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Rudis

Rudis

Joined May 2016

Reading my way through life
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Love Poems | Nikki Giovanni
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Last time I was browsing the poetry section, I was disheartened by the lack of poetry celebrating love until I stumbled upon this breath of fresh air. I savoured the majority of the poems, and adored the take that love can last & be good & make you both happy.

HeatherBlue Great collection! I love Nikki—I studied with her in college 4mo
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I generally consider myself a fan of John Green‘s work, and this book was more of the same consistent quality from him. I enjoyed the characters, and the slow progression of the story. At times it was hard to read but I think that‘s part of what goes along with the subject matter; it‘s hard to fathom someone else going through that if you haven‘t.

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I always love diving into Courtney Peppernell‘s work, and this book is no exception. I loved the different sections, and how I could find something different to enjoy in each part.

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The fourth and most recent book in the series was a breath of fresh, cold air. It was wonderful to see the characters get a chance to relax & enjoy a holiday together. I liked that even though it was a holiday book, it still felt important & vital to both the plot & character growth.

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The third book in the series was fantastic, and had me cheering out loud in several places. With how the story was left the end of book two, I wasn‘t sure how this story would evolve, but it was damn close to perfect. Love love love.

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As someone who also considers herself to be a slow runner and has been struggling with her running, I found this super inspirational to keep running & just taking my time. Jill‘s story was real & relatable.

wanderinglynn I too am a slow runner. I remember the night before my first (& only) marathon, at the Team in Training dinner, John Bingham (aka The Penguin)(http://www.johnbingham.com) told us that when we saw that 26 mile marker, we should slow down & enjoy it! 😂 As John says, “the miracle isn‘t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” 4mo
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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So I started this chunkster this morning with the intent to read just a bit, and now it‘s 8pm & I‘ve finished it. I loved the second book in the series; it took what I liked about the first book & made it better. A love story, a story of self-discovery & growth wrapped in an epic fantasy bow.

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The Mortal Word | Genevieve Cogman
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The fifth & most recent instalment of the Invisible Library series finally paid off on all the little things that have been going on in the background. It feels like the end of one era in the story & the beginning of another. I really enjoyed the plot, the diplomatic twists & the characters.

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The Lost Plot | Genevieve Cogman
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The fourth book in the Invisible Library was a touch more serious than the others, and the changes to the status quo at the end were fantastic. I love seeing the different worlds & all the various political structures at work as well.

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The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable | Terry Pratchett, Paul Kidby
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With this, I‘ve finished all the books in the main Discworld series. I found it had a lot more to say about stories, how they continue & the heroes in them then I thought it would. I loved seeing the characters one more time, and the illustrations were fantastic.

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The Fire Rose | Mercedes Lackey
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I‘ve always been a fan of Lackey‘s Elemental Masters series, and this is one of my favourites. The slow build of romance & magic build up to a fantastic crescendo, and I adore the way characters bloom over the course of the novel.

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Regina's Song | David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
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I‘ve been looking for this book for years. I remembered the bare bones of the plot, and happened to stumble upon it after failed search upon failed search. It was just as good and spooky as I remembered. I loved the noir tone, the characters flew off the page, and the uncertainty around the twins was fantastic.

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Abaddon's Gate | James S.A. Corey
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The third book in the wonderful Expanse series took several twists & turns I didn‘t expect, and upended the status quo at the end. I enjoy the mix of POV characters, and seeing how they all come together. There‘s lots of places the story could go from here, and I‘m excited to find out.

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Caliban's War | James S. A. Corey
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It would not be incorrect to say I inhaled this book. Started last night & finished today, I struggled to put it down to sleep. The plot started quickly & kept going from there, conflicts resolving only for new ones to arise. The characters were fantastic, and there were lots of heartwarming moments. Onto the next one!

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Caliban's War | James S.A. Corey
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This weekend, my boyfriend & I took advantage of the long weekend in Canada to visit my hometown. Over the course of showing him around, I sort of ended up with a bit of a #bookhaul. Oops!

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Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown | Varric Tethras, Mary Kirby
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I saw this in Coles & had to pick it up. It was a lot of fun, and I could really hear Varric‘s voice throughout.

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Ms. Marvel Vol. 10 | Rainbow Rowell, G Willow Wilson, Saladin Ahmed
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The tenth book in Kamala Khan‘s marvellous story had a lot of action, and just as many introspective moments. I enjoyed everything, especially the last story with a focus on her friends.

