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rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain

Joined January 2017

writer. reader. obsessed with stories. contributor for @bookriot rachelbrittain.com one half of unassignedreadingpod.com
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My mom brought home a cake to cheer me up, and two chapters in and this book already has me completely obsessed. Feminist time traveling rebels? Check. Time travel shenanigans? Check. Spetacular writing? Check and check.

Branwen This book is fantastic! Hope the book (and the cake!) cheer you up, friend! 🍰📚💕 7h
rachelsbrittain @Branwen thank you! They certainly don't hurt 😊 7h
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A bookstore is definitively 100% the best way to cheer me up and my mom knows this

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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5 stars / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Who would've guessed I'd fall in love with a story about a Murderbot, but this was such a well-executed delight of a book. A robot who just wants to watch the entertainment feeds all day winds up caring (at least a bit) about the humans its tasked with guarding while they survey an alien planet. Especially when sabotage puts all their lives in danger. Really can't say enough good things about this sci-fi novella.

TheSpineView Loved!💜 I thought all the other books in the series were just as good. Have heard...A full length novel is scheduled for some time next year. 2d
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Leyla lives in the depths of the ocean: London. After rising sea levels flooded the Earth, humanity was forced to adapt. Submersible racing and Anthropoid attacks are all Leyla has ever known. But as she searches for answers about her father--arrested on false charges--she begins to realize the government has been lying to them about almost everything. A bit predictable at times, but a fun, imaginative YA sci-fi novel.

4 stars / ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Okay this opening line though ?

"I could have become a mass murdered after I hacked my govenor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites."

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A sci-fi night!

readordierachel 👍🏼 4d
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1. Because Internet and The Sol Majestic

2. Evening reading, mostly

3. Nina Varela, because I just finished Crier's War and am obsessed

#weekendreads

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Crier's War | Nina Varela
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4.5 stars / ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A science fantasy novel about a world where Automae have taken over & subjugated humanity. Ayla is determined to get revenge on Sovreign Hesod, responsible for the murder of her family, by killing his heir, Crier. But when Ayla accidentally saves Crier's life & is assigned as her handmaiden, they both realize their perceptions have been skewed by a history of violence & lies. But rebellion is still brewing & may tear them apart.

Nute Sounds good! 5d
rachelsbrittain @Nute I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it 5d
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Crier's War | Nina Varela
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This lil floof is watching over me as I read and try to weather this (mild, thank the lord) migraine

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Chelsea.Poole That is a great cover! 1w
rachelsbrittain @Chelsea.Poole such a good cover 1w
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The Henna Wars | Adiba Jaigirdar
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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Next round of Goodreads Choice Awards!

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Crier's War | Nina Varela
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A nice reading break amidst writing and wondering why on earth I decided to do some approximation of #nanowrimo when I'm also revising another novel 🙄

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Glitch | Sarah Graley
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Such a cute YA graphic novel about a girl who gets sucked into a video game and meets a robot who wants her help to save their digital world. Graley's style is as adorable as always and loved all the adventures and the emphasis on friendship. I was kind of hoping for a different outcome with the big bad, but still. Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyable!

Mandoul Thanks for the review, really like the sound of this! 1w
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Glitch | Sarah Graley
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New graphic novel by Sarah Graley!

Trashcanman Make the dream real 1w
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Crier's War | Nina Varela
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Bubble bath and robots

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Nice and relaxing 🛀📚 2w
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Grimoire Noir | Vera Greentea
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Absolutely stunning sepia-toned artwork with pops or gold and ghostly blue are the real standout of this graphic novel, but the inventive storyline about a town that tolerates but traps witches is almost equally good. Magic, mystery, and lots of noir vibes. Thoroughly enjoyed this one!

