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rachelsbrittain

Joined January 2017

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Not exactly the most serene sick reads for someone on day 5 of an upper respiratory infection, but I did get another story from Uranians read yesterday and really enjoyed it. Might start something lighter, too. #WeekendReads

monalyisha Oof! Sounds like a slog. Hope you get some relief soon! 2w
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What are your #WeekendReads ? Share and tag me!

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The comparisons to A Knights Tale are perfectly apt for this irreverent medieval rom com. Years after King Arthur, a princess betrothed to the person she loathes most discovers they share a secret that might just bring them together: neither of them is straight. And as they try to woo their crushes and withstand threats to Camelot, they realize they might not hate each other as much as they thought. Enemies to lovers friend edition!

TieDyeDude I've seen this book pop up a few times lately. I'm intrigued, though it is outside my normal genres. 2w
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I love books about books, and historical books about books are particularly great.

https://bookriot.com/historical-fiction-books-about-books/

Aims42 I cannot wait for “The Titanic Survivors Book Club”, I think I‘m first in line on my library‘s waitlist for it 🤪 Thanks for sharing this, added a few more to my TBR list 😇 2w
rachelsbrittain @Aims42 I'm so excited for it too! Glad I was able to add a few more books to your tbr list 😊 2w
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Went to a speed dating night at my local bookstore and treated myself to some books after

Yuki_Onna Love that pic! Adventures at night vibes... 🤩🌙 2w
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I've been wanting to read this for a while & was motivated to get a move on from #AudLangSpine & @julesg , & I'm so glad because it was wonderful. An academic writing an encyclopedia on faeries travels north for research and is followed by her overeager--& quite possibly magical--colleague. Emily is so delightfully stoic and socially inept, & Brambelby is her perfect foil. What a fun read! Definitely going to have to read the sequel.

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monalyisha I need to get to this soon, as well! Happy to see your review is enthusiastic. 🤗 2w
Kimberlone I have been re-reading this today during the Super Bowl so that I can start the next book! I 💜 Emily and Wendell! 2w
julesG 🥳🥳 I'The second book was just published 2w
julesG Whoops, sent off too early. I wanted to say: I'm glad the #AuldLangSpine list nudged you to read this. 😁 2w
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Now we're ready for a road trip home from Kansas City. Audiobook for the road tagged.

marleed I hope you had fun. It‘s a great era to be in Kansas City! And Go Chiefs! 2w
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Uranians: Stories | Theodore McCombs
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The #WeekendReads for this weekend are a speculatibe short story collection and a historical fantasy audiobook

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Prospero's Books and Media | Kansas City, MO (Bookstore)
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Gotta love a multi story used book store

Meghan1 This reminds me of The Book Barn in West Chester, Pennsylvania! So much to explore! 3w
Daisey I‘ve only made it to Prospero‘s once so far, but it is a great one! 3w
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The Water Outlaws | S. L. Huang
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This queer, feminist retelling of a Chinese classic follows a master arms instructor whose life is destroyed by a corrupt official. But when a band of outlaws save her, she discovers a new way of living she's never let herself imagine before. If you love martial arts movies/ books, this is definitely for you.v

peanutnine Love the cover! 😍 3w
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To Shape a Dragon's Breath | Moniquill Blackgoose
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A difficult read in the sense that it is so real in the way it depicts colonial and Indigenous history, but very much worth it. A girl finds a dragon egg and becomes the first nampeshiweisit in generations. Unfortunately, the Anglish colonizers require her to go to an Anglish dragon school, otherwise she risks losing her dragon forever.

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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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I forgot to review this one at the time, but I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fantasy about a fox woman seeking revenge for her murdered daughter and a detective seeking answers about a series of murdered women. The two stories come together beautifully, and Cho's prose is a delight to read.

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Uranians: Stories | Theodore McCombs
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Coffee shop reading

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The Water Outlaws | S. L. Huang
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Finishing up an audiovook and hoping to start one of the new short story collections I got at the bookstore today #WeekendReads

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Hag | Kirsty Logan, Eimear Mcbride, Daisy Johnson, Naomi Booth, Mahsuda Snaith, Natasha Carthew, Emma Glass, Liv Little
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Went to the local bookshop with my @sebrittainclark to celebrate her birthday... left with three books of my own 😅

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love that cover 🖤🧡 3w
rachelsbrittain @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks the cover is what got me! 😂 3w
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I've got sci-fi recs!

bookriot.com/underrated-sci-fi-books/

Tea_and_Starstuff Oh, fun idea! And a lot of titles I haven't read - Red Scholars Wake has been on my radar for awhile now though 4w
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You know I love me some cozy fantasy so I couldn't wait to share my most anticipated 2024 cozy fantasy releases with all of you!

https://bookriot.com/2024-cozy-fantasy-books/

julesG Wonderful list. I'm practically looking forward to all of those books, too. Cozy Fantasy has become a new favourite genre of mine. 1mo
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One Hundred Shadows | Jung-eun Hwang
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I wanted the weird speculative premise of this books (break-away shadows) to be much more at the forefront that it was. The way it could've tied into the political / socio-economic commentary would've been so strong and really made the story stand out more. As it was, I kind of had to drag myself through this one. Ah well.

