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Another winner from @vivastory ‘s #NYWD22 list! Is there anyone more quintessentially California than Didion? In these, she mostly reflects on her state and the people in it. I loved her essay about Alcatraz. The ones about John Wayne and Sacramento are excellent, too. The longer title essay about the hippie movement in the Haight was interesting. 5 year olds on acid at “high kindergarten.” Wtf hippies? Keaton is the perfect narrator for this.

vivastory I'm so glad this worked for you! Of the 3 books I've read by Didion, this is by far my favorite. I appreciated her willingness to portray the shortcomings of the counterculture. That would have been really unpopular at the time. 4mo
Kimberlone One of my favorite books! How is the narration? Diane Keaton seems like a perfect choice. 4mo
Megabooks @vivastory that‘s true. My boomer family was so anti-hippie that sometimes I forget how other people felt at the time. Even my mom, who is my liberal parent, was very anti-hippie. I still don‘t understand their one-sided beef with Joan Baez. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Anyway I enjoyed this a lot more than 4mo
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Megabooks @Kimberlone she really was the perfect narrator! 4mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t read any Didion 🫣 yet!! Maybe I‘ll start with this one 4mo
Vansa Her claim about "high kindergarten" has always seemed a bit absurd to me.I think she's a great writer but her politics make me a bit uncomfortable.There's a strange essay in the tagged book where she weirdly romanticises the Confederate flag-it wouldn't hold any resonances for her so her attitude seems to be to not bother if it does for others. 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘d definitely recommend this one over The White Album, but they‘re the only two I‘ve read. 4mo
Megabooks @Vansa I can see what you‘re saying about the confederate flag, and although I haven‘t read the essay, it was extremely mainstream, even among liberal folks, to romanticize it in the 1980s when I was a kid. I mean I sang Stephen Collins Foster every day of my childhood and sat Indian style at school. That wouldn‘t be tolerated now from teachers, even in my large KY town. 4mo
Megabooks @Vansa and I can believe high kindergarten may be apocryphal, but what writer doesn‘t have agenda and prejudices. I appreciate you discussing hers with me. 4mo
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Next up! Reading this as part of my lil book club with @indiaro & @Emilymdxn 😁 It's also part of my #NYWD22 list! @monalyisha @dariazeoli

monalyisha Oh, yay! ✨ 6mo
Moll @monalyisha It's so good!! 6mo
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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones

I have a new author to add to my favorites list 😍. The tagged is the second best book I have read this year!! #nywd22

I‘m picking The Fifth Season for April

monalyisha Fantastic! ✨ 6mo
AFrostCauseReads He is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers! 6mo
Readergrrl I loved this book!! 6mo
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Yay! It‘s here!
This is so wonderfully and lovingly wrapped that I almost don‘t want to unwrap it. However, the suspense is killing me, because I really cannot remember which book I selected as the gift. Thank you, Alyisha, for the awesome opportunity to participate in the coolest swap of book ideas and reading moments.

Now to get on with the surprise…

monalyisha Ha! An unintentional & happy side effect of my procrastination. Perfect. 💯 6mo
Nute @monalyisha Right on, Girl!😆 6mo
ShelleyBooksie Beautiful paper 6mo
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Amiable Ha! I‘d forgotten which one I picked, too! 😀 6mo
readordierachel The wrapping is just adorable 6mo
monalyisha I hope you were pleased with your choice! I remember which book you picked & I‘m excited for you to read it! It‘s an especially good one for April, I think. 6mo
BeaG Cool! I‘ve been missing swaps lately.🤦🏾‍♀️ I‘ve got to stay my active. 6mo
Nute @readordierachel I liked the wrapping paper as well. Even when looking at the wrapping paper in front of you, the sprinkles are so realistic… it feels like a handful is there for the taking.🙃 5mo
Nute @BeaG I know that school is keeping you busy. I hope that things are going well. Many prayers for focus, energy and stamina. Also some downtime for reading. Take care, Jocelyn!💕 5mo
Nute @ShelleyBooksie I agree!🙂 5mo
Nute @monalyisha The book choice was perfect for April. Her poet‘s vibe is felt here. I enjoyed it. I haven‘t been keeping up with writing ‘reviews‘ about the books that I have read. I think that is part of the reading slump that I am in. Nothing is as usual…even the aftermath.😐 Thank you for the effort that you put into Who Dis. You are amazing, Alyisha!💕 5mo
Nute @Amiable It‘s always fun with the two of us together, Amy!💕 5mo
Amiable @Nute 😘❤️ 5mo
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ALYSHIA!! How did you know that I have the exact plant to match these bookmarks?? 😄 Thank you!


