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Soubhiville

Soubhiville

Joined May 2016

(She/her) Books, pets, and tea, my favorite things. My top genres are literary and historical fiction and big fat fantasies. 😊📚
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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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This is the second book I‘ve read in the past couple weeks about adopted siblings living with different families. Book kismet?

Grace and Maya were adopted as babies by different families and Joaquin spent his childhood in the foster system. As teens they find out about each other and meet.

I absolutely loved this, it‘s a tear-jerker towards the end. The new relationships the kids form, plus the existing ones they had, are perfectly depicted.

GirlNamedJesse I loved this one, too!! ❤️ 11h
BarbaraJean Oh, I loved this one, too!! It was on a #NewYearWhoDis list I received a couple years ago… and I‘m pretty sure I put it on the list I passed along the following year! 9h
TheLudicReader Such a good book. 7h
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Hold Still | Nina LaCour
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After Caitlin loses her best friend Ingrid to suicide, she finds her journal, which she had tucked under Caitlin‘s bed. In reading the entries, no more than one per day, Caitlin learns of sides of her friend she never knew.

Heartbreaking but also hopeful. Nina LaCour writes great YA, getting to the heart of the story.

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Mehso-so

Hm. The art in this graphic novel is cute, and I liked the overall theme. I kind of wished for more dialogue though. There are pages and pages of just art, and I think it could have been cut down some and conveyed the same message. Meh.

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The Summer We Got Free | Mia McKenzie
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Why isn‘t this book more popular? Yes it is from a small publishing house, but wow, what a deep, thoughtful, emotional story.

It‘s about a family in Philadelphia who are changed forever by a tragic incident. Ava is 11, wild and artsy and her free spirit is admired by most of her community. Then we meet her again in her 30‘s and you‘d never know she‘d ever been happy or had any dreams.

Such beautiful writing, gave me all the feelings.

Soubhiville I‘d highly recommend tracking down a copy of this one. It‘s tender and honest, tense and compelling, and tells queer stories from several viewpoints. Truly a one of a kind book. 4d
Soubhiville @MicheleinPhilly I think you‘d love it. 4d
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Any Other Family | Eleanor Brown
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My wrap up for September. A bunch of 4 or 5 star reads this month!
My favorites: Winter‘s Orbit, Any Other Family, Unnatural Magic, The Kaiju Preservation Society, and Dear Justyce.

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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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It‘s October, time to pull out our Grady Hendrix books for #AuthorAMonth. What are you planning to read?

#AuthorAMonth is a no-pressure, no-commitment Litsy challenge. The goal is to celebrate the works of a particular author each month. Authors were chosen through polls by Litsy participants. Read as many as you like, skip months when needed, it's entirely up to you!

There will be some prizes sent at the end of the year: ⬇️

Soubhiville -There will be ONE prize book box for "MOST READ." In order to qualify, books must be FINISHED in the appropriate month. (Bails will not be counted.) It is up to you to keep track by editing the Google form each month. (this prize can only be won once, there will be a different winner every year.) ⬇️ 5d
Soubhiville -There will be one or two prizes chosen from the "EVERY MONTH CLUB". To qualify for this prize you must read one or more book every month for the qualifying author. For this category BAILS COUNT. The winners will be chosen randomly from the participants that qualify for the club. ⬇️ 5d
Soubhiville -There will also be a few random prizes sent to any randomly drawn participant who has FINISHED at least one qualifying book during the year.

Only Listy members who are still active in the Listy community at the time of drawings will qualify. ⬇️
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Soubhiville Here is the link to the Google Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17unQAjR_xGxyxx9h_8uI2LVl_MwyJrBn_eKWqStr6fA/vie...

