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HeatherBookNerd

HeatherBookNerd

Joined May 2016

paper, audio, kindle. I love all the books
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Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
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Fugitive Telemetry | Martha Wells
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This installment finds Murderbot working with a Preservation Station security team. It mostly involves a new cast of characters, instead of Mensa and the regular crew. It‘s like a Murderbot Holmes standalone mystery - a dead body is discovered and it helps solve the crime. Less interpersonal relationship development and more of seeing Murderbot win over folks who are wary of SecUnits. Really good. Every single book in this series is so solid.

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Ragtime: A Novel | E.L. Doctorow
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1. Ragtime - musical
2. Proof - play
3. Doubt - play

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dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 How have I missed these 3? Gotta watch! Thanks for sharing! 🩷💜❤️ 6d
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Leslie F*cking Jones | Leslie Jones
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I listened to the audiobook. Not sure what the actual book is like, because I‘m pretty sure Leslie just took the topic of each chapter and then just told stories for a few hours, and then moved onto the next chapter. And even though she‘s all over the place, I was thoroughly entertained. She‘s had a lot of challenges and there were several surprisingly moving spots. Coming into fame later in life makes her story unique and interesting. Enjoyed it.

Karisa She‘s such a loveable ball of energy! I‘d get the audiobook for sure if she‘s the one reading it too. 7d
lil1inblue I'm so excited to read this. I have the audiobook, as well, so I'm excited. 😍 6d
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An old friend needs some help, and Murderbot is determined to come through while also protecting the humans under its care. This is a full length novel and Wells takes advantage of the space to build on the relational complexity she‘s been developing in earlier books. LOVE THIS SERIES.

Ruthiella I ❤️ Murderbot! 1w
HeatherBookNerd @Ruthiella I‘m obsessed! 1w
CoffeeK8 Murderbot! 💕 1w
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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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Hard to describe this beautifully crafted, creative novel that tells the stories of the many people who have lived in the same house deep in the Massachusetts woods. The book spans centuries and yet the author finds clever ways to link the lives of the inhabitants together. The land surrounding the house also become a sort of character itself, with stunning descriptions of the woods through the seasons and through the passing decades. Loved it.

Reggie I laughed so hard during the True Crime bit. He really took me through the range of emotions. Great review. 1w
HeatherBookNerd @Reggie I loved all the different voices and vibes of each section! 1w
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I have done enough reading on the subject that I knew most of this history, but it was a helpful overview to put it all in perspective in chronological order. It reminded me that racism hasn‘t gone away, it has just morphed into new forms. An excellent primer for anyone confronting the intersection of race and faith. It challenges me to remember that intentional action is needed to address both personal and systemic racism.

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Wonderful short story from Ayda‘s point of view as she battles the resulting emotional trauma from her near-death experience. It also lets us see how she is struggling to figure out what her relationship is to SecUnit. This brief story is sort of brilliant as it circles all the varied concepts this series confronts—slavery, freedom, self determination, capitalism, identity, etc.

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All Good People Here | Ashley Flowers
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Enjoyed this on audio. It was a decent little thriller. A debut novel from the host of the Crime Junkie podcast. The ending was pretty frustrating though and left some things hanging that I thought ought to have been tied up.

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A fascinating and troubling look at the widening division within the American evangelical church. Journalist Tim Alberta, coming from a conservative Christian upbringing himself, shares the history of some key evangelical players. He also visits churches, conferences, and pastors around the country to investigate the distressing trend towards Christian nationalism, increasing scandal, and political power grabbing in the church. Pretty alarming.

SamAnne He had a great interview on NPR Freah Air. This has been on my list. 4w
HeatherBookNerd @SamAnne it‘s very well done. 4w
jlhammar I‘m listening to this right now. It really is alarming. 4w
DocBrown Alarming, disturbing, and disappointing. All that energy that could be used for good in the world. I seem to remember a line from the Sermon on the Mount about salt losing its saltiness. 3w
HeatherBookNerd @jlhammar @DocBrown This is precisely why I have left the evangelical churches that I spent most of my adult life in. I‘ve certainly hung onto my Faith, but I needed to be in a different church family. 3w
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This series just keeps getting better. I love seeing Murderbot‘s growing understanding of humans and watching it navigate all these new environments and relationships. I think this my favorite so far.

