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rachelm

Joined May 2016

writer, reader. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (Alcove Press/ Penguin Dec 2020). https://linktr.ee/rachelmansmckenny
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Less Is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer
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I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
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Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
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The Butterfly Effect by Rachel Mans McKenny
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The Butterfly Effect | Rachel Mans-McKenny
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Nice surprise! I guess my book is cheap for a while. Should be good internationally: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0838KGKM4/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Hysterical: A Memoir | Elissa Bassist
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🍁September Reading Wrap🍁
A good reading month.
Top recommendations:
- Hysterical (memoir)
-The Women Could Fly (fiction)
- The Change (fiction)
-Do You Take this Man (romance)
Books not out yet that should be on your radar:
- Mistakes We‘re Made (romance)
-Phaedra (historical fic)
And the only book I‘ve read in months that I actively cannot recommend: Lessons
I‘m rereading Mantel and into the third novel. So sad to lose such a literary giant.

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Lessons: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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A Bildungsroman set partially at an Eton-like boarding school and partially after the main character‘s wife leaves him with their seven month old son. Per McEwan‘s style, close perspective and beautiful prose, with big themes that shake you.

BookwormM This is my next book to tackle 2w
rachelm Update: I actually ended up really disliking this one! 2w
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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The current hot book of the moment and I‘m enjoying it on LibroFM. If you wanted to read but wondered if not having ever watched iCarly would make it weird then don‘t worry. I‘ve never seen an episode and I‘m deep into this. Intense and startling and funny at points, but definitely prepare for descriptions of abuse

AmyG Thanks. I wondered how this was. 2mo
EvieBee Same boat! All the holds made me curious about it so borrowed it from the library. 2mo
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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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First one from this author and really enjoying! What should I read of theirs next?

dylanisreading The Hollow Places is really good. 2mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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My annual re-listen 🍂🍁🍄

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New release and I‘ve been listening to it all day. Seriously. If you liked Godshot or like books with religious extremism (Christian cult kind), you will love this.

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The Lioness: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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Listened to this while making pickles. I usually love his books but the mixed up timelines and so many characters were convoluted rather than thrilling. Oh well. Hopefully the pickles are good!

rachelm Might be better on paper! 3mo
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YOU GUYS. I‘m obsessed with this book. It‘s Julia Whelan (audiobook narrator extraordinaire)‘s romance novel about audiobook narrators. It‘s so funny and smart and original and Julia‘s reading of her own work is maybe the best audio I‘ve heard all year? (I think I‘m on audiobook 75 or so, so that‘s not nothing!!) Stack this one now. Out in August. It (should be, better be, if there is justice) will be huge.

marleed I‘m wildly anticipating this one! 3mo
rachelm @marleed it only gets better and better😭😭 3mo
CarolynM Sounds good🙂 3mo
julesG I've been looking forward to this one. Only a few weeks to go. 😁 3mo
rachelm @julesG can‘t wait to see what you think! I just finished it and yeah, holds up beginning to end! 3mo
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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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June Wrap!
5⭐️s: Counterfeit, The Cherry Robbers, Fight Night, An Olive Grove in Ends
4⭐️s: The Woman in the Library, The Unsinkable Greta James, Lessons in Chemistry, Acceptance, Flying Solo

#junewrap #junewrapup

JamieArc Looks like a great reading month! 3mo
SilversReviews I only read COUNTERFEIT…it was a 3/5 for me. 😊 3mo
marleed You had a great month of reading! I‘ve read 7 on your list and Remarkably Bright Creatures was my favorite‘ 3mo
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rachelm @JamieArc it was! 3mo
rachelm @SilversReviews I think it shone on audio and it was just what my jaded mom heart needed this month 3mo
rachelm @marleed I loved the 🐙🙂 3mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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This was fine but felt very (overly) slow, especially in the first half? The octopus was great. Loved the unique very PNW setting

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Sirens and Muses: A Novel | Antonia Angress
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Currently reading this ARC about art and money and self set at the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Love all the art descriptions and personal dramas

sprainedbrain Beautiful cover! 3mo
rachelm @sprainedbrain it so is! 3mo
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I admit having been mislead by this cover, which reads as much lighter fare than it really is. What is actually here is a really moving, well wrought story about science, the search for love and family, and the patriarchy. Honestly one of my favorite listens of the summer so far— not over hyped!

