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ChaoticMissAdventures

ChaoticMissAdventures

Joined August 2019

Reading is my favorite sport.
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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#pridebookrec fiction week

This is one of my all time top 10 favorite books.
Raw and emotional, this is a look at a group of gay men in 1985 Chicago, dealing with the AIDS epidemic and art and friendship, it's gorgeously written and the characters will live with you for long after you put the book down.

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OMG this is so exciting!!
I love Phoebe Robinson's books. Listening to them on the train and getting looks because I was laughing so hard will always stick in my memory. I am excited to watch her obsession with Bono on the small screen!!
In Freeform (?) And Hulu starting mid July

LibrarianRyan as in U2 Bono? Hummmm. Might need to check this out. 3h
ChaoticMissAdventures @LibrarianRyan YES! She is honestly hilarious and I was not expecting an entire chapter (plus remarks later in this book and in her next book) about U2s Bono 😂 3h
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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#weeklyforecast
Got Ozeki's book on audio so hoping to get into this stack this week.

jeannasser Scythe is one of my faves! 🥰 let us know how you enjoy it! 10h
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Mid-year reading check in
Like always I love my moody broody dark reads! I really am trying to work in more lighthearted things... really 😂
Favorite book so far tagged.

BarbaraBB I can quite relate to this! 17h
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#pridebookrec #yaday
(otherwise known as Love, Simon)
I Love this book. When I read it I was a bit over coming out stories but this one was written so well you cannot help but root for him, I was fully enthralled by the story and my heart was full when it was over.

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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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#pridebookrec #yaday

I adore this one. Thomas seamlessly weaves Latin culture inside this ghost story. It is gorgeously written and while a bit heartbreaking a fun romp and good mystery.

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Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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#pridebookrec #yaday
A fantastic and lovely multi award winning book.
This is a charming story mixed with the harsh reality of what trans youth go through in the US.
The book is filled with vivid descriptions of art, and complex and human relationships.

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Juliet Takes a Breath | Gabby Rivera
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#pridebookrec #yapride
If it is good enough for Roxane Gay....😍
I liked how this book calls out white feminism in my hometown.
But mostly it is about a queer young woman trying to find herself and striking out on her own, only to realize the pedestal we place some on we shouldn't.

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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This is my surprise love of the year. I definitely judged the book by the reading group sticker and put this one off, I don't normally like Reese Witherspoon picks but this one I legit could not put down the characters stuck with me hard until I was able to read more.
Solid writing, character development, and storytelling.

5feet.of.fury Agree! I don‘t even really like YA. Wasn‘t expecting much from Reese. I LOVED this one. 2d
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It is a dark day in America today.
If you care about womens health and safety I recommend these 2 books
Post Roe is in it's second edition and now has a teal cover that looks very similar

Readergrrl My daughter is reading Handmaid‘s Tale this summer for school. Hits differently now. But I refuse to be broken by this. 🗳💪🏼 3d
DGRachel Even though I knew it was coming, I‘m so angry I‘m literally seeing red through the tears. So. Angry. 3d
ChaoticMissAdventures @Readergrrl I would recommend she read a more accurate representation of it (and more racially aware as these laws most always affect Black and Brown people), if she is interested have her read Butler's 3d
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ChaoticMissAdventures @DGRachel I thought it was coming yesterday and then they added today as opinion day and I knew it would be today, last opinion then they are going to scurry out of town like the disgusting people they are. 3d
Readergrrl @ChaoticMissAdventures She‘s reading THT for school, but I love Octavia Butler and have both of those in my library. I‘ll point them out to her. 3d
dylanisreading Thank you for these recs! Snagged Bodies on the Line from Libby and requested Handbook from the library. 3d
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Amazing. Mandel is an auto buy for me. The way she weaves a story is fantastic, excellent writing, time travel, plus characters from other Mandel books making appearances makes this book a gorgeous experience.

