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8little_paws

Joined September 2016

8little_paws on IG/TW/GR, ravelry: kninchicago. Berwyn, IL. Currently parenting 2 little feet.
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Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? | Robin Marantz Henig, Samantha Henig
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It's been a while since i shared my son.... he's now going on 21 months! So silly and cute 🥰

wanderinglynn He looks tall for not yet 2! ❤️ 5mo
Reggie He was just a baby on a blanket and now he‘s in chairs?!!! Lol he‘s so big. Where does the time go? 5mo
Avanders Awww 😍😍 Also - did he put that chair on a chair to sit on? My son used to do that too!! 5mo
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8little_paws @wanderinglynn he is VERY tall! 4mo
8little_paws @reggie i know right! He was so tiny 4mo
8little_paws @Avanders Haha that's funny bc this was his idea 4mo
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Euphoria | Lily King
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Hi litsy!! Its been a minute. But I'm here! Just started this book today and it's really intriguing and so well done. Funny, bc i didn't like writers and lovers much at all!
I hope you're all doing well! We are enjoying our summer and looking forward to a fun filled fall.

EvieBee 🙋🏻‍♀️ This one‘s a good one. ♥️ 5mo
Reggie How‘s the kiddo? He getting bigger? 5mo
Megabooks Glad to see you again! 5mo
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cdreincarnate Let me know what you think of the ending. 5mo
CarolynM I loved this one❤️ 5mo
8little_paws @Reggie he'll be 2 in December!! 5mo
8little_paws @cdreincarnate i really liked it. Excellent book overall. King did such a great job with the pacing and the tension. 5mo
cdreincarnate @8little_paws I thought so, too. Overall, I really liked it. 4mo
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I'm almost halfway through this, my FINAL unread #botm book! And it's really terrific. I love the author's voice/ style.

Texreader This book looks so good but I can hardly fathom much less read about animals raised in harsh conditions. My grandparents raised pigs for a bit and both my grandparents and parents had/have cows. And they were/are really loved and cared for (ok the pigs loved the muddy squalor). My heart tells me to be a vegetarian but I do love pork and beef, so if I‘m going to eat it I want them treated right!! 8mo
8little_paws @texreader he visits different farms in this book, some factory some local. Also a lot of it is about the processing and the regulations around it. 8mo
Costrye This was a BOTM book? How did I miss it? 8mo
8little_paws @costrye yes, back in 2015 before BOTM was mega popular! 8mo
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It's been way too long since i posted but this book was just fantastic because her life is incredible. She is such an amazing person, really recommend this memoir.

BarbaraBB So good to see you back 🤍🤍 9mo
Megabooks I‘m excited to read this! 9mo
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YIKES. have you seen this internet drama? This book is getting lit up over at goodreads for how the author handles anything but a glowing 5 star review. That'll be a pass from me!

