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ThePageantHam

Joined January 2020

She/her/hers 📚 www.goodreads.com/thepageantham
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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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Everyone is posting their 21 favorite books of 2021.
As always, I can't narrow my list down to that point. So here are my 24 favorite books I read in 2021.
(In no particular order)
📚 🥳

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These are sometimes the kinds of notes I write in the margins. 😂
And these are sometimes the kinds of cookies I eat to get in the holiday spirit. 🍪
It is 54 degrees with little to no wind and just a peek of sun, and I am blissfully reading outside. 📚

Eyelit Your note is A+ but I‘m concerned at you reading outside in the cold 🤣 4w
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Getting back into this weird, dark, wonderful comic book.

RamsFan1963 I really liked the artwork on this, but I found the story too preachy and heavy handed. 1mo
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gorgeous autumnal weather
delicious iced latte
adrienne maree brown
happy self-care sunday
☀️☀️☀️

kspenmoll Nice poem!!!‘ 1mo
JuniperWilde I love this book. Mine is full of notes, post it‘s. 1mo
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christmas came early 🎄
self care in the form of a book haul 📚

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I did not know about this adaptation of one of my favorite books, and I was not prepared. I cried through both trailers, so I may need medical attention once I see the actual series. 😭🤩

DimeryRene It starts so soon!!!! 😱😱😱😱 2mo
JuniperWilde I loved this book, too. 1mo
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the seven books i read in november 2021 covered most of the bloomin readathon prompts pretty solidly! 🌻
the biggest winner here was the queer principles of kit webb, which covered six spaces on its own 👨🏻‍❤️‍👨🏼

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books i finished in november 2021 📚
no real duds this month but my favorite was cat pictures please 🐱

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Heartstopper: Volume 4 | Alice Oseman
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tonight I've been fighting the sunday sads by creating a november tbr for the bloomin readathon put together by booktubers allyvee and kirstea, and it's been remarkably effective. 🪴🌷🌵🌻

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I'm super pumped for this November Bloomin' readathon put together by booktubers alyvee and kirstea. 🌻🪴🌷🌵

I may be being overly ambitious, but I put together a TBR of 14 books to check every box. I'll post that as well because I'm overeager. 🙃

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Sometimes ya just gotta eat half of a scone off of a festive plate while rotating between His Hideous Heart, My Best Friend's Exorcism, and booktube. Spooky scone season, babyyyyy 👻

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Oops I finally gave in and got them all. Will I read them soon? Will I love them? Who can say. 😅

mushrooms.and.ink Six of crows is my fav duology to date. Another few would be the Fable duology and The daughter Of The Pirate King duology. Great reads for me personally. Happy reading! (edited) 3mo
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This story ("So Much Cooking") was published in 2017 but hits too close to now, eh? ?

ozma.of.oz Wait… is this fiction?! Oh no! 😱😅 3mo
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Spellbound | Allie Therin
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september '21 was a rather poetic month, and i'm into it. 🥀

spellbound was made for me: gay, magical, an older MC who wants to protect the younger MC but also recognizes that he's strong and capable...yes please, will be reading the sequels soon. ✨

open water is excellent. poetic, real, deeply emotional, aching with young love. (content warning for systemic racism/white supremacy, particularly in policing.) 🌊

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Seeking festive book recs: autumnal and/or spooky! Not looking to lose my grip on reality or fall into a deep dark pit of depression, but I can handle (and appreciate) some scares. If there is abuse, sexual violence, or suicide-related content, I may still choose to read them, but please warn a girl! I always appreciate recs whether I end up reading and loving them or not. 🍂👻🎃

Johanna414 I enjoyed The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher- spooky, folk horror 4mo
ThePageantHam @Johanna414 thank you! I haven't read any T. Kingfisher but have been meaning to, so it may finally be time 😍 4mo
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Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
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"'Lonely, no?'
Like Baldwin said, you begin to think you are alone in this, until you read. In this instance, two books are being spread open along the spine, despite the fact you don't remember some of these pages. She's looking at you and there is nowhere to hide here, nowhere to go. An honest meeting."

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August reads 📚
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and A Cowboy to Remember were good but not faves 🌃
Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night came out of nowhere and was just what I needed 🧙🏽‍♂️
Cemetery Boys was everything I hoped yet totally different than I expected 👨‍❤️‍👨
Finishing This is How You Lose the Time War was worth the $8 library overdue fine ⏳
Quite a solid reading month, even as the whole world continues to be on fire 🔥

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This novella probably isn't for everyone, but it is absolutely for me. It's one of those rare books where after reading it, I feel changed--recentered, more alive, more ready to live authentically (and figure out what the heck that even means for me). It's deeply queer, poignant, funny, suspenseful, and beautifully written. I'm crying again writing this--this one really got me, and I'm deeply grateful to have come across it. 💜

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"This letter is a knife at my neck, if cutting's what you want."

