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fredthemoose

fredthemoose

Joined July 2021

I read a lot of nonfiction, social science, and American history, with enough fiction and lighter stuff to keep it fun.
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I haven‘t been on the Peloton in a bit (SO happy to be back in the in person gym!), but Cody was always my go-to when I wasn‘t in the mood. He always made it fun, affirming, and entertaining, and the book is like several hours of that, but without the sweat. He also goes more into his story, which was way more difficult than I realized. Loved it—recommend for anyone in need of a “fix your wig” fix!

DaNae.Gr I always enjoy his rides! 3d
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I think there‘s a really good and clever book in here, but I also feel like I only followed about 20% of it and probably missed a lot. I think I needed some Cliffs Notes or an explainer of some sort to keep everything straight (or to have a better grasp on Korean history to be able to pick up the alternate history in here). #LitsyToB24

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PSA—Kindle version of All the Sinners Bleed is $2.99 today… #LitsyToB24

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B9KWRYKP?_bbid=197433254&tag=bookbubemail1-20

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fun, quick novel told from the POV of a mountain lion living in the hills above LA, his inner thoughts, drives, and interactions with humans.

Reggie I‘m so happy that they went to Disneyland! 7d
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was excellent . I expected it to be sort of “rah rah—if we all get out the vote it will all be fine” but instead it was a history of our uniquely American history and flirtations with and reactions to facism. I was familiar with a lot of the discrete bits of history but she connected things in ways I hadn‘t before. Highly recommend.

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Starting this one tonight. Thoughts and prayers, please. 🙏 #LitsyToB24

Ruthiella Godspeed! 😂 2w
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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Coming of age/young adulthood story of an Irish woman and, her gay roommate/BFF and and a unique set of circumstances they (mis)manage leading to the “incident”. I‘ve seen this compared to Sally Rooney‘s books, but I found these characters more sympathetic and the situations more interesting and morally ambiguous. I enjoyed it! #LitsyToB24

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I enjoyed this novel about a family reacting to the father going missing and what‘s uncovered while searching for him. I found the middle 70% or so the strongest—it was a little slow to grab me and then meandered toward the end, but overall I liked it and appreciated some of the things it left me thinking about related to disability and language. I probably wouldn‘t have picked it up if not for #LitsyToB24, but I‘m glad I did!

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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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I don‘t know how to review this. The writing was beautiful. The subject matter was hard. I didn‘t particularly enjoy it, but enjoyment was not the point. I wasn‘t sure what the rules of engagement were for the magical realism part. The ending felt unsettled, like more of a brief pause for the MC, but I hope things work out for her. #LitsyToB24

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Novel written as the memoir of a middle aged woman caring for her best friend as she‘s in hospice dying of cancer. Overall really enjoyed it. Got exasperated with the MC 2/3 through but her dying friend telling her that yes, she WAS judging the MC for some of her questionable behavior helped.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed most of this book about the discoveries and scientists behind CRISPR gene editing technology. The author uses Dr. Doudna as a way into the story but it really wasn‘t about her. It got bogged down a bit in repeating the ethical arguments for and against using the technology and in what cases it‘s appropriate, but overall it was really interesting.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ There were things I liked about this, but I think there were just too many subplots and side characters. I found myself half paying attention to a lot of it like “okay, okay, just get to the part that moves the plot forward”. I did love Dodo and Monkeypants. ❤️ #LitsyToB24

fredthemoose Just realized this was my #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3w
Chelsea.Poole I felt the same. 3w
fredthemoose @Chelsea.Poole Yeah… It wasn‘t bad, there was just too much there. And with so many minor characters there wasn‘t a deep relationship with any specific character to root for. 3w
Megabooks His books are definitely big on the side plots, sub plots and ancillary characters!! 3w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I enjoy a certain amount therapy voyeurism, and this has some of that for couples. If that‘s your thing, give it a shot. Some of the insights were interesting others I sort of skimmed over. His narration wasn‘t great—to soft and not clear. Soft pick/so-so.