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Leviathan Wakes | James S. A. Corey
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Wow. It started off steady & the pace built onwards to the end. I thought it was going to stall out in the last hundred pages but it just changed the stakes. The characters were great, and I liked the two POV‘s. Super curious about where the story will go from here.

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The Burning Page | Genevieve Cogman
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The third book in the series was full of intrigue & action. I really liked that despite that, the author still had consequences from the last book & character arcs for two of the major characters. The action scene at the end was superb, as two masters of language tried to outdo each other.

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1) Alanna of Trebond
2) LOVE!
3) one of the first examples of female knights I ever saw, and her strength, both mental & physical, are examples to me.
4) @ShelleyBooksie
Thanks for the tag, @BookwormAHN !
#whatwouldyoudo @DannyHattan

BookwormAHN Nice choice 😺 6mo
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Leviathan Wakes | James S.A. Corey
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How to tell your boyfriend is a keeper - he insists on spoiling you once in a while 😍📚 How did I get so lucky? #bookhaul #bestboyfriendever

BookwormAHN Nice and the lip bomb is hilarious 💚 6mo
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It‘s been a while since I read the first book in the series, but I remember why I liked the series so much! It‘s a lot of fun, and the characters are fantastic! Onto the third book!

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Gate of Ivrel | C.J. Cherryh
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The first in a quartet was really good. A friend lent me the omnibus of the series, and it was better than expected. It‘s very dense & blends fantasy with sci-fi in interesting ways.

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Although I‘m not a huge Spider-person fan in general, I picked up Spider-Gwen because I adore Seanan McGuire‘s writing, and I wasn‘t disappointed. She brings her trademark wit & insight, and the art was gorgeous as well.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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It‘s not the first time I‘ve read Good Omens, but it may be the fastest, clicking in at just under 24hours from start to finish. Like always, the book was a delight & now I‘m pumped to watch the tv show.

DarcysMom I just finished episode 2. I am really enjoying the series. It is rare for me to watch something without having read the book first. I am definitely adding it to my TBR. 😁 6mo
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The Murmur of Bees | Sofa Segovia
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I‘m not really sure how I feel about this novel. It felt more like musings loosely tied together with some gorgeous prose than a novel. The multiple perspectives & length of time of the story made it hard for me to connect with the characters.

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Bookworm | Karen Emigh
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#bookwormbingo @EclecticReaders

This was a ton of fun! I don‘t fly much, and if I‘m so engrossed in a book that I‘m up late, I‘m not going to fall asleep partway through!

EclecticReaders Nice job! Glad you enjoyed it! 6mo
gradcat What about liking a movie adaptation more? Just kidding. The whole thing looks like fun—how do I miss all this stuff? 6mo
Rudis @gradcat I came close with the Mortal Instruments movie but not quite! ☺️ 6mo
gradcat I love that! Great job, by the way! 👍😊♥️ 6mo
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Despite a few rocky moments, I enjoyed the second book in the Invisible Entente series. Although I wasn‘t a big fan of the author playing up the stereotypical male gaze, everything else about the story was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed seeing her continue to weave new threads in with the already established characters.

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The Player of Games | Iain M. Banks
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I enjoyed this book, although I‘ve never read any of the Culture novels before. I have to admit to feeling a little lukewarm about it; while I liked some of the characters, the meandering storyline that didn‘t seem to have major consequences for our main character‘s life didn‘t wrap things up satisfyingly for me.

imyril I think Gurgeh gained some perspective? Although arguably he was an ass to start and an ass at the end so maybe not enough perspective ;) 6mo
Rudis @imyril agreed! Or that it happened so late that it didn‘t really effect the outcome much. 6mo
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Death at Peony House | Krista Walsh
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The first book in the main series of the Invisible Entente was fantastic. Daphne wasn‘t my favourite in the novella but she jumped off the page in this book. Her story centres around solving a murder, figuring out whose riling up the ghosts, and not falling back on her addiction. Well written & good fun.

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This prequel was a great take on a closed room murder mystery, with supernatural characters who are forced to work together if they want to get out. I look forward to reading the next books in the series!

This also brings my book total to 17 for the month!

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The Goblin Emperor | Katherine Addison
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I stayed up late to finish this spellbinding book, and I don‘t regret it. I liked the way the story gradually gained steam as it went, and the characters felt very human for how alien the world was. I look forward to more.

