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The Calculating Stars
The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel | Mary Robinette Kowal
On a coldspring night in 1952, a meteorite falls to earth and destroys much of theeastern seaboard of the United States, including Washington D.C. The Meteor, asit is popularly known, decimates the U.S. government and paves the way for aclimate cataclysm that will eventually render the earth inhospitable to humanity.This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated timeline in the earths effortsto colonize space, and allows a much larger share of humanity to take part inthe process. One of thesenew entrants in the space race is Elma York, whose experience as a WASP pilotand mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalitionsattempts to put man on the moon. But with so many skilled and experienced womenpilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesnt take long before Elmabegins to wonder why they cant go into space, tooaside from some peskybarriers like thousands of years of history and a host of expectations aboutthe proper place of the fairer sex. And yet, Elmas drive to become the firstLady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions may notstand a chance against her. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Mitch
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Really enjoying this - perfect summer backyard read. I equally love opening books on my shelf and seeing postit not messages from Litsy Swap partners 😘. Thanks for this @BookNAround it‘s really good 😘

TrishB I love that too 👍🏻 or bookmarks you hadn‘t realised where there. 20h
Mitch @TrishB it is isn‘t it ! So lovely to reread the messages and connect back 💕 20h
BookNAround Glad you‘re enjoying it. 😁 10h
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EclecticReaders
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The new Hugo Awards have been announced! Article: www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2019/8/19/20812571/hugo-award-2019-winners-worldcon-mary-robinette-kowal-best-novel-into-the-spider-verse See any favorites or any books you‘re adding to your TBR?

BookishJess Just added The Poppy War to my TBR! 3d
SW-T Thanks for sharing! Might check out some of the short stories. 3d
EclecticReaders @BookishJess That one‘s been getting a ton of great buzz! 2d
EclecticReaders @SW-T Awesome! 2d
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Mitch
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Time to get Calculating Stars down from the shelf I think! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

https://io9.gizmodo.com/here-are-your-hugo-2019-award-winners-1837368271

monalyisha I just ordered this one -- & “Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach“ (which is a FANTASTIC title)! :) 3d
Mitch @monalyisha agreed! 3d
wanderinglynn So many to add to my already overflowing TBR! The Hugos are the only awards list where I usually like all the books. 3d
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ralexist
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In 1952 a meteor hits DC and starts an extinction event reaction. This accelerates our space exploration program as we need to find a new planet to inhabit within 50 years. I was introduced to the author through her Glamourist Histories series (think Austen w/the addition of magic) & she's brilliant at alternative history because she doesn't change everything but merely alters enough so that everything changes. I highly recommend this & her too.

Chrissyreadit @Avanders @hermyknee this looked like a book that might be of interest to both of you. 1w
hermyknee Thanks for the tag @Chrissyreadit ! Added to my TBR!‘ (edited) 1w
Avanders @Chrissyreadit what @hermyknee said! 👆🏽 Thanks! 😘♥️ 1w
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Jaimelire
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Just finished my first book on my new Kobo. Alternate history, starting after WWII. A meteorite hits earth and results in long term weather changes that force humanity to explore colonizing space. The book focuses on a former WASP pilot and “computer”. This book deals with sexism & racism of the 1950s...which is rampant even in this alternate reality. If you liked “Hidden Figures” you might enjoy this one too.

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Aimeesue
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Next up for my Summer of Cli-Fi. Very good, yet infuriating so far. 1950s meteor strike of, well, basically my house, as DC and the Eastern seaboard burn. Kind of relieved that I wouldn't have to live through the devastating aftermath.

Also: the ebook's on sale in US stores today.
#kindledeal

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Angitron
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Bailedbailed

Another bail. This one started out really strong, and then I lost interest. May return to it one day (may not) but for now I‘m putting it to the side!

Bookwormjillk I bailed on this one too. 1mo
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Carolyn11215
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Really enjoyed this alternate history of the beginnings of the space program, in this telling expedited because of a meteorite strike in the DC area that is an extinction event. Deals with discrimination (gender and racial) in the space program and the role of female “computer” mathematicians in making spaceflight possible. #hugo2019

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imyril
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My cup is full and runneth over.

I saw a review that said this book shamelessly panders to a certain type of reader. I am happy to be that sort of reader. All my joy in space exploration, with diversity and burn the patriarchy. Also, Dr Nathaniel York is my favourite fictional since Jacob Camherst. Delightful.

