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GivenLemons

GivenLemons

Joined May 2018

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The Night Tiger: A Novel by Yangsze Choo
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A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
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When Journalism was a Thing | Alexandra Kitty
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Interesting ideas, but poor evidence and faulty reasoning. The author idealises journalism‘s past and, despite advocating for facts and truth, creates a false narrative of balance that relies on blatant untruths. A bit disappointing.

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Beneath the Sugar Sky | Seanan McGuire
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I really enjoyed this, particularly how it gave more details on how the magical worlds work and how people go to worlds that suit them! Cora is a sweetheart and I was very happy with the ending

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Sea Witch | Sarah Henning
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I read this on a day and barely put it down! A fantastic fairytale with a truly concrete sense of place and a cast of sympathetic characters. It was wonderful.

BooknerdsLife Sounds interesting! Just have to add to my never ending TBR 😆 5d
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Parable of the Talents | Octavia Butler
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Words cannot describe how beautiful and how important this book is. I would put a copy in everyone‘s hands if I could.

Bklover What are you knitting?? It‘s beautiful!💕 2w
GivenLemons @Bklover thank you! I‘m knitting a pair of socks, but with a lace pattern on the leg part 2w
Bklover Oh I am so impressed! You are quite talented!! 💕 2w
BooknerdsLife Aww the socks you‘re knitting is so pretty😍 5d
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Vengeance Bound | Justina Ireland
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A surprisingly light book, I really enjoyed it. I liked the characterisation of the furies, because they‘re usually forces of nature.

CoffeeNBooks Gorgeous cat! 2w
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This book is wonderful and a little creepy and I read it in a day. I really loved how it looked at Jack and Jill‘s relationship and each of their identities.

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I picked this up from the new nonfiction shelf at the library. I won‘t pretend that I understood everything, but it certainly was interesting! I really liked it!

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I really liked this, even though it‘s not my usual cup of tea! I really liked the tone and how the author balanced what I knew and what the characters knew. It also has the best name for a wool shop! The Dropped Stitch!

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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This is a beautiful book! It focuses on the people who come back from magical adventures, which is a question I‘ve always asked. I loved that the main character is ace and it let me put my finger on why I love Fairyland stories but dislike Alice in Wonderland!

BooknerdsLife Interesting! Have this on my TBR & now I‘m super curious! 2w
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I really liked this! It was super cute, with a fascinating world! I even liked how the characters reacted to stressful situations by lashing out at each other and then having to deal with the consequences. I‘m definitely going to read the next volume.

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I sympathised deeply with Pollack‘s experiences studying her science degree, especially because I have similar experiences. However this is more of a memoir about why she studied and then left science than a look into the research on the gender disparity in STEM.

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Gumballs | Erin Nations
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This was super cute! The comics about being a triplet were hilarious and the ones about transitioning were really informative. Definitely worth a read! #readingglasseschallenge

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This was a really sweet book, and I loved how the emails got more and more flirty. I also liked how it portrayed coming out even when you‘re sure people will accept you, because it still sucks. #catsoflitsy

BooknerdsLife Awww I adore this book! 🥰 4w
BooknerdsLife And your cat is sooo gorgeous!! 😻😻 4w
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Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel | Claire Vaye Watkins
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This novel felt entirely possible and viscerally real in a way that many don‘t to me, possibly because the climate and landscape is similar to where I live. I thought the themes of faith and betrayal were really well executed. #catsoflitsy

AlaMich That is a beautiful fluff ball!!😻 1mo
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Saga, Vol. 4 | Brian K. Vaughan
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This was a really good trade! I liked the combination of big space opera themes and the difficulties of a single family learning how to live a new life. #catsoflitsy

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A lovely comic anthology of the experiences of women gamers. I really liked that it included board games and D&D because that‘s what I play!

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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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This is the strangest book, but also very compelling. I found Lucy‘s internal monologues really funny, although you have to be tolerant of existential angst. It also made me need to hug my cat!

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I found that the beginning of this collection made me sad, but by the end it was a cathartic experience. I‘ve seen a lot of people debating whether the simple style excludes it from poetry, but I found that it achieved the goal of poetry - to engender emotion in the reader.

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Definitely very enjoyable book, but not one to read in the living room! I really liked how love was such a positive and supportive force for both Tank and Isaac.

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The Dark Forest | Cixin Liu
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I was really enjoying this book until there was a very predatory romance. I found the power imbalance and the uncritical presentation of a really rape situation uncomfortable, so be warned!

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A really interesting look at modern life with its productivity fetish and routine through the lens of a post apocalyptic novel. It‘s really more about Candace as a microcosm of modern life than survival without contemporary society, which I liked!

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This book was fantastic! I read it in a day and couldn‘t put it down. It was beautifully written and has such wonderful characters. It‘s written in half prose and half poetry, split by narrator!

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Death of an Eye | Dana Stabenow
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I really liked this book because of the setting! I‘m a bit of an ancient history nerd, and I actually remember learning about the catalyst for this story! The author did a really good job portraying the uncertainty around the throne and the political vying between Ptolemy and Cleopatra as she tries to keep Egypt independent.

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I‘ve been fascinated with Hedy Lamarr‘s life ever since I learnt about her frequency hopping invention and this book was just what I needed! Once she got married, I couldn‘t put it down until she got to America! I was so tense and worried for her.

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We Sold Our Souls | Grady Hendrix
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Not my usual fare, since I‘m not typically a fan of metal or horror, but I really liked this! Kris was just such an easy protagonist to relate to. I didn‘t get all the references, but I didn‘t seem to need to

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Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 | Gail Carriger, G L Carriger
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Very sweet and really rather spicy, I really enjoyed this book! A nice quiet story about two people learning to love each other and accept themselves. 💝

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The True Queen | Zen Cho
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I adored this book! It has all the things that made the first book wonderful, while still being very much it‘s own book! Charming characters and perfect amounts of drama and intrigue!

