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RachelS89

RachelS89

Joined September 2016

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Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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A delightfully macabre story in the same vein as The Addams Family. A fun, easy read with some poignant moments.

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Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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Mehso-so

This book was ok. Personally I'm not a fan of Bradbury's writing style, but the story was fun and spooky.

I saw this tree at Jack's Pumpkin Glow festival in Philly this weekend, and it reminded me of the tree in the book 🎃

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📕 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
📼 Legends of the Fall
🎶 Autumn in New York

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JoScho Thanks for playing 🍁🧡🍁 2mo
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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales | Michael Cunningham
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Mehso-so

This book just wasn't for me.
It's too bitter and cynical for my taste, and the author seems to have a very dim view of marriage and relationships. It's kind of like reading the literary equivalent of an Alanis Morrissete album.

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Mehso-so

At the beginning of this novel, we are introduced to 3 members of the Blackwood family: 18-year-old Merricat, her agoraphobic sister Constance, and elderly Uncle Julian. They are the only survivors of a poisoning that killed the rest of the family 6 years earlier.
It's atmospheric, but disturbing stories with unreliable narrators aren't really my cup of tea. It was under 200 pages, but it still seemed longer than it needed to be.

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After Dark | Haruki Murakami
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- After Dark
- Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
- Dream a Little Dream Of Me

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💙 3mo
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Sourcery | Terry Pratchett
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Mehso-so

I feel like Pratchett took a hodgepodge of ideas and scenes from his previous 4 books and smooshed them together to make this book. It's not bad but it doesn't really bring anything new to the series. But even if it's not Pratchett's best it was still amusing and I liked the characters.

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I'm trying to decide which non-fiction book to read next. Do I want to read about rabies, mummies, a saint, Danish burial mounds, or Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition? 🤔
Has anyone read any of these?

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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This book was sooo good. I loved the dreamlike atmosphere and the unique characters. Pick this up if you like magical realism or historical fiction.

The photo is of Henry Taunt, a Victorian photographer that inspired one of the characters.

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The Cat who Could Read Backwards | Lilian Jackson Braun
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A cute cozy mystery about a newspaper reporter, a Siamese cat, and an art critic.
The ending was a little disappointing but I enjoyed the book overall.

rretzler The first 3 books of this series were very good IMO, the next 13 or so were decent, and then it all fell apart on the final 16. The last few were so bad! I think the author just got so old that what she wrote didn‘t even make sense but because she was such a bestseller at the time, no one had the heart to edit much. 🤷🏼‍♀️ It‘s too bad because it was a fun little series when the books were decent! 4mo
RachelS89 @rretzler Aww, that's too bad. I hate it when a good series goes bad. Well, at least I have 15 or so books to look forward to 😊 4mo
rretzler If you‘re like me, you may end up reading them all anyway. I get so invested in the characters that i just keep reading away. There were some pretty good mysteries in the first half to enjoy! 4mo
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Shiloh | Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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1. Shiloh
2. The Little Rascals
3. Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine
🐕🐩🐕🐩🐕
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This is a retelling of The Iliad from the point of view of Briseis, a former queen and the war prize of Achilles.
A beautifully written but very depressing book.

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Cyrano de Bergerac | Edmond Rostand
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RealLifeReading Nice Rs! 6mo
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One Word Kill | Mark Lawrence
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Mehso-so

Basically The Terminator but with angsty teenagers instead of killer robots.

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My to-read shelf is getting a little crowded

DannyHattan I reckon you can get a few more in there 😂😂 6mo
RachelS89 @DannyHattan or I could just start filling another shelf 😄 6mo
DannyHattan ☝🏻☝🏻☝🏻😂😂😂👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 6mo
MrBook 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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This is 4th Discworld novel, but it can be read as a standalone book. Death hires a teenaged apprentice and then decides to take some time off.
It's fast-paced and, at times, poignant. What it lacks in character development it makes up for with madcap humor.

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The Black Swan | Raphael Sabatini
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The latest book from my #Bookishly subscription.
Isn't the cover great? 😆

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Cannery Row | John Steinbeck
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Well written, charming, insightful, poignant. Can't go wrong with Steinbeck.

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Cannery Row | John Steinbeck
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I'm heading to Monterey next week so I'm brushing up on my Steinbeck.

