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DrexEdit

Joined September 2016

I make books and I read books. That's pretty much it. Pronouns she/her. DrexEdit on GoodReads and StoryGraph if anyone wants to follow me there also.
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The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
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Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett
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In the Freud Archives by Janet Malcolm
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We: New Edition by Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Lady Joker, Volume 1 by Kaoru Takamura
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House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski
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Welcome Back @happilyeverkrafter! I hope this year brings you all the good things and all the good books! 😊

Besides the tagged title I'm looking forward to Alan Rickman's diaries (The Rickman Diaries), Hannah Gadsby's memoir (Ten Steps to Nanette), and a book about indexing (Index, A History of the).

I'm randomly tagging @TheNerdyProfessor, @AFrostCauseReads, @sarahbellum, & @damselsgotballs. Want to play?

#funfriYAY

TheNerdyProfessor Fun! Thanks for including me. I can't wait for Greenwich Park, Blood Sugar, and Other People's Clothes! 1d
DrexEdit @TheNerdyProfessor Thanks for playing! I can tell this game is going to be bad for my #TBR! 😊 👍 1d
JamieArc Ooh! I didn‘t know about Gadsby‘s memoir coming out. Awesome! 1d
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HappilyEverKrafter Thanks for these suggestions! I LOVE the title of that indexing book! 1d
sarahbellum I don‘t really keep up with new releases, but I am excited for the next installment of Saga! 1d
DrexEdit @sarahbellum Heck Yeah! 😊👍 1d
AnneCecilie @sarahbellum Do you know when it‘s out? 1d
sarahbellum @AnneCecilie Looks like 1/26 1d
AnneCecilie @sarahbellum Yeah, that‘s soon. Feels like I‘ve waited forever. 1d
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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The sky broken by the bare oaks and elms of New Prospect was full of moist promise, a pair of frontal systems grayly colluding to deliver a white Christmas, when Russ Hildebrandt made his morning rounds among the homes of the bedridden and senile parishioners in his Plymouth Fury wagon.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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🟣 Wolf Hall

🟣 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

🟣 Fiction. Tagged. I guess you could call it literary fiction.

Anyone else want to play?
@peacegypsy @puzzledbooks @Ltrueblood @LeticiaToraci

DrexEdit Sorry @Eggs I completely forgot to tag you back and the hashtag! I blame my brain! 🧠🤪 #wondrouswednesday 3d
BeaG I loved the Absolutely….of an Indian book. 3d
Eggs No worries @DrexEdit 🤗 3d
DrexEdit @BeaG me too! 👍 2d
LeticiaToraci @BeaG Rich characterisation: Elder Race Genre I'm reading: Fantasy and Sci_fi. #wondrouswednesday 2d
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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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Today is#NationalThesaurusDay so I thought you all might like to play a little thesaurus game. I totally ripped this idea off from my employer's social media. 😊👍

Unlikely Animals --> Unconvincing Fauna

Post your new titles in the comments with a tag for the book or repost with #NationalThesaurusDay. Have fun! 🥳

ozma.of.oz Looks like fun! 4d
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I reviewed an #ARC of this book a couple of months ago. Now it's here and it's really beautiful! Indispensable guide for anyone interested in speculative literature in translation!
#newbookday
#lunchtimereading

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Throgmorten rocks a Sudan Brown coat. #Pantone2022

@Clwojick

Clwojick 💓 💓 💓 7d
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I know the type on this cover is hard to read, but I didn't realize until I got into this book that it was actually TWO books! No wonder it was such a chunkster. I loved the book, loved the world building, loved the magic, & I loved Throgmorten. I will definitely continue with this series! 5 🌟

Looking at my GRs list, I see I added it from a list of books recommended for “cheerful fantasy.“

#BookSpin
@TheAromaofBooks, @SayersLover, @ozma.of.oz

Zuhkeeyah Love this series! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
SayersLover I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! 🤩 @DrexEdit 1w
ozma.of.oz Love the Chrestomanci books! ❤️ 6d
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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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Maple Street Cemetery, Everton, NH.
43.3623°N, 72.1662° W
Years later, when people in Everton would tell this story, they would say it was Clive Starling who called the reporter, the way that man loved attention.

