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A Psalm for the Wild-Built
A Psalm for the Wild-Built | Becky Chambers
Hugo Award-winner Becky Chambers's delightful new series gives us hope for the future. It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend. One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of "what do people need?" is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They're going to need to ask it a lot. Becky Chambers's new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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TheKidUpstairs
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@monalyisha I absolutely love your list! Thank you for the excuse to buy the tagged if I don't get it for Xmas 🤣 World of Wonders and Here for It weren't on my radar, but sound like beautifully hopeful reads to start the year. Liar's Dictionary is compared to some of my faves, so I'm all in. The Ogawa and Acevedo were both on my TBR so I'll try to get to those as well (if not in January, sometime in 2022!) and so many more. Bring on the new year!

monalyisha Hooray! Great picks! World of Wonders is a gorgeous, lyrical read, for sure. And Here for It made me laugh out loud *SO many* times! I hope you love everything! 1w
monalyisha Oh! Don‘t mind me. Just slapping this tag on here. #NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22 (I also forgot to include it on my own post. 🤦‍♀️) (edited) 1w
TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha I ran out of space for the hashtags! I meant to comment and got distracted by a screaming toddler 🤣🤣🤣 1w
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monalyisha They‘re good at that! 😂 1w
vivastory Memory Police is one of my favorites of the past couple of years 1w
TheKidUpstairs @vivastory I'm excited for that one. I've only read one of hers before and I loved it 1w
vivastory I bought that one a few months ago & I keep meaning to read it. I've heard great things about it! 1w
Cinfhen @monalyisha your matching skills are spot on!!! I‘m amazed 😍and your list is pretty terrific too 😉 1w
monalyisha Thanks, @Cinfhen! Now I just need to figure out how to monetize my skill set with a side hustle. 😉🤑 1w
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Sapphire
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Mehso-so

Preachy allegory, intermittently clever. Still, if there are more I will probably read/listen

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Johanna414
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I can see where this book might not work for everyone, but it was just what I needed this week... I read it slowly and savored every page 💙
@suvata @DGRachel @rsteve388 I've got to double check who I'm sending this to, but I'll get it in the mail sometime next week! #lmpbc

rsteve388 I get to read it next! I am.so.excited. 1w
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Centique
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A sweet novella set in a near future where humans are building a more sustainable, spiritual way of living on the earth following some kind of unmentioned upheaval. Oh and sentient robots who live like nomads in the bush.
As someone else said this is a hug of a book. Sometimes I found the invented gods and spirituality a little twee but it was so well intentioned it didn‘t matter.
And more Spring photos from the park by the hospital.

TrishB Beautiful ♥️ 2w
Cathythoughts 💚 gorgeous 2w
Reggie Spring is gorgeous over there. 2w
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Centique @Reggie we pay for it with rain and bugs and humidity - but yes, I love it. 😍 PS if you didn‘t get my email I am using BD to send you a couple of books as a Christmas present. They are DIFFERENT to what I normally send you xxx 2w
Reggie @Centique I‘m so sorry, I did get your email. I emailed you back but maybe mine didn‘t make it. It discusses Jacinda Ardern, my grandmother at one time being a hoarder, and that I have also sent you books via BD. And that I was gonna send you a cookie pie via Moustaches but our currencies don‘t translate to each other. 💔 Happy holidays from me Paula! ❤️ 2w
Centique @Reggie oh damn, that sounds like a good email! I looked in my spam folder but no luck. Technology is out to get me today 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘ll send you my work email address too just in case that one works better. 💕Happy holidays from me too. 💕 2w
Reggie Hey, Paula, I resent that email to the new address at work today so here‘s to hoping! 🤞🏼 2w
Reggie Re sent not resent lol 2w
Centique @Reggie 😂😂😂 Got it! And replied, rather lengthily 😜 2w
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AshleyKorinE
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This short novella was kind of like reading a hug! Dex is a tea monk who goes from town to town giving tea to people who just need a moment to step away from life and let go of emotions. Dex has been doing this for awhile and now need a break themselves so decided to go into the wild where the robots are! Robots are sentient and now one wants to see the world of humans. The characters are delightful, the story sweet and emotional. I loved it!

