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Sweettartlaura

Joined May 2016

Follow me at Goodreads, too, because sometimes 451 characters just aren't enough 😊. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5010988-laura
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A Children's Bible | Lydia Millet
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This book is …
How I feel about the generation before me.
How I feel about the people who gave up trying to stop COVID after the first couple weeks.
How I feel myself separating from our current status quo. I would love to ditch 99% of the world and start over with the few who get it.
It‘s a breakthrough in the relationship between science & faith.
It‘s disturbing, and unsettling, and hopeful all at once. Just like every great Millet novel.

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Freedom: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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#indiebookstoreday purchases & swag 🙌🏻

I got Sea of Tranquility & The Candy House.
And Freedom was the #blinddatebook that came with my tote & goodies.
So fun!!!

AmyG Nice! Great book choices. 4w
mandarchy Nice to meet you. 😊 I'm from Tacoma! Stadium class of '88 4w
Sweettartlaura @mandarchy wow 😮 I basically live next to Stadium 🤯🤯🤯. Very cool! Nice to meet you, as well! 4w
mandarchy @Sweettartlaura that's cool! 4w
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What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
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4.5 ⭐️

This is an outstanding debut.
The characters are fully drawn - fully human - fully flawed. And spending time with all of them is a pleasure.
There is a desire to know what happened, and how it will turn out. But those don‘t overshadow the unraveling of each moment. There is no need to rush.
It‘s heavy subject matter. But the author carries the characters & readers through the story gracefully.
Don‘t miss this one.

JamieArc I loved this one (and even more because I‘m a Quaker). Glad to see it getting some love. 1mo
Sweettartlaura @JamieArc I loved the Quaker character - first time I‘ve encountered that to such depths! Made me want to go to a meeting. 1mo
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It‘s #worldbookday !
What are you reading today?
I‘m working on
NF - Zero Fail by Carol Leonnig
SS - The Time Traveler‘s Almanac
A - The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St James
F - And then I‘m starting What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins

Pick a book ~ buy a book ~ visit a Little Free Library ~ go to your public library ~ find a deal online ~ read a well-loved favorite with a child in your life ~ just read something today ♥️📚

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The White Company | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Months ago, I struck up a convo w/a neighbor. Soon we talked about my fave thing, which is also one of his:📖.
He‘s new to town, so I shared some bookish resources. I learned a bit (there is an above-average number of rare book stores in NE, & maybe a ring of rare book thieves!). It was great. Next day, I woke up to this well-loved book outside my door. I‘ve been reading it since.
Just finished. Now to pick a book to share when I drop it off 🤔

LeahBergen Oh, that‘s lovely! Keep us posted on your back and forth reading together. 😊 1mo
Sweettartlaura @LeahBergen will do 👍🏻 1mo
julesG Lovely! 1mo
AmyG What a lovely friendship. Actually, the best kind when it centers around books! (edited) 1mo
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Megan's Island | Willo Davis Roberts
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Just talked to my baby niece and she was excited to tell me about the new book she read.
I explained to her that this is an Edgar award winner, and what that means.
She told me she was writing a list of all the author‘s books she wants to read - I explained she was making her first TBR 🙌🏻😃
And then she found that Willo Davis Roberts has over 50 books! So she found her first back catalogue to dive into 🥰

And this… is #whyweread 💁🏻‍♀️🥰📚

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Nothing like reading a book about vampires 🧛 and hearing someone rap at your window at midnight 🕛🤯😱😳

sprainedbrain Omg WHY was someone rapping on your window?! 2mo
Sweettartlaura @sprainedbrain wrong window - she was looking for someone else 😮‍💨. But I was on the phone with 911 pronto! 2mo
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It takes a while, but once this takes off, it‘s a great read. Not life-changing, earth-shattering, the type of book you shove in people‘s faces and yell, “Read this!” But a good, solid story, with interesting characters who have tales to tell.

