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This is a heartwarming, inspiring, humourous book written by a gay man in his early 50s who placed an ad 30 years ago seeking his first partner. He kept 13 letters from men whom he never met up with, and the book consists of their brief responses followed by longer reflections from him on gay identity, coming out, transitioning from youth to adulthood, AIDS, changes in the last 30 years, and more.
#Nonfiction2021 LGB
#Booked2021 2021book

Cinfhen This sounds great. Will keep in mind for #Booked2022 #AboutAids 5d
Singout Yes: AIDS is more of a sidebar than a core theme, as the writer, like me, was a teen when AIDS emerged and therefore wasn‘t part of the generation that was really devastated. However, he does address its impact on the community. 5d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds very interesting! 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I will definitely stack this one! 5d
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The Pessimists | Bethany Ball
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I do love a sharp and witty satire of marriage and suburban ennui, secrets and lies, and those rich people problems that are my comfort read (for some strange reason!)
Three couples, a sleepy Connecticut suburb, their lives all revolving around a private school, with it‘s somewhat unusual philosophies and domineering head mistress with questionable connections in the past. Perceptive, amusing, and heartbreaking at times, a really fun read.

squirrelbrain Sounds right up my street! Is it ‘schooly‘ or dark enough to work for the dark academia prompt for #booked2022, do you think? 6d
KarenUK Mmmmm…. It‘s not officially dark academia, but definitely a super weird school, so I say go for it! ☺️ @squirrelbrain 5d
CarolynM Sounds fun. Stacked 5d
Cinfhen Does sound tantalizing!! Happy Birthday 🎂🎈🎁🎉 My dear friend 5d
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I‘m really, really bad at actually completing reading challenges, but I LOVE planning for them and discovering new books and authors. Here are my tentative Winter choices for #Booked2022:

▪️About a cult/religion: We Can Only Save Ourselves
▫️Repetitive Title: I Am I Am I Am
▪️Set in China: She Who Became the Sun
▫️Weather in Title: Silent Winds, Dry Seas
▪️Black-owned Publisher: In Dependence
▫️Non-patriarchal Society: The End of Men

Reagan This is a great list! I Am, I Am, I Am is amazing! 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reagan That‘s what I picked for this prompt also! 😎 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage These look super—thanks for sharing! 6d
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Cinfhen Yay!!! You‘ve come up with an incredible list!! Even if you only read one have fun 🤩 5d
Chelsea.Poole Those look epic! 5d
monalyisha Oh, this one looks good! Looking forward to your review (hopefully 😉)! now
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Looking forward to starting the books @Amiable has recommended for #NewYearWhoDis! I'm a sloooow reader/listener, so probably won't get through them all this year (never mind this month) but there's some really interesting stuff in there! Starting with these three: Lawson and Keefe have written excellent books that I've read previously, and we need as many girls with louding voices as we can get! Bonus: they all fit #Booked2022 prompts.

Amiable Yay! Great choices. Did you read Lawson‘s “Crow Lake” already? I want to track that one down, too. 7d
Singout Yes, that was brilliant. It was a long time ago, but I really liked it. 6d
Amiable I also have read Keefe‘s book about Northern Ireland. It was good, but I thought this one was even better. I actually bought a number of copies to give it out as Christmas gifts this year—that‘s how mesmerized I was by it. (edited) 6d
Amiable Also, what are the prompts that these fit for Booked2022? I haven‘t done that particular challenge before. 6d
Singout One has to be African, one has to be Canadian, and one has to be written by a journalist. It‘s a fun challenge! (edited) 6d
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New Year Who Dis? | Bitchy Fits
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Thanks for this great match @monalyisha
This is the list I received from @MallenNC
The top row I own and had already planned on reading, the other books I‘d like to read over the course of 2022, especially since a bunch will work for #Booked2022
I have read #7, 12, 13, 18 & 19 - all were good 😊

