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4thhouseontheleft

Joined April 2017

Co-host #Booked2020 Reading Challenge | Host #Screamathon | Ravenclaw | Book Nerd | Mother of Cats Goodreads.com/4thhouseontheleft She/her pronouns
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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The Iliad by Homer
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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My family teases that they can always tell how I am feeling based on my mug choice. Which one do you think is today‘s pick? ☕️

Prairiegirl_reading Well my pick would be Bernie so I‘ll go with Bernie. (edited) 14h
4thhouseontheleft @Prairiegirl_reading it was definitely Bernie! 14h
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I need that Bernie mug! 14h
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AmyG Definitely MOOD. Every day. 14h
5feet.of.fury Feeling the Bern ❤️ also I have had that book since Feb and I was so excited about it, and I have not made any time for it… 😩 11h
4thhouseontheleft @5feet.of.fury I really like it so far! 10h
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1️⃣ On a dry boulder along a babbling creek downstream from a waterfall in the mountains near Highlands, NC
2️⃣ No one. Just my books. Not in the mood for peopling right now. ?
3️⃣ Strawberries, chèvre, baguette, charcuterie, dark chocolate, and a bit of wine

#thoughtfulthursday

Lynnsoprano That all sounds perfect! 15h
jlhammar Yes, solo picnic! I could do with one of those right now. 13h
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🦋 In between books! Thinking of starting Olga Dies Dreaming next.
🦋 The Trees by Perceval Everett
🦋 That my daughter came home from school safely 😭

#wondrouswednesday

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Meet Mona + Lisa! #MonaLisa

Yes, 2 of the 4 rescue kittens extended their stay indefinitely at our cat hotel. 🥰 #catsoflitsy

It took me ages to finish the last 1/4 of this book, because I had accidentally come across a spoiler and I was dreading it happening. However, I LOVED this book and the duology and can‘t wait to read more books set in the Groshaverse!

#pop22 #foundfamily

LeahBergen The little savages 😆 1d
squirrelbrain So cute! But a bit bitey around books! 1d
Simona Cute happiness in duet❣️ 1d
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4thhouseontheleft @squirrelbrain that is the first thing I will be training them not to do 🤣 1d
julesG Those two are cute. 1d
vlwelser 😻😻 1d
RaeLovesToRead 😻😻😻😻😻 so cute!! 😭😭 1d
Leftcoastzen Adorable but poor book!😻😁 1d
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Doing everything I can to process the terrible tragedy in Texas yesterday. From that first NYT alert, I had a horrible gut feeling it would be bad. Flashbacks to how I felt with a 5yr old the day of the Sandy Hook shooting. But my pain is nothing compared to the pain of dozens of families in Uvalde today. 😭

DivineDiana 😔 💔😓 2d
AmyG I saw a tweet on Twitter and my stomach “dropped”. This is America now, where an entire political party puts the right to own guns without common sense laws over the safety of our children. All for power and greed. 😢 2d
DogMomIrene And watching various parents from Sandy Hook is also heartbreaking. We have a planned power outage today, so I‘m audiobooking and staying away from the news. I‘ll get the updates later. 1d
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Reading with kittens. 😻 We‘ve named this one Kuromi for the 4 days she is in our house, since our tuxedo is #HelloKitty (who absolutely hates the intrusion into her home 😂)

#catsoflitsy

QuietlyLaura 🥰😍 6d
JanuarieTimewalker13 Omg, SO cute! 6d
Cathythoughts Cute 💗 6d
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Leftcoastzen Wow so cute! Been a long time since I had a kitten in the house ! Geezer kitties here. 6d
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 6d
Soubhiville What a cutie! 🥰 6d
Gissy Cute!😻❤️❤️❤️ 6d
4thhouseontheleft @Leftcoastzen they are only here for a few days! This one is the runt of the litter and so cute! 6d
shanaqui Naww, looks like a lovely reading companion 6d
BookNAround What a sweet baby! 6d
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It‘s impossible to read with these 4 bundles of fur in the house! I helped capture & rescue these kittens over the last 2 months from a construction site in our neighborhood. The neighbor fostering them is out of town, so they are with me until Sunday!

I was part of the rescue effort of these babies at the same time we had to say goodbye to #Isabel. I‘m not looking for another cat, yet 4 landed practically on my doorstep. 😹

#catsofLitsy

RaeLovesToRead Oh my days... 😭😭😭😭😭 They are so so so so adorable 😍😍😍💕💕💕 1w
julesG 😍😍😍😍 1w
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️😻 So adorable! 1w
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Chelsea.Poole Preciousness!! 1w
4thhouseontheleft @RaeLovesToRead @julesG @Librarybelle @Chelsea.Poole they are all warming up to people so quickly! 1w
AmyG OMG adorable! 1w
Chelsea.Poole Also, love that you‘re a rescuer! My whole extended family does the same 😻 1w
JenReadsAlot Adorable 😻 1w
AlaMich Sooooooo sweet! I imagine it‘s tough getting anything done, much less reading! 😂 1w
rachelsbrittain So cute, I die 😍 1w
squirrelbrain So cute! Please can I come and help?! 1w
PuddleJumper 😍 1w
5feet.of.fury Babies! 😍 1w
Susanita Does that make you a foster foster? 😹 1w
Clare-Dragonfly OMG! 😍😍😍 1w
kelly_anne I just posted a pic of my 3 that make it impossible to read, too! 🥰 1w
Gissy 😻❤️😻❤️😻❤️😻❤️ 6d
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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💎 wish I could read more, but I also have some cute little distractions in the house over the next couple days which will make an appearance in my next post!
💎 physical book
💎 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
💎 Some books, yes! I love to annotate.

#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 📚☺️ 5d
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My Brother | Jamaica Kincaid
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This was a memoir Kincaid wrote after the death of her brother in the mid-90's to HIV/AIDS. It felt very personal, almost like a stream-of-consciousness diary she was writing to help in the processing of her grief. As such, it was hard to follow her train of thought at times. I'm glad I read it, but not sure I would recommend it.

#booked2022 about HIV or AIDS
#nonfiction2022 #ImAnAngel
#antigua

Cinfhen Interesting choice. Too bad it wasn‘t a total pick. 1w
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Loveless | Alice Oseman
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Joining in late for #LGBTQBookBingo #LGBTQ2022 but I am including 3 books I've read so far this year that fit some of the prompts. The cast of characters in these 3 books includes demisexual, aro-ace, bisexual, and non-binary representation!

