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akaGingerK

akaGingerK

Joined February 2019

“And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?”
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UTOPIA FOR REALISTS. | RUTGER. BREGMAN
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A book that encourages readers to think big & embrace the idea of working towards utopic visions of society. The author provides some supporting studies/experiments for his favorite big ideas - universal income, shorter workweeks, open borders. Good for building optimism; not as big on action items to bring the ideas into reality.

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An amazing, expansive work covering centuries of racist thought- both overt and covert- that I really REALLY should not have done audio for. 1) Much harder to skim back and build a bibliography/cite something to a friend 2) My listening attention span is shorter than my reading attention span so it took a long time to “read.” I honestly may buy a physical copy in the future; this is a keeper.

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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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Starting this ARC, but slowly, as I can‘t stop “hearing” it in Christopher Dontrell Piper‘s distinctive voice. (Piper is the narrator for the audiobook of Kendi‘s Stamped From the Beginning, which I‘ve been listening to for ages. I‘m a slow listener!)

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Taking a break from the serious-but-good memoir for the romance so many of my friends are fond of - I‘m enjoying it now that I‘m past the secondhand embarrassment brought on by chapter one!

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“I did consent to reading through the long list of misdeeds in the prayer book: for the sin that we have committed before You by hardening our hearts, for the sin that we have committed before You through harsh speech, for the sin that we have committed before You by being scornful, for the sin that we have committed before You by wronging our neighbor.”

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Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC (Bookstore)
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Mason Deaver is discussing their debut book I Wish You All the Best.

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Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC (Bookstore)
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New acquisitions - as recommended by my twitter feed.

My friends and their interests are varied.

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A Murder to Die For | Stevyn Colgan
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Well, I finished it. The covert sexism faded into background noise (these women are UNATTRACTIVE and that is FUNNY, get it?). So I was somehow surprised by the sudden appearance of South-Africa-in-the-90s inspired racism near the end. Also, the author, per his note, apparently thinks breaking genre rules in boring ways is the same as satirizing a genre. Lol, no.

But hey. I finished it.

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Proper English | KJ Charles
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Another fun read by Charles! (Today is clearly a finish-my-books day.)

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The peer pressure got to me! Oddly, the main character Kya becomes more of a cypher as the story goes on, and it elides a lot of how she became the adult version of herself. But Kya‘s love for the salt marshes-combined with the author‘s natural history knowledge-carries the book.

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A Murder to Die For | Stevyn Colgan
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Oof. This is supposed to be my fun read before diving into something heavier. At 23 pages, I have been introduced to several harridans, ditzes, a man who felt driven to the pub by his materialist wife (an outlook he judges, but feels bad about not providing for), and a general dismissive view of women in fandom/how women do fandom.

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Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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Enjoyed this ARC. Definitely some thematic similarities to this winter‘s Sugar Run by Mesha Maren, but I was not as stressed out while reading- there‘s a fundamental stubborn optimism in Stay and Fight that appealed to me.

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A friend reminded me that this book is finally available, and it was every bit as charming as the first. (I did purchase and read the second book in the series, too - no idea why the nook app fails to group it in with the others.) Next up, the novellas!

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Mostly a pick but with caveats. A detailed, engaging overview of the various ways sexual assault and harassment harm their targets, and the ways Goldberg‘s law office sought relief for her clients. However, some of the studies she cites are outdated (19th century theory of mob behavior!) or controversial (Dworkin). And her mention of Sesta-Fosta isn‘t nuanced- though expected given her focus. CW: sexual assault, antisemitism, suicidal ideation

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I‘ve been to one Sherlockian convention. I went with a friend, and I made three more. Two of them (so far!) have come forward as having been sufficiently harassed by That Guy Everyone‘s Talking About- and had their concerns ignored - that they‘d dropped out of their fan communities. Earlier this year, other friends told me about their encounters with That Other Guy at a different type of convention. I‘m so tired, y‘all.

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Aw, yes! Thanks, parents, I love it already!
#AspirationalCookbook

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“Sometimes, the unbounded geography of the internet is amazing: I can carry friends in my pocket everywhere I go, and there‘s someone around at every time of the day or night.” #AdvanceReaderCopy

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My job comes with hooomewooork. But it‘s by an anthropologist, so I‘m in.

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The Plus One | Sarah Archer
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My staying home sick plans for the weekend.

akaGingerK (ARC - July release) 3mo
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Breakfast reading. I‘ve already hit lines that I would love to hear my linguist friend‘s reactions to.

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While definitely focused on entertainment venues, there are some good tips for anyone whose business has a public-facing aspect - or who runs a meet-up group.

I‘m resting today, since I fell a lot this weekend and I ache everywhere. It‘s too bad I‘m having trouble concentrating, because I could probably have finished this slim volume by now!

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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“Have difficultly slipping down into the Hib? Reruns of Bonanza and Crossroads not enough? Then why not try: A BORING BOOK? By government mandate all libraries and bookshops MUST have a ‘dull‘ section by July 2003”
Gotta love Fforde‘s worldbuilding!

zsuzsanna_reads Welcome to Litsy! 4mo
akaGingerK Thanks, @zsuzsanna_reads! It seems like my kind of place. 📚 4mo
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“Ugh. People who claim to have all the answers NEVER have ANY answers. Anyway, thanks for buying this advice book.” 😂

akaGingerK I‘ve marked this as “read,” but I‘ve read the incomplete ARC, not the complete book. Fans of the show will enjoy it; I‘m not sure how far its reach will be past the existing muderinos. 4mo
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