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Joined May 2016

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“I kissed your face and your hand was so cold that the coldness crept up into my face, my heard, my skull. Nothing colder exists in the world. Not ice, snow. No fear, no anxiety, no heartbreak as cold as your hand; your hand, which I kissed with my warm, loving mouth...So strange that you don‘t exist, I still feel you. My body still can‘t understand that you don‘t exist.”

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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“And he‘d figured out that the fun was often not the thing itself—the party, the keg stand, the naked running into the duck pond—but the endless talking about it after, the reliving and describing, and laughing about it in front of people who wished they‘d been there. Used to be he was one of the kids listening, one of the kids who missed everything, but now, since college, since Kate, he was in the stories.”

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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“And he‘d figured out that the fun was often not the thing itself—the party, the keg stand, the naked running into the duck pond—but the endless talking about it after, the reliving and describing, and laughing about it in front of people who wished they‘d been there. Used to be he was one of the kids listening, one of the kids who missed everything, but now, since college, since Kate, he was in the stories.”

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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“Does it sound crazy to say I looked at her and saw the world falling into some kind of order that I didn‘t even know it was out of?”

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True story: Thanks to this book, my sister and I got into a screaming match about WHICH Nicholas Cage character we would want to add to our fantasy heist crew. We both knew Nicholas Cage had to be involved, but she was going for Face/Off Cage, whereas I was going for I‘m-gonna-steal-the-Declaration-of-Independence Cage and then my mother chimed in late in the game to advocate for Moonstruck Nicholas Cage which started this whole fight over again.

Tianarose I love Nicholas Cage. But I‘m surprised gone in 60 seconds Cage was not in this particular debate! (edited) 2w
Expandingbookshelf @Tianarose My brother in law heard about this discussion a few days later and IMMEDIATELY texted me to demand the inclusion of 60 seconds Cage! 2w
Tianarose @Expandingbookshelf lol. That‘s hilarious. There‘s lots of good options to choose from his characters 2w
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“We tend to think the future happens later, but we‘re creating it in our minds everyday. When the present falls apart, so does the future we had associated with it. And having the future taken away is the mother of all plot twists.”

Fridameetslucy The mother of all plot twists - what a great line! 2w
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That serendipitous moment when you learn the book you just started won a National Book Award TODAY 🤗

Now I really can‘t wait to really dig into “Trust Exercise.” My night is now planned!

rachelm I‘m enjoying so far!! 2w
SamAnne And I‘m beginning The Yellow House tomorrow, winner of the Non-fiction prize 2w
Expandingbookshelf @SamAnne oooh I really want to read that! 2w
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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Uhhhhhh...how did an editor miss this?!? (If you‘ve never read “Rebecca” the narrator is famously unnamed, the woman she is quoting is NOT Rebecca) 😰

jillrhudy Ohmigod. Did the author not read Rebecca?!? (edited) 2w
Expandingbookshelf @jillrhudy I guess not! But what‘s crazier to me is NO ONE in the editing process caught this??! 2w
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2019 on Goodreads | Various Various
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well...damn

Maike Wow 🤩 1mo
rachelm 🥳🥳 1mo
marleed Wowza! 1mo
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Cantoras: A Novel | Carolina De Robertis
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Where do I even begin? This story of five queer Uruguayan women during the height of the military dictatorship is so damn good I don‘t even have words for it. I know it‘s a bookish cliché, but I did not want to move until I finished reading “Cantoras.” It‘s absolutely one of my favorite books this year.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I really wanted to like this book! Roaring 20s, showgirls women behaving badly. But ultimately, I was just bored by “City of Girls.” At 470 pages, this only thing this book demands of its readers is stamina.

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THIS is how you spend a Friday! With a cocktail (or two) and a breezy romance book. I am so looking forward to my night...

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Halloween might be over but spooky season isn‘t done until I say it is ☕️👻

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“The Future of Another Timeline” pits time-traveling Riot Grrrls against time-traveling MRAs and after you read that description you‘re either all in or totally out (I think it‘s obvious I‘m the former)

Tamra Can you deliver that soup?😋 1mo
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It is crazy to me that we know some parts of our universe better than we know the ocean. I don‘t know a lot about ocean exploration or diving, so I was excited to spend my afternoon learning about this totally different world, beneath the waves. I wish there was more in this book about environmental conservation (it‘s covered somewhat reluctantly in the end, but its absence was glaring) but it was still a good read!

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Marilou Is Everywhere | Sarah Smith
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“I wasn‘t trying to become Jude. Not exactly. But I wanted to disappear and she had left a space. When I stepped into that space, I vanished from my senses. It changed me into someone who didn‘t have my actual mind...Now I know how that sounds: teenage, teenage. I was and it brought me to wickedness. Except in wickedness, I loved the world, too, in a way so fierce I assumed no one could imagine. And I love it still.”