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Weekend | Trude Marstein
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currentlyreadinginCO for my negative- temps cleaning weekend 😂 1mo
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My #weekendreads for this snowy day

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I wasn't sure about this one initially. It felt like it was going to be a time travel fix-it romance. But that's exactly what the author wants you to think so she can flip your expectations. I doubt I would've read this one without your recommendation for #AudLangSpine @julesG so thank you for that! I'm looking forward to reading some more from your list

#AudLangSpine2024 @monalyisha

julesG Glad you liked it. I only read it because @Cinfhen gave it a positive review last summer. 1mo
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The perfect way to spend a snow day ❄️📚

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
julesG Is it weird that I'm admiring the blanket and your shelves far more than the dog and book? 😁😁😁 1mo
rachelsbrittain @julesG haha I take that as a compliment! 😂 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey sweet pup 🐶 🐾 🤎 3w
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First book of 2024! A sci-fi Hamlet retelling set in a locked down tech / pharmaceutical company as Hayden tries to get revenge after his father is found murdered. I really loved Horatio being an AI system in love with Hayden. I do wish Hayden had put on a show of madness a bit more because I love the question of what's real and what's not in the original play, but nonetheless a very fun and effective reimagining.

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Didn't get this up before the start of the New Year but here's my top read of 2023 according to my #2023ReadingBracket . There were several strong contenders, but nothing could beat out When The Amgels Left the Old Country in the end. Thanks for making this fun graphic @chasjjlee !

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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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Hoping my 4 hour drive home today will give me a chance to finish this great audiobook today.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I almost chose this one! I‘ll be looking for your review! 3w
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This K-Drama-esque historical YA novel follows a girl trying to rescue her sister kidnapped into a violent king's harem, only to meet a crown prince and former royal guard planning a coup. Hur always depicts historical events with such finesse, and I love reading her character-driven stories. Her writing is so vivid and the relationships between characters wonderfully complicated.

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This cozy sci-fi mystery reunites two former flames, a detective and a scholar at Jupiter's elite university, when a man dissapears from an isolated platform. Older throws you straight into the worldbuilding, which is jarring at first but soon becomes par for the course.

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A little mid-afternoon reading that turned into an impromptu nap because chasing after my 20 month old nephew as is exhausting as it is delightful 😅

Gissy And you have a buddy there giving you support🐶💚❤️💚 2mo
rachelsbrittain @Gissy she realized I had gotten in bed and joined me so quick 😂😍 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐾❤️🐶 3w
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My sister knocked it out of the park with this Jolabokaflod exchange! One that's on my TBR but I didn't realize was a novella and one I'd never heard of. #jolabokaflod @sebrittainclark

LeslieO My sister and I also do #Jolabokaflod🙂🩷 2mo
rachelsbrittain @LeslieO I love that! My sister did it for the first time last year and it's definitely a keeper of a tradition 😊 2mo
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My #WeekendReads are taking me all over East Asia from Korea to China to Japan and I'm very much enjoying the journey

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Got my #AudLangSpine list from @monalyisha and these are the books I'm most excited to read in January-- and beyond! Emily Wilde's Encyclopedia and Starter Villain were already on my tbr but all the other titles are new to me. Can't wait to read these @julesG . I've already put most of them on hold #AudLangSpine2024

monalyisha @JulesG had such a great list! Square of Sevens looks particularly intriguing to me. Enjoy! Also...yours is the first post I've seen post-emails; always an exciting moment. 😉 2mo
julesG @monalyisha I've been holding back on a post. Was tempted to post this morning already. 2mo
julesG Glad you like the list, Rachel. 2mo
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monalyisha @julesG Ha! No need to hold back! Have at it. 🙃 2mo
rachelsbrittain @monalyisha I just couldn't wait haha 😄 2mo
rachelsbrittain @julesG there are several I hadn't heard of before and look excellent which is always exciting for me! I can't wait to get into then 2mo
DGRachel Starter Villain is great! 2mo
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The Fox Wife: A Novel | Yangsze Choo
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Did some audiobaking today figuring out a new recipe for cherry (garcia) chocolate chip cookies

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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This gorgeous novel follows five generations of Métis women dealing with the deep wounds of intergenerational trauma from a great grandmother trying to sober up before she dies to a mother reconnecting to the daughter she gave up for adoption. I particularly loved the chapters from the POV of bison, the grasslands, and a pair of dogs.

peanutnine I just got the audiobook for this one. Sounds so good! 2mo
rachelsbrittain @peanutnine the narrators are excellent! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good! 3w
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Merry Inkmas | Talia Hibbert
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Talia Hibbert brings spice to the holidays with this romance about a tattoo artist whose difficult past makes him believe he can't be in a healthy relationship and the psych student he's falling hard for. Bailey has baggage of her own, but when Cash finds out she doesn't have any plans for Christmas and invites her home, their true feelings become undeniable.

