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ChasingOm

Joined May 2016

Just a small town progressive who uses a lot of !!!s #IntegrateYourShelf (She/Her)
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Commencement | J Courtney Sullivan
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Another short holiday story; I‘ve tagged the author‘s novel.
I read this while my husband and I drove to Columbus for a short anniversary weekend away. 😍 Walking around the shopping center last night, we admired the lights & listened to the Silver Bells on the horse drawn carriages. #FestivePhotoChallenge
I love stories set in reality television; I would read this story as a full novel so I could learn more about the characters. #WinterGames2021

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My second holiday read for #WinterGames2021, with a cherry rugelach background for the #FestivePhotoChallenge prompt.

I love a “misunderstanding in childhood leads to adult rivalry leads to love” trope as much as anyone, but there were pieces of this that fell flat for me. It also had ZERO chemistry on the page between the love interests, which was disappointing. I did like the Jewish traditions and Yiddish that were sprinkled in though!

Laughterhp Oh no! I have this one on my list to read this month. 2d
ChasingOm @Laughterhp I hope you disagree with me!! 😄 2d
StayCurious good review! 12h
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Whisper Network: A Novel | Chandler Baker
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This short story isn‘t in the database, so I‘m tagging a novel by the author instead. This was short, but not necessarily sweet; it‘ll have you wanting to hug the people in your life who work to make the holidays special. 🎁
My Nespresso advent calendar and the book cover will have to do for the “Red & Green” prompt of the #FestivePhotoChallenge for #WinterGames2021 because we haven‘t decorated yet. 😂
Go #TeamGameSleighers!

StayCurious Great! 3d
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Here is an early December TBR for #WinterGames pre-game points! Not pictured is the third in the Arden trilogy because I‘ll need to pick it up, probably at the library. 🌲#TeamGameSleighers

sebrittainclark A Holly Jolly Diwali and The Matzah Ball are on my list too. I read In a Holidaze last year and absolutely loved it! 2w
StayCurious I'm looking forward to some of these myself! 2w
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No Gods, No Monsters | Cadwell Turnbull
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I can‘t adequately describe this book. It‘s totally bananapants (the multiverse, a long-standing impasse between good vs. evil, and paranormal creatures all factor heavily in the plot) while also being very grounded in reality (police shootings, protests, and fear of “others” also make appearances). There are no neat bows wrapped around the end, which makes sense as this is the first in a promised series. Who KNOWS where book two might take us?!

wanderinglynn Sounds fascinating. Stacked! 3w
peanutnine I love your description of bananapants yet grounded 😂 definitely captures the feel of this one! 3w
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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This book was really good, but the narrator made it AMAZING.

Hearing the Ojibwe words and the (not over the top) accents for each character really brought the book to life for me. I loved learning about the tribe‘s traditions and how they are currently practiced even as the community deals with a very timely issue (drug manufacturing & distribution). It felt like fiction that was VERY informed by real lives and real situations.

JamieArc I read the print, but it would definitely be worth a reread doing the audio! 1mo
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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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I was SO EXCITED that my hold for this came in on time to be my Halloween read! 👻

This one is a ghost story with “Get Out” (the movie) vibes. I love Tiffany Jackson‘s story telling and her first foray into horror did not disappoint. The story touches on addiction, anxiety, gentrification, and so much more. I suggest reading before the sun goes down if you prefer your horror “lite,” especially if you live in an older house. 🙈

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The Corpse Queen | Heather M. Herrman
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The first of two spooky books I read this weekend!

I loved the characters, the setting, and the atmosphere of this book. The wrap up wasn‘t quite as satisfying as I would have liked, but not in a “left me hanging” way, just in an “oh, that‘s how we‘re ending it, huh?” way. 😂 I‘d still recommend to anyone looking for a YA book with light horror though! 🧟‍♀️

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Today‘s weather has been so perfect that I‘ve hung my hammock on my porch to get some research reading done. 😄 It‘s stayed in the upper 70s just about all day.

#litsysummercamp

ImperfectCJ That sounds like a great day at camp! Kind of makes me want to get a hammock (except I don't have any shaded places to hang one). 4mo
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1. My ⛺️! I‘ve had it for over 10 years, but I‘ve only recently jumped back into the hobby.
2. Camp Dharma 🧘🏻‍♀️
3. I love the tagged graphic novel series. ❤️
4. I‘m trying to read at least one business book a week, so we‘ll say this week‘s book (tagged below), plus two more for funsies. 😄

#LitsySummerCamp

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On June 20th, I launched a Burnout Recovery Coaching program, geared specifically towards folx who work in political spaces. I started reading this book the day I launched and I‘m now really looking forward to doing an Instagram story tomorrow about my own why — about how helping political people stay happy and centered is my way of contributing to ALL the political causes that I feel strongly about…I want to help the people who help people. ✌🏻

ChasingOm If you want to watch one of the author‘s TED talks, I highly recommend this one. I used to send it to my candidates when they decided they wanted to run for office: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action/up-next?l... 4mo
SamAnne Oh, interested in this. I have been in conservation work for 30 plus years and recently hit a wall. I work on fisheries/river restoration in the West and it has just felt like the apocalypse. 4mo
ChasingOm Oh gosh, @SamAnne, yes. My parents had a three week river trip to Montana planned this month and they had to cancel it last week because of how bad it is. 💔 You‘re doing important work! 4mo
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PLEASE GIVE ME ALL THE FOOD COMPETITION ROMANCES TO DEVOUR WHILE I SIT BY THE PUBLIC POOL!

