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A Psalm for the Wild-Built
A Psalm for the Wild-Built | Becky Chambers
136 posts | 92 read | 3 reading | 99 to read
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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stretchkev
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Mehso-so

A bit too cozy of science fiction for me. Plus, I actively hate the robot. Think I need a story with a bit of teeth to keep me hooked.

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welltemperedwriter
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Feeling incredibly called out by this (so far) gem of a book. ❤

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Pickpick

A soothing balm of a book about a troubled soul looking for peace and purpose in an optimistic, abundant future. Dex is a nonbinary travelling tea monk. They wonder off their life path, literally, into the wilderness. They meet Mosscap, a descendant of sentient robots who left civilization 200 years ago. Mosscap has been sent to investigate the current state of humans. A delicate friendship between these 2 oddballs blossoms. Cozy queer sci fi!

akaGingerK I love this book so much! 3w
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peanutnine
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#Pantone2022 Martini Olive
@Clwojick

Clwojick I‘ve heard such good things about this one! 3w
peanutnine @Clwojick it lives up to the hype! I really enjoyed it 3w
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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The robot arrives!!

Also Dex's delight at being alone in the woods where no one knows where they are deeply resonates with me.

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peanutnine
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Pickpick

This was the most heartwarming thing I've read in a while. Becky Chambers as usual builds a future world that is realistic and relatable, with wonderful characters on their own journeys. The story is simple but profound.

BennettBookworm Agreed! So excited for the sequel this summer 4w
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Delightful so far just as I expected. Great #audiobook narration too!

Prairiegirl_reading Delightful is the perfect word 💜 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Prairiegirl_reading Becky Chambers' writing always is! 1mo
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DinoMom
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The best description of the forest floor I have ever read!

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xicanti
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I made peanut buns and an extremely unhealthy cappuccino to use up the last of the half-and-half. Now I‘m gonna see how I like A PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT. #gaymay

Mimi28 I‘m interested to know what you think. I bought that book because the reviews said it‘s supposed to be like a “big hug” lol. I never read it though. 1mo
xicanti @Mimi28 I‘m about halfway through now and it‘s lovely! 1mo
Mimi28 That‘s good to know thanks. I need to read books I actually own instead of getting books from my library on inter- library loan based on a review I saw somewhere, lol 😂 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Pickpick

This was good! Cute and philosophical, short but I think the right length for what it is.
Much prefer this to the Alchemist and will start convincing people to read this instead 😆

mcctrish I liked it way better than The Alchemist 2mo
Nutmegnc I just downloaded the free Torbooks version. Starting on it now!! 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @mcctrish I mean low bar for me since I didn't not like the Alchemist at all 😂 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Nutmegnc yay! Hope you like it, it is a series but I feel good just reading the one. 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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"It is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it"

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
1) A Psalm For The Wild Built; The Hacienda; Sweet Tooth (Mcewan)
2) star jasmine
3) Unfortunately work, then watering the plants and reading

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ozma.of.oz
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Yo, yo, yo! This month Tor‘s eBook Club book is actually a bundle of three! Available for download in mobi and ePub formats before 11:59 PM ET, May 6th, 2022.

https://ebookclub.tor.com #TorBookClub

Available in the US and Canada.

psalva Thanks for sharing! 2mo
rabbitprincess Ooh the prequel to Locked In! I will definitely be downloading that. 2mo
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BennettBookworm
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Pickpick

Truly a spiritual experience reading this book. I got it from the library but will definitely be purchasing now because there were so many quotable nuggets of wisdom I want to revisit.
The world Chambers imagines for the future is one I really want to live in. Hopeful, clever, funny, cathartic, simultaneously so unique and so natural.
Highly recommend!!

For those who read it: Did you want it to be longer, or was it just the right length?

TheKidUpstairs I liked that it was novella length, but I'm also excited for another one! I guess I mean to say that it was the right length to tell this story, and I can't wait for more stories from this world. I've got the second book on pre-order! 2mo
BennettBookworm @TheKidUpstairs I agree! I wanted more, because I loved the characters and their world, but the story felt complete. So excited for book 2!! 2mo
Kayla.Adriena Omg I love Becky Chambers and I loved this book! I love everything she writes! I thought it was the perfect length 2mo
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BennettBookworm @Kayla.Adriena Yes!! I really want to read more of her books now so that‘s good to know! 2mo
Sapphire I want to be a tea monk. 2mo
BennettBookworm @Sapphire same here! 2mo
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claudiuo
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I simply loved this book. It was beautiful, not sure how else to say it. I would like to say more but don't want to spoil it so I will just say that the way a monk and a robot try to help each other understand the world, themselves and their purpose is really really beautiful and inspiring.
It instantly became a favorite of mine that I will not just have to own but it will be one I will gift every time I can.

