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Stray City
Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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litsybookclub
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Join us for our discussion of Stray City by Chelsey Johnson today at 2pm ET. Link to join :

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/358593234

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SoniaC
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So much fun reading this book. I really was moved by the characters. Thought it was well written. Can‘t wait to discuss with @litsybookclub

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Daisey
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I listened to this book fairly quickly, but it‘s just not one that I found relatable nor that I gained great insight from. It was not what I expected from the blurb, spending much more time on the earlier portion than the later. I found aspects of the story interesting, but I also felt things came together a little too quickly and easily after the story skipped 10 years into the future.

#LitsyBookClub #audiobook

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My library haul today. Plus the August @BookPage .

marleed Things My Son made my Top6Reads of 2019 for the July question - I just love that book! 3mo
Aims42 Love getting the new BookPages!! 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Aims42 Me too! But then my TBR pile grows! 😂 3mo
Aims42 @Graciouswarriorprincess hahaha, yeah mine too 😂 3mo
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tpixie
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I love my new Kindle's #BookBuddy from #MelvisMakes on Etsy! #Kindle #KindlePaperwhite

Avanders So pretty! 😍 3mo
tpixie Yes I thought the dandelions were a fun pattern! and she special made it for me so that it would fit the Kindle paperwhite! - she told me that the small book buddy would just be a little too big. 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I just bought the same one! From the same place. 3mo
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tpixie @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego fun! We're twins!!! Great minds think alike! 3mo
kezzlou85 Melvis makes has some amazing designs, I have lots if her sleeves and a kindle one. I love this design though. 3mo
tpixie @kezzlou85 yes I do like The designs on the material sheet pics!! I have bought a couple of hers and have given a few away! 3mo
tpixie @Graciouswarriorprincess thanks! I really like this cover! Now if I could only sit and read more, instead of just audio!! ♥️📚♥️ 3mo
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Daisey
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I started the #readathon with an evening #audiowalk while listening to this month‘s #LitsyBookClub selection. I don‘t plan to get many hours of reading in this time, but I am going to enjoy at least a few.

#DeweysReadathon #ReverseReadathon #audiobook

tpixie Beautiful sky! 3mo
Daisey @tpixie Agreed, the sunsets have been beautiful the last few nights! 3mo
tpixie @Daisey here, too!! 3mo
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tpixie I think I‘m enjoying the book- I‘m wondering where it‘s going. 3mo
Daisey @tpixie I‘m close to done with the book and it wasn‘t really what I expected, but I also did not really know what to expect. I‘m not sure what I think, but I want to know where it goes! 3mo
tpixie I‘ve got 3.5 hours left. I‘ve joyed it until now- now I‘m getting a little frustrated. So I hope it redeems itself as time goes on! 3mo
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litsybookclub
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New month, new book. We hope that you will join us in reading Stray City this month. Questions? Ask @Bookworm83 or @Graciouswarriorprincess .

Daisey I just started listening today! 3mo
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mcipher
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Such a good librar #bookhaul today - why do I have to go back to work instead of spending the rest of the day reading?!?? I also just saw summer reading for adults is happening at my library, and while I‘m late I hope to catch up on logging some books pretty quickly.

SW-T Nice! Happy reading 😊 4mo
essayareayaitch I was surprised that my library systems had some reading for adults too. Now I just need to go back and log the books. Also, adored 99% mine 3mo
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Reggie
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This feeling of #sweetdisposition is one I always wanted #8daysaweek but was lucky enough to have experienced a couple of times in my 20‘s. P.s. this book is wonderful! #BeatleMaynia #MayMovieMagic

LauraBeth I ❤️ this passage! 6mo
KarenUK Love this.... stacked! 💕 6mo
saresmoore I love this! 6mo
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Eggs Ahh nice one! The passage is unique! 6mo
Cinfhen Nice mash up and book sounds good!!! 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl You always post the best things! 😊 6mo
Reggie @LauraBeth @KarenUK @saresmoore @Eggs @Cinfhen Thanks so much!! It was Pride weekend 2006. I‘m dancing with my best butch lesbian friend at the OP in El Paso. The song is a Selena mix and I know I‘m buzzed but we‘re Spanish dancing and everything starts to go slowmo for me and I look around and there‘s so much joy. And love. We were all in it together. When I read this I immediately thought of that. 6mo
Cinfhen The above image really captures that sense of love, belonging and feeling that your part of something special 🌈 Thanks for sharing your memory💕 WOW, it just hit me.....2006 was a LONG time ago😂😂 6mo
Reggie @Cinfhen I pay out jackpots to kids who were born in the mid 90‘s now. I was in high school. When they were being born. I‘m starting to feel old. Lol 6mo
Cinfhen Don‘t get me started!!!! #YoureOnlyAsOldAsYouFeel and today that‘s about 101 😂😂 6mo
Suet624 What an amazing quote. Took me right to that feeling. 6mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I really liked this book. It felt very honest and authentic about queer community/belonging (90s lesbian Portland), good and bad. Andrea is a 24-year-old lesbian reeling from a breakup. She ends up in this kind of relationship w/ a guy, who she likes but isn't really attracted to. It's more an easy connection and validation. Things get complicated when she gets accidentally pregnant. Smart writing and insights that felt so true to my experiences.

