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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 Much is True by Miriam Margolyes
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The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
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The Dove's Necklace by Raja Alem
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I love Narwhal and Jelly. They never fail to brighten my day. In the latest book, Narwhal becomes a substitute teacher for a school of fish. This is sweet, fun, educational, and “fintastic”. 😂

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This is it. This is all I‘ve read this week. I managed 30 pages or so of the print book I started two weeks ago and an hour or two of Miriam‘s audiobook, but this is all I‘ve finished. Still sick. Felt better yesterday and this morning. Feeling worse this evening. Being sick sucks. #bookreport

Smrloomis Feel better soon! 14h
Bookzombie I‘m sorry you‘re sick. Feel better soon! 14h
CBee I love Narwhal and Jelly ♥️ Hope you feel better SOON! 14h
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Librarybelle Hope you feel better soon! 13h
Cinfhen Ugh, what‘s going on?? Migraine? Cold? Congestion? I hope you start feeling better IMMEDIATELY XX 11h
Chrissyreadit Hope you feel better soon. 7h
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I look forward to Small Business Saturday at Park Road Books every year. This year‘s haul includes this beauty. I cannot wait to snuggle under a blanket and get lost in these pages. 🤩

batsy I just saw someone post about it on twitter and added it to my wishlist! Looks beautiful 😍 11h
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The Gone World | Tom Sweterlitsch
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I‘ve been so sick with bronchitis the last week+ that I haven‘t been able to read at all. I finally picked this back up for book club and I‘m so confused. It‘s like the rules for time travel change depending on what the plot needs. I have to finish it this weekend, but it‘s giving me a headache. Has anyone else read this? Does it get better/start to make sense or should I just accept that it‘s gibberish I will never comprehend?

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The Passengers | John Marrs
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Hi @suvata

Just wanted to let you know your book arrived today. 🥰

#lmpbc

suvata Enjoy 2d
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Happy New Year! | Greg Roza
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Excited to dig into this list from @katiekat311 😍 The House in the Cerulean Sea is my all-time favorite book and I actually own The Kiss Quotient and The Guest List. Thanks again for putting this together @monalyisha 🥳
#newyearwhodis2022 #nywd2022

monalyisha You‘re welcome! Looks like a good handful! 📚 1w
peanutnine I absolutely LOVE the Starless Sea ❤️ 1w
BennettBookworm Epic list! 1w
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This week‘s #bookreport is a great big FAIL. I‘ve had a fever for three days. Apparently, it‘s “just” bronchitis, so there‘s not much to be done but ride it out. Meanwhile, I haven‘t been able to read anything - even audiobooks require more brain power than I have. I did start Miriam Margolyes‘s book early in the week, but I haven‘t finished it yet. I wanted to get The Gone World mailed out, but I‘ve only read maybe 10 pages. 😭

erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘re on the mend 💕 1w
Leftcoastzen Sorry you are struggling through that ! Hope you feel better soon! 1w
Cinfhen Awww, so sorry. Hope you start to feel better immediately 1w
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tpixie Take care, stay hydrated. Tylenol 1000 mg every 6 hours. Speedy Recovery ❤️‍🩹 1w
Andrew65 Hope you are feeling better soon. 1w
charl08 Ouch. Sending get well soon wishes. Hope you feel well enough to read. 1w
rabbitprincess Hope you‘re feeling better soon and that Miriam‘s audiobook is good company! 1w
IndoorDame Feel better ❤️‍🩹 1w
sarahbarnes I hope you feel better soon. 1w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Hope you get to feeling better. 🤗❤️ 1w
LeahBergen Yuck! Feel better soon! ❤️❤️ 1w
merelybookish Oh boo! Wishing you a speedy recovery 1w
marleed Hope you feel better soon - there‘s food that needs be eaten as the week progresses! 1w
Lcsmcat I‘m sorry! Feel better soon. 1w
JessClark78 Hope you feel better soon. 1w
Gissy I hope you feel better soon❤️❤️❤️ 1w
Bookzombie I hope you are feeling better. 7d
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The first of my newly purchased books for #ReadingAfrica2022 and #Booked2022 arrived. This one counts as a Black-owned press (Africa World Press) and author born in Africa (Zambia). I don‘t know if Queen Elizabeth will actually make an appearance, but murders take place right before her scheduled visit to Zambia in 1979.

