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readordierachel

Joined September 2016

she/her ⚡ so many books, never enough time
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Frankissstein: A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson
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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
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If They Come For Us | Fatimah Asghar
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Loved this collection of poems. Some of the experimental forms worked better than others, but overall this was outstanding. Moving, vibrant, confident. Will definitely revisit.

ReadingRachael I enjoyed this collection too 4d
charl08 I love this cover. Really striking. 4d
Cathythoughts Great cover 👍🏻❤️ 4d
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erzascarletbookgasm Love the cover! 4d
readordierachel @ReadingRachael It's a good one. I hope she puts out more. 3d
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Really cute 🥰

charl08 Loved this! 7d
readordierachel @charl08 Me too! Rowell and Hicks make a good team. 6d
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I blew through this. West is sincere, very funny, and very very smart. I appreciate her analysis and her voice. This book didn't have the same emotional impact on me as Shrill, but it's quite good and I hope it will be read and digested by many people.

Lindy 👍I‘m looking forward to this. 1w
readordierachel @Lindy I hope you like it as much as I did! 1w
JoyBlue This is coming up soon on my Overdrive holds list, I think. Looking forward to it! 1w
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sudi I bought this on kindle recently, i'm going to move it up on my list after reading your review 😊 1w
readordierachel @JoyBlue Awesome! Hope you enjoy it! 1w
readordierachel @sudi Yay! Look forward to your thoughts on it! 1w
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The Wolf Border | Sarah Hall
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This novel covers a lot of different ground in a quiet and contemplative way. It was oddly soothing, even when stressful things were happening in the story. Loved the writing, and the audio narration was superb.

RachelO I agree. She‘s hopped onto my ‘authors I need to read more of‘ list 2w
Cathythoughts I have this one .... must read soon 👍🏻❤️ 2w
readordierachel @RachelO I am looking forward to discovering more of her work! 2w
readordierachel @Cathythoughts It was quite good. And I'm very excited now to read Madame Zero, which you so generously sent me ❤🤗 1w
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Yay, my library hold just came in!

ephemeralwaltz Enjoy😍 2w
readordierachel @ephemeralwaltz After reading your review I am looking forward to it even more! 2w
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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There's no denying that Capote can write. I was continually struck by his language, his skillful pacing, & his characterizations of even the minor players. But the horror & bleakness of the events sometimes overwhelmed me. Perhaps that's why I don't typically read true crime. Also, I was constantly wondering about the liberties Capote took to craft this "nonfiction novel." ?

readordierachel ...What's true? Am I being manipulated? What are the ethics of mining a tragedy in this way? In the end, it was worth reading & I might seek out more information about his writing/research process, but I might be done with true crime in this vein. Thanks for the readalong! @merelybookish @batsy @Daisey @Texreader #readcoldblood 2w
Addison_Reads I felt similar to you once I finished this one. I read it for the first time last year and at times I had to stop and go watch cartoons to clear my head. 😉 It is a well crafted book though. 2w
merelybookish Great description of what it's like to read this book! We all seem to have arrived in similar places with it! Perhaps none of us read much true crime! 2w
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8little_paws Yeah I really struggled with this book and I understand that it's genre breaking for its time--however the genre's been nuanced and perfected since then. There was too much blending of fiction and reality here for this 2019 reader. 2w
Daisey After the additional reading I did, the blending of fact and fiction is definitely my biggest difficulty with this book. Where is the line between fiction and nonfiction? Most of it is fact, but there are clear examples of invention and fictionalization. This led to a greater feeling of manipulation. 2w
readordierachel @Addison_Reads I hear you. I've watched a lot of Steven Universe the last few weeks so cleanse my palate. 🙃 2w
readordierachel @merelybookish I wonder if true crime officianados feel differently 🤔 2w
readordierachel @8little_paws Yes, that blending was too much for me, too. Keep my peanut butter and chocolate separate, please. (Not really, but you get it 😉) 2w
readordierachel @Daisey Makes sense. You know, for some reason I don't mind being manipulated as much if it's total fabrication (ie, fiction). But in a "true" account it's annoying. I feel like this book has endured partly because of all these questions surrounding it. 2w
batsy Nice review! "Am I being manipulated?" was a key question for me, as well. All art involves some form of manipulation, for lack of a better word, but with a true account the stakes are raised. And when it involves crime, then I start thinking about a writer's responsibility. Glad I read it with you guys and that we can have this discussion :) 2w
Reggie It‘s funny how much I like horror but one time I tried to read Helter Skelter about the Manson murders and I just couldn‘t do it. I started having nightmares where he was trying to murder me and my brother. So I understand this. Great review! 2w
readordierachel @batsy So true. And I don't necessarily mind being manipulated, if it's done well and is fiction. You're exactly right about the raised stakes of something true. This has been a really thought-provoking read. I'm glad we read it too 🙂 2w
readordierachel @Reggie Yikes!! And I know what you mean! I kept thinking about Laws of the Skies, actually. Parts of that were so incredibly gruesome, and although I didn't delight in that or anything, I was pretty unfazed (don't know what that says about me but there you have it). But this I just couldn't stomach. 2w
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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Squeezing in a few pages before my gym class starts. Hoping to finish this up today.
I'll be honest, good as this book is, I'll be happy to move on to something else.

Librariana I would imagine the subject matter would wear on me mentally, too based on the little I know about the title. Your brain probably needs a break! Hope your next read is cozy and lovely 😊 2w
Qpri I felt the same way through the second half of this book! 🙌 2w
readordierachel @Librariana yes, exactly! Thanks 😊 2w
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readordierachel @Qpri It's just so sad, isn't it? 2w
Qpri @readordierachel 100% agree! I couldn‘t wait to get out of the misery 2w
JSW That book killed true crime for me. Which, TBH, I was ok with. It was so dark, so ugly, so hopeless. Stay strong!! 2w
batsy That's how I felt towards the end, as well. It's a lot to process plus the book itself was kind of winding down for me (could have been shorter, imo 😬) 2w
readordierachel @JSW Only 20 pages to go! Yes, it's so ugly and hopeles. I'm not a big true crime person in general, because I find it too upsetting. I think this might be my last, too...about violent crime for sure. 2w
readordierachel @batsy I'm with you. It treads the same horrific ground over and over. 2w
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The City Born Great | N.K. Jemisin
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We moved house this week, so I've gotten very little reading done of late. But I did manage to snag this from the comic store 😍 I didn't even know it was a thing!

In true Jemisin form, you are dropped into a fascinating new world and have to pick up the rhythms as you go along. I can't wait for the rest of the story to unfold.

This is the first issue, so it's not in the database yet. Tagging one of her short stories.

