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everlocalwest

Joined September 2016

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Dark Skye by Kresley Cole
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Naamah by Sarah Blake
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Mort by Terry Pratchett
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Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller
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Wishtree (adult edition) by Katherine Applegate
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The Professional: by Kresley Cole
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Dead Zone by Stephen King
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Worn Stories by Emily Spivack
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Art Museum by Phaidon Press
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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
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The Great Movies by Roger Ebert
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Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide by Olivia McNeely Pass
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Give, a Novel by Erica C. Witsell
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The Shining | Stephen King
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Had a friend cancel plans this evening and so I gained several hours of reading (since I'd already decided I wouldn't be working tonight). One of the things I read was Before the Play, a prologue to The Shining that I'm 99% sure I heard about on Litsy. I really liked what it added to the story (background that is mentioned or hinted at in the novel is fleshed out here), but it is unnecessary and fairly cut. Fun for fans though.

rretzler Just searched it out and read it. Thanks - I wasn‘t aware it existed! My family and I visited The Stanley Hotel a couple of years ago and it just seemed like a creepy place! 2w
everlocalwest @rretzler That's so cool! I'd love to visit. I don't really believe in ghosts on a logical level but there is definitely something that defies logic and gives you the spooks about some places! 2w
rretzler FYI - I just added the story to Litsy. I know what you mean about ghosts-I also don‘t believe on a logical level, but there is a part of me that sometimes wishes they existed. 🤣 I would have loved to see some strange phenomena while we were at the Stanley, but no such luck. 😜 2w
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We Are Here Forever | Michelle Gish
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Maybe I would have liked this more if I'd read as a webcomic, but reading through like this, nah... A collection of comics about these cute little blob creatures on earth after humans and most other animals are gone.

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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town | Kimberly Willis Holt
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This one didn't hit me the way My Louisiana Sky did. Everything felt very surface; Holt tackles many typical middle grade themes here (plus Vietnam) but I wouldn't describe this as the book for any of them. There are deeper books about divorce, outsiders, budding relationships and rejection, friendship, loss, war, and class. Yes, this book tries to be about all of those things. This is more negative than I intended - it's a good, not great book.

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A quick read that packs a heavy emotional punch. A nostalgia fueled, coming of age that will break your heart. Honestly, the plot is not what I need to sell you here; you are here for the characters, for relationships, for family truths, and friendship bonds. Davidson has crafted an excellent novel that moves through time to give us a look at that transition when you are not quite a kid anymore but there is still so much you can't understand.

Clwojick Eeeeeee! 😍😻 3w
SarahHarts_books 😻😻love the kitty helper!! Makes a nice book holder!! 😸😸 2w
everlocalwest @SarahHarts_books he makes a pretty good prop when he stays still long enough! 😻 2w
SarahHarts_books He's beautiful! Mine would never sit long enough for that! She is too sassy and has a bad additud.😸 Lol Your guy seems sweet! 😻 2w
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MacRieve | Kresley Cole
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I really like what Cole is doing with parts of this (real shit about sexual trauma) but I didn't really like this book. So it's a wash is what I'm saying.

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Figuring | Maria Popova
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I took a lot of time with this audiobook because it is perfection. And now I have to buy a physical copy because I need to reread it. Already got a copy for the mother for mother's day.

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My Louisiana Sky | Kimberly Willis Holt
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Great middlegrade novel about family, courage and coming of age. Tiger Ann's parents may be different from typical parents but everyone experiences a time when you learn the depths of your parents' humanity for most of us it's when we see their fallibility but for a kid who grew up with childlike parents seeing their innate ability is a turning point. A deceptively simple story that leaves kids with a lot to unpack about relationships and respect.

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I just adore Jane Goodall. Following the chimps of Gombe is an always fascinating delight (even though there is some truly great tragedy detailed here). Reseach has been ongoing for nearly sixty years now and while Goodall has many more books there is not another in this vein (following the research and close views of the chimpanzee families in Gombe in the way that this book and her earlier, In the Shadow of Man, do).

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Mr. West | Sarah Blake
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A collection of poems about Kanye West that was pretty much everything you would expect it to be.

