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We Ride Upon Sticks
We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel | Quan Barry
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From the author of the widely acclaimed She Weeps Each Time You're Born comes a new novel, at once comic and moving. Set in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts (which in 1692 was Salem Village, site of the origins of the Salem Witch Trials), it follows the Danvers High field hockey team as they discover that the dark impulses of their Salem forebears may be the key to a winning season. In this tour de female force, the 1989 Danvers Falcons are on an unaccountable winning streak. In chapters dense with '80s iconography--from Heathers to "big hair"--Quan Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective journeys of this enchanted team as they storm their way to the state championship. Helmed by good-girl captain Abby Putnam (a descendant of the infamous Salem accuser Ann Putnam) and her co-captain Jen Fiorenza, whose bleached blond "Claw" sees and knows all, the DHS Falcons prove to be as wily and original as their North of Boston ancestors, flaunting society's stale notions of femininity in order to find their glorious true selves through the crucible of team sport.
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This book was so much fun!

On my tbr since it came out (because witches!), but I finally got to it thanks to the #NewYearWhoDis list of @Amandajoy

Cleverly written (love the use of first person plural here), laugh out loud funny, and OMG the 80s culture. I‘m 5 years younger than the Lady Falcons and I could relate! 😂 Definitely put me in mind of Hendrix‘s My Best Friend‘s Exorcism, but with a feminist tilt and WITCHES. 🙌🏼


ClairesReads I loved it too! 1w
Ruthiella I thought this book was a lot of fun. I especially loved The Claw! 😂 1w
sprainedbrain @Ruthiella I was dying at all of the hair stuff, but The Claw! 😂😂😂 1w
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I‘ve picked 4 books off of @mklong ‘s fantastic #newyearwhodis list! So many interesting books to choose from!

I doubt I‘ll be able to read all of these in January, but if I read 2 on audio, I may be able to do it!

monalyisha @4thhouseontheleft That‘s how I‘m feeling with my list, too! There are so many good choices. But I‘m not an overly speedy reader. Unless it‘s a romance…they‘ve got their own set of rules. 😏 2mo
monalyisha The Manningtree Witches looks incredible, btw. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @monalyisha yeah, my reading time has dropped dramatically this year. 😔 2mo
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vivastory Hidden Valley Road is heartbreaking, but wonderful. I still think about it a yr and a half later 2mo
monalyisha Well, @vivastory, with a rec like that, that‘s going right on my TBR… 2mo
vivastory @monalyisha It's really special. It was one of my favorite nonfiction books of last year. 2mo
Cinfhen This is a great list!!! Some of my favorites are there especially 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @vivastory I‘ve seen so many good reviews! @Cinfhen did you listen to the audiobook? 2mo
Cinfhen No, I actually read the print book @4thhouseontheleft and I highlighted a TON 2mo
mklong Yay! I hope you love them all as much as I did! There are some heartbreakers on there for sure. 2mo
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As with my last post, I‘m sharing a collection of my favourite books of 2021 so far. Each month I chose a favourite cover of all the books I read in that month.

I was interested to see them all together to see if there‘s anything similar in them, as I almost always choose my books based on the covers or spines. I hardly ever read the description before buying. Looks like I have a thing for BOLD fonts.

Ruthiella I liked this one too! It was a fun but also eye-opening read because it really made me think about feminism in the ‘80s and what was accepted as a teen in the world and now... 2mo
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I wanted to like this more than I did. I liked the sports season framework and felt we got to know the characters. The plot was clever but didn‘t entirely work for me. Loved the 80s cultural references. This isn‘t a book you can skim and is very dense.Might have been the wrong book for right now for me.

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Thank you so much for the incredibly thoughtful, fun, and generous #HHS box, @Nessavamusic !!! The books are perfection: the one that I wished for, a favorite author TBR title, and another that‘s new to me but sounds fascinating! And so many fun treats - the BEST book sleeve 🧙‍♀️💜; cutest socks, stickers, card, and coasters (how did you know I love coasters but didn‘t have Halloween ones??); the queen of all 🎃🍫; and ⬇️

Christine a brilliant bookmark that makes me think Vanessa is a next-level stalker, given a comment I made on a recent post! 😁☠️ Thanks again, Vanessa, and to @wanderinglynn for such a spirit-brightening swap! 🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡🖤 #hauntedhollowswap (edited) 3mo
DinoMom The tagged book sounds interesting, stacked! Great package! 3mo
Nessavamusic @Christine You are so welcome! Enjoy & Happy Halloween! 🎃☠️👻 3mo
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wanderinglynn Great box! 🎃🧡 3mo
Christine @DinoMom I‘ve heard so many good things about it! Can‘t wait to dive in. 3mo
Christine @Nessavamusic Thanks again!! ❤️ 3mo
BethM That book sleeve is amazing! 3mo
BethM The tagged book sounds great too! 3mo
Christine @BethM Right re: the sleeve?? And yes, I‘m really looking forward to starting the tagged. 3mo
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How isn‘t this book more popular?! Combining witches, 80s culture, and field hockey, We Ride Upon Sticks is the coming of age story of eleven friends during the summer and fall of 89‘. After varsity goalie, Mel, convinces her teammates to bind their soul to the devil in order to make it to State, mischief ensues. Funny, with a well written cast of characters, We Ride Upon Sticks is a witchy take on John Hughes high school movies.