Addison_Reads I hadn't heard of this, but now I must have it. ☺ 3w
readordierachel @Addison_Reads You won't be sorry! 3w
Reggie Moving sucks!!! 3w
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readordierachel @Reggie It's the WORST. So glad it's over. Now to unpack everything... 3w
vivastory I almost moved this year, but renewed my lease until next October. Are you still in the Pacific Northwest? 3w
readordierachel @vivastory Yep, still in Portland. Only 15 minutes away from where we were living before, so it wasn't so bad in the grand scheme. But we're still living with my folks and they had so much shit that needed to be sorted and packed. So many Goodwill trips, lol. Do you like where you're at or will you be looking to move next year? 3w
vivastory I'm planning on staying in KC for at least a few more years, might move somewhere warmer afterwards. If I move next October it'll only be 15-20 minutes away. 3w
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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"...stoked a longing to realize an adventure his imagination swiftly and over and over enabled him to experience: the dream of drifting downward through strange waters, of plunging toward a green sea-dusk, sliding past the scaly, savage-eyed protectors of a ship's hulk that loomed ahead, a Spanish galleon---a drowned cargo of diamonds and pearls, heaping caskets of gold."

Yeah, I guess this Capote guy can write ?
#readcoldblood

merelybookish Yeah, the writing is pretty amazing. It reads like a novel, which raises some interesting questions! And @Daisey @kspenmoll and @Cathythoughts all expressed interest in joining. But not sure... 1mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Indeed it does. The dialogue in particular, I think. 1mo
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merelybookish @readordierachel blurs what it means to give a "true account." Not that I'm complaining! It's so good. And I'm okay with getting creative with nonfiction. Still, it makes me wonder about his process. 1mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I'm not mad at it either. It makes for great reading, but yeah, it makes me so curious. How much is imagined? Next we need a book about the writing of this book 😆 1mo
merelybookish @readordierachel or maybe an article 😉 1mo
Texreader Yes I‘ve started but I haven‘t gotten very far. I keep hearing so many great things about it but I keep getting pulled away with chores. 1mo
batsy FOMO is real 😅 I need to start this soon! 1mo
LeahBergen This is the book that made me a Capote fan. 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant piece you‘ve quoted! Yes he sure can write. I‘m hoping to join you in the read 🤞🏻we need more reading time ❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived 🖤🖤 this book. 1mo
Daisey I downloaded both the ebook and audio yesterday and hope to start in the next day or so. Audio is probably all that will fit in my schedule. 1mo
readordierachel @Texreader @Daisey Life is getting in the way for me too this week, and I haven't been able to read much more of it. Luckily this a low-key buddy read. We'll finish when we finish 🙂 4w
batsy @readordierachel @merelybookish I'm with you guys on wanting to know more about the process! As a reader, the writing is so amazing and the narrative so propulsive, there's an odd pleasure there, like reading a crime novel. But on another level I want to know how much was imagined in portraying how the characters/people think and what went on in their minds in terms of their hopes and dreams. I realise it's a question that can't quite be answered. 4w
merelybookish @batsy So many times I pause and think "Wait, how could he know that?! Especially when he was describing (creatinging) the inner lives of the Clutter family members. I'm in the last section now and it's clearly shaped by the time he spent getting to know Perry Smith. 4w
readordierachel @batsy @merelybookish I'm having those pauses as well. I find it a little jarring, even as it makes the reading experience more fluid. What are the ethics of manufacturing some of the family's last moments, thoughts, conversations? I suppose he did his homework and is trying to give them dimension beyond "victims." 4w
batsy @readordierachel @merelybookish Yes, I'm also going to assume that he was scrupulous with his research... If you guys know of any good reads (articles or books) or anything related to the making of this book, please feel free to share! 4w
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"Everyone's always going through something, aren't they? That's life, basically. It's just more and more things to go through."

I went into this knowing it would be good, but with the assumption that it couldn't possibly be as good as Normal People. Yeah, well, I was wrong. Rooney tapped right into my heart again. ??

readordierachel ... I feel like I know these people. I saw a bit of myself in Frances, in her insecurities and misguided self-protection. And Bobbi reminded me so much of a dear friend of mine it was uncanny at times. I loved this and I am very sad that I am out of Sally Rooney books to read. 1mo
vivastory Okay, I just googled Rooney's age...holy shit, wunderkind much?!! 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory Right?? Between her and Oyeyemi (first book at 19!!!) I'm questioning all my life choices. Both geniuses. 1mo
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saresmoore Questioning my life choices is exactly my reaction, too. Clearly I‘ve failed at life already. 😅 1mo
vivastory @readordierachel @saresmoore I like to think of myself as more of a Penelope Fitzgerald 😂 1mo
merelybookish Oh, I want to read this! And glad to hear it's as good as NP. But I don't want to be out of Sally Rooney books! It's a struggle. (And add Zadie Smith to your list of annoying #earlybloomers. 🙂) 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory Exactly Penelope Fitzgerald - the house boat 😆 1mo
batsy @merelybookish I don't want to run out of Sally Rooney books, too! 1mo
batsy Tell me all the stories about the #latebloomers and let us never speak of #earlybloomers again 😂 Lovely review, Rachel! 1mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Yes, can't forget Zadie! 😆 That reminds me I must check where I'm at in the hold list for her latest. 1mo
readordierachel @batsy Never again 😂😂 1mo
Centique @vivastory I love this “think of myself as a Penelope Fitzgerald” 🙌🙌 You cracked me up! Plus I just started reading a Penelope Fitzgerald today. @batsy @saresmoore @readordierachel We‘re not late bloomers, we‘re graceful, thoughtful #Penelopes 1mo
readordierachel @Centique I like the way you think. #Penelopes 😁💕 1mo
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"Outside the kitchen window the leaves dripped rain like squares of watered silk."

I'm gonna be really sad when I'm out of Sally Rooney to read.

batsy Yup! I haven't read this one yet but I loved Normal People and it also kind of lowkey wrecked me, so I'm "saving" this... ? 1mo
BarbaraBB Loved this one so much! 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes I loved them both ... I hope she is busy writing a new one 1mo
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Reggie The last sentence in this one always riles me up!!! 1mo
readordierachel @batsy I know what you mean 😭 I just finished this one and I didn't think it was possible, but she gutted me again. She's so good. You're in for another good read when you're emotionally ready 🙂 1mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB just finished and I did too!! 1mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Me too. I want to send her a letter and ask her to hurry up, please 🙂 1mo
readordierachel @Reggie I didn't see that coming! But at the same time, it makes sense. People are messy and do messy things. I really loved this. 1mo
Reggie The heart wants what the heart wants!!!!! Lol. 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Can you #guesswhat this iconic cover is from this extreme close up? (Be sure to use a spoiler tag)

