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Moon of the Crusted Snow
Moon of the Crusted Snow: A Novel | Waubgeshig Rice
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A daring post-apocalyptic thriller from a powerful rising literary voice. With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision. Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.
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Sydneypaige
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An apocalyptic novel set in a fictional First Nations territory (though based on Indigenous stories that the author heard/knows). It‘s slow, but if you can settle in and feel the impact of the story, it is haunting. Although it‘s a very small part of the book, I enjoyed the bits about the title!

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DHill
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Audioworking on a Saturday. Better than working on a Saturday. (It‘s the little things, right)

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Creadnorthey
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Pickpick

This was a chilling beautiful thrill of a read. Reading this in the thick of winter only adds to the creepy vibe that builds. Not completely unpredictable, but a most satisfying read. Also happy to hear there is a sequel!

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swishandflick
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A native reservation experiences a collapse of the world they've come to know, leading to there being more of a need than ever for their community to band together. Until some visitors threaten to upend the tenuous hold on order they've achieved. I liked it a lot and always appreciate learning more about indigenous communities and their culture. I just wish that the climax had been a bit more fleshed out. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hooked_on_books I loved this one! He mentioned on his podcast that he‘s writing a sequel. 🥳 3mo
swishandflick @Hooked_on_books Ooh, that's exciting! 3mo
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swishandflick
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I flew to Raleigh for the weekend to hang out with my grandparents (this year I'm determined to squeeze in as much family time as I can!) and while my grandma is doing her Bible study, this is my current cozy reading spot 🔥

BiblioLitten This was one of the books I read last month. Do you like it so far? 3mo
swishandflick @BiblioLitten I am liking it so far! A bit of a slow build in the beginning, but not in a bad way. I'm finding it fascinating how they slowly realize something bigger is happening, as word reaches them on the rez. Did you like it? 3mo
BiblioLitten I liked it but didn‘t love it. 3mo
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BarbaraBB What a lovely reading spot. And so sweet to visit your grandparents! 3mo
swishandflick @BarbaraBB Life is just so short and I'm sad I don't see them more often. Trying to fix that! ❤️ 3mo
BarbaraBB They‘re probably enjoying it so much to have you! 3mo
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KatieDid927
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I‘m using the #ReadSpooky2022 challenge hosted by the lovely @teebe to work through my horror TBR on non-October months. For January I chose this book recently gifted to me in a swap by @MeganAnn . It‘s a great creepy read for winter. I loved the atmospheric tone. I did wish the author delved deeper into the characters and their relationships. I felt like a lot of it was very surface-level. But, I hear there‘s a sequel in the works!

MeganAnn Great review! ❤️ I‘m glad you (mostly) liked it. I still can‘t decide if I should read this or if it will be too creepy for me… I‘m a chicken with an active imagination and a lot of thriller/horror books give me nightmares. 🙈🤷‍♀️ The premise still sounds interesting to me thought. (edited) 4mo
KatieDid927 @MeganAnn I was gonna say that this one isn‘t TOO terrible but then I remembered part of the climax and … maybe it would be a little too intense for you. 4mo
BiblioLitten I just finished reading this. I wouldn‘t say it is the best in terms of writing but I understand the underlying message. The character build, like you said, could have been better. 4mo
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BiblioLitten
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This was one of the first books recommended to me on Litsy. Keeper‘n Me by Richard Wagamese was one of my favourite books last year, and I have been wanting to read more books by indigenous authors.

#currentlyreading #blameitonlitsy #Canada

BookNAround Such a good book. I‘m looking forward to the sequel, which may not come until 2023, if I remember correctly. (edited) 4mo
readordierachel I liked this one. Look forward to your thoughts! 4mo
BiblioLitten @readordierachel I liked it. It was intense in parts but I felt something lacking, in terms of writing. 4mo
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readordierachel @BiblioLitten I know what you mean. I had similar feelings. I liked the setting and the cultural details, but the characters felt a little flat to me 4mo
BiblioLitten @readordierachel For me it was the characters and the community faring during the apocalypse. That is captured so beautifully in Keeper‘n Me. I missed it in this. If you haven‘t read that book, I highly recommend the audio version. 💕 4mo
readordierachel I will check that one out! 4mo
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andioop
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I liked this but didn‘t love it. Life is beautiful and it doesn‘t stop. You can‘t eliminate it, though some try.

