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Kindred
Kindred | Octavia Butler
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
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MeganLindell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ½ • Fun fact: I live in the small suburb just north of Seattle that Octavia Butler lived and died in. My local bookstore was her local bookstore!

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tealwish
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More historical fiction than science fiction and the hardest parts to read were the parts that once were a reality. I realize that I am privileged and ignorant of this time period, and this book yanked me into Dana's ordeal in a personal, brutal way and taught me so much. Deserving all the stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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plemmdog
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I rarely read sci-fi or fantasy but got an early start on my book club‘s pick. I enjoyed this and it made me reflect on how so little was taught or mentioned about slavery during my 1970s public education in South Carolina.

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canbku
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Second read for book club and to read while the new tv series is on! A classic, for sure, and so confounding to this day. I like that the series has moved the modern timeline into the near-present. It's so hard to get into the racial mindset of the 1970s and know enough to figure out the dynamics. Confounding!

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kricheal
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So good! Time traveling slavery sci-fi that is brilliantly done. #audio #2 #2023

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LaraReads
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Worked hard getting both trees & all the Christmas decor packed away (ugh) so now it‘s time for lazy reading & football watching. 🙌🏻 This my first Octavia E. Butler! Thoughts? Only a few chapters in, but intrigued.
#52bookclub23 #abookbyOctaviaEButler

Deblovestoread Such a good book! 1mo
Cinfhen Read this for IRL bookclub - great discussion. I liked it but didn‘t love it 1mo
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Cinfhen Love your photo 😍 1mo
KathyWheeler I loved this book. It was my first Octavia Butler book. 1mo
squirrelbrain I can get the graphic novel version of this on Scribd, so I‘m thinking I might try that, for a bit of a change, as I don‘t usually do graphic novels. 🤔 1mo
LaraReads @Deblovestoread @KathyWheeler glad to hear this! I think the idea of a series to watch after finishing makes me more excited too. 1mo
LaraReads @Cinfhen thanks! And I have seen a little of both likes/loves. It‘s definitely a little outside of my usual wheelhouse. 1mo
LaraReads @squirrelbrain that‘s a great idea! I‘ve got scribd too. I‘ll have to check it out. Thanks for the info! 1mo
Librarybelle One of my colleagues thinks this is such a good book. It‘ll probably be the one I read for this prompt too. 1mo
Bluebird I haven‘t read any of her books yet. I bought this one a few years ago and am thinking I will use it for the prompt. 1mo
KathyWheeler @squirrelbrain I thought the graphic novel was a good adaptation of the book. 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh good! @KathyWheeler - I‘m looking forward to it. 1mo
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Brennastroup
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In this captivating and perplexing story, Dana - a young black woman, time travels between current day (1976, California) and a plantation her ancestors are enslaved on in Maryland during the 1800s. First time reading Octavia Butler - looking forward to reading more of her work.

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Cortg
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My top 22 reads of 2022. This was hard to narrow down 😊 Cheers to 2023 🥂

TrishB Agreed- it was hard! 1mo
mcctrish I see some similar favourites and some to put on my 2023 list ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
squirrelbrain A great list! ❤️ 1mo
Deblovestoread Great list! 1mo
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swishandflick
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I almost can't forgive myself for having waited this long to read this book for the first time. Wow. That's all I can think to say because of how powerful it is, particularly for being so far ahead of its time. Literally.

And on a personal note: as a mixed kid who grew up in this often horrible world to become the woman I am today, it cut me deep.

jlhammar Such a good book! Are you planning to try the new adaptation (FX/Hulu series I think)? I haven‘t yet, but am definitely interested. 1mo
swishandflick @jlhammar You know, I'm actually not sure yet! I have a really hard time watching slavery depictions in film/tv and I also kinda feel like there's no way to do it justice! 1mo
SamAnne I just recently finished this one. Can‘t stop thinking about it and now want to read everything Butler has written. 1mo
swishandflick @SamAnne Ditto! Though I'll have to pace myself so I can brace myself emotionally 🥺 1mo
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LatrelWhite
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✔️Headed toward the finish line with “Kindred” starting the series this week!📺