As always, let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the tag list. 🙂📚. Happy Reading!
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sprainedbrain I‘ve read most of his books already, so I‘m planning to read 5d
Bookwormjillk Yay! I‘m thinking about 5d
Soubhiville @Caroline2 just shared a great deal on a book by November‘s author for our UK folks. 99p for The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. 5d
Soubhiville @Melismatic just shared that My Best Friend‘s Exorcism has been made into an Amazon Prime series! See her post. 5d
BarkingMadRun I just let Grady last week! I‘m hoping to read Horrorstor and My Best Friend‘s Exorcism this month. 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Anyone can recommend which book should I read? 5d
DHill I‘m planning on reading The Final Girl Support Group and The Southern Book Club‘s Guide To Slaying Vampires. 5d
AmyG I will be reading 5d
Deblovestoread I don‘t read horror so am hesitant to try another one couldn‘t get past the rats in this one 5d
dariazeoli I started this one this morning! 5d
Larkken @Deblovestoread Oooh that was a rough scene! If you‘re up to try again and have audible, I think I saw that the tagged was available on there for free with the plus membership 4d
Deblovestoread @Larkken thanks for the tip! It is downloaded and ready to go. 4d
Andrew65 Not heard of this author so need to do some research. Loved Nic Stone last month. 4d
Bklover @Andrew65 This is a new one for me too! 4d
Bklover Okay, I just bought the one I think I want to read on kindle 4d
AnansiGirl I will probably be re-reading my favorite of his 4d
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Spinners | Donna Jo Napoli, Richard Tchen
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I had fun putting together this collage of my #bookspin and #doublespin books for the year so far. Just 2 days until we know what we read in October!

Inspired by @MaleficentBookDragon 😊

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5d
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Any Other Family | Eleanor Brown
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What an excellent book about chosen family, parenting, adoption and relationships.

The beginning was confusing because there are a lot of characters, but once I was clear on which parents went with which children I fell in love with this family.

It‘s about 4 siblings adopted by 3 parent sets, and the way the adoptive and birth parents structure their lives so that the kids keep their sibling relationships. Amazing book. 👍👍

MicheleinPhilly Nice! I just bought this over the weekend because I loved The Weird Sisters. 6d
Soubhiville @MicheleinPhilly that‘s the main reason I picked it up too 🙂📚❤️. 6d
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Unnatural Magic | C. M. Waggoner
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I loved this. There are two storylines, and I was a little lost right at the beginning, but it wasn‘t long before I was all in. Trolls, humans, magicians, murders, a mystery, and possible romance. Really great.

Cathythoughts I love the cover 💫 1w
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It‘s here! Happy Publication Day! I can‘t wait to dig into this later this week. 🙂 The cliffhanger in The Last Graduate was a doozy.

I am sad the spine isn‘t gold like the first two books. Strange design choice.

Librariana I *hate* when that happens! Or when new editions are a different size/height to its other series counterparts. 1w
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Scalzi describes this book well in his author‘s note at the end- it‘s like a pop song, fun to sing along to, kind of predictable, might get stuck in your head a little.

It‘s a fun, amusing, lighter sci-fi read. Pretty much what the title suggests. I enjoyed it a lot, it was just what I was looking to spend my weekend with.

With my little monster Venkman.

WorldsOkayestStepMom 😻😻😻 1w
KathyWheeler My husband and I are currently listening to this and love it. 1w
ShelleyBooksie Venkman ♡♡♡ 1w
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I pulled my October #Bookspin list today with a theme of Spooky/Creepy/Fall Colors. Appropriately enough Black Cat Venkman wanted to pose on top. Lol.

The ones that might be tough to read titles on are
5- The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
16- The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells
19- The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm He‘s a beautiful model! 😻 2w
RaeLovesToRead Oh wow! He looks like he's posing for a statue 🥰 2w
JacqMac Perfect pose. 💕 2w
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sarahbellum Purrrrfection! 😻😻😻 2w
MicheleinPhilly So regal! 2w
TheBookHippie 😻😻😻😻😻 2w
LauraJ Gorgeous, wrinkly beastie! 2w
jlhammar Wow, what a model. My cat would never cooperate like that. Love it! 2w
ShelleyBooksie What an awesome photo!!! Venkman ♡♡ 2w
AmyG That is a truly perfect photo. 🙌🏻❤️ 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures The Enchanted is one of my favorites, her prose are as gorgeous as your kitty! 2w
Gissy He looks so elegant! 😻☺️ 2w
LeahBergen He looks like an Art Deco statuette. 😆 2w
batsy Too good! What @LeahBergen said 😁 2w
Chelsea.Poole lol love it! 2w
bookishdawg Amazing photo! ❤️😊 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
UwannaPublishme Strike a pose! 😸👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Bookwomble That is one confident cat who really has their shit together! 🐈‍⬛😻 2w
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Anyone who is familiar with this series won‘t find it surprising that Mma Romatswe has a hard time actually getting work off her mind when she goes on holiday.