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Johanna414
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It's the last day of the marking period, and except for a couple students who are late turning in final papers, I am done with my grading! Time for a little break with a good book 😊 #librariansoflitsy #teachersoflitsy

rsteve388 Excited!! 3w
kellyann28 This is on my list! 2w
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Blaire
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This was the perfect book for me at the perfect time. I‘ve been feeling worn out and overwhelmed and reading this peaceful story of a tea monk and a robot was a balm. Recommend for a heart-warming read for the stressed out among us.

BiblioLitten I was pretty unsure about this book until I saw your review. Stacked! 😊 3w
Blaire @BiblioLitten I hope you enjoy it! I didn‘t know if it would suit me bc I‘m not typically a sci-fi reader but it was so comforting. 3w
Blaire @Chrissyreadit I think you‘d like this one. 3w
Chrissyreadit Thanks! I stacked it! 3w
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Johanna414
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Haven't even passed the dedication and I already want to gift this book to all my friends...

Trashcanman That's beautiful 4w
Blaire I just finished this and loved it. 3w
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JamieArc
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This wasn‘t quite the large, warm, cozy cup of tea I was expecting, but it was still pretty lovely reading. A journey, the meeting of unexpected individuals, solitude versus community… and I really liked the commentary on the expectations we put on ourselves to have deep meaning in life and reach our potential as opposed to just being. A book to revisit. October #Bookspin complete.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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DMC_run8
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Pickpick

I absolutely loved this story! It can easily be read in one sitting. I'm not even going to attempt to summarize it. The less you know about it the more rewarding it is to read!

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alysonwrites
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A monk and a robot become friends and explore the meaning of life together? Totally my jam! Can‘t wait for the sequel.🔸#septemberreads2021

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Angeles
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Panpan

I love Becky Chambers, but I expect more of an adventure, an exciting story with the warm loving characters she creates. This book is really a fable about what is the meaning of life and what makes us human but there is no excitement or adventure. The two characters are warm and cute but not enough to save the book for me.

RamsFan1963 I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't love this. If it had been longer, the characters developed more, then I might have given it a pick. 1mo
Angeles @RamsFan1963 That is true. It could have been a great book 1mo
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mcctrish
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I finished this this morning with my coffee. I really enjoyed it and I think it‘s meant to be a series 🤷🏻‍♀️I look forward to seeing more of these 2 characters

Palimpsest Cute candles! Love the retro ghost 👻 1mo
Kayla.Adriena Omgeee I love Becky Chambers 1mo
mcctrish @Kayla.Adriena I do too now! I‘ve got to read more by her 1mo
mcctrish @Palimpsest I have Christmas candles by this same company, my Mother in law just bequeathed the Halloween ones out ( most still in shrink wrap after 40+ years) 1mo
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mcctrish
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A rainy Monday and a long list of things that need doing made immediately more enjoyable ( extra coffee too 🎉🎉)

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JamieArc
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My most anticipated moment of #Deweys24HourReadathon was going to be starting this one while drinking tea at the bookstore. Alas, the town was taken over by witches. Literally. For the Witch on the Town event. Witches everywhere, including the bookstore. So instead, I get tea and read in the coziness of my apartment, while listening to witches cackle outside. I‘ll take a break for the witch dance party in the street this evening. 🧙‍♀️

Soubhiville That sounds fun. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo! Sounds fun 🧙🏻 1mo
mcctrish I‘m listening to this and I am kind of sad cuz the cover is so good ( I‘m really liking it ) 1mo
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JamieArc
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Dewey‘s 24-hour #readathon is one of my favorite days of the year! I super treated myself this year by renting a loft above a bookstore in my cute hometown, with a delightful library across the street. I couldn‘t be more excited for a day free of obligations, free to just read. The tagged book is the book I‘m looking forward to most. Anyone else readathoning?

Suet624 That's great!!! I'm so happy you did that for yourself. Enjoy. 1mo
suvata Love the Michigan picture in the background. My home state!!!! 1mo
keys_on_fire I‘m doing the readathon! Just saw this post on the FB group as well. I always rent a cabin at a local campground for this weekend as a getaway as well. Enjoy your reading time! The location sounds great! 1mo
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JamieArc @Suet624 Thanks ❤️. I‘m grateful to have the resources to do so and a spouse who doesn‘t get offended that I want a weekend to myself 😊 1mo
JamieArc @suvata I didn‘t realize Michigan is your home state. I live in Lansing. 1mo
JamieArc @keys_on_fire A cabin is one of my bucket list places to spend a readathon. Have a great readathon! 1mo
carlthecattt Love your Michigan art! 1mo
Elizabeth2 How fun! I‘ve dreamt of renting a hotel room, or a cabin for the Readathon. I‘d love to do that one year. ❤️📚 Have an awesome, relaxing, self-care weekend!! 1mo
JamieArc @Elizabeth2 I feel lucky to be able to do it! Have a great reading day! 1mo
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Oryx
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I'd was trying to be good and just browse in Waterstones, but they had this, which I've been looking out for for a while! And it pairs lovely with a lunch treat on my day off.

