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riversong153

riversong153

Joined January 2017

Voracious Reader | Hufflepuff | Whovian | Mom | Sci-fi & Mystery Fan | American | Brit Wannabe
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I love NK Jemisin‘s writing. I listened to this on audio and read some of it in print to make sure I was following along correctly in some areas where I got a little confused. I really enjoyed this. Not as heartbreaking as The Broken Earth Trilogy but still very good!

NikkiM5 I loved it too, ready for book 2 9mo
LazyOwl This is one of my favourite series and was my first Jemisin 9mo
TheBookbabeblog84 I‘ve had this book for so long and I feel like this is a reminder to read it . 9mo
Chelleo Should finish within the next day or so. Gonna need to process. Like so many things but am ambivalent about others. Not sure what to make of it yet. 8mo
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Win | Harlan Coben
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Okay so I am a huge Harlan Coben fan, HUGE. But this didn‘t grab me as much as his Myron Bolitar novels or his other standalones. Maybe it‘s because I hate rich people problems. Idk. Win is definitely better as a character in small doses. So many of his comments had 🙄 Over all it was a decent read but I don‘t know if I‘d read the whole series. Glad I didn‘t buy this one and checked it out of the library. It‘s between a pick and so so for me.

Slajaunie LOVE your handle! 💙💙💙 #riversong 9mo
riversong153 @Slajaunie thanks! 😊 9mo
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1. Philadelphia, PA
2. New Jersey
3. 2 brothers
4. Green Eggs & Ham
@Eggs @Chrissyreadit #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 💕💕 9mo
Chrissyreadit Thanks for the tag! 9mo
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Really great read! Thanks for the rec @Chelleo I listened on audio and really enjoyed the narrator. I can‘t want until the next installment is released!

Chelleo Yay! Glad you liked it! We‘ll be waiting together bc I can‘t wait!! 9mo
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Really good read. Interesting and timely. Back and forth between traumatic events for communities in LA.

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Foxlowe | Eleanor Wasserberg
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This was disturbing but very good. I recommend. I listened to the audio version which I think really contributed to the experience.

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Mehso-so

Just okay. I get a little frustrated with self-destructive characters but it wasn‘t just that which kept me from fully enjoying this book. I guess it didn‘t quite feel like a mystery or a thriller to me. It also seemed to progress slowly and then speed up at the very end so the pacing could have been better. Not a bad read but I‘m glad I didn‘t spend money on it and waited for the library hold.I won‘t be watching the show. Just not for me 😐

AlaMich I‘m watching the show right now. It got off to an interesting start, but it‘s kind of a mess now. Subplots that have zero to do with anything, and the main plot is pretty confusing. 10mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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@Gissy Thank you so much! This is amazing! I love it all but especially the picture! I want to frame it and find a nice place for it! Homegoing and The Hate U Give have been on my list for a while. I was happy when Concrete Rose came out but wanted to read THUG first! The bag, mug and bookmarks are just chef‘s kiss! #BlitsyHistoryMonth #BHMS #BlitsySwap

riversong153 @Gissy The card is amazing too. San Juan was my first trip off the main land as a adult so it holds a special place in my ❤️. 11mo
Chelleo Everything about this is beautiful!! 11mo
Gissy The mug arrived safe😅When I saw how the box arrived I was worried. I‘m glad you liked everything, specially the art print I wasn‘t sure you would like it bc it was not mentioned in your list. The artist also has bookmarks, totes and stickers. I love what she designes. I thought the tote was so pretty. I love Society6. Enjoy your reading! 📚❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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Gissy The card is from a small store located in Old SJ near to the Fortaleza, I think is called the Poet Passage something like that. The artist is the owner and she has pretty things there created by her and her husband. 11mo
MeganAnn Amazing! That print and the tote! 😍🤩 11mo
riversong153 @Gissy it‘s wonderful! I‘m glad the mug made it safely too. The box looked like it went through hell to get here! (edited) 11mo
sweetpealsd This is a great box!🥰 11mo
GreenGrl87 😍😍😍 11mo
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Untilted | Autechre
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@Gissy I‘m getting ready to open these goodies! #BlitsyHistoryMonth #BHMS #BlitsySwap

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Untitled | Anonymous
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@Gissy I got my swap package. Can‘t wait until Feb 28th! Thanks so much! #BHMS #BlitsyHistoryMonth #BlitsySwap the post office really beat the box up! 😳

riversong153 All my photos keep coming up as black boxes in Litsy. Idk why! 11mo
Patchshank I've seen other people have that problem and I think it has to do with the edits like if you added a lot of stickers and did other stuff to it. Some combination of edits is what seems to be causing it. I can't remember what combination. 11mo
riversong153 @Patchshank thanks, that helped! I think it‘s fixed now!! 11mo
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Gissy I‘m glad it arrived!! 👏👏👏I hope everything is saved inside🤞I hope you like what is inside. I read your wish lists🤗The good news is you don‘t have to wait long to open it. I put my box in a corner in the living room, you know, temptation ☺️ 11mo
riversong153 @Gissy I did the same. As long as I put it out of the way I‘m good about waiting. 11mo
Gissy Yes!☺️ 11mo
Chelleo 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 11mo
Patchshank Yay! Glad I could help❤️ 11mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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After a crazy snowstorm and being stuck inside for a few days until the plowing was sorted out I finally got to the post office to send out my #BlitsyHistoryMonthSwap #BHMS #BlistySwap #BlitsyHistoryMonth