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LatrelWhite
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Re-reading Octavia Butler‘s “KINDRED” forty-three years since publication. A new Hulu series!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SamAnne Recently finished my first read and now reading the graphic novel. Hope the series lives up to the book! 1mo
LatrelWhite @SamAnne I‘m just about finished and wanted to start the series this week. I hope too the it lives up to the novel.☺️ 1mo
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SamAnne
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Timeless novel written in the 70s. Dana, a Black woman, lives with her white husband. She gets transported back to 1815 Maryland, interacting w/ her ancestors, both black and white. The novel explores how people survive under oppressors, how easy it is to slip into roles & how difficult it can be to escape them, the difficult moral choices people make to survive, & the complicated relationships between oppressors & oppressed.

SamAnne These are themes being explored in many novels and non-fiction in the 2020s. Butler wrote this in the 1970s. Many of the themes Ibram X. Kendi explores in his excellent non-fiction. I will be thinking about this read for a long time and plan to read all of Butler's work. 2mo
SamAnne And really interesting Fresh Air episode this past week with old interviews with Butler: https://www.npr.org/2022/12/12/1142245168/sci-fi-pioneer-octavia-butler 2mo
KathyWheeler I absolutely loved this book. The graphic novel adaptation was not bad either. 2mo
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SamAnne @KathyWheeler I have the graphic from the library and plan to dive in this weekend! 2mo
KCofKaysville @SamAnne. It's on my list! 2mo
KathyWheeler @SamAnne I hope you like it. I thought it did justice to the novel. 2mo
SamAnne @kathywheeler and then I will check out the TV series. 2mo
KathyWheeler @SamAnne I need to watch that. 2mo
Texreader Such a good book. I hope to watch it too 2mo
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LiteraryNib
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In Kindred, Octavia Butler weaves a historical science fiction story of time travel with Dana Franklin, who is called back in time to a slave plantation of her ancestors, exploring the horrifically real lives of slaves and slave owners. The intensity and graphic nature of Dana‘s experiences are masterfully played out in first person past and present perfect tenses, which had a gripping effect.

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kricheal
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Starting this next on audio before the show comes out!

SamAnne It‘s my IRL book club read for December! Have been wanting to read it forever. 2mo
KathyWheeler I love this book! There‘s a graphic novel version as well, which is also good. 2mo
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BC_Dittemore
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There are multiple layers to Kindred. At once it‘s complex and simple, Sci-fi and not Sci-fi, fiction and nonfiction. The beginning suffers a bit from “first-part-itis” — the dialogue can be cringeworthy and the fact that Butler allows her characters to accept what‘s happened with little question is a bit distracting. The dialogue does improve, however, and the story is so good and so important that these minor flaws don‘t matter by the end.

SamAnne Plan to finally read it in December. 3mo
BC_Dittemore @SamAnne hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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Niharika87
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With 2 very interesting topics being interwoven,the book is an interesting one. Written by a female author of colour & written way ahead of its time. Sci-Fi and Fantasy put together in the form of Time Travel & slavery in the antebellum America.it's a journey that is belwildering as well as thought provoking.One has to applaud the author for her thorough research & weaving this beautiful story,which stays with you for a while.

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Deblovestoread
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📘Tagged and The Kite Runner
✒️Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Monk Kidd
🎬 The King's Speech
🎤 The Killers
🎶 Kangaroo Cry (Blue October) Kristy, Are You Doing Okay (The Offspring) King Tut (Steve Martin) Kiss Me (Sixpence None the Richer) Keep on Lovin You (REO Speedwagon)

#ManicMonday @CBee

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jlhammar
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📕 Kindred by Octavia Butler
🖊 Keegan, Claire
📺 the Killing
🎙 Krall, Diana
🎶 Kick Jump Twist - Sylvan Esso

#ManicMonday #LetterK
@CBee

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psalva
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📚 Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

🖋 Stephen King (I‘ve read him the most but it‘s been a while- not 100% sure if he‘s my favorite anymore), Steve Kluger and E.L. Konigsburg (runners up)

🎞 The Kid (Chaplin)

🎤 The Killers or The Kinks, I suppose.