Great idea @BarbaraBB 😁

quirkyreader Crime and Punishment 1mo
ljuliel I‘m not good at these. I haven‘t guessed any of them ! 1mo
saresmoore Heck yes! Love this gory cover of C&P. 1mo
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readordierachel @ljuliel Some of them have been hard! I've only gotten a couple. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I knew @vivastory and @saresmoore would recognize this, too 😂 1mo
Liz_M Crime and Punishment? 1mo
readordierachel @Liz_M Yup! You got it. 1mo
GingerAntics Crime and Punishment, isn‘t it? (edited) 1mo
GingerAntics That is the creepiest cover! 1mo
readordierachel @GingerAntics especially in close up 😮 1mo
Cinfhen Nope!!! Great image. Well played 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @ValerieAndBooks I bet you @batsy would never ever not recognise this cover! 😄 #littleraskols 1mo
batsy Nice one! Our good friend Dosty! 1mo
batsy Yup @vivastory 😆🙌🏽 1mo
BarbaraBB I recognize if from the buddyread some of you posted about not too long ago! I still must read this book myself: 1mo
youneverarrived Crime and Punishment? 1mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB @youneverarrived Yep I knew this one would be kinda easy for this crowd 😉 1mo
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Ok, maybe I'm being too nitpicky here. I just started this book and the top margins are so much smaller than the bottom margins. It looks so odd to me! Is this a mistake or is this intentional? Would this bother you or am I being ridiculous? People who've read this book in paperback: did your copy look like this?

vivastory That always bugs me. 1mo
Megabooks I have the hardcover and no. 1mo
GingerAntics To that extreme, it is odd. I‘ve had books that were slightly different because of page numbers, but that is off putting. 1mo
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Tanisha_A It does look weird. 🙄 I have it on Kindle, but i think i saw one in a bookstore, and no, it wasn't like that. 1mo
batsy Oh! That would bother me too! 😣 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks That would annoy me too, especially the top margin. 1mo
Redwritinghood Weird! That would bug me too. 1mo
MeganAnn That would drive me crazy also! Maybe your copy was cut wrong? 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory @Megabooks @GingerAntics @Tanisha_A @batsy @CoffeeCatsBooks @Redwritinghood Phew. Ok, I'm glad it's not just me! I was worried I was being too precious about it 😅 1mo
readordierachel @MeganAnn I had the same thought! 1mo
GingerAntics Oh no, it‘s weird. It‘s even a little distracting. Don‘t make the author work harder for readers‘ attention people!!! 1mo
readordierachel @GingerAntics it is! I keep noticing it. 1mo
GingerAntics I want to shift the WHOLE thing (numbers and all) down. 1mo
Centique I think it‘s weird too. I used to work with graphic designers and had to manage proportions of white space around logos etc so this would bug me like mad! 😂🧐 1mo
readordierachel @Centique Yes! My mom is a graphic designer and always goes on about white space, haha. I'm thinking @MeganAnn is right and it was cut wrong. It's a library copy, so maybe the publisher was like "here, you take the janky one 1mo
MeganAnn @readordierachel @Centique I‘m a graphic designer and I‘m always going on about white space too 😂 I used to work at a print shop and sometimes the paper would shift while printing or cutting and they would have to redo a section that was cut wrong. I imagine that happens less at a big publisher, but it‘s still possible. Drives me nuts if I I have to read it though! 1mo
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I am superduper late to the party, but I had to give it some thought. Surprisingly hard to narrow it down. These books are all high on my tbr, and the me that I am right now would pick them for #myidealbookclub

Thanks for the tag @Addison_Reads 😊📚

Bookzombie Great choices! I have a number of these on my TBR too. 1mo
merelybookish I'd join! 😀 1mo
Megabooks Nice!! 1mo
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Addison_Reads Awesome picks! I've only read a couple of these. I'd definitely join your bookclub too. 😁 1mo
Cinfhen Cool picks 1mo
Chrissyreadit Those look like great choices. 1mo
mrp27 Great picks! 1mo
batsy Wow! Hope it's not too late to join! I'll bring the cheese 😁 1mo
readordierachel @batsy There's always room for you! And cheese 🧀😁💕 1mo
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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Yes, yes, yes. I loved this. I didn't always have my bearings, a bit like standing on the deck of a ship, something always shifting beneath my feet. Don't expect clear answers or a tidy resolution. Do expect eeriness and atmosphere, unsettling imagery and intriguing characters, and a commentary on racism and xenophobia skillfully woven through it all. 5 ⭐ (Now I'm off to read everything else Oyeyemi has written 👋🏼)

readordierachel Thanks @billypar for selling this to me with your review a couple weeks back! 1mo
monalyisha Everything I‘ve ever read by Oyeyemi has given me that unmoored feeling. Bravo for feeling comfortable with it (I‘m still working on it)! 1mo
LauraJ I feel like I‘m under a spell when I read her books. 🖤 1mo
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readordierachel @monalyisha "unmoored" is a perfect word! Fortunately, I really enjoy that feeling. Drop me in the ocean and let me dog paddle in the general direction of the shore and I'm happy ? 1mo
readordierachel @LauraJ Lovely way to describe it 🧡 Do you have a favorite of hers? 1mo
monalyisha @readordierachel I definitely enjoy a degree of ambiguity, but she‘s like, NEXT LEVEL. 😅 1mo
LauraJ @readordierachel probably the first book I read by her 1mo
Aimeesue ❤️❤️❤️OYEYEMI!!!❤️❤️❤️ I loooooooove her stuff. (edited) 1mo
readordierachel @Aimeesue Can't wait to read more of her work 🧡 1mo
Tanisha_A Super review! Stacked! 👏 1mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A I hope you like it as much as I did! 1mo
Billypar Glad you liked it! She's my top author discovery of the year. I'm thrilled that she's already written so many and, even though nothing is certain, she may write so many more based on how young she is. 1mo
readordierachel @Billypar Yes, it's so nice when that happens! I can't believe she was just 19 when she published her first novel. Hope she does indeed write many more 🤞🏼 1mo
Reggie Holy wow, what a great review!! I‘ve seen it around but always wondered. 1mo
readordierachel @Reggie Thanks, Reggie! It was one of those books that just really clicked for me. I hope her other ones do too. 1mo
Centique I love your description of “shifting beneath my feet” Beautiful review! 1mo
readordierachel @Centique Thank you! 😊 1mo
rohit-sawant Terrific review! 1mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks! 😊 1mo
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These stories aren't scary in a traditional sense, nothing much happens to be honest, and certainly nothing overtly supernatural---although who is this James Harris character exactly? And yet. The stories start benignly enough, but there is menace lurking under the surface. People...turn, to varying degrees. Jackson gives you an inkling of what human beings are capable of, and isn't that the real terror?