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4 people who were part of their high school speech team in the mid 80s reunite 25 years later as they discover they all had some distressing incidents with their speech coach. Since I graduated high school in the mid 80s, nostalgia was certainly part of the appeal. It considers how our perspectives change as we get older. What is socially acceptable has changed over time, making us reevaluate the things that we experienced in a new light.

Reggie Have you seen that movie Totally Killer? This girl goes back in time to the1980s to save her mother and what‘s funny is what was considered ok back then and it‘s wild. 1mo
ShyBookOwl Sounds interesting! The cover SCREAMS The Breakfast Club 1mo
ShyBookOwl @Reggie That movie was so great!! 🤣 1mo
HeatherBookNerd @Reggie @ShyBookOwl I need to check out that movie! 1mo
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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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Another action packed installment! Onward Murderbot!

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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I love Murderbot! This series has me hooked. Such quick, entertaining, clever books. Looking forward to the next one!

Graciouswarriorprincess I love this series! 1mo
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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I simply adored Verghese‘s Cutting for Stone, and this one was equally fantastic. They both share the author‘s gorgeous prose, fascinating medical plot elements, and evocative descriptions that create an almost tangible sense of place. Covenant of Water spans three generations of unforgettable characters, multiple locations around the globe, and is just impossible to put down. I inhaled it in three days, despite it‘s chunkster status. Loved it.

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An introduction to trans theology, written by an Episcopal priest and mother of a trans son. It focuses on the ways that God is beyond gender and how reaching past traditional assumptions of gender roles and identities can help us understand and fully embrace our transgender fellow image bearers of God. The author brings both her personal experience and her work as a theologian to the book and is a great launching point for study and discussion.

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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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I have mixed feelings. The story is imaginative and compelling. There are two storylines, one following Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein, and a parallel thread set in the future. I loved the part about Mary Shelley, and wish the entire book had been written about her. The other thread was less successful. I found the treatment of a transgender character and female characters in that storyline were problematic.

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I finished 2023 at 92 books. 32 audiobooks, 23 on paper, and 37 on kindle. Demon Copperhead was my favorite book this year. Here‘s my Top 15:

Demon Copperhead
We All Want Impossible Things
Priestdaddy
Dinosaurs
How Far the Light Reaches
Purple Hibiscus
Tom Lake
Between Two Kingdoms
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Congratulations, the Best is Over
Kiss Me in the Coral Lounge
Gunfight
The Last Devil to Die
Wellness
Above Ground

britt_brooke Excellent! Gunfight and Kiss Me in the Coral Lounge made my “best of” list, too. 🩶 2mo
Nutmegnc 🤩 Impressive!! 2mo
Ruthiella Awesome! 👏👏👏 2mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Fun, quick book about a murderbot who‘s not much of a murderer. He‘d rather be avoiding his work and watching Netflix. But the humans on his current mission have found him helpful and now he has to interact with them, which he finds super awkward. This is book one in a series, and even though I‘m not a big fan of sci-fi or a multiple-book series, I will definitely keep going.

julesG Murderbot ❤️❤️ 2mo
BookmarkTavern This series is so good! 💖 2mo
HeatherBookNerd @julesG @BookmarkTavern such an entertaining clever story 2mo
BookmarkTavern If you enjoy audiobooks, I can‘t recommend these ones enough! 💕 2mo
julesG @BookmarkTavern And the first four books have been turned into GraphicAudio books recently. Also very entertaining 2mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Keegan has a way of conveying so much feeling with so few words. The narrative is spare, but leaves such an impact. Just beautiful.

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The Christmas Guest | Peter Swanson
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A quick Christmas Murder novella to finish in one cozy sitting. A perfect mini whodunnit.