This plot point seems to be everywhere recently and I am here for it. The characters were as sweet as the baked goods they made for their show and I would ABSOLUTELY read a sequel, whether it followed the same characters or just the same show. 🧁❤️🧁

Jas16 I would also recommend this one that is coming out next month 5mo
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Bianca I loved this one! And it is the first one in a new series by Hall. I believe it'll follow a different character in the competition! 5mo
ChasingOm You just made my day, @Bianca! 🥧 5mo
CarolynM ❤️ 5mo
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What Big Teeth | Rose Szabo
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I didn‘t take a photo of the book, so here‘s a shot of Bo, my dark side doggo. 😂

The book was a perfect mix of the darker side of fairy tales and Eldritch creatures, with a dash of other horror stories to round it out. There‘s a spooky house, TWO creepy grandmothers, and a town of folx who may or may not own pitchforks. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

AkashaVampie Is that a baby Yoda build a bear? It looks exactly like the one my son has. 5mo
ChasingOm @AkashaVampie Fortunately, it‘s not! It‘s a Baby Yoda dog toy. If it was a Build-A-Bear, it would have gone somewhere the dog couldn‘t get it. 😅 5mo
AkashaVampie @ChasingOm true true. They are expensive!!! We have a baby Yoda and a Darth Vader bear. They are cute! 5mo
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ChasingOm @AkashaVampie I have a Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon — I love him! 5mo
AkashaVampie @ChasingOm awww I would love a Toothless or Pikachu 5mo
LeahBergen Hello, Bo! 5mo
ChasingOm He says hello back and asked you to say hi to Johnny, @LeahBergen! 🐶 5mo
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Winter's Orbit | Everina Maxwell
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Y‘ALL. I want to wrap these characters in bubble wrap and never let anything (else) bad happen to them ever again. But I also want more books and that might be boring reading. 🤔

This book was everything I hoped it would be — a queer political thriller in space — and more. Totally worth the months long wait for my library hold.

CW in comments with spoiler tag.

ChasingOm Content warning for domestic abuse. 5mo
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Winter's Orbit | Everina Maxwell
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I am so stoked to finally have this book in my hands!

Breaking it open while I break in the “reading pool” that I bought at Target this week. It‘s hot here in WV and so far this has been an EXCELLENT idea. 🥵

JamieArc Reading pool - I love it! 5mo
Tamra What a great idea! 5mo
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He Started It | Samantha Downing
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I read this all in one day, but I didn‘t really love it, so here‘s a picture from the spontaneous lake trip we took yesterday instead. 😂

I am all in for an unlikeable character or two (even if it‘s the MC), but to be quite honest, I‘m not sure why I felt invested in reading this until the end. I guess it was more about wanting to know what happened (in the past) intellectually than truly caring about what happened to the characters. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Quiet in Her Bones | Nalini Singh
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I was too tired to finish the last 60 pages last night, but as soon as I woke up this morning, I was ON IT.

Nalini Singh writes AMAZING mystery thrillers. If you like unreliable narrators, Stepford neighborhoods, and cold cases, I definitely recommend this one.

Reagan Great review! Stacked! 5mo
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I've had some major upheaval in the last few months. Nothing devastating, but enough to need a reset. As a result, I am giving myself a “summer sabbatical“ through July (and maybe August)-- no obligations, just digging into what actually brings me joy.

With this in mind, I will not be posting #IntegrateYourShelf prompts for July (apologies to anyone who was looking for them in June), but I will be giving July's #BookSpin a go! August TBD...

rockpools A reset (and a rest) is always a good idea - enjoy it! And thank you for encouraging us to track down more diverse reads over the past months (years? Something happened to my sense of time!). Good luck with your bookspin 😊 5mo
wanderinglynn A reset is always a good idea. 5mo
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Outlawed | Anna North
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My beautiful beach day on Monday betrayed me and now I‘ve got skin as pink as the cover of this book. 😅

However, spending a day away from the sun did give me the nerve to read a library book at the beach, so it wasn‘t all bad! This story was excellent — I loved all the sexual preference/gender fluidity throughout the book and the way the gang related to each other. I loved Ada‘s backstory and how it powered her forward. I would LOVE a sequel!

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My friend and I are on Oak Island in NC this week; this is one of the books that I bought in anticipation of the trip. I LOVED the two main characters, although Poppy‘s job as a travel writer gave me some major wanderlust envy. Emily Henry‘s books may not be auto-buy for me right now, but she is definitely an auto-read!

ncsufoxes We love Oak Island (we currently live in San Diego). We want to buy a beach house/retirement home on Oak Island in the future. 6mo
marleed Oh interesting. You are right now n that description. I, too, have auto-buy and auto-read authors! And so many of my auto read authors have books coming out this summer. Good thing I don‘t have to purchase every one! (edited) 6mo
lazydaizee This looks like a good summer read. 6mo
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We‘ve finally finished the move and all that is left is putting the new house into a configuration that we like. My first priority was getting our lovely side porch put together for reading during summer storms and I‘m getting to enjoy that at this very moment. 🥰

Texreader BEAUTIFUL 6mo
Bianca So much green. I love it! 6mo
Tamra Awesome reading days ahead! 6mo
BethM That looks so great! Moving sucks we just finished too. 6mo
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A two novella weekend in nature is just what I needed!