BarbaraBB Sounds good and I do need a book too for that prompt and country! Thanks! 2w
DGRachel @BarbaraBB Yay! I was hoping the post would be helpful. ☺️ 2w
Librarybelle This does look very interesting! Stacking! 2w
Cinfhen This sounds fascinating and so awesome that you supported a #BlackOwnedPublishingPress 📚🎉Thanks for posting and sharing ♥️ 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I haven‘t done one of these in a while. Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn 🥰
#1 I‘ve completed both #Booked2021 and #ReadingAsia2022. I need 2 more books to finish both #MountTBR (75 books) and my Goodreads goal of 150 books.
#2 I have to read my #lmpbc books, but nothing else is really calling to me right now. I just have to make sure to read at least 2 other books that count for #MountTBR.
#Two4Tuesday

wanderinglynn Awesome work on your goals! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
TheSpineView Congrats on your goals! Thanks for playing! 2w
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Africa | David Petersen
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@BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Question on the challenge-is it “cheating” to use the same book for multiple countries? I have several that touch at least three countries.
#readingafrica2022

BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t think so. Africa is BIG and it takes all we can to finish this challenge 😉 2w
DGRachel @BarbaraBB It is a daunting challenge! 😅 2w
Texreader I was a stickler during #readingeurope and insisted on reading one book per country. Then there was #readingasia and that‘s pretty impossible partly because of the dearth of books for some countries but because there are so many countries. So I caved and now I‘m all for reading books that cover multiple countries. 😁 2w
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DGRachel @Texreader #readingasia was the first I participated and I did the one per country but it was hard and I forced my way through a lot of stuff I hated. Just looking at the #readingafrica list feel so overwhelming and I doubt I‘ll finish if I had to do one per country. I‘ll try, but if I don‘t HAVE to, there will be less stress. 2w
Librarybelle I think the beauty of this challenge is to do whatever works for you! Next year I think will be harder than this year in that not as many books and authors are represented exclusively for a specific country. There may be books that cover several countries that are really the only way to read about those countries! @BarbaraBB 2w
BarbaraBB @DGRachel @Texreader @Librarybelle I completely agree, we should make it as easy and fun as we can since it is going to be a tough challenge otherwise! 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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Lastly, #Fall #Booked2021 Another list with some hard prompts!
#19-Dark Academia: The Secret History
#20-a coming out story: Fun Home
#21-HopePunk: We Set the Dark on Fire
#22-mythology retelling: The Witch‘s Heart
#23-adapted for small screen: Lost Girls
#24-MC/Author with AIDS/about the AIDS epidemic: Nobody Ever Said AIDS

Cinfhen Ohhh, good to know about #SmallScreenAdaptation / I own that book 2w
Cinfhen I really like all your choices!! Do any crossover with #ReadingAfrica22 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Thankfully, yes! Five Nights Before the Summit works for Zambia (and 3 different Booked2022 prompts!) and Nobody Ever Said AIDS can be used for Botswana, Malawi, or Lesotho. Oh, and the only reason I knew about Lost Girls is that I was looking at all my nonfiction books trying to decide if an author was a journalist or just worked for a magazine or newspaper as something else and saw the Netflix sticker on the cover. 🤣 2w
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Cinfhen Hahaha that sticker saves the day!!! I have the audio 😉ohhh , I‘m gonna check out your book for the AIDS prompt xx thanks 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Just a heads up - I ordered a used copy of Nobody from AbeBooks today because it‘s out of print, my library doesn‘t have it, and it‘s not available on Kindle. 2w
Cinfhen I‘ll keep that in mind…thanks 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great picks!! 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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Initial proposed list for #Booked2022 #Summer
#13-include a recipe: The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
#14-set in Canada: The Matchmaker‘s List
#15-involves exploration: The Arctic Fury
#16-about sisters: The Once and Future Witches
#17-New in 2022: Sloth Sleeps Over
#18-set in an inn, lodge, or hotel: Jamaica Inn

Cinfhen I like that your mixing lots of genres 😁💕📚 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen I don‘t think I could fill all the prompts with just one or even just my favorite genres, but I did try to pick ones that I thought I had a reasonable chance of enjoying. 🤓 2w
Cinfhen I just read so “vanilla”, it‘s either literary fiction of NF/ memoir - I don‘t mix it up much 2w
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DGRachel @Cinfhen The two you read most are the two I avoid like the plague. I‘ll do memoir via audiobook but otherwise, no thank you. 🤣🤣🤣 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage More great ideas! 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#Booked2022 #Spring These were a little less challenging, except I got stuck on the difference between a journalist, contributing writer, etc.
#7-about a Royal: The Summer Queen
#8-by a journalist: Evicted
#9-Five Nights Before the Summit
#10-Make Your Own Prompt “Related to things I make (quilts)”: Quilt or Innocence
#11-nautical novel: The Deep
#12-murder mystery: The Decagon House Murders