🎼 “Killer Queen,” by Queen, “Kooks,” by David Bowie #manicmonday #letterk @CBee

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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For anyone that has read this book or love this author— how are you guys feeling about this series coming to FX? It has been a long time coming, what is everyone‘s thoughts? Octavia Butler is iconic — I have mixed feelings about this. Love to hear your thoughts #poc #woc #bipoc #timetravel

BkClubCare If I watched TV 📺 I would be excited!! But sadly (?!) I don‘t do much box-watching. But when I am in the mood to watch books (films based on books), I will search for it in the future 4mo
MoonWitch94 WHAT?!?!?! Oh I must‘ve missed this! I WANT to be excited…but adaptations are always tricky. I hope it‘s done well. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 4mo
Reggie I can‘t. In the same way I can‘t ever watch Call Me By Your Name, in the same way I will never read the sequel to Aristotle and Dante. I can‘t. That book is near perfect and what I have in my head is good for me. 4mo
annahenke This would be hard to watch I think on multiple levels - the content and the rich literary history of this book Among them. 4mo
Readergrrl I agree. Very mixed emotions. I teach this novel every year, pairing it with works from living poets and sources from LearningforJustice.com. While I‘m eager to see it adapted for the screen, now I‘ll have entire groups of students who will never open the book. 😢 And, frankly, some of the scenes in this novel will be watered down by the film when they are better left to the reader‘s imagination. 3mo
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DebinHawaii
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I can‘t tell you how excited I am that the series adaptation of this amazing book will be released on Hulu starting December 13th. I knew they were working on it but wasn‘t sure when it would be released. Trying not to get my expectations too high but it sounds good! If you have not read it, I highly recommend it—not an easy read but a really good one.

Link to EW article:
https://ew.com/tv/kindred-fx-branden-jacobs-jenkins-preview/

shanaqui Ooh, I hadn't heard about this. Thanks for the link! 4mo
DebinHawaii @shanaqui You are welcome! I can‘t wait! 4mo
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JillR
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I‘ll admit, when we picked this for our book club read this month I wasn‘t sure. 1970s Sci-Fi; I‘m not sure that‘s my thing. How wrong I was. I loved it. Such accessible, modern writing. Such an incredibly powerful story about slavery, power, race and so much more.

TrishB I had the same feeling- but a great read. 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 You make me want to read it! 4mo
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JillR @trishb definitely 4mo
JillR @cathythoughts the subject matter is not easy, but it‘s very easy to read 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good Bookclub choice 👍🏻 4mo
JillR @cathythoughts yes it was a good one to discuss :) 4mo
LatrelWhite I picked it for my book club maybe 15 yrs ago. First book of Octavia Butler‘s I had read just picked up again and got the audiobook to read and listen before I watch the series. Still one of my favorites💯. 1mo
JillR @LatrelWhite sorry for my slow reply. This was the first Octavia White for all of us in our book group, we all loved it and intend reading more. Such fresh writing. Hope you enjoy it as much second time around. 1mo
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Karkar
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I did not know what to expect going in. I was not even sure what the book was about, just that it was always recommended. This is one of those books that will stick with me for awhile.

JillR I‘ve just finished this for our book club read. Didn‘t really fancy it, ended up loving it! 4mo
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Oryx
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My £3 book haul from the charity shop - pleased with this little stack.

Caroline2 That‘s a great stack. I loved kindred. ❤️ 5mo
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Karisimo
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This #letterk blew my mind when I first read it!

#AlphabetGame
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks A popular one and on my shelf 📚 6mo
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ShyBookOwl
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For #LetterK .. one of my all time faves: Kindred 🖤
It's one of those books I think everyone would benefit from reading at least once.

