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Moon of the Crusted Snow
Moon of the Crusted Snow: A Novel | Waubgeshig Rice
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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Karisa
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This one took a bit to get going but is such an intriguing premise that it‘s a pick for me. It‘s set on a remote reservation in Canada. Even their small links (power, cell service) to the outside world start faltering and the group realizes they need to depend on each other and might have to return to the old ways to survive. There‘s such a pervasive sense of dread throughout the second half that now I really need to read the next book. 😅

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HeyT
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Low pick because the characters were all kind of flat and the ending was kind of flat. I did love reading a First Nations perspective. I found the elder's words about apocalypse especially moving and thought provoking. This was sort of a slice of life slowly dawning anxiety horror and I enjoyed that more than the shock and awe horror/thriller archetype.

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IndoorDame
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Finished this small powerful book during #hyggehour last night. Rice‘s quiet new take on a post apocalyptic scenario in an Anishinaabe community explores the dual threats of reliance on infostructure and technology and what happens when we suddenly loose that, and the menace of the white world constantly encroaching further and how the community can best band together and stay true to their values in the face of that onslaught.

Aimeesue Nice review! Summed up the book very well 2mo
TEArificbooks I‘m excited for the sequel comes out the 27th 2mo
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IndoorDame
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A crack echoed through the boreal land-scape, a momentary chaos in the still afternoon air. #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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SconsinBookyBadger
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I‘m a cat of course I‘ll lay down on that book you want to read.
#catsoflitsy #kal

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SconsinBookyBadger @Leftcoastzen no reading for me until he moved 😹 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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In Northern Canada, where there‘s snow on the ground 6 months of the year, Evan and Nicole are raising their young children as part of a First Nations community who are largely self-sufficient. When the tvs, phones, and then electricity goes out, this remote village realizes something must be going on “down south”. It isn‘t long before visitors from the south show up. Conflicts arise as survival without modern convinces becomes more difficult.

Hooked_on_books I LOVED this book. The follow up is coming next month! 3mo
sarahbarnes Stacking! 3mo
Julsmarshall Ooh, there is a follow up?? 3mo
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batsy Nice review. I've heard only good things about this book here so I should definitely move it up the TBR. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly This sounds so good! Already stacked so I guess I‘m putting it on hold… and now ALL my hold slots on both library cards are full 😂 3mo
TheKidUpstairs @Julsmarshall yes! It came out on Canada in October 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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The PERFECT snow day read ❄️

Chrissyreadit YES! 3mo
BarbaraBB Wow! 3mo
Jess I just started this one today, too! 3mo
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bookaholic1 Great book 3mo
jlhammar It really is! Looking forward to the sequel 3mo
Aimeesue @jlhammar Ooooh! Exciting! 3mo
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word.morsels
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I was deeply moved and pulled into the story. I couldn't put it down. I was reminded of the ways in which we share stories in my family- the stories that teach us of community resistance and hope in the face of tragedy and crisis. I listened to a podcast where Waubgeshig Rice talks about his inspiration for the book - makes me look forward to reading the sequel that just came out. It would also make a great story told on film. Here's hoping!

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IndoorDame
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#MoonCover #NewYearNewBook One of the titles from my TBR I‘m most looking forward to! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Chrissyreadit I loved this book. Will be interested in your thoughts. 3mo
BookNAround This was amazing. I just picked up the (unplanned) sequel and am looking forward to it. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks good! 🤍🤍 3mo
Eggs Sounds really good 👌🏼❄️🩵 3mo
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Nessavamusic
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A atmospheric thriller about an Anishinaabe community confronting the loss of modern technology and a suspicious visitor. This was very engaging and suspenseful. My one criticism is that the action happens very quickly in the last 50 pages of the book. I definitely will check out more of this author‘s books, as the writing was excellent. 4⭐️
#WinterGames #WGWordSearch - 139 #londarknightsdecemberbingo - bingo!

Emilymdxn I‘d love to check this out! ❄️❄️❄️ 3mo
sblbooks I hope to get to this in February. 3mo
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BookmarkTavern
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A small community on a First Nations reservation, and their trials when all power and communications go out.

A very quiet, slow story. But Rice is really quite skilled at setting the scene, making me feel the cold. And there‘s an insidious horror that creeps in as outsiders begin to show up and things break down and continue to get worse. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

BookmarkTavern General warning for racism; the last third deals with suicides, gun violence, and brief mentions of cannibalism 3mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
Singout I liked the opening sequence, but as I remember it, it just seemed too unrealistic, and I think maybe with white saviors at the end for me to really enjoy it. 3mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 3mo
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steph_phanie
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⭐️⭐️⭐️½

A quiet but eery apocalyptic story.

