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Signal to Noise
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mexico City, 1988. Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said "I love you" with a mix tape.Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends ? Sebastian and Daniela ? and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. The three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love...Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns alone for her estranged father?s funeral.It?s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, reviving memories from a childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? Is there any magic left?
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Lauredhel
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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On to the LAST book in my 2019 Read Harder challenge! #readharder2019

PurpleyPumpkin Wow, good for you! I'm so behind on the RHC...😅 3w
Scochrane26 That‘s great! I didn‘t do that one this yr. started the mrs. Modern Darcy (only has 12) one but have been sidetracked & haven‘t read the last 2 for it. (edited) 3w
Butterfinger Awesome. I have 3 more. 3w
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jmtrivera
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mehso-so

The slowest of burns, esp. at the start. I wanted to be invested in the story b/c I love the idea of music magic! But I couldn't become invested in Meche, who was such a bully & obsessed w/her own power. Realistic? Probably, but not fun to read. Sebastian & Vicente were more interesting characters, despite their flaws. By the end, the author did tie things together well, but it wasn't enough to make me forget how long it took to get there.

BarbaraJean I felt the same way! The first 3/4 of the book was soooooo slow, but then I really liked the ending. Frustratingly inconsistent. 2mo
jmtrivera @BarbaraJean I'm glad it wasn't just me. It was sadly disappointing. 2mo
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EclecticReaders
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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‪It‘s Day 1 of #EclecticSpringBreak! On this #podcast episode we discuss the pros & cons of genre definitions, genres vs. categories, genre-bending books, and then talk about this hard-to-categorize book. Listen at eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/60 or your fave podcatcher #EclecticReaders

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jmtrivera
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Day 1 of #EclecticSpringBreak! We discussed the pros and cons of genre definitions, genres vs. categories, and then talked about this hard-to-define book. @EclecticReaders #EclecticReaders @Ruri_kaichou @Merethebookgal

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jmtrivera
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This is a thing that's happening this week! Tomorrow is our monthly episode on the tagged book, and then special episodes all week long! I was present at these interviews, and I still can't wait to hear them, because these authors were so incredibly nice and funny. I hope you all enjoy!
#EclecticReaders @EclecticReaders

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jmtrivera
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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#SelfCareSunday is talking about books with your friends, then having pancake brunch with your family.
#SpringintoReading

Texreader Marvelous!! 5mo
vkois88 Awesome! 4mo
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Merethebookgal
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mehso-so

It was okay. The magic concept with the music was really interesting, but I didn‘t feel very invested in the characters, and the constant 20-year jump in time didn‘t help. This is a relatively short book (under 300 pgs) but it took me foooreeeveeer to finish, and the last chapter was so completely unnecessary it actually made be a bit angry lol.

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EclecticReaders
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Hope you‘ll read this book about music and magic with us! #EclecticReaders

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WhiteDayLilies
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Pickpick

📖#signaltonoise was a book I chose for the #readharder challenge and I loved that the author was also a Canadian🇨🇦! The story was very intriguing and I loved the magic! Meche was such an unlikable character...oh man! I haven‘t encountered too many main characters that I didn‘t like but she was just so selfish it drove me crazy! But the story was great and I loved going back between 1988 and 2009. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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unabridgedchick
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Pickpick

1988 & 2009. Music casts literal magic. Our heroine's use of magic brings out the best and worst in her. The bittersweet realism in this book is what keeps it from being flimsy, soft, or too fantastical.

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unabridgedchick
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Pickpick

Music is magic, literally. A friendship in 1988 and 2009. Gutting and soooooo good.

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unabridgedchick
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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My #weekendreads. Stanley is trying to indicate he's annoyed I'm reading and not brushing him.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Anyone else listen to Bookriot‘s SSF Yeah and purchase every title recommended. The only one I didn‘t buy today I already own (The Black Gods Drum). 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤷🏻‍♀️

#ilovenovellas

Mitch Its dangerous listening for me too! 🤣 10mo
Kamisha Yess! I always go through all of their lists and add every single thing to my TBR! 😂 10mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Kamisha Oh my gosh same! Today‘s were novellas and the ebooks were all only like $2-$5 so I bought them. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 10mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto @Mitch They just have such good recs. 🤣 10mo
Kamisha @Ashley_Nicoletto good to know! Haha 👍🏼 10mo
Reggie Even though I hated the main character, I loved Signal to Noise. I need to add this podcast. 10mo
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The.Intentional.Reader
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Wow, this one was really good. Was quite a trip back to the 80‘s and then forward to 2009. Was sort of a mystical look at life, growing up, family and friendship. Oh and the magic of music - literally like real magic in music. Enjoyed it!