Bookgoil Listening to Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars right now and loving it! Would recommend for trans rep or memoir. (edited) 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Bookgoil thanks for the rec! 1w
Kenyazero Off to a great start! 1w
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My local B&N has a great display of Austen retellings right now! Found a few more to add to my TBR. #pemberlittens

Also, after some time off I‘m ready to jump back in to the chapter a day buddy reads, but I‘m not sure what the current schedule is?

sprainedbrain Oh I see some I need to look up! May/June books are Lady Susan, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and Jane Austen At Home. The buddy read for Lady Susan already finished, but check out @jenniferw88 for Jane At Home and @BarkingMadRun for Tenant schedules. So glad you‘re feeling able to join in again! ❤️ 1w
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My Brother | Jamaica Kincaid
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The book I‘m reading for the #booked2022 prompt about HIV/AIDS was written in 1997. It‘s a flashback to the past.😔

I‘ve worked as a case manager for those living with HIV or AIDS in the 21st century. In some ways, we have come so far.

In other ways, the stigma still remains.

Amiable Have you read “And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts? It was a stupendous work of journalism. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable yes, I read it a long time ago! 2w
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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I‘m really glad this book lived up to the hype! I started it a few years ago, but quickly realized I should read the Shadow & Bone trilogy first, so I put it down after the first two chapters. Glad to finally return to it. Love this band of misfits and outcasts. ❤️‍🔥

#pop22 protagonist who uses a mobility aid

RaeLovesToRead I was going to use this for a duology for #pop22 but interesting to know it fits that prompt too! 2w
Addison_Reads One of my favorite series. I just treated myself to the collector's editions of this duology and I'm excited to re-read them. 2w
Ddzmini Love the book cover where did you get it 🥰 1w
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Enjoying an iced latte with a book this afternoon! I‘m hoping I‘ll have enough downtime to finish it today, ai definitely see why this is a hugely popular book!

ShelleyBooksie Love the prrride mug! 2w
RaeLovesToRead That iced latte looks yum! 2w
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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These are the 6 books I suggested for #CampTOB22. Two are on the list because I just checked out from the library. 😃

#CampTOB

Cinfhen I‘m shocked how many books are new to me!! I‘m LOVING all these #CampSuggestions22 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen took me a while to come up this list! This year‘s releases have my been on my radar as much as catching up with my TBR! 2w
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vivastory Great choices! I almost selected the Ali Smith 2w
BarbaraBB Great choices! I wouldn‘t mind a bit reading these! 2w
sarahbarnes Yes, the new Ali Smith! 2w
Ruthiella I considered the Yanahigara but have a strong suspicion I will end up on the 2023 long/shortlist instead. Yours is the 3rd vote for 2w
rmaclean4 So looking forward to The Dance Tree and the new Ali Smith! 2w
Teresereading I want to read DancingTree 2w
BkClubCare Woot!! Olga Dies Dreaming YES 2w
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An interesting, thought provoking book on trauma and existing theory on best ways to treat PTSD. I like that the author recognizes and addresses trauma caused by systemic racism and generational trauma.

The first half of the book explores the brain‘s mapping and the physiological response to trauma, and our thoughts and ruminations after a trauma. The second half gets into MAP training, the author‘s therapy approach.

5feet.of.fury This was more useful than The Body Keeps The Score then? 3w
4thhouseontheleft @5feet.of.fury I never got past the first chapter in The Body Keeps the Score, but this one is probably more surface level. I liked it more for the science than the trauma-informed care info. This is the other one on my stack that is supposed to be similar to TBKTS: 3w
5feet.of.fury @4thhouseontheleft thanks for the recommendation❤️ 3w
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Another #bookhaul! This one from Book Outlet. Top one is Maya‘s, two we are sharing, and the non-fiction ones are for me.

My therapist recommended The Body Keeps The Score, and I know it is a foundational book on trauma, but I hated the way it ignored the trauma of victims of sexual assault by American soldiers, and only focused on the PTSD of said soldiers. The Trauma book above sounds similar, but not as problematic.

slategreyskies Ah, my therapist recommended that one as well, and I purchased a copy, but I haven‘t read it yet. Good to be warned ahead of time. 3w
5feet.of.fury Firekeepers Daughter 🙌 3w
Scochrane26 The trauma one sounds interesting. Body Keeps the Score was interesting but not something I recommend to clients because it has so much science & was hard for me to get through. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Scochrane26 I have a psychology background which my therapist knows, so I think that‘s why she recommended it! 3w
Scochrane26 @4thhouseontheleft I have a few clients who enjoy reading, but I‘m not sure how much NF they read. 3w
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My Evil Mother | Margaret Atwood
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I‘m not usually a fan of short stories, but this one packs a lot in a small amount of words! I should have know anything by Atwood would catch my interest.

Gives off a hint of Practical Magic vibes, and this is very much a mother/daughter story. Perfect as a lead up to Mother‘s Day!

#booked2022 #canadianprovince
#pop22 book I knew nothing about

Bklover I enjoyed this one 3w
Cinfhen Ahhh, good prompt picks!! 3w
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My Brother | Jamaica Kincaid
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I‘ve been quieter on Litsy lately, but I had a lot of fun shopping local Indie bookstores in April! Our local stores put together an Book Crawl, and I was able to visit 7 of the 11 stores participating ahead of Independent Bookstore. Happy with my #bookhaul

Tagged my pick for #booked202 about HIV/AIDS

lirahlu Be still my Victorian Loving heart - Moonstone 😍 3w
DivineDiana I so wish my local indies would do that! What fun! 3w
4thhouseontheleft @DivineDiana this was a brand new thing this year! It was fun finding some new bookshops, including one tucked into a local market/pub. 😃 3w
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I had higher hopes for this book, as I was very interested in the interracial adoption storyline, but I felt the story really dragged. It took me ages to read. At least it fulfilled some prompts! The parts I did love was the exploration of adoption trauma, and an example of how inhumane our immigration system is (saying more would border in spoiler territory).

