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xicanti

xicanti

Joined February 2016

I read a little bit of everything because genre snobbery ain't cool. 🇨🇦
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I did the slightly lopsided book & beer thing this afternoon and now I have MANY EMOTIONS about the tagged story from Reactor‘s Jan/Feb output. Lately, I‘ve read an awful lot of longer stories that didn‘t earn their length. This one absolutely did.

The beer is great, too—and yeah, I‘m shocked I‘m saying that about an IPA. Strong flavour on all fronts. I‘m impressed.

TieDyeDude I had a good IPA today, too. Maybe the industry is finally done trying to drown everyone in hops. I liked that Reactor story a lot! 8h
xicanti @TieDyeDude we can hope! This one was still pretty hop-forward, but the other flavours provided a great balance. 24m
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The Tyranny of Faith | Richard Swan
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Alas, I‘m gonna bail on THE TYRANNY OF FAITH at 32%. It‘s the right book for a plot-driven reader, or for one who really connects with the characters, but it‘s the wrong book for me. I‘m bored and frustrated more often than I‘m entertained, and I feel like certain of Swan‘s storytelling decisions destroy the tension. If I had stronger emotions about these characters, I‘d probably have the opposite take. Since I don‘t, I‘m out. 😔

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 + 🖤🐾🖤 15h
LiteraryinLawrence Sounds like you gave it ample time. 🤷🏻‍♀️ On to better things! 14h
xicanti @LiteraryinLawrence it was also the sequel to a book I rather liked but didn‘t love. A pretty big chunk of the time, I approach a book like that and find the issues that kept me at a distance in the first volume are resolved in the second, but here the author doubled down on them. Sadness. 25m
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The Mountain Crown | Karin Lowachee
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I‘m still in a major fantasy mood, and I couldn‘t resist starting THE MOUNTAIN CROWN while I cooked and ate my fake shakshuka. It‘s exactly what I feel like: layered and immersive, with strong worldbuilding and a big anticolonial stance. I‘m gonna enjoy this.

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A Taste of Gold and Iron | Alexandra Rowland
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My Kobo keeps telling me my next chapter of A TASTE OF GOLD AND IRON will take me an hour or so to read and I‘m like, “Yes, good, bring it on and serve me up the next one, too.”

It‘s far from an action-packed book, but there‘s SO MUCH good character work as these people find their way towards each other and grow in the process. Tadek is a wonderful surprise, too. Rowland rejects the expected path for him.

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Yesterday I hung out with Casey and, to my great surprise, binge-read THE RAVEN KING. The character dynamics that never coalesced for me in the first book finally did so here, in a big, must-read-more kinda way. There‘s still a certain amount of performative edginess, but there are also real, interesting connections arranged in a fascinating web. Plus, I‘m a sucker for a novel where someone tries to remain aloof but comes to love, like, EVERYONE.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I read these in lockdown, I loved the Foxes, in all their messy, traumatised, violent, healing glory. I want to reread before I move on to the new book. 1w
dabbe #bestillmyheart 🖤🐾🖤 1w
xicanti @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m trending towards the Fox-love too. Gonna get the next book in a week or two, once I finish another couple things. 1w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @xicanti, 🦊 enjoy! Book 3 is wild. 1w
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It‘s a poke + crime fiction night. This historical mystery from KJ Charles somehow gives off the same vibes as Maureen Johnson‘s Truly Devious books, but for an adult audience and with a somewhat more recent cold case in which the friend group has a personal stake. I‘m eager to read on.

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage I love a good poke bowl 1w
xicanti @Booksblanketsandahotbeverage so much deliciousness in one place. 1w
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The Vagabond | Colette
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Today I took a long and excellent bike ride along the Seine, my favourite Manitoba river. (It‘s much smaller than the one in France.) I found tons of Little Free Libraries along my route, one of which coughed up a Penguin Colette. I‘m an eternal sucker for Penguins and I‘ve been meaning to try Colette‘s novels for years. (I‘ve read all her short fiction, I‘m pretty sure.)

dabbe 🩵💙🩵 2w
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I stopped off for a cappuccino and some opera criticism courtesy of this fascinating book. I‘m always excited about opera, but it‘s got me EVEN MORE EXCITED ABOUT OPERA THAN USUAL! The chunk I just read was about opera as a nonchronological art, and I dunno if the ARC‘s formatting jumbled the timeline and the illustrations up or if Sharon intended it to appear like that, but either way, it gets the point across.