MallenNC Great! I know you like audiobooks, and I happened to have listened to all four on the top row. I hope you enjoy! 7d
Chelsea.Poole @MallenNC great list! 😍📚 7d
monalyisha I'm super interested in Olympus, Texas & The Education of an Idealist. I'll be looking forward to your reviews (all of them)! 7d
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Cinfhen Yay @MallenNC that‘s awesome 🎧♥️😃 7d
Cinfhen I‘ll keep you posted @monalyisha 🎉🎉thanks @Chelsea.Poole are you participating too?? 7d
ChasingOm Firekeeper‘s Daughter was EXCELLENT on audio. 7d
Cinfhen I just saw that Firekeeper‘s Daughter is available on #Scribd @ChasingOm 😃🎧♥️I‘m already looking forward to January #NewYearWhoDis 7d
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen yes! It‘s my first time and as @Megabooks said somewhere else I‘m “ridiculously excited” 🤩 can‘t wait to see your list too! @Mitch is my match and it‘s a great list I have to work with! @monalyisha does a fantastic job! (edited) 7d
Cinfhen Ohhhh @Mitch is a GREAT match @Chelsea.Poole 🥳🥳🥳 7d
monalyisha Thank you! 🥰 7d
Librarybelle I love @MallenNC ‘s lists and may make a screenshot of this to see her recommendations! 7d
Megabooks The Lost Family is on #AudiblePlus. Will write more later - very sick today. 7d
Cinfhen 😢 I‘m sorry / I will email u xx @Megabooks I actually bought Lost Family awhile back on Audible for $1.99 / I think u liked it ?!! 7d
Cinfhen The list is great @Librarybelle definitely take a screenshot 😌 7d
BarbaraBB Number 4 is so good & on @Megabooks list too. Maybe you can buddyread 👯‍♀️ 7d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I did like it very much, and I‘m up for a Passing #buddyread! 6d
Blaire How the word is passed was incredible. Highly recommend for a non-fiction read. 6d
Cinfhen I know @BarbaraBB , I was going to mention to @Megabooks we should do a buddyread for 6d
Cinfhen I‘ve seen that book on a bunch of best of 2021 lists @Blaire so it‘s definitely on my radar and I will be looking to read it in 2022 🤓 6d
britt_brooke I‘m hopeful you‘ll enjoy Sundown! 🤞🏼 6d
Cinfhen Thanks @britt_brooke I‘m not such a fan of SSJ but I own it, it‘s on the list, I know you liked it and it‘ll work for #Booked2022 6d
MallenNC @Librarybelle I‘m glad you like my book lists! I loved being matched with you my first year of #NYWD 5d
MallenNC @Cinfhen I listened to Sun Down Motel in October. It was the perfect creepy mystery for that time. 5d
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New Year Who Dis? | Bitchy Fits
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I am ridiculously excited for this list of 16 books from @vivastory for #NewYearWhoDis!

I highlighted the covers of the ones that initially caught my fancy, but this is an epic match @monalyisha thank you!

7 was on my list, and I‘ve read and enjoyed 4, 8, 11, 12, 13. I‘m rereading The Martian Chronicles because I first read it nearly 30 years ago! #FeelingOld 😂

I‘m interested in more than these five, but I wanted highlight Scott‘s great list!