I love that everywhere she goes she wants to help the people she encounters, and the overall positive outlook of these characters.

I always find myself craving tea and cake while I read though. Wonder why 😘🍰☕️.

Mitch A series that stimulates the need for tea and cake must automatically get 5 ⭐️s ! 🤣 2w
Soubhiville @Mitch Yes! 5⭐️ and 3 cheers for cake and tea! 2w
Tamra Lol, so true! 2w
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Sometimes I get sneaky and put a book really close to her while she‘s sleeping. 😆

#NunsInSpace part 2 🙂. I thought this was a great follow up to Sisters of the Vast Black. The Sisters pick up two new passengers at a space station, one a novitiate and the other the blood sister of one of the Sisters.

2 things I love- discovery of a herd of wild live ships and seeing the beginning of an uprising.

AmyG She sleeps like Lou. ❤️ The legs. 2w
Soubhiville @AmyG she is Sietje of the many sleep positions! 🤣. How are you feeling? 2w
LeahBergen This is how I get my Johnny to “pose”. 😆 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐶 ❤️📚 2w
AmyG I am doing good! I finally tested negative 🙌🏻 2w
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I‘ve had this on my shelves for a year or more, cover showing because it‘s just a gorgeous shot. Finally got around to reading it.

There are terrific photos of European birds, as the authors and photographer are Swedish, and most birds have an accompanying scientific fact laden essay. My favorite parts were the anecdotal bits from birders familiar with each species. Little stories about each bird‘s habits or personalities. ⬇️

Soubhiville See the only other post about this book for a story about a Bonobo in a zoo who sees a bird get injured. 3w
Soubhiville Also: Igor loves all things bird, and the Krinkly paper from packages. 😸 (edited) 3w
Suet624 What a photo! 3w
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UwannaPublishme 😻😻😻 3w
Leftcoastzen 👏😸cool photo! 3w
Probably_reading_right_now What a cute cat 😭💜💜 2w
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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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Rainbow Rowell writes in her author‘s note of wanting to try her own version of a “chosen one” fantasy. This to me definitely felt like it was made of bits of Harry Potter and Twilight, but with song lyrics and nursery rhymes as spells and more humor.

I liked it more than I expected to, and appreciate that though it‘s first in a trilogy, it works as a stand alone.

It‘s my Sept #doublespin.

Sietje is pouting because we haven‘t walked yet. 🦮

AmyG Ha, I just realized I forgot all about my Bookspin book! Thanks for unintentionally reminding me. 3w
Soubhiville @AmyG 😆😁 anytime! 3w
TheAromaofBooks I enjoyed this one but also found it a little disorienting because it felt like I was starting in the middle of a series. 3w
Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks I felt that way too! 3w
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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Here we are halfway through September already #AuthorAMonth readers. I hope you‘re enjoying your books by Nic Stone. I have been!