Tanisha_A I have never read SJ 🤐! This sounds so good. Super review. 1mo
Palimpsest Great review 😊 1mo
CarolynM Excellent review. 1mo
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readordierachel Thanks! It was my first time reading her. I recommend! 1mo
readordierachel @Palimpsest Thanks! 🤗 1mo
readordierachel @CarolynM Thank you 😊 1mo
monalyisha Ugh. I love her so much. I also love your observation that her characters “turn” & how scary that inconstancy & surprise can be. And your comment that “nothing much happens.” 😅 These types of stories tend to be my favorite & also tend to be hard sells unless you find a like-minded word nerd. 😉 Thank God for Litsy, amiright?! 1mo
readordierachel @monalyisha TGFL 😁 This was my first foray into her work. I was familiar with The Lottery (like most) but I had no idea she was gently subversive! 1mo
vivastory James Harris is one of my favorite characters I've met this year, & also one of the most unusual. With his metamorphosis from story to story...He's kind of like the devil on the shoulder, he doesn't seem to make any of the characters do something they're incapable of. I also found it interesting that he's absent from the title story. Almost like Jackson was saying the evil that humans do in the absence of temptation is far worse than with it. 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory That's a great description, the devil on the shoulder. There is a later story about a woman with a toothache riding the bus into NY to see the dentist and Harris rides with her and sort of takes care of her almost? It was almost like he was waiting for her. For what, I don't know. So interesting. I like your interpretation of leaving him out of The Lottery. All the evil seemed to culminate there. His work come to fruition? 1mo
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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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#libraryhaul because I just couldn't help myself

vivastory The tagged book is 👌 1mo
Christine Nor should you! ❤️ 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory Oh good! I'm looking forward to it. 1mo
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merelybookish Good choices! I have the World Does not Require you out from the library too! 1mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Nice! Great minds 😊 1mo
charl08 Great range there. 1mo
readordierachel @charl08 Thanks. It's nice to have a variety for mood reading. 1mo
charl08 Yes - I am grateful my library permits 20 books for that v reason. 1mo
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The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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A reimagining of what happened to the Donner Party, with a twist. A slow burn, or maybe a slow freeze---the weather gets colder and colder as the novel progresses. Contending with Mother Nature is bad enough, contending with human nature is another thing entirely. 👇🏼

readordierachel I was filled with dread, anxious about what I knew must be coming. The last 50 or so pages did not disappoint in terms of narrative payoff. I finished this last night and then had a nightmare that my husband was trying to kill me, so... 2mo
Tanisha_A 😶 2mo
cathysaid Great review 2mo
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vivastory Fantastic review! I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what Katsu publishes next. Did you tell your husband about your nightmare? 😬 2mo
NenaB This was creepy! 2mo
Redwritinghood Sounds great! Nice review. 2mo
batsy Yes! Fab review. This has my name on it 😆 #cantresistmountingdread 2mo
batsy I'm sorry about that nightmare, tho 😱😅 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory I did tell him, and he said "I'm sorry??" ? I read that Katsu's next novel will be a take on the Titanic. 2mo
readordierachel @NenaB It really was! 2mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood Thanks! It was a good, unsettling read. 2mo
readordierachel @batsy I hope you "enjoy" it as much as I did #mountingdread4eva ? 2mo
Reggie Nice review!!!! I will admit, I was shocked the gay guy made it!!!! Score one for the gays surviving a horror story!!! Lol, yeah, that nightmare. Were you able to look him in the eyes when you woke up or did you have to work up to it? 2mo
readordierachel @Reggie Yes!! I was so happy Reed was alive! I was super mad/sad when they banished him. After my dream, I just told my SO he was a jerk and explained why. Thankfully, I'm confident he wouldn't actually kill and eat me...like 98% sure 😂😬 2mo
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The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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Hoping to finish this up tonight. Things are rising to a crescendo 😬

Reggie I really liked this book!!!! Tamsen!!! 2mo
batsy Ooh! Sounds promising. 2mo
Addison_Reads This one is up next for me to read. I'm excited to see what you think. 2mo
readordierachel @batsy @Addison_Reads I enjoyed it quite a bit! It gave me The Terror vibes (the miniseries at least, I haven't read the book 🙈) 2mo
readordierachel @Reggie It was really good! I did not see that ending coming for her 😱 2mo
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Sabrina & Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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Started strong and became a touch repetitive toward the end, but I really like the ground Fajardo-Anstine covers. "Sugar Babies," "Sisters," and "Remedies" were my favorites.

Cathythoughts Beautiful cover ✨♥️ 2mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Isn't it? One of the prettiest I've seen 😍 2mo
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My $16 #bookhaul from our local library sale. I mean, I had to support the library, right? 🙈

vivastory It's your duty! 2mo
Jas16 You absolutely had to. 2mo
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Tanisha_A Whooooooa! Good girl! 2mo
LeahBergen I just found that same copy of Cullum a couple of weeks ago. Future buddy read? 😆 2mo
LeahBergen Wait ... I have Faro‘s Daughter TBR, too! 😄 2mo
batsy Doing your part as you're meant to! 😆 And what a FANTASTIC haul 👏🏽😍 2mo
readordierachel @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vivastory @jas16 @Tanisha_A @batsy I knew y'all would understand (and enable) 😆😁 2mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen I think we have to! 😆 2mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Well done!! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Great stack! Valley of the Dolls is on my TBR too. 2mo
readordierachel @UwannaPublishme Thanks! I've always wanted to read it. It sounds fun. 2mo
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Cat's Eye | Margaret Atwood
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I found this copy of Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood in the horror section at our big library book sale today. I can't decide if this was a mistake or someone's idea of a joke. It's funny either way.

vivastory Make Margaret Atwood fiction again 2mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 I loved that book, though. 2mo
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batsy It is kind of like real-life horror, in a way! 2mo
readordierachel @merelybookish @vivastory @GingerAntics @batsy I think someone was having a little fun with that categorization 🙂 2mo
GingerAntics Probably, but @batsy has a valid point. lol 2mo
batsy @GingerAntics One of the scariest books I've read about power play and bullying/gaslighting dynamics. 2mo
GingerAntics @batsy that is very true. On that front, it is truly terrifying. I knew kids like that. I was “friends” with them and god the trauma left over. 2mo
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Drama | Raina Telgemeier
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She randomly grabbed the tagged book off a shelf and insisted we check it out. When we got outside, she sat down and said "Shoo Mama, I'm reading," then sat there quietly turning the pages and looking at the pictures.

