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bookishkai

bookishkai

Joined May 2016

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The House of Dies Drear | Virginia Hamilton
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Reading challenge prompt: a classic by a Black woman. I didn‘t want to go with an author I‘d read before, and found this in my searching. It is just the kind of book I loved as a kid, so I grabbed it up. Excited to start it now!

GirlNamedJesse I remember loving this book so much in fifth grade that I bought my own copy to keep! 5mo
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My #20in4 plan is set! My weekend is going to be making headway into these with the Starz Outlander marathon running in the background. I‘m rereading Echo in the Bone right now, and I haven‘t read Written in my Own Heart‘s Blood yet. So much Outlander.

keys_on_fire I need to reread the series as well, and requested Go Tell for Christmas. Maybe I‘ll just make 2022 ‘The Year of Outlander‘ 😂😂 6mo
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I‘m going in! I was too tired to read yesterday, after staying up till all hours finishing the new Vanderbeekers book.

This is one of my most anticipated fall reads, along with Billy Porter‘s memoir. I‘m so excited to read this.

LiteraryinLawrence I can‘t wait to hear what people think of this book! 7mo
Nutmegnc It is soooo good!!! 7mo
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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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I loved the epicness of this. I felt like I did when I read The Flight Portfolio, that I was immersed in something extraordinary.

But.

Why did it have to be another book (by a woman) that focused so intently on the things done to women by men? Why did it have to be another f-ing bury your queers book?

I had an idea of the truth the moment I started reading, and everything was tied up too neatly at the end. It‘s a pick, but I‘m left wanting.

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Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
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I‘ve been looking forward to this one! Even though it‘s about Smith and I‘m a Mount Holyoke alum, there is a universality about historically women‘s colleges that feels familiar. I like this already. And it seems not much has changed in regards to feelings about Harvard men!

Suet624 My mom went to Smith and my dad went to Harvard. :) 1y
bookishkai @Suet624 my dad was a Yale man. As was my grandfather, but my grandfather married my grandmother when he was 20 so there were no women‘s college hotties for him. And the worst men, according to tradition, were Dartmouth men! 1y
Suet624 That‘s right! I remember my parents talking about Dartmouth men. 1y
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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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Not-so-humble galley brag!!! One of my most anticipated reads of the spring and a new Nora Roberts! That‘s my day sorted!

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I‘ve been saving this all week. Now it‘s the weekend, I‘ve taken down the Christmas lights, wreath, and ceramic tree. I‘ve changed the furnace filters, and I took the bathroom sink drain apart to rescue my earring *and* put it together again. I just told my wife I‘m done for the day, so I‘m going to settle in with this book, one of my most anticipated queer YA‘s of the year.

Lovesbooks87 I got this one yesterday. Can‘t wait to read it. 1y
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I heart Robin Talley‘s books, and this one snuck up on me. Two chapters in and I‘ve LOL-ed like 20 times. I haven‘t even gotten to the heart of things, but if you were a theater kid or wanted to be, read this!!!

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King and the Dragonflies | Kacen Callender
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Had this on my TBR forever, and it won the National Book Award for Young People‘s Literature last night, so it‘s time to start it. It‘s also Trans Awareness Week. So there‘s that.

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It‘s heeeeeerrrreee! I sure hope this lives up to all the build up in my head!

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If the dedication is any indication, I‘m going to love every page of this book! And there‘s a #readyourway readathon, because of course there is!

TheSpineView Glad you are joining in! 👍😀 2y
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Wolfsong | T. J. Klune
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Book hopping right now, and reading this for the second time. I want to have all the threads straight in my mind when Brothersong drops on Tuesday.

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I‘m hooked after the first sentence! This will be the perfect read to occupy me while my BOTM box takes the scenic route around Denver. I mean, come on, people. It‘s been “in transit” since Monday. I could have driven to the central processing center in half an hour. I think my box may actually be lost.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! This was SO frakking amazing! I can‘t gush enough without giving it all away, but I haven‘t been this gutted by a queer book in a long time. This is a sometimes dark but also funny book about coming out, conversion therapy, fighting back, and finding home. If you know a queer person or love one, or if you are queer, do yourself a favor and read this.

