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Dendera | Yuya Sato
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#succulentsaturday @ReadosaurusText @saguarosally
Think this succulent was called a dragon claw, can't remember its real name.

My current read about a group of women aged 70+, who were expected to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the village once they turn 70 but instead have created their own community and are under attack by a hungry bear. 😯

esurient And, shelved. 1d
mreads @esurient 😁👍 1d
ReadosaurusText That is one gorgeous succulent! 1d
mreads @ReadosaurusText Thanks, it was pretty big when I got it but there are 3 baby shoots coming up. 🙂 1d
saguarosally That sounds interesting, the book and the succulent! 22h
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Another delightful novel from Hoang, this time the guy's on the spectrum. Feel that Quan might be next? He sounds delicious so I hope so.😁

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Would not normally read a middle grade book but I am a completist and this was recommended on booktube recently so I chose it for #booked2019 8. Diverse middle grade.
It's excellent actually, about a young girl and her family living in Vietnam before, during and after the fall of Saigon, the boat trip to escape and her first year or so in America. On audio a bit over 2 hours.
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

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Tentacle | Rita Indiana
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Partially set in a post apocalyptic dystopia where the ocean is dead, a sacred anemone makes it possible to time travel into the past. Lots here about Dominican Republic culture, queerness and what you're willing to sacrifice for a better planet. One of those books that keeps you thinking.

#booked2019 8. Cli Fi @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Sounds like a #genreburster too!!! 6d
Reggie I heard Jenn recommend this on Get Booked. I‘m glad to hear you liked it. Stacked. 6d
mrozzz This was such a weird & great one!! 3d
mreads @Reggie 😀👍 3d
mreads @mrozzz 😀👍 3d
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In a Badger Way | Shelly Laurenston
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I just love this batshit crazy shifter series masquerading as a romance. Sure two people get together but really it's about the snarky, sarcastic group of shifters getting into and out of insane shenanigans and yeah the plot's all over the place but it's FUN!

Reggie So this sounds like it might be right up my alley!!! But it also made me think of this.... lol..... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iSBpvh4y_lU 7d
mreads @Reggie I love SNL. 😁 if you try the series start with ..otherwise you won't know who everyone is 😀 7d
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Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond | Bill Campbell, Edward Austin Hall
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Great deal on Afrofuturism on Storybundle, ebooks that you can download or send to your kindle. (First) Four books for $5 or all 10 for $15.

https://storybundle.com/blog/afrofuturismbundle/

Caterina Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this! I wouldn't never found out about the sale otherwise, and now I'm getting all the books available! 😊 1w
Exbrarian Purchased! Looks fantastic. Thanks for the alert. 1w
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The Belgariad | David Eddings
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Borderline pick the nostalgia of a childhood favorite has worn off under some of the misogynistic representations of some female characters.

Centique I know what you mean. I loved this so much as a teenager but I reread the first one last year and the female representations got to me as well. Such a shame 😔 11h
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Haruf has some beautiful spare writing about small town life in the 1960-70s. If you've read Our Souls at Night it's the same type of story telling and ending. (Trying to avoid a spoiler)

Tamra I love, love his writing! (edited) 2w
mreads @Tamra His writing is lovely but he can really rip your heart out 2w
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Loved it! I'm biased I love the entire series. Mercy and the pack are all back together and I adore Zee.

#booked2019 21. New on 2019 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Glad book lived up to your expectations 2w
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The Odd Sea | Frederick Reiken
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Best part of a cold rainy windy day is lots of time to read books.

One morning 16 yr old Ethan walks down the driveway and disappears. The story covers a 5 year span is told from his younger brother's POV of his and his family's dealing in the aftermath and loss.

Tamra Spooky, in a creepy way. (edited) 2w
Crazeedi It's a cold windy rainy day here too, snuggled up with my kindle!! 2w
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As a call to action, the author proposes that the 3% climate warming is a best case scenario and presents what the world will look like with a more likely 5 to possibly 8% increase in global temperatures.

