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I'll have what you're reading! goodreads.com/user/show/68030 | readingenvy.com for the podcast
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Pescan: A Feel Good Cookbook | Abbie Cornish, Jacqueline King Schiller
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I've had the pleasure of being a member of the ABRAM's Dinner Party for the last year. Follow the link below to read more about all the cookbooks, recipes I tried, and my favorites of the year. And you can apply to be a member for 2019-20.
http://jennybakes.blogspot.com/2019/06/abrams-dinner-party-invitation-and.html

Lindy Your four favourite cookbooks all sound good. I like Anna Jones‘ A Modern Way to Eat and hadn‘t realized she has a new one out. Also, your adaptation of the orange honey cake is along the lines of my own creativity in the kitchen. I‘m looking forward to reading 6h
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Trust Exercise by Susan Choi is a hard novel to discuss without ruining the experience so I will just say it starts out with high school students in an arts magnet school with a lot of theater focus. I read it because it was on the tournament of books camptob list.

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This is my second favorite Karen Russell (I will always hold St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves as one of my favorite books.) Top stories include The Bad Graft, Bog Girl: A Romance, and The Gondoliers. All of these have some kind of conflict between humans and the natural world, from infiltrating cacti to corpses to a Florida covered in toxic water.

Cortg A co-worker was reading and raving about how I‘d like this, so it‘s officially “stacked!” 4d
Theaelizabet Hearing nothing but good things about this one. She‘s an author I need to try. 4d
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The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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Laurelie is an art student more comfortable on her own, and even more so after experiencing a sexual assault. She relocates to finish college and encounters a hiker who is even more connected to the natural world than she is.

Healing through nature, finding a voice in art, the power of connection.... And just enough strangeness to keep me guessing. I'm still thinking about the end.

ReadingEnvy @Lindy I particularly feel interested in your take on this one! 6d
Lindy @ReadingEnvy It sounds good! I will let you know what I think when/if I read it. 😊 6d
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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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Jenny received Chris Wolak and Emily Fine (the @bookcougars) at the Reading Envy Pub for mint juleps and a discussion of Gone with the Wind, a book many of us have been reading along in May and June. We will definitely spoil this book.

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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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"She dropped her eyes to her plate and nibbled daintily on a beaten biscuit with an elegance and an utter lack of appetite that would have won Mammy's approval."

http://jennybakes.blogspot.com/2019/06/beaten-biscuits-from-gone-with-wind.html

LibrarianRyan Being that I just woke up, that picture first looked like a set of teeth and a tongue hanging out. 👅 1w
mreads @LibrarianRyan I see it 😁 1w
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I knew this book would have an emotional wallop so I held off for a while. It's clear Ocean Vuong is pulling on his own experience in this novel, because it shares some of the sentiments and emotions I experienced in his poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. (The pink background is connected to a scene in the novel.)
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ReadingEnvy Oh how I love when a poet writes essays or novels. The language is powerful, the way some pieces are linear but others return to themes and core experiences is very moving. It starts out speaking to the violence in families, looks at language and belonging, moves to sexuality and connection, all through the narration of "Little Dog" in a letter to his mama, one he doesn't believe she will ever read, so he can be honest. ⤵️
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ReadingEnvy I find some parallels with The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, in the sense that they both used fiction to explore their experiences leaving Vietnam and coming of age in America, but Nguyen's exploration is topical and political while Vuong explores the heart and mind. Both look at memory but the two novels are so very different. 1w
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. On Earth You're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
2. Condomnauts by Yoss and Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
3. Making beaten biscuits as mentioned in Gone with the Wind!

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Lindy 💔 1w
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readordierachel Can see this won't be an easy read 💔 1w
ReadingEnvy @readordierachel @Cathythoughts @lindy heartbreaking but somewhat insightful I thought 1w
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Can‘t wait to start this one! 1w
ReadingEnvy @readordierachel @Cathythoughts @Lindy I was pointed to the audio excerpt read by the author and it's near this quote. It's so emotional, wow. https://m.soundcloud.com/penguin-audio/on-earth-were-briefly-gorgeous 1w
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Thanks for the link to the audio clip. It sounds like his poetry collection. 1w
ReadingEnvy @Lindy There are moments in the novel that explicitly reference the poems... It makes it feel very much like a memoir 1w
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Lightly fictionalized autobiography has been increasingly popular in the past 5 or more years. 1w
ReadingEnvy @Lindy it's my favorite subgenre 1w
readordierachel His voice is mesmerizing 1w
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Arid Dreams | Duanwad Pimwana
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On the heels of reading Bright by this same author/translator duo, I found this book of short stories that came out the same day - I have to admit I was taken aback at first by how many stories featured a male character who was often obsessing over a woman, treating her like an object, or punishing her for not looking/acting like he thought she should. But there some subversion going on here where these characters are exposed for their thinking.

