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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Mehso-so

This was undeniably cute and steamy, but a few aspects got under my skin in the end. Sure, acting like lovesick teenagers is cute, but practical foreplay in front of Michael's family? Also, after Philip James forcibly kisses Stella, Michael's response is... to insist she kisses him? Nice ownvoices rep of ASD and a fun story overall, but those icky bits overshadowed the rest for me.

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I would never know where I am in this book without @xicanti, which would be a shame because I'm learning a lot! It's making me think more deeply about learning and cognition issues and making me think about my own struggles with attention, memory, and addictive behaviors in a whole new light.

xicanti I'm glad Bookmark Maude has helped. 5mo
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue

It's a pretty demoralizing time politically to be reading BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, but Mbue's characters make it all worth it.

xicanti SHAINA SHAINA YOU POSTED ON LITSY!!!!! 9mo
shainareads @xicanti I DID I DID! 9mo
xicanti You should do it LOTS AND LOTS! 9mo
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Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Mehso-so

I'm so torn on how to review this. It was a completely solid read, perfect for fans of psychological horror, alternating viewpoints, and fic in translation. Still, parts of it dragged, and I just don't know that it's going to stick to with me. This really *just* falls short of being a Pick for me.

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Waiting on Jai to get his luscious locks cut and cozying up with a trilogy I've been meaning to get to ever since discovering Jemisin. Thank goodness he has long hair.

xicanti OMG I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU. 2y
readordierachel Amazing trilogy. Enjoy! 2y
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Some ARC and bookstore loot from my trip to Minnesota. @OutlandishLit spoiled the bejeezus out of me.

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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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Pretty sure I blew through this in 90 minutes, and I plan to do it all again on my plane ride home tomorrow. The tension and strangeness here reminded me so much of another favorite (ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING). Don't read anything about it before going in, and prepare to bite off every nail during this single sitting read.

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Bailedbailed

This is my third try with this one, and I just can't sink into it. The writing isn't bad, but the pacing is far too slow. If you're into dark fantasy and toy shop themes, give it a go, but more straight-up horror fans can pass.

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My reading buddy isn't too fond of pictures. I can forgive her since she still hangs around during the scary parts of the book. Gettin' summertime creepy with today's pick.

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Deadline | Mira Grant
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It's almost time for the #Readathon! Who else is participating on Saturday?

I'll be carving out some time to read DEADLINE by Mira Grant. I finally finished FEED this week, and I nearly tripped over myself to grab the second installment in her Newsflesh series. (Yes, even though it's an ebook. I am that clumsy.)

Ysabet It seems unfair that I can only like this once. 3y
xicanti AW YES 3y
BethFishReads Great series. Can't wait to get to the newest book 3y
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Terranauts | T C Boyle
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Starting a new project! It might take months to finish (thanks, grad school), but I love the feeling of cracking open a brand new novel.

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Tremontaine: A City Without Chocolate | Ellen Kushner, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, Racheline Maltese, Joel Derfner, Patty Bryant
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Currently: window seat, coffee, and a brand new story to discover. #saturday #weekendreads

shainareads Recommendation credit goes to @xicanti! 3y
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Harking back to James Baldwin's searingly honest but hopeful pair of essays, THE FIRE THIS TIME picks up where he left off. Ward collected essays, articles and poetry to examine where black Americans have been, where they are now and where they hope one day to be. Two standouts are Claudia Rankine's piece on black mourning and Garnette Cadogan's essay on walking while black. Easy? No. Vital? Oh yes.

mostlycatsandcoffee I picked this up at the library this week! 3y
shainareads @aprilgress I wouldn't exactly say it'll be a fun read, but I think you'll be happy to have read it! 3y
kerry If I've not read the Baldwin, should I make a point to go back to it before starting this one? 3y
shainareads @kerry I don't think you need to, but you SHOULD read the Baldwin because it's awesome ;) 3y
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Post-run drink and a post-run read. This is the school wide book at my graduate school this year, and I can already tell it's going to hit hard. Thank goodness for beer.

MrBook Nice pairing 😊👍🏻 3y
StephanieY How is their wheat beer? I'm a fan of the lager! 3y
shainareads @StephanieY It's yummy! I'd give it a try. @MrBook Thanks! 3y
kerry I need this book. And this beer. @StephanieY, if I can find it we can have at the next Scribbles! 3y
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I'M BACK, Y'ALL. Thanks for the update, @Litsy!

