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Natasha.C.Barnes

Natasha.C.Barnes

Joined October 2016

goodreads.com/natashacbarnes Portland, OR | Interior Designer | forever an English major | hosting #poetrychallenge2018
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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
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Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse
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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
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@Chelleo My profile pic is from almost 3 years ago now...it was taken at one of the lovely farms on Sauvie Island (see tagged book), in the shop where you can buy veggies etc that you haven't picked. 😆 (We were there picking flowers for my friend's wedding the next day!) I was very excited to find a cabbage larger than my head. #litsyavatar

Ddzmini That‘s a big cabbage 😳 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Ddzmini I know, right? Too bad I don't like sauerkraut. I think that's specifically what that cabbage was bred for. 1y
Ddzmini Or coleslaw 😝 1y
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readordierachel I always thought you were holding a globe. A cabbage is even better! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @ReadOrDieRachel Oh, lol, I never even thought about what ppl would think it was! I think it was just my Facebook profile pic when I joined Litsy, so it was an automatic choice. 1y
SandyW Fun. I have a picture of a giant red cabbage somewhere, but I don't think it's close to that size. 1y
Chelleo How funny!! 😍 1y
mhillis Hi @Natasha.C.Barnes Just checking if you received the poetry traveling book and the extra book😉 1y
tpixie Wow ! Big head of cabbage!! 1y
BarbaraBB Hi Natasha just checking if you‘re okay? You‘ve been so quiet lately 😘 1y
cocomass I just came by your page to see what poetry you‘re reading for March. Hope you‘re well! 1y
BibliophileMomma I sent you an email. I hope all is well with you. If you could please get a hold of me that would be great. 1y
JenP You okay? We haven‘t heard from you in a while. 1y
MinDea @Tiffy_Reads did she respond to your email? She is in our swap and haven't heard from her at all. Looks like she hasn't been on for a month and she used to be very active. Wonder if something is wrong..... @TricksyTails 1y
BibliophileMomma @mindea No she didn‘t. Which is so not the norm with her. I was wondering if anyone had heard from her. I hope she‘s doing ok... 1y
TK-421 Hope all is well with you Natasha 🤗 We miss you 1y
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Motherhood | Sheila Heti
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Found this ARC on the sale table at the library--it looks really good and it's blurbed by Elif Batuman (!!) which really excites me.

UrsulaMonarch That would hook me as well! I was chuffed when Batuman once addressed a question of mine on twitter 😊😂 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @UrsulaMonarch !!!!! Wow!! What was your question an what did she say?! 1y
UrsulaMonarch @Natasha.C.Barnes ?there was a New Yorker article about Elia Kazan and he used a Turkish phrase that was translated as "the day of my ruination " & I couldn't find any more information about the phrase - she put out a call to Turkish speakers for the literal translation & alternative spellings. It was nerdily great!! (edited) 1y
UrsulaMonarch Also she liked a pic I sent of my toddler holding The Idiot 😜 1y
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Just read this article from the author and it is SO GOOD!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/akwaekeemezi/writers-of-color-are-making-our-own-canon?...

kgriffith Thank you, this was excellent! 1y
Chrissyreadit Thank you for sharing. 1y
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The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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I think I may be the only one still chugging along in the #luminariesbuddyread (probably bc I took a good 2 weeks off reading it, at least), but I'm still loving it. My parents recently bought this gorgeous chair on sale at scan design (it's easily the classiest thing in the house now 😂) and it turns out it is a PERFECT reading chair, especially in the evenings after they've gone to bed. I'm going to really miss it when I leave...😭

LiteraryinLititz That looks super comfy! 1y
cariashley Glad that you‘re still enjoying it! It gets harder to put down toward the end which is probably why so many of us just finished the book! 1y
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I sent off my #mybloodyvalentineswap packages today! (Split them up so I could send the books via media mail). Luckily I got to the post office just in time and they'll arrive on the 12th or 13th. Sorry for cutting it so close, my friend.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Damn Girl! Love the detail in the wrapping. 1y
JenlovesJT47 Awesome wrapping paper! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @JenlovesJT47 Thanks! It's actually just tissue paper, I had to use so many layers to make sure it wasn't see-through! 😂 1y
TricksyTails I love how much care and thought you put into the wrapping. Beautiful! ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
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Post Office | Charles Bukowski
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Yikes, between all my #NCBgiveaway packages and the #mybloodyvalentineswap, things are getting crazy at the post office today. 😂📦📦📦📦📦📦📦

emilyhaldi 😱 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @emilyhaldi Yeah...my whole "oh yeah I can totally do a giveaway if I just give away books I already own" thing definitely backfires when you take into account shipping. ? 1y
emilyhaldi That‘s something I learned the hard way too! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
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My #mybloodyvalentineswap package from @Craftylikefox arrived! Thank you, Tabitha!! I actually had to look up what #MVPS was bc I totally forgot the other hashtag...I don't even know what those letters stand for...shouldn't it have been #MBVS? ☺️