#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Texreader It‘s such a good book 6mo
SheilaChew Great book! Octavia Butler is amazing. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read this! 6mo
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vonnie862
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Kindred by Octavia Butler

I love this one! There's time travel and history. It is considered the first science fiction book written by a black woman. It is fantastic!

#AlphabetGame
#LetterK
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf! 6mo
DivineDiana I liked this too! 6mo
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DMC_run8
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This has been on my TBR for YEARS! I had no idea what it was about but it was a wild ride. In 1976, Dana is moving into a new home with her white husband when she suddenly finds herself on a plantation in 1819 saving a boy from drowning. Rufus is the son of the plantation owner and a direct ancestor of Dana's. Time and again Dana is pulled back into the antebellum south to save Rufus' life. 4.5⭐️

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LoverOfLearning
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I mean WOW. I'm not sure how to process this book.

A modern day women who get pulled back into slavery and is on a mission to honor her values, her ancestry, and to save a young boy.

I had to battle my own morals and ask myself what would I do.

Just wow! A classic must read. And a brilliant insight and discussion on interracial relationships as well. 👏

she.hearts.horror One of my favorites. It‘s actually a show now too. I don‘t know if it started yet. 6mo
LoverOfLearning @she.epeolatry u didn't realize but I'm not suprised! I'll have to look it up! 6mo
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LoverOfLearning
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Just started this historical science fiction novel. I'm listening to the audiobook and I'm only 3 chapters in but I am hooked.

Wow. This is going to be a hard hitting masterpiece. I need to prepare myself for all the emotions.

Daisey It‘s so good! 7mo
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Cortg
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My March wrap up!

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Cortg
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Megabooks Awesome! 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m LOVING this title & cover art …must buy 10mo
BarbaraBB Well done!! 10mo
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KarenUK Yay! 👏👏👏👏 10mo
Cortg @Cinfhen It‘s written to the tune The Wheels on the Bus 😂 10mo
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Cortg
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I love time travel books and this one did not disappoint! It‘s raw, emotional, disturbing and historically important. I placed a hold on the Graphic Novel format to read next week.
#pop22 ~ an #ownvoices SFF book

@KarenUK @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja @Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB @Laughterhp @RaeLovesToRead @jenniferw88

Cinfhen Great pick ✅🌻 10mo
KCofKaysville @Cortg I have read Parables of the Sower and liked it. I'll read this one too evenually. 10mo
BarbaraBB Such a good read! 10mo
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Cortg @KCofKaysville Yes! It‘s on my TBR list and I‘m looking forward to it! 10mo
Jerdencon This is such a great book! 10mo
Megabooks I read the graphic adaptation last year and loved it! 10mo
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Ang203l
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Why yes, I did cancel plans because it‘s snowing and I‘d rather be reading. 😅🤣 #catsoflitsy

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Evita
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3.5 out of 5

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Anya91
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This is the first book that I‘ve read by #octaviabutler and it is amazing!

Having Dana as the main character and seeing what is happening through her perspective is what makes this story interesting.

#blackliterature

#blackwomenauthors

#blacksciencefictionandfantasy

SW-T It‘s a heck of a book! Such imagination and talent. She was definitely gifted. 11mo
Anya91 Yes I loved it. I can‘t wait to read more books by her. 11mo
StaceGhost I loved this book! Her Parable of the Sower is in my top ten, too 11mo
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Reggie This is one of the first books I read because of Litsy . I loved Dana. I love Octavia. 11mo
Anya91 @StaceGhost I will add it to my list 11mo
Anya91 @Reggie Same 🤎 11mo
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Anya91
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TH3F4LC0N
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My first book by Octavia Butler and wow was it good! 😵 This was a phenomenal story that used a lens of science fiction to look back on America‘s painful legacy of slavery with a very nuanced eye. Well written and with quite human characters, Kindred was fantastic! 😃 For my full thoughts, see my review here:

https://youtu.be/00sPF86lYpI

Reggie This book, The Books of Night Women by Marlon James and Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez are phenomenal books about slavery that I read in one year. You know when you have unintentional themes. A topic keeps popping up in books. I am forever indebted to those books for opening my eyes. 11mo
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MsRadioSilence
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First 5 star read of the year! Complex characters, time travel, a reliable and strong narrator: what more could you ask for? I regret that I had to put it down for classes, and only just picked it up again.

