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Brooke_H

Brooke_H

Joined April 2016

Reader & Editor; “I am an omnivorous reader.“
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Doctor Sleep: A Novel by Stephen King
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The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
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Panpan

Unpopular opinion alert! I'm going to alienate all my friends now. 😂

This book really didn't do it for me. Owens's strength as a writer comes through in the earlier chapters about little-girl Kya's abandonment and survival in the North Carolina marshes. The nature writing here is beautiful, which is not surprising, seeing as how Owens is a wildlife scientist. After the romance and murder mystery elements came into play, I was rolling my eyes.

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The Complete Baker Street Ballads | Charles E. Lauterbach
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A very sweet poetic tribute to the friendship and cases of Holmes & Watson. A couple of the poems do not age well (that's code for they are racist...much like a couple of the canon stories!). I was totally charmed by the pictures of the dancing men that Lauterbach made out of pipe cleaners. A must-read for hardcore Sherlockians.

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For Special Services | John Gardner
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When I live in a tiny house with 3 other people and neighbors who will brave any storm to watch the giant TV in their backyard... It‘s a challenge to find a quiet place to read. 😬

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Different Seasons | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

“Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"—3 stars

"Apt Pupil"—0 stars, DNF
NOPE NOPE NOPE

"The Body"—4 stars

"The Breathing Method”—2 stars

[WTF? What even was this novella? A story within a story... I loved the framework. A mysterious club filled with weird books and bizarre objects the narrator can't quite get a grasp on...I'm into that. The story one of the dudes tells in the club...not so much.]

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Forever and a Day | Anthony Horowitz
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Mehso-so

There are two good things about this book, saving it from a pan. The first good thing is the opening chapter, which is twisty and surprising. The second good thing is the Sixtine character, who holds the upper hand over Bond at all times. I'd read her book series; someone write that.

The rest of the novel is ridiculous. The plot is eye rolling. There are two villains (why?), one of which is reduced to a fat joke. Disappointing.

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Pickpick

Bus book #3! (I don‘t think I‘ll be able to finish #4.) I hate cooking (for many reasons). But after reading this book, I‘m excited about looking at the chore of cooking with a renewed interest! The writing makes every kind of cooking seem so achievable. And the illustrations are so so so charming. 🍏🍅🧄🥔🥐

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Stumptown Volume 1 | Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth
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Bus book #2! Solid fun noir.

LoverOfLearning I really want to watch the tv show! 1mo
Brooke_H @LoverOfLearning Me too! I wanted to read the book first. 1mo
LoverOfLearning I actually did not know it was based on a book until I saw this post. 1mo
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Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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Bus book #1 complete! It only took me around 3 months to finish this one. It was worth it. I loved it.

Bklover I loved this one too! 1mo
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Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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Y‘all. I‘m on a super uncomfortable bus filled with teens for 10 hrs to chaperone a high school band trip to Disneyland! Reading goals (if my back pain doesn‘t make me pass out 😝): 1: The Goldfinch 2: Stumptown Vol 1 3: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat 4: Different Seasons. Only about 200 pgs left on Goldfinch, so maybe?

ljuliel No offense intended but if I were stuck on a bus full of teens for 10 hours , my goal would be to get off at the first Rest Stop and make a run for it. 😱 1mo
Kimberlone Omg that is so long to be on a school bus! With screaming teenagers too! 1mo
Brooke_H @ljuliel 🤣 I know! 1mo
ImperfectCJ *cringe* I like teens a lot, but close quarters for that long would be a challenge. I got my husband to chaperone the Disneyland trip---and we're only two hours away. 1mo
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Hard Choices | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Mehso-so

I did like this book, but I didn‘t looooove it. It‘s not well written, and some of her stories are a little cheesy. Not exactly riveting. BUT... I have a new and strong appreciation for what a good Secretary of State can accomplish for the US. I surprised myself as I read with how ignorant I was about the job. The chapter on human rights is A++.

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Untitled | Unknown
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❤️ California, for my whole life!
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💛 Use the library as often as possible! But I literally have 542 unread books. I‘m an editor, but I‘m trying to get a job at the library right now. 🤞
💚 Married for 19 years! 💙 She/her 💜 Uh, do I even know my handle? Now I need to go look! 🤣 (check the comments!)

Brooke_H My first name & my last initial! So original. 2mo
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Hard Choices | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Today‘s early morning read is special because I‘m home alone! I‘d better read fast before they all get back! 😂

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Booktopia Santa Cruz was 7 years ago! Anyone else go? It was the coolest. #RIPBooksontheNightstand

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Paul McCartney: The Life | Philip Norman
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I loved this book. Big recommend for Beatles fans. I consider myself a massive Beatles fan, and I learned so much about McCartney‘s life. Absorbing and well written.