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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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A satisfyingly creepy psychological thriller. Once I got going I couldn‘t put it down. Is Blythe too damaged by her own childhood to be a good mother? Is her daughter Violet like other children? A twisted story of parent and child, and a reflection on how much emotional baggage a person brings into parenthood.

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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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I enjoy a complex family drama and this one sucked me right in. I also loved that it was about sisters since I am so close to mine.

kspenmoll Sounds like my kind of book for similar reasons. 2mo
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Care Of | Ivan Coyote
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Accomplished writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote has spent most of the last two decades on the road at speaking engagements, sharing about their experience as a nonbinary person. When the world shut down in 2020, all that went away. So they decided to spend some time answering some of the many letters that have come their way. This book is a compilation of some of that correspondence. The exchanges are so vulnerable and kind. Just a lovely book.

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Women Talking | Miriam Toews
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Based on a true account of a group of Mennonite women who were repeatedly drugged and assaulted by men in their community. The entire book consists of the women discussing whether to leave the colony or stay and fight back. Thought provoking.

Reggie I loved this book so much. It could have been angry all the way throughout but I thought she did a good job of breaking that up. 2mo
HeatherBookNerd @Reggie I‘m curious now to see the movie. 2mo
jlhammar Loved this book! Movie is also fantastic. 2mo
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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A lovely, quiet book that follows a 6-year-old girl and her grandmother through one summer on an isolated island in Finland. Beautiful descriptions of island life and the relationship between these two strong minded, clever individuals.

quietlycuriouskate Lovely book!❤️ 2mo
Tamra 💙 2mo
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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A brief, beautiful book about the life-changing impact we can have on others. And a reminder of the value of caring for the people around us, family and strangers alike.

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Rubyfruit Jungle | Rita Mae Brown
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I understand this lesbian coming-of-age story was really groundbreaking for its time. I‘m glad to have read this classic of LGBTQ literature. It‘s very earnest and exploding with the vibrancy and strong opinions of youth.

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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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A book about an older woman facing changes in herself and her family while sequestered in lockdown during Covid with her ex-husband. I do enjoy Strout‘s writing and the rich interior life of her characters.

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Gay‘s joy, gratitude, and hope are infectious. He lists many opportunities for joy to be found in some surprising places. There are several stories laced with happiness and fun. But the ones that really stuck with me are the way that joy finds its way even in occasions of grief and shared suffering.

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A lovely, contemplative book of prayer.

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McCaulley shares his story as a black man growing up poor in the south, with a fractured relationship with his often-gone father. When he is called upon to deliver his father‘s eulogy, he looks back over his family‘s history and examines his father‘s life in all its nuanced complexity. It is a generous, open hearted memoir, and beautifully written.

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Foo grew up abused and neglected, eventually abandoned by her parents as a teen. She recounts her struggles in her 20s, culminating with a diagnosis of Complex PTSD. She tells how she explored her diagnosis and delved into both personal and generational trauma in her family. Foo is candid about her feelings as she learns to better manage her emotional, psychological, and physical needs while living with C-PTSD. Helpful, and in the end, hopeful.

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Above Ground | Clint Smith
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Just loved this. In this collection of poems, Smith reflects on the sweetness and depth of joy in parenthood and family. He also considers the potential dangers of the world that likely await as his children grow into adulthood.

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Counting the Cost | Jill Duggar
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I had watched the documentary Shiny Happy People and was interested to follow up with Jill Duggar‘s memoir. Pretty fascinating. So glad she‘s been able to shed the toxic religious beliefs that surrounded her childhood and is forging a new healthier path.

mom_of_4 I have this on hold at the library but there so many people ahead of me. 3mo
HeatherBookNerd @mom_of_4 you‘ll get there! 3mo
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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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Jack and Elizabeth are college sweethearts that have found themselves 20 years later questioning how they came to be the conventional couple they always planned NOT to be. In a society that tells us we should be better, happier, healthier, the pair feels disconnected and discontented. It is a book that considers how we form our sense of identity. How the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories told about us by others, shape who we are.