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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
Very late! But here goes
1. Both are fine!!
2. Tagged book, absolutely loved it. It's....witchy but not in the way you think! My review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3522711778

TheSpineView Sounds like a good book. Thanks for playing! 3mo
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Starting this book. Should be a good October spooky read 👻

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I finished this early this week, and I loved it! It‘s perfect for this season, with some witchcraft/ possible demonology dabbling and a few creepy elements. But mostly this book is wonderful and funny and a pretty true to life look at the late 80‘s into the early 90‘s. I‘m just a little younger than these kids would be now, but every bit of pop culture rang my memory bell. This is the first book in a while that made me laugh on every page! 👍👍

mcctrish I loved this book ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Hooked_on_books Yes! I loved this one! I found it really special, and also connected with those pop culture references given my age. 4mo
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Could not stand this one. Truly didn‘t understand the point even at the end, only finished because it was a book club book, but it was brutal. Had to skim. Tough to read writing style, didn‘t care about the characters.

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Here‘s some more book covers that I‘m considering making into press on nail sets for the Etsy shop. I‘m hoping to have some a less hectic work schedule in the next few month, so I‘ll be able to focus on this a little more.

I‘m open to suggestions, if you guys would like to see sets done with any specific book cover or bookish photo! 🤍

StayCurious What a neat idea!! 6mo
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Current location ☀️📖
I was a teenager of the 80s so all the references to that time are a lot of fun for me. 😊


Megabooks It is a fun book!! 6mo
AlaMich @Megabooks The Claw!!🤣 6mo
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1. Tagged. Set in 1989, when I was in middle school & my sister was in high school.
2. I like both settings. There‘s a lot to learn about different states, but I also love European settings. As long as it‘s a good story. #two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 8mo
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

At first, I was all wrapped up in the story and its delightful quirkiness, but I felt it was too long and became a bit repetitive towards the end. Had it not been for that this would have been a pick.

I loved the characters and how each chapter focused on someone different. Overall, the story is fun and Barry has a lot of various messages cleverly hidden in the writing.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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I really thought this was gonna be a cute YA book about a high school field hockey team using a little witchcraft to win. Nope! I would not call this YA at all, I wouldn't give this to a youth either! It was a much darker story, so much darker. Like, sign your name in the devil's book, DARK. Luckily, I happen to be cool with dark books. The writing is so clever! You have to pay attention, Quan Barry does not spell things out for you. ⬇️

Tera66 But the best part of this story for me was this takes place in 1989, and is full of 80's pop culture references! Five stars for me! 9mo
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I haven't been able to move since around 11:30 pm thanks this dude, Dresden, who is determined to not let me do anything but read. I can't even fall asleep, though, to be fair, the book is too good to go to sleep now anyway. #Readathon

Scochrane26 My cat likes to lay down my legs, too. 😺 9mo
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Pizza seems like the perfect food to go with this book. If only I had a can of Mountain Dew to go with it 😂 #Readathon

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"You can't have one without the other," she reasoned.

"Like chocolate and peanut butter," Julie said.

I'm looking forward to eating the chocolate peanut butter cups I got specifically for #readathon


This book was not for me, and what's funny, is it's about my era growing up. Certain “characters“ that develop in the book really threw me off and made me really dislike the book. Nothing really happens, and yes, it's a coming of age story, it's a slog. Many references were beyond me though I'm unsure why and the whole thing was just ridiculous. It's billed a comedy but I didn't crack a smile or laugh once.

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As I played field hockey (albeit poorly) and was in the graduating class of 1990 I knew I just had to read this book. The Danvers, MA field hockey team tries to make it to the Regional Championship with a little hocus pocus while discovering their innate powers as individuals and as a team. The 80s references were fun and brought back many cringe worthy high school memories. Barry ties in the Salem Witch Trials as well. A definite pick from me.

kspenmoll Sounds interesting. Stacking. 9mo
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Just finished my April #bookspin 😃

I needed to warm up to this one. At first I was burdened by the sports aspect of this but when I got into it I found the tone of the writing to be so funny and nostalgic.

You all know I‘m a sucker for all things Salem,MA, so I was in. After reading through some reviews I totally agree this has Now and Then vibes.