Reminder that October‘s author is Grady Hendrix in case you need to place library holds or locate him on your shelves. 🙂📚

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PurpleyPumpkin I really enjoyed the tagged and maybe, just maybe, I‘ll be able to fit one more book in this month by this author!🤞🏽 3w
Megabooks I‘ve read one each for the last two months, but I‘m a bit more excited for doing some Grady rereads next month. It‘s always cool to go out of my comfort zone for aam, though! 3w
AmyG I really enjoyed Dear Martin. I had never read anything by this author. And HA, I thought the author was a man. Looking forward to Hendrix as I really like his books. 3w
Blackink_WhitePaper @AmyG even I thought the author is a man 😬 I enjoyed Dear Martin too 🤗 same pinch 😍 I am half way through 3w
Deblovestoread Just started Dear Justyce last night. Glad to be back with these characters. I‘ll be skipping October…no horror for me 😳 3w
Andrew65 Read both Dear Martin and Dear Justyce and loved both. 3w
dariazeoli Read and recommend 2w
Bklover Loved Dear Martin! 2w
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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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Ooooo, this was fun! Old secret families who eat books as sustenance, but also absorb the knowledge of the pages they eat. There‘s a gene mutation that results in a kind-of vampire who craves human brains, called mind-eaters, and eating someone‘s mind results in absorbing their knowledge and life experience.

A fantasy/thriller/horror story that‘s mostly about parenthood and chosen family. I loved it!

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I just started this one and love it so far! 3w
marleed Ohh, maybe this explains why my granddaughter eats her board books! 3w
Soubhiville @marleed 🤣😆 3w
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Winter's Orbit | Everina Maxwell
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Thank you Book People for urging me to buy this book with your adorable recommendations shelf.

A political marriage between 2 men from different planets, what could go wrong?

I found the beginning a little slow, but I was still enjoying it. At about 200 pages things picked up and I charged through the second half in one day. I love these characters and would definitely read a sequel!

This was my #bookspin for September. 📚💜🪐

CBee Love the sign 😂 3w
vlwelser 😂 that is quite the sign. But that actual cover is gorgeous. 3w
peanutnine 🤣🤣 the best recommendation sign 3w
Hooked_on_books Great sign! I also quite like the book cover. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3w
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Well, I made it about halfway through these short stories. The writing is very good, it flows well and is compelling. The subject matter is too much for me right now. I‘ve never tagged so many content warnings on StoryGraph before. I don‘t generally mind bleak stories, and if there had been any bright spots in the collection I‘d have kept reading, but every story here is packed with trauma. Frankly depressing.

Soubhiville Clearly Venkman is unbothered though. 😴🐈‍⬛ 4w
Leftcoastzen So cute !😸 4w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

I‘m enjoying both of my current reads and I‘ve enjoyed both of these upcoming author‘s other books so I‘m looking forward to a great reading week. 📚

ShelleyBooksie Carry On is great 4w
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Samantha Allen and her friend Billy travel across the country to cities and towns not really known for having a LGBTQ scene, to find the little queer pockets and find out how and why people live there. Visits with friends and checking out businesses, all while discussing some of each region‘s political recent history.

There was a part about found/ chosen family that resonated with me- essentially a feeling of fate bringing people into your life.

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Just Like Home | Sarah Gailey
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Whoa! I wasn‘t sure if I‘d finish this one, because it‘s quite creepy 😬😱. But I made it through.

I really like Sarah Gailey. They‘ve got a wide range of genres they‘ve tried, and I definitely think they nailed horror!

So many elements here, but the creepiest for me was the possible haunting unknown noises in the night vibe. Gave me goosebumps!

If you‘re looking for seasonal fall/ spooky reading, this is a good one to check out.

BookNAround I haven‘t read Gailey yet (and likely won‘t read this one because it‘s too creepy sounding) but as an FYI, they use they/them pronouns. 1mo
Soubhiville @BookNAround oh! I didn‘t know. Thanks for the correction. 😊 1mo
BookNAround @Soubhiville I didn‘t know either until a friend who‘s met them told me. 😊 1mo
Hooked_on_books I just started this one and, though I‘m rarely creeped out by horror, I‘m already glad I have been listening in broad daylight! Gailey is a truly gifted, genre-hopping author. 3d
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Once again I have a bunch of books going at once 🙄😆📚.

Real Queer and Mothers are for my Topics bookclub, which for September is reading Short Story or Essay Collections.

I‘m just starting Winter‘s Orbit for #bookspin and if I finish it this week I‘ll start Carry On, my #doublespin.

