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sebrittainclark

sebrittainclark

Joined January 2017

book nerd | software developer | she/her | http://unassignedreading.com
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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022 by John Joseph Adams, Rebecca Roanhorse
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For today's #scarathlondailyprompts here's the King Killer Chronicles.

#scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

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OOPS! | Julie Lauren
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Oops, I guess I'm bad at reading instructions, but I realized last night I has started the scarathlon #promptmaze on the wrong square, so I have to figure out a new plan 😅

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Love Monster | Rachel Bright
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4/5

In honor of today's #scarathlondailyprompts I read Love Monster with my baby. It's a sweet little book about being different and finding connection. I loved how the text lent itself to doing voices.

#Scarathlonwordsearch: 17
#scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

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September | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Listened to my fall playlist while doing chores, and marked the first item off my #bucketlist

#scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022 | John Joseph Adams, Rebecca Roanhorse
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Here's my very spooky October #bookspinbingo

#bookspin: The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Rebecca Roanhorse and John Joseph Adams
#doublebookspin: Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!!! 1d
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 2d
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Sentient | Jeff Lemire
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5/5

Things go wrong as soon as the Montgomery enters the communication black zone, and only the ship's A.I. and the crew's children are left alive to make their way to Earth's colony. It's a beautiful and suspenseful story about found family. I really enjoyed all the bonus content at the end, seeing how all the art was put together to tell the story.

TW: parent death

#ScarathlonWordSearch 16 #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

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Someday We Will Fly | Rachel DeWoskin
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Two black books for the first photo challenge.

#scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #scarathlondailyprompts

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Little Bird | Tiffany Meuret
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Here's my #bookspin and #scarathlon2022 TBR. My reading has been way down since I had my baby, so I'm planning to join few readathons to stack scarathlon points. I also tried to add a few graphic novels and novellas.

#Witchathon @mdm139 #31by31 @Catsandbooks #AutumnAtoZ @Texread #Spookoween2022 @TheSpineView #LittenListenBingo @aperfectmjk #Autumnbingo2022 @Ann_reads #promptmaze #bookspinbingo #doublebookspin #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

Ann_Reads Congratulations on your little one! Enjoy all the October reading challenges, when you can fit in some reading time. 🙂 4d
Catsandbooks Terrific list! 🧡 4d
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What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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StayCurious Ooh I forgot to put on mine take pics of baby in costume - darn lol (he‘s 1 yr old) 4d
sebrittainclark @StayCurious Mine's too little to eat candy, so Halloween is mostly going to be a photo op for us this year. 😆 4d
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5/5

Mercy is undertaker and Hart, a warden tasked with killing the undead, is a frequent and reluctant customer, who loathed Mercy from the moment he met her. He finds solace from his difficult life writing letters to an anonymous friend, never realizing that Mercy is the person responding and is just as unaware of who her secret pen pal is.

It's a beautiful book that isn't afraid to acknowledge death. I loved the world building.
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1. The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen & You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent by Carla Naumburg

2. A coke because coffee was not doing it today.

3. Dressing my baby up for his first Halloween!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

sarah-bear Aww do you know what his costume will be yet?☺️ 1w
rachelsbrittain So excited for baby's first Halloween! 1w
sebrittainclark @sarah-bear a very cute little avocado 1w
PaperbackPrincess19 1. November 9 by Colleen Hoover 2. coke and 3. No 1w
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Extra Witchy | Ann Aguirre
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3.5/5

Leanne is ready to stop helping St. Claire's politicians sounds good and earn a seat on the city council herself. Trevor is currently aimless, not really sure what to do with his life, but when he and Leanne meet, Leanne is sure a marriage of convenience will clean up her image perfectly.

This was a pretty steamy romance, but my favorite part was the witch politics.

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Clare-Dragonfly Witch politics sound great. I see this is the third in a series—do the others have witch politics? 1w
sebrittainclark @Clare-Dragonfly I didn't actually realize this was the third book in the series until after I started reading it, so I'm not sure how much that shows up in the first two books. 1w
Clare-Dragonfly I see 😂 1w
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Moll Lush!! So much inspiration for me here! 1w
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“It was always a gamble, dropping off a body at Birdsall and Son Undertakers, but this morning the bride of fortune favored Hart Ralston.“

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ChaoticMissAdventures I just got this from the library, and have no idea what cayuse me to put a hold on it! It looks fun though! 1w
sebrittainclark @ChaoticMissAdventures I'm about 60% of the way through and loving it so far! 1w
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StayCurious Thanks for sharing! 2w
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Witchful Thinking | Celestine Martin
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4/5

With her high school reunion approaching, Lucy is feeling disappointed in how boring her life is, but when she and her coven cast a wish spell, everything is flipped upside down. Suddenly Lucy is entering baking contests and running racing as well as getting reacquainted with her high school best friend and crush, Alex. It's a wild ride and Lucy has to figure out what exactly she does wish for out of her life.

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4/5

I think anyone who enjoyed the section in Cultish on cult fitness, is going to love this deep dive into the wellness industry and the ways it has come to take over some the space religion traditionally held. From fitness to crystals, the book talks about how the Wellness industry has become what it is both the good and the bad.

Trigger warning for discussions of eating disorders.