My attention span stopped me from picking up on the circular narration style which I regret

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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I love this book, it‘s set in Danvers, Massachusetts in the 80‘s following a girls‘ high school field hockey team and their run for State. It has everything the 80‘s embraced, big hair, music, tv, movies. Key characters are descendants of 1692 Salem witch trials and connections are made between teen girls then and now. It‘s funny and beautiful as these bold, fierce girls come of age and embrace their true selves ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Trashcanman Isn't that the girl from the Facts of Life? 9mo
mcctrish @Trashcanman it totally is! When the hairstyles were described in this book “the Claw” I thought of Blaire and stumbled across these pics 9mo
Trashcanman @mcctrish I love the 80's 9mo
mcctrish @Trashcanman me too!!! So much about this book made me so happy 9mo
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Happy Long Weekend Littens ❤️ I need to get off my phone ( except my audio book) and read. I hope everyone who celebrates has a Happy Easter, we all deserve some rebirth and renewal after the last year 😘stay safe and be well and eat chocolate, there are better days ahead

ShelleyBooksie Love the mug! 10mo
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Here‘s my April bookspin bingo board!

My #bookspin is We Ride Upon Sticks
My #doublespin is The Family Upstairs

Ready to get reading!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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80s nostalgia plus flashbacks to summer double practice days (best of both worlds?!). This was a delightfully entertaining read. If you could go back, how far would you go to take your team all the way?! There is a lot packed into its 360 pages.

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The big switch to cold brew has occurred 😂

Soubhiville That pastry looks delish! 10mo
DimeryRene 🧊🧊🧊🧊☕️☕️☕️☕️ 10mo
mcctrish @Soubhiville it was ( a whole grain peach danish) yum 😋 10mo
mcctrish @DimeryRene it‘s is officially 🧊 ☕️ season ✔️😂 10mo
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Trying to eat healthy snacks instead of my default of chips or chips 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️

Cortg Looks yummy! 10mo
mcctrish @Cortg it was but I want triple the serving 🤣🤣🤣 10mo
Cortg I hear ya! 10mo
britt_brooke 😂 That does looks pretty tasty, though! 10mo
mcctrish Thx @britt_brooke it was 😋 10mo
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Thanks for the tag, @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm 🤗💜!

1. My SIL is visiting this weekend.
2. Science Fiction
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I would love to hear how Charlie is doing.

#MotivationalMonday ... on Tuesday. 😉

Cupcake12 Thanks for playing x 10mo
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I absolutely *loved* this book and am shocked it‘s so under the radar. It‘s dense but readable, hilarious but heartfelt. I loved all of its ridiculousness, just such a smart book. I hope it goes farther in the #ToB21!

Ruthiella The Claw!!! 🤣 10mo
cariashley @Ruthiella I will never forget The Claw... followed closely by le Splotch!! 🤣 10mo
Professional_Book_Dragon It‘s super good so far! I‘m only half way through. 🤪 10mo
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Cathythoughts Sounds good. Maybe good for audio 🤔 10mo
cariashley @Cathythoughts I think it could be great on audio with the right narrator! 10mo
BkClubCare I listened to WRUS and thought it fine but not spectacular. Another person thought the narration screwed town name pronunciations but I didn‘t notice? I usually do hate an incorrect dialect for place so they must not have been too annoying! If you live north of Boston, you might consider yourself warned😂 10mo
cariashley @BkClubCare that would definitely be annoying, I find it incredibly distracting when people mess up NY accents (ugh the later books of the Sleeping Giants trilogy), but probably wouldn‘t recognize a bad Boston area one. @Cathythoughts take note! 10mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou ! I‘ve taken note 😁.. I‘m going to give the audio a go , but will probably be May by the time I get there 10mo
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For the #LitsyToB21 this match was an easy one: Transcedent Kingdom is our big winner. The #ToB21 judgeshowever are in agreement with @cinfhen, @Hooked_on_Books and @Well_ReadNeck and voted for Sticks. Personally I hate to see my favorite leave the tournament (for now, maybe it‘ll return in The Zombie round) but I am excited we‘re taking a different path then the official tournament!

