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I'll have what you're reading! goodreads.com/user/show/68030 | readingenvy.com for the podcast
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Good Riddance | Elinor Lipman
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Another impulse from the new books section of the library, and I zoomed through it during the readathon. The narrator recycles a yearbook left to her by her mother and hijinks ensue. I actually felt like the most interesting character lived down the hallway....
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The White Book | Han Kang
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This was an impulse checkout from the public library - a woman moves to Warsaw in winter and is inspired by a sister who died before she was born to meditate on the color white. What follows feels like essay, like Knausgard with his lists of topics in his seasonal books, but with a definite female perspective. TW for infant death and war violence.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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The last few audiobooks I‘ve read. I am drawn to slightly different books in audio, how about you?
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Minimalgrl Pretty much strictly non fiction when it comes to audiobooks 🧐 3d
Lindy I like all kinds of books in audio, and some are particularly good, like classics, Daisy Jones, and 3d
Reagan-reads @Minimalgrl I love audiobook nonfiction, especially autobiographies. 3d
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Susannah Yes! I like to listen to history and fiction classics on audio because my mind tends to wander when I read them in print. 3d
Daisey I tend to enjoy nonfiction much more in audio than print, but now I listen to all kinds of books. 3d
ReadingEnvy @Minimalgrl any non fiction or do you have favorite types? 3d
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I think both Poet X and Daisy Jones were superior in audio indeed. I need to listen to Acevedo's more recent one. 3d
ReadingEnvy @Reagan-reads I haven't done many autobiographies but love memoir in audio! 3d
ReadingEnvy @Susannah interesting.... For me if my mind is going to wander audio will be the more difficult thing to pay attention to. 3d
ReadingEnvy @Daisey awesome 3d
Centique I struggle not to get distracted with audiobooks but, like you, I‘ve enjoyed memoirs in audio. I think having a voice I already know helps. I‘ve managed three novels in audio so far but it took soooo long - I kept thinking how much faster I could read it in physical book form - think I‘ll go back to memoirs and maybe essay collections. 1d
ReadingEnvy @Centique yeah if it's longer than 8 hours I have to have a reason for audio over print. Even when I listen at 1.5x or 2x speed, I can just read faster with my eyes. 1d
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"I don't believe in the paranormal,
but I do believe in poems,

another system of haunts,
pulling the rip cord

inside your head
so the aperture opens

to allow in more light."

-Trace

#24in48

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Northern Lights | Raymond Strom
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When Shane's father dies and his uncle throws him out, he travels to Minnesota to try to find his mother, with no information except a postcard from several years ago. In the small town of Holm he finds drugs, and violence - often against him because how his gender and sexuality are perceived (he hasn't really made decisions about his identity for himself.) It is a sad novel about what forms your identity when you don't have a home. #24in48

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️I have it stacked 3d
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The Dry Heart | Natalia Ginzburg
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“I shot him between the eyes.”
This is on the first page of this 1947 Italian novella about marriage, expectations, and the parts people play without stopping to think.

This will be a quick read for Women in Translation month! I had a copy of the reprint from the publisher; it came out June 25.

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History. a Mess. | Sigrún Pálsdottír
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This book completely eluded me. It starts with a woman who has discovered something in the archives that could change everything about art history but then her credibility starts to unravel. It turns at times surreal, where she seems to be experiencing things others are not (or is this mental illness?) ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Her relationships seem to suffer from harm she caused but doesn‘t always remember, and then her friend groups feel like a sea of unknowable women with a mass of stories. I want others to read this and explain it to me. 4d
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La Bastarda | Trifonia Melibea Obono
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"The first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English, this is the story of the orphaned teen Okomo, who lives under the watchful eye of her grandmother and dreams of finding her father. Forbidden from seeking him out, she enlists the help of other outcasts: her gay uncle and a gang of girls. Drawn into their illicit trysts, Okomo finds herself rebelling against the rigid norms of Fang culture."