I loved A DEAD DJINN IN CAIRO, and while I didn‘t love this storyline as much, I am obsessed with this world that Clark has built. I can‘t wait to pick up MASTER OF DJINN in my next bookshop.org order. 🧞‍♂️

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The Album of Dr. Moreau | Daryl Gregory
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I‘m pretty sure it was @Liberty on All The Books who talked up this novella earlier this week. I have never read THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU, but as soon as she said this book was a locked room mystery with animal-human hybrids, I immediately bought the ebook after seeing that my library didn‘t have it.

It was a deliciously quick read, perfect for a weekend camping trip. 🐾

janeycanuck I was intrigued by her description, too, but also have never read Dr. Moreau. Does it still work without knowing the original? 6mo
ChasingOm @janeycanuck It does! 6mo
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The Album of Dr. Moreau | Daryl Gregory
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Weekend plans.

Moving day is Monday!

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The Mary Shelley Club | Goldy Moldavsky
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I love a good high school horror novel. 🔪

This one wasn‘t the best one I‘ve ever read, but I did read it over two days on the tail end of a pretty severe reading slump, so that‘s saying something. I cared about some of the characters at the end and would likely pick up a sequel if the author writes one.

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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There have been so many good books out lately about mental health, both fiction and non-fiction, written by own voices authors. Have you read anything great recently? Or put something on your ever growing TBR?

Related: I'm trying to cut ableist language out of my vocabulary and it's really eye-opening to realize how often I use terms referencing mental illness when describing something negative. 😳

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LauraBrook I‘ve been trying to do the same with my vocabulary lately and it‘s shocking! Even more shocking is that the alternatives aren‘t any better! Lots of food for thought, and I‘m glad to be making progress. 7mo
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rockpools This was a stand-out for me recently. It‘s nature-writing/memoir, but it‘s kind of about her realisation that she wasn‘t ok, and starting to move through it. 7mo
Skygoddess1 This book has been on my list since I saw an interview with her and her husband on the Today Show. Hopefully I‘ll get to it this month 7mo
4thhouseontheleft Have you read either of Allie Brosh‘s graphic novel memoirs? 7mo
ChasingOm @rockpools @Skygoddess1 & @4thhouseontheleft — All of those sound great! 7mo
ChasingOm @LauraBrook Oof. Happy to have a friend in the fight. ❤️ 7mo
TheBookHippie Favorite of youth I mentor 7mo
ChasingOm 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @TheBookHippie 7mo
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Lightseekers | Femi Kayode
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I have been in a HUGE reading slump this year. 😣

I‘m not sure if this book has totally gotten me out of it, but it was good enough for me to finish it and, right now, that‘s a pretty big endorsement! The “mystery” at the center of the book was good, but what I really loved was getting to know part of Nigeria (albeit a darker side for sure).

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A day late, but I am SO EXCITED to share this book! 🥰

This is a beautiful YA book about grief and identity and relationships. It sat on my shelf for quite a while (sometimes books about losing a mother can be triggering for me), but when I was ready, it more than delivered. In fact, I'm thinking this month might be a good time for a re-read, if I can find it in all my boxes...

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ncsufoxes I just finished The Mountains Sing a few weeks ago & loved it. Definitely one of the best books I‘ve read this year. My mom read it & loved it too (which is saying a lot since she‘s an avid reader & a bit of a book snob). 7mo
TheBookHippie I loved it too if you can‘t find it I have an extra copy here 🙃 I can mail it to you 💌 7mo
ChasingOm @ncsufoxes THE MOUNTAINS SING was on my TBR for #foodandlit but then life got crazy and I didn‘t get to it. Moving back to the TBR now! And thank you @TheBookHippie, that‘s so generous!! I found my copy. 🥰 7mo
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Friends, I'm sorry that I dropped this challenge but life became, well, challenging and I had to step away. But we're back! (Late in the day as ever. 😅)

I got to visit my sister for the first time in 18 months last week and it was amazing, not just because the reunion was so overdue, but because I finally got the tagged book from her after my stepmother loaned it to her first! How rude. 😏

I can't wait to read it. 🌿

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ChasingOm If you're willing, please take a screenshot of the prompt above and share it on your own feed, tagging Emily and myself and using the #IntegrateYourShelf. That way folx on your feed can see it and participate as well! 🥰 7mo
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Amandajoy My choice would definitely be the tagged book. It was one of my favorites last year. 7mo
Coueriamb Welcome back! Glad you got to see family- and got your book lol 7mo
Clare-Dragonfly This is on my wishlist! I can‘t think of another book that fits the prompt except one I DNFed 🤔 7mo
ozma.of.oz No worries! You do what you need to do! And I‘m glad to see this challenge back! ❤️ 7mo
LaraS Welcome back! Oooo, what a great prompt! I have to think about this one. 🖤❤️🤍💛 7mo
ncsufoxes Yeah on getting to see family. This book is on my wishlist. Betty is the only book that I can think of recently that was about a Native American family and there were several discussions about the environment & taking care of Earth (edited) 7mo
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A friend of mine asked me how many irons I have in the fire currently. My answer: “[Working at the] Capitol, buying a house, taking a Harvard class, daydreaming about building my business, applying for a new job, teaching yoga, and wondering what my current contract workload will be after session. So — not many?” 😂🔥🧯
This is most of my books, ready for the KonMari method of tidying up (and packing) this weekend.