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IndoorDame
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I love borrowing books my literary friends have just finished - I get great jems I wouldn't have chosen for myself. This alternate history of the space program is eerily topical though it's set in the 50s. Through the fictional plot Kowal explores discrimination against women & black americans, and the climate crisis. It's also well written and a fun read. I'm interested in seeing where the sequel goes.

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shanaqui

*Finally* reading this -- yes, after I was in a total hurry to get it when it first came out. That happens all too often -- so many books, so little time. I'm enjoying it a lot so far, though I don't think it's going to beat Revenant Gun for my Hugo vote!

the-woman-who-read-everything I really loved this one - hope you enjoy it! 2mo
shanaqui @the-woman-who-read-everything I accidentally read it all in one day, so yes! 😁 2mo
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Sharpeipup
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Thank you @slightlyfoxed for this (literal)goody bag & all it contains!
#summersantagoespostal #summersolsticebookexchange @BookishMarginalia

LeahBergen What‘s inside?? We all like to see. 😄 2mo
Sharpeipup @LeahBergen I‘m taking some photos of all the goodies now...just posted one of the mug that came with it... 2mo
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NotCool
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A slow speed apocalypse caused by a meteoroid impact and subsequent global warming leads some people to desperately try to set up colonies in space, while others discount the possibility of climate change, cause its not hot right this second. It‘s set in the 1950s so the sexism, racism, and antisemetism are more overt. Otherwise, it could take place today.

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Bklover
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Reading this and really enjoying it. Science fiction that is alternate history starting in 1952. I haven‘t read much alternate history and it‘s fascinating seeing people and events worked into a new version of the past. Also love the strong female character who is quite relatable because Guess What! She‘s not perfect! Looking forward to the second in this series who many say is even better!
Oh, and Izzy says good morning!!❤️

JoScho Good morning adorably Izzy!!!! 2mo
sudi Izzy is so cute 🐶 2mo
brit91 💜🧡💛💚💙Izzy is too cute!!!😍💖❤💙💚💛🧡💜 2mo
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BookFreakOut I just got this at our used bookstore! 2mo
wanderinglynn Izzy is adorable! ❤️🐶 2mo
AlaMich Hi Izzy! ❤️ 2mo
Redwritinghood 👋🏻👋🏻 Izzy! 😍😍 2mo
ladym30 What a sweet face❤️! 2mo
GypsyKat Such a cutie!!! 😍 2mo
Bklover @JoScho @sudi @brit91 @BookFreakOut @wanderinglynn @AlaMich @Redwritinghood @ladym30 @GypsyKat Izzy says thanks for all the kind words! That look on her face said “Are you finished on Litsy yet?” ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. #dogsoflitsy 2mo
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Lauredhel
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How good is this book? I started it late at night, having finished Cracked, and got very little sleep.

Lexicon1982 One of the best books I‘ve read this year! Great strong female character and great plot! 2mo
tournevis Haven't read it yet, but hearing her gush about doing research for this, talking to actual astronauts, mathematicians and Nasa engineers, is a blast! 2mo
Deifio This book is great! Read the second one right after ☺️ 2mo
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shanaqui

I've started setting a ten book TBR each month -- I can read anything else, but Horta got in the ten. I think this duopoly is topping my list for next month, plus the next Kate Daniels and Toby Daye books in those respective series. Then... Hmm, probably high time for more Daisy Dalrymple.

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Annl
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My daughter and I discovered a great walking path this week. It is a protected space. We also plan to take her kids and spook them a little. We saw 2 🐍 and the area is a little dark and mysterious! I have been mostly able to keep up with my goals. It has been fun trying. @wanderinglynn #bookfitnesschallenge

Lindy Looks like a beautiful place. Also, #snakesonLitsy @monalyisha 2mo
monalyisha Very cool! And also: I‘d definitely be spooked! 😅 2mo
4thhouseontheleft That looks like a fun walking trail! 2mo
wanderinglynn That looks like a lovely place to walk! 👍🏻 2mo
Clwojick This looks lovely! 🍃🌿🌱 (edited) 2mo
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RealLifeReading
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Hooray! This great book, the first in the Lady Astronaut series, won the Nebula Award for Best Novel!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love those Legos! 3mo
bookishnerd Oh, awesome!! 3mo
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llwheeler
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I'm not saying I matched my mug to my book on purpose this morning but... 💙

I'm loving this book not only in terms of the story, but the tactile experience of reading it. Maybe it's cause I've read a string of ebooks and old paperbacks recently, but this book is gorgeous and easy to read. The font, spacing, binding... loving it. Three cheers to some designers somewhere!

shanaqui Maaaaan I need to read this already. 3mo
llwheeler @shanaqui it's been on my tbr for a while, glad I'm finally getting to it 3mo
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Lexicon1982
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Loved it

Bklover I‘m reading this now and loving it! 2mo
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llwheeler
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Whoa, I'm posting to Litsy from my computer! Fun to test out the web interface - very nice so far!