Cinfhen I like your take on #CreateYourOwnPrompt 👏🏼👏🏼 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I thought about The Deep for that prompt! And gosh … I need to read Evicted more than ever! 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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I‘ve got my list together for #Booked2022 #Winter. For the record, some of these were really hard! I‘ll be interested to see how close the reality comes to this, because it will change. 😂
#1-about cult/religion: Behold
#2-repeating title: The City & The City
#3-set in China: The Firemaker
#4-weather term: The Storm Runner
#5-Black-owned publisher: Sweet Dreams Young Savage
#6-non-patriarchal society: Herland

wanderinglynn You are on the ball! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻📚 2w
DGRachel @wanderinglynn I needed to see what I didn‘t already own so I could buy them before January 1st and count them for MountTBR next year. 🤣🤣 2w
Cinfhen I just picked up this book - it looks really good 2w
BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing your plans! 2w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘m looking forward to listening to Miriam‘s memoir. There‘s nothing else on my #weeklyforecast that I want to read, at least today. I have to finish The Gone World this week to be sure it gets in the mail on time for #lmpbc 😢

Cinfhen I‘m not familiar with this comedian (?) but I get a smile just from her book cover 2w
TheLudicReader Miriam is my spirit animal. Love her. 2w
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This Much is True | Miriam Margolyes
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I had plans. Then, I watched The Graham Norton Show where Miriam was promoting her book. The hardcover isn‘t available in the US until next May, but we all know I prefer memoirs on audio anyway. So, plans be damned, Miriam‘s memoir is my next listen. 🤩

julesG This is going to be fun. I'm sure of it. 2w
GingerAntics That‘s going to be amazing!!! 2w
zezeki I first took notice of her when watching Graham Norton, she is always funny, love her sense of humour and no filter storytelling, yet she does it so elegantly! 2w
Laughterhp Ooh! A woman I work with is distantly related to her. They had a family reunion and she showed up! 2w
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Lister‘s style will not appeal to all, and while not inclusive to what my finance coach calls women+, as the target audience, I enjoyed this combination of memoir, history, and introduction to witchcraft guide. I could have done without some of the verbiage, but I also understand that reclaiming those words and rejecting any shame and discomfort around them is part of reclaiming the divine feminine power that has been stripped away by patriarchy.

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Not a bad week for my #bookreport. Three non-fiction audiobooks and I completed #readingasia2021, which I‘m still excited about. Slowly plugging away at The Gone World for #lmpbc. It feels way over my head and I‘m struggling to concentrate, but I HAVE to finish it and I have to finish it in print. 🥺 I‘ve also started #DrZ, but I‘m still on the intro by Pevear. Would it be wrong to skip that??

Cinfhen Good luck with #DrZ it‘s a real challenge!! I read the intro but it didn‘t really help much. I found reading the spark notes in the beginning to be more helpful 🤓CONGRATS on completing #ReadingAsia21 🎉 that‘s awesome 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 I have 3 left but not sure I‘ll get to #Maldives or #Timor 2w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Thanks! #Maldives almost broke me. I think it took 6 weeks to read 131 pages. 2w
Cinfhen Yeah, that‘s not happening 😁 2w
BarbaraBB Awesome that #ReadingAsia2021. You really nailed it!! 2w
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Forget the Alamo: The True Story of the Myth That Made Texas | Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, Jason Stanford
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I loved this. History written by white men, made educational law by white male politicians is astonishingly NOT what really happened. /s More books crushing the white savior/hero narrative please. It‘s past time for us to stop pretending con-men, slavers, thieves, and rapists are heroes and worth emulating. Knock them off their pedestals. Burn your Phil Collins CDs while you‘re at it (ugh).