JenReadsAlot I'm a therapist 😂 4w
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February | June Makle
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Here‘s #Bookspin Bingo list for February. I‘m coming for you, #LitsyToB24!! @TheAromaofBooks

Megabooks Awesome! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Late to the party, but here is my January BookSpin Bingo board. Finished 9 books, mostly for #LitsyToB24 and some #AuldLangSpine recs from @JenReadsAlot Got my #doublespin but not my #bookspin. Going to keep working on both ALS and ToB, with some more of my old friend nonfiction thrown in for February. @monalyisha @TheAromaofBooks

JenReadsAlot It was a great reading month with you! I actually want to read The Change this month. 4w
fredthemoose @JenReadsAlot It was great reading with you! My Jan list didn‘t include one or two I snuck in in December. ☺️ Looking forward to getting to more of your list! 4w
JenReadsAlot Same - I plan on a few more the rest of the year! 4w
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monalyisha Love this! Thanks for being such enthusiastic participants! @fredthemoose @JenReadsAlot 4w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 4w
JenReadsAlot @monalyisha Fantastic match!! 4w
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Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life | Arnold Schwarzenegger
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Not sure where I found this in my book wanderings, but it was fine. Sort of a self-helpy, motivational, “stop making excuses and put in the work” kind of message. He‘s pretty satisfied with himself, but he‘s also incredibly accomplished, so fair enough. Sort of like Jordan Peterson with more street cred and without the toxic masculinity.

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Another great #AuldLangSpine pick from @JenReadsAlot ! I don‘t know what I expected, but this was not it! Totally different from what I usually read, but it was very well done. I loved the characters, especially Agnes and the tie-ins to actual people and events was so clever.

JenReadsAlot Yay! This was a surprise for me as well! 1mo
AmyG I loved this one. 1mo
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Trust the Plan | Will Sommer
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enjoyed this bonus, nonfiction #AuldLangSpine pick from @JenReadsAlot about. Interesting and 😬 reporting from an author who was raised in a conservative home and media environment and who became fascinated by the cult-like dynamics of QAnon and the serious consequences for individuals and society. @monalyisha

JenReadsAlot I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! 1mo
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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ There were things I liked about this. I ended up liking and rooting for Jack and Elizabeth, and some of the psychological and relational insights they came to were deeper than in most fiction. But getting there was so tedious. There were so many overdone tangents that mostly just felt like the author showing off. He spent so long “showing” and then ended up “telling” eventually anyhow. Would have been great 30% shorter. #LitsyToB24

AmyG Agreed. I think my favorite was Jack‘s childhood….and his sister. 1mo
BarbaraBB I agree too. I loved the part about the Facebook algorithms 1mo
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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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WHY IS THERE SO MUCH EXCRUTIATING DETAIL OF THE MOST TEDIOUS PARTS OF PARENTING SMALL CHILDREN??!! I mean, I get it‘s moving part of the story forward, but just like I don‘t want to actually fight with a toddler about eating something other than mac and cheese, I also don‘t want to listen to pages and pages of someone else doing it. #LitsyToB24

AmyG I liked this book but yes, it was tedious at times. 1mo
Suet624 Did you read Nix? I really liked that book but he did the same thing in that one. 1mo
fredthemoose @Suet624 I didn‘t—I saw some good reviews and then I‘d see someone pan it right as I was about to pick it up and then it would slide down the list again… 1mo
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fredthemoose @AmyG I‘m trying to figure out what‘s bugging me so much about these characters and this book and I think it‘s that they almost never talk to each other. I think that‘s bugging me and as a result I‘m just extra short tempered about other things. 1mo
DaNae.Gr Whoa! Didn‘t know Nathan Hill had another book other than The Nix 1mo
AmyG I get it. I almost bailed at one point. But I found the last 200 pages wonderful. There were parts I loved….their childhoods mainly. But, yes, I found the child rearing stuff a bit insufferable. They had a very odd parenting style. (edited) 1mo
BkClubCare Thank you. That scene was . . . So difficult. I can‘t say I enjoyed this but I recognize and appreciate it. Just wasn‘t the novel I needed this January. 1mo
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Biography of X: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I liked this more than expected, but I expected to LOATHE it, so not a high bar. Woman (Pulitzer winning journalist, actually) goes on a quest to set things right after an unauthorized biography is published about her iconoclastic artist late wife and gets more than she bargained for/comes to terms with ways her wife was a jerk. Setting is in an alternate reality US. Very creative and great narration but too long. Read for #LitsyToB24