Soubhiville 💜 It‘s so good! Enjoy! 1mo
JamieArc That‘s on my reading list for tomorrow. I have high expectations of a cozy afternoon. 1mo
squirrelbrain Pah! Browsing is for wimps! Have a lovely day off. 1mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain I'll be honest, I was trying to hold out for black Friday triple stamps... But that's just so far away! 1mo
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suvata
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rsteve388 I am going with 2mo
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julesG
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Listened to this novella.

A very interesting, optimistic story.

I liked how much more human the robot felt and how 'robot' the human felt at times.

I will reread this; also because of ⬇️

julesG I would have loved to really immerse myself into the story, but I had trouble with the #audiobook's narration. There were phrases and sometimes whole sentences spliced into the story - probably because the original recording was wonky. My ears picked up on the (not so) subtle (to me) changes in the voice and it always felt like a different person read those pieces. Pulled me out of the story every time it happened. And it happened a lot. 2mo
Lindy I‘ve had that happen with audio narration too, where it‘s obvious that corrections were spliced in, taking me out of the story. It‘s sloppy production and unfortunate for listeners. 2mo
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monalyisha
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I *loved* this.

It felt like a direct response to Mary Oliver‘s poem “When Death Comes”…but with robots & a non-binary protagonist.

Seriously. IS this a direct response to her poem? If you need me, I‘ll be Googling.

Poem here:
http://www.phys.unm.edu/~tw/fas/yits/archive/oliver_whendeathcomes.html

JamieArc I am saving this for a quiet weekend away during Dewey‘s readathon and the Mary Oliver reference makes me even more excited to read it! 2mo
monalyisha @JamieArc That sounds like the perfect scenario in which to read it. Have tea on-hand! 💕☕️ 2mo
JamieArc @monalyisha Will do! 2mo
mcctrish I recently listened to The Deep and I‘m feeling a connection between the 2 books and the ‘memories‘ held within beings that didn‘t have first hand experience of the moments. 1mo
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RamsFan1963
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I wish I liked this more, but in the end I found it pretty meh. Yes its sweet, yes its touching and full of clever dialogue, but in the end it's over so quickly, I felt little impact. 3 ☕☕☕

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GondorGirl
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peanutnine Love this layout for a monthly wrap-up! 2mo
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GondorGirl
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1. Seeing some friends after a year and a half!
2. The tagged book was damn near perfect.
3. I just finished Steven Rowley's The Guncle and I definitely had a love/hate with the main character!
4. Squishmallows. I realize they are silly stuffed toys, but they are the absolute perfect thing to hug after a bad day.

#WonderousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 📚👏🏻🤗 2mo
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Ruthiella
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My second and last book for Sci-Fi September #RoaringWolf. At under 150 pages, this novella fits the category “Warp Speed” (Read in one day).

This was a sweet, gentle story about a human “tea monk” and a robot. I miss the marvelous alien worlds of the author‘s Wayfarer series, but I did enjoy Sibling Dex‘ journey of enlightenment through their encounter with the robot Mosscap. It was replete with Chambers‘ typical positivity and optimism. ❤️

Roary47 Yay! Great job 😊 2mo
Ruthiella @Roary47 Thanks! ☺️ 2mo
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SkeletonKey
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I‘ve practically read half this book in one sitting this morning. I‘m loving it so much. A restless tea monk, robots, and speculations about the future.

