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Carolyn11215
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Such an incredibly written, wonderfully creepy and sensuous retelling of fairytales.

Freespirit Great photos! 2d
Carolyn11215 @freespirit so much amazing fan art has been done for this book of short stories!! 2d
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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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Absolutely loved this alternative history of post-Civil War with it‘s social critique, zombie hordes and plucky heroine Jane.

Liatrek Great pic of Jane❤️ I can‘t wait for the sequel! 3d
Carolyn11215 @Liatrek I love looking for fan art of my fave books. New book supposedly gets released in February and I‘m hoping my library gets a copy right away!! 3d
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Good reading month in Oct. My faves were Un Lun Dun (so creative, such amazing wordplay) and All Systems Red (Snarky A.I. with social anxiety disorder). Not a disappointment in the bunch!

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Carolyn11215
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Uber creepy with some unexpected twists. Necromancy, duels, puzzles and betrayal. This is one you need to read, not listen to, as there are a lot of characters that are somewhat easy to confuse in first 1/2 of the book.

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Carolyn11215
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An updated Nickel and Dimed. Author works at an Amazon warehouse, a call center and a McDonalds to explore and write about the ways that low wage work is destroying the physical and mental health of much of our labor force. Thought provoking and ultimately an effective call to action.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Love this gender-less, sarcastic, socially awkward, trash tv loving security unit named “Murderbot.” 4 novellas in the series and a novel coming out in 2020!!

Jesstifies Yes!!!! 🤘 3w
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Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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Amazingly clever 5 ⭐️ read. As one reviewer wrote, if Alice in Wonderland and Neil Gaiman‘s Neverwhere had a baby, this book would be the result. An “unchosen” girl hero travels to UnLondon where she outsmarts dangerous beings like Black Windows in Webminster Abbey and, with a group of new friends, fights to protect the quirky residents of UnLondon, an upside down version of London, from a vicious sentient smog that destroys all in its path.

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Confucius Says | Veronica Li
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UwannaPublishme 😍👍🏻 4w
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Didn‘t expect to find myself rooting for Wormwood, but there you are. :)

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The Mere Wife: A Novel | Maria Dahvana Headley
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The suburban housewifes rather than the outsiders living in a cave in the mountain are the real monsters in this story described as “Beowolf in the burbs.” I found the friendship of Dylan and Gren so moving. The heartache of war, the love of a mother for a son, the petty need to “keep up with the Jones” mentality are all explored in this unusual book.

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The Yearning | Mohale Mashigo
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#groupI #lmpbc Ruled our two so this is what I‘ve got left? @rachelm @aeeklund @lele1432 Preference?

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rachelm I like the description of drive your plow 1mo
aeeklund Drive Your Plow has been on my list a long time. I was actually considering her book of short stories for my pick initially. 1mo
Carolyn11215 Have hard cover of Drive your Plow in my Amazon shopping cart so I can pull trigger once @lele1432 weighs in! :) 1mo
lele1432 Drive Your Plow sounds great! 🤗 1mo
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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lele1432 Ooohh these are great choices!! 😧 I've been excited about Freshwater all year. But I've also heard great things about The Shape of Ruins, although it's a tad long. The other three I just added to my TBR because they sound fantastic lol! I'm sorry I am of no help right now..maybe in the morning I'll have more of a preference. 😂 1mo
aeeklund I‘ve read Freshwater and it‘s amazing. I don‘t believe it‘s in translation, though? 1mo
rachelm I haven‘t read any! If any of them are scary I would not prefer that, but otherwise I‘m up for anything! 1mo
Carolyn11215 Okay, Freshwater is out because I didn‘t realize it was written in English.
Description of The Shape of Ruins: A sweeping tale of conspiracy theories, assassinations, and twisted obsessions -- the much anticipated masterpiece from Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Is that too scary @rachelm ? Lele1432 do you know what the page count is for that book? You mentioned it was a tad long and I haven‘t found # of pages In my searches yet.
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rachelm Not too scary for my taste! 1mo
lele1432 According to Goodreads it's 528. But it's up to you all! I'm not tied to 400 page count. 1mo
Carolyn11215 I don‘t want to violate the page count rule so if we rule that and Freshwater out, do we have preference amongst other 3? Maybe I‘ll do new post to make this easier... 1mo
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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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It was an amazing reading month for me. By far my favorite read of the month was the tagged book The Poppy War. Can‘t wait to get my hands on the sequel! Vengeful and Sorcery of Thorns were not trailing far behind...both really fun books! Wolf in the Whale was interesting as it melded Inuit and Norse mythologies.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Mind twisting book about the nature of memory and time (past, present and future) and attempts to fix reality you‘ve broken.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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This is mind-bending. There‘s no such thing as “in the present” because by the time your brain has processed all the input necessary to make sense of something, you are already in the past.