ReadingEnvy This is a quick read but immediately immerses you into the Fang cultural expectations through Okomo's eyes, because she has so many limitations beyond her control. I had to do some reading about Equatorial Guinea, and I think my first surprise was that the novel was translated from the Spanish! The fighting between wives was also reminiscent of The First Wife by Paulina Chiziane. 6d
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The Line Tender | Kate Allen
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 160: Reading Plays with Elizabeth
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Elizabeth is fresh from a teaching seminar on plays so we talk about that for a bit before delving into books we have read and enjoyed recently. We have some books traversing the wild parts, books for pride, and more.
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https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy160

ephemeralwaltz Just started following you on Spotify! Can't wait to listen soon. This looks like a good one! 1w
Centique That Ocean Vuong book sounds AMAZING. 😍 1d
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Another newish translation by a female Thai author! It is based on the tropes of Thai soap operas, which I know nothing about, but that probably explains the death scenes, relationships, and ghosts. The central story is two sisters and a boy they pull into their family. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy I struggled a bit with the non linear nature (one character is introduced in his death scene and everything with him moves backwards from that) but enjoyed the details of flora/fauna/food/music/history. The translator note at the beginning is fascinating too. This was not an easy book to translate! But I am glad I got to read it. 1w
Ruthiella I love your deep dive when you read around the world!😀 1w
pppooraikul Oh, this is an award-winning novel in Thailand it‘s hard to read even in the original language. Not an easy read definitely! 👏🏼 1w
ReadingEnvy @pppooraikul But I liked that I had to read differently. It shouldn't feel the same as an American novel, I don't think. 1w
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P.S. from Paris | Marc Levy
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This is an interesting romance novel because the author is male (!) and it is translated from the French(!) It was in my Kindle backlog and I went looking for romance. #romantsy

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Vessel: A Novel | Lisa A. Nichols
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Confession: I took a few vacation hours and drove to a coffee place in the next town so I could finish listening to this book. I enjoyed this story about a woman who returns home from a multi-year space journey, without her crew and without any memories of what happened. I like how the audiobook has two narrators.

Annl That sounds like a fun day! 2w
mcipher I love this idea so much!! What a cool thing to do. 🤗 2w
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Bangkok Wakes to Rain | Pitchaya Sudbanthad
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Bangkok Wakes to Rain is an intertwining narrative between eras (Siam to Bangkok to New Krungthep) and characters that move in and out of each other's lives in sometimes unexpected ways. Take the sensory placeness of Murakami, the vibrant city of Thayil, and the connected but widely varied stories of David Mitchell and you'll get some of the feeling of the novel. I'll talk more about it on an upcoming podcast episode.

pppooraikul OMG I need to read this! As a Bangkokian, I have to say I‘m so proud to see a Thai author on international shelves. 🥰🤓📚👏🏼 2w
ReadingEnvy @pppooraikul yes! And there are so many Thai authors translated into English this year and last year 2w
pppooraikul @ReadingEnvy I never knew that! Great to hear, really. Still, so curious why all of a sudden? 🤔 2w
ReadingEnvy @pppooraikul not sure but seems to come in waves! 2w
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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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I devoured this book in a day and loved it for a bunch of little reasons. The author's attention to detail made her characters unique and her decisions near the end were perfection. The setting is the Cascade mountains of Oregon (I grew up in sight of Mt Hood so I know the landscape well) with volcanic/seismic activity causing some parallel reality situations for these intertwining characters. Believe the hype!

Ruthiella Yay! I voted this one for the summer TOB to”make me read it “. Unfortunately it didn‘t make the cut. I love the premise! (edited) 2w
ReadingEnvy @Ruthiella it's a quick read so I recommend combing that longlist (always the best part of the Tob in my opinion) 2w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Can you pick a #halfwaytopten from the books you've read in 2019? It was hard but I did it! More here:
http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/2019/07/mid-year-reading-goal-checkpoint.html

@lindy as far as reading doorways go, I'd say most of my favorites have no plot! 🤷

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The Book of X | Sarah Rose Etter
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Cassie is born with a knot, just like her mother and grandmother. She enters a world of bullying, inadequate medical care, isolation and boredom. Outside of school her life seems intended for repetition of pain and cleaning the walls with lemons, while her father and brother work in the meat quarry, but her life is vivid with visions that provide some form of escape, although it isn't always positive. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy (It's fascinating to read interviews with the author because she was incredibly isolated in Iceland while writing most of this. The landscape feels unworldly in that way that only Iceland can.)