Guess I'm doing something right.
#raisingreaders

Tamra 👍🏾 She had a good eye! 2mo
Trashcanman That's a cute picture 2mo
saresmoore 🥰 2mo
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Redwritinghood Too cute! 💕💕 2mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 2mo
AshleyHoss820 Yes!! I love her!! 😊❤️📚 2mo
Slajaunie So precious! 2mo
Aims42 Love this! Way to go, mama! 2mo
Jas16 So adorable ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Bookishthoughts 😍👏 2mo
LeahBergen Awww! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Christine ❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yes! ❤️ 2mo
marleed Oh my gosh! 2mo
mrp27 Love it! 2mo
batsy Oh how adorable 🥰🥰 2mo
Tanisha_A Daaaaaying of cuteness! 😭🥰 2mo
Reggie She‘s grown a lot, yes? How cute!! 2mo
tournevis 😍😍😍😍 2mo
ValerieAndBooks So cute 😍📚!! 2mo
merelybookish What an adorable bookworm! 2mo
vivastory I can't believe how much she's grown! Too adorable. 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory I can't believe it either sometimes 🙃 2mo
Sace This picture, the story make me incredibly happy what a wonderful child! I miss mine being that age. (But I love her adult self even more!) 2mo
Centique How adorable! 2mo
kspenmoll So sweet! 2mo
readordierachel @Sace 😊 I'm trying to enjoy every minute of this age. I know it'll go by fast. Although I'm looking forward to getting to know the person she becomes. 2mo
youneverarrived Aww 🥰 1mo
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The Bus on Thursday | Shirley Barrett
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Mehso-so

A woman whose life has been turned upside down takes a teaching job in a weird, isolated Australian town. A lot of shit happens, some of it unsettling, some of it confusing, some of it funny. I think Barrett was clever in the way she revealed things (or didn't), but the payoff was unsatisfying and I was put off by the informal tone of the narrator. Lots of "So, anyway..." and YELLING CAPS TO CONVEY BIG FEELINGS. Not really my flavor but ⭐⭐⭐

Addison_Reads @readordierachel Great review! I'm glad I wasn't the only one who felt that way about the ending. I am curious though to read future books by this author. There was something in her writing style that I really liked, but the story just went too off the rails for me in the end. 2mo
CarolynM I agree about the ending, and I found some of it quite upsetting, but I also thought it was very entertaining. 2mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads I would definitely try something else from her in the future. She's funny and clever. Just didn't stick the landing. 2mo
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readordierachel @CarolynM Yes, it was definitely entertaining! I just wanted more in the way of resolution/explanation. 2mo
Reggie I loved how untrustworthy she was. Lol, how her exbf maybe wasn‘t a horrible person after all. Yeah that ending.... where does the bus go?!!! 2mo
readordierachel @Reggie Haha, yes I liked that reveal as well. How Barrett kept revealing how unhinged she really was. But omg, that damn bus! I'm wondering now if she was dead? And that's, like, the bus to hell or something? 2mo
vivastory I have this checked out from the library, might wait awhile. Great pic BTW 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks 🙂 Don't let me deter you too much. It was entertaining and moves at a good clip, it just had some of my personal pet peeves. 2mo
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Waiting for Eden: A novel | Elliot Ackerman
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Thank you so much for the surprise, Jennifer! How incredibly sweet of you. You made my day! 😊 Can't wait to read it. @Jas16

Erinreadsthebooks Waiting for Eden is a great book! 2mo
readordierachel @Erinreadsthebooks Good to hear! I'm looking forward to it. 2mo
Jas16 I was happy to be able to pay it forward! I hope you like it as much as I did! 2mo
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Reggie Get ready to 😭. It‘s so good, though! 2mo
readordierachel @Jas16 Thanks again 😊 2mo
readordierachel @Reggie OK, totally sold! 2mo
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Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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The audiobook is beautifully read by Bianca Amato, but the story and characters left me cold. A lonely woman becomes entangled with a seemingly golden couple. There are secrets and lies. It felt too familiar. A pleasant enough way to pass the time, but I don't think it will stay with me. That cover tho 😍

Cathythoughts Yes great cover 👍🏻I have it a pick at the time , but looking back I‘d give it a ‘so-so‘ too 2mo
Redwritinghood Agree! I expected more from this book. 2mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Certainly not a bad book. Just not wonderful 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood Me too. She's a good writer but it felt kind of pointless in the end. 2mo
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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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FINALLY 😃

Also #7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 2mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen Thank you! 🤗 2mo
Tanisha_A It's your birthday, ooh! Happy happy birthday! 🎂🎁🎈🥳 2mo
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readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thank you ❤🤗 2mo
vivastory Happy belated birthday, friend! 🎂🎉🎊👏 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! 😁 2mo
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BiblioLitten Oh so pretty! 💚 3mo
batsy Love 💚 3mo
Tanisha_A Ahhh 😍 3mo
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Jas16 Lovely! 3mo
LeahBergen Great cover! 3mo
mrp27 Awesome! 3mo
Centique 😍😍😍 3mo
sudi So pretty 😍 3mo
batsy Happy birthday! Hope you have a fabulous one 🧁🥂📚💖 2mo
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 2mo
readordierachel @batsy Thank you! 🤗❤ 2mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood Thank you! ❤🤗 2mo
BiblioLitten A bit too late but happy birthday!! I hope you had a wonderful day🥳💕 2mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten You're so sweet! Thank you! 🤗❤ 2mo
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Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
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Inflated my heart like a balloon ❤

Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell. Highly recommend.

Eyelit I really liked this one - even though it got Austin wrong 😂 3mo
readordierachel @Eyelit Ha! I've only been to Austin once, for like a day, so I had no idea. 3mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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These characters felt very real to me, and for all the drama there was a gentleness that moved me deeply. (To tears. On an airplane. The guy next to me kept shooting me concerned glances.) I just loved it.

batsy Yes! There is something so tender and moving and true about this 💙 3mo
youneverarrived Exactly that! 👌 3mo
JillR I just finished this and was trying so hard not to 😭 on my train to work several times. Loved it 💔 3mo
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Reggie Lololol I have not read this yet. But your crying in public story has appealed to the marshmallow teddy bear that lives inside me to move it up. 3mo
readordierachel @batsy Tender is a perfect word for it 💙 3mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived It's just lovely, isn't it? 3mo
readordierachel @JillR I feel you! I just couldn't hold it together 😭 3mo
readordierachel @Reggie Do it! Can't wait to hear what you think. I want you to cry, Reggie 😆 3mo
Suet624 This is such a great book and I love your review. 2mo
readordierachel @Suet624 Thanks 🙂 It really is, isn't it? 2mo
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The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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Owlizabeth 😍 3mo
Addison_Reads I definitely just judged this book by its cover and added it to my TBR. 😁 3mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads I don't blame you 😁 3mo
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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

7 days, 7 covers, no explanation.

Addison_Reads Beautiful 💚 3mo
Centique Wow! 3mo
batsy That's stunning! 3mo
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Cathythoughts Beautiful ♥️ 3mo
sudi 😍 3mo
BiblioLitten Wow! 😍 3mo
merelybookish Have you read this? I'm curious! 3mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I haven't yet. But it's on my list. I've heard good things! 3mo
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The Beauty | Aliya Whiteley
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3

7 days, 7 covers, no explanation. I'm loving seeing everyone's choices.

