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bookwrm526

bookwrm526

Joined April 2016

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This was the book I so perfectly needed. As Scalzi himself says in the afterword, it‘s not high literature, it‘s a pop song of a book, but sometimes a really catchy pop song is exactly the thing you want.

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This is a very interesting series that I forgot about. It fit a prompt in a book challenge, so I was glad to be able to get back to it!!

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Smoke | Joe Ide
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It took a while to get into this one because the ending of the last one was quite sad. It ended up being a really good installment in the series, and I hope the next one comes out soon (and that there is a next one for that matter). We moved into a new place recently and are still settling in, but I think the cat likes his new view!

AmyG Ha! 1mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 1mo
KellyK It took me a bit to find the cat… 😂🤣😂 1mo
bookwrm526 @KellyK LOL, he has never ever done this before and he‘s 15! If I hadn‘t seen him do it I might not have spotted him myself 1mo
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Imago | Octavia E. Butler
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It took me a while to finish this trilogy, because I had to pause after each book and really reflect on it. I still find myself thinking about them a lot! I‘m kind of mad that I didn‘t know about Butler when I was first starting to read sci-fi.

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Winter's Orbit | Everina Maxwell
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Queer romance/political sci-fi story. I thought it was quite good, thought it did drag just a bit in the middle and there were a few times I wanted to smack the two main characters on the back of the head. Enjoy this picture of my cat being a derp!!

GondorGirl Tell your cat I love him! 🥰 1mo
bookwrm526 @GondorGirl hahah, I will tell him and give him extra chin scratches from you 1mo
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Mehso-so

I am VERY annoyed with this book. The concept is great, and the characters are interesting and diverse, but it isn‘t a complete book. Apparently I have once again fallen for the ploy of buying what‘s actually a third of a book and getting sucked into it so that I end up having to get the other two to finish the story!!

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The Mirror Season | Anna-Marie McLemore
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Trigger warning for sexual assault! This was a REALLY good book, a retelling of the Snow Queen. But, it was also so so so difficult. McLemore‘s writing is a lot flowery sometimes, but it wasn‘t quite so over the top as it is in some of their books. #OwnVoices

LeahBergen Look at those pretty kitty eyes. 💙 1mo
bookwrm526 @LeahBergen thanks :) we just moved, and I took that on his first day in the new house. Needless to say he was being a bit high strung lol 1mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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A little slow paced for what I typically think of as a “thriller”, but really well-written, interesting premise. I enjoyed it.

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Not quite as good as the Sabriel series IMO but still a great deal of dark fun!!

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Indian Horse | Richard Wagamese
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Incredibly difficult, but ultimately hopeful. Knowledge if this history, even if it is fictionalized here, is so important and needs to be more widespread. It really wasn‘t that long ago in the scheme of things. I wish I could have appreciated the parts about hockey a little more, but I am not a huge fan.

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A Treacherous Curse | Deanna Raybourn
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I am tearing through this series now, and I‘m going to have to slow down before I run out of books :( I hope some of the interpersonal relationships progress soon, I hate when series deaf these things out forever!

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I thought this was an excellent romance - as a person who loves Hallmark Christmas movies both ironically and completely un-ironically , I don‘t think it could have been more perfect!!

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I‘m not always the biggest fan of magical realism, but I absolutely adored this book. The characters, the magic, the setting were all beautiful.

wanderinglynn And what a cute reading buddy! ❤️🐱 2mo
bookwrm526 @wanderinglynn he has his moments :) 2mo
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Defekt | Nino Cipri
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I love the world that Coptic has built here. I wasn‘t expecting a sequel to Finna, but I‘m so glad they wrote one. The Derek‘s are great and I loved trying to imagine what the “monsters” would look like. I think this dog might be defekta to be completely honest.

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Mehso-so

I liked the main character quite a bit, but I never really warmed to the story somehow. I‘ll give the series another chance, though!

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I was honestly shocked reading this because a lot of the areas mentioned were so close to where I grew up and yet I had never heard about any of this! It terrifies me that this group is still super active and has managed to avoid so many of the consequences. The book was repetitive in some places and disjointed in others, but still a decent read.

