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bookishkris

bookishkris

Joined May 2016

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Annelies: A Novel by David R. Gillham
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel by Soren Sveistrup
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Starting the last of this week‘s new books. I stumbled on this by accident, but I am excited to read it because there aren‘t enough memoirs out there yet by non-binary peeps. Or if there are, I don‘t know about them, so if you know of any please drop them in the comments.

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Suggested Reading | Dave Connis
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I know the point of New Books Day isn‘t to read all of one‘s new books THAT day, but I kind of love Tuesdays for ballet class and then a day and a night by myself to do just that.

Also, I kind of read really fast.

My second book of the day. The summary makes it sound a lot like Ban This Book and Property of the Rebel Librarian, so I‘m going to read with a grain of salt.

Lovesbooks87 I can't wait to hear what you think about this. I saw this today and it sounds really good. 1d
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I absolutely love (like hardcore love) this series. Everything about it is wonderful, and I recommend them to anyone with kids. Third book arrived on my nook and I‘m ready to jump in.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I‘m going in!

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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I read this for the first and only time in the fall of 1994; I bought it at the school book fair and read it that night while my hostess on a college overnight worked on a paper. It scared the crap out of me, 17 and still relatively sheltered even though I was a reader and thus “knew” things from books. Reading it today for the first time as an adult, almost 25 years after that first reading.

JacqMac My 17 year old just borrowed it from me for her English class. I‘m excited to hear what she thinks. 1w
BBooks I haven't read it yet, on my TBR list 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 1w
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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A little deck reading and nursing my wedding hangover (not actually hungover, just . . . wow, that wedding and the venue was clearly meant for the young kids, not the bride‘s elderly grandmothers, middle aged and disabled aunts, and disabled mom). I think a mystery is perfect for today.

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Sword and Pen | Rachel Caine
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My exact reaction when I somehow, mysteriously, got approved for this on netgally this morning was a very quiet inhaled “no!”. And then I almost fell off my chair while making silent squeaky noises.

OH. MY. GOD.

I have ballet class this morning, and then I know what I‘m doing for the rest of the day!

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Kens | Raziel Reid
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Digging around in my iBooks for something a little queer, and I think this definitely qualifies.

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Keeping Lucy | T. Greenwood
Mehso-so

Mediocre. It had lots of potential, but some of the story was dull and some was far-fetched, and what was left was the story I would have loved to see more of: Ginny being a mother to Lucy.

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Keeping Lucy | T. Greenwood
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My third and last book for #24b4Monday. If I can stay awake long enough to get very far.

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The Flight Girls | Noelle Salazar
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Excellent. I sat at the kitchen table for four hours tonight finishing this, at the expense of the housework I was supposed be doing because I just had to keep turning pages. Five stars from me for this compelling look at an unknown part of WWII history.

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The Flight Girls | Noelle Salazar
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Second book in #24b4Monday readathon ready to start. I‘ve heard really good things about this one.

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I‘m book hopping again, can‘t quite settle into anything even though I‘ve got plenty started. I think I‘m looking for something to fill the void left by The Flight Portfolio. So I guess I‘ll try this one. The subject is interesting, it‘s all kinds of stuff that seems like a good book, let‘s see if I can stick with it.

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Beautiful Revolutionary | Laura Elizabeth Woollett
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Because nothing says Sunday like a book about a cult, and a serial killer documentary on tv.

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I don‘t even have words. This book just reached in and grabbed something in me and won‘t let go. I‘m reminded of what drew me to culture studies in college, of the different ways we all negotiate the world, the pieces we give up, or hide, to make getting by easier. I‘m reminded of my grandfather, for some reason, who was a contemporary of Varian Fry, a scholar of Latin and English. Cont‘d in comments.

bookishkris I just always felt like there was something in his life that my grandfather never settled, and maybe because I listened to the audio, I just “heard” my grandfather‘s voice in Fry‘s. 1mo
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6+ hours left, and I already want to go back to the beginning and listen again. The surrealists feel like family, and I‘m continually worried that Varian‘s delicate house of cards is going to crash. And I so love Varian and Grant, especially Grant‘s thoughts on hiding your truth.

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Audiobook knitting. The narrator is excellent, and the story is compelling, which is great because I have 13 days to knit this blanket before Baby M‘s moms have their baby shower. Unfortunately, the audiobook is only 19 hours long!

emz711 I audionook, knit and watch baseball. What's that called? 2mo
bookishkris @emz711 I do that, too. I don‘t know what it‘s called when you add baseball into the mix! 1mo
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Annelies: A Novel | David R. Gillham
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Because apparently I feel like I need to wreck my psyche this #reversereadathon by consuming WWII fiction. I‘ll admit, I wasn‘t enamored with Anne Frank as a child; maybe this had to do with being a precocious reader, because by the time it was assigned in school I‘d already read plenty of (horrifying for a young child) books about the Holocaust. But I‘m really interested in this speculative book.