AmyG I was watching (for 2 minutes) the Rittenhouse trial. A murderer being made into a hero. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures I had not heard of this one, adding it. I am currently rewiring my brain on what white women have done with this one that Litsy has trouble finding but my library didn't - 2w
DGRachel @AmyG I saw one post from a journalist on Twitter and almost had to throw up. There are no words to express how I feel about what is happening in that trial. 2w
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DGRachel @ChaoticMissAdventures Just used my Litsy credit for that one. I think I‘m going to take a brain-rage break for a different audiobook, but then grab that one. Thanks for the recommendation! (edited) 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @DGRachel @AmyG I watched part of it yesterday and it is horrifying. The pretend "crying" he did was so staged he kept side eyeing the jury, and that judge is basically just another defense attorney. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @DGRachel great! It is very well done, holistic is the word I keep thinking, she gives credit to what the white women advance but point out the ways they were not inclusive while talking about BIPOC peers that history has pretty much ignored. 2w
GingerAntics Still trying to figure out, all these years later, why Phil Collins is so into Texas history. 🤯🤯🤯 2w
DGRachel @GingerAntics Right?! Not only that, but why he is so insistent that his “artifacts” are legitimate even when some have been clearly proven to be fakes and:or not related to the Alamo. 2w
GingerAntics @DGRachel I hadn‘t heard that. I interned at the Texas Hall of State and he came all the way to Dallas (as apparently he does fairly regularly and has been through the collections department?!) to talk about the Alamo and his artefacts. You‘d think they‘d know he has fakes. 2w
DGRachel @GingerAntics It sounds like there‘s a combination of willful blindness, snake oil salesmen, and items whose provenance simply cannot be proven. 2w
GingerAntics @DGRachel 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ 2w
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Challenge Accepted | Amanda Abram
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And with In Extremis, #ReadingAsia2021 is officially complete, including the three optional bridge countries it listed on StoryGraph. I‘m leaving In Extremis as my conditional choice for Timor-Leste. If I have time, I may read another book that references the country for more than 30 minutes of a 13 1/2 hour audiobook, but for now…I am counting it and I AM DONE!

Nute Wow! Excellent achievement!🙌🏽 3w
Bookwormjillk Wow!! I am so impressed 👏👏👏 3w
TrishB Well done 👍🏻 3w
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DGRachel @Nute @Bookwormjillk @TrishB Thanks all! I honestly did not expect to finish this one. ☺️ 3w
LeahBergen Woohoo! 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
BarbaraBB That is so, so good!! You really were in a flow during those last ones! Congratulations 🍾 3w
BarbaraBB And if you really want to read another book for #TimorLeste you could try 3w
squirrelbrain Yay! Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 3w
DGRachel @BarbaraBB I went looking for that one, but it‘s out of print and I didn‘t want to launder someone‘s money through Amazon ($164 for a used copy). There‘s a fiction mystery/thriller on Scribd. It‘s probably garbage, but I may give it a shot. 🤣 3w
Simona 👏👊Big achievement, congrats! 3w
Librarybelle Congratulations!! You read some not so great books to make it to the end, so a big kudos for sticking with the challenge! 3w
DGRachel @Librarybelle Thanks! I definitely read a lot of “not for me” books, but I‘m so excited to have found something for every country, even if a few were a stretch. 😂 3w
Megabooks Congratulations!!! 🥳🥳 3w
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I expected more about Marie Colvin's work as a war correspondent. When the book focused on Colvin's work and the regions where that work took place, it was interesting, informative, and compelling. However, I couldn't have cared less about her dating life, bad habits, eating disorder, etc. The audiobook narration was uninspiring. #timorleste #readingasia2021

BarbaraBB I bought this book for Timor too but ended up reading another book. I just couldn‘t pick this one up 😂 3w
Librarybelle That‘s disappointing! 3w
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I‘m struggling with In Extremis and questioning whether it really fits for Timor-Leste, so I tried to find something else. The only thing that I can find available in any format, is a digital copy of the tagged book. Over my dead body am I paying that much for Kindle, especially one that I know based on genre I will most likely hate. 😩 I don‘t have Scribd - do I want to spend $10 for one month to read this? My library & hoopla don‘t have it.