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CindyE09
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Literary thriller about a Native American reservation during the end of the world. I liked the concept of the book but it didn‘t feel fully developed at times and was a bit predictable. The story jumped around and the characters felt a bit underdeveloped, but it held my attention and I enjoyed reading about some of the culture on the reservation, based on the authors own life experiences.

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KatieDid927
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Oh my goodness @MeganAnn you‘ve blown me away! The gifts are so perfect and thoughtful. The tagged book is right up my alley. The candle and bath salts smell lovely and I‘m SO excited for the spell kit! The ornaments are already up on my tree, I‘ll post pics. Thank you so so much! And thank you to the magnificent @Chrissyreadit and @sprainedbrain for hosting! Happy Yule! #WinterSolsticeSwap #WSS

Chrissyreadit The tagged book is a favorite of mine! This whole package is 😍🤍 5mo
Bookwormjillk @Chrissyreadit I agree- great book! 5mo
KatieDid927 @Chrissyreadit @Bookwormjillk It‘s moving to the top of my TBR pile! 5mo
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MeganAnn I‘m so happy you like everything — especially the spell kit! The tagged book keeps going on and off my tbr based on different reviews so I‘ll be curious to see what you think of it! ❄️🥰✨🌲 Blessed Solstice! 5mo
KatieDid927 @MeganAnn Blessed Solstice!! 🎄🎁🥰 5mo
sprainedbrain Absolutely lovely! ❤️ 5mo
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Pjwagner
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Finished another one for #IndigAThon.

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hissingpotatoes
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Both take place in an isolated environment while an unknown apocalypse rages on, explore the psychological effects of that situation, and have a slow, tense, suspenseful tone.

#Movie2BookRecs Oct 21 #LetterC day 27: Cloverfield @Klou

Klou Ooh great choice!! 7mo
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Larkken
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This post-apocalyptic #clifi by a Native author is in my tbr and I‘ve been eyeing it for a while. Should I move it up the list? Pic from a portion of the cover art.

#roaringwolf moon in the title
@Littlewolf1 @Roary47

Chrissyreadit This was a 5 star read for me. 9mo
Larkken @Chrissyreadit yay! Good to know ☺️ 9mo
Bookwormjillk I really liked this one 9mo
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BookBr
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This story shimmered with a subtle aura of menace that made even the most innocent actions seem ominous, culminating in a single act of stark horror, illuminated by the similarly barren surroundings. Especially poignant to read mid-pandemic, as a community experiences a disastrous emergency, and begins to crumble as it tries to weather the storm. Vivid characters and deft language build a truly unforgettable tale of survival.
#indigenousreads

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BookBr
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I feel like the current heat is a great time to read about a dark and haunted winter…
#indigenousreads #spooky

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Auntynanny
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This has been on my TBR for a while, so I was excited to see it as a suggestion for Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge for task #5: A Genre Novel by an FNMI Author. It was really good and I'm so glad I read it, although reading dystopic books during a pandemic is always a bit tricky.

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Hooked_on_books
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I found a brand new once monthly podcast that will be focusing on indigenous books (I think North American and primarily Canadian, though I don‘t know), and Waubgeshig Rice is a co-host. He mentions in the inaugural episode that he is currently writing a sequel to the tagged book, hopefully for publication in 2022! 🥳🎉 I‘m super excited about the book and look forward to hearing more of this podcast.

Soubhiville Looking this up right this minute! Thanks for sharing. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading Oh! I must check this out! Thanks for sharing!!! 1y
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ozma.of.oz Definitely looking this up! Thanks for the heads up! 1y
mrsmarch I loved this book. Looking up the podcast now! 1y
SamAnne Thanks for this share. Will definitely look this up. 1y
Augustdana 😮😮😮thanks for the heads up!! 1y
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ShyBookOwl
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Overindulging in chocolate and reading while my partner does the groceries 😌 best Valentine's day ever.

Happy ❤ day, romantic or otherwise!

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CaitlinSiem
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There was such dread woven into this but the build up more subtle than I would have expected.

This is the kind of novel you use the word ‘haunting‘ to describe without it ever meaning something supernatural.

I love that the world is falling apart but you only see how it directly effects this Anishinaabe community instead of the world as a whole. The focus is a pinprick even though it‘s a wave of the residual aftermath happening elsewhere.

bookwrm526 So good, and the tension he built was unbelievable! 1y
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Sapphire
Pickpick

Tense and Disturbing at points, but beautifully written. Very atmospheric.

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Sapphire
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“Nicole lay awake in the warm, uneasy darkness”. I know this one has us mixed reviews but I am really enjoying it so far.

