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Kenyazero

Kenyazero

Joined December 2019

Mostly LGBTQ+ books (esp. fantasy) and comics. Also a fan of reading books you aren‘t sure of. You might be surprised! 📝Popcultureliterary 🏳️‍🌈
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COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology by Rich Johnson, Kendra Boileau
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I guess I should set my #MarvellousMay goals, since this starts today! I'll include what I anticipate getting done this week plus a few things I'll challenge myself to do:

🟩 Finish Rosewater 🎧
🟩 Start Fagin the Jew
🟩 2 chapters in A Marvelous Light
🟩 2 Nat Geo articles
🟩 Start The Extraordinaries 🎧

Bonus:
Start Born to Run 🎧
Finish Fagin the Jew
Read another graphic novel/manga

Thanks, @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck, thanks for playing along. 😊 3d
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The Secret Loves of Geeks | Margaret Atwood, Patrick Rothfuss, Gerard Way, Dana Simpson, Sana Takeda
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A thoroughly charming collection of essays and comics exploring different kinds of love, from romantic and sexual love to fandom love, self-love, familial love, and beyond! I was delighted to find favorites like Maia Kobabe, Dana Simpson, and others. Lots of queer rep too! I did skip one essay that felt like it was by a guy who thought girls owe him sex. #LGBTQ #Nonfiction #Love

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A heartfelt read! Single dad Yaichi is forced to examine his personal bias when his deceased brother's Canadian husband visits. I love the dynamics between all of the characters, and the facial expressions are so much fun throughout. I can't help but chuckle now and then because the author's typical genre is much more erotic in nature and it shows up in several shots of our well-muscled protagonists in various states of dress. #LGBTQ #Manga

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Mehso-so

A fun dystopian sci-fi that reimagines libraries and how knowledge is kept and accessed. Overall, this seems like a fun book for book lovers. Unfortunately, it never had a wow factor for me, and none of the characters stood out. Each time a character died I found myself trying to remember who that was and why the protagonist should be upset about it. #BooksAboutBooks #AlternativeHistory #Library

Skeeterisme @Kenyazero I read this really recently and