Emilymdxn I loved this book, it makes me feel so good to see other people reading and loving it too. Depressing in some ways but empowering in others, so glad you liked it 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks like one I should read....stacked! 2w
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mreads @Emilymdxn One of the reviews I read also mentioned this book, have you read it? I've requested it from my library. Sounds like it has real world solutions. 2w
Emilymdxn @mreads I hadn‘t heard of it before but I just stacked it! Looks amazing. Not available in my library unfortunately so it‘ll have to wait till payday but it‘s on my Definitely Read Soon list 2w
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Taroko Gorge | Jacob Ritari
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Two book from the Library sale and 3 little books of poetry from an estate sale. Not really one for poetry but they seem charming and they ate orginal printing from 1916, 1917 and 1923.

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Summerland | Michael Chabon
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Dry roasted salted pistachios or ice cream
My dog 🙂
Sabrina (? I don't watch TV )
Shawshank Redemption and 5th element
Blues and greens (and hot pink)
Tea
Any time I was out of school

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Not sure if I'm actually being helpful. I've tried most crafts and I don't think I'd want to do beading again but I'm open to whatever.

Just realized there's no sewing on there, spoiler I'm sewing something(s) for my match 🙂
#makerswap

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The True Deceiver | Tove Jansson
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Snow has been falling all winter in this story of two very different women one young, poor, sharp eyed and intelligent the other older, wealthy, artistic and idealistic. Caught in conflict both of their lives will forever changed by the time spring arrives. Almost thriller like in the tension evoked in this novel of solitude and community, art and life, love and hate.

batsy Lovely review. Need to get this soon. 2w
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Bright | Duanwad Pimwana
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Translation set in Thailand, about 5 yr old Kampol, abandoned by his parents in front of their former tenement building and the community who takes care of him.

While I loved the slice of life part, the 'novel' is told in small vignettes without any story arc and tho there is some humor in the little stories the book is sad, yes this community is taking care of Kampol but he's been abandoned by his parents for reasons that are never explained.

Cinfhen This one sounds more depressing than fulfilling ~ 3w
mreads @Cinfhen yeah the whole time I was wondering when the abandonment would be addressed. 3w
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The Cellist of Sarajevo | Steven Galloway
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During the siege of Sarajevo one day at 4 pm mortar shells struck a group of people waiting for bread, 22 were killed and for the next 22 days Vedran Smailovic, cellist, played Albinoni's Adagio in G minor at the site to honor the dead. That's the true story that inspired this novel.
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mreads The first chapter is from the cellist POV, than the POV switches and we see the impact of the cellist acts as the POV rotates between a man who must risk his life everytime he goes to get water for his family, a elderly man who's wife and son managed to escape the war and a female sniper.
#booked2019 10. Features a musician @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Cinfhen I recently read this book. I was completely moved by the absurdity of war and was embarrassed to admit how little I knew about this war that occurred in my lifetime. 3w
Crazeedi I have heard of this man and this book, and @Cinfhen I too don't know much about, I was in the middle of raising children so current events weren't in my radar much. Thank @mreads I'll check this out! 3w
andrew61 A great choice, i loved this book 👍 3w
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Way Station | Clifford D. Simak
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It's 1960s America and Earth still thinks it's alone in the galaxy but on a farm in the mid west Enoch has for a 100 years been the keeper of Earth's only galactic transfer station.

Won the Hugo in 1964 and so though it's a classic and maybe one of the first about transfer/travel stations it's a bit dated and at sometimes a little too philosophical. Overall a pick.

wanderinglynn Sounds interesting. Stacked! 3w
Geeklet I‘ve really been wanting to read this. I think it‘s on my Kindle but I like physical copies of my sci-fi jams. ❤️ 3w
mreads @Geeklet it was a lucky grab at a thrift store along with 3w
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#LMPBC #GROUPM my book arrived and oh boy it's a big one 😮 and thank you for the bottle opener it's so cute. @donnalyy @jmofo @Amiable

Thank you to @jmofo for the 3D postcard from San Francisco its been so long since I've been there I hope you had a great time. I remember the food being fabulous.