Reagan I have been seeing a lot of positive! I look forward to your review. 1y
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MargaretPinardAuthor
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And a happy new year!
Probably won‘t get to finish it for 2020, but started this audiobook yesterday...very hyped but two chapters are not giving me joy...yet!
My fabulous book-listening-walking ensemble for Sacramento, USA winter.

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rabbitprincess
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A good post-apocalyptic novel that focuses more on the aftermath than on the actual apocalypse mechanism.
#ShutdownReadathon book 1

MsMelissa I enjoyed this one, too. 1y
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TheBookDream
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Mehso-so

It was good but the end had cannibalism references and that is a no from me. But that‘s a personal issue, so reader beware.

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juliegumdrop
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Just started this one this morning. Apocalypse reaches Canada‘s Anishinaabe community.

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Jari-chan
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Mehso-so

One gets a good insight into the modern way of life of the American Natives. I also enjoyed reading the words in their native language - si fascinating and strange to me.

Sadly, the story itself didn't drew me in at all. It lacked depth and atmosphere, even though the premises were given.

@TheAromaofBooks #BookSpinBingo

charl08 Yes, I wanted more from this one too. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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Mitch
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The slow build up in this slim novel is excellent. It creates so much tension and allows the characters to breath. First Nation history and politics is woven brilliantly through this sparse story of the apocalypse that leaves your imagination to fill in so many details. Loved it! @BookNAround thank you ♥️

Cinfhen I think @BarbaraBB first put this book on my radar 🤔anyway, sounds great 1y
Mitch @Cinfhen it was a 5 🌟 read for me. I was only going to read the first few chapters yesterday but I just couldn‘t put it down! 1y
Cinfhen Ohhhh! That just bumped this book up my LONG LIST - THANKS 😊 1y
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Cinfhen It‘s available on #Scribd 🙌🏻I‘ll start it in January for #pop21 #IndigenousAuthor 1y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I did read it indeed and it would definitely work for the #pop21 prompt. One of the harder prompts for me, by the way! 1y
Cinfhen I read these books earlier this year @BarbaraBB you might like them for #IndigenousAuthor 1y
Cinfhen I was originally thinking of reading this one @BarbaraBB 1y
BookNAround I‘m so glad you loved it! 1y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That one I haven‘t read but will stack for #pop21! 1y
mdm139 I loved this book too. I liked it way better than Leave the World Behind. It didn‘t get picked for any celebrity book clubs though so it is a hidden gem. You may also like Wolves of Winter 1y
Mitch @mdm139 stacked - thank you! 1y
Bookzombie I loved this one too! 1y
BookNAround Also meant to mention the author‘s working on a sequel. 1y
BookNAround @mdm139 It‘s on the 2019-2020 Great Group Reads list put out by the Women‘s National Book Association for National Reading Group Month. 1y
Mitch @BookNAround 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
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Mitch
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I‘m only a few chapters in and boy it‘s tense! The background feeling of menace is so well done!

Hooked_on_books I listened to the audio of this one and loved it. It‘s so well paced. 1y
udyaa Seems quite interesting ✌️ 1y
Chrissyreadit I love this book! One of my absolute favorites! Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 1y
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AmyG Stacked. And great bookmark! 1y
Mitch @Hooked_on_books Im not far into it - but it feels so sparse and understated - yet really atmospheric and scary! 1y
Mitch @AmyG A little gift from @leahbergen - comes out for all my Canadian settings! 1y
Mitch @Chrissyreadit Loving it so far x 1y
LeahBergen 😂😂 I‘m so glad it‘s your Canadian bookmark. 1y
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Mitch
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I‘ve been waiting for a suitably cold day to dive into this - today‘s the day 🥳

atla Ooh, this is on my TBR. Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 1y
MsMelissa It‘s a great book. 1y
BookNAround I hope you enjoy it! 1y
mdm139 I just read this book last week. I liked it better then Leave the World Behind 1y
Mitch @BookNAround 🥰🥰🥰 1y
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mdm139
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This was an excellent read. I liked it better than Leave the World Behind. I enjoyed learning about the culture and language. Highly recommend. One of the best reads for this year. 5 ⭐️ Read for 4 readathons and it is tbr book. 176 pts #teamreadnosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious

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ReadingEnvy
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Books in green are this month's five star reads.

Books Read: 35

audiobook: 7
eBook: 18
print: 10

library: 9
review: 23
personal: 3

Around the World: 8
Book Clubs: 2
Booker Prize: 1
Graphic novel: 1
Indigenous: 3
Memoir: 5
Middle East: 3
Non-fiction November: 11
Poetry
Read the World: 3
Sci-fi/fantasy: 3
Tournament of Books: 6 (wow!)