The cover is striking. When I saw it online I thought it was sunset in a valley, then I realized it's hair and a woman in the center, but now that I've read it I realize it is both and also probably the meat quarry.
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ReadingEnvy The feeling of the novel kept making me think of Kassandra and the Wolf by Margarita Karapanou, mixed with The Yellow Wallpaper. 3w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This is the most perfect patriotic read and I am glad I saved it for today. The First Son and a Prince of England go from antagonists to lovers (it's not a spoiler to say a romance ends in a happily ever after.) So many challenges in the way, and I loved that both are very intelligent and quote literary icons in their emails. It's a bit of alternate America but one I would prefer. #romantsy

marleed If only! 3w
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The Ghost Clause | Howard Norman
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A handful of characters who spend majorities of their lives in a Vermont farmhouse, only one is a ghost, but more of a nostalgia ghost that is only known by the cat. All literary or artistic characters but a bit meandering. Book came out today.

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Insomnia Bird | Kelly Shepherd
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 159: Reading Doorways with Lindy. @Lindy

Lindy and Jenny settle in to talk about themselves as readers and what they care most about in the books they read and love. Lindy brings three books up for awards in Alberta, and Jenny brings poems and non-fiction and one novel. We also discuss a few more ideas for the 2019 Reading Envy Summer Reading Challenge

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy159

Cathythoughts Oh great ! Will have a listen later when I have more time 👍🏻 3w
Lindy I‘m glad you found an online description of Nancy Pearl‘s 4 doorways. Did you notice that Pearl recommends one of your three picks? https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/columns-and-blogs/nancy-pearl/artic... 3w
ReadingEnvy @Lindy that's a pretty amazing connection... Also found the book is out of print! When I went to link to it in Amazon it was $60ish. 3w
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Lindy @ReadingEnvy Out of print! Oh no! There are other book by Swift at my local library but not that one. I will see if I can get it on interlibrary loan. 3w
ReadingEnvy @Lindy her similar garden one seems to still be available 3w
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed listening to you two @Lindy I loved the Magpie poem. And I‘m stacking Flatshare ... very enriching discussion ♥️ 3w
ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts 🤸 thanks for listening 3w
Cathythoughts @ReadingEnvy no bother ! Really enjoyed 3w
LauraBeth Just wanted to pop in to say I listened to this last night and really enjoyed the discussion between you two. @Lindy thanks for bringing up the 4 doorways - so interesting! 2w
Lindy @LauraBeth Thanks. I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. 😘 2w
ReadingEnvy @LauraBeth thanks for listening! 2w
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Jay is a Filipino-american youth with one semester left of high school when he finds out his cousin in the Philippines has been killed. He convinces his parents to send him back to his aunts and uncles so he can try to figure out what happened.⤵️

ReadingEnvy I must say I was impressed by how the author used this story of a somewhat uninformed teenager to tell this story. Like many immigrant narratives, Jay doesn't feel he belongs in America, especially when coming home every day feels like coming home to the Philippines in food and cultural expectations, but then his family has insisted he learn and speak English, so in other ways he isn't Filipino enough. ⤵️ 3w
ReadingEnvy Traveling back to Manila he hears frequent protests that he (and his father) are the "ones who left," meaning they can't know what it's like there, and also shouldn't be making any judgments.
Since Jay and his cousin Jun are close in age, it's like getting to examine the same life if he had stayed vs if he moved away.⤵️
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ReadingEnvy And things obviously didn't go well for his cousin, who seems to have suffered unfairly because of President Duterte's war on "drugs" that also seem to be taking out poor, homeless, and other passersby on the side. Jay has to work hard to uncover the truth, all while living with family members that are more on board with the current administration than he ever could have expected. ⤵️ 3w
ReadingEnvy This is a YA novel, but the stakes are real stakes and the main character has a lot to work out between the various conflicting opinions in the family, the true dangers he confronts while trying to find the truth, and his own grief. There is also the family and friends he left at ... home? He isn't even sure where home is. I felt the ending was meaningful and realistic. 3w
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June was a good month with six 5-star reads.
Total books: 26

