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AthenaWins

AthenaWins

Joined August 2018

Gonna own the first Martian bookstore one day. Hey. a girl can dream right?
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I had no idea what this story would be about. And even some chapters in, I was asking. But it kept me turning the pages, wanting to know more about this planet and the people both human and gelet. Once I really understood what Anders was conveying, I was utterly in love. Wonderful book.

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Beowulf | Anonymous
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I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as I did Gilgamesh, but it is still a beautiful and deeply powerful story.

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This book began as a curiosity and ended as a kick to the gut. The characters are deep and complex. The story is rich and poignant. 5/5!

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"... And they were not one of the orders whose sole mission was to follow the black foot of pandemic as it strode across the systems, leaving footprints of phlegm and bile and blood in its wake."

Holy shit. What a fantastic line...

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The Undefeated | Una McCormack
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This was a wonderful story following Monica, a journalist whose life has been one amazing event after the next, leading her to one eye-opening moment. It takes returning to her roots for her to wholly understand an inevitable end to everything she knows. The Undefeated is about exploring both the inner self and the world around us while forcing the reader to consider things we accept simply as the way things are meant to be.

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Untitled | Unknown
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😂 I wasn't expecting an answer.

vivastory That's awesome 😂👏🚀 2w
Texreader Cool!! 2w
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Tor finally sent the books they promised, but instead of just ARCs, I got finished copies! I'm thrilled to say the least!

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Pickpick

Wow. I wasn't really expecting The Epic of Gilgamesh to be so beautiful. Honestly, I wasn't sure I would understand it. But the author of this version has pieced the story together in a way that even the non-reader will understand and fall in love with. The narrators are more like performers, emotional and passionate. The author also includes an essay that goes deeper into the story, looking for deeper meaning. Loved this so much.

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I am loving this much more than I expected. The narrator is fantastic. Such a great story.

Emilymdxn I was surprised by how much I loved it too! 3w
AthenaWins @Emilymdxn it really is such a beautiful story. Rampant sexism (but hey, we're talking over 4,000 years ago), but the companionship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu is just so heart wrenching. 3w
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1. Risk
2. Greece
3. Not great. Life has been hectic and I've been in a reading slump.
4. I haven't finished reading it yet, but The Iliad by Homer. I was so intimidated by it at first. Poetry isn't my strongest reading material. But it's just so beautiful. I'm in love.
5. What's your favorite book based TV series or movie?

Jerdencon The handmaids tale - actually like the show better than the book 1mo
AmberWB Jaws or Game of Thrones 1mo
marleed @Jerdencon I second your choice! 1mo
Texreader Ready Player One! 1mo
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Really enjoyed this book, though the first half much more than the second. His expertise obviously being much more in 20th century history, he didn't spend a lot of time discussing much earlier disasters. Still a solid book though. Recommend to fans of apocalypse theories and history.

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Sappho | Sappho, Mary Barnard

When I see you, for a moment,
My voice goes,
My tongue freezes. Fire,
Delicate fire, in the flesh.
Blind, stunned, the sound
Of thunder, in my ears.

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Riot Baby | Tochi Onyebuchi
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I'm so excited! Tor quoted part of my review and posted it on Instagram!. I feel so legit! Lol

aeeklund CONGRAAAAAATS!!!! 🎉🎉 1mo
BookNAround Very cool. 1mo
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Finally finished my Sieh tattoo!! My artist is amazing.

Aims42 That is AAAAAAMAZING!!! 2mo
AthenaWins @Aims42 thank you! 🙂 2mo
overtheedge ❤❤love it!@ 2mo
JacqMac Wow! That is beautiful. 2mo
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Mehso-so

Ok. I enjoyed this story, but I had trouble with how distant it all felt. It was as though I were a drone watching it all unfold and only able to hear part of the real story. I understand that this is based on actual historical figures, but it's fiction. I feel like she could have taken more liberties. I'm hoping the next book is better.

LiteraryinLititz Well said! 2mo
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Totally new to Philippa Gregory. But I fell in love with the Starz miniseries. All three of them. Now I have to read the books.

Crazeedi I totally enjoyed these 2mo
AthenaWins @Crazeedi I'm only a chapter in and I really am loving her prose. It's nice to get a little backstory for such a great character too. 2mo
Birdsong28 Love her. Have read all her work. 😍📚📖 2mo
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Becky Chambers has become the top go-to for me when I'm yearning for characters full of depth and complex emotions. And this book didn't disappoint. And beyond that is her ever present message of the joy of curiosity, exploration within and without, and the moral implications of every action. I absolutely adore her books.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same LOVE her 2mo
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We celebrate the tree that stretches to the sky, but it is the ground we should ultimately thank.