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Hybrid Child: A Novel | Mariko Ohara
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Rogue cyborg soldier known as sample B #3 is able to morph once it eats the cells of anything and it eats the buried body of a child murdered by her mother who had become the spirit of AI-controlled house. Then it starts to get weird. 😀

Unfortunately it goes all over the place with no real plotline, which would have been fun possibly in a shorter book.

#booked2019 20. soldier story @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I‘ll pass😜 but great for you to knock off a #winter prompt in May 🙌🏻 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage 🤷🏼‍♀️ Wowza ... 3w
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Summerland | Michael Chabon
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1. Yes! I love them both
2. Again Yes! I love them both and sometimes at the same time 😁
3. Dogs
4. Can I say both again? I love hiking which is how I think of mountains and I'd love to sit on a deck along the coast reading a book.
5. Don't know who's doing the swap so tagging anyone.

@Hestapleton Thanks

#summersantagoespostal #summerthisorthat

Hestapleton Thanks for playing! ☀️ 3w
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Hybrid Child: A Novel | Mariko Ohara
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My ambitious #maytbr. Just need to restrain myself at the library so I can read some of the books I already own. I did choose quite a few skinny ones 😁.

suvata The. Struggle. Is. Real. 4w
mreads @suvata 😁 4w
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A Virtuous Woman | Kaye Gibbons
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A story of a southern marriage of an unlikely couple told in flashbacks and alternating viewpoints.

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The Salt Letters | Christine Balint
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It's 1854 and Sarah has fled England for the Australian colonies. The reason why is slowly revealed through fever dream of flashbacks as she and other unmarried women suffer the voyage in the steerage.

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Friend of My Youth | Amit Chaudhuri
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Amit the narrator (and author) wanders around Bombay the city of his youth reminiscing about his childhood, the city and the friend of his youth Ramu.

For those who don't mind a plotless novel and enjoy the sights, sounds and details of a location giving you the feeling of walking around Bombay.

Book pictured with flowers given to me by a friend of my youth 😀

DivineDiana Beautiful ranunculus! 💐 1mo
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A Virtuous Woman | Kaye Gibbons
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My reading stack for the weekend.

At a little over 3 hours I'm calling it a day for #24b4monday #readathon
@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid That's a fantastic start! 💪🤓📖 1mo
Andrew65 A good start. Well done. 👏 1mo
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Fascinating history of 11 natural disasters from the perspective of a seismologist working in risk reduction. Starts with Pompeii (probably all heard of that one) up to the 2011 Japan quake/tsunami. What happened, how people reacted and how things were often improved after. The after part is point though not overly emphasized since globally we are mostly not prepared for 'big ones' and there's an increase in severity aligned with climate change.

mreads #nonfiction2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa something that's been on my TBR for over one year 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That looks very interesting! 1mo
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At the Edge of the Wood | Masatsugu Ono
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Odd and atmospheric story about a man and his son living at the edge of the wood while the pregnant mother/wife is away until the birth of the baby. All sorts of strange sounds, sights and people that it's not certain if they are real or not and possibly dangerous or not.

Keskihi chap book 7/8.

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Stitches: A Memoir | David Small
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Graphic memoir focused on the events surrounding a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute when half his vocal cords were removed. My only issue is that for a memoir this focuses on what happened and never seems to delve into how he felt.

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Ellen Foster | Kaye Gibbons
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"When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy."

What an opening line! Ellen the narrator is a 10-11 year old in the segregated south who comes from a pretty terrible family but she's a practical, resourceful old soul with a tell it like it is way of speaking that feels exactly right for her voice.

