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DGRachel

DGRachel

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member DGRachel

Howler. Passionate dog mom. Opinionated mood reader with eclectic tastes. I‘ll try any genre once. http://tailsfromthedogside.blog
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This is a thoroughly researched book, detailing ways in which women have been and continue to be vilified. I found the passages on how women have internalized patriarchal and misogynistic viewpoints illuminating. By turns heartbreaking, informative, and infuriating, my only issue is that the text is dry. I do not know if this is an issue with the writing itself, or with the translation, but I did find it a bit of a slog.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘m enjoying the reimagined European folktales by Sharon Blackie and I started In Defense of Witches on audiobook. I hope to finish both this week. I think Revelator will be my next print book. It‘s Southern Gothic recommended to me by the owner of my local indie bookstore. I‘ve been sitting on it since February, waiting for October. #weeklyforecast

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I finished things this week! I read All the Sleepy Hollow books this week, Alma Katsu‘s new horror short story, and finished up my banned books week reading. I will probably start an audiobook later today, but I‘m not sure which of my October TBR books I‘ll choose, yet. #bookreport

Cinfhen Fantastic week ❤️😁 2d
Bookzombie How was Katsu‘s short story? 2d
DGRachel @Bookzombie I thought it was pretty good. Less supernatural horror, more men behaving badly, and the historical setting felt secondary-it could have been set just about anywhere and had a similar message. But still, worth the hour or so it took to read. It‘s only about 75 pages long. 2d
Bookzombie @DGRachel Thanks for the review! 🙂 1d
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This has been an autumn of all things Sleepy Hollow for me, and Henry‘s reimagining of the legend did not disappoint. It‘s spooky, atmospheric, sad, and hopeful. Something evil stalks the Hollow. Is it the Headless Horseman or something else? It‘s up to the only grandchild of Brom Bones and Katrina Van Tassel to figure it out. The ending was absolute perfection. #bookhangover

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My overly enthusiastic #octobertbr has been adjusted to remove the books I finished in September. I‘m carrying over 2 books from September, and I have a couple of non-seasonal reads to get to, including my work book club selection, People of the Book. I know I won‘t get to everything, but I‘m taking a week off work, so I hope to make a big dent in my collection of spooky books. 🖤

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I won‘t finish Horseman tonight, so my September reading ends here, with 11 completed works and one of the worst monthly stats I‘ve had in several years - tons of bails and many days where I didn‘t even want to open a book. 😭 The highlights, though, were Small Angels, Black Water Lilies, Thirteen Reasons Why, Twig, and an early start on my October TBR with multiple versions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. 🖤 #septemberstats

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Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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Small Angels is a novel about the importance of stories. It‘s a ghost story, a tale of a small village and sentient trees, and a story of 3 sisters who grow up isolated from the neighborhood because of the misdeeds of an ancestor. While at times the story is creepy, it‘s beautifully written. Enter the realm of Mockbeggar Woods, if you‘re brave enough, and be sure to come with stories to share.

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Twig #5 | Skottie Young
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Twig had better return, Mr. Young. Issue 5 is the perfect ending to this adventure, but I want more epic journeys for our hero and the best sidekick ever. 💙💛 (and plushies. Someone needs to market a plushie Splat. I would buy that.)

TracyReadsBooks Right? We definitely need more Twig. When I saw Skottie in August he assured me that more would be coming. 🤞 6d
DGRachel @TracyReadsBooks Yay!! That‘s awesome news! 6d
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Twig #4 (Of 5) | Skottie Young
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The adventure continues. Twig and Splat make a new friend, face another big test. I love the story and the artwork. Twig brings me joy, even when the story is sad or scary. I love this comic even more than Saga, and that‘s saying something.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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This is the fifth year in a row that I‘ve listened to Tom Mison‘s narration of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and I think this is the most I‘ve enjoyed it. I must be in just the right mood for all things Sleepy Hollow. I find the story entertaining (thanks Disney!) and Mison‘s narration is delightful.