squirrelbrain Well, I‘m glad you didn‘t loathe it! 🤣 1mo
Suet624 I like most of her books but I wasn't thrilled with this one. 1mo
batsy I've been kinda afraid of trying this. I also feel like I might dislike it, although I do find the idea intriguing at the same time. 1mo
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fredthemoose @batsy I think I‘m predisposed to dislike a character who refers to herself as X. It helped that the story was told from the POV of her wife who was taking in puzzling and unflattering info and who also didn‘t like her all the time. It was impressively creative. It was between a soft pick and a so-so, but apparently I was feeling fussy. 1mo
fredthemoose @squirrelbrain I totally went in predisposed to be a brat to this book! 😂 There was a lot about it that was good, but it just wasn‘t quite my thing. Glad I read it, but if not for #LitsyToB24 I probably wouldn‘t have started or finished. 1mo
fredthemoose @Suet624 This was my first from her. She‘s a great writer. This was done well, it just wasn‘t really to my taste. 1mo
Megabooks I loved this, but I definitely seem to be in the minority. I did appreciate how all X‘s actions were based on the actions of real artists and musicians. 1mo
fredthemoose @Megabooks oooh, I didn‘t put that together… very interesting. 1mo
fredthemoose @Megabooks I think I may be getting a little fiction fatigue. I‘m usually about 2:1 or 3:1 nonfiction:fiction. I feel like I have to work harder to follow and understand fiction, and know less about where it‘s going and what characters will do, and I think I‘m getting a little fussy as a result. 1mo
Megabooks In the print version, there‘s an index that notes the pieces or interviews she took inspiration from. I think that made it more interesting to me. Usually I‘m about 60/40 fiction/NF, but I‘m having trouble following fiction as well, especially on audio, right now, so it‘s reversed so far in 2024. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m just rolling with it! 😂 (edited) 1mo
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Rouge | Mona Awad
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⭐️⭐️ This one just wasn‘t for me. It ended up kind of getting somewhere related to issues of vanity, jealousy, and mother/daughter relationships, but the destination wasn‘t worth the journey. I have a hard time connecting with descent into madness POVs, and even at her best I found the MC dopey. This would have been a bail if not for #LitsyToB24

BookLineNSinker It wasn't a pick for me either. I'm fact, I couldn't get through it. I #hailthebail'd 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh no. I worry this won‘t work for me either. 2mo
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Rouge | Mona Awad
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This #LitsyToB24 book is driving me batty. Listening to it is like being the only sober person out with a group of drunk friends who aren‘t making sense and can‘t keep up with what people are saying. Half of the dialogue is the main character repeating what someone else just said but in the form of a question. “The debts have been paid off.” “Paid off?” “I was under a different impression.” “Different impression?” 🤦‍♀️

BarbaraBB I didn‘t even notice that but that must me so annoying. Annoying? 😀 2mo
squirrelbrain LOL @BarbaraBB ! 🤣 I hadn‘t noticed the repetitiveness either, but I completely get what you say about feeling like the only sober person at a party! 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
fredthemoose @BarbaraBB 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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fredthemoose @squirrelbrain and like being the only sober person out with people who‘ve been drinking, there is a very limited time before it‘s just no fun. 2mo
Megabooks lol!! I didn‘t notice it either!! 🤣🤣 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Megabooks Excellent description too. Awad can feel very trippy. Bunny definitely felt like a bit of an acid trip. 2mo
Billypar I'm reading this now too - I was noticing a related thing: she does like to end sentences with a question in general, doesn't she? And that same phrase from All's Well appears here too, am I right? It doesn't bother me though - I'm about halfway through and loving the insanity. We all go a little mad sometime, don't we? 😄 2mo
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I had a really strong December and I‘m going with a 3-way tie between Helmet For My Pillow (WWII memoir), All the Sinners Bleed, and Hello Beautiful to round out my #12Booksof2023.