wanderinglynn I‘m exhausted just reading all the things you do. 🤯😆 8mo
Librariana I always thought/found the book-purging component of the KonMari method difficult to tackle, but I can definitely see how it serves a larger purpose to ask ourselves the question of whether or not something brings us joy. It's important to be honest with ourselves... to ask "Truly, will I read or re-read this?" and then letting things go accordingly. 8mo
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I went with a nonfiction pick for this prompt -- one of the best books I read last year! I've considered buying a copy of this book for every one of the Democratic women I work with at the WV State House of Delegates -- or at least encouraging them to buy it themselves!

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TheBookHippie I agree it is so good. 9mo
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Skygoddess1 Curiosity question: Why only the Democratic women, why not the Independent women as well? (edited) 9mo
ChasingOm @Skygoddess1 I work for the Democratic caucus, plus we don‘t have any Independent women currently serving in the House. 😄 9mo
Skygoddess1 @ChasingOm Ok, that makes sense 9mo
ncsufoxes The tagged book has been on my TBR pile but haven‘t gotten to it yet. The Power of Purpose was really good. 9mo
Maria514626 This sounds amazing! Thanks! 7mo
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March: Book One | John Lewis
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My attention span is a mess right now, so hit me with your best diverse graphic novels! 😄

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jenniferw88 I've got nothing, I'm afraid. Looking forward to stacking a lot! 9mo
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TheBookHippie This was really good 9mo
Lovesbooks87 Not in the database that I see but Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds (edited) 9mo
TheBookHippie @Lovesbooks87 I couldn‘t find it either and I agree it‘s so good 9mo
MeganAnn Good Talk is one of my favorites! (edited) 9mo
MeganAnn Almost American Girl was great also 9mo
TheBookHippie 😅 that‘s my list I‘ve used mentoring kids. There are more but these fit your categories the best 🤍 9mo
MeganAnn And I really want to read this one: 9mo
MeganAnn I want it read this one too: (edited) 9mo
KVanRead @MeganAnn I was going to suggest The Best We Could Do. It‘s really good!! 9mo
Laughterhp I really liked this one 9mo
Coueriamb Lmao same. The Magic Fish and After The Rain were already tagged and are amazing. Added the tagged book because it‘s next on my TBR, but following it are the Cautionary Fables and Tales series. 9mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraTheBibliophage That one is so good!!!! 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I keep hearing about this one but can‘t vouch for it personally 9mo
4thhouseontheleft My daughter is loving this series right now 9mo
4thhouseontheleft Another fantastic LGBTQ+ GN 9mo
4thhouseontheleft My favorite superhero GN, featuring a Muslim-American Ma Marvel 9mo
4thhouseontheleft Ans one of my favorite reads from last year 9mo
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My immersion into Vietnam for #FoodandLit.
I‘ve been SUPER unmotivated to lately, but the tagged book has been on my TBR for years and, as a graphic memoir, I‘m finding it easier to get into. I also read a travel guide, tagged in the comments.

Food is Chao Ga (Rice Soup with Chicken) from Milk Street. I think it needed a little more saltiness for me. 🤔

Texreader I‘ve been trying to find this book. No luck so far 9mo
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ChasingOm @Texreader I checked it out through Hoopla, if you have access to that! 9mo
ElizaMarie I really enjoyed this book.. it had so much more history than I had expected. Also your soup looks great! Maybe saltines? 9mo
Bookworm54 @Texreader I found it on scribd if you have that :) 9mo
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There are a lot of romances I love featuring Black couples, but I've been thinking a lot about how access to the outdoors is constrained by racial divides, so I looked for a book by a Black author talking about a love of the outdoors. The tagged book sounds great -- not only does it have the memoir aspect, but it also seems like it will have some critical thinking about the issues I've been mulling over! 💕

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The tagged book was a gift from my husband for Christmas and as soon as this prompt came to mind, I knew I was going to pick it up next. I can't wait to see everyone's recommendations!

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KVanRead Just read and loved this one that definitely encompasses a look at that intersection 10mo
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Lovesbooks87 Loved the tagged book! It was so good! 10mo
ImperfectCJ I loved this one. I have read little of Lorde's poetry (I don't read a lot of poetry in general), but these essays have kept me thinking and reflecting since I read them several years ago. 10mo
TheBookHippie Loved the tagged book!!! 10mo
TheBookHippie I very much enjoyed 10mo
Blaire @KVanRead I loved this one as well and a great fit for the prompt. 10mo
KVanRead @Blaire Yeah, I just loved it. 5 stars for sure. 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly I have some Audre Lorde on my TBR! 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh I see @ImperfectCJ already listed that 😆 in which case may I also recommend 10mo
MeganAnn I really want to read this one: 10mo
MeganAnn And I loved this novella from Alyssa Cole‘s reluctant royals series that focuses on two women falling back in love with each other. In fact, I‘ve loved the entire series! (edited) 10mo
MeganAnn @Clare-Dragonfly Cinderella is Dead looks interesting as well. Added it to my TBR! 10mo
LaraS Thanks to #canadareads I‘m smack dab in the middle of 10mo
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I've been having a rough time reading recently, but I've wanted to read this book for years. I'm hoping this month will be the month I actually do it!