Audio: 5
eBook: 15
Print: 6

Purchased: 5
Library: 8
Review: 13

Asia 2019: 4
Camp ToB: 2
Joint Readalong: 1
TakePrideinReading: 6
TBR Explode: 3

Links to reviews: http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/2019/06/books-read-june-2019-134-159.html

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's a great month! 💖📖💖 3w
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The Body Papers | Grace Talusan
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Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan writes about moving from the Philippines to the United States as a child, navigating family secrets/illness and periods of undocumented status, and what it is like to return to her homeland as an adult scholar.

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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A non-magic (muggle) detective is called to Osthorne Academy for Young Mages (Hogwarts) to investigate the mysterious and gruesome death of one of their teachers. It's also where her sister teaches, so it brings up all sorts of memories and what-ifs for her own life.

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All City: A Novel | Alex Difrancesco
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When this novel begins, a storm is coming to New York, one bad enough that most of the people with resources have left to hole up in their "other homes," but it's New York and there are plenty who don't think any storm can really destroy the city. Superstorm Bernice hits, the waters travel farther than people expected, and don't recede. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy All of the sudden nobody is completely prepared to deal with the situation, and even though water is everywhere, you know the saying, not a drop to drink. And people with resources are not necessarily making humanitarian or ethical decisions, so violence and danger abound.
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ReadingEnvy The story has alternating viewpoints, which is something I usually like, but there were some places where I felt it muddied the waters a little bit. I was most invested in the first character introduced - Makayla. There is a fair amount of diverse representation in this novel (racial, gender, sexuality, financial.)⤵️ 3w
ReadingEnvy I like how the homeless characters are more prepared with the skills to survive in this kind of situation, ironic since their homelessness has at times been caused by the increasing gentrification of areas they can no longer afford. While we get some hints of the community that is being built moving forward, I'd actually like to see the next part of the story. I've always been more into the post than the apocalypse.

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Bangkok Wakes to Rain | Pitchaya Sudbanthad
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I have Thai fruit and books for the weekend!

batsy Rambutan is one of my favourites. And I have some for this weekend, too 😊 4w
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Chavisa Woods tells 100 stories of harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault from her own life (age 5 - now) to show the pervasive nature of these incidents in an average woman's life. It didn't matter if she was in a Midwestern small town or New York City, drunk or sober, walking alone at night or at her place of employment. I think all women could write their own collection. I think it should be required reading. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy I had a copy from Seven stories press and it came out June 25. I can also recommend her collection of short stories - 4w
Billypar I love the title of that story collection, and the description characterizing her writing as Flannery O'Connor mixed with Kelly Link also sounds really promising! 4w
ReadingEnvy @Billypar it's a lot of fun! 4w
mreads The cover artwork is interesting is the information on that in the book? 4w
ReadingEnvy @mreads it wasn't in mine but I had a review copy. I'm sure it will be in the final version. 4w
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This isn't out until August so I kind of jumped the gun but I needed a quick romance read in my life! And a new series from Alisha Rai, no less. Like all Rai's works this has diverse characters that show how romance can still deal with consent and trauma and still be steamy. It asks if there is space for a second chance in a swipe left culture, and also tackles #metoo plus CTE in professional football players. Very enjoyable!⤵️

ReadingEnvy And for the fans, these are tangentially connected to the characters in the Forbidden Hearts series. #romantsy
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This book was first mentioned on Episode 064 of the Reading Envy Podcast by Tracy Landrith back in August 2016, but of course the recent death of Gloria Vanderbilt (and touching tribute by son Anderson Cooper on CNN) brought it back to mind. #hoopla ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Gloria Vanderbilt undoubtedly has a fascinating life that spans almost an entire century, her wealth and circle connecting her to many famous and influential people throughout her life. But due to painful losses in her childhood and an early abusive marriage she considers herself more of a self-made woman, a trait that she passed on to her son Anderson. ⤵️ 4w
ReadingEnvy The audio is basically the two of them reading emails they sent one another, much heavier on Gloria than Anderson (who is interviewing more than he is sharing.)