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Spin the Dawn | Elizabeth Lim
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My first #DNF of the year.
This is a 14-hour listen.
And after 2+ hours, I heard nothing interesting/compelling/original to hold my interest.
So I‘m walking away.

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Bouton stood next to the greats and held his own, yet was on the periphery even before he published his iconoclastic diary.
He was a ball player, entrepreneur, father, husband, stepfather, inventor, screenwriter, speaker, and a guy who built his own rock walls. He took to life with gusto.
Listening to him read is a treat. He cracks up at some of the old stories.
It‘s no wonder that this was named one of the best books of the 20th century.

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Full disclosure:
I know the author.
But that doesn‘t detract from how good this book is.
The link to my full review is below.
If you have any interest in this topic, you should read this book - Deborah has a lifetime of wisdom for you to engage with.

Read this book 🙌🏻📚♥️

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41746752

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The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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A plane goes through turbulence and lands safely… only to come out of the same turbulence 106 days later.
What happened?
My one issue is that the author never convinces you of the theory that he goes with.
That said, the story really is about the people on the plane. In that time, some people die; marry; get pregnant; break up; achieve the success they‘ve worked for. What to do with the alternate version of themselves that knows none of this?

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Untitled | Unknown
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Fantastic!
The author/narrator is a delight to listen to.
The stories of these women are intriguing and inspiring.
And everyone - EVERYONE - needs to know about Princess Olga of Kiev 😮
(Also, Genghis Khan was not the brute we think he was 🤷🏻‍♀️.)
Definitely worth your time.

GondorGirl Okay, so I just googled Princess Olga and she was ruthless! Whoa! 3mo
Sweettartlaura @GondorGirl right?!?! 😳. It reminded me of GOT ~ and when I read more on her I saw the name she took when she converted to Christianity was Olena ~ which made me think of Olenna Tyrell ~ which made me wonder if GRRM knows about her and used her as inspiration 🤔 3mo
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I Have Lost My Way | Gayle Forman
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Oh, wow, I loved this!!!
Forman brings these 3 young strangers together one day in NYC, right when they all need each other most. She captures the braveness it takes to move out of childhood, while giving each of these characters a couple hands to hold on to as they do.
We should all be Freya, Nathaniel, & Harun, and be blessed with friends like them.
The audiobook is superb. And it features an original song at the end I‘ll be humming for days.

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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m not an avid Patterson fan.
I respect him, but I don‘t read all his work, nor await every release.
And I‘m ambivalent about these collaborations. On the one hand, he‘s elevating another author - cool. On the other, it comes off as a cash grab - not cool.
That said, I absolutely loved this story.
You get a play within the story. The characters come alive. And there are plenty of twists.
There was nothing about this that wasn‘t done perfectly.

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This was fascinating.
Bloom is very much the heroine of her tale. And that‘s ok by me.
She captures the straddling she did between awestruck small-town girl & ambitious entrepreneur perfectly, so the audience can experience it vicariously.
Really great listen.

Only complaint - my version didn‘t have an update on her legal troubles. That should be added for future readers/listeners.

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I have to say… I really liked this.

Fantasy is NEVER my go-to genre. But I got this audiobook as a freebie years ago. I finally got around to listening to it.
And I was captivated. I already got the next installment ready to go.

Tahir does such a tremendous job of creating these characters that it doesn‘t matter what world she puts them in: you want to spend time with them and root for them.

So go do it. You‘ll be glad you did.

BookwormAHN I've read this whole series and it's fantastic 🧡 4mo
Sweettartlaura @BookwormAHN great to hear 👍🏻. I‘m definitely down for Book 2 - I‘ll see how far it takes me 🙂 4mo
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4.5 ⭐️

Full review in link below ⬇️

In short, I wholeheartedly recommend this, especially as an audiobook.
It‘s his account of the loss of his son to suicide; the Insurrection; and his work as Lead Impeachment Manager - 3 events that happened in quick succession.