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Home | Toni Morrison
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Soft pick. This is not my favorite Morrison, but I do like how she focused on a returning vet from the Korean war, we do not have enough books on this demographic. Her delivery was effective, and the story is short I just didn't feel the emotional pull and connection I normally do with her characters.

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I have to admit this was a struggle for me. This is the third time I have picked the book up. This time I definitely understood it more (and finished it). The writing is complex and lyrical the story deep and surreal. Once I grasped the basis of the story it was an easier read, so unique, creative, and complexly written. I can see why people love it. Vivik Oji is still my favorite Emezi book.

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#thinkpositivebepositive
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

"You don't have to have it all figured out to move forward."

5feet.of.fury ❤️ if we wait until we‘re ready, we will be waiting the rest of our lives. 6d
ChaoticMissAdventures @5feet.of.fury exactly!! This is why I solo travel too! Can't wait for me or others to be completely ready or you will never see anything! 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree!! ❤️ 5d
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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#weeklyforecast
Started tagged and Freshwater already, I grabbed Firekeepers Daughter and Home on audio - I just bought a bike and the weather is going to be amazing this week so hopefully lots of riding and audio!

Readergrrl That sounds lovely and your book selections are great! I just started Sea of Tranquility too! 1w
DisneyFan Love this pic!! Great framing! 1w
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Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
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Mehso-so

About as meh as my last dregs of watered down coffee....I want to say maybe it was the marketing because this book is not about these women's relationship with each other rather it is about 2 women going through relationships and they orbit around each other sometimes.
The way it is written I had a hard time knowing who's story we were following, or even how to tell the 2 apart though they had dramatically different story lines.

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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He steps forward -

-- into a flash of darkness, like sudden blindness or an eclipse. He has an impression of being in some vast interior, something like a train station or a cathedral, and there are notes of violin music, there are other people around him, and then an incomprehensible sound --

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I checked this out from the library and it is so good I went to my bookstore and grabbed a copy when I was about half through. As someone who is atheist and about 10 years ago swore off WWII books, I felt I needed this, but it was so much more than I had thought. Particularly interesting (as an American) is the dismantling of the myth of renaming from Ellis Island. Each chapter is unique & special. Highly recommend.

LiteraryinLawrence Wow. This sounds really eye-opening. 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures @LiteraryinLawrence it really is! She tackles old events and current events, there is a chapter on Merchant of Venice, which I do not think I have read but her chapter was very informative. She covers so many topics. 1w
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Co creator of the Bechdel test!
This graphic novel is a childhood memoir filled with dark themes and trauma.
It is a coming of age and a coming out story and is well worth the time
#pridebookrec #graphicnovel week

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Mehso-so

When people find unpublished works by a famous person I always wonder how that person would feel about it, was this the final draft they were wanting to send into the world?
This is the story of Sylvie and Andree friend through their childhood into adulthood. Some things make little sense - Andree's mother goes from almost negligence in ignoring Andree to not letting her out of her site for seemingly no reason beyond her age maybe? 👇

ChaoticMissAdventures The drastic change in character is not explained. Andree becomes more and more erratic over time and we see from Sylies POV but somehow do not really get to know her. 1w
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3 day rainy weekend. I have started a bunch of different things lately so this weekend I want to focus on wrapping them up.
Tim Tams and wine to help push through.

dylanisreading Scythe is really good! 1w
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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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This was a great complex story - two brothers newly freed, one couple who hires them to work the land and their son who has a romance with the neighbor boy. A family drama with trauma but a ribbon of heart running through. Well told story.

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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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#pridebookrec #graphicnovel week
George Takei is a ground breaking, funny human. But his childhood was not idyllic.
Being Japanese in The US during the 40-50 (and even now) was horrifying. This graphic novel tells of him and his family's experience in US concentration camps and the pain that still resonates from that time.
An important read.

