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Bit of a splurge today but I'm really happy with my selection.

Also, this issue of pompom directly responds to the problem of white supremacy flooding the art and craft world with it's call to action in the editorial section, and vow of inclusivity (race, age, and accessibility for starters).

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Pickpick

A phenomenal book that breaks your heart and fills you with rage. Systemic racism took away the power of the people, resulting in austerity measures that killed, and subjected thousands of children to lead poisoning. The story includes the theme of hope, but it is hard to see it through the reality of what happened in Flint.

(An excellent reading by the author, too.)

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Questions, Questions | Marcus Pfister
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Happy Monday!

Does anyone know if there's a way to display your Litsy feed on a website? Right now I have Instagram embedded, but I'd like to have Litsy instead.

#LitsyQuestions #questions

Litsy Afraid we don't have a way to embed a Litsy *feed* on external websites, but you can share individual posts anywhere on the web using the arrow icon that appears next to the “like,“ “comment,“ and “stack“ buttons on a post.

If you use Litsy on the web (https://www.litsy.com) you can also grab links to your profile, or a specific book, and share those as well. -Loranne
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taraWritesSci @Litsy Gotcha. A future feature maybe? 😁 3w
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My dental hygienist is in the same shopping center as Barnes & Noble, so of course I had to treat myself to a book afterwards! 😜

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Pickpick

The obvious recommendation is for anyone who communicates complex ideas to others. However, there was a lot of helpful info for people in general.

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Save Me From My Cell Phone | Rodney L. Sharp
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Hello.
My name is Dorito.
You killed my phone.
Prepare to be a part of the team.

That sounds like some kind of nightmare fictional corporate double-speak. What the heck, phone?! 😕

A funny #helloThursday brought to you by @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 1mo
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Good Morning, Midnight | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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Pickpick

A cerebral book examining two protagonists. Classified as sci-fi, and principles of science are woven throughout, but also not hard sci-fi. Literary sci? Don't go in expecting action or drama or high-stakes scenarios. You're going to explore some people in polar opposite but extreme scenarios (an astronaut in space, an astronomer in the arctic).

You're also not going to get a tidy explanation at the end. But you'll get a great ending nonetheless.

mreads Great book 😀 1mo
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taraWritesSci
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1. If I Understood You, Would I Have this Look on My Face? & Good Morning, Midnight
2. The Trauma Cleaner: One woman's extraordinary life in the business of death, decay, and disaster
3. Dropping off books at a couple of little neighborhood libraries.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Pickpick

As someone who avoided recognition and downplayed her (many, invaluable) roles throughout WWII, I imagine Virginia Hall would be quite displeased to learn of this book's existence. But it's a phenomenal book written about one of the most understated heroes to date. Sorry, Agent Hall, this is an important part of history that people need to know about.

Fantastic storytelling work by the author.

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Betsy-Tacy | Maud Hart Lovelace
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The weather has been SO nice this week/weekend which kept me busy working on things aside from reading. Audiobook workouts continue though, and the one I'm on now is incredible already (A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell).

Anyway, hope everyone is well and that the upcoming week goes smoothly. 🤗

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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this one, although I'm a huge Star Wars fan and Leia has been an idol since I was little, so a bit of bias is at work here.

There are elements of YA because of Leia's age when the story takes place, but it's well done.

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Panpan

The subtitle is a screaming clue as to where your expectations should be set before reading. I clearly missed it, or was a little too optimistic, because this ended up a self-help book with roughly 30% of the inspiring science woven in.

This would have been such a great book if they'd stripped the self-help out and allowed the authors to expand on the research they've done going back to the 70s.

Link to my Goodreads expanded review in comments.

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Pickpick

A difficult read because of what Sandra had to go through it her life, and the work she threw herself into in her later years. Reading about these things is nothing compared to her lived experience, however. I had to take my time to get through this one.

The author did a fantastic job keeping as true to the story as one can with the unreliable recounting of events, which Krasnostein is upfront about.

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Pickpick

There was a lot to wrap up in the final book so some parts seemed a tiny bit rushed. Still, a fun ride from start to finish. I liked that the tone was a bit more serious in parts, addressing some historical aspects that were previously lost to the insanity of the ultra rich.