Raskin has restored a portion of my faith in humanity, and I need that so. He is an American treasure, and a blessing to us all.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58935131

Amiable I saw an interview with him on “CBS Sunday Morning” last week, I think it was. Raskin is a true inspiration. (edited) 4mo
AmyG I agree with @Amiable. How he dealt with all of this and his son‘s suicide....I can‘t imagine. We are very lucky to have him on the Jan 6 committee and in Congress. 4mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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5⭐️
This book was perfect 👌🏻!
And so was the narration.
Once again, TJR tells a complex, nuanced story that envelops the reader in the world she creates.
My only complaint is that the Riva siblings seem a little too good, for people who went through all the trauma they did.
But I enjoyed this nonetheless.

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Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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I have no idea how to rate this 🤷🏻‍♀️
It‘s … definitely well-written. I won‘t soon forget it. And the ending… what did THAT mean?
But it‘s A LOT. Like, too much. Really explicit ~ really detailed ~ But … did she have to go THAT far???
I can‘t really recommend it. If I told anyone to read this book, and they weren‘t down with it, they would never trust me again.
So… read at your own risk … if you are okay with being deeply disturbed.

Reggie The end just meant he was no better than everything he thought he was. 5mo
Sweettartlaura @Reggie that‘s what I was afraid of 😞. He seems to have such self-loathing, though - a deep awareness of his contribution to this dysfunctional dystopia. Is he just so desperate for what Jasmine gives him? It was he always planning this? 5mo
Reggie @Sweettartlaura I don‘t think he planned it but I think he‘s like most of us who talks big ideals but still takes the easy option when it comes to it. This is a total bummer I know. 5mo
Sweettartlaura @Reggie fair enough — and yes, depressing 😞 5mo
Sweettartlaura @Reggie I didn‘t think he loved her. But I thought he had connected enough with humanity again to … not end it like he did. 5mo
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Home Stretch | Graham Norton
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If you haven‘t listened to a Graham Norton novel yet, you are missing out, indeed!
Norton sets his books in his native Ireland, and narrates them all for the audiobooks. No matter the subject matter, it is a delight to hear him tell a story. You can pick any of them and have the same great experience. Treat yourself this year to this ♥️

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I enjoyed this one too 5mo
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Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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I‘m going in … 😳

My last dabbling with this… subject matter, let‘s say … was Earthlings, and I did not love it.

But I am giving this a try 🤞🏻

Reggie Oof, good luck. I loved this book but it definitely had an effect on me. 5mo
Cathythoughts Good book 👍 5mo
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My #top21in21

This year seemed harder to make it happen than 2020 🤷🏻‍♀️
And looking over my list, there are a LOT I don‘t recall at ALL - that‘s very unusual - I usually have at least an impression, if not total recall.

But these stood out for sure.

My top 3 would be
Plain Bad Heroines
The Midnight Library
Queen of Spades (read it!)

Happy Reading in 2022! 📚📚📚

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Challenge Accepted | Carol Rose
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Phew 😮‍💨. Cerone Family Reading Challenge JUST crossing the finish line 🎆

LeahBergen Whoa!! 😮 5mo
Sweettartlaura @LeahBergen this is NOT just me 😜. This includes siblings, in-laws, nieces & nephews, cousins… there‘s about 10-12 of us who do it now. (But 267 are mine 😜 👍🏻) 5mo
LeahBergen That‘s still mighty impressive! 5mo
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Sweettartlaura @LeahBergen thanks 🙏🏻 5mo
La_Cori Yay!! Group effort, but still an impressive accomplishment 🎉💪👏 5mo
Sweettartlaura @La_Cori thanks 🙏🏻♥️ 5mo
BookBabe 😮 Go fam! 🙌🏻😃 5mo
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I feel like not enough people talk about Jess Walter.
That needs to change.
Everything of his, I end up giving 5 ⭐️
I listened to the Audible version of this story - I think it‘s included with subscription.
The blurb here says it seems to be part of a collection of his due out next year.
However you do so, get this into your brain. Beautiful, classic storytelling with the right amounts of drama, melancholy, & humor. Chef‘s kiss of a book 😚