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I've wanted a reading nook for as long as I can remember, but I always thought I would need way more money and space, a house of my own. A friend recently made one work in her bedroom, and I recently left a job that crushed my soul and negatively impacted nearly every area of my life for seven years, so I felt inspired to create a reading nook in the corner of my living room. I love it already and can't wait to read all the things here 🥺📚☕😍

tanya1512 Congratulations on leaving that behind you! 6mo
Bianca It's lovely! Congrats on leaving the toxic job! 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence You are so strong and better things will be in your future! This nook is awesome and you deserve it! 6mo
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Kloves2read Good for you! Best of luck!!! Love the color of the chair! Next you just need a little ottoman to rest your legs while you read! 6mo
BennettBookworm Good for you!! Yes!! 6mo
BookishMarginalia Lovely! Yey for leaving an awful situation! 6mo
ThePageantHam @tanya1512 thank you! 😍 6mo
ThePageantHam @Bianca thanks so much! 😍 6mo
ThePageantHam @Kloves2read thank you! I actually have a little ottoman I've been using for just that purpose. It didn't make it into the photo but I agree, a must have 🙃 6mo
ThePageantHam @BennettBookworm thank you! 🤩 6mo
ThePageantHam @BookishMarginalia thank you! 😍 6mo
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✨finished in june 2021✨
the anthropocene reviewed audiobook and my nothing o'clock reread via the trigger warning audiobook are the only five star reads here, but i also loved upside down, pet, get it right, knock me down, and the magic fish. 📚

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John Green said "What I like most about rivers is," and I was off, needing to pause the audiobook to speak-sing and then listen to "Just Around the Riverbend" (and then put this monstrosity together, naturally). ???

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The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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¿Por qué no los dos? 🍦 🤷🏻‍♀️ 📚

Finished listening to The Inheritance Games at 3x speed a half hour before book club today. It has so many interesting aspects but for me they didn't come together in nearly as toight a way as they could have. It's been compared to Knives Out a lot, but Knives Out is WAY better, go watch it. I will say, I think I am curious enough about loose ends that I will listen to the sequel at 2-3x speed as well. 🕵🏻‍♀️

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The Flanders Panel | Arturo Perez-Reverte
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Our litsy bookclub is doing rereads this month, and I want to reread all of these and then some because narrowing things down is not a strength of mine 🤷🏻‍♀️📚

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Didn't finish as many books this month as I often do but they were all winners. I was surprised by how much I loved The Wreckage of My Presence and Boyfriend Material, both of which I consumed via audiobook and I believe are best consumed that way. 💯

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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There is something extra magical about reading this at dusk surrounded by fireflies ✨

CogsOfEncouragement That‘s awesome. Great story. 9mo
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The Witch Boy | Molly Knox Ostertag
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the nine books i read in april 2021 ✨
it's rare that i read middle grade books, but this month was saturated with them, and the witch boy and both tea dragon books were my faves, such lovely graphic novels. 🧙🏽🐲
i haven't had a lot of time or energy for reading lately, especially non-audiobook reading, but i hope to make more time for it this month, as i'm missing it a lot. 📚

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I finally pre-ordered a sweet signed copy (they're all signed copies at this point because John Green is deeply extra ?) of the book that grew out of one of my absolute favorite podcasts, and I am deeply excited for it. The "Harvey" episode of the podcast has helped me get through some times when it felt like my depression just might win--it made me feel less alone and more hopeful. Highly recommend. ?

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The Midwinter Witch | Molly Knox Ostertag
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I made some owl friends while reading under one of my favorite big ol' trees in lovely evening weather.
🦉🌳☀️

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The Tea Dragon Festival | Katie O'Neill
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This prequel is so precious. An actual, non-tea dragon? Seeing Hesekiel and Erik in their younger years, just as in sync and in love? A community where everyone learned sign language in order to communicate with one of their neighbors? SIGN ME UP. The artwork and color pallette are gorgeous, and the little tea dragons continue to make me squee. I can't wait for the third book!

P.S. "I know that feeling." ???

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The Tea Dragon Festival | Katie O'Neill
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I too just want biscuits. And a lil creature companion like this fellow biscuit lover. 🥰

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Candy Hearts | Erin McLellan
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🙈 📚 💸

(Tagged is my most recent impulse Kindle purchase, don't @ me 😅)

BennettBookworm Lollllll 9mo
Caroline2 😆 👍 9mo
ravenlee Some...I can do some... 9mo
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Zachary Ezra Rawlins, I'll follow you anywhere, anytime. 🐝 🗝 🗡

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I tried to pick something fun and calming for before bed, but I didn't fully know what this book was about, and the nightmares of misogyny and American capitalism were strong in this one, so I stopped eight minutes in. I may go back at some point when I'm feeling less fragile and in need of comfort. It feels like some kind of progress to not feel the need to force myself to read something I'm not feeling right now. 🗡

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Taxes and TARDIS | N. R. Walker
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Sometimes it be that way. ☺

