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I didn‘t initially think I‘d read this, but I‘m so glad I did. Starting with when it was created under Kennedy, the book looks at how each administration has used the situation room and different crises that have been managed there. It‘s absolutely fascinating and focuses on the people who work in the room, which I love.

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While there are some genuinely interesting facts in here (go google the beluga named NOC, you‘ll thank me), overall I found it a bit to navel-gazey and not focused enough on whale facts. I wanted a lot more science in it.

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This book of essays from novelist (and wife of Denis) Ann Leary is a lot of fun and in places quite funny. From dealing with bats to celebrity culture to menopause, she covers a lot of ground. I really enjoyed it.

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Hummingbirds | Bonnie Bader
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I put together my little puzzle while talking to my mom. It‘s so pretty! Penny included for size reference. Thank you, Soubhi!

TheBookHippie Oooo pretty! 2d
Soubhiville Fun mom project! You‘re welcome. ☺️ 2d
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Birthday Gifts | Anastasia Suen
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Thank you so much, Soubhi! I‘m completely delighted. And you had me fooled with the puzzle—I was sure it was candy. 😆 The pieces in it look like cool shapes! And the bookmark is gorgeous. Can‘t wait to dive into these!

TrishB Lovely ❤️ 3d
AmyG If it‘s your birthday…have a happy one! If not-enjoy your lovely gift! 2d
Soubhiville Happy Birthday! I hope you‘ll enjoy the books. These puzzles are cool- some of the pieces are shaped like animals. The salve for Bindi is from the place where I work. We have it specially made. I hope your day has been special. 🎂 2d
Hooked_on_books @AmyG It is my birthday! Thank you! 2d
squirrelbrain Lovely gifts! ❤️❤️ 2d
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The Influencer | Frankie Bow
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In the most recent book in the Professor Molly series, a famous influencer is renting a newly built house from Molly and Donnie and then goes missing. This is such a fun series with great characters and accurate local Hawaii color.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3d
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This book about the current generations is absolutely fascinating. Driven by data, it looks at the differences between the generations along with side by side comparisons of where they were at specific ages compared to one another. Anything that‘s at all speculative is clearly indicated as such. I loved it!

squirrelbrain Stacking! 3d
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The Wilding: A Novel | Benjamin Percy
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Just before a canyon is to be gutted for a development, Justin and his controlling father go there on a camping trip along with Justin‘s son. A tense weekend becomes more so when outside forces intrude. Both in the woods and at home with Justin‘s wife, Percy explores wildness and savagery within nature and ourselves. CW below under the spoiler tag for dog lovers.

Hooked_on_books The dog doesn‘t survive. It‘s off the page but still pretty upsetting. 4d
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4d
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Green Frog: Stories | Gina Chung
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I‘m so glad I stumbled upon this short story collection, as it turned out to be excellent. It even worked well on audio, as the stories are quite varied and each has a different audio narrator, making the divisions distinct. @Megabooks I think you would like this.

Chelsea.Poole Such an eye catching cover! 5d
Megabooks Thanks for the tag! I‘ll check it out. 5d
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole agree! 5d
TracyReadsBooks Loved this book! 5d
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Partial Eclipse: A Novel | Lesley Glaister
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This story of 2 women in forms of incarceration generations apart took me a bit to get into, but it eventually got its claws into me and I enjoyed it. My one complaint is the occasional use of words like glueily and dirtily. 😱 I could stare at that cover all day, though. #ReadYourEbooks from June

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 6d
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Trust Her: A Novel | Flynn Berry
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Years ago, Tessa‘s sister Marian was IRA turned informer in Belfast. They are now living under new names in Dublin when the past finds them. I loved this. It‘s so well done and builds tension in a way that made me literally stop in my tracks at one point. Highly recommend.

