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The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Bradley strikes a balance between intense description, action, and character-driven narratives. The combination worked for me. I felt connected to all the main characters, and that I knew enough about the most important minor ones as well. Never did I feel bogged down in descriptions of place, although sometimes her expositions of religious conflict grew tedious. But it‘s LONG!

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PatriciaU I read this years ago...now I want to re-read! 3w
Hooked_on_books I had this book sitting on my shelf for about 2 decades and never read it. Before my last move, it got culled. I don‘t regret that but I‘m glad you enjoyed it! It is definitely long! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @PatriciaU I thought maybe I‘d read this before, but now I‘m less sure. Either way, it‘s good. (edited) 3w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Hooked_on_books Sometimes it‘s just not meant to be ... 😎 3w
Suet624 @PatriciaU same here. I loved this book when I read it and I still remember some of the events vividly. It keeps tugging on me to reread it. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Suet624 @PatriciaU I see a buddy read in your future! 3w
4thhouseontheleft I‘ve been meaning to reread this for years! But I‘m worried what I know now about the author will ruin her books for me on 2nd reading. 2w
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Darcey Steinke presents her perspective on various aspects of menopause. It‘s one woman‘s experience, and thus, a memoir. And yet, it‘s so much more. There‘s science, social / cultural commentary, and some thoughts on medical methods. But if you‘re looking for a “how-to make menopause easy book,” this isn‘t directly it. Still, I came away feeling empowered. 4.5 stars

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Between a pick and a so-so for me. In under 300 pages, Phillips introduces many characters. Some are central to the plot of two missing girls, others are only adjacent. But how and if they connect only comes clear in the last chapter or two. I wanted more of some characters, but recognize the story telling purpose. The complex structure added to the overall melancholy tone of this one.

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Suet624 Bummer. I really liked this one. I‘m not sure I would have enjoyed the audio version because I needed to check back on older storylines. I understand your issue with wanting to continue with a character though. 1mo
Cinfhen @BarbaraBB loved this one too @Suet624 1mo
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Donna Jackson Nakazawa is a favorite nonfiction author of mine. This is her latest, and publishes in January 2020. It introduces a component of our brains called microglia to the general public. Studying microglia proves that brain, mind, and body are intimately tied together. Nakazawa is a journalist / patient who writes for patients. She‘s the advocate you‘ve always wanted. ⬇️

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BarbaraTheBibliophage Read this if you like learning more about how your body, especially your brain, works. You‘ll see how the science of microglia is already changing what we know about our brains. Definitely recommended for people with neurological, autoimmune, and mental health conditions of all kinds (and the people in their lives). 1mo
The_Real_Nani I love the cover! 1mo
The_Real_Nani And I‘m definitely add this to my stack. Ever since I got my cochlear implant, I‘ve been in awe of my brain. LOL 1mo
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ShyBookOwl @The_Real_Nani admittedly, I don't know a lot about cochlear implants, but the little I have read has also blown my mind! I hope you're happy with it 😊 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @The_Real_Nani I hope you find it as fascinating as I did. I‘d love to hear more about your cochlear implant. I have Ménière‘s disease and have been losing my hearing for six years. 1mo
Chab256 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Interesting as I have autoimmune diseases... 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Chab256 I do too. You‘ve gotta give this a go! 1mo
kspenmoll Great review! Thank you for bringing this book to my/others attention! 1mo
Mdargusch Wow! Sounds fascinating. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kspenmoll Thank you! And thanks for commenting on the blog post. ♥️ It really is a great book. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Mdargusch It is—and so readable! 1mo
Crazeedi Thanks for this post! I definitely want to read this one!! 1mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage I too have hearing loss from tumor around 5th cranial nerve in inner ear and repeated infections that destroyed my bone structure. I empathize with all who have this disability 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi Yowza. That sounds rough too. You and @ShyBookOwl might be interested in this book on my Kindle shelf. I‘m anxious to get to it. 1mo
ShyBookOwl @BarbaraTheBibliophage oh thank you! Stacked. Sounds really interesting 1mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you for the info, I'm definitely going to look for this one! 1mo
The_Real_Nani @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m happy to chat about it anytime! 1mo
The_Real_Nani @ShyBookOwl it‘s amazing! Very happy with it. :) 1mo
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The series premise takes the legends of Avalon, Merlin, and King Arthur and combines them with urban fantasy in the near future. We‘ve moved into the next generation and England is still deep in trouble. One well-prepared young man and a naive Princess are tasked with saving the country (again) from evil. Some insta-love, but it didn‘t offend me. Planning to read the prequel soooon!

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Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs | Jennifer Finney Boylan
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Just so darn good. I inhaled this like a dog who tips over the treat jar in an empty house. Boylan tells stories of her childhood, teenage years, and adult life through the lens of dog ownership. In some stories dogs are central, and often misbehaving. In others, they are bit players. I laughed a lot, and also learned more about the trans journey. 4 enthusiastic stars.

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Crazeedi Awww this sounds so good, I'd probably cry 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi I did way more laughing than crying ... 🐶 1mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage well then I'm putting this on TBR, sounds really good! Thank you! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 1mo
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Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health | H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, Steve Woloshin
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The fundamental questions raised by the authors are vital medical ethics and practice concerns. To simplify a complex set of topics, Welch encourages patients and even physicians to think carefully about the cost versus benefit of early detection and treatment. He applies it to various cancers, high cholesterol and blood pressure, DNA testing and more.

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Clwojick 6 pt/. 2mo
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Ferris creates the art journal and diary of Karen Reyes, a 1960s Chicago pre-teen, balancing the difficulties of her own adolescence with a family that‘s only marginally stable. And what she wants most in the world is to become a werewolf.

If you like a quirky kid, stories of growing up too fast, and fantastic art, give this graphic novel a whirl.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage Hey, my favorite co-hosts, I finally (long after you) finished our challenge! Autumn summary coming soon! 😘😘 2mo
Cinfhen Woo Hoo!!!! Great job, Barb!!!!!! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks, my friend. ♥️ 2mo
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This is an urban fantasy with a side helping of Arthurian legend. It‘s a tantalizing reading combination, especially in a time when we know our leaders by their tweets rather than by their ancestry. I like an engaging good versus evil story like The Midsummer Wife, especially when the real world is stressful. Strong writing, and I‘m already on to the sequel!

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Eleanor Oliphant is the oddest of odd ducks. She has a way with words. In fact, it‘s not hyperbole to say she‘s a magnificent and prodigious over-describer. The story Honeyman creates is simple enough. Eleanor is essentially a damaged person, who begins to heal during the book‘s narrative. Not my favorite book this year, but she did grow on me.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage @FashionableObserver Review is on my blog. She did grow on me! 2mo
FashionableObserver That makes me so happy! I can‘t wait to read the blog post! 2mo
Gissy Love that book😍❤️ 2mo
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lynneamch Good on audio! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @lynneamch Yes, the narrator was terrific! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gissy I almost loved it—more of a strong like for me. 2mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Ive just acquired this book and looking forward to reading it and your review 🙂 2mo
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