Cinfhen Ha!!! I‘m actually really intrigued 3w
everlocalwest @Cinfhen it's a slim volume, give it a try! The premise is interesting and the poems worthwhile (though not great). 3w
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The Moviegoer | Walker Percy
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I wish I had liked this one more. It's a cousin to The Awakening and Invisible Man in it's existential themes and philosophical aim and while those are two of my favorite novels this one just didn't pull at me in the same way. I wasn't compelled by or greatly sympathetic to Binx (probably a symbol of my own bias). But man, Percy is a fine craftsman and this book is highly quotable.

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Man-Eaters Volume 1 | Chelsea Cain
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Trade waiting is so hard! I wish this had been more than 4 issues! Perfect feminist comic that attacks ideas about gender through the horror-comedic premise of girls turning into giant man-eating cats with their period.

Andrea4 Wait, does no one else turn into a giant man-eating cat at that time of the month? No, just me?! 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
NamasteReading MEEEEEE, 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
BookishTrish @andrea4 🙀😹 1mo
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I'm not a mystery fan so I've never actually read any Sherlock Holmes. I only read this one because it is the library's One Book choice and yeah, not my thing. I don't have any nostalgia of loving Holmes from my childhood and while I liked the Cumberbatch adaptations well enough I wasn't in love with the character or stories. This is just a wrong reader for the book situation.

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The Long Walk | Stephen King
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Not my favorite of his books, but still great characters and atmosphere. I love how much is missing from this novel; the characters and their struggle are central to the point that they are the only thing on the page. No backstory, no news reports about the Long Walkers; just these boys and the walk itself. Because in the end, that's all there ever really is; everything else is just a distraction. Damn, King's worldview is so bleak.

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Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls | Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra
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I dunno if it's because I took a break from the series or what, but I enjoyed this one more than the others. Things are moving fast, we are getting some back story, I feel like it's leading somewhere.

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Lothaire | Kresley Cole
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Fated Mates hyped the hell out of this one and it didn't fully deliver for me. I just don't really care about Lothaire. Still, it was a fun book and I liked the bits we got with Ellie and the Valkyries.

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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So good!! A Navajo monsterhunter making her way through a postapocalyptic world full of untrusting and untrustworthy humans (the five fingered), tricky and changeable gods (I love Coyote myths and Mai'i was perfect), and zombies who seem to go for the vocal chords because they lack a voice of their own. Like, what? It's perfect. Fans of BtVS take note, Maggie Hoskie is our Slayer now.

CoffeeK8 This book was so good! Number 2 is coming out Tuesday! 1mo
everlocalwest @CoffeeK8 I'm so excited! Hoping to read it this weekend if I can get through all of my work reading. 💙📚 1mo
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Haven't finished a book in a while because I've been spending all my time with little monsters (aka nieces and nephews). This one balked at my suggestion that we read just two books tonight "but I need to read five!" I haven't read to her in a couple months and was surprised to learn she had I am Truly and Duck Goes Potty memorized. She's so big, I can't deal!

aprilpohren Love this!! 1mo
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Figuring | Maria Popova
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Took an audio walk around my sister's neighborhood with this fantastic book. All of the spring flowers are happening, from the wild flowers to the beds, this garden had plenty of both.

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Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide | Olivia McNeely Pass
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Just hanging with my bald best friend today. It was her first day without her mama (my sister's first day back to work) but we had a great day!

saresmoore What a cutie pie! 2mo
everlocalwest @saresmoore thanks! She's the most best. 💙 1mo
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Cute little gift book about travel/nightlife in New Orleans; a reprint from the 1940s. Read for work and I'm not really sure who the market is for this in 2019...

However, I did learn that Mardi Gras was cancelled during WWII, which is a thing I probably should have known.

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Roughly two years and half a moleskine notebook later and I've finished! I really get a ton out of Alter's commentary and I've started watching The Bible Project as well so I'm feeling deep into this and taking tons of notes in the hopes of really reflecting and absorbing. I'll probably take a break before I start the next book because I'd rather read through than suffer this off and on journey I took with this one.