@ShyBookOwl
#FirstLineFridays

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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This was my first book of 2022 & for the #ReadingAfrica2022 challenge, which I'm quite sure will take longer than 2022 to finish!
This was an interesting, but not quite engrossing story about Cameroonian immigrants living in NYC just prior to the crash of Lehman Bros. and the early stages of the 2008 recession. It's a soft pick for me. ⬇
@LibraryBelle
@BarbaraBB

I snuck in a couple of ticks for the #Pantone2022 challenge also!
@Clwojick

DrexEdit It's hard to tell which story takes precedence here. Is it an immigration story with the recession woven in? Or is it a high finance story with immigration woven in? All the characters are sympathetic at some point. It does show a bit of how difficult it can be to immigrate to the US. ⬇ 2w
DrexEdit But mainly I felt a bit let down because I thought Neni was the most interesting character. She was on her way to developing her own ideas and point of view independent of her husband and different from those she came from, when their world comes crashing down and that storyline just seems to disappear without much thought. 2w
Librarybelle Great review! This is on my to read list! 2w
BarbaraBB The Pantone challenge, that‘s cool! I remember enjoying this book but I don‘t remember much. 2w
Clwojick Great matches! ❤️💖 2w
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I tend to read science, all kinds, when I read nonfiction. Tagged a book that I hope to fit in for #ReadingAfrica2022.

Science fascinates me. I think the average person has a very bad understanding of what science is and how much it knows. I know I do. Science does not have the best Chief Communications Officer. 😄 And communicating complicated scientific concepts takes hella writing skills.

@ozma.of.oz
#SundayFunday

ozma.of.oz Oh that sounds fascinating! Thank you for posting! 2w
DrexEdit @ozma.of.oz David Quammen wrote another book I thought was really good. I read it a couple of years ago but it's the only reason I have understood COVID from a virus standpoint, how it works, why it mutates, where it might go next. 2w
LitStephanie Sometimes I get frustrated when trying to understand a science story in a newspaper and I realize the problem is that the reporter simply can't grasp the concept themselves and are doing the best they can with a degree in jornal 2w
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LitStephanie Didn't mean to post that yet, silly tablet. . . degree in journalism. Then there is the problem of brilliant scientists who cannot write in simple layman's terms to save their lives. I have a lot 2w
LitStephanie appreciation for good science communicators! 2w
DrexEdit @LitStephanie Total respect for anyone who can write in such a way to make me understand complicated concepts! 2w
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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“He'd never been asked to wear a suit to a job interview.“

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Bailedbailed

My first bail of the year. There just didn't seem to be a lot of depth to this. All story, no emotion. Your experience may differ.

Fortunately my IRL reading buddy I was reading this with felt the same way. We're going to go in a new direction.

Kinda anxious about starting the year with a bail. 😕 Hope it's not indicative of the year!

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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So here's my totally revised January Forecast. I'm fairly certain I won't get through all of these, but most of them are for reading challenge commitments and the rest are library books that are cycling in and out of the list as they come due.

#weeklyforecast
@Cinfhen

TheSpineView Looking good! 3w
Cinfhen That Eleanor Roosevelt book sounds really good!!! And I really liked 3w
DrexEdit @Cinfhen the Eleanor Roosevelt book is vol. 3 in a series. Really well done and readable biography, but loooong! I am looking forward to Behold the Dreamers. I hope I can fit it all in! 3w
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The Big Book of Science Fiction | Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
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Author Sandra Boynton would like to remind us all that today is Science Fiction Day.

I think this will require reading the next story in The Big Book of Science Fiction this evening! 😄

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Here in all its cover blurb glory is The Ten Thousand Things, the #NYRBBookClub selection for December. It's a pick for me, but a soft pick. The ten thousand things are things, people, places, memories, etc. that make up any one person's life. This book covers 3 generations in 200 short pages. The writing is lovely, but it's short on plot and takes a weird tangent 2/3rds of the way through. It was also slow and hard to get into. ⬇

DrexEdit And seemed to delight in being mysterious and unknowable. There are no answers to anything here. I think knowing all this now though, this book might fare better on a re-read. Or it might it not. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ for delightful mysteries and lovely words! 3w
Leftcoastzen Love this old edition! 3w
quietjenn What a nifty copy. 3w
DrexEdit @Leftcoastzen @quietjenn It's a Simon & Schuster edition from 1958. 3w
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Grass | Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
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A LOT of reading was done in December! #NeverNotReading

Plenty of other books still in the rotation. January with the start of challenges, is going to shake things up a bit. More on that in a bit.

