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sebrittainclark

sebrittainclark

Joined January 2017

book nerd | software developer | co-host of Unassigned Reading | www.unassignedreadingpod.com
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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1. Yes
2. Kind of, but it's more ice than snow
3. Warm blankets
4. Dirty chai
5. Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

#thursdaysurvey
@laurenslibrary

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4/5

I'm very glad @sprainedbrain had this as a #newyearwhodis read because I don't think I would have picked it up otherwise.

It's an apocalyptic tale where evolution starts happening in reverse and society crumbles as a result. It's all told through the journal Cedar keeps for her unborn child. It's both hopeful and bleak at different points. There are comparisons to Handmaid's Tale, but I think this novel stands on its own.

@monalyisha

Bielzebubby Love a good, unique apocalypse! 2d
sprainedbrain I am so glad you enjoyed it! 2d
Singout What is #newyearwhodis? I keep seeing references to it... 1d
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sebrittainclark @Singout it's a digital book swap @monalyisha organizes. You share a list of your favorite reads of the past year with another person, and then in January you read books off the other person's list. It's a fun way to find out about some great books. 23h
Meaw_catlady I‘ve been wanting to read this! Glad to know you and @sprainedbrain enjoyed it! 22h
Singout @monalyisha: if there isn't a heavy expectation to read things, I'd be interested! 21h
Singout Also, I haven't read as much of Louise Erdrich as I would like but think she's pretty amazing! 21h
monalyisha @SingOut The sign-up portion is done & the matches have already been made...but it‘s an annual thing. Next year? 😉 I appreciate your interest! 16h
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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1. The Silent Sea by Erin Morgenstern and The Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

2. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

3. A lot of aloes and a couple of desk succulents plus all my husbands plants

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Fire Never Goes Out | Noelle Stevenson
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1. 3

2. #litsyAtoZ #popsugar #readharder and #readingwomen

3. So many! The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson is a big one

4. No. Resolutions aren't really my thing.

5. I'm just hoping for a good year.

#thursdaysurvey @laurenslibrary

laurenslibrary Thanks for playing! 1w
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5/5

No one else writes science fiction like Becky Chambers. In this novel, we get follow the intersecting lives of 5 humans living aboard one of the human space ships. One of the humans, Tessa, is Ashby's sister, but that's the only direct link to the rest of the series.

It's such a good novel, and I really recommend reading it.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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4/5

I really enjoyed this book about a girls' boarding school being quarantined on its isolated Maine island. It's exactly the kind of horror I enjoy; though, I was definitely left with almost as many questions as I had answers.

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I've spent very nice weekend #audioknitting

Megabooks Gorgeous!! 2w
Bono394 This is amazing! I love d&d and am always looking for new dice bags! Great work! 2w
Soubhiville That‘s pretty! 2w
readordierachel Lovely! 2w
Meaw_catlady So cool!!! 2w
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, Wilder Girls by Rory Power, and Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

2. Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey

3. Track more book statistics. I used book riot's Google sheets book log, and added some extra columns and formulas, so I can really get some data about what I'm reading this year.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Taste of Marrow | Sarah Gailey
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4/5

My first book of 2020. I loved this conclusion to the American Hippo Duology and all the characters in it. It's such a great and imaginative alternative history.

rachelsbrittain Such a good one to start 2020 off with! 2w
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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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Some of my favorite 5 star reads of 2019.

Kristy_K I loved Trevor Noah‘s book as well! 2w
HOTPock3tt Red white & royal blue was also a fave for me and a 5 star read!!♥️🤗🎉 (edited) 2w
rachelsbrittain So many good ones! 2w
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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4/5

Another wonderful romance from Jasmine Guillory. It was really nice to read about a protagonist in her 50s.

And with just 10 hours to spare, I finished my 100th book of the year.

TheBookAddict 🙌🏽🥳 you did it!!! Was that your goal for the year? 2w
sebrittainclark @TheBookAddict yes, it was. I wasn't sure I would make it this year, but I read a lot of books over the last week. 2w
rachelsbrittain Wooo great job! 🎉🎊 2w
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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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1. Wilder Girls by Rory Power, June Boys by Court Stevens, and Clean Code by Robert C. Martin

2. Most likely one of the three I'm reading now.

3. I didn't meet any of my original goals for the year, but I did stop focusing on what I feel like I should read and instead read what I wanted to read.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Tracey3 1. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult 2. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena 3. I am most proud of the fact that I genuinely renewed my interest in reading by making time for myself. I did this despite the fact that I started a new teaching job after leaving the school in which I worked for twenty years. (edited) 3w
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A Kiss for Midwinter | Courtney Milan
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4/5

This was a quick and seasonally appropriate read. I continue to enjoy Courtney Milan's books, and this novella was another fun read.

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The Suffragette Scandal | Courtney Milan
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4/5

I've really enjoyed this series and my introduction to Courtney Milan's writing. Her historical romance is different from most historical romance I've read in the past, and I loved it. Everyone is a full and complex character, and the storylines have great twists and turns. I'd definitely recommend anyone else interested in reading Courtney Milan's books to start with The Brothers Sinister Series. I've really enjoyed it.