Nute This author is very talented. Her books are pretty much on auto buy for me.🙂 1mo
claudiuo Totally agree. Looking forward to read second books in both The Long Way... and this one. 1mo
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Writeme
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Ahhh. This small book (147 pages) is as wonderful as a hot cup of tea. In a fictional world where the robots have long since become sentient and have walked into the wilderness and never come back, one young monk encounters a robot in the wild. Their conversations about longing and purpose are profound. A lovely, soothing book. Perfect for our troubled times.

JeffyRoo Second one in series out soon! 2mo
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Nelnjali
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Pickpick

5⭐ While this book certainly made me think and discusses some difficult and profound topics (and even made me tear up a bit), it was a wonderful escape from the stresses of the world. I described this book when I was first reading it as a warm hug of a book, and that is still how I feel about it. I'm definitely going to have to add it to my personal library, so I can thrust it upon others to hear their thoughts. It is a book worth talking about.

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Nelnjali
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It's a dreary day today, but I have a warm hug of a book to read while I finish my coffee. I'm really enjoying this one so far.

charl08 Loved this one. Can't wait for her next. 3mo
Nelnjali @charl08 I've only read one other book by her, but I've loved both so far. 3mo
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Morinen
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March 2022 rereads. Heavy on the novellas.

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AmandaBlaze
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Pickpick

I expected to love this book, but found that I only liked it instead. It seemed to take too long before Mosscap entered the scene. I did love the character of Mosscap and its desire to know what humans need. I didn't like Dex nearly as much, but perhaps that was the point. The they\them as a singular pronoun was an unique approach. It was a little jarring at first, but after awhile, I didn't notice, especially when listening to the audiobook.

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AmandaBlaze
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1. A Psalm for the Wild-Built
2. I do both. Most of my holds are e-books.
3. The Paris Apartment.

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AmandaBlaze
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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TheSpineView
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Pickpick

I have come to love Chamber's prose. Her books are uplifting and this one is no different. It is about searching for identity and is more physchocial than the others I have read by her. If a book could be comfort food then her books are most definitely that. 4⭐

TheSpineView This is a book from my #NewYearWhoDis list. I had to wait on my library hold so didn'tread it in January. @monalyisha @rachelsbrittain 4mo
Kyndrill This looks fantastic☺️📚 4mo
TheSpineView @Kyndrill It was very good. I highly recommend and hope you get to read it soon. 4mo
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Kyndrill Thank you! Next time I buy books I‘ll make sure this is one of them! 4mo
aa_guer2021 Ahhh! What a fantastic premise! 4mo
rachelsbrittain So glad you enjoyed it!! 4mo
JeffyRoo Sequel out soon everyone! 4mo
monalyisha I‘m glad you got to read this, even it it wasn‘t in January! It just means you‘re closer to the sequel than the rest of us. Definitely in my Top 3 Reads of 2021. 🫖 🤖 🍃 4mo
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PuSsNbOoKs
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“So, the paradox is that the ecosystem as a whole needs its participants to act with restraint in order to avoid collapse, but the participants themselves have no inbuilt mechanism to encourage such behavior.”

ozma.of.oz I loved this one! The sequel is coming out in November! 4mo
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BookInMyHands
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Pickpick

When the robots of Panga gained consciousness they came to an agreement with the humans, and went off into the wild, never to be disturbed by the humans. Centuries later, a tea monk is in search of purpose and feels they will find it in the wild.

Robot is searching for the answer to “What do people need?” In an effort to find out, Robot must enter the world of humans, the first time a Robot has done so in centuries.

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Eljay1
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"You keep asking me why work is not enough, and I don't know how to answer that, because it is enough to exist in the world and marvel at it. You don't need to justify that, or earn in. You are allowed just to live. That is all most animals do".

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Eljay1
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Pickpick

I'm not usually one for re-reading, but this book is so soothing that I find myself coming back again. I adore Chambers' immersive worlds, and am so looking forward to the next one.

I'm not religious at all, but the idea of a God of Small Comforts is one I could certainly get behind.

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Patchshank
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Pickpick

A very nice comforting book with the king of comfort for company. I really look forward to the sequel.

Leftcoastzen 😻 4mo
Sapphire While I wasn‘t originally wowed, this book has stayed with me in some notable ways. I am also looking forward to a sequel. 4mo
Patchshank @Sapphire i wasnt wowed by it either, but that's partly why i liked it. Its simplicity is nice. But it still had some whimsy that made it even nicer. I imagine it will stay with me as well. 4mo
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Twainy
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Pickpick

🎧 Robots gain sentience. Humans release them from servitude. Robots disappeared into the forest.