#BookReport
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Love the hashtag 🙌🏻♥️🤓 3w
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All right Spinning Wheel of Book Fate, you have spun two chunksters for me this month! 😳 I will definitely get to the #BookSpin Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci Chronicles because I've had this book for a long time and really really want to read it!
I am not as confident about the Eleanor Roosevelt v3 #DoubleSpin! This is not the first time Eleanor has been spun and not completed! We shall see.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed the Chrestomanci books - I'll be interested to hear how you like them!! 3w
SayersLover Hooray! Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite authors! @DrexEdit 3w
DrexEdit @TheAromaofBooks @SayersLover I will definitely report back! This is one I'm certainly anticipating that I will like quite a bit! 3w
ozma.of.oz Yay for Diana Wynne Jones! ❤️❤️ 3w
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1. First book is a chunkster carry-over from last year: The House by the River.

2. I don't know about looking forward to, but I am hoping to be able to spend more time with family and friends.

3. Just trying to be a little more purposeful in book selection rather than always getting the latest shiny thing from the library.

@ozma.of.oz #sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Spending time with friends and family sounds wonderful. Thank you for posting! 3w
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The Mirror Thief | Martin Seay
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#BookSpin list for January! Looking forward to the numbers! 😊

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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One of my New Year‘s traditions is watching the Pasadena Rose Parade. Levar Burton was Grand Marshall and the theme was Dream, Believe, Achieve for education. So I knew there was going to be some good bookish floats. Yes! Top left is the UPS Store‘s float “Rise, Shine, & Read” with a mother hen 🐓reading to her chicks.🐥 Right is the City of Burbank, CA, float “An Unlikely Tale” with a knight and her dragon. 🐉

Happy 2022 Reading!🍾 📚📚

Dragon Such a fun parade 💚🐉 3w
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And I‘m not going to be able to finish another book tonight so this is where I‘m ending the year.

Happy New Year, Littens! 🥳🎉😊

Simona Happy New Year 🥳 3w
La_Cori Happy New Year!! 🥳 3w
Reggie Great Job! And Happy New Year! 3w
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Late to the game, as usual for me. 😊 Thanks for the tag @La_Cori !

1. It wasn't a year with a lot of highs and lows. Just getting through it and coping with all the insanity is enough, I think! 😄

2. I can't pick 1 favorite. I loved a lot of books all for very different reasons. I'll recommend everyone read We Had a Little Real Estate Problem though.

3. To end the year more organized and with less clutter! 😄

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Mehso-so

So this was a weird book. There seems to be a lot of love for it out there but I can only give it a so-so. The story is based on the IRL #gamergate. I'm not a gamer, but I found the story to be both horrifying and interesting that there's was this whole section of society so opposed to working with women. ⬇️

#adventathon @ozma.of.oz

DrexEdit In order to recreate the“voice“ of the nameless, faceless internet, a good portion of the book is narrated in the first person collective invisible. It was weird to get into and not terribly easy to stay with as narrators kept changing. (edited) 1mo
DrexEdit In the end I think we just got a#gamergate story and not any real insights into the events of#gamergate. 1mo
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Grass | Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
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This book is a pick for me despite how triggering or horrifying it might be. Grass is a graphic novel of the real-life story of Ok-sun Lee who was forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese troops occupying China during the second World War. I knew nothing about this history until encountering a similar story (fiction) in A Gesture Life earlier this year. No official apology or reparations were issued by Tokyo until 2015.

DrexEdit I loved the style of drawing in this book. It's done in black ink brushwork that conveys both the sense of chaos and dread as well as hope, depending on how strong the brushwork is and how closely it is focused. 1mo
DrexEdit The author's next GN is about a family separated by the 38th parallel during the Korean War. Korea seems to be a bit of a forgotten war in the US so I'm looking forward to learning more about how the war affected, and still affects, Koreans. 1mo
jlhammar Subject matter is hard, but such a good book. 1mo
Reggie I like how they put a statue of one of the girls that stared right at the Japanese embassy. This graphic novel was so sad. 1mo
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This collection of essays is mostly light-hearted in topic. They all deal with different aspects of memory and how it is constructed and how unreliable it is. We've all had a memory that we are absolutely positive happened only to have a sibling or cousin or friend remind us that it couldn't possibly have happened the way we remember it.

