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JackOBotts

JackOBotts

Joined August 2016

“If you think reading is boring, you‘re doing it wrong.”
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You by Caroline Kepnes
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James

@MaleficentBookDragon - I‘m realizing the copy of this book from our last #LMPBC is yours. Would you like it mailed back to you? Just let me know. Thanks!

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December | Mari Kesselring
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The final Bookspin/Doublespin list for 2021…I cannot believe December is next week! I‘ve so enjoyed this challenge…thank you, Sarah for organizing such a fun & laidback challenge. Cheers to 2022! 🥂

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!!! I can't believe it's already the end of 2021, either! 2d
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You (Export) | Caroline Kepnes
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You walk into the bookstore and you keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn‘t slam.

*I‘m on Season 2 of the adaptation, so I figured it a good time to read the source material. 📚

#FirstLineFridays

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I enjoy this series and Snicket‘s tone!

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I am so stinkin‘ excited to dive into my match‘s list for #NYWD22. @MeganAnn and I both included the tagged book on our lists and I read - and loved - The Outsiders earlier this year, so I already know we‘re in good company. The titles pictured here are my goals…and I cannot wait. 🤗💜📚

monalyisha I love the one Sarah Gailey book I‘ve read (Magic for Liars) & want to read more by them! I tried to get my Book Club to read the tagged this coming year but they didn‘t vote for it. I‘ll have to read it by my lonesome, I suppose! I‘ve got a feeling they‘re totally missing out. (edited) 1w
MeganAnn I love that we both have an extra overlap book we‘ve already read. The Outsiders I originally read in 8th grade for class and loved it. It‘s one of those books that‘s stayed with me. This summer, I read it again with my son who is a 7th grader and he loved it as well. We had so much fun discussing it together. 😊 These are all Excellent choices! I‘m so excited to see your thoughts on them. 🎉 7d
MeganAnn @monalyisha Magic for Liars almost made it on my list too, but I enjoyed Upright Women Wanted a teensy bit better (it‘s like gold medal and silver medal reads… both amazing but I decided only one for each author could win). I really want to read River for Teeth as well. I‘m fact, those two books made me want to read ALL of their work. 7d
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MeganAnn Almost all of these books are #blameitonlitsy reads for me! How Long Til Black Future Month was on @BarbaraJean ‘s #newyearwhodis list last year. She also included Magic for Liars which I loved & it prompt me to pick up Upright Women Wanted when I saw it at the library. Last Night at the Telegraph Club was my choice for an #lmpbc round of queer reads & Today I Am a Boy was @Reggie ‘s choice for the same round. 7d
MeganAnn And A Memory Called Empire was a #bbbbc read and it was also the first book I finished in 2021, even though I started it last December. 7d
Reggie @MeganAnn Last Night at the Telegraph Club won the National Book Award for best YA this past week and I thought of you because of our LMPBC round. ☺️ 6d
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Black Dahlia | James Ellroy
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Walking away from my October #doublespin with a #dnf - a rarity for me. I‘m not enjoying it and am just trying to power through. Time to just walk away at (just under) the halfway mark.

EvieBee Good choice. I powered through and it was totes disturbing. I have a high tolerance so that‘s saying something. 2w
JackOBotts @EvieBee thanks! I definitely have that high tolerance, as well…and I‘m interested in Elizabeth Short and the mystery surrounding her tragic death. I can put my finger on it…I guess the cops are what got under my skin… 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
EvieBee @JackOBotts Totally. I didn‘t finish this one but it was on the right track. Not sure if you‘ve read it. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Some books just aren't the right match! 2w
JackOBotts Thanks, @EvieBee - I‘ll have to check it out! 2w
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November #bookspin for the win! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I felt the stirrings of his most recent book in this one…I need a deep dive into the Hughes catalog.