#booked2022 #setinchina
#pop22 #doublelife

Cinfhen I liked it when I read it but recently @BarbaraBB read it and she had VERY similar thoughts like yours 4w
BarbaraBB That‘s right @Cinfhen I felt it dragging along too unfortunately 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
marleed Oh I read this one a few months back. It was a slow pick for me. I erred on the side of a pic because the storyline was an immigration experience I had not considered - and I really like to learn from immigration stories. But the book itself did drag. 4w
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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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Has anyone else binge watched Heartstopper on Netflix this weekend? MJ had been looking forward to this for months, and we both LOVED it!
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

The casting is perfect (but more Olivia Coleman please!), and quite faithful to the graphic novels. A must see for anyone who is a fan of the graphic novels!

Nutmegnc At least twice!!! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Nutmegnc We also noted down all the movie posters in Tao‘s room and I will be watching those with Maya next. Tao has excellent taste in films. 😃 1mo
Nessavamusic Yes I finished all of it yesterday morning. So we‘ll done and faithful to the novels. I hope they get another season!! 1mo
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PuddleJumper Going to watch it this week! I'm so excited 😆 1mo
Nutmegnc @4thhouseontheleft I missed those!! Rewatch #3 it is then!!🤣🤣🤣 1mo
JamieArc I just started it and would have watched them all if I didn‘t have to work in the morning! 1mo
BennettBookworm Yes really enjoyed the show! 1mo
Kimberlone Started watching but didn‘t finish. It‘s soooo cute!!! 1mo
peanutnine I watched it all in one night! Loved it so much!!! Such a great adaptation, true to the graphic novels. I've already started rewatching lol, it's just so cute 🥺🥰 1mo
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Homicide and Halo-Halo | Mia P. Manansala
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Unfortunately, I thought the 2nd book in the Tita Rosie‘s Kitchen series was a bit lackluster. I did like that the author delved into mental health and PTSD, but the writing felt stilted and the story moved pretty slowly. I‘ll still give the 3rd book a try because I love the characters!

#HelloKitty hasn‘t left my side this week. She misses #Isabel too. #catsofLitsy😿🫶🏼

#booked2022 #titlerepeatsitself
#pop22 #newin2022

Bookzombie I‘m so sorry about Isabel. 💕 1mo
Cinfhen Awww, poor #HelloKitty misses her bestie 😿 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen Maya is already campaigning to adopt a new friend for her. 🤣 1mo
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We made it home in time to be with #Isabel. Her pain meds help, but it‘s apparent that the fluid in her lungs is getting worse. She heads to the vet for the final time at 3pm.

While I wait with her, I thought I‘d review Cultish, a fascinating look at the language surrounding fanaticism. I loved the broad focus on how cultish language & traits appear (to varying degrees))in fitness & wellness programs, social media influencers, and #BossBabe MLMs.

MaureenMc 💗💗💗 1mo
OrangeMooseReads 💔 Much love to you. 1mo
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Readergrrl It sounds like an interesting book that I‘d like to read, but I also wanted to say that I‘m both sad that your kitty is at this part of her journey and happy that you are there with her. We love our pets, but this part is always the worst and yet very important part of loving them well. 💜 1mo
ju.ca.no 💔 much love! 1mo
Cinfhen Sorry to hear the news about your beautiful girl, Isabel. Love to all of you 1mo
TrishB Sending hugs♥️ 1mo
AmyG Sending a hug. 😘❤️ 1mo
Chrissyreadit Sending you love. I‘m so sorry. 1mo
JessClark78 ❤️❤️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Thinking of you all and sending love 1mo
KellyK 😢💔 so sorry… no other words. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Sending lots of love and hugs to both you and Isabel 💕 1mo
Nutmegnc Sending love and 🌈 for you and your special Kitty. 1mo
Jas16 Sending ❤️ 1mo
JenReadsAlot Sending all my best to you ❤️ 1mo
MartinaLove Sending hugs. ❤️ 1mo
Eggbeater My heart goes out to you. I know this pain. 1mo
BookwormM So sorry 1mo
janeycanuck I‘m so sorry to hear you have to say goodbye. You were blessed to have her in your life and she was blessed to have your family in hers. 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m so sorry 💗 1mo
quietjenn Sending love. We lost our boy a little over a week ago, so I know how hard it is. 1mo
GondorGirl I am so so sorry. I'm glad you got home in time to be with her. She always seemed like a special cat. 1mo
Oryx Sending love ❤️❤️ 1mo
Libby1 (((Hugs))) 1mo
LitStephanie So sorry your time with that beautiful cali is coming to an end. I am sure you have her a good life. 1mo
Gissy 💔 1mo
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Lauram My thoughts are with you and your beautiful girl. She was so lucky to have you. 1mo
KathyWheeler I‘m so sorry. 😢 1mo
CarolynM {{Hugs}} 💔 1mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry about Isabel. Sending love to you all. 💕 1mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m so sorry , hugs to you, so heartbreaking. 1mo
CBee I‘m so sorry, Alisia 💔 1mo
Catsandbooks So sorry for your loss! Sending love! 💕 3w
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I know some of you have seen #Isabel frequently over the last few years, she even has her own hashtag!

We found out today she has metastatic tumors, & fluid around her heart. 😿 We‘re still out of town, but are cutting our trip short and flying home tomorrow to be with her for the few days she has left.

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post, I‘m sorry I can‘t reply individually right now. I‘m heartbroken, she is my first baby.