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The best thing about this book was that I bought it at Hatchard‘s in London 4 yrs ago. 😂

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Paul McCartney: The Life | Philip Norman
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My favorite thing is getting up early on the weekends to squeeze in 90 min or so of reading before the rest of my family gets up. This book is excellent. I‘ve been a Beatles fan for around 35 years and didn‘t realize how very little I knew about Paul McCartney.

Bookwormjillk I really liked that book. I learned so much. 2mo
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This was an excellent pastiche, very exciting with lots of good friendship moments between Holmes and Watson. In other news… I just realized I only read three books in September! That‘s as many as I read this last week. I cannot for the life of me figure out why my September was so slow! They were short books too. 🤔🤷‍♀️

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Y‘all... I can‘t even with myself. 🤦‍♀️ The tagged book is number 4,000. 😂

DrawingSustenance 🤣😅😂 You can do it! 3mo
Brooke_H @JulietBooks 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Liatrek 🤣🤣 I love it! 3mo
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In our house, Monday night is family reading night. I‘m feeling exhausted. I hope I can stay awake for the next couple of hours to start this one.

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James Bond: License Renewed | John Gardner, Raymond Benson
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Mehso-so

Mediocre Bond that started strong and fizzled out completely. I did think the gadgets were all pretty realistic-seeming, which I liked. But nothing else remarkable. Took me way longer to get through than it should have.

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Oregon Pacific | Nancy Slavin
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So it looks like I will be traveling throughout Oregon in 2020, and would love to prepare by reading some books that take place mostly in Oregon. Who has some recs for me? I love ALL genres, so feel free to go wild with the recs! ☺️

Thank you!

charl08 Wow! what an amazing view. 3mo
Eyelit I can think of two wildly different comic book series set in Oregon: Stumptown and Izombie 3mo
Brooke_H @Eyelit Adding them to my list! Thanks! 3mo
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I kind of didn't want to read this, although it's notorious within Sherlockian circles. I thought it sounded like kind of terrible fan fic. I was very pleasantly surprised by the great writing, the historical dive into the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, and the (seemingly, anyway) realistic what-if relationship between our two protagonists. I did like part 2 a little better than part 1, as the initial case mystery is a little clumsy.

Brooke_H Oh, and that‘s not my cover! It‘s way cooler than mine! 😂 3mo
DivineDiana Love that cover! 3mo
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New book day!

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James Bond: License Renewed | John Gardner, Raymond Benson
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Weirdest typo ever! 😂

LauraBeth 😂😂 3mo
JeanSwan Oh gosh!! Oops 3mo
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Hard Choices | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Sunday morning reads... Can you believe I had this ebook on hold for over a year!?

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I'm glad that Lunella and Devil Dino are back to their charming selves, as the last couple of volumes were rough. The Xmas episode in the beginning of this volume I could take or leave. But the "Bad Dream" segment (featuring Dr. Strange) is worth reading.

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Panpan

When Shapiro was in her early fifties, she took an Ancestry DNA kit for fun. What she found out from the results was that her dad was not her bio dad.

I expected that she would do everything she could to try to figure out the how/who/what/why/where of that story. Did her parents know the sketchy fertility doctor used someone else's sperm to inseminate her mother? Was the "doctor" even actually a doctor? Instead we get a midlife crisis. Snooze.

Joyfulmimi Oh My! I might bail on this. I have already gotten irritated with her (edited) 3mo
Brooke_H @Joyfulmimi Right?? As someone whose dad is not her bio dad, I have enough sense to know being a parent takes more than genetic material. I never once have questioned who I am. I kept wanting to say, “Girl, you are in your 50s! Get it together!” 3mo
Joyfulmimi Exactly @Brooke_H ! 3mo
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See You on a Starry Night | Lisa Schroeder
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I'm going to let my 10yo have this review. The book is really geared toward her age group, in a way that's honestly alienating for adults who read it. But she loved it, and this is not her usual genre, so here is what she said: "The characters were very realistic and the things that happened were touching. I really liked it."

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The cute cover and title are misleading. This is not any kind of cozy bookstore tale. This is a dark mystery with some horrifying elements that crept into my dreams at night. It's not a horror story, but the crime committed is...yikes. There are two mysteries going on in this book that (of course) intersect at the end. Really great.

Gnora I was also really surprised by how misleading the cover, title, and even early reviews for this one were! Very few of the reviews painted this as the thriller it really is - they made it out like a more cozy bookshop mystery. Still, while the hammer man gave me serious nightmares, I did enjoy it. 4mo
Djspens Oooh sounds good! I wouldn't pick it up based on the title, sounds too nicey nice, but I'll look into it after reading your post! 4mo
Macnjen Agree completely about title and cover. 4mo
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The real gem of the book are the letters exchanged from Steinbeck and his wife to his literary agent and editor. (Note, buying special pens for an author with THIS EXACT INK and shipping them overseas to him is no longer in an editor's job description.) In the letters, Steinbeck explains why he chose to write the book the way he did, why the characters are all flat symbols, why it seems like "Malory hated women"! It was so fascinating.