Want to play @atla ?

vivastory This challenge has, among other things, reminded me of books that are still on my TBR that deserve a TBR bump. Great choice 👍 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory This is a really weird/good one. I think you'd like it. 3mo
Cathythoughts Very good 3mo
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If They Come For Us | Fatimah Asghar
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2

7 days, 7 covers, no explanation.
@vivastory

batsy 💜 3mo
vivastory I haven't seen this one before. Fantastic selection! 3mo
Centique That is gorgeous! 3mo
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BiblioLitten Oh I love it!! 💕💙💕 3mo
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The Cage: A Novel | Audrey Schulman
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

Thanks for the tag @vivastory 🙂
Anyone else who wants to play, consider yourself tagged!
7 days, 7 covers, no explanation.

LeahBergen I read this one when it first came out. 😆😆 3mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen Did you like it? I'm about halfway through. I wish they still made covers like this. So corny, but I love it 😆 3mo
vivastory Nice! I love covers like this! 3mo
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batsy Gahhhh didn't see that coming!! Love it. 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory @batsy So much drama before the story even starts 😆 3mo
Reggie Yikes!!!! 3mo
sudi Love how dramatic this cover is 😄 3mo
readordierachel @sudi Me too. It's a story of it's own 😆 3mo
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Orange Eats Creeps | Grace Krilanovich
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I haven't finished a book since August 17. Sigh. Figured some library therapy was in order. Unintentionally 🍊 themed. The tagged book sounds wild and has a pretty low score on Goodreads. I'm excited 😆

vivastory Sorry to hear about your book slump! I've been meaning to read the tagged book for years. 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks. I think it's turning around finally 🙂 3mo
batsy Same, I've had the tagged book on my list for years! 😆 Look forward to your thoughts and glad you're feeling like your reading mojo is back. 3mo
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readordierachel @batsy @vivastory I'm way behind the times apparently. I just found out about this book last week! 3mo
batsy I can't believe I still remember but back in the day I used to obsessively read the now-defunct Bookslut and it was mentioned there 🤓 Their recommendations were always on point. 3mo
Billypar Good luck, and if it works out, you should try a book that's on my TBR shelf and make it a trio. 3mo
readordierachel @Billypar Good idea! I've been meaning to read that one. 3mo
readordierachel @batsy Now I'm on a journey through the Bookslut archives 😍 3mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This is a book that will stay with me. Whitehead tells the story of Elwood Curtis, a boy sent to Nickel Academy, ostensibly a school designed to reform wayward youth that is in reality a prison, where racist staff & guards abuse & discard the boys at will. Whitehead based Nickel on the Dozier School for Boys, a real Florida reform school. It's a heartbreaking & angering story, unsentimental & unflinching. Required reading.

Graciouswarriorprincess I just finished it and can't wait to discuss it this evening at the B&N bookclub! 4mo
readordierachel @Graciouswarriorprincess Hope you have a good discussion! 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @readordierachel Thank you. It was a good bookclub discussion. 4mo
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Reggie Man, Rachel, I didn‘t want to read this one...nice review. 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie It's really worth reading. Heartbreaking, but worth it. 4mo
RaimeyGallant Can't wait to read this! 4mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant It's a good one 👍🏼 4mo
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Finished this a few weeks back and have been thinking about it since. Ma weaves a unique tapestry: zombies (sorta), dystopia, immigration, capitalism, religion, cult dynamics, workplace ennui, a love story, and a love letter to cities. It's a lot for one book, but for me it all blended so sweetly. Loved this and am looking forward to more from her. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

vivastory Fantastic review. This has been on my TBR. Might need to move it up! 4mo
Nute Love this review! I‘m ready for this type of fresh take with zombies (sorta)!😁 4mo
sarahbarnes This one is definitely on my list! 4mo
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batsy I love this review! 💜 4mo
Tanisha_A Sounds a good read. Awesome review! 😀 4mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I must read the book soon! 4mo
sudi Love this review 😊 4mo
britt_brooke I liked this one, too. Nice review! 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, friend! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 4mo
readordierachel @Nute Haha! Thanks 😊 4mo
readordierachel @sarahbarnes I hope you love it when you get to it! 4mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks, friend! ❤ 4mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thanks, friend! 💛 4mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB Thank you! Look forward to your thoughts on it! 4mo
readordierachel @sudi Thanks, friend! 🧡 4mo
readordierachel @britt_brooke Thanks! I liked how genre busting it felt. Hard to categorize. 4mo
Reggie I put this on everyone‘s review but the part with the little girl behind the curtain....😭😭😭. FU Bob!!! Lol, glad you liked this book. 3mo
readordierachel @Reggie I KNOW. What a monster! 3mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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For the first third of this book, I couldn't decide if I liked it. The characters are ridiculous---everyone is a caricature, but that's clearly by design. Then the weirdness really kicks in 🐇 Let yourself go along for the ride. If a send up of literary MFA programs mashed up with some light horror, magical realism, and Heathers references sounds like something you'd enjoy, give this a go. By the end, I loved it.

vivastory I'm sold! 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory 👍🏼I think you'll dig it 4mo
Reggie Nice review! I was enjoying the hilarious fever dream of it all and then I got hit in the heart by the last quarter of it. 4mo
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LauraJ I loved it too! 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie Right? It got so poignant at the end! 4mo
readordierachel @LauraJ So weird and good! 4mo
monalyisha I felt similarly! 🖤 3mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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I want to go to this party so bad.

mrp27 Loooove Kate Bush. I look forward to your review, trying to decide if I want to add this one to my tbr. 5mo
batsy Oh my god, me too 😆 5mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 I‘m so there. 5mo
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Ruthiella Loved the writing in this book! 5mo
readordierachel @mrp27 🙌🏼 Me too! So far I'm enjoying it. It's super weird. Hope you're riding out the earthquakes down there OK! 5mo
readordierachel @batsy @LeahBergen Mona Awad gets us 😆😆 5mo
readordierachel @Ruthiella She can really set a scene! 5mo
mrp27 @readordierachel ohh sounds like a stacked to me!! Thanks, last nights quake was totally unnerving but in general we're very lucky with no major problems. 5mo
merelybookish The smut salon! (And yeah, super weird!) 5mo
vivastory Hey, I hope everything is going well 4mo
merelybookish Hey Rachel! Popping in to say hi! 4mo
Trashcanman Where you at? You're missed. 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Hey Scott, sorry I've been MIA. Truth be told, life got hard and I was in kind of a bleak place. But I think I'm back :) Hope you're well. 4mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Hello! 👋🏼 4mo
readordierachel @Trashcanman Hey TCM, that's nice of you to say. Missed you all as well 🙂 4mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Sorry to hear you were having a hard time. But glad to hear it has passed. 4mo
vivastory I completely understand. I'm sorry to hear that you were having some difficulties. Anytime you want to talk, feel free to message me on Goodreads. I'd give you my email address, but I honestly hardly ever check it & it's easy for me to overlook emails due to all of the spam. 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thank you, that means a lot ? And I hear you about the spam. So much advertising, no matter how many things I "unsubscribe" from. 4mo
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@Chrissyreadit Thank you so much for recommending this cookbook! I made the Dilly Stew With Rosemary Dumplings and it was delicious, without being overly laborious. (Doesn't photograph well, but it tasted very good 😆). Excited to try more recipes from this one 👍🏼