Soubhiville My heart is with you. 1mo
tpixie I‘m so sorry to hear this news. She is beautiful & well loved. 🫂 hugs 🤗 1mo
Librarybelle So sorry to hear this 1mo
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Bookwormjillk Sorry to hear that 💔 1mo
rachelsbrittain Sending hugs to you all 💛 1mo
BookishBelle I‘m so sorry!! ❤️ 1mo
JessClark78 Sorry to hear this. ❤️ 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading I‘m so sorry!! 😢 1mo
bookishbitch So very sorry to hear this. 😢 Sending hugs your way. 1mo
DanaManiac This is heartbreaking. I‘m so sorry! 1mo
rabbitprincess Big hugs for you and Isabel ♥️♥️ 1mo
SheReadsAndWrites So sorry ❤️😔 1mo
Scochrane26 Sorry for your loss. Sad to lose our family. 1mo
Karkar Sending hugs to you during this difficult time. ❤️ 1mo
MaureenMc So sorry to hear this. 💗💗💗😞 1mo
booksandsympathy I'm so very sorry! Sending you hugs. 1mo
mrp27 💗💗💗 1mo
Megabooks Sending love to you all during this difficult time. 💜💜 1mo
JenReadsAlot Thinking of you 💜 1mo
Larkken So sorry to hear that about your baby 💔 1mo
LeahBergen Oh dear. Sending you lots of ❤️❤️❤️. 1mo
BookwormAHN So sorry to hear that, love and hugs 💞 1mo
squirrelbrain So sorry, sending you all lots of love ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB So sorry to hear, wishing you strength and love 🤍 1mo
Tineke I'm so sorry. 1mo
Simona So sorry 💔 1mo
truthinfiction I am so sorry to hear that. Sending love and strength your way! 1mo
batsy So sorry 💜 1mo
ozma.of.oz I am so sorry! Sending you love! 💕 1mo
sprainedbrain So sorry. 💔 1mo
bookishdawg I am so sorry 💔 1mo
Gissy I‘m so sorry!😔💔 1mo
CarolynM So sorry 💔 Hugs 1mo
RaeLovesToRead I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending strength and love 💔 1mo
Leftcoastzen 😢 1mo
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Loveless | Alice Oseman
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This contemporary YA is definitely written for the teen demographic and is a bit angsty, but I loved how the story delves into the different kinds of love, and how platonic love can be just as powerful as romantic love. There is a great cast of characters I absolutely adored, and the diversity and authenticity of the characters was so refreshing!
#booked2022 #comingoutstory
#pop22 #aboutasecret (would also be perfect for the asexual prompt)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Awww. Sounds lovely! 1mo
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Our dear #Isabel has made regular appearances on Litsy over the years, but our sweet elder Queen 👑 of our home hasn‘t been doing well.

We‘re currently on spring break in AZ visiting Aaron‘s parents, and Isabel decided to stop eating about a week before we left. We think she‘s telling us it may be time. An appetite stimulant is coaxing her to eat a bit while we‘re gone, but we may have to make a hard decision when we return home. 😿 #catsofLitsy

Susanita 😢 1mo
Soubhiville I‘m so sorry. 1mo
ravenlee I‘m so sorry, it‘s absolutely agonizing. 1mo
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4thhouseontheleft @ravenlee @Soubhiville thank you 💞 She still appears happy and purry, but just has lost all interest in food. One of my close friends is caring for both of them while we‘re gone which helps. Her white blood cell count was a bit low, and the antibiotic she was given doesn‘t seem to have made a difference. (edited) 1mo
Amiable I'm sorry. Such a pretty kitty. 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh, I‘m so sorry. It‘s always difficult making that decision… sending love ❤️ 1mo
aa_guer2021 I am so sorry. That is a tough decision to make for sure. But they do tell you. 😞😻🙏🏻 1mo
ShelleyBooksie I'm so sorry 1mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 We had to let our Onyx go a few weeks ago, just a couple of weeks before his 20th birthday. 😞 1mo
KristiAhlers I‘m so so sorry 🥲 1mo
ravenlee Today‘s actually the fourth anniversary of losing my first cat, Natasha, so I really feel it. 💓 1mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit I‘m so sorry!! She‘s beautiful! 😢 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @MaureenMc I‘m so sorry. 😢 Isabel is at least 17 yrs old, although we‘re not sure of her exact age. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @ravenlee Aww, hugs to you. Fur babies are family members 💞 1mo
Ruthiella So sorry to hear that. ❤️ 1mo
Julsmarshall I‘m so sorry, sending hugs your way! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Sending love 💕 I do hope she finds her appetite again, but if not, I hope she remains happy and purry till the end. 17 is a good age for a cat, but that doesn't make it any easier 💔 1mo
LeahBergen Oh no. 💔💔 1mo
TheSpineView Sorry to hear this! Hugs! 1mo
JessClark78 💔❤️ 1mo
DaveGreen7777 I‘m so sorry, this is always such a heartbreaking decision to have to make! 😢 1mo
candc320 We‘re going through something similar with our dog and it‘s heartbreaking. My heart goes out to you and your family! 1mo
KathyWheeler I‘m so sorry. We had to make a decision about our sweetheart last year and it was heartbreaking. I still miss him. Hugs to you. 1mo
BookwormAHN Hugs to you and kitty 💞 1mo
Libby1 ❤️ 1mo
Megabooks I‘m so sorry 💜 1mo
Gissy 😿❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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We had 45 entries for the quarter 1 #booked2022 raffle, and congratulations to @OriginalCyn620 on winning! 🎉🥳

Keep an eye on your email today for details on your prize gift card!

Bookishgal71 Congrats! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Congrats to @OriginalCyn620 !! 🎉🎉📚📚🎉🎉 And actually…it was 48 people reading 358 books in first quarter. So 358 entries, which is amazing!! First quarter is always the busiest! 2mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations @OriginalCyn620 ! 🎉 2mo
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TrishB Congratulations @OriginalCyn620 2mo
Butterfinger Congratulations @OriginalCyn620 2mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! Congrats @OriginalCyn620 💕📚 2mo
Cinfhen And way to go Littens!!! 358 books read in 3 months🙌🏻🎉 2mo
BookwormAHN Congratulations @OriginalCyn620 👏🏻 2mo
OriginalCyn620 This is my reward for not checking Litsy all day! 🤣🤣🤣 This is so cool! Thank you @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft! 🙏🏻 2mo
Gissy Congratulations! 🎉👏👏👏 2mo
Bookzombie Congratulations @OriginalCyn620 ! 2mo
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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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Definitely slower than the first book, but still an enjoyable read. Although I am blaming this book for keeping me up late reading and contributing to my tiredness today. 🤣

#booked2022 #weathertermintitle
#pop22 #featurestwolanguages

BarbaraTheBibliophage If it kept you from sleeping, that sounds like an endorsement! 2mo
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Maia Toll‘s books are gorgeous! I hadn‘t dabbled in The Herbiary in a while, and realized I never reviewed it, so decided to sit down for a full read through. I love using the oracle cards to pick a plant and theme to explore, and Herbiary is filled with some lovely exercises in self-reflection. I love how she she delves into the personality of different plants and how we can use those traits in our own lives.

