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Wandering Stars | Tommy Orange
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Started this last night and it is every bit as good as you would expect it to be…maybe even better. No slump here. Orange‘s second book is bringing it…

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In The Miso Soup | Ryu Murakami
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I get why this is considered a classic work of Japanese crime fiction. Not always an easy read, it‘s a fantastic one. The feeling of something off which quickly grows into a sense of wrongness is pervasive from the beginning, the tension pulling you along until there is a sudden eruption of explosive violence that leaves the main character unmoored but refusing to give up while hunting & hoping for a way to survive. Dark. Atmospheric. Excellent.

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This YA fantasy retelling of The Scarlett Pimpernel (one of my favorite books when I was a teenager) is a lot of fun—predictable but an entertaining page turner that kept me engaged. It‘s the first in the series so it leaves you in the thick of it and with plenty of reasons to read the next installment.

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Going with witches tonight…that and probably a lot of drama. We‘ll see!

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In The Miso Soup | Ryu Murakami
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Friday reading…

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What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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Of course Kingfisher writes an unputdownable retelling of Poe‘s The Fall of the House of Usher…one that will have you looking over your shoulder and maybe even leaving the lights on as the creepiness and horror is ratcheted up page after page after page in a story that is told with just the right amount of dry wit. A decrepit house with even more decrepit residents, intrepid visitors, and a rotten core make for a fabulous read. Loved it.

Patchshank This is my book club book for next month. I didn't know it was a retelling of house of usher. Pretty excited to hear that. 6d
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Grann explores another fascinating, lost to the mists of time moment in history that is fantastical & utterly compelling. With painstaking research, he examines a hard to believe story filled with hubris, the randomness of chance & what people will/won‘t do in the face of adversity. It is the stripping away of the thin veneer of humanity to what lies below when survival is at stake that makes this an unforgettable story about the human endeavor.

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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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Set in 1908 during the waning days of the Qing Empire, a detective with an uncanny ability to discern truth from lies investigates the death of a courtesan & comes across an even more incredible tale than he anticipated . At the same time, a young woman seeking vengeance joins a wealthy household as a servant hoping she‘ll find the one she‘s looking for. Engrossing historical fiction, a tale of murder, vengeance, & forgiveness. A really good read.

Texreader Great review!! Stacked! 1w
Crazeedi This sounds like a good one! Adding!! 1w
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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1. We last moved in 2003. Just completed a renovation of our home so we can lively here comfortably for another 20+ years. 🤞

2. Tagged book for a classic where a character moves. Billy Summers by Stephen King for a more recent one.

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TheSpineView Great book choice! Thanks for playing! 1w
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Something Wilder | Christina Lauren
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This was exactly what you would expect it to be—a by the numbers story about second chances & adventures gone wrong all wrapped up with a more or less satisfying HEA. Nothing wrong with it & it was enjoyable enough—great for an afternoon at the beach or a plane trip—but it is not particularly memorable & doesn‘t leave you wanting to rush off to buy another book by the duo.

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Something Wilder | Christina Lauren
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I can‘t be the only one who throws a book in the bag on my way to visit family knowing full well I mostly likely won‘t have any time to crack it open but nevertheless feel the need to cover my bases because you never know…maybe there will be 30 seconds here or there when I can sneak in a page or two… So, taking this book along for the ride. No idea if I‘ll actually get to start it…

Ruthiella It‘s good to have insurance! 1w
Jari-chan Yes! You never know! 1w
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100 Bullets Omnibus Vol. 1 | Brian Azzarello
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The comic standing up is one I got for free from my local comic shop—apparently the writer gave them a bunch of copies—and the two omnibus volumes below (100 issues or so in total) are what I bought in order to get to the free comic so that the story makes sense. 😬 It won lots of Eisner Awards so I‘m hoping for a good read.

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I read Vol. 6 before bed last night because reading James Tynion IV horror right before bed is a very, very good idea. 😬 It was excellent, of course, and now I‘m on to Vol. 7 which I anticipate will be equally awesome…as any multiple Eisner Awards winner should be…

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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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Starting the weekend with this one…

rockpools Gorgeous cover 😍 2w
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Arden is a masterful writer able to situate readers in a time & place with such effortless ease that before you even realize you‘ve been transported to the battlefields of WWI, you find yourself there struggling to survive, searching for the missing, &, impossibly, finding reason to hope & dream in the midst of the horror. This haunting story about a sister looking for her missing brother as war rages is fantastic. I really enjoyed this one.

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The Book of Doors | Gareth Brown
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I‘m likely an outlier on this book which I thought was ok but a story I likely won‘t remember. The premise is fantastic—magical books, people who collect them, & those that will kill to possess them—& the mystery, adventure, danger & twists are all the ingredients for a great story. And yet, I found myself ambivalent about the characters & the story. In fairness, this may be a me not the book issue. I think a lot of readers will love this one.