Ruthiella The US cover is misleading! 3mo
rachelm @Ruthiella I really don‘t like it!! 3mo
Weisubei The pencil is iconic though 😳😳 3mo
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Prairiegirl_reading @Weisubei I agree!! The cover is awful until you‘ve read it and then know what the pencil symbolizes. 3mo
julesG Not sure why they decided on that bubbly romcom cover for the US edition. Look at the different editions https://litsy.com/p/NnhMVGZXNDZi 3mo
rachelm @Prairiegirl_reading @Weisubei love the pencil symbolism but totally agree with @julesG that the other cover have a lot of symbolism too but are a little different—- I love the UK and German covers! 3mo
Weisubei @rachelm I got my copy in UK edition, absolutely love it. The naked cover is gorgeous 🥰🥰 3mo
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Book Clubbed | Lorna Barrett
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Come join #groupR on #LMPBC if you want to rea books in translation! https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080444aead2ca0ff2-l...

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The Cherry Robbers | Sarai Walker
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I‘m really loving this. At first, I was worried because I had adored Dietland so much and was hoping I wouldn‘t mentally compare the two books too much, but not a problem! This is such a completely different vibe (very Shirley Jackson) and I tearing through it. Can‘t wait to see how it ends.

Megabooks I didn‘t know she had a new book out! I loved Dietland. 3mo
rachelm @Megabooks I bet you‘ll love it! Lmk what you think when you get to it 3mo
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This was a 3.5⭐️ audiobook for me but if I read it on paper it might have been lower 😕. The voice actor is fabulous and the LGBTQ rep is wonderful, but there are overly sentimental passages and lots of direct statement of feelings/hitting you over the head with how you‘re supposed to feel in a moment. Plus, I get bothered by the use of a sick person as a “lesson” or prop (midway thru book). Just not my favorite if you only see a character once.

rachelm I really wanted to love this more. I know many will! I have a feeling it will be very big. 3mo
KristiAhlers I almost bought this one today. But something held me back. 3mo
rachelm @KristiAhlers maybe request for your library? I‘m still glad I read it, but these things did bug me. 3mo
KristiAhlers @rachelm I just put myself on the waitlist. 3mo
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I caved and bought a Fanny pack and totally love it 😂

TheSpineView I remember those! 3mo
rachelm @TheSpineView no regrets! 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Yes!! And it is gorgeous 🤩 3mo
rachelm @ChaoticMissAdventures thank you!! 🦋🦋 3mo
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Things I adored about this book: the early 70s setting in a bustling gay community, the truly winding mystery through the California countryside, and of course, Vera‘s clear-eyed skepticism about everything, even about her own chances. This might be my favorite of Knecht‘s books yet. If a beautifully written noir sounds up your alley, pick it up today! 5s! (More ⬇️)

rachelm Vera Kelly fell into detective work 2 novels ago and fell in love last novel. The book can absolutely stand alone, however, so if you‘d like to start the series here, you can. 4mo
kspenmoll Sounds great! Stacked. 4mo
Maria514626 Sounds great! Added to my TBRs! 4mo
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This is a really interesting urban fantasy. Parts of it are homage to The Phantom Tollbooth (an all time favorite), and it‘s set in New Orleans with a really interesting magic system based around music and spirits. Dual narrator: one kid (Perry Graves) and one adult (Casey, whose graffiti is magical). Enjoying it so far! Out tomorrow.

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Peaceful morning coffee and book time before the kids get up. I‘m enjoying this one, not quite as much as Ariadne, but enough. The betrayals are so awful in Greek lit and Saint has a way of putting them so clearly

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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This went viral on Twitter lol one of my favorite books!
You can find me over there: Twitter.com/rmmckenny

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 4mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 4mo
batsy The true academic experience, tbh 😂😂 4mo
rachelm @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @batsy Omg the replies of people on there who have no idea what I‘m talking about are—- so good 4mo
jewright I love this book! 4mo
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Girl, 11 | Amy Suiter Clarke
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🌼 May Reads🌼
I read so much romance this month. Too much romance? Absolutely not—but yes I think I needed to be swept away. (I especially loved BOOK LOVERS like every other person on the planet and A LADY FOR A DUKE, which would be a great Pride read if you‘re on the look out!)
Other favorites of the month were the compulsively readable GIRL, 11, TRUE BIZ, and VERA KELLY: LOST AND FOUND (out in June!)
Hope you had a great May! Onto June!