Bookwormjillk I was able to get a free month of scribd a few months ago. Maybe they have a deal? 3w
DGRachel @Bookwormjillk I tried the free month a while back. I know Audible makes you wait a year. I‘m not sure about Scribd. I may try though. 3w
squirrelbrain Ugh, I struggled a bit with this one. I read it on Scribd, but I‘m UK-based so I‘m not sure if it will be on US Scribd, sometimes it‘s a bit random. I wouldn‘t even pay Qb to read it, knowing what I know! I‘m sure I had another option for this country…I‘ll go check my spreadsheet and get back to you! 3w
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squirrelbrain Here it is ➡️ The Litsy blurb says Uganda, but both Goodreads and Amazon mention Timor-Leste. In the UK it‘s Qb.99 on Kindle or Qe for a used hard-copy so you never know…. 3w
DGRachel @squirrelbrain Thanks! It has been more than a year since I tried Scribd so I can use the first month free. I have an hour left of the audio of In Extremis. They did discuss the war in East Timor for 15 minutes…I‘ll check for the other book as well! 3w
squirrelbrain An hour‘s not too bad - put it on double speed! 🤣 3w
DGRachel @squirrelbrain That‘s an hour left at 1.4 speed. Any faster and the narrator sounds like a chipmunk 😂 3w
Librarybelle I would not want to spend that much on a Kindle book, either. 3w
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A Land Without Jasmine | Wajdi Al-Ahdal
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It seems wrong to say I enjoyed this book. It was a hard read, very short, but also well-written (except for the alarming number of exclamation points). The ending was unsatisfying, but most of the book made me rage-y and can best be summed up with a loud “Fuck the Patriarchy!” #readingasia2021 #yemen

Librarybelle You‘ve made this sound like a must read! 3w
BarbaraBB I agree with @Librarybelle 🤍 3w
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Dr. Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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I‘m all in for the #DecemberChill #BuddyRead of #DrZ! I bought this back when I read The Secrets We Kept. The good news is the audiobook is the same translation as my print copy so I can go back and forth. Since I struggle with so many Russian authors in translation, though, I‘m looking forward to bailing on this one soon! 🤣🤣

BarbaraBB Lol, looking forward to following along! 3w
TheLudicReader I have never read the book, but I love the movie. 3w
TheBookHippie Those two are the best translators FYI 😂♥️ 2w
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A Land Without Jasmine | Wajdi Al-Ahdal
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So much of this book is ugly, but I thought this imagery is beautiful, if sad.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I listened to a couple hours of In Extremis last night (I really hope it gets better soon), but didn‘t get any other reading done. This week, I hope to finish my #lmpbc book and the last of my books for #readingasia2021. Then, I‘ll start last month‘s LibraryThing Early Reviewers win. I can let my NetGalley queue back up for years, but I like to keep LT current. Forget the Alamo May or may not be my next audiobook. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen I was kind of meh about this one - I wanted it to be more about her war experiences and less about her love life 3w
DGRachel @Cinfhen YES! That‘s exactly how I feel. I‘m so disappointed so far, but it‘s my book for Timor-Leste, which is one of only two countries I have left for readingasia2021, so I‘m going to stick it out. 3w
Cinfhen That was my pick too!!! I did start to skim in places😜 3w
rwmg I recommend A Land Without Jasmine. A very different style of detective fiction. 3w
DGRachel @rwmg I just finished it. It was a hard read, but I‘m glad I read it. 3w
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A Marvellous Light | Freya Marske
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My Shelves Bookstore #RIAL subscription/book club book for November arrived today. It looks good and I have high hopes for it. Fingers crossed!

Sharpeipup Pretty cover! 3w
CarolynM Hoping to get to this one soon too. 3w
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Despite a rough week with migraines and work stress, I got a lot of reading done and more importantly, I enjoyed the books I finished. I was apparently in a “take no prisoners” mood when it came to audiobooks, as I bailed on two. I‘ve started my last two (😱) books for #readingasia2021 and my second #LMPBC book for the new round. Hoping to finish at least one more book today, but we‘ll see. #bookreport

kspenmoll Sorry about your migraines.😕 looks like some great reading though! 3w
Cinfhen Whoa!! Warrior 🙌🏻 it‘s really difficult to break through those migraines- well done 3w
DGRachel @Cinfhen audiobooks are my salvation when it comes to meeting reading goals while dealing with migraines! 3w
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Bailedbailed

My first bail of November. Sarah Vowell is an author who should not read her own work, IMO. The quotes from celebs are okay, but it‘s all a little distracting. I may give this book another chance later in print, as the subject interests me, but it‘s an #audiofail for now.