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Never Have I Ever: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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Wasn‘t a fan of the book‘s primary setting (lives of Pensacola FL suburban housewives) but enjoyed the tension between the two main characters and the diving sections.

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Carolyn11215
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This time the four teenage mages have to use their combined magic to protect Winding Circle from pirates who possess a powerful new weapon. And Tris, the young weather mage, learns some upsetting truths about her visiting cousin Aymery.

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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Sentient grimoires, warrior librarians, evil sorcerer. What‘s not to love??!!!

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Punk Skunks | Trisha Speed Shaskan
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Skunk won the first round! Dumb ass wants to go outside for a rematch. And our bedroom smells like burning rubber. Just in time for bedtime. Yippee!

RvnclawWhovian That‘s the worst! 2mo
LeahBergen Aargh! 2mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve heard old timers say a bath in tomato juice will get the smell out. Haven‘t had to try it myself, but it couldn‘t smell worse, right? 2mo
LibrarianRyan Baby!!! Poor baby! (edited) 2mo
Carolyn11215 @Lcsmcat actually what works really well is a combo on hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and a few drops of Dawn or pet shampoo. Leave on for about 3 minutes. Found it on the internet. We‘re always more likely to have that on hand than tomato juice. :) 2mo
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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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And with completion of this book (a 5 ⭐️ read for me), I also finished my Goodreads 2019 challenge of 70 books!

MrBook Congratulations!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳 2mo
Carolyn11215 Thank you @MrBook !! 2mo
Hazel0303 Congrats! 2mo
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Erofan 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Carolyn11215 @erofan, I don‘t think I‘ve ever completed my challenge this early in the year. Seems like I‘ll need to up books for 2020. :) 2mo
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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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Well this is going to be one of my favorite reads this year! I adore the characters she‘s created (Rin, the main character, and the fabulously erratic Jiang, her mentor in particular) and the setting fascinates me as I‘ve always been intrigued by Chinese history and culture. The author is pursuing a graduate degree in modern Chinese studies and has managed to write and get published two novels! I‘m in serious awe.

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Vengeful | V. E. Schwab
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What a fun book about the powers of “Extraordinaries” and an organization that has developed to contain them. Described as “a fun, morally flexible revenge tale.” Love the character of Sydney and the dog she keeps bringing back to life. Looking forward to release of third book in this “Villians” series, still untitled.

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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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Another good reading month. Vicious was the most fun, The Stationery Shop the most moving and Rosewater the most engrossing.

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“Birds exist to teach us things about the sky.” This book about 2 Mexican-American teenage boys who don‘t fit in is just amazing!

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Why indeed! Think I‘m gonna love this book!

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Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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Loved this sci-fi novel (1st in series) about Nigerian sensitives (psychics) who develop their talents after an alien invasion and the slow discovery by one of the sensitives of what the aliens are after and how they intend to get it. Also love the embedded critique of some of our current political reality. A great mash-up of sci-fi, psychology and mystery.

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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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Such a fun book. 2 college buddies become arch enemies after engaging in near death experiments that make them EOs...Extraordinaries...people with unusual powers.

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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2 “children” created by an alchemist who wants to control the world and separated at birth find and lose each other (accidentally and deliberately) throughout multiple timelines until they finally figure out how to combine their powers to manifest for a final (?) battle with their creator.

MellieAntoinette I am having a tough time with this one! The writing is super gorgeous but the hike is a slow burn! Love the photo!! 3mo
Carolyn11215 @MellieAntoinette yes, I didn‘t gulp this down the way I have lots of other Seanan books. I joked elsewhere about it breaking my brain. :) 3mo
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Cat's Cradle | Kurt Jr. Vonnegut
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Loved this satirical book about the end of the world, brought on inadvertently by the children of one of the creators of the atom bomb, and a religion created by a Calypso singer.

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Carolyn11215
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Time travel “wars” are simply the narrative (and I use that term loosely) device used to move forward a love affair between two opposing faction‘s agents which is conducted through the exchange of letters. The language is poetic and the love affair envisioned is both brutal and tender. A book unlike any I‘ve ever read. Edit: the photo isn‘t actually referencing the book but the quote seemed appropriate!