Well-ReadNeck 👏🏼🙌🏼👊🏼 10mo
Well-ReadNeck Transcendent Kingdom does feel ripe for the zombie round 10mo
sarahbarnes Wow, really? I didn‘t read Sticks but it seemed like TK would be a sure winner. 10mo
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Cinfhen Wow!!! I didn‘t see the judges going our way @Hooked_on_books @Well-ReadNeck what a delightful surprise 💗I know TK was well loved on Litsy but i thought it lacked originality whereas WRUS was such a FUN reading experience 10mo
vivastory I just can't. Not only was TK my favorite of the #tob21 but it was one of my favorite books of 2020 & I was hoping it'd get it's long overdue recognition by advancing. I did like We Ride, but it was too long. At least 70 pages could have been cut & honestly?! At times I felt like I was reading another Grady Hendrix book 10mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I am really disappointed too. It now MUST win the Women‘s Prize for Fiction!! 10mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Exactly!! I'm also keeping my fingers crossed that it'll return in the zombie round, although I'm not sure I'm emotionally prepared. I have bubble wrap that I keep in my office that I pop when I'm stressed/upset. I just popped some. 😂 10mo
Cinfhen Don‘t worry @vivastory TK will be in the zombie round and it will go far, I think. I‘m not sure WRUS will go any further 10mo
vivastory @Cinfhen I think you're right that TK will reappear in the Zombie. If Luster wins tomorrow (I really hope it doesn't) & they are matched against one another I could see WRUS winning against Luster. I'd def be rooting for WRUS to win in that match. Luster is the one book I read that I lowered in my rankings recently. When I first read it I thought it was ok There were aspects I liked, but I've honestly forgotten a lot the more distance there's been 10mo
Cinfhen Agreed!! Luster is my LEAST favorite book on the list! I don‘t think it deserved to make the sweet 16 @vivastory but it‘s garnished TONS of praise & accolades so who knows 🤷🏼‍♀️ 10mo
emilyhaldi Well this is a surprise!! I still don‘t regret my choice to skip Sticks 🙃 10mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Neither do I! 10mo
Ruthiella @vivastory @Cinfhen I loved Luster! It‘s in my top four! Different strokes. 😃 10mo
Cinfhen Wow!! @Ruthiella so funny 😆 10mo
Kalalalatja You got to be kidding me!?! I loved TK. Fingers crossed it will come back in the zombie round! 🤞 10mo
Hooked_on_books Hooray for Sticks! I responded so strongly to that book, but thought that might be a niche preference of mine. I loved Gyasi‘s Homegoing so much that absolutely nothing could measure up thereafter, so while I liked TK, it was also a mild disappointment. Sticks for the win! @Cinfhen 10mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - I ranked Luster high, too. Tomorrow discussion will be so good! The ToB is such fun. (edited) 10mo
BkClubCare I thought TK would run away with this due to the “serious” factor, but I liked both. Or, rather I really like WRUS for making me laugh but I thought it had flaws. I recognized qualities of TK but can‘t say I was “loving” it. So, I didn‘t care which would be declared the winner this round. The judgment was lovely! 10mo
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - wow! Least favorite? Isn‘t it fascinating how tastes vary? 😊 10mo
Readerann That‘s what I get for picking a book I haven‘t read! I actually just picked up TK from my bookstore. They were out and had to order a copy for me. It will be interesting to see if anyone ends up with a perfect bracket! I love reading all your comments and that opinions are so diverse. I had not planned to read them all, but I may have to now! 10mo
kwmg40 I voted for TK but I'm not terribly disappointed by the ToB judgement, as I liked Sticks almost as much. 10mo
Cinfhen Sticks definitely had its flaws @BkClubCare (mostly too long - needed some serious editing) but I agree with you @Hooked_on_books TK didn‘t measure up to Homegoing & therefore I was slightly disappointed. Doubt sticks will go any further but I‘m glad it got it‘s due. As far as Luster, I‘ll be REALLY DISAPPOINTED if that book keeps advancing - I HATED the writing/ tone & the storytelling felt so juvenile ( sorry @Ruthiella ) felt unpolished 10mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I‘m not offended!😂 I feel that way about Memorial. I don‘t see/feel what other readers championed about it. But Luster struck a chord with me. I like those novels about 20 something women making terrible decisions. I need to read Moshfegh‘s My Year of Rest and Relaxation. I think it‘ll be right up my street! 10mo
Cinfhen So funny @Ruthiella how we each react to a book so differently / I actually enjoyed 10mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I will also be disappointed if Luster advances. Who knows, it may be a wonderful book, but I have zero interest in reading it. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 10mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I just peeked at the ToB website and saw Luster is up against Interior Chinatown. If Luster wins, I‘ll be pissed! IC is so good, so clever, such a great book! 10mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t love IC BUT it‘s cleverness DEFINITELY outweighs Luster @Hooked_on_books / it‘s interesting to see how the match-ups (as random as they are) outweigh how the winner will be determined 10mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen So true! Those matchups are everything! We‘ve definitely seen strong books go down and weaker ones advance in the past because of their particular matchups. 10mo
Cinfhen YUP!!! @Hooked_on_books (edited) 10mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Like @Cinfhen I wasn‘t a fan of Luster but loved My Year of Rest and Relaxation. 10mo
BarbaraBB @Readerann I feel that way too. I am even tempted to pick up Sticks again 😉 10mo
cariashley Wow! I‘m a day behind and haven‘t even read the judgment yet, but I‘m surprised. I thought I voted for WRUS but realize I may have submitted after the deadline. I have 50 pages left in it but felt strongly enough about how much I loved it to give it the edge over TK, which I also really liked. 10mo
BarbaraBB @cariashley I may have missed your update, for which I am sorry 😞. Fortunately it wouldn‘t have changed our outcome. TK would still have been the winner. 10mo
cariashley @BarbaraBB no worries at all, seriously! It wouldn‘t have mattered anyway like you said! 10mo
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If I don‘t count the play-in round, this is my last #TOB21 read!! I just started it so have a lot to get through this weekend (plus I have my work book club book to read by Thursday 😬). I‘ve been working crazy hours and it‘s really hampered me in the final stretch. I‘ll try to read the play-in round winner if I can - I think that bracket is first. #catsoflitsy #sullivancat