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I've got a stack of books, a giant cup of tea, and it looks like a might be unintentionally participating in #deweysreadathon. I'm about to leave town for a week, I have 8 million things to do and all the family obligations; why not stay up all night reading?

Definitely enjoying these more than the earlier books. I gotta admit, I liked Lothaire; looking forward to his book now. I liked all of the side characters more than the mains in this one.

Zelma Ha, I never actively plan to join the readathon but I love all the posts and end up reading and Litsy-ing all day anyway. 2mo
everlocalwest @Zelma One of these days I'm going to schedule my weekend around the readathon!! 💙📚 2mo
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Ted Chiang continues his focus on connection, free will, and emergent technologies in this practically perfect collection. Superb speculative fiction but absolutely works for readers outside the genre as well. The Lifecycle of Software Objects alone is worth the cover price on this one. And I love Chiang's story notes (present in Stories of Your Life as well); does anyone know any other authors that do this?

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Demon from the Dark | Kresley Cole
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This is Kresley Cole's Beauty and the Beast story and I am here for it. Also, explicit, verbal consent was worked in to the plot even though dude couldn't speak English. Yes, I'm so proud of everyone in this moment.

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Found this on a recent trip to the comic shop and it spoke to my awkward little soul. Slice of life comics about a female friendship that spans nearly forty years. I liked the simplicity and will definitely seek out more from MariNaomi.

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I really enjoyed the adventuring aspects of this one so, yay! And we are getting somewhere with consent too so, double yay! Me and Kresley Cole might just make it!

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Cheshire Crossing | Andy Weir
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So disappointed in this one. The premise is great (Alice, Dorothy, and Wendy end up at the same boarding school and travel together between Wondeland, Oz, and Neverland), but the story itself is not. This book has no idea who the audience is (should be middle grade but Weir likes the word f*ck too much). I'm interested to see what others think. @AthenaWins I'll pass this on to Kailie and she can give us a middle grade review!

AthenaWins Lol. It's like he's a one hit wonder. 2mo
everlocalwest @AthenaWins I never even read Artemis because everyone said it sucked. Did you try it? 2mo
AthenaWins @everlocalwest Yeah. I read it last year. I enjoyed it enough to finish. I even liked the MC. But it was a little lackluster. I kind of wonder if the publisher is controlling him too much. The Martian was self-published before it was picked up. 2mo
everlocalwest @AthenaWins I doubt it, it's usually the other way around. A lot of success causes authors to ignore an editor's good advice. Interesting note, this graphic novel was written and published on his website and got picked up because of the success of The Martian. Maybe I'll try Artemis on audio and see if we jive... 2mo
AthenaWins @everlocalwest Don't expect fireworks. Lol 2mo
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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
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I did a thing...

Karkar It is so good!!!! Hope you enjoyed it! 2mo
readordierachel Fun!!! 2mo
Slajaunie Hope you had a great time! Tell John I said hello!! 😁 2mo
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everlocalwest @Karkar @readordierachel @Slajaunie it was everything!! 💙💙 2mo
everlocalwest @Slajaunie he says hi! I hope y'all had a great weekend celebrating little ones birthday!! 2mo
Slajaunie We did! Thanks! 2mo
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Prisoner of My Desire | Johanna Lindsey
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This book was friggin' bonkers. But I enjoyed it. I genuinely have no idea how Lindsey managed to pull off a sexual violence and revenge plot in this way but...she did.

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One of my all time favorite books. Just reread this with book club in honor of the 50th anniversary of its publication. This is truly a masterwork. The tone and up and down pacing. The multilayered metaphors. Further, I am just am awed by Vonnegut's humanity. He gets us and is able to explain, so it goes.

Cinfhen The Litsyverse is speaking to me @britt_brooke 💜 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Yes!! 😁 2mo
britt_brooke I reread this for the anniversary, too. 💚 2mo
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everlocalwest @Cinfhen if you think we are conspiring to get you to read more Vonnegut the answer is yes. Yes, we are! @britt_brooke 💙💙 2mo
Cinfhen Seems that way 😜 @britt_brooke @everlocalwest 😘🤞🏼🤞🏼 2mo
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Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat #1 | Emily Chenoweth, Johnny Marciano
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Listened to this weird little middle grade book while working today. It was a lot of fun. If you have a little that's into cats it is a must!