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A quieter story than most apocalyptic novels, and if you like all the threads of a story tied up, this isn‘t for you. I really liked this because you can see exactly where things go wrong. It‘s a wholly human story.

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I‘ve read this many times before, but I still enjoy it! I really love the magazine issue and watching all the characters muddle through their emotions and confusion.

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This is one of my favourite comics and one of the few I own all the trades of! This volume is all action, which is nice after a character driven one.

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Untitled | Unknown
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I read Weak Heart by Ban Gilmartin over the Easter weekend and I loved it! It was brilliant and really captured the tone of Scottish fairytales. Plus, I‘ll give anything with selkies a read.

GivenLemons https://www.weak-heart.com Here‘s the website for the book! You can read it for free or buy it as an ebook 2mo
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The Gilded Wolves | Roshani Chokshi
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This novel achieved the hardest thing about an ensemble cast, it made me care about every character! The ending was so shocking!

BooknerdsLife Great review! 🙌🏼 I have this on my TBR but not sure if it‘s good...now I can‘t wait to read it 😍📚💖 2mo
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Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum | Leonard Susskind, Art Friedman
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A really helpful book if you want to learn about quantum physics, although you really do need some knowledge of linear algebra! Strangely enough, I wanted some more of the maths 😅

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This was a fantastic book that had me riveted from the very first page! It was beautifully and sensitively written, with complex and interesting characters, wonderful world building and such a good plot. I‘ll definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy when it comes out!

BooknerdsLife Your cat is so gorgeous!!! 😻😻 been wanting to read this book too! 2mo
Daria.Adrianna21 Your cat is the highlight of this picture! So cute! 2mo
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Embroideries | Marjane Satrapi
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A truly interesting read! A deeply personal and honest look into sex and romance in the lives of Iranian women. Definitely recommend, even if you haven‘t read Satrapi‘s memoir.

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A sweet and fun novella, with my favourite romantic trope of all time - mutual pining! I really liked how Gail showed us how the London pack was settling in and how Biffy was becoming used to being Alpha of the pack. Definitely read it if you‘ve read the other books in the series!

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A practical and inspiring guide for reducing how much plastic we use. The authors have a number of suggestions on how to replace different plastics for people with different financial and time commitments. Really helpful and I will be doing some!

Emilymdxn Great idea! I‘ll try to track it down. So important to make a big effort with plastic 2mo
julesG I try to reduce plastic and today I found that the vinegar I've been buying for years, in glass bottles, is now sold in plastic bottles. 😵😵😵😵 Why??? And it's not the first product this has happened with. 2mo
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No-Country Woman | Zoya Patel
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A riveting and thoughtful memoir. Definitely worth reading! I really related to so much of what Patel said

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Nightchaser | Amanda Bouchet
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This was a fun romp of a book! The first and last 50 pages were a roller coaster. I really liked the storyline about the vaccines. And Bonk!

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Honestly a mesmerising book, I couldn‘t put it down. I read the last 150 pages in one sitting. It was an amazing conclusion to the trilogy, it made me cry and also strangely content at the end. I cannot recommend this enough!

Follow.my.read I just purchased this trilogy! Cannot wait to start it! 3mo
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This was a really fun book! It was the perfect sequel, just as interesting as the first book but expanded the world. It was really good to see each of the ladies be challenged and grow, as well as some new characters!

Freespirit Just finished this too.. fun read, easy to read but maybe a bit long. 3mo
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This is such a sweet book! I loved it! Cheered me up during a difficult day. The armour dress was my favourite dress...

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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This book is amazing and definitely worth reading! I finished it last night and I still can‘t work out how I feel about it. It made me happy and so so sad by the end.

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N K Jemisin is an amazing writer! I‘ve been waiting to read this since I read the previous book in the series and it exceeded my hopes. It was riveting and had such beautiful world building. I loved the parallels between Essun and Nassun.

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A really interesting collection of essays on choosing to be childless. It must be noted that all the writers were much older than me and are professional writers. I did think that there was a gender divide in the views on family life, with men saying things that women never could.

Elma Just checked this out from the library. I posted a cartoon on my FB earlier this week about choosing to be childless and was actually wondering about hearing from other people. I didn't even think to look for a book on the subject, so thanks for posting.😊 3mo
Weaponxgirl @Elma another has chosen not to have children person here, always nice to be able to talk with others about it 😊 this book has been on my radar too, thought you might be interested 3mo
Elma @Weaponxgirl Thanks for the book rec. That one looks good too. 3mo
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The Black God's Drums | P. Djeli Clark
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An amazing novella that I devoured. It‘s has so much I like - steampunk airships, pirates, a free and powerful Haiti... I got chills reading the last 10-20 pages!

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Furyborn | Claire Legrand
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Conflicted characters, fixing the crimes of the past and an interesting magic system? Yes please! It was so easy to sit down and read 100+ pages at a time. I‘m really looking forward to the next book

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The Secret Loves of Geek Girls | Margaret Atwood, Mariko Tamaki, Marguerite Bennett, Marjorie M Liu
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A collection of geek women telling their own stories about love with honesty, humour and wit. A lot of them are really sweet and filled with the type of wisdom I don‘t always see in portrayals of romance.

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This book is a love letter to fandom and how it can change your life! It‘s so sweet and fun and I was having vivid memories of fandom circa 2012. It really rigged at my heartstrings, because fandom has had a huge impact on my life.

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A novel that almost feels like a series of connected short stories, this is heavily character driven and examines our emotions. It was really interesting and I enjoyed it a lot!