia. (Privilege and obliviousness make me snippy.)

underground_bks I just started this but decided to bail after 30 pages because I already agree so much with your review. 4w
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A Spark of White Fire | Sangu Mandanna
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Starting another Read Harder challenge item, this space drama inspired by the Mahabharata. Mmmmmm!

Tamra That face looks like mischief on the mind..... 8mo
BookishJess What a cutie! 🐶 8mo
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Rutting Season: Stories | Mandeliene Smith
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The jacket description doesn't do this volume of nine short stories justice. The stories aren't of "girls behaving badly", like we're reading about out-of-control tweens or reckless-on-spring-break coeds. The central figures in these stories are individuals crushed under intense familial pressure: death, abuse, neglect (benign and otherwise).

Tamra That cover! 8mo
unabridgedchick @Tamra it is so striking. I love it. 8mo
Mdargusch 💛💛💛 8mo
Mdargusch 💛💛💛 8mo
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My #fridayreads/#weekendreads. How about you?

Tamra Sounds fun! 8mo
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Terra Nullius: a novel | Claire G. Coleman
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Terra nullius -- "empty land" -- was the doctrine with which white Europeans used as the basis for invading Australia. It was codified into Australian law until the 1990s, but the impact is still felt.

A society based on dominance, genocide, and colonization can only respond in certain kinds of ways.

You'll think you know where this story is going. Fans of Octavia Butler and Margaret Atwood must read this one.

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This volume is full of lived experience, from the horror of watching her brother being abused by a police officer ("the first time") to the lyrical beauty of "black joy". Some pieces were foreign to me, but the glimpses offered by Monet are suffused with tenderness, love, and devotion. Intimacy merged with social commentary; personal reflection that becomes political by virtue of living in a world that doesn't believe #BlackLivesMatter.

MrBook Great review! 8mo
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Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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1988 & 2009. Music casts literal magic. Our heroine's use of magic brings out the best and worst in her. The bittersweet realism in this book is what keeps it from being flimsy, soft, or too fantastical.

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My options for this weekend. Any suggestions on which to start??

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Anarcha was one of eleven slaves who were purchased by "father" of modern gynecology Dr Marion Sims for his research. Essentially torturing these women, Sims did his research (including surgeries) without offering pain relief or sedation. Our lauded history of medicine has been polished of its shameful bits, but in this slender, intense volume of poetry, a name and voice is given to the very real, the very human sacrifice to our knowledge.

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Emma, Vol. 1 | Kaoru Mori
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I was charmed by this story of a young housemaid in 19th century London. She meets a young man of means who falls for her, and the people around them witness with sympathy, bafflement, or indifference. Mori's art is wonderful, humorous and evocative.

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Voice and history given to Anarcha, the enslaved woman who was tortured by the "father of gynecology" Marion Sims. Gutting to read but necessary.

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At this point, I'm just powering through this book. I probably should have read her blog a little before starting this as she's... Well, a little bit goes a long way.

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Soooo excited to start this one!!!

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