tpixie Oh my! I wonder if her publisher will pick her up again I bet she‘s difficult to work with her all around!! 9mo
8little_paws @tpixie she is refusing to apologize for it, her statement was basically “I was tweeting at 3 am while stoned, so if you took me seriously that's your fault“ WOOF
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KatieDid927 Yeeeeeah. I saw another Litsy post about it a couple days ago. Actively alienating and shitting on the very people who would buy your books is certainly a choice. I will never touch this book or anything else she publishes. 9mo
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KatieDid927 Also, the “no one likes you” does SO MUCH heavy lifting here. This is someone with SERIOUS internal emotional issues and self-hatred. That‘s fine! But, like, then stay off social media? Or don‘t publish? Or apologize when your self-hatred manifests as harmful abuse? She actively harassed a reviewer for a positive review. It‘s just so bad. 9mo
KatieDid927 She literally called someone doing free labor for her by promoting her book with a glowing review an “asshole” and I will never get over it. 9mo
TheBookHippie I saw this 😳 just wow 9mo
julesG Way to build a fan base. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 9mo
8little_paws @katiedid927 it is totally bonkers 9mo
quietjenn Got caught up in reading about this the other night. Just yowzers 😬 9mo
Cinfhen Well that‘s how you self implode / I feel like it‘s the literary equivalent of Britney shaving her head 9mo
Megabooks Yes, I returned the book to audible. There‘s a large thread of @vivastory ‘s page. What a b*tch! 9mo
tpixie @8little_paws she really has self imploded! @Cinfhen that‘s a great equivalent. (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen I feel bad for her publisher/ publicist @tpixie This is NOT how you sell a book 9mo
8little_paws @Cinfhen that was my reaction too 9mo
tpixie @Cinfhen yes! Totally agree. I bet that publisher is going crazy! 9mo
Reggie Sorry I was late to the party on this but the night it happened I knew of it because of this booktuber who had me rolling.... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tvDHrH-9VBk 9mo
candority I looked at her Twitter after this all went down, and since she deleted her original posts, all her supporters now think people on GR are attacking her randomly and she‘s not even remotely taking responsibility for her actions. It‘s so frustrating! 😠 9mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead Usually, I hate people reviewing books they‘ve not read on GR and I hate mob tactics but....she‘s not endearing herself to anyone, those comments she made, publicly posting someone‘s actually excellent review, were out of line, as are the ones where she‘s now making out she‘s the victim and that it‘s happened because she didn‘t conform in some way, “didn‘t smile” she keeps saying. No, it happened because you were an ass, no other reason. 9mo
JoeMo The whole thing is just petty and sad. More recently she released a weird stream on Twitter that made all of these excuses instead of taking responsibility for starting it all. Then there are some folks going way too far by doing things like threatening her and wishing she were dead. I was looking forward to the book, but I‘m in absolutely no rush to put any $ or support behind it at this point. 9mo
KatieDid927 @LoveToReadLiveToRead What she did is targeted harassment. That‘s perpetuating harm, which she refuses to recognize, so while I haven‘t given her book a low rating myself I agree with you on all of this. 9mo
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Two Cats | Aaron Kite
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Hi littens! I've been neglectful as of late here. Idk why! Just busy i suppose. Anyways, I'm truly 8 little paws again! We adopted Walter and Donny a few weeks ago and they're fitting in perfectly.

Scochrane26 So sweet! 10mo
Lauram Cuties! They‘re lucky to have landed in a good home. 😻 10mo
rabbitprincess 😻😻 adorable!!!! 10mo
Bookzombie So cute! 10mo
Viji Beauties! 10mo
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This isn't my normal type of book I'd read--I'm not super interested in the music industry let alone a fictional band--but this examines Black womanhood from a whole new dimension. No easy characters here, they're all complicated people, and the story moves fast and kept me hooked. Glad I took a chance on it!

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This was entertaining! A bit repetitive, but mostly a look at how having breadth of experience vs depth can help one become a better problem solver. Some of the case studies were really interesting.

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Reading Jen Beagin is such a delight. Her voice is so unlike anything else I've been reading, funny, dark, and her characters feel so complete and alive. Her books aren't for everyone as they touch on some really dark topics but I'll read anything she writes. She's the real deal.

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The Prophets | Robert Jones Jr.
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I don't know where to begin with this book. It is by far the most difficult prose I've read in years. I need a guide! I think I liked it? I certainly won't forget it. I need to re-read it at some point, when I have a bit of distance btw me and the book. Recommended IF you are looking for a very challenging prose read on a very challenging topic. Not for faint of heart!

sprainedbrain I loved this one, and agree completely with your assessment of it being challenging. 11mo
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I found this utterly enchanting, and the ending hit right. What a delight to read even though it's definitely dark.

Megabooks I am having so much trouble saving this for October! 12mo
8little_paws @megabooks why are you saving it til then? Some sort of reading challenge?
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Megabooks Yes, October is her month in the #AuthorAMonth challenge. 12mo
8little_paws @megabooks Oh ok so a whole month of Schwab. Fun! 12mo
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Bluets | Maggie Nelson
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Some of this worked for me, she can write a poetic sentence and thought. Some didn't. I can respect her thoughtfulness and reflection and recognize she's probably not the writer for me.