Completely unrelated pic is some pretty flowers from a recent trip to the butterfly conservatory. Testing out adding images from my computer rather than my phone.

Tagged book is my current read, which I just accidentally (minorly) spoiled for myself by listening to Writing Excuses podcast. Oops - oh well, it was a good discussion.

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BookNAround
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Pickpick

I generally don‘t do sci-fi but this one came highly recommended. I really enjoyed it and when one of my book clubs agreed to read it, they asked me to facilitate the meeting, which meant I had to write book club questions for it. A friend who works for the publisher passed them onto the editor and they might use my questions in an official capacity. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-and-book-club-questions.html

ShyBookOwl I really enjoyed this too after going in somewhat blind. Not my typical genre. I did the audio, read my the author. She's a really good voice actor (she has a background in stage puppetry!) 4mo
ravenlee That‘s pretty cool! Well done you. 4mo
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beaconhillbooks
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A cozy sci fi. Alternative history. And a lady astronaut.

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rabbitprincess
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April 2019 recap: 15 books read.
Favourite: The Calculating Stars (with No Hard Feelings, by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy, a close second)
Least fave: Across the Plains, by Robert Louis Stevenson

tpixie 🥳🥳🥳🥳 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice job! 📖💖 4mo
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Violetta
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Solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐. This was a second go for the book - first time I bailed cause I didn't feel for it, but now I couldn't put it down and am looking forward to the second novel. The story is great, covering apocalyptic event, its consequences(with a great deal of plausible science), political and personal aspects of dealing with the grim future. Setting and main characters strongly reminded me of Hidden Figures which I love dearly. #scifi #womengotospace

Erofan Sounds interesting! 4mo
Violetta @Erofan A good chance to start reading in English, huh? 😏 4mo
Erofan @Violetta It's gonna be a long read! 📆 4mo
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ChasingOm
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#2019HugoFinalists: Only the 1st book was nominated, but I had to go right into the 2nd one; now I‘m looking forward to books #3 (coming in 2020) and #4 (2022).
These books mix a post apocalyptic world (meteorite) with an alternate history timeline (opens in the 1950s with President Dewey) and how that era‘s racial issues would have translated into a world where the space program was “international” but people were still terrible.
🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀/5

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rabbitprincess
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I LOVED this book! It felt plausible as an alternate history and has a Hidden Figures vibe that I enjoyed. Also loved that Elma was a pilot, because that meant some great flying scenes 😄 I have already requested the next book in the series.

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Deifio
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Amazing! Can't wait to read the second book!

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BkClubCare
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RealLifeReading
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What happens when a meteorite crashes into earth and takes out most of Eastern US? Start thinking of space. But it‘s 1952 and mathematician/pilot Elma York wants to be an astronaut but the higher-ups think space is too dangerous for women. She starts a campaign to show women are just as capable as men - all while battling crippling anxiety.

See the rest of my review here https://reallifereading.com/2019/03/28/the-calculating-stars-kowal/

Demibom Very creative post! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Love this photo! 5mo
xxjenadanxx Wow! I read the extended view and while I‘ve never heard of this author before, I now want to add all her books you mentioned to my TBR! 5mo
RealLifeReading @xxjenadanxx awesome! I hope you enjoy her books!! 5mo
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Bookboss
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I loved the premise. In the 1950‘s, a meteorite hits the Earth. The impact causes widespread destruction, and scientists discover that it is also an extinction event. Women who were WASPS in the war, and computers in the early space program step forward to save humanity. The author tackles misogyny, racism, climate change, and refugees. While I agree with her viewpoints, at times I felt she was heavy-handed and trying too hard. Entertaining.

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Laughterhp
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February was a little slow apparently.
Only read 8 books
Bailed on 1 book

Got a bunch of challenges checked off:
3 for #MountTBR
5 for #ReadingUSA2019
1 for #Booked2019
1 for #Probooknerds
2 for #ReadHarderChallenge

#februarywrapup #februarystats

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks great! 📖💖 6mo
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RealLifeReading
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Tonight‘s book and dinner. I made spaghetti with salmon (and lemon zest and garlic) and it‘s topped with roasted cauliflower

HKGirl Oh, yum!! 6mo
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bookwrm526
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I didn‘t know much about this book going on other than that the series is called Lady Astronauts - I wasn‘t expecting post-apocalyptic lady astronauts!! It dragged a little in places, but otherwise I loved it!! It‘s my #alternatehistory for the @bookriot #ReadHarder challenge, highly recommended!