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Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing | Beaverton, OR (Bookstore)

Testing out the new bookstore/library feature. I go here All. The. Time. It's so dangerous... 😜

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Thank You Book | Mo Willems
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A little non-bookish squishiness. 🤗💛

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Red Mars | Kim Stanley Robinson
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Bailedbailed

I'm starting to feel self-conscious over the number of bails lately. In this case, I thought for sure it was going to work for me. It's a Nebula award winning book about near-future Mars colony.

Alas, after the first chapter that was a pretty intriguing hook, the book turned into a brick wall of "telling". I tried skimming but that didn't help, and I could not get invested in the characters at all.

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Andrew65 Hope you get to a good book soon. 2mo
RamsFan1963 I bailed on this one too, despite all the buzz and great reviews I'd read. Robinson just isn't an author I enjoy, I've bailed on other books by him. 2mo
LauraJ Not a fan of “telling“ instead of “doing“ either. 2mo
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taraWritesSci @RamsFan1963 Glad it's not just me! 2mo
taraWritesSci @LauraJ Right! Telling is necessary, but not 45 minute long chapters worth, oy. 😖 2mo
taraWritesSci @Andrew65 Kevin Kwan's got my back 😜 2mo
Reggie If you wanna feel better about bailing check out @shawnmooney ‘s page. Lol He made it ok for me to start bailing on books. I never used to at all. 2mo
taraWritesSci @Reggie 😮 I suddenly don't feed so bad. That's a crazy number of bails for a feed! 2mo
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Audiobook | Profiles of frontier era women, many of whom I didn't know about before. The book is well-written and gives a reminder at the end of each profile to remember that we have it in ourselves to drive forward and not give up.

The author makes it clear that these are not saintly women, they have their faults, some reprehensible, some a product of the times. All, however, persevere in a time where everything is stacked against them.

kaysworld1 💖♀️ 2mo
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Pickpick

Second in the series, this book was just as ridiculously zany and charming as the first. It's the same breathless absurdity, but carefully balanced with down-to-earth normal people, Rachel and Nick. I have so much fun with Kwan's humor and the level of detail about the grossly wealthy class.

The footnotes are hysterical!

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Party planning | Jacqueline Steincap
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1. Rue on the chair where she's not supposed to be...
2. China Rich Girlfriend - I love this cast!
3. Birthday & holiday party on Saturday, hiking in Sunday
4. Temperate? 40s at night, 70s during the day
5. Whatever I'm not having to make, for once 😁

#friYAYintro
@howjessreads

wanderinglynn Aw! What a cutie & what a look! She‘s clearly saying, I know I‘m not supposed to be here, but it‘s just too comfy! 😂 ❤️🐶 3mo
taraWritesSci @wanderinglynn right?! Goofy dog 😄 3mo
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One a day will keep the work blues at bay. 😁 The plan is to read one or two of the *75* profiles each morning.

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Tamsin | Peter S. Beagle
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@BookwormAHN !! Thank you so much! I made a noise that startled the cat and dogs this morning when I opened up the box and saw the treasures you sent. 😍 I love everything!

And thank you @MeganAnn for hosting the #MythsandLegendsSwap 🤗

MeganAnn Yay!! 😍🎉👏🏻⚡️✨⚡️👏🏻🎉😍 3mo
BookwormAHN Your welcome, enjoy 😸 3mo
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Hard pass. Chapter 4 really just killed the whole book. Between the blatant errors (NIST = National Institute of Standards and Technology, not science and technology), the dimwitted analogy ("like porn, you know it when you see it but it's hard to define"), and the overly opinionated stance about Pluto's status change (come on already), the book isn't worth recommending. Books on science need to be vetted to perfection in a time of misinformation.

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Pickpick

The info in the book is important for a general audience to know. That's the only reason I rank this a pick.

My skepticism of the author, and his downplayed role in the whole mess, is what made me give it a 2-star on GR. I've been in the tech industry since the late 90s so there's that bias.

Full review link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2718722534

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Concussion | Jeanne Marie Laskas
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Such a well-written book, I recommend it on audio. The story of Dr. Bennet Omalu is intriguing. The garbage he had to endure that attacked his work, when all he was interested in was the brain,--"what is football?"--is what so many scientists have to deal with on a constant basis with powerful, self-interest groups/corps. It's disheartening.