4 ⭐ This is my #bookspin for December. @TheAromaofBooks

DrexEdit Mr. Skibell also reveals stories of his relationship with his father and his extended family, making this a poignant memoir in essay form. I've read most of Skibell's (fiction) work, but reading this reminded me of his book I like the most is his holocaust fable based on his great-grandfather's life (I believe). It's a blending of memory and magic and journey that is unlike anything else I've ever read. Time for a re-read. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
Reggie This sounds great and I‘m a sucker for a good book of essays. 1mo
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Ayoade On Top | Richard Ayoade
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Thanks for the tag @merelybookish! It took me a couple of days, but here is a pretty definitive list of my #Top21of21. I don't think I'd change anything out, but there are two more weeks of reading for 2021!

I'm sure most everyone has been tagged, but I'll give a try anyway.
@La_Cori, @stevesbookstuf1, @jon_dottingly, @ryanme, @TH3F4LC0N, @Reggie, @Zuhkeeyah would you like to play?

If you don't have 21 top books, just post the top 1 or top 5!

LeahBergen I see several NYRBs! 👏🏻 1mo
DrexEdit @LeahBergen I really enjoy reading along with the #NYRBBookCLub! 😊 👍 1mo
merelybookish Great list! I am excited to read Small Things Like These. And I love Ferrante! 1mo
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BarbaraBB Ferrante! Skylark! ❤️ 1mo
DrexEdit @merelybookish 2021 will always be the year I “discovered” Claire Keegan. I just loved Small Things Like These. A short read that will take you no time at all to finish, but there‘s so much packed into this small book! ❤️ 1mo
Reggie Thank you for the tag. I usually wait until the last day just in case. Also, I really liked Amber and Lacey‘s book. 1mo
DrexEdit @Reggie you bet! I'll keep an eye out for your list! I started Amber and Lacey in print and quickly switched to audio. Terrific book! 1mo
Zuhkeeyah Thanks for the tag! Currently in the middle of a few books so holding out on my list until next week but will definitely post 😊 1mo
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“I don't remember when it occurred to me to ask the telemarketers for money.“

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

EvieBee That is a GREAT first sentence. LOL! 1mo
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Thanks @EadieB for the tag! I'm a little bit late to the game, but who else would like to play?

Consider yourselves tagged!

EadieB No problem! Thanks for playing! 1mo
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The Crow Trap | Ann Cleeves
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And a second post for #cloakanddaggerchristmas. This one checks the Columbo box: watch an episode of a TV mystery show. I've been watching the Vera series, just finished series 1 last night.

These are based on the Vera Stanhope novels (first one tagged) by Ann Cleeves, which I have not read yet, but which I think I would like to after having watched the show.
@merelybookish

merelybookish I've been curious about this show so I may check it out. I still have to complete the Colombo prompt. 1mo
Crazeedi I hope I'll be able to watch this series sometime. I haven't read the books, but I plan to 1mo
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OK, count me among the new Agatha Christie fans. I thoroughly enjoyed this story with Hercule Poirot. He seems to have sprung fully formed from Ms. Christie's head.

This checks the Hercule Poirot box for the #cloakanddaggerchristmas challenge!
@merelybookish

merelybookish Congrats! Was this your first time reading Christie? 1mo
DrexEdit @merelybookish Yes, it was! I'm late to the game. 😄 1mo
RaeLovesToRead I love Poirot! (And the challenge) ? I'm going to read a Poirot for "bilingual detective" I think! 1mo
DrexEdit @RaeLovesToRead Oh, I hadn't thought of that! 😄 👍 1mo
vivastory I 💙Christie & Poirot 1mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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I am totally stealing this from my Facebook memories. I wish I could credit the artist/author but I have no idea who that might be! Still, I love a good grammar joke!

🤣😂🤣

Texreader This is awesome!!! 2mo
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Every couple of years I make it a point to catch up with this series to see what the brightest minds in science writing are concerned with. This year there was a lot on the coronavirus, naturally. But also interesting articles about rabbit hemorrhagic fever, toxic dumping of DDT into the Pacific Ocean, earthworms, and the unsung heroine of lichenology. I love getting good science writing for the layperson on a variety of topics. Solid PICK for me.

Nute Wow! You sold me! Stacking! 2mo
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Most rabbits have, in their skill set, the ability to pretend that they're healthy even when they're quite sick.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

DrexEdit From the article Rabbit Fever by Susan Orlean that was published in the June 29, 2020, issue of The New Yorker. 2mo
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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My #WeeklyForecast for all of December. Ambitious. But I do have some time off coming up. The top row is all books I'm committed to: #doublespin (@TheAromaofBooks) #OokBOokClub (@JulesG) #IRLBookClub #NYRBBookClub (@vivastory) #ARC #bookspin.
The second row is mostly #LibraryLottery but I'd also like to try and fit in a couple for #cloakanddaggerchristmas (@merelybookish) and some #inprogress.