Craftylikefox Oh yay!!! I am so glad it made it!!! 1y
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Lolololol anybody need a new #bookclubpick? 😂

Chelleo That Doll Clothing book looks interesting 🤣 1y
minkyb ❣️❣️❣️ 1y
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Look: Poems | Solmaz Sharif
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Fuck, people, this collection of stories is SO GOOD, you should definitely go read them. SERIOUSLY.

Bklover Ok. Stacked. 😉 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Bklover I was midway through this story when I posted it, but now that I've finished it my head is SPINNING and I feel like shouting from rooftops. 1y
TheBookHippie We did this for summer book club which was so much !!! Loud loud loud excited discussion for hours!!!! 🙌🏻 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @TheBookHippie OH MY GOD yes it's perfect for that, very loud discussions are exactly my instinct right now. 1y
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This story feels like some real Get Out level shit...jesus. I can't believe they categorized it as a comedy, that's just so wrong.

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Missing Isaac | Valerie Fraser Luesse
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Hey hey! My #bookishfirst book arrived! 😄

Alfoster Yay! I wanted this one but didn‘t win.😍 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Alfoster Do you live in the US? I could send it to you when I'm done if you want! 1y
Alfoster Love to trade! I‘m in California. Want By The Book or Auntie Poldi and the Scillian Lions? 1y
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When I Was a Witch | Charlotte Gilman
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As I've said before, this has the most ridiculous cover for a collection of Charlotte Gilman stories I can even imagine, but I'm so happy I own it and that I read it. The Yellow Wallpaper has obviously been on my list to read for forever and I was glad I finally got to it--it's worth reading, even knowing the whole concept. My favorite story was probably "If I Were A Man"...not enough has changed in the last century...

batsy I have to read this! Such a shame about the cover. 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @batsy I know, right? It's hilarious. I'm so glad I finally got around to reading her, though. 1y
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Look: Poems | Solmaz Sharif
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Still quoting from last month's poet, Solmaz Sharif. Throughout the collection, she uses terms & phrases from the U.S. Dept of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, which usually show up integrated into poems but always capitalized. Here, she uses them as the starting point for a series of mini-poems. #poetrychallenge2018 Read more about it here: http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-solmaz-sharif-20160627-snap-sto...

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In January alone I read 5 books that easily match or surpass the quality of ones I chose for my 17 in '17 picks...The only possible outcomes now are that the rest of the year is a real let-down, reading-wise, or I have a super tough time picking 18 as my faves come December. 😳 #youshouldreadthesebookstho

Readerann #TOB Yeah! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Readerann Oh yeah, you're so right! I didn't even intend that! 1y
MelissaSue81 I wanna read most of these 1y
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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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GODDAMN this woman knows how to write a first sentence, she never disappoints. 😍

mhillis 😍😍😍 1y
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I expected more from this book--and I don't think it was written long enough ago to excuse it. A girl growing up dealing with how her sense of self doesn't align with society's gender norms is an important story to tell, but this author wasn't ready to fully analyze or unpack her childhood experiences-the discussion was still VERY invested in the gender binary, made zero mention of trans ppl, & BARELY acknowledged how (cont ⬇️) ...

Natasha.C.Barnes (Cont)...her childhood dislike of other girls/women who followed prescribed gender roles was itself a symptom of the patriarchy. That def needed more discussion, or at the very least a tone that felt less wishy-washy. Not everyone wants to investigate gender, but if you do, you're going to have to do better than "girls should be able to where pants and baseball caps" or whatever. I feel for the author's experiences and I want to see lots of ... 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes ...kinds of femininity represented, but there was STILL a tone of "aren't I cute and cool for not being girly" that I didn't appreciate, it just felt naive, uninvestigated. And no she didn't have to go way into trans stories if that's not her story, but zero mention of how gender might be complicated physically as well feels bizarre and irresponsible. 1y
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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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I wish I had the time to find a way to clearly articulate what was so great about this book-I was impressed & pleasantly surprised by how this book was able to focus on something so subtle & honest in the middle of what could have been an overwhelming context/"topic". It's neither-ultimately-a love story or a refugee story, but a story about how we are and are not changed by events, the mundanity amidst the dramatic, & how we treat each other. 5⭐️