#tbr2022

DinoMom It is such a gorgeous book! 2mo
BookBosomed1 I received this book from @wanderinglynn, and it brings me so much joy. 2mo
wanderinglynn @BookBosomed1 Oh I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying it! I thought about getting myself a copy too. (edited) 2mo
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AmyG What a beautiful book. 2mo
Amiable Gorgeous cover! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @BookBosomed1 I received two of her other books from @sprainedbrain and I‘m exploring those right now too! 2mo
Ruthiella Love the cards as background! Awesome picture! 2mo
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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I‘ve been meaning to read this trilogy for YEARS. Finally got around to it, and I‘m loving it! The world-building is fantastic, and the writing is giving me ADSOM vibes (my favorite YA fantasy series. Moving straight on to the 2nd book.

#booked22 #adaptedforthesmallscreen
#pantone22 #supersonic
#tbr2022
#pop22 book by an author I read in 2021
#readharder #disabledauthor

Clwojick Great match!! 2mo
Soubhiville I just got this trilogy. Can‘t wait to read them, and I‘m so glad to hear you enjoyed this one! 2mo
BooknerdsLife That's Fantastic!! Can't wait for you to read the Six of Crows series next! Which I absolute adore! 2mo
amykuc Is it too late to sign up for the second quarter? 2mo
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Finally getting around to starting this series! Although I may be napping soon along with my nap buddies. 😴😽 #catsoflitsy #isabel

JGadz11 Today is perfect for reading, napping, snuggling with the emotional support mammals, repeat!✨✨ 2mo
PuddleJumper 😍 Always nap with floofs when given the chance 2mo
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A few years back, I made a change to only read #OwnVoices books when the topic is the Holocaust. Surprisingly, I hadn‘t read this one yet. When it was banned in 8th grade classrooms in TN, the state right next door, at the same time it appeared on Maya‘s curriculum, I knew it was time. We‘ve been discussing it this week, and the many parallels to my husband ms family history. Spiegelman recounts his family experience from his father‘s POV ⬇️

4thhouseontheleft and it is a powerful story. This absolutely belongs in middle school curriculums, and is going on my must-read recommendation shelf. #readbannedbooks #pop22 #duology (1) 2mo
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Definitely worth a reread, and for the most part holds up really well! (Except for one anecdote at the end which screams white privilege on this read).

What I‘ve always liked about Brené Brown is her background as a research professor, and that she explains her methodologies at the end of the book. That for me puts this book more in the genre of psychology rather than self-help.

Definitely took away some new insights.

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Sexy Beast | Jackie Ashenden
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Total smut 🤣🤣 and not my typical read, but I needed some mindless entertainment!

Found this on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, which I appreciate for finding escapist reads like this that aren‘t misogynistic, sexist, or problematic in other ways.

Set almost entirely at The Shard hotel in London, so it also fills the #booked2022 #setinhotel prompt! Also, #pop22 #twoPOVs

Leftcoastzen Love this post!😂 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Leftcoastzen I hated trashy romance books for years, mostly due to the aforementioned misogynistic Alpha ahole male characters. I‘m slowly coming back around to the genre again for escapist reading. 😄 2mo
Cinfhen Nice 👍🏽 who doesn‘t love some smut every now and then?? 2mo
CarolynM I'm with you about the awful male characters in a lot of romance books, and I find the women can be frustratingly sappy too. But I do enjoy a bit of smut in my reading life😆 I recommend Sarina Bowen's books for pleasing (to me at least) male - female power balance. 2mo
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Look what‘s next up in Maya‘s 8th grade ELA class?

I love her school. #bannedbooks #readbannedbooks

Sarahreadstoomuch I‘m reading this today myself! 2mo
Branwen Excellent! 👏 2mo
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Ruthiella 👏👏👏 2mo
marleed I‘m thrilled she gets to read this as a class project. It gives me hope! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @marleed me too! Now I just hope she feels safe in the discussions, considering many of her ancestors (on hubby‘s side) were killed in the Holocaust. Her ELA teacher sometimes forgets that there are students in the classroom with closer connections to things. There was an issue in Jan during class of the YRE of Omnivore‘s Dilemma when she didn‘t realize her language around food was problematic and triggering for students with an ED. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Sarahreadstoomuch I plan on reading it too! 2mo
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Today is a good day, and I‘m spending it revisiting an old favorite. It‘s been years since I read Brene Brown, and wanted to reconnect before delving into her latest book. Plus, i really need to hear some of her words again at this point in my life. 🥰

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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I loved this book! Which is high praise because romance is usually not my jam. But I love the demisexual rep, and it‘s a fun story that doesn‘t take itself too seriously.

#pop22 #acespectrum

GondorGirl I love that it managed not to take itself too seriously, while still managing to touch on some very real issues. It was very well done. 3mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company

Hey #1619GroupRead folks! I‘m looking for someone who would be interested in taking over the rest of the weekly discussions.

I‘m officially a Covid long hauler, and am still struggling with getting headaches and fatigue under control. Unfortunately my doctor suggested pause all of my non-essential activities for now. 😔