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Intimations: Stories | Alexandra Kleeman
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Overall didn't like this one, the stories were too obscure to let the reader in so the experience reading isn't enjoyable. The last story is amazing and you can find it online, search for the author's name and the title "you, disappearing". Read it there and skip this book.

Megabooks I wasn‘t a fan of her novel that I read. In fact, it put her on my “never read” list! 12mo
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First time I read this about 5 years ago, liked it but didn't love it. 5 years later I absolutely loved sitting in her brain and following her thoughts and musings. Couldn't ask for a more timely book.

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This Close to Okay: A Novel | Leesa Cross-Smith
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A fun giveaway by @Hooked_on_books for her #goodbyebotm giveaway. My book club choice would be life after life by Kate Atkinson. My book club had a great conversation about it!! I liked the book more after the discussion than I did before.

Hooked_on_books Thanks for entering! I love when a Bookclub discussion makes me think or like the book more. That‘s awesome! 12mo
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I liked it, but can't say i loved it. felt kind of disjointed but the back 3rd really comes together. There were some elements in the first 3rd that I'm not even sure why they were included as they weren't relevant. Kind of odd.

Cinfhen I liked it but I totally get what you‘re saying...it did feel disjointed 🤨 12mo
Megabooks I understand what you‘re saying and am picking up what you‘re putting down, as I like to say. I gave this a high rating, but it was a difficult read for a lot of reasons. 12mo
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Beautiful story of a woman coping with the grief she's suffered in her family and the struggles she's had with religion. A lot is packaged in this book, but the author weaves through all the themes so well.

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He clearly takes care in crafting sentences, but this was just so boring and I'll take nothing from it ultimately.

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Mehso-so

This didn't wholly work for me. I felt unconvinced that this is a particularly millennial issue still, by the end of the book. It suffers from having been written prior to COVID-19, and not updated, it feels wildly out of date in some sections. Part of the main assumption here also relies on millennials being addicted to posting on social media, which I can't get behind.

8little_paws No addressing of Columbine and school shootings, which affected how parents and schools raised children, undoubtedly. In fact I feel the millennial line should be drawn to reflect that and not include those born in the early 80s or late 70s who were either just leaving high school or already out when that shooting happened.

Overall I feel a lot of this is addressed, and addressed better, in other books. How to do Nothing, Burnout.
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Wow, No Thank You | Samantha Irby
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Thankfully for me this had less body humor than her other stuff, haha. She's always great for a laugh. Every time I read her though I just power through and read it like any other book. This would be best read slowly, over time, like a few essays at a time. You'll enjoy the humor more that way.

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This is a comprehensive look at the lives of everyday Chinese people in the mid 2010s. It's super informative, but a bit dry. It reminded me of Pete Hessler's book The Buried, but without the spark and liveliness in each person. I'm still glad I read it, though.

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Here is my January card @TheAromaofBooks i already started 2 books. This is almost entirely from my tbr! So excited to actually see my tbr decrease! This challenge has been the only thing to get me to really read what I own.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
Librariana I'd personally like to be a more consistent participant in this type of activity because I notice I let myself get distracted by library books. I want to hold myself more accountable to my owned TBR books 😊 So good for you on getting your own TBR down! 13mo
8little_paws @librariana thank you!! 13mo
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December Moon | May Sarton
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Look at what a great December I had! I read both my bookspin and doublespin books, and got a bingo! And a bunch of these were old TBR books on my shelves!

Librariana You did great! Good for you on getting that TBR down! 13mo
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Wow, No Thank You. | Samantha Irby
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If you liked her other two books, you know exactly what you're getting here! Always great for a good laugh. This had less gross body humor :).

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I binge read this in a day. Well researched, and i think it's a wonderful companion book to Hidden Valley Road. It's really about how research is conducted, and the limits of psychiatry.

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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I mean do I even need to write anything? It's amazing.