The pacing of the book and the way the story unfolded made you want to hurry back for more.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Mehso-so

I was hooked the first third of the book, but then it became a slog to read. The children's dialogue was tiresome. Loved Crowley and Aziraphale, though!

The upcoming show based on the book is going to be fantastic. The book itself, however, I feel guilty for not adoring it the way everyone else seems to. It should have been a lot shorter to keep up with the punchy and strong beginning.

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Swap Club | Lauren Wise
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#MythsandLegendsSwap package is in the mail as of yesterday, told it should arrive by Monday! 💛📚

@MeganAnn

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Oh wow, @faelinwolf thank you SO much, x100! Everything about this theme is absolutely perfect. 😍 🤗 💛📚

#SFFS #SciFiFantasySwap
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faelinwolf Yay!! Glad you like it! ❤❤❤ 3mo
Avanders 🧬🦄♥️♥️👏🏽 3mo
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Pickpick

Wow. I read this in one sitting; completely hooked from start to finish.

I'll add a comment with spoiler for more as I can't say anything without ruining the book. This one definitely lives up to the hype.

taraWritesSci So the entire time I loathed the sister Ayoola, her selfishness and entitlement is gross, and the way she leaves Korende to clean up everything in her wake, just grates. But then in the ending it's revealed that neither sister is really at the mercy of the other. They're simply doing what needs to be done to survive. A great read that makes you stop and rethink your judgment. 3mo
Reggie Nice comment! 3mo
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Woops, some books fell into my hands! 😜

Also! Package arrived safe and sound, @faelinwolf -- love the stickers, I'll share on opening day. 💛

faelinwolf Yay!!! My package came yesterday! Can't wait for opening day!! It's so far away! 3mo
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Pickpick

Some shockers, some outright "nooooo," and a character I disliked from earlier in the series returned but in a much more tolerable form.

A good setup for the final installment of the series.

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A bit dry, but well-researched with a ton of information. It's not a prescription for how to eat nor does it cast any sort of judgement. I found some areas weren't as good as others, or the cited source info was quite dated. Overall though, I'd recommend this book, especially to parents or expecting parents. We are not born with innate eating habits; they're learned from those around us starting before our first bite.

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Geeky Giving: A Sff Charity Anthology | Ryan Britt, K B Spangler, Heather Clitheroe
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@faelinwolf - your box was handed straight to the delivery driver, so unless he turns out to be a shifty book snatcher, swap goodies are on the way to you!

@Avanders
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Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 4mo
faelinwolf Woot! Thank you! I'm so excited! Yours should be ready to go out on Monday! 😀😀😀 4mo
taraWritesSci @faelinwolf I can't wait! 🤗 4mo
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One Drowsy Dragon | Ethan Long
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I've been in a bit of a funk for the past week or so. It started with AWP19, and then having to take allergy meds to combat the pollen plume when even the newest antihistamines cause extreme drowsiness (lightweight).

I'm finally dedicating a few minutes alone to read with my favorite teacup. At least these flowers are harmless. 😜

JacqMac I hate allergy season. I hope you feel better soon. 4mo
taraWritesSci @JacqMac 🤗 thanks! 4mo
LoverofLit I've had itchy eyes and pounding temples for a week. Allergy season is the worst. I'm sorry you're suffering! 4mo
taraWritesSci @LoverofLit oh man, same to you! 4mo
Tanisha_A Feel better soon! 4mo
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Eeee! Just in time for the weekend. Hanging up the out of office and disappearing into the black. 😁

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Firefly - Big Damn Hero | Nancy Holder, James Lovegrove
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Mehso-so

You have to really love Firefly, have some serious nostalgia in fact, to like this book. The story itself was cliche and quite juvenile rather than the offbeat quirky antics of the show or graphic novels. I'm a big fan of Firefly, that's the only reason I read I through.

Admittedly, it was fun having time with the crew again. I just wish the story and the writing had been better.

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Preserving the Lipizzaner horse, and saving the centuries-long way of life of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, was the right call. Would it have been easy to learn horses were saved while people died or suffered? No, even as someone who considers pets family.

But thankfully the collaborative efforts of people from opposing sides of the war were able to pull off the operation.

I recommend to anyone interested in horses and/or WWII history.