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The Rabbit Girls | Anna Ellory

Started this over dinner, which coincided with the start of the #reversereadathon. It‘s proving to be a quick but engaging read. The 6 pm MDT start means that I‘ll likely get in a good 6hours reading before bed!

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Ravensong: Volume Two | T. J. Klune

With #24b4Monday starting soon, rather than making a list, I‘m going to use this weekend to work on clearing my in-progress list down. At last count, I have 12 books in some state of started-ness. So.

Yeah.

Ravensong.

@Andrew65, @TheReadingMermaid, @jb72

TheReadingMermaid This is fabulous! What a great way to get through those books that you have already started! I love the way you think 👍😃👍 2mo
jb72 That will be a great way to go! I always have various books started and in various stages of reading. Good luck 🍀 2mo
Andrew65 Good luck with the Readathon and progressing with some of those books. 😊👍 2mo
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Reading, and knitting a shawl for a mystery knit-a-long. In the house with the curtains and blinds closed because it‘s HOT 🥵

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Lay Your Sleeping Head | Michael Nava
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First up for #24in48. I‘m unofficially readathoning, because wow, busy weekend.

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I loved Block‘s Pushed, so when this popped up in my email today it was a no-brainer to get the ebook. I‘m not even through the introduction and am already grateful that I have a PCP and a gyno-oncologist who are up on the latest research and tend toward lower intervention.

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When She Returned | Lucinda Berry
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Another e-ARC from #NetGalley. Feeling like some psychological mystery tonight.

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Under Currents | Nora Roberts
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Nora Roberts is my guilty pleasure. Also, I love living in CO because it means I get my kindle pre-orders at 10 pm.

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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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Well that‘s my night (and weekend) sorted! My box arrived a lot faster than I expected!

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We Are Lost and Found | Helene Dunbar
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Scored this off #netgalley! I‘m psyched to read this, and to compare it with Like a Love Story, even though it‘s set a couple of years before LaLS. I‘m happy to see YA writers taking on the early days of AIDS, but I‘m also sad that they have to.

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We Contain Multitudes | Sarah Henstra
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I couldn‘t just pick six favorites for halfway through the year, but more people need to read the tagged book; it is gentle and fierce and awful and beautiful, and I loved every brilliant page. I feel like sometimes adults writing teens want everyone to be “good” so they ignore sex and sexuality, but here the author doesn‘t do that. Jonathan knows who he is and isn‘t afraid of expressing his needs and wants.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Woke up this morning feeling like I‘m swallowing nails, so taking it easy today with lots of tea and a distraction. I read it in May, in ebook, but loved it so much that I had to have a print copy. I‘m pretty sure this will go on my list of favorite rereads.

MrT Seems totally cheesy however, it's on order. Love a bit of 'fan fiction' and that's it's an LGBT read. 3mo
wanderinglynn Hope you feel better soon! 💚 3mo
bookishkris @MrT it‘s actually not really cheesy at all. I thought it would be, but it‘s surprisingly deep (plus lots of political strategy). I think you‘ll like it. And I kind of stalked your profile, so thanks for The Madonna of Bolton, I‘m going to read that next. I love seeing books from other countries! 3mo
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MrT No probs! 3mo
marleed My favorite way to purchase a book anew is when I love a library book so much that I head to the bookstore for my own physical copy. 3mo
MrT I'm halfway thru this and really liking it, sweet, funny and sexy. I've been told to hurry up and finish it so a friend can read it for there holiday. 1mo
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Scrolling through my kindle app and there are just SO MANY queer YA books this year. I decided just to pick one at random for today‘s reading, and ended up choosing this.

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Hurricane Season | Nicole Melleby
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Such a quiet book about chaos, with beautiful moments of peace. Important representation of both queer issues and mental illness, but this book is so much more than that. I wish everyone would read it.

Libby1 This sounds beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 3mo
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Hurricane Season | Nicole Melleby
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Having trouble settling today, so I‘m going to try this middle grade and see if it does the job. I hate being restless, because that‘s when I want to Read All The Books or Knit All The Things.

Also, this has a beautiful cover.

DivineDiana It is a beautiful cover! Good luck! 👍🏻 3mo
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The Last Widow: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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Eeeeeeeeee! It‘s here! I‘m kindly leaving it for my partner if she wants first dibs because today is her birthday.

Slajaunie So sweet of you! ❤️❤️ 3mo
swishandflick Jealous!! 3mo
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Ravensong: Volume Two | T. J. Klune
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TJ Klune broke me with Wolfsong, and I fully expect that Ravensong is going to hurt at least as much, if not more. See you on the flip side.