Cuilin This looks so intriguing. I was a Met Opera educator for years. We worked to bring Opera to a younger audience and make it less “elite”. Stacked. 2w
xicanti @Cuilin this is definitely the book for you! There‘s a big focus on envisioning opera as a dynamic art form with a much broader appeal than the establishment insists on. 2w
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Defenders Epic Collection: The New Defenders | J.M. DeMatteis, Ann Nocenti, Peter Gillis, Marie Severin
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As of this morning, I‘ve officially read every X-Men comic on Marvel Unlimited, again! (I did it six years ago, too.) Took me almost a full year to catch up on the older titles they‘ve digitized since my last subscription ended and the newer ones my library never bought.

I‘ve still got a couple weeks left on my current discounted subscription, so I‘m gonna dig into this non-X-book that‘s still half former X-Men. It‘s a lot of fun so far.

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I love the hell out of THE FRAGILE THREADS OF POWER so far, but I can‘t seem to sit down and actually READ it; probably because I don‘t want to pick it up unless I‘ve got a big stretch of time ahead of me, and those‘ve been sorely lacking for the last couple days. Still, I passed 50% while I monitored Saki‘s tether time, and I plan to carve out some more big chunks of reading time later today and tomorrow.

TieDyeDude I have that problem in general 😅 That's why I've been gravitating towards graphic novels and novellas as of late. The breakroom at work has three seats for about 15 people, so not much reading at lunch normally, and most nights by the time we're settling down, it's about 15-20 minutes before we should be going to bed... 2w
xicanti @TieDyeDude it‘s so frustrating. I hope you can manage to scrounge some longer reading sessions soon! 2w
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Everybody's Son: A Novel | Thrity Umrigar
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I did a large Venetian puzzle while I finished my first Thrity Umrigar. I‘ve gotta say, I thought she‘d deliver something much better than this book, which was entirely EXPECTED at every turn. Only one minor surprise in the whole thing, without the emotional resonance that might‘ve made up for its predictability. Even though people seem to agree this is her worst book, I won‘t rush to read her again. #audiopuzzling

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2w
peanutnine I love that puzzle! Beautiful 😍 2w
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Friday afternoon book & beer: outdoor edition. I‘m forever on the hunt for a proper Manitoba gose, and I think Barn Hammer Brewing has done it. Their Margarita Gose is sharp without straying into Sour territory, and it‘s got that perfect salty finish. Well worth the purchase.

Hoping to make some good progress through THE FRAGILE THREADS OF POWER. I‘ve been trying to dig into it for the last three days, but stuff keeps coming up. Sigh.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Friday! 2w
xicanti @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s wind down time! 🍻 2w
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Yesterday was my birthday! I woke up to the news I was approved for an ARC of the tagged book, about which I am SO EXCITED. I can‘t wait to dig into it.

I also got a couple of bookish presents: a new Kobo case and a mystery my mother won in a contest. And I took myself off to the thrift store in the afternoon, there to find a functional beige iPad case I transformed with some glitter mist because no device of mine will dress like Colin Robinson.

Tamra Happy Birthday! 🎉🎉 3w
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 3w
BarbaraJean Happy Birthday!! 🎉 📚 🎉 3w
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JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy birthday 🎉🎈🎊🎂 3w
dabbe HB! ❤️💙❤️ 3w
LiteraryinLawrence Glad that you gave it some pizzazz! 3w
llwheeler Happy birthday! 3w
CarolynM Happy birthday 🎂🎈🥳 2w
NatalieR Happy Birthday! 🎂🎉 📚 2w
youneverarrived Happy belated birthday 🩷 2w
xicanti @LiteraryinLawrence it was mighty necessary. 2w
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Happy Hour | Marlowe Granados
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Sunday afternoon outdoor reading with Casey, who‘s obsessed with the garden storage box.