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Jumping in with both feet! Zucchini bread is baking, pizza is on its way for dinner, and I have the whole night to read!

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Just a little re-introduction because I‘ve changed my username. I‘m formerly bookishkris, now @bookishkai My pronouns are still they/them, but Kai is more me than Kris ever was.

Megabooks 👍🏻 glad you‘ve found a great name! 2y
Johanna414 Hi Kai! 2y
Julsmarshall Hello there Kai! 2y
CoffeeK8 Thanks for the reintroduction, love your new name! ❤️ (edited) 2y
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SO excited to start this. I was rooting for Mayor Pete, but I really love Chasten for his bravery and honesty, and his love of kids and teaching (and arts education!)

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Finished in the wee hours of the morning. I liked it, but didn‘t love it. The focus was mainly on the royal family, but then Crawfie would meet a man and suddenly there was romance? Also, the ending resolved a little too quickly for my liking. So, a mostly fun, escapist read, but parts were a bit of a slog.

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Giving this a go. I need something gentle, and I‘m a little overloaded on queer romance atm. Royals and WWII I think I can do. Coming in late to #24b4Monday, but I‘m sure I‘ll be able to make up time.

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The Silent Wife | Karin Slaughter
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New books! I‘m starting with the tagged book, because I just finished The Last Widow and I need more Will and Sara like I need air.

ItsAnotherJen Such a great selection of books! 2y
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The Children | David Halberstam
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On this day, remembering John Lewis, I feel compelled to revisit this book. The incredible strength in the face of hatred, peace in the face of violence, persistence in the face of more than a century of obstacles. I think we could all use a reminder. If you listened to James Lawson at the service today and don‘t know the names he mentioned or the story of what happened in Nashville, get a copy of this book.

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The Search | Nora Roberts
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That feeling when you check a book out of the library and aren‘t sure if you‘ve read it or not, but figure if you can‘t remember then it would be like reading it fresh all over again.

Bette 🤣👍 2y
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SO NOT disability p***, nor a book about “fixing” a child. Instead, a book about brilliant acceptance, about forcing the world to adapt to a child rather than the child adapt to the world. Everyone should read this.

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We‘ll see how this goes. I used to love these kinds of books, but I haven‘t really read one since my stroke. Will it be genuine, or will it read like disability p***?

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Crush | Laura Susan Johnson
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Book 5 for #JubilantJuly. This is another that‘s been hanging out on my TBR. I‘m fully prepared for it to ruin me.

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On the Kalalau Trail | Robin Reardon
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I read this back to back with On Chocorua. They were both good, solid pieces of writing with decent character development for Nathan, but most of the secondary characters felt flat. I‘ll still pick up the third book when it‘s out because I want to see where Nathan ends up.

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Next! Third book for #JubilantJuly; working through some of my #queerya on backlog. I have always enjoyed Robin Reardon‘s books, and this one looks really good.

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Bloom | Kevin Panetta
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Had this in my TBR forever. My second book for #JubilantJuly.

Enchanted_Bibliophile Looking forward to your review 😁 2y
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Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein
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First up for the #JubilantJuly readathon!

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Oooh, I love a readathon! 9 days, I‘m going to aim to read 9 books. And since it‘s #SetYourOwnGoals, I have SO much to pick from! Off to scour my TBR shelves!

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Her Last Flight: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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Going in! I‘ve been waiting forever for this!

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Friends and Strangers | J. Courtney Sullivan
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A solid pick. Funny how a lot of the discussions about class have been repeated in recent weeks on all three of my women‘s college alum groups. It‘s also interesting as someone who was a career nanny; the book really described that fine line you walk between caregiver and friend, and all the ways that line gets crossed.