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Whoa.

"The Rabbit" and "Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Mr Toad" will bury themselves in my subconscious and pop out unexpectedly to unsettle me. This is definitely going to happen.

These children's story retellings are funny and also dark AF. A couple of them fell flat for me, but for the most part, they're great. I think they're niche, though. If you love Grimm's Fairy Tales because of how dark and scary they are you‘ll like these.

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This collection of 70 sonnets, all with the same title, packs a brutal punch, although one or two of the poems are a little too on the nose. Hayes is a remarkable poet; I'll be seeking out more of his work.

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I often have trouble posting to Litsy via the desktop version. Which is a shame because I type so much faster on my PC! So my review is lost. Suffice to say: This book bores me. I‘m ashamed I don‘t have patience sometimes for the great works.

mrozzz I also have a hard time reading Woolf 🤭 4mo
Brooke_H @mrozzz I‘ve enjoyed her fiction. But it‘s been many years since I‘ve read her. Who knows if I‘d enjoy it now? 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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A mix of memoir, historical deep dives, and pop culture dissections, this book parses what exactly is a "witch." We have our surface-level (or are they?) green-skinned, pointy-hatted baddies along with female creatives like Remedios Varo next to literary figures like Tituba...I could go on and on. I found this book so fascinating, and I will never think of the word "witch" in exactly the same way.

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An excellent retelling of Wuthering Heights. I think I liked it more than the original.

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Submitting my summer reading log to my local library today! I love participating in this program every summer, but… I do wish the adults would get a book for a prize like the kids and the teens do. The adults get to choose between a coffee cup or a plant. So I chose the plant this year because I already have multiple versions of their coffee cup. 😂

charl08 At least you get some prizes: ours don't even bother! The kids get such fun treasure maps to complete too... 😍 4mo
ValerieAndBooks I was born in Roseville 😀 ! 4mo
Brooke_H @ValerieAndBooks Small world! 4mo
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An Unrestored Woman | Shobha Rao
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Everyone listens to this podcast, right? I love it so much! My TBR overflows after every ep.

Mitch Agreed! 4mo
FeministBookClub If you like them, you‘ll love Feminist Book Club: The Podcast too! 4mo
ShyBookOwl Never heard of it! Definitely going to check it out ASAP 🤓 4mo
Mitch @FeministBookClub you‘re equally magic! 👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
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I enjoyed this second book in the Exiles suspense/romance series. The setting is San Francisco, which is very close to me. Bell is great at capturing the flavor of that city. Also the leading lady in this one has anxiety disorder, and I always appreciate representation of someone managing a mental illness.

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Beautifully written mix of memoir and literary/artist history. Jamison weaves her own story of alcoholism and recovery with stories of various writers and musicians and their own addiction battles. Throughout she presents the history of recovery culture in the US. She is a hell of a writer.

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Campaign Widows | Aimee Agresti
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A fun, clever, twisty-in-a-light-way novel about a presidential election seen from the POVs of the SOs surrounding key figures in the campaign. My only complaint: There is one female candidate in the election. Having her husband as a POV character would've been really great. But this was very enjoyable. I'll read more from this author.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Listening to one of my fave podcasts, and they‘re discussing the tagged book. It sounds really interesting! Has anyone read it?

Jilly6183 Were you listening to Hysteria? 5mo
Brooke_H @Jilly6183 No, it‘s a Slate podcast called the Waves. (edited) 5mo
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Tons of other superheroes show up to help out Lunella on this one, my fave was Ironheart. Also, some characters show up in their '80s costumes at one point...that cracked me up. Moving happily to Vol 4...

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Campaign Widows | Aimee Agresti
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“Paz, earthy beautiful in that Coachella way...”🤣

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Moon Girl continues to be the coolest 4th grade superhero. This one has appearances from Ms Marvel and Amadeus Hulk.

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“But consent when you‘re drunk means something I still don‘t have a good language for.”

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Bag Of Bones: A Novel | Stephen King
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Mixed feelings about this book—it's not well written. It's messy with a bunch of loose ends King tries to tie up with a ridiculous Scooby-Doo style scene at the very end. I think King's editor probably just waved their red pen over the stack of pages and moved it along. Trigger warning for pretty much everything. It contains one of the most brutal and graphic rape scenes I've ever read. And yet I could NOT put it down.

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF | Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder
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Been reading some heavy stuff lately. Gonna take a little break with Moon Girl!

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“My skin is the right color to permit my intoxication.”

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A little surface and it feels a bit dated now. But Rosin is a good writer, and this book is super readable. I‘d be interested to see what she could do with some more updated research.

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Blue | Danielle Steel
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Bailedbailed

Bail! I typed a synopsis for why I‘m bailing on the desktop version, but it won‘t let me post! Anyone else having desktop Litsy issues?