Just Like Home is my current audio. It might be too creepy for me, I don‘t read much horror. I‘m trying because I like the author.

Cinfhen Just like home was very creepy 🫣 1mo
Nessavamusic Just Like Home is very creepy, I enjoyed it though! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 1mo
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Dear Justyce | Nic Stone
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This is a follow up to Dear Martin that Nic Stone didn‘t plan to write. She was asked for what happened after that book, and also for a book about a kid with less opportunity than Justyce, and so she chose Quan.

Nic Stone‘s writing is engaging, and I listened to this all in one day. I‘d recommend both this and Dear Martin, for adults and teens.

You may want to look up Trigger Warnings first.

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A Wizard of Earthsea | Ursula K. Le Guin
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Did I go a little overboard with the fiction sale on BookOutlet? Depends on your description of overboard… (yeah, I did…)

Other than a few auto-buy author new releases, I won‘t be doing any more shopping for me until after the holidays.

aperfectmjk Sure... that's what we all say... until we see our favorite author drops a new release. Or everyone is raving about a particular book... and you just don't want to be left out. Somehow, they find their way home to your shelf. 😄 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I went crazy too, still waiting on box #2. 🫣 1mo
Soubhiville @aperfectmjk right? I‘m going to do my best though, knowing that it won‘t be long until I can start shopping for my holiday swap matches! 1mo
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Soubhiville @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ooo, have you posted box 1? Going to look now! 1mo
Megabooks Great choices!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
New Kid on the Book Nice book stacks! 4w
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Ever Green: Saving Big Forests to Save the Planet | John W. Reid, Thomas E. Lovejoy
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Exactly what the subtitle describes: a book about carbon storing, species preservation, and saving the world as we know it by protecting the large forests that still exist. It was a little more dense than I usually like, with lots of statistics, but I still enjoyed it and pushing through felt worthwhile.

#catsoflitsy Hello from #Igor.
#EnvironmentalNonfiction

AllDebooks Oh my, I need to read this 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Awesome pic of Igor!!! So cute all snuggled up ♡♡ 1mo
TheLudicReader Those eyes. 1mo
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The Town of Babylon: A Novel | Alejandro Varela
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I didn‘t finish this, but I might come back to it at some point.

The first half is slow moving, about Andrès who returns to his parent‘s home in his late 30‘s because his dad‘s health is declining. Andrès‘ marriage seems to be on the rocks, we don‘t know why only that his husband is in Nairobi for business.

At 2/3 there are a couple chapters focused on other families in the community, and at that point I lost interest. Maybe I‘ll finish ?‍♀️?

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It‘s fun when you search for an author‘s audiobooks on Libby and come across something unexpected!

This was an hour long short story about a carnie kid with an interesting past. A quick fun listen that made me want to look for this anthology 🎪❤️

(Looks like the whole anthology is available from my library on Libby. Woo hoo!)

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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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It‘s September, time to pull out our Nic Stone books for #AuthorAMonth. What are you planning to read?

#AuthorAMonth is a no-pressure, no-commitment Litsy challenge. The goal is to celebrate the works of a particular author each month. Authors were chosen through polls by Litsy participants. Read as many as you like, skip months when needed, it's entirely up to you! ⬇️

Soubhiville There will be some prizes sent at the end of the year:

-There will be ONE prize book box for "MOST READ." In order to qualify, books must be FINISHED in the appropriate month. (Bails will not be counted.) It is up to you to keep track by editing the Google form each month. (this prize can only be won once, there will be a different winner every year.) ⬇️
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Soubhiville -There will be one or two prizes chosen from the "EVERY MONTH CLUB". To qualify for this prize you must read one or more book every month for the qualifying author. For this category BAILS COUNT. The winners will be chosen randomly from the participants that qualify for the club.

-There will also be a few random prizes sent to any randomly drawn participant who has FINISHED at least one qualifying book during the year. ⬇️
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Soubhiville Only Listy members who are still active in the Listy community at the time of drawings will qualify.

