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Plaidsticks

Plaidsticks

Joined January 2019

New life motto “more books less bullshit”. Mostly a digital record to help keep track of what I‘ve read.
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Sometimes I tear through short story anthologies, sometimes they take forever. I think part of the problem with this was shear exhaustion took over whenever I attempted to read and I‘d only make it a few pages in before falling asleep. But, as always, Jemisin is awesome.

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Her Right Foot | Dave Eggers
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I don‘t normally share the hundreds of picture books we go through on here, but this was such a good book with a great simple message.

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Been waiting to share HP for so long! I think he was confused a bit by so many characters, but still definitely enjoyed it. Waiting a bit for book 2, then might add another book every year? I think that‘s my plan. I wanna share them all with him now, but they get so dark as they progress. #mordecaireads

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Roller Girl | Victoria Jamieson
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I love it when middle school books make me cry...

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O Jerusalem | Laurie R. King
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I think this was my favorite so far and I‘m super impatient now to start the next (need to finish the kids car audiobook first). I don‘t know how much is historically accurate, but enjoyed the new setting of early 20th century Palestine. #cottoncandyreads (also, finished all those on the same day!)

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I bought this audiobook when it first came out then promptly forgot for some reason. An awesome listen. And makes me so sad at what we have now. #audiobook

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Mehso-so

Mor‘s least favorite. Focused on the middle girls (11-13) growing up and less on the youngest, so a lot of it went over Mor‘s head, nothing inappropriate, he just doesn‘t get crushes and takingnon extra responsibility. But he still loves the Penderwicks (which always baffles me a bit since it‘s not at all like his usual science/fantasy type pics). #mordecaireads

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Forest World | Margarita Engle
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Another #mordecaireads that I forgot to snap a pic of. We read this one for homeschool book club (and then no one showed up 🤦🏻‍♀️) and...I understand why they picked it but it was not at all up Mor‘s alley. Also written in poem form with switching narrators so it was really hard for him to follow what was happening. Led to good discussions about immigration and conservation, but in his words, “We read that boring book for nothing!?”

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I think I preferred this one to the other two, but Mor is bummed that the series is over. But is excited that I‘ve let him start recording “book reviews for his own YouTube show” (videos have yet to be shared but I am always impressed with how much his 5-year-old brain actually pulls in from our chapter book readings. #mordecaireads

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Must have forgotten to snap a pic of this one before I returned to the library. No complaints from the kids, but this was my least favorite of the three. #mordecaireads

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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Such a great, captivating listen. #audiobook

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No Citizen Left Behind | Meira Levinson
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I almost bailed on this so many times (and in fact did skip most of the final chapter). It was just so unnecessarily dense. I was interested in the subject so plowed through, and genuinely enjoyed the anecdotes about Levinson‘s experiences in the classroom. The book needed more of those and less unnecessary highbrow rambling.

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My biggest complaint was the lack of black voices in all of this. It might be due to the historical record, but the whole book was from a European perspective instead of Congolese who were tortured and exterminated. #audiobook

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Zeitoun | Dave Eggers
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Hurricane Katrina was a huge cluster fuck. You think you know the extent of the shit our government tries to pull, and then you find out more and it fucks with a brain spoon feed that “we‘re the best” since birth. It‘s hard to square that away with “we our not our government” but we kinda are...

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Zeitoun | Dave Eggers

“This country country was not unique. This country was fallible.”

Something that I‘m unfortunately still struggling to come to grips with.

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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
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This has been on my list FOREVER. Excellent read.

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Mehso-so

#audiobook interesting enough listen.

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#mordecaireads Mor has to break off and listen solo a few times cause he liked it so much.

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Again with the time thing (finished in July). An easy to listen memoir. #audiobook

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Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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The story reminded me a lot of Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, but soooooo much better.

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I‘ve listened to the first few of this series, but the library doesn‘t have them all in audio, so instead I read with the narrators voice in my head. #cottoncandyreads

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Needed a quick read for the youngest two while while Mor was out of town with grandparents.