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Crier's War | Nina Varela
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1. Crier's War, The Light at the Bottom of the World, and The Sol Majestic

3. "The Landrovers are up to their usual scams and are 'this close to discovering legendary dry land,' if only they have my 'regular financial support.'" -- The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

4. Currently drinking a grape Waterloo

#weekendreads

muscogulus Newbie question: How do I copy your post image as others have? 1w
rachelsbrittain Hey @muscogulus ! You can just take a screenshot and then post the image yourself. People usually add the hashtag so all the posts get grouped together and we can see them easily. Let me know if you have any more questions. And welcome to litsy! 1w
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Crier's War | Nina Varela
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Friday night: time for a spearmint eucalyptus bath bomb and a new book

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5 stars / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A great sci-fi story if ever I've read one exploring the future of human space exploration. A crew catalogs incredible new discoveries & are pushed to their psychological limit on a mission to 4 exoplanets. Explores hopeful possibilities about the future as well as dark realities, all with plausible science to back it up. A truly excellent read & one fans of The Martian & The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet will especially enjoy.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same! Such a fantastic story 2w
ChasingOm Oooh, stacked and put on hold through Libby! 2w
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Orpheus Girl | Brynne Rebele-Henry
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A queer novel in the vein of The Miseducation of Cameron Post with mythology vibes.When Raya and Sarah are outed in their small Texas town in the mid 2000s, they're sent to "Friendly Saviors," a facility to "cure" them. Like Orpheus, Raya vows to survive this hell and being her love back with her. Easier said than done, especially in the face of rampant abuse. Painful & heartbreaking, but ultimately a reality many queer people have faced.

rachelsbrittain TW for: homophobia, transohobia, lgbtq slurs, forced outing, conversion therapy, abuse, torture, implied suicide, death of a trans character 2w
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Have you all started voting in the Goodreads choice awards? Any write in votes? I wrote in The Lady from the Black Lagoon for nonfiction because it was one of my favorites of the year

Crazeedi I have to vote!! 2w
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The life of a video game streamer is turned upside down by a group of trolls in a campaign to torment her off the platform. An unexpected online friendship with a boy hoping to become a game writer (against his parents' wishes), an armada of fans, & a police officer determined to fight against online abuse help her come out on top. Great for fans of SLAY. Bit upsetting at times because of the reality of online trolls, but a great, empowering read.

rachelsbrittain TW for: sexism, racism, online bullying, assault, mentions of past sexual assualt 2w
Mem_ugh I picked this one up at a conference this weekend and wasn‘t sure it sounded like something I‘d enjoy. Glad to hear you found it worthwhile 2w
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Guess who just went to the library to pick up holds and left with... twice as many books😅

Librariana I spot Grimoire Noir! 😁 Reading that one right now 💜📚 2w
rachelsbrittain @Librariana I hadn't heard of it before but spotted it on the shelf and thought it looked interesting! 2w
Hooked_on_books I like that your library puts which book in the series something is on the spine. That‘s really nice. 2w
rachelsbrittain @Hooked_on_books yeah I really appreciate that little detail 2w
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This Is All Your Fault | Aminah Mae Safi
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readordierachel 😍😍 2w
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Orpheus Girl | Brynne Rebele-Henry
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Bubble bath reading

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Sunday reading in front of the fireplace with this moody girl

CoffeeCatsBooks 😻 😻 😻 3w
Palimpsest Pretty cat 😊 2w
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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A dark, wild ride about the occult magic and priviledge permeating the Yale campus and the societies it enables. Alex Stern can see ghosts, but even she isn't prepared for the dangerous rituals she oversees as a member of Lethe, tasked with keeping the magical societies in check. But Alex's dark past, a horrifying murder, and a plot to keep Lethe quiet wreck havoc on her life & on the campus. 4.5 stars / ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tws in comment marked as spoiler.

rachelsbrittain TW for: sexual assault, rape, violence, murder, forced consumption of excrement, drug use. 3w
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Orpheus Girl | Brynne Rebele-Henry
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1. Orpheus Girl and Don't Read the Comments

2. Patron Saints of Nothing

3. Leaves changing color

#weekendreads

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Stories intertwine as a Desi-French-American girl crosses paths with the great grandson of Alexandre Dumas on a search for a possible connection between Dumas, Byron, Delacroix, & a woman lost to history. A fascinating read mixing historical accounts with modern day. Though, personally, I'm eager to get my hands on a finished copy to find out how much is historically accurate, because I'm a huge nerd for that kind of thing!