ReadingEnvy Kanda's Eyebrows" is probably the standout story for me in this collection, about a man who is angry that his wife has stopped wearing makeup.

While I understand the author's approach, I've probably read enough women filtered through men for a lifetime (even if in this case it is women through men through a woman) and I'd prefer to hear from the women in their own lives without the men as the filter or focus.
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ReadingEnvy The author seems to be trying to point out the difficulty when men believe they have a right to that control, and how quickly situations devolve. True, and yet.

Oh hey this counts for the Reading Envy Summer Challenge for "something translated." I found it in hoopla
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli might be the best book I've read all year. It's about refugees, lost children, memory, family, and what can truly be captured about a place or moment in time. Personal connections abound - sound capture, archival boxes, Steven Feld, marriage, so much that goes deep and I'll be thinking about for some time.

kspenmoll Great review! 1w
andrew61 Definitely one i want to read - there is a good interview with the author on the literary friction podcast. 1w
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 literary... Friction? Ha! 1w
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andrew61 @ReadingEnvy yes it's a good listen. P.s listened to the Thomas episode this week and id forgotten how much i miss his voice ☺ 1w
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 yes I love his voice too 1w
Lindy @andrew61 I liked hearing Thomas‘s voice again too. 1w
BarbaraBB I just asked @AudreyMorris the same question: Is it an easy read? I‘m thinking of taking it with me on vacation but I always have to think then of my husband‘s taste as well... 😀 1w
ReadingEnvy @BarbaraBB why, are you thinking of audio? I am not sure I'd do this in audio because there are artifacts and archival box descriptions. it's serious in subject matter but most of the book is written in chapters broken up into even smaller sections (which I think makes it easier to get in and out of.) Interestingly it's about a woman and her husband headed towards the end of a marriage, potentially. 1w
ReadingEnvy @BarbaraBB also the topics are wide ranging - the Apache, sound recording, anthropology, refugees, survival, etc etc 1w
BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t bring it on audio but we mostly share our books while travelling just to keep the luggage under control. But the book does sound really good! 1w
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I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone (the trilogy) a couple of years ago and found this novella in #hoopla recently, reminding me I never read it. It's the love story of a puppet maker and a violin boy, Zuzana and Myk, it's all cute and the only warring factions are off the page in texts from Karou. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy One small complaint about the audio - Prague is such a central figure in this series. The author knew to have a violin boy who could talk about the fine Czech composer Dvorak. But the audiobook narrator destroyed his last name, pronouncing it Devorack. Sigh. I soothed my soul watching a pronunciation video on YouTube. https://youtu.be/5fRu6zAIbAo 2w
ReadingEnvy And guys I'm giving this a so-so because it's just not substantive. They are twitterpated and do elaborately nice things for each other and it's sweet but nothing that's gonna stick at least not for this reader. 2w
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I didn't read Kate Mulgrew's earlier memoir but this is really much more about her parents, particularly the ends of their lives and how she and her siblings were present for those long and painful periods of deterioration and change.
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Mulgrew is perceptive but really only talks about herself in relation to everyone else.. maybe that's life in a giant family. It's a nice comparison of stoic midwesterners and their New York City actress daughter.

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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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The audiobook version of Lanny by Max Porter feels like a combination of others that I like. Mix part Reservoir 13 and The Reservoir Tapes by Jon McGregor (sleepy village, child goes missing, multiple perspectives) with The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (small child interacting with the supernatural, in this case Dead Papa Toothwort,) family and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (community members with conflicting narratives.) #hoopla

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Tory Bilski travels to northwest Iceland with a group of women multiple years in a row to ride Icelandic horses. I think this is best for people who are super interested in horses (this is not me) or Iceland (this is me) and that otherwise the highlights would have made a shorter essay or article.
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This came out June 7, and I had a copy from the publisher through edelweiss.