Chrissyreadit Oh good! That one sounds yummy and I haven‘t tried it yet. I may have to this weekend. 5mo
Powered_By_Plants Looks yummy! This book is fab 👍😁 5mo
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readordierachel @Powered_By_Plants I'm excited to try more recipes from it! 5mo
Chrissyreadit @readordierachel funny you ask!! I just pulled my book out. I‘m going to skype and batch cook Sunday with my SIL and I‘m going to try out some new recipes from her book. 5mo
readordierachel @Chrissyreadit What a fun idea! Let me know how it goes! 5mo
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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Bailedbailed

Putting this aside for now. I just...don't care what happens. Maybe I'm not in the right headspace for a thriller? Might give it another go at a later date.

Cathythoughts I bailed after a few pages first time. But I went back months later in need of a thriller fix .... it worked well then. Who knows ?! 🤷🏻‍♀️📚 5mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts That gives me hope! I will save it for a rainy day then 👍🏼🙂 5mo
Cathythoughts I bailed on Whisper Networks today ... I can‘t imagine going back ... but ... I might give it another go some day ( or not ... 🙄 5mo
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readordierachel @Cathythoughts It's kind of freeing to bail on a book. Now we can follow our bliss move on to more enjoyable reads! 😃 5mo
Cathythoughts Yes very freeing .. unless I‘m lucky , I start & bail a good few times until I find “ the one “ 😀 5mo
Jenken1998 I bailed this one also. 5mo
Addison_Reads I almost bailed, but finished it since it was a local bookclub pick. I just never cared about any of the characters in this one. 5mo
readordierachel @Jenken1998 Glad it's not just me! It started out pretty strong and then just stalled I felt. 5mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads Yeah, I think that was part of it for me too. It lowers the stakes. 5mo
Redwritinghood I hated this one. 5mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood I remember! Your review actually made me feel better about deciding to bail 😆 5mo
BooknerdsLife Now I‘m not sure if I want to start it 😅 5mo
readordierachel @BooknerdsLife Lol. Don't let me dissuade you too much if you're interested. I've read a lot of positive reviews. It just wasn't my particular flavor. 5mo
BooknerdsLife @readordierachel I‘m still pretty curious about it 😆Will wait for my library copy🤗 5mo
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Theory of Bastards | Audrey Schulman
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Ok, here are my #top6reads so far in 2019. All 5 ⭐. Theory of Bastards was my favorite favorite. Thanks for the tag @Redwritinghood ! What about you @batsy @Tanisha_A @JennyM @DivineDiana ? And anyone else who'd like to share 😊

swishandflick A Little Life! 😭 5mo
batsy Fabulous list and almost all on my TBR 🙂 Thanks for the tag! 5mo
Cinfhen Still need to checkout 5mo
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JennyM Great list...I will put my thinking cap on 😘 5mo
readordierachel @swishandflick Right? Gutting 😭 5mo
readordierachel @Cinfhen I hope you like it when you do check it out! 5mo
readordierachel @JennyM Look forward to your picks! 5mo
vivastory Which Toni Morrison books have you read? I've only read one, but I loved it. Wonderful list. All are on my TBR. 5mo
vivastory Except for Oscar & Lucinda. Already read (& adored) it. 5mo
readordierachel @vivastory Sula was my first! I can't believe it took me so long. I have Beloved and The Bluest Eye on my list to read next. I can't remember if we talked about it already, but which one have you read? 5mo
vivastory Song of Solomon. I read it late last year, around Xmas. I had always heard it was her most challenging book, but I was immediately drawn in 5mo
readordierachel @vivastory Adding it to the list. There is a documentary about her that I believe just came out. Not sure if it's in wide release yet. It's called "The Pieces I Am." Sounds fantastic. 5mo
vivastory I just heard about it. I will definitely be watching it... although it may take me awhile. I still haven't watched the documentary about James Baldwin. 😬 5mo
Cathythoughts Great list ! I‘ve read some & will be stacking others 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
Tanisha_A Brilliant picks! My TBR is shooting up! Thanks for the tag love, will share in a bit. 🥰 5mo
youneverarrived A Little Life is amazing. I have the tagged back to read after your review on it 👍 5mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts ❤👍🏼😊 5mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived Ooh, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Look forward to your thoughts. 5mo
youneverarrived Thanks I‘ll let you know when I read it 😘 5mo
atla Ouch, my TBR list just grew by 3 books. I loved all 3 of your lower row, and haven‘t read any of the upper - so now I must add them immediately to my list! 5mo
BiblioLitten I have had Sula on my list for so long! 5mo
readordierachel @atla #sorrynotsorry 😁 Be warned that A Little Life is an emotional rollercoaster. So worth it though. 5mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten It's a fantastic book! 5mo
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The Laws of the Skies | Grgoire Courtois
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"All of these stories, all of these tales, repeat ad nauseam that a child has no business alone in the middle of the woods, that no good can come of heading off-road. And yet here we are."

Harrowing & grotesque, although there's a certain poetry to it. Abandon all hope if you choose to read this book. The situations are so extreme & hopeless that it's almost cathartic to read them & come out whole. I suppose that's horror in general, right?

readordierachel It was probably a mistake to read this before I go camping with small children this weekend... 5mo
DGRachel Oh yeah! I‘m never walking into the woods again and I certainly wouldn‘t go camping with small children. Good luck! 😱😱🤣 5mo
readordierachel @DGRachel Haha! Thanks, I'll need it. 😱🙃 5mo
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batsy Oh, you're a brave one! 😭😭😂 Great review, though. Perhaps there is something cathartic about reading stuff like this. 5mo
readordierachel @batsy Brave or dumb 😆 I kept trying to figure out what kept me reading. Like, it was so completely awful but I was enthralled and thought parts were kind of humorous. I settled on catharsis 🤷🏽‍♀️ 5mo
Tanisha_A Love the review, and the way it contrasts the background of the picture - blue, hopeful, some clouds! 5mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Yes, it doesn't quite fit with the tone of the book does it? 😆 5mo
rohit-sawant Really intrigued by all the reviews for this 😱 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant It's not for the faint of heart for sure! But worth reading if you can stomach it. 5mo
DivineDiana I‘ll pass! 🤔 5mo
readordierachel @DivineDiana i don't blame you. It's definitely not for everyone. Very dark. 5mo
Reggie The part about the boar just made me feel like I was being spit roasted over flame. 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie It definitely made an impression. I was reading that whole part through spread fingers. #thingsyoucantunread 4mo
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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Charming as hell. The audiobook narration is perfect. If you like a good rom com, I imagine you will like this a lot. 👍🏼