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The Rose Garden | Susanna Kearsley
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A very sweet story. If you like historical fiction or time travel romance then this is a great read. It starts pretty slow, and the ending felt a little abrupt, but overall it was very enjoyable.
#timetravel #historicalfiction

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Milady | Laura L. Sullivan
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Well-written and hard to put down.
If you like well-researched historical fiction with strong feminist undertones, then you will probably enjoy this book.
Personally I found it difficult to sympathize with the main character - she did a lot of questionable things and made a lot of bad choices - but this was a fun read nonetheless.

I received this advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
#thethreemusketeers #ARC #historicalfiction

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The other day I asked my grandfather to recommend me a book.
He gave me this stack and said "When you're done with these, I have some more to give you." He apparently has more confidence in my reading speed than I do.
So I guess I'll be reading L'amour for the foreseeable future.
Just finished Fair Blows the Wind...now I guess I'll start on Sackett's Land.

rretzler That is very cool!😎 7mo
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Mehso-so

This was an enjoyable story, despite the fact that the heroine was a wishy-washy doormat and the hero was a shameless womanizer.
I can't say that I liked the ending very much.

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Pet Sematary | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

Imagine a cross between The Monkey's Paw and Frankenstein, but with beer, sex, and a zombie cat. That will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is like.

The first 400 pages or so were more depressing than scary. The fear factor doesn't really pick up until about the 80% mark.

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Milady | Laura L. Sullivan
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Just received this advance copy of Milady by Laura Sullivan. It's a retelling of The Three Musketeers from the point of view of Milady de Winter. I can't wait to start reading it!

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This week's #bookhaul ♥️📖♥️

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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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Crocodile On the Sandbank is a parody of Victorian adventure novels. The mystery element was more in the tradition of Scooby-Doo than Agatha Christie. The most enjoyable part of the novel was the constant bickering between Amelia and Emerson, the cantankerous archaeologist.
Peters managed to balance the views of her characters well; they are not unrealistically modern, but they are also not so old-fashioned that they are offensive.

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Theft of Swords | Michael J. Sullivan
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The Good:
Likeable characters, detailed world building, lots of swashbuckling action, appropriate for any age group or audience

The Bad:
Underdeveloped characters (especially the female characters), too much exposition, a lot of tropes, longer than it needed to be

Not the best fantasy novel I've read, but overall it was very enjoyable. I've already bought the next book in the series and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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Mysterious Affair at Styles | Agatha Christie
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My first Agatha Christie book! I started it last night and I couldn't put it down. I've admittedly never really liked Hercule Poirot on the screen; the book-version of Poirot is much more likeable. I'm glad there are 32 more Poirot books; I'm looking forward to reading more 😀

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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir | Frank McCourt
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I'm hoping this will get me in the spirit for Saint Patrick's Day.
This was one of my grandmother's favorite books. 🍀🇮🇪🍀

rather_be_reading very good. very sad. 9mo
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Cadfael, a middle-aged monk and former crusader, is an interesting and likeable character. He has just the right balance of scepticism and faith, as well as a healthy curiosity and a taste for mischief.
At just under 200 pages, this book was long enough to keep me interested, but not so long that it felt like a chore to finish. The outcome of the mystery was predictable, but there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested along the way.

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Theft of Swords | Michael J. Sullivan
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I'm about halfway through Book II of the Riyria Revelations. It started a little slow but it's getting better.

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The Blade Itself | Joe Abercrombie
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Abercrombie has a talent for writing complex, morally ambiguous characters. The world building is subtle, and the tone is dark and gritty, but in a good way. I liked most of the characters, with the exception of Jezal and the two main female characters, Ferro and Ardee. Jezal is a jerk, and both Ferro and Ardee are one-dimensional. Otherwise, though, I really enjoyed this book.

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My weird new hobby: historical cooking.
Recipes from ancient Greece and Rome, and Medieval and Renaissance England.

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Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
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Imaginative, clever, and original. The ending was out of left field, but what else should I expect from Moore? I haven't seen the movie yet, but I hope it lives up to it's source material.

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Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
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This may be the wordiest graphic novel ever.