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True crime 🔪

Glass of wine 🍷

Bed by 9 🛏

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The Last Astronaut | David Wellington
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I‘m just a girl, reading out loud to a bunch of plants, asking that they don‘t die on her today. I‘m hoping that, deep down, they also want to know how “The Last Astronaut” saves the day.

marleed Ohhhhh. 2mo
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The Summer of Us | Cecilia Vinesse
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It‘s 85 degrees out and so I‘m reading some summer teen angst. “The Summer Of Us” isn‘t a great book, but man is it hitting the spot right now. The mimosa doesn‘t hurt either.

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The Summer of Us | Cecilia Vinesse
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It‘s 85 degrees out and so I‘m reading some summer teen angst. “The Summer Of Us” isn‘t a great book, but man is it hitting the spot right now. The mimosa doesn‘t hurt either.

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“Killing in the name of racism-always justified through negative emotions: hatred, contempt, and objectification; a degree of farce-is not, in the liberal-romanticized West, a spontaneous practice. First the violence needs to be represented to the point where it becomes denatured, until it is converted into a solemn discourse, a sort of law.”

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The Toll | Cherie Priest
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It‘s still *technically* summer so I am within my rights to call “The Toll” a perfect summer horror read. Southern gothics, mysterious swamp creatures, disappearing tourists, feisty old ladies and an unsettling bridge. This book isn‘t terribly substantive (to call some of the characters “one note” would imply they had a note at all) but it‘s perfect for a rainy day.

bookladyreads Hummm. Southern gothics perked my ears right up. Sounds interesting. 3mo
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“I sought loneliness when I was young. You‘ve seen me there: on my promontory, patient and unaware. But when I think of you I want to be alone together. I want to strive against and for. I want to live in contact. I want to be a context for you, and you for me. I love you and I love you, and I want to find out what that means together.”

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Inland | Ta Obreht
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“They were all moving past each other, the mother and the little girl and the old man too-and it struck me, after all these years of seeing the dead, as I stood there holding your bridle and with your breath in my hair, that I had never seen more than one at a time, and had never realized: they were unaware of each other‘s presence. Nameless and unburied, turned out suddenly into the bewildering dark, they rose to find themselves entirely alone.”

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Between “Recursion” and “Dark Matter” I have quickly become someone who will read anything Blake Crouch writes, no questions asked. Whenever I thought I knew where “Recursion” was going, I was wrong. It‘s a puzzle-box time travel story, based on memory, death, and love. This book was a blast, compulsively readable and brimming with unexpected heart.

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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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“And so. A dead white man grows bearded and lost in the blinding heart of Africa. With his rooting and roving, his stops and starts, he becomes out after unwitting, our inadvertent pater muzungo. This is the story of a nation-not a kingdom, or a people-so it begins, of course, with a white man.”

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Engineering student Amira Khan has set one rule for herself: no dating until her grad-school thesis is done. Needing some peace and quiet, she heads back to her family‘s house in the suburbs to finish her project. But she arrives home to find out her grandmother rented their basement to…a barbershop quartet?! Honestly, as soon as these dudes started singing I was hooked. “The Chai Factor” is a charming story that really worked for me.

janeycanuck I saw the author at the Eden Mills Writers‘ Festival this past weekend and the book was described as Bollywood meets Monty Python meets Jane Austen! 3mo
Expandingbookshelf @janeycanuck haha I wouldn‘t compare it to Monty Python... 3mo
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I had no idea there was an outbreak of bubonic plague in California in 1900. David K. Randall explores this terrifying and overlooked chapter of American history: how the plague threatened to overwhelm the rest of the country, how racism impacted the authority‘s reaction and how scientists ultimately managed to contain the disease. This book is brilliant and everyone should read it (maybe skip the lunch, though).

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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“‘Never again shall I celebrate such a Mass in a setting that was so closely united to the Divine Sacrament...in this vast cave we must have looked more like insects than human beings. And yet-our souls were on fire. We were so far from our surroundings, or if we sensed them at all it was because they had lost something of their material quality and become vast and luminous.‘”

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Costalegre | Courtney Maum
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“I wish I were a mermaid. I wish that I could swim. I wish that I could scream until my pores were tentacles and I pulled each and every person down with me until life was soft again. And then I would come up on the shore and I‘d be human. And I‘d know where to go.”

(This book gutted me in ways I wasn‘t expecting).

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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“The same three tasks recur across cultures and epochs: to shelter what is precious, to yield what is valuable, and to dispose of what is harmful.
Shelter (memories, precious matter, messages, fragile lives)
Yield (information, wealth, metaphors, minerals, visions)
Dispose (waste, trauma, poison, secrets)

Into the underland we have long place that which we fear and wish to lose, and that which we love and wish to save.”

Booksnchill Loved this book 3mo
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Wanderers: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
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A washed up rock star. A radio televangelist. And a teenage girl who may be humanity‘s last hope as a plague of sleepwalking sweeps the country. “Wanderers” is a THICK book, perfect for a rainy weekend. Fans of “Station Eleven” and “The Stand” should absolutely check this out.

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99 Nights in Logar | Jamil Jan Kochai
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Have you ever read a book that was probably good but you were just not in the right mood for it? That‘s how I feel about “99 Nights in Logar,” a coming of age story about one boy‘s odyssey across contemporary Afghanistan as he tries to find the family dog. I can‘t pinpoint what I didn‘t like about this book (some reviewer I am) but I just wanted it to end. Has anyone else read this? Should I give it another chance?