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Blaire I know I‘ve sang warmth of other suns praises a million times, but it is so worth reading and it reads like a novel so not a slog at all. Roots has been on my tbr forever and plan for it to be my chunkster next month. Putting it here to commit myself. (edited) 10mo
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Laughterhp I‘m hoping to read The Underground Railroad, Bluebird BlueBird and Americanah. But we‘ll see how much reading I actually get done this month! 10mo
TheBookHippie This book and Caste are so very good. I know you will learn so much. I put on hold several picture books- by several I mean 40 -to read and hopefully find wonderful read a louds for all months not just this one. I‘ll post as they come in. 10mo
ChasingOm @Blaire - the chunkiness has definitely deterred me, so I'm glad to hear it reads easy! @LaughterHP - I've read the first two books on your list and I loved them both! @TheBookHippie - I may need to check out some picture books too! I need something to ease me back into reading again... 🤦🏻‍♀️ 10mo
TheBookHippie @ChasingOm works everytime for me. I reread old childhood favorites and old teen favorites, get new picture books ..helps your mind . 10mo
MeganAnn I‘m currently reading Americanah. And I filled my #bookspin TBR for this month with every unread book on my shelves by black authors in honor of Black History Month. Some are from last year‘s #blitsyswap #blackhistorymonthswap so I‘m especially hoping to get to those. And I‘m participating in that swap again this year which is a great way to celebrate, support black owned businesses, and to add more books by black authors to my shelves. (edited) 10mo
MeganAnn @Laughterhp I‘m about halfway through Americanah and so far it‘s very good. 10mo
KVanRead Looking forward to reading this one this one with #shesaid this month and watching my TBR grow ☺️ 10mo
Butterfinger I'm reading Zadie Smith and promoting YA authors to my younguns. They are back in school 🎉🎉so I got out my biographies and Renee Watson and Jacqueline Woodson and of course Christopher Paul Curtis. 10mo
ncsufoxes The tagged book is in my TBR, although I didn‘t put it on my Bookspin board. I made my bookspin board intentionally to include all Black authors or stories for Black History Month. I can‘t decide what book I want to start more Hood Feminism is at the top as well as Caste & They Were Her Property (which has gotten rave reviews). 10mo
ncsufoxes Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr is a really great book. One of my other favorites I read in college was Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody 10mo
j9brown I want to read A Promised Land for some modern history, but I'm intimidated by the size of it! Maybe I'll be less hesitant if I plan to break it up with something short and easy near the middle of it. 10mo
ChasingOm @MeganAnn You‘ve got a great month ahead! @KVanRead That looks great! (And same re: TBR, lol.) @Butterfinger I love that you‘re bringing your kids in too! @ncsufoxes I‘m loving all the intentional bingo boards! I LOVED Hood Feminism. @j9brown You just reminded me that I got that on audio with a Libro.FM credit! It will be perfect to read once my daily commute to the state Capitol starts next week for our legislative session. 😍 10mo
Chelleo I don‘t have a reading plan in place per say as I usually read Black authors regularly but I did just start this one today 10mo
Chelleo I‘m also s l o w l y making my way through this (only because I‘m a slow reader of print books...the book is good and engaging) 10mo
kspenmoll @Chelleo When They Call You a Terrorist such a good book! 10mo
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I spent today “in” Brazil for #FoodandLit! I‘ve been unmotivated to read fiction lately, but reading through the culture section of Lonely Planet‘s Brazil gave me some good recommendations for nonfiction! I downloaded a sample of the tagged book — if it‘s good, I‘ll pay the $4.99 for the Kindle edition. 😄

Food is Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew) from Milk Street and Pao de Queijo (Cheese Bread) from Trader Joe‘s. 🤤

Texreader Love this! 11mo
Butterfinger I love how you immersed yourself. I hope it was enjoyable. 11mo
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March: Book One | Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, John Lewis
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This prompt could cover civil rights for people of color, for Indigenous peoples, for disabled folx, for members of the LGBTQ+ community, etc. It could cover events from the past or the current struggles that marginalized communities are still fighting. There is still so much work to be done... 😔

#IntegrateYourShelf

ozma.of.oz Oh I‘ve got to think about this one! 11mo
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ncsufoxes My son (he‘s 16) has this one & it‘s good. His favorite book was Monster by Walter Dean Myers. He said it really helped him understand a lot about inequalities. American Boys is another good one 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly This excellent memoir immediately comes to mind. 11mo
ChasingOm @ncsufoxes I have Monster on my Kindle, but haven‘t read it! I‘ve heard great things about that one as well, @Clare-Dragonfly 11mo
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Alyssa Cole is now an auto-buy author for me. I fell in love with her romances when I read this novel set it what feels like a less-superpowered Black Panther universe. The main characters are flawed, but you're rooting for them; the side-characters are fleshed out (so that when the sequels focus on their stories, you're excited!); and there is just enough royal intrigue to keep you interested beyond the sexy parts. ❤️