I‘m 90 pages into HAPPY HOUR and I still don‘t know if I‘m gonna love it or drift away from it. It‘s well-observed, with a lot to say about youthful self discovery, the intelligentsia, and New York as a social ecosystem, but the sparse dialogue holds me at a distance. Granados often summarizes what her characters say instead of letting me fully listen in.

CBee Hi Casey! 🥰 3w
xicanti @CBee Casey says hi back! 3w
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Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
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Onward over breakfast! I didn‘t get a huge amount of reading time yesterday since I did a bunch of pre-birthday stuff with my family (including a Chinese feast and a trip to IKEA, where this rainbow cake‘s full purchase price went to support queer refugees who hope to settle in Canada), but it‘s raining today and my job got cancelled so I hope to make up for that. I‘m feeling very just-one-more-chapter about my TOWER OF DAWN reread.

dabbe 💚🌈💙 3w
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humouress Happy (pre) birthday! 3w
xicanti @humouress thank you! 3w
Nutmegnc @xicanti I live in a pretty liberal urban area and it‘s so strange. It‘s like Pride didn‘t exist this year??!!So, no cake for me 😓 (edited) 3w
xicanti @Nutmegnc 😔 I hope you can find some Pride cake (or similar) in the next couple days. Last year it felt like a lot of companies were holding back on their Pride stuff, so I was glad to see more of it this year. It does seem like a lot of it only got major publicity at the very end of the month, though. 3w
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Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
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Casey ran away the moment I tried to take a cute photo of him with TOWER OF DAWN, so you get my coffee mug instead. I‘m finally gonna finish my Throne of Glass reread in July! (Unless I get distracted or I forget, like I did in June.)

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The Pairing | Casey McQuiston
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Meet the forced proximity BFFs-to-lovers-to-exes-to-lovers road trip novel of my heart. THE PAIRING worked for me on every level: as an open and enthusiastic European tour, as a celebration of food, and as an emotionally-charged examination of what can go wrong between two people, how their lives can change during their time apart, and what they can do to repair things. I giggled and sighed and SOBBED MY HEART OUT. 5 stars.

xicanti Much longer ARC review on Instagram, as per usual: https://www.instagram.com/p/C8mUtkSgjwE/?igsh=MXhoa2VjbmNjczRneA== 4w
LiteraryinLawrence Ooh, great review! 4w
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peanutnine Amazing review. I CANNOT WAIT for this one! 3w
xicanti @peanutnine it‘s so awesome!!!! 3w
CarolynM Sounds great. Stacked🙂 3w
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This is Casey‘s, “Whyyyyy do I have to be awake?” face. Little dude hates mornings.

I honestly expected the tagged book to be a quick bail since I didn‘t like Lemming‘s debut and she brings dubcon into things here besides, but I had a lot of fun with it. Parts definitely fall into interesting-not-admirable territory, but everyone‘s got great chemistry and I loved watching the demons figure out how to live in the human world.

dabbe #coolcasey 🖤🐾🖤 4w
AlaMich Same, Casey, same! 4w
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No Fox Given | Aimee Easterling
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I made David Lebovitz‘s bacon & bleu cheese cake for obvious reasons, and I listened to the first book in this omnibus so I could try out the audio function on my Kobo. It‘s a decent urban fantasy with a good prose style, but I don‘t feel like Easterling has given me quite enough of the OOMPH I need to really invest in the characters‘ relationships. I might drift away from the second book. #audiobaking

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The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang
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I treated myself to a new book nook kit as an early birthday present. I think this speakeasy is my favourite one yet.

Likewise, I‘ve enjoyed each of Helen Hoang‘s books more than the one before, and THE HEART PRINCIPLE absolutely blew me away. It‘s a gripping dive into toxic family structures and the intense pressure that comes when the people who should love and protect you refuse to even consider your needs. Wow. #audiocrafting

