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renko

renko

Joined March 2016

reader, rabbit mom, & afternoon adventurer
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The Chrysalids | John Wyndham
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Things gotta little out of hand at an open-air book market in Boston. I'm here for the weekend, and I'm trying to scope out all the good indies before I have to go back to the book desert I live in 😪

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I could walk forever with beauty. Our steps are not measured in miles but in the amount of time we are pulled forward by awe.

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Roadside Picnic | Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
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Great new translation and Robert Forster delivers a fantastic audiobook performance. One of my all-time favorite sci-fi classics.

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Wolves Eat Dogs | Martin Cruz Smith
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#FunPhotoFriday (or Saturday...) @Liberty My most beloved (and most battered) book in my most favorite series. I pulled this off my dad's shelf when I was 11 and it did for me what Harry Potter did for most kids. Got me into reading, got me to study Russian, and brought me closer to my father.

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Roadside Picnic | Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
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I've had an on-again-off-again thing with audiobooks for over a year now but I think I've finally found my niche. Revisiting some of my favorite Russian sci-fis all day at work today~

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Parsifal | Jim Krusoe
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Suds on a Sunday with Jim Krusoe's Parsifal. Another Goodreads pick that sounded right up my alley. I'm on a bit of a surrealism kick these days. ☔️

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Pickpick

I loved everything about this book. Enough said.

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Sad coffee and one weird book while I'm waiting for my car to be serviced. I don't usually read more than two books at once but I need a break from all that craziness with.... more craziness?

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Orange Eats Creeps | Grace Krilanovich
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'90s hobo vampire junkies and a girl with drug-induced ESP go on a journey down "The Highway That Eats People." I'm slowly making my way through Two Dollar Radio's entire catalog after discovering Radio Iris as a somewhat improbable Goodreads suggestion and loving it to bits.

Liberty Looooooove this book. 4y
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Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
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Lexicon is like the best scifi-action-drama film rolled into a well-written and surprisingly literary novel. Action-packed and bittersweet until the very last page. And gave me a lot of feelings. Feelings about T.S. Eliot, mostly.

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Ink and Bone | Lisa Unger
Bailedbailed

I'm all about a paranormal thriller but the writing here is particularly clumsy. I winced through 75 pages before putting it away for good.

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Of Things Gone Astray | Janina Matthewson
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Trying to find the artiest way to take pictures of my nook. I actually love my nook, even if it is probably the most unnecessary piece of technology since the zune. One of the books I'm trying out today. Surreal, but with lots of heart? That's kind of my jam.

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Panpan

Eh. It's short. Easy. Twisty and turny in most of the right places. There are some fun bits here and there, but this is mostly a letdown.

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Gun, with Occasional Music | Jonathan Lethem
Mehso-so

This is the kind of story I would've really dug as a short story in high school. It's got neo-noir and scifi and dystopia and dames! With gams! I love noir, I really do. But this one really would've worked better as a short piece than stretched into a novel. Still, a mostly fun ride.

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It looks like I was very restrained with my book buying this weekend but I actually bought Hex (Heuvelt), The Everything Box (Kadrey), Pattern Recognition (Gibson), and Company Town (Ashby) on my Nook too. 😔

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The most fitting book for this afternoon, because the national park service is doing a cannon demonstration in my front yard. I technically live in a park but it looks like we didn't make the book. Side note: cannons are very loud.

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Gun, with Occasional Music | Jonathan Lethem
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He really likes to chew on my books...

monalyisha Ah! I‘m a bun mom, too! 💖🐰 2y
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Glow: A novel | Ned Beauman
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Either the most fitting book for my sick day or the absolute worst. These trippy end pages are really setting off my vertigo.

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Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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It took me some time to warm up to this one. The eerie setting, religious cult-ish vibes, and Eco-warriors... I kept thinking I was about to be handed some hammy theological babble. But this turned into a quiet, understated book on love, grief, and psychedelic mushrooms and I kinda loved it.

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Nichijou, 1 | Keiichi Arawi
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Rainy day book haul, hell yeah. They're finally releasing translations of my favorite manga/anime series. If you like subtle, sorta surrealist humor, you definitely need this in your life. Plus some used book bargains I couldn't resist.

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The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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I've had this on my TBR stack for a few months now, but loaned it to my father yesterday after he finished Mr. Splitfoot. He's usually a slow reader but he handed it back to me at breakfast with a one sentence review: "Samantha Hunt is seriously messed up." Just might have to read this one next...

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Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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Back on Litsy with one of my first true summer reads of the season. Marrow Island is a surprisingly chilly follow-up to Smith's lovely little Glaciers but I'm really digging it so far.

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Back on Litsy and back to reading this big summer release I was lucky enough to win in a goodreads giveaway. I took a tiny break to speed through some of the library books I'd been hoarding. Excited to see what all the buzz is about.

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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
Bailedbailed

I'm sure this novel is worth the hype, but it ticked all of my mystery pet peeves. Forced teenager dialogue? Uncomfortable sex stuff? Killer POV? There just wasn't enough here to keep me going.

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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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Supernatural detective stories are kinda my jam, so expectations are high for this one.

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Mehso-so

Funny and heartwarming, but there's some definite pacing issues here that makes it a little tedious at times. Sofia is certainly more likeable than Bridget Jones, but the book itself isn't as smooth and effortless to read.

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I stared at the ground and looked at my shoes: my lovely, teal, snakeskin peep-toes [...] I was like, hang on - I don't look like a terrorist [...] 'Oi,' I shouted. 'Terrorists don't wear vintage shoes, you ignorant wanker!'

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Quiet and unsettling, The Lightkeepers is an uncommonly original exploration of loss. More captivating than any mystery and chilling as a good ghost story. How Geni managed to inject so much emotion in long passages about elephant seals is remarkable

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Heard this pitched as the Bridget Jones of our generation. Instant download.

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A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro
Mehso-so

Puts an interesting twist on a tired premise but suffers from tonal inconsistencies and a somewhat flimsy plot. Still, A Study in Charlotte scratched an itch I didn't know I had and I'll probably pick up the next book when it comes out.

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Rabbit approved?

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Spring break has officially begun and I'm finally digging into this stack. First up: The Lightkeepers. I've heard it's moody and bleak and totally enthralling. Perfect.

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Oh man oh man. This book is so good. Just gorgeously written and subtely heartbreaking. An Invisible Sign of My Own is one of those quietly magical, slightly dizzying reads that just shows what that kind of surrealism can do when in the right hands.

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I used to think death might be hidden somewhere on our bodies. Tucked behind the pupil like a coin, slid beneath the thumbnail, ribbon-wrapped around a wrist bone. A sharp, dark sliver; a loose, pale pellet. Each person different. Each lifespan set.

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Annnnd one quick trip to the library later....

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Mehso-so

Perfect for a gloomy Sunday in but failed to hold up to the cruel light of Monday morning. Stayed for the fun horror movie atmosphere but couldn't bring myself to really care about any of the characters.

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currently reading a particularly shiny copy of A Head Full of Ghosts. I was so excited for this a couple months ago, so I was really jazzed to see it pop up in the library. hope it lives up to the hype.

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Busy Monsters: A Novel | William Giraldi
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Mehso-so

finished Busy Monsters as a little break between a couple dark, brooding mysteries I've been binging on lately. it's funny, definitely worth the quick read, but ultimately forgettable.