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Books, libraries, coffee, theater, running, and oxford commas. One of the humans behind LibraryThing and Litsy.
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This is the queer rom com of my actual dreams—I pulled every string I could to get an advance copy last year (thanks @ph9k ) and proceeded to read it 4 times through. I can‘t remember the last time I was so excited for a book to come out so I could force/tell everyone I know to read it, and now it‘s out and debuted on bestseller lists and it deserves all the praise and attention. Go forth and read and be charmed and be hopeful.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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If there‘s anything better than footnotes, it‘s wooing someone with a bibliography. Fact.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Oof.

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Why We Fight | Tj Klune
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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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This book. Started great, getting even better.

GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 3w
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This book is...not small.

gibblr It‘s cat sized! 😂 3w
Soubhiville I didn‘t realize it was available in paperback yet! I need to pick up a copy! 3w
ablachly @Soubhiville I was hoping by getting the paperback, it'd be slightly less of a chunkster than the hardcover I'd seen around. NOPE! :) 3w
Soubhiville It‘s a brick all right! But I‘ve been Looking forward to reading it! 3w
rretzler 😻 3w
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Upright Women Wanted | Sarah Gailey
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We have to wait until NEXT FEBRUARY for this! “The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.“

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I miss Peter Grant, but this novella was still a fun diversion into the German equivalent of the Folly! #NetGalley

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Release day! I've been waiting for this one...

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Death Prefers Blondes | Caleb Roehrig
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My TBR is frequently disrupted by whatever comes off hold at the library. And so, this is all of a sudden up next: drag queen cat burglars? Yes please.

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I bought this after seeing it mentioned everywhere following NASA cancelling the all-female space walk for lack of enough suits in the right sizes. I‘m only a few chapters in, but so far, excellent. Good and infuriating fodder for fueling rage.

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A Conjuring of Light | Victoria Schwab
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So good. Pirates and magic and excellent characters (strong women! Queer characters!). This last book of the trilogy was long but didn‘t feel like it at all. I wish there was more to read.

conceptDawg I'm reading this series too. I'm only one book in so far but I'm liking it so far. The characters are good and the use of magic is interesting. 1mo
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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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Ahhhhhhhhh. So good. Queer, dystopian, rebellion. Ends on a cliffhanger please bring me the next book right quick.

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The Cassandra | Sharma Shields
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Magnificent and dark and gutting in its horrificness. Incredibly well written, but very hard to read.

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Lost and Wanted: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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Train reading!

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Feisty pirates, brooding royals, magic, multiple Londons. And I‘m ready for book 2. Thank you @kgriffith this was good SantaThinging.

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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A smart, political, nicely paced spy story, featuring a young black woman working for the FBI in the 80s. Fantastic.

Liatrek I can‘t wait to read this one😊 3mo
BibliOphelia Ooh! Just heard about this on NPR. Stacked! 3mo
ablachly So so good. I tore through it. 3mo
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Leading Men | Christopher Castellani
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Sad and beautiful. It flows like poetry and I absolutely loved it.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Great to hear! I have this in the queue! 3mo
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Leading Men | Christopher Castellani
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"How many lives could a person lead at one time, and how did you keep them from crashing into each other?"

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Leading Men | Christopher Castellani
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“You think I deserve a love story. This is the best I can do. He came for someone else, but I was the one he chose. They are different things, being loved and being chosen. Being chosen is the more powerful powerful drug. It enslaves you. And what you miss when it ends is not the man who did the choosing, but that rush at having been seen by him.”

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This was fantastic. It's a murder mystery set in a fantasy world, with queerness and assassins and secrets and scribes. It moved quickly, and I can't wait for the next book.

conceptDawg As far as I can tell I just need to constantly query what you're reading and read it next. This looks very interesting. Adding to my stack. 1mo
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Inspector Betty Church is one of the first female police officers, returning to work in her small hometown after losing an arm while working in London. Now she's investigating a series of murders, while dealing with a crazy cast of characters--sexist coworkers, unappreciative parents, and an ex-boyfriend's family who seems more like family than her own. The book is delightful and quirky (in a Jasper Fforde kind of way--which is to say, good).

kgriffith Jasper Fforde way is indeed a complimentary comparison. 3mo
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Murder mystery, time travel, groundbreaking female scientists—I am 120% on board with this book. The beginning dragged a bit—too much announcing that things had happened rather than letting the story unfold. Luckily that faded once the mystery got going and the timelines more convoluted. It's a good and twisty story, with interesting questions about how you might feel about death when you're constantly visiting past and future selves and (con't)

ablachly (con't from initial post).. some brutal answers about what the psychology of time travel actually might amount to. Plus, queer characters. 4mo
BooksAtNight Ooh sounds interesting! Adding it to my TBR 😆 4mo
conceptDawg Testing comment 4mo
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Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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This book is absolutely beautiful. The narrative is split between present day, when Nedda is an astronaut, and 1986, when she's growing up in a small Florida town with a scientist father who used to work for NASA. It's a work of speculative fiction, sure--but also a poignant reflection on relationships, family, death, and time.

ph9k was this part of the ARC box I sent? 4mo
ablachly @ph9k Yes - but also maybe I got a Netgalley copy and read it a few weeks ago? BUT I STILL WANT THE HARD COPY YOU GOT ME. 4mo
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Holmes and Watson, but where Sherlock is the sorceress Shaharazad Haas. The book is (of course) narrated by Ms. Haas‘s housemate, the fumbling Captain John Wyndham, whose gentle sensibilities frequently require him to to censor his account. This is a queer fantasy world, with sky-pirates, vampires, underwater cities, necromancers, fishmongers, and luxury express trains. It is weird and ridiculous and I loved it.