Happy Easter and Chag Sameach to anyone celebrating! 💜

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Tea Dragon Society | Katie O'Neill
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This was adorable and so, so sweet. Seems like a great way to get kids into graphic novels. The artwork and color pallette are spectacular, and I dig the focus on relationships, stewardship, and keeping cultures, traditions, and creatures alive. This felt very queer to me, too? Maybe I'm projecting, but I felt those vibes. I need to get my hands on the second book as soon as possible and am impatiently awaiting the third one's publication. 🍵🐉

ThePageantHam A mantra for this evening: I will let it go that the title on here is missing its "The" ? 10mo
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Tic-Tac-Mistletoe | N R Walker
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I read these bad bois in March 2021, possibly the briefest month of all time but a good one for reading. The Body is Not an Apology brought to light new-to-me aspects of radical self-love. Burn for Me was a surprisingly good urban fantasy. Tic Tac Mistletoe was the sweet holigay romance I needed. Spoiler Alert and 84, Charing Cross Road both made me so, so emotional. Captain Ginger Vol. 2 was better than Vol. 1. SLAY was a next-level YA novel. 📚

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This book makes me yearn for London, bookstores, and most of all, this depth of friendship with a pen pal. That they fall into a correspondence with such mutual affection and humor without meeting face to face is especially poignant in a pandemic. I thought I was somewhat prepared for the inevitable, but was startled by the intensity of my tears when it arrived. Since belatedly realizing this is nonfiction, I have not been able to stop sobbing. 💌

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That final sentence is such an ominous way to segue into the body (pun somewhat intended) of the book, and I'm here for it. 💀

Also, I'm a sucker for titles that naturally lend themselves to portmanteau...Darkives, anyone? ☺

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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Nuclear war preoccupied my mind, my sister's mind, the minds of all of our friends. None of us expected to see adulthood. More than just being convinced we were going to die, we knew we would be annihilated, which to me meant being somehow deader than dead. I don't know if you'll be able to understand the stranglehold that cold war terror had on the psychology of my generation. We were kids who wondered what we would do if we grew up, not when.

BarbaraBB Poignant quote. I enjoyed this book a lot. 10mo
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Spoiler Alert | Olivia Dade
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Current Reads 📚
I'm always reading at least a few books simultaneously, but these days I'm really pushing it. I'll finish some of these this month. Which ones is anyone's guess. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Throwing Hearts | N.R. Walker
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February 2021 Reads 📚
Welp, two months into the year and I have read fifty percent of my reading goal for the whole year.
I didn't dislike any of the books I read this month (though I did aggressively hate a few of the stories in The Bloody Chamber), which is always nice. Throwing Hearts was the most lovely surprise, angst-free, sweet, sexy, with a lovely Australian accent to boot. 🇦🇺

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💌💌💌

annahenke Omg truer words have never been spoken 😂😂😂 11mo
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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My keyboard was painfully accurate:
"In a relationship with this book that I think about regularly and am tickled by again and again" ?

The book I was referring to when I originally typed that was Good Omens, so maybe I'm in a relationship with Aziraphale and Crowley? ??

julesG 😁😁 11mo
Soubhiville That‘s a good place to be! 11mo
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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As always, Erin Morgenstern knows all. This Starless Sea reread is a gift that keeps on giving. 😸

Soubhiville 🤯😲🤩 11mo
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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One minor problem with listening to audiobooks at 1.5-3x speed is that sometimes I mishear things.

"Her soft smile and the luminous look in her eyes...were just for him, and they made him feel like he'd single-handedly vanquished a corgi."

A...corgi?

* rewinds *

Ah, an ARMY. That makes a lot more sense.

?

Eyelit 🤣 11mo
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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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Heartstopper colo(u)ring book arrived in the mail! Squee. 💌

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The sixteen books I finished in January. My favorite was Good Omens and my least favorite was We Set the Dark on Fire, but all in all quite a solid start to 2021! My February TBR is too much of a scattered mess to post about, but I'm most excited about reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue with @Eyelit and @Ishimama

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I have a complicated relationship with this book, but here are two of my favorite quotes, of course both about blood ?

"His wedding gift, clasped around my throat. A choker of rubies, two inches wide, like an extraordinarily precious slit throat." -The Bloody Chamber

"My tear-beslobbered father wants a rose to show that I forgive him. When I break off a stem, I prick my finger and so he gets his rose all smeared with blood." -The Tiger's Bride

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Date Me, Bryson Keller | Kevin van Whye
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"Every gay kid has heard the stories and watched the movies. We've been told we aren't normal for so long, been punished and ridiculed, that hiding who we are is second nature to us. Sometimes hiding is the difference between life and death. It's why the closet still exists. It keeps us hidden and, more important, it keeps us safe. Living your truth is important, but sometimes living the lie is what keeps you warm, fed, looked after… breathing."

jinxmoon I got this book yesterday ☺️ 12mo
ThePageantHam @jinxmoon I really liked it! Such a sweet lil love story 😍 12mo
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