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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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This is a nice sapphic graphic novel. About 2 women who grow together, move apart, and then find each other in later life.
A great series with heart.

melmes Such a lovely cover 💜 1w
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#pridebookrec #graphicnovel week
An amazing, heartwarming historical fiction graphic novel about a prince and his dressmaker. Fantastic art work and wonderful story.

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Thoughts on this? I just saw a tweet saying "Now that we have moved past using #ownvoices..." And I was so confused because I missed this whole conversation which apparently happened in 2021?
I can completely see the issue here and will no longer use the term.

thereadingpal Some say that unfortunately, publishers would dig into authors' lives to know if they really were “own voices“ or wouldn't publish certain authors for the same reason. I've seen it around
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ChaoticMissAdventures @thereadingpal thanks for the info, I definitely do not see it used as much by readers, but still see it in some book challenges and just completely missed any discussion on it. 2w
shanaqui It caught me by surprise too, though it makes total sense when you hear about it -- I've even been pressured because I'm not an “Own Voices“ reviewer about this or that, on my blog... but of course I am, I just wasn't out about it on my blog that my mother reads! 2w
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#pridebookrec #graphicnovel week
So I know I already recommend this but honestly it is the only series I have read this year, the only book I have read where I needed more.
Also if you Google Heartstopper there are lovely graphics that float around, like in the book that were coded by a friend's brother!

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Exile | James Patterson
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That is not what racism is.
I tagged Exile because I think we should do that to him.

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Run, Rose, Run: A Novel | James Patterson, Dolly Parton
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Oh no. No, no, no. Another day happy that I have never supported this white man who doesn't even write his own book but hires a team of ghost writers he gives zero credit to.

CBee Omg 🤮 2w
5feet.of.fury Poor Dolly 😩 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @5feet.of.fury I know right? There was no reason for that clip to be about her when the article is about him supporting a pedo, and not understanding what racism is. 2w
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tjwill Seriously? Ugh. 😣 2w
DrexEdit Glad I have never been a Patterson fan 2w
tokorowilliamwallace Yeah, I guess he's not hurting for money; he can safely retire on his wealth. But this is the fault of publication houses promoting and advertising for money makers. It's many, if not all popular authors who churn out new publications so quickly for their fans. Nobody believes these cowriting partnerships. This is actually a subplot in Sandra Brown's Envy, about an family-run publication trying to be bought out by this global media conglomerate. 2w
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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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#weeklyforecast with a Calamity photo bomb.

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#pridebookrec #nonfiction week
A book of essays about growing up queer and disabled in a rural logging community.
The disabled community is so often ignored this is an essential book to start thinking about accessibility and how interwoven with the Queer community things for a person can be so much harder than an able bodied person might want to admit.

ChaoticMissAdventures I also went against my own better judgement and ordered a new (to me) flavor latte of cardamom which is v. popular around here and wow do I not enjoy this. It is like drinking perfume laced coffee! 2w
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TFW
Got to my favorite coffee shop, ordered a latte for here, sat down excited to dig into the tagged book, and my e-reader goes "Not today Bitch" (for due to tagged book I should be reading)
E-reader will not reboot, the screen is frozen. A physical copy would never.

thereadingpal I'm sorry about the e-reader! 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @thereadingpal got it home plugged it in and all is right with the world now! 2w
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This was the perfect medium to tell this story. I really like nonfiction graphic novels, they can express so much, and the use of color (or lack of) throughout this story is highly impactful.

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Enjoyed this. It was a bit difficult to keep track of who was who but the story was engaging and the pacing good.
The afterward about the history of different races in the Caribbean and UK and how they were treated - mainly Asian Caribbean people was informative and important.

TheIntrovertedDodoBird Stacked! Thank you ❤️ Xx 2w
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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Mehso-so

I so much wanted to love this. Unfortunately it almost sent me into a reading slump. It was a drag to get through. It might be expectations on my part but for me this book should have been 150 pages shorter cutting out much of Jades ramblings. I know it is supposed to be a love letter to horror but I needed more action & well horror. When I read horror I anticipate at least elevated heartbeats but everything was bogged down I never got there.