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This is a really solid debut! A family story told from three sisters' points of view. The family falls apart when the center shifts and truths long untold surface. I have a big close family with issues of their own and novels like this always have a high emotional resonance. Guilt, love, and our great inability to communicate through our own pain are laid out here.

readordierachel Sounds great! And the cover is so striking. 3mo
everlocalwest @readordierachel They did a great job with this cover; it is indeed striking and gives you the sense of the interconnected lives of family that is both overwhelming and an integral part of who we are. I love it when a cover actually reflects something from the text! 3mo
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Deep Kiss of Winter | Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter
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Ugh. I dunno. There's not really any of the problematic stuff in this one. The dude is just an asshole and the heroine is kinda whiny about like, everything. Meh...

LA1 Hmmmmm...reading it now and it is definitely not like the others. I‘m only on chapter 15, so a little left. I am curious as to how they will make it work, that‘s what pushing me through right now. We‘ll see.... 3mo
everlocalwest @LA1 Are you listening to the Fated Mates podcast? When they put this book into perspective re: its spot in the world building it becomes more interesting. But yeah, this pair will never be a fave. 3mo
LA1 @everlocalwest That‘s a no, on the podcast, but I will definitely, will look into it. 3mo
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Warlord Wants Forever | Kresley Cole
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Apparently the author did major edits on this one something like ten years after its original release basically because values about consent had changed. There could not be enough editing to make this plot okay though. The dude literally has magical control of his 'fated mate's body and uses such against her consent in sexual situations. Y'all, I can't. I might not make it through these books.

ravenlee A friend once described older romance plots as “rape her until she likes it.” I toss most older romances because that holds true more often than not. 3mo
everlocalwest @ravenlee Ugh, that does seem to be an unfortunately accurate assessment. Listening to Sarah Mclean talk about this book from a writer's perspective and she says character POV in these scenes is important because their interest (that the reader sees) implies consent but when they are actively saying no and arguing with themselves in their internal monologue and the sex is still happening... that's not consent no matter how hot dude is. 3mo
LA1 Hmmmmmm...rape? They skim across getting there but they never just TOKE it. It‘s an internal monologue, I am sure if they outwardly said no all things would cease but that‘s just my opinion and I like the series so far. Kind of struggling on untouchable but anxious to get to the end to see how they work it out. Love the comment 👍🏽👍🏽 3mo
everlocalwest @LA1 I wouldn't argue that the penetrative sex they have is rape (I still don't love the way that scene goes down though). But the stuff that happens early in the book is definitely not consensual. When Nikolai orders Myst to masterbate; she definitely doesn't want to do that and is forced to. Him forcing her to orgasm crosses this line too. I get that Cole was toeing a line here, but for this reader that stuff is over the line. 3mo
LA1 @everlocalwest True, can‘t argue with that! 👌🏽 3mo
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The Stand | Stephen King
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This novel is better every time I read it. I spent a lot of time thinking about King's views on morality and the politics of fear this time around. I was hit hard by the sheer brilliance of his writing ability as he traced the plague in its early days. I was bowled over the by 'no great loss' section (another look at moral issues here). All in I all love this novel fiercely.

#losersclub I'm still doing it!

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Refugee | Alan Gratz
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If I were a kid this would be a pick all the way, but I read it as an adult. Still, kids are loving and learning from this book! Our shop is hosting Gratz in the fall and I'm so excited to get this book into as many middle schoolers hands as possible. Tells the story of three kids/families having to flee their homes (Nazi Germany, Cuba, and Syria). Wonderful for family discussion and includes nonfictional info about refugees past and present.

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Okay, I read it. There is some good pep talk stuff in here but there is also some frustrating/dangerous advice as well. And a whole lotta privilege. I'm not trying to put down on the author or anyone served by the message but it wasn't something that I could ignore.