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I‘m so glad this was on the women‘s prize list, because that made sure I read it, and I‘m really glad I did. Murgia looks at the various ways AI is being used or developed, from the good (medical uses) to the bad (so many, but deep fakes especially made me shudder). Of course humans are training the AI, so it not only takes on our prejudices but amplifies them. This is good for all of us to know about.

squirrelbrain I really liked this one too - one that was on my personal WP shortlist. 7d
TrishB AI is as full of the dominant stereotypes as the ‘human‘ world! Trying to teach students this too. 7d
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Liz Prato is a frequent visitor to Hawaii and feels very connected to it. Here she writes about that connection and her family. It‘s a bit of a mixed bag. Her writing about her family is lovely, and while her connection to Hawaii is nice, she fails to recognize her own contradictions and wants to claim the place in a way she really shouldn‘t. (Please, don‘t try using Pidgin.) Pick for parts, so-so for other bits.

squirrelbrain Hmm, bit ironic when the title of the book includes ‘privilege‘. 🤷‍♀️ 7d
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 7d
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain Right? It‘s interesting. She‘s never lived in Hawaii, says how important it is to respect the culture and the people (good), talks about how bad the resorts are for the locals (true), then goes on about how much she loves the hotels and turns her nose up at the places where people actually live. It‘s so odd that she doesn‘t see it! 7d
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The Birthdays | Heidi Pitlor
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Soubhi, look what‘s here! I‘m super excited and have tucked everything away in eager anticipation of Saturday. Between this and my jury duty today being painless, it‘s like my birthday came a few days early! 🥳

Soubhiville Oh good! I was worried it wouldn‘t arrive in time. Happy early Birthday! 1w
dabbe HB! From one 🦀 to another! 🤩🤗😀 1w
squirrelbrain Ooh exciting! @Soubhiville always sends you such wonderful gifts! 1w
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Hooked_on_books @dabbe Looks like you‘re the day after me! It‘s our weekend coming up! 🥳🎂 1w
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I know, she spoils me! And you do, too! 1w
dabbe @Hooked_on_books Yay us! 🤩🤗😀 7d
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Dreadful | Caitlin Rozakis
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Imagine coming to in a strange place with partial amnesia then realizing you‘re a dark lord. Such a great premise, but for much of this I felt like something was missing and it was falling a bit flat. The second half picked up a bit, but by the end I was fairly checked out.

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A dancer dies in a gruesome way in an empty theater, setting off a series of deaths among the cast of a production. It just so happens that the London Blitz is occurring, making for an interesting backdrop to the story. There were aspects of this that I liked, but I found it plodded along a bit and the detectives didn‘t so much investigate as hang around and watch things happen.

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Following the path of the first major US scientific expedition to Alaska, travel writer Mark Adams explores the southern coast then up to Nome. He relates both his own travels and those of the scientists in 1899 with great information and some good humor. I thought this was terrific.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1w
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Thunder Song: Essays | Sasha LaPointe
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I really enjoyed this book of essays from a Coast Salish woman. She‘s such a thoughtful writer and is open-minded in a way many people are not. I‘d love to read more from her.

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I Will Ruin You | Linwood Barclay
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In Barclay‘s latest, a teacher intervenes in a dangerous situation, saving lives. Then he is approached and blackmailed, spiraling the story forward. I‘ve found this author to write consistently satisfying thrillers, and this one is no different. Total page-turner!

BarbaraBB I have never read him but am always looking for pageturning thriller authors. Do you have a suggestion which book to start with? 1w
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB I think you could start anywhere with his books. My first read was A Noise Downstairs and it‘s went sent me looking for more of his books. This one‘s very good, too, but brand new and I don‘t know the European pub date. 1w
BarbaraBB I will check them out, thanks! 1w
BarbaraBB This one is already available in Europe so I think I‘ll try it! 1w
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Bear: A Novel | Julia Phillips
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Sam and Elena are struggling 20-something sisters on San Juan island, trying to make ends meet as their mother is dying. Then one day, a bear is sighted when there typically aren‘t any on the island. Each sister has a different reaction to the animal. I liked this but I don‘t think it was as unique or special as her first book. I suspected from early on where it was going, but that didn‘t alter my enjoyment of it.