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The Night Eternal | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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Series review…
Loved Book 1 - couldn‘t get enough
Book 2 gave me nightmares - can‘t tell you the last time that happened
Book 3… I had a hard time getting through it.
And I think it‘s COVID-related 🤷🏻‍♀️
By Book 3, the world has lost so much - even if they succeed in ridding the world of vampires, they have lost so much that it‘s hard to root for it.
And in Year 2 of a pandemic, I feel echoes of that in life 🤷🏻‍♀️
Wish I‘d read this sooner.

kplovesbooks Agree on book 1 - definitely the best of the series!! It sucked me in so quick and wouldn't let go! 2 just felt redundant, like they kept repeating the same scenes over and over. And 3 just...idk, it was good, but I wasn't expecting the series to take the turn it did I guess. But I agree on the devastation part totally. 7mo
Sweettartlaura @kplovesbooks I wish I‘d read it sooner, so as to feel like I could judge Bk 3 impartially. It could be that it just wasn‘t as good… or it could be almost 2 years of pandemic burnout driving my low opinion of it. 7mo
kplovesbooks @Sweettartlaura It could definitely be the pandemic. I read it years ago, but I imagine it's a whole different thing reading it now. 7mo
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My #spookyreadathon got a bit derailed in week 2 🤷🏻‍♀️. But I finally finished this tonight.

Without saying a word about the pandemic or the current political situation, it does a LOT toward explaining how we‘re fighting about basic provable facts. I was not expecting that.

Link to full review below. In short, I recommend it 👍🏻

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3078870296

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Spooktacular! | Sienna Mercer
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#spookyreadathon got off to a sluggish start - I had some non-spooky reads to finish. But I have 5 done ✔️ and I‘m working on 3 more this weekend.
So far, I really like everything I‘ve read 3.5 ⭐️ and up 👍🏻

Happy Reading 📚 👻 🕯

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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Loved this book. Just … loved it 🥰
Read it straight through in about 3 hours ♥️

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From A to Z | Vincent X. Kirsch
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I usually do an A to Z.
This year I decided to spread it out over print books, audiobooks, ebooks.
I also wanted to focus on my First Reads picks I get from Amazon Prime and never seem to read 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️
And I‘ve added in a Nonfiction category.
Two are done ✔️
Now to see if I can finish up the other 3 in 5 months 🤞🏻📚🙌🏻

Bklover Wow!!👍👍👍 10mo
DivineDiana Now, that‘s some goals! Love the addition of First Reads! I think I have only read 1 of mine. 😳 10mo
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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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I read a lot of books last month.
These were my favorites.
#Julywrapup

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Night Theater | Vikram Paralkar
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I‘m crying reading this. I could weep.
This is the difference between those who try and those who don‘t.
As one who always tries, I‘m exhausted these days by those who won‘t.
As God leaves Cain‘s question unanswered, so does Saheb leave the pharmacist to answer her query. Her answer will leave its mark on her life.

Will I ever be so wise?

#readthisbook

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Lightseekers | Femi Kayode
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This book is so good!
It‘s a whydunit - we know who was killed, how, and since a mob was involved, a lot of whos.
But the father of one victim needs to know more: why.
So he hires a psychological detective to dig into it more.
And it just rolls from there, and I loved it. Easy to settle into; hard to put down once you get about halfway through.
5 ⭐️

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Curious: if you don‘t finish a book for your book club, how often do you still go to the meeting?
I tried to read/listen to this. I wasn‘t expecting to love it… but I also wasn‘t expecting a 40-minute chapter on eels. At that point I bailed.
And I was still going to go to our meeting tonight.
But other things have arisen, and I can‘t work up the energy to go talk about a book I barely read, and didn‘t enjoy for a second🤷🏻‍♀️
What do you do?