mcipher I have a friend who has an Icelandic pony, so this book would be right up her alley! 2w
ReadingEnvy @mcipher I learned from this book that they are horses and not ponies! It is the environment that makes them look ponylike. But yes, she is the perfect reader for this! 2w
Lindy @mcipher @ReadingEnvy The pony versus horse terminology in regards to the Icelandic horse strikes me as funny. Only horse breed fanatics would argue about such a minor thing, since all horses and ponies are the same species. 🐎 2w
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mcipher @Lindy @ReadingEnvy It‘s generically about height - a pony is technically any horse under 14 hands (if I remember right). Plus I call all horses ponies - my sister has a big goofy thoroughbred and she calls him her pony too. 😆 2w
Lindy @mcipher That‘s true: build, coat, mane & tail are factors in declaring pony versus horse, but mainly height. And so the short, stocky, hairy Iceland breed requires a lot of passion on the part of enthusiasts to be horses instead of ponies. Which is an entirely different matter from people like your family who use pony as a term of endearment for horses. 2w
ReadingEnvy @Lindy @mcipher it was clear that it REALLY mattered to these people 🐴🐎 2w
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I talked to my niece about the Icelandic breed when I drove her to the airport this morning. Nancy is a North American champion equestrian. She laughed because she‘s heard the Icelandic owners defending the term horse. She says everyone else knows they are ponies. 2w
ReadingEnvy @Lindy well I don't really have a horse or pony in this race, myself. ;) 2w
mcipher @ReadingEnvy I love it!! @Lindy I also call all dogs puppies so I‘m the worst person to be real about this. 😆 2w
Lindy @mcipher 🐴🐶 2w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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How about you?

Prairiegirl_reading I can‘t mark a book!! 2w
Geeklet I don‘t normally write in books. The idea freaks me out. 2w
Daisey I don't generally write in books, but I've started to a bit more with my postal book group. I think it can be really interesting to make notes and highlight a book and then read it again later, or to compare notes with other readers. 2w
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Dorianna I was raised never to do that and for some reason I am incapable of rebelling against it. I do enjoy getting a used book with surprise highlights and underlines. I like to imagine the person doing it and wondering why they chose their markings. Was the book assigned for school? Did these passages stop being important to them? If so why? It‘s like a little mystery for me. (edited) 2w
Soubhiville I‘ve found after participating in a couple of Postal bookclubs that I don‘t like marking up books, and I find it really distracting to read a book that has been written in. I don‘t mind stick in page notes, though, which I use to mark quotes or passages I might want to come back to. 2w
ReadingEnvy @Soubhiville I used to keep a running document of quotations from books I was reading that brings up memories when I go back to it... I find myself wishing I still did that. 2w
ReadingEnvy @Dorianna it's like seeing inside their heads! 2w
ReadingEnvy @Prairiegirl_reading @Geeklet do you keep notes from books then? 2w
Geeklet @ReadingEnvy I used to keep a reading journal but I didn‘t keep up with it well enough to continue with it. I just enjoy books in the moment and don‘t worry too much about note taking. I never expect to remember much about books anyway, I just remember the feelings I have associated with them. 2w
Prairiegirl_reading @ReadingEnvy sometimes I‘ll use sticky tabs and I sometimes keep notes in a notebook but as much as I would actually like to. 2w
Soubhiville @ReadingEnvy I have a quotes journal! I really like looking back through it. I use page flags to mark quotes as I‘m reading, then go back later and copy quotes into the journal. 2w
ReadingEnvy @Soubhiville excellent I had one once and stuck with it for four pages .. I have a hard time making journal commitments ... Sigh 2w
Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading @Soubhiville I use flags to mark passages and then flip back to reread them. I also keep a journal of favourite quotes (I‘m on my second one now), but use it only sporadically. You may have noticed that I use Litsy as a place to record quotes as well. 😉 2w
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Split-Level: A Novel | Sande Boritz Berger
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This book came out yesterday and I read it yesterday (from the publisher through netgalley) - it's a marriage tale from the 70s with suburbia and open marriage and guilt and consequences.
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All of it is from one of the women's points of view as she juggles motherhood and a "hobby" (ie: creative job that brings in extra cash) while worrying about her relationship.

merelybookish The title and cover are cool! 2w
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Passing Strange | Ellen Klages
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Six women find their lives as tangled with each other‘s as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where mystery, science, and art intersect.

I loved this free download from Tor, set in 1940s San Francisco. I'll count it as one of my "somethingblue" selections for the #readingenvysummerreading challenge. Also counting it for the Instagram #TakePrideinReading challenge for June!

Lindy Hey! 👯‍♂️That was my pick for something blue also. Which hashtag should we use? @Reggie and I have used #readingenvysummerchallenge 3w
ReadingEnvy Oh that's a good one. I use the other because it connects all years of summer reading but that let's me know another one I should follow! You reading it reminded me I was Ted 3w
ReadingEnvy Argh not was Ted.. wanted to. 3w
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Condomnauts by Yoss, translated by David Frye, tells the story of Josué, a sexual ambassador for humanity. When the first extragallactic beings arrive, everyone has to work together to preserve advancements in space travel.