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This is a sort of meandering exploration of darkness and how a series of experiences helped the author embrace the wisdom to be found there. She challenges the binary notion that light = good and dark = bad, sharing the ways in which our faith can grow in times of darkness.

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Under the Rainbow | Celia Laskey
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When Big Burr, Kansas is named the most homophobic town in the country, a group of LGBT activists set out to live there for two years with the hope of educating and encouraging acceptance in the community. Each chapter of the book showcases a different townsperson‘s experience, giving a view of the many ways the characters are affected by the changes - the good and the bad. An interesting way to tell the story. Liked it a lot.

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Mixed feelings. So this started off very promising. But at some point it went off the rails of utter ridiculousness. I did hang with it and finished. I was mostly entertained. But if you are the type who can‘t stomach over-the-top, unbelievable plot twists and get frustrated with easy tied up endings, you will be rolling your eyes aggressively. If you don‘t care, you‘ll probably love it.

Djspens Felt the exact same… 2mo
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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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Offill has such a unique, unusual style. You follow the trail of the characters‘ thoughts in fits and starts, getting to know them in a sort of haphazard way, and yet the arc of a journey is there. Strange, but compelling.

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Poems about the magical and messy experience of being a woman, wife, and mother.

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This is a very loosely connected group of short stories. Entertaining, and, of course, Atkinson‘s prose is beautiful, but I think this may not be my favorite form for her.

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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This book is candid and well done, but wow is it sad. The first person narrative throughout lets you follow McCurdy‘s thinking as she very reluctantly comes to understand that her mother is, in fact, a truly abusive woman and not just an over involved mom who wants the best for her child. Glad she is finally finding some help and healing but you get the feeling she is just beginning to live her own life. Curious to see what comes next for her.

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Tell Me How to Be | NEEL. PATEL
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The book alternates between a mother and her adult son, both desperately wanting to be loved and accepted, but unable to disclose the secrets that keep them apart. A death in the family finally creates a moment where change might be possible. The story deals with the struggle to live an authentic life and the weight of holding up the expectations of others.

Cinfhen Loved this one. Audio narration was AMAZING 5mo
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I LOVE this series. We continue to get to know these marvelous characters and see how the relationships deepen between them. While there are multiple murders and plot twists, and a lot of humor, it is the lovely elderly cohorts that keep me coming back. Osman creates some beautiful and poignant scenes as the friends face some hard realities of life in your 80s. So good.

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As a gun company executive for over 25 years, Busse explains the dangerous shift in the politicization and proliferation of guns over the last 10-20 years. The book is a memoir of his journey from a farm boy, with a love of nature and a hunting and guns, to a man distressed at the ways the gun industry was encouraging lethal gun violence, ignoring safety in favor of profit, and fracturing our society. A must-read book about the gun industry.

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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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The best revenge is freedom.

Great new short story from Madeline Miller.

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A very funny, lighthearted collection of essays about her 28 year marriage. It made me smile and giggle, and sometimes guffaw, at all the quirks and joys of a happy, long love story. Just a perfectly delightful book.

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Good Bones | Maggie Smith
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This collection of poems about the experience of motherhood was sort of a mixed bag. I found the first part not particularly compelling, but the second half had some real gems. Good Bones, of course, being the standout. Panel Van, Dear, and Rain, New Year‘s Eve were especially poignant. But honestly, isn‘t that what reading poetry is like? Mining for gold, finding the particular piece that sings to you above the others?

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Loveless | Alice Oseman
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This was just wonderful. A young adult book about a group of friends that are freshman in college and sorting through their relationships, friendships, and sexual identities. The main character is coming to realize that she is asexual, which can be difficult for many folks to grasp, including the folks that hold that identity. And also stresses the primacy of love between friends as valid and valuable, and not just second place to romantic love.

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Glaciers | Alexis Smith
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A short, beautifully written, understated book. A quiet story grounded in the weight of real life. No fancy twists and turns, no technology. Just a young woman‘s yearning.

Megabooks I stacked this previously. Thanks for the reminder! 5mo
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