katy4peas Bail on the meeting if other things have come up. Otherwise I would still go to the meeting. 10mo
Laughterhp I‘d probably still go if I had the time and just talk about how much I hated the book. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 10mo
Sweettartlaura @katy4peas I am. But if you go when you didn‘t read, what do you do for an hour or so as people talk about it? Especially if you didn‘t read because you hated it? I don‘t wanna be the person who says, “didn‘t read - but hated it”. So I usually force myself to finish, so at least I have something to stand on if I still hate it 😜. But I couldn‘t this time. And the thought of saying nothing for an hour+ lent itself to prioritizing other tasks 10mo
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Sweettartlaura @Laughterhp 😂 😂 😂 10mo
Laughterhp There was a reason I was kicked out of my book club 😂😂 10mo
Sweettartlaura @Laughterhp 😮🤣🤣🤣 10mo
katy4peas I have had to admit that I didn‘t like it before and that I didn‘t finish it. But I am also stuck leading it, so…. 🤷‍♀️ I have to sit for an hour and listen to everybody! 10mo
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Easy Prey | Catherine Lo
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Whoa 😮
Jenna is a badass.
After nude photos she shared with her boyfriend are posted online, Jenna has a tough year adjusting: the school does little; the community shuns her; teachers advise her nothing is private; & people ask her to think of the boys - she could ruin their lives.
🙄
When the situation replays itself the following year, the stakes are higher - a teacher‘s been exposed.
What can Jenna do to bring about justice?
Answer: a lot 😏

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After 5 years of US political insanity, and 18 months of a plague, I‘m being nosey about other people‘s problems😏
The more I read, the more I think the Sussexes effed this up🤦🏻‍♀️
They have reasons to be unhappy, yes.
But if they had proceeded patiently, I think they could have found a better solution.
This veers off into a rant about Meghan. But before that last chapter, there‘s great value in this review of the dynamics & history of these 4.

Cinfhen I LOVE this review❤️#CuriousMindsWantToKnow 11mo
Sweettartlaura @Cinfhen 😂😜🤫 11mo
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Liar & Spy | Rebecca Stead
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Here‘s what I did…
I‘m at one brother‘s house. We decide to meet another brother for a picnic & fishing.
I see a book of my niece‘s that her cousin would like. We bring it along.
After we eat, we sort stuff. I put the book in the car it‘s leaving in.
Then we fish.
When it‘s time to go I see the car that should have the book in it … not in the place it was when I put the book in it.
“Did you move your car?” I asked.
Con‘t… 👇🏻

Sweettartlaura I asked for sarcasm, and I got it.
But I said, “You don‘t understand. I put the book in A car - if you haven‘t moved, then I did not put it in YOUR car.”
And I didn‘t - I threw the book in some random person‘s car.
So I hope someone at Chadwick Lake enjoys their copy of “Liar & Spy.” I hear it‘s really good 😂
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Oryx Accidental book fairy 😁 11mo
DivineDiana Oh no! 11mo
sherri Whoops! Hope they enjoy the book! 11mo
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Rage | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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So I am finally on vacation 🙌🏻
And within 12 hours I made my way to a bookstore 💁🏻‍♀️
I bought the first two for my nephew; the second two for my niece; and the last one was for me.
Because… this is a hardcover edition of an out-of-print King collection in pristine condition… for $4.
😮😮🤫
I seriously felt like I was stealing from the guy 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Panpan

This book is a mess.
And not kind to women at all.
And not clever enough to get away with it under the guise of satire or social commentary.

It‘s short, so I was going to slog through it.
But then I hit this line:

“I knew Leila was on my side, since she wasn‘t wearing a floral patterned dress like Whitney and the receptionist.”