Even at 1x speed, we listened to this in a day.
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Misconception: A Novel | Ryan Boudinot
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Reading Envy Podcast 158 -
Jenny covers three months of her TBR Explode project. Then she goes out to see what you have all been reading for the Reading Envy Summer Reading Challenge.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy158

ReadingEnvy Shoutouts to @andrew61, @lindy, @Reggie and more! 1mo
Lindy I don‘t know about The Founding Fish, but John McPhee‘s book about oranges is fantastic. 1mo
andrew61 Thank you for the shout out jenny, i nearly choked on my porridge this morning when i heard my name. I'm just reading my translated work, another rescued from tbr and with a blue cover ☺ 6d
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 🤩 it might happen again if I do another wrap-up! 6d
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Pescan: A Feel Good Cookbook | Abbie Cornish, Jacqueline King Schiller
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I've had the pleasure of being a member of the ABRAM's Dinner Party for the last year. Follow the link below to read more about all the cookbooks, recipes I tried, and my favorites of the year. And you can apply to be a member for 2019-20.
http://jennybakes.blogspot.com/2019/06/abrams-dinner-party-invitation-and.html

Lindy Your four favourite cookbooks all sound good. I like Anna Jones‘ A Modern Way to Eat and hadn‘t realized she has a new one out. Also, your adaptation of the orange honey cake is along the lines of my own creativity in the kitchen. I‘m looking forward to reading 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy Tessa Huff has a few earlier cake cookbooks too that I want to explore, one is 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I had not heard of Anna Jones but her approach to vegetarian food is refreshing. I've actually been craving the cauliflower rice dish I made and I don't even like cauliflower rice... 1mo
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Lindy @ReadingEnvy Why don‘t you post more often about cookbooks here on Litsy? 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I don't know! 1mo
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Trust Exercise by Susan Choi is a hard novel to discuss without ruining the experience so I will just say it starts out with high school students in an arts magnet school with a lot of theater focus. I read it because it was on the tournament of books camptob list.

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This is my second favorite Karen Russell (I will always hold St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves as one of my favorite books.) Top stories include The Bad Graft, Bog Girl: A Romance, and The Gondoliers. All of these have some kind of conflict between humans and the natural world, from infiltrating cacti to corpses to a Florida covered in toxic water.

Cortg A co-worker was reading and raving about how I‘d like this, so it‘s officially “stacked!” 1mo
Theaelizabet Hearing nothing but good things about this one. She‘s an author I need to try. 1mo
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The Bobcat: A Novel | Katherine Forbes Riley
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Laurelie is an art student more comfortable on her own, and even more so after experiencing a sexual assault. She relocates to finish college and encounters a hiker who is even more connected to the natural world than she is.

Healing through nature, finding a voice in art, the power of connection.... And just enough strangeness to keep me guessing. I'm still thinking about the end.

ReadingEnvy @Lindy I particularly feel interested in your take on this one! 1mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy It sounds good! I will let you know what I think when/if I read it. 😊 1mo
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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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Jenny received Chris Wolak and Emily Fine (the @bookcougars) at the Reading Envy Pub for mint juleps and a discussion of Gone with the Wind, a book many of us have been reading along in May and June. We will definitely spoil this book.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy157

Centique That was a really great episode Jenny. 😊 A very broad reaching and intelligent discussion 👏👏👏 3w
ReadingEnvy @Centique thank you! We didn't even get to all the discussion points we could have. There is so much there. 3w
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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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"She dropped her eyes to her plate and nibbled daintily on a beaten biscuit with an elegance and an utter lack of appetite that would have won Mammy's approval."

