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Joined May 2016

Probably rereading something by Shirley Jackson
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I love #readathon! It‘s the closest i can get to a sleepover party as an adult! 📚

Our stack is...ambitious!

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TIL that mare‘s milk doesn‘t curdle like other milk and doesn‘t make good cheese.

Jester continues to be a good reading buddy who insists on sleeping with her paws on my face.

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Sugar Run: A Novel | Mesha Maren
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Road Trip! 🚙

I love being a passenger because it means I can read. I‘m so happy that I don‘t get motion sickness.

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Wildwood | Elinor Florence
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DNF @ 35%

As a Canadian, I love Canadiana, but this book was bogged down in strange minutiae, like the protag marvelling over Tim Hortons coffee, our « Monopoly money », and gun legislation. It just didn‘t serve to deepen anything.

Wildwood was grant-funded and the grant panels often award project with strong Canadian identities, which is why I suspect the text was so aggressively cheering for Canada. It just didn‘t work for me.

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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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#readingwomenchallenge : a mystery/thriller by a WOC
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This was my first Attica Locke book and I really loved it! That said, I watched BlackkKlansman this week and then finished Bluebird, Bluebird, and afterward I just had to lie down and feel sad for a while. 💙💙

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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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My best reading buddy hasn‘t been doing well lately. She has a checkup tomorrow and i‘m not expecting good news, so i‘m trying to get as many cuddly reading hours in as I can.

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Pickpick

We Have Always Lived In the Castle is possibly my most reread book. I‘ve been lending out my copy for the past few years, so it has been awhile. There‘s not much more I can say except: I love it, I love it, I love it. 🕷

#popsugarreadingchallenge #24in48

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Bitter Greens | Kate Forsyth
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#popsugarreadingchallenge: A book with “salty”, “sweet”, “bitter” or “spicy” in the title.

This has been my main audiobook for #24in48! I love how it retells Rapunzel in the context of 17th-century Italy.

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The Girl with the Silver Eyes | Willo Davis Roberts
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Finally crossing one off my #popsugarreadingchallenge ! This was one of my favourites when I was a kid, so I thought I‘d choose it for my book that makes me nostalgic, but I think it‘ll be “A book that I think should be turned into a movie” instead.

Because you can never have enough movies about kids with telekinesis. #24in48

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Bitter Greens | Kate Forsyth
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Starting out slowly but cozily for #24in48. Spent most of the morning choosing books to bring over to my reading pal‘s house.

valeriegeary Bluebird Bluebird is so good! 6mo
cestmabiologie @valeriegeary loving it so far! 6mo
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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Ideal winter bedtime:

✔️snowy night
✔️hot water bottle
✔️new book

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Panpan

This book had me for the first half. It‘s a solid “Bad Seed” thriller, even though the way the book broaches child psychopathy made me uneasy.

If IN THE BLOOD had ditched its Big Twist about Lana/Lane‘s gender identity, the book would have been so much better. Instead it moved away from more interesting threads & focused on the narrator‘s gender in a way that conflated it with their introspection about monstrosity, psychopathy, and evil. Ugh.

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I‘ve been a longtime follower of the author on Twitter & was so happy to read this book. Fleming is that friend you‘ll invite to a coffee date knowing that they‘ll call you out for bad behaviour and then you can get into a passionate discussion about systemic issues. Love that.

Required reading if one of your reading resolutions is to take in more of others‘ perspectives. Only you can do that work for yourself.

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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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My first library haul of 2019 had a clear theme: unreliable narrators.

I fully expected Sometimes I Lie to have some twists, I mean, not only are we limited to the POV of Amber who, from the first page readily admits “Sometimes I lie”, but we are further limited by the fact that Amber is comatose & can only tell us her story through diary entries, memories, and what she hears around her in her hospital room.

The twists were deft & interesting!

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Read this while sharing a couch with my sister. She‘s never murdered anyone (that I know of) or done anything remotely comparable, but this book has got me thinking to what lengths I‘d go to protect my little sister.

(also i love how this cover matches this painting that my sister made)

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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What are you reading over the holidays? I‘m visiting my mom right now (and it‘s storming outside) so i have nothing to worry about except being cozy.

I‘ve been tearing through Educated, which has been sitting in my TBR all year. It‘s been entirely worth the wait (although I wish I‘d started reading it sooner)!

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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« We lived as usual, by ignoring. »

I haven‘t reread The Handmaid‘s Tale since high school (but I have been watching the series & Elizabeth Moss is amazing) and, to be honest, I‘m not wholly convinced that it‘ll stand up to today‘s state of...everything (but I‘m willing to be convinced otherwise).

That said, this passage is all too painfully relevant.

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Mehso-so

2017 goal: Actually update my Litsy. This was my first book of 2017! The only other SW novels I've read were Claudia Gray's and I loved them so much that I couldn't help being biased. The characters, while familiar, weren't as interesting to me as I would have hoped and this one left me off with a lukewarm feeling. I'm seeing Rogue One in two days, so I'm curious if this book shapes my experience.

CynCruz23 I was also semi-lukewarm on this book but after ditching it and then listening to it on audiobook, I switched to a pick 👍 I'm glad I did because it really made watching Rogue One feel like a complete experience. I got so much more of the movie than if I hadn't read/listened to this book. Even with your so-so rating, did the book affect your movie experience? 3y
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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders

These things were made of hubris, because they always broke down, or worse, broke everything.

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Backyard campfire + starting a new book = exactly how I wanted to spend my long weekend. There's so much nature and magic versus science and machines and it's totally my jam.

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