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ChasingOm I just took a look at my shelf on Goodreads of books I'm looking forward to being published in 2021, and of the 19 I have tagged, 11 are romances. Six of those are by authors of color. 💜 11mo
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LoveToReadLiveToRead After reading Take A Hint Dani Brown, I‘d say Talia Hibbert. That was a great book and I definitely want to follow the series. 11mo
ChasingOm @LoveToReadLiveToRead I love her too! I‘ve posted about the second in the series twice over the past month though, lol, so I went with Cole. 😂 11mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead @chasingom haha! She had me with the first line of that book. “The moon was high and full, the night was ripe for witchy business and Daniela Brown had honey on her tit.” 😂 11mo
Butterfinger Yes. Absolutely Christopher Paul Curtis, Jacqueline Watson, Jason Reynolds. Can you tell that I teach? 11mo
Amandajoy I think the only auto-buy author for me is Yaa Gyasi, but I haven‘t read her latest yet, so maybe 🤷🏼‍♀️ 11mo
rachelsbrittain I adore Alyssa Cole! I've read all her Reluctant Royals and Runaway Royals so far, and am listening to When No One is Watching right now 11mo
Librariana For me, it's Elizabeth Acevedo hands down 😊 I've loved all three of her books and a favorite was 11mo
MeganAnn I loved Alyssa Cole‘s reluctant royals series! 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly I think all my auto-hold authors are white. 🤔 I hope I‘ll expand the list as I read more authors of color! I really liked the one Alyssa Cole book I read and should try more. 11mo
rockpools If my library EVER buys more Attica Locke, I‘ll be reading it! And doubly so if it‘s on audio narrated by JD Jackson! 11mo
ChasingOm @Butterfinger I wish I had had teachers like you! Reynolds is a fave on audio. @Amandajoy I bought her first one when it first came out and still haven‘t read it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ @Librariana I looooove Acevedo on audio! She‘s an auto-hold for sure. 11mo
ChasingOm @rockpools Attica Locke is fantastic! I‘ve only read her recent Texas Rangers books, but I want to read some of her backlist this year. 11mo
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The Tourist Attraction | Sarah Morgenthaler
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This was so cute that I was almost not able to read it because I was in a bad mood — does that make any sense? 😂

I‘ve lived in a few places where the townie/outsider dynamic is real, so I connected with this book. And both of the main characters are SUCH CINNAMON ROLLS plus there are actual cinnamon rolls and a cute dog and — ugh. Melt.

I should have the second book in my hands sometime in the next few days. 😄

ValerieAndBooks Yes makes sense! And love the bookmark 🤓 11mo
Sharpeipup Love your bookmark! 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm not familiar with cinnamon roll as a description. Can you explain? 11mo
ChasingOm Hey @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick! The way I use the term is for characters who are warm and sweet — and make you feel a little bit gooey inside. 😉😄 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Oh! That makes total sense now. Thanks! 😁 11mo
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Knowing this community, this question might be two days late, but I still want to know! If you've read your first book of 2021, did it feature characters from marginalized communities?

I read the tagged and I LOVED the representation of anxiety -- and the fact that it was the male character that dealt with it! There was also queer representation, the MCs were both people of color, and plenty of body diversity. ❤️