sprainedbrain I LOVE this recording! ❤️ 1w
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The #basicwitchswap package arrived today! Now to hide it from myself until the end of October. 🖤🧙‍♀️🖤

sprainedbrain 🎉🎉🎉 1w
Insightsintobooks Glad it arrived! 7d
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Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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Thanks to Disney animated shorts, Sleep Hollow is one of my favorite stories. This abridged text has illustrations with an aged feel that add to the mildly creepy tale. They did a good job of keeping the heart (or head?) of the story and the illustrations, while not my favorite style, are perfect for it. This version may not make my annual reread list, but it‘s definitely worth picking up at least once.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I honestly don‘t know what I‘ll read this week to finish out the month. Nothing I have checked out from the library appeals to me, and neither does anything left from my original September TBR. I have a couple of book club books that I may start and I do still want to finish Small Angels, but I might switch to audio for that one. I haven‘t decided. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen I got to get this one too 1w
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Look at me posting on the right day! I didn‘t get much done this week, but I did finish two books for #bannedbooksweek and started two more. This will be it for this year and I expect to finish the Silverstein today. I may or may not finish All Boys Aren‘t Blue today. If not, it will be finished tomorrow. Still enjoying Small Angels-I just haven‘t had the bandwidth for much print reading this week. #bookreport

Megabooks All Boys is fantastic!! 1w
Cinfhen I really enjoyed All Boys on audio!! And look at you - posting on Saturday 😜🙌🏻🎉❣️ 1w
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Out from Boneville | Jeff Smith
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I picked this up to have a short, quick read for #bannedbooksweek. Reading it, I have no idea why it was ever banned or challenged, unless it‘s because it‘s so bad.

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Heartbreaking.

#bannedbooksweek

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Captain Blood | Raphael Sabatini
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It‘s Talk Like a Pirate Day, so I‘m taking a short break from my Banned Books Week TBR to start Captain Blood on audiobook. 🖤🏴‍☠️🖤

LeahBergen This is a good one! 👍 2w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I started and bailed on 2 more books last night, including one I had picked for banned books week. Small Angels is due back to the library in 5 days, so I figured I‘d give that one a try. I‘m on page 12, so maybe it will stick. After that, I have absolutely no idea what, if anything, I will read this week. 😭

#weeklyforecast

peaknit I‘m listening to this one in a delightful accent, it‘s fantastic. 2w
Megabooks I really liked this! 2w
Cinfhen Hope you find something to squash the slump 2w
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September has been a really bad month for reading. I can‘t find an audiobook I actually want to listen to and I have to bail on Dead Water at least until I can find someone to tell me whether or not the dog dies. I‘m so worried about the dog that I can‘t get past about page 60. Tomorrow, I‘ll start my #bannedbooksweek reading list, even though I don‘t think I want to read any of them anymore. 😭😭😭 #bookreport

Cinfhen I bailed on a bunch of audiobooks too but I FINALLY found one that I‘m crushing on… it‘s just what I needed without knowing I needed it 2w
Laughterhp I think there is a website you can check. I don‘t know how up to date it is and I‘ve never used it. It‘s something like does the dog die .com 2w
DGRachel @Laughterhp I checked. The book is too new to be listed. I also searched Goodreads and StoryGraph reviews with no luck. It‘s just making me too anxious to keep reading. 2w
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I‘m so confused. This just arrived from Book Depository today. I have no recollection of ordering it, I have no order confirmations in my email, and it isn‘t even the kind of book I‘d typically pick up. 🤔