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Friends and Strangers | J. Courtney Sullivan
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Here we go! I fell in love with J. Courtney Sullivan when I discovered Commencement in the Borders Books in Rapid City, South Dakota while I was on internship for pastry school (I worked in Custer State Park making desserts for the lunch buffet, SO much pie and SO many cookies!). As a former nanny, I think I‘m going to love this.

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Bridge of Scarlet Leaves | Kristina Mcmorris
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I‘m having a desire for WWII fiction. Good thing I have a ton of it in my kindle app. I planted the rest of our flowers this morning, so I have the whole day left to get lost in this.

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I‘ve had this lingering on my TBR for way too long. Time to dive in!

kspenmoll Let me know what you think- on my shelf too! 2y
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The Best at It | Maulik Pancholy
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Next up! It‘s a queer, queer #24b4Monday for me.

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Sugar Summer | Hannah Moskowitz
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Oh no no no. I love Hannah Moscowitz, but just no.

I read an essay about Dirty Dancing as feminist film, but this was just nothing like I expected. The characters were flat, and the story felt disjointed. Honestly, I skimmed most of it.

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Sugar Summer | Hannah Moskowitz
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First up for #24b4Monday. I hardcore love Dirty Dancing,soihope I‘m also going to love this.

Soubhiville Oooo, I‘m totally up for this! 2y
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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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I took a pic when I started this over lunch, and now it‘s almost dinner and I‘m halfway through, and I never did post this 🤦‍♀️

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The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
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This has been one of my most anticipated reads, had it pre-ordered back in January. I requested it from netgalley on a whim and got approved! So excited to start this today.

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Camp | L. C. Rosen
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My plans for #24b4Monday. I know I‘m not going to get to all of them, but I‘m going to try really hard! My only problem? Which to read first!

mcctrish That Camp book cover 😍😍😍😍 2y
bookishkai @mcctrish right? I‘m leaning toward that first, just because of the cover. 2y
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Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Besides the subtle humor and Hillary‘s naïveté around what went wrong, I‘m having a West Wing moment. Josh Lyman re: Evelyn Baker Lang for Supreme Court Justice: “I love her. I love her mind. I love her shoes.”

*I* am loving this so far.

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Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I‘m going in! Not sure if this will be a pick or not, Sittenfeld‘s books are a mixed bag for me, but it is too much sitting there in my library just taunting me to be read. I was going to save it for #24b4Monday, but I can‘t do it.

TheBookHippie Can‘t wait for your review! 2y
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The Prettiest Star | Carter Sickels
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Feeling restless and picked this at random off my kindle app. It was this or reread An Exaltation of Larks. Again.

Hoopiefoot I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 2y
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Chocolate chip pancakes, tea, and Check, Please!

BookwormM Yum 😋 2y
Suet624 Yummy! 2y
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Sort. One of the many reasons I love these characters: subtle humor.

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It‘s heeeerrrreeee! SO excited to reunite with Clare and Russ! Don‘t think I‘m going to get a lot read until the morning, but yay, it‘s here!

GardenJess I read an ARC of it, and now I‘m stuck waiting again for another! It‘s one of my top fave series! 2y
bookishkai Mine, too. I recommend this series to everyone, and so far all of them love it. It feels like visiting old friends. 2y
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Alma Mater name drop! If my math is correct, Jessie is a green griffin. I‘m a yellow Sphinx. #MountHolyokeForeverShallBe

Redwritinghood My daughter will be starting there in the fall! 2y
bookishkai Oh, wonderful! Welcome to the siblinghood to her! 2y
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I‘ve read every one of Talley‘s books; some are better than others. This one? This one is the best. First off, it‘s told entirely through letters and journal entries, which I feel really gets to the heart of things better than narration. Second, the setting and time frame: the battle over Prop 6 (The Briggs Initiative) in 1978. That time after Stonewall and before the queer community was bowled over by AIDS. (cont‘d in comments)

bookishkai Sharon and Tammy were just two confused, scared girls doing the best they could. Making mistakes, taking risks, making change. I loved this so much! A must for any YA collection. 2y
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I have been looking forward to this!!! My plans for the rest of the day are sorted! #queerbooks