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bookishkris

bookishkris

Joined May 2016

reading with pugs; they/them
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This book has moved twice with me, and judging by the copyright and the Borders sticker on the back I‘ve had it almost 20 years. It‘s first up in my weekend of books.

DivineDiana I‘m sure it‘s feeling the love! 25m
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Uncommon Women and Others | Wendy Wasserstein
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Made it to the Mothership! Taking a power rest before dinner and sign making for Laurel Parade. And don‘t forget M&Cs. Everyone is exactly the same, just older. Got my white ready for tomorrow. #mtholyokeforevershallbe

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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Vacation reading on my cousin‘s back deck, overlooking the golf course. I can smell the ocean. This makes me miss Rhode Island and think about moving back someday.

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Uncommon Women and Others | Wendy Wasserstein
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All packed to fly East tomorrow (DEN-PVD via BWI) to visit family and, most importantly, go to my college reunion. I‘ve got my white outfit for Laurel Parade, and lots of warm things because apparently it snowed in MA today? Now if only amazon hadn‘t had a carrier problem and delayed my package with my vacation reading. It‘ll arrive tomorrow, but I‘ll already be in the air. #99problemsbutasphinxaintone #mhc1999

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I‘ve been looking forward to reading this, and now it‘s here!

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Flight Portfolio | Julie Orringer
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Book of the Month arrived today! I think that‘s a record, since shipping included the weekend.

ALSO: less than five minutes using the web platform and I think I‘m a convert! I LOVE the ease of moving around in it, and especially nice are links to assorted bookstores; I think this will help get my stacks organized!

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@kgriffith dress twins! Another Sunday, another morning of low grade terror that I‘m going to fail at this Sunday School thing and the kids are going to eat me alive. I know they‘re not, at least not my regulars, but we had a close call with a guest on Easter so.

Dragon Good luck 🤗 3w
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Searching for Shona | Margaret J. Anderson
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Taking a little break from the 9/11 book (which is REALLY good) to revisit this old favorite from my childhood. It was yet another yard sale purchase my mother got for me, and I read it a lot. Anxious to see if it holds up to adult eyes.

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Because apparently I think that what I need to bust out of my slump is 600 pages about September 11th.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Ooooh, this will not do it. I just watched 2 9/11 vids yesterday and it demolished me. 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 How about something light and happy. Someone posted a book the other day that seemed so happy..I‘m going to look...The Getaway Girls..I had to look at a text I sent my friend. 3w
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The Book of Flora | Meg Elison
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Hello, my pretties!

Going to dive in and do a reread of the whole series because I can‘t remember especially what happened in The Book of Etta.

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Hey, it‘s reading in the backyard time! Well, that and letting the dogs be dogs and enjoy the fresh air. It‘s been a long, difficult day, starting with an incompetent receptionist and not even ending with an entitled, ageist, ableist asshole who thought that that he deserved to get a parking space and who called my partner senile (she‘s anything but). This looks like it will be a quick, wonderfully light read, just the thing I need today.

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I‘m writing a Thing. My first published fandom piece since 2016. It feels really good to be writing again; let‘s see if I can keep it up.

LauraJ Good job! Writing is hard work. 1mo
LibrarianJen Awesome! What‘s your piece about? 1mo
bookishkris @LibrarianJen it‘s a fanfic for the tv show Pose, which is about the queer ball scene in NYC in the ‘80‘s. Right now I‘m focusing on Pray Tell (OMG Billy Porter is SO SO good in this role) and my head canon for his backstory. 1mo
LibrarianJen Sweet! I‘ll go check it out! I haven‘t seen the show yet, but I‘ve heard great things about it. 1mo
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The Meaning of Birds | Jaye Robin Brown
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I sat down to read and post about this, and I started reading and the next thing I know, 50 pages have gone by. I loved Georgia Peaches, and so far this is surpassing that bar.

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An eloquent, nuanced take on many many (so many) issues. I admit to skimming a little when he talked about mayoral issues, because while I know that politicians use books to talk issues, I like a little more personal stories in a biography. Especially after his talk at the Human Rights Campaign last week. I have my people that I like in this election, and Mayor Pete is a delightful surprise.

