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aartichapati

aartichapati

Joined December 2019

Avid reader, committed to reading diversely, special love for SFF and history, but read across genres
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Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M Broom
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Planetfall by Emma Newman
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Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
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Truly enjoyed this memoir about Bharara‘s time as a federal prosecutor and what justice means to him. He is so thoughtful in sharing the thought process behind his own actions and the consequences they had and detailing some cases that stood out to him.
I loved the way he finished the book with a story about forgiveness and the hope and wisdom that people can have and the strength and spirit we bring to the practice of law.

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Loved this book!! Was not sure I would enjoy the writing style, which has limited punctuation, but once I got in the flow, I loved its poetry. Such a celebration of the diversity of experiences we all have in life, and of seeing others as they want to be seen.

BkClubCare Whoa ; fast read? (How are you liking Litsy?) 3d
aartichapati @BkClubCare I think it took about a week. It probably could be read really fast but I did one section a night because it was just lovely to read. As for Litsy, think I am still getting the hang of it, but it is really fun to see so much book chatter! 2d
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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♥️ inclusivity

RaimeyGallant Can't wait to read this! 3d
aartichapati @RaimeyGallant I really enjoyed it! I do wish we got more time with some characters, there are a lot and I definitely had my favorites. But all of them were so different and the writing was so poetic, which was lovely. 3d
BkClubCare I can‘t wait for this one! 3d
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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That feeling when you finished a really good book today but won‘t get your massive library haul until tomorrow, and you know you should not start a new book now but you also don‘t know what else to do so you look for the shortest books on your bookshelf and realize you read them all before because this is not the first time you have been in this situation.

rather_be_reading hate hate tht! 2w
BkClubCare LOL! But also 😢 3d
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The Kingdom Of Gods | N. K. Jemisin
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Read the whole trilogy in a very short time and will likely now have a book hangover. I think the first book was my favorite, I didn‘t love the third book nearly so much, though I think it was much more mature and reflective. This series, above all, is about loneliness and finding your people. And realizing m your people are not always who you would expect them to be and are not always deserving of your love, but having hope for them, anyway.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love Jemisin. I still need to read the last book, must bump it up the tbr. 2w
aartichapati @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego it is a really lovely and melancholy ending to the series! 2w
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Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow
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Key takeaway for me was that the America was extremely fragile at the start, and there was no great belief that it would succeed, but it did. America came into being DESPITE massive differences of opinion. once everyone came together & compromised, they went to their corners and started vilifying each other. This country has been on the brink before and it will be on the brink again, but it is only as strong as its informed and active citizens.

BkClubCare Is it something like a reassurance that the world and humankind has always been tragedy-prone? 2w
aartichapati @BkClubCare something like that, coupled with knowing people have made it through worse periods and somehow came out the other side with hope and action 2w
BkClubCare @aartichapati ♥️ I know what you mean. 2w
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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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While reading reviews for The Ten Thousand Doors of January, this series was mentioned a lot because it is also fantasy about different worlds accessed through doors and portals. I read this one and part of the sequel/prequel on audiobook, though, and just wasn‘t drawn in or entranced by the characters or the story or the worlds. I think I‘ll give up on these and move onto other fantasy novels!

Karisa I liked the concept of that series a lot. In my opinion the first one was the best. 😊 2w
aartichapati @Karisa yes, concept is so cool! I think it made me think the stories would be a little more lighthearted but they were not really that at all. But love the idea! 2w
kristenm And I liked this series far more than the Doors book, especially McGuire‘s writing. I read them first though. 2w
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aartichapati @kristenm I can definitely see liking this one more than that one - they are very different in style and form! 2w
kristenm @aartichapati Yeah, I read a surprisingly high number of “magic doors” books so I have high standards for that scenario. ;) 2w
aartichapati @kristenm you have a type! 😂 2w
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The Odd Women | George Gissing
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This is one of those books I purchased on the recommendation of a friend and then allowed to languish on the shelf for years. To be honest, I picked it because I wanted something short. This was weightier than expected, with surprising but amazing commentary on women‘s roles in the late Victorian era. George Gissing was a feminist who thought deeply about the roles and restrictions his world offered and wrote a compelling and empathetic novel.

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The Odd Women | George Gissing
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Never had it occurred to Widdowsdon that a wife remained an individual, with rights and obligations independent of her widely condition. Everything he said presupposed his own supremacy; he took for granted that it was his to direct, hers to be guided. A display of energy, purpose, ambition, on Monica‘s part, which had no reference to domestic pursuits, would have gravely troubled him.