marleed Sometimes it‘s just fun to drown in romance novels and stay there until your fingers get all pruney! 4mo
rachelm @marleed totally true!! 4mo
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The Shore: A Novel | Katie Runde
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Happy release day to this extraordinary book! If you like books about mothers and daughters, you need this book ASAP. One of my favorites of the year so far

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Missed this yesterday. Six years!!!! Oh my gosh. Cannot articulate how much better my life got once I joined Litsy. My reading expanded and so did my view of books. Thanks for being my favorite bookish people, littens ❤️❤️❤️

TheBookHippie 💙🎉 4mo
TheSpineView Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Litsyversary ❤️🎊🎈 4mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎊 4mo
Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 4mo
fredamans Happy Litsyversary! 4mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 4mo
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DivineDiana Wishing you a joyous celebration of reading! 🎉👏🏻📚 4mo
Simona Congratulations 🍾🥂 4mo
Ddzmini Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎊🎈🥳📖 4mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 4mo
Dragon Happy Litsyversary! 💚🐉 4mo
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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New hair cut means new profile pic! 🎈

sprainedbrain Love it! 5mo
Julsmarshall So cute! 5mo
BethM Love it! 5mo
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marleed So cute! 5mo
BookwormAHN Cute! 5mo
LeahBergen It looks great! 5mo
CarolynM Lovely! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👍💗 5mo
Gissy Lovely!👌 5mo
DivineDiana Pretty! 4mo
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The World of Pondside | Mary Helen Stefaniak
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Here‘s my current bedside stack and just finished the tagged book. It‘s a literary mystery (kind of) set at a retirement home called Pondside. It‘s got interesting characters and a somewhat abrupt start but a sort of gentle plot from there and just what I needed right now

EvieBee Nice! 5mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Yeah I loved it. Maybe (maybe??) my favorite Emily Henry yet? Much more like Beach Read than like her second book. Very funny and some truly sweet moments

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Happy Monday

Dragon 😹 so true 👍🐉 5mo
Megabooks 😂😂😂 5mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Joining this fun from @chasjjlee

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The Butterfly Effect | Rachel Mans-McKenny
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My friend sent me this pic from a bookstore today and it made my day ❤️

marleed That‘s so cool. My copy of your book is arranged in a fun stack on my front room shelves with my other yellow-spined paperbacks. I love my spring-hopeful stack. …Btw, I keep my receipt for my book inside the pages because it‘s the only book I own where the shop from which my purchase was made is also noted by the author in the acknowledgments! 5mo
rachelm @marleed I love that!!!! 💛💛💛 5mo
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Have to be at home for Indie Bookstore Day because of a Covid-y four year old (he‘s doing fine! Just bored at home) but wishing I could be at Dog Eared Books! I want to see all your pics from your local stores! Post in the comments here if you post pics of your indie today or tag me in your comments. I want lots of virtual indie bookstore goodness 😍😊 #indiebookstore #indiebookstoreday

mandarchy I totally almost missed this! I am not paying attention to the days - so I must hit my bookstore later today. Besides, I need a book. 5mo
rachelm @mandarchy Oo excited to see pics later! 5mo
Megabooks Sorry about the Covid 👎🏻 5mo
rachelm @Megabooks he had escaped until now and it didn‘t hit him too hard, thank goodness 5mo
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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April 2022 Wrapup:
-19 Books
-5 ARCs
-5⭐️ Reads:
💌The Sentence
💌The Shore
💌Disorientation
💌I Kissed Shara Wheeler

rachelm Tagged book was another favorite! 5mo
rachelm Lol realizing Vlad wasn‘t included in my counts? I‘ve been very spacey this month! Make that 20 😅 5mo
Kenyazero Looks and sounds like a great reading month!I loved the pinhoe egg (and haven't thought about that book in a while). (edited) 5mo
rachelm @Kenyazero I hadn‘t read the last few books in the series! I loved them in high school and had to pick them up when I thought about them again recently 5mo
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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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May 3, 2022. YA rom-com debut. multiple love stories and a great enemies-to-lovers centerpiece. Chloe‘s entire academic career at her Christian high school in Alabama has been in competition with the principal‘s daughter, Shara Wheeler. When Shara disappears— just hours after kissing Chloe (and two other people), Shara and the other kiss-ees follow a trail of clues to track her down. What‘s her endgame, and what if none of this is a game at all?