http://jennybakes.blogspot.com/2019/06/beaten-biscuits-from-gone-with-wind.html

LibrarianRyan Being that I just woke up, that picture first looked like a set of teeth and a tongue hanging out. 👅 1mo
mreads @LibrarianRyan I see it 😁 1mo
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I knew this book would have an emotional wallop so I held off for a while. It's clear Ocean Vuong is pulling on his own experience in this novel, because it shares some of the sentiments and emotions I experienced in his poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. (The pink background is connected to a scene in the novel.)
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ReadingEnvy Oh how I love when a poet writes essays or novels. The language is powerful, the way some pieces are linear but others return to themes and core experiences is very moving. It starts out speaking to the violence in families, looks at language and belonging, moves to sexuality and connection, all through the narration of "Little Dog" in a letter to his mama, one he doesn't believe she will ever read, so he can be honest. ⤵️
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ReadingEnvy I find some parallels with The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, in the sense that they both used fiction to explore their experiences leaving Vietnam and coming of age in America, but Nguyen's exploration is topical and political while Vuong explores the heart and mind. Both look at memory but the two novels are so very different. 1mo
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. On Earth You're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
2. Condomnauts by Yoss and Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
3. Making beaten biscuits as mentioned in Gone with the Wind!

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readordierachel Can see this won't be an easy read 💔 1mo
ReadingEnvy @readordierachel @Cathythoughts @lindy heartbreaking but somewhat insightful I thought 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Can‘t wait to start this one! 1mo
ReadingEnvy @readordierachel @Cathythoughts @Lindy I was pointed to the audio excerpt read by the author and it's near this quote. It's so emotional, wow. https://m.soundcloud.com/penguin-audio/on-earth-were-briefly-gorgeous 1mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Thanks for the link to the audio clip. It sounds like his poetry collection. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy There are moments in the novel that explicitly reference the poems... It makes it feel very much like a memoir 1mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Lightly fictionalized autobiography has been increasingly popular in the past 5 or more years. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy it's my favorite subgenre 1mo
readordierachel His voice is mesmerizing 1mo
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Arid Dreams | Duanwad Pimwana
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On the heels of reading Bright by this same author/translator duo, I found this book of short stories that came out the same day - I have to admit I was taken aback at first by how many stories featured a male character who was often obsessing over a woman, treating her like an object, or punishing her for not looking/acting like he thought she should. But there some subversion going on here where these characters are exposed for their thinking.

ReadingEnvy Kanda's Eyebrows" is probably the standout story for me in this collection, about a man who is angry that his wife has stopped wearing makeup.

While I understand the author's approach, I've probably read enough women filtered through men for a lifetime (even if in this case it is women through men through a woman) and I'd prefer to hear from the women in their own lives without the men as the filter or focus.
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ReadingEnvy The author seems to be trying to point out the difficulty when men believe they have a right to that control, and how quickly situations devolve. True, and yet.

Oh hey this counts for the Reading Envy Summer Challenge for "something translated." I found it in hoopla
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli might be the best book I've read all year. It's about refugees, lost children, memory, family, and what can truly be captured about a place or moment in time. Personal connections abound - sound capture, archival boxes, Steven Feld, marriage, so much that goes deep and I'll be thinking about for some time.

kspenmoll Great review! 1mo
andrew61 Definitely one i want to read - there is a good interview with the author on the literary friction podcast. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 literary... Friction? Ha! 1mo
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andrew61 @ReadingEnvy yes it's a good listen. P.s listened to the Thomas episode this week and id forgotten how much i miss his voice ☺ 1mo
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 yes I love his voice too 1mo
Lindy @andrew61 I liked hearing Thomas‘s voice again too. 1mo
BarbaraBB I just asked @AudreyMorris the same question: Is it an easy read? I‘m thinking of taking it with me on vacation but I always have to think then of my husband‘s taste as well... 😀 1mo
ReadingEnvy @BarbaraBB why, are you thinking of audio? I am not sure I'd do this in audio because there are artifacts and archival box descriptions. it's serious in subject matter but most of the book is written in chapters broken up into even smaller sections (which I think makes it easier to get in and out of.) Interestingly it's about a woman and her husband headed towards the end of a marriage, potentially. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @BarbaraBB also the topics are wide ranging - the Apache, sound recording, anthropology, refugees, survival, etc etc 1mo
BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t bring it on audio but we mostly share our books while travelling just to keep the luggage under control. But the book does sound really good! 1mo
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I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone (the trilogy) a couple of years ago and found this novella in #hoopla recently, reminding me I never read it. It's the love story of a puppet maker and a violin boy, Zuzana and Myk, it's all cute and the only warring factions are off the page in texts from Karou. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy One small complaint about the audio - Prague is such a central figure in this series. The author knew to have a violin boy who could talk about the fine Czech composer Dvorak. But the audiobook narrator destroyed his last name, pronouncing it Devorack. Sigh. I soothed my soul watching a pronunciation video on YouTube. https://youtu.be/5fRu6zAIbAo 1mo
ReadingEnvy And guys I'm giving this a so-so because it's just not substantive. They are twitterpated and do elaborately nice things for each other and it's sweet but nothing that's gonna stick at least not for this reader. 1mo
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I didn't read Kate Mulgrew's earlier memoir but this is really much more about her parents, particularly the ends of their lives and how she and her siblings were present for those long and painful periods of deterioration and change.
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Mulgrew is perceptive but really only talks about herself in relation to everyone else.. maybe that's life in a giant family. It's a nice comparison of stoic midwesterners and their New York City actress daughter.