Texreader Wow. That‘s so cool! 🌱 6mo
Wife Sprouts are the best! 🌱 6mo
readordierachel How cute! 6mo
monalyisha Ha! Call it Bibliophile's Intuition... 😉 6mo
BooknerdsLife OMG This is so cute! 😃🍀 6mo
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The Five Wounds: A Novel | Kirstin Valdez Quade
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Look at this gorgeous package from @monalyisha for participating in #NYWD22! It‘s so lovely that I didn‘t want to open it.
But of course I did. Thank you so much, Alyshia! 🙂

monalyisha I'm so glad it arrived quickly and safely! 6mo
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Kate in Waiting | Becky Albertalli
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Such a sweet read about friendships and first loves. Kate and her bestie, Andy, share everything, including crushes. This all changes when a joint crush has them choosing sides and making rules. I loved how they consistently put their friendship first. All of it made me feel like a teen falling in love for the first time all over again. I already want to reread this one.

Thank you for another great #nywd22 pick! @MatchlessMarie @monalyisha

monalyisha Gosh, this sounds sweet! 😍 7mo
MatchlessMarie Glad you liked it! I especially loved that Once Upon a Mattress was the musical. I got the lead for that show in 8th grade so I had a special connection to it ☺️ 7mo
Zuhkeeyah @MatchlessMarie Congrats on scoring the lead role! I didn‘t know it was a real musical. I ended up listening to the soundtrack after I finished. ☺️ 7mo
MatchlessMarie @Zuhkeeyah They also made it into a movie. I believe it‘s on Disney+ Carol Burnett was the original Winnifred. I believe she plays the Queen in the movie. (edited) 7mo
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So I assume this is an unpopular opinion, but I was not a fan of the tagged.

The book started off great but I felt it dragged on and then on some more.

I did finish it, but I will not continue the series.

March‘s #nywd22 is “The Only Good Indians” thanks @Readergrrl

monalyisha 😱 7mo
wordslinger42 I bailed on this one. It's definitely an unpopular opinion, but you're not alone! 7mo
Readergrrl @NikkiM5 I hope you like The Only Good Indians! It really stuck with me. Horror mixed with indigenous folklore and storytelling. I went to an author talk at the Mark Twain House here in CT and met the author, Stephen Graham Jones. His discussion of his writing inspiration and history was fascinating. Very cool! 7mo
NikkiM5 @Readergrrl I am very excited to read it. Thank you 😊 7mo
NikkiM5 @wordslinger42 it‘s nice not to be alone lol 7mo
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This one has been on my to-read list for awhile. I‘m so glad @JackOBotts had it on the #nywd22 #newyearwhodis list prompting me to finally pick it up.

All the praise for this one is well deserved. Some of this I knew, some of it was new to me and all of it was written with passion and humor. I will likely be purchasing a copy for my own shelves and I‘ve told my son he should read this as well.

monalyisha 💓💓💓 8mo
JackOBotts Agree! I look forward to having my kiddos read this as well, once they‘re a bit older. 7mo
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This morning I whipped up my favourite breakfast and started CHOP SUEY NATION. If the first couple chapters are anything to go by, it‘s gonna be good.

KateReadsYA That looks amazing 👏 8mo
Amiable Oh, I've been wanting to read this one since it's on my #NYWD22 list from @singout! I'm having trouble tracking it down, though. I put in a request from my library and they are searching for a copy for me. 8mo
xicanti @KateReadsYA it‘s been a real good morning. 8mo
xicanti @Amiable I hope they can find it! I can‘t wait to dive back in later. 8mo
Singout I hope you find it! I know the list had several Canadian books on it, so that might be a bit harder. 8mo
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