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To Be Taught, If Fortunate
To Be Taught, If Fortunate | Becky Chambers
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sprainedbrain
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Sometimes I catch myself thinking science fiction isn‘t really for me, and then I remember Becky Chambers exists and writes incredibly good sci-fi. And thank the stars for that.

A fascinating character study about four astronauts traveling to alien planets in a not-so-distant future. A perfect blend of science and humanity that doesn‘t at all need a sequel, but gosh I would love one.

Another great read for #NewYearWhoDis.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

monalyisha I should make it a point to try more sci-fi this year. I admit that I currently think it might not be for me. 😳 Though it was on my #NewYearWhoDis list last year, I didn‘t even like 2w
sprainedbrain @monalyisha oh I liked that one! I will say that To Be Taught is a lot less science-fictiony (if that makes sense) than the Wayfarer series. It‘s more Earthlings like us traveling and exploring new planets, and less multiple alien species on missions together. (edited) 2w
monalyisha @sprainedbrain That‘s good to know! Perhaps I‘ll make a post later this year calling for Littens‘ best sci-fi recommendations & try it out. I‘m glad you enjoyed this one! 💕 2w
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readordierachel She's just so good ❤ 2w
Izai.Amorim I‘ve been looking for this kind of sci-fi for a long time. I will give it a try. 2w
sprainedbrain @Izai.Amorim I hope you enjoy it! 2w
charl08 Can't wait to get hold of this one! 1w
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Bookrarian
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After a long (unintentional) hiatus, I have returned! One of my goals this year is to keep better track of what I‘m actually reading. I‘m using a journal, but also wanted to get back to using Litsy and the two things went hand in hand. So here I am today, on a dreary Sunday afternoon with a cat, a cup of tea, and a new novella.

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imyril
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A tightknit squad of queer scientists in moments of jubilation and crisis as they explore a far flung star system. A love song to science and space exploration, an invitation to seek the stars for knowledge not profit. It feels like it could be a possible prequel to the GC - but there‘s no explicit connection. Just tears, rolling helplessly down my cheek.

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readordierachel
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"A home can only exist in a moment. Something both found and made. Always temporary, in the grand scheme of things, but vital all the same."

This was like catching up with an old friend. Chambers' imagination of the future is filled with hope and humanity, and she always manages to make me cry. This novella fills her world out a little bit more, and I pray to the stars that she continues writing these books ❤✨

First 5 ⭐ read of 2020.

Centique I loved this too - and I‘m always more hopeful about the future after reading a Becky Chambers novel 😍 2w
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readordierachel
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vivastory I need some more Becky Chambers in my life 🚀👽 3w
readordierachel @vivastory She's so, so good. I'm pretty much highlighting the whole book. 3w
teainthelibrary This book was one of my favourites of 2019 - how are you feeling about it? 3w
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readordierachel @teainthelibrary I finished it last night and I adored it! Becky Chambers never disappoints. I hate having to wait for her next book 😬 3w
teainthelibrary @readordierachel I‘ve never read anything by her before this! I should be starting this next: 3w
readordierachel @teainthelibrary Oh yay! How lovely that you have more of her work to discover! 3w
readordierachel @teainthelibrary it's a wonderful book 3w
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readordierachel
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Why is there no sloth emoji?
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Christine I‘ve always wondered the same, though there is one now, at least for iOS! 🦥 3w
readordierachel @Christine Ah, I'm jealous! Android needs to get it together. 3w
Christine They do! (Apple only did recently.) I‘ve loved sloths forever, but it‘s fun to see them having a moment with sloth-covered merch everywhere! 3w
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saresmoore Oh, thank you for reminding me to read this! 3w
Tanisha_A Babe! I am using Android, and i can see one. 🦥 3w
Reggie I had no idea there was a caterpillar emoji!! Lol 3w
batsy @Tanisha_A I'm on Android and I don't see one 😢 3w
readordierachel @saresmoore It's really good! Although I expect no less from Chambers. 3w
readordierachel @Tanisha_A @batsy I don't see it either. Am I unworthy?? 🤔 3w
readordierachel @Reggie The more you know 🌠😆 3w
Tanisha_A @readordierachel @batsy I had received a system update sometime back. Maybe it's that. 3w
batsy @Tanisha_A @readordierachel That could be it. No system update yet coz I'm on a Huawei and unworthy of sloths 😭😂 3w
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Oh, good thinking. I always delay my system updates cuz I'm lazy 😆 3w
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Mogoeg
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#wintergames #ReadNosedReindeer #TBRRead @Clwojick @StayCurious

Becky Chambers is a marvel. Her gift is in portraying worlds that are messy and complex and realistically difficult, but also beautiful and compassionate and full of thoughtful human (& alien!) kindness. This novella, which exists outside of her Wayfarers series (although possibly a prequel? who knows!), is a lovely poignant read.