Andrew65 All The Sinners Bleed and Hello Beautiful have been popular choices. Thanks for playing long, a great way to review 2023. See you for #12Booksof2024 on Christmas Day. 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Perfectly enjoyable and not challenging romance novel that kept me company while I was not feeling well and lying low for the last couple of days.

LiteraryinLawrence Hope you feel better! I loved this book too. 2mo
TheBookgeekFrau Hope you're feeling better! 2mo
fredthemoose @LiteraryinLawrence @TheBookgeekFrau thanks! Definitely on the mend, but I think I‘m going to be stuck with a rough cough for awhile 2mo
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November‘s pick was Discipline is Destiny. I wasn‘t sure about it at first, but ultimately a lot of what he wrote resonated with me, so much that as soon as I finished I re-listened to it. But, November was a good month—strong honorable mentions to Stay True by Hua Hsu and Reagan by Bob Spitz.

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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ There were things about this fantastical feminist revenge novel that I liked, but about 2/3 through it sort of jumped the shark for me. Bodies kept piling up and it went from fantastical to sort of ridiculous and got a little too heavy handed in making its points. Somewhere between a soft Pick and a So-So.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Looks like October was not my strongest reading month. Red, White & Royal Blue was a totally fine and enjoyable gay romance, but probably wouldn‘t make a unified list of my best books of 2023.

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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this story of intergenerational family love and conflict with the perspective shifting between several of the main characters. I didn‘t always like all of the characters, but I could sympathize with them. This was both an #AuldLangSpine pick from @JenReadsAlot and on the #LitsyToB24 list. @monalyisha @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @BarbaraBB

monalyisha I can‘t wait to read this one later this year with my IRL book club! Glad to see it‘s living up to the hype and that your #AuldLangSpine pick was a success! 🙌🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB Loved this one too!! 2mo
squirrelbrain So many Littens love this one - I can‘t wait to see how it does on #LitsyToB24 2mo
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My favorite read of September was The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 that interwove the stories of several people and events from 9/11 on the same timeline to get a sense of how different events unfolded relative to one another. This was great, especially on audio with actual recordings mixed in with the narration.

GinaKButler This book is incredible on audio! Excellent pick! 2mo
JenReadsAlot Such a great and difficult book! 2mo
Megabooks Oh yes! This was fantastic! 2mo
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January | Sara Gallardo
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It‘s been awhile since I‘ve done a #BookSpin Bingo board, but thought I‘d get back into it to organize some of my reading for #LitsyToB24 and #AuldLangSpine and to work through a few library holds that all came in together. Hope everyone‘s year is off to a great start!

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Spare | Prince Harry
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I did not expect to like this very much—I felt like I‘d seen/heard far too much about the royal family for this to be new or interesting, but I was thoroughly charmed by Prince Harry in this book. @Andrew65 #12Booksof2023

Andrew65 I just wonder how much damage with his family his done with this book, with all the personal family stuff he revealed. 2mo
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The Year in Review | Freedom Forum Media Studies Center
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I hit my goal 120 books in 2023, including a handful of chunksters. If I counted correctly, I think 39 of them were fiction, the rest were nonfiction, with a lot of biography, memoir, and essays. I have a bunch of fiction on tap for January between #AuldLangSpine with @JenReadsAlot and the #LitsyToB2024, though. Maybe this year the goal will be to hit 50,000 pages…

Ruthiella Great work! 👏👏👏 2mo
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Mary Jane | Jessica Anya Blau
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July was a tie between Mary Jane, a surprisingly delightful coming of age story of a teen girl who spends a summer as a nanny for a family hosting a famous musician for the summer so the dad can provide intensive addiction treatment, and Blacktop Wasteland, a dark, twisty S.A. Cosby thriller that I couldn‘t put down. #12Booksof2023