mcctrish My friend once got a book delivered from Amazon that she didn‘t order, it was the US branch too ( we are in Canada) it took forever to figure out that an American friend had gifted it to her because Amazon had forgotten the gift card 3w
DGRachel @mcctrish The book depository package has nothing in it - no packing slip, no receipt. So weird. 3w
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Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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This novel about a Navajo crime scene photographer who sees and speaks to the dead started off strong. The concept was interesting, as was the main character. Sadly, it wasn‘t long before it just became tedious and predictable. For a short novel, it took ages to get through. Recommended for the look at Navajo culture - just don‘t get your hopes up for a strong mystery.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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It‘s raining here and the front has triggered a migraine. I‘ll be spending most of my day in bed, in the dark, with an ice pack. Reading is off the table. But, when it finally breaks, I have an audiobook to finish and a library book. I fear I‘m going to have to take the library book back unfinished and buy my own copy, thought. I‘m running out of time and there‘s a wait list. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Up next are next due dates. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Hope that migraine passes quickly xx 3w
Dragon Take care of yourself 💚🐉 3w
Bklover Hope you feel better real fast!!! 3w
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Reading was a struggle this week. I didn‘t even want to crack open a book. But, I flipped between audio and print to get through Black Water Lilies and I started Dead Water last night. I have high hopes for it breaking my book apathy. #bookreport

Cinfhen Cool graphics!!! I had some book apathy this week too!!! It happens sometimes 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3w
LiteraryinLawrence I got the #lmpbc book and it was so nice to skim it with everyone‘s comments! It was truly such a special book. 💗 2w
DGRachel @LiteraryinLawrence Reading the comments at the end of the round is my favorite part! Thanks for letting me know it arrived! 2w
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Black Water Lilies | Michel Bussi
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This is a pick with one giant reservation (see spoiler in comments if you want to know). The prose is beautiful, smooth, and compelling, with near perfect pacing. There are three storylines that merge in a very unexpected way and it‘s absolutely brilliant. #lmpbc

DGRachel At 84% a character shoot and kills the dog, Neptune. It‘s cruel and brutal, and I almost quit reading. I HATE when an author kills the dog. It‘s a cheap, disgusting, manipulative act of writing. 3w
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Banned Books Week is almost here! It‘s September 18th through September 24th. With libraries and basic human rights for marginalized communities under fierce attack, this week feels more important than ever. My reading list for this year is a combination of my local library‘s recommendations and titles from the Top Ten most challenged books of 2021 and 2020.

alisiakae Great selection! I plan on reading this one during Banned Books Week from the 2021 list 3w
DGRachel @4thhouseontheleft I read that one earlier this year, otherwise it would have been on my list! 3w
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🧙‍♀️all the blues
🧙‍♀️sea air, pipe tobacco, old paper
🧙‍♀️Kitchen Table Magic; Practical Magic
🧙‍♀️Strength & The Hermit from The Crow Tarot
🧙‍♀️sodalite, labradorite, lapis lazuli, black tourmaline
🧙‍♀️gummy bears, dark chocolate
🧙‍♀️peppermint
🧙‍♀️sweater weather and changing 🍁
#basicwitchswap

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I would like to say “here‘s my plan for the long weekend”, but I have a ton of stuff to do and read. Plus, let‘s be honest. I‘m probably just going to binge Lucifer. It would be nice to get through everything here this week, though. #weeklyforecast #curseyounetflix

Cinfhen Love your honest report 😂😂 1mo
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Sooooo…. I have gotten sucked into a TV show on Netflix with 6 seasons, and haven‘t gotten much reading done this week. 🤷🏻‍♀️ At least I have a 3 day weekend. Of course, I still have 3+ seasons of Lucifer to binge. 😂

#bookreport

Cinfhen I remember when my son was hooked on Lucifer- might need to check it out 😆 1mo
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Tentative plans for September (from left to right) are to finish my carry over book from August, the Litsy chapter-a-day reread of Jane Eyre, a NetGalley September release, my next work book club selection, 4 library books, the last 3 McIlvanney long list titles, and an audiobook for #readingafrica2022. I will probably throw a few more audiobooks in there, but I don‘t know what, yet. #septembertbr

Johanna414 People of the Book is so good! 1mo
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I won‘t finish Black Water Lilies tonight, so my slowest reading month of the year ends with 10 finished books and several bails. On the bright side, three were 5 star reads, making it nearly impossible to pick a favorite. I‘ll take quality over quantity, if I can‘t have both. I cleared 6 books from my NetGalley backlog and checked off 4 books from the McIlvanney Prize longlist. #auguststats #augustwrapup

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I‘m glad I took @LibrarianRyan advice and checked this out from my library. It was not for me. Designing quilts using traditional patterns is one of my favorite things, and I love playing with different fabrics and colors. There was little “fresh” about this book for me. There are better design books out there, so definitely #borrownotbuy if you want to check it out.