An isolated Anishinaabe community loses satellite, power, and communication, but at first thinks it is nothing much to be worried about. Then, two of their young people return with news from the south: this problem is everywhere, and panic and chaos have erupted. The chief and his council work hard to maintain calm and orderliness in their community. But then an outsider arrives...

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BookmarkTavern
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The afternoon was spent making so many gingerbread cookies! #AudioBaking

britt_brooke Yum! 4mo
Gissy 😋 4mo
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ImperfectCJ
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1) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation tied with It's a Wonderful Life (two different varieties of cheese)
2) All I want for Christmas is the best time to get a new one.
3) Maybe the tagged? Or Michele Paver's Thin Air.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

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ReadingRachael
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This book was recommended to me a few weeks ago and then it was chosen as a team read for #wintergames. So I had to pick it up! I The audio version was excellent. It has been a long while since a novel pulled me in so quickly….I finished it within a period of 24hrs. I am now looking forward to picking up the next book in this series!

#hollyjollyreaders

BookmarkTavern I‘m looking forward to this one! 4mo
Laughterhp Yes! I really enjoyed this one too! It‘s been on my TBR for years! 4mo
CuriousG I loved both, but Moon of the Turning Leaves is even better! 4mo
ReadingRachael @CuriousG I am really happy to hear that! It may be a post-Christmas gift card pick for me!! 😄 4mo
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Julsmarshall
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Unexpected, dark, and expansive, this post-apocalyptic story of a remote Anishinaabe community is unlike anything I‘ve ever read. When the world goes dark, this tight knit community must come together to survive but the cracks that have always been there are exploited by outsiders-as they have been for centuries. Will seek out more from this author. Really powerful on #audio #BookspinBingo #DashingDecember #wintergames @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4mo
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RealLifeReading
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Getting better and still reading. A nice wintry read this one and a different perspective for a post-apocalyptic novel, this is set in an isolated First Nations community in Canada.

BookNAround I just picked up the sequel the other day but haven‘t started it yet. 4mo
BarbaraBB Glad you feel better! I enjoyed this one a lot! 4mo
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Laughterhp
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Should be my last book post of the day! I finally read this one! It‘s been on my TBR since we first did #AuldLangSpine originally #NewYearWhoDis and it was on @BookNAround ‘s list! (I think).

This was a great read. Probably would have read differently a few years ago. An Anishinaabe community goes dark and they don‘t know why. They lose power, tv, internet, everything and don‘t know why. They have to figure out how to survive in the winter.

BookNAround I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. I just bought the sequel a couple of days ago and am hoping I enjoy it as much as the original. 4mo
Laughterhp #dashingdecember - first book finished @Andrew65 4mo
Andrew65 Excellent 🎄🎄🎄 4mo
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bookaholic1
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#54
I enjoyed listening to this one

TheKidUpstairs Loved this one. The follow up comes out next week 6mo
CuriousG I've got my copy of the sequel ordered - can't wait until the 10th! 6mo
bookaholic1 @TheKidUpstairs good to know 6mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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This was a epic story. It was a slow read but I think it was because there was a lot of imagery. Waubgeshig Rice really painted a picture of each scene. There were many references to dreams and some were sharing of dreams and others you didn‘t realize it was a dream until afterwards. As the story unfolded it was clear the horrible direction it was going. The ending gave me mixed feelings. It wasn‘t happy, it was sad but not in the way you expect.

Creadnorthey The sequel is called Moon of the Turning Leaves will be available on Oct. 10, 2023. All according to https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6820193 10mo
SarahBookInterrupted @Creadnorthey great! I‘ll check it out then. Thanks 10mo
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Blueberry
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Eggs Looks good ❄️❄️ 10mo
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Blueberry
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#CanadaReads2023 long list
Apocalyptic, 4⭐

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ImperfectCJ
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I started this in print and finished it on audio, and both formats are excellent. I love how Rice shows the daily life and the gradual unfolding of the crisis and how people are able to survive by holding onto their community values, even as they deal with personal doubts and flaws. The "we were never meant to survive here" message is a powerful one and lends a different perspective to the standard dystopian novel.

#doublespin for February

Aimeesue Nice review! I really liked this one. 1y
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SpiderCrafts
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A good fictional thriller story of survival in a snowy and snowed-in aboriginal community. Really great narration in this audiobook listen. ❄️

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SpiderCrafts
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My next Scribd app audiobook is Moon of the Crusted Snow. — On to Ch.5, and enjoying the listen. ❄️ Gladly the snowfalls haven‘t been as much, since the previous weeks in Ontario; now getting into this snowed-in story.