MallenNC I'm on the list for this at the library. I like what I've seen of him so far. 1mo
LauraJ Mayor Pete has a lot of promise. 1mo
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Starting this tonight. I‘m going to be reading a lot these next few weeks, I fell yesterday (tripped over the brick edging in our front yard) in the driveway and maybe broke my wrist. I follow up with an orthopedist on Wednesday, but until then (and for 6-8 weeks if it is broken) my right arm is in a splint and I can‘t knit. So, reading.

MaureenMc Yikes! Here‘s to quick healing! 1mo
Elizabeth2 Oh no! Hope your recovery goes smoothly! 1mo
8little_paws Oh no I hope you feel better soon 1mo
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MelissaSue81 Boo broken wrist but yay more reading! And I love Mayor Pete and his book so muchb 1mo
rabbitprincess Ouch! Hope you recover quickly. 1mo
kspenmoll Glad you can read! So sorry you brake your wrist. 1mo
Dragon Hope you heal quickly! 💐 1mo
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Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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SO MANY new books, I don‘t know what to read! First world problems, yes.

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Absolutely excellent. Reminds me of an adult version of Amy Effaw‘s wonderful Battle Dress (go right now and find a copy). I love the friendships, the camaraderie, the serious (and heartbreaking) and silly. Drew me in, kept me close, and tossed me out the other side. A book that will stay with me a long time.

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I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump, aided by my discovery of Portuguese knitting, which has made knitting a joy instead of a chore.

But I‘ve been looking forward to this book for months. Maybe this will break the slump?

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I love military stories, and this memoir covers both DADT and women speaking out about sexual assault. This looks right up my alley.

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We Must Be Brave | Frances Liardet
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Historical fiction and mystery are my next reads.

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A Pledge of Silence | Flora J. Solomon
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DNF-ing just under halfway through. It‘s a topic I like, and a topic too often ignored in WWII fiction, but I feel like this is too light a treatment. I may come back to it someday, but today is not that day.

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SO good. Better than The Alice Network, and thus far top of my list for best book of the year. I loved all three of the narratives, but Nina‘s will stay with me for a long time. I handed this off to my partner, but when I get it back I‘m going to read it again. Or maybe I‘ll listen to the audio. If you love historical fiction, books with strong female protagonists, or largely unknown history (the Night Witches), this is your book. Five stars.

DGRachel I just convinced my work book club to read this! I can‘t wait. 2mo
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A Pledge of Silence | Flora J. Solomon
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Late night reading with a snack. It‘s been a busy few days, so I have to relax when I can. And if that happens to be at 11 pm with historical fiction and ham & cheese hot pockets, so be it!

Joanne1 Hot pockets! I haven‘t had them for years. 2mo
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Friday waiting for a haircut reading. We were going to go to the supermarket, but got sidetracked by a long lunch, discussions about my disability back pay, and a trip to Costco.

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The Perfect Child | Lucinda Berry
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Wow. This book was craaazy-pants. In some ways totally predictable but at the same time had enough twists and turns that I was surprised by the ending. I don‘t want to say too much because I don‘t want to spoil anything, just read this if you like twisted stories that could be real.

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The Snowy Day | Ezra Jack Keats
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This is what my face looks like after 22 hours of no power and then 5 hours of power but no heat. Oh my GAWD it‘s so SO COLD! But thankfully the furnace repair guy is on his way.

I would much rather have spent this blizzard/bomb cyclone reading and knitting, but alas, I mostly spent it buried under the covers trying to keep warm.

Megabooks I am so sorry! Sending warm thoughts 💙 2mo
wanderinglynn Oh my! I hope your furnace is fixed quickly! 🤞🏻 2mo
Lovesbooks87 Oh no! Hope it is fixed very soon! 2mo
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StephBengtson Oof! Sorry! I‘ve also had my fair share of winter issues this year. Broken furnace and a pipe burst! Stay warm and safe! 2mo
Tamra 🥶 I hope you defrost soon! 2mo
Eyelit Yikes! Hope it‘s resolved shortly and you warm accordingly! 2mo
peaknit Oh no!! Praying for knitting and reading in a warm house soon!! 2mo
Redwritinghood Yikes! Sounds awful. 2mo
Blaire Oh no! Hope it is fixed now! 2mo
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The Perfect Child | Lucinda Berry

Sitting in the car while my bff is at the pharmacy, and I don‘t have anything I‘m currently reading (despite having 4 book apps and 2 audiobook apps on my phone). Picked this at random off my kindle app, and I see from other‘s reviews that I‘m in for a wild ride.