sarahbarnes I just finished her first book and really liked it. I‘m looking forward to this one. 1w
BarbaraBB So glad it‘s a pick for you. So far I‘ve only read mixed reviews and I want to like it like I did 1w
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB I loved Disappearing Earth. This book is quite different. It‘s good but it isn‘t special in the way that one was. I think you have to approach this as its own thing and not expect DE. This was quite good but suffers in the comparison. 1w
BarbaraBB That‘s good to know, thanks!! 1w
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The very awesome @squirrelbrain gifted me a gift certificate to my local Hawaiiana bookstore for my birthday (which is next week). I had such a lovely time browsing and picking out these lovelies! Thank you so much, Helen—you gave me such a nice day! ☺️

squirrelbrain Hooray - glad you had a lovely time! Love the cover of the middle one! 2w
LeahBergen How nice! 🥰 2w
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I love that cover, too! It‘s set in Hilo, which is cool! 2w
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Thin Skin: Essays | Jenn Shapland
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I absolutely loved her first book, which makes this so disappointing. In these essays, Shapland repeatedly brings up things she feels are dreadful/unconscionable/etc then goes on about how she freely participates in these things (and they aren‘t life necessities). Someone this lacking in self awareness should not be writing personal essays. I do love the cover, though.

squirrelbrain Bindi looks like she doesn‘t like it either! 2w
Leftcoastzen Awww!🐶 2w
dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 #beautifulbindi 🖤🐾🖤 2w
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Here are my books for this month‘s #ReadYourEbooks numbers and the book fairies REALLY want me to read Wolf Hall! 😂 I‘m actually glad it was picked again this month, as I really do want to give it a go and hopefully will do so finally this month. I‘ve also been meaning to read The Leavers for years, so hopefully this gives me the push to do so.

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Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap | Anne McGill-Franzen, Richard L. Allington
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I almost forgot to post my list for #ReadYourEbooks! Last month, I read one and started on the second, which I‘ll finish, but not before the numbers are pulled. Plus I read another ebook from my library that wasn‘t on my list. And the answer to the question of whether June was the month I read Wolf Hall was nope! 😂 Ah well, it‘ll happen soon enough.

vivastory Lots of excellent choices! 2w
CBee Welllll, according to the spinner thingy, you‘ll have another chance to get to Wolf Hall this month 😂😂🫢🫢 2w
Hooked_on_books @CBee That‘s great news, actually! Maybe I‘ll actually read it this month. 😇 2w
CBee @Hooked_on_books 🤞🏻🤞🏻😊😊 2w
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I have seen Fanon referenced in several recent books I‘ve read, so I was happy to see this pop up at my library. He covers a lot of ground here, but the focus is on how white supremacy and colonialism shapes internalized racism. I absolutely see his influence on discussions of race we are having now, and this published in 1952.

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In the late summer and fall of 2020, fires raged across Northern California, including very near Manjula Martin‘s home. Here she details her experiences of evacuating and wondering when it‘s safe to go home alongside stories of her chronic pain and info about fires and fire suppression. She meanders but always circles back to these central themes. This really worked for me. Loved it.

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This is a beautiful design book coming in September that shows how to design with and feature books. Many of the pictures are drool-worthy. (I especially want to never leave the room on the top left.) But is anyone else disturbed by the fireplace design? They mention it‘s non-working, but I really don‘t like the message.

TrishB Yeah that‘s not good! 2w
Librarybelle Yikes! 2w
squirrelbrain Nope, definitely don‘t like that fireplace. 🤨 2w
Ruthiella Just practically it doesn‘t work. You can‘t see the spines and what if you need a book that is at the bottom? 🤔 2w
CBee Nope to the fireplace 😳😳😳 (edited) 2w
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All Fours | Miranda July
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This was, in a word, dreadful. Most of the book says that sex is the most important thing in life and that women die at menopause, living as shells for the rest of their lives. What the actual fuck? I came so close to bailing (especially when she said she wanted to genuflect at the apparent size of a man‘s dick), but wanted to keep with it just for the #CampLitsy conversation, which I predict will be rollicking good.