cocomass Love was his book!! It was my favorite of last year 💕 1y
mrozzz Stellar review! 1y
LizzieLou And I just fell in love with the characters. 1y
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"history is what it is. it knows what it did."
-from "summer, somewhere"
#poetrychallenge2018 #blacklivesmatter

readinginthedark 😔 But this is also beautifully written. (edited) 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @readinginthedark I know, right? I can't wait to read more, but also my heart hurts. I think this is why I love art so much, though--beautiful art is the sugar coating on the bitter pill of ideas and realities we have to confront. Depressing reason to love art, but whatever. 1y
readinginthedark Yes, that‘s a brilliant and perfect way to explain it! I agree. 1y
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I couldn't help myself, had to post some of the highlights from the book sale! Very excited about these finds. (Sorry the photo is weird, I'm trying to block the light from the reflective covers)

rabbitprincess Arthur & George! 😄👍🏼 1y
Chelleo Nice haul!! 1y
amvs1111 Great haul! 1y
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vivastory Excellent haul! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @rabbitprincess Oh did you like that one? Id never heard of it, but the cover looked interesting and the author sounded vaguely familiar, so I threw it in the bag. After looking into it more at home, it looked good! 1y
rabbitprincess @Natasha.C.Barnes I loved it! The TV adaptation was OK but the book was definitely better. 1y
silentrequiem Nice haul! 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Nice!! Euphoria is really good - you got some great stuff!! 1y
Texreader How awesome!! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That's great to hear, thank you! 1y
readinginthedark Borges! 😍❤️ 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @readinginthedark Yes, Borges is bae (to be a total dork about it). I have yet to check if I've already read everything in it though, bc I have read various Borges collected works. 1y
BornReadChicago Loved Dark Matter and Euphoria! 1y
readinginthedark I‘ve only read a few works of his, but I loved them. I really need to read all of it. 1y
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Pay-what-you-want library clearance book sale haul! 1st 1/2 row is my dad's, next row is my mom's, last 2 rows are mine, and the tub is full of books we grabbed specifically to give to others or books we decided we didn't want. (It was a free-for-all in that room, so you were grabbing anything that looked good--not all of them turned out. Plus my mom grabbed 2 books she forgot she already read! 😂) #bookhaul

GypsyKat OMG!!! 😮😮😮 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @GypsyKat When I say pay-want-you-want, I mean it was "here, haul out all the books you can carry and drop some dollars in the donation can" type of thing... (edited) 1y
britt_brooke Whoa!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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Jaimelire Nice! 1y
AmyG Wow 1y
TheReadingMermaid 😍😍😍 1y
UwannaPublishme Yowza! 😍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
GypsyKat @Natasha.C.Barnes That‘s a seriously amazing haul for that kind of thing! 1y
Susannah Holy mackerel, that's an awesome haul! 1y
batsy Wow!! 1y
Velvetfur Wow! So many books! It's the library empty now?! 😜 1y
LA_Mead Amazing!!! 1y
readinginthedark That‘s amazing! And The Hours is so good! I need to reread that one. 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @readinginthedark Is it? I have heard that but I've been dragging my feet, probably bc I didn't love the movie. And bc Mrs Dalloway is very close to my heart. It's in my mom's pile right now and she'll probably love it, though we have somewhat different tastes... 1y
readinginthedark The movie is a bit different than the book. There are some superficial changes with how the characters act and dress, but you also get so much from their thought processes in the book. Take this with a grain of salt, though, because I also love the movie (for different reasons). Don‘t listen to people who say it‘s trying to be Mrs. Dalloway. It‘s really about how the novel affected these different characters at different points in time. 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @readinginthedark I definitely didn't feel like I necessarily disliked the movie, more like I felt like I had the wrong context for it. If I had seen it before studying Woolf in depth I think I would really have liked it. So I'll try to let go of my preconceptions and borrow it from my mom sometimes. And yes, thought processes are always the best part, so that should be good. 1y
readinginthedark That makes sense. I actually read The Hours first, then watched the movie, and then started reading Woolf. So my perspective was different. 1y
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I dragged my parents to a library clearance book sale today! (There was a huge line waiting outside!) It's hard to see but we got 1 huge box and 4 bags worth of books, it was amazing. Gonna go spread 'em all out on the carpet and enjoy the bounty. ☺️

mrozzz What a great Saturday!!! 😄 1y
RadicalReader @Natasha.C.Barnes book sales are an absolutely wonderful encounter 1y
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Texreader Awesome!!! 1y
Tamra Woot! 1y
emilyhaldi Wow that‘s a crap load of books!! Jealous! 1y
RebelReader How fun! Enjoy! 1y
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#classicistsoflitsy Lately ive been reading comics and graphic novels before bed, right now I'm working through this Roz Chast collection

tomes4gnomes I love Roz Chast - enjoy! 1y
LauraBeth I love her. I just found a book I had bought my daughter when she was younger from her and Steve Martin 1y
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Look: Poems | Solmaz Sharif
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I know it's February now, but I still have to share some of these great poems I read in January! #poetrychallenge2018