LibrarianRyan Agree 1mo
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The Blood Tide | Neil Lancaster
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#unpopularopinion I didn‘t love this. I didn‘t connect to Craigie or his coworkers and I did not care for the resolution. I loved the audiobook narrator‘s voice, but this may be something that works better in print. I may also just need a break from crime procedurals. Reading the McIlvanney Longlist is draining. 😂

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Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC (Bookstore)
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Today‘s #bookstoremath sponsored by Sally at Park Road Books. I went in for one book (Kushnameh) and left with three. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Sally knows I‘m an easy mark. 😂😂

TrishB Sally knows her stuff! 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Keeping my plan for the week small, since it‘s really a plan for the last of August (!!!). I want to finish Black Water Lilies at a minimum, this weekend.

#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen I know!!! Last week of August 😱😱 1mo
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Bookshelves and Books | Alfred H. Wall
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It‘s official. I have a problem. I am completely out of shelf space and out of space for new shelves. This is the current overflow. Of course, I‘m buying little shelves to go in front of my fireplace. They‘ll be here Monday. But then, that‘s it. I‘m seriously out of space. 😭😭 #notahumblebrag #acryforhelp

BarbaraBB I‘m sorry but I love all about this post. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s a good problem to have!! I love everything about this and can‘t wait to see the “after” pic!! ❤️📚 1mo
rwmg I hope it's summer where you are and you don't actually need the fire 1mo
DGRachel @rwmg I‘ve never used the fireplace. I don‘t know how to safely use one. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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This week, I finished two kissing books and two murder books, and if that doesn‘t sum up my fantasy life, I don‘t know what does. 🤣🤣 I also started Black Water Lilies which has to have one of the best prologues that I‘ve read in ages. I‘m hoping to find time to finish that one this weekend, if not tomorrow. I did set another audiobook to the side, but I‘m glad I didn‘t try to push through as I wouldn‘t have finished it or the Askew if I had.

Cinfhen Awesomeness!!! I love how your mind works☺️ 1mo
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Sarah MacLean does not disappoint. Addie‘s book is as brilliant, fun, and exciting as Addie herself. I love the Belles. The writing is flows wonderfully, the plot is entertaining, and Adelaide and her Duke are almost as explosive as anything Lady Imogen concocts in her lab. Full of laughs, brawls, races from England to Scotland, and more than one night at an inn with only one bed, Heartbreaker is not to be missed!

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#4 in the DI Birch series - this worked well as a standalone. I never felt lost or like I was missing important details, although there were allusions to things I‘m sure happened in previous novels. I liked the MC a lot. It was well-written and held my attention. The ending was slightly annoying as it felt like a convenient way to tie up loose ends while creating potential drama for the next book. I definitely want to read more of the series.

rabbitprincess I‘ve read the other three books in this series and like it a lot. Looking forward to this one! (edited) 1mo
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The Second Cut | Louise Welsh
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Book 4 of 9 done for the McIlvanney Prize long list. While I thought there were some interesting twists, I hated all of the characters. The only saving grace for this book was the audiobook narrator-Alan Cumming. If it hadn‘t been for him, I would have bailed.

rabbitprincess Alan Cumming would be a fabulous narrator! (edited) 1mo
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The first in a new series, this is fun, adventurous, a little steamy, and delightful. Bridget and Cal are wonderful and their banter as they move from antagonists to couple had me laughing. Galen doesn‘t use weird euphemisms, is laugh-out-loud funny, and crafts an exciting plot for her H/h. It‘s everything I love in historical romance. I‘m looking forward to reading more of her work.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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My plan for the rest of the weekend and next week. There‘s a really good chance I‘ll finish Beauty and the Thief tonight, even though it means staying up past my bedtime. It‘s so much fun so far. The Second Cut and A Corruption of Blood are my audiobooks for the week. I don‘t think I‘ll finish both, but I should get through one and a hunk of the other.
#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Glad you‘re enjoying your current read!! 1mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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#PemberLittens are reading Jane Eyre in September/October. While I‘m worried that I won‘t love it the same as when I first read it, it‘s been 20 or so years since I last reread it, so I think I‘ll join in. The only question now is which edition do I read?