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Rain Girl | Gabi Kreslehner
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The story was interesting, but the way it was told was incredibly disjointed and the dialog was incredibly odd. Some of that could be the translation I guess? #Booked2022 @4thhouseontheleft with a weather term in the title!

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I knew nothing about this going in, and I almost gave up on it when I realized it was a Gatsby retelling, but then I realized it was a queer, magical Gatsby retelling, so I stuck with it and ended up really enjoying it, almost enough to make me go back and reread Gatsby - I think maybe I was too young for it when I read it in school?

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The White Darkness | David Grann
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I cannot say I understand the drive to do things like this, but I read the book about Shackleton‘s most famous expedition last year (Endurance), and this was an interesting follow-up of sorts.

ErinSueMreads I'm so concerned by the turkey that I didn't even look to see what the book was 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 2mo
bookwrm526 @ErinSueMreads LOL, this is one of the painted turkeys all over a small town here in South Carolina 2mo
ErinSueMreads Amarillo has painted horses everywhere and most of them are cool but every now and then you find one that is utterly terrifying 😂 2mo
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Kraken | China Miville
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WHAT the f&$? did I just listen to? That was an incredibly weird and confusing book. It was intriguing and I definitely wanted to know what happened, but I can‘t exactly say that I liked it.

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Short story collections are always a mixed bag, but this one had more misses than hits for me!

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I learned a lot from reading this book and I think it paired nicely with the biography of Ida B Wells that I finished earlier in February. A lot of the things she talks about you could see play out in the life and activism of Wells.

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A powerful memoir that I highly recommend.

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A Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
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I read the first book in this series ages ago and for some reason didn‘t pick up the second, though I meant to. Finally got back to it and it was a refreshing blend of mystery, romance, and humor! I loved it.

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Old Haunts | E.J. Copperman
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The third in a fun, light, paranormal cozy mystery series set in a guesthouse. As with a lot of cozy mysteries, the main character is a very unlikely detective, but it has ghosts so there‘s a lot of suspension of disbelief required anyway, right? #Booked2022 prompt 18!

Cinfhen I like your reading companions 🐾♥️ 3mo
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The Track of Sand | Andrea Camilleri
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Spending some time with an old friend of a series. I‘ve been filing these out slowly when I need a quick read with some laughs.

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I love these characters, I love this series, but can‘t Gamache have a breather? Can‘t he just be not hunted or personally menaced for one book??

Julsmarshall I‘m finishing a Gamache now and was tho the same thing! 3mo
bookwrm526 @Julsmarshall I often feel this way about television shows too, just give them a short break between disasters. That‘s not too much to ask! 3mo
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This book is REALLY along, and it did get bogged down in names and acronyms sometimes, but I think it‘s important and it was certainly interesting. It‘s sad how often infighting and politics between groups interfered with the common goals, and I there are important lessons there for today.

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For the first third of this one I wasn‘t sure I wasn‘t gong to like it. Eventually I got into it, and while the ending was incredibly weird and the moralizing was a bit heavy handed, I really did end up liking it. There‘s a terrifying garbage island, an adorable cat that doesn‘t die, and some serious discussions of environmentalism!

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Adulthood Rites | Octavia E. Butler
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I read the first book in this trilogy ages ago, and then didn‘t pick up the second for some reason. I finally decided to go back to it and MAN is it good - a lot of deep thoughts and questions, in a compelling story, I will definitely read the third one soon.

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A wonderful F/F romance novella. I picked this one up because I was looking for something light and short and it was almost perfect. I definitely want to read some of the longer ones in this series.

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A cute, though slightly overly convoluted, romantic cozy mystery. It isn‘t the best of its type I have read, but it had lots of cute dogs, so I‘m willing to push the rating a little :) I don‘t have a dog, but please enjoy this picture of my friend Pip who I get to let sit quite often 🐶

LeahBergen Pip! ❤️ 3mo
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The Jigsaw Man | Nadine Matheson
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Decent thriller, though I could have used one fewer cop stereotypes in the main characters lol. I will definitely check out more by this author.