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Young Dominican girl in Harlem finds herself and her voice through slam poetry. Her mother is very religious and as a recovering Catholic I found thos parts not fun to read, but powerful.

Definitely recommend as audio as the author, a alam poet award winner, narrates.

#readingwomenchallenge2019 24) A young adult book by a woman of color

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So happy this childhood favorite has held up. Epic fantasy novel of gods, men and sorcerers on a journey (of course) where a battles will be fought to save the world from evil. And for a book from the 80s there's a great strong female protagonist - Polgara, one of my favorite characters ever.

3 books in one volume and I'm on to volume 2

wanderinglynn This is one of my favorite series & what introduced me to epic fantasy when I was a child. 1mo
mreads @wanderinglynn it's so great rereading and I'm looking forward to pulling it out in 5 years and reading it again. 1mo
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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3⭐ and more of a case that it's me not the book, it's rare mystery that I'm into, but some of the prose was overblown.

#readingwomenchallenge2019 A mystery or thriller written by a woman of color

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Surprise book win! As part of a donation to Worldbuilders end of the year fundraiser you can win bookish prizes. And this book is what I won, it's been so long since the fundraiser I assumed I didn't win anything.

Anyway it's a great once a year fundraiser with monies going to Heifer International. You can sign up to be notified when the fundraiser starts and get more information here https://worldbuilders.org/faq/end-of-year-fundraiser/

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Volume 2 is just as delightful as volume 1 😁🌈

readordierachel It is! ❤ 1mo
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Feedback | Mira Grant
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Thank you @Catsandbooks for a wonderful #sffs package! Love the shiny iridescent mug and I can't wait to try the tiramisu tea while snacking on the yummy carmel popcorn and chocolates and reading this series. The bookmarks are so nice too, did you make them? - Great job!

Thanks also to @Avanders for hosting!

LibrarianRyan Love that jug!! 1mo
Catsandbooks Yes I did make the bookmarks! Hope you enjoy everything! 😊 1mo
Avanders 🧬🦄♥️👏🏽👏🏽 1mo
mreads @Avanders Thanks again for hosting and I hope you had a wonderful birthday! 1mo
Avanders Aww thanks! 😘😘 1mo
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Charming little conversational memoir from 1991. Goodman spends a year in the south of France and this is love story to the garden he grew there. Ah you never forget your first 😄.

Pictured with the veggie bins I built, big up front effort but no weeds, bending ir rabbits.👍😀

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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Not for everyone that's for sure, both stylistically and subject matter. A group of mennonite women who have been repeatedly drugged and raped by the men in their community are deciding to leave or stay. That is the setting and what plot there is but this is really a microcosm of global patriarchy, women's options and decisions and less about this specific community.

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The Cassandra | Sharma Shields
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Retelling of the Cassandra myth, a prophetess whom no one believes. Set in 1940s Hanford WA, Mildred, as Cassandra, is a secratary to a physicist working on the atomic bomb. She is tormented by visions of the bomb on the Japanese.

This is a Dark, Dark story and there is no happy ending, so read at your own risk. Also I know nothing about the mythology so can't comment on the accuracy or interpretation.

#readingwomenchallenge2019 myth retelling

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Graphic memoir told in conversations the author had answering the questions of her half Indian half Jewish 6 year old son. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she‘s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality.

Artwork is an interesting blend of photos and collage cut out illustrations (as picture)

#booked2019 13. Genrebusting @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen This sounds fascinating!!!! #Stacked 🙌🏻Although I wasn‘t such a fan of her novel 1mo
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Excellent and infuriating read (for women) exploring the 'data gap' where women are not included or considered in a multitude of issues.
Impacting the health, safety and living conditions of women, who are 50% of the world's population. Had a deja vu moment during the ER bit.

Brought this home the day the first 2 woman space walk was canceled due to there not being 2 suits available fit smaller frames.