8little_paws @thearomaofbooks I forgot to tag you this was my #doublespin December book! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 13mo
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The Borrower: A Novel | Rebecca Makkai
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I couldn't with this one. The MC is unpleasant to spend so much time with, the plotting is off, and the overall premise, I just couldn't buy into. You can see glimpses of future Makkai in the sentence structure, but this story doesn't shine.

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He's no longer a baby! Mr. Toddler over here. He loves to run and climb, eat, nap, and splash in the tub.

Megabooks ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Reggie He spans that blanket now. Remember when he wasn‘t that big? Where does the time go! 13mo
BarbaraBB So cute 🥰 13mo
8little_paws @Reggie i know right!? He's almost 26 pounds now. He was 8 lbs 10oz i think at birth. 13mo
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Each story here is a whole, complete world. I'm in awe of her creativity. Truly a master story teller. I read one a day, a great way to savor this collection.

rachelm I can‘t wait to pick this up 13mo
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The Woman Warrior: China Men | Maxine Hong Kingston
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I need someone smarter than me to explain this book 😂 it's about growing up in the US to a Chinese immigrant mother and not feeling like you really belong anywhere, also about women in Chinese culture. It's definitely a blend of memoir and story telling.

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Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit | Eliese Colette Goldbach
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Eh.... this one didn't really do it for me. I kept putting it down (audio) then forgetting about it. I felt it could've been edited better, it was somewhat verbose. I can't say I really disliked it , but I don't think it'll stick with me and I'm happy it's finished.

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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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What a delight this book is. Is it novella or novel? IDK. But regardless he packs SO MUCH into it. Vivid characters, a tight plot, fast paced and room for a sequel. And just terrific body horror. Sign me up for all his stuff.

Erinreadsthebooks This one's on my TBR and I think I'm moving it up after your review 👏 13mo
Reggie Yeah, there‘s 300 page books that don‘t do as much as this small book did. I really enjoyed it. 13mo
8little_paws @Erinreadsthebooks i hope you enjoy as much as me and @reggie did!! 13mo
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This was just so lovely and a phenomenal debut. It covers a lot in 661 pages--a coming of age that seems like a fluffy, relationship novel that also hits hard on gender and racial power dynamics. There was a little about the ending that didn't hit right, but definitely glad I finally picked it up. About time!!

Megabooks I so need to read this!! I‘m such a #chunksteravoider! 13mo
Megabooks Great review, too! 13mo
8little_paws @Megabooks it goes fast, i think i read it in like 4-5 days so not bad at all! 13mo
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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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How odd to read a 2019 book about a pandemic in 2020. It was pretty wild to compare and contrast. Though instead of a cough and lung damage this virus leads to lengthy sleep. It examines dreams, time and community behavior. Very interesting book and I found it to be a page turner.

Suet624 Sounds so interesting! 14mo
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There's certainly fantastic setting-building here. The whole book does come together by the end, there finally feels to be a storyline, and some of the action scenes had me tearing through the pages. But most of this is just episodic scenes of the narrator's life, bildungsroman-esque, and is in major need of editing as some of it is just repetitive or doesn't add to the reader's experience. Writing on race was clunky, outdated, awkward.

8little_paws Also, the old neighborhood in question was literally my old neighborhood, so that was kind of wild. 14mo
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Earthlings | Sayaka Murata
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Take a look at the review by @merelybookish she captures my feelings perfectly. The author does do a lot of things really really well here but you have got to get through the creepy, disturbing layers first and ultimately this was just too weird for me.

8little_paws @TheAromaofBooks #bookspin December book! And I'm already 2 in one column.... should probably go for that bingo! 14mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! 14mo
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One Hot December | Tiffany Reisz
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Here is December card! I'm allmost finished with The Old neighborhood already. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 14mo
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Here's how November shook out! It got away from me fast. Early November was so wild, with the election. But i read both my bookspin and double spin books and even got a bingo! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Awesome month!! 14mo
Megabooks 🎉🎉 awesome!! 14mo
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Yeah!! I finally read this little book thanks to #bookspinbingo! @TheAromaofBooks this was my December #Doublespin. This is just 4 interviews with her, it's really kind of a companion to her book Are Prisons Obsolete. I would recommend reading that or her book women race and class first.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 14mo
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Really solid sci fi debut. Great character building, especially the main, and an engaging plot that for the most part wasn't too confusing. Totally recommend it, hope she writes more!