JenReadsAlot I've read Mary Jane and really enjoyed it as well! 2mo
Megabooks I love Blau! I‘ve been a fan for years! 2mo
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fredthemoose @Megabooks This was the first of hers I read, but would love to read more 2mo
fredthemoose @Megabooks Stacked! Thanks! 2mo
Deblovestoread Excellent choices! 💜💜💜 2mo
Andrew65 Good choices. 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was dark and propulsive and captivating and excellent, as I now expect all S.A. Cosby books to be. Fantastic narration, as usual, by Adam Lazarre-White. My favorite #LitsyToB24 book so far! @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @BarbaraBB

Megabooks Yes! This was great. Can‘t wait until his #AuthorAMonth! 2mo
fredthemoose @Megabooks I‘ve seen references to #AithorAMonth but am not sure how that works. Is that like a time to read a specific author‘s back catalog? Can you point me to more info? 2mo
fredthemoose @Megabooks oh wait—I scrolled a little further and found the post I needed! 2mo
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Megabooks Great! I‘ve found it to be a really fun challenge! @Soubhiville collects all her information under 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘s one of my favorites too! #LitsyToB24 (edited) 2mo
Soubhiville @fredthemoose let me know if you‘d like to join the #authoramonth tag list. 🙂 I‘ll be making several posts in the next few days about it, but Jane Austen is our January author. 2mo
fredthemoose @Soubhiville yes, I‘d love to. Thanks! 2mo
LiteraryHoarderPenny I loved this one too! It was one of my top audiobooks for the year for sure! 2mo
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Not only was this memoir of a woman who helps her husband die after his dementia diagnosis my June pick, I think this was my favorite book of 2023. #12Booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds an excellent book. 2mo
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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel | Natalie Jenner
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I cheated a bit and got an early start on the #AuldLangSpine recommendations from @JenReadsAlot and this was a delight. Loved the interwoven story of three women working in a book shop in post-war London and their fight to move beyond their limited roles and past being underestimated and overlooked.

JenReadsAlot Yay! 2mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Loved the sentient, meddling octopus in this one. #12Booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 On my list for next year. 2mo
janeycanuck Oh, I loved this one, too! 2mo
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Bad Mormon: A Memoir | Heather Gay
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I‘m picking this one for April because it stands out as most exceeding my expectations. I appreciated how open she was with her desires and struggles and wrestling with whether and how to keep her faith tradition as part of her life.

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Lincoln Highway | Amor Towles
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Lincoln Highway was my highest rated book for March. #12Booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Love this author. 2mo
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All the President's Men | Carl Bernstein
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Full disclosure: I don‘t actually remember much from this specific book vs. the other Watergate era books I‘ve read, but according to Goodreads, this was the book I liked most from February! #12Booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 It‘s amazing how much doesn‘t stay on our heads when we read a lot of books. 2mo
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Joining #12Booksof2023 late, but this was my January pick, interweaving the stories of several individuals and one kidnapping to describe the Troubles and some of their aftermath.

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⭐️⭐️💫 This wasn‘t necessarily a bad book, but I kind of hated it. I didn‘t buy the Emily/Em friendship, or maybe I just disliked Emily so much that I didn‘t understand how anyone could be so devoted to her. Hated the blunt force foreshadowing from the timeline shifts. The #MeToo and casual racism conversations toward the end felt like an afterthought. It just got in its own way to me. Panning feels mean, but it a low so-so for me.

fredthemoose Forgot to post that this was for the #LitsyToB24 2mo
Megabooks I enjoyed the book but agree Emily was a frustrating character. 2mo
fredthemoose @Megabooks It really was not a bad book—the writing wasn‘t bad and it held my attention, I just didn‘t quite buy that friendship being one of lasting importance. My sister pointed out that that‘s a common complaint of mine, so definitely could be a me thing. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Super excited to be paired with @JenReadsAlot for #AuldLangSpine! This is my first time participating, but a couple of years ago I actually reached out to her to ask for her list after I saw her post about her favorite books of the year and saw that they were also my favorites (The Guncle and Empire of Pain, if I remember right). I read and enjoyed 2, 4, and 11 and can‘t wait for the rest! Great match, @monalyisha !