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I wanted to love this one! A novel about a girl who deals with a friend's suicide by helping her father run an alternative funeral business is literally a plot made for me. And parts of it were great! But ultimately it didn't work for me. I didn't get the romantic relationship at all and the zany road trip felt very out of place.

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After loving All the Single Ladies I had major hype for this but it didn't satisfy in the same way. Maybe it came too close to my reading of Eloquent Rage and Cooper's blend of personal essay with academic writing on anger worked better for me than Traister's journalistic look at women's public struggles with the emotion. I think this might have worked better as a long form article than a book.

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Satisfying conclusion! I love that Binti's growth here is seen in terms of physical changes within her body both through choices she makes and those forced upon her. The way Okorafor works with identity is just beautiful.

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Binti: Home | Nnedi Okorafor
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So much world building in a slim novella. In seeking a ritual rite in her tribe, Binti discovers much she did not know of her home and has to confront her own bias in a way that hasn't been challenged before. Okorafor blends these worlds so well; we see Binti so cosmopolitan at Uni speaking to people that look like literal bugs contrast against her distaste of the savage 'Desert People' who live on the outskirts of her home village.

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I'm reading my way through Alter's work and in general I find it fascinating and illuminating but man, I really got bogged down in the Psalms. There's no narrative thread to pull you through and Alter's commentary (focused on translation not interpretation) isn't super helpful when wrestling to glean meaning from these verses. Much of the poetry is exceedingly beautiful though!

Not by the pool today, but dreaming of better things.

Graywacke Wow. Impressed your working through this stuff. The psalms were the hardest part of the oT for me when I read through it. I used Alter, (but, since I didn‘t like his poetry translations...😊🤭... I also used another version, NRSV. Still not great.) 3mo
FeastOfFiction I love reading most of the psalms. I‘ve never done any translation other than the Bible so this one is new to me. I find so many of the psalms comforting and uplifting! 3mo
everlocalwest @Graywacke I read through the NRSV a couple years ago and as I'm going through Alter with his commentary I check in with the NRSV and the KJV (what I grew up on and what sounds right to my ear). @FeastOfFiction you are absolutely right, some of the psalms are comforting and uplifting but I get bogged down in the number of weird ones and the 'death to my enemies' ones, but I think they are best in KJV, the verses of my youth. 3mo
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I too am a southerner whose faith has been worn away by those that would prefer to beat you with a Bible than love like Jesus. I also feel very at home at the altar of Beyonce, so Michael Arceneaux's book called to me. Arceneaux is funny and honest here in a broken open kind of way. Reading this felt like belonging, as though seeing someone work through the shit of life with grace and wit proved it's possible for us lesser mortals.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ok, that sounds like a great read! Stacking! 3mo
everlocalwest @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awesome! I'm sure you'll enjoy it!! 3mo
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You need to read this. I don't really have the right words beyond that. A collection of essays that blend the academic and personal view to such pitch perfection that you will wonder how you've been trying to navigate an intersectional feminist worldview without such a brilliant, humorous, and fantastically human guide. And then you will thank Brittney Cooper and buy her book for your mom, like I did.

readordierachel I just bought a copy of this today! 3mo
everlocalwest @readordierachel I'm excited to read your review!! 3mo
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You know it's bad when you own books you didn't know you own. This will be in your box later this week @AthenaWins.

laurenslibrary I've bought books that I forgot I already owned before so don't feel too bad 😳 4mo
everlocalwest @laurenslibrary I used to keep a catalog of my books on Goodreads but then left when Voldemort bought it and have been running blind since! Finally getting cataloged with Library Thing (still partly owned by Voldemort, just like Litsy 😿) to keep the duplicate thing from happening. 4mo
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Atala and René | François-René de Chateaubriand
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Reorganizing and culling my book collection. Quick question, does Chateaubriand look like Jake Gyllenhaal? Just me...?

Sidenote, I've become less attached to stuff and am getting rid of loads of books I will never read again. This is because I am getting old, the flood changed how I feel about "collecting" things, and Marie Kondo is hella cute.

Books still bring me joy though so imma keep buying them. I will just keep fewer of them.

