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No One Can Pronounce My Name
No One Can Pronounce My Name: A Novel | Rakesh Satyal
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mreads
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What a wonderful swap package! Thank you @BookNAround ! Everything is so great where do I start? all the books 😯😁❤, amazing and such a pretty journal (with pockets love that), the mug -so accurate, the tote is awesome and also accurate, the flamingo mold, book mark pad and the fan.
And that wasn't enough you threw in the towel (haha) and I love that the bookmark matches 😁. Can't thank you enough for a such a fantastic package.
#colormeread

mreads @Mommamanzi forgot to tag you in the post 2mo
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sakeriver
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‪This book started off very sad and ended very sweetly. I liked it a lot, for a lot of reasons, but in particular it surprised me—I kept thinking I had the characters pegged and every time it wound up going somewhere unexpectedly empathetic.‬ The book is funny, even silly at times, but also emotionally rich and deeply compassionate.

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sakeriver
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BookNAround
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My eyes were crossing with boredom on my last #makemereadit so I put it back down to try this one instead. I‘ll go back to the previous one but I need a sense of accomplishment right about now and I‘m hoping this provides it.

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MrBook
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Anyone read this book?! Both Rakesh and William Krueger were overwhelmingly nice and personable fellows. 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

#MorristownFestivalOfBooks #authorsigning

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bookandcat
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Litsy friends run into each other at the book tent! @mrbook and @bookandcat 🎉🎉🎉
#morristownfestivalofbooks #mfob

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 10mo
GinEyre22 I'm here too! 10mo
bookandcat @GinEyre22 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 which talk are you at now? 10mo
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GinEyre22 @bookandcat Kate Morton & Diane Chamberlain! 10mo
bookandcat @GinEyre22 me too! Center aisle, right hand side but on the aisle seat, center of the church. Where are you? Lol. I'm heading out af 12:50 to try to find Peter Lerangis at Kid Fest 10mo
GinEyre22 I'm stuck in that alcove in the front right lol. I think after this I'm going to go stalk Joyce Carol Oats 10mo
bookandcat @GinEyre22 good luck!! Lol 10mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤗🤗🤗🤗 10mo
MrBook @GinEyre22 You were in the same area as @BookBabe 😁! Are you in line?! We're at the front of it. Keep 👀 peeled. 10mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh 10mo
MrBook What's up with my hair today? 🙈 10mo
bookandcat @MrBook it's windy out! 10mo
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Leelee.reads
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If you‘re in the mood for serious themes treated with a sensitive, often humorous touch, this is a good pick. It has a (too) tidy, feel-good ending, but was a quick read and a lovely story overall.

Leniverse The title speaks for me. 1y
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Megabooks
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Did I just add to my #TBR during the #mounttbrreadathon? Why yes! Thank you fortuitously timed mail carrier! 😂😂😂😬

LauraBeth 😂😂👏👏 1y
CareBear 🤣🤣🤣 1y
LeahBergen 😂😂 1y
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Jinjer That is hilarious!!!! 1y
YouReadMyEyes 👍🏼that‘s a true Litten right there!! 1y
emilyhaldi Ha! 1y
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theshrinkette
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Pink, red, and white. #riotgrams #pinkredwhite #bookriot

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Today was a good day! #bookhaul #TBR

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Readingrobin
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This was assigned reading from a committee I'm on but I was pleased to read it. This is like a John Irving novel with its twists and turns. And it just so happens to feature and focus on the lives of Indian immigrants in present day Cleveland. I cared about these characters.

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GraciesLibrary
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Satyal's novel is built around the lives of Indian Americans as they grapple with a new culture, but it is so much more. His characters struggle to discover "who they are" as they relate to both cultures. This is a story of love, friendship, growth, and acceptance of self, including one's own sexuality. Moving and at times humorous, this is an interesting read.

