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xicanti

Joined February 2016

I read a little bit of everything because genre snobbery ain't cool. 🇨🇦 She/her‘s okay; they/them is better.
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I‘m barrelling along through this biography of Louise Fitzhugh. While Leslie Brody takes the kitchen sink approach so many biographers love (ie, she tosses in tons of cultural details that don‘t actually lend much insight to her subject), her prose is so readable that I‘m getting through 3-4 chapters a day instead of the 1-2 I usually aim for with nonfiction. #gaymay

Nute Love, love, love Harriet the Spy!🤩 11h
xicanti @Nute I reread it a couple years ago and it holds up! 10h
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Small Beauty | jia qing wilson-yang
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SMALL BEAUTY lives up to its name. In only 160 pages, it offers up an affecting portrait of one woman‘s grief for all she‘s lost and all she‘s survived. These days, I dip in and out of things more often than not, but I read this in two sittings. Highly recommended. #gaymay

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Small Beauty | jia qing wilson-yang
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I ate some soy sauce noodles, then dove into SMALL BEAUTY. It‘s off to a very promising start. I‘m excited to sink into it this afternoon.

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Shadow Life | Hiromi Goto
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I meant to start another book last night, but I got totally sucked into this gorgeous comic about a 76-year-old woman who faces off against Death‘s Shadow. Goto and Xu explore the ins and outs of Kumiko‘s daily life as much as the supernatural threat that stalks her. I couldn‘t tear myself away. #gaymay

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Jude | Garrett Leigh
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First library run since I got my bike! First trip anywhere since I thrifted this sweet rear basket. I think it started life as part of a modular closet system, but it fits perfectly and it was $3 instead of the $40+ actual bike baskets cost so I‘m super happy with it.

I went in for the two hardcovers (further Gay May holds) and grabbed the tagged book on a whim because Kobo keeps recommending it to me. #gaymay

BkClubCare Squeeee - love when I see an image and KNOW who posted. 😍 2d
Tamra Yay! 2d
xicanti @BkClubCare I strive for distinction. 2d
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xicanti @Tamra this is gonna make life much easier. 2d
LMJenkins I like your basket! 2d
xicanti @LMJenkins thanks! I‘m excited I found something affordable. 2d
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I made peanut buns and an extremely unhealthy cappuccino to use up the last of the half-and-half. Now I‘m gonna see how I like A PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT. #gaymay

Mimi28 I‘m interested to know what you think. I bought that book because the reviews said it‘s supposed to be like a “big hug” lol. I never read it though. 3d
xicanti @Mimi28 I‘m about halfway through now and it‘s lovely! 2d
Mimi28 That‘s good to know thanks. I need to read books I actually own instead of getting books from my library on inter- library loan based on a review I saw somewhere, lol 😂 19h
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Full English | Rachel Spangler
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I started my second Rachel Spangler! This one‘s not as immediately gripping as FIRE & ICE, but it feels like it‘ll build well. #gaymay

BkClubCare Is Casey saying, “Come on, already!” ? 😊 5d
xicanti @BkClubCare Casey wants everything to move fastfastfast unless he‘s not in the mood. Then it can go slowslowslow. 5d
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Casey helped me start a new short story anthology at breakfast. WILDE STORIES has been on my radar for ages, but this is the first volume I‘ve read. Unfortunately, the series ended after this 2018 edition. #gaymay

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The Grief of Stones | Katherine Addison
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Let‘s take another look at the chocolate hazelnut buns while I tell you I finished THE GRIEF OF STONES yesterday.