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Bookwormjillk
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Two days ago I was shoveling snow; today I am reading outside eating ice cream. I won‘t put my winter coat away yet, but I‘ll enjoy it while it lasts.

Onceuponatime Nice! Where are you? 6mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s those nice days in winter that really do you good. ♥️ 6mo
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swynn
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Alt-history in which Dewey really does defeat Truman in 1948, throwing greater support to a national space program; then a meteor strike accelerates the program in order to save the human race through space colonies. The tech is plausible, the characters appealing, and Kowal tackles head-on the crap that women and POC would have faced in the 1950s (Not that any of that has been solved, exactly ...) Will read the next.

imyril I really really really want to read this 😍 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I came home and put my book down somewhere, and now I can‘t find it. No biggie; I started another.

wordzie 😁👏 6mo
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Laughterhp
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Ahh this book was so good! You have to get past all the blatant sexism and racism, which is really hard to do. I kept getting so mad and annoyed. I wish I could‘ve gone into the book and slapped everyone. Especially when Elma kept saying “what would my mama think?”

Ugh! But this book was so great! I will be reading the other books in this series.

Excuse me while I go read Hidden Figures 🤣

#swordandlaserpodcast
#ReadingUSA2019 - set in KS

Kaye 🌟 6mo
Librarybelle Awesome! 6mo
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squirrelbrain I have Hidden Figures on my shelf ready to read for this challenge! 6mo
Laughterhp @squirrelbrain Oh cool! What state is it for? 6mo
squirrelbrain I have it down as Virginia... 6mo
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Laughterhp
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I just wanna shake Elma and tell her it‘s not that big of a deal she‘s taking a pill for anxiety!! Gah! 😩😤😩

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Laughterhp
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Started snowing about 2 hours ago. Supposed to get like 3-5 inches, but we‘ll see. And then of course it‘s going to turn to rain. Life in New England 🤷🏻‍♀️

I started reading this book today and I am sucked in! I‘m mad that I didn‘t pick it up sooner!!

#swordandlaserpodcast

BookNAround I have been pushing this on everyone for several months now. In fact, I‘ve made two of my book clubs read it and I‘m going to force my summer book club too. I also might have included it in many swap boxes lately. 😂 And It‘s not my usual genre at all. (edited) 6mo
Laughterhp @BookNAround Oh wow! That‘s high praise then!! I‘m only 90 pages, but I feel like it‘s going to be a book I recommend a lot!! I really like this author. I read and loved her other book!! 6mo
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ness
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Pickpick

Loved this! The portrayal of anxiety is too real. Highly recommend the audio!

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ness
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Picked this up when it was an Audible daily deal a couple days ago, and I‘m already halfway through. Mary Robinette Kowal is the rare fiction author who is killing reading her book.

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Iindseyosborne
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I absolutely FLEW through this series. Obviously I was into the alternate history/space race/awesome smart ladies, but I think one of my favorite parts was the marriage at the center of it. A true partnership, Friday Night Lights style, that completely hooked me. 💛

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Minispok
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BookishMarginalia 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 7mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Mehso-so

Liked but didn‘t love this alternate history about space flight & colonization after a catastrophic meteorite strike initiates an extinction level event. Thoroughly researched & though there‘s some repetitiveness in the writing/language, not poorly written & main character, a woman who wants to be an astronaut, is easy to root for but...BUT...even though a lot of issues are addressed—racism, sexism & more—oddly, it‘s all a little too neat & tidy.

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TracyReadsBooks
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As predicted, schools are closed tomorrow. We‘re waiting to find out about Thursday—temperature is supposed to be -18 when school would start (reaching 0 around 4pm) which likely means we‘ll be home a second day. Friday is a scheduled day off, teacher PD, so we have a lot of time to read this week. The tagged book is my first fiction read of our unexpected break. I hope everyone stays warm & safe (& has a good book to curl up with)!!! 🥶💨🥶

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Bindrosbookshelf
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When you go to the library to return six books and pick up three, you end up with six again 🤷‍♀️
The Wedding Date, In am Absent Dream and the Perfect Girlfriend were all holds.

The Calculating Stars, The Kiss Quotient and European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman all caught my eye 📚📚📚
#libraryhaul #librarystack

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Minispok
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1. The Calculating Stars and Batman: Nightwalker
2. Slytherin 🐍
3. Great News
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💚💚 7mo
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