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Every Word You Cannot Say | Iain S. Thomas
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This book hooked onto my soul, my fears and doubts, and soothed them. It was calming to read a book about things you feel but cannot express except through simple, beautiful poetry. A good start to a Monday.

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This book about cleaning takes a somewhat unconventional approach (no, not the swearing) that says “do what you can, as you can. Wash the damn dishes, and take breaks!” While reading, I found myself reconsidering how I clean, and doing a few little things around the apartment. Keeping around as a resource for sure!

#nonfiction2019 - something about survival

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I really enjoyed Adam‘s story of making, and how it applies to all trades & types of craftsman‘s ship. It‘s certainly a little biased towards the type of work he does, but there‘s lots of room for picking up just what you need. It‘s made me get back into knitting.

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A quick read about Captain Marvel‘s backstory. I didn‘t know a lot about her family, so her struggles were engrossing. I liked how away from normal superhero punching it was.

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Nocturnal | Wilder Poetry
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I adored this poetry book. It made me slow down, and I shared a lot of the poems with my boyfriend. A lot of the poetry resonated with me.

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Go: A Coming of Age Novel | Kazuki Kaneshiro
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A short, interesting read. I don‘t know much about Japanese or Korean culture so I‘m sure a lot went over my head, but I enjoyed the novel & characters. It felt very philosophical at times.

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I‘ve been slowly but steadily reading more Marvel (both Captain & Ms) and loving it. Carol‘s story was mostly fun, with some serious moments & action scenes sprinkled through it. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell | Kevin Hearne, Delilah S Dawson
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A rollicking adventure that took tropes & played merrily with them. I liked the characters, and the story went lots of places I wasn‘t expecting. Definitely going to get the next book set in Pell!

okthislooksbad I loved loved LOVED the audio of this, it's such a delight! So happy you liked it, too! 😄 7mo
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The (9th?) Book in the series was just as fun as the first bunch, and there was a lot more worldbuilding in this book. I liked seeing Mercy‘s place in the pack develop more.

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A unique book that takes a look at a variety of craftsmen & their crafts. It‘s a book that explores working with your hands in a multitude of ways, and it brought me a sense of calm & a desire to do more with my hands.

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Not totally book focused but my boyfriend & I are hitting Ottawa Comic-con today! I‘m sure a decent amount of my money is going to go to comics and to trying books by local authors.

britt_brooke Fun!! 7mo
wanderinglynn Have a blast! 👍🏻 7mo
JoScho Awesome!!! 7mo
BookwormAHN Have fun 😸 7mo
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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I flew through this weird & wonderful, mad & marvellous novel in a little under a day. It had a captivating magic that made it hard to put down. The characters & concept grabbed my attention, and the emphasis on time through the novel kept it. Another damn good book from one of my favourite authors.

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Pillow Thoughts | Courtney Peppernell
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1) Characters are the most important thing, but the description is starting to matter more to me.
2) Magnets.
3) The only cookbook I own is The Good-to-go cookbook by Kathleen Hanna & I love it.
4) It might be Courtney Peppernell, honestly. Both her books that I‘ve read have made me cry.
5) Tagging some new followers! @SarahHarts_books @emilyrose_x @vivastory @kalytle1012

#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in! I agree # 1 7mo
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I picked this up for free from Amazon during their World Book day, and while I found the true story interesting, it was also a bit of a slog to get through. It felt very disjointed & oddly told.

#nonfiction2019 - something with an unliveable character

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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jan Fields
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This classic was warm & cozy, a good read to start the spring with. The pace struggled at times but I enjoyed the characters.

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I really enjoyed this Ms. Marvel volume. Her friends stepping up was awesome, as was the action. It‘s easy to see how much Kamala has grown over the course of the story so far, and I‘m loving it.

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Summer Stock | Vanessa North
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This short, adorable romance was the perfect to May. Engaging, complicated characters and a fast-paced plot made it perfect to hopefully break out of my small reading slump.

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The Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Ptzsch, Lee Chadeayne
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I‘m not really sure what to make of this book. On one hand, it was a relatively fun & fast-paced read. On the other, I found it very start & stop in terms of plot development.

rretzler Agreed! I was expecting more from it somehow. 7mo
Rudis @rretzler You nailed it on the head exactly! 7mo
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