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JSW

JSW

Joined April 2016

Varsity Reading Team Member * Bookshop Santa Cruz Book Group Ambassador 📚👥* Ravenclaw * Reveur *
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The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
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Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai
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Man-Eaters Volume 1 by Chelsea Cain
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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
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I had to turn in my library copy, so I went to buy it on kindle and WHOA - this was a nice surprise!!!

JSW I made such a weird noise that Mr. JSW looked up, and when I told him, he said, “HIT BUY! HIT BUY!” 😂😂😂 4h
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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So this hold came in! Aghhhh all the good books and the busiest time of the year!!!! I didn‘t think it through 😱📚

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I‘m exactly halfway through and it‘s due back to the library on Saturday. No renewals allowed. 😫 I guess I‘m just going to have to buy it for kindle!! 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen You can do it!!!! Or pay a late fee😜 3d
julesG It's quite a chunkster, but you can do it. Sleep is overrated. 😛 3d
JSW @Cinfhen @julesG your support is appreciated 🤪 🥂🥂 3d
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Mover of Bones | Robert Vivian
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It begins. We are moving, and I always do my books first. ❤️ only about 10 more boxes to go!!

tpixie Safe and happy moving!! 5d
TaylorMay Moving is the worst. May it be quick and easy 💙 5d
JSW Thanks @tpixie and @TaylorMay !!! 5d
readordierachel Hope it's a quick and painless moving experience! 4d
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Man-Eaters Volume 1 | Chelsea Cain
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I‘ve got a lot on my plate for the next month, so graphic novels it is!!

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Bailedbailed

Depressing and slow moving and the back said “jubilant and compassionate,” but I just can‘t. Life‘s too short and my TBR too long.

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Found this at a library book sale - hoping for an interesting read! I‘m fascinated by Egypt and hope to see the Valley of the Kings myself someday.

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The Mark of the Dragonfly | Jaleigh Johnson
Panpan

I feel really mixed about this one. On the one hand, it‘s a chapter book appropriate for young readers who read above their grade level - which is hard to find. It‘s got strong female protagonists. It‘s got interesting magic. On the other hand, the world building is slow and incomplete. There are pacing problems with how the lead character “discovers” her skills. But perhaps my biggest complaint and reason for pan (in comments)

JSW ... is how one of the characters displays reasoning and thinking patterns that are a bit different and which my brain reads as neurodivergent. I was so excited to see this in a lead character until it‘s determined that she‘s actually part machine. Although I see where the author is going and how this fits the plot, it diminishes the character and makes her a sidekick, not a lead; it‘s also a horrible stereotype. I‘m disappointed. (edited) 2w
JSW This book could be handled well if you read it with your child and critique it together. Otherwise there are better young adult stories out there. 2w
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Fantastic read. Clear, researched, and focused yet with personal stories and lots of heart. I found this really hopeful after a depressing week. #queerbooks #readwomen

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And if we could literally count every queer person in America — if we could wake up one day and see everyone whose lives or desires cut across the heteronormative mainstream, whether they are currently in a same-sex relationship or not—we would never look at our country the same way again.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Fantastic. Excellent. So complex and well-told. Would make a great book club pick - so many things to discuss! 📚👥❤️

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Devastating in its clarity and truth.

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Pickpick

A bit more abstract and academic than I‘d hoped for, nevertheless, this book put into words things I‘ve been thinking and wondering. A worthwhile read.

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Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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Got to see Erika Swyler tonight at my local indie @bookshopsc and she‘s so smart and funny and cool. Can‘t wait to read her new one!

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Mr. JSW bought me this book and I am completely absorbed. I love its random places and factoids. 😂🦛🦛🦛🦛

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Why did I wait so long to read this book? Already hooked.

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Pickpick

Such a beautiful tribute, fascinating story, and personal/historical look at Numbers. I learned so much and really enjoyed this read. Highly recommended for book groups - so much to discuss. 📚👥

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Fully Booked | Emma Strandberg
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Stumbled on a library book sale, and, well, you know how that story goes.

Brewychock48 Oh wow..you got a good selection..😍 I love library book sales..you never know what gems you will doscover 3w
JSW @Brewychock48 agreed! I almost never get such a good stack. 3w
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The Sisters Mederos | Patrice Sarath
Mehso-so

An easy YA read with plenty of girl power and a good storyline, this book fell just short of my hopes for it. I enjoyed the characters, the sisters, and the hints of magic, but there wasn‘t enough world-building for me, and the magic was completely underdeveloped. Sort of the potato chip of books - I ate it all up but I‘m still hungry, and now I want something more substantial.

