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Kenyazero

Kenyazero

Joined December 2019

Always looking for LGBTQ+ books (esp. fantasy). A note to you: Read books you aren't sure you'll like. You might be surprised! 📝Popcultureliterary
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National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary by National Geographic, Susan Tyler Hitchcock
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Manga Design by Julius Wiedemann, Masanao Amano
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Queer Heroes by Arabelle Sicardi
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ギヴン 5 [Given 5] by Natsuki Kizu
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The Stone Prince by Fiona Patton
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Shards of Time by Lynn Flewelling
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The Archer's Heart by Astrid Amara
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Thoreau at Walden by John Porcellino, Center for Cartoon Studies
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Pickpick

I loved this book. I think I liked it more than book 1. I really enjoyed all of the references to #AmericanHistory tidbits that I recently learned about from the #podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class. The audiobook is also really well done. #racism #ghost #psychic #1920s #chineseamericanhistory #lgbtcharacter #queerbook #queerfantasy #trauma

magicalshelves I love this series! The third book is soooo good 18h
Kenyazero @magicalshelves That's good to hear! I really look forward to reading it. 2h
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All caught up before tomorrow's catch-up day! #fellowshipoftolkien #readalongs2020 #groupread #readalong

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I'm a bit behind on the #fellowshipoftolkien #readalong right now. Just a chapter, though. There were quite a few delightful moments in this chapter, but this was one of the most satisfying! #readalongs2020 #groupread

Deifio I still think Fatty Bolger is a stupid name 😂 2d
Kenyazero @Deifio It is a stupid name! 1d
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That awkward moment when the whole party fails their insight checks and a horse thief joins them. #dnd #critfail #dongeonsanddragons #what? #fantasy #backgroundcharacter

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The Subtle Knife | Philip Pullman
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Pickpick

This was a fun read. I can't imagine how frightening it would be to be the people selected as the "safety" for the children in traveling groups just in case everyone else died. The audio book was also really well done. #fantasy #ghost #parallelworlds #multipleworlds

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The Amber Spyglass | Philip Pullman
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as I enjoyed the first in the series. It's still a great pick for fans of fantasy. It's also a fascinating exploration of fear, especially the anxiety parents experience over their children's safety. #fantasy #talkinganimal #parallelworlds #multipleworlds #innervoice #steampunk

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Saga, Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Pickpick

I've been really enjoying this comic. The characters and their plight is interesting. Some of the narrative jumps in time feel a little disconnected. #comic #diversity #lgbtcharacter #space #war #love #family #ghost #robots

Leftcoastzen Such a great series! 3d
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this graphic novel well enough, but recommend the novels over this book. There were several times when the pacing of the graphic novel was not good, leading to some confusing transitions and unexplained character knowledge. #greekmythology #mythology #graphicnovel

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Giant Days Vol. 1 | John Allison
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I love this graphic novel. It's a very cute exploration of college life, personal identity growth, and friendship, and the characters and art are wonderful. There are awesome Easter eggs scattered throughout as well. #comic #college #friendship #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtcharacter

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this compendium. I ready read two of the comics, and won't be starting any of the others, but it was fun reading the first issue of each. #comic #image #indie

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Suggested alternative version: And the hobbits considered trusting this dark stranger until he switched to referring to himself in the third person. #fellowshipoftolkien #groupread #readalong #readalongs2020

Blueberry 😆 3d
Deifio Yes, I found this very odd too! 3d
JazzFeathers 😂 @daifio But then you could say that Strider is only one of this man's personalities. 3d
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This chapter did a great job of making everything and everyone feel threatening. #fellowshipoftolkien #fantasy #readalong #readalongs2020 #groupread

Deifio But it made Frodo and the gang look more suspicious, too. 3d
Kenyazero @Deifio fair point! Haha that point makes me think about the following chapter when Strider sniped about being sure Frodo had a perfectly honest reason for keeping his name secret and Frodo sniped that he was sure Strider had perfectly honest reasons for following them. 3d
Deifio @Kenyazero haha! 😁 See everyone is more suspicious when you won't tell them your name! And Frodo even has an undercover name, use it dummy! 3d
Kenyazero @Deifio right? They would have been so much less suspicious if they'd used the name Underhill right away. 3d
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Some beautiful descriptions in this chapter. It was interesting how getting back to the road again reminded the hobbits of the black riders. Like, remember all the danger you just faced? LOL that was just random, inconsequential danger, now that you are safe from it you‘re in real danger! #fellowshipoftolkien #readalong #groupread #readalongs2020