Tamra Yes - there are good books at wrong times! 3mo
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“Grace‘s complaints reminded Ruby of her own feelings about university friends. People you‘d once die for take appalling paths. It‘s not that they become unrecognizable. They become more like themselves. Personality quirks become more pronounced, and so do values, until you wonder how you ever ignored the differences between you.”

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I was just going to read this book for a few minutes before I caught my train...instead I ordered a drink, missed my train and stayed glued to my seat until I finished the whole book. I don‘t usually pick up thrillers, but “The Silent Patient” kept me engaged and guessing the whole time. AND THAT TWIST THOUGH! 🤯

Ericalambbrown If it was worth missing your train, I‘m stackin‘ this SOB! 😂😘📚❤️ 4mo
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“You once told me that the human eye is god's loneliest creation. How so much of the world passes through the pupil and still it holds nothing. The eye, alone in its socket, doesn't even know there's another one, just like it, an inch away, just as hungry, as empty.”

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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“I will never leave him. It will be this, always, for as long as he will let me.
If I had had words to speak such a thing, I would have. But there were none that seemed big enough for it, to hold that swelling truth.
As if he had heard me, he reached for my hand. I did not need to look; his fingers were etched into my memory, slender and petal-veined, strong and quick and never wrong.
“Patroclus,” he said. He was always better with words than I.”

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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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“Why do I sense that you‘re entirely in earnest?” “Possibly because I‘m half Italian. We‘re the sort who either throw ourselves weeping upon your grave or help you into it.”

mreads ❤❤ 4mo
lynneamch Ha! Just started this one. Hooked already. 4mo
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Beneath the gloss of star chefs and crystal-laden tables, the truffle supply chain is full of drama. Who knew that a measly fungus would be responsible for assaults, robberies, frauds, and the murder of dogs??! “The Truffle Underground” is about a world I knew nothing about. And now I am obsessed.

Geeklet I love books like this. There‘s a really good one that‘s similar about the history of phosphorus. I‘ll definitely keep my eye out for this one. 4mo
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I know this is a well-reviewed book, and I know a lot of people love it, but it was not for me. The pacing was weird, the main character was childish the love interest was gross (he calls her “babygirl” and his dick “two bats.” Seriously.) and so much of it was…cringeworthy. The sexy scenes made me laugh so loud I scared my dog, which was probably not what the author intended.

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Wanderers: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
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This is the kind of throwaway joke that make my nerdy heart sing

(A hint for the confused: don‘t forget your towel)

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“But that was the way life worked. Every human being was the result of a million different factors mixing together -- one of a million sperm arriving at the egg at exactly a certain time; even a millisecond off, and another entirely different person would result. Good things and bad--every friendship and romance formed, every accident, every illness--resulted from the conspiracy of hundreds of little things, in and of themselves inconsequential.”

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The Terror: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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On a hot summer day, the only thing you can do is settle down with a drink and read about men freezing to death in the Arctic while being chased by a weird polar bear monster. It really works for me.

Angitron I love this book!!! It‘s so immersive! 4mo
RealLifeReading Loved this one! 4mo
Tamra It‘s a good one! 4mo
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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“He stepped closer to her and put his head in the crook of her neck and breathed his inadequacy out there, breathed in her love and the grease of her travels and knew had been lucky, and that he had escaped the hungry dark once more.”

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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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It‘s here! And it‘s perfect! And it has trading cards! 💜

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I was excited to get my hands on “The Bride Test” considering everyone I know seems to love it. I didn‘t enjoy it as much as other reviewers (I felt like these characters had no chemistry even though all of the secondary characters kept TALKING about how much chemistry they had) but this was still a low-stakes, light-hearted summer read.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m passing on this one. I liked the Kiss Quotient, but I wasn‘t wowed. 5mo
Expandingbookshelf @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yeah if you didn‘t like TKQ you would really hate this. 5mo
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Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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This dedication is just 🌟Every time I see it, I‘m just happy 💜

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My feelings are...complicated. The descriptions of food were mouth-watering and I was interested in the gender-swapped aspect of the retelling. But this book left me cold. I didn‘t buy the chemistry between the two leads and some of the storylines were troubling (including a truly terrible #metoo take). I‘ve enjoyed Sonali Dev‘s previous work so this was disappointing.

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Sudden Death: A Novel | lvaro Enrigue
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“I don‘t know what this book is about. I know that as I wrote it I was angry because the bad guys always win. Maybe all books are written simply because in every game the bad guys have the advantage and that is too much to bear”

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The Satapur Moonstone | Sujata Massey
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I really love the new Perveen Mistry series. It‘s historical fiction about a female lawyer in 1920s Bombay. These books are packed with brilliant world building, wonderful characters and mysteries that are genuinely fun to (try to) solve. I can‘t wait for the next installment.

ManyWordsLater Looks like a Jacqueline Winspear novel. Do they compare? 5mo
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