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amckiereads

amckiereads

Joined April 2016

Feminist reader, very occasional blogger at amckiereads.com.
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Mehso-so

A decent collection of previously published essays. I expected some new pieces and so was a bit disappointing. Also found it hard to read some of the more optimistic pre election pieces. Basically just look up the articles and save your cash for something else.

BookishFeminist I think I may have recommended this to you last week? But I heard this one is better: 2y
amckiereads @BookishFeminist yep it's on my wish list! If it isn't just a collection of opinion pieces it will already be better. Hah 2y
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Pickpick

I was so happy to find a copy of this at Housing Works on New York. I loved Manyika's first book so much, and this one was just as fantastic. I'm already looking forward to her next!

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Mehso-so

This reading nook in my hotel is great. The book, however, was meh for me. Too much tortured soul men and I just don't care enough.

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Pickpick

As with every other Tessa Dare book, I adored this.

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Raven Stratagem | Yoon Ha Lee
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The sequel was as good and strange as the first. I love this series!

Listener15 Gah! I need to finish one of my Read Harder books so I won't feel guilty about reading this 2y
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Pickpick

I looooved this collection. Some of the stories stood out more than others, but I enjoyed all of them. Same with the essays. Definitely will be watching for more from these authors.

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Whitefly: A Novel | Abdelilah Hamdouchi
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Mehso-so

Hamdouchi wrote the first police procedurals in Arabic to be translated to English, set in Morocco. While it was interesting and a new setting, the story had too many pieces and no resolution. A few side plots were unrealistic (the neighbor) or sexist and ridiculous (Fifi).

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Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer | Jane Farrow, John Lorinc, Tim McCaskell, Maureen Fitzgerald, Stephanie Chambers
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This was a fantastic collection about Toronto in all of it's diversity. It covers so much history - people, places, organizations, moments, feelings, events, actions. Some is problematic, but as a whole it gives so much context to my lovely city. Is Toronto truly a queer city? Some argue yes, in the conclusion, I side with those who say not, but this collection helps show us how we got here and how we keep moving forward to better and queerer.

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Ninefox Gambit | Yoon Ha Lee
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It took me a couple tries to get into this story, but once I was hooked, I was HOOKED! Now I'm impatiently waiting to get my hands on the sequel 😁

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Small Beauty | jia qing wilson-yang
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A beautiful novel by a mixed race trans writer about a mixed race trans character. A quiet exploration of life and community and dealing with loss.

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Mehso-so

An old middle grade novel, recommended by a fellow Book Riot Insider. Upon hearing the title I had to give it a try! Slightly dated, with minor annoyances, but still a fun read.

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Death Going Down | Mara Anglica Bosco
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Mehso-so

A decent story, but editing issues and text layout made it hard to tell who was speaking during conversations. Also annoying gender stereotypes and comments - the novel is older, but they still grated.

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Pickpick

I love this book for the same reasons I love Dinner: A Love Story. The stories, the approach to meals and cooking and family time, as well as for the recipes. Dinner is still one of the only cookbooks I use, but I suspect this one will also get a fair amount of use! The stories are what connect me to the book and inspire me to actually try out the recipes.

amckiereads As well, despite having no interest in children, the family focus of the book doesn't detract. These recipes and rituals are as good alone, with chosen family, or just with partners or parents and siblings - no children required. 2y
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Panpan

What did I eat yesterday? Something less painfully homophobic than this manga. I get that it's supposed to be life as experienced by these characters in the moment but it was hard to read and ultimately I have no interest in continuing the series unfortunately.

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Trust No Aunty | Maria Qamar
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As soon as I saw this "tongue-in-cheek guide" to surviving South Asian aunties I jokingly asked my Indian boyfriend to get me a copy. Because he knows the best way to my heart is books, and he knows his family, he complied ? ? ? it was a great read.

BookishFeminist 😂😂😂 2y
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The Queen of Blood | Sarah Beth Durst
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This was so good! And creepy to read while camping. Trees haven't attacked yet though so all seems okay. For now. 📚⛺️🌲🌳🍃☠️👻

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Binx agrees, two paws up for this excellent essay collection.

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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This book... terrifying especially because of how possible it seems. It's hard to believe it was published so long ago, and not this year.

Lesliereads Chilling, right? 2y
amckiereads @Lesliereads so. so. chilling. 2y
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This one is so good so far. New Danticat and I might be the first reading this library copy! It's so shiny and new 😁🎉📚💕

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Instead of Three Wishes | Megan Whalen Turner
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Some of these stories made my eyes leak, others made me laugh. Fantastic collection.

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Talk Sweetly to Me | Courtney Milan
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Canoed to shore for a new book for #24in48. Stayed up late on the tent with the lantern to finish it. Such a delightful read!

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Camping For Dummies | Michael Hodgson
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Camping for dummies rule the first: bring more god damn books. I ran out! I don't want other people's options. I left the kindle in the car on mainland (we canoed over to an island) as well as lots of extra books. Grumble grumble grumble. Thank goodness for kindle app on iPhone?

ReadingEnvy Phew! 2y
Hoopiefoot Oh no! At least you have a beautiful view? 2y
amckiereads @Hoopiefoot it was definitely a beautiful view 😀 2y
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The Suffragette Scandal | Courtney Milan
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I've picked an excellent fourth read for #24in48! Hurrah hurrah readathons!