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Here are my picks! Who are you reading in February? #poetrychallenge2018

readinginthedark Nazim Hikmet! I‘m still stuck in the intro of my book, but I‘m thinking of putting that part on pause, because I really want to get to the poetry! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @readinginthedark oh yeah, you can always skip an intro, don't you think? I like to read them but sometimes they really stop you up! 1y
readinginthedark I agree! I love reading them, but sometimes I have to do it after the book so I can start faster. I was trying to read it before this time to get some concept of Hikmet‘s life, since the poems span his lifetime. Oh well, we‘ll see. Maybe I‘ll read a few poems and then read a page of intro and just keep alternating. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
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February lookin' up! There is 100% no way I'm getting to all these in February, but it's such a beautiful list, it makes me happy to look at it. #februarytbr #blackhistorymonth #readingresolutions #mounttbr #yearofthechunkster #poetrychallenge2018 #luminariesbuddyread #bujo

readinginthedark 😯That is a lot! But fun! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @readinginthedark Yeah, I got carried away, it's such a short month. No way it's happening. 1y
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LOOK AT ALL THESE POETS!! These are some of the poets that people read (or said they planned to read 😆) in January for #poetrychallenge2018 (the rest wouldn't fit!). 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
What a fantastic first month, onto the next! 📖💫🎉

Meeko93 This is a cool idea 1y
kathedron This makes me happy! 😊 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @River_Voice I know, right? Me too!! 😄 1y
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mhillis Cool! Lots of suggestions there for the rest of the year. I read 3 poetry collections this month!! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @mhillis Brava!! Nicely done 1y
mhillis @Natasha.C.Barnes Thanks! By the way, I‘ll go to the post office this afternoon to mail you Milk and Honey 1y
readinginthedark 👏🏻❤️I like having the names so I can look them up too! This is so fun! 1y
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Hi #poetrychallenge2018 people! A few ppl looked into jumping on the wagon near the end of Jan, so I wanted to repost this for them & any others. In this challenge we are all just picking a poet for ourselves for each month & exploring their work and sharing it with the group! I've added so many poets to my TBR list because of you folks-thank you! I'm having so much fun. I read John Ashbery & Solmaz Sharif in Jan-my Feb announcement coming soon!

TheBookHippie Ohhh I'll join!!!! We did Frost this past month ! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @TheBookHippie Fantastic!! Glad to have you! 😘 1y
CocoReads I meant to join but January went by with a snap. I read a lot of books but no poetry. Maybe this month. 1y
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Natasha.C.Barnes @CocoReads I know, right? How was the usually "longest" month of the year so short?! Mine flew by too. 1y
kgriffith I‘m going to have to have multiple poets per months because of my syllabus, but I‘ll be diving extra deep so I think it still counts, right? :) 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @kgriffith As far as I'm concerned, it all counts! I'm reading multiple per month just because I can't choose! 😂 I think what stays true to the heart of the idea is that if you've read enough of that poet to get a little bit of a sense of who they are (poetry-wise anyway) and would maybe remember or recognize their name in the future, that poet counts. You know what I mean? 1y
kgriffith @Natasha.C.Barnes Yep, absolutely 😊 . 1y
kgriffith @Natasha.C.Barnes oh my gosh, I'm using an Android phone for the first time and can't type for anything on it LOL... What I'm trying to say is that we are studying each poet by reading a complete book of their work in addition to class discussion so I think it solidly meets the requirements 😃 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @kgriffith 1) I would be SO lost on an android, 2) that's a serious business poetry class! Sounds awesome. And yeah, above and beyond requirements! 1y
Erin7 Thanks for reposting this. February will be my first month, and I plan on taking a look at Nayyirah Waheed. She has a collection of poetry called Salt that I‘ve been meaning to read for quite some time. Thanks for letting me play along. Question- Can we choose more than one poet? Or does that defeat the purpose of digging deeper. If we can, I‘d like to look at Billy Collins too. (edited) 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Erin7 Sounds fantastic, she's on my TBR list too. You can totally pick more than one, I am! I just wanted to make it easy for people to get their feet wet, add it in on top of their other reading. 1y
Erin7 @Natasha.C.Barnes Sweet! Than Collins‘ Sailing Around the Room will be the other book. I‘m excited to get going on this. 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Erin7 ✋🏻 high five! 1y
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Reviewing more January reads! I feel terrible about giving this book a so-so, I really do. I think it's a fine book, pretty cute/sweet/whatever you want a book like this to be...but I just felt kinda neutral about it. I don't know why, it didn't grab me and really make me feel like Eleanor & Park did. I really hope it's not because Dimple and Rishi are both really well adjusted teens, I shouldn't need childhood trauma to instigate emotion...🤔