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BeckyLeJ
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I was trying to get a pic for today‘s #riotgrams prompt, music, but this one decided she needed to be part of the shot! @bookriot #catsoflitsy

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MarticaMustRead
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Pickpick

📖 #BookClubPick #LatinX #MagicalRealism

Catching up on my DVR since I hosted book club last night. Our group enjoyed this magic & musically inclined coming of age story.

+ Great friendship & character development
+ Cool original use & concept in combining music & magic!
+ Reminiscent feel of a #YA version of the movie, 'The Craft' which I love!☻

- Takes a bit to get into
- Of the 2 story lines, 1 felt underdeveloped &left us wanting more.

Thndrstd Ha! We love Worst Cooks 2y
MarticaMustRead It's my most recent guilty pleasure!! But I'm bummed that Rachel Ray isn't in this season, I like how her and chef Ann play off one another. Not quite feeling the guy co host thus far😐 @Thndrstd 2y
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MarticaMustRead
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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??☕???? #EveningReading #DiverseReads #MagicalRealism

Settling in finally with some hot?to warm up my bones, a couple of cookies to soothe my sweet tooth & my #BookClubPick .
Bummed about it being on my ? vs ?, but my library (both work &public) didn't have it & our meeting is Sunday so...? #BookwormProblems

Excited to get started on it as I've seen it on several "Best of" lists regarding #LatinX literature and #YA lists❣

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Reggie
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU4hINUM8CRphKl_iHe7CaNFDMYrFSHb5 This is the link to the most comprehensive playlist of all 55 #Tracks mentioned in Signal to Noise, a story about 3 kids in Mexico who use music as magic. Some of my faves include Nina Simone‘s Wild is the Wind, Mercedes Sosa‘s Gracias a la Vida, Jacques Brel‘s Ne Me Quitte Pas, and Ella Fitzgerald‘s Midnight Sun. #NuYear

Cinfhen 🎵🤘🏼🖤can‘t wait to have a listen.... 2y
Cathythoughts Music as magic ✨💫 sounds great 👍 2y
Reggie @Cathythoughts it sounds great, but the main character is one of the most stubborn characters you‘ll ever read. The book was great, though. 2y
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TrishB That‘s a fantastic playlist!! Wild is the Wind is my wedding dance song. I love all versions of it - but especially Billy McKenzie‘s. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! Saving the link for later listening! 2y
DivineDiana Thank you for the playlist! I wonder if there is any way to open it in Spotify? 🤔 2y
Reggie @DivineDiana there is a Spotify playlist but it‘s missing some songs. I think it‘s under the name of the book. 2y
DivineDiana @Reggie Thank you! I will take a look! You are such a source of valuable information! 2y
readordierachel Nina Simone 💙 2y
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Corar
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Meche returns to her home town of Mexico City for her father‘s funeral where she must confront her past and friends she left behind. The story is told in alternating time periods where we learn what happened to 15-year old Meche that resulted in her leaving Mexico City and her best friends. I found the book to be a realistic portrayal of teenage relationships (minus the magic), but I did find both teenage and adult Meche to be a bit annoying.

Reggie She was soooo stubborn. Even at the end, just say I love you back!!!!! Lol I didn‘t like her much but I very much enjoyed the story. 2y
Corar I felt exactly the same way. 2y
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Reggie
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Pickpick

Told in alternating times, Mexico City 1989 when Meche, Sebastian, and Daniela, outcast teenagers who discover they can do magic through music on a record player and Mexico City 2009 when Meche comes back for the funeral of her father, and you find she is estranged from her friends. There was a ton of pop culture references in here that really added to the experience as I was all too happy to look them up. I feel the writing evolved as 👇🏼

Reggie the book went on, or maybe I just fell in love with the story. And honestly, I didn‘t care for Meche, she is written as this have to be hard to everyone because you never want to let them see you cry character. Just, this book‘s a pick. 2y
Cinfhen Great review! 2y
RaimeyGallant Interesting! 2y
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Reggie
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Meche (Mercedes), in Mexico City 2009, will be going through her just deceased father‘s notebooks and will come across this entry from 1973. I love this book for all of it‘s music references and the overall effect they give this story. This one choked me up today. The song https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WyOJ-A5iv5I and the English translation http://lyricstranslate.com/en/gracias-la-vida-thanks-life.html-0

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Shvonne
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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The cover says it‘s for fans of Stranger Things but the only thing they have in common is the 80‘s. Its more for people who love music and like a little bit of fantasy in there books. The YA Love Mess did show up but it wrapped up nicely

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Shvonne
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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That feeling when you forget your book at work. 😭 I need to know what happens. I‘m halfway through this book and am loving it so far because:
1. The main character is a girl who loves math and science
2. There is no YA Love Mess (so far)

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Shvonne
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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A 15 year old named Meche, Music, Magic, and Mexico City.