Here is the link to the Google Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17unQAjR_xGxyxx9h_8uI2LVl_MwyJrBn_eKWqStr6fA/vie...

As always, let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the tag list. 🙂📚. Happy Reading!
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sprainedbrain I‘m finally reading 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin I‘ve got this one queued up. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll be reading this 🤞 1mo
DHill I‘ll be reading a short story by Nic Stone in (edited) 1mo
AmyG For me…. 1mo
TheBookHippie It‘s all good enjoy!!! 1mo
tdrosebud @erzascarletbookgasm I have this one as well 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @tdrosebud 🙌 Hope it‘s a good one! 1mo
Deblovestoread I‘m reading 1mo
UwannaPublishme I‘m going with 1mo
Andrew65 Already downloaded my first one. New author to me but the book sounds brilliant. 1mo
Melismatic I‘ve wanted to read her for awhile but waited for this month to do it. 💖 Almost finished with my first already - hoping to get thru 3 this month. She‘s fab! 1mo
tjwill I‘ve already read almost everything that she‘s published, so I think Fast Pitch is up first for me. I have it but haven‘t read it yet. 😁 1mo
Blackink_WhitePaper I am going to read 1mo
AnansiGirl Dear Martin and 1mo
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I won‘t be finishing anything else today, so here‘s my August Wrap Up.

My favorites were Deacon King Kong, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, A Strange and Stubborn Endurance, and His Majesty‘s Dragon.

AmyG Wow! Good job. 👏🏻 1mo
Soubhiville @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it was good. She reads the audio herself, which I enjoyed. 1mo
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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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I‘m a bit speechless. This book is excellent and heartbreaking. I didn‘t realize it was based on a true story until I heard the author‘s note.

It‘s no surprise lots of people don‘t trust the police when things like this happen. 💔

Hooked_on_books Isn‘t this book incredible? Mottley is a serious talent. It broke my heart, too. 1mo
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books it was so good. I‘m so impressed that she accomplished this book so young. I hope she has a long career, I‘ll read whatever she writes next. 1mo
Hooked_on_books Oh me too, for sure! Before I had the book, I heard her on a podcast and she‘s remarkably poised. There‘s no way I would have come across even half as well at 20! 1mo
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The Town of Babylon: A Novel | Alejandro Varela
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My dad takes a small packet of salt from his pocket. “Here,” he says. “In case of an emergency.”

The first time I saw my father after coming out, he gave me a five-pound wholesale bag of restaurant salt packets. “You can throw this in their eyes and run,” he said. “Always run, mi‘jo. Always.”

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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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Ok I‘ve settled on my #bookspin list for September. This month‘s books are either next in a series I‘m partway through, first in a new series, for #AuthorAMonth or my topics bookclub (Short Story or Essay Collections for Sept), or audiobooks I‘ve got on hold from the library that should be coming available.

Looking forward to this month‘s drawing @TheAromaofBooks !📚💕😁

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
Megabooks I love Rainbow! 🌈💜20 1mo
Soubhiville @Megabooks I‘ve been wanting to read the Simon Snow books for a while. We‘ll see if it gets chosen this month! 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#weeklyforecast and #20in4

For now I‘m hibernating the other two books I was hoping to finish this month, as they just aren‘t holding my attention.

Town of Babylon had a slow start but I‘m enjoying it now at 65 pages in. Nightcrawling on audio is excellent so far!

I‘ve got to get to Ever Green, it‘s due back at the library this week! Dear Justyce is for #AuthorAMonth and I‘ve been holding onto Real Queer for my topics bookclub- September is ⬇️

Soubhiville Short story and/or essay collections. Looking forward to all of these! 1mo
Cinfhen Looking good 😊 I had to hibernate a book this week too🐻#SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 1mo
Andrew65 Hope the next books are better. 1mo
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I loved this queer fantasy romance! The characters were wonderfully believable, I want to visit the Jade Market in this world.

Political intrigue, a mystery, lots of sexual tension, and a little magic made for an engrossing story.

