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Joined January 2017

writer. reader. obsessed with stories. contributing editor for BookRiot.com she/her rachelbrittain.com
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Earthlings | Sayaka Murata
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Definitely did not know what I was getting into with this one! I read Convenience Store Woman and loved it, which sounds like it is the same way quite a few people come into this one only to find themselves surprised 😅 Definitely planning to get going because I'm intrigued so far but whew does this deal with some intense (and dark) topics.

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1. Cinnamon and Gunpowder, Earthling, and This Land is Their Land

2. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

3. I've got quite a few on my TBR already so I did some Googling and found two new-to-me titles: Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot and Flight by Sherman Alexie

#WeekendReads

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Set My Heart to Five | Simon Stephenson
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A fun, satirical sci-fi novel about a bot with feelings determined to write a screen play to prove that bots aren't dangerous in a world where most humans hate bots. I really enjoyed the sense of humor in this and a lot of the ideas about the future (not that I would want most if any of them to come to pass), but the book definitely ran on too long in places-- especially since the writing is so stylistic.

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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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What an epic antihero story! In a futuristic world inspired by historical China, a girl seeks vengeance for her mudered sister in a highly gendered and sexist society overrun by kaiju, where girls are sacrificed in order to win battles. There are elements of Pacific Rim and other kaiju movies, but this story is entirely its own. I am soft for an angry, unforgiving female protagonist. And a love triangle that turns into a poly triad.

iread2much This sounds fascinating! Why don‘t the adverts for this book lead with the Kaiju? I mean, im not one for teen romances, but I totally love Kaiju movies (edited) 6h
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My Thanksgiving read

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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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Today was a good day for baking and audiobook listening

Scochrane26 Pretty! 3d
keys_on_fire That is so pretty!! 3d
Palimpsest Beautiful! 3d
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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A real epic of a book spanning centuries and continents as it weaves together 3 stories connected by a fictious lost Greek manuscript (based on a real lost Greek manuscript). This book pulls you in so thoroughly and manages to juggle so many distinct stories and characters. It's a real love letter to fiction.

My one complaint is that the radicalized character is very much coded as Autistic, which felt pretty icky. But he did get a redemption arc.

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Amatka | Karin Tidbeck
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A dystopia novella about a woman researching the hygiene habits of a neighboring commune called Amatka, where words and language are an integral part of maintaining societal structure and misuse of it is therefore considered a subversive act. Slowly over the course of the story we begin to peel back the layers and understand a bit of whats going on. Really eerie and compelling.

TW for suicide

jessjess That sounds very interesting! 4d
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Listing to a Zoom talk with Olivia Dade through my local indie today alongside @sebrittainclark . I loved Spoiler Alert so I really need to get my butt in gear on reading this one now! Also Olivia Dade is such a delight, definitely recommend her books and her talks.

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Amatka | Karin Tidbeck
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1. Set my Heart to Five, Cloud Cuckoo Land, Lore Olympus, and Amatka

2. Sweet potato casserole

3. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

#WeekendReads

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Just got my #NewYearWhoDis list from @TheSpineView, and I think these 4 are the ones I'm most excited about! About to make some shelves on Libby and Scribd so I can start figuring out which books I have access to and want to read first. Also excited for a fun bonus rec from @monalyisha for Here For It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America which I'm also going to add to my #NYWD22 shelves!

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Lore Olympus | Rachel Smithe
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Trying to read but how to focus when my baby is being this adorable? 😍

Texreader So sweet 🥰 1w
Crazeedi It's hard isn't it?❤ 1w
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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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This is fine. This is normal. Totally not freaking out about being tweeted at by an author I adore.

Tripex 👏👏👏 1w
julesG 🎉😁 1w
Texreader That‘s so cool! 1w
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The House with Chicken Legs | Sophie Anderson
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I put together a round up of great middle grade fairy tale retellings over on Book Riot:

bookriot.com/middle-grade-fairy-tale-retellings/

LibrarianRyan yeah. Didn't realize you were over there! Good for you. 1w
rachelsbrittain @LibrarianRyan thanks! Yeah, I've been working there for about 4 years now and love it just as much as when I first started. 1w
LibrarianRyan @rachelsbrittain that‘s great. I must have slept through that. I just tried to read every books (that I hadn‘t already read) from the list of kids books that wouldn‘t be published now. That was fun. 1w
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Set My Heart to Five | Simon Stephenson
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Bedtime reading and bedtime snuggles 😍

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Wingbearer | Marjorie Liu
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A cute and action-packed middle-grade graphic novel about a girl raised by the guardians of a spirit tree protecting the souls of dead birds. When the souls begin to dissappear without being reborn, Zulu leaves the only home she's ever know to journey through the mortal realm on a quest to discover what or who is interfering with the cycle of rebirth. Fun and full of heart and adventure.

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Pixels of You | Yuko Ota, Ananth Hirsh
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For all my fellow comic / graphic novel readers out there:

bookriot.com/ya-comics-from-2021/

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New books!