Album: The Story We Tell Ourselves- Nothing More

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BekahB
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I'm rewatching season 1 of #StrangerThings because I saw the trailer for season 2 and OMG it was EVERYTHING!! I've watched it maybe 20 times now. That's how you do a trailer! And that 80s vibe is on point!

I need a fix because Oct 27 is too far away. Paper Girls was a good start but now I'm picking this up. It even says it's for fans of the show. I'm adding it to the stack of books I'm reading. Hoping the book Jenga in my brain doesn't topple. 😆

BekahB I meant to add a comment with the link to the trailer on the Netflix YouTube site and then I got distracted (possibly because I'm watching season 1 and an exciting scene was playing as I was posting...ok, that's EXACTLY why).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vgS2L7WPIO4

Warning for those who haven't watched any of season 1 - thar be spoilers here.
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Matilda This is NOT a comp to Stranger Things. I LOVE that novel but don't read it thinking it's like Stranger Things bc you'll be disappointed no matter how good it is. 2y
BekahB @Matilda sigh...I hate when publishers do that. Well it would have been a cover buy for me anyway. Any book that has a cassette or VHS tape on the cover gets at least a double take from me. Thanks for the heads up! I'm glad you said that it's a good book. I'll still give it a try. 😄 2y
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vivastory If you like cover art featuring cassettes & vhs, I have two recommendations- 2y
Matilda I really like that book it's an "unlikable" female protagonist, set in Mexico City, music, and magic realism--it's awesome. It just is not a ST comp IMO. 2y
BekahB @vivastory ohhhh those covers are fantastic! I'll definitely look into them. Thanks!! 2y
Debiw781 I was just talking about Stranger Things tonight and how I can't wait for season 2 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 I can't wait! The new season sneak peeks are awesome! However, they have full on Ghostbusters costumes on in next season. I'm thinking this is 80's! Remember the 80's when you were really lucky and bought that cheap plastic costume with the mask & the broken string or you rummaged through your parents closet & added fake blood w/ a pillow case for your "treat bag"! That was the 80's! Lol ? 2y
BekahB @ForeverNerdy HAA! Very true. I think I only had one store-bought costume as a kid. Every other year we raided out parents' closet to make a costume. 😂 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Me too! The 80's were the best! I wish my kids could see some of the stuff. It was so much simpler in the 80's. Corded phones where the only thing I wouldn't miss! Lol 😂 Have a good Sunday! 2y
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Jeanette
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Rad cover is rad.

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bookriot
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Day 5 of #RiotGrams: "Magic of the realism and fantastical sort." - Rioter @Kelly

Aims42 Love, love, loved Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel!!! (edited) 2y
Jenuine1 Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel! Loved it! A grown up book of magic and magicians set in York (where I live!) Pure escapism! X 2y
halthegal @Jenuine1 i just posted about JSaMN on my instagram. i made a necklace, too. 💕🇬🇧 2y
Derpybunneh JSaMN still on my TBR... 😁 2y
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BekahB
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I bought too many books again. Every month I promise to purchase fewer books, but as you can see by my May book haul, I lied to myself. 😊

I've already told myself that there will be absolutely NO Book Outlet orders this month! Well, we'll see. #BookHaul

HotMessJess I gave up on this promise ages ago. 😬 2y
BekahB @HotMessJess I can usually hold off for a month before I give in. However, my friend and I just decided to make a trip to Disneyland in October so that gives me some incentive to save. I told her that if I just stop buying 10 books a week until then, it would probably cover my park ticket! 😂 2y
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softhades
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Love dies in different ways. For most, it is a slow, agonizing death. Meche, however, cut her love the same way the executioner might chop a head: with a single accurate swing.

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HardcoverHearts
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This has been in my TBR pile for too long. It's time.

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Downtonabbeyroad394
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👩🏼‍🎤👨🏼‍🎤👩🏼‍🍳🎧💫

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Matilda
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Why yes I do love "unlikable" women so much that I made a 100 must-read list: http://bookriot.com/2017/03/20/100-must-read-unlikable-women/

???