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 4w
BookmarkTavern Wow! 🤩🤩 4w
TieDyeDude That's freakin' delightful! 4w
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AlaMich Where do you order the kits from? 4w
Blerdgal_Fenix Do you build it your self or get the preorder ones 4w
xicanti @dabbe @BookmarkTavern @TieDyeDude right? I love it so much! I wish Litsy had slides so I could share pics of all the great little details. 4w
xicanti @AlaMich Amazon, but I think a lot of toy and hobby stores now offer them, too. 4w
xicanti @Blerdgal_Fenix I always get the kits you assemble for yourself. They‘re a lot of fun. 4w
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This week‘s library haul. I‘m so glad they finally bought the last (I think) volume of ŌOKU! Otherwise, I got the actual last book from this year‘s Canada Reads longlist, a fantasy I‘m not totally sure about because I didn‘t love the first one the way everyone else does, a children‘s comic, and a random fantasy that caught my eye in the recent Kobo sales. (I always check the library catalogue before I buy anything.)

peanutnine I loved Allison Saft's other book and have had my eye on 1mo
xicanti @peanutnine I‘m glad to hear it! I havent heard anything else about her but this one sounded really good. 1mo
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The Mummy | Anne Rice
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I‘m in a major Anne Rice mood but I don‘t want to carry on with my slow-ass Vampire Chronicles reread while my head‘s full of the TV adaptation, so THE MUMMY it is. I‘ve only read it twice and I don‘t remember it super well, so I‘m excited.

I started while I drank a lunchtime smoothie. My original plan was to sit on the patio, but it was occupied by an enormous number of small children (pictured out the window).

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The Circle | Katherena Vermette
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Duffy took his reading buddy duties very seriously while I devoured THE CIRCLE. It didn‘t hit me quite as hard as the first two interconnected books in the sequence (THE BREAK and THE STRANGERS) but it‘s still a powerful examination of how one event reverberates through all the characters‘ lives. I‘m so glad I lucked into an Express copy, as I forgot to place a hold pre-pub and there‘s currently 159 people waiting. Vermette‘s super popular here.

dabbe #darlingduffy 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
BethM Love it! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey Duffy 🖤🐾 1mo
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Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction | Sheree Rene Thomas, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Zelda Knight
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Time for my daily short story, with zero help from Sleepy!Casey. I‘m up to one by Wole Talabi, whose novels caught my eye the other day. Hopefully his short work will bump them up my library list.

TheBookHippie That face 😍😍😍 1mo
xicanti @TheBookHippie he‘s got the squishy cuteness. 1mo
ladym30 Casey is adorable!❤️ 1mo
dabbe #cuddliestcasey 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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There was another big thunderstorm here last night, and I‘m looking after a wee schnauzer who‘s extremely nervous of them. His thunder shirt helped a lot, but didn‘t calm him down enough that he could sleep. The only way I could soothe him was to stick him on my lap with the white noise machine going, which meant I didn‘t get much sleep but I did finish this paper puzzle and read a huge chunk of the tagged book. It‘s really enjoyable so far.

humouress He looks petrified 😉 1mo
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The Pairing | Casey McQuiston
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Doing the Friday afternoon book & beer thing. Theo and Kit drink a lot of fancy wine on their culinary tour. I don‘t have any of that on hand, but I DO have a lovely bottle of my favourite French beer to enjoy while I revel in their story. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH, Y‘ALL. 😭

Mimi28 🩷😎 the mug 1mo
xicanti @Mimi28 I love the British expression “fill your boots,” and I was even more delighted when I learned some pubs actually serve extra large beers in boot-shaped glasses! I knew I had to find one. 1mo
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The Pairing | Casey McQuiston
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Lunch was a big ol‘ bowl of mapo tofu and another glorious chunk of THE PAIRING, Casey McQuiston‘s forthcoming novel. I‘ve loved all their previous books and I also love this one a lot as of 1/3 in. It‘s PACKED with culinary goodness, and McQuiston has avoided all versions of the hackneyed phrase “the flavours burst on my tongue.” (Some did BLOOM in Theo‘s mouth once, but I‘m gonna allow it.) I can‘t wait to read on.