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Finding My Elf | David Valdes
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A freshman home from college and thinking of dropping out after a rough first semester becomes an elf at the local mall, not knowing it also involves a competition with a big cash prize. If only he wasn't competing against a cute guy he may just be developing a crush on. This was a cute YA holiday romance and even inspired me to have a cookie party with friends for Christmas.

Kerrbearlib Almost done with the audiobook! 2mo
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The Christmas Book | Enid Blyton
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My sister @sebrittainclark and I have taken up the tradition of gifting books on Christmas Eve for Jolabokaflod and I also almost always give out at least a few books as Christmas gifts

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Merry Inkmas | Talia Hibbert
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The Christmas reads continue with my #WeekendReads

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A Kilt for Christmas | Tricia O'Malley
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This cute (slightly supernatural) Christmas romance follows an aspiring Scottish writer and an English professor on vacation from LA falling for each other. Also featuring: a goofy highland cow ghost, a brownie butler, and a Christmas wish for snow gone very wrong. I didn't love the insta-romance on West's side, but the relationship itself progressed a bit more slowly since Maisie was less sure at first. A cute, Scottish holiday romance.

ItsAnotherJen I was thinking of this for my next Christmas themed ebook read! There's quite a lot to choose from 3mo
rachelsbrittain @ItsAnotherJen it can be so hard to pick! This was a cute one though, so it'll be a nice read whenever you get to it 😊 3mo
DGRachel You had me at highland ghost coo. 🐮 3mo
rachelsbrittain @DGRachel truly my favorite part! 3mo
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After a rough breakup, Margot agrees to go home with a near-stranger as his fake girlfriend. Unfortunately, his younger sister Ellie is exactly Margot's type--and vice versa. Ellie knows her brother's new girlfriend is hiding something, and she's determined to find out what--even if it means breaking up the two of them. This book was full of holiday cheer and sweet romance. TW for mentions and depictions of a past emotionally abusive relationship.

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Chilling Effect | Valerie Valdes
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Cozy sci-fi really does exist! I had so much fun putting together this list. Any cozy sci-fi titles you would add to it?

bookriot.com/cozy-sci-fi-books/

peanutnine Great list! Most of these I've read or are on my TBR but there're a couple new ones I'm excited to check out! 3mo
rachelsbrittain @peanutnine I love to hear that! 3mo
julesG What @peanutnine said. 😁 3mo
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This was such an incredibly cute YA graphic novel about the daughter of a dying count whose father concocts a plan for her to move to the capital city after his death and live as a man in order to inherit without marrying. Unfortunately, Cam's plans to lay low go out the window immediately upon meeting the crown princess. A 5 star graphic novel for sure.

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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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My favorite Litsy event of the year hosted by @monalyisha ! Sign up to share your favorite books of the year and expand your reading hotizons by reading books from another Litten's list.

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This weekend I'm listening to a cute Christmas rom-com and reading a Korean alternate history novel. What about you?

#WeekendReads

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The Weekenders: A Novel | Mary Kay Andrews
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A festive, wintery #WeekendReads

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Who else loves bookish holiday traditions? I wrote an article over on Book Riot about Jolabokaflod, one of my favorite new Christmas traditions. And Litsy gets a shout out as the first place I heard about this lovely book exchange!

bookriot.com/bookish-tradition-jolabokaflod/

marleed Litsy has enlightened me so much about books and the love of books! 3mo
JamieArc It has become my household‘s favorite part of the holiday! 3mo
rachelsbrittain @JamieArc that's lovely! 3mo
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An absolutely adorable reimagining of It's a Wonderful Life as a sapphic rom-com with a burnt out eldest daughter, the return of a high school flame, and magical drag queens. I couldn't put this one down it was so good, and it definitely got me in the mood to read more holiday rom-coms.

sebrittainclark I literally just started reading this. 3mo
rachelsbrittain @sebrittainclark it's so good! I listened to the entire thing while I was cleaning yesterday 3mo
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The Lover: A Short Story | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This fairy tale novella follows a girl longing to find her lover. When her overbearing sister marries the man she has fallen for, they begin an elicit affair. But is he really the one for her? And who is the mysterious new stranger come to town who insists he can turn into a wolf?

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Reading at the spa--could there be anything better?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome ❤️ 3mo
Yuki_Onna Beautiful👏 3mo
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My November reads. I gave myself permission to reread a series for the first time in a long time, and even though I didn't read a lot this month I'm proud of myself for not policing how I spend my reading time quite as much.

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage How was The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes? I read the Hunger Games trilogy so long ago… 🙂 3mo
rachelsbrittain @Booksblanketsandahotbeverage I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to! 3mo
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