I‘ll have a full review closer to the release date, but for now I need y‘all to know I loved it. While it has more than a touch of Fantastical Travel Syndrome (what I call the phenomenon where you hear a TON about how the characters in a fantasy novel get from place to place), the good stuff is SO GOOD I can‘t even mind. #gaymay

batsy Too enticing! I'd like to take a bite 😆 5d
xicanti @batsy the buns came out very well indeed. 5d
Nute It makes me happy to take another look at this Chocolate Hazelnut Bun!😋 5d
xicanti @Nute it brings me joy, too! 5d
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Queer Square Mile | Kirsti Bohata, Mihangel Morgan, Huw Osborne
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This lengthy anthology presents two centuries of queer short fiction alongside a detailed introduction that situates the pieces within the wider Welsh literary tradition. The stories run the gamut from overt to subtextual along both the queer and Welsh spectrums and form a valuable introductory text, especially for anyone with an academic interest in queer and/or Welsh lit.

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I ended up with a large number of excellent tomatoes for FREE! Fake shakshuka was the obvious response.

I read a bit of nonfiction while I ate. DOUBLE MELANCHOLY is a memoir filtered through the texts Gatchalian consumed at pivotal points in his life, and it‘s fascinating so far. His prose is sometimes a touch too academic for my tastes, but his story‘s worth sticking it out for. #gaymay

Tamra Lucky you! 🍅🍅 1w
xicanti @Tamra they‘re super red inside. It‘s glorious. 1w
vivastory Shakshouka looks incredible! 1w
xicanti @vivastory it was delicious. 1w
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The Grief of Stones | Katherine Addison
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I read a nice chunk of THE GRIEF OF STONES while I proofed and baked some chocolate hazelnut buns. (Yes, they‘re as good as they look.) The further I get into the book, the more I like it. There‘re maybe a few too many detailed tram journeys for my current mood (Future Me‘ll feel differently), but I‘m all over the new bits of worldbuilding and the various relationships Celehar falls into.

DrexEdit Oh Yay! A new Katherine Addison! 😊 1w
xicanti @DrexEdit always a reason to celebrate! 1w
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The Grief of Stones | Katherine Addison
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The last three books I finished were varying degrees of disappointing. I‘m hoping I can break the streak with THE GRIEF OF STONES. Alas, my ARC doesn‘t have a social media-friendly cover, but the insides are on point so far. Gonna soak up all this glorious atmosphere and poke into new corners of Addison‘s world. #gaymay

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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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I picked up three more Gay May titles on the way to the grocery store: an historical fantasy, a short fiction anthology, and a biography. Good times. #gaymay

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Apsara Engine | Bishakh Som
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It was a 3 Cs morning: Casey, comics, and coffee (not pictured because I wanted to drink it myself, not watch my dog gulp it down). I‘m enjoying this quietly unsettling collection. #gaymay

ladym30 What a sweet face!❤️ 1w
xicanti @ladym30 the sweetest! 1w
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I sourced some extremely green tea to go with Vivek Shraya‘s CLC Kreisel Lecture, in which she‘s her usual engaged and engaging self.

BkClubCare Oh. 1w
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The Other Man | Farhad J. Dadyburjor
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I ate a passionfruit curd doughnut today and it was everything I dreamed it would be.

I‘m still finding my way into THE OTHER MAN, but my initial impression is that it starts in the wrong place. As of 14%, there‘s been a lot of backstory and scene setting. I hope it picks up soon. #gaymay

BkClubCare Passionfruit curd . . . Yowza!! 6d
xicanti @BkClubCare I dream of the day I get to eat it again. 6d
BkClubCare Now you have me dreaming of it. But I‘m at a disadvantage. Or am I? 5d
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xicanti @BkClubCare I feel like you can use your mad baking skills to make your dream a reality. 5d
BkClubCare @xicanti - can‘t I just visit your town and enjoy such with you? 5d
xicanti @BkClubCare this is also a valid option. The doughnut store has HEAPS of other great flavours, too. 5d
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The Witness for the Dead | Katherine Addison
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I‘m twenty pages into my reread of THE WITNESS FOR THE DEAD, and I‘m already caught up in the atmosphere. The physical book is such a pretty little thing, too. Hardcovers aren‘t normally my scene, but this one‘s slim enough to feel good in the hand.