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I‘m working my way through the Women: A Century of Change issue of #nationalgeographic as a #nonfiction read this month. I really liked these quote about and from #astrophysicist Rebecca Oppenheimer. #women #natgeo #womenofscience #transgender #transpower

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The lovely @Crimson613 tagged me in this #FriYAYintro, and after enjoying their responses, here are mine:
1. In elementary school, I loved #Garfield comic books
2. It looks like there were several, but I'll say Dolly the sheep was cloned in 1996 (I was vaguely aware of it).
3. Vick's, tea, soup, humidifier, and rest.
4. I'm a new Litten, so everyone's "new" to me! @glitterkitty459 @ssleif @laurenslibrary

@4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads

laurenslibrary Thanks for the tag! 7d
Crimson613 Ohhh I hadn't realized that happened in 96! 7d
Kenyazero @Crimson613 me either. I remember talking about it in elementary school, though. I googled significant events from 95-99 😏 7d
Kenyazero Oh! Space limit prevented me tagging @Hazel2019 and @Suzuka27 ! 7d
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Muse of Nightmares | Laini Taylor
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I liked this one just as much as the first book. It's a vivid rollercoaster of a read, and provides a good look at generational trauma. #fantasy #magic #ghost #romance #multipleworlds #multiverse #dream #trauma #generationaltrauma #lgbtcharacter

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Today's chapter was quite fun. I like this eccentric old spirit in the woods. And I love the descriptions that connect Goldberry with her river origins. #fellowshipoftolkien #readalong #readalongs2020 #magic #spirit #nature

JazzFeathers Me too. It makes her so very special. 3d
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Pickpick

This quickly became one of my favorite comics. I love the art style, and the characters and story are compelling and fun. #queerbook #queercomic #lgbt #lgbtq #fashion #lgbtcharacter #gendernonconforming #genderedclothing

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Openly Straight | Bill Konigsberg
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this read. It was an interesting look at the weight we give to labels, especially when it seems that that label is the only socially interesting thing people think about you. #lgbt #queerbook #lgbtliterature #lgbtq #lgbtcharacter

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At this point I‘d be wondering why we let Merry choose our starting point or reassure us. Also, I‘m delighted to meet this atom Bombadil. Anyone that just walks around singing to themselves in the woods is probably great. That‘s half sarcasm half real. #fellowshipoftolkien #groupread #readalong #readalongs2020 #totallylost

BookwormAHN I've always had mixed feelings about Bombadil. I realize that he is a good guy but he always seems a bit creepy to me 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1w
Kenyazero @BookwormAHN after today's chapter (which I was forced to read yesterday to avoid disturbing a sleeping dog) I really liked Tom. He seems like an eccentric old man spirit-of-the-woods. He's just been around for too long to have a talking-with-mortals filter. 1w
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Mehso-so

I Picked this book up on a whim. It wasn't a bad read, overall. It had its moments. I wish the characters weren't so typed, and the villain dialogue wasn't so stereotypical. Fans of #japanesefolklore or #anime like #inuyasha will likely love this one! #japan #japanesemythology #kitsune

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Pickpick

Enjoyed this one as much as the first! What a fun read! #lgbt #lgbtq #war #science #robots #discrimination #lgbtcharacter

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Panpan

I somewhat enjoyed this comic. It was compelling, and had a lot of potential. I didn't really get a feel for any of the characters, who felt very flat overall. I also didn't fully understand the motivation if the villains other than "they're crazy, crazy people are dangerous". #comic #superhero #timetravel #music

jpmcwisemorgan I didn‘t like this one very much either. It didn‘t live up to it‘s hype, I guess. (edited) 1w
Kenyazero @jpmcwisemorgan Oh I imagine not! I picked this one up before I learned about the hype from the Netflix show, and was still disappointed 🤭 1w
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Ruin of Stars | Linsey Miller
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I enjoyed this second book more than the first. Without the competition to the death trope, the characters were able to come into themselves better, and the story was more engaging. #lgbt #lgbtq #genderfluid #lgbtfantasy #lgbtliterature #queerbook #queerfantasy #lgbtcharacter