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Beyond | Mercedes Lackey
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I know she has said some disappointing things about trans characters of late, but I loved Valdemar as a child, and she was one of the first genre authors I read that included LGBTQ characters (though there was a lot of trauma there), so I just had to read this book. It took me back, and there were queer characters who didn‘t have trauma, and I thought it was pretty great. Hopefully she will grow from the controversy and not double down.

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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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I didn‘t think I was going to like this one at first, but I fell into it after the first few chapters and ended up loving it. I also fell in love with this cat who I met during a tasting at a local winery last night - this photo does not do his magnificence any justice, he was enormous!!

Soubhiville What a beauty! 3mo
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The Roommate Risk | Talia Hibbert
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Not my favorite romance, but solid. I prefer enemies to lovers over friends to lovers, I think lol. I‘m not used to quite that many sex scenes in a romance novel of this length! Definitely interested in reading more by this author.

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The Gods of Tango: A novel | Carolina De Robertis
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I didn‘t like this one quite as much as Perla and Cantoras by the same author, but it‘s beautifully written historical fiction set it an interesting time period and place I don‘t know much about.

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Victories Greater Than Death | Charlie Jane Anders
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Love love LOVE it, can‘t wait for the next one to come out. Found family, diversity, and the concept of The Shapers and how they influenced the universe is fascinating.

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An interesting biography of a fascinating character. It introduced me to quite a bit of Queen‘s music that I wasn‘t familiar with. It made me see the lyrics of some of the songs I did know in a different way.

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I love this series. The twist on the Sherlock tale is great, and it just keeps morphing in fun and unique ways. They‘re great on audio too.

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DEATH OVERDUE | Allison Brook
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I wanted to love this one, but I was a bit…underwhelmed? The presence of the ghost didn‘t seem to add that much to the story, and I didn‘t warm much to the main character. I wouldn‘t seek out another in this series unless someone promised me they get better!

ElizaMarie AWe this baby is so beautiful! 4mo
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Nasty Breaks | Aaron J. Elkins, Charlotte Elkins
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I‘m not a huge golf fan, and the plots of these books are really ridiculous sometimes, but I love the main characters. I only have one left that I haven‘t read, which makes me a little sad.

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I can‘t quite figure out why I keep reading these, especially the early ones in the series, but they are a quick read and sometimes so utterly ridiculous that at least they‘re good for a laugh I guess? Anyway, this was my book that includes a recipe for #Booked2022. Has anybody tried any of the cookie recipes? Are they good??!

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Board Stiff | Annelise Ryan
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The story here was pretty solid and the characters were interesting. But there was some weird stuff around therapy and a LOT of fat shaming that just grated after a while.

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I am in love with this series, and this installment was wonderful. I‘ve got to learn to read them more slowly and make them last!!! New in 2022 for #Booked22 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 😍 4mo
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Mystral Murder | Lee Hanson
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Not bad for a book I got free for the Kindle. I could have done without the weird supernatural aspect, and sometimes the characters‘ reactions were over the top and odd, but it was enjoyable.

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Sydney Noir | John Dale
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I love this series, but like any short story anthology not all of the stories in each one resonate with me. This one was a little more miss than hit for me personally, but there were still some really great stories. Finished this one up during a power outage today thanks to the ice storm. We made a blanket pile on the couch lol.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Kind of backwards from the way it usually goes, but I didn‘t like the fantasy part of this one as much as I liked the more real-life parts! The first part was good enough that I‘ll read the second one, though.

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I wasn‘t sure going in to this one, but I ended up liking it quite a lot. The true parts of the history behind it were sad, and I had never heard about it!

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I had already heard a lot of this story on two different podcasts where I heard the author interviewed, but it was still interesting. Knowing the background beforehand made it a little hard to believe they didn‘t figure it out earlier sometimes, but I think in some ways it was a case of just not wanting to see the truth?