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Book 3 for the #24in48 that I started earlier. So far it's fantastic.

WOCreads Looks excellent 👌💜 Happy readathoning Amy!!🎉📚💃 2y
amckiereads Thanks @WOCreads 😊 it was a lovely time. 2y
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Spindle's End | Robin McKinley
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Time for book two! #24in48

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I'm awake and starting book one for #24in48!

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The Pocket Guide to Camping | Katherine White
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This is where I'm reading this weekend for the #24in48! Wooohooooo camping in Thousand Islands.

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This was my (Canadian) long weekend read while cottaging with extended family (my sister and her husband, his brother and sister in law, two of their friends). It was hilariously excellent for sharing anecdotes, and was a lot of fun to read. Thanks to @Liberty for the recommendation!

Liberty 🍴 3y
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The Better to Kiss You With | Michelle Osgood
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It's a rather terrible cover but the contents are fantastic. Urban fantasy set in Vancouver, BC with queer werewolves, a sweet romance, good pacing and tension, and just enough scary in the story line.

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I didn't really understand what this was about until I got it and flipped through (I thought it was about books the author had read), and so it was a super pleasant surprise! Fantastic concept, loved the quotes and the artwork.

dastevensish So what is it about? Or shouldn't I ask? 3y
amckiereads @dastevensish whoops haha. She drew pictures of authors and quotes from readings she went to! 3y
dastevensish Ooh, that does sound quite wonderful! 3y
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Pickpick

A fun read, part biography and part self-helpish (on how to be a bawse of course). Lots of good advice and fun stories.

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All Saints | K.D. Miller
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I was meh about the book for some time while reading, but these loosely interconnected characters and stories really pulled me in. I suspect they will stay with me for a long time.

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Dead Witch Walking | Kim Harrison
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I was in need of a new urban fantasy series and so far this one is doing it for me! Looking forward to continuing on.
I especially was interested in how Rachel thinks of herself as great / non prejudiced but also displays quite a bit of prejudice to Ivy, and how the uncomfortable experience of reading that makes you really consider motivations and perception vs biases and reality.

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Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie
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This book was crazy good and I can't wait to read the rest of the series! Picked it up after a friend ranted on twitter about a dude she'd recommended it to complaining that the author uses she as the universal pronoun instead of he and I was like WHAT?? SO COOL NEED NOW. And it was a great decision.

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Pickpick

This was really great. I'm pretty perfectionist / OCD and keep my place fairly clean, but also when I get depressed it kind of piles up. I really liked how the author talks about mental and physician illness and disability and how they place limitations, as well as how anti-shame she is. Not much new for me, but still a great read.

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Carina and I finally went and got our non-compliant tattoos today ❤️😃🎉

ReadingEnvy Awesome 3y
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The Thief | Megan Whalen Turner
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I read this yesterday and found it to be a lot of fun! Very twisty and full of surprises.

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This was possibly the best book I've read yet all year. Fascinating mosaic inspired look at cute in its various aspects.

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Very exciting new book day!! I am extra ready for this after shitty executive team comments re women in management at our staff conference Friday.

Lesliereads Just learned of this today while reading Ayana Mathis's piece "On Impractical Urges"! 3y
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Oh yay. Staff conference today and management gave everyone a book. I expect the worst, obviously. 😂

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Letters to a Young Muslim | Omar Saif Ghobash
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Mehso-so

This was a really interesting book, but fell more on the line of respectability politics and acting right than about discrimination and problems around the world. I'd heard it compared to Between the World and Me, but it had a different tone for sure. I did enjoy the read though!

Lesliereads I've been curious about this one. 3y
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The Blood of Emmett Till | Timothy B. Tyson
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This was an informative and detailed overview of Emmett Till's murder, the trial, and the general situation at the time in terms of civil rights.

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Angel Catbird, Volume 1 | Margaret Atwood
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Mehso-so

I did not love this one. In fact I found it quite silly, but not in a good way.

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Hunter's Oath | Michelle West
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Mehso-so

😂 this cover. A decently interesting fantasy, published in 1995.

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Silence Fallen | Patricia Briggs
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Always happy to get a new Patricia Briggs! Still loving this urban fantasy series.

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Borderline | Mishell Baker
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Fun urban fantasy with a disabled and mentally ill main character. It seemed t be a pretty good portrayal although I'd love to hear more perspectives on it!

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Certain Dark Things: A Novel | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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A new and unique vampire read - and less gory than I had expected based on reviews. I mean, still gory but not too much.

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Difficult Women | Roxane Gay
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I met Roxane Gay and it was amazing and obviously I made a fool of myself fangirling but ahhhhhh such an incredible event. She's fantastic.

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I'm way behind on adding my reads to Litsy so I'll be adding a bunch this week. If I remember. Hah. This essay collection was fantastic. Also Scaachi Koul lives in my city and is a part of running one of my favourite event series - Drunk Feminist Films!

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Difficult Women | Roxane Gay
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Just finished this - fantastic but very difficult read. I'm excited to see her on Thursday - ticketed but free event at the Toronto Public Library and tickets apparently sold out on 2 minutes! I got mine though *happy dances*.

ReadingEnvy Ooh I get to see her at the end of the month too! 3y
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