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Hurricane Child | Kheryn Callender
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Mehso-so

Overall, not a bad read. This was an interesting exploration of grief and identity, as well as a look at racism. #magic #spirit #grief #lgbt #lgbtq #queerbook #lgbtliterature #lgbtcharacter

readingjedi Gorgeous cover 😍 1w
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Leaf | Daishu Ma
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I adore wordless comics. They're a delight to read, and they're exciting from a literacy perspective. This one is beautiful, and figuring out what is happening with the leaf is so much fun. #graphicnovel #nowords #wordlessgraphicnovel #nature #comic #wordlesscomic

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Mehso-so

The setup of this book is interesting, as is the story and concept. If you like robots, magic, and cursed animals, this may be a good pick for you! I'm a bit iffy on the art style sometimes, like the mom's weird jellybean head. #magic #graphicnovel #robots #comic

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Mask of Shadows | Linsey Miller
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Pickpick

This was a well written and interesting book. I was excited to find a fantasy work with agender fluid protagonist. The protagonist's fluidity felt really well written and characterized as well. I don't love the kill-your-competetors-one-will-live trope, but it was well executed. #fantasy #lgbt #lgbtliterature #queerbook #queerfantasy #lgbtcharacter #genderfluid #competitiontothedeath

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Jackaby | William Ritter
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Mehso-so

I listened to this one on a whim as I often do, choosing books based on availability and vague interest. Sometimes I'm surprised and fall in love. I didn't fall hard in love with this one, but it was enjoyable. I couldn't really get into any of the characters (other than the banshee, I loved her!). #magic #supernatural #murder #banshee

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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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I enjoyed this read quite a bit. It was cute. The unlikeliness of their whole adventure was entertaining and didn't make it feel unrealistic. I also enjoyed how everything turned out, it felt reasonable. #lgbt #lgbtliterature #romance #lgbtcharacter #queerbook #scavengerhunt

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Nation | Terry Pratchett
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I loved the way this book flowed. It shows the lives of the characters before and after a natural disasters, and the slow process of trying to see past your own culture to understand someone else's perspective. It's packed full of delightful humor as well. #diversity #colonialism #culturalappropriation #survival

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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A beautifully written book filled with vivid dreams and magic. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and am tempted to read it again already. I also find it interesting as a representation of generational trauma passed down to new generations who don't even know what happened in the past. I highly recommend it. The audio book is also really well narrated. #generationaltrauma #magic #dreams #lgbtcharacter #desert #fantasy #ghost

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The Battle of the Labyrinth: The Graphic Novel | Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti
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Mehso-so

It's been a few months since I read this one, but I feel like I enjoyed the art style and story flow more in this book than I did in the other graphic novels of the series. #demigod #greekmythology #mythology #magic #graphicnovel #comic

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Mehso-so

Just like the other graphic novel adaptations of this series, this book was fun but could have been done better. The flow of the story was jumpy at times, which made it hard to follow despite my experience with the novels. #greekmythology #magic #demigod #comic #mythology #graphicnovel #diversity #lgbtcharacter

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Pickpick

I find that even a few months after reading this book, I don't remember much of it. However, I do remember that it was a very fun, enjoyable read. Recommended for young fans of #mythology and #folklore (or older readers who enjoy reading #yalit). #magic #mexicanfolklore #mexicanlegend #hispanicfolklore #legend #lallorona

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This was an amazing read. I didn't realize just how dedicated Mr. Rogers was to children. His family was pretty amazing as well. This book also provides a great look at TV history. I was delighted to hear a familiar voice from my childhood narrating the audio book. #mrrogers #tvhistory #mediahistory #childhoodeducation #education #history #wontyoubemyneighbor #onceasinfonianalwaysasinfonian

laurenslibrary I loved this one, too! 1w
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Mehso-so

This graphic novel was fun but disappointing. I enjoyed the novels, and love to see adaptations. This one seemed to jump randomly from scene to scene at times, making it hard to follow what was happening despite reading the books. #graphicnovel #demigod #comic #magic #mythology #greekmythology #dyslexia #adhd

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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book. It was sweet, and the characters were fun to get to know. #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtliterature #lgbtcharacter #romance #queerbook

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Mehso-so

The novels were excellent reads. I did not enjoy the graphic novels as much because there were several moments where transitions between scenes, or events from one pannel to another didn't make sense or were too abrupt to follow. #graphicnovel #comic #bookadaptation #demigod #magic #mythology #romanmythology #diversity