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Not One of Us | Debbie Herbert
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October #bookspin wrapped within the month! 🙌🏼 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a quick read and a whodunnit spanning 13+ years.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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New list for November Book Spin/Double Spin. In the spirit of 🍂Nonfiction November🍂 (that‘s a thing, right?!), these are all nonfiction/memoir/essays. We‘ll see how this unfolds…🧡

JenReadsAlot My list is all nonfiction as well! 1mo
JackOBotts @JenReadsAlot 🙌🏼 Good luck! I don‘t read a lot of NF so this will be a good adventure! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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2.5 ⭐️ September #BookSpin complete. Was not crazy about this one.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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September #DoubleSpin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a quick paced read. I enjoyed the multiple storylines, though some components towards the end were a little too perfect.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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The Comfort Book | Matt Haig
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Matt Haig‘s with the feels. This is the book you keep close by…within reach for those moments you need a little something to lift your spirits.

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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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I won this in a Goodreads giveaway a while back…also my September Doublespin. Better late than never!

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The Ghost Writer | John Harwood
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A bonus selection c/o @MaleficentBookDragon for this round of #LMPBC. It took some time to get into, but was ultimately an enjoyable read. While I won‘t go back for a re-read it would be intriguing to see the hints dropped along the way building to the big reveal. The stories w/in the story were tough to follow at times, though I understand their use and did enjoy The Revenant. ⭐️⭐️⭐️+ (3.5 ⭐️).

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October, October | Katya Balen
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I‘m not going to consider this cheating. I still haven‘t touched my September #bookspin selections, so I‘m repeating the list for October because…I 💜 this monthly challenge. If the same numbers from Sept. are picked (13 & 15, I think), I‘ll pull in the neighboring read in it‘s place (14 for 13, 16 for 15). I think that makes sense… 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Sounds good to me!!! 2mo
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Whispering Dead | Darcy Coates
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a fun read - ghosts, mysteries, and a quirky town. A bit more cozy than horror, but I‘m okay with that. This is an author I‘d be happy to read again! I loved ending this round of #LMPBC with #GroupW and this selection!

BookwormAHN This was a great round 👻 2mo
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Whispering Dead | Darcy Coates
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Getting into my final book of this round‘s #LMPBC! I‘ve enjoyed #GroupW‘s selections and was quickly sucked into this one! Thanks, @MaleficentBookDragon @BookwormAHN & @Reggie

BookwormAHN So was I 👻 2mo
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Let's Wrestle | David Shrigley
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Just another fun night in my town. #prowrestling #downtownMetuchen #NewJersey

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September has been a month so far…not a lot of reading getting done. Hoping to make progress in my #LMPBC read this weekend. C‘mon 50% mark!

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Completed my August #bookspin this afternoon. Backman does not disappoint and leaves me with all the feels.

JackOBotts @TheAromaofBooks 🤗 forgot to tag ya! 📚 3mo
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September Bookspin/Doublespin list. I can‘t resist…even with a book backlog carrying over from August! 📚💜📚

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Wrapping my August #DoubleSpin with a few days to spare. I enjoyed this, thought it‘s a bit different from my first Lucy Foley read (The Guest List). I enjoyed the story as it unfolded but may have wanted a bit more at the end…3.5 ⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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A Stir of Echoes | Richard Matheson
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Finished my #LMPBC selection today. Woah…this was a ride and a half! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

JackOBotts @MaleficentBookDragon - this will be heading your way early next week! 📬 3mo
BookwormAHN Glad you enjoyed it. 3mo
MaleficentBookDragon I‘m almost done with 3mo
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Finished my July #doublespin this morning, a few weeks “late,” perhaps. I enjoyed this and felt some Clue vibes as the mystery was resolved.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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“Did you telephone anyone up?”
“No,” said Oliver. “I read the telephone directory. I found it most calming.”

I can get behind that. If only phonebooks readily were available at all parties. 😉 This why we should always keep a book on our person at all times! 😂

Tamra At the very least I read on my phone via Kindle App! 😅 3mo
JackOBotts @Tamra yes! @SerialReader to the rescue, too! 3mo
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Coffee Corner | Amy Clipston
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Embracing my kids‘ lack of interest in breakfast…

Happy Sunday. ☕️ 📖

JackOBotts …and as soon as I hit “post”: “Mooooom, I‘m hungry.” Typical. Kids have perfect timing. 4mo
Tamra @JackOBotts of course! 4mo
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Brilliant adaptation of Kendi‘s Stamped from the Beginning. Reynolds does a fantastic job taking Kendi‘s text and making it digestible for younger readers without sacrificing impact. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This should be required reading. I look forward to reading some of Reynolds‘ other works. I enjoyed the tone of his writing.