Julsmarshall Feeling the same way on all counts! 4mo
Christine He kind of does look like Jake Gyllenhaal!! 4mo
everlocalwest @Julsmarshall it actually is kind of freeing, like the minimalists say! 4mo
everlocalwest @christine it trips me out. How can a 200+ year old picture give off so many vibes...he looks like he'd be an asshole. Then I read this on his Wiki: Historian Peter Gay says that Chateaubriand saw himself as the greatest lover, the greatest writer, and the greatest philosopher of his age. 4mo
Christine Hmmm...I think you have a screenplay to write for Jake!! 4mo
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Drums of Autumn | Diana Gabaldon
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I'm sick of posting pictures from my ugly audiobook app so you get this promotional shot from the show. You're welcome.

This has probably been my least favorite so far, unfortunately, but I did still enjoy it. I never really jelled with Brianna and Roger so that had much to do with it.

Traci1 I felt like the series sort of bogged down a little with books 3 and 4, then started picking back up. The last two that she has out are amazing. Written in My Own Heart's Blood is so fantastic that it makes the slower ones in the middle more than worth the effort. 4mo
Liatrek I agree! I‘ve just never been a fan of Bree and Roger. I was always happy Jaimie got to meet her because it‘s so unfair how he never got to enjoy raising his kids. But she could of went back to future. 4mo
everlocalwest @Traci1 I'm glad to hear they start picking up again! @Liatrek it is nice to see them as a family. And I think Gabaldon does a great job of having Briana reflect her parents strengths and weaknesses back to them. 4mo
Zelma Roger gets a lot more interesting. He ended up as one of my favorite characters. Definitely with faults but interesting. 4mo
everlocalwest @Zelma Good to know! It can take a while for new characters to find their place in an established series. 4mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Finally got to this one (I've been in such a reading slump). I just love Madeline Miller with my whole heart! Another beautiful and tragic take at modernizing antiquity.

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Work reading for content issues (part of my job is letting librarians know content warnings and something about this one came up).

But yeah, this movie tie in graphic novel is pretty terrible.

LibrarianRyan Ohhhh. What was the complaint? I have the real series on my shelf but haven‘t read it yet. 4mo
everlocalwest @LibrarianRyan it was a general 'not appropriate for elementary school' question, but the book is fine. Wasn't challenged or pulled. We work with a lot of religious schools and the helicopter parenting and need to shelter is something I'm always working with/against. There is a "seven minutes in heaven" closet scene, but the mean girl uses it as a scare tactic - there's no smooching. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @everlocalwest I get that. The first year I ran a kids book club a group of religious parents got together to have my book selections thrown out. It as a nightmare. I still remembering one mom yelling at me that her husband was going to read every book and if he objected to any of them she was pulling her girl out!! I met him 4 years and 3 girls later. He hugged me for bringing him closer to his girls. 🥰 4mo
everlocalwest @LibrarianRyan I was prepared for the worst when I saw your comment. Glad it went the other way!! I tell parents all the time that reading with their kids is the best way to turn them into readers. Sharing a reading experience is truly powerful. 💙📚 4mo
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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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Book club pick for last month! This was my second read through of this great novella and I'm excited to get to the rest of the trilogy.

Most of my book club didn't love it because I'm the only scifi/fantasy reader among them but we had some great discussion about outsider narratives, traditional cultures, and coming of age.

Thank you, @matthieumcintosh, hand model extraordinaire. I missed you and @athenawins!

Gezemice How could they NOT love it??? Even if they are not sci-fi readers... 4mo
everlocalwest @Gezemice I know, right?! Everyone was super courteous though and still engaged with the book but the sentiment was basically "once she got on a spaceship I lost interest." 4mo
Gezemice @everlocalwest I don‘t get that. But, to be honest, most book club selections do bore me... you know, full of people‘s rekationship problems. Lol. Although our book club does read a wide variety so we all get to enjoy some books! 4mo
everlocalwest @Gezemice I get so bored with a lot of "book club fiction" and can't read literary fiction like I used to. All of the interesting stuff is happening in genre and personal essays! 4mo
Gezemice @everlocalwest I agree! Book club fiction is boring! I prefer genre fiction, too... 4mo
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