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Well-ReadNeck
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Listened to this on #audiobook as my Thanksgiving Native #ownvoices read. Weirdly, I‘m finding apocalyptic novels to be enjoyable during the pandemic and the added layer of life in a Rez knocks this one out of the park.

booksandsympathy Adding this to my list of book by indigenous authors 1y
JazzFeathers Needs!!!! 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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It feels weird to say I enjoyed a novel about apocalypse and disaster, but I really did! I'd been circling this one for a while and didn't get to it in my year of focusing on Canada, so it got back burnered a bit. It tells the story of an Anishinaabe community (in what could also be northern Ontario), already pretty isolated, and what happens when the power goes out. ↘️

ReadingEnvy The author and the audiobook narrator are both from Indigenous Canadian backgrounds - Waubgeshig Rice is an Anishinaabe writer and journalist from the Wasauksing First Nation, and Billy Merasty is a Free actor.

The narration was excellent, so much so that I found reasons to keep listening. If you have #hoopla you have access already!↘️
2y
ReadingEnvy My only beef is that there is one character that reminds me too much of the tropey Big Bad similar to Randall Flagg of Stephen King fame. To me, there is enough story and drama within the community itself, but I understand it highlights the contrast. 2y
Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve had this on my tbr for so long! I want to increase my indigenous authors. I think I‘ll make it a goal for 2021. 2y
ReadingEnvy @Prairiegirl_reading I was amazed at how fast I got through the audio, I just kept going back to it 2y
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Godpants
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Overall, I did really enjoy this one, but the pacing didn‘t work for me in some sections. The late reveal was super powerful and fun.

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Godpants
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Yes I‘m basically only reading post apocalyptic novels this year and no it‘s not making me extremely stressed out. I feel fine I swear. 😬

Soubhiville I loved this one. 2y
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Bakingbookworm
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4.5⭐ - You guyyys! I really enjoyed this book! It's a short, compelling, haunting and powerful read that highlights Indigenous (Anishinaabe) culture while giving readers a tension-filled story. It's written by Indigenous author Waub Rice (from Ontario) and I couldn't put it down. Set in northen Ontario, it is a post-apocalyptic thriller that would be a great pick for group discussion.

My Review: https://bit.ly/MoonOfTheCrustedSnow

JulAnna I agree! I read this one earlier in the year-pre Covid-19 and thought it was very atmospheric. 2y
Bakingbookworm And more than a little prophetic. 😬 I like how he kept the reason for the disconnect vague. It really created great tension. 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Panpan

I hate to disparage any book . . . But aside from the unusual setting exploring the Ashininaabe culture, this book doesn‘t have anything else going for it 😬

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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What a thrilling, fascinating book! A kind of literary thriller / dystopian / horror novel with wonderful writing and authentic, human characters. It follows a post-apocalyptic Northern Anishinaabe reservation community. The focus is on their survival, leaning back into old ways of living off the land, and dealing with a white guy (what a villain!) who shows up wanting to join them. Quite suspenseful, and occasionally downright chilling!

charl08 Yes, note to self, go somewhere warm when the apocalypse hits... 2y
MsMelissa I enjoyed this one, too. It was short, but packed a big punch. 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Don't you love it when you start a new book and immediately fall right into the story?
#Indigenous #NativeReads #AwesomeAudiobooks

Soubhiville I really loved this! Read it last week. How‘s the audio? 2y
cherylmorton this is one i‘ve had my eye on so i‘m excited to see what you think of it! 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Soubhiville Really great! I can tell it's an #OwnVoices Indigenous voice actor which is awesome. 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @cherylmorton I really like it so far. Instantly captivating! 2y
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Soubhiville
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My Reading Wrap Up for August.

I had quite a few Favorites:
Moon of the Crusted Snow
Wow, No Thank You
Clap When You Land
The City We Became
The Dreamers
The Pull of the Stars

I bailed on Miracle Country.

I hope September is just as good!

britt_brooke Excellent! 2y
catebutler What a great reading month!! 👏🏼 2y
BarbaraBB What a month!! 2y
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Soubhiville
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I really liked this very short novel about an indigenous village in Canada dealing with the end of civilization as we know it.

I enjoyed Rice‘s writing style. Growing up in the North (Vermont- my husband always says I‘m “practically Canadian” 🤣), the prose felt like talking to my family that still lives up there.