DGRachel Ooh, Firestarter is one of my favorite King novels. Say Nothing was good, too! 7d
merelybookish Scott has such eclectic good taste! He was sure to provide a good list 7d
monalyisha I love Ray Bradbury so, so much. 💖 And the Tove J. caught my eye, too! It was on a few different #NYWD lists & I added it to my personal TBR. Have fun! 7d
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monalyisha Also, George Saunders is my husband‘s favorite author. He‘s normally not a big reader but he greedily devours his short story collections! 7d
Megabooks @DGRachel I wrestled with whether to put that in the graphic. Same with the Baldwin, Didion, and The Stone Angel. TBH, there are only one or two that I‘m not interested in. Just an amazing list! I just wanted his list to be easily readable to those who are interested. I love seeing other pairs lists. 7d
Megabooks @merelybookish truth! 🙌🏻 I hope he likes my list half as much as I like his! 7d
Megabooks @monalyisha I really enjoyed the Saunders. I read A LOT of sci fi when I was younger, and I think it‘s something whose time has come to renter my TBR more often. I wanted to read the Jasson after the #NYRBBookClub reviews came in. Sounds really fantastic! 7d
squirrelbrain What a great list! ❤️ 7d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain right?!? So pleased. 7d
BarbaraBB Numbers 2,5, 14 and 15 are all fantastic !! 7d
Megabooks Passing is another one that has been on my “maybe someday list,” but I think I should move it to my definite TBR if you both liked it! 👍🏻 @BarbaraBB (edited) 7d
Cinfhen This is a great list!!! I‘m gonna read Passing for #Booked2022 #SmallScreenAdaptation 7d
Megabooks @Cinfhen good prompt use! I hadn‘t thought of that. 👍🏻 I‘m so bad at knowing what‘s on tv. (edited) 7d
Cinfhen I only know because I saw a Netflix sticker on a book jacket 😘 7d
Prairiegirl_reading 3 and 14 are two of my all time favourites! What a great list! Great pairing I think. 7d
vivastory @DGRachel I think it's one of his more underrated books. I'll be interested to see what the remake will be like. 7d
vivastory @monalyisha This is def one of my fave Bradbury books & I love that one of the sections is set in Independence, MO. True Deceiver kicked off my love for Tove 7d
vivastory @Cinfhen I'll be interested to see what you think of Passing 7d
Chelsea.Poole “Ridiculously excited” —> same here! 👋 that‘s a great list, have fun! 7d
Megabooks @Prairiegirl_reading for sure a great pairing! 7d
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole fantastic!! It is!! 7d
Megabooks @vivastory like you, I‘m going to wait on purchasing until my gift cards come at Christmas 😃, but I‘ll probably read Say Nothing whenever my library hold comes in. My library does have several others, too, which is great. I‘ll definitely be reading some trickled throughout the year in addition to a few in January! 7d
SilversReviews I have only read EVERY LAST FEAR. ENJOY them all. 6d
Megabooks @SilversReviews thank you! I‘m excited! 6d
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Untitled | Unknown
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📚 The Tempest- still reading
📚 Pride and Premeditation- finished 👍
📚 Yes, Chef- finished 👍👍
📚 The Story of Mina Lee- still reading
📚 The Angel's Game- still reading, plan to finish today
📚 The Paris Architect- started, but didn't read much

Cinfhen I‘m really excited to read this book👉🏽so glad you put it back on my #readersRadar!! Im using it for #ReadingAfrica22 (edited) 7d
CoffeeNBooks @Cinfhen It was such a great book!! 7d
Cinfhen By any chance…does it include any recipes??? Then I can use it for #Booked2022 too!! 7d
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CoffeeNBooks @Cinfhen No, unfortunately it doesn't have any recipes in it... which is why I had to buy a few more of his cookbooks after I read it, lol! 7d
Cinfhen Hahaha!! Darn, one recipe would have been nice 😊 7d
SilversReviews Loved THE PARIS ARCHITECT. His other books are also good. HOUSE OF THIEVES is very good. 6d
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The Snow Song | Sally Gardner
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This sounds like a good wintery read for 99p 😃 👍

TrishB May just go and have a look 😁 1w
squirrelbrain It would fit for the weather prompt for #booked2022 as well! @TrishB 1w
TrishB @squirrelbrain well….. 1w
Caroline2 @TrishB I‘ve bought about 7 99p books today! it‘s been one of those days. Retail therapy to the rescue!!! 😆 7d
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New Year Who Dis? | Bitchy Fits
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Congratulations, @MallenNC & @Cinfhen ! You‘ve been matched! 🎉

By at least Sunday (likely earlier), you‘ll each receive an email from me (monalitsy at gmail dot com) which will include your official reading list!

You can start tracking those books down so soon!

*Please note:
All reading for this event should begin on January 1st, 2022.

Thanks for participating!
#NewYearWhoDis #NYWD22

🎨: Yvonne Robert
@ yvonnerobert_

Megabooks So excited for these lists @Cinfhen @MallenNC 👀👍🏻 1w
MallenNC @Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m excited too! 1w
Amandajoy @Cinfhen the list I got last year from @MallenNC was fantastic! 1w
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Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 I‘m SUPER EXCITED @MallenNC @Amandajoy @Megabooks Thank you @monalyisha for this pairing 💕💕💕 1w
Cinfhen Just got your list @MallenNC yay!! There are a bunch I own and wanted to read in 2022 and a few new to me, that I need to investigate 🤩 7d
MallenNC @Cinfhen I just got your list too! I haven‘t read any of them but there are several I have had my eye on. My list is not in order of favorite, just the order I thought of them. If you have any questions let me know! 7d
Cinfhen Same with my list!! I tried to think of half non fiction and half fiction. I think all of my books were probably read/listened on audio so I hope their just as good in print @MallenNC I love that a bunch of your titles will work for #Booked2022 prompts 💕💕💕 7d
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