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The Book of Doors | Gareth Brown
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Today‘s reading…

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We Are Not Free | Traci Chee
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Yes it‘s cliche to say that truth is stranger than fiction & yet…Truth is also more horrifying, heartbreaking, frustrating, & enraging…all of which is encapsulated in this outstanding YA historical fiction about the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. I don‘t yet have all the words I need to write a well reasoned review because every time I think about what happened in the book/real life it makes me immeasurably sad. Excellent.

TheBookKeepers Ooooh. I‘ve had this on my TBR for a bit, I need to pick it up 2w
TheBookHippie I heard this author speak it was heartbreaking - A Place Where Sunflowers Grow is a wonderful picture book by Amy Lee Tai, whose grandmother was sent to the Topaz internment camp during the war. 2w
TracyReadsBooks @TheBookHippie Such an important book. I imagine it was quite powerful hearing the author speak about it. I‘ll look for A Place Where Sunflowers Grow. Thanks for letting me know about it! 2w
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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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#Two4Tuesday

1. No particular plans but if I had to guess, I imagine we‘ll find ourselves on the couch watching tv. 😬😂

2. The tagged book is filled with friendship, romance, and lots of magic which makes it a great read for Valentine‘s Day.

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I‘m simply not capable of resisting something with this title…and so far it does not disappoint. Great story and amazing, gloriously colorful art.

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While it should be a contradiction to say that Liu and Takeda write and illustrate beautiful horror, it isn‘t. It‘s the genius, the sheer unmitigated brilliance of their collaboration. It‘s scary to begin with—I see you, you super creepy dolls—but then it gets even scarier because you simply cannot look away from Takeda‘s art. The book didn‘t suffer at all from middle book syndrome and I‘m looking forward to feasting my eyes on what happens next!

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A little bit of this, a little bit of that in today‘s #bookhaul.

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We Are Not Free | Traci Chee
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Thursday morning reading…

#OnTheGo #ReadingOnTheTrain

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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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I mean yeah, it was every bit as entertaining as I expected it to be. If you‘re a fan of Hazelwood‘s other books, you‘ll probably enjoy her foray into fantasy/paranormal romance too. It‘s a fun story set in an interesting world—I like the way in which she situated human/Were/Vampyre relationships—populated with fun characters. This initial story is wrapped up but there are dangling threads suggesting there might be more books in the future. Yay!

Booksofkell I loved this one!! 3w
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Loved it! So fun to return to this world! This collection of short stories includes prequel stories, several set during the events of the Celestial Kingdom duology, & an epilogue (which is everything you could hope for). The stories are told from a multitude of POVs giving readers a glimpse into the thoughts & hopes & dreams & of several different characters. If you enjoyed the duology, you‘ll enjoy this collection. I know I did. A great read!

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Not untitled—just a new comic announced a few hours ago so it‘s way too new to be listed. Anyway, Skottie Young and Jorge Corona—the team behind Middlewest and The Me You Love in the Dark—are back with a dark western. It certainly looks very cool! First issue is out in May. Can. Not. Wait.

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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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Just as soon as I finish work, I‘m going to make a really tough decision…I‘m totally going to have no trouble picking which one of these highly anticipated reads to start first…really l will have NO trouble…by which I mean it‘s going to be really hard to pick one over the other. 😬 Needless to say, I‘m excited to read both of these books…probably in quick succession.

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The Nine Cloud Dream | Kim Man-Jung
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A very interesting & entertaining tale—I really enjoyed this classic work (written in 17th c. Korea) of fiction. After a young monk succumbs to temptation, he is reincarnated as an ideal man and as he lives that life, he learns more about the Buddhist teachings he strayed from. The introduction provided excellent background & context for the story which definitely helped with understanding much of the nuance. A good read.

Ruthiella I love a good introduction (even though I sometimes read them after I‘ve read the book, not before). 3w
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The Nine Cloud Dream | Kim Man-Jung
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Going with another classic this weekend. This one, written in the 17th century, is also from Korea and is regarded as a classic work like The Story of Hong Gildong which I read earlier in the week.

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Ruthless Vows | Rebecca Ross
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I liked, for the most part, but didn‘t love this sequel to Divine Rivals (which I thought was excellent). In the aftermath of a devastating attack, Iris & Roman find themselves separated & on different sides. As war rages, things will get much more complicated before there‘s a chance—if there is one—things will get better. I found myself often skimming as the story lacked the emotional depth I was hoping for. A low pick. #UnpopularOpinion? Maybe.

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There‘s a lot of story packed into this slim volume which tells the story of a young mother who starts to speak in the voices of other women. What follows is a narrative of her life in which the everyday pervasiveness of sexism & misogyny, the weight of familial & societal expectations, & the confining limits of gender rolls takes center stage. It‘s a story that will be familiar to many women. An excellent book & my first 5 star read of 2024.

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Ruthless Vows | Rebecca Ross
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Next—excited to start this one. Ross never disappoints and I‘m anticipating a great read!

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Takeover | Cara Tanamachi
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Sure you know exactly how everything is going to play out from the very first page but that‘s okay because the pace is good, the banter snappy, & the story—former high school nemeses meet in an enemies to lovers story centered around the takeover of a tech company in Chicago—entertaining. I laughed out loud more than once and enjoyed this one.