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DGRachel
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Another book that leaves me on the fence, Moon of the Crusted Snow is a slow burn post-apocalyptic novel. There‘s quiet menace and a great building of tension, but it all fell a little flat for me. I appreciated the hopeful, if still sad, tone at the end, but I‘m clearly not ready for apocalypse fiction. Pandemic panic is still too raw. #canada for both #booked2022 and #readingtheamericas2023

Cinfhen Ohhhh, nice #DoubleDip 1y
TrishB I couldn‘t really get into this one. 1y
DGRachel @TrishB I‘m so glad I‘m not the only one! 1y
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Librarybelle Wow! This makes three for the challenge, right? 1y
DGRachel @Librarybelle Four! Belize, Costa Rica, USA, and Canada! 1y
Librarybelle Oh! Even better!!! 1y
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jlhammar
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Just as good as I‘d hoped it would be. Rice expertly builds the tension. Once I started I didn‘t want to stop. Makes for a perfect snowy day read (preferably next to a crackling fire). It‘s a short one, but raises some interesting questions about human/community survival in the face of societal collapse. Some striking nature writing as well.

Tamra I enjoyed this one too! 1y
TEArificbooks I liked this one too 1y
AnnR Great review! This sounds intriguing, especially since it's on the short side. 1y
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Aimeesue Great read! I appreciated the slow, off-screen apocalypse 1y
AllDebooks I love the sound of this. 1y
Megabooks Great review! I‘ve already stacked this or else I would again. 1y
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jlhammar
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“A crack echoed through the boreal landscape, a momentary chaos in the still afternoon air.”

#FirstLineFridays

BookNAround I loved this book. It was completely outside my wheelhouse but it really resonated with me. 1y
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Aimeesue
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A surprisingly non- horrific apocalypse tale, set on a fictional Anishinaabe reservation in northern Ontario. The apocalyptic event takes place off-stage - so far off-stage that nobody notices until many days later when people start showing up, looking for refuge. There's some violence, but not nearly as much as you'd expect, and the focus is on traditional skills and traditional ways of living, while trying to survive the Ontario Winter 🥶

Aimeesue Word of advice: bring tea. This one made me very chilly 🥶 1y
SamAnne I see I‘ve already stacked this, but your review has now made me make a real mental note to put it higher up on the TBR 1y
Aimeesue @SamAnne It was very well done. I listened to the audiobook, which was great. 1y
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Aimeesue
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Because who doesn‘t love a post- apocalyptic tale for the holidays?
Working on another gift

#Audiocrafting #litsycrafters

arubabookwoman Is that needle felting? Beautiful project! 1y
jlhammar I'm planning to start this one soon! 1y
Aimeesue @arubabookwoman It is! This is the second flat felting piece I've attempted, but im quite enjoying it. I may keep it up. (edited) 1y
Aimeesue @jlhammar it's really good. But as it's set in Northern Ontario in the dead of winter, it's making me very cold. 🥶 1y
Catsandbooks So cute! 1y
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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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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!

SarahBookInterrupted What is the sequel called and have you read it yet? 10mo
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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. 🥳 2y
swishandflick @Hooked_on_books Ooh, that's exciting! 2y
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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? 2y
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? 2y
BiblioLitten I liked it but didn‘t love it. 2y
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BarbaraBB What a lovely reading spot. And so sweet to visit your grandparents! 2y
swishandflick @BarbaraBB Life is just so short and I'm sad I don't see them more often. Trying to fix that! ❤️ 2y
BarbaraBB They‘re probably enjoying it so much to have you! 2y
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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) 2y
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. 2y
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. 2y
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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) 2y
readordierachel I liked this one. Look forward to your thoughts! 2y
BiblioLitten @readordierachel I liked it. It was intense in parts but I felt something lacking, in terms of writing. 2y
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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 2y
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. 💕 2y
readordierachel I will check that one out! 2y
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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 😍🤍 2y
Bookwormjillk @Chrissyreadit I agree- great book! 2y
KatieDid927 @Chrissyreadit @Bookwormjillk It‘s moving to the top of my TBR pile! 2y
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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! 2y
KatieDid927 @MeganAnn Blessed Solstice!! 🎄🎁🥰 2y
sprainedbrain Absolutely lovely! ❤️ 2y
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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!! 2y
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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. 3y
Larkken @Chrissyreadit yay! Good to know ☺️ 3y
Bookwormjillk I really liked this one 3y
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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. 3y
Prairiegirl_reading Oh! I must check this out! Thanks for sharing!!! 3y
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BookmarkTavern Definitely looking this up! Thanks for the heads up! 3y
mrsmarch I loved this book. Looking up the podcast now! 3y
SamAnne Thanks for this share. Will definitely look this up. 3y
Augustdana 😮😮😮thanks for the heads up!! 3y
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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!