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 10mo
Ruthiella Well done 👍! 10mo
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I have read only a few pages in as many days and that‘s the point. I don‘t want to read that little but this book doesn‘t appeal at all - despite the good things I heard about it and the fact I used to be a field hockey player myself.
Since it is up against Transcedent Kingdom in the #ToB21 and I root for that one, I‘m going to pass on it for now. Maybe some other time.

vivastory I'm going to be so mad if this advances over Transcendent Kingdom 😂 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m not surprised that you aren‘t loving this one, although the 80‘s references are fabulous 🦹🏽‍♀️🦹🏻🦹🏽‍♀️🦹🏼‍♂️🦹🏻 I‘d be shocked if this advances in either tournament ( ours or the official) but for me,there was something fun & memorable in these pages. Totally campy 11mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I haven‘t even gotten that far 🤦🏻‍♀️. It is just me not being in the mood for it! 11mo
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BarbaraBB @vivastory It won‘t! 🤞🏽 11mo
BkClubCare That‘s OK, I often get a taste of a TOB book and find I don‘t miss a beat in the discussions without reading every page - you get a sense of style and know of the plot, why torture yourself at the expense of a better (for you) book? 11mo
BkClubCare I really enjoyed most of WRUS but it was too long and got tedious, imo. 11mo
Megabooks This started out strong for me, but by the end I wasn‘t very invested. If you don‘t like the beginning, it probably isn‘t for you. 11mo
Cinfhen It was UNNECESSARILY long @BkClubCare @Megabooks but the ending was silly & satisfying \ I think when you‘re in the mood for something light, you might return to this book & discover you like it, Barbara🧡However, you‘re not missing out on something special & I think I mentioned this book felt VERY USA centered. It didn‘t read as universal to me 🤷🏼‍♀️ 11mo
emilyhaldi Just seeing this!! The only thing that slightly motivated me to read this was that I was also a field hockey player 🏑 but I just know it‘s not for me. We align once again! 11mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I‘m glad we do 👯‍♀️ Funny you were a field hockey player too! 11mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I thought that Resisters was a much better book involving a lot of discussion of sports. 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I definitely agree that it is very American AND it could‘ve been about 50 pages shorter. 11mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Megabooks I wonder why you both emphasize that it‘s very American and what you mean by this? A warning? A trigger? I agree that some books are too American to my taste but you two being American I wonder what you mean? 11mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory @emilyhaldi I hope that one will win the play-in round! Then I‘ll get a copy! (edited) 11mo
Megabooks what I mean: so I know there‘s a certain amount of American that almost everyone in the world gets because of Hollywood, magazines, (and now the internet), but one of the things I loved about this book was the minute details of teenage American life like the exact flavors of kool-aid that one of the characters used to dye her hair. I don‘t know if those details would be as humorous/interesting, even as a consumer of general US culture. Make sense? (edited) 11mo
Megabooks I hope I‘m being clear!! 11mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes!! It does make sense! I wasn‘t sure if it was a positive judgment but now I know. And you‘re right as well. I don‘t even know what kool-aid is 🤫 though I have come across it in many books and probably movies 11mo
Megabooks Kool-aid is a flavored drink mix. You add the packet, sugar, & water to make a not-so-great-for-you but kid friendly drink. Now I think it‘s just cherry, grape, & orange, but in the 80s & 90s there were a bunch of cleverly named flavors. Kids in the late 80s/early 90s would use the drink mix without sugar as a temporary hair dye. I will admit to doing this! One of the characters dyes her hair with a different flavor each week! Throwback! 😂 11mo
BarbaraBB Wow! I had no idea! I can imagine it‘s a great throwback. Thanks ❤️❤️ 11mo
Cinfhen You nailed it @Megabooks Certain brands or stores were named dropped or a radio station that just felt personal if you grew up as a kid in the States in the 80‘s @BarbaraBB @Megabooks it added to the fun for me but would probably have no impact for you Barbara. My friend from Canada read this and she also didn‘t relate to a lot of the cultural references/ fads. She did like the book for the general themes and 80‘s nostalgia, though 11mo
Megabooks No problem, Barbara! I‘ve loved our cultural exchanges through email and here!! 😘 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes, I think some things, like having a crush on Emilio/80s hair in general, would be understood internationally, but part of the fun was the deep American details that weren‘t part of the broader narrative generally accessible abroad. 11mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you! I do like 80s nostalgia and will read it one day 🤍 (edited) 11mo
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Field hockey! Witchcraft! Emilio Estevez! This book has it all and is one of the best books I‘ve read so far this year.