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Set My Heart to Five | Simon Stephenson
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Sunday evening with a great new book

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Thirty Talks Weird Love | Alessandra Narvez Varela
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A really interesting YA novel in verse about a teenager in Ciudad Juarez being visited by her thirty year old self in an attempt to alter her past and the depression that almost took her life. Young Anamaría is anxious all the time about all the girls disappearing and the pressure she puts on herself to excel, but her adult self has a message for her: learn to love yourself. Short and poignant story about mental health.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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1. Cloud Cuckoo Land and Lore Olympus

2. Thirty Talks Weird Love

3. Surviving Savannah and The Dictionary of Lost Words

#WeekendReads

NataliePatalie Both your books in #1 are on my TBR! 2w
rachelsbrittain @NataliePatalie I'm not terribly far into Lore Olympus but Cloud Cuckoo Land is incredible so far! 2w
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Thirty Talks Weird Love | Alessandra Narvez Varela
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"She found me. She knocked on the side of the stall in the Multicinemas restroom where I sat staring at the strawberry stain in my underwear."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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A sweet m/m Christmas novella about two partners who are very much in love and go a bit overboard with their gifts. Very low drama and a loving relationship with characters who work through their problems when they come up.

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Did I set an alarm to wake up early for one of my favorite Litsy events of the year despite having a migraine? Yes, yes I did. And since the sign up is already more than half full I'm very glad I did! Thanks for organizing this awesome event @monalyisha ! Can't wait to see what I get this year.

#NewYearWhoDis

monalyisha I always *love* your lists! I hope your head feels better soon! 2w
rachelsbrittain @monalyisha thank you!! The migraine has thankfully gone away whew 2w
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The Bookstore | Deborah Meyler
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1. Two local bookstores have opened near me recently and I'm really excited to visit both bit haven't had a chance yet!

2. I'll go in with maybe one or two titles in mind and then usually go a bit wild. Other times I'll just browse and see what book strikes me.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Crazeedi There's a used bookstore that just opened a half hr from me, can't wait to go there 3w
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 📖📘📚 2w
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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A novella about a woman working at a convenience store in her thirties up against strong societal expectations that she get a "real" job or get married. Some of the cultural aspects are clearly Japanese but others are definitely relatable in the idea that sticking out too much and not conforming can lead to judgement. The main character also seems very clearly coded as Autistic. It's a poignant story that's a bit strange and a bit wonderful.

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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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Been a real day so this is where we're at 👍

mdemanatee Jeni‘s is always the answer 3w
Emilymdxn What a beautiful cover! 3w
rsteve388 I got this today as well and haven't been able to put it down so good!!! 3w
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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My first audiobook walk with my girl since she went to training bootcamp and it is such a relief to feel like I can take her on walks again. And we got to walk among these gorgeous fall trees!

SamanthaMarie What a GORGEOUS doggo 😍🥰 3w
Bookgoil Yay I want to do that with my dogs soon 3w
Magpiegem Gorgeous pup! 🥰 3w
rachelsbrittain @Bookgoil I highly recommend it! 3w
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Despite the very provocative title, this book is really a memoir. As the granddaughter of Children of God founder David Berg, Faith was raised in the cult from birth, mostly on a farm in Macau. She certainly lived a very interesting life & if you're fascinated by cults (as I am) it will probably be an interesting read, but if you know anything about the Children of God you'll understand why the title references a "sex cult."

TWs in comment below.

rachelsbrittain Trigger warning for sexual abuse, sex with minors, rape, religious manipulation, and at least one instance of overt fat shaming 3w
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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1. Matrix, Lore Olympus, and Sex Cult Nun

2. Goodreads, Litsy, and Book Riot's reading tracker

3. A Psalm for the Wild-Built

#WeekendReads

Megabooks How is Sex Cult Nun? 3w
rachelsbrittain @Megabooks it's interesting but definitely intense. I'm somebody who's fascinated by cults but it is about a girl raised in the Children of God / Family of Love so definitely some disturbing stuff that happens 3w
Megabooks @rachelsbrittain yes, I‘m into cult writing as well. I‘m sure it‘s disturbing - one reason I‘ve held back. Excited to start seeing reviews of it. @britt_brooke have you heard of it? 3w
britt_brooke @Megabooks Nope - my first thought was, “Uhhh, this is a book title?” 😂 Sounds up my alley regardless. 3w
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Gender Swapped Fairy Tales | Karrie Fransman, Jonathan Plackett
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So obsessed with this cover and concept: fairy tales gender swapped with an algorithm designed to chance pronouns and certain other gender specific words (son, daughter, mother, father, etc.). The illustrations from Karrie Fransman are absolutely stunning, too. Love when I come across incredible books like this when researching for Book Riot articles.