megnews This one is sooo good 4mo
Libby1 I agree that it should be required reading. 4mo
JackOBotts Thanks, @megnews - will have to check it out! 4mo
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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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July #Bookspin complete! Sager does a good job of sucking me in. This is another fast-paced, finished in 24 hours read. 🔪🔪🔪🔪

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
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I may have only just started my July bookspin pick (my doublespin is waiting in the wings), but I‘m still putting my list out there for the August #bookspin & #doublespin. It‘ll all get read eventually! Listen to #RexManning and keep reading (bookmark c/o TapedOffTV; Rex Manning Day 2019)!

DinoMom That is the best bookmark ever! 4mo
DebinHawaii I 😍😍😍😍😍 that bookmark!!! 🤣 4mo
mariaku21 I love that bookmark! Just love it 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
Reggie Ohhh Rexie you‘re so sexy!! Lol love that movie. 4mo
JackOBotts Thank you, @dinomom @DebinHawaii @mariaku21 @Reggie - you can find TapedOffTV on IG and Facebook. She & NightOwlDesigns are Philly based artists who love pop culture. 4mo
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Silence for the Dead | Simone St. James
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Just finished my selection for Round 12 of #LMPBC. St. James holds steady for me as a “must read” author…now let‘s see what the rest of Group W thinks. 📚 Hope to get this in the mail to @MaleficentBookDragon this coming week!

MaleficentBookDragon I‘m almost done with my pick. 4mo
BookwormAHN I'm halfway through with mine, which is A Stir of Echoes if I forget to mention it before. 4mo
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Silence for the Dead | Simone St. James
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Portis House emerged from the fog as we approached, showing itself slowly as a long, low shadow.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

PhyllisH @IRememberNothing
“I have been forgetting things for years—at least since I was in my thirties”.
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Silence for the Dead | Simone St. James
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A Friday off…spending some time making progress on my #LMPBC selection! 📚

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Bridge to Terabithia | Katherine Paterson
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Thank you for the tag @TheAromaofBooks 🤗
📚Yes. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one I come back to every few years…and The Count of Monte Cristo. Perhaps 2021/2022 will be time for another visit!
📚Cover art does draw me in…from there it‘s a quick scan of the blurbs. I know i shouldn‘t but I do judge a book by its cover (art). 😳
📚This title also reminds me of a childhood friend. Kids - imagination - playing in nature
#ThoughtfulThursday

TheAromaofBooks I can't even get through Monte Cristo once!!! It's on my goal list for next year, though. I think if I can get into it then I will enjoy it! Same with The Three Musketeers, which I have picked up multiple times and not succeeded in finishing haha 4mo
JackOBotts @TheAromaofBooks Monte Cristo is a sloooooooow burn, but worth it. I hope you enjoy! My husband gifted me the unabridged version a few years ago, so that‘s what I hope to tackle on the next re-read. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks For a while my dad had a really long commute & was listening to books on tape (literally at that time haha) & I remember him listening to this one over the course of probably a month. He really loved it. 4mo
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Yes. 💜💜💜💜💜

An easy to digest guidebook to being a supportive human to those in need. It‘s hard to know the “right things to say,” but showing up and being there are often what the person needs. Bring those listening ears…

PhyllisH Sounds like a good one. I‘ll be adding this to my TBR list. 4mo
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Cheers to @RamsFan1963 on reaching a 100K Litfluence! And cheers for hosting a #K100Kgiveaway. Such a fun treat. 📚🥳🎉🥳📚

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Backman‘s books just tug at my heartstrings. This wasn‘t my favorite (it‘s hard to compete with Ove), but I did like meeting pre-“Britt-Marie was here” Britt-Marie.

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My reading intentions for July are askew, but I‘m delighted to have seen this title come up on a Litsy/Goodreads pal‘s thread. My best friend/work wife is dealing with a gut-wrenching loss, and I‘m forever the awkwardly uncomfortable human that I am. I‘m hoping the advice and takeaways in this read will help me be there for her (and others).