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Mehso-so

Not one of my favorites, but still a good classic read. #mordecaireads

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One Night in Georgia: A Novel | Celeste O. Norfleet
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I don‘t like romance books. This read like a romance.

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Where the Line Bleeds | Jesmyn Ward
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Now that I‘m thinking in it, I think I finished this before I listened to Savage the Bones, and that‘s what sparked the re-read/listen (not that it needs justification). Ward‘s lyrical writing has always reminded me of Faulkner, and like the characters in Yoknapatawpha pepper various books, so do characters from one book, walkthrough in another books.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've got to read all of her books!! I loved Sing! 10h
Plaidsticks @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes! Sing is one of my favorites. Right after I read a copy, I immediately got an audio copy and promptly listened to it twice. 9h
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Not a bad middle school read. So-So rating from me. Mor and even my 3-year-old twins loved. #mordecaireads

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Mehso-so

Reminders to slow down and it‘s okay being lazy are always appreciated. Not as world altering as some, but a good listen. #audiobook

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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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God, I love Jesmyn Ward. Read last year, needed a fix. #audiobook

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I‘m so behind on my book list (finished this in July) that I can‘t even remember much about it other than I was able to add a bunch of authors/books to my “to read”.

megnews It made my tbr linger as well. 9h
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These weren‘t as good/funny as I was hoping for when I picked it up at the library. But Mordecai really likes them. #mordecaireads

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#cottoncandyreads #audiobook (I really like the narrator but the next few books in the serious are only in print editions at the library).

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Read last year, but wanted to refresh it for the second coming out [not] soon [enough]. #audiobook

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We Cast a Shadow: A Novel | Maurice Carlos Ruffin
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An awesome and extremely uncomfortable satirical read.

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Igraine the Brave | Cornelia Funke
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#mordecaireads no one seemed to love this one, but wanted to finish when I asked if we wanted to switch. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #audiobook

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We Cast a Shadow: A Novel | Maurice Carlos Ruffin

“Yes, the Founders has meant that all men were created equal, but they failed to include an index of defined terms. ...”

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We Cast a Shadow: A Novel | Maurice Carlos Ruffin
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“Yes, the Founders has meant that all men were created equal, but they failed to include an index of defined terms. ...”

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The History of White People | Nell Irvin Painter
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An interesting read, especially in the light of immigration and the constant need for superiority and othering (brought to mind The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison as a companion read). Multiple listens required to retain it all better.

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Awesome read. That sparked a light back into reading enjoyment. I‘ve been fighting through a lull, and this was an awesome read to get me back into the groove of constant reading, which is good since half a dozen holds came in from the library at the same time.

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Mehso-so

My husband loved this book and convinced me to try it. I had to drag myself through it. I liked the story...just way too long.

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Good, fast listen. #audiobook

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I actually don‘t usually like reading Neil Gaiman, I prefer listening. But I needed a quick read and this was buried in our Kindle library so decided to give it a shot. Glad I did. Fun story with a little twist at the end.

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Now I need to find a new #cottoncandy listen...#audiobook

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Assata | Shakur
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As an autobiography, great read. If you‘re trying to learn more info about the Black Panther Party and/or the Black Liberation Army, or even more info on her involvement in them, not the right book—it just glosses over this information and focuses more on her childhood/young adult years and her years in prison. #audiobook

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#MordecaiReads Even the 3-year-olds laughed at this one. Tried to find a (cheap) copy of the old 80‘s movie for them to watch and came up empty handed. #audiobook

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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For some reason I always seem to have to plow through these right before they‘re due and end up staying too late reading, then having weird dreams about the characters.

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#Mordecaireads Busted this out in a road trip with the only complaint coming when it was over. Cute story for a good range of readers/listeners. #audiobook

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Heads Will Roll | Kate McKinnon
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I really wanted to like this, but it just wasn‘t funny. #audiobook

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I haven‘t listened the radio show/podcast (though I‘m going to check it out)—makes for a weird jumpy read, but see the potential in listening to it.