Chelleo 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 11mo
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I enjoyed this on audio. Very funny but also deeply introspective look into R Eric Thomas and his struggles with his intersectional identity. I recommend!

britt_brooke I really enjoyed this one! 12mo
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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1. Sci-fi, mystery/thriller
2. Other bookish items (socks, stickers, mugs, magnets, buttons, etc.)
3. Backlist is perfectly fine! There is so much to read!
4. T-shirts, scarves/head wraps, accessories
5. Both, I‘m interested in learning about new authors but still haven‘t read any Octavia Butler. Newish authors include Angie Thomas and Yaa Gyasi. #BHMS #BlitsyHistoryMonth #BlitsySwap

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To my fellow #BlitsySwap participants, Happy New Year. After this week, I need a pleasant distraction! February is fast approaching. I know we need time to shop so we can ship, esp if you‘re shipping international. Complete this quiz with me! #BlitsyHistoryMonth #BHMS @Chelleo

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Charming as a Verb | Ben Philippe
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I like Ben Philippe‘s writing. I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator is really good, same narrator of his other novel. It was a quick and easy listen.

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Conjure Women: A Novel | Afia Atakora
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Great book. To say I enjoyed reading it would be misspeaking but, it was a great fictional account of two women and their lives on the plantation pre and post civil war. A really tough read and many CWs but well researched and well written. I would have liked to read this a little slower but it was a 14 day ebook loan from the library. I will be absorbing and processing this one for a while.

Chelleo I just started today and whew, boy...much heavier than I'm in the mood for right now but I'll chug through it. 12mo
riversong153 @Chelleo it is a doozy. Really heavy. 12mo
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Conjure Women: A Novel | Afia Atakora

A heads up if you haven‘t started already. The book is good but gets very heavy. I‘m about 65% in and there are some CWs in there. I‘ll label them as spoilers in the comments in case you want them, but you don‘t have to view them if you prefer to go in fresh @GreenGrl87 @Chelleo

riversong153 I‘m 65% in so far and there is a rape scene. 13mo
riversong153 There is also child death 13mo
GreenGrl87 Yikes, really... 😬🥺 I hate reading rape scenes... I‘m sorry, but also thank you for the heads up. I‘m still excited to read it, hopefully the rest of the story makes up for it. 13mo
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Conjure Women: A Novel | Afia Atakora
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@BookNAround The tagged book will be my last book of the year - Conjure Women by Afia Atakora and my first book of 2021 will be Here for It by R Eric Thomas #lastfirst

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1. Unity By Any Means Necessary unitybamn.com
2. I don‘t really collect anything but I like t-shirts and fridge magnets.
3. Tea - my favorite is Mint Tea but I also enjoy other fruity or herbal teas
4. Janet Jackson, Lizzo
5. Coretta Scott-King, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton - I would just like to talk to powerful women and learn from them about love and life. #BHMS #BlitsySwap @GreenGrl87

GreenGrl87 Oooh mint tea is so good! Also, your tagged book just made me realize I was tripping when I answered mine because I would definitely choose lunch or just a chat with Octavia Butler! 13mo
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Conjure Women: A Novel | Afia Atakora
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I started this last night. I‘m one chapter in so far and it is very interesting. This is a good pick so far! @Chelleo @GreenGrl87 I also really love this beautiful cover.

GreenGrl87 Glad to hear you‘re enjoying it! 😄 I totally fell in love with the cover too! 13mo
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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book because it had some good content. However, the writing was not good. It felt really choppy and like the author tried to accomplish too much in one book. I wish she had picked a couple of elements to focus on.

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Landline | Rainbow Rowell
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I liked this book but the characters frustrated me so much. It was definitely one of those cases where you wished people would just communicate with each other.

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Hop on over to @Chelleo to sign up. I‘ve participated every year and have not been disappointed. #BHMS #BlitsySwap #BlitsyHistoryMonth I‘m all signed up and ready!

Chrissyreadit Yes!!! 13mo
Chelleo Whoop Whoop 🙌🏾 13mo
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So amazing

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This was a quick and easy read. I really enjoyed it.

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Allegedly | Tiffany D Jackson
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Tiffany Jackson has not disappointed me yet. This was a great read. Unpredictable in the best way.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ loved this book! This is such a good series.

SharonAlger Isn't it fantastic? 1y
Chelleo Just finished this one and am very bothered that I have to wait for the next book to be available. 😫 13mo
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This was a good read. I had to finish this, I started a while back. Still staying away from election news for now. This was my current events reading for the day.