OutlandishLit MY QUEEN 3y
Heather_Reads 🎉🎉 3y
BkClubCare I want to read this - looking forward to hearing your thots. 3y
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Ysabet Hooray! 3y
MrBook It's about time! 😜😉😎👏🏻👍🏻 3y
kerry Yaasssss 3y
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I miss being able to post pictures on Litsy, especially since I got a new book yesterday that I want to show y'all!

Have you picked up any new books this weekend?

kerry I miss photos too! And this looks excellent. 3y
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Feed | Mira Grant

"In short, ladies and gentlemen, he is a legitimate contender to hold the highest office in our nation, as well as being the man who seems most likely to escalate the unending conflict between us and the infected into a state of all-out war."

Can we talk about the fact that I'm basically reading about Trump and zombies rn

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Feed | Mira Grant

I've got coffee, there's a gentle but persistent rain against the windows, and I'm ready to settle in for a long morning of reading. Happy weekend! What's on YOUR stack today?

P. S. I can't remember the last time I flew through such a long book so quickly! Mira Grant is a treasure.

theshrinkette Rereading The Fire This Time. 🙌 3y
shainareads @theshrinkette Excellent life decisions! I need to get a review or a mini up. 3y
Ysabet She's also terrifyingly prolific (with the bulk of her work coming out under the Seanan McGuire name), which is one of the many reasons I feel so lucky that she's my favorite author. (I basically love all of her work, although nothing else has claimed my heart to the extent Newsflesh has.) 3y
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Ysabet (This is a separate comment because for some reason my Swype keyboard's Enter key is replaced with "Send" in Litsy.) I still have to pick my next book! I unexpectedly finished The Long Game in one gulp last night. 3y
jessicaesquire Have you read this series before? After i read FEED i almost didn't read the rest of the books because i couldn't believe they would be as good. (spoiler: they are.) 3y
Ysabet @jessicaesquire 💜💜💜💜💜 3y
shainareads @jessicaesquire This is my first time! I saw your review and wondered if you ever got around to the rest, good to know. 3y
shainareads @ysabet I'm excited to investigate what else she's written! FEED is such a good combo of horror and political thriller. 3y
GuninActOne @shainareads I'm obsessed with her books. Just reread Indexing for a fairy tale fix. Her Incriptyd series is my happy reading 3y
Ysabet @shainareads Her Mira Grant books are very distinct from the Seanan McGuire ones, and not just because of the "Grant = horror/sci-fi" / "McGuire = urban fantasy" branding. (The various McGuire series all feel pretty different from each other, too.) 3y
Heather_Reads Ok. I don't know if it's just me, but a bunch of your posts are showing up with no content. So it'll just be the grey bar that has your name and profile pic, then the coloured bar for whatever book you're posting about. Is this a beta thing or a me thing? 3y
shainareads @Heather_Reads I updated my phone to the latest Android OS and it broke my ability to post photos. :/ @Litsy says they're working on fixing it, but for now I'm posting w/o pics. 3y
Heather_Reads Oh that's annoying - so you're not posting any text either? I feel like I'm missing something whenever I see your posts 😔 3y
Heather_Reads Wait. Some of your posts have text and some don't, just in case you get worried. 3y
shainareads Oh no! Which don't have text?! 3y
Heather_Reads This post didn't - just the grey bar and the coloured one. No picture and no blurb. I've gone back through and basically none of your posts for this book have anything. You did a quote and I can't see a quote. And some reviews you've done have photos, but no review text. You're getting lots of comments from others though, so maybe it's just me? 3y
Heather_Reads I haven't done the new Apple update yet, so it could be related to that. But it's literally only your posts it's happening with so I don't know. Oh and @OutlandishLit's review of A Guide to Being Born - I can see a picture but no review text. 3y
jessicaesquire Yay! When you finish the first one you'll understand my hesitation. But the series is really fantastic. My favorites of her books and not just because I'm a blogger. 3y
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"The task of resisting our own oppression does not relieve us of the responsibility of acknowledging our complicity in the oppression of others."