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I love novellas. Quick reads with so much packed in. I've read two today and started this one.

j9brown Loved this one! 2mo
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The Seep | Chana Porter
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Imagine one day all your problems could be solved with a thought and anything you wanted could just come into existence. It's a lot less fun than you'd think. This book serves as a reminder that some problems are worth working out on your own. Loved this one.

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Riot Baby | Tochi Onyebuchi
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This was a hard read. Full of anger and fear and unheard truths. Fantastic world building. Deep, meaningful characters. Loved it.

aeeklund I really found this one impressive. 2mo
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Wow. I am so glad a friend suggested I read this one. I furiously turned pages, laughed, and got a little teary eyed. Such a fun book. Highly recommend!

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Loki is one of my favorite Marvel characters. And Mackenzie Lee has captured the not-quite-villain/not-quite-hero perfectly. Here is a young man torn between loyalty and personal desire; caught between his overbearing father Odin and The Enchantress Amora. This tug of war highlights Loki's own shifty personality while showcasing his witty humor and mischievous nature. I love what Lee did with this origin story.

CareBear Did this come out today? 3mo
AthenaWins @CareBear yes it did! 3mo
CareBear Loki‘s one of my fave marvel characters too! Stacking, thanks!! 3mo
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Had an ugly white bookshelf that was driving me crazy. So my daughter and I made a project of it. Introducing my new space-themed sci-fi shelf! It came out awesome!

DGRachel Fun! 3mo
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Fantastic Voyage | Isaac Asimov
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Felt like I needed to add to my Star Trek and vintage sci-fi collection. 😀

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**this is an ARC but...**

"...shimmering and changeable as a flame for those few seconds before she settled into her own skin, an eagle landing with its wings unfurled."

"In response, Loki's return to his form was more like the flight of an awkward pigeon."
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Read it again, I said. It will be fun, I said. It won't make you cry again, I said.

😭💔

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The Binding | Bridget Collins
Bailedbailed

This just moved a little too slow for me.

JaneyWaneyB I agree with you there. I've picked it up, put it down, read another few pages and it is currently wedged at the end of the sofa 🤨😏 4mo
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I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately. Between house shopping, ducklings hatching, and moving, things have been stressful. But at least I had my priorities straight when I started organizing after the move. Lol

MrBook Ugh, moves 🙄. Hope things are smoothing out. 🤗🤗🤗 5mo
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Medusa in the Graveyard | Emily Devenport
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Absolutely loving this series. Where I expected a basic space travel science fiction, I got a Greek Tragedy in space! Every character is unique and complicated. The story is emotional. And the settings are magnificent.

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Medusa Uploaded: A Novel | Emily Devenport
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Oichi is out for revenge, but then she finds herself mixed up in a much bigger plot than she could ever imagine. Great characters, beautiful scenery, and I enjoyed the references sprinkled throughout. Think Battlestar Galactica meets The Matrix. A little confusing at times but definitely worth the read. 4/5

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So my mama duck had a surprise for me today! It's so stinking cute I could die! 🥰😍

Texreader ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
MrBook 😻😻😻 🦆 #ducksofLitsy 6mo
jdiehr It looks like a stuffed animal! So cute 😀 6mo
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xicanti Oh my goodness! 6mo
Clwojick Oh my gosh! He hardly looks real! 😱😍💖 6mo
Redwritinghood 😍😍 6mo
sprainedbrain Ohmygosh! 😍😍😍 6mo
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Bloodline (Star Wars) | Claudia Gray
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This has been a good year. Just met Claudia Gray for the second time. She's such a great, fun person. Love her! Also this book is amazing.

readordierachel Very cool! 6mo
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Did I enjoy this book? Well, I deprived myself off an hour of sleep each night before work, and I was up until 3 AM determined to finish it last night.

At first I really couldn't empathize with Tau, the main character, but as the book went on, it became harder and harder to do anything but. His development is painful and thorough, and he drives the plot forward, barreling into any desire to put the book down and go to sleep. 5/5. Awesome book.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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When you have the best bosses in the world! Thank you @everlocalwest !!

KatieDid927 😱 6mo
JaneyWaneyB 😍 6mo
everlocalwest 💙📚 6mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Wow.