MidnightBookGirl Love that bookmark! 2w
Karisa Wow, written so long ago but still true for many today! 2w
aartichapati @MidnightBookGirl thank you!! My parents got it for me when they went to Australia 2w
aartichapati @Karisa yes, it was very relevant, especially on gender roles and how those impact power in relationship. 2w
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Found this one disappointing. It is about Shirin, a Muslim-American girl trying to get through high school in a very racist town in the year after 9/11. But it is mostly an angsty YA romance novel, and one in which the (white athletic) guy‘s feelings and experiences seem to be explored far more than the (hijab-wearing minority) girl‘s.

BkClubCare Interesting cover 2w
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This does an excellent job of shifting perspective on American history, putting Native Americans at the center and changing the way we view America itself and how inevitable the whole takeover of the continent feels to us today. What I ❤️: Treuer makes clear that Native Americans were not passive victims, but that they have used (and continue to use) every available resource to fight for their rights.

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I enjoyed this book far more than I expected! I went into it thinking it would be a pretty light young adult fantasy about a girl growing up and discovering herself along with new worlds. And it is that, but it also explores the impacts of colonialism and racism, how love can inspire and hurt, and the deep and powerful nature of words and books. I really enjoyed the story and all the characters. It was an excellent fantasy winter escape.

LoverOfLearning I've never really read fantasy books before I read this one. I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. I loved the romance and adventure seeking aspects of it. But yeah there was that element of fear and abuse that make the book deep and complex. Loved it. 3w
aartichapati @LoverOfLearning yes, that is a really good way of putting it! I admit that the story within a story dragged a bit for me, as did the section in the asylum, but those are pretty small complaints, really! Looking forward to more by the author. 3w
LoverOfLearning Fair point. I liked the story within the story. Yeah great debut by the author! 3w
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Priory of the Orange Tree | Samantha Shannon
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Just bought this behemoth because winter is my season for epic fantasy reads! Though I admit that the size of this one does intimidate me (it‘s even longer than the Hamilton biography! 😱) That said, I love that the whole story is in one book - often hard to find in fantasy!

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BTTM FDRS | Ben Passmore, Ezra Claytan Daniels
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Hoping to finish Alexander Hamilton and read this “gentrification horror” comic book set in Chicago before the end of the year! #wintergames #merryreaders

Amiable Good luck! I read “Hamilton” this year, too. To be honest, I preferred Chernow‘s “Washington: A Life.” Hoping to get to “Grant” in the next year. 3w
aartichapati @Amiable good to know! I have both of those on my list, I think Chernow has a really engaging writing style. Based on how he describes Washington in this book, I think it would be interesting to see the relationship and events from that perspective. Also if he were to write about Jefferson! 3w
Avidreader25 Welcome to Litsy!!! 3w
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Listening to this while I cook and clean. An interesting mix of personal histories beside bigger picture histories. I am enjoying it but probably not ideal for audiobook, at least for me.

Velvetfur I love having audiobooks (and podcasts) on while doing chores, it makes it all go a bit quicker! 😁 3w
ljuliel Welcome to the gang. Good to see some more nonfiction ! 3w
aartichapati @Velvetfur same! Though I admit that sometimes I space out and then am not entirely sure what is going on 3w
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aartichapati @ljuliel thank you! Yes, as I get older, I read more and more non-fiction. Mostly history and sociology and sometimes science - what about you? 3w
Velvetfur @aartichapati Totally agree! That's why I don't listen to audiobooks while out walking anymore, far too much visual distraction! 😂 3w
ljuliel I‘d say I prefer nonfiction , but lately, I‘ve been on a fiction binge. I read almost everything , other than romance or sci-fi. If you‘re not already, give @Amiable a Follow. She picks some cracking - good nonfiction books ! 3w
aartichapati @ljuliel thanks for the tip! 3w
Amiable Thanks, @ljuliel ! And welcome, @aartichapati ! I‘m a huge nonfiction fan —about 50% of my reads every year are nonfiction. Feel free to tag me in your nonfiction recommendations! 3w
aartichapati @Amiable I would definitely recommend this one. I think especially towards the end, it is really interesting to learn about how people are keeping up their culture while working to expand their rights within the US system. Some of it did drag a bit for me in the middle, but I think that may have been because I listened on audio. 3w
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Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow

And because parties were frightening new phenomena, they could be easily mistaken for evil conspiracies, lending a paranoid tinge to political discourse. The Federalists saw themselves as saving America from anarchy while Republicans believed they were rescuing America from counterrevolution. Each side possessed a lurid, distorted view of the other, buttressed by an idealized sense of itself.

BkClubCare I have this to my dad and still waiting for him to give it back to me! 🤣 3w
aartichapati Well, it is MASSIVE, so possibly he is still making his way through it! And what‘s funny is, you can tell that Chernow did his best to summarize some things as concisely as possible. Hamilton just had a VERY full life! 3w
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