rockpools 🙁 That‘s always such a disappointment! You kind of feel like an author‘s reading should be extra special- but it really doesn‘t work like that! 3w
rabbitprincess I have a print copy on my shelves waiting to be read—had earmarked it as a possibility for this year, but of course I haven‘t got to it yet! 3w
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Layover in Dubai | Dan Fesperman
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This was a decent thriller. There was a little of the American writing about an “exotic” locale feeling, but certainly not as bad as others I‘ve read this year. Predictable, but still entertaining. I‘ll probably read more of Fesperman‘s work, but I‘ll probably skip the audiobook narration which was mediocre. #readingasia2021 #unitedarabemirates

Librarybelle Glad it was a decent read! 3w
BarbaraBB “not as bad as others I‘ve read” 🤣🤣 I know what you mean 3w
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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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I enjoyed this just as much on the reread as I did last year and this solidifies it as an annual holiday tradition. I hope the rest of my #LMPBC group enjoys it, too. 💖

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Khan: Empire of Silver | Conn Iggulden
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This was a much better choice for #Tajikistan than the other book. Iggulden‘s books are always meticulously researched, well-written, and interesting. While Genghis Khan and the Mongols do get a lot of page time when it comes to nonfiction, their empire doesn‘t seem to get a lot of historical fiction love and I find the culture and time period fascinating. #readingasia2021 (3 books to go for the challenge!)

BarbaraBB You‘re racing through those final countries at the moment! 4w
DGRachel @BarbaraBB UAE is up next in audio and I think I‘m going to listen to my book for Timor-Leste instead of reading the print copy. I don‘t have audio choice for Yemen, though, so that will be a later in the month read. 4w
BarbaraBB What will you read for Yemen? 4w
DGRachel @BarbaraBB I have a digital copy of A Land Without Jasmine. I do have a note that Salmon Fishing in Yemen is available on audio, so I may switch to that one. 4w
Librarybelle You‘re so close!! 4w
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Bailedbailed

The audiobook quality is TERRIBLE! It was clearly edited and the post-production is awful. Every few minutes it sounds like the narrator has walked into a bathroom. On the bright side, the author already mentioned that the entire territory of the Mongol emperor, Chagatai, encompasses the full territory he covers in this book, so I‘m switching to Khan:Empire of Silver for #readingasia2021 #tajikistan

Librarybelle I think that‘s the best review of an audiobook ever! 😂 4w
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If I manage this November TBR, I will complete all of my reading challenges and be able to coast through December. The top four are the last I need for #readingasia2021, In a Holidaze and The Gone World are for #lmpbc, HEMI Under Glass is a LibraryThing Early Reviewer copy, and the others are for my November themes: #Noirvember and #NonfictionNovember. #novembertbr

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And that‘s a wrap on October! I really thought this was a bad month, but despite several bails, I finished 19 books! Granted, very few of these are standouts, but at least I finished on a high with Singapore Noir. (Books listed in reverse order of completion because there were too many 3-star reads to make rating order meaningful). #octoberwrapup

vivastory 19 books is great 👏 4w
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Singapore Noir | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
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This has to be one of my favorite Akashic Noir collections so far. There was only one short story that I didn‘t like. While the ending on a couple of others left me scratching my head, the stories themselves were enchanting. The sense of place, the variety of characters and plots, all combined to make a rich collection of dark tales. #readingasia2021 #singapore

Librarybelle Good review! Stacking this! 4w
BarbaraBB Intriguing review! 4w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘ve got to finish Singapore Noir today, and then it‘s off to tackle the November TBR, starting with an audiobook for #readingasia2021 and the books for both #lmpbc groups.

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Cinfhen I still have a few left for #ReadingAsia21 but I‘m NOT looking forward 😬 1mo
vivastory I've heard great things about Gone World, so I'll be curious what you think. I've heard favorable comparisons to Miéville 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen I have 5 left, including Singapore Noir. There are several that I‘m dreading. 1mo
DGRachel @vivastory I‘m not going to be able to compare to Miéville, but I‘m hoping I enjoy it. One of these days I‘ll get to Kraken. ??‍♀️ 1mo
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I love Tessa Dare. This novella lacks some of the laugh out loud humor of her more recent work, but it still has funny moments, great characters, and a heartwarming love story. Perfect for when you need a quick HEA.