Also: why can I suddenly not add an image?

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Me: scrolls through my kindle library, looking for something short to clear my palate after my misadventures in romance novels.

Also me: picks THIS instead 🤦‍♀️

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Panpan

Oh boy. That‘s hours of my life I won‘t get back. It had its moments; there was a little bit in the middle where the writing really improved and everything sort of came together, but generally? Just no. The character building and development was poor, and because there was next to no back story for anyone, motivations made no sense at all. This SO doesn‘t even compare to the Troubleshooters series. A big disappointment.

Texreader Oh! Those hours lost! 😩 which is why I‘m a big believer in bailing after giving it a good honest try. 2mo
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Picked this up on netgalley in the Read Now section. This, and 24 other books. Lots of mysteries, and some queer books. I better get reading!

jpmcwisemorgan Morgan Brice is on my list to read - they have books on KU. Someday... 2mo
Samplergal I have that one to read as well. I loved his book. 2mo
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1. I turned 13 in 1990 and graduated college in ‘99.
2. Team Kelly, because her home life was a disaster.
3. Team Dylan, because see: Team Kelly (and I loved when they were together)
4. Another #bandgeek here, so all the band trips, and band camp, and marching practice, and football games. Also being in the musical and that sense of family I got from being a part of that.
5. #classof95, where are you?

#frideas, #LukePerryTribute

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All right, I‘ve seen mixed reviews, and I‘m not looking for great literature. I‘m looking for something like Suzanne Brockmann‘s Troubleshooters books, a little bit of drama with a romance, and a decent number of books in the series. We‘ll see how it goes.

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Reminiscent of Kristin Chenoweth‘s A Little Bit Wicked (I did not exaggerate my love of celeb bios); laugh out loud funny, full of pop culture references specific to those of us born during the Carter administration, sometimes sad, but ultimately hopeful. This ends with Rannells‘ Broadway debut, and though I long to know more, it‘s a better book for it. A must read for the Broadway fan!

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Eeeeeeeee! Got this from First to Read! I love celeb bios, and I love Andrew Rannells.

EKonrad Same here! 🤗 3mo
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You Asked for Perfect | Laura Silverman
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My senior year of high school, one of my classmates cried every day in AP Lit. Another classmate gave herself an ulcer. I remember the pressure, the constant second guessing if you made the right choices for classes and extracurriculars. And it was nothing like it is now. I sped through this because it really hit home. I was Ariel, and Amir, and Pari, and Sook, and I just wanted to gather them up and hug them.

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A Lily in the Light | Kristin Fields
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A fast read, mostly because the story catches you up and spins you around until it sets you down at the end, a little dizzy and a lot changed. I loved it. I loved that the author didn‘t shy away from the long term effects of trauma on families, or the ways people try to escape their pasts. I love that Esme got to have someone else who danced because they were broken. Just read it!

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A Lily in the Light | Kristin Fields
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Starting these two tonight. I‘m also working on The Huntress in paperback, but I can‘t hold it to eat in bed (stupid stroke hand). I‘ve been looking forward to You Asked for Perfect, and A Lily in the Light just appealed to my ballet-loving heart when I was choosing a Kindle First book.

Christine11 I finished You Asked For Perfect a couple of days ago - I thought it was fantastic! Hope you do too! 😊 3mo
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Going old school today; I keep wearing the wrong glasses for what I‘m trying to do, and I just can‘t read on a screen today. So settling in with my reading glasses (for reading ONLY, Kris, not watching tv) to enjoy these.

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The Fever King | Victoria Lee
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Oh, this book! These boys! Their magic, and their trauma, and SO much angst. The beginning, the set up, took a little time to get into, but then it took off in a major way. There‘s a shit-ton of intrigue, and second guessing at character motivation. The world building is superb, and so politically relevant. Add in that Dara, Noam, and Lehrer are #ownvoices Jewish and it is a must read. I can‘t wait for the next book.