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Zenobia July | Lisa Bunker
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I‘ve seen great reviews for this, and then it showed up today in an email from my local indie so I decided the universe was telling me I needed to read it. And, I need something kind of light after yesterday‘s intense reads.

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The Last Widow: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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I did A Thing, and I know you all will understand. I‘m a long time Karin Slaughter fan girl (actually read her first book on the plane coming to visit Colorado for the first time) and I‘m jealous that the UK gets to read this before the US does.

So I ordered it from the UK.

And then paid more than the cost of the book for expedited shipping so I wouldn‘t have to wait three weeks to read it 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

TrishB It will be WORTH it! Just finished today, brilliant read. 3mo
LibrarianJen I would totally do something like that. 3mo
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The Bravest Thing | Laura Lascarso
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Damn. Powerful writing, a series of brutal truths and devastating happenings. This is not a pretty story, but the realities of homophobia, of anti-queer violence, of addiction and sobriety, are not pretty. This is, however, a hopeful book. It made me cry silent tears into my dinner, and I had to stop reading a couple of times because the author gets it, and that hurts my heart, that another person has had to deal with relationship trauma. Cont 👇

bookishkris This book, these characters (especially Hiro) are going to be with me a long time, and I know I will revisit these books. And these are a must read if you or someone you love has battled addiction, relationship violence/abuse, mental illness, or homophobic violence. 3mo
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The Bravest Thing | Laura Lascarso
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Just finished the “prequel”, Hiroku, which nearly broke me. I fully expect more of the same from this.

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These Witches Don't Burn | Isabel Sterling
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Waiting for dinner to be delivered and starting this. Queer witches? Right up my alley.

That-Bookish-Hiker This sounds good! Thanks for sharing. 😊 3mo
KatyAliceReads There are so many queer witch books now! I can‘t wait to start this one! 3mo
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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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Good fluff, sometimes predictable, sometimes not. Typical Hilderbrand, with the added bonus of history.

Yes, I figured out part of the secret on page 158, and the other part way back at the beginning. Some parts of the summary are misleading, but otherwise I give this a pick. Solid summer story, and it kept me involved.

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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Page 158 and I think maybe I‘ve figured out part of the “troubling secret.” I‘m enjoying the book; it‘s light, it‘s a fast read, and I‘m loving visiting Boston and Nantucket and the Vineyard with these characters.

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I have altogether too many queer books on my TBR, but not nearly enough nonfiction. Our stories are nothing without our history is what I took from Like A Love Story. So, I think it‘s time for this.

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Like a Love Story | Abdi Nazemian
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Truly excellent. Sad and hopeful and full of rage. I‘ve read some excellent queer YA this spring, and this is another one to add to the list. A must read for anyone queer and anyone who loves us.

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Like a Love Story | Abdi Nazemian
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Oh man, this book is killing me! It‘s a little bit reminiscent of David Levithan‘s Two Boys Kissing (which if you haven‘t read you should go get a copy and read it now). These are but just two of a number of screenshots I‘ve taken because the writing is so beautiful.

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Like a Love Story | Abdi Nazemian
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Next up! I had this on pre order forEVER! SO happy it‘s finally here, I think, based on everything I‘ve read, that it‘s going to be an important addition to our queer cannon. #bookishpride, #queerbooks, #queerya

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My Year Zero | Rachel Gold
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Starting my Pride Month reading with this. I love Rachel Gold‘s books.

BookHoarder32 Ooh another book set in Minnesota. These are starting to pop up all over now ☺️ 4mo
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Mehso-so

On ballet details and the politics of a ballet company, it‘s a pick. But on self loathing, arrogance, and blatant homophobia, it‘s a pan. Seriously, asshole, you don‘t get to throw queer around unless you are, and the other homophobic slurs and persistence in reaffirming your heterosexuality were tiresome. The writing was good, but every chapter smacked of “oh poor me, nobody paid attention to me”. Read Toni Bentley‘s Winter Season instead.

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An amazon find when I was looking for something else. Excited to start this because most of my dance bio reading has been about NYCB, with the exception of Gelsey Kirkland‘s Dancing on my Grave; that was an entirely inappropriate gift for a nine year old, no matter how ballet-obsessed or how advanced a reader (I never told my father that Kirkland‘s autobiography scared the crap out of me). Anyway, diving into this before my 4 pm phone meeting.

Bookcation74 Ha! I have a similar memory of Dancing on my Grave! 4mo
bookishkris @Bookcation74 omg, I thought I was the only one! When I was in the junior company, all of 13, I scandalized some of the moms of the little girls by reading it backstage (y‘know, because it was full of crazy the first time, so of course I had to read it AGAIN) (edited) 4mo
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Oh my god, such a disappointment. Terrible writing, disjointed plot, too many characters. I wish I hadn‘t bothered.

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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! 4mo
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