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The Countess Conspiracy | Courtney Milan
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4/5

I think this might be my favorite in the series so far. Violet is secretly a scientist making incredible discoveries while her longtime friend gets all the credit. It's such a good book.

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The Heiress Effect | Courtney Milan
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4/5

This was such a fun book. I loved the whole plot with an heiress being intentionally rude to everyone to avoid marriage

e.queue Fun! I‘m jumping into this series with #4 today. Hope they work as standalones too. I‘ve heard great things about this author! 3w
sebrittainclark @e.queue I've really been enjoying the series so far, and I definitely think they could work as standalones. 3w
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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Merry Christmas litsy

Texreader Merry Christmas!!🎁🎄 🎅 3w
AnneCecilie Merry Christmas 🎄 3w
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The Duchess War | Courtney Milan
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4/5

I'm really enjoying this series so far. I thought the references to Jane Austen and Lady Catherine were particularly fun.

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The Governess Affair | Courtney Milan
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4/5

This was a great historical romance, and a great introduction to Courtney Milan. It's a novella, so I finished it in about two hours, and then checked out the next two books in the series from my library.

#romantsy

Michollio These are currently on my list to read. I think I've read two of them before, but now I'm going to start from the beginning and read them all. 3w
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4/5

This is a super cool book. It talks about what citizen science is, how to get involved in a citizen science project, and suggestions of interesting projects with a wide variety of topics and time commitments. This book inspired me to sign up on scistarter.org and join the Stall Catchers project. It's a super interesting introduction to citizen science, that doesn't take long to read.

#netgalley

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House Rules | Ruby Lang
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4/5

I really enjoyed this fun romance. Lana and Simon are a divorce couple that get a second chance at love when they end up becoming roommates. I really enjoyed that the protagonists were in their 40s, since most romance books focus on people in their 20s and 30s. I enjoyed it, and will have to check out more of the series.

#netgalley #romantsy

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Very excited about this #newyearwhodis list from @sprainedbrain. I've read three already, and I'm excited to check out the rest of the list.

@monalyisha

spiffynana Read 8 and13 on the list and want to read 12 next. 4w
sprainedbrain Oooh. Which 3 have you read (and did you like them? 😬)? I‘m busy rounding up a bunch of yours for January! (edited) 4w
sebrittainclark @sprainedbrain Lab Girl, Poisonwood Bible, and Fifth Season. I actually put Fifth Season on my list last year. And I've been making a list of which ones are on Libby and Hoopla. 4w
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House Rules | Ruby Lang
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1. House Rules by Ruby Lang and Clean Code by Robert C. Martin

2. Twas The Night Before Christmas

3. Going to see Christmas lights

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 | G Willow Wilson
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Feels right. I'm a huge fan of Captain Marvel, so obviously I would be the in universe huge fan of Captain Marvel.

https://bookriot.com/2019/12/16/which-marvel-superhero-are-you/

LibrarianRyan I got Quake. 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I signed up for #newyearwhodis again. I really enjoyed the books I read last year, and I'm looking forward to getting to read someone else's 2019 favs again this year.

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A moth was a caterpillar, once, but it no longer is a caterpillar. It cannot break itself back down, cannot metamorphose in reverse.

rachelsbrittain This is stunning 😍 1mo
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4/5

This is a collection of stories about Mike's experiences from the decision to become parents through his daughter's infancy. It's funny, but it also feels very honest. Mike talks about the difficult parts of becoming a parents.

It's also interspersed with his wife's poetry, which is very good and shows her experiences. I really liked the poems hello?, FISH DOCTOR PLAY, and little astronaut.

It comes out on May 5

#netgalley

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1. The New One by Mike Birbiglia

2. To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

3. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Our blue book is the same😂 1mo
Suet624 I watched The New One last night on Netflix and loved it. I'm definitely going to watch it again. I didn't realize it was a book. 1mo
sebrittainclark @Suet624 It's expanded from the show. It comes out on May 5. 1mo
sebrittainclark @rachelsbrittain I really need to read it 1mo
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5/5

I think Becky Chambers is a phenomenal science fiction writer, and this novella is another example of how good her work is. This is a story about the crew of a spaceship that is studying life on exoplanets. It's about what they find on other planets and what happens while they're gone.

It's a really incredible story, and I can't recommend it enough.

Kayla.Adriena I love Becky Chambers too! 1mo
rachelsbrittain Knew you would love this one! 1mo
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The Kissing Game | Marie Harte
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4/5

This is a very fun romance. Rena is a romantic who has just opened up a salon, and Axel is the intimidating auto shop owner who has a crush on her. I didn't realize this was part of a series when I picked it up, but everything made sense and I still really enjoyed it. I'll have to go back and read the rest of the series now.