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The Diviners | Libba Bray
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I really enjoyed this book. It's quite different from other works I've read of Libba's, but not disappointing! The pace of the book felt good, the time period was we'll set, and the characters themselves were fun to meet and learn about. I enjoyed the anticipation of waiting for characters to meet! The museum made me think of #gravityfalls. #magic #ghost #curse #murder #lgbtcharacter #trauma #racism #magic #psychic #dream #1920s #americanhistory

VioletBramble I like this series but I kept wondering why Evie's parents sent her to NYC as punishment. She's an unruly teenager who drinks to excess, loves to break rules and wants to be a flapper. Of course, send her to live in NYC with the family weirdo, her bachelor uncle, in his museum of creepy crawlies. Sounds like an excellent plan. The answer to this mystery is revealed in the third book. 1w
Kenyazero @VioletBramble I thought that too! Her parents didn't seem very knowledgeable of teenage behavior. 1w
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Mehso-so

I'm far from the intended audience for these books, but I've enjoyed them so far. The characters are fun, and I'm enjoying learning a bit about a #mythology that I'm unfamiliar with. #fantasy #hindu #hindumythology #pandava #identity #magic #demigod

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Mehso-so

The story is pretty typical but fun. If you like magic, robots, and danger, you might enjoy this graphic novel series. The art is a bit weird when it comes to the mom, who had a jellybean head. #comic #magic #graphicnovel #robots

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I really enjoyed reading about the conspiracy. They've got a pretty strong friendship/kinship going. The baths were also delightful. #fellowshipoftolkien #groupread #readalong #readalongs2020 #fantasyclassic #friendship

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Today's chapter was very fun. I'll admit, I was afraid Mr. Maggot was going to turn them over or something when he insisted they stay for food! And I can't stop laughing about how worried they've all been about the sniffing. #fellowshipoftolkien #fantasyclassic #readalong #groupread #readalongs2020 #trustnoone

JazzFeathers I enjoyed this chapter a lot too. I didn't remember the episode at the Ferry. It was fun. 1w
Kenyazero @JazzFeathers That was excellent! I was so surprised by the outcome. Phew! 1w
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They‘re off on their adventure, but managed to get in two more slights to the Sackville-Bagginses! There's always time for pety revenge. #fellowshipoftolkien #readalong #groupread #fantasyclassic #2020readalongs #pettyrevenge #pettyhobbit

JazzFeathers I loved that "Frodo did not offer her any tea." It says so much ? 1w
Kenyazero @JazzFeathers it's such a well placed and well-wordes slight 😆 1w
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I love how much lore Tolkien slipped into these books. It also didn't escape my notice that Gandalf is notably a lore expert (having nothing to do with Tolkien's profession, I'm sure) interested in obscure lores that no one else focuses on. #fellowshipoftolkien #readalongs2020 #groupread #fantasyclassic #mythology #norsemythology

JazzFeathers I love Tolkien's cheekiness is slipping so many hits at the Silmarillion 😆 2w
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There‘s so much social snark between hobbits voiced by the narrator! This chapter is a fun setup. #fellowshipoftolkien #readalong2020 #fantasyclassic #readalong #groupread #salt

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Those Sackville-Baggins 😜 always stealing the spoons! 2w
Kenyazero @thegirlwiththelibrarybag The worst kind of evil! 2w
JazzFeathers I really liked the first chapter with that portrayal of the Hobbit society. Never noticed how much of the Scoring of the Shire was already planted. 2w
Kenyazero @JazzFeathers I love this setup too. I can't believe how snarky it is. It makes it very memorable! 2w
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So far, I'm delighted that this book starts out with a history of hobbits. It's very characteristic of someone interested in history and inspired by mythology. #fellowshipoftolkien #fantasyclassic #classicihaventread #readalongs2020 #readalong #groupread

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Unsurprisingly, the least read of my 2019 books is a textbook I read for a transmedia class! The most popular book I read was a new YA fantasy. #2019inbooks #yearinbooks #textbook #transmedia #nonfiction #readnonfiction #fantasy #yaliterature

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Goodreads counts individual comic issues as books, so my shortest reads for 2019 look surprisingly short indeed! #2019inbooks #yearinbooks #comics