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BekaReid

BekaReid

Joined April 2017

she/her "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." -Joan Didion
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Intimacies by Katie Kitamura
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Book of Night by Holly Black
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The Secret Lives of Color | Kassia St Clair
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Rainy Sunday afternoon reading

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Smoke and Mirrors | Neil Gaiman
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Excited to receive a signed copy of Smoke and Mirrors today from The Golden Notebook today! #bookmail

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Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed Romance | Catherynne M. Valente, Seanan McGuire, Margo Lanagan, Zen Cho, Jeffrey Ford, Nina Allan, Rowan Coleman, Elizabeth Hand, Carrie Vaughn, Theodora Goss, Sam J. Miller, Ellen Klages, Sarah Gailey, Alix E. Harrow, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Sameem Saddiqui
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This is an interesting and fun collection of short stories all focused on time travel and romance. 14 of the 16 stories are original to this anthology, and most are solid. While it's hard to pick a favorite, Cat Valente's is the one that really stood out the most to me so it's only fitting I use this picture taken from her Instagram post highlighting it.

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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Nita Prose masterfully uses first-person narration to allow the reader into the mind of Molly, who is neurodivergent and shares with us how she copes with the world. Excellent debut novel, and I look forward to more from this author.

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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The author's note starts, "Bird and Margaret's world isn't exactly our world, but it isn't not ours, either." In this story wrapped around a stark warning about the present day‘s racial divisions, political conflicts and inequality, Ng explores the power of art, the role of the artist, and the question can art make a difference? Ng's writing is brilliant. I adored the poetic description of libraries; they were almost another character in the book.

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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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Rainy evenings call for curling up with a book and a cat.

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As with book 1 of the Neopolitan novels, Elena Ferrante's writing drew me in immediately and I devoured the majority of this volume in a day. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing with the story.

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Today's cooler weather called for some Brazilian tomato soup and a quiet afternoon of reading. I was a bit afraid to read this book with all of the hype surrounding it, but it did not disappoint. Bonnie Garmus' writing style and dry wit was perfect to portray the calm determination of the novel's protagonist, Elizabeth Zott, who refused to be anything less than herself.

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A Defective Santa Claus | James Whitcomb Riley
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This book is a poem in dialect that tells the tale of children's anticipation of a Christmas Eve visit from Santa Claus, which turns into a comic-opera when Santa backs into a lighted candle on the tree, setting his suit on fire and is then pushed out into the snow to damp the flames.

Linsy Love that cover! 2w
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A Defective Santa Claus | James Whitcomb Riley
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Antique shopping find. The title caught my eye, and this 1904 book was in great condition and has amazing illustrations.

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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I have to admit that I was unfamiliar with Jennette McCurdy prior to reading this. The title and cover immediately caught my attention and piqued my curiosity. It's a beautifully written memoir, and I appreciated Jennette's candor and directness in telling her story.

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When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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While often described as one of his weakest works, I've always enjoyed Kazuo Ishiguro's writing, and I found this novel satisfying in the end. Initially the first several sections felt slow but really helped set the more interesting latter portion where things ultimately came together. This story is a reflection of what one remembers and what one forgets; it's an exploration of memory and how it can be used to shield oneself from reality.

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When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Nothing like some morning reading paired with a perfect croissant and coffee

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"Look, we are not unspectacular things. We've come this far, survived this much. What would happen if we decided to survive more? To love harder?"

Smrloomis Love this 💕 4w
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Saving Agnes: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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"I always believed there would be a point where I would definitely know if I was happy - when I would become myself, if you see what I mean, instead of just impersonating what I thought I should be. And now I feel as if I've suddenly woken up and things have gone by without me seeing them."

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I always have to find local independent bookstores on vacations. I picked up a couple of books this trip including a gift for my nephew.

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Saving Agnes: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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I just adore Rachel Cusk's use of language.

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Saving Agnes: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Took myself on a lunch date today

LiteraryinLawrence Good self care! 1mo
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Pathfinder Lost Omens: Travel Guide (P2) | Rigby Bendele, Dana Ebert, Dustin Knight, Aaron Lascano, Ron Lundeen, Stephanie Lundeen, Ianara Natividad, Dave Nelson, Jessica Redekop, Nathan Reinecke, Mikhail Rekun, Erin Roberts
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Great companion book providing color and depth to the culture, life, and sights of the Inner Sea of Pathfinder 2e, which has become my favorite RPG system.

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Pathfinder Lost Omens: Travel Guide (P2) | Rigby Bendele, Dana Ebert, Dustin Knight, Aaron Lascano, Ron Lundeen, Stephanie Lundeen, Ianara Natividad, Dave Nelson, Jessica Redekop, Nathan Reinecke, Mikhail Rekun, Erin Roberts
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Kicking back this afternoon and immersing myself in the Pathfinder world in preparation for a new campaign

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Don't let my Seren-cat's grumpy face fool you. This was an excellent YA book with complex family dynamics, a beautiful sibling relationship, messy friendships. Reyes covers difficult, real topics with compassion.