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Three Weeks in December | Audrey Schulman
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It's clear that Audrey Schulman loves research. In the afterword, she mentions that she read 70+ books to write this novel and provides a reading list, by topic, of the ones she recommends. (She provided a similar list at the end of Theory of Bastards.) Three Weeks in December benefits from her extensive research; it is rich with details that ring true. But at the same time, the story sometimes lacks focus.

vivastory Fantastic review. I'm hoping to read her sooner, rather than later. 5mo
batsy Great review. She sounds like a fascinating writer and I look forward to checking out her work. 5mo
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readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! I'll be anxious to see what you think. Theory of Bastards is a better book imo, although I liked this one. 5mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks, Suba! Such an interesting mashup of ideas going on in her work. And I can't imagine being dedicated enough for that much research! Look forward to your thoughts on her stuff. 5mo
Reggie After reading your review I‘m curious about her list of books. Nice review!! 5mo
rohit-sawant Great review! 5mo
readordierachel @Reggie Thanks, Reggie! I have another one of hers to read, The Cage, which apparently has to do with bears in the tundra 😮 5mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! 😊 5mo
ValerieAndBooks I‘m intrigued!! By this book and this author. 5mo
readordierachel @ValerieAndBooks I've never read anyone quite like her! 5mo
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Three Weeks in December | Audrey Schulman
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Getting in a little reading while the child plays in the sandbox we made over the weekend (plastic kiddie pool w/ sand bought at a home improvement store). Best $30 I've ever spent. She's entranced and contained.

I'm enjoying this book a lot, but it needed a better editor. I've found several mistakes (repeated words, a date that didn't jive, etc). I don't mind a couple here and there, but it upsets the rhythm if there are too many.

Susannah I wish I could find something to entrance and contain my new young cat. He‘s driving me nuts. 😁 6mo
Reggie Does she make castles? 6mo
readordierachel @Reggie She's still pretty young, so she's more into dumping the sand on herself, then yelling "Mama look!" I think castles are a couple months away :) 6mo
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The bits about medical procedures & treatments were fascinating (& alarming). Doctors were doing some pretty grisly, backward stuff, essentially groping along in the dark trying to save lives and ending many in the process (although infection would probably have done the job anyway). Joseph Lister is one who shined a light & helped lay the foundation for modern medicine. 👇🏼

readordierachel We've come a long way, & it makes me wonder how far we'll go in the future, what else we'll discover.

While the parts about the science & medicine were engaging, I found some of the biography of Lister himself & the descriptions of hospital politics tedious.
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Megabooks I have had this on audio for awhile. I should remember to read it. Thanks!! 6mo
Crazeedi It's crazy what medicine was way back when 6mo
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Cathythoughts It‘s awful to think of the pain people were in .... for what now is a more simple procedure. My one wish is for all dental treatments to be laser jobs .... I‘m terrified of the dentist 6mo
readordierachel @Megabooks the narrator is good. Enjoy! 6mo
readordierachel @Crazeedi It really is. I'm very thankful for modern medicine. 6mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Yes, it's heartbreaking to think of all the pain and lives lost. And I'm with you 100% about the dentist. I had a root canal last month and it was...unpleasant. Although I shudder to think what it would have been like in Victorian times! 6mo
Crazeedi I'll have to look for the audio of this! 6mo
Crazeedi Just borrowed the ebook! 6mo
readordierachel @Crazeedi cool! Enjoy! 6mo
Crazeedi @readordierachel I'm sure I will 6mo
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A Room With a View | E. M. Forster
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Young me was pretty obsessed with the 1985 film of this. I taped it off network TV in the 6th grade (I missed the full monty that was the bathing scene until years later 😆) and watched it over and over. In light of that, I'm not sure what held me back from reading this for so long. I can only say I wish I'd read it sooner ❤ It's light & funny but also has some deeper undertones about class and what's expected of women. Delightful.

BiblioLitten This is one of those, ‘I can‘t believe I haven‘t read it‘ books. 6mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful beautiful pic ✨ 6mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten Exactly! And it's a very quick read. 6mo
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readordierachel @Cathythoughts Thanks! 💕💕 6mo
LeahBergen I love this book. ❤️ 6mo
rachaich I read it recently and also coujdnt work out why it had taken so long. 6mo
Jas16 Love this book and the movie so much 6mo
batsy Same @BiblioLitten ! Especially since I love Howard End so much. 6mo
Reggie Man..... another stacked book.😜 6mo
rohit-sawant Loved this one! 6mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen @rachaich @Jas16 @rohit-sawant It's just lovely ❤❤ 6mo
readordierachel @batsy I've not read Howards End yet. I want to even more now! 6mo
charl08 Yes, reading the book made much more sense what all those question marks were about! 6mo
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"His left arm was reportedly so strong that he could use it as a tourniquet while wielding the knife in his right hand. This was a feat that required immense strength and dexterity...Liston could remove a leg in less than 30 seconds...in order to keep hands free, he often clasped the bloody knife between his teeth while working. Liston's speed was both a gift and a curse. Once he accidentally sliced off a patient's testicle along with the leg."

DivineDiana I think I‘m a little too squeamish for this one! 6mo
readordierachel @DivineDiana It's pretty intense! It makes me very thankful for modern medicine. 6mo
vivastory "..he often clasped the bloody knife between his teeth" This makes my inner germaphobe vomit a little 6mo
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BiblioLitten @readordierachel Me too! I read some crazy stuff here, and am glad that i live in the present. 6mo
readordierachel @vivastory Right? There was a note before on how surgeons rarely washed their aprons and had what was referred to as that "good old hospital stink" 6mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten It's remarkable how far we've come. That book sounds fascinating! 6mo
batsy Oh lord 😰 6mo
rohit-sawant What @vivastory said 😵 6mo
Reggie Yowza!!! Well we all have to start somewhere right? Even surgery. 6mo
readordierachel @batsy @rohit-sawant I know! This whole book is disturbing (ie, kinda gross) and fascinating. Like @Reggie says, we had to start somewhere. Makes me wonder where we'll be in another 50-100 years! 6mo
RaimeyGallant Omg! 6mo
Suet624 Yikes! 6mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant @Suet624 I know! Surgery was not for the faint of heart. 6mo
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