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I got so invested in some of these stories in so few pages, it's almost like reading a novel. My absolute favorite was the one about a woman who meets a man at a conference, and their interactions and how she copes with it. While they all have different characters, they're certainly thematically linked as evidenced by the title. Kudos to the NBA fiction longlist for including this title!

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Solid collection, many of the essays hold up even though this collection is about 5 years old. Set up in 3 sections--life, art, and politics. They're all very short essays, and the politics section talks a lot about Muslim identity and Pakistan. I do hope he publishes another essay collection, I'd pick it up on a timely basis and not wait so long! His prose is enjoyable to read regardless of if he's writing fiction or nonfiction I have found.

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There is a lot here! About how national borders are harmful. It really goes deep into the history of nations vs states, the history of borders. Maybe too much? Regardless it gave me three full meals of food for thought, that's for sure.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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This book about the ever changing relationship between two young people was really beautifully portrayed and I found the ending incredibly satisfying. Really enjoyable to read in my experience.

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Memorial: A Novel | Bryan Washington
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So there were elements of this I like--I actually really liked the Mike section-- but other elements of the story just weren't fleshed out enough for me. I wanted more of Benson before Mike, and more of their fights. Benson didn't seem a very passionate guy to me and I wanted that. I'm still going to give this author another chance. A solid 3 star read for me. @thearomaofbooks it's my november #bookspin book!!

Megabooks Given how much I loved Lot and how much this was advertised and pumped up, I was very disappointed. 1y
8little_paws @megabooks to be honest I didn't see a whole ton of press on this one, and I liked Lot but quite a bit but didn't *LOVE* it, I think I came into this book with a pretty blank slate which I think factored in my experience. Lately, I am trying to do that with books--go into them as blind as possible. I don't read the jacket flaps or anything. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! You are the third person to tag me in a review of this book in the last week, and all of them have been So-So! 1y
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Eleven Eleven | Paul Dowswell
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My little monkey is 11 months old! Only 1 month of being a baby left. He is walking full time now! He says mamamamama and doesn't understand isn't only 2 syllables 😂 still only 2 little teeth!

Megabooks Wow!! Time sure flies!! He continues to be a beautiful, smart, tall baby! 💕💕💕 1y
Chrissyreadit 🎉😍so cute!!! 1y
LeahBergen 💗💗 1y
readordierachel 💕💕💕 1y
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Red Pill | Hari Kunzru
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OMG I found this book absolutely unsettling and haunting. I couldn't get it out of my mind. Like, I'd put the book down and I'd just feel so uncomfortable for hours. I absolutely must read his backlist, bc this and White Tears both blew me away.

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Red Pill | Hari Kunzru
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Squee! Just starting. I understand this is the second of three interlinked books he's writing, the first being white tears. That book ripped my brain open so I'm absolutely dying to get into this one.

vivastory I loved White Tears, I can't wait to read this one! Hope to read in the next week 1y
Ruthiella White Tears blew me away too! I‘ve yet to pick up this new one, however. 1y
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Totally forgot to post this earlier!! @TheAromaofBooks here's #bookspinbingo for November. I have read 1 book so far,I highlighted it in yellow

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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It's a good book but I had a hard time with it. The first 2 sectionsare slow but it does pick up in section 3. I also cannot say I agree with her ultimate conclusion on how to help eradicate caste. I think this might be a good book for people somewhat new to race discussions in the US, but if you've read a lot on the subject, this book may help you gather your thoughts and analyze them, but probably not provide a whole lot of new food to chew on.

8little_paws Also @thearomaofbooks this was my October #bookspin! Started it last month but just finished it now. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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