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Tailsmalone

Tailsmalone

Joined December 2018

Queer stoner bookworm ❤️
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The Life of Olaudah Equiano | Olaudah Equiano
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Everyone should read this. If you‘re not black, to educate yourself about the reality of the slave trade. If you are black, to counter the gas lighting that says “racism is over” or “it‘s not that bad” or “look how much better things are now”. Olaudah Equiano was kidnapped as a child and forced into slavery, then became the first African to write an autobiography of his life before, during, and after being enslaved.

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Minority Monsters! | Tab Kimpton
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Short and sweet, this little book offers brief explanations of many different genders and sexualities. Want to learn what it means to be asexual, demisexual, or genderfluid? This is a great place to start. #bisexualpride #agenderpride #greyacepride

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This was an incredible read. The preface by Reni Eddo-Lodge was beautiful and I‘m grateful for the opportunity to read Lorde‘s collected works. So much of her writing was educational for me and so much spoke to shared struggles (“Why keep yelling when no one is listening? Does my voice matter? How do I use my anger without it burning me alive?”). I‘m looking forward to rereading this over the years.

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On Basilisk Station | David Weber
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Mehso-so

It was more technical than I‘m into and Weber loves adjectives even more than I do, but I enjoyed it. Not a great read, but pretty quick.

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Carrie | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite King novel but definitely better than the movie (which I enjoyed).

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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It‘s a good and entertaining read that sets up the next book perfectly. I can‘t say it was quality literature, but it was very adventure driven and I was eager to keep reading. I‘ll have to check out the show now!

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Mehso-so

The main thing I gained from this book was how little things change from generation to generation. The context might change or the way to achieving your goal, but the belief in upward mobility, the determination to provide for one‘s family, and the slow transformation into a son-of-a-bitch are constant across 1955 to 2019.

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This was my favorite of the series so far!

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This is the 2nd book in a series that I read the 3rd of a little while ago. Got them in a big box of books and didn‘t realize they went together. Oops! It was okay. Not my favorite and not as good as the 3rd, but still fairly entertaining. Book #22 of the year!

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Christy | Catherine Marshall
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I didn‘t expect to like this book based on the description, but it was beautiful. I‘m an atheist and found the religion to be a lovely testament to one person‘s faith. Definitely read for a deep, personal story.

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Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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It‘s going to take me a while to process this one. There were parts I understood and parts I doubt I ever will, but my main takeaway is how little has changed since 1947, specifically in regards to racial justice and the value or visibility of black lives.

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To be fair, this is the 3rd book in the series and I haven‘t read the first 2 (I picked this one up in a box of free books) so that‘s probably influencing my opinion. The first 2/3s of the book was slow and seemed to be familiarizing the reader with an overview of the first two books. Helpful for someone like me, but slow. The last 1/3 picked up and was engaging enough to make me want to read the next book in the series.

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Kotkin‘s perspective is a welcome change from the anti-communist focus most American writers put on the end of the Soviet Union. I appreciated his dive into the systemic and institutional factors that prevented perestroika from going as planned, and the excellent description of what really happened and what was avoided.

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I‘m a sucker for Tolkien so I loved “The Children of Hurín”. It took an unexpected turn that put me in mind of Ancient Greek tragedies but it was beautiful and majestic and complete. A great read.

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The Ancient Ship | Zhang Wei
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I know there‘s so much of this book that I didn‘t understand due to my own ignorance of Chinese culture and history, but it was still really good. You get to know the characters and the families over the course of 3 generations and 40 years. Wei paints the portrait of Wali in fantastic detail.

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Mehso-so

I loved “The Good Earth” and still enjoyed Buck‘s beautiful, eloquent, romantic style, but the content was lacking.

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“I have seen so much cruelty that the only way I can endure to live is to insist upon my own kindness. This is merely for my own sake. It may be called weakness. Yet while I know that I myself can resist the poison of cruelty, which, like an evil disease, can be so easily communicated from one to another, I can hope that there are others also and that someday human cruelty will end.”

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This was absolutely the best book I‘ve read so far this year (#14!) and I‘m buying at least 2 more copies as gifts. I love love love marine biology and this book gave me hours of amazing information in a funny, not journal of science-y way. It even has a suggested soundtrack (and I made a Sex in the Sea playlist on Spotify if you want to listen). Excellent writing, excellent puns, excellent info on how humans can do better. Absolute must read.

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The Harbinger | Jonathan Cahn
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I read it out of curiosity and because it was free. I‘ll now recycle it. It‘s not even worth passing on. If you read it as fiction it‘s got a plot with more holes than Swiss cheese, some light racism, and a stunning case of confirmation bias. If you read it as non-fiction (which it claims to be) it‘s a poorly researched, poorly argued case for being a conservative Christian and prepping for the end days. Don‘t bother.

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I‘ve been intimidated by Russian literature for a long time but I finally started with this collection! I loved it. “Dubrovsky” and “The Captain‘s Daughter” were my favorite. I definitely recommend Pushkin and this book is a great way to explore his works!

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Panpan

To be fair, it‘s from 1997 so expectations were low. The moral and public policy sections are worth skipping entirely. They‘re outdated and mostly full of bitter heteros railing against gay people existing. I thought the best parts were on butch/fem roles (Kennedy and Davis) and homosexuality in the navy in WWI. I got it for free so felt obligated to read it, and I did learn some stuff, but overall it‘s not worth a read.

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I just devoured this in 24 hours. It‘s a quick read but not light. Fink won me over with “Welcome to Nightvale” and continues to be a thoughtful, creative, fantastical storyteller. He combines social commentary with affirmation without losing plot or momentum. I loved this book.

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The Fatal Shore | Robert Hughes
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This is not an easy book. The content, the writing, and the length are daunting. Hughes provides a deep dive into the system of convict transportation, along with a detailed accounting of the political and human factors that shaped the colonization of Australia and Tasmania.

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Ex-Patriots: A Novel | Peter Clines
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I read the first in this series, “Ex-Heroes”, last year and have finally gotten around to finishing this second book. They‘re entertaining and quick reads, perfect for a flight, but not quality literature. It‘s post-apocalyptic with zombies and super-heroes, plenty of cliches, and a bit too much misogyny.

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Gay Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen, Kate Christie
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It took me about 150 pages to get over my Pride and Prejudice purism, but it was so worth it. Kate Christie does a great job of reworking P&P into a delightfully gay (and I don‘t just mean happy) story. I love how she expands the characters of Mary and Mr. Collins, especially. Give it a read, and stick with it even if the diversion from the original makes it hard at first ;)

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Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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It was good. I loved the main character, the history and culture of the Ina, and the story itself. I struggled with the sexuality of the main character (visibly a child but actually 53 years old) because of my own experiences and that made it too difficult to really fall into the book. If you like vampires, read it. It‘s worth it. But a heads up that it can be challenging to CSA survivors.

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Five Smooth Stones | Ann Fairbairn
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This was one of the hardest books I‘ve read in a long time. I‘m still crying. White people should absolutely read this book and use the grief and anger it inspires to do something to improve racial justice.

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The End | M. Rose Flores
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I have a weakness for zombie stuff and post-apocalyptic worlds. “The End” didn‘t disappoint. It‘s YA fiction but with more realism and grit than I think a lot of YA books tend to have. Absolutely give it a read ❤️

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An excellent read on Haida and Tlingit history, culture, and belief.

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All the Pretty Horses | Cormac McCarthy
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I admire McCarthy‘s ability to build cadence and rhythm that reflects the rolling plains of Texas and Mexico.

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Lord of the Butterflies | Andrea Gibson
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Absolutely worth reading.