Content warning for sexual assault, it‘s how the whole story starts.

Book 2 finished for #20in4 🙂📚

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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My Only Child | NING. WANG
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From the 1970‘s to 2015 China had a One Child Policy. Families were only allowed to have one child. This graphic novel tells the stories of four families who lost that only child, and the devastation of those losses.

The author is the same for all 4 stories but there are 4 different artists. It‘s obviously quite a sad book. The intro and afterword offer more insight into life in China during the time period.

AmyG Those beautiful eyes. ❤️ 1mo
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I‘m taking advantage of the Special End-of-summer #20in4 readathon to try to wrap up some August reads before the end of the month. Starting with the tagged today, since it‘s my bookclub discussion book for tonight, yikes! I‘m more than halfway through though, so it may be possible.

I‘ve just gotten some new plants for the garden I need to put in tomorrow morning, but should be able to get a good deal of reading in for the weekend.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 1mo
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The Rib King: A Novel | Ladee Hubbard
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I started out really liking this. The unfortunate circumstances that kept stacking up against Sitwell had me rooting for him, hoping something would finally go his way.

The first half of the book is from his point of view, and the second half, which I didn‘t like nearly as much, is from the point of view of a former coworker and potential love interest of Sitwell‘s, named Jennie.

The switch felt really abrupt and I couldn‘t settle back in.

Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks this was my #doublespin 🙂📚 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm not a fan of a major POV shift in the middle of a book, especially after I've gotten attached to the first one! 1mo
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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I only finished this for #CampLitsy, and unfortunately my favorite part about it has been our discussions. I‘m not going to say more because I want to save it for the second-half discussion on Saturday.

Megabooks I wasn‘t a fan until Saturday‘s discussion, but I think it was more of a wrong time thing for me. 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

I‘d love to read all of these physical books this week, but we‘ll see. Our Wives for #camplitsy should be done today. Native Nonfiction is for bookclub this Friday so hopefully I‘ll persevere with that! Babylon was a rec from my bibliologist at MyTBR. The other two are from the library New Release shelf and just caught my eye.

For audio, it‘s going to depend which holds come in first! I‘m looking forward to all 3!

Cinfhen I read 2/3 of your audios!! I‘m curious to hear how you get along with them. NightCrawling & 1mo
Cinfhen I miss popping into the library 📚 cool finds!! 1mo
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Erica- the younger sister from Stranger Things you find both extremely annoying and kind of endearing.

Here she takes 3 of her friends (reluctantly) on their first DND adventure. Her cocky attitude causes some friction, and they have to work together to save the day.

Cute and fun, great artwork. It jumped off the library‘s new release shelf onto my stack. 😊📚

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Real Hero Shit | Kendra Wells
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Sietje says the secret to being a real hero is: naps, plenty of naps.

Fun, very inclusive fantasy adventuring graphic novel. I liked the characters and the art, the story is a bit simple but satisfying. Great for Critical Role or RPG fans.

LauraJ I‘m good at naps! 2mo
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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Wow I feel like August is rushing by! How is your reading going #AuthorAMonth folks?

I‘m very excited for the next in the Scholomance series which comes out end of September.

I also discovered a new series by Naomi Novik that I am enjoying- the Temeraire series, beginning with His Majesty‘s Dragon.

Heads up that next month our author will be Nic Stone. You may want to place your library holds now. 🙂📚💕

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Julsmarshall I‘m listening to Deadly Education right now. Really interesting, not at all what I expected but I‘m enjoying it! 2mo
Caroline2 I‘m reading Temeraire and really enjoying it so far. 2mo
BookwormAHN I just finished Spinning Silver 😺 2mo
AmyG All set for Nic Stone month! (edited) 2mo
Bookwormjillk I started the Schoolmance book in print but think I will switch to audio. Just seems like a book I would like better that way. 2mo
Allylu @Bookwormjillk I enjoyed the audio. 2mo
vlwelser @Bookwormjillk definitely audio for that. 2mo
vlwelser Also ❤ Temeraine. Just started book 7. 2mo
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What a great book! I had a feeling it was going to be fun when I started meeting the characters. There are a ton, and most of them have fun names: Sportcoat, Hot Sausage, The Elephant, Sister Gee Golly, Bum-Bum, Sister Bibb, Sweet Corn, Pudgy Fingers, Jet, and more. And the first chapter is called Jesus‘s Cheese.