TrishB I think the fact that you care enough to think this means you‘re doing fine ♥️ 5mo
Bookwomble I agree with @TrishB You're a good friend and your work-wife will know it 💗 5mo
JackOBotts @TrishB & @Bookwomble Thank you! 💜 She has a hard journey ahead of her, and I hope she feels support from those around her continually. 🤞🏼💜 (edited) 5mo
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Kindergarten Rocks! | Katie Davis
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1. I should say working in a tennis pro shop (blocking court time and selling overpriced merch), but my heart champions my Blockbuster Video days. 📼
2. Mrs. Duffy - my kindergarten teacher - a classroom filled with music, and a grade wide production of Mary Poppins.
3. My surprise 1/2 birthday party in 1996 (my half bday is 2/29, and the party was very much unexpected)! 🥳
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Fun memories👏🏻📚🙏🏻 5mo
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Such a delight to reunite with Constance, Norma, & Fleurette Kopp. Stewart does a wonderful job weaving the facts with the fiction, and I do enjoy reading her notes at the end. June #DoubleSpin complete! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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July Jitters | Ron Roy
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Making the most of my day off by setting up pages for my July reading journal. July #Bookspin & #Doublespin list is set. Some slight modifications to the pre-existing list. Now to spend some time with Constance Kopp and my June double spin title. 💜

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
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Brat: An '80s Story | Andrew McCarthy
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Last Brat-related post: @kamoorephoto recommended I check out Rob Lowe‘s podcast (Literally!) interview with Andrew McCarthy. It was a good conversation/catch-up between friends.

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Brat: An '80s Story | Andrew McCarthy
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Finished this memoir about 32 hours after picking it up from the library. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ McCarthy is open about his struggles, his insecurities, his response to the ‘80s. I feel like a McCarthy Movie Marathon is in my future.

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Brat: An '80s Story | Andrew McCarthy

This library hold just came in...looking forward to hearing McCarthy talk about his 80s experience.

kamoorephoto He and Rob Lowe had a fun discussion on Rob‘s podcast about the 80‘s as his books just as released…go listen!! I want to read this though! 5mo
JackOBotts @kamoorephoto thanks for mentioning this. I‘ll have to check it out. I see an Andrew McCarthy Movie Marathon in my future. 5mo
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June #bookspin: accomplished. 2.5 ⭐️ for this, my first Bohjalian. I wasn‘t feeling the HBO series, either. But this is an author whose work I‘ll try again!

JackOBotts Whoops! Tagging @TheAromaofBooks 🤦🏻‍♀️💜 5mo
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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#LMPBC #GroupW Round 12
Very excited to join for another round (it‘s been a while). 🤗 I‘ll tag the titles in the comments, but have y‘all read any of these?

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BookwormAHN I have read all of them. I don't mind a reread, I'd like to add. The Sanatorium was okay but the other 3 were excellent. 6mo
MaleficentBookDragon I just read the Sanatorium this round. The Chalk Man sounds good to me. Amy other ideas since @BookwormAHN has read these? 6mo
JackOBotts Okie dokie - excited that I have some good read for a later date in my hands! How about 6mo
BookwormAHN Silence for The Dead Sounds good. 6mo
MaleficentBookDragon Silence for the Dead sounds really good. I could also do a reread of Final Girls. 6mo
Reggie How funny, I haven‘t read any of the ones in the pick but I have read Final Girls. I vote for Silence of the Dead. 6mo
JackOBotts LOL - silence for the dead is the winner! 6mo
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Book Clubbed | Lorna Barrett
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Just signed up for the last spot in #GroupW for the #LMPBC and am looking forward to some Halloween reads #squadgourdseason 🎃

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I‘ve had this book on my shelves for over 15 years...I think the author may have spoken at my university. He ruminates on the complexities of race, on sociocultural designations of “identities” in a way that was challenging for me to follow. A dense read for a non-academic.

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📖 - Tagged (Brown, Richard Rodriguez)
📚 - My June Book Spins: Lady Cop Makes Trouble & The Flight Attendant
🌈 - Tomboyland

#WeekendReads

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This was a long-starting title on my TBR stack, and I‘m glad I finally read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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