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"I read Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, all the authors of the era"
I always find it fun when you are reading 2 books and one of them (or the author) is mentioned in the other ?

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Beyond the Gender Binary | Alok Vaid-Menon
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#pridebookrec #nonfiction
If you have gender questions, or just want to be the best ally you can be, you must read up with, and follow Alok. They are full of love, always ready to question the binary, and beautifully passionately themselves.
This is a small but mighty book about gender.

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#pridebookrec #nonfiction week
Who doesn't need a gorgeous middle American Black boy coming of age story?
Jones is spectacular.

MallenNC This book is so good! I read it a while ago but I still think about the last chapter and the final line. 2w
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#pridebookrec #nonfiction week
Janet Mock. Janet Mock!! ❤️
What an amazing woman and such a great writer. I this one about her 20s, it is a memoir about finding your way and being comfortable in your skin and, what does that look like.
Recommend all of her books.

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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#pridebookrec #nonfiction week

Not just one book but any book by Roxane Gay. Amazing writing with common sense criticism and powerful stories. Here are some of her nonfiction reads

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Me | Elton John
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Late in the day #pridebookrec #nonfiction week
Today's pick is a fascinating memoir from one of the most famous Gays out there. The man behind my absolute favorite song Tiny Dancer. Me takes you through John's childhood and all the way through him becoming a parent himself. He talks about the music and the destruction fame can bring about. This is very well done.

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February House | Sherill Tippins
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#lgbtqNonfiction #pridebookrec
This week of pride I want to highlight some nonfiction reads that are awesome. Starting with this little known history of many famous artists who all lived together in a falling down house in Brooklyn. I didn't realize Carson McCullers was queer before this and overall this house felt like a wildly good time.

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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#weeklyforecast
Still getting through tagged from last week. I am finding it a bit of a drag and think it could be 100 pages shorter.
Hoping the rest of this pile is a breeze even if The Magician is heavy.

thereadingpal Such a pretty picture! I hope the rest of the pile is easier on you ☺️ 3w
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The Price of Salt, or Carol | Patricia Highsmith
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Classic & timeless
The characters are infuriating - selfish and broken but also so determined. I loved the details of the characters - women with jobs like entomologist and stage designer it wasn't really part of the story but made each character more interesting.
This is mostly a character study be prepared for the plot to be slow, but to be able to pick apart the characters and their motives.
Adding this to my #pridebookrec list

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Q is for Queer
Queer author Akwaeke Emezi is a powerhouse of a writer. The books they published are all incredibly different, and always impeccably written.
Vivek Oji is my favorite of their novels so far.

sarahbarnes I have this one on my shelf - hope to get to it soon! 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures @sarahbarnes I hope you like it! This month I am trying to get to their 3w
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Fire Island is out on Hulu!
This is a gay Pride and Prejudice retelling!!
I watched it last night and really loved it.
Margaret Cho plays the Mrs Bennet character 💕
I loved that I could tell who each sister was in the first 5 minutes 😂. It made watching it (and waiting for Whickem) so much fun.

persephone1408 I really enjoyed it❤ 3w
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#pridebookrec
T is for Trans
This is such a raw and heartfelt story. I don't read many books about motherhood but this one was excellent.
It is also the first book by a Trans author to be part of the Women's Prize for Fiction award.

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#thinkpositivebepositive
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
"When you focus on the good;
The good gets better"

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💞💞💞 3w
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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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#pridebookrec
B is for Bi
I absolutely love everything about this graphic novel series.
The way she writes about figuring out your sexuality is so well done, and if is great bi representation. The story is sweet and lovely but doesn't sugar coat or ignore bullying and grappling with big feelings.

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G for Gay
Gorgeous is the word for this one. Ocean Vuong's writing is outstandingly beautiful. A letter from a son to his illiterate mother, this is loosely based on the author 's life and is worth every word of reading.

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