L_auren Same here!!! 1y
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This One Summer | Mariko Tamaki
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At first this book gave me a ton of anxiety because the general sense of unease and tension coupled w/ the main character growing into her adolescent sexuality made me super worried there was gonna be some sort of sexual trauma, but thank god, it didn't go there. This isn't a book where a lot "happens", it's a book that works to create and explore a feeling and a time, and it knocks it out of the park! ⬇️ cont in comments

Natasha.C.Barnes It definitely makes sense this book won an award--it's absolutely brilliant at portraying the physical experience of a particular character in a moment--how they interpret what's around them, what they're hearing, what's drawing their eye and attention. There is an amazing sense of being in the present and the book doesn't overlay anything that happens with a kind of commentary from someone who knows better-it allows it all to stay implied. 5⭐️ 1y
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January Thaw | Jess Lourey
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41 TOTAL! I've been looking for new ways to track & present info, so here is an experiment. I've got reading method (mostly print), content format (mostly graphic due to #letsgetgraphicweeklongreadathon), source (mostly library), etc. I checked 6 books off my #mountTBR shelf, gave an equal amount of 3/4/5 star ratings & read 51% books written by women. Gotta work on that #POCauthor stat-32% isn't good enough. See comments for recommendations! ⬇️

Natasha.C.Barnes Absolute favorites of Jan: The Idiot, Private Citizens, Exit West, White Tears. 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes Best Of Graphic marathon reads: Here, SuperMutant Magic Academy, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, This One Summer, any Giant Days, anything Lucy Knisley. 1y
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DrexEdit Fabulous! Love the pie charts! 😊👍 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! Love it!!! 💛💙💛💙 1y
readingwinds This is a fantastic way to visually breakdown your reading month. My pies would be a bit wonky as I did not read as much and all my books came from the library, but I might try this out. 1y
hes7 Yay! 🎉 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @readingwinds Well you certainly don't have to do them all, there are so many different trackable things. I'd never even think to track where the book came from but I'm trying to get through my #mountTBR so I will want to keep tracking how many were owned (acquired 2017 or before) and how many were new (acquired in 2018) 1y
LiteraryinLititz This is so cool! I‘m thinking of starting my own #bujo for 2018. I could start with my 2018 stats. Do you have any suggestions for how to get started? Is there a kind of journal most people use? Thanks! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @LiteraryinLititz I just started last September, I can tell you what I use. I have a notebook from Rhodia (the webnotebook I think) that looks like a moleskin but the paper is better, but it's also STUPID expensive. I have some great cheapo plastic stencils from Amazon that work great (sold by a million ppl, they're literally the same). I use color pens from Le Pen and Staedtler and Tombow colored markers (cont) 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @LiteraryinLititz definitely get the Tombow if you can bc so many markets bleed through but these you can hardly see at all from the other side. And washi tape! Washi tape is the best. 1y
DivaDiane I love the graphs! I just started a Bujo in December, but it‘s REALLY basic. No pretty colors or Washi tape! 1y
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Look: Poems | Solmaz Sharif
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I whizzed through my second poet/poetry collection for January of the #poetrychallenge2018 during the #24in48 readathon, so I'll be posting a few quotes from it today. Sorry they're all via a beat-up old kindle, it was technically returned to the library already. 😂 Solmaz Sharif, the poet, is Iranian-American and her poems are political in the best of ways.

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Guys, I'm so obsessed with Lucy Knisley these days...it's a problem. I WANT MORE BOOKS!! I loved Something New, not just because it was sweet and well written, but because by now I was invested in her life and the people she knows. It was amazing to see this next stage in her life and how she went about it, especially little details she doesn't point to, like how they have a Vespa now?!?!! She mentioned wanting one in an earlier book! ❤️❤️❤️

LA_Mead I love Lucy Knisley too! She‘s working on a new book now and then there was also a picture book out recently. 1y
GondorGirl This was my first Lucy book and I loved it! I'm so excited to read more of her! 1y
UrsulaMonarch @LA_Mead exciting! I'd heard about the new book but not the picture book! 👍 1y
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That Salty Air | Tim Sievert
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I never posted a review of this book I read during #letsgetgraphicweeklongmarathon, in fact I didn't post about it at all. It sucked, don't read it, review over. 😂

Debiw781 😂😂😂 1y
Suet624 Yeah but that cover is gorgeous. 1y
tammysue 😂😂 1y
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Shopping my shelves for more books to read in Feb! #blackauthors #MountTBR I mean, I'm never gonna get to all of these, but at least I have a stack for if I make it thru the few I already set aside for #blackhistorymonth. Excited to read Danez Smith/Gwendolyn Brooks/Audre Lorde for #poetrychallenge2018! The epigraph in Oyeyemi's White is for Witching from a Brooks poem is what inspired me to start the challenge in the first place!