Meaw_catlady Uhm yes. The cover alone is a win for me. 3w
ReadingEnvy @Meaw_catlady it is a fun read! 3w
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Another one from my #tbrexplode project, added in 2009. A few years before that, I read Gulley's other non-fiction religion titles (If Grace is True; If God is Love), wrote him a letter, and he invited me to have lunch. I was in the midst of leaving church and wanted to understand how/why he stayed. So this was actually a pretty interesting follow-up. I just wish he read the audio!

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A girl is supposed to be heading to college but gets sidetracked by a cultish commune in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Asheville. I read this for the setting since I live an hour south of Asheville and have driven around tiny mountain towns with lots of nooks and crannies, even stumbled on what looked like a commune outside Gerton at one point. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy What I love about this book is how the author captures the internal emotional turmoil of someone who is being brainwashed, it's astounding and unnerving and kept me reading to the end.
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cathysaid You had this North Georgia girl at Blue Ridge Mountains. *insert dramatic sigh* 3w
Soubhiville Asheville is my favorite town, and I‘ve been to some of those nearby communities! Not cultish religion wise, but kind of cultish when it comes to environmentalism and living off the grid. I want to read this now! Thanks! 3w
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Amiable I‘ve never been to Asheville but it‘s been on my short list to visit ever since my oldest son spent a weekend there and called me to say “Mom, you have to come here—this place is made for you!” I‘m dying to go now! 3w
ReadingEnvy @cathysaid it's a beautiful place! I'm just over the border in Greenville! 3w
ReadingEnvy @Soubhiville so this community creates "intentional action" aka small acts of terrorism against corporations... So not just living off the grid, although the main character is not usually included in it, in another weird phase of mental games. 3w
ReadingEnvy @Amiable Asheville and the surrounding WNC area is so beautiful. And Asheville has good bookstores! 3w
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 156: Introvert Intentions with Scott

Jenny and Scott chat books they've read and liked lately, from travelogues to medical/cultural miscommunication, from introvert tales to science fiction short stories that are really more about philosophy than anything else. You'll have to excuse us as we nerd out over journaling and planners for a while.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy156

kyraleseberg Ohhhh I'd forgotten about Blue Highways! I read it in my teens and loved it. 3w
ReadingEnvy @kyraleseberg it sounded interesting! 3w
Catt The Spirit Catches You is fascinating 3w
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ReadingEnvy @Catt loved it! 3w
Ruthiella Love it when Scott is a guest!😀 1w
ReadingEnvy @Ruthiella me too he is the o.g. 1w
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One of the books from my #tbrexplode project for June - I loved this year-long meditation on staying put, through memories and watercolor, drawings and observation.

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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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This book about two people who share a flat and a bed but haven't met yet is SUCH fun. Definitely one to slip into your beach bags this summer. It has other things I like, like alternating perspectives and quirky awkward characters.

I had a copy from Macmillan through edelweiss and it came out May 28.

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Pictured are my two 5-star reads for May

This month was a strange reading month (read more: http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/2019/05/books-read-may-2019-118-133.html)...

Books read: 16
DNF (not included in this list): 6

Print: 7
eBook: 7
Audio: 2

Personal copy: 3
Library copy: 6
Review copy: 7

Asia 2019 project: 1
Readalong or group reads: 2
Tournament of Books Summer Camp: 1