StayCurious What a great review! +16 1mo
j9brown Loved this too, she's one of my favorite authors right now. 1mo
Nute Wonderful review! 1mo
readordierachel Love her. Must get to this soon. 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
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I passed my #readingchallenge goal of 100 books a while back--but I always like setting the number at a doable target so that I don't focus on the number so much that I worry about going after long books or riding out the occasional reading slump. #2019ReadingChallenge

Thanks for tagging me @DannyHattan ! I'm tagging @sebrittainclark @ChasingOm @LibrarianRyan and anyone else who wants to take part!

MicheleinPhilly I do the same. The last few years I‘ve been setting it at 50 so I can just forget about it. 1mo
rachelsbrittain @MicheleinPhilly yeah, I realized stressing about a specific number wasn't actually helping me read more / better / widely-- go figure 😂 1mo
LibrarianRyan Ill post in a bit. 1mo
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sebrittainclark
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A moth was a caterpillar, once, but it no longer is a caterpillar. It cannot break itself back down, cannot metamorphose in reverse.

rachelsbrittain This is stunning 😍 1mo
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sebrittainclark
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1. The New One by Mike Birbiglia

2. To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

3. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Our blue book is the same😂 1mo
Suet624 I watched The New One last night on Netflix and loved it. I'm definitely going to watch it again. I didn't realize it was a book. 1mo
sebrittainclark @Suet624 It's expanded from the show. It comes out on May 5. 1mo
sebrittainclark @rachelsbrittain I really need to read it 1mo
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sebrittainclark
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5/5

I think Becky Chambers is a phenomenal science fiction writer, and this novella is another example of how good her work is. This is a story about the crew of a spaceship that is studying life on exoplanets. It's about what they find on other planets and what happens while they're gone.

It's a really incredible story, and I can't recommend it enough.

Kayla.Adriena I love Becky Chambers too! 1mo
rachelsbrittain Knew you would love this one! 1mo
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Centique
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A thoughtful novella outside of the Wayfarers series. It‘s 80 yrs in the future and humans have invented a technology to reform the human body to suit different planets - allowing further space travel. We follow a small scientific crew, quirky and loveable (which Chambers does so well) and through them begin to understand what it‘s like to leave earth for so long, to spend light years in suspended sleep and to explore new planets. Delightful 👍

Karisa Nice review! I really liked that book too. 2mo
readordierachel Yay! I'm glad to hear it's good. But how could it not be? She's a fabulous author. 2mo
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rachelsbrittain
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5 stars / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A great sci-fi story if ever I've read one exploring the future of human space exploration. A crew catalogs incredible new discoveries & are pushed to their psychological limit on a mission to 4 exoplanets. Explores hopeful possibilities about the future as well as dark realities, all with plausible science to back it up. A truly excellent read & one fans of The Martian & The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet will especially enjoy.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same! Such a fantastic story 3mo
ChasingOm Oooh, stacked and put on hold through Libby! 3mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Guess who just went to the library to pick up holds and left with... twice as many books😅

Librariana I spot Grimoire Noir! 😁 Reading that one right now 💜📚 3mo
rachelsbrittain @Librariana I hadn't heard of it before but spotted it on the shelf and thought it looked interesting! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I like that your library puts which book in the series something is on the spine. That‘s really nice. 3mo
rachelsbrittain @Hooked_on_books yeah I really appreciate that little detail 3mo
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deargeekplace
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Kicking off my #SciFiMonth reading with this lovely little number! Let‘s go.

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allusory
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A wonderful little novella about science, discovery, ethics and human curiosity. Narrated by one of four astronauts on a deep space long term mission of exploration, this story asks some big questions about the nature of science and knowledge and finding answers for no reason other than to know. My favorite of Becky Chambers works by far. #readathon

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allusory
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Getting a bit of a late start to the #readathon this morning.

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underground_bks
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Wayfarers fans seeking the warmth and comfort of Becky Chambers‘ flagship series might need to look elsewhere, but for what it‘s worth, I loved this darker yet still tender and beautiful look at the universe. What you will indeed find is a queer and considered look at humanity, discovery, and hope. As always, I can‘t wait for what comes next from Becky Chambers.

CrowCAH Happy Anniversary on Litsy! 😊 3mo
underground_bks @CrowCAH thank you! Can‘t believe it‘s been 2 years! 3mo
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AthenaWins
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Becky Chambers has become the top go-to for me when I'm yearning for characters full of depth and complex emotions. And this book didn't disappoint. And beyond that is her ever present message of the joy of curiosity, exploration within and without, and the moral implications of every action. I absolutely adore her books.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same LOVE her 4mo
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meowmeowd
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Panpan

WTF is this shit?? I loved all three of the Wayfarers books but this piece of crap was a total snooze fest! She just droned on and on about I don‘t even remember. What a massive disappointment! I‘m so glad I borrowed it from the Libby app and didn‘t waste a cent on this crapola.

