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Reckless Girls: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
Mehso-so

These girls need therapy

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Hotel World | Ali Smith
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too real!

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very sad. It is hard to remember we must care for those who have nothing else, because we also must care for ourselves.
My 36th book of 2022. Meeting my goal right at the buzzer. 🎉

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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
Mehso-so

I don‘t think I really enjoy TJR‘s writing at all but I‘ve read so much of this universe she‘s spun that now I feel invested. I always find her dialogue corny. I think this is the one of hers I‘ve been least interested in. But a lot of people like it so good for her

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Detroit, I Do Mind Dying | Dan Georgakas, Marvin Surkin
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This took a long time to get through because it is a lot of history (really cool history tho). It‘s inspiring, tho it‘s hard to imagine these kinds of radical actions not getting squashed today (tho I shouldn‘t discount the amazing work people are doing right now). A great Haymarket purchase and won‘t be my last.

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Definitely a cool collection.

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Changing Planes | Ursula K Leguin
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This has convinced me of what many have told me before - that Le Guin was a genius

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Ayiti | Roxane Gay
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Definitely a quick one. Really beautiful.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
Mehso-so

This was fine but just made me want to re-read The Lightning Thief which is definitely way better

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Nausea | Jean-Paul Sartre
Bailedbailed

i understand why people cared about this but i do not

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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
Mehso-so

Quick, not bad

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Butter Honey Pig Bread | Francesca Ekwuyasi
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I have some issues and I think this would have had to have been a much longer book to resolve them. But i liked it. It‘s very sad.

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High School | Sara Quin, Tegan Quin
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🥲

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Mehso-so

Disappointed in the dialogue again. A lot of this reads like it‘s a fan fic ripped from ao3, like, really really bad. I enjoyed a lot of it but god, I rolled my eyes a lot. My relationship with TJR‘s work complicates further.

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Prozac Nation | Elizabeth Wurtzel
Mehso-so

A lot of this is good, a lot of it is..Trite? Narcissistic? I think this is a study on the psychological terror of life during the Reagan admin - not politically, but culturally. A great case for the form of memoir, an interesting voice, but she‘s so annoying. And I could be missing context 30 years later, but so much of what she says about the details of her life just don‘t make sense.

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Detroit, I Do Mind Dying | Dan Georgakas, Marvin Surkin

Have had this one at home for a while, so excited to start it.

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Inheritors | Asako Serizawa
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I was dragging my feet a little here, some parts take place in the early 1900s and could be a little dry (to me). But it comes together so beautifully. I would say this sets out to do something similar to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and does it in a really different way. Overall recommend.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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This wasn‘t about what I thought it was going to be about. It‘s good.

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Mehso-so

I liked this, I love Black Star and Talib. I think he‘s smart and this book shares a lot of cool stories and unique perspectives. But it was missing a little oomph.

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increíble

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Mehso-so

Sad as hell.

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“Pick” doesn‘t feel strong enough because I actually consider this a foundational text for understanding how to love and be loved in a U.S. culture which is so anti-love and anti-community. This is one I will revisit a lot, I think.

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The Lying Life of Adults | Elena Ferrante
Mehso-so

enjoyed most of it, usually ferrante has super powerful endings and movements within and i just kinda felt like this didn‘t go anywhere. but i liked it

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Sad as hell. Real.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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ready for the on-screen version 🤪

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I thought I was gonna give this a mid-rating, but I actually really liked the ending. Some dialogue felt very awkward and bad, which I didn‘t expect because I loved Daisy Jones, a book made up entirely of dialogue (monologue?). Overall I think TJR is a very smart writer.

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wow. a jarring and sad story about women in Seoul. i loved this.

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The Seed Keeper | Diane Wilson
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it takes such hubris to think we have nothing to learn from those who came before.

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Milk Fed: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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I have some issues with this book but overall I really really liked it. It is a little too graphic for my taste but Rachel is an amazingly realistic narrator, to me, I related to the things she said a lot (too much).

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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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I didn‘t hate this but i‘ve taken Offill‘s other works off my tbr. I think she‘s just not for me. This is very abstract and somewhat enjoyable but the abstraction felt almost haphazard.

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absolutely loved this. i understand why people think rooney is pretentious (she is). but i am too, so i really really loved this.

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I liked this but didn‘t love it. Life is beautiful and it doesn‘t stop. You can‘t eliminate it, though some try.

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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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Astounded by how beautiful this is. Top 3 of the year.

It‘s December and I really really really didn‘t meet my reading goals this year. But I ended an unhealthy relationship, quit my job and am moving, am going through mental health treatment and trying to figure out my life. I know 2022 will be better (the bar is low), and I know I will be ok. I hope you guys have a great end of the year.

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I thought the beginning wasn‘t as engaging as i wanted it to be, but it evolves like crazy into this super beautiful and heartbreaking story. Really sad. Points out so many structural problems with how violence against women is viewed and handled in our culture. Overall recommend.
Hearing the author speak shortly.....

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Afterparties: Stories | Anthony Veasna So
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I am so heartbroken! But also moved. I loved this so much.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I am legit blown away by this. Read it in like, two sittings. I am going to read more Reid asap because, wow. I loved it.

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Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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Phew, I am so behind on my goals, but I got through this, finally. It‘s a heart-wrenching love letter to Atlanta and to teenaged girls. I really liked it.

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One Two Three: A Novel | Laurie Frankel
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Love love love

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I hated this book. The subject matter is of interest to me, I like intergenerational narratives, but Dave‘s voice is grating and childish. I really do not recommend this at all.

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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
Mehso-so

An epic about hope and loss and motherhood. Hard to get through. Good for those who like adventure novels.

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Pizza Girl: A Novel | Jean Kyoung Frazier
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Very weird, very charming

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Palestine: a Socialist Introduction | Sumaya Awad, Brian Bean
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PALESTINE: A SOCIALIST INTRODUCTION is now available for FREE from Haymarket Books. Stay educated. https://www.haymarketbooks.org/blogs/307-free-ebook-palestine-a-socialist-introd...

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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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Loved this. It‘s terrifying, gruesome. But also a story of family and what goes on when no one‘s looking. Highly recommend for fans of Stephen King.

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Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa
Panpan

I found this super boring and predictable. I didn‘t care about the characters at all. Confusing at times. Just really wasn‘t for me.

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mehso-so

I liked parts of this. You can tell Coates is a non-fiction writer first and foremost. It‘s hard to get through at times. And I have some reservations about this mythification of Harriet Tubman. But overall, I liked it.

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This one is hard to get through. But the good weather helps.

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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I loved this book so much more than I expected! It‘s funny and tender and all the right things. Such a quick read too. Love love love.

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Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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I don‘t normally read YA - this was for book club. But I think this does what it sets out to do really well. It‘s cute.

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I read this in a day. It‘s good! Cute and weird as hell.

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“By the time I was thirty, I had given that hungry immigrant girl everything she wanted.”
A pick for anyone interested in _beginning_ to understand the refugee experience.