HardcoverHearts Robin D‘Angelo!!! ✊🏻❤️ She is fantastic. 3w
readordierachel 16 books is still a more than respectable showing for 1 month! Also, I applaud your ability to DNF 👏🏼 3w
ReadingEnvy @HardcoverHearts yes it was really a great read 3w
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ReadingEnvy @readordierachel I'm hoping the DNFs will clear the way for good reads in June. My first one so far has been fantastic! 3w
readordierachel Oh yay! I'm on the hold list for that one. Glad to hear it's good! Are you doing print or audio? 3w
HardcoverHearts And what a combo of books right there. I‘m eagerly anticipating your review of Gone With the Wind! I‘m assuming you will talk about it in your podcast... 3w
ReadingEnvy @HardcoverHearts yes! Special readalong episode with the Book Cougars 3w
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Biloxi | Mary Miller
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Catching up on my eARC backlog (this one is from live right publishing via edelweiss, out May 21) - Biloxi is about 62 year old Louis, who is trying to figure out how to live after his wife left, his father died, and he "retires" from his job. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Louis reminds me of Ignatius J. Reilly (Confederacy of Dunces) if suddenly left to his own devices as an older man, but not in a funny way. He doesn't really know who he is without his roles with other people, he doesn't know how to take care of himself (but then gets a dog,) and he does a lot of things out habit that he doesn't even enjoy (watching Fox News seems to be one of these things.) ⤵️ 4w
ReadingEnvy This is probably a realistic depiction of aging these days. I would have liked the perspectives of the other characters because they are obviously seeing that he needs looking after. I didn't find it to feel particularly southern the way it is described, maybe just not big city. 4w
BethFishReads Shoot. I had this on my May list 4w
ReadingEnvy @BethFishReads well I hope you at least try it...I feel like I'm missing it 3w
BethFishReads @ReadingEnvy I will likely give it a try, but with lower expectations 3w
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Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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This romance novel was good timing for May during #apicelebrasian - the author note at the end explains that part of her inspiration for Esme comes from her mother's story as a Vietnamese refugee, and not knowing much about it because she worked all the time. The author also shares her own impulse to feature a white character but Esme demanded to be more central. Between a pick and soso for me because it was too unrealistic even for what it is.
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ReadingEnvy So this is a good example of what is happening in contemporary romance - one character with Autism (who has to teach his love interest how to touch him because he's very sensitive to light touches,) one character who is an immigrant (although the whole fairy godmother element is a bit far fetched to say the least), men teaching each other how to please a woman, etc. ⤵️
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This is in the same universe as The Kiss Quotient (those characters even show up at one point) but you don't need to have read it to understand this one.
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Mapp and Lucia | E F Benson
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 155: Music Reading Recommendations with Thomas.

Thomas and Jenny huddle up in the music nerd corner of the pub, trading recommendations for books that include music in all the best ways. We start out with a few non-fiction titles then move into novels.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy155

Andrew65 Loved the Gustav Sonata. (edited) 4w
suzisteffen What a cool idea for a podcast topic! 4w
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andrew61 Some great books there, i have read four of them but have always wanted to reread Grace Notes, i toyed with it for booked 2019 spring, so im looking forward to listen which hopefully will push me forward, although I've just sorted my books for your summer challenge from my tbr pile so I'll post a photo soon ☺ 4w
ReadingEnvy @suzisteffen it came up naturally the first time we recorded 4w
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 have you read e.f. benson? 4w
Lindy I loved listening to this episode, partly because you both have great voices. Jenny, I was really happy that you talked about Half Blood Blues and 4w
ReadingEnvy @Lindy thank you and those are two great books! 4w
andrew61 @ReadingEnvy no jenny but i will look out for it. 👍 4w
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I've spent the last month discussing this book in a Goodreads group. I feel like it should be required reading for all white people. DiAngelo ends the book with very practical ideas that I found very useful.

djh It has been in my bookcase for far too long, unread. It‘s time to remedy that. Thanks for the prompt! 1mo
ReadingEnvy @djh the individual chapters are short and it's pretty readable on some levels (but very hard on others! 1mo
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This novel made me think of J. Ryan Stradal but isn't, but think small town, connected characters, some recipes, all circling around a long-time newspaper columnist in Minnesota. Impulse checkout from the library.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Reading Envy 154 Podcast Episode: Is If If with Paula ( @Centique )

Happy birthday to @Centique

Jenny and Paula discuss what might be lost in translation, and navigate different accents and time zones to chat books. Paula brings one book that was perfect for the date we recorded - ANZAC Day! And Jenny brings one she read after a listener submitted it as one of their favorite reads of 2018.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy154