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ChasingOm By the way, if anyone wants to be tagged (or wants to be removed from being tagged) in #IntegrateYourShelf for 2021, just let me know in the comments! 11mo
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Butterfinger I think this is considered a socially excluded group. An abused woman who was kept from society because of her origins and now being abused by her husband. An example of how women were treated during the Soviet-Afghan War. 11mo
TheBookHippie I had to catch up on Holocaust reading as I am part of the sounding board for the curriculum. So all Jewish. I am starting one on Autism Japanese Author 11mo
Skygoddess1 Currently reading “My Grandmother‘s Hands”, “Reaper of Souls”, “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms”, and “The Awakening of Malcolm X” 11mo
Maria514626 I‘m going to finish The tagged book. I keep getting distracted by other books even though this is a good one! 11mo
Butterfinger @Maria514626 I really liked Less. 11mo
Liz_M My first few books are going to be international/translated works, but not necessarily marginalized communities within the countries represented. I do plan to continue reading one anti-racism book each month, but I haven't chosen this month's book yet. 11mo
TheBookHippie @ChasingOm my autism book tagged is a book in translation !!! 11mo
ChasingOm @Butterfinger & @TheBookHippie , you‘ve got some heavy reading! @Skygoddess1 & @Maria514626 , those all sound great! @Liz_M , that‘s a really great point to make for my future posts. I think I just need to say “diverse communities,” although I‘m trying not to center certain experiences over others...it‘s hard to find the right words! 11mo
marleed Well, my first book of 2021 was about zombies- I couldn‘t resist pulling it of my shelves for a pandemic NYE read. But my Bookspin is 12 years a slave and I‘m excited to read it. I‘m currently reading The Office of Historical Corrections and I like it. It‘s a short book of stories, and I‘ve discovered I absorb them best when read one story a day. I‘m committed to including BLM books into my reading. 11mo
wanderinglynn I haven‘t started it yet, but yes it does and it explores the conjunction between structural racism and generation ships. (Or at least that‘s what the blurb says) 😉 11mo
umbrellagirl I would love to be added to this tag. Looking back at my recap from 2020 made me realise that I really need some diversity in my reading. I just finished this one about multigenerational Mexican-American family. Would love to see what others are reading. 11mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m reading a light cozy mystery- that features a Native American as a primary character. I love it and am almost finished. 11mo
Chrissyreadit @TheBookHippie I will be very curious about your thoughts. I‘ve worked with individuals with autism for most of my adult life, and my first masters included significant training in ABA. I worry about how to know this is truly the child‘s own voice. Especially a 13 year old with so much to learn about life in general. Does it seem legitimate? 11mo
MeganAnn @ChasingOm I‘d love to be tagged! I just finished A Memory Called Empire. LGBQIA+ author and characters. Loved it! There are several diverse books on my list for January but I‘m not quite sure what I‘m starting next yet. 11mo
MeganAnn @Chrissyreadit what‘s the title of the cozy you‘re reading? I haven‘t had very good luck finding diverse cozies. 11mo
ChasingOm @MeganAnn & @umbrellagirl , you‘ve got it! I‘ll tag you in next week‘s prompt. 😄 And @Chrissyreadit , I wanna know the cozy too, hah! 11mo
ChasingOm @MeganAnn , have you read the series that starts with 11mo
MeganAnn @ChasingOm I have not! Just added it to my TBR list. 11mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit I am ABA trained I am fluent in sign language in autism form and ASL my nephew is severely autistic nonverbal and is 20 now. My nursing career started in institutions and group homes locked units for violent men and men with 0-18 month cognitive levels this was early 80s. I worked in that field fulltime 1983-1998 and then part time as I switched to full time violent Alzheimer‘s units. So we shall see what the book reads to me🤷🏽‍♀️ 11mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit I imagine it‘s still his truth the spectrum is so large. High functioning I imagine not far enough in to judge (edited) 11mo
Chrissyreadit @TheBookHippie I look forward to your thoughts! I started out working in group homes too BTW! (Early 90‘s) and I worked in the first group home for dual dx Individuals with Alzheimer‘s in NYC- that was an amazing learning experience but not a job I loved. I prefer working with children and families. The background of older individuals in that time was horrific in most cases. One of the group homes was specific for Willowbrook case clients. 11mo
Chrissyreadit @MeganAnn yes- I would love some diverse cozy mysteries it‘s eye opening to think there aren‘t many. @Avanders @BethM @Mommamanzi do you know of any? 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly My first read of the year has queer main characters of color! 11mo
Mommamanzi Man... I never really thought of it but most the ones that I have read/have been given to me are about white women that are in their late 20‘s. Now I need to go on the hunt! 11mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit all of the backgrounds were horrific for mine just gut wrenching. It‘s why I volunteered as a Douala for teens for 28 years. Life. 11mo
Maria514626 If you‘re looking for a fun, sweet book, read this one. The MC is gay. It takes place in the 1700s(?). I loved it and will likely read again (something I rarely do). (edited) 11mo
Blaire My first read of the year is 11mo
Chrissyreadit @TheBookHippie I‘m jealous. I want to be a doula or midwife. 11mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit it‘s a LOT. Many deaths moms babies both more than should ever happen in this country. But the JOY of when it all goes well... no words can describe. I retired from it four years ago. I do however consult🤍 11mo
Chrissyreadit @TheBookHippie it‘s one more way that we do not actually value human life in this country. 11mo
BethM @Chrissyreadit I agree with @Mommamanzi . I know V.M. Burns is a poc author but I haven‘t gotten to her book yet. Also last round had a male poc cop was it the dog bakery ones? The paranormal museum series has a black male cop too. (edited) 11mo
ncsufoxes The tagged book is in my Kindle. I‘ve been reading Samantha Irby‘s “Meaty” and she discussed a lot of what it was like growing up poor and with parents that had chronic illnesses. She very open about her past and the struggles she has endured. I‘ve started “The Purpose of Power” but I‘ve been trying to read papers so I haven‘t read as much as I‘d like. 11mo
Chrissyreadit @TheBookHippie when can we have our virtual coffee meet up? I think I would love to talk and hear about the work you‘ve done 11mo
ChasingOm @Maria514626 I was really enjoying that book, but my husband has a seizure disorder and I can‘t read about them. 🤦🏻‍♀️ @Blaire I‘m hoping to read both of her books this year; that‘s a chunky first read! 😄 11mo
ChasingOm @Clare-Dragonfly & @ncsufoxes those books all sound great! 11mo
Blaire @ChasingOm warmth of other suns is in my top 10 of the last decade. So so good. I learned so much and it‘s told through personal stories is it reads more like a novel. 11mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit let me get through week one of back to school 😩🤣 then Wednesday usually works ! 11mo
Chrissyreadit @TheBookHippie wed usually works well for me 11mo
rockpools My first read of the year was Kim Jiyoung, about gender equality (or lack thereof) in South Korea. I‘m also reading an ARC about a British Indian-Ugandan family, which is much more diverse - I wasn‘t sure to start, but I think it‘s won me over. 11mo
ChasingOm Oh, that ARC sounds really good @rockpools ! 11mo
Maria514626 My first was “Less.” It didn‘t feel like #integrateyourshelf. Know what I mean? Now I‘m reading “If I Was Your Girl.” Yowza! 11mo
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1. Done! And 🔥whew🔥 was this book STEAMY. I love the “fake relationship” trope and both characters were so lovingly crafted; I really fell in love with both Dani and Zaf and wish we could be friends in real life. (Although with what I know about their sex life, that could be awkward...😉)

2. I read less and played video games more.

3. I haven‘t yet! 😱

#SundayFunday

ozma.of.oz Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for sharing! 11mo
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Lonely Planet Brazil | Lonely Planet, Alex Egerton, Kevin Raub, Regis St Louis, Anna Kaminski, Andy Symington, Anthony Ham, Gregor Clark, Robert Balkovich
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It‘s too early to tell (because, you know, it‘s January 1st here still), but I would love to make a habit of reading from travel guides before bed in 2021. Maybe I‘ll dream of traveling again! Thanks, #FoodandLit, for the inspiration!