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The Justice of Kings | Richard Swan
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Sleepy!Casey helped me read more of THE JUSTICE OF KINGS over my obscenely early breakfast. (Dear tired body: WHY do you keep waking me up so early?) I don‘t think I‘ll be able to finish it today, but I‘ll definitely get it in the bag tomorrow. After that, I‘ll need a break before the sequel. While it‘s good, I haven‘t found it as moreish as the rest of the fantasy-loving world. 😔 I suspect my pseudo-medieval burnout is to blame.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sweet Casey ❤️🐾 1mo
dabbe #thecaseydudeabides 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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The Justice of Kings | Richard Swan
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I was uncharitable to THE JUSTICE OF KINGS when I called it “a fairly typical pseudo-medieval fantasy.” It‘s a cut above the sort of thing where a farm boy with an allergy to contractions teams up with a robed wizard, or what have you. It DOES take a little while to capture something separate from that type of book‘s FEEL, though. I‘m now a little less than 50% in and it‘s become a lot more tense and engaging. I may come to love it after all.

Ruthiella Nice! Sometimes it‘s worthwhile sticking it out. 1mo
xicanti @Ruthiella oh, definitely. I might not love it the way everyone else does, but it‘s still very much worth reading. 1mo
tpixie Good luck!! 1mo
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The Justice of Kings | Richard Swan
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I read the first 23% of THE JUSTICE OF KINGS while I babysat some schnauzers who I forgot to photograph with the book. (Poop.) It came highly recommended by a trusted friend and it‘s also got rave reviews on Litsy, but I‘m still waiting for that BAM moment. Right now, it feels like a fairly typical pseudo-medical fantasy with average-interest characters, and I need really stellar characters to sell me on P-M stuff. Hopefully it‘ll build well.

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I was all set to start a February purchase next, but I‘ve been craving more Anne Bishop for a while now so I decided to put that plan on hold. So far, I regret nothing. I remembered this book as a smidge less engaging, but it‘s full of the characters just being themselves at each other while they clarify and strengthen their relationships. Love it.

I also love this tiny Atrociraptor I bought on my way home yesterday. Hurray for dinosaurs!

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I didn‘t actually listen to the tagged book on Jade‘s walk because it‘s SUPER windy and impossible to hear anything, but let me pretend I did so I can show you this view we experienced.

I wasn‘t in the right mood for this book the last time I picked it up, but I sure am now. I like it a lot as of 23% and I‘m looking forward to my next listening session. #audiowalk #exceptnotreally

peanutnine Gorgeous sky! 2mo
Sace Wow! Great picture. 2mo
xicanti @peanutnine right? It was all dark and swirly, and we got home just before it dumped some more rain on us. 2mo
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xicanti @Sace thank you! 2mo
Mimi28 I love that kind of weather. I am glad you made it home in time 2mo
xicanti @Mimi28 this week‘s skies have been great for visuals and less great for taking long walks and hanging around on the deck. 2mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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Welcome to Night Vale | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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Jade and I found an adorable and well-stocked Little Free Library on our walk. It was painted by artist Anne Shylo.

AmyG Lovely! 2mo
BookmarkTavern Gorgeous! 2mo
willaful How delightful! 2mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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Yesterday‘s two most excellent purchases: my favourite ice cream and a book from my Litsy stack! A RIVAL MOST VIAL is currently on for $0.99, but I‘m trying to get back into the buy-book-read-book schtick so I didn‘t jump on the sale until last night, after I finished my previous read. I made it 17% in before bed and I‘m in big-time love with its small business romance feel and its D&D side characters focus. I can‘t wait to read more.

peanutnine Ahh this book is so fun! I love the characters. Hope you enjoy ☺️ 2mo
xicanti @peanutnine I‘m counting down the minutes until I can get back to it! 2mo
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Monday night book & beer. I‘m still enjoying THE PHOENIX AND THE SWORD an awful lot. It‘s a great pick for anyone who likes Chinese fantasies but wishes the ones that get translated were shorter and cheaper. This‘s the start of a duology and it‘s currently on for $0.99 again. I‘d be very surprised if Snow didn‘t cite a few popular web novels (or their C-Drama adaptations) as influences.

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Jade and I had a big outdoor reading session ahead of yet another rainstorm, but none of the pics turned out so here‘s my new book with my French vanilla coffee drink. It‘s off to a promising start. I wanna know more about everything, from the wider world to the strange bond between these two women.

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Where Do I Start? | Chase Taylor Hackett
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The movie is THE RED VIOLIN and if you, like, Fletch, have never seen it, you should seek it out IMMEDIATELY. It‘s one of my faves.

I haven‘t watched it in ages, though the soundtrack‘s in my regular rotation. I should remedy that ASAP.