Lindy Another great episode! @Centique - I echo your enthusiasm for Murderbot. ❤️ Also, glad to hear that setting is a large part of the appeal for Palace Walk because it‘s been on my TBR for ages and now I‘m more likely to actually pick it up. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy have you read the Alexandria quartet? The writing of the setting in those is so gorgeous 1mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy No, that‘s been on my TBR since the early 90s. Never enough time... 1mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely listening to you two knowledgeable readers @Centique I‘m going to get A Place For Us. Sounds good 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 1mo
Centique @Lindy so glad to have another Murderbot fan 😍 I‘d be so interested to hear what you think of Palace Walk too! 1mo
Centique @Cathythoughts thank you lovely 😘 It‘s a beautiful book. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts I hope you love it too! And thanks for listening. 1mo
andrew61 Listened today jenny and some interesting reads which i want to find particularly the maori story and the Indian book. Thanks as usual. 3w
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 thanks as always (and hey @Centique another new convert for a NZ book) 2w
Centique @ReadingEnvy yay! Let me know if you have any trouble finding it @andrew61 2w
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Naamah | Sarah Blake
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Naamah is the wife of Noah, and I read this thinking it would be similar to The Red Tent or even Ahab's Wife, novels that bring a formerly silent female character to life.
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That's not what this novel is. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Everyone is on the ark but Naamah lives very much in her mind, in the memories of a lover left behind, in the dreams or hallucinations of an angel who has built a home for all the dead children under the water, and in some visions with a talking bird named Jael and a vulture named Megatron. She also interacts with one of her future descendents and even a 21st century family, something about time traveling women?⤵️ 1mo
ReadingEnvy There is a lot of explicit sex and while sex is no problem for me as a reader, it felt like the author was most invested in these sections, and I wish the writing felt as intense throughout the book. I would have loved to read a novel about what it is like to be the matriarch of the rebirth of the world, while confronting the remnants of their former society - there are only tiny hints of that here. ⤵️ 1mo
ReadingEnvy Since so much of what Naamah seems to be experiencing is not "real," in the sense that none of the others on the ark are having these experiences, it becomes this dreamscape of isolation and grief. Maybe the author intended that - as long as you know what to expect going in. 1mo
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Itchyfeetreader Great review! 1mo
Centique Excellent review 😍 Now I want someone to write the book you thought it would be! “The matriarch of the rebirth of the world”. Somebody ring Madeline Miller 😋 (edited) 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique me too! Although in some ways Octavia Butler already has.... 1mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy is that Parable of the Sower? Haven‘t read that yet... 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique yes! Not a historic/mythic being but still a woman creating a religion and society 1mo
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I listened to most of this book at 2x speed because I just wanted to get through it (last book club read of the year.) Otherwise I wouldn't have read it. Yann Martel writes in fable and allegory but in a way where you spend most of your time with ancient automobiles, cadavers, and chimpanzees and then wonder where your life has gone.

ReadingEnvy I can't say I'd recommend it or that the payoff was worth it, like I kind of get the "message" of the book, but it was agonizing to get to it and I don't think books should have messages to start with! (Based on previous experience, I'm sure my underwhelmed review means my book club loved it!) 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading Ditto for Life of Pi. 1mo
Lindy I‘m sorry this wasn‘t for you. I thought it was brilliant (in print format) but I can‘t remember why because it‘s been 3 years. 😐 1mo
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ReadingEnvy @Prairiegirl_reading That one at least had some beautiful descriptions, but I remember being disappointed in the end with that one too. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy so funny Lindy because as I was being all negative I had this feeling you liked it! 1mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy You are getting to know my reading taste quite well. That makes me feel good. 😘 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I think you are much more patient with this style of storytelling. 1mo
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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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Finally reached this point in the book, and nobody should be surprised that I actually bought radishes this morning! There are no coincidences in my reading life. #readingenvyreadalong

LeahBergen 😆😆 1mo
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I read Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians as part of my TBR Explode project. It's a middle reader title and as an adult I don't care much for hokey humor. The narrator is also constantly pausing to make asides to the reader, to point things out or to say things like "ha fooled you" which this adult reader found obnoxious. But you know, how many books have unique magic systems fighting against evil librarians?

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Took this picture earlier today at the campus bookstore - it's for my 3-week storytelling class! I've never had required reading for this before but I like this book as a manual of sorts. (And right not I'm all set up and still have 20 minutes before the students show up. I might be excited.)

saresmoore Eep! So awesome! 1mo
Centique Hope it went well! 1mo
Suet624 Congrats!!! 1mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Daisy Jones & the Six tells the story about a 70s rock band in the form of interviews with band members. It is fantastic as an audiobook with separate actors for each character. I really wanted to go listen to the music and found it super disappointing to have to keep reminding myself this band did not exist (the style the story is told makes it feel real.)

It's all about the band - the relationships, the addictions, the creative energy.

BkClubCare I thought it was based on Fleetwood Mac? 1mo
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This grid represents the four categories for the 2019 Reading Envy Summer Reading challenge - will you join in?