(This one is currently free with Prime Reading.)

Butterfinger That sounds like a great goal. Until we can again. 11mo
Librariana It's an excellent idea! That's what I'm doing with "Dame Traveler". It's allowing me to travel and live vicariously through the gorgeous photography of some adventurous globetrotters! Makes me wish I could be there, yes, but it's a glorious and safe way to exercise some wanderlust ? 11mo
ChasingOm @Librariana Yes! The best kind of exercise goal for the New Year, lololol. 11mo
AlaMich I used to teach English to non-native adult speakers, and some of my favorite students were Brazilian. I‘ve wanted to visit Brazil ever since. 11mo
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Yay! @wanderinglynn is back with the Book Fitness Challenge for 2021! I love the 21/12/21 format she‘s created for #BFC21 - meet your goals at least 21 days a month, for 12 months, in ‘21. 🙌🏻

January Goals:

1. Read more books for #IntegrateYourShelf than books by heteronormative, cisgender, and white authors.

2. Take a walk with an audiobook at least 21 days this month. Doesn‘t matter how long or short. First audiobook is tagged!

kspenmoll Great goals! 11mo
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🎉 And Team BFC21 will be here to cheer you on. 11mo
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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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Here‘s my #bookspin list for January 2021!

The starred books fulfill challenges I‘m doing, like #IntegrateYourShelf #SeriesRead2021 #FoodandLit #AuthorAMonth and #MountTBR

I may not knock out all of them, but it‘s a good list to pull from! The tagged book will be my first book of 2021!

Butterfinger Can't wait to hear about your travels. 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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Winter Counts: A Novel | David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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Another book that was well worth the long library wait!

A nice mystery novel with a core of vigilante justice, set on an Indian reservation. There are so many conflicts — the Native police force vs the Feds, a desire to keep culture alive vs a desire to leave and assimilate, and the battle against drugs and addiction that so many reservations are fighting.

I really hope this gets a full series and not just one or two books.

#DashingDecember

ChasingOm The food sounded delicious too, which is why I took a photo next to tonight‘s leftover gumbo. 😂 11mo
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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My hold for this finally came in!

It was just as good as everyone‘s been saying it is. A heartbreaking collection of intertwined stories in translation, centered around a cafe that can take you back in time — as long as you follow the rules.

I can‘t wait for the sequel!

#DashingDecember

bnp I want! And my library has it, so onto the hold list it goes. 11mo
ChasingOm I hope you love it, @bnp ! 11mo
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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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This isn‘t a great Kindle shot, but I finally put up our little tree today and wanted to get it in at least one Litsy photo. 😂

I love books about people in their 70s and 80s doing things like solving crimes or getting mixed up in them. (I‘ll tag two more of my faves below — it‘s a genre!) This was a great one — so many twists and wrenches and road trips! I‘m hoping for a sequel or five. 😄

#DashingDecember

Blueberry Have you read the Mrs. Pollifax series? 11mo
ChasingOm No, @Blueberry , but I just looked it up and it sounds right up my alley! Thank you!! (edited) 11mo
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Sacred Smokes | Theodore C. Van Alst
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I ❤️ learning about different cultures. It's one of my favorite parts about integrating my reading with non-White, cisgendered authors and main characters.

On my TBR for 2021 is more books by Indigenous authors, both memoir and fiction, science fiction or fantasy or literature or mystery -- any genre you can think of. I feel like there has been an increase in publicity for these stories, but my consumption hasn't kept up!

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Chrissyreadit I am also enjoying indigenous authors. I would read more- fiction, non fiction. 11mo
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Butterfinger I have to give a shout-out to #FoodandLit. They are studying a culture a month (fiction and nonfiction) and many have the goal of reading translated books from the specified country. January is Brazil. If anyone is interested I will tag you. 11mo
ChasingOm Oooh, @Butterfinger, I‘m interested in being tagged! Thank you! 11mo
TheBookHippie @Butterfinger tag me please! 11mo
TheBookHippie I wrote a list I‘m going to library them since everything around here is an Indian name I believe the library should loan them and have them available. 11mo
ChasingOm @TheBookHippie Great call! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m hoping that #readingasia points me to some cultures I don‘t know much about. When I was younger, I used fiction to explore cultures, now I‘m just as likely to choose memoir or other nonfiction. It all works, when it‘s well done! 11mo
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Simmer Down | Sarah Smith
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A solid food-centered romance.

This one had a few moments of “oh, wow, we‘re at that point already?!,” but overall it was a decent enemies-to-lovers-to-conflict-to-HEA story. The Filipino and British food was sprinkled in, although I never got totally wrapped up in the food. The Hawaiian location, however, was perfectly evoked.

Not the best romance I‘ve read but it entertained me for the evening. 😄

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