I had to brew some tea to go with it, since there‘s a bunch of tea consumption in the story. I picked Murchie‘s CBC blend, which I kind of forgot I had until I opened the tin. #gaymay

BkClubCare #gaymay ❤️🍭🌈 2w
xicanti @BkClubCare 🌈❤️⭐️ 2w
shanaqui I'm so tempted to reread this before I read my ARC of the sequel! But... there aren't enough hours in the day. 😂 1w
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xicanti @shanaqui it‘s so short and lovely, though! 1w
shanaqui @xicanti But alas, my exams are at the start of June, so my free time is suuuuper limited. 😥 1w
xicanti @shanaqui boo exams! Don‘t they know you‘ve got important reading to do? 1w
shanaqui @xicanti Right?!!? But luckily I did read Witness for the Dead not too long ago and I should be able to get back into the world easily. 6d
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Out of the Ashes | Jenn Burke
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I love Jenn Burke‘s paranormal Toronto and its inhabitants so very, very much. This final book in the Ashes & Dust Trilogy raises the physical and emotional stakes in all the right places, pushes everyone in exciting directions, and adds new dimensions to the worldbuilding. I ate it up.

I sure hope Burke isn‘t done with this setting. I‘d jump on another spinoff series about any of the characters attached to Caballero Investigations. #gaymay

UwannaPublishme 🐶❤️ 1w
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Out of the Ashes | Jenn Burke
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It‘s know, I know, you‘re not supposed to quote from ARCs, but I‘m so taken with “traitor cookies” as shorthand for “betrayal of all that one has every right to expect from a baked good” that I‘ve gotta share it here.

Raisin-forward things are gross, y‘all. You can have mine.

tpixie Funny 😆 2w
BkClubCare 😆 2w
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Out of the Ashes | Jenn Burke
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I had such a great time binge-reading HOUSE ON FIRE yesterday that I requested an ARC of the third book before I‘d even finished it. Gonna spend a goodly chunk of my afternoon in Jenn Burke‘s paranormal Toronto. And this time, I won‘t spill half my precious Queer Beer on the patio. #gaymay

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Personal Attention Roleplay | Helen Chau Bradley
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I got a bike as an early birthday present! I‘m excited. I haven‘t had a proper, outdoor transportation bike in 20+ years.

The bike and I took a nice, long ride together this morning, with a brief pause so I could drink some water and read a wee bit from my current short story collection. #gaymay

Nute I like everything about this post! Have fun with your new bike.🚲 So awesome to return to bike riding as outdoor transportation after 20 years!🙌🏽 2w
wanderinglynn Happy early birthday! 🎂🎉 Enjoy your bike! 2w
Tamra Enjoy! 🚲 Happy Birthday! 2w
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xicanti @Nute thanks! I spend a lot of time on my stationary bike, but I‘m no longer used to how much arm work and balance is involved with actual biking. It‘s been a fun adjustment! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh I love it!! 💚 2w
xicanti @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s so pretty! I can‘t wait to accessorize it. 2w
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I found myself in a serious Jenn Burke mood yesterday and promptly used some of my Harlequin points to get HOUSE ON FIRE. I‘ve avoided doing so until now partly because I have to read it on my phone thanks to their ebook fulfillment thingy and partly because I liked but didn‘t love the first book in this spinoff series, but here I am, hardcore into it. At her best, Burke reminds me of how much fun urban fantasy can be. #gaymay

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Luckenbooth | Jenni Fagan
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Did the outdoor book & beer thing on this warm Friday afternoon. In theory, LUCKENBOOTH is totally my book, but in practice I feel like it keeps asking me to make intuitive leaps without the textual or emotional base I need to do so. I don‘t dislike it, exactly, but I‘m not sure if I‘ll finish it.