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy153

saresmoore Heck yes! 1mo
Simona Probably yes. 1mo
Cathythoughts I would like to try 👍🏻 1mo
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Cathythoughts I have 1. Delta Wedding ( swampy) 3. Chronicle of the Murdered House ( translated) 4. 84 Charing Cross ( true ) ... I just bend to pick a “ Blue” and I can post my square 👍🏻♥️exciting (edited) 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts great work!! 1mo
Lindy My plan is to read 4 each month that will meet your reading challenge. 💪 4w
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Mythology | E. Hamilton
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I've never managed to read this entire thing (my brain has a mythology block) but it has proven a useful reference tool for recent reads.

Kboltz Her edition is my favorite. Best soap opera ever!😀 1mo
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Events of the Iliad focusing on the women who were captured by the Greeks, particularly Briseis who became a slave for Achilles.

While this was an interesting perspective to take, I feel like Pat Barker focuses on the war and the men even while writing about the women. It is interesting that it's up against Circe for the Women's Prize for Fiction because I like that one more.⤵️

ReadingEnvy To refresh my memory I re-read sections of Mythology by Edith Hamilton, who maintains the layer of how the gods influence these events (based on the texts by Homer and Euripides) that Barker excludes, except to show scenes between Achilles and his mother, and his obsession with the sea. In the end this is really his story. 1mo
teainthelibrary I‘m disappointed to hear that about the focus of the book! I just picked up from the library and am going to read it later this week. Hopefully I enjoy it! 🤞🏼 1mo
bedandabook I‘m with you on this one Jenny, having also read both. I listened to The Silence of the Girls rather than read it, but was frustrated when the narration switched from female to male. Circe, on the other hand, has stayed with me as a powerful female voice. 1mo
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ReadingEnvy @bedandabook yeah I don't know if I just made incorrect assumptions or if it's sold wrong? 1mo
ReadingEnvy @teainthelibrary it's still very vivid 1mo
andrew61 Curious jenny, i just read 'country' by Michael hughes which set in 1996 northern Ireland is based on the illiad - i enjoyed that a lot as i did song of achilles - it may be time to stretch myself and have a look at the original. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 what do you consider the original? ;) 1mo
andrew61 @ReadingEnvy perhaps i should have an odyssey to the Greek Islands and find someone who still is able to give an oral rendition over a glass or five of ouzo. Although in the alternative the Emily Wilson (?) is getting a lot of love ☺ 1mo
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 I like your plan!! I've been wanting to read the Wilson translation too. 1mo
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Sightseeing | Rattawut Lapcharoensap
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This book of short stories set in Thailand has been on my shelves since 2012, and I finally got to it for my #RE_ASIA2019 project. These are slice of life stories and a novella about cockfighting. They remind me a lot of the book of short stories set in Hawaii I read last year, where the locals are the focus.

The author was born in Chicago and raised in Thailand, but these stories are not translations.

Centique I loved this. Now I‘ve got Bright coming from the library too 😊 2mo
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Tonic and Balm | Stephanie Allen
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Reading Envy 152: Kill 'em and Leave with Nadine
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Jenny and Nadine talk about books while Nadine's dog enjoys a bone and chases his tail. Nadine explains how some books are like a funky bowl of noodles, where you don't think you like it, but crave it later.
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https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy152

Centique Great episode Jenny, def want to read a couple of these. 😍 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique thanks!! 🥰 2mo
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Really following me today #jacaranda

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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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Another thing about this book....#jacaranda

readordierachel You can't escape it. 2mo
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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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Boy Swallows Universe is about Eli Bell, a boy growing up in the poorer outskirts of Brisbane, Australia. I was interested in it because I spent a month in the suburbs of Brisbane in 1994 and thought I might find familiar landscape.
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ReadingEnvy At first it seems like maybe this is a typical coming of age novel, until you realize Eli's brother only speaks by drawing words with his finger, and that the parental figures the brothers live with (Mom and boyfriend) deal heroin. At that point the novel takes a turn toward Vietnamese drug wars, machetes and missing limbs, mysterious rooms, crime reporters, and estranged fathers.⤵️ 2mo
ReadingEnvy The style of writing made me question everything - is Gus alive, does the room exist, is time linear, does everything that happened have an upside down calculator word - but after I finished it I wasn't clear the author intended to deter me in that way. But there is a level of surreality to it that felt confusing when you read the afterword, where the author says he basically wanted to write about his childhood and this is it. 2mo
ReadingEnvy I didn't know about heroin in Australia, but did some reading about it after finishing the book. (Last night was a late night.) It felt like a different sort of crisis in that it happened in daylight, in suburbia, and to family members and neighbors, not just sequestered to inner cities. 2mo
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Brute: Poems | Emily Skaja
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My top reads for April are pictured.