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Where Do I Start? | Chase Taylor Hackett
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Today‘s plan: hang out with Saki and Jade while I binge-read this book, with which I am OBSESSED. It‘s so good I don‘t even want to break down WHY it‘s good. I just wanna screech about it and bounce up and down a lot and shout random keywords and maybe also emphasize how it‘s super fucking funny but also really emotional and THIS is how romcoms should be.

June‘s off to a great start.

BkClubCare So, is it good? 2mo
xicanti @BkClubCare it‘s kinda okay. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🐾🖤 2mo
BkClubCare @xicanti 😆🥰 2mo
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Gods of Want: Stories | K-Ming Chang
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The New York Times Book Review says GODS OF WANT is “proof of how exhilarating the short story can be.”

I‘m 60% in and I ain‘t exhilarated.

I mean, the stories aren‘t BAD, but they lack that oh-so important cohesion between narrative and imagery. I was honestly shocked to pop on here and see that every other Litten who‘s read the collection WAS exhilarated at least some of the time.

Maybe I‘ll drift away from it. I dunno. Shrug. #gaymay

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
KadaGul It seems your pal 🐕‍🦺🐾🐾 is in agreement with you on this one.#Petsknowbest 2mo
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Where Do I Start? | Chase Taylor Hackett
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Post-thunderstorm book & beer. WHERE DO I START? was my latest Kobo VIP freebie and I have zero regrets as of 20%. It‘s got great voice and craploads of Big Gay Energy. More, please.

The beer was also great: a Hefeweizen from Little Brown Jug. The can promised something “refreshing, fluffy, fruity, and delicate.” The can didn‘t lie. #gaymay

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A Tale of Two Florists | Brenna Bailey
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Poor Jade‘s having a Day. Thunderstorms are scary, even when you‘ve got a table to hide under.

Me, I like thunderstorms, but I‘m afraid I don‘t much like this book as of 30%. It‘s a great choice for someone who wants one of those made for TV Christmas movies in book form, except set in the Fraser Valley in the summertime. Sometimes I can enjoy that sort of thing, but right now I want something with more teeth. #gaymay

KadaGul Tell Jade,” He Got You”. You both can snuggle 🤗 up and get super warm ♨️to cancel the thundering ⛈️ noise 👂. #WeGotchYouJade 2mo
Aimeesue Poor pup! I hope the storm passed through quickly. 🐾🖤🐾 2mo
xicanti @KadaGul I made sure she got frequent reassurance! Poor girl. 2mo
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xicanti @Aimeesue it was a long, loud one, unfortunately, but it stopped in time for her regularly scheduled evening walk and a bit of deck time. 2mo
dabbe Hang in there, sweet Jade! 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
xicanti @dabbe todays been much better due her. Lots of outdoor time! 2mo
dabbe @xicanti Yay! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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Throwback to last night, when I read another chunk of A MARKET OF DREAMS AND DESTINY while I drank this excellent peach makgeolli. I should be able to finish it today. Galey ramps up the intensity as the end approaches, with all sorts of schemes afoot and stakes raised. I don‘t think I‘ll end up loving it, but I do like it very much. #gaymay

booksellerbooster I just read the description of “A Market of Dreams and Destiny,“ and I'm hooked! The concept of the Untermarkt under Covent Garden, where anything can be bought or sold, is enchanting and reminiscent of “Neverwhere“ and “The Night Circus.“

Deri's quest for freedom and status, set against the backdrop of a runaway princess and a new love interest, promises a thrilling adventure. I would love to know more about this book.
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booksellerbooster I just read the description of “A Market of Dreams and Destiny,“ and I'm hooked! The concept of the Untermarkt under Covent Garden, where anything can be bought or sold, is enchanting and reminiscent of “Neverwhere“ and “The Night Circus.“

Deri's quest for freedom and status, set against the backdrop of a runaway princess and a new love interest, promises a thrilling adventure. I would love to know more about this book.
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xicanti @booksellerbooster it‘s definitely worth seeking out. I loved the ending! 2mo
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I‘ve mostly stopped searching for four-leaf clovers, partly because I‘m on my bike these days and partly because I lost track of my count somewhere north of 700 and I doubt I need to add to it. This one leaped out at me on Jade‘s walk the other night, though, and who was I to refuse it?