There‘s a comedy of errors feel to a lot of the book, but it also really digs into 1969 life in the cause-houses. Loved it!

jlhammar Agreed! One of my favorites last year. The audiobook is fantastic. 2mo
staci.reads Loved this one! 2mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

I can‘t believe it‘s the final 2 weeks of #camplitsy! I‘ve been looking forward to Our Wives Under the Sea. I‘ll be starting it this afternoon.

Native Nonfiction is for bookclub, and I admit I‘ve been procrastinating about it. Maybe it‘ll grab my attention more if I really give it some time.

The other two are just for fun, though I may discuss them with my other Topics club, for BIPOC authors month.

vivastory I have been seeing the Shapes of Native NF around a lot lately. I just added it to my TBR but I was caught off guard that it's not a new release. It sounds interesting though! 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘m just about to start Our Wives too… looking forward to it, along with our #camplitsy discussions. 2mo
Megabooks I‘ve got to look into the Hubbard. I enjoyed her story collection. I hope you enjoy Our Wives! 2mo
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BarbaraBB I just started Our Wives too. 2mo
Cinfhen I LOVE the cover of your edition of 2mo
Soubhiville @vivastory a couple of my bookclub folks have posted about it in the last month 😁. 2mo
Soubhiville @Cinfhen I ordered the UK version because I liked the cover better. 🙂 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s SOOOOO MUCH better than the US edition 2mo
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I wasn‘t sure how I‘d feel about His Majesty‘s Dragon since I‘ve had mixed feelings about Novik‘s past books.

I really liked this though! My favorite part was the bonds between the dragons and their human Captains.

I‘m glad I found this used volume that has the first three books in it, and I‘ll continue with the series.

Good call voting in Naomi Novik #authoramonth readers! (The Scholomance series is still my fave though.)

Soubhiville Venkman approves of dragons. 🐱🖤🐉 2mo
LauraJ Happy to see you‘re still here…and your gorgeous kitty too. 2mo
Librariana Good morning, Venkman 🥰 Glad you enjoyed this one, Soubhi 😊 Hope the rest of the series continues to entertain! 2mo
Soubhiville @LauraJ always! 2mo
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Real Hero Shit | Kendra Wells
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Once again I went into the library to pick up two holds and came out with 7 books. 🤦‍♀️ My Own books are glaring at me.

CBee Happens to me every single time 😂😂 2mo
Eyelit I‘m VERY familiar with this phenomenon 🤣 2mo
Bookwomble 📚🧐📚 2mo
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I love hearing librarian and bookseller stories of customers coming in looking for books of which they remember neither title or author. The one I hear the most is “it has a blue cover.”

This entire tiny book is drawings of those books, and the author‘s imagining of their covers. I only know for certain what one of them is, and it‘s pictured here. Do you recognize it?

If you have one of these stories I‘d love to hear it! 📚🤷‍♀️📘

Soubhiville “Victorian Prostitute with Dry Skin” is The Crimson Petal and the White. 2mo
vivastory I haven't read it but I'm guessing 2mo
Soubhiville @vivastory yep! I loved that one. 2mo
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I don‘t consider myself a gamer, but I‘m surrounded by them. My Dad, sister, and husband all slay at them. I had a few years of playing WoW, but not as it was meant to be played (mostly solo or with just my hubs.)

I think having gamers in my life helped me relate to this more, though like others have said it‘s just as much about friendship as it is about games. I loved my time with Sam, Sadie, and Marx. I thought this was terrific.

CaitlinR Nice review, thanks for sharing. 2mo
bookishdawg Pretty picture! I‘m eagerly awaiting my copy of this 😊 2mo
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