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Blood for Blood | Victoria Selman
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It was a quick read, but there were a few too many extraneous plot threads that weren‘t important to the story. The main mystery kept me guessing, but I wish the writing and/or editing had been a little tighter. I‘ll still read the second book when it comes out.

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The Fever King | Victoria Lee
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My first goal for March is to clear my in-progress books. I‘m going to start with Blood for Blood because it‘s the one with the most read so far. We‘re going to be snowed in this weekend, so I should be able to make some progress.

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Wild Bird | Wendelin Van Draanen
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February books read. One DNF. Two must-reads (Wild Bird and To Night Owl From Dogfish), four rereads, and the rest all had something to like, but ended up disappointing me somehow. Maybe March will be better in terms of more consistent quality.

Ashley_Nicoletto I just picked up To Owl From Dogfish and I‘m super excited about it. 3mo
bookishkris @Ashley_Nicoletto it‘s super good and really funny! 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 📖💖 3mo
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The Music of What Happens | Bill Konigsberg
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Day before my birthday book haul! The tote was free with a 3-book purchase (because OF COURSE I need another tote bag), and I can‘t decide if I‘m keeping the bookmarks or gifting them to a 3rd grader in my Sunday School class who‘s having trouble with bullying at school. As for the books, I don‘t even know which one to start with!

Soubhiville Yay! Happy Birthday! 3mo
Elma Happy Birthday!! 3mo
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By the Sword | Mercedes Lackey
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I think I‘ve only read this once. Maaaybe twice, 20 years ago. I‘m loving revisiting Valdemar, and I could use the escape.

My partner was admitted to the hospital Sunday night with severe anemia caused by a GI bleed. A search on Dr. Google yielded pretty lousy results, and I‘m not panicking unless there‘s something to panic about, I just like to be informed. Anyway, tests to find out more are happening today, and I guess we‘ll go from there.

mcipher Oh, no! Sending good wishes for a quick and easy recovery! ❤️ 3mo
Bibliogeekery ♥️ 3mo
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Arrow's Flight | Mercedes Lackey
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Really insanely early to church today as I had to hitch a ride with our friends; M is still recovering from oral surgery (which is code for she‘s way high on pain meds) and can‘t be out in public (see: way high on pain meds). So I‘m hiding with my book and tea and bagel for another hour and a half.

TheBookHippie Grandbaby had me up for the early service !!! Call Nana I need her to take me church now I need to tell pastor I‘m 5 🤣🤣🎉 enjoy your quiet! 3mo
bookishkris @TheBookHippie my Sunday school kids were wild today. I‘ll be glad when my partner goes to dialysis; until then, no real peace (I‘m currently trying to find her a ride to and from because WOW she‘s really high on meds). 3mo
TheBookHippie @bookishkris Awe. I can‘t do meds either 😭😭😭 sending you guys so much light!! 3mo
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Arrow's Flight | Mercedes Lackey
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Andrew65 😊👍 3mo
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Arrows of the Queen | Mercedes Lackey
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Finally settling down for some #24b4monday reading. I‘ve decided it‘s going to be a Valdemar reading weekend; it‘s been entirely too long since I spent quality time in this world.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck with the Readathon. 👍😊 3mo
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Arrows of the Queen | Mercedes Lackey
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Decided that I needed to reread this today. Actually, that I need to reread all of my favorite Valdemar books. They were my intro to fantasy, thanks to my first year college roommate who kept telling me I HAD to read these books. I was curious, especially when said roommate didn‘t even blink when I came out to her (it was 1995, and she was from India by way of the Midwest) and said she was fine with it, she read fantasy novels.

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Blood for Blood | Victoria Selman
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Heh. It‘s like Criminal Minds! Ziba delivers this Hotchner-esque monologue to another cop who doesn‘t believe in profiling. I‘m loving this book so far.

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Blood for Blood | Victoria Selman
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Next!

It‘s been a while since I read a mystery, but I guess my subconscious wanted something a little dark tonight. I figure it‘s okay if I don‘t really sleep, because my partner had oral surgery today and is a swollen painful mess. So at least I‘ll be awake if she needs me during the night.

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