You can read my full review here: https://www.rainyreader.com/single-post/kindred

#scifi #historicalfiction #cat #catsoflitsy

Readergrrl I‘m just beginning with this novel next week with my high school seniors. 12mo
Bits I just started reading this last night! 12mo
GondorGirl This book was fantastic! 12mo
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rsteve388
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#AudiobookSale Librofm Just posted their sale audiobooks. Great selection. Check it out!

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katrrosee
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Read Harder Challenge #8: Read a classic by a POC author
5 stars/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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vonnie862
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This was a re-read for me after 20 years. I still liked it and I was able to share the journey with my husband. We were on the edge of our seats with Dana's time travel & my heart broke every atrocity described in the book. 4.5 ⭐
#BookSpinBingo #19 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 13mo
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Cortg
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2 of 2 - Whew! This was quite a task! Here are my #pop22 books, subject to change based on book club choices. 28 of these are on my physical TBR bookshelves which I‘m super excited about. 4 are new to me books that I had to google and the rest are on my TBR radar. I‘ve got a few big ones, so we‘ll see. Let the games begin!

BarbaraBB You did it! I am still working on it. I must take a screenshot of yours for some inspiration! 14mo
RaeLovesToRead What prompts are you using The Guest List and White Teeth for? I have them both on my TBR.. 😊 14mo
Billypar I liked every single one that I've read from both posts - 6 from this one and 7 from the other. My favorites were probably A Brief History of 7 Killings, The Yiddish Policeman's Union, and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Happy reading! 14mo
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Cortg @BarbaraBB Absolutley! I hope the list helps and you find some to add to your challenge! 14mo
Cortg @RaeLoveToRead The Guest List - A book about a secret. I'm under the impresson there are secrets among the characters. It's hard to know since I haven't actually read it yet. 😂 White Teeth - a book you know nothing about. I just looked it up on goodreads and it has a description but the actual paperback book really doesn't say much about what it's about and I was reading descriptions on so many books last night. 14mo
Cortg @Billypar Thanks! I'm really looking forward to this year's reading 😀 14mo
RaeLovesToRead Good idea... and if there aren't any juicy secrets you could probably use it for a book about a party! 14mo
Cortg @RaeLovesToRead Yes! Smart thinking! There were several that could fit more than one catagory. 14mo
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Wife
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I wanted more. It was “just the facts” storytelling. I wanted descriptions and emotions. I wanted Kevin‘s story from his POV. I didn‘t really engage until mid-story, but then it was riveting. The idea of time travel has always been a fantasy of mine, but you never really think of traveling to the Hellish times in history like Dana did. She traveled from 1976 to the Antebellum South as a black woman. 3/5🧭s

Texreader I loved this book. Great review. 14mo
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SherryJones
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This amazing book not only tells the reader about slavery, it ingeniously makes you live it by transporting you with its modern-day heroine back in time. Because she is black, she is treated as a slave. Because she, and you, are free, you feel keenly the injustice and indignity of her enslavement. Each transport back to the present reminds you what has been taken away. Octavia Butler is a genius.

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Sci-fi isn‘t my favorite genre, but I‘m glad I gave this a try! Being ripped through time to experience the horrors of our history of slavery through a modern lens was emotional and effective. I would have had no idea it was written in the 70‘s; it‘s a timeless tale. 🎧

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Consider time-travel. Do you view it as dangerous to the future and fear changing history, and possibly even your future? Perhaps you think about it more frivolously and want to experience a large event. Do you wish you could go back and take a different life path? Regardless of what you imagine, are you imagining the possibility of that trip being physically dangerous and life-threatening? Likely not, but that's what Butler has done here, ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick weaving the "now" of 1976 and the "then" early 1800's. I didn't LOVE it, but it was pretty darn good, if infuriating at times.
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