#nonfiction2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Itchyfeetreader I am loving this book whilst being driven to rage. Am two thirds in bit taking a short breather 2mo
mreads @Itchyfeetreader yes! I read a section a day otherwise my head might have exploded. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh, sounds infuriating but good! 2mo
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Mari is an Instagram influencer who, well, loses it. She leaves an emotional mascara streaking sobbing video about how fake her life is and takes to the wilderness to rediscover herself and escape the superficial persona she created on social media.

Picked this up to meet the #booked2019 22. Social media focus YA fans will likely appreciate this more than me.

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen At least you finished 😉 2mo
mreads @Cinfhen it wasn't bad, just a bit emo for me 😄 2mo
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The Gilda Stories | Jewelle Gomez
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A slavery escape, vampires and Afrofuturism - oh my! And a winner of two LAMBDA awards in 1991. The novel follows Gilda from 1850 slavery escape and conversion to vampire, California in 1890s, Missouri 1920s, Boston 1950s, New York in 1970-80s, New Hampshire 2020 and ending in 2050. What does 2050 look like, well this 1991 novel might end up not being far off.

#booked2019 POC Paranormal @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

mreads Also #readingwomenchallenge2019 LAMBDA winner 2mo
Cinfhen Would probably work for #GenreBusting too!!! Sounds awesome 2mo
mreads @Cinfhen I was thinking about that but I've got this planned 2mo
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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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Admittedly not a fan of satire so results may vary. Found there to be a few excellent stories in this collection but most were just ok and at least one was a definite no. (Lark street)

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Set in post war Switzerland and narrated by an unlikable jaded 14 year old who has spent the last 6 years in boarding school and will be stuck in one till she turns seventeen. She relieves her boredom by obsessing over the new girl. Bit creepy.

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The Swap | Megan Shull
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#SciFiFantasySwap #SFFS sent my box out today to @Catsandbooks Should arrive on Saturday. Everything is wrapped so you can open the box without spoilers and you'll miss the glow in the dark stars otherwise 😁

Also bottom right picture, confirming I received my box from @Catsandbooks today.
@Avanders

Catsandbooks Hooray! 🎉 2mo
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 2mo
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The Iliac Crest | Cristina Rivera Garza
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On a dark and stormy night, two mysterious women invade an unnamed narrator's house. And they hang around an awful long time. A novel about borders; physical, past/present, gender, sanity and reality. This is a book in translation and I would read others by the author as I like her writing style however it's a so-so based on a main thread of a famous untranslated Mexican author that I have no knowledge of so I'm definitely missing something.

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Mariko/Mariquita | Natsuki Ikezawa
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Opposites attract but can one or both change enough for a chance at a real relationship?

6 of 8 chap books of Japanese translations.

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The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction | Banana Yoshimoto, Hitomi Kanehara, Hiromi Kawakami, Hideo Furukawa, Shuichi Yoshida, Kaori Ekuni, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Toshiyuki Horie, Nao-Cola Yamazaki, Osamu Hashimoto
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Friendship for grownups by Nao-Cola Yamazaki not the tagged tho she has a story in the collection.

5th of 8 chap books of new translated Japanese short fiction.

This chapbook contains 3 short stories 2 of the 3 definitely more successful.

Enzo was not thrilled to be woken for the photo shoot and is faking sleep, though he back to full on snoring now 😄

Hooked_on_books Enzo is adorable 🐶💙 2mo
mreads @Hooked_on_books Thanks I think he's pretty cute 2mo
Avidreader25 The sweetest pup! 2mo
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Lot: Stories | Bryan Washington
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Excellent interconnected short story collection set in a poor Houston neighborhood following the son of a black mother and a Latino father as he comes of age and discovers he likes boys. Not for the feint hearted.

Pictured above a puzzle of delicious macarons.

britt_brooke What a fun puzzle! 2mo
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mreads @britt_brooke It was I've not done a puzzle in years going to look for more 2mo
catiewithac Nice puzzle! 🧩 2mo
mreads @catiewithac Thanks 2mo
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