Tamra I have been on the look-out for Salvage the Bones in used shops but haven‘t snagged one yet. 😐 1y
Jess7 I plan to read this one. I posted about it twice recently. I‘ve heard really good things about it ! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Jess7 Awesome! I have it on hold but it won't come in for a while. 1y
UrsulaMonarch That is an excellent stack! 👏📚👏 1y
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Paper Girls Vol. 2 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Another good volume--this one gave me a bit more anxiety, probably because I expected...certain people (spoilers!) to know more about what was going on! I still have no idea what is going on in this story, but I want to find out! On to volume 3!

RachLovesTV Haha that's basically my review, too - I have no idea what's going on but I like it! 1y
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So this was my 4th Knisley, loved it of course. Both the narrative & the drawing style were more tightly controlled, it seemed, than usual, & I actually felt something was lost in that control. I'm getting really nitpicky only bc I love her work-and I had thought in the past that perhaps her work was a little too loosy-goosy, but this one helped show me what that freedom really gives you. I love looking at the small differences between her books.

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Oof...what a fall from grace after the first volume! This would have been a so-so just because the story kinda sucked, but this little blurb tipped it over: it's not okay to imply that strong women who make their own decisions can't be or are even less likely to be raped. If women in the military can be raped, so can fucking Mockingbird. She wasn't, fine, but this ISN'T the reason why.

KrystleTheBookSlayer Wow! Who in their right mind would think that's an okay idea to promote. That's awful! 1y
2BR02B Huh. I read this volume and didn't even notice this. How unfortunate. 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @2BR02B Shit like this is so easy to miss, I almost didn't bump on it myself. 1y
Weaponxgirl I know I‘m late here but I just saw the same thing and had to post about it. Damn that made me sad 4mo
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Bad Feminist is a fantastic book, I love Roxanne Gay. It was a little weird to read so many essays on a similar subject back to back (originally published elsewhere) because you'd see an example she gives repeated somewhere else briefly, so I'd even recommend reading them in a random order, but on the whole really thoughtful, interesting writing.

Billypar Read this last year and loved it. I was surprised how many essays on movies there were (and they are all in a row as you mention), but she's got a great critical perspective. Even when she took to task a movie or two that I liked, I couldn't help but agree with her. 1y
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French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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I've read a lot of books this month I haven't reviewed yet, so buckle in for the next few days while I remedy that! I read & mostly liked Relish but then I read & adored Age of License, so by this book I had gotten a sense of Lucy. This one is less mature (as is Lucy), but there is a sweetness to it. I could remember being that age, it all just made sense. I definitely got something out of this book, but if it was my 1st Knisley I might not have.

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Entering all the books I finished during #24in48! On to page 3 of my reading log! Which is fun, but do not be alarmed, it's probably 75% graphic novels and comics volumes.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks great! 1y
ferskner I saw that you won a prize and I was excited for you! 1y
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Chelleo What info do you track? I can‘t really make it out from the photo shoot 1y
alvingregorio Whoa baby! 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @ferskner Aw, thanks! I noticed a few other Littens who won prizes, it was very exciting. 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Chelleo Well I've been playing around with it a little, as you can see...Right now I'm starting with a cell that has the number book within the month and the year (so mine are all 26/26 for example bc it's the first month), then the title, author, my star rating, then a cell where I draw an icon telling me if I read it in print/audio/digital AND if it was graphic or not, as well as a little "F" or "NF" (fiction/nonfiction) and color coded dots ⬇️ 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Chelleo ...cont--color coded dots to show if it is written by a woman or POC, or if it is a collection of poetry or short stories (bc I'm going to read a lot of those this year), then the page count of the book and original publishing year, then the dates I started and finished it, and FINALLY, little spaces for check marks if I've reviewed them here and on Goodreads. Whew! That's a lot. 1y
Chelleo That‘s awesome! I just tagged you on my current layout because I‘ll be making some adjustments. Will likely steal your idea for tracking reviews! Also like that you track W/POC. 1y
Samplergal That‘s a lot of info. What is it you track? 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Samplergal I just explained it all on these comments here! I hope it makes sense 😂 1y
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Wanted to share the books I read during the #24in48 readathon. Bc I used it to clear a bunch of books I had already started, it's a little harder to measure (& I'm too lazy to tally the pages), so I decided to list them all and list about how much of the book I read during that time. Only the last 2 are ones that I didn't finish during that time period. Now the only book left that I'm currently reading (not including audiobook) is The Luminaries!

