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JSW

JSW

Joined April 2016

Varsity Reading Team Member * Bookshop Santa Cruz Book Group Ambassador 📚👥* Ravenclaw * Reveur *
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Pickpick

Brilliant, I loved it. A delightful caper; a grownup Westing Game. I absolutely adored it.

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Leah‘s story is important, her work is important, and she‘s just a fabulous person. She‘s breaking down barriers and pushing past hate and ignorance on the daily. I admire her so much. ❤️❤️

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Pickpick

Must read. D. Watkins shares realness, wisdom, and perspective that is necessary for the conversation. Along with painful stories, Professor Watkins shares practical and realistic tips on how to make a difference.

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Happy Birthday to my favorite bookstore, Bookshop Santa Cruz! They celebrate by giving readers 20% off. 😂😂😂 I‘m all set for #LitsyPartyofOne

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Pickpick

Imaginative, clever, fun, but way too dialogue-y. Characters a bit shallowly drawn. But a good read.

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I‘ve been following Leah V for awhile now on Instagram and I love her for her honesty, heart, resilience, fierceness, style, and for sharing her struggles. I loved hearing her speak and getting to meet her in person! Here‘s me fangirling so hard.

Texreader So cool!! 2w
Bookzombie Awesome pic! 2w
Jas16 I love how happy you look! Great picture! 2w
readordierachel Love this photo! 2w
JSW Thanks, all! I‘m an enthusiastic goofball and everything shows on my face. I was definitely happy! 🤪 2w
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There are books that I dependably reach for, nonfiction subjects I use to self teach, books that are easy go-tos when I don‘t want to think, and there‘s books like this one. I‘m coming clean and admitting I‘m an absolute sucker for outdoors, extreme adventure, dangerous, disappearing into nature books. What‘s your secret book love?

Sace I don't know that I have a "secret" book love. I pretty much openly embrace my reading choices even if people would call them "lesser." Nancy Drew, romance, cheesy teenage romance of the 80s, manga... I'll take them all! 2w
JSW @Sace yessss all the books!! I think it‘s secret for me not because i‘m ashamed but because it‘s not a genre that I think anyone knows I love and it‘s not how I define myself as a reader. 🧐 And why do I even *try* to define myself as a reader anyway? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Sace @JSW I'll shout my love of Nancy Drew from the rooftops ? I go back and forth with "defining" myself. I read. That good enough for me (this week at least.) 2w
JSW @Sace Nancy Drew is awesome, no doubt. 😂❤️❤️ 2w
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Interesting series of case studies, with medical discussion of their diagnoses. Very accessible to non-scientists.

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I‘m busy. There are a lot of books to read.

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October faves ! I loved these beautiful, rich, character-driven, deep books.
This month has been bananas at work and for some reason, I‘ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to read the “should” books - others‘ recommendations, nonfiction because Life is Serious. Yet. My faves this month were books that found me and begged to be read, and I‘m grateful to be reminded of the kinds of stories I love most. ❤️❤️❤️📚

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David Mogo, Godhunter | Suyi Davies Okungbowa
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This book sounds really great, plus it‘s on kindle for $0.99 right now! Wow! David is part human and part orisha and is on a hero‘s journey through post apocalyptic Lagos. This sounds amazing and I snapped it right up.

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David Mogo, Godhunter | Suyi Davies Okungbowa
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This book sounds really great, plus it‘s on kindle for $0.99 right now! Wow! David is part human and part orisha and is on a hero‘s journey through post apocalyptic Lagos. This sounds amazing and I snapped it right up.

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This book thoroughly (and I mean, extensively) summarizes a ton of neuroscience, brain research, and historical brain ideas and studies. Which is interesting, but also muddies the overall message. The book could‘ve been much shorter and referred people to more reading via footnotes, and gotten more to the point. The text is mostly accessible to non-scientists and explained well. Overall a good read.

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This book is full of heart: life, love, tenderness, tragedy. As a debut, it does tend to ramble a bit at times, but these queens are fierce and vulnerable and strong and honest. #queerbooks #hispanicheritagemonth

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Cantoras: A Novel | Carolina De Robertis
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Such a wonderful book. Each of the five Cantoras are complex and real, and their attempts to live life on their own terms, under a repressive regime and culture, was told with honesty and care. #queerbooks

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September Song: Roman | Klaus Modick
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My favorite books I read this month. What about you?

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Inland | Ta Obreht
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I honestly don‘t know how I feel about this book. It was an odd juxtaposition of stories. I feel very unsatisfied by it. Just... why was it even written? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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I‘m so glad I read this. I appreciate the mind-twist of reading words from someone with such different experiences and identities than mine, yet someone whose thoughts and examinations of identity feel familiar to me.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds very interesting! Stacked! 2mo
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Inland | Ta Obreht
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Giving this a try. I couldn‘t get into her first novel but this one intrigues me.

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Mehso-so

Bleak and desolate, with chapters all mixed up (an interesting idea that I liked at first but ultimately felt like a gimmick). Still, I couldn‘t put it down.

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My weekend is all booked! What are you reading this weekend?

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Outstanding. I have no words.

cathysaid I‘ve seen interviews with some of the men that survived the school on which this book is based. Just gut wrenching. And they‘re still digging up graves. 😞 2mo
JSW @cathysaid it‘s devastating. I will never get over the lives and promise of greatness that have been lost over the years through individual and institutional acts of colonialism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and humanity‘s desperate need to feel superior. (edited) 2mo
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Up next! A library find that I hope is not too academic - though I appreciate it‘s coming from a neuroscience perspective!