We'll see where things end up I guess!
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Very ambitious but exciting possibilities 🙌🏻💕I have one on my coffee table but it‘s heft is intimidating me 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
DrexEdit @Cinfhen yeah I have the ebook of that cycling in and out of my library holds, so I didn't realize how hefty it was until recently! There's something to be said about being able to make visual judgements on how much reading you have to do! 2mo
DrexEdit @TheAromaofBooks your #bookspin challenge has got me fired up and ready to go this month! 😊 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Awww that genuinely makes me so happy to hear!!! ❤ 2mo
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Spinning Wheel of Book Fate, you have really outdone yourself this month. The tagged book (my #BookSpin) has been on my list for 5 years! Anyone who wants to search for the tagged title will see my first post on this title from 2016.
And the #DoubleSpin! How many times has #HOL defeated me!? I hope the #DoubleSpin will be the charm!
Looking forward to December reading!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!!! 2mo
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Walk the Blue Fields: Stories | J.K. Rowling , Claire Keegan
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Hey, look at this! A #BookReport that's actually on time. Above is my report for the month of November. I did not finish as many books as I did in October. The top row are the books that I finished. All of them are really good!

The bottom row are all books in progress for various reasons. The #LibraryLottery has been impacting my reading *hard* this month. Plus more #chunksters on the month's #TBR. Pressing on!

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 so glad you had a great reading month!! Quality over quantity is always better!!! And you still managed to read a lot!!! Hope you find the time to read in December 💚 2mo
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The New Yorker | Conde Nast
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Working on my #puzzleswap puzzle tonight. 🧩🧩 I'm going to be at this for awhile. 😊👍😄

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Getting in a little nonfiction before the end of #NonfictionNovember. Reading COVID stories from last year & realizing not much has changed. We know so little about this virus & we don't even know if we're using the best methods to track & fight it. Also a NYC ER & how the doctors grapple with life & death decisions. When you can't treat everyone how do you decide who to treat? I don't think they are all COVID stories though, thank goodness! 😊

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The Mirror Thief | Martin Seay
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Whoooo!! I am SOOO READY for #BookSpin December! Woot! Bring it on! 😄

@TheAromaofBooks

Lcsmcat Some good reads there! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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The Big Book of Science Fiction | Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
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The Triumph of Mechanics is a creepy story about mechanical rabbits that take over a town just in sheer numbers. Written by Karl Hans Strobl before he became a Nazi propaganda writer.

This is my #doublespin #bookspin for November!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Mutha: Stuff and Things | Vincent DOnofrio
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A little weird and a little wacky and perhaps just a little bit true. I was confused, I laughed, but ultimately I enjoyed spending a little time with Vincent D'Onofrio's mind.

TieDyeDude A fascinating read! 4w
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Gerasimos met Theodora one summer in Pieria when she was just twelve years old and he was twenty-seven.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Admired and beloved, scorned and reviled, influential, controversial, and timeless, Eleanor Roosevelt changed history.

#firstlinefridays (a little late)
@ShyBookOwl

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Lady Joker, Volume 1 | Kaoru Takamura
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1. Completing a #bookspin book every month so far.

2. The tagged chunkster I'm working on.
#TwoForTuesday @TheSpineView

Thanks for the tag @EadieB!

@Sola Raynor @hollyvoncount @ICantImReading @IndoorDame Do you want to play?

SolaRaynor 1. I finished “The Anglo-Saxons“ A History of the Beginnings of England“.

2. I'd like to read “The Woman on the Orient Express“, a fictional novel about Agatha Christie.

#Eggs #DaveGreen777 #Nessavanamusic
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TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
ICantImReading Thank you, that book sounds good! ☺️ I have quite a few I‘m hoping to read before the end of the year, but one I‘m looking forward to picking up soon is 2mo
DrexEdit @ICantImReading that sounds like a lovely book! 2mo
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THIS. IS. SO. AWESOME!!! Thank you so much @EH2018!! I can not wait to break this box open and get this puzzle underway!

Thank you for organizing this #puzzleswap @rather_be_reading!