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All This Could Be Different: A Novel | Sarah Thankam Mathews
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Sarah Thankam Matthews does a brilliant job of creating real, raw characters dealing with themes of shame and guilt and inability to ask for help. This was an immersive story that emphasizes the ever-evolving nature of our lives in the unaccountable, antiknowable future.
"We create our lives saying one small yes to one small thing at a time. We create the world that way."

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All This Could Be Different: A Novel | Sarah Thankam Mathews
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"We feel so much, most of us, and different layering things, like you can't feel only one thing ever, you know? Can you think of a time when you've felt only one thing at one time? I think crying allows us to midwife our more intense, more complicated emotions, get them outside of our bodies, and then our body feels light and free again."

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This was well-written and a vulnerable, illuminating perspective on transnational, transracial adoption. Very interesting and insightful book.

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Disney Cautionary Tales | Ridley Pearson
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Abigail Larson is an amazing artist and the only reason this book hit my radar. The art is fantastic! The story is okay. I'm not really a Disney fan so that may color my take a bit, but I also thought the story could be more developed.

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This evening's reading buddy #myedgarcat

BookNAround Awww. Edgar looks like a real sweetie. 1mo
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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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Donna Barba Higuera deftly communicates the importance of stories and the art of storytelling in this absolutely beautifully written MG science fiction. (This cover is stunning!)

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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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"A world without story is lost."
(I love books that are gorgeous without the jacket too!)

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The Last Cuentista | Donna Barba Higuera
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Perfect. I adore it when I come across references to other authors and/or books in books (especially ones I love!)

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This book is going to take awhile, which is fine. Good probably as it's a book of exercises designed to be cathartic and practice mindfulness in writing.

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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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The cover of this book was a huge draw. I owned that phone; I'm part of the Oregon Trail generation, a subset of millennials who literally spent half their adolescence without the internet and half with it. Parts of this book were quite interesting, but other parts felt kinda meh or just drug along. (I couldn't resist using the 1998 Cam app for some authenticity 😂)

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This was an interesting and thought-provoking book.

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Took advantage of the gorgeous weather this afternoon and had a late lunch/walk to the park for some reading time.

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This was an absolute blast to read!

Caroline2 😆 great photo!!! ❤️ 2mo
RaeLovesToRead 😻😻😻 2mo
DimeryRene Best photo that I‘ve seen on my feed today! 2mo
EvieBee What a cutie! 2mo
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This was the perfect book to immerse myself in on a rainy night. Interesting storyline, and Tabitha made me laugh out loud more than once.

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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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I went through my TBR and requested all the ones my local library had at the moment (bottom 5 in stack). And then I remembered it was pub day for Celeste Ng's new book today so, of course, I had to swing by my local indie bookstore and snag that. Now I have no idea where to start 😂

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Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery
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"Oh, Marilla," she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it? Look at these maple branches. Don't they give you a thrill-several thrills?"

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I always enjoy spending time rereading favorite poetry collections and always find new poems that resonate on each visit.

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"Poetry is the language of human emotion. It is air and fire and water and soil. Poetry is the breath in our lungs. The sighs. The stutters... Poetry is hunger. The words hanging in the space between... The journey. The story. Running and laughing. Laughing and running. Poetry is the might of one person, and the echo of billions. Our survival is poetry. Our lives are poetry. the final act is writing it down."

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Beyond excited to find this poetry collection on Thriftbooks in like new condition at a great price! Now I'm looking forward to spending some time in its pages this evening.

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That Summer: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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Balancing my current reads winter & summer...in autumn 😉

Bklover Makes perfect sense to me! 😁😉 2mo
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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This book was a great read! Got it from the library on a whim knowing nothing about it beforehand, but it was just the kind of immersive story I needed this weekend.

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Randee Dawn uses a unique combination of pop culture, fantasy, and humor in Tune in Tomorrow, reality TV by aliens where the contestants are human. It's an absolutely fun book that explores "reality" and how it might mean different things to different people.

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Chambers' world-building is phenomenal as usual and through it she creates a safe space to explore who we are, what a better world would look like, and how we can work towards one. She allows us space to be human; to realize it's ok to be human, ok to be confused, ok to make mistakes in the ongoing process of becoming ourselves and figuring shit out. Also, Mosscap is such a delight; I love it more every moment. (Feifei Ruan's cover art is perfect)

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Trying a new chocolate this afternoon while getting some audio reading in. Enjoying both.

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Ready to tune in to a new book this evening ✨

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Coventry: Essays | Rachel Cusk
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I lingered over the pages of Rachel Cusk's subtle essays - a blend of memoir, social commentary, and literary criticism. Her writing is absorbing... monsters inside of cars, being sent to Coventry, rudeness welcomed as a false god. The title essay, Coventry, was the finest in my opinion.

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2mo
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Coventry: Essays | Rachel Cusk
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Rachel Cusk's essays kept me company while I waited for my dinner companions yesterday evening. It was absolutely gorgeous; the perfect weather quite a contrast from the previous day! I've read the first couple of essays in this volume so far and have so many underlined passages. It's proven to be a great book and travel companion so far.

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Coventry: Essays | Rachel Cusk
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Rainy days while traveling for work means lots of reading time savoring fabulous food. (Picture really doesn't do this dish justice.)