TheBookHippie ☹️ take care of you! Rest. 3mo
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IndoorDame I‘m so sorry to hear that! I have CFS/ME which has very similar symptoms, so if you ever need some support feel free to reach out 💙 3mo
Liz_M Oh no, I am so sorry to hear you are struggling with long covid. Please rest and take care of your self. 3mo
marleed Oh no. I‘m so sorry. I‘m sending positive thoughts to the universe that Covid is fully arrested for you. 3mo
Kdgordon88 Ugh! Take good care. Sending healing thoughts your way. 3mo
Lcsmcat I‘m so sorry! Focus on resting and healing. 3mo
squirrelbrain Sorry to hear you‘re feeling so poorly. Sending hugs. 3mo
Librariana So very sorry to learn that COVID has affected you this way 😔 Hope you're able to rest as much as you can! 3mo
Singout I‘m so very sorry to hear that. I too have ME and can imagine what you are going through. I‘m sorry that I‘m not able to take on the facilitation. 3mo
Catsandbooks I'm sorry to hear you're still not feeling well. Take care of yourself! 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin I am so sorry to hear that you're still not well. Take care of yourself and I hope you feel much better soon! 💜 3mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry that you are still struggling. I hope this ends soon. Sending 💕 3mo
ncsufoxes I‘m so sorry to hear that you‘re still not feeling well. I hope that it gets better soon. I wish I could help out & lead the discussion but I‘m too busy between school & now preparing to move cross country. Keep doing what you need to do to feel better ❤️ 2mo
staci.reads I'm so sorry to hear the symptoms are hanging on 😔. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be. I would consider taking over facilitation, but I would need people to be patient if it's inconsistent. Work gets crazy sometimes, and keeps me from checking in here for days at a time. Would you have materials to share? If not, that's ok too. 2mo
Butterfinger @staci.reads I was going to say something similar. I will volunteer, but know it will not be as deep as @4thhouseontheleft I will be thinking of you. @staci.reads whatever and whenever you post will be okay. 2mo
ravenlee I hope your symptoms improve. I think I need to back out from the group read anyway, and I‘m sorry for it. I plan to continue reading as I‘m able, but I can‘t maintain my group read commitments at the moment. Life has gotten in the way of my reading! 😫 2mo
Chrissyreadit I hope you continue to heal. I‘m still having an impact from COVID as well, and acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been one of my go to resources. I‘m hopeful that you will feel better. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @staci.reads @Butterfinger I appreciate this so much! Here are some materials I have been using: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/658295/the-1619-project-by-created-by-n... 2mo
4thhouseontheleft @Chrissyreadit I got a Vitamin B12 injection this week and that seems to be helping with the fatigue! I hope acupuncture is helping you. 💞 (edited) 2mo
staci.reads @4thhouseontheleft Thank you for sharing these links. I am so glad you are finding a little help for the fatigue. I've had covid twice, the first time a year and a half ago, pre vaccine. The fatigue hung on for months. I feel for you 💔. Take good care of yourself and don't feel bad for getting tons of rest. 2mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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IndoorDame It especially struck me in this chapter where it said that Southern parents tended to give their daughters more enslaved hands than property, so those women‘s economic independence was tied to valuing white property over black freedom. That seems like exactly the kind of rationale that survives to this day to justify gross inequities in our society. 3mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
Singout I posted some of the quotes that struck me: how vast the cotton industry was and how entrenched enslavement was in it. I‘m just getting to the part about unionization and I‘m finding the idea of how racist exclusivism split the potential for a much stronger united workers movement really fascinating. 3mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Condensing Chapter 6 & 7 into one week, so there will be a lot of discussion questions posted this week! #1619GroupRead

Key Terms: 2008 Economic Crisis, Assets, Capitalism, Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs), Cotton Gin, Industrial Revolution, Labor Union, Louisiana Purchase, Mortgage, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Panic of 1837, Stock Market Crash of 1929, Wall Street, Citizens United v. FEC

MallenNC I was really struck by the passage in Chapter 6 that said the U.S. is the only longstanding democracy that has four veto points to block legislation. It said, “the U.S. government is characterized by political inaction, and is that way by design.“ Those veto points were built in to protect slavery as an institution. 3mo
MallenNC I also listened to the podcast episode for this chapter, and it emphasized that slavery and the cotton industry were considered “too big to fail“ and compared that with the banking crisis in the 2000s. 3mo
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Dozing off and on while Dr Hubby and MJ play It Takes Two on PlayStation. So grabbing a book I‘ve really been looking forward to reading! Excited for the demisexual rep, since it was only last year that I heard the term for the first time and realized it 💯 describes me. ☺️ Glad to have a name for how I‘ve been my entire life!

Kimberlone My bf and I played It Takes Two! I am really bad at video games and I still had so much fun with that game! 3mo
shanaqui I'm asexual and remember that moment when I found the term and realised there were other people like me. Glad you found yours! 😁 I'm really keen to pick this book up sometime -- especially since I'm a biologist (well, biology BSc, doing an MA in infectious diseases which is a bit of a mashup of immunology, microbiology and epidemiology; I guess I'm a jack of all trades and a master of none). 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @shanaqui There‘s nothing wrong with being a generalist instead of a specialist! My spouse is a general surgeon 😆. Yeah, hubby and I had talked in the past about me possibly being ace, but most things I saw about asexuality didn‘t fully apply to me. Then last year my daughter and her friend (one bi, one genderfluid) showed me a graphic of 100 LGBTQ+ flags, and I started looking up all the ones I wasn‘t familiar with. 3mo
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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Why yes, I bought a 🌈 bagel specifically to match with my book photo! 😂

It took me a week to get through what should have been a quick cozy read. Part of that was me and my fatigue, but the other part was a general annoyance with the lack of emotions in this story. I loved all the Filipino food descriptions, and I will give the 2nd book a try, but it was painfully obvious this was a debut. Was Lila supposed to be emotionally distant? 🤷🏻‍♀️

PurpleyPumpkin Well done on the matching bagel!😆 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Love the bagel choice!! Well done! And I concur about this book. I definitely had mixed feelings about it. Glad I borrowed it too. I admit to trying ube ice cream in October, simply because of this book. Soooo sweet! 3mo
Cinfhen Ha!! That bagel 🥯 3mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Hey #1619GroupRead friends, sorry I have been AWOL this week! If it‘s okay with everyone, I am going to combine Chapters 6 & 7 together over the next week to CAT-ch up. 😽

I‘m still dealing with lingering fatigue post-Covid, so #HelloKtty looks like how I‘ve felt all week. #catsofLitsy