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Cinfhen
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I'm sorry @Reggie but I couldn't get into this book! It's probably my #summerbrain which cant focus this time of year...I leave the states 2 weeks from tomorrow so my final library hauls are coming to an end as well. #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😓 Are you going on vacation? Or do you live outside the states? 2y
DeborahSmall I'll be in Spain this time 2 weeks ☀️😎❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Lucky you @DeborahSmall which city? 2y
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Cinfhen I've been living overseas for the past 3 years @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it's so hard leaving friends & family every time ???got your note! Thanks so much for your sweet words???happy to have "met" you through Litsy! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen oh I imagine that is hard! ? I'm glad you got it before you left!! I'm happy you are now my litsy "friend!" ?❤️? 2y
DeborahSmall Not far from Barcelona, Cambrils ❤️ 2y
Reggie It's okay, I despise The Girl with All the Gifts and there's nothing but love for it on Litsy, lol. It happens. 2y
Cinfhen Sounds amazing @DeborahSmall Enjoy ☀️🏝I'm going to try it another time @Reggie 🤞🏼🤞🏼 2y
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen Lunch this week? 2y
Cinfhen Sounds like a plan @MicheleinPhilly I'll call or email later today 💕 2y
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Cinfhen
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Day 2 #AugustGrrrl #RightNow I'm relaxing in bed, scrolling Litsy and about to begin this debut novel. Since the blurb above is blank I've copied the publishers blurb "Rakesh Satyal's No One Can Pronounce My Name is a distinctive, funny, and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires." @Reggie called it "exquisite" that's all I needed to know!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love her!!! 💜 2y
Cinfhen Mad love for Ri-Ri @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 2y
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LauraBeth This book sounds great - 📚 2y
Cinfhen You gotta love an @Reggie recommendation @LauraBeth 😊 2y
JazzFeathers Sounds great 😊 2y
Reggie How is it so far? 2y
Cinfhen I haven't gotten very far @Reggie bc I'm dealing with a migraine since Monday 🤕it's difficult to read 2y
Reggie I'm sorry, I hope you feel better. 2y
BookBabe @cinfhen Aww, you poor thing! It must be brought on by #Littenwithdrawal! *big hugs!* ❤️ 2y
TrishB Hope the migraine is gone 😔 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Reggie @BookBabe @TrishB The Effin bugger is still with me 😫 2y
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Cinfhen
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When @Reggie LOVES a book and the library hold comes in you drop EVERYTHING and go get book (and Starbucks)

Reggie @Cinfhen, thank you!!!! You're so kind and awesome. 2y
saresmoore Good decisions! 2y
Librariana It's DEAR time! Drop Everything And Read! (#andpickupsomeStarbucks!) 2y
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Cinfhen I have a migraine at the moment otherwise I'd be reading right now @Librariana @saresmoore but I can't wait to start this book @Reggie (edited) 2y
Kalalalatja Solid priorities 👏 2y
ValerieAndBooks Ooh, I had stacked this one because of @Reggie ! 2y
Cinfhen I'll let you know how it is @ValerieAndBooks 2y
minkyb Trifecta! 2y
Alfoster Ok, only 24% into ARC Paper Butterflies but heartbreaking and loving it!😍😍 2y
Cinfhen That's not one I'm familiar with @Alfoster but will keep my eyes open for it! Thanks 😊 2y
Alfoster NetGalley! 2y
Cinfhen I'm afraid to click on the site and be tempted @Alfoster I'm REALLY WAYYYYYY behind 😝 2y
Alfoster Ok, I get it! Tell me some on your TBR list and I'll let you know which I've read. You can email me at annefosterathome@gmail.com too if that's easier! 2y
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saguarosally
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#audiocoloring and then sleep. I just love the Danny Martin neon sign coloring books. ❤️

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Reggie
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Rajanna, Harit, Prashant, Teddy, Cheryl, and Mohan, live in their own, different, prisons constructed by their own circumstances. The beauty of this book is how they seemingly blindly reach out to one another to free themselves. I was surprised by it's humor, depth, and humanity. It could be I've been reading some YA lately, but this lovely prose felt like high literature to me. Not intimidating, but like a soft , most cherished kiss. A Pick!!

shawnmooney I was stuck on the fence trying to decide if I should try this one – you've pushed me over onto the positive side! Great review! 2y
Reggie Thanks!!! @shawnmooney This one is in my top 3 of the year so far. Soooo good. (edited) 2y
rachellayown Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it! 2y
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Reggie @rachellayown Ranjana and Harit will stick with me for awhile. I felt like a douche because I really thought the husband was cheating but then he throws his chapter in where he goes gas price hunting. It was sad and beautiful. Then when he tells the son he is proud of him and the son says that's the first time he had told him that..... I kind of lost it from there until the end. Just couldn't stop crying. P.s. I'm a cryer lol. 2y
Cinfhen Definitely need to get my hands on this one! 2y
Reggie @Cinfhen it's exquisite. 2y
Cinfhen Love your word choice 😉 2y
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saguarosally
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#24in48 #audiobook #weneeddiversebooks I'm just starting this one, hope it's as fascinating as it seems it could be!

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This book is so smart in the different insights it gives to the immigrant experience. These 2 women the husband is talking to have been in America for over 20 years. How long does it take to belong somewhere? Is it even something measured in time or is it a feeling? Is home where you are from or where you make it? So many questions. Love this book so far.