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Thursday night, nothing to do... To the bookstore! 😁

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The Sword Dancer | Jeannie Lin
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My reads lately have been heavy, so heavy that I had to set a couple aside, including a Marlon James book that I really wanted to read, but it just was too much when I need some escapism right now.

So! I grabbed a Jeannie Lin novel since she has a good balance between realistic grittiness and human connections.

Aaaaand the Firefly novel. How could I not? 😁

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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Such a good book, powerfully written with a memorable cast. It's a counterweight to the overly optimistic, and very white, perspective that others in the same genre often suffers from.

This reminds me of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale in the psychological weight of the book. I felt so miserable for the characters and what they had to endure, and it felt like it would never end. But that discomfort, I think, is necessary to understand the story.

Reggie Nice!! 4mo
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Too much of the opioid crisis is dependent upon assumptions rather than the science and facts that are presented in this book. I tore through it in two days time, it was so well written. My heart goes out to the doctors who are backed into an awful corner, and the people whose addictions started with a prescription from their doctor.

The language is clear and accessible, I recommend this to any reader.

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A night off from booking to watch Captain Marvel.

😁

RamsFan1963 I saw that today too. Great movie, nice empowering message, lots of humor (I want that cat!) and oodles of action. 4mo
taraWritesSci @RamsFan1963 The cat! So much win 😂 4mo
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Pickpick

A must read that will likely make you cringe and piss you off before getting to a place where the author points out how he too is guilty of the problems covered at some point in his life/career.

My recommendation is to patiently read/listen all the way through as chapter six and the conclusion bring it all together in the author's admissions and understanding. He's not as one-sided or blind to the problems of today as he initially sounds.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think I need to read this one! 5mo
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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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This one is between a so-so and a pick, for me.

A gritty and fast-paced read, I enjoyed Roanhorse's style. The story itself I would not classify as YA but the resolution ends up as such. If you are looking for a good adventure, characters that are neither solidly good or bad, and a rare setting, this book's a great choice. Just be prepared for a YA ending.

TieDyeDude I didn't "LOVE" it, but I'll definitely read the sequel 4mo
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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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One of my furkids was sick last night which meant I didn't get the sleeps. Now I'm dragging butt trying to stay up this last hour before my actual bedtime. 😪

Birdsong28 Hope they get better soon 🐾😘📚📖 5mo
BookwormM Hugs for poorly fur baby 5mo
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Three Parts Dead | Max Gladstone
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I struck out on the last two novels I picked up, so here's hoping this one does it for me. I've wanted to read it for awhile now. Fingers crossed!

tournevis It got very enthusiastic reviews when it came out. 5mo
taraWritesSci @tournevis Good to hear! 5mo
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A satisfying conclusion to the series. There was a lot going on which made wrapping everything up in one book tough. Arden did pull it off, though, and while I would have liked to continue exploring the dual worlds Vasya navigated, I'm content with where the story ended.

I'm not one for re-reading, but this series is one I look forward to doing just that, soon.

EmilyM I agree with your review. I am not a re-reader, but I feel like I was a little lost in parts of this book because I couldn‘t remember what happened in the first two books...so I may go back and reread the series at some point. 5mo
taraWritesSci @EmilyM I'm glad that I didn't learn of the series until last year because I was at least able to devour them back-to-back. The gap between two and three though, and the complexity of every name having a specific nickname used interchangeably, whew! 😁 5mo
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The Swap | Megan Shull
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I just signed up for the #MythsandLegendsSwap hosted by @MeganAnn

Can't wait! 😊💛🎉

nudibranch I'm so tempted, this one looks soooooo good! 5mo
MeganAnn Yay!! I‘m so excited you‘ve signed up! 😍 And I just replied to your email as well. 5mo
taraWritesSci @MeganAnn Whew, sorry about that. Auto-fill messes me up almost as much as autocorrect. 😐 5mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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A powerful book with so many takeaways. The big one for me is that providing children with a supportive environment is critical to their success in life. Financial or location obstacles are not important, it's giving children unconditional love and one's belief in what they can do that matters.

I highly recommend the audiobook version.

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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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Happy Friday!

Just when the work day went terrible, an email from the library came in to announce that my hold for The Winter of the Witch had come in. Timing could not have been better. 💛😁