DaveGreen7777 Hope you feel much better soon! 3mo
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AmyG Feel better. 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin No worries at all! Take care. 💜 3mo
megnews No problem. I‘m behind. Will give me a chance to catch up. Feel better! 3mo
Chrissyreadit Oh my friend!!! I‘m in the same boat ❤️ I hope you find your energy again. I‘m behind in all my reading from exhaustion. So I am hoping to “catch up” soon. I hate COVID so much. Not quite as much as I hate Trump and his bestie Putin though since they are evil and a virus just is….. 3mo
ravenlee Works for me. I hope you feel better soon! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Healing and resting is first priority. The book / buddy read is all adjustable. Sending you hugs and feel better vibes! 🤗🤗 3mo
Liz_M Sounds like a good idea! I have been pretty terrible with keeping up and have no idea what chapter I should be reading this week. I hope you get your energy back soon! 3mo
MallenNC I hope you feel better soon! 3mo
IndoorDame Definitely rest as much as possible. I hope you start feeling better soon! 3mo
Kdgordon88 Take good care. The book will wait. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Chrissyreadit I‘m so sorry you‘re in the same boat. I just spent the morning running errands and I‘m SO fatigued. I‘m one month post Covid, how far out are you? 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks! When I am reading I can only really handle light stuff right now, and I hate to do heavier books a disservice by reading them when I‘m struggling with retention and focus. 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @DaveGreen7777 @AmyG @PurpleyPumpkin @megnews @ravenlee @liz_m @MallenNC @IndoorDame @Kdgordon88 Thank you so much for understanding! I will be posting a discussion question later today. (edited) 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft I totally understand! Same thing happens to me when life is stressful. I‘m trying overly hard to get an ARC done that publishes on Tuesday. But it‘s been stressful this week and the book is SO much harder! 3mo
Chrissyreadit Today is 4 weeks from onset of symptoms. I was very sick for two weeks. I just returned to work this week, and spend all my other time laying down. 3mo
Catsandbooks No worries at all!! I'm still behind as life has just been super stressful lately and it's hard to read a heavy topic when you're already having a hard time. I'm hoping March will be better and I'll be able to get back on track. Hope you feel better! ❤️ 3mo
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ravenlee We definitely see the history of the US making treaties and repeatedly breaking them, so that the Native Nations have no reasonable expectation of any future treaties being upheld. Yet they are forced to negotiate and renegotiate, because what alternative is there? Treat with an unreliable nation or face annihilation. 3mo
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ravenlee Also, the “one drop” rule was mentioned in this section, which I‘ve seen discussed elsewhere. One drop of Black blood is enough to condemn a person to enslavement and discrimination, yet when we start to see benefits (however limited) to Native affiliation, purity of Native blood becomes the standard required to partake. One drop of indigenous blood isn‘t enough, yet one of Black is too much. 3mo
ncsufoxes We have continued to see so many issues today from dispossession that the government created & still refuse to correct to this day. We see the continued fights that Indigenous people have to do to gain back land or recognition of their tribes, the right to do what they want with their land. The struggles that many can face with addiction or alcoholism due to the circumstances the government has created. Not to mention the forced schooling and 3mo
ncsufoxes conversions that we forced on many & the denial of getting to speak their own language or acknowledgment of their families history. Many are still dealing with this inter generational trauma that our own government barely acknowledges. This all goes back to when the government was pitting Indigenous people against enslaved people against each other for their benefit. 3mo
IndoorDame I was unaware of the depth of connection between enslaved peoples and native peoples (though it makes perfect sense). It must have been particularly devastating to have found an allay in a similar situation and to then have those doors closed to you for opportunist reasons. I can‘t really imagine how preset day individuals with both black and native ancestry reconcile their own complex histories. 3mo
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Mehso-so

As a person who has used Slack for years, I was loving everything about this book. Until almost the very end. There is one particularly incident that completely took me out of the story, and found the glossing over a non-consensual situation quite problematic and triggering. (More discussion on that under a spoiler alert in the comments)

Also, for #pop22 folx, would this be considered a social horror novel?
#tob2022

4thhouseontheleft There's no way to get consent from an unconscious body, or in this case one stolen by Slackbot, so the Slackbot/pradeep rape of Gerald that was not acknowledged as rape was not something I could overlook or let pass. It wasn't funny, and was a pretty horrible meet-cute situation in the end. 3mo
Megabooks I believe @BarbaraBB used this for her social horror. 👍🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t, I used Another Black Girl for that prompt, but this is definitely social horror in my opinion. @Megabooks 3mo
Readerann Yeah, the non-consent thing bothered me, too. 3mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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I think those clouds are giving off some #coffeequartz vibes. #pantone2022 @Clwojick

This is a difficult book to review, and I think readers will either love it or hate it. I love it. I love what Lockwood was doing here, an excellent job of showing the mind-numbing, addictive culture that social media can be. I love some of the humor - the comparison of white people‘s political education to potatoes had me rolling. In my top 3 #tob22.

4thhouseontheleft Also #pop22 begins with the last letter of your previous read (Recipe for Persuasion) #readharder #womensprize 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review - I fall into the ‘love‘ camp too! 3mo
Cinfhen Me too for LOVE camp!!!! And a book I‘d like to read again 3mo
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Ruthiella So glad this was a pick for you! 😃 3mo
Suet624 Much love here too. 3mo
thebluestocking I‘m in the love camp too! I really liked the juxtaposition of the two halves, how the internet seems like real life but it isn‘t. 3mo
Clwojick Great pick! 3mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Has anyone else read A Peoples' Indigenous History of the United States? That book definitely came to mind while I was reading this chapter, and I highly recommend it!

#1619GroupRead

Bookish_Gal Interested now in that book. This chapter threw me for a loop. I had no idea on their shared histories. From having enslaved people to prove their better to then being enslaved themselves. Never put them together. Was fascinated by how they developed those shared stories and cultural acts - the rabbit and weaving baskets. I grew up liking Native Americans, so now I want to dig deeper 3mo
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ravenlee This chapter reminded me of an essay in the book I read yesterday. Gordon-Reed wrote about feeling like Black and Native peoples seemed like natural allies but was discouraged to learn how relations actually developed. It seems “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” was a lot more intricate and complicated than it could have been. 3mo
ravenlee I found myself thinking that there‘s always an “other,” always another group that gets pushed down so one group can rise. I was also sickened by the “cultural change” required by the US, demanding the Nations give up traditional methods of living because the white, European, Christian, “civilized” way of life was so much better. (Cotton as a civilized crop - won‘t feed your people, will it?) 3mo
megnews I haven‘t but planning on it. Sorry I‘m a couple chapters behind on reading but plan to catch up soon. 3mo
ncsufoxes I haven‘t read it but it‘s one I want to get. 3mo
ncsufoxes I had no idea that the US government was making deals with Indigenous people to get them to grow crops that benefited the government & to also encourage them to have enslaved people. I knew about Andrew Jackson‘s campaign but did not know a lot about the Indian Removal Act (or how brutal it was). I get amazed with every chapter I read how much our government has messed with groups of people for such selfish purposes. I am trying to read & 3mo
ncsufoxes learn more about Native American history since I feel like I was never taught anything (well not the real and accurate truth). 3mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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I wanted to leave the discussion for this week's chapter open ended. What parts of the chapter struck you the most? #1619GroupRead