Full tally (link at end):

Total Books Read: 35
Five-starred: 8!

Print: 15
eBook: 17
Audiobook: 3

Review copies or other galleys: 14
Library or interlibrary loan: 15
Purchased: 6

Asia 2019: 5
Womens' Prize for Fiction: 1
Poetry: 7
Leftover Tournament of Books longlist reading: 2

http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/2019/05/books-read-april-2019-83-117.html

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 📖💖 2mo
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Pastoral | Andre Alexis
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I read this book because it is structured after Beethoven's 6th Symphony but discovered the town of Barrow, a small cast of characters, and earnest exploration of a few ideas like love and faith. I listened to the audio, read by the author.

vivastory This sounds really interesting 2mo
Lindy I‘m so glad you enjoyed this. I‘m about to start on his newest novel 2mo
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 151: The Stories They Tell with Karen (bonus memoir recommendations)

Karen reads memoir for connection; Jenny reads memoir to live her alternate lives. We discuss favorite memoirs, memoirs we've read recently, and memoirs we are excited to read. It's all memoir, and we hope we can recommend something for you! (Please leave a comment to tell us which memoirs are your favorites.)

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ShyBookOwl Born a Crime and The Girl With Seven Names ❤ 2mo
Lindy I guess I really like memoir in comics format because the favourites that come to mind are: Hey Kiddo; The Best We Could Do; Spinning; Everything Is Teeth; and (edited) 2mo
Lindy Also Deborah Levy‘s autobiographical work, like 2mo
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Prairiegirl_reading Definitely going to listen to this today! 😄 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t read any Ruth Reichl but have been considering getting save me the plums on audio. Do I need to have read her previous books? 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Prairiegirl_reading I think you can start anywhere.she provides enough context but you will know there are other memoirs with more info on those time periods. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @ShyBookOwl One of those was on my last episode! And Born a Crime is great 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy graphic memoir can be so powerful 2mo
ShyBookOwl @ReadingEnvy I'll have to check that out 🙂 2mo
mreads I read two good graphic memoirs this year too; My brother's husband and 2mo
ReadingEnvy @mreads I loved My Brother's Husband 2mo
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I finally made something inspired by this cookbook, also the watercolor technique on the outside. The cookbook is really a cake decorating book as there is only one cake recipe and one frosting recipe with a lot of creative ways to use sprinkles.

Samplergal You did an amazing job with that. Is it called dentist‘s delight? 2mo
whatshesreadingnow That‘s fantastic. 👏🏻 I need to see if library has this. 2mo
Lindy That cake looks amazing! I love the icing colours. 2mo
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ReadingEnvy @Samplergal haha it should be! 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy thank you! I think if I were to try "watercolor" style again I might go for subtler shades but I needed to add something to the pink and purple. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @whatshesreadingnow it's pretty new so they may need to order it! 2mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy With a gem-coloured treasure trove inside, the orange/pink/purple combo holds its own. 2mo
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What an incredible read! A clash of Western medicine with Hmong culture, exasperated by a lack of translators, cultural understanding, and education on both sides. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Anne Fadiman shows how the situation involving one very sick child went wrong and makes suggestions as to more effective ways to communicate and provide care. I really enjoyed learning about the Hmong family in particular, and their own methods of parenting and treating the sick. ⤵️ 2mo
ReadingEnvy The author suggests that millenia of Hmong people refusing to be assimilated effects the challenges facing Hmong refugees in their new environments, so she covers quite a bit of Hmong history, particularly in Laos, and how that intersects with American history thanks to "The Secret War." This is going to be a great book club discussion! 2mo
Theaelizabet Good review. I‘ve had this one on my shelves for such a long time. It‘s been highly recommended by so many. I must get to it. 2mo
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ReadingEnvy @Theaelizabet I‘m really glad I finally did. 2mo
MaureenMc I just finished this book a couple of weeks ago. Found it absolutely fascinating! 2mo
ReadingEnvy @MaureenMc so fascinating! I liked in particular how sometimes the Hmong medicine was more effective. 2mo
Christine LOVE this book - the most meaningful/memorable thing I read for my graduate work in the sociology of medicine. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Christine are you a medical sociologist? The book mentioned medical anthropologists and we all.agreed that sounded like an interesting job! 2mo
Christine My doctoral work was in the sociology of science/sociology of medicine, though motherhood and life circumstances have turned me into more of a generalist now. 😉 But I‘m still very interested in both areas, and agreed re: medical anthropology being a fascinating field! So much going on beneath the surface in these areas. 2mo
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