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If Libba Bray‘s Beauty Queens and Grady Hendrix‘s The Southern Book Club‘s Guide to Slaying Vampires hooked up, they would have created this story of Chicks With Sticks. We Ride Upon Sticks is an 80‘s spoof of girls field hockey, Emilio Estévez, Burn Books, witches, prom, and basic teenage debauchary. This book was REALLY FUN but it felt unnecessarily long. LOVED the 80‘s musical references and cultural highlights ???❤️#ToB21

BarbaraBB I haven‘t read either of the books you compare this one with but it seems a fun read! 11mo
BarbaraBB Have you finished the #ToB21 list now? (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen No, I still have a few left @BarbaraBB and there are the play-ins ...but I‘m not sure I‘ll be reading those 3. I tried samples of 2 of them and I wasn‘t feeling them. I have Telephone and this one left 11mo
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BarbaraBB I won‘t read the play-ins either. I‘ll try to read the winner though if I can get hold of a copy. I liked both Memorial and Telephone a lot! 11mo
Cinfhen I read Vanishing Half and liked it a lot @BarbaraBB I can‘t imagine liking one of the play-ins more but I‘ll try reading the winner too 💚 11mo
BkClubCare Agreed - fun, but too long. 11mo
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - I will be reading Telephone as soon as I finish Interior Chinatown. Finished Shuggie Bain yesterday and will start Breast‘s and Eggs audiobook as soon as warm enough to get outside ❄️ 11mo
Kalalalatja Great review! Definitely still interested 🙌 11mo
Cinfhen Did you see the fun “game” @BarbaraBB is running @BkClubCare for the #ToB21 ??? Do you have a favorite book so far?? 11mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare is joining us Cindy! We are with 13 now! Excited to see which book will be our winner! 11mo
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - am I supposed to do something yet? I need to submit a bracket somewhere? My fave is Deacon King Kong but I doubt it wins. I like Luster for its grit and comedy/tragedy and Piranesi was a delight I didn‘t expect. 11mo
Cinfhen I thought DKK was very entertaining but it felt too long and too much dialogue for me. My favorite is this one @BkClubCare 11mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare You van submit until March 8. I made a Google form which you have to use. You want the link again? 11mo
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - I found it and submitted my selections 😊 11mo
emilyhaldi I‘ve been dreading this one a bit 😅 but your review has me hopeful! 11mo
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Still fun but it‘s too long/ I‘m ready for this book to wrap it up but I still have 3.5 hours left 🙄#AudioBaking #ToB21 https://open.spotify.com/user/mkniebur/playlist/7hWBvREnbqB8W1MTcMNigs?si=3szUmD...

Cinfhen Found the playlist 🥍♥️🎶 11mo
BarbaraBB That playlist is great! 11mo
LeahBergen This is probably when it‘s better to read a physical copy. It‘s easier to speed read and still get the drift! 😆 11mo
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Cinfhen Exactly @LeahBergen and I know @BarbaraBB SO MUCH 80‘s GOODNESS 🎶💜😁 11mo
TrishB Wow 😳 great playlist- a right mix! 11mo
Cinfhen Definitely the BEST part of this book is ALL the 80‘s music references @TrishB 💗 11mo
Kalalalatja That cake looks delicious, though, so some good has come out of listening to it 😍 11mo
Cinfhen Banana chocolate chip / you can never go wrong @Kalalalatja 😁 11mo
vivastory I agree that this book was too long. 11mo
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Amongst the hilarity this book does tackle racism, sexism & female empowerment. #AudioWalk 🎧Thanks for the gentle nudge @trishb @squirrelbrain @Barbarabb ❤️also #HeartSpotting #ValentinesDay #ToB21

Cathythoughts Nice heart spotting 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
TrishB Enjoy 💜 11mo
Cinfhen My #HeartSpotting has been slow so I was excited for today‘s #SignFromAbove @Cathythoughts @TrishB 11mo
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squirrelbrain Well done on the walk! Lovely 💙! 11mo
Cinfhen @squirrelbrain 💙💙💙 11mo
BarbaraBB Walking! So good! 11mo
MicheleinPhilly Philly is a skating rink today so I‘ll be walking up and down the stairs instead. 11mo
Cinfhen Stairs are good @MicheleinPhilly stay safe and warm 😘 11mo
LeahBergen Another heart! 💙💙💙 11mo
Cinfhen Right @LeahBergen it‘s a good one 🥰🥰 11mo
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Finished #24in48 despite a weekend full of mechanical issues with my car. Was not the quiet relaxing weekend that I hoped for, but I managed to finish three books! Still working on the one tagged.

Linsy Very nice! 🎉🥳 11mo
Soubhiville Woohoo! 📚📚📚 11mo
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I‘m really loving this one! From #Jolabokaflodswap @EmilyM

LeahBergen What a pretty photo! 11mo
EmilyM So glad you like it!🤗 11mo
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TBR ☺️

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Heathers meets Now & Then, the 1989 Danvers field hockey team uses the powers of witchcraft and Emilio Estevez for a last chance at the state finals.
This one has an agonizingly slow start but when I got to the heart of the story, I loved it!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this book! It was a rec from book riots myTBR and it was perfect for me. I was skeptical - a book about high school girls + sports didn‘t seem like my thing at all but I‘m glad to be proven wrong. The 80s references and writing style were so fun and unique. There were a lot of characters but they were well developed. Highly recommend!! #getTBR

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This book about a high-school field hockey team that dabbles in witchcraft was a very fun read. I loved the characters, the humour and all the cultural references from the late 80's. Remember the big hair of the 80's? One girl's hair “claw“ is itself a character.