#netgalley

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4/5

This novella wrapped up Baojia and Natalie's story, and I was super excited to read it. It was a quick, enjoyable read.

The afterword had some excited news about a new series following Carwyn and Brigid, which I'm very excited about.

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4/5

A fantastic elemental legacy novel. There's a ton of really great character building for Tenzin and Ben. Once the action got started, I couldn't put it down.

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Wolf Gone Wild | Juliette Cross
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4/5

This was a really fun paranormal romance. Mateo is a werewolf who can't shift and is trying to control his wolf half, and Evie is a witch who breaks hexes and is very into Star Wars and Marvel. They're both really interesting characters, and the book melds these paranormal with modern life really well.

It set up plenty of opportunities for sequels about Evie's sisters that I'm definitely looking forward to reading.

#netgalley #romantsy

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4/5

If you've watched videos of Jamea Veitch on YouTube about his escapades with email scammers, you already have a good idea of how this book is going to go. It's a collection of email transcripts of his conversations with scammers that get progressively more absurd as they go on. I enjoyed it, and even laughed out loud a few times.

Some of my favorite chapters were The Snail Farm, Safety First , and the Coda.

#netgalley

rachelsbrittain Okay maybe gonna have to read this one 1mo
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1. Dot Con by James Veitch and Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

2. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman or Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

3. We had a board game night with some friends and had a super good time

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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1. My Best Friend's Royal Wedding

2. Evening reading.

3. It's been a while since I followed an author on Twitter, but the best author twitters I follow are Sam Sykes and Myke Cole. Even if you don't read their books, their tweets are 10/10.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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4/5

This was a nice historical romance. I loved how chapters from the characters' penny dreadfuls were interspersed and contributed to the plot. It was a fun read that I couldn't put down.

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Tweet Cute | Emma Lord
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5/5

This is such a cute YA book about friendship and relationships. Pepper and Jack get their respective family businesses into a Twitter feud. Everything is made even more complicated by the fact that they've been taking anonymously to one another on an app Jack created for students at their school. It's a very sweet book, and I loved reading it.

#netgalley

Lovesbooks87 I can't wait to read this one! 4mo
EricJames1 That actually does look really cute 4mo
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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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5/5

It's been a while since I've read a historical romance, and this was such a good one. The main character is a suffragette determined to sway a Duke to their cause. It's a very fun book and I really enjoyed reading it. I can't wait to read more from this author.

#romantsy

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Not the Girl You Marry | Andie J. Christopher
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5/5

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is one of my favorite rom-coms, so I wasn't surprised to love this book. It's a great, modern retelling of the story.

I loved all the characters and thought there was a lot of potential for sequels about the side characters, that I would love to read.

#netgalley #romantsy

xxDragonfly I love that film, intrigued about this book now! Thanks for the review, this book is going on my wish list 🤗 4mo
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The Bromance Book Club | Lyssa Kay Adams
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4/5

This is a super sweet, fun romance. Gavin and Thea's marriage is in trouble and he's willing to go to any length to save it, including joining a romance book club. I liked the different perspective of this book, about repairing a relationship instead of building a new relationship. The book was really sweet, and I enjoyed the historical romance chapters interspersed throughout.

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
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5/5

I can't believe it took me so long to read this novella.

It imagines the south as a wild west where the marshes are filled with hippos. The characters are all really fascinating, and the plot had me completely immersed in the world. I can't wait to read the sequel!

cathysaid “Man-eating hippo mayhem is my new favorite mayhem.“ 😂 There's a sentence that will likely never be used again. 5mo
rachelsbrittain Can't believe you haven't already started the sequel with that cliffhanger! 5mo
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The Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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4.5/5

Jasmine Guillory writes such good romance. I love how all the conflict arises from the characters' insecurities about themselves and their relationships. It just feels so realistic and relatable.

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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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5/5

This series continues to be super fun adapted as a graphic novel. I really loved the extra scene that didn't exist in the podcast because it adds more depth to the director early on and hints at what's to come in a way the podcast couldn't

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Good Luck Charm | Helena Hunting
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4/5

A fun, sweet romance. I really enjoyed the characters and am a little disappointed that it isn't a series (yet) because I would definitely read more.

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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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The best possible result, in honor of today's new release.

https://bookriot.com/2019/07/16/adventure-zone-quiz/

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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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4/5

This is a super cute book. The romance is sweet and all the characters are great. The prologue gave me excruciating amounts of second hand embarrassment, but it was worth it despite that.

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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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🦉 The Wind in the Willows

🦉 The Sword in the Stone

🦉 Fireflies by Owl City

#manicmonday @joscho

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊🖤🦉 6mo
hardyboys Uptown funk 😂 6mo
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The Royal We | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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4/5

This book starts good and builds to an insane finale that I could not put down. It's very clearly inspired by Will and Kate, and the British royal family. It's another very fun royal romance.

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The Royal We | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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1. The Royal We and An Unkindness of Ghosts

2. What a Dragon Should Know

3. The Unhoneymooners and The Royal We

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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