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Jen2
Lucky Red: A Novel | Claudia Cravens
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Pickpick

Tho book as really fun! Happy Spring!

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 7h
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Larkken
Boys Weekend | Mattie Lubchansky
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Newly transitioned, non-binary Sammie goes on a debauched bachelor‘s weekend for their best friend from before they transitioned. They contend with micro- and macro aggressions as they try to figure out if these relationships are worth saving - literally saving, as it turns out, since the weekend happens at the site of an apocalyptic cults‘ bid to awaken their eldritch god. So… lots going on. The part with the clones felt most thought-out. ⬇️

Larkken I am confused (? Conflicted?), however, by this book‘s inclusion in #tob2024. What were the judges thinking? It‘s unlike anything else on the bracket, is uneven in its dealing with some themes, and is really unlikely to go far, given the historical decisions made by judges. This feels like a one-off, a “hey, why not?” And I feel like it deserves better than a footnote in a literary contest. Or is that unfair, and placing these kinds of books in ⬇️ (edited) 14h
Larkken The public discourse should be a POINT of the #tob? What do y‘all think? I don‘t think it‘s a perfect book, but that also shouldn‘t necessarily be the point of the tourney, and it does have some great themes even if I think other authors/books/formats have done them in a way I thought held together better or at least that I appreciated more. 14h
TieDyeDude I've never heard of the Tournament of Books. Is that a new thing? I have the same conflicting thoughts about the Oscars, though. Is it patronizing to put a movie on the ballot that has no chance of winning but deserves recognition, or is it “an honor just to be nominated“? 9h
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Larkken @TieDyeDude Tob has been around for a while, but I've only started reading books from it in the past couple of years bc they are always outside my comfort zone and I usually find a new author to obsess over from every year. Here's the website if you're curious https://www.tournamentofbooks.com. However, I've been enjoying even more the ersatz #LitsyToB crew that's been active... Due to general disaffection with the official short list, 🔽 8h
Larkken @Megabooks @squirrelbrain and @BarbaraBB organized a vote and a separate shortlist ? and a mini readalong camp last summer. It's been fun integrating my "find authors outside my go-to list" quest with the comradery of the litsy fam. (edited) 8h
Larkken @TieDyeDude but also, yes! You're right, my feelings are very similar to how I feel about the Oscars. I'm impatient with both groups for having "go-to" authors/directors but then annoyed at the token genre picks that are elevated to being worth recognition -why just them? 8h
Hooked_on_books I liked seeing this on the TOB list because it‘s topical and different. I‘m glad they included it. But I agree, I don‘t want it to suffer from tokenism, and I‘m concerned it will, especially since it‘s going up against the National Book Award winner in the first round. That seems a little unfair. I‘m really curious to read the judgement for the pairing and see how the judge deals with this. 7h
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Endpapers | Jennifer Savran Kelly
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This incredible book is an honest and fascinating character study of a mid-20s struggling artist and bookbinder named Dawn. Dawn is a gender fluid bi Jewish person living in NYC in 2003 and she is, well, lost. When she discovers a queer love letter written on the back of 1950s lesbian pulp novel cover, she becomes obsessed with finding the woman who wrote it, thinking it will somehow help her self actualize. Beautiful character development!

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peanutnine
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I got an itch to reread this one and it was just as lovely as I remembered 💞
#LGBTQ2024 coming of age @Kenyazero

CindyMyLifeIsLit I‘m going to a teen book convention in a couple of weeks and he‘s going to be there, along with a slew of others. I can‘t wait! 1d
peanutnine @CindyMyLifeIsLit oh that sounds amazing!! 21h
Kenyazero That‘s an excellent coming of age pick! 20h
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DebinHawaii
What Feasts at Night | T Kingfisher
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Yesterday‘s smallish #LibraryBookHaul 📚 I went to pick up my holds on the tagged book so I can read the follow-up to What Moves the Dead & Relish, a reread for my virtual foodie book club & grabbed the latest (book 5) for #NancyDrewBR & saw Tales of Korea that I thought would be fun for #FoodandLit

The book🐔🐔approve!

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BeeMagical
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Book 24📚 3.8⭐️

Finally jumped into this ARC I received last year and I will say by the end I was more confused than at the beginning! I assume there will be a book 2? I need answers!

It is quite a wordy novel and current on pronouns, even for the AI‘s / the “aliens”(?) I‘m not quite sure what everything is honestly😂

If you like sci-fi, check this out! And then help me understand haha. It‘s intriguing.

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vlwelser
After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz
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I appreciate what the author was trying to do here, but it just wasn't my jam. Also the narrator on the audiobook struggles with pronouncing foreign words (esp French) so that was distracting....

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1d
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
Red, White and Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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peanutnine Beautiful collage ❤️ 1d
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
Red, White and Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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My all-time favourite scene in the movie ❤️🤍👑💙. I feel a re-read on the horizon! Alex knows Henry toys with his signet ring when he's anxious, so he extends his own hand with the ring to calm his nerves... so sweet!

#caseymcquiston #princeofwales #firstson #gay #bisexual #LGBTQ #alexandhenry #romance #quotes #RWRB #NA #fiction #politicalromance #contemporaryromance #love #royality #boymeetsboy #boylovesboy #enemiestolovers #booktomovie

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Elizabeth2
Bookshops and Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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What an entertaining, lively, cozy, sweet, fun read! I had not heard of “cozy fantasy” before listening to the Reading Glasses podcast, where host Mallory has talked about her love of the book Legends & Lattes often. This is the prequel and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the quirky characters and even got choked up a little at the end. I‘m listening to Legends & Lattes next, but suggest starting with that one as it was pub‘d first. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5