Sibling Dex is a monk that serves tea & Robot Mosscap has come to find out what humans need. The book explores this & their relationship as it grows during their search for answers.

Mosscap is endlessly curious & excited about minutiae.

Loved this simple novella that will make you think. It was heart warming. Calming.

#sharreadathon

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Prairiegirl_reading I can‘t wait for the next book in the series! 💜 4mo
Twainy @Prairiegirl_reading I really enjoyed their relationship. Mosscap was so cute. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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BookBelle84
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Pickpick

This is a lovely little palate cleanser novella. It made me feel peaceful and calm and wanting nothing more than a cup of tea.
#pantone2022 #popsugar #pop22 ~ Hugo Award (author)

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DGRachel
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I don‘t know what I was expecting, but it was not this. This is slow and sweet, quiet and profound. Dex and Mosscap are delightful characters and the end left me in tears wanting to hug them both. I hope there are more Monk and Robot books because I want to spend more time with these two. 💖 Oh, and I also want a cup of tea now.

riversong153 I said the same thing. I want to go sit with someone who‘s job it is to make tea and just be there with me for a little while. 🥺 4mo
RainyDayReading The second book, A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, is coming out in July! 4mo
Johanna414 I got this in the mail the other day - I'm enjoying everyone's comments! 4mo
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bookishnerd
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Pickpick

I am not a huge fan of short stories and novellas. I feel like you just get invested in them and then they are over. I read Becky Chambers other novella in the last couple years and it didn't stick with me at all, even though I liked it at the time.

I really enjoyed this one. I again feel like it really got good as it was getting near the end, but I guess that just means I will want to read the sequel. The characters were great!

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staci.reads
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion This was just ok. I don't get the hype. What am I missing?

RamsFan1963 I felt the same way. 5mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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What a wonderful start to my reading year! Thank you @monalyisha for organizing another awesome round of #NewYearWhoDis and for gifting me with a fantastic reading list! I've read and enjoyed all those pictured (well, I'm half way through Plain Bad Heroines, but I'm enjoying the trip so far!). Psalm for the Wild Built and Clap When You Land were stands outs, but really I loved every one. I hope you liked reading from my list as much as I did yours

monalyisha You knocked it outta the park! I‘m thrilled you took the time to read so many of my choices. It‘s such a joy to share the love. I loved your list, too, & I‘m looking forward to continuing on throughout the year. As I‘ve said, Hamnet is 100% going on next year‘s list! I almost wrote an AllStaff email to my (small) library, imploring all of my coworkers to read it. 😅 If I could‘ve linked to the catalog record on my phone, I would have clicked SENT. (edited) 5mo
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LibrarianRyan
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The cover sucks but Littens think the story is GREAT! Best Short Story Novella (under 130 page I believe). #LitsyAwards2021

Laughterhp Currently have this one out from the library! 5mo
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imyril
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So this turned out to be Not For Me in spite of clearly being for me in so many ways. But it got under my skin in the wrong way and all the adorable robots and harmonious world building couldn‘t balance that out. Gah. Still making me irritated just thinking about it.

shanaqui Oh no! Mostly because of Dex, or other stuff too? 5mo
imyril @shanaqui I felt Dex was repeatedly rewarded for selfish decisions: their journey to becoming a tea monk felt inconsiderate of their clients (and risky in terms of their emotional/mental well-being); not telling anyone when they head to the wilderness is careless of others' feelings; let alone GOING to a protected wilderness that humans aren't meant to intrude on. Just because Dex felt like it. It pushed a lot of buttons and left me very grumpy (edited) 5mo
shanaqui @imyril That... is a good point I didn't think of in reading it; I guess I read it with too much sympathy for Dex's personal journey and not how it affects others. 5mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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#Dedications Timely.

Patchshank My book club is reading this for February. Pretty excited about it. 5mo
GondorGirl I adored this book! I'm so excited for the sequel! 5mo
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imyril
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“The wilderness was not known for letting the foolish return.”

It speaks volumes that I‘m low key hoping Dex doesn‘t. But this is Becky Chambers, so I guess they‘ll be fine and will survive to get a bunch more side eye from me.

shanaqui Uhoh, not a fan of Dex? XD 5mo
imyril @shanaqui not at all; and the story repeatedly rewards them for acting like an asshole, so I‘ve finally found a Chambers story that set my teeth on edge in spite of all the positive world building. Hohum. Lots to like, but finding it hard to like! 5mo
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suvata
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suvata
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• Read in January 2022 for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club #LMPBC Round 13 - GroupE

Read in one sitting. Couldn‘t put it down. Absolutely brilliant and thought-provoking.

❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️

Johanna414 So glad you liked it! 5mo
suvata @Johanna414 Loved it! 5mo
KathyWheeler I keep meaning to read her books as I love the titles. 5mo
suvata @KathyWheeler This was my first one and I was quite impressed. 5mo
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imyril
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Bang, straight between the eyes with the first sentence. Yes, yes they do.

shanaqui Yeaaah. That spoke to me, too. 5mo
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Larkken
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A little over halfway through January, and I have a bingo! And finished both book spin and double spin reads! 😋 it‘s been a strange month so far - two DNFs already, and January isn‘t over, when last year I DNFed only 3 altogether… it‘s ok, 2022, there‘s still time, haha #bookspinbingo #bookspin #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 5mo
Ruthiella Congratulations! 5mo
Larkken @TheAromaofBooks @Ruthiella 🤗I‘d like to thank the academy… no but really, I‘m so close to making a bingo that doesn‘t have a DNF in it-I can‘t stop now! 5mo
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suvata
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#LMPBC Round 13 - #GroupE
@rsteve388 just wanted to let you know that I received the book a few days ago. I totally forgot to post that. But, rest assured, it is in my hands and I‘m anxious to read it.

BennettBookworm This looks so fascinating! Is it at all like The Wild Robot? I love that book! 5mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Pickpick

Beautiful, thoughtful, soul soothing. A sci-fi/philosophy/nature/buddy road trip novella that offers an opportunity to slow down and take a breath. I just pre-ordered Prayer for the Crown Shy from my local bookstore.

@monalyisha - this one paired nicely coming off of World of Wonders. The deep love and awe and just notice given to the natural world. #NYWD22 #NewYearWhoDis

monalyisha It‘s my favorite little literary niche. 🍃 This was probably my favorite book of the year. Now we can wait for the next one together! ⏳ 6mo
monalyisha Oh! I have to share the poem that it reminded me of! Let me find it. 6mo
TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha I love it. I think our buddy read for Feb (if you're still up for it!) will fit into that niche, too 6mo
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monalyisha I *totally* forgot about our buddy read! Definitely still up for it…but you may have to remind me again. 😅 6mo
Kayla.Adriena @monalyisha I ADORE Becky Chambers, I LOVED this book too and I am OBSESSED with Mary Oliver! Ahhhh 6mo
monalyisha @Kayla.Adriena 👯‍♀️ 6mo
TheKidUpstairs @Kayla.Adriena she's amazing. Long Way to a Short, Angry Planet is a favourite. 6mo
TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha I need to read more Mary Oliver. That one really lines up, especially with Mosscap's views in their final discussion. Thanks for sharing. 6mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs Right?! And even down to the bear! I couldn‘t believe all of the synchronicities when I pulled the poem up to reread it. 6mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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You know when you just pick up the right book at the right time? We're back in semi-lockdown, virtual schooling, uncertainty and stress. This book is a balm for the soul. In reading it a lot slower than normal, because there's just not a lot of time in my days this week, but those little escapes are so soothing. I meant to read this when it first came out, and for some reason never picked it up. Maybe it was a sign, it was telling me to wait 👇

TheKidUpstairs ... until I really needed it. #NYWD22 #NewYearWhoDis @monalyisha 6mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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When a book makes you feel seen right from the dedication. 💗💗💗

#NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22 @monalyisha

monalyisha I‘m already so excited for you for this. Hope it lives up! 🤖🍃☕️ 6mo
TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha I'm so excited for this one. Trying not to overhype myself, but her Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is one of my all time favourites, so I'm pumped to see her beautiful vision build another world. 6mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs I know some people felt it was too short & surface-level, so I suppose that‘s a danger…but I tend to love novella-length texts & thought it was perfect. 6mo
TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha I love novellas too. I read some great ones last year (I think a couple made it into my list). Just that beautiful, short, succinct slice of a world, no room for excess. 6mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs YES. This bodes well. Enjoy! 💞 6mo
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Lizpixie
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My #12thBookOf2021 for #December is this powerfully told little charmer of a novella from the queen of sentimental SciFi. A metaphorical tale of what exactly is life, told through the wanderings of a disenchanted Tea Monk searching for his purpose, & a wild-built sentient robot on the same journey. It was sweet, it was kind & as all her books do, it makes you think. Cannot wait for more! #12BooksOf2021

Andrew65 Wanting to read more Sci Fi this year. 6mo
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rachelsbrittain
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A few of my favorite 5 star reads from 2021!

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kyraleseberg
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Immediately charming + cozy. A perfect start to a new reading year!

Lesliereads “charming and cozy”😍 6mo
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