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Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
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Did not like. Struggled to finish.

CarolynM I didn't like this one much either, but a couple of the stories have stayed with me. 1y
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Grown | Tiffany D. Jackson
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I love Tiffany Jackson! She writes about serious and disturbing topics in a really accessible way. It‘s considered YA and I love YA but I really think this transcends the YA genre. CW about drug abuse, sexual assault, rape. An intense but very good read. I recommend.

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My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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Good but very tough read. Very very tough. It took me weeks to get through this book.

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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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This was such a good mystery/thriller! I felt so much for both of the main characters. They were both well written. I also loved that I couldn‘t figure everything out in the book. Solid read.

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One to Watch: A Novel | Kate Stayman-London
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It took me a while to finish this because I kept picking up other things. This was a delightful tale. I really enjoyed the plus size character being the Main Squeeze (the book‘s version of The Bachelorette). Authentic character who showed the ups and downs plus sized women have with their body image and people‘s responses to it.

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The Vanishing Half | Brit Bennett
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This book was very good. The characters were well written and often times frustrating. I recommend.

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Guards! Guards! | Terry Pratchett
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Based on this cover, I would have never chosen this book. I know, I know we‘re not supposed to judge books by their covers but I can‘t help it sometimes. Anyway I read this for book club and it was hilarious. I enjoyed all of it!

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I finished this but forgot to post. I really loved this book. I listened on audio and it was amazing. I can‘t wait to listen to the next title.

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Forever and a Day | Anthony Horowitz
Mehso-so

I‘ve never seen any of the James Bond movies so I didn‘t have much background to go on. This was an okay book. The plot was pretty good, I just couldn‘t stand the sexism in the book or the sexual relationship trope. I would‘ve been more interested in the story from 16‘s POV, she was the lead female character. Listening on audio helped.

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Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I really enjoyed this book. I know the reviews have been pretty mixed on this one. I‘m not exactly sure how I feel about the ethics of let‘s make believe someone‘s major life decision didn‘t happen gets written from someone else‘s point of view while they are still alive but I still liked this book. The narrator sounded like Hillary - she matched her voice and cadence so it was believable. Ymmv but it was a pick in my book!

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Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis | Greta Thunberg, Svante Thunberg, Malena Ernman, Beata Ernman
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This book was inspiring. It is about the Thunberg Family and Greta‘s passion for solving the climate crisis. It was really disheartening to hear about her struggles and her sisters struggles as well and the lack of support they received from the system. This book just wet my appetite to learn more about the climate crisis and what I can do to help. She didn‘t go in to a ton of detail on the climate crisis but you can tell that it is dire.

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Hangsaman | Shirley Jackson
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I‘m still reeling from this book! Shirley Jackson is so good at writing weird, creepy thrillers that have you questioning everything. Is this real? Did that actually happen? Part of the fun is that the questions aren‘t fully answered but the ride is wild and interesting the entire time.

Nute Sounds intriguing! 1y
rubyslippersreads That cover! 1y
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Maya's Notebook: A Novel | Isabel Allende
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Really great but tough read. So many trigger warnings apply here. If you can handle it I definitely recommend.

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One to Watch: A Novel | Kate Stayman-London
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I‘m loving this book so far! 😁

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Listening to this on audio was everything I needed with what‘s going on in the world. I loved it! Ymmv. I‘m a direct person and always appreciate it when another person is that way when telling their own experiences. She is hilariously direct and pulls no punches.

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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Did not like this book.

britt_brooke Me either! 2y
Megabooks Yup! 2y
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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
Mehso-so

This book frustrated me to no end....I have mixed feelings about it overall so I‘m going to rank it as a so-so. It was a bit of a ride and anxiety inducing.

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Oh my goodness, this book was heartbreaking but so good. I really enjoyed reading from the different perspectives of the women in this family. The author writes about the oppression of women in conservative Arab American families which is rage inducing and sad. But she also manages to write this highlighting the women‘s strength, courage and resilience. It‘s a tough but amazing read.

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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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I enjoyed this book so much. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was terrific! She was same narrator from the Broken Earth trilogy but she really outdid herself. NK Jemisin did it again with an amazing sci-fi/fantasy novel about NYC. She captured the boroughs well all the while making some accurate and interesting social commentary on race and class. So amazing! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CoffeeK8 Yes the narrator for this is amazing! 2y
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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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I really enjoyed this book. The cover is beautiful as well! I liked that the author was authentic about her experiences in various points in her life. She inspires me to be free and “untamed”.

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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This was a delightful story. Some elements of it were a little heavy but I feel like the author handled them well and kept the lighthearted feel of the novel. Hilarious and heartwarming. Also really great on audio. I think the narrator‘s voice helped with the funny bits.

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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
Mehso-so

The writing was very good. I was into the story in the beginning but became less interested by the end. It wasn‘t terrible but not great either. I appreciated some book club discussion about this book and it made me appreciate it more. All in all - it was okay.

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