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This was one of my favorite swaps last year and brought me so much joy to put together. @candority is gauging interest right now so head on over and comment if you think you might want to participate #Bestof2021

catiewithac I did it last year, but I honestly didn‘t love anything about 2021 😢 3w
rachelsbrittain @catiewithac oh no! I'm so sorry. I do feel that, but honestly in 2020 having an excuse to share some awesome books and gifts with a fellow Litten brightened the start of the new year a bit for me. Fingers crossed 2022 will be a better year for you *hugs* 3w
thewallflower0707 I haven‘t participated in a swap in a long time, but I would be interested in this ☺️ 3w
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rsteve388 I am in if I can keep it small. Ok be book and like two gifts. 3w
rachelsbrittain @thewallflower0707 @rsteve388 be sure to comment on @candority 's original post so she sees that you're interested! 3w
candority Thanks for sharing @rachelsbrittain! 💕 @rsteve388 Last year, I offered different tier levels that determined how many books/gifts you sent, but honestly, it was a bit of a nightmare to organize. This year, I‘m just doing one set amount of 2 books and 4 gifts. I‘ll tag you when the sign-ups are live, but no pressure whatsoever to join ❤️ 3w
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Extasia | Claire Legrand
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I loved some of the ideas at play here (very The Year of the Witching meets Handmaid's Tale) but the execution just didn't match up. Which is especially a shame since I've loved most of what I've read by Claire LeGrand. But the story just dragged and dragged on in the Neo-Puritan cult with Amity trying to figure out her magic powers and the story didn't really get interesting until the last 20%. A shame, but maybe others will feel differently.

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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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A heartwarming story about the power of books and two lonely people who find an unexpected friendship at the library despite the substantial difference in their age. This was a really sweet story exploring loneliness, grief, compassion, and the power of books to bring people solace. And I'm always a sucker for a young / old friendship.

TW: death, depression, and suicide

Crazeedi Definitely stacking this! Thanks 4w
TrishB This sounds good! 4w
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I read 20 books this month. Not too bad!

Favorites: The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina, Vespertine, and The Only Good Indians

Gissy Nice!! 📚 📚📚📚🖤🖤🖤🧙🏼‍♀️🧛🏼‍♀️🎃 👻 🧟‍♀️ 4w
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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Only two actual bingos but I'd say thats not too shabby!

#OctoberBookBingo

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Extasia | Claire Legrand
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Happy Halloweeeeen 🎃

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Extasia | Claire Legrand
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1. Extasia and The Reading List

2. Anxious People

3. Daphne from Scooby Doo

#WeekendReads

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A strange and deeply personal fictionalized memoir, mixing fact and fiction from Claire Vaye Watkins' life. There were parts of this I really enjoyed and parts (like the letters written by Claire's mother as a teen) that felt pointless and I skimmed as quickly as possible. I was really fascinated by auto-fiction (autobiographical fiction) which leaves you guessing what is and isn't true. And Watkins certainly has lived a fascinating life.

3/5

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Into the Woods | James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim, Hudson Talbott
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I couldn't help myself. I had to get this book.

TheBookHippie Beautiful 1mo
LA_Mead Ooh that looks pretty! 4w
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Sunday reading

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October, October | Katya Balen
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Posting this #OctoberBookBingo again now that we're almost to the end of the month. Repost with your bingos!

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Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel | Claire Vaye Watkins
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Mini Book Outlet haul, including two favorites I wanted copies of (Anxious People and There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job), one about the history of my hometown (The Vapors), and two entirely new ones.

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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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The Halloween reads continue! Four men are haunted by a past misdeed that has returned to ensure they suffer for what was done. As each man falls to violence and murder in the midst of extreme paranoia, we learn the truth about what happened on a hunting trip 10 years ago.

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The Regrets | Amy Bonnafons
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Finally got all my books back on the shelves *great sigh of relief*

swishandflick Pretty! 1mo
TheSpineView Beautiful 1mo
xicanti It looks wonderful! 1mo
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wanderinglynn Your shelves look amazing! 📚🌈 1mo
Branwen GORGEOUS! 😍 1mo
BennettBookworm Sooo satisfying!! 1mo
marleed It looks great! 1mo
Gissy 📚📚📚😍👌 1mo
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Pup is helping me finally reorganize my bookshelves today so that my office isn't covered in stacks of books and is usable again 😅

BeeMagical 😍😍😍 1mo
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I Kissed a Girl | Jennet Alexander
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One Last Stop readalikes over on Book Riot!

https://bookriot.com/books-like-one-last-stop/

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A little afternoon reading break because I'm sleepy but still have more work to do 😅

SamanthaMarie Book breaks are always helpful 😏 I love your socks and your pumpkin!!! 1mo
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Doing a little happy dance because 🎉 new books, new books 🎉

slategreyskies What a beautiful Remington!! Love it!! 💕💙 1mo
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Nightbitch | RACHEL. YODER
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My friend @laurenispmad just got a litsy! Go follow her and give her a warm litsy welcome!

P.s. she has an adorable cat names Oates so I'm hoping for lots of cute book and cat pics 😁

TheSpineView @laurenispmad Welcome to Litsy! The best bookish community around! 🤗 1mo
ozma.of.oz Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉 1mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile Welcome @laurenispmad Happy Reading 1mo
JessClark78 Welcome to Litsy! @laurenispmad 🙂📚 1mo
Tera66 Welcome to Litsy!!!😊 1mo
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