I didn‘t get to finish my long-awaited Queer Beer because I somehow put the glass down wrong and spilled half of it. I honestly almost cried.😔 #gaymay

Cortg Love the beer can ❤️ 2w
xicanti @Cortg it‘s a great design! 2w
sarahbarnes I love this beer name and design - I want one! 2w
xicanti @sarahbarnes it‘s by Little Brown Jug Brewing Company out of Winnipeg, MB! They start selling it a few weeks before Pride, but I don‘t think they bottled it the last couple years. I was glad to see it back at the liquor store. 2w
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I went to the park today so I could walk the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth, and for the first time ever I saw someone else in there! I started an essay from this witchy book while I waited for them to finish, then continued it once I‘d done my own walk and reached the (very mushy) heart. Along the way, I got a kick out of all the animal tracks and boot prints that showed in the wet earth. A deer visited not too long before me.

UwannaPublishme This is the first time I‘ve heard about this memorial labyrinth. How cool! 2w
xicanti @UwannaPublishme it‘s nicest in the summer, when all the plants have grown in, but it was pretty great even with the ground all spongy. 2w
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It‘s taking forever for most of the BIPOC-authored titles on my Gay May holds list to make their way to me, so I did a quick library run to balance out my stack with a comic, two plays (in one volume), a memoir, and a novel. Three of them were on my list when I went in, while the tagged book was an impulse borrow off their Asian Heritage Month display. #gaymay

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I headed back into comics last night with Bishakh Som‘s slice-of-life memoir about the time she spent creating her previous book, APSARA ENGINE. There‘s a lot of cooking, a lot of introspection, and an excellent cat named Ampersand. It left me glad I‘ve got her collection in my stack. #gaymay

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I finally made my first recipe from THE SWEET LIFE IN PARIS: Thérèse‘s chocolate cake. It‘s not the most attractive thing out there and I‘m not entirely sure if I incorporated the egg whites correctly, but the flavour was good. There‘s very little added sugar, so it‘s perfect for people who like chocolate-forward things.

Lindy I like chocolate-forward things. 🙋‍♀️ 3w
batsy I count myself among the chocolate-forward fans, as well! It looks yum. 2w
xicanti @Lindy @batsy it‘s a very simple recipe, ingredients-wise. You melt 250g semisweet or bittersweet chocolate with 8T butter, then blend in 4 egg yolks, 2T flour, and roughly 1/6 cup sugar. While that cools, you wisk 4 egg whites until they hold their shape, adding another 1/6 cup sugar during the back half. Then you fold 1/3 of the whites into the chocolate, fold in the rest, and scrape it into a buttered loaf pan. Bake at 350°F for 35 mins. 2w
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xicanti @Lindy @batsy the recipe said to leave it in the cupboard for two days before you eat it to let the chocolate‘s flavour deepen. I did that, and I‘m honestly not sure if it made a huge difference. 2w
Lindy @xicanti I‘m familiar with letting the flavour of spice cakes develop, but I didn‘t know chocolate would do that too. David Lebovitz‘ recipes are always reliable. 2w
batsy Thanks so much for the recipe! 2w
squirrelbrain Loved this book! ❤️ 2w
xicanti @Lindy I think the texture also changed a bit from the broken-off corner I ate Sunday to the piece I had last night. 2w
xicanti @batsy any time! 2w
xicanti @squirrelbrain he‘s got a lot of fun stories, and I want to try a bunch more of the recipes. 2w
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Sasha Masha | Agnes Borinsky
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I‘m glad I fought past my low tolerance for American high school narratives and devoured this beautiful, affecting gender discovery story. Sasha Masha‘s journey is as complicated and ever-evolving as life itself. I wish we‘d had books like this when I was a teenager. I‘m glad current teenagers get to experience them. #gaymay

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Fire & Ice | Rachel Spangler
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First outdoor reading session of the year! It was only 11° out, so I had to go inside for a coat as soon as the sun went behind a cloud, but this winter was so long and so soul-destroying that I‘ll take it.