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I throughly enjoyed this quirky contemporary fairy tale. Lila faces challenges, tasks to complete, temptation, mistakes, and adventures on her quest. Great story if you can roll with its oddities: Lila is not particularly likable, the dialogue and story arcs can be a bit cheesily new age-ish, and the author plays fast and loose with (possibly stereotypical?) concepts of Mexican spiritual realism.

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Tenth Muse | Catherine Chung
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Really, really, really, really good. But my god, I haven‘t been so aggravated by characters in a long time. The academic professional experiences of Katherine will be recognized by so many hetero, partnered women of a certain age in academia - the push/pull of identity, agency, authenticity, relationship, patriarchy, and institutionalized sexism. This book is about who we are, what defines us, betrayal, longing, and so much more.

JSW The academic in me absolutely cringes at the relationship between faculty mentor/student. And parts of me died to see Katherine‘s work and intellectual potential stolen by trusted mentors. ARGH. 2mo
Christine Oh man, this was already on my radar but definitely needs to be stacked after this review! 2mo
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Yesterday‘s library book haul! I only requested 4 of these titles, the rest were browse finds. 😬 #sorrynotsorry

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Burning Chambers | Kate Mosse
Bailedbailed

I have to bail on this one; it‘s moving too slowly for me and has too much historical detail that is bogging me down. If you like a slow burn (ha!) and love European religious and political history you might try it. Mosse is a great writer who tells good stories.

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Enjoyable read that‘s a bit history, a bit journalism, and a bit memoir. Good stuff.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Four sentences to convey complete horror.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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The author is coming to town next week so I want to have this done by then. I hear amazing things!

Branwen Omg it's SO GOOD! 😍💕📚 2mo
tpixie Awesomeness! Have fun! 2mo
Leftcoastzen A great book! 2mo
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readordierachel Cool! It's really good. 2mo
rather_be_reading did u see him tonight?? 2mo
JSW @rather_be_reading I see him Thursday! 2mo
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Nice palate-cleanser. I loved the 1920‘s sections but cringed a lot in the mawkish 1970‘s sections. Side note: do authors bother to google the names of their characters? They should. There was a real Clara Darden, an artist, But she wasn‘t this character. She was a Native American basket-weaver. It rubbed me wrong that her name was appropriated for this story that has nothing to do with her or her work.

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My town has a separate storefront goodwill for books, CDs, records, and DVDs that I keep forgetting about. Super excited to score this haul for $14! Happy reading and listening! The bottom book, Jack Maggs, came recommended by the grey-haired gentleman running the cash register. 👍🏼😀📚❤️

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Lots of fun and a perfect farewell-to-summer read.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Or should I say, great expectations. So much hype about this book!

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Or should I say, great expectations. So much hype about this book!

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This book, this epic, tragic, lovely book. How do I begin? As it wrestled with philosophic questions of what life is worth, it maintained a steady quiet tension. I was utterly transfixed. Layers of meaning and history made personal. Gah, I can‘t even describe how good.

JSW I‘m just reduced to staring off into space. It‘s one of THOSE. 3mo
JamieArc Moving this up my TBR 😁 3mo
JSW @JamieArc I hope you like it. It moves at its own measured pace. The characters are wonderful. 3mo
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Important and necessary reading for right now. While at times repetitive with ideas and quotes, the writing is impassioned and researched. Let the resistance continue.

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#ShelfieSunday!! Here‘s my one bookshelf that I allow myself (space issues!). But my books overflow, of course, so I keep my signed copies in a separate stack on top of the photos/craft shelf.

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Mehso-so

Cheesy but sweet. Very much a soap opera of a book. Quick read for your last few beach days.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Library book haul!

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
Bailedbailed

Not for me. Quality writing but it‘s not connecting in any way.

Tamra I started the audio and it didn‘t keep me engaged so I didn‘t go back to it. I chalked it up to vacation distractions, but maybe not. 3mo
JSW @Tamra I didn‘t care about any of the characters. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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I‘m going with pick. The characterizations sold it for me. The insight Ivy has into others, while ignoring her own complexities, was a fascinating contrast. I‘ve been reading more books lately where characters are LGBTQ and it‘s just one aspect of who they are, just part of the fabric of community, and that was cool about this book too. However, solid, if not predictable, mystery, and the premise wasn‘t as cool as I hoped.

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Hahahaha!!! What a great description. “I had an immediate fantasy of shoving him aside on the train so I could sit.” 😂😂😂

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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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I absolutely loved it. Original, unique. Humor meets zombie apocalypse meets natural world, told by animal narrators. I hugged it when I finished. Just wonderful.

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If racism is understood not just as an affair of the heart but about material advantage and personal comfort, then the remedy is much different because it means it will cost something to alter.

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By making racism only about bombing, blocking, and spitting, the nation gets off easy.

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Silence is comfortable. “It is easier to cast protesters as reckless and dangerous than face the comfort and cruel convenience of those on the sidelines of injustice.” Do not be silent.

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“And besides, it is easier to build monuments/Than to build a better world.” Damn.

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Up next, and just from the preface, required reading.

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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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Compulsively readable and so good. Great book club pick! 📚👥❤️ Alternating between the story of Doctor Zhivago and its controversy, and the story of women working espionage for “the Agency”, this book held me in thrall. Coming soon from Knopf.