#bookspin #doublebookspin #netgalley

squirrelbrain Ooh, I loved Cultish - stacked! 2w
Emilymdxn This looks great! I enjoyed cultish but I wanted it to go deeper on more specific examples so this should be grand for me 2w
Megabooks I‘m getting this from the library Tuesday! V excited! 2w
KathyWheeler I loved Cultish but really wanted more from that section on the wellness industry. This is perfect! Thanks! 2w
rachelsbrittain Just looked it up on Netgalley to request! 2w
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Witchful Thinking | Celestine Martin
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Whenever it rained in Freya Grove, New Jersey, Nana Ruth Naomi Caraway, the matriarch witch of the family, said the same proverb to her eldest granddaughter, Lucy. “You don‘t know how deep a puddle is until you step in it.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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September #bookspinbingo

#bookspin : The Gospel of Wellness by Rina Raphael
#doublebookspin : The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!! 1mo
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BiblioLitten Do you print those little stickers? They look pretty cool! 1mo
sebrittainclark @BiblioLitten yeah, I just print them on normal paper and use scrapbooking tape to stick them on. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @BiblioLitten - I print mine onto blank mailing labels so when I cut them out they're already little stickers! 😂 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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3.5/5

A nice little graphic novel about pregnancy and new motherhood. A lot of the chapters felt super relatable. Definitely not for anyone who is squeamish about illustrations of birth.

ManyWordsLater My bestie is due in a month. Should I get this for her before or after she delivers? 1mo
sebrittainclark @ManyWordsLater I'd say after. It's more of a memoir of early motherhood and talks about both the really hard parts and the completely wonderful parts. 1mo
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The Holiday Trap | Roan Parrish
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4/5

Take The Holiday and make it queer, and you've got The Holiday Trap. I think a two couple romance is hard to pull off, but I was so invested in both Greta and Truman's story lines that I never minded when the POV switched. The holiday elements are a little more subtle than a lot of the more Hallmark inspired romances, with mentions of Chanukah and Christmas dispersed throughout the book, but I still thought it was a fun holiday romance.

rachelsbrittain This makes me even more excited for this one! 1mo
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3/5

A fun, very Christmas-y read. I liked the way the romance played out between Merry and Clark first over email, which helped explain why their relationship moved so fast once they got together. I think anyone who enjoys Hallmark movies or holiday romances will enjoy this.

#netgalley #ARCAugust #doublebookspin

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Zoe's Tale | John Scalzi
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#LetterZ the two books beginning with Z I've read:

Zombiecorns by John Green
Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi

#AlphabetGame @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for playing!! 1mo
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#LetterY recs:

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

#AlphabetGame @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Xeni: A Marriage of Inconvenience | Rebekah Weatherspoon
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#LetterX literally the only book I've read that begins with X:

Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

#AlphabetGame @alwaysbeenaloverofobooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 1mo
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#LetterW recs:

We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen
Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda

#AlphabetGame @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Victories Greater Than Death | Charlie Jane Anders
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#LetterV recs:

Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders

#AlphabetGame @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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#LetterU recs

Under the Whispering Door by T. J. Klune
Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

#AlphabetGame @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read this soon!! I loved 💙 1mo
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#LetterT recs:

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
Tempest by Beverly Jenkins
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

#AlphabetGame @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved Turtles 🐢 1mo
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Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand
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#LetterS recs:

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

#AlphabetGame @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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4/5

There was a bit towards the end that stressed me out, but overall this was a super fun romance happening behind the scenes of a reality TV show.

Christy2318 I liked this but it was angstier than I expected. 1mo
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5/5

This book was incredible, and I wish it had been available earlier in my postpartum journey. This look at the neurological research of what happens during early parenthood was fascinating. It also helped me better understand the changes I experienced and feel less alone in my experience. I'm recommending this to all my friends who have asked me questions about what becoming a parent is really like.

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sebrittainclark @ShyBookOwl I think you mentioned that you thought this looked interesting. I really enjoyed it. 1mo
behudd Does this apply to adoptive parents, too? Or is it really focused on what happens to the mother during pregnancy? 1mo
sebrittainclark @behudd It talks about nonbiological and adoptive parents as well. The book acknowledges that there's a lot less research on those groups, but one of the great points I thought it made was that the changes parenthood bring affect all parents, not just biological mothers. 1mo
behudd @sebrittainclark thanks! Definitely sounds like something I‘d be interested in! 1mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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#LetterR recs:

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuistin
Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Star Wars Queen's Shadow | Emily Kate Johnston
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#LetterQ recs:

Queen's Shadow by E. K. Johnston

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 1mo
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Paladin's Grace | T Kingfisher
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#LetterP recs:

Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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#LetterO recs:

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On the Come Up is on my tbr shelf! 2mo
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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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#LetterN recs:

Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler
No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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1. Mother Brain by Chelsea Conaboy and There's Something About Merry by Codi Hall

2. Sandman

3. Catching up on chores while listening to audiobooks

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

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#LetterM recs:

March by John Lewis
The Martian by Andy Weir
Maus by Art Spiegelman
The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Garcia-Moreno

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Graywacke Great list. Maus is special. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have Mexican Gothic on my tbr shelf 🖤 2mo
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#LetterL recs:

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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#LetterK recs:

Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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#LetterJ recs:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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#LetterI recs:
The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Cordova
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Nutmegnc All good selections!! 2mo
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#LetterH recs:
The Hard Sell by Evan Hughes
How Long 'til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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#LetterG recs:
The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Good Enough by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

ChaoticMissAdventures I just started reading Becky Chambers this year and I am loving her! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
sebrittainclark @ChaoticMissAdventures She's become one of my favorite authors. 2mo
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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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#LetterF recs:
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisn
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
Furybon by Claire Legrand
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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4/5

Opposites attract in the wonderful romance. Finn makes his money by using logic and reason in the gambling halls, but has never been one for academics. Tabitha prefers focusing on her studies to socializing with the ton. But both need to be married as quickly as possible and agree to have a marriage of convenience. I really enjoyed all the characters and can't wait for the final book in the series.

#ARCAugust

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