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unabridgedchick

Joined October 2016

Book blogger, 30something married lesbian & mom. Boston
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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
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Letters for Lucardo by Noora Heikkila
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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. 2w
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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 3w
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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! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly OMG! 😍 2mo
Eyelit Omg I‘m dying from the absolute cuteness overload 😍 2mo
Christine Awww!! 2mo
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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!! 3mo
BookishJess That‘s a pretty Tarot deck! 😍 3mo
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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.)

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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..... 4mo
BookishJess What a cutie! 🐶 4mo
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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! 4mo
unabridgedchick @Tamra it is so striking. I love it. 4mo
Mdargusch 💛💛💛 4mo
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My #fridayreads/#weekendreads. How about you?

Tamra Sounds fun! 4mo
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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! 4mo
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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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Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Music is magic, literally. A friendship in 1988 and 2009. Gutting and soooooo good.

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Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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My #weekendreads. Stanley is trying to indicate he's annoyed I'm reading and not brushing him.

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The Blue | Nancy Bilyeau
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My last read of 2018 was THE BLUE, which set a serious high water mark for my 2019 reads! A winning heroine, international espionage, nerdy art passions, and Madame de Pompadour! Yummy!

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Emma, Vol. 1 | Kaoru Mori
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Reading my first manga this weekend! What are you reading?

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Our heroine, Korede, is serious, responsible, deliberate. Her sister Ayoola is gorgeous, irresponsible, and unrepentant. Recently, Ayoola's developed a habit of killing her boyfriends.

A quick, deliciously dark read set in Lagos, Nigeria. Loved every page. Gore-free, too, so wimps (like me!) can enjoy without fear!

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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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It's extravagant. Melodramatic. Wuthering Heights and mezzo-sopranos dying on stage. Tea-and-rainy-day moody. A bit like Byatt's Possession, only far more brief. It has all the atmosphere and setting of a book I love, so I'm especially crushed that I didn't love it! Too much unanswered for me, too light a touch on events.

Tamra I too loved the atmosphere, but it got muddled for me in the middle. 6mo
emilyhaldi Great review, I agree wholeheartedly 6mo
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Phantom Pains | Mishell Baker
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My top 9 reads of 2018.

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Boston Public Library | Catherine J. Willis
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Tea at the Boston Public Library. Menus are books!

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The Blue | Nancy Bilyeau
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A very good afternoon.

Eyelit Aw! 😻 6mo
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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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My TBR for my 9-day break. Yaaaaaaay!

Tamra Melmoth is an atmospheric read - I enjoyed it. 6mo
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Books for my flight to CA. I'll be doing social media coverage for an event at the border.

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The Blue | Nancy Bilyeau
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This fabulous historical novel features industrial espionage and the 18th century passion for porcelain. It's the only thing keeping me sane during this move!

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The Changeling | Victor LaValle
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Holy expletive, this book was intense!

A quarter of the way in, I told my wife this was American Gods by way of Laura Lippman, and now that I've finished, I stand by that description. This is a family mystery, a domestic thriller, a supernatural mindfuck. Perfect for Halloween and the creepy autumn days around it.