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Also, my new doctor just recommended I read COME AS YOU ARE, so it's safe to say I love my new doctor.

SarahSaysRead 👏 👏👏 3y
Suzze My doctor and I always talk books. Also my dentist's wife (who is his assistant). 3y
Ysabet I've heard great things about that one. 🎉 3y
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rivercityreading So good! Your doctor is a gem. 3y
shainareads @Suzze oooh, have you gotten any good recs from them? 3y
shainareads @Ysabet It's been on my Kindle for ages! This was a good reminder. 3y
shainareads @rivercityreading she really is, feeling v lucky 3y
Suzze @shainareads It was my dentist's receptionist (his daughter) that recommended one of my favorite series. Inspector Gamache by Louise Penny. 3y
shainareads @Suzze that is too cool. I need to start asking my medical professionals for recs :) 3y
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Feed | Mira Grant

Feeling like a zombie at the doctor's office with reading material to match.

My fancy new Android 7.0 update broke my ability to post Litsy pics, so stand by!

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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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I had such high hopes for this one - an alternate history in which the Civil War never happened and undercover free men hunt down runaway slaves sounded amazing. It wasn't a bad read, but just OK + seemingly clueless white author = 😕. (He did eventually give credit where it was due to his black literary influences, but not soon enough.) If you're on the fence, you can pass.

#fiction #review

OutlandishLit Thx for screening this 3y
shainareads @OutlandishLit anything 4 u 3y
theshrinkette Thanks for this review. Have been on the fence about this one. 3y
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kerry Glad you shared this. I'd been on the fence but have had enough mediocre (or problematic) reads of late, so will skip it! 3y
MrBook #BeachRead is the best read 😎👌🏻. 3y
shainareads @MrBook It sure wasn't a bad place to be with it! 🐚🌴🏝️ 3y
shainareads @theshrinkette @kerry you're both welcome! It really was a letdown. 3y
mostlycatsandcoffee Meh. I'll skip it, then! 3y
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Feed | Mira Grant
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🙌🙌🙌 Georgia Mason 🙌🙌🙌

#fiction #currentlyreading

Ysabet Oh, my best beloved. *^^* 3y
theshrinkette 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 3y
shainareads @ysabet @theshrinkette She is so cool, you guys. I already have inklings about why so many people said they loved this but don't feel the need to read the others. 😩 3y
Ysabet @shainareads @theshrinkette The whole series is so good...! It breaks my heart when people don't read past Feed. 3y
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Feed | Mira Grant
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"Before them, blogging was something people thought should be done by bored teenagers talking about how depressed they were. Some folks used it to report on politics and the news, but ... [t]he blogosphere wasn't threatening the traditional news media, not even as it started having a real place on the world stage. They thought of us as 'quaint.' Then the zombies came, and everything changed."

Journo-horror? Already sold.

#fiction #horror

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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There ain't enough horns in the world for this one. Unbelievable writing and world building, queer folk up the wazoo and an ending that left me flailing helplessly for more. Listen to Robin Miles's stellar narration if you can!

#fiction #fantasy #favorites #review

OutlandishLit I should really read this 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Everyone and their mother has read this one this summer, but I've never found my teenaged self in a protagonist more than I found her in Evie Boyd. Such adolescent drama, much feelings. Oh, and murder. (Thankfully not a part of my adolescence.)

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Liberty Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! 🎉 3y
Suzze Glad to see you here! 3y
shainareads @suzze so happy to finally be here! 3y
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Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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I started this on my way home from BEA '16, and it remains the best book I picked up there. Luminous gets thrown around a lot, but if you think you can find a book that better fits that bill, fight me. I'm floored that this is Dennis-Benn's debut and can't wait to see what she does next.

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StephanieY On my list thanks to @kerry 😄 3y
shainareads @StephanieY I hope you love it! It was so much better than I could have hoped. 3y
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"The particular combination of racism and classism in many communities of color is life-threatening. Nonetheless, when I, the middle-class Black mother of two sons, read another story about a Black man's unlucky encounter with a White police officer's deadly force, I am reminded that racism by itself can kill."

20 years old and still painfully relevant.

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MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! Please enjoy your stay 😎👍🏻. 3y
shainareads @mrbook Merci! 🤣 3y
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