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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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The audiobook version of Lanny by Max Porter feels like a combination of others that I like. Mix part Reservoir 13 and The Reservoir Tapes by Jon McGregor (sleepy village, child goes missing, multiple perspectives) with The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (small child interacting with the supernatural, in this case Dead Papa Toothwort,) family and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (community members with conflicting narratives.) #hoopla

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Tory Bilski travels to northwest Iceland with a group of women multiple years in a row to ride Icelandic horses. I think this is best for people who are super interested in horses (this is not me) or Iceland (this is me) and that otherwise the highlights would have made a shorter essay or article.
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mcipher I have a friend who has an Icelandic pony, so this book would be right up her alley! 1mo
ReadingEnvy @mcipher I learned from this book that they are horses and not ponies! It is the environment that makes them look ponylike. But yes, she is the perfect reader for this! 1mo
Lindy @mcipher @ReadingEnvy The pony versus horse terminology in regards to the Icelandic horse strikes me as funny. Only horse breed fanatics would argue about such a minor thing, since all horses and ponies are the same species. 🐎 1mo
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mcipher @Lindy @ReadingEnvy It‘s generically about height - a pony is technically any horse under 14 hands (if I remember right). Plus I call all horses ponies - my sister has a big goofy thoroughbred and she calls him her pony too. 😆 1mo
Lindy @mcipher That‘s true: build, coat, mane & tail are factors in declaring pony versus horse, but mainly height. And so the short, stocky, hairy Iceland breed requires a lot of passion on the part of enthusiasts to be horses instead of ponies. Which is an entirely different matter from people like your family who use pony as a term of endearment for horses. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy @mcipher it was clear that it REALLY mattered to these people 🐴🐎 1mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I talked to my niece about the Icelandic breed when I drove her to the airport this morning. Nancy is a North American champion equestrian. She laughed because she‘s heard the Icelandic owners defending the term horse. She says everyone else knows they are ponies. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy well I don't really have a horse or pony in this race, myself. ;) 1mo
mcipher @ReadingEnvy I love it!! @Lindy I also call all dogs puppies so I‘m the worst person to be real about this. 😆 1mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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How about you?