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Mysterious Message | Geronimo Stilton
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@TheReadingMermaid #mysterymessageswap
1) Definitely!
2) Maya Angelou.
3) That‘s up to the sender, but I love miscellany.
4) All Souls Trilogy, Disney
5) Harm to children, sexual assault
6) Sweet, like me 😏
7) & 8) I love bookish notes and previously used books!
9) Yes!! Especially from indie bookstores.
10) Nope. Tiny cottage, no space.

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Maybe it‘s because this is my field and training, but I found this book so human and real and bittersweet and I couldn‘t put it down.

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The Gilded Hour | Sara Donati
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Donati‘s books suck me in and I emerge, hours later, dazed and disoriented. It‘s a delightful feeling.

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The Happy Day | Ruth Krauss
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Happy Independent Bookstore Day!!! 🙌🏼🥂🌈📚✨🎉🥰 Between the bookstore and the library, my weekend is all booked.

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Readers and Reading | Andrew Bennett
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Mood.

Hoopiefoot Same. 4w
JSW @Hoopiefoot I spent all day yesterday doing this and I anticipate a lot of today as well. 🏆 #noregrets #sorrynotsorry #booklife 4w
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Stunning in its combination of critical thought and emotional warmth. Reading these essays often left me uncomfortable and sometimes defensive, yet I finished the book feeling invigorated by the self-examination that Dr. Cooper called me to do. Definitely a must read and would be a powerful book group pick. 📚👥❤️

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Historical fiction crossed with mystery overlapped with ghost story and woven together with the politics of Reconstruction. full of secrets. Great read. Perfect book group pick if you have a group who all like different genres. 📚👥❤️

baes Sounds interesting! 1mo
JSW @baes I thought so! 1mo
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Almost done with this twisty story and I need a snack! Spicy hot chocolate and a toaster muffin with vanilla sugar.

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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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It‘s bright and sunny and springy and I‘m reading ghost stories. 😂😂😂 🤷🏻‍♀️ Halloween all year!!!

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I walked to the library for my two holds and found two more. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m sure this is a common situation.

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Pickpick

I love to wander, and this book is like a meandering exploration of a city street. Not in a disorganized way, but in the way Elkin overlaps ideas and concepts. YMMV for sure, and if you like your genres well defined, this probably won‘t be your jam. I love when memoirs and history and social issues and travel and opinions all come together in a giant mish mash. Sort of like a city street. Enjoy the ramble.

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Waiting for the bank to open. I‘m frequently early for things (it‘s either that or late; rarely am I exactly on time), which is why I always have a book with me. 😂 This book has been floating in my purse for weeks and I‘m determined to finish it this weekend!

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Mehso-so

Mostly enjoyable read with an interesting premise and heroine, in the first part. Somewhere around the last third or so (as other reviewers have noted), it feels like this book changed focus. The heroine turned wishy washy, the author introduced a totally unnecessary romantic twist, and the plot seemed to turn into Frankenstein fanfic. Confusing.

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Pickpick

Such an interesting look into running a magazine, and a must for any foodie. Reichl‘s writing is so easy to read and so evocative. Absolutely delightful book. Recommended for book clubs! 📚👥

JSW @ReadingEnvy it‘s delicious!!!! 1mo
Booksnchill Going to see her at Parnassus tomorrow night! 1mo
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JSW @Booksnchill enjoy! She‘s a delightful speaker! 1mo
Booksnchill @JSW it was great- and she was in conversation with Ann Patchett who wrote for her at Gourmet and who blurbed the book- such stories! 1mo
JSW @Booksnchill sounds so great!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
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Chapter 15 Severine is pure gold, gave me total chills that are still resonating, and is every reason I read. Just saying. #bookishweekend

JSW She follows it up with Chapter 16, a 1-2 punch, and I‘m in tears. Jesus Mary and Joseph. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 1mo
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This gorgeous day demanded I come outside, so I took a long walk around the harbor, then came home for a snack. #bookishweekend

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Costco temptation!!

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So far I‘m two chapters in and want to highlight just about everything. 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Brilliant. #blackwomen #ownvoices #blackauthors #readwomen

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Looking forward to the weekend!!!