#TournamentOfBooks #tob2021
#ShutdownReadathon @Squidget

DieAReader 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
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Well that was just a fantastic romp. We Ride Upon Sticks has everything, field hockey, 1980s pop culture, teenage angst, a load of references to the Salem Witch Trials. and prayers to Emilio Estevez (devil or god? Who can say?) The real magic here is the skill with which Barry balances comedy and thoughtful examination of adolescence, and small town America in the 1980s. Excellent reading.

Centique I thought this was great too - a wonderful cast of characters and so good to see complex and varied personalities as well as other kinds of diversity. 12mo
ClairesReads @Centique totally agree- it did a lot! 12mo
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Back to work today with a few minutes between customers to read!

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Haha this is great

Megabooks Such a funny book! 12mo
Suet624 I need funny. Stacked! 12mo
ClairesReads @Megabooks @Suet624 this is great- it‘s funny but has so many interesting things to say as well 12mo
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#12booksof2020 day 9: the story of the 1989 season of the (suddenly suspiciously good) Danvers field hockey team was the diverse, silly, and delightfully strange coming of age book you didn't know you needed this year. It's the 80s, so hairstyles are their own characters, and the girls may or may not be selling their souls to Emilio Estevez..

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It was the details that got me with this novel. From the exact flavors of Kool-Aid for dying your hair*, to crush (Emilio) notebooks, to their approach to life, this ended up being more of a feel-good book than I expected for a #tob finalist. It hits a particular moment in time (1989) and a particular type of relationship (teen girl sports) spot on. I loved the choral narration that also managed to focus on individual members. Solid 3.75⭐️

Megabooks Now to read Scott‘s thoughts! 13mo
Megabooks For late 90s and 00s teens, Kool-Aid was basically Manic Panic that didn‘t work as well. Sue was re-dying her hair every few days, which is about right. Also it was still pretty similar to mid-90s teen sports, which I was in (1994-1997 go E-gals!) (edited) 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m still looking forward to reading it, but I‘m waiting to #BorrowNotBuy 😁 13mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m not sorry I own it, but I can definitely see this as a borrow book. My library didn‘t have it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ what are ya gonna do?? Also, I‘m going to do my audible post later today. I listened 758 hours on audible this year!! 🤯🤯 (edited) 13mo
Cinfhen OMG!!! That‘s crazzzzzyy 13mo
Cinfhen I‘ll either wait to see if it becomes available through scribd or hoopla / hope for a daily deal ( i don‘t mind paying $1.99) or worse case I can use an Audible credit. I‘m not in a rush but I‘d like to read it in 2021 😁 13mo
BarbaraBB I do like the descriptions in your review. Might be my kind of book 🤞🏽 13mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘m unsure whether you‘ll like this or not. I think you‘ll have a similar rating to me, around 3.5⭐️, but I‘m less sure about you liking this than the books I‘ve recommended that you‘ve really liked such as Apartment. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
BarbaraBB Apartment yes, and don‘t forget 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻 re:Sticks, and yeah, my listening was a bit out of control, lol. I‘ve been having an allergic reaction the past 12 hours (from poinsettias I must‘ve not seen at dad‘s appointment yesterday), but I‘m hoping to get back into the swing of thinking clearly soon. 😂😂 I‘m very allergic to poinsettias. I‘m going to have to wash my whole bedding from sleeping in it last night. 😩😩 13mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes!! That (VN) I found on the 2020 tob longlist, and I‘m so glad I read it! 👍🏻😊 (edited) 13mo
Cinfhen Oh God!!! You can‘t catch a break 😩 13mo
Centique Meg -a few years ago my daughters friend brought some UK koolaid home for her and we used it to dye the ends of her blonde hair red. It took a year to wash out! I think her hair was very bleached and porous - it was fun and it looked cool though! 12mo
Megabooks @Centique interesting. Idk if it‘s changed over the years or uk is different than us? In the early 90s when I did it, it barely stayed 2-3 weeks! 12mo
Centique @Megabooks I will have to ask next time I see that girl. I know she said that the ones we had in NZ wouldn‘t work, had to be one from the UK. Worrying to drink that really!! 🤪 12mo
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A group of friends on the Danvers High Field Hockey Team of 1989 strikes a bargain with dark forces via an Emilio Estevez notebook. The concept & the 80s nostalgia brought to mind Grady Hendrix. Barry's novel features a large cast of characters, human & otherwise, & it is to Barry's credit that she tried to flesh them out & establish a connection. However, I had trouble connecting with any one character as it always seemed to be moving from👇