rachelm This is the kind of book high school me would have needed and adult me loved. So much wisdom here about true selves and what we‘re supposed to get out of high school. The writing is sharp and funny, but also pointed in only the way McQuiston can pull off. I may have cried re: a random document in here which is a teacher‘s reflection on TREMORS (a Kevin Bacon movie I‘ve never even seen? Love Casey McQuiston! Rocked at YA! 5mo
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Number One Fan | Meg Elison
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Out in August 2022. A feminist MISERY with emphasis on fandom culture and sci fi/ fantasy conventions. Lots of trigger warnings for kidnapping, confinement, and sexual assault! It‘s a thriller/horror combo that will connect with SFF readers.

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Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Did I mainline this audiobook in less than a day? Yes, and my gosh, what a ride. The main character‘s voice is fascinating. I‘m a sucker for campus novels, and this one is as good as it gets for that genre. Love the examination of sex and age and bodies and the changes of mores over time.

sprainedbrain Great review! 6mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I hurried to finish the last few chapters so that I‘d be done before her online event with Cambridge‘s library. Am I a member of that library? No, but it was a wonderful event and an even more wonderful book.

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Ahh this was so bonkers and fun. Mafia and aunties and kidnapping, but still Sutanto makes it feel realistic and slapstick at the same time. If you liked Dial A, you‘ll love this follow up. Can‘t wait for more books in this series…

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Four Treasures of the Sky | Jenny Tinghui Zhang
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March wrap up pt 2! The tagged book was spectacular and come out this Tuesday!

HeatherBookNerd I have Anatomy on hold at the library. What did you think of it? 6mo
rachelm @HeatherBookNerd I enjoyed it! Very Frankenstein themes, and a compelling historical element about body snatching etc. looking forward for the sequel (there will have to be one!) 6mo
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Ace of Spades | Faridah Abike-Iyimide
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Reading wrap pt 1 for the month!

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I was lucky enough to interview the New York Times bestselling author of this novel and loooooved our conversation. Especially if you‘re a writer (or interested in her process), check it out: https://splitlipthemag.com/interviews/0322/interview-with-jessamine-chan

DivineDiana How exciting for you! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 6mo
rachelm @DivineDiana it was a cool experience! 6mo
AmyG Wow 6mo
Megabooks Awesome! 6mo
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Yessss finally got my hands on this one (released yesterday!)

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Scorpica | G.R. Macallister
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Solo breakfast at my local diner? That‘s something I haven‘t gotten to do in more than two years 😭. This book by the fabulous @theladygreer was my companion

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If You Ask Me | Libby Hubscher
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Excited to get my hands on this! I loved her first one!

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien
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This was a #blameitonlitsy purchase in, oh, 2017? Finally getting around to reading it! It‘s beautiful and so musical so far.

jlhammar Such a good book! 7mo
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Like a Sister | Kellye Garrett
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Pt 2 of February reading wrap:
5⭐️ reads: Like a Sister, The Maid, Cider House Rules

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Pt 1 of reading wrap for the month.
5⭐️ reads: Go Home Ricky! A Duke By Default, The 1619 Project, Bombshell, The Sparrow

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The Arc | Tory Henwood Hoen
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This was almost a so-so, mostly because it was so hard to classify! I loved the heroine‘s weirdness. The friend relationships were also great, and I loved the cat. Good audio narrator, if you go that route.
Someone else chime in if you‘ve read this one: did it seem like it was a completely different genre for the first 1/3?

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Like a Sister | Kellye Garrett
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Loving this one so far. I‘ve really enjoyed every Kellye Garrett I‘ve ever read, so I knew this would be a home run (plus Bahni Turpin narrates!?) if you have the Libro.fm ALCs, it‘s one of the choices for the month! Otherwise, it‘ll be out soon!

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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January reading update! 18 books down for the year so far. Some favorites this month were:
- A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings (ARC)- swoony friends to lovers set at dental school
- The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean (ARC)- dark fairy tale including people who eat books and people who eat brains
- the audio of True Crime Story by Joseph Knox (has a podcast vibe, full cast)
And
- The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel (noir baseball sci-fi!)

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It‘s my firmest wish in 2022 that I‘ll be too busy with people IRL to read quite this much again, but I did love having an unexpectedly full reading life in 2021

Jas16 🙌🏽 9mo
Ruthiella Well done! 👍 9mo
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