Prairiegirl_reading I can‘t mark a book!! 1mo
Geeklet I don‘t normally write in books. The idea freaks me out. 1mo
Daisey I don't generally write in books, but I've started to a bit more with my postal book group. I think it can be really interesting to make notes and highlight a book and then read it again later, or to compare notes with other readers. 1mo
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Dorianna I was raised never to do that and for some reason I am incapable of rebelling against it. I do enjoy getting a used book with surprise highlights and underlines. I like to imagine the person doing it and wondering why they chose their markings. Was the book assigned for school? Did these passages stop being important to them? If so why? It‘s like a little mystery for me. (edited) 1mo
Soubhiville I‘ve found after participating in a couple of Postal bookclubs that I don‘t like marking up books, and I find it really distracting to read a book that has been written in. I don‘t mind stick in page notes, though, which I use to mark quotes or passages I might want to come back to. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Soubhiville I used to keep a running document of quotations from books I was reading that brings up memories when I go back to it... I find myself wishing I still did that. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Dorianna it's like seeing inside their heads! 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Prairiegirl_reading @Geeklet do you keep notes from books then? 1mo
Geeklet @ReadingEnvy I used to keep a reading journal but I didn‘t keep up with it well enough to continue with it. I just enjoy books in the moment and don‘t worry too much about note taking. I never expect to remember much about books anyway, I just remember the feelings I have associated with them. 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading @ReadingEnvy sometimes I‘ll use sticky tabs and I sometimes keep notes in a notebook but as much as I would actually like to. 1mo
Soubhiville @ReadingEnvy I have a quotes journal! I really like looking back through it. I use page flags to mark quotes as I‘m reading, then go back later and copy quotes into the journal. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Soubhiville excellent I had one once and stuck with it for four pages .. I have a hard time making journal commitments ... Sigh 1mo
Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading @Soubhiville I use flags to mark passages and then flip back to reread them. I also keep a journal of favourite quotes (I‘m on my second one now), but use it only sporadically. You may have noticed that I use Litsy as a place to record quotes as well. 😉 1mo
Suet624 I have a word document that I‘ve kept for years with quotes from books. I would never write in a book. 3w
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Split-Level: A Novel | Sande Boritz Berger
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This book came out yesterday and I read it yesterday (from the publisher through netgalley) - it's a marriage tale from the 70s with suburbia and open marriage and guilt and consequences.
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All of it is from one of the women's points of view as she juggles motherhood and a "hobby" (ie: creative job that brings in extra cash) while worrying about her relationship.

merelybookish The title and cover are cool! 1mo
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Passing Strange | Ellen Klages
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Six women find their lives as tangled with each other‘s as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where mystery, science, and art intersect.

I loved this free download from Tor, set in 1940s San Francisco. I'll count it as one of my "somethingblue" selections for the #readingenvysummerreading challenge. Also counting it for the Instagram #TakePrideinReading challenge for June!

Lindy Hey! 👯‍♂️That was my pick for something blue also. Which hashtag should we use? @Reggie and I have used #readingenvysummerchallenge 2mo
ReadingEnvy Oh that's a good one. I use the other because it connects all years of summer reading but that let's me know another one I should follow! You reading it reminded me I was Ted 2mo
ReadingEnvy Argh not was Ted.. wanted to. 2mo
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Condomnauts by Yoss, translated by David Frye, tells the story of Josué, a sexual ambassador for humanity. When the first extragallactic beings arrive, everyone has to work together to preserve advancements in space travel.

Meaw_catlady Uhm yes. The cover alone is a win for me. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Meaw_catlady it is a fun read! 2mo
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Another one from my #tbrexplode project, added in 2009. A few years before that, I read Gulley's other non-fiction religion titles (If Grace is True; If God is Love), wrote him a letter, and he invited me to have lunch. I was in the midst of leaving church and wanted to understand how/why he stayed. So this was actually a pretty interesting follow-up. I just wish he read the audio!

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A girl is supposed to be heading to college but gets sidetracked by a cultish commune in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Asheville. I read this for the setting since I live an hour south of Asheville and have driven around tiny mountain towns with lots of nooks and crannies, even stumbled on what looked like a commune outside Gerton at one point. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy What I love about this book is how the author captures the internal emotional turmoil of someone who is being brainwashed, it's astounding and unnerving and kept me reading to the end.
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cathysaid You had this North Georgia girl at Blue Ridge Mountains. *insert dramatic sigh* 2mo
Soubhiville Asheville is my favorite town, and I‘ve been to some of those nearby communities! Not cultish religion wise, but kind of cultish when it comes to environmentalism and living off the grid. I want to read this now! Thanks! 2mo
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Amiable I‘ve never been to Asheville but it‘s been on my short list to visit ever since my oldest son spent a weekend there and called me to say “Mom, you have to come here—this place is made for you!” I‘m dying to go now! 2mo
ReadingEnvy @cathysaid it's a beautiful place! I'm just over the border in Greenville! 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Soubhiville so this community creates "intentional action" aka small acts of terrorism against corporations... So not just living off the grid, although the main character is not usually included in it, in another weird phase of mental games. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Amiable Asheville and the surrounding WNC area is so beautiful. And Asheville has good bookstores! 2mo
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