staci.reads I am continually blown away by the double standard when it comes to protest or revolution. "The glaring double standard reflects a centuries-old pattern in which black strivings for liberation have been demonized, criminalized, and subjected to persecution, while white people's demands for liberty are deemed rational, legitimate, and largely unthreatening." 3mo
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staci.reads These heroes of the slave rebellions who fought bravely against their oppressors aren't lauded in history books nor made into statues, yet they were fighting for not just their freedom, but their very lives. 3mo
staci.reads Also, just love that this chapter ended with one of my favorite quotes - James Baldwin's "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed unless it is faced" 3mo
Butterfinger I was so angry while reading this chapter and things just kept popping up on how things were done to keep fear in the oppressed. The lynchings, the torture, the threats, and even when the Great Migration began, they had to sneak out of the South because the southern "employers" would find them. All because the white community, poor and rich, didn't want to let the people of color - Black, Indigenous, Hispanic have any control. As a child, when we were taught about Reconstruction 3mo
Butterfinger it was treated as a bad thing because the South was treated as an occupied country. I didn't learn about the representation in the government from the Black people. I'm so mad and frustrated. And parents are still having to instill fear in their children so they won't get killed by police. I don't have to do that with my daughters; I taught them to trust the police. Double standards, just like @staci.reads says. 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I was thinking a lot about Amir Locke while reading this, as we read and think about the things that the police get away with (only briefly touched on here). The fact that people can still ignore what is happening which so much information, it is not much different then ignoring the brutalities of 100 years ago. Still people are not doing enough to stand up for Black people. And to stand up against police brutality as it rages on - (edited) 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Looking @ how more people then ever stood up during the G. Floyd protests I felt was encouraging until looking at how fundamentally nothing has changed. Congress still cannot figure out how to pass laws against no knock warrants & brutal murders are still happening constantly by police or in the case of some like Lauren Fields-Smith the police are just ignoring. It feels like the whites who were doing the lynching have allowed police to take over 3mo
rjsthumbelina A few things really stood out to me: first, the idea of white fear being weaponized against the black community. I am from the St Louis area, and this is something I have been talking about in regards to police violence since Michael Brown's murder. The cop might be scared, but that does not authorize use of deadly force. Except, with the way they are trained - in their minds, it does. Another thing was that states had laws, even before the 🔽 3mo
rjsthumbelina ..."Slave Codes" that white people would be fined for not investigating a 'suspicious' black person. This makes so much sense in connection to our society today. Made me think about the white women who call the police over BBQing. Finally, the 'patrols' that were formed to chase down those that had escaped, and those being the predecessors of our police departments. It makes me feel so gross to know that we even still use the phrase ? 3mo
rjsthumbelina ...'state highway patrol.' It's not okay 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @staci.reads Yes! One question I considered posting was comparing the police and media response to BLM protests vs the Jan 6 riot. And everyone learns about Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party, but not the rebellions of the enslaved against the oppressors. Just asked my daughter this question, and she has learned about Nat‘s rebellion this year(8th grade), but that was about it. 3mo
MallenNC @staci.reads I love that James Baldwin quote too and think about it a lot when people want to hide the truths of history (and the present). 3mo
MallenNC This chapter really made it clear how much white fear has shaped law enforcement and even interaction between (non law enforcement) people and how much that fear is still weaponized. I want to read The New Jim Crow by the author of this chapter. 3mo
ncsufoxes Every chapter I read just peels back more layers of our country and how so many fundamentals have not changed. The double standard is beyond frustrating but so much a part of our society. The fear that people instill to this day in their kids of other races is sad. I don‘t know when it will ever stop because there are still so many communities that still perpetuate negative stereotypes. Plus our laws and lawmakers do not work to change laws that 3mo
ncsufoxes Would be beneficial to so many communities. I would like to think people are naïve (lawmakers) but we know that they clearly aren‘t as they work to continue to redraw district lines to suppress black votes. Every chapter just makes me frustrated but also explains so much about what we see happening. I‘m expanding upon what I‘ve been learning the last few years but still know that I have barely scratched the surface. The James Baldwin quotes is 3mo
ncsufoxes One of my favorites. This chapter also makes me think a lot about Kimberlé Crenshaw‘s Ted Talk, which is fabulous but the video at the end is so heartbreaking. I feel like I could go on endlessly about my thoughts & frustrations. 3mo
IndoorDame I feel frustrated at the prospect of making meaningful change in the problems that plague us most today when I think that after 100 years of trying we still even haven‘t managed to pass anti-lynching legislation in this country. Is it really any wonder police feel free to behave so abhorrently? 3mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Enjoying my next #tob2022 pick in our newly built pergola & deck! Swimming pool build starting in a week. 😍

Mitch Oh my goodness. A backyard pool is the stuff of my dreams 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Mitch it‘s a long-time dream come true! 3mo
SRWCF Love the privacy and shade that offers! 3mo
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Itchyfeetreader This is wonderful and the pool is a dream x 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Good luck with the pool build! 😊 Gorgeous kitty ❤ 3mo
kspenmoll It‘s lovely! A pool! How wonderful! 3mo
Velvetfur That's a beautiful space 💜 3mo
AmyG Wow! What a lovely reading spot. 3mo
sarahbarnes This book is one of my faves on the list! 3mo
Chrissyreadit Fun!!!! 3mo
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Pickpick

Don‘t mistake this for a romcom. Yes, the romance is there, but it goes deeper into past trauma, pain, and family secrets than the typical romance novel. Fantastic retelling of Persuasion for any #PemberLittens who haven‘t read it!

It also fills a ton of prompts:
#booked2022 make your own prompt (an Austen retelling)
#pop22 #BIPOCromance
#pantone2022 #supersonic
#aestheticallymatched (the pic cooking in a kitchen)

4thhouseontheleft For some reason, my copy of the book looks much more super-sonicy in color than the pic online (specifically, the feathery looking doodles on the cover)...oh well! @clwojick 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Sounds like it has some of the things I loved about Red, White, and Royal Blue plus being an Austen retelling! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Clare-Dragonfly It does, but I like RW&RB better. 3mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice prompt selection! 3mo
Cinfhen Well played and matched 3mo
Clwojick Great match!! 💖❤️ 3mo
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