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Call Me Zebra | Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
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I have so many thoughts about this brilliant, original, incomprehensible, and ultimately truthful book. I can totally see why YMMV. If ever a book felt like what it‘s like to go through therapy, this is it. Zebra is fragile, traumatized, intelligent and sensitive to the point that she is unable to accept her own humanity. This is the story of how she learns to accept the brokenness of being a human. More thoughts in comments as they come to mind.

JSW Zebra is someone who tries to escape life by hiding in intellectualism, by refusing to engage with others on any terms but her own, and by denying her body what it needs. The author did a fantastic job of understanding and showing us what it‘s like to be this type of person. 1mo
JSW Being privy to this type of psyche struggle is really uncomfortable, but ultimately rewarding. As a counselor, I‘ve seen people wrestle with themselves and with life in this existential way and it‘s hard to witness their pain. I‘ve also seen others reject their loved ones for feeling as Zebra does and for questioning the norm; it mirrors how some have rejected this book. That‘s normal but I challenge us to work harder to understand impossible... (edited) 1mo
JSW ... people like Zebra. She‘s trying her best, and thanks to people engaging with her in real, relatively healthy ways, she comes to realize what‘s important. (Please note I am not condoning putting up with toxic people. ) 1mo
JSW Zebra is desperately trying to feel connected, to feel belonging, even if that belonging is defined as being unconnected (exile). The author has really nailed what a person without roots feels like, acts like, developmentally. Just so accurate. 👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
JSW This is also a powerful story about how we are unmoored in grief. 1mo
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Enjoyed hearing Ruth Reichl talk about her time at Gourmet. Huge turnout at @bookshopsc tonight, plus we had snacks! I highly recommend any of Reichl‘s books for your book groups! 📚👥 #BookGroupAmbassador #BookGroup

readordierachel Sounds like a great time! 1mo
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Call Me Zebra | Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
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Zebra is tragic and funny and impossible, yet insightful about her pain and her mission in life. This is how I feel about being a direct speaker, too. “I survive in order to leave testimony.”

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Call Me Zebra | Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
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Stealing a moment for this flawed, quirky protagonist. Lots of Litsy folx don‘t care for this one, but I‘m loving it.

Emilymdxn I had mixed feelings about it, mainly cause I felt I didn‘t ‘get‘ it - if you understand it more than I did more power to you and I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
JSW Thanks, @Emilymdxn !! 2mo
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This one chose me, and when I got it home I was tickled to find the author is a graduate of the college where I work!

readordierachel Cool! 2mo
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Note to writers and authors. #queerbooks

kgriffith 💯 2mo
saresmoore Love this. 2mo
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Leading Men | Christopher Castellani
Mehso-so

I find I‘m not a fan of these fictionalized biographies (biographical fictions?), but YMMV. This one is an escape into old Hollywood and a certain crowd. I couldn‘t get in sync with the writing style either, but several sentences were quite good and overall the flow of the story was as well. It‘s not the book, it‘s me.

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Very excited to share that I‘m a Book Group Ambassador for @bookshopsc ! As a volunteer guided by booksellers, I‘ll be working with book groups to help them choose their next great read. I‘ll also be honing my book review skills here on Litsy and working on making good book group suggestions for all of us. 📚👥

BillBlume Very cool! 2mo
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The Witch's Kind | Louisa Morgan
Pickpick

I enjoyed this very much, but there were story strands I wished were explored more - although that would have changed the book‘s direction. This would be a good book group pick.

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The Witch's Kind | Louisa Morgan
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Back from a whirlwind vacation and enjoying some nice weather.

laur89 😍🦹🏻‍♀️ fabulous mug!! 2mo
JSW @laur89 Edna is my fashion idol. 👍🏼 2mo
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The Witch's Kind | Louisa Morgan
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Enjoying this impulse buy, listening to the rain outside. Mondays are Mr. JSW‘s D&D nights, so I get the house and the comfy blanket and the couch to myself. ❤️

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Sickster | Thomas Melle
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I‘ve been MIA around here due to work, illness, and I‘m also about to go on vacay so busy planning for that... reading has taken a backseat. Love to you all, though. And here‘s a picture of the mascot from where I work. Just because. (The slug is the UCSC mascot, but Rainbow Sock Monkey is the unofficial mascot of my program.)

AmyG Have a wonderful vacation. Hope you‘re feeling well! 2mo
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