JenReadsAlot We are a great match! Couple more nonfiction for you! 2mo
fredthemoose Oooh… thanks for these! @JenReadsAlot ! I LOVED Pelosi! I‘m in the library line for Poverty, by America, and will add Trust the plan to my list! (edited) 2mo
JenReadsAlot Awesome! 2mo
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Husband Material | Alexis Hall
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was fine. I liked the characters from the first book, but where Boyfriend Material had the will they/won‘t they back and forth, the stakes here seemed really low and the conflict was basically the main characters bickering. Worth a look if you liked the first book, but not a pick on its own.

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Mobility | Lydia Kiesling
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This one definitely grew on me. Started a sort of a coming of age story of the daughter of a diplomat in Azerbaijan, but then sneakily brought in a lot of individual and societal moral ambiguities and what trade offs we are or aren‘t willing to make for the good of society and in the face of climate change. My first for the #LitsyToB24 !

Megabooks Yes! This was very one of a kind. 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Background of James Earl Ray leading up to Martin Luther King‘s assassination and the hunt for him in the weeks after. I hadn‘t thought much about him one way or the other, but this was a really interesting read. I hadn‘t heard of this until seeing @Amiable post about it the other day.

Amiable It‘s so good, right? So glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! 2mo
fredthemoose @Amiable it was really good! I whipped right through it! 2mo
Amiable I honestly never knew about the whole manhunt. I knew that James Earl Ray had assassinated MLK, but I don‘t think we ever learned in school about what happened afterward and how the FBI even figured out who he was, much less where to find him. Utterly fascinating! This is going to be my favorite read of 2023, hands down. 2mo
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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m sure this was a good book, it just was not a good book for me. There were a lot of half-interesting, partially overlapping stories of the occupants of a house in the Massachusetts woods over several centuries, but without one consistent plot or set of characters to follow, I found myself just not really caring what happened in each new story.🤷‍♀️

fredthemoose I stuck with it because I thought it was part of the #LitsyToB24 but now I see I was mistaken. Womp womp… 🙃 2mo
Anna40 I‘m in chapter 3 and enjoyed it initially but now I‘m really struggling. I love the premise and the writing just not sure where the story is going. 2mo
Susanita I bailed after the chapter with the weird apple twins. 2mo
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fredthemoose @Anna40 it doesn‘t change drastically—the style and the “where is this story going?”ness of it stay through the end. 2mo
fredthemoose @Susanita weird apple twins were weird!! For what it‘s worth, I thought that was the most compelling story of the book. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole lol “weird apple twins” @Susanita they sure are! 2mo
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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma | Claire Dederer
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️💫 I finished this and I have thoughts… mainly I think she lost her thread or needed to better define “monster”. The book starts with her conflicted feelings of what to do with the art of child rapists but then moves to a version of “we‘re all monsters” by which she means women artists want space from their children to create? It felt like a false equivalence of monstrosity=any imperfections. If everyone is a monster then no one is. 👇

fredthemoose By the end she was equating consuming the art of monsters with living a flawed or potentially abusive parent. Again—not the same thing! There were several potentially good independent essays or arguments here, but the book needed a more coherent edit. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly And here I was assuming this book was about monsterfuckers 😅 3mo
SamAnne Hmmm….thank you for this review. Have been wondering how far to move this up the stack. 3mo
fredthemoose @SamAnne you‘re welcome! It had been hovering on the TBR for awhile and was just not what I expected. It definitely gave me things to think about, but those thoughts were more annoying than anything. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
fredthemoose @Clare-Dragonfly 🤷‍♀️ 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cute, fun gay romance. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