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Snagged an #arc of this thanks to @ph9k.

conceptDawg test 4mo
TNbookworm Wow! This sounds amazing! 4mo
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Book signing!

Kimzey Cool! 😎👍🏻📸 5mo
AmyG Wow! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awesome!!! 5mo
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Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Every year, LibraryThing staff comes up with the best books we‘ve read that year (not necessarily *published* then, just read). I love reflecting on what I‘ve read and trying to remember why I loved each one—and then getting endless recommendations for what‘s next from my coworkers.

This year, these are mine. All of them are in this blog post: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2018/12/top-five-2018/

saresmoore Great picks! 5mo
TheLibrarian I‘ve only read one of these and will have to check the others out. Thanks for sharing! 5mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Completely and totally riveting.

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My favorite sci-fi books are the ones that build a credible enough world, but that focus more on the characters than on the science fiction. This is one of those books. Here and Now and Then is deeply human, investigating the complexities of family and loss and yes, time travel.

SandyW Stacked, Thanks! 6mo
TimSpalding Hello! 6mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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I‘m gutted. I want to quote half the book, and I‘m still sobbing a little. One of the best things I‘ve read in a long long time.

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I gave up on this one. Just too flurfy (that‘s a word because I say it is). I wanted more backroom politics and less drunken bad decisions.

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Charming.

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Phenomenal. Incredibly poignant. I ache for this book, which also happens to have a much more powerful narrative arc than I‘m used to seeing in memoirs.

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Played fast and loose with reading this before it returns to the library, but got it done with time to spare!

This book was. I‘m not sure. Both horrible (I kept thinking wtf is happening) and incredible (the writing is amazing).

kgriffith Definitely considered and decided against using “fast and loose” in a work email tonight. 7mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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Everything I could ask for.

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This book is incredible. In an alternate history where a meteorite strikes the DC area in 1952, bringing on the kind of climate change that could make earth inhabitable, Elma is a mathematician & former WWII pilot who becomes involved in the space program. She fights sexism at every turn, becomes aware of the racism all around her, & struggles with crippling anxiety, all while fighting to be one of the first astronauts.
It‘s just so damn good.

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“There was a disturbing consistency to how data presented by a pretty young woman was treated.”

I wish I could take today off work just to finish this book.

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Shades of Milk and Honey | Mary Robinette Kowal
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If Jane Austen wrote in a world where magic (glamour) were just another art to master, alongside the pianoforte, but the book was still a tale of sisters and suitors and finding love along the way.

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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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This was a charming book—sympathetic and sometimes even funny despite the backdrop of the Blitz. I just wanted a little *more* from it.

kgriffith Have it saved in Scribd. For all my free reading time. 8mo
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Sweet. And human.

RidgewayGirl I loved this one! 9mo
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Oof.

kgriffith Sorry I‘ve been slacking, catching up... 😏 8mo
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Dreadful Company | Vivian Shaw
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Greta Helsing is just as clever and lovely in this sequel, set in Paris instead of London this time. I flat out love this series—the characters are smart and caring and it‘s urban fantasy, yes, but also full of medicine and science and history and folklore. Just great.

kgriffith Post about the first one so I can stack it from you 8mo
ablachly @kgriffith I did. 4 months ago! 8mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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I‘m reading both of these right now, and have reached the halfway point of each and they‘re so different and SO GOOD. Both of them.

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Trans author, queer 18th century London thief isn‘t enough: this novel has FOOTNOTES. It‘s trying to woo me. And it‘s working.

kgriffith SOLD 8mo
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Who Is Vera Kelly? | Rosalie Knecht
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This is the gay lady spy novel of my dreams.

Vera is a spy in Argentina in the 60s, and that story is interspersed with chapters set a decade beforehand, where her backstory unfolds. I love this book so hard.

Reviewsbylola I got this for the cover but I‘m dying to read it now after seeing this and @MicheleinPhilly ‘s recent post. 11mo
ablachly @Reviewsbylola I mean, the cover is great. But so is the book :) 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I have not spent as much time with this as I would have liked because I‘ve been peopling 😩 but I‘ve read and loved 125 pages of it thus far. 11mo
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Achingly human

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Quite a beautiful love story—full of imperfection and humanity and sentences so delicious I want to copy them all down.

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I‘m going to stand on your book until you pay attention to me: a strategy that‘s working. #catsoflitsy

Soubhiville Ps, it usually works! 11mo
TNbookworm 😻 11mo
RestlessFickleBookHoarder 😂😂😂😂 11mo
Tadams4 Perfect photo composition! 11mo
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Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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Painfully true. #parenting