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24 Hour Party People | Tony Wilson
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Posting another photo with the timestamp in the screenshot so I can enter to win one of the prize packs! I'm on the west coast of the US so the readathon ended at 9pm for me. #24in48 This was my first 24 in 48 readathon and it was so much fun!! I'm over the moon that I actually made it. Also, I didn't ever screw up my stopwatch! Amazing 😂

Jas16 🙌🏽📚🎉 1y
UrsulaMonarch Bravo to all of this!! 👏👏👏 1y
GrilledCheeseSamurai 🍻🍻🍻 1y
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GarthRanzz Way to go! 👍 1y
GypsyKat Congratulations!!! 🙌📚🎉👏👏👏🎊 1y
DebinHawaii Yay!! Awesome job!!! 🎉📚🎉 1y
JacqMac Yay!🎉 1y
Readerann Woo hoo!! 👍 1y
Cinfhen Fantastic🎉🎉🎉 1y
Kalalalatja Great job you 👏👏 1y
TrishB Well done 🎉🎉 1y
Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Ubookquitous Well done! 1y
batsy Congrats! 1y
mariaku21 Woo-hoo 1y
Simona 👏👏👏Congratulations😘 1y
Soubhiville Yaaaaaay! You did it! 1y
JessClark78 🎊🎉🎊🎉📚 1y
Librarybelle Congratulations! 1y
sprainedbrain Congratulations and well done! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
Lacythebookworm Congratulations! 🎈🎉 📚🙌 1y
Mollyanna Congratulations 🎉🎊🎉 1y
hes7 Yay! 🎉 1y
Bookzombie Congratulations!!! 1y
Andrew65 Brilliant 🎉🎊🥂👍🍾👏🙌 1y
swishandflick Have you checked the 24in48 site? I think you won a prize! Unless it's another Natasha Barnes, haha 😄 1y
ghosthost Fantastic!🙌 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @swishandflick I did, thank you!! It's so crazy, I never win anything! Sadly there wasn't much left by that time, but there were a few books I think I might like, so I'll probably get one of those! 😊 1y
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24 Hour Party People | Tony Wilson
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I DID IT!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 Detail forthcoming when I have a second. But yay!! I finished with ~10 minutes to spare. 😅 #24in48

GarthRanzz Nice!!! Way to go! 🎉🎉 1y
Eyelit 👏🎉👏🎉👏 1y
kamoorephoto You got a door prize!! 1y
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LazyOwl Well done 1y
MinDea Wow! Impressive. Good job!!! 1y
JacqMac 👏🎉 1y
GypsyKat Congratulations!!!🎊🎈🎉🍾 📚👏👏👏 1y
DebinHawaii Awesome job!!! 🎉📚🎉Congrats! 1y
Readerann Way to go! 👍 1y
mhillis Good job!! 1y
Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
mariaku21 That's awesome! 1y
NCNY 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 1y
Mdargusch Congratulations! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
Mollyanna Woo-hoo! Great job. 1y
Redwritinghood 👏👏👏👏 1y
readinginthedark 👏🏻🎉💪🏻📚📖 1y
Andrew65 Well done! 🎉🎊🥂🍾🙌👏👍 1y
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Sitting down to dinner with a family who does NOT know I've spent all weekend reading when I should have been working on something else (so I can't explain why I HAVE to read for 20 minutes before 9pm...) Pray dinner goes fast!!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼😱 #24in48

L_auren 🙏🏻 1y
Mollyanna 🤞 1y
GarthRanzz Fingers crossed! 1y
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DebinHawaii You can do it! 👍👍 1y
Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Texreader Congratulations 🎈🎉🎊🍾 1y
Andrew65 🎊🎉🙌👏🍾🙌🥂 1y
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Hour 42: final challenge!! The Mortifications is the best cover I think bc it's both beautiful and so appropriate to many themes in the book. When I Was a Witch is a collection of Charlotte Gilman stories, which are feminist in bent and written in the 1800s!!!! which is why a weird modern stock photo is the most inappropriate choice I can think of. 😣😣😣 I'm glad to have it, but yikes that cover. #24in48

melissa.drake Wow.. that cover really makes no sense.. 😑 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @melissa.drake Tell me about it...it's the weirdest. And it had weird blank pages between the stories...it was published last year--goodreads doesn't even have the page number, but it feels like a weird galley... 1y
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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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Reading interruption # 5 million: looking up reviews of the book I just finished to help me clarify how I feel about it. Does anyone else out there do this too? I'm sure you do. 😊 #24in48