Dragon Sounds fun - stacking ❤️🐉 4w
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Story of Hong Gildong | Minsoo Kang
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This classic work of Korean fiction tells the story of the brilliant & talented but illegitimate son of a government official. Dismayed by his status, which means he can‘t address his father or brother as such, Hong Gildong leaves home. Thus begins a wonderful tale of adventure filled with magic, bandits, fame and glory, military prowess & much more. The introduction provides some great background on the origin & intent of the tale. A good read.

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#Two4Tuesday

1. Tagged—absolutely loved this short story collection. I‘ll definitely read more by this author.

2. More than one actually—Tales of the Celestial Kingdom by Sue Lynn Tan (can‘t wait to return to this world), the new Katherine Arden book The Warm Hands of Ghosts and Bride by Ali Hazelwood. Lots of good reading to look forward to.

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Story of Hong Gildong | Minsoo Kang
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Going with a book regarded as a classic of Korean fiction for my next read…

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The story of Hades and Persephone just keeps getting better and better. Complications abound as Hades confesses his feelings and secrets from Persephone‘s past begin to emerge. Fantastic, colorful art and a retelling perfect for the modern age make for great reading. Love this comic. 💕

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Santat‘s National Book Award winning graphic novel about a school trip to Europe when he was in middle school is marvelous in every way—from the delightful art to the heartfelt, poignant detailing of all the awkwardness that comes with being thirteen—and definitely deserving of all the accolades it‘s received. A wonderful story about finding yourself, exploring the world, and discovering your place in it. A fantastic book.

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We‘ve had three days of fog and rain…the weather matches the cover of this book perfectly so logically, it‘s the next one I should read, right? Right!

dabbe I loved this book! A perfect rainy read! 🤩 1mo
LoverOfLearning The audiobook was a bit long and difficult to follow a bit, but overall a 5 star read! I loved it. 3w
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Loved this short story collection—there was only one story I didn‘t absolutely love—which takes readers from the boxing ring to Brazil, to the skies, and beyond. This is the first work by Mason I ever read but it probably most definitely won‘t be the last.

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Me and not the book? Hmm. Told from multiple POVs—including one that was so annoying I had to skip those chapters—this book about human connection, conflict, borders & the ways we cross/do not cross them, & trauma is occasionally lyrical & sometimes even profound but…BUT…ultimately it didn‘t quite connect for me. I‘ve read several books by Shafak that I really enjoyed & while I really liked sections of this one, on the whole it didn‘t work for me.

BirdLaVie I struggled to get into this one too! Loved the premise and idea, but couldn‘t get into it. 1mo
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“Cartography is another name for stories told by winners.”

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1. Traveling and seeing more of the world for sure. I also often daydream about whatever story I‘m reading/watching which has captured my attention and imagine myself there. Fun to imagine myself in a different time/place/universe.

2. I can‘t think of a particular book off the top of my head but books that celebrate curiosity, the human spirit, exploration/discovery tend to inspire me to think big thoughts.

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#Two4Tuesday

1. Traveling and seeing more of the world for sure. I also often daydream about whatever story I‘m reading/watching which has captured my attention and imagine myself there. Fun to imagine myself in a different time/place/universe.

2. I can‘t think of a particular book off the top of my head but books that celebrate curiosity, the human spirit, exploration/discovery tend to inspire me to think big thoughts.

@TheSpineView

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The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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Off to book club tonight…I‘m pretty sure I‘m the only one who finished the book. 😬 Some months are like that I suppose. 🤷‍♀️

LiteraryinLawrence The cover quote saying it‘s the book of the decade is a bold claim! 1mo
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Started reading this one last night and so far I‘m really enjoying it. The author is using a device I don‘t love but 🤞 it doesn‘t become too annoying and/or distracting.

marleed I loved this story! 1mo
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The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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I get why this book was on all the “best of” lists last year. It‘s a very well-written, compelling, & heartbreaking story about a boy sentenced to six months in the notorious Gracetown School for Boys after kicking the son of the largest landowner in town. Inspired by her own family‘s history Due crafts a powerful critique of the Jim Crow South. I enjoyed the book but found it as easy to put down as it was to pick it up. Still, a good read.

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Once I started, I could not stop reading. I really enjoyed this raucous, irreverent, horny, funny, surprising, and wholly engaging collection of short stories. There wasn‘t a clunker in the book—they were all entertaining, some were genius. If you like your short stories fast, furious and feminist as anything, this collection is definitely worth a read. Recommended.

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Today‘s reading for my commute.

#OnTheGo #ReadingOnTheTrain

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The Water Outlaws | S. L. Huang
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In a word, excellent. A queer retelling of the 14th century book Water Margin, a Chinese classic, this book is a brutal, unflinching story filled with political machinations, battles, alchemy, battles, women fighting for agency, battles, betrayal, batt—probably don‘t need to keep repeating that, you get the idea. Excellent, if occasionally slow, this is a fantastically entertaining book. Totally get why it was on so many “best of” lists last year.