I still find Max‘s disdain for curling unrealistic, given that she‘s a veteran sports reporter desperate to rebuild her reputation, but I‘m enjoying the book so much I can suspend my disbelief. This is great stuff, y‘all. #gaymay

CarolynM This is my current bedtime book. Enjoying it. 2w
xicanti @CarolynM I finished it yesterday and I‘ll definitely be reading more from Rachel Spangler. 2w
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Personal Attention Roleplay | Helen Chau Bradley
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It‘s a pain day, which means I‘m liable to do a lot of reading. First up: my daily short story, to be followed by some nonfiction and more of my novel.

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Fire & Ice | Rachel Spangler
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After lots of debate, I decided I‘m in a sports romance mood. Many thanks to @BookNAround for the rec!

I really like FIRE & ICE so far, but I find it unrealistic that everyone except the curlers themselves seems to consider curling a weirdo outsider sport. I‘m not into it myself, but curling is really popular here, both to play and to watch. Is this anti-curling bias manufactured drama? Or is it an American thing? #gaymay

KCofKaysville @xicanti I think it's seen as amusing because they never tried it and it appears kind of funny 3w
BookNAround I suspect it‘s an American thing. 😉 2w
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Stone fruit | Lee Lai
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I started STONE FRUIT last night while I sat up with Casey during another of his dodgy tummy episodes. I finished it this morning while he napped by the front door. It‘s a deeply affecting comic about family, relationships, and mental health, and it‘s going on my recs list. #gaymay

QuietlyLaura I hope Casey feels better. 💕 3w
xicanti @QuietlyLaura he‘s doing much better this morning. A good dose of stomach medicine and a long sleep helped a lot! 3w
BkClubCare Hugs 🤗 for Casey 3w
Tamra Glad to hear he is better! 3w
xicanti @BkClubCare @Tamra luckily, his stomach ailments never last long! 3w
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THE ARCHIVE OF ALTERNATE ENDINGS is made of siblings and queerness and stories that echo across centuries, and I‘m obsessed with it.

5 stars

#gaymay

Nutmegnc Omg that sounds amazing!! 3w
xicanti @Nutmegnc its Litsy rating says it isn‘t for everyone, but it was sure the right book for me. I want to rush madly about, waving it in people‘s faces. 3w
BkClubCare @xicanti - we need to see this video. @Nutmegnc (edited) 3w
xicanti @BkClubCare I think I‘d be cautioned for disturbing the peace. 3w
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The Long Game | Rachel Reid
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I had another hefty reading month, thanks in large part to yesterday‘s Readathon. More importantly, I read SO MUCH GREAT STUFF, including a whopping 3 new-to-me 5-star reads! Along with the tagged book (which I still can‘t stop thinking about), I adored THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab and RUN TOWARDS THE DANGER by Sarah Polley.

DrexEdit Looks like you had a great reading month! If you don't mind my asking, how many hours of reading is this? If you track that kind of thing. Is your graphic a picture of fireflies? 3w
xicanti @DrexEdit I have absolutely no idea on the hours as I don‘t log time. The background is zoomed in from a found image that looks like it COULD be fireflies, but I‘m not 100% sure on that either. Basically, I‘m no help today. 😔 3w
DrexEdit No worries! No reason you should have answers to my idle curious questions. 😊 I just think you‘re a wonderfully productive reader, so I was wondering how much time you spent on it. Keep up the good work! 😊👍📚📚📚 3w
xicanti @DrexEdit mostly, I have lots of stuff on the go at once—short story collections, nonfiction, comics, audiobooks, and a primary read—and some days I finish multiple books I‘ve been picking away at for ages. It adds up! Especially during months like April, when we had lots of plan-killing storms in my area plus a Readathon. 3w
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Bedside book stack: May 1st edition. The Readathon is over, and now we start Gay May! I‘m beyond excited to spend the next month immersed in queer books, starting with these four. They‘re all #BlameItOnLitsy titles except for the tagged book, which I found when I searched for more work by Catherine Hernandez. #gaymay

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Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 7 | Mizuho Kusanagi
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I‘ve now read one entire with-eyeballs novel, one entire audiobook, and one entire comic. Time for more YONA OF THE DAWN!