TrishB Great review - how can we not find something to talk about. 2w
Sace I‘ll be lurking in that conversation! This is a book I will avoid. Sounds awful. 2w
CarolynM Great review. I think I want to read it even more now, I almost hope it willl make me as angry as it‘s obviously made you! 2w
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Amiable I haven‘t read the book but now I‘m interested in seeing the discussion comments! 2w
squirrelbrain Blimey! Going to start this one soon…. 🤪 2w
Daisey I‘m a little over halfway and feeling similarly although not as strongly. I hope to listen to the rest today so I can be done. 2w
LeahBergen I won‘t be reading it but damn, I love your review! 😆 2w
dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 I don't think I'll even bother with this one now! 😂 2w
Hooked_on_books @CarolynM Hate reading can be fun, so I hope it is for you! 2w
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I was making all sorts of facial expressions while listening. I‘m sure I would have been entertaining to watch! 😆 2w
jlhammar Blech. I bailed very early on (shortly after the part where she takes a naked selfie and wipes her fingers on her shirt after masturbating). I think I made the right decision! 2w
Hooked_on_books @jlhammar You sure did, because it gets worse! Let‘s just say there‘s urine and then a tampon involved and leave it at that. 2w
CarolynM You are 100% right. It‘s dreadful. The woman is insufferable! 2w
CBee I might read it JUST so I can participate in the discussions - best part IMO 😊 BUT it sounds like I‘ll be making lots of facial expressions too - sounds super gross 😳 2w
TrishB I‘m having fun reading the reviews! 50 pages in and she‘s just annoying me. You did well to finish! 13h
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Lydia is somewhat at loose ends, facing an empty nest and an asshole husband, and gets a job running a senior group at the local community center. When word comes down the center may close, the group works to keep it open. This book has an incredible cast of characters and is hilarious and cheeky. I absolutely loved it.

Aims42 So glad you enjoyed it! 😍😍😍 2w
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I know this is a beloved book and, frankly, I‘m perplexed. I found the depiction of the main character to be wildly inconsistent and far younger than his stated age. Also, everything a teen might struggle with was depicted, but not in any detail, almost like a checklist. I do think the afterword/thinly veiled author‘s note is really worthwhile, which saves this from being a pan. #unpopularopinion

BarbaraBB Some books are better left unread 😀 2w
Ruthiella I also read this as an adult and was disappointed. Maybe it‘s best read as a teen or young adult. 2w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2w
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CarolynM For me, this is a rare example of the film being better than the book. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Ruthiella I was thinking that, too. 2w
Hooked_on_books @CarolynM I completely agree! The only other I can think of is The Silence of the Lambs. Great movie, super weird book. 2w
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Service Model | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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This one was a mixed bag for me. The critique of bureaucracy was quite good and the exploration of human psychology works. But it wanted to be much funnier than it was and I got bored at times. Also, the cover makes it look like it takes place in space whereas it‘s all on earth.

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Paradise-1 | David Wellington
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Sasha is sent to a colony planet in a far solar system to “check on” the colony, which she assumes is a punishment for a recent decision. When she and the other crew of her ship arrive, the action starts and doesn‘t let off. I was glued to every page and just loved this, which was great, as I didn‘t have much luck with a previous DW book. I can‘t wait for the next book!

sarahbarnes I see you lost your seat. 😁 3w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3w
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This book follows a young woman in the 1600s as she becomes a pirate. The book moves very slowly in the first third, but the pacing picks up thereafter and has good swashbuckling fun. The messaging is a bit heavy-handed. Overall, this is a fun read with definite evidence of being a first book. And I think the cover is cool.

ChaoticMissAdventures I just finished this also! Agree on the pacing. 3w
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In 2011, Anna Akbari met Ethan online and started falling for him as the chatted online and texted. But gradually she started having suspicions and frustrations when they never met up. So she did some sleuthing, found other women involved with him, and discovered the truth. While I found myself wondering how these women had gotten so drawn in, I found this story fascinating and unputdownable. It was basically a one sitting read.