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monalyisha
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Saturday plans. 💇‍♀️

Sharpeipup I was at the salon reading today too! 2mo
monalyisha @Sharpeipup 👯‍♀️! What were you reading? And did *you* manage more than a page? 😅 2mo
Sharpeipup Managed about 40 of 2mo
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monalyisha @Sharpeipup Impressive! 🤩 2mo
LapReader I can‘t wait to go to the hairdresser. I‘m in lockdown in Australia. I had no idea how grey I was till this happened. 2mo
monalyisha @LapReader I get it! 2020 was definitely my greyest year yet! (Autocorrect tried to correct “greyest” to “greatest.” 😅🙈😂 NOT QUITE, autocorrect!) 2mo
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thegreentealibrarian
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I loved this. It was quiet and cute. Nature was also an important component. I want the next book to see how these characters continue. There's tea in the book too so I paired it with this tea themed washi tape and sticker set.

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GondorGirl
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Tomorrow is the first in-person show I've done in well over a year. I'm not entirely ready to be back in the world, but we really need the income to get us through the fall. So, tomorrow and Sunday I'll be slinging books for #Studio42Books at the Michigan Renaissance Faire. Since I'm a giant knot of stress right now I'm going to spend the next hour finishing my audio book and enjoying this massage chair at my brother's house.

kspenmoll Best of luck in reentry… you can do it! Massage chair looks heavenly! Enjoy! 2mo
GondorGirl @kspenmoll Thank you! 😊 2mo
Branwen You've got this! 👍 Can't wait to hear how it goes! 💕 2mo
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GondorGirl @Branwen Thanks! I'm, like, 90% anxiety 10% excitement. 🤣😭 2mo
Kenziejo I almost bought this chair today. Then this is the first post I see on Litsy. I think it's a sign. Lol 2mo
GondorGirl @Kenziejo It's SO nice. I would recommend it. If it would fit in my car I'd try to take it home with me. 😁 2mo
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rmaclean4
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First of a new series. This novella was a philosophy lesson wrapped in a warm hug. There is a YA feel to the story. Interested in seeing where the series goes. 3.5 🌟

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BarbaraJean
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Another Becky Chambers book I was compelled to hug when I finished it. I loved this so much. I have so many thoughts that deserve a longer reflection, but for now I‘ll just say how amazed I am that such a comforting, challenging, compassionate story is contained in a 160-page novella. Also: tea monk. I mean, how can you go wrong there?

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Branwen
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I can't recommend this book enough! It's so peaceful and beautiful and heartwarming! 🤖💕📚

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Mogoeg
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😍💚💜💛🧡🤖A lovely fable and a love letter to a future and a way of life that can be real. I really wish tea 🍵 monks were a real thing, that‘s for certain.

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ErraticElle
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An incredibly fun & creative read with lyrical, beautiful writing & allegory. Fabulous characters with great inclusion via nonbinary protagonists. Dex & Mosscap are a delight & their interactions are sweet & endearing. The banter is witty & honest & at times hilarious. The gentle way they considered one another's feelings & tried to understand things from the other's point-of-view just warmed my heart. A fantastic read. I'm excited for the sequel.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Definitely NOT in my wheelhouse but I thought I‘d try it out since it‘s so slim. I ended up really enjoying this cozy little fable. Seems like a grown up fairy tale for the modern age. The robots are wilding themselves, away from humankind. There are tea monks!?! And life is pondered, and a journey of sorts takes place enhancing the friendship of Dex (said monk) and their new robot friend, Mosscap. Simply adorable. Meaning of life stuff here!

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Caterina
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Trying to finish up a few more books before posting my #BookSpinBingo results for August! This one is so absolutely delightful. 🥰

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Soubhiville
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What a great reading month!
Among my favorites were the tagged, Sharks, Going Postal, Stars and the Blackness, and Truth About Animals.
A lot of books, but not as many pages as I often read, lots of these are really short.

ShelleyBooksie They all have such beautiful covers. Night is such an impactfull book. 3mo
Eggs Great month👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Beautiful covers ❤️ 3mo
britt_brooke Beautiful photo - excellent month! 3mo
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Twocougs
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I‘m a firm believer that often a book finds you when you need it. My stress and anxiety about modern life, drifted away during this so beautifully human story (yes there is a robot but it‘s‘ wonderfully human).