Also, I‘m super proud of myself for managing to save this crème egg for today, even though I really, really, REALLY wanted to eat it earlier this week. #readathon #deweyapril

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A little while back I bought some fiery nacho Pringles that taste strongly of jalapeño but not so much of cheese. My onion-free salsa con queso tastes strongly of cheese but not so much of jalapeño. I married the two and achieved balance.

I‘m about halfway through THE EASY LIFE IN KAMUSARI now, and I‘m still enjoying it but I‘m not in love. It‘s gripped me well enough that I‘ll look for more from Shion Miura, though. #deweyapril #readathon

xicanti IMPORTANT UPDATE: I ended up loving it after all. Hurray! 3w
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What Ales the Earl | Sally MacKenzie
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I turned the heel on a sock while I listened to WHAT ALES THE EARL. I‘ve gotta finish the book today so I‘m ready to start a queer audiobook for Gay May, which means I‘ve spent my Readathon scrounging around for audio-friendly activities. One more listening session should do the trick. #audioknitting #readathon #deweyapril

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Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 6 | Mizuho Kusanagi
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Every so often, I try to engage with the large double-double* phenomenon. I always end up wishing I had a black coffee instead, but maybe someday I‘ll come to love this Canadian staple.

Anyways: I spent a bunch of time with my audiobook and now I‘m ready to give YONA OF THE DAWN some more of my attention. #readathon #deweyapril

*it‘s possible I didn‘t achieve double milk here. How much milk is standard? I don‘t even know.

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My reading buddy finally rousted himself out of bed to join me!

THE EASY LIFE IN KAMUSARI reminds me a lot of SILVER SPOON by Hiromu Arakawa, except instead of a city kid learning about farming at school, we‘ve got a city kid learning about forestry through a first job. I‘m gonna finish the second long chapter, then take a wee break with a comic before I head back in. #readathon #deweyapril

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It‘s Readathon time!

1. Manitoba
2. I‘m pretty excited about the tagged book. It‘s off to a great start.
3. Fiery nacho Pringles dipped into salsa con queso.
4. I‘m not a morning person but I wake up stupid early every morning.
5. This is my 28th consecutive Readathon. (If I don‘t hold the Dewey‘s world record, I‘ve gotta be close to the top.) This time, I think I‘ll skip using a timer to log my reading. Keep it casual.

#readathon #deweyapril

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I‘ve assembled my Readathon pool! I‘ll start with the tagged book and my wee YONA OF THE DAWN stack, then move along to the rest once I finish them (or once midnight strikes and Gay May begins). Whee!

I‘ll also be over on the Readathon‘s official Litsy page this time around (@DeweysReadathon). We‘re bringing it back after a couple of fallow years.

#readathon #deweyapril

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Burning Sugar | Cicely Belle Blain
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And so we reach the final recs grid on our Gay May countdown. It‘s been fun, y‘all. I hope you‘ll join me next month in reading all/mostly/more queer books.

I‘m thinking I should‘ve announced it as a Thing after all.

Anyway, today‘s all about poetry, and for once I present the titles without comment except to say they‘re all collections except for THE BLACK FLAMINGO, which is a novel in verse. Books tagged in the comments. #gaymay

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MatchlessMarie I accidentally came across The Black Flamingo recently when I was looking for book references in music (as one does 😂) The Wombats have a song with the same title. I don‘t believe they are connected though just a happy coincidence. 3w
xicanti @MatchlessMarie the creative world loves a black flamingo. 3w
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Fire & Ice | Rachel Spangler
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I went to the library at opening time to lay in a bunch more stuff for Gay May: some romance, some nonfiction, and a finished copy of THE WITNESS FOR THE DEAD to reread before I devour the sequel.