He also really put me there in the chill of winter, snow piling up to the window sills, wind howling, thankful for the wood stove.

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Sapphire
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I picked this up on my first foray out into the world (an independent bookstore in Waco Texas) that wasn‘t for groceries or meds. The table was labeled “embracing the pandemic - why hide, escape into it” or something like that. Here we go . . .

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Chrissyreadit
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I decided to look at the books I‘ve read this year- but I need to take time to look at the authors too. Out of 35 books 17% had lgbtq main characters, 14% had POC as main characters 8% was nonfiction. I am hopeful this awareness significantly increases my shelf diversity.

ChasingOm Thanks for joining in! 2y
Emilymdxn Exciting! Thanks for taking part and we‘ll see where we end up with our reading as we carry on 😊 2y
GingerAntics I know I need to diversify. That‘s my goal for the rest of the year...to bleed into next year and forever of course. 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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Congrats @squirrelbrain on 3 years and 100k ❤️🙌❤️
1. This has been a stellar year- Moon Over Crusted Snow is 1 of about 5 favorite reads this year- and this will be in my books I regularly recommend list.
2. One book I‘m very excited about it Shadows In Time by Julie Mcelwain, book 5 in the Kendra Donovan series. I have them on kindle but want them in real life so I can share them!
#nutsaboutbooks

Bookwormjillk Loved Moon of the Crusted Snow 2y
squirrelbrain The tagged book does sound great. I was never really a fan of ‘dystopian‘ fiction but I‘ve started to read it more (and like it) recently, so I‘ve stacked it! Thanks for the recommendation! 2y
Chrissyreadit @squirrelbrain it‘s very character driven. I feel like the dystopia is the setting event, but the story is much more about the characters and character interaction. 2y
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Lbiddi
Mehso-so

Didn‘t really enjoy the execution of this book. It had a great concept but the writing was perfunctory and lacked the “show don‘t tell” quality of much better writers.

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Chrissyreadit
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Thanks @ElizaMarie for the tag. I‘m going to list my favorite 3 of 2020:
1. Moon of The Crusted Snow
2. Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America‘s Most Storied Hospital
3. The Turn of Midnight
This has been a good year- there are at least 4 other books I loved.
@Butterfinger @megnews @sprainedbrain @cobwebmoth @tdrosebud @Gissy @Laughterhp @mabell @wanderinglynn @Mitch @Crazeedi @MicrobeMom @Blaire

Butterfinger Thanks for the tag. 2y
MicrobeMom Thanks for the tag! 2y
mabell Thanks for the tag! I‘ve been thinking of you as I‘ve been working outside! I have a few garden updates to report. 😊 How‘s it going there? 2y
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Laughterhp Oo I own Moon of the Crusted Snow, maybe I should bump it up on my TBR. 2y
ElizaMarie ooo Bellevue sounds super good!!! 2y
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag 😘 2y
Chrissyreadit @mabell I will try to send email and pics this week. Can‘t wait to hear your updates! 2y
Chrissyreadit @Laughterhp I read it very quickly- I think some people found it slow but I did not. It is very character driven and that‘s my favorite kind of book. 2y
Chrissyreadit @ElizaMarie it was a great book! I listened on audio and was fascinated by the history of medicine told through the lens of Bellevue 2y
cobwebmoth I've barely read anything this year. I'm glad you've been able to read some good books.❤ 2y
Chrissyreadit @cobwebmoth my reading game is definitely off. It‘s been a different kind of year for sure! Hope you are all well ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Crazeedi I totally enjoyed Bellevue too! 2y
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melissajayne
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Mehso-so

3⭐️ Came into the book with somewhat high expectations, but I ended up being somewhat disappointed. I felt that it started out strong, but as the book wore on, it came across as being a bit flat and blah by the end. #2020 #bookstagram #bookreview #fiction #canadian #firstnation #ownvoices #dystopian

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hissingpotatoes
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Mehso-so

3/5⭐ I liked getting a new-to-me perspective of the strong Anishinaabe community life and culture, including the insight into how that culture has changed/been reclaimed over time in response to white oppression.

The trajectory seemed slow and ultimately fizzled into nothing. The writing overall seemed weak, although the strong portrayal of seclusion and the harsh winter gave the book a well-crafted horror vibe at times.

BarbaraBB Ooh, sorry to hear this, I loved it. 2y
readordierachel I had similar feelings. Liked it but didn't love it. 2y
melissajayne Just finished it and felt the same way. 2y
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