KilgoreTrout Love this! 2y
KarenUK Love your list... going to hunt the ones I haven't read 😊👍💕 2y
Alytrue Great list! 2y
Hestapleton Love your lists! 2y
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readordierachel
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I won an audio version of this book but the narration wasn't doing it for me so I got it from the library. It's still on my #tbr at this point but it sounds pretty rad: teens in the late 80s in Mexico City learning to cast spells and use magic through music. I'm also throwing in a rec for one of my favorite bands, Girl in a Coma, who happen to be #latinx. They're awesome.

#latinxauthors #feistyfeb
@RealLifeReading

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brookelee
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Pickpick

My favorite book of the year so far. Set in Mexico City during 1988 and 2009. We follow Meche and her two best friends in a stunning coming of age story where music is literally magic. Something tears them apart until Meche's father dies and she has to return to Mexico City 20 years later. Great characters and relationships. Stunning, emotional turns. And an ending that made me actually hug the book.

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lauralovesbooks1
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Pickpick

Loved the magic elements of this coming of age story set in Mexico. Moreno-Garcia does an excellent job of keeping the two timelinesrunning simultaneously and pulling the reader in and along for the ride. Also -- if you are a lover of the power of music, then this is a good pick for you.

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irre
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Pickpick

Started out a bit slow but ended up liking it.

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WOCreads
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Post-dinner reading and chai ☕💜📚 What are you reading?

#diversebooks #kindle #amreading

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mischa
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Mehso-so

I don't get what all the fuss is about. 🤷🏼‍♀️

leslieisreading I enjoyed this one, but I really thought that I'd love it and it didn't meet that expectation. 3y
mischa @leslieisreading What frustrated me is it was so slooooooooow. The end, it felt like a cop out. 😔 3y
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llwheeler
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Am I the only one who doesn't keep track of books read by month? I have no idea where the month break falls in my reading log, but this pic in my phone is dated Dec 8 so I'm gonna say this is my #BestofDecember (reusing pic bc the book's upstairs and I'm lazy and there's a cat on my lap). #seasonsreadings2016

Donna_sBookMinute @llwheeler -- You are not the only one who doesn't keep monthly tabs on books read. I've been pondering starting the New Year with some kind of system. But I do know what my best read this month is. Give me a minute. 3y
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llwheeler
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Rough morning at work today cause I stayed up too late last night "just one more chapter"-ing my way to the end of this book. One of the best books I've read this year. #booknerdproblems

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llwheeler
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excuse the terrible picture... my current read and current listen. books #49 and #50 for the year - will I hit 52? really depends on how crazy the holidays get.

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Lindy
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mexico City, 1988: Meche and her friends discover they can work magic through music. Things go very wrong (of course). 2009: Meche returns after a long absence abroad. Alternating timelines, measured pace, prickly protagonist, frustrated romance, highly specific setting, and much musical name dropping. The sum is greater than its parts and I liked this more than I had expected.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I am definitely bumping this up on my TBR! 3y
Lindy @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian It's not got a fancy book design, but the contents are solid. 👍 3y
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Lindy
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In Zena Alkayat's biography of Frida Kahlo, I came across a reference that applies equally to Signal to Noise, the Canadian Mexican novel I just finished today, which is that the predilection for fusing realism and fantasy is traditional in Mexico.

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Sjsherwood
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Almost done. Don't want it to end.

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Lindy
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"Why shouldn't music be magic? Aren't spells just words you repeat? And what are songs? Lyrics that play over and over again. The words are like a formula."
"Guys, I just want to remind you I have to be home by seven," Daniela said. "I'm also not allowed to do any Satanic stuff."

charl08 Lol 3y
TheCanuckReader Great album! 3y
Lindy @TheCanuckReader Only a few chapters in, already so many familiar musical references. 😊 3y
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Lindy
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Just starting this. Alternates between Mexico City in 1988 and 2009. If I didn't know it was shortlisted for some speculative fiction awards, I wouldn't have pegged this as fantasy.
@Lupita.Reads

Lupita.Reads You are the best! Adding it to my TBR. Thanks so much!!!! 3y
Lindy @Lupita.Reads It's a pleasure. 😊 3y
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read_diverse_books
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Sorry I've been M.I.A., Littens! This usually happens during holiday weekends, but I'm back home to my normal routine and will continue to post regularly again.

Anyway, I'm back with an audiobook giveaway! Visit my blog to enter a giveaway of Signal To Noise, a critically acclaimed novel about teens casting spells using vinyl records.

2 WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN! good luck!

Click here: http://wp.me/p7a9pe-11M

#diversebooks #Litsygram #audiobooks

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Thekelburrows
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Not my image because that's way more effort than you are getting out of me today.

Laura317 😂😂😂 3y
Laalaleighh This could be my mantra. 3y
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NittysBooks3
Signal to Noise | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Hooked from page 1.