Laalaleighh 📚 2y
KCorter This passage reminds me of The Joy Luck Club. Have you read it? 2y
Reggie @KCorter yes I have in high school, but later on in my 20's I had this friend who I watched the movie with. And the beginning opens with the aunt telling her niece about the swan who came to America. My friend, for my birthday that year, he gave me a swan feather saying it carried all his hopes for a great year for me that year. I still have it. AND we used to quote that movie all the time. Anyways, short answer yes, lol, and I loved it. 2y
KCorter @Reggie I loved the long answer! What a beautiful story. 😊 I really enjoyed The Joy Luck Club as well. It was so well done. I could read 1000s of pages about those women. 2y
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surlyspice
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adored the characters and their relationships with added bonus wisdom gained throughout 💕

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PandaPanda
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I don't think I realized just how much I loved this book till the very end. I've been reading it steadily, a little bit every day for about a week. The characters sort of snuck up on me and made me love them so much that I was tearing up reading about their endings. Really nice book with a lot more depth than I anticipated. Really want to check out his other work now.

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MyBookSwapClub
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Have you read this?

Aluciddreamstate Yes it is good. 2y
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ReadingSusan
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I loved this book! The characters were so interesting and it was written so beautifully. I made my dog pose with the book and he looked so cute.

Booksnob Awww. Your dog looks like the same breed as mine. My boy passed away about a month ago. Still miss him like crazy. 2y
ReadingSusan @Booksnob awww so sorry 😢 One of my cats passed away in September and I still miss her so much. (edited) 2y
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I don't want to go to work today. I miss the days of staying home with my kitty all day and reading 😢 I wish I had appreciated it more.

BriKie I could have made the exact same post. I wish reading books was my job! 2y
Tanzy13 🐱 2y
ReadingSusan @BriKie me too. Started working in a library and I read less books than ever before 🤣😢 2y
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BriKie @ReadingSusan, now that's ironic! Still, I wanna work in a library surrounded by beautiful books! 2y
Zelma Cue the Twilight Zone music: my name is Susan, I'm a librarian, and our cats are doppelgängers from the back. ? 2y
ReadingSusan @Zelma omg! That's so funny! 2y
ReadingSusan @BriKie it's glorious. My TBR is even bigger and shrinks less 🤣 2y
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JSW
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Poignant, clever, and sweet, this book is full of deeply seen characters and their thoughts. Not particularly plot-driven, so I didn't necessarily feel compelled to read, but once I picked it up I was invested in the people. #readdiversebooks

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KiskyLuella
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Satyal's characters, Harit and Ranjana are so fully fleshed out and realized that the chapter format flows beautifully, especially as the novel draws to a close in a beautifully simple conclusion. A beautiful and at times hilarious tale of identity and friendship. I was fortunate enough to host Rakesh at @AstoriaBookshop if you have a chance to see him speak, take it!

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JSW
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"She couldn't tell if it was defeating or liberating to realize that she wasn't destined for greatness."
This book is filled with these brilliant, insightful sentences.

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BookNAround
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Love this cover! And I have a huge weakness for Indian immigrant stories.

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BestOfFates
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Yay! Now just to finish all the library books I already have out!

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theshrinkette
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This is an interesting book. I feel like the synopsis undersells it/explains the book poorly because it's a lot more than just those two characters or those two aspects of their lives. Super character driven, and so many intra-community issues were brought up that I related to. It takes a minute to get used to the style but once it clicks you're in.

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theshrinkette
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I mean this day has been pretty excellent so far because if these two.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

Really well done characters! I liked the premise, but it took a while to build up.

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RanaElizabeth
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A better late than never post. These were the April and May books from #mylitbox packages. I've been super psyched to read the Hamid as I love his other work and I had never heard of the Satyal but it looks awesome and maybe a bit funny.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Short review: Read this book, you'll love it.
Longer review: This is a fabulous, laugh-out-loud book populated with dynamic, interesting & sympathetic characters you can't help but love trying to understand where & how they fit into their & the larger world. Satyal's writing is excellent & the story he tells a thoughtful examination of culture & tradition, friendship, love, family, & how people make their way through life. An excellent book.

ElishaLovesBooks Sounds so good! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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This book is delightful. I'm really enjoying it and can already tell I'll be recommending it to everyone.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Just added to the TBR pile. With luck, I'll get to it this weekend.

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Hooked_on_books
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So…you know how many of us are trying to avoid more book buying and read the ones we have? Well, I sorta just signed up for #mylitbox after seeing how great their picks are. A subscription box that focuses on POC authors? Come on! I blame @silentrequiem for her great posts about this box. 😬

MariaW me at the bookfair yesterday 😩😩😩 2y
Caroline2 Ha!! 😆 yep that about sums me up!!! 📚🙈 2y
Suet624 😂😂😂💕 2y
Lwiesman Every week I run into Goodwill after I drop my daughter off at art!! I tell me self this every time I go in there. I just have to see what they have! 2y
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silentrequiem
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Oh, I'd forgotten to post this month's #mylitbox. This book looks excellent!

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LiteraryFeline
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Loving May's My Lit Box which just came in the mail!

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rachellayown
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My full review of this novel is live: https://chireviewofbooks.com/2017/05/05/the-funny-and-tender-no-one-can-pronounc...

@shawnmooney I'm tagging you since you said you wanted to check it out!

Reggie You made this sound amazing. Nice review!! 2y
rachellayown Thanks @Reggie! The author reached out to thank me for the review so I guess he liked it too! 2y
rohit-sawant Great review! Also loved your interview with Scaachi Koul. Both pieces were sitting in my browser and just got around to reading them. I'll be bumping them up my TBR pile! 2y
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rachellayown Thank you @rohit-sawant! I appreciate it. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of them! 2y
shawnmooney I just read this - it was a great review! Thanks for letting me know! ❤️ 2y
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Nuwanda
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Received this book in a giveaway! Thank you, @Liberty ! I will certainly pay it forward and purchase a copy for a friend!

ReadingSusan Awesome. I can't wait to read this one. 2y
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rachellayown
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I left work early today to sit outside and finish reading this novel. (My review is due tomorrow.) I had high expectations for this story about two Indian-American strangers who become friends. It's wonderfully written and was an enjoyable read, but something was lacking. I'm going to wrestle with my feelings on the page and try to articulate what I loved and what I didn't. In short, it's worth checking out, but not necessarily a 'must read.'

shawnmooney Your review has given me pause – I was planning to read this next month. 2y
rachellayown @shawnmooney I think it's just that my expectations were so high going in that I was bound to be disappointed. But truly it's a great novel and I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too! 2y
shawnmooney Oh okay - well maybe I'll reconsider reconsidering then :) 2y
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rachellayown Yes, just don't go into it thinking it'll be the best book you ever read and that it'll change your life or anything and you should be good @shawnmooney! 2y
shawnmooney Ha - that's the issue: if it's not excellent, I will probably bail. Now that I'm in my sixth decade, I don't have time to read books that are merely okay. :) 2y
rachellayown I totally understand. It's definitely better than okay. I certainly didn't hesitate to rate it as a 'pick.' I'll post the link to my review when it runs if you're interested @shawnmooney! 2y
shawnmooney Thank you - I look forward to reading that! 2y
rachellayown Thanks @shawnmooney. I'll try to remember to tag you! 2y
Suet624 @shawnmooney I'm in my 6th decade as well and your comment jumped out at me. Recently I've been getting a sinking feeling that I won't have time to read all the books I want to read. That I'm going to miss out. It's a strange and new feeling. 2y
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shawnmooney
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This gay novel drops in early May; Kindle has the first chapter available for free, at least on the Japanese website.

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rachellayown
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Excellent book mail today! I'm very excited to read this novel.

shelf-improvement Jealous! So eager for this! 2y
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EmilyAnne
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Addie and I went on a long walk today, and then settled in to finish this beautiful book 💕 Excellent writing, nuanced characters, and an honest look at life. I loved this one 💖💖💖

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BookNAround
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Next up.

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Liberty
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I put all the entries from the #MakeRoomMakeRoom giveaway into the random name generator and @EmilyAnne won! Thanks to everyone for participating and stay tuned, I'll be doing it again soon. 🎉📚😘

EmilyAnne Ahhhhhhhh I'm sooooo excited!!!!! Thank youuuuuuuu!!!! 😆😆😆 3y
ReadingEnvy Look at you making room! Goals! 3y
Liberty @ReadingEnvy Well, I bought eleven books last night, so really it's more like breaking even. 😝 3y
MrBook Congratulations, @EmilyAnne 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! 3y
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Mehso-so

#netgalley

This novel shifts perspective between two immigrant families and further between the first and second generations in each. The writing is wry and strong throughout, but the threads were hard to follow initially. The plot is a well constructed comedy of errors, and once the book got off the ground, was fun to follow.

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wrenbeth
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I wish I could give this book a whole galaxy's worth of stars. It touches on important themes-- race, gender, immigration-- and I felt like my brain was opened. Best of all, it's funny! I came to really care about these characters, and it's clear Rakesh loves them too. The cover is stunning.

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Coleen
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LisaJo Waking Gods. I'm so looking forward to Waking Gods. 3y
Cinfhen Like these🤗 3y
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