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Dhon Hiyala and Ali Fulhu | Abdullah Sadiq
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This. Was. Awful. I didn‘t enjoy the epic poem, Layli and Majnun, and I liked this tale even less. It‘s tedious. The characters, especially the men, are obnoxious idiots, and the women are portrayed as either doormats or sly bitches. No thank you. At least it was free. #readingasia2032 #maldives

Librarybelle Yes…at least it was free! 1mo
BarbaraBB And you finished another prompt! 1mo
DGRachel @BarbaraBB I have 5 left! 1mo
BarbaraBB We are really doing this - finishing I mean! 💪🏽 1mo
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Finished four books this week, which wasn‘t bad, even if it wasn‘t everything I wanted to get through. I hit a block with the second story in Singapore Noir that I need to power through. The first story was so good. Dhon Hiyala continues to be a thorn in my side, but I will conquer it. Only a day and a half left in October to finish the bottom two. I don‘t want either to carry over to November. #bookreport

Cinfhen Crazy, it‘s almost November!!! 1mo
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One of these days, I‘ll tackle The Gulag Archipelago, but this short novel is a good introduction to the horrors of that tome. It‘s dark and sad, but Solzhenitsyn is one of the Russian authors whose writing I can get through (*shakes fist at Dostoyevsky). This is my pick for the bridge country of #Russia for #ReadingAsia2021.

BarbaraBB Glad to hear this one‘s a pick for you. I think it‘s one of the #1001books to read before you die. 1mo
Librarybelle Good choice! 1mo
Centique Yes! Popping into this post very late, but yes! I can read Solzhenitsyn but haven‘t managed Dostoevsky - I will shake my fist too 😂 3w
DGRachel @Centique I am so glad I‘m not the only one! I loved Ivan Turgenev‘s Fathers and Sons but while I finished Bulgakov‘s Master and Margarita, I did not like it. Russian authors are so hit or miss for me. 3w
Centique @DGRachel I will have to try Ivan Turgenev - thank you for the recc! 3w
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I think it‘s a combination of stress and an audiobook narration that I did not enjoy, but I found this disappointing. I remember really enjoying Sparrow Hill Road, but this one fell flat. It wasn‘t bad, just not anything to write home about. 🤷🏻‍♀️

DGRachel I just realized that this book has frenemies! Rose Marshall and Professor Laura Moorhead count as frenemies, which means that with this book, I am officially done with #Booked2021!!!!!! @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 1mo
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I enjoyed this audiobook more than I thought I would, though the subtitle is misleading (did I miss the tsunamis?). If you‘re looking for cultural insights, like religious traditions, food, dress, or even things like natural disasters that have shaped #Indonesia, this will disappoint. If you are interested in military/political changes, from colonization to rebellions to “democratic” elections, then you may enjoy this. #readingasia2021

Librarybelle Great review! 1mo
BarbaraBB My mother‘s family is Indonesian so I think I know a lot already (about colonization too 😌, being Dutch) but the book does sound interesting. 1mo
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Gnomes of Suburbia | Viola Grace
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NBR but I have a new gnome for my home and I love him (I need to get ribbon to hide the wreath hangers, but…)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So cute!! 🧡🍁 1mo
TheBookHippie They are so peaceful. The gnomes. 1mo
Bookzombie This is so cute! Did you make it? 1mo
DGRachel @Bookzombie I did not. I was too lazy this year to go buy bit and bobs to make a wreath, but my neighbor has a huge gorgeous wreath on her door and I suddenly wanted a wreath, too, and the one with a gnome was too cute to pass up. LOL 1mo
Bookzombie @DGRachel I completely understand. I constantly watch decorative DIY videos but never do them. Usually I decide there are too many supplies involved, lol. 1mo
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Singapore Noir | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
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Based on the build up in this introduction, I have high hopes for this collection!

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The Bone Keeper | Luca Veste
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This is a pick with reservations. I enjoyed the writing style - it was detailed without being bogged down, and for a police procedural involving a serial killer , not gratuitously graphic. The pacing was good and I never lost interest. However, I didn‘t enjoy the twist or resolution, so it was ultimately unsatisfying. I‘d read more by Luca Veste, but I wouldn‘t reread this one.