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We celebrate the tree that stretches to the sky, but it is the ground we should ultimately thank.

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rmaclean4
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She is so good at writing relationships and communities. This was less enjoyable than her trilogy but I am still glad that I read it!

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NotCool
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I loved this story! Hopeful and well written.

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NotCool
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I love Chambers‘ work so much. There‘re characters that are genuinely ethical and kind, with a well developed arcs. To Be Taught asks if we can be the people we want to be in less than ideal situations. It feels hopeful in a Roddenberry-esque way.

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AthenaWins
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I love novellas. Quick reads with so much packed in. I've read two today and started this one.

j9brown Loved this one! 4mo
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BarbaraJean
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I wanted so much to like this more. I think my frustrations were largely due to length. If Chambers had fleshed this out with another 100 pages or so, it might have made the difference. The majority of the book didn‘t build up to the ending effectively for me—the body didn‘t match the conclusion. I didn‘t mind the end, but I wished its ideas had been woven more consistently throughout the whole book. When is her next full-length novel due out? 😏

batsy I haven't read any of the Wayfarers series yet but was curious about checking this out since it's a novella. But would it be better to read this after I've read the other books? 4mo
BarbaraJean @batsy I‘d say Wayfarers first, but that‘s just because I love them so much! And your mileage may vary with this one—lots of people have loved it, but it just felt uneven to me. It is a stand-alone, not in the Wayfarers universe, so reading this first doesn‘t matter from a series standpoint. 4mo
batsy Oh OK! Thank you! I do definitely want to get around to the Wayfarers books soon; a lot of love for it on Litsy :) 4mo
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Ruthiella
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Super excited to read this novella in the Wayfarer series!😃

Aimeesue Ooooh! 😍 4mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue I adore this series!🥰 4mo
Aimeesue @Ruthiella Me, too! Chambers is GOOD. 4mo
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Centique I have it on reserve! Can‘t wait too 🙌🙌 4mo
Ruthiella @Centique I predict it will be as good as her first three. 😀 4mo
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teainthelibrary
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A beautiful and dazzling novella that I know will stick with me for awhile. I was in constant awe as I meandered my way through this book. It‘s one of those delicious stories that you‘re afraid to read too quickly for fear of finishing. It‘s definitely given me a book hangover! I had never heard of Becky Chambers before this so I‘m anxious to read more of her work! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me 🌎💫

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Leo1733
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I really enjoyed this! It has a different feel from her other books but is equally awesome. Anything she publishes is an instant preorder for me.

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awishman
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This was a beautifully written novella. It felt darker than Wayfarer's to me, but I love how Chambers seamlessly weaves the science fiction elements with characters I come to know and care for.

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teainthelibrary
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Is anything better than sitting in a cozy conservatory with coffee and a book while it rains outside?! Honestly. Loving Wales!!

Louise Sounds perfect! ✨ 4mo
Slajaunie 💙💙💙 4mo
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teainthelibrary
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Feeling out of this world ✌🏼👽☄️💫

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AshleyKorinE
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A future where space travel to habitable planets is possible with new species to discover! It sounds fun and exciting but it was really just okay. I‘m not fond of the ending, which usually wouldn‘t bother me but really didn‘t work with this book. The main characters thoughts were interesting and did remind me of Long Way‘s main character but I needed more dialogue. I ended up wishing I‘d spent my night on something that I felt had a point to it.

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bookishlyblessed
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Starting this one now since it just came in at the library! I am so excited!!

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BekaReid
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When all the books come at once. Where to start?!

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Katerina
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A spontaneous airport buy, but it's Becky Chambers writing a space story, so how bad can it be, right? 😀

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LouBeth
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This wasn't even on my radar. I was just browsing on overdrive and found this. Yes, please. 😀

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Lizpixie
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August has been a fantastic reading month for me. With the #HSreadathon running all month, then the #24in48 plus #SummersEndReadathon & #24B4Monday it‘s been a bounty of reading! All up I‘ve completed 27(there‘s an audiobook of A Discovery Of Witches I forgot to add)& 1 started book(Darkdawn). Choosing a fave is tough, it‘s a tossup between The Dakota Winters, If We Were Villians, To Be Taught If Fortunate & The Woman In Black. #AugustWrapUp