Leftcoastzen Nice Editions! 1mo
Roary47 Oooo the top middle is a pretty cover I would go with that one! I keep seeing these can I join for this one? If so what is the schedule? (edited) 1mo
DGRachel @Roary47 That‘s the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. I‘m debating between that one and the illustrated edition. I think it‘s a chapter a day starting 9/1. @sprainedbrain has more information on her feed. ☺️ (edited) 1mo
BarkingMadRun I adore that top middle one! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think I‘d read the one on the lower left, because of the illustrations by “Dame Darcy.” 1mo
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South Central Noir | Gary Phillips
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There is something in the water at Akashic this year. First Denver Noir and now South Central. This is one of their best collections, filled with stories that somehow manage to bring characters to life not as victims of environment, but as people first. Noir is almost always bleak, but these all have a quiet hopefulness about them. Yeah, things might be shit, but there‘s a determination to live without resignation that‘s beautiful. All the stars.

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I‘m going to try shifting my #bookreport to Saturday-Friday. I think that may work better for my brain. We‘ll see. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I finished 2 books this week - one good, one not. Slowly working my way through South Central Noir. I‘m savoring it because the stories so far have all been excellent and I don‘t want them to end. The Second Cut is a MacIlvanney Prize longlist pick and it‘s narrated by Alan Cumming! That was a pleasant surprise.

Cinfhen You do you xxx Friday - Saturday sounds like a good plan 😁 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen I know it‘s completely ridiculous, but I find myself stressed on Saturday trying to finish things before posting but wanting to post before I forget. 🤦🏻‍♀️ This way, I at least have work to distract me during the day Friday. 🤣🤣 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I haven‘t done a Litsy swap in years, but I always feel a little regretful on opening day for this one, so this year I‘ve signed up! See @sprainedbrain post for more details. Thanks Jenni! I‘m excited! 🧙‍♀️ #basicwitch

sprainedbrain I‘m so glad, Rachel! And thank you for sharing. 😘 1mo
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This appears to be thoroughly researched and is a compelling, well-written account of Michal Goleniewski, code-named Sniper, a Polish spy who defected to the US, providing significant Soviet secrets. My only issue is Tate‘s claim that Goleniewski was ultimately driven insane by CIA betrayal, but that doesn‘t appear to be substantiated by an actual medical diagnosis.

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Here‘s to getting another book off my NetGalley queue. This was disappointing on multiple levels. The core mystery was painfully predictable. There were elements that took longer to play out, but even those were easily guessed long before the Big Reveal. The whole book was hokey and clichéd. The only positive is that it unfolds at a breakneck pace and now it is over.

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“meat-e-orite” 🤣🤣

I know you aren‘t supposed to quote from an ARC, but this has to be the best line from an otherwise disappointingly predictable “thriller”. It would be criminal to remove it.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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We‘ll see how far I get with this week‘s #weeklyforecast. I will be happy if I can at least finish my in progress reads. Agent Sniper is fascinating so far, so I might actually finish an audiobook this week instead of bailing.

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From a reading perspective, it has not been a great week. One lackluster audiobook finished, two bails. I finally made some progress in Do No Harm, but I‘m probably going to watch TV for the rest of the evening, so I‘ll save the last 1/4 for tomorrow and hope next week is more productive. #bookreport

Cinfhen I find even bails ARE productive!!! You know what I say #AllHailTheBail 🙌🏻❤️ 2mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen True. At least it‘s two more books off my NetGalley backlog! 2mo
Cinfhen Exactly 😃 2mo
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