What the hell???
I literally have a thousand other books to read. I‘m out.

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The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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A fast read.

And insidious.

While I wasn‘t particularly terrified reading this, apparently I was: I had nightmares all night while reading this one.

I‘m not sure if I should finish the third, or have a couple palate cleansers in between.

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From A to Z | Vincent X. Kirsch
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A few years ago I started doing an A to Z challenge.
This year, after accumulating even more books during quarantine 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️, I‘m doing 4:
The first is just regular books, and now I‘m done ✔️.
The sheet in orange is audiobooks🎧 - I need one by an author starting with X to complete that.
The blue is for ebooks - I expect to complete it by December.
Purple is for First Reads from Amazon. I have a serious backlog… and need to get a move on.

Texreader This is fantastic!! Way to go! 11mo
Sweettartlaura @Texreader thanks 😊. I found it was a good way to force some books off my backlog, so I‘ve kept up with it. And now I‘m just expanding it to clear off my virtual shelves, too 💁🏻‍♀️ 11mo
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Leaving Everest | Megan Westfield
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I made it to #mteverest today for my #MountTBR challenge this year.
On to Olympus!
Favorites reads so far:
Plain Bad Heroines
Queen of Spades
Utopia Avenue
Born a Crime
Caste
The City We Became
Tacoma Stories

Megabooks Wow!! 11mo
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Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell
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5 ⭐️

First…
One of these years, I‘m going to read all of Mitchell‘s work from first to latest, to fully immerse myself in the world he builds, and catch ALL the overlaps…
Second…
I am a sucker for fake rock band bios, and this is one of the best I‘ve ever read. The characters come completely alive. And Mitchell‘s skill at constructing a story is at its peak.
I savored reading this. I only sped up toward the end, to see if I guessed Dean‘s fate.

BookwormM I am on the same mission 👍 11mo
Sweettartlaura @BookwormM You‘re reading all of Mitchell‘s books??? How is it going? 11mo
802Librarian I read them all late last summer when this came out and it was the best reading experience! It‘s brilliant how they are all tied together. 11mo
Sweettartlaura @NHLibrarian Awesome! I know the links are there. I just read them so far apart that I know I‘m not getting the full effect. 11mo
BookwormM I am up to Cloud Atlas 11mo
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Queen of Spades | Michael Shou-Yung Shum
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Found this in my bookstore.
Shelved it until today.
And I just sped through it.
Shum fictionalizes a tale told to him by one of the last Faro dealers, about the last hand played in N. America. It‘s like Leonard or Hiassen in the PNW, with characters you must meet. It‘s balanced with humor, thrills, humanity, and magic. Like his MC, the author isn‘t flashy, uses no tricks. But his skill is a thing of beauty, and holds the reader enthralled.
5 ⭐️

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And just like that, like I‘m listening to Guyville in my dorm room again, Liz Phair makes me gasp in pain, in fear, in horror, with a thought I didn‘t know how to express myself.

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Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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3.5 ⭐️

So... Aimee is Madonna, right? She‘s totally Madonna.

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The Cloud of Unknowing | Thomas H. Cook
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When you pick up a used copy of a favorite you‘ve never owned, only to find it‘s signed!!! 😮😁🥰

Texreader That‘s so awesome 1y
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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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Hey, hey!!!
Look what‘s available for pre-order ... without favorite narrator 😍🥰♥️ 🖤

I‘ve missed you, Joe 😉

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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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LaValle uses Lovecraftian tropes to upend the genre, creating a tale both horrifying & satisfying.
Short but sweet ... in the most terrifying sense.

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This IS very academic. But it‘s very worthwhile. The author offers lots of evidence of contact between Africans & the Americas for hundreds - maybe thousands - of years before 1492. Very informative.

Chrissyreadit I was just listening to a tik tok about that. 1y
Sweettartlaura @Chrissyreadit really? Cool 🙂 1y
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