Soubhiville Yes! I loved this little book, it‘s so sweet. 3mo
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I am so utterly charmed by this book. ❤️

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esurient
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Mehso-so

IMO, Chambers centers her books around A Point and hammers it in with every other aspect of writing left afterthought. My favorite part of this was the lovely scene of Dex using their hard-grown tea skills. But, shortly after that we took a hard swing toward moral philosophy, and that is not, heh, my cup of tea.

esurient @readingjedi Oh heck, we had the exact same thought regarding the cover artwork! 3mo
esurient Pro: non-binary protag, thank you and pls more; adored the setup of the worldbuilding. Would happily read more about the city structures and cultures. 3mo
esurient Con: there's an entire pantheon of gods that are barely described, the cricket detail was so heavy-handed it rubbed me worse that the moralizing. 3mo
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esurient I can't decide if the crickets Dex actually found are supposed to be metaphorical here, or if Chambers is capping this one with an untimate idealized ending. 3mo
readingjedi @esurient Great minds and all that!!! It IS a fantastic cover though. 3mo
esurient @readingjedi 💕📖 3mo
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readingjedi
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Detail from the gorgeous cover art - Dex on their tea wagon.

Another wonderful book from BC. I can't really be objective about her work because the truth is - her writing is exactly how I'd want mine to be if only I could write! Featuring a non-binary monk (they/them) & a genderless robot (it) as well as all the other things that make BC so fabulous - the intelligence, the warmth, the wit, the wonder, hope & joy, this really is ... cont below ⬇️

readingjedi From above... a cozy & comforting read. The relationship between world weary Dex and the inquisitive Mosscap is intriguing, their interactions sometimes irreverent, sometimes profound, and I really can't wait to see how it develops. 3mo
LeeRHarry Can‘t wait to read this one - love her writing 😊 3mo
Chelsea.Poole I just read this also. Great review! 3mo
scottsunderg66 Hi friend I'm glad to meet you here.. well I'm new here and still trying my best to understand Litsy Lol 😂 but I'd want to be friends with you... Get back to me by respond hi to my Gmail.. scottsundberg56@gmail.com 3mo
scottsunderg66 What did you spend most of your time doing today? Are there any books you would recommend for me to read?.. 3mo
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JoyBlue
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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"We're all just trying to be comfortable, and well fed, and unafraid."

A hopeful, homey, steampunk, scifi novella. Dex is a tea monk who is starting to question their happiness and purpose in life. They decide to head out into the wilderness. In this futuristic world, humans don't travel into the wilderness, leaving it for the robots who left society centuries ago. When Dex runs into Mosscap, one of these robots, he's not exactly thrilled.

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Emmybird01
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4/5 for this one. I enjoyed this one. The characters are so great. The world was very interesting. I will be continuing the series.

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ozma.of.oz
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A road trip with a robot and a tea monk leads to understanding the importance of self care, the dangers of caregiver burnout, and the radical notion that you don‘t need to be useful or have purpose to be valued.

Yeah, so I may have spent the last 20 minutes of this crying? I‘ll be upfront in that this book hit some deeply held insecurities I have, so if Chambers ever announces another book in this universe I will buy it so fast. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

Reggie Awwww. 3mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Made a galaxy mirror glaze for my nibling‘s birthday cake. It didn‘t turn out too bad for a first try. ❤️

#AudioBaking #AudioGlazing

Prairiegirl_reading That‘s awesome!! 4mo
DinoMom That looks fantastic 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 💜💜 4mo
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AlaMich That looks just like one I saw on GBBO. Yours looks amazing! 4mo
Megabooks Wow!! 😍😍 4mo
Texreader Love it!!! Wow! 4mo
wanderinglynn That looks awesome! 4mo
Reggie That looks pretty great! 4mo
julesG Wow. 4mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s amazing! 😍 4mo
TrishB Wow 😯 4mo
La_Cori Pretty!!!💜😍 4mo
rabbitprincess Gorgeous colours!! 4mo
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Soubhiville
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I LOVED this! I‘m very hopeful that the fact that the cover says “a monk and robot book” means that Becky Chambers plans to write more about these characters!

I want to be a Tea Monk. A traveling tea shop, the monk proprietor listening to the patron‘s troubles then giving them tea to sooth their worries? I‘d be great at that job. ☕️😊

I also love that the main character uses they/them pronouns. I want to see more of that.

Oryx I'm looking forward to this one! 4mo
Tamra I‘m anxious too! 4mo
charl08 Can't wait to read it 😁 4mo
Ruthiella I think for sure this will be a series of novellas! 😀 4mo
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readingjedi
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So excited to start this one tonight. I love Becky's writing - Record of a Spaceborn Few is one of my favourite books of recent years.

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