AmyG Good to read. I just picked this up. 3w
Christine Same re: disbelief that they got so hooked! Settled on it being a different time (emergent tech, catfishing still a newish concept, etc.) and the extraordinary effort put into sustaining the cons. 3w
Megabooks Yeah!! This was a really good one! 3w
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squirrelbrain Ooh, stacking! 3w
Hooked_on_books @Christine I tried to tell myself that about a different time, but the reality is, I tried online dating before the events here and quickly figured out not to spend too much time on the online bit before actually meeting people. And these are smart, successful women! But I‘m trying not to be judgey, since it really was an engrossing story. 3w
Christine Such a good point (esp. given your firsthand experience!), and I tried not to judge, too. I imagine wanting to believe in the possibilities of the meaningful connection/relationship played into it for them, along with who knows what other psychological factors. I also wonder if there's more to “Ethan“'s manipulation skills than what was discussed here. But yes, it was a great read! 3w
kspenmoll My nephew got lured into a woman‘s catfishing scheme when he only 18 & it was a nightmare for him & his parents to extricate him from her net so to speak. He would stop, then get caught up again. He got off all social media, & asked all his friends to unfriend him, etc. He spent time in therapy with an expert in catfishing. He finally let it all go when he moved out of state. Biggest nightmare- 3w
Hooked_on_books @kspenmoll Holy cow, that poor kid! I could easily see that happening at that age. I think so many teens are just trying to fit somewhere and could be so easy to get drawn in. I‘m so glad this stuff didn‘t exist when I was that age. I would not have known better. Few teens would. 3w
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The Coast Road is a quiet, simmering portrait of a small community in Ireland during the lead up to the divorce vote. It focuses on women and their choices, and how those choices are constrained both by the law and society. Gripping.

Crazeedi Sounds interesting 3w
TrishB I loved this and the cover ❤️ 3w
Hooked_on_books @TrishB @squirrelbrain I could stare at that cover all day! 3w
kspenmoll Stacked! 3w
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Fire Exit | Morgan Talty
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Charles grew up on the rez with his mom and Native stepdad but was not longer allowed to live there after 18, as he lacks Native blood. Exiled from his community, he is now caring for his mom as she slips further into dementia and grapples with the concepts of family and blood. Searing and very good.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3w
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I previously read a fascinating book about the 2014 Ebola outbreak from a physician, but this one goes deeper. Farmer starts with that event then goes deeper into the past to show how Sierra Leone and Liberia came to be health care deserts via colonialism. You then comes forward again to show how radically different things could be with just basic supportive care. Terrific and sobering.

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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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On its surface, this is a book about a self-centered English painter mining an Irish island for his own purposes. At deeper depths, it‘s an exploration of colonialism and relations between colonizing nations. I thought it was fascinating.

sarahbarnes Agree. Great review. 3w
squirrelbrain I loved this! ❤️ 3w
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From the title alone, I thought this looked like a fun, cheeky read, but it ended up being a bit of a mixed bag for me. I really liked some of the characters as well as the world it‘s set in, but the humor quickly becomes stale and the main character is so sex obsessed that it got old fast. Also, not nearly as much happens as I would have expected for a book this length.

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This is a completely fascinating, unputdownable book about the age of skyjacking in the US (1960s into early 70s). It keys in on one particular event involving the pictured two. It also shows the infighting and paralysis of congress to make any meaningful changes that might help prevent these events (seriously, it took them 12 years to require screening). Highly recommend!

Leftcoastzen Wow, that sounds super interesting! Seems ridiculous it took so long to come up with screening . Duh . 4w
TheBookHippie Oooo. I remember this being a real fear when I flew as a child. 😵‍💫 3w
Hooked_on_books @Leftcoastzen Completely ridiculous! For me, it put into perspective the congressional indecision/inaction we often see now. It‘s not new! 3w
Hooked_on_books @TheBookHippie I can imagine! I‘m kind of surprised anyone ever got on a plane! The funniest bit was when they started screening in NY and an employer of the one airline complained to the FAA about loss of revenue on their NYC to Miami flight because all the mafia guys started driving instead. 😂 3w
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books gotta love the mob! They use to explain what to do if we were hijacked 😵‍💫 I remember that! As for screening it was pretty lax even then IMO. 3w
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A Climate of Fear | Fred Vargas
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A woman has apparently died by suicide, though the police commisaire suspects murder. Then a man connected to her also dies by suicide or murder, setting off a story with connections to Iceland and Robespierre. This is a slow to develop mystery that leans into the cerebral. A low pick for me; my mom wasn‘t a fan.