I‘ll tuck it into this library book for the next borrower to find, since I long ago ran out of favourite books in which to press my personal stash. #gaymay

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I had to get a Queer Beer in before the end of Gay May! The can promises this year‘s version is fruitier and even more fabulous than previous iterations, and it delivers.

The book‘s great so far, too. It‘s set in an alternate England where Henry VIII converted to Druidism instead of founding the C of E and subsequently made a fairy bargain. Now it‘s the 19th century and magic abounds. I‘m excited to read on. #gaymay

BkClubCare 🌈 🍺 ❤️ 2mo
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Die Vol. 4: Bleed | Kieron Gillen
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I‘m back with Casey for one night only! He napped like a champ while I finished DIE. It hit me hard, y‘all. I cried, and I nodded, and I‘m gonna spend a good, long while thinking about how often Kieron Gillen‘s projects deal with personal image construction and how that plays out here in his collaboration with Stephanie Hans. #gaymay

dabbe #caseyinthecorner 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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Death by Irish Whiskey | Catie Murphy
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It‘s Saturday afternoon cozy mystery time with Jade, who had a sad morning because another big rain squall delayed her walk. She‘s since recovered from the doldrums. Whew.

I‘m excited for the book. It‘s the fifth in the Dublin Driver series, about a chauffeur who keeps getting tangled up in murders. At the end of the last book, her girlfriend vowed to leave her if it happened again, so I‘m anxious for their relationship here. 😱 #gaymay

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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Unrivaled | Morgan James, Ashlyn Kane
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This book is filled with funny bits and emotional bits and sparkling chemistry between extremely charismatic people and I don‘t wanna put it down. Like, it has loooooong parts, not chapters, and when I got to a 306-screen chunk an hour and a half ago I was all, “Oh, okay, I‘ll read 100 screens or so.” Then I was like, “Oh, okay, I‘ll read half of it.” Then I read THE WHOLE THING and I want another long-ass chunk now, please. #gaymay

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Unrivaled | Morgan James, Ashlyn Kane
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Yesterday I tried to read a Very Serious Book about a woman who processed past trauma, but its opening chapters signalled it was also a Very Flat Book and I was NOT in the mood for that, so BOOM. I switched to a hockey romance and now I‘m all kinds of delighted with the sparkle and the bounce and the very cute dog. #gaymay

tpixie Great strength to DNF- we don‘t have time in our life to waste on a bad ( for us) book! (edited) 2mo
xicanti @tpixie I bail on a looooot of stuff. In this case, I MIGHT give the offending book another try somewhere down the line, since I‘ve enjoyed other stuff by the same author, but in the moment I was very happy to put it aside in favour of the tagged book. 2mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
CarolynM Love this series❤️ 2mo
xicanti @CarolynM I enjoyed the first book a lot so I expected to like this one, too, but I wasn‘t prepared for how very much I don‘t want to put it down! 2mo
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An odd book. If you find your way into the character dynamics, you‘re gonna love it right off the bat. Me, I had a tough time following the emotional arcs, which made it hard for me to fully connect with the characters and care who they were to one another. There are flashes of greatness, but they zip in and out until the end, when Neil finally decides how he feels about certain things. I‘ll read the sequel, but I won‘t rush to it. #gaymay

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1. THIS IS THE BEST ICE CREAM EVER.

2. I dunno how I feel about THE FOXHOLE COURT. The first two chapters were so intense and immediate that I could easily see why the people who love it REALLY love it, but since then I‘ve found it a bit confusing. A lot of the characters have similar names, and a pretty high number of them are either psychopathic, apathetic, or performatively edgy. We‘ll see if I click with it in the back half. #gaymay

Graywacke So far I‘m convinced to try the ice cream 🙂 2mo
xicanti @Graywacke it‘s my new favourite. I think it might‘ve been discontinued, so a couple of places near me have just this flavour on sale. I shall continue to buy it until it disappears. 2mo
quietjenn Oh, I've not seen that flavor, but it sounds delicious. 2mo
xicanti @quietjenn it‘s worth searching for. 2mo
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