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Sandry's Book | Tamora Pierce
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4 scrappy outcast children are brought to Winding Circle in Emelan by a mage who, through the use of meditation, teaches them how to harness their individual types of magic. At first suspicious of each other, they ultimately learn to work together just in time to save themselves from a disaster caused by a seriously misguided attempt to magically control the forces of nature.

wideeyedreader I loved these books when I was a kid, glad others like them too! 3mo
Carolyn11215 @wideeyedreader, have to start thinking about what tweens I can introduce to this series! Most of the kids in my life at the moment are 7 or younger. 3mo
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Sandry's Book | Tamora Pierce
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Doing a buddy read of the entire Emelan series. Enjoying this first book about Sandry. Doubt I‘d have the patience to card/spindle wool into thread even with magical gifts.

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Carolyn11215
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Some powerful passages in this book!!

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“America is the wealthiest nation on earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves...It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor.” Times may change but the reality for many in the US, not so much.

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The Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
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Loved this bittersweet story about love interrupted set against backdrop of 1953 coup in Iran. Photo is of typical Nowruz celebratory foods.

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A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
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July was a good reading month. 8 novels, all sci-fi as I was preparing to vote for the Hugo awards at month end. My fave read was definitely A Closed and Common Orbit. Was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Revenant Gun as well.

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The Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
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A bit before my time...the political turmoil that led to a US backed coup in Iran against which this love affair is set.

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Revenant Gun | Yoon Ha Lee
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I did it - finished the last of the Hugo 2019 best novels and did my ranked voting last night! I really liked Revenant Gun, which was unexpected, as I did not enjoy the first book in the series, Ninefox Gambit. I plan to participate in the nom process for the 2020 Hugos and would love suggestions for how to tackle eligible books (a bunch in my TBR list already on Goodreads) and some reading buddies if anyone else is planning to do this!

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Carolyn11215
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I need a tutorial on Goodreads groups. Specifically, I can‘t find a way to leave groups I‘m no longer interested in and I can‘t remember how to respond to someone‘s post (quoting part of their post in my response). If there‘s a help function in Goodreads app I can‘t find it. Anyone?!?!?!?!

sprainedbrain Groups are not easy to manage in the app... it‘s much easier on a computer or web browser. I‘ve never been able to do much with groups in the app! 4mo
tjwill You can‘t quote someone‘s response in the app, just from the website. I‘m not sure about leaving groups. It is probably the same. I typically use the app, even though it has limitations. 4mo
Carolyn11215 @sprainedbrain @tjwill well that explains my lack of success then. Thanks! 4mo
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Revenant Gun | Yoon Ha Lee
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Working on the last novel I need to read in order to vote on best novel for Hugo Awards. Wasn‘t a fan of the first book in the series but really enjoyed the second and this one has also captured my attention. Voting may be harder than I originally thought. #hugo2019

kwmg40 I'm having a hard time deciding on my votes too. I'm not sure if Revenant Gun will go to the top of my list, but I really loved it. 3mo
Carolyn11215 @kwmg40 glad to hear that I‘m not the only one grappling with how to vote! 3mo
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Raven Stratagem | Yoon Ha Lee
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Enjoying the 2nd in the series much more than Ninefox Gambit. Working my way towards Revenant Gun which is nominated for #hugo2019 best novel.

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Ninefox Gambit | Yoon Ha Lee
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1) Ninefox Gambit
2) A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Ninefox Gambit | Yoon Ha Lee

Tackling this series as the final book in the trio is nominated for Hugo best novel this year. It‘s the last of the novels I need to read before voting so have to get through this whole series before month end.

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Carolyn11215
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Really enjoyed this alternate history of the beginnings of the space program, in this telling expedited because of a meteorite strike in the DC area that is an extinction event. Deals with discrimination (gender and racial) in the space program and the role of female “computer” mathematicians in making spaceflight possible. #hugo2019

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Read this a few years ago and really enjoyed. Kindle version available for free at Amazon today.

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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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Finished. Two more to go so that I can vote for #hugo2019 best novel. I liked this one...but feel like I‘d need to read a few more times to get everything out of it.

ChasingOm I‘ve got REVENANT GUN and SPINNING SILVER left. I just got SS from the library, so I‘m close! 4mo
Carolyn11215 @ChasingOm have you read the first two in the revenant series? Trying to decide whether I have to read them first to give Revenant Gun a fair shake. 4mo
ChasingOm I haven‘t, and that‘s why I haven‘t gotten to that one yet. 😂 Also, I‘m not sure the premise really interests me, although reading through the Hugos has surprised me with some great reads that I wouldn‘t have picked up otherwise. 4mo
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My get up and go has definitely got up and went this morning! Unknown author. #poetrymatters #age @TheSpineView

TheSpineView So true! 4mo
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Penguin is highlighting books about Paris today and I think they are all gonna get dumped onto my TBR list!! https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/sacrebleu-its-17-books-to-get-y...