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The Bone Keeper | Luca Veste
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I watched a mini-series on Netflix earlier this week with the dumbest police detectives. Hunting a serial killer, they were constantly walking into dangerous situations alone. One cop is killed in the prologue and the two current-day detectives are constantly getting beaten. It was annoying. Then, I come across these two quotes, all in the first third of my current read. Is this the new norm in crime fiction? 🙄

Crazeedi Doesn't sound like very capable cops! 1mo
Matilda Depends on the subgenre. In procedurals obviously they‘re meant to be the ones who figure it all out (even when they are hotmesses) but for example in like cozy mysteries or books with amateur sleuths many times they are meant to be incompetent and why the need for the amateur. But sometimes I‘m assuming it‘s just bad writing where they can‘t think of a better way to put them in danger 😂 1mo
vivastory I honestly think that contemporary mystery/thrillers are riddled with as many if not more predictable tropes now than horror books. 1mo
DGRachel @Matilda Yes, I totally expect eye-roll worthy shenanigans in my cozies. I think that‘s part of the charm. I expect better of “professional” detectives in crime thrillers/police procedurals. I‘m leaning towards lazy writing, but to be fair, I may not have noticed it in this book if it hadn‘t been so prevalent in The Chestnut Man on Netflix. 1mo
DGRachel @vivastory I think you may be right. I guess I just didn‘t pay enough attention, or enjoy the genre as a whole so much that I overlook a lot of those tropes. 😩 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I really want to read all of these by the end of October, but the most important are Dhon Hiyala (which is so tedious), A Brief History of Indonesia, and Singapore Noir, as they are all for #readingasia2021. The others are just books I really wanted to read this month. Fingers crossed. #weeklyforecast

Cinfhen I also read the brief history of Indonesia… it didn‘t feel brief 🤪 1mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen 🤣🤣 I‘ve got the audiobook on 1.5 speed, and it‘s not bad. It‘s so much better than the book I tried before. 1mo
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A solid adventure tale of two children who ferry a secret message from the resistance in Tibet, across the mountains, to the exile community in India. I‘m not sure which major rebellion played out here, as Tibet has been fighting Chinese rule since the 1950s, but this was still a good story. Soneela Nankani is not my favorite audiobook narrator, though. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #readingasia2021 #tibet

Librarybelle This one has lots of love on Litsy! 1mo
DGRachel @Librarybelle It‘s not my favorite book by any means, but it wasn‘t bad and it was a short audiobook to knock off a prompt. I‘m SO close to finishing. So close. 1mo
Librarybelle Yay!! Good luck! 1mo
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BarbaraBB How many books do you have left? I need to read three more to finish the challenge 🤞🏽 1mo
DGRachel @BarbaraBB I have 8, including the bridge country of Russia. If I get through all 8, I will have completed the Asia-only, plus the 3 bridge countries. ☺️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow that is so good! I don‘t do the bridge countries this year - read them for Europe last year. 1mo
DGRachel @BarbaraBB It‘s been a couple of years since I did any challenges beyond a MountTBR challenge, so I didn‘t do the Europe challenge and kind of felt like I HAD to do the bridge countries to do this challenge right. 😩 So close, though. Soooo close. Maldives may trip me up, though. Options are limited and Dhon Hiyala is such a slog. (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB I read an easy one for Maldives, maybe you can get that one? 1mo
BarbaraBB Although Dhon Hiyala is free and short I notice online. 1mo
DGRachel @BarbaraBB Short and free is why I started Dhon Hiyala. It‘s just so bad, IMO. I‘m about 1/3 of the way through and I think I‘ve been reading it for two weeks. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Oh no! I bailed on a few books and will still count them for the challenge since I think I deserve that 😜. 1mo
DGRachel @BarbaraBB I think if you create the challenge you totally get to make the rules. I‘m at the point where I‘ve read/listened to some really awful stuff and I will not let the remaining countries crush me. 🤣🤣 So, I‘m forcing my way through. 1mo
BarbaraBB Kudos for you! Are you in for Reading Africa next year?!?!?! 1mo
DGRachel @BarbaraBB I‘m definitely considering it! I‘m just a little worried that my only options for some countries are going to be heavily genocide-focused, and I‘m not sure I can handle that. But, yeah. I don‘t know who I think I‘m kidding. This has been such a great challenge, I‘m totally on board with Reading Africa. 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘m so happy to hear that. I know what you mean about the genocide ones (I actually have one already for #Rwanda). I hope to find a mix of historical and contemporary fiction. 1mo
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Technically, I haven‘t finished Running on the Roof of the World, but I will later today. Needless Street was wild, but Mooncakes was disappointing. I will probably bail on the audio of The Girl in the Green Silk Gown because I am not enjoying the narration, but I haven‘t decided, yet. I‘m making progress in the other two, but not enough to say I‘ll finish today, but I would like to finish at least one of them. #bookreport

Cinfhen Fun graphics ❤️ 1mo
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