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Books: 18
Pages: 3,753
Longest: Kingdom of Souls
Shortest: The Groom
Favorite(s): Gideon the Ninth, Patron Saints of Nothing, The Need, Empire of Sin, and Kingdom of Souls

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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It's okay, I'll just pet my face on this book while you read

CoffeeCatsBooks 😻 😻 😻 3w
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I picked this book up for research, but it wound up being a truly fascinating exploration of New Orlean's history. A true crime book spanning nearly 50 years and covering everything from the rise and fall of Storyville, the birth of jazz, and the infamous axman murders. Thoroughly researched and well-written. A fascinating read.

TW: murder, racism, use of the N word, sex work

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Morning reading break (featuring Halloween donuts)

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First book in a while I've read all the way through without being able to put down. When Jay's cousin is killed in the drug war in the Phillipines, he is determined to discover the truth, retracing his footsteps & learning his story. Of course, it's all more complicated than he initially realizes. An absolutely heartwrenching book about grief, identity, & family.

TW for references to drug abuse, violence, & murder.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Bingo!

Set in Woods: Daughters of Salem
Disguises: Witchy
Murder: Ninth House
Toil & Trouble: Toil&Trouble
Black Cover: Ninth House
Scary: The Need
Magical: Kingdom of Souls
Skull: Ninth House
Character Missing: Gideon the Ninth
Haunted House: Gideon the Ninth
Spell Gone Wrong: Kingdom of Souls
Romance: Mad, Bad, &Dangerous to Know
True Crime: Empire of Sin
Half-Human: Monstress
October Pub: Ghost Spider
Bookish Pick: The Need

#octoberbookbingo

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Candy Corn Bingo | ANONIMO, Running Press Staff, Margie Monin
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Found this one on Bookish's twitter and thought it looked fun

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She's more excited than I am that it's getting cool enough for the fireplace 😂

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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Two of my favorite things: fall drinks and books

https://bookriot.com/2019/10/26/fall-drink-and-book-pairings/

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Flight delays? Oh yeah, I'm familiar

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Airport essentials

julesG 👍 4w
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Ice Massacre | Tiana Warner
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Love a good book map 😍

DrexEdit Very cool! I used to work at Yale right across the street from one of the secret societies (don't remember which one) for that reason and for the lovely map, I'm very interested in this book! 4w
rachelsbrittain @DrexEdit I imagine this book is especially fun for people familiar with Yale! 4w
MoonWitch94 I almost picked this up yesterday at Barnes & Noble!! Ahhh it looks so good! 4w
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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One ninth book down, another one up!

I'm obsessed with the way these two books looked together with their dark coverage and Ninth titles. Such a good aesthetic 😍

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Wow wow wow this book. *Stefon voice* It's got it all: swordgighting, necromancers, enchanted skeletons, a dangerous quest for immortality in an ancient haunted house. I've never read a science fiction horror book before but I'll be eagerly reading all of this series. The voice is wry & biting & a perfectly hilarious contrast to the tone. I loved it from the beginning but it took me a little while to get to a point where I couldn't put it down 5/5

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Witchy | Ariel Slamet Ries
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Finally read this one (and at a very seasonally appropriate time too), and I'm so glad I did. Reading it online gave me Nimona flashbacks, though very nice it's now in book form too. Witches whose power is connected to their hair length, corrupt government, and secret rebellions. Interesting worldbuilding and magic system and I got some Last Airbender vibes from it which I am SO on board for.

http://www.witchycomic.com/comic/page-1

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Reading and a maple pecan latte

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Kingdom of Souls | Rena Barron
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Hot damn, this book. All the hype is deserved, and now it's obvious why Michael B Jordan has already picked this one up for an adaptation. Incredible worldbuklding, complex characters, a fascinating storyline. Gave me major Children of Blood and Bone and Daughter of Smoke and Bone vibes. Only complaint is that it was so jam packed it felt like it might've been the plot of two books more so than one. But overall? Amazing.

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The Sol Majestic: A novel | Ferrett Steinmetz
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1. Gideon the Ninth, The Sol Majestic, and Dead Astronauts

2. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

3. The Deep by Rivers Solomon

#weekendreads