Natasha.C.Barnes Actually, I'm looking to find some book bloggers who really align with my personal tastes, bc I really want spoiler-filled analytical reviews, not just the "here, go buy this" reviews from major publications. You don't necessarily know my taste and I'll have to do the ground work there, but who are your favorites. @batsy you always seem to have ideas I agree with, do you have any favorites besides yourself (who I plan to now follow?) 1y
BookwormM I loved this book how did you feel about it? 1y
Gillyreads I totally do this 1y
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LaLecture Yep, I do that really often when I don‘t really know what to think of a book or if I‘m the only one who didn‘t understand it 😅. Or when I didn‘t like a book that everyone seems to love. Then I look for review by people who also didn‘t like it 😅. 1y
emilyhaldi Always doing this... 1y
Bibliogeekery I definitely do this. I was just looking up reviews this morning for my book club book to help form my opinion of it! 😆 1y
RachLovesTV I totally do this! I do try to write my initial thoughts down first so I can be as unbiased as possible. I do it in person, too - I'm having mixed feelings about one of the books I'm reading, so I asked one of my friends yesterday what he thought of it, as I figured he'd read it. Not only did he bring up some things I hadn't even considered, he lent me a book that he said I should read instead. 😁 1y
LauraBeth I actually like reading reviews from people who have a different lens than me. If I loved a book, I‘d want to see what people who didn‘t like it say and vice versa. I like seeing all sides of it and not just the opinions that line up with mine - if that makes sense 😀 1y
batsy Thank you for the shoutout! But over the years I've just let my blog go, and so many book blogs seem to be defunct. 1y
aschermetz I TOTALLY do this. It helps me grasp how I feel about the book sometimes and often takes care of that “I NEED TO DISCUSS THIS WITH SOMEONE” feeling if I don‘t know anyone who has read it! 1y
batsy Sorry I hit send by accident & can't edit comments ? To answer your question, I do the same and love reading reviews but now I just scroll down Goodreads or read the online "lit mags" like LARB, 3:AM, Full Stop, The White Review 1y
batsy This is one of the blogs I enjoy and still seems to be updated regularly https://roughghosts.com/ 1y
ghosthost Of course! I do it most often when I dislike a popular book and need to find someone else, anyone else who didn‘t love it plus detailed positive reviews so I can understand why people liked it. 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @batsy yay, thanks! I just loved the review of Home Fire that you posted--I just read the book and went to read your review bc I remembered you posting about the book, and it really helped me clarify some things. So bravo on that! 1y
batsy Thanks so much! ☺️ 1y
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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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This is too good a book to be listening to during a readathon when I am too distracted...😞 I knew I shouldn't have wasted it like this, I just know I've missed some part of appreciation of this fascinating book. #24in48

Andrew65 Well done! 1y
Booksnchill Did the audio include music? I loved the book but wondered if audio added something👍 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Booksnchill It did have a different voice each time they read the lyrics (in addition to the 2 narrators for the different POV sections), but it wasn't singing so much as lyrical talking--elongating syllables and the like. It was pretty nice, though. But I still think this book is probably best in print... 1y
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Ha! My shelves are complicated.
📖 Books from Great Books program at St John's College
📖 British Lit 17th->18th->19th cent
📖 Literary criticism & non-SJC philosophy
📖 Plays
📖 Classics from not UK/US
📖 American/Canadian classics
📖 Poetry
📖 Essays
📖 Graphic novels/comics
📖 Recent fiction I've read that aren't on my favorites shelf
📖 Recent unread fiction not slated to be read in 2018
📖 Recent unread fiction I DO plan to read in 2018

Natasha.C.Barnes There are so many caveats here, too!! Such as, these are only the shelves in 1 room (though they are the majority), the plays section doesn't include plays otherwise found in the SJC section, the SJC section is in order of being read (vaguely chronological I suppose) while the modern TBR someday is by author, and the last section of books to be read this year is in vaguely seasonal order of how I might read them! 😂 #24in48 1y
Natasha.C.Barnes This is why the Marra is last--I want to read it this year and it takes place when there is snow but I don't have time to read it right now, so it's pushed to December. ❄️❄️❄️ 1y
readinginthedark I love how organized your shelving is! One of my bookcases is like that. 1y
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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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Reading breaks I can't afford to take number 1000: stopping to listen to the St. James Infirmary blues bc my book keeps mentioning the St. James Hotel and I can't get it out of my head. #24in48

Andrew65 👏👏👏👏 1y
readinginthedark I love Hugh Laurie! I can‘t believe how talented and well-rounded he is! 1y
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