November 15 is now officially Puzzle Day for me! 🧩🧩🧩 Woot!☺️😍

rather_be_reading that one is cool! 🤩 2mo
DrexEdit I think so too! 😍 2mo
Ruthiella That‘s really neat! 😍 2mo
EH2018 So glad you like it!! 2mo
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Squeezing in my #BookReport for October before November is over! I managed to read a lot of books in October. I also read a lot of really good books in October! A good reading month!

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen I have an ARC for this one 👉🏽How was it!??! 2mo
Cinfhen Great month!!!! 2mo
DrexEdit @Cinfhen I really liked it. I have a review somewhere in my feed. Good enough that I want to read Weike Wang's other book. 2mo
Cinfhen I liked this one, it was quirky 2mo
DrexEdit @Cinfhen 👍☺️ 2mo
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Lady Joker, Volume 1 | Kaoru Takamura
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Hinode Beer Company, Kanagawa Factory,
To Whom It May Concern:

I, Seiji Okamura, am one of the forty employees who resigned from the Kanagawa factory of Hinode at the end of this past February.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

SolaRaynor #ADeadlyInsideScoop by Abby Collette. “Today I was going to touch the stars.“ 2mo
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The first black man with a doctorate in tuba performance is an amazing story. But Mr. White's story gets even more amazing than this. He grew up destitute and homeless on the streets of Baltimore with his drug addicted mom. The story of how he fought his way out and the people who helped him on the way is uplifting and inspiring. I greatly recommend this book to anyone who needs some inspiration. 5 ⭐

DrexEdit My husband, who also has a doctorate in tuba performance & a similar career teaching at the University level & playing in regional symphonies, recommended this book to me. I know exactly how much work & dedication it takes to make a career like this. My husband had no where near the obstacles Mr. White had. That said the music world is very small and the tuba world even smaller. It was fun to read about tuba people I've met over the years. 2mo
Lcsmcat What an interesting sounding book! My husband is a bass trombonist so I know exactly what you mean about the small world and the difficulties. At one point he had three college/university jobs, the Symphony, and a church job at the same time. I wonder if they‘ve ever played together, and I‘m sure they know some of the same people. It is indeed a small world. 2mo
DrexEdit Cool! I'm sure they do know some of the same people. Weston Sprott and Dee Stewart both make appearances in this book, just to name drop a couple of trombonists.☺️ 2mo
Lcsmcat @DrexEdit He doesn‘t know either of them personally, but knows of them. We‘re in NC now, but my husband played 22 years in the Utah Symphony, but also played in Saint Louis, Chattanooga, the National Symphony and Annapolis, to name a few. And taught at 7 or 8 different colleges/universities. So he could know your husband from one of those places. (edited) 2mo
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Yes! Lots of good books in read October. 5 ⭐ for The End of Vandalism! About a small midwestern town (I place it in northeast IA) where nothing much seems to happen while people go about living their lives. Those lives encompass humor & passion & tragedy & redemption. The humor is delivered straight in what I like to call “midwestern dry.“ The action starts at the local high school where The End to Vandalism dance is being held to raise funds.

DrexEdit Tiny Darling, local ne‘er-do-well, vandalizes the End of Vandalism display. Some people find a clean, white fence or the blank side of a building too tempting. What ensues is like a river of events, one thing happens that leads to the next thing happening. Some are good, some are bad. A lot like life. I cared about these characters and kept reading to find out how they all turned out in the end. Happy Note: There's a sequel! 2mo
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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang
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Joan is a mid-30s Chinese-American ICU doctor. Joan is hyper-focused on her career & doesn't know about things like Seinfeld or interior design. Joan is quite literal & assesses people by how much space they take up. Joan has social anxiety. Joan's older brother is deeply invested in her life choices. Joan's parents returned to Shanghai to live, but her father recently died. Joan has some issues. But you know what? Joan really is Okay. 5 ⭐ 👍

DrexEdit I really enjoyed getting to know Joan and watching her figure out her place in the world. I am going straight out to get Weike Wang's first book Chemistry and shall eagerly await more from this author! 2mo
CarolynM Sounds good. Stacked. 2mo
EvieBee I had no idea she had another book out. Chemistry is one of my most favorite books. Will definitely be reading this asap. 2mo
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DrexEdit @EvieBee Dang! I forgot to add this to my review! I received an#ARC from #NetGalley. This book publishes in January! Sorry! 2mo
EvieBee Guess what?! It‘s already in the library database as “on order” and I‘m first in line! So thank YOU. (edited) 2mo
DrexEdit @EvieBee 😄 👍 2mo
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