Outside next month‘s reading scope, I requested one of Sarah Polley‘s films because I loved her essay collection, RUN TOWARDS THE DANGER. I hope her filmmaking hits me as hard as her writing. #gaymay

TheKidUpstairs I haven't yet watched Stories We Tell, but she's an excellent filmmaker. Her adaptation of this one was wonderful: 3w
xicanti @TheKidUpstairs ooh, I‘ll look for that soon. 3w
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Friends, THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE blew me away. The atmosphere! The personal moments! The ins and outs of how Addie navigates her strange, there-but-apart life!

I‘m posting a review because it meant a lot to me and I want you to know it, but I love it in that way where I don‘t want to analyze it any more than I did in the previous paragraph. Lemme just tell you it was a rare 5-star read and leave it at that.

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Threshold | Sara Douglass
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I‘ve spent the last seventy-three thousand days reading THRESHOLD. It‘s weird; I like it enough that I don‘t want to bail, but I can‘t seem to sit down and READ it. What should‘ve been a 2-3 day book has become a 5-6 day book.

Argh. I hate reading slowly. I‘ll definitely end up rating it lower than I would‘ve if it‘d taken me those 2-3 days instead of the better part of a week.

Graywacke Your pup looks suitably annoyed for you. 🙂 3w
xicanti @Graywacke he‘s an excellent proxy. 3w
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Jane, Unlimited | Kristin Cashore
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Today‘s pre-Gay May recs grid is all about YA! As per usual, this is a non-exhaustive selection of books I love and recommend to anyone who wants to join me in reading all/mostly/more queer books next month.

The tagged book dives into the multiverse. (It‘s also super divisive. Many people hate it, but for me it‘s the fuckin BEST.) The rest are highlighted in the comments. #gaymay

xicanti For queer young adults doing potentially destructive dream magic (and no, you don‘t have to read the Raven Cycle first, though why you‘d cheat yourself out of it is beyond me): 3w
xicanti For intense friendships and secret penpal crushes: 3w
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xicanti For trope subversion: 3w
xicanti For more superheroes: 3w
xicanti For fencing and intense rivalry and also cute friendships: 3w
xicanti For asexual adventures at sea and elsewhere: 3w
xicanti For clockwork ghostliness: 3w
xicanti For rock stars and the cutest art ever: 3w
xicanti For near-future magical conundrums: 3w
xicanti So you‘ll get to read the sequel, THE SWAN RIDERS, which is the queer post-apocalyptic road trip novel of my heart: 3w
BookHoarder32 Ooo I loved Timekeeper.. I need to read the next two. 3w
xicanti @BookHoarder32 they‘re also really good. 3w
Nutmegnc I‘ve read all of Kristen Cashore except Jane!! Apparently I need to fix that!! 2w
Nutmegnc And thanks for the great recs!! 2w
xicanti @Nutmegnc I tried to temper my expectations with Jane, but it blew ‘em all out if the water. 2w
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Personal Attention Roleplay | Helen Chau Bradley
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I picked up my first round of holds for Gay May! These are all books I learned about on Litsy. Gonna read down that Stacked tag.

I also laid in three Queer Beers to drink while I read them. Look at that sweet can redesign! #gaymay #blameitonlitsy

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Today‘s Gay May recs grid combines historical and general fiction, because apparently I‘m too busy reading queer stuff in other genres to really fall in love with books from these ones.

The tagged book is for movie stars in love. All the rest are highlighted in the comments. #gaymay

xicanti For “THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS, but make it queer:” 4w
xicanti For puppetry: 4w
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xicanti For opera singers: 4w
xicanti For food and family: 4w
xicanti For music and intense friendship: 4w
xicanti For resistance and acceptance: 4w
xicanti For that scene with the peach and also some other, less sexy stuff: 4w
xicanti For writerly angst and motherhood: 4w
xicanti For heartache: 4w
xicanti For nearly 200 years of queer fiction from Wales: 4w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love Call Me By Your Name so much. 4w
xicanti @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego posting about it reminded me I still haven‘t seen the film version. Gotta get on that. 4w
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