Oblomov26 From Hell would challenge for the title 3y
RachelS89 @Oblomov26 good point! I'll revise my statement: Alan Moore is the wordiest graphic novelist 3y
Oblomov26 Can't argue with that 😉 3y
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Lost Horizon: A Novel | James Hilton
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Lost Horizon reminds me of the classic adventure novels by Kipling and Verne.
The story starts with the hijacking of a plane which is carrying 4 passengers. When the plane finally lands, the 4 strangers find themselves in a remote lamasery called Shangri La.
Shangri La is depicted as a perfect paradise...but there's a catch. The main character, Conway, is entranced by the beauty of Shangri La, but his friend Mallinson isn't as impressed.

ZenStateOfMind i just finished this book and i don't understand why Conway left shang ri la? i must say it was a surprising ending as he didnt age, neither did he intend to shy away from responsibilities given by high lama. i googled my questions but to lead no success. i was hoping if readers here could help 2y
RachelS89 Oops, I haven't checked my account in a while so I just saw this comment. Sorry. If you're still interested in my opinion, I think it was because his friend managed to make him doubt that the High Lama was telling the truth. That tiny bit of doubt made him second guess everything he had experienced in Shangri la. In other words, if you feel like something is true or right, follow your gut instinct. @ZenStateOfMind 2y
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The Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Ptzsch, Lee Chadeayne
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The setting is unique, even if the plot isn't; it's not everyday that I read a murder mystery set in 16th century Germany.
The first chapter hooked me, but I had to slog through the middle. It picks up again towards the end, though. The story could have been told more economically; the book could have easily been reduced down to 300 pages without losing much substance. The characters could have used more development, too.

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Treasure island | Robert Louise Stevenson
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It was a strange experience reading the original book after seeing so many Hollywood adaptations and derivative stories. Even though I know the basic plot like the back of my hand, this book still managed to surprise me. The writing is a bit old fashioned, but it's a quick, easy read.

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Pros: Beautiful writing, compelling plot. The characters are believable and I could sympathize with almost all of them.

Cons: Too many flashbacks and unanswered questions. Annoyingly ambiguous ending.

It borrows a lot from it's dystopian predecessors, but it's a unique and readable story in its own right.

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Just discovered the #Libby app... So far, so good 👍

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The Man who Would be King | Rudyard Kipling
Mehso-so

This story was written for Victorian men, so there were a lot of inside jokes and references to freemasonry that were over my head. It was enjoyable and short, but very dated. I honestly preferred the movie.

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Revised) | Richard Bach, Russell Munson
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Short and sweet (about a third of the pages were photos so it's even shorter than it looks). I read this as a kid, but I enjoyed reading it again as an adult. It's message is still relevant. Who knew that a 120 page book about seagulls could be so deep? The recently added Part 4 changes the tone and meaning, though; it ends on kind of a depressing note.

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Silence | Shusaku Endo
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This book has been on my to-read list for a while. I finally bought it so that I can read it before the movie comes out.

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Utopia | Saint Sir Thomas More
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When you read this book you really have to think about the time period in which it was written. Some of More's ideas which were revolutionary in the 1500's would now be considered outdated. Readers also need to keep in mind that this book was somewhat satirical - it's likely that not all of his suggestions are serious. Even if you don't agree with More's ideas, it's an interesting and thought-provoking read.

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Stranger in a Strange Land | Robert A. Heinlein
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I love reading sci-fi from the 50's and 60's. It's fun to read their predictions about the future. Sometimes they were spot-on; other times, not so much.

geodynamical I've just started and I'm perturbed by all the pet names that Ben has for Jill. My how times have changed. 3y
geodynamical I'm on chapter 8. Where are you? 3y
RachelS89 @geodynamical haha, yeah, there are moments when some of the characters seem a bit sexist. That being said, I'm having a hard time putting the book down. I'm on chapter 16. 3y
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Literary scented wax tarts from #Frostbeard Studio... because why not 😉

BeththeBookDragon I love Frostbeard candles!! 3y
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Henry and Rachel | Laurel Saville
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The writing was beautiful, but annoyingly repetitive. If Saville had cut out 100 pages or so the book would have been better. As for the characters, the only ones I liked were Henry and Vea. Everyone else was cold and mean.

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This one has been on my reading list for a long time...

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"In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them."

- Unknown (commonly attributed to Mark Twain)