vivastory character to character. I also felt like it was a bit long. At least 75 pages that were repetitive could have easily been cut. A book with an intriguing concept & a promising beginning that loses steam towards the end, 13mo
readordierachel Well, shoot. I have a copy of this and was hoping you would give it a glowing review 🙃 13mo
vivastory @readordierachel I was too. I really wanted to like it more than I did. I think it would have really benefited with some editing 13mo
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emilyhaldi I just got this from the library but based on your review I can already tell I‘m not going to like it 😆 13mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi I've read 11 of the 16 shortlisted books for tournament of books & I ranked it at #10 😬 13mo
BarbaraBB I am totally confused now as @Megabooks is loving it. I guess I have to find out where I stand 😀. Also - what‘s your number 11? 13mo
Megabooks @readordierachel @emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I agree with Scott that it lost steam towards the end, but I did enjoy the focus on each character. As far as cutting several pages, eh, I was having fun. If you were a teen girl in the late 80s/early 90s, you‘re more apt to enjoy this simply for nostalgia. As far as #tob-worthy yeah, not the best in this tight field but more mid-range for me. A bit more feel-good than their usual picks. 13mo
Megabooks And I agree with Barbara - what‘s 11?? 13mo
Angitron I felt the same way about this one and eventually bailed on it. 😕 13mo
emilyhaldi I can see the nostalgia parts being enjoyable!! @Megabooks And I would love to know what Scott‘s #11 is as well as #1 so far... 13mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi @Megabooks @BarbaraBB My #11 so far is Deacon King Kong. I don't get what the hype is. I know it's made a lot of best of the year lists. I'd be really disappointed if it wins at #tob My #1 is a tie between Shuggie Bain, Transcendent Kingdom & Memorial. Loved all 3 for different reasons. If any of these wins, I'd be thrilled. Although I'd like to see TK & Memorial since SB won the Booker (edited) 13mo
emilyhaldi Interesting about Deacon King Kong!!! I just started Shuggie Bain and I think I‘m really going to like it 🖤 13mo
BarbaraBB I wasn‘t very attracted to Deacon King Kong (despite it being a favorite of Obama) and now even less. Hmmm. But you have 5 more to read - they will probably shake up you list a bit. So interesting, this #tob21! 13mo
MicheleinPhilly Interesting! I loved Deacon King Kong and Shuggie and didn‘t like Memorial. #differentstrokes 13mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Fingers crossed that at least one of them will enter the top spot. It'd have to be really special. What's been your fave so far? What's been your least fave? 13mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly I do want to give McBride another chance. I know others who felt similarly about Deacon really enjoyed Good Lord Bird. 13mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve read 7 so far. Favorites are Interior Chinatown and Telephone. I was underwhelmed by The Vanishing Half and Leave the World Behind. But I have some good ones waiting for me. I just started Luster but am especially looking forward to Breasts and Eggs and Transcedent Kingdom! 13mo
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Scochrane26 I loved this book! 13mo
Ruthiella I loved The Claw! 13mo
LeahBergen I can see that I‘m going to need this book. 😆 13mo
Megabooks The Claw is such a fantastic character! 13mo
KVanRead The Claw and Le Splotch are priceless. 13mo
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I hate pages like this that inorganically introduce characters. Pet f***ing peeve!! (This includes stuff like family trees, positions in like an army, roles in a play, etc.) Drives me bananas. So this time when I picked up the book, I skipped this page, and I‘m loving it! (On page 107 now. May be one of my favorite books of the year. We‘ll see where it goes.) #tob

BarbaraBB One of the best books of your year? That is quite a recommendation! Looking forward to your review and the book! 13mo
Cinfhen I really want to read this one! I think the line formation player introduction is clever xx funny how certain things hit readers differently. So glad you‘re enjoying the book on its second chance. You‘re good about going back xx once I bail, I almost never try again 13mo
Ruthiella I thought this book was pretty fun while also incorporating some heavy topics. Have you met The Claw yet? 😆 so glad that particular hairstyle passed me by! I like family trees in general because they are often useful, though they can also be spoilers (who dies and who marries, etc.) 13mo
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Larkken This was definitely on my list of favorite books! Hope you continue to enjoy it! 13mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘m so enjoying it!! Really, really good! 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I alway hate this type of introduction, but I‘m so glad I went back!! 13mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella yes, I love how The Claw is its own character! 13mo
Megabooks @Larkken me too! I‘m going back to it in a minute. Having trouble looking at screens today! 13mo
emilyhaldi Oh good! Now I‘m looking forward to reading this one ☺️ 13mo
Laughterhp Oh, I liked this because it showed me how different the field hockey lineup was back then from when I played in high school 😂 13mo
Megabooks @emilyhaldi 👍🏻👍🏻😊 13mo
Megabooks @Laughterhp lol! I‘ve never played field hockey but my freshman university roommate was on our school‘s D1 team. 13mo
Flitter Oh I love pages like this - not bloody awful family trees going back 200 years etc - just added detail especially when I don‘t know the subject. In fact a book made up of Insta posts, diary entries and diagrams would be amazing! 13mo
Megabooks @Flitter I like maps, which this has on the endpapers, but I‘m just not a fan of trying to tell me about the characters first. And I do love epistolary books. 13mo
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