Crazeedi It sounds interesting , but I get that 'sounds' doesn't always translate to 'good' 4w
Librarybelle I had a former library staff member who read from this series and liked what she had read. I have a few on my shelf based on her recommendation. I‘m really curious now how I will feel about the series! 4w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4w
rwmg @Librarybelle This was the penultimate one in the series. TBH, I thought the earlier ones were better. 3w
Librarybelle Good to know, @rwmg . Thank you! 3w
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For a minute there, I thought Goodreads was glitching. Then I realized, no, that seems right.

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Aimeesue 🤣🤣🤣 4w
BarbaraBB 😂😂 4w
vivastory GOALS 😂 (edited) 4w
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TheSpineView 🤪🤣🤑 4w
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Ruthiella 😂😂😂 4w
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Disgrace | J. M. Coetzee
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Walking embodiment of the patriarchy Prof David Lurie creates a situation for which he will pay dearly if not learn. His disgrace sends him to his daughter‘s place in the country where we get to see his racism, too. At once an exploration of attitudes that need to disappear and post-apartheid South Africa, this book is brilliant. Glad I finally read it.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4w
dabbe I also have to say your pup is the epitome of ZEN. You could create a blog with just these poses rolling ... the most perfect thing ever. 🖤🐾🖤 4w
Hooked_on_books @dabbe Isn‘t she a hoot? 😂 I call it dog yoga when she does this. She is a constant source of entertainment. I‘m glad I get to share her silliness on here. 4w
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This book about the capabilities of plants is absolutely fascinating. I‘m glad to see the western attitude toward our natural world starting to change, with books like this one, Ed Yong‘s An Immense World and Hope Jahren‘s Lab Girl. Imagine how much we can learn about the life around us just by opening our minds. Fittingly, I was listening to this one while harvesting flowers. Thanks @Soubhiville for putting this on my radar!

Soubhiville I‘m so glad you liked it and I can‘t wait to start reading it. 😃 4w
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Loop Tracks | Sue Orr
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Abortion is illegal in New Zealand and clearly sex ed isn‘t the best, as 16 year old Charlie sits on a plane waiting to go to Australia for her abortion. But the plane is long delayed and her choices, which she doesn‘t truly understand, reverberate. Parts of this book were great, but it delved into COVID in a way that felt got it off track from the otherwise tight narrative. Ultimately, I found it uneven.

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Flight Behavior | Barbara Kingsolver
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Set in rural Appalachia, this book follows a woman who feels painted into a corner as she then encounters something completely unexpected. As this event takes hold of her and her small town, she experiences a coming of age as her world opens up. I‘m glad #ReadYourEbooks helped me finally get to this one. If you‘re looking for realistic (rather than dystopian) cli-fi, this is a good choice.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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Disturbing the Dead | Kelley Armstrong
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The third book so far in the Rip Through Time series finds a mummy that isn‘t, launching the hunt for a murderer. This is my favorite of the series so far, in part for a particular choice by the author that I really liked but won‘t spoil. I look forward to reading more of these.

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This is a deeply sobering book about the conditions of cobalt miners in DRC. And we are all contributing to this human rights nightmare by having devices and vehicles with rechargeable batteries, of which cobalt is a vital component. I hope more and more visibility is brought to this issue so that enough pressure can be brought to create change. Thank you for putting this on my radar, @Soubhiville .

Soubhiville Sobering is exactly the right word. I wish every rechargeable battery bought came with a summary of this book, I don‘t think most people know about this issue. 1mo
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I like the nonfiction I‘ve read from Ann Patchett thus far, and this one is no different. Despite the title, it‘s not a book about marriage but a collection of her writings on a bunch of topics in short and medium length essays. I particularly liked the ones about bookstores and dogs (of course).

vivastory The Parnassus channel is def a favorite 1mo
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Perma Red | Debra Magpie Earling
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I wanted to love this look at a Native woman‘s life, but I just got a little lost in places. I‘m not entirely sure why, and it may have been entirely me, not the book. I do think this would be a good one to try for those who struggled with The Lost Journals of Sacajawea. The writing style here is much more accessible.