PatriciaU Those Susan Hill books look gorgeous! 5mo
Lindy 👏👏👏 5mo
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Lizpixie
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It‘s midnight here in Sydney so officially Monday. This is my final tally for the #24B4Monday #readathon which of course will be continuing for both the #HSreadathon & #SummersEndReadathon until Friday for the latter & Sunday for the former. I managed 4.7 books(still have 1 & a bit stories left in TWIB) and almost 25 & 1/2 hours! My favourite was definitely the tagged book, Becky Chambers is a master storyteller.🚀💫

jb72 This month #24B4Monday continues through Monday at Midnight. You get an extra day this month! Great job! 5mo
Lizpixie @jb72 really? How did I not see that! Awesome, I‘ll continue to keep time for you guys as well🙌🥳 5mo
Andrew65 @Lizpixie You will have a phenomenal time by the end of #SummersEndReadathon at this rate. Incredibly impressive. 🙌🙌🙌🙌😁👍 5mo
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hes7 Nice job! 5mo
quirkyreader I have that same edition of “The Travelling Bag”. 5mo
Clwojick Way to go!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 5mo
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Lizpixie
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This book was a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️read! The only complaint I have is it‘s a novella & not long enough! In the 22nd century, 4 astronaut scientists leave Earth on a mission to search four planetoids for life. Science has developed a patch that makes their skin use radiation as food, for the 1st low light planet their skin glitters, The 2nd high gravity, their muscles bulk up etc. Then Earth goes silent. #HSreadathon #SummersEndReadathon #24B4Monday

Clwojick Stacked! 5mo
Andrew65 Sounds great. Stacked. 5mo
LeeRHarry Becky Chambers can do no wrong in my eyes - looking forward to getting to this one - glad you enjoyed it 😊 5mo
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Lizpixie
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After passing out at 8am this morning, I‘m back in the #readathon wheelhouse, finishing off this novella from Becky Chambers. Pairing it with some Connoisseur Australian Native Collection Icecream(Davidson Plum, Cocoa & Caramelised Pear. Yum) How‘s everyone else traveling so far? #HSreadathon #24B4Monday #SummersEndReadathon

Clwojick You‘re doing awesome! ♥️ 5mo
xxjenadanxx Heck yeah! You're killing it! 5mo
Andrew65 A great time. 👏👏👏🙌 5mo
jb72 Fantastic start! 🎉🎈 5mo
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Lizpixie
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Grabbed a quick #snackbreak to make a cup of tea & butter a fingerbun before diving into the new novella from the author of the Wayfarers series. It sounds so original, in the 22nd Century, scientists can now use a method called somaforming to change astronauts bodies to survive conditions in space that previously would have killed them. Intriguing. #HSreadathon #SummersEndReadathon #24B4Monday

Andrew65 Sounds very interesting! 😊 5mo
Clwojick That pastry looks so good 😍 5mo
4thhouseontheleft I have the same metal straw. I love them! 5mo
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Clwojick 😂😂I ended up walking to Tim‘s for a donut after seeing this picture 🤤🤤 5mo
Lizpixie @Andrew65 it is so far👍 @Clwojick it was very yummy, how was yours? I‘m so happy to have inspired a snack break! @4thhouseontheleft my tooth is still not fixed so I need a straw, especially for hot drinks. I have gotten a blister on my lip from it but I can‘t find plastic bendy straws anywhere anymore unfortunately & wax paper ones turn to mush in hot drinks🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Andrew65 @Lizpixie Oh no, hope you can get the tooth fixed ASAP. Nothing worse than tooth pain. 5mo
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AutumnRLS Becky Chambers! 5mo
Lauredhel @AutumnRLS ❤️💜💙💚💛 5mo
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Lizpixie
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A slightly larger #stack for this weekends #readathons There‘s fantasy(The Binding) YA fantasy(Wicked Fox) scifi(To Be Taught If Fortunate) non fiction(The Feather Thief) & fantasy scifi(Dragonflight) This stack is my favourite so far! #HSreadathon #24B4Monday #SummersEndReadathon

Andrew65 Should be plenty to keep you busy! 5mo
Clwojick Oooh! And such a pretty stack it is! 😍 5mo
Megabooks The Feather Thief is great! 5mo
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jamicuns Loved The Feather Thief 5mo
LeeRHarry Third the Feather Thief! 😊 5mo
Hooked_on_books What a wonderful spine on The Binding! 5mo
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Emilymdxn
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Becky Chambers knocks it out of the park again. This is up with Long Way for my fave of hers - I don‘t want to give away plot but it‘s cinematic, philosophical, intimate. A perfect slender book that packs so much imagination, character and so many big questions into a tiny space, and ends on a huge question - I really hope we get an answer one day. Casual representation of trans and asexual ppl in the midst of glorious sci fi an added bonus.

saresmoore I didn‘t know this existed! I really adore her books for filling a very specific void in my reading life I didn‘t know I had until I read them. 5mo
Ruthiella Yay!😃 Looking forward to this one! 5mo
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