SW-T The book felt like a time capsule to me. As she grew, the city grew, and they matured together. We, the reader, got to unpack their history and view the changes. 8mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @SW-T Yeah, that's a great way to put it! It felt nostalgic for me in many places, although I'm about 10 years younger than Andrea. 8mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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"I realized I'd traded one small town for another. It seemed in our urgency to redefine ourselves against the norm we'd formed a church of our own as doctrinaire as any and we too abhored a heretic."

Oof this section where her lesbian friends find out she's slept with a guy hit me really hard. The biphobia, the judgement, the fundamentalism, and just the plain cruelty. It hits all the more hard because I know how true to life it is. #QueerBooks

SW-T That part of the book was very realistic. I know some folks who are biphobic. Always struck me as odd. Let people be themselves and find happiness where they find it. 8mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @SW-T Yeah it sucks. As this book explains, it's a weird r 8mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @SW-T oops hit enter too soon! ... reaction to being excluded to then practise exclusion yourself! 8mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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"Gay stories were the ones that traditionally ended in death and tragedy but for me heterosexual love seemed far more doomed."

"'You don't have to be good at it Andi.' said Vivian as I groped stiffly at the neck of a borrowed base. 'Just do it. Expertise is a weapon of the patriarchy.'"

#QueerBooks #AwesomeAudiobooks

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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"Open relationship: it had sounded like a blue sky, a vast field, a sunny lake. It was more like the door kicked in on a basement. It had turned out the only person my former girlfriend of three years didn't want to have sex with, or, share sex with as she called it, was me." Hahaha too real ?

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jessiejessiejessie
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Checked this one out on a recommendation from Autostraddle ... couldn‘t finish it. I thought it was going to be about queer culture and it was... to an extent ... though about a third is about the main characters relationship with a man and getting kicked out of the “lesbian mafia” ... probably would‘ve liked more with different expectations, but wouldn‘t recommend

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mauveandrosysky
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After facing the painful rejection of coming out to her family, Andy creates her own family among a group of other lesbians in Portland in the late ‘90s. When she becomes unexpectedly pregnant following a clandestine fling with a male drummer named Ryan, her life does a complete 180. Queer identity and belonging are the central themes of this debut. At 400+ pages, it‘s a novel for readers who relish the opportunity to really sit with a character.

BooksForEmpathy Ummmm all the yes. 11mo
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Reggie
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This book is my favorite of the year. Andy Morales is my spirit lesbian. Homegrown in Nebraska she breaks out into Portland and becomes herself. After a hard breakup with her “I want an open relationship” ex-gf Flynn, and seeing her first ex-gf, Vivian hookup with Flynn, Andy wants something for herself and gets involved with drummer guy, Ryan. They have the sweetest romance you know is going nowhere and she ends up pregnant. This book made 👇🏼