I didn't start reading this book expecting to immediately love it. And it did start off rather slow for me, but once it got going, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Moreno-Garcia's use of language is stunningly beautiful, as are the fantastically thought out cast off characters. This will break your heart and satisfy anyone who loves an underdog story. Highly recommend!

xxjenadanxx I have an ARC of this I need to read. 6mo
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This is not so much a story about the apocalypse as it is a story about humanity and finding strength not only in yourself but in others. There isn't a lot of action, but what it lacks there it more than makes up for with strong character development and a constant pull between defeat and victory. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Station 11.

atla You said the magic words (Station Eleven)! Added to my TBR. :) 6mo
AthenaWins @atla Ha! Awesome! 6mo
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Take Jessica Jones without her superpowers and give her a murder investigation at American Hogwarts filled with the cast of Mean Girls, and you have this book. It's funny, sad, and has some pretty great inner dialogue. It's not my favorite by a long shot. But I'd recommend it to fans of mystery and light fantasy.

readordierachel That's quite a mashup! 6mo
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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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Anyone else feel like the narrator should read to them every single day? Omg his voice and his accent and the actual performance he puts into it! Almost as good as the voice actor for Game of Thrones.

Avanders Done. Recommended my library buy the audio book... hope they do soon! (They often purchase the recommendations ☺️.) 6mo
AthenaWins @Avanders Awesome!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have so far. 6mo
Redwritinghood Yes! Just finished this on audiobook and am a little 😍😍 over the narrator. 5mo
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This was such a great adventure into memory, psychology, and paranoia. The Novella brothers do a great job of not only presenting complex thinking, but they do it in such a way that there is little explaining needed. They advocate critical thinking and research. And they demand we go out and find the answers to life's greatest questions ourselves. I really enjoyed this one.

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A man travels through space complaining about his home being destroyed.

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The Martian | Andy Weir
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A guy survives on Mars by living on his own poo.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😂great response 7mo
Geeklet Love it! 7mo
Soubhiville And what we laughingly called “pootatos” 🤣 7mo
AthenaWins @Soubhiville 😂 Yep! 7mo
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I'm not sure this book is for everyone, but it's definitely for anyone interested in the history of scientific knowledge. Dr. Moller brings us from the beginning with Euclid, Ptolemy, and Galen, men who contributed to math, astronomy and medicine. From there we follow their manuscripts through a thousand years of prosperity, war, renewal, and full on revival. Truly a fascinating story.

Geeklet That sounds great! 7mo
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My reading companion. 🥰

Caterina Precious!! 😍 I just want to pet and kiss that sweet head. Dogs are the best. ❤ 7mo
AthenaWins @Caterina they really are 😊 7mo
Ericalambbrown Cutie!!! 🥰 7mo
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britt_brooke What a sweet face! 7mo
JohannaRose Adorable!! 🥰🐶 7mo
TimSpalding Ooh, interesting book. (Nice dog too.) 7mo
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In the Arab schools of Cordova and Toledo, were gathered, and carefully preserved for us, the dying embers of Greek learning.
- Ahmed ibn Mohammed al-Makkari,
The History of the Mohammedan Dynasties in Spain

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Just got this beautiful girl today. And I had the perfect name for her. Winterfell. 🙂🥰

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great name! 7mo
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"But the reality is that huge swathes of ancient culture were lost on the long journey to the twenty-first century. Only a fraction has survived: seven of the eighty or so plays by Aeschylus, seven of the one hundred and twenty by Sophocles, eighteen or if ninety-two by Euripides."

Heartbreaking. ??

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The Grand Dark | Richard Kadrey
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The world building is fantastic. It has a dark, steampunk feel to it with some really gruesome scenery. The characters, while all interesting, don't seem to develop much except for the MC. I think it could have used more editing. A lot of the narration could have been cut without the story suffering. But it was still entertaining. A good sci-fi/fantasy/steampunk mystery/thriller.

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Empress of Forever | Max Gladstone
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Well the ARC I got turned out to be only half the book, but it is really good. Now I'll have to buy the damn thing next month when it releases. Lol.

Anyway. This book is about as action packed as it gets. Be ready for scene after scene to rush forward at full speed. The only down side is I felt a little lost at some places, but I think that was sort of part of it since the MC is lost. Good, strong characters. Lots of fun. I would recommend.

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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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1. 😂😔😃 I guess I've had a bit of a rollercoaster. Lol
2. My cousin is graduating from nursing school.
3. Work. Writing. Reading.
4. I'm the oldest of 3 half sisters and a step sister.