Reggie me realize that I am still a slave to labels. That friends and family and the love you and they give to each other is important. I just thought this book was brilliant in what it had to say about people. Soo good!!! 11mo
kamoorephoto I need to get to this one!!! I have it waiting for me! I'm glad to hear you thought it was good! 11mo
Reggie @kamoorephoto I hope you like it. This MC had so many chances to close herself off and she just kept opening her heart. (edited) 11mo
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batsy Lovely review! 😍 11mo
Reggie @batsy Thanks!! this and Sugar Land conclude my Lesbian Fiction double feature and both were so wonderful. (edited) 11mo
Centique This sounds so lovely 😊👍 11mo
Reggie @Centique It was. I think you would love it. There‘s stuff in here about raising kids, good and bad, that had me tearing up. So good. 11mo
MicheleinPhilly I had a similar reaction to this one. Great review! 11mo
Zelma @Reggie you always write such great reviews that make me want to read everything you read. (edited) 11mo
RedbagReadbooks I loved this book as well 11mo
Jas16 If I hadn‘t already done it this review would make me stack this book but you have definitely moved it towards the top of my TBR 11mo
Reggie @MicheleinPhilly Thanks! I have a little butch friend who I‘ve known for over 10 years and 99% of the time she‘s losing her mind over 1 woman and 1% of the time she “hangs with guys.” It shocked me at first. I saw a lot of her and her ex gf in here. I saw my my own stuff in here. It was just nice. 11mo
Reggie @Zelma Thanks so much!! 11mo
Reggie @Jas16 @Aluciddreamer it was totally worth the read. 11mo
MicheleinPhilly Yeah, I had to confront a lot of my own (unconscious) biases and remind myself that I‘m coming at this from the perspective of someone who has been with her wife for 15 years. 11mo
readordierachel Love this review! Looking forward to this one. 11mo
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kidmonster
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"A pang of homesickness hit me. It didn't happen often but when it did it hit hard, dug deep. That smell of old decades. I even missed the ones I hadn't been alive for."

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Reggie
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I‘m really digging this book. This is the MC, Andy Morales, having an interaction with her ex-girlfriend. And pages later I feel confused because after all this “I‘m a lesbian, I‘m in the lesbian mafia, I love women,” somehow the author has me rooting for her and her on the down low, scrabble loving, heterosexual dalliance with a grunge rock guy that we all know isn‘t gonna work out. Lol, that‘s life right?

ephemeralwaltz Cool! I feel you😂 11mo
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Hoopiefoot
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Autumnal afternoon reading view.

Sace Beautiful! 12mo
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eraderneely
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(Not a spoiler, says it in description)
I‘m having a difficult time understanding why most of the lesbians are so upset with her and can‘t imagine her having the baby. All of my lesbian friends have babies (through fertility treatment, not secret boyfriends).
Maybe because it‘s set in the 90s, and the Lesbian Mafia is such an in-group, but it seems like today people are much more accepting of everyone‘s choices as long as they aren‘t hateful.

eraderneely For the record, I did find her *relationship* with Ryan weird. 13mo
Reggie Yeah, so I‘m just starting this book but irl I have this little butch friend who every once in a while switches it up and “hangs” out with a guy. I don‘t judge her for it but it is weird when 99% of the time she‘s losing it over a woman. Lol 11mo
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Reviewsbylola
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Mehso-so

There were a lot of things I liked about this one. Andy Morales is a lesbian finding her way in Portland during the grunge scene in the 1990s. That setting in and of itself was fantastic.

Andy finds herself in a secret fling with a man and ends up pregnant. She is shunned by the LBGTQ community and struggles to find herself.

There was so much going on here. I felt the author could have gone deeper into some issues. Then again, it was too long.

Reviewsbylola I ended up giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️ because while it was well written and engaging, the issues mentioned above made it drag for me. I will definitely keep an eye out for future books from this author though because she is promising. #booked2018 #newin2018 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage 13mo
Cinfhen Look at you...knocking out the prompts by day 2💥💥💥 13mo
Reviewsbylola Ha! It was a total accident but I specifically didn‘t choose a particular book for that prompt because I knew I would easily do it anyway. @Cinfhen 13mo
emilyhaldi I agree, this was "meh" for me 13mo
Mdargusch Cute cover though. 13mo
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emilyhaldi
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Andrea Morales grows up in a conservative Midwest family but escapes to Portland, OR at age 24 and is able to finally embrace her true self in the "lesbian underground." But even as she is finally able to come out as gay, she continues a heterosexual relationship and is shocked to find herself #pregnant. This book is the anti-romantic comedy and addresses what it means to find and build your own family, however unconventional.
#septemberdanes

MicheleinPhilly Loved this one! 1y
Reviewsbylola I have this. Your blurb makes me want to read it ASAP, especially after seeing @MicheleinPhilly ‘s comment. 1y
Kalalalatja What @Reviewsbylola said, although I don‘t own it. Yet.... 1y
Cinfhen This one does sound good 👍🏻 1y
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SW-T
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Layered look at character development and gender fluidity amid the lesbian scene in Portland during the late 1990‘s, and what it‘s like to grow and develop among the expectations of friends and family who have you placed in a very specific box. The reactions of Andrea‘s friends and family after finding out about her pregnancy are well done, as is her own growth as a mom and independent woman.

#lgbqt #lgbq #genderfluid

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CotziasReads
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Perfect Readathon weather
#24in48 @24in48

Reviewsbylola Yes!!!! ☔️ 1y
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CotziasReads
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6 and half hours down.
#24in48 @24in48

2BR02B 👏👏👏 1y
Reviewsbylola Amazing!! 1y
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Pamwurtzler
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I started this today & just finished. This book is about finding yourself and dealing with choices based on what life hands you. Andy‘s journey was a good one - I really liked this. #booked2018 #LGBTQIA+ MC

Cinfhen Not familiar with this book but sounds good 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Another prompt completed!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻♥️♥️ 1y
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cocomass
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Just realized I forgot to post about the #LGBTQ book I read last month. I really enjoyed this one. It‘s very much an anti-romance. It‘s about family, community, sexuality/sexual fluidity, and to top it off, Portland in the 90s! While there were certainly some underdeveloped characters and it ended rather abruptly, it was a fun, lighthearted read for #pride. 4/5 ✨

#ownvoices

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Skybariline
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I was drawn to this book by my own similarities to the main character - we are the same age, grew up in the same part of the country, and moved to similar towns to attend college. I liked the insight into the LGBTQ+ issues of the time and place and how having a child in that environment fit in. Loved the inclusion of 2 animals as supporting characters.

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CGeorge
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An enjoyable read.

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TongueTiedSLP11
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This was a great debut! Thanks to the @bookriot All the Books podcast for the recommendation. I really liked the character development of Andrea as well as the shifting perspectives. It‘s complex with beautiful description and prose. Yet, it‘s still accessible and not overly flowery. Overall, it‘s fast-moving but does not compromise character development.

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TongueTiedSLP11
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This was a great debut! Thanks to the @bookriot All the Books podcast for the recommendation. I really liked the character development of Andrea as welll as the shifting perspectives. It‘s complex with beautiful description and prose. Yet, it‘s still accessible and not overly flowery. Overall, it‘s fast-moving but does not compromise character development.

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TongueTiedSLP11
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Finished Stray City which was excellent. To the right is my TBR pile. Which one should be next? 🤔 📚 #summerreading #tbr

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cocomass
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This week‘s #LGBTQ audiobook is Stray City. I‘ve been loving the first half, and am looking forward to finishing it.

❤️🧡💛💙💚💜

#pridereads #ownvoices

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CindyE09
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I really really enjoyed this debut novel about a gay woman living in Portland in the late 90s, who starts sleeping with a man after a bad breakup, and ends up pregnant. The story was captivating and I loved the main character. I also loved the descriptions of Portland, and now I really want to visit! #pridemonth

Pamwurtzler I love Portland- you should definitely visit! 1y
EH2018 Just started this one! Good to know it‘s worth it 1y
huntersmom1977 Oh wow this sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing because I just reserved it at my library 😊 P.S Are there kitty‘s involved? I love reading a book when a kitty cat gets talked about ☺️ (edited) 1y
CindyE09 @huntersmom1977 Yes there is a kitty and a pupper involved, but the kitty does not play any sort of major role. Glad you are checking it out, it was a good read! 1y
huntersmom1977 Thanks for letting me know. Anticipation for this read is exciting. Take care 😊 1y
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CindyE09
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#Bookhaul from #halfpricebooks tonight. Shhhhh, no one tell my husband! 🤐 🤷‍♀️🙈 I think the tagged book might be up next for a pride month read 🌈

Geeklet I almost bought Blood Meridian tonight too! I decided to go with The Inheritance Trilogy instead but it was a hard choice. 1y
CindyE09 @Geeklet I‘ve been meaning to get it for awhile so I can read it for the bookriot read harder challenge. Now let‘s see when I get around to it! 😂 1y
Victoriahoperose I really liked Stray City. The 90‘s setting and the author‘s unique voice was really awesome. 1y
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CindyE09 @Victoriahoperose I am really excited to start it! I have seen some great reviews 1y
Lcsmcat ❤️ The Blind Assassin! 1y
KateFulfordAuthor If you need a recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut for summer reading? A sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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Kshakal
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Hey all... check out this great giveaway hosted by @mrozzz !! Littens are just the best!!! #iwinyouwingiveaway

mrozzz Thanks for sharing! Good luck 🍀😄 1y
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collegecatlady
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Check out @mrozzz page for more info on the #iwinyouwingiveaway

mrozzz Good luck!! 🍀😊 1y
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irksit
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Thanks, @mrozzz for hosting the #iwinyouwingiveaway what a great selection of books!

mrozzz ☺️🍀🤞🏻 1y
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Mowen036
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Thanks @mrozzz for the giveaway! #iwinyouwingiveaway.

mrozzz Good luck! 🍀 1y
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mrozzz
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👋🏻 Littens! I‘ve won so many ARCs this last month, I‘m itching to give back! 😄 Open to ALL until 11:59pm June 1.

For 1 entry, comment on this post (below)

For 2 entries, re-post this to your page, include #iwinyouwingiveaway & tag me

For 4 entries, make a new post of a much anticipated book you can‘t wait to get or of an ARC you have on your TBR. Tag me & don‘t forget to include #iwinyouwingiveaway!

GOOD LUCK 🍀

Chellebearss Awesome!! 🧡💛💚 1y
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SeeJulieRead
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A quick read about Portland in the late 1990s (and 2009) focusing on what happens when Andrea, active member of the Lesbian Mafia, gets pregnant.

Karkar This picture 😍😍 I love Portland. 1y
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Victoriahoperose
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This is a really different book. The fact that it is set in the 90s is a really fun part of the book because I found it very relatable. The characters make a statement and this is really a book labels. It‘s about being who you are and not fitting into a box that someone else created for you. There‘s also a lot of heart in this book and a lot of strong messages. I definitely recommend it!

BookaholicNatty 😻😻 1y
RaimeyGallant So cool your cat made the cover. ;) 1y
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kernelatrox23
Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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Pickpick

THIS BOOK. It was such a choice read while I was having a stressful weekend. It was lighthearted, yet still brought up important issues related to romance and parenting in the queer community. Plus, there‘s a cat named Edith Head. What more could you need, right? #straycity #portland #cats #love

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Anovelobsession
Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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Loving this one so far #Sundayreading

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SarahKat84
Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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Sitting in my new car, reading before class. A, so far, excellently written book. Beautiful words.

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MicheleinPhilly
Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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Pickpick

A big, beautiful book that reminded me that your family is often the one you make for yourself. This novel challenged me to confront certain biases I hold as a member of the LGBT+ community. I had to stop several times to remind myself to stop judging Andrea‘s choices while simultaneously side-eyeing other characters‘ judgment. A really impressive debut. 4.5 ⭐️ #LGBTBooks #QueerBooks

TrishB Not much more info in that blurb! 2y
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB Oh wow! I didn‘t realize that! In short, Andrea Morales is living in Portland, Ore. in the late 90s. She is gay and fully immersed in the lesbian scene when she hooks up with a man and becomes pregnant. 😱 She keeps the baby who starts asking questions about her father when she‘s 10. Lots of great stuff about friends and unconventional families. 2y
TrishB I‘ve stacked - great summary 👍🏻 2y
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RedbagReadbooks @MicheleinPhilly I read recently and loved this book. 2y
Buddys_Momma Sounds interesting! Stacked 👍🏽 2y
Lupita.Reads I‘m with u on the side eye lol completely agree!!!!!! 2y
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RedbagReadbooks
Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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3.5/5⭐️. I liked this book. Andrea leaves western small town Nebraska after years of sexual confusion to the 90‘s grunge movement in Portland. Andrea joins the art/music/lesbian movement and makes it her life. Her encounter with Ryan, a man, confuses her sexual identity and leaves her struggling. Their resulting child changes her outlook on love. This books had a little too much of a chasing Amy feel. But was still a good read.

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Redwritinghood
Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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This book wasn‘t great and it wasn‘t awful. Just felt very neutral about it the whole time. I feel like the author set up the Portland, OR in the late 90s scene, but then didn‘t do enough with it. I would also have liked more of an exploration as to why the MC, a lesbian, had such a longstanding heterosexual relationship. I guess my main issue is that this book kept me wanting more from the characters and the place. Available on Hoopla. 3⭐️

L_auren Ah thanks for the Hoopla tip 2y
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BethFishReads
Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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I enjoyed this look at the insular lesbian & indie music scene in Portland at the end of Riot Grrrl movement. A young woman discovers the diffs & similarities between her birth family & chosen family after an impulsive moment leaves her with serous life choices. The last part was a little too conveniently tied up, but still worth the read. 🎧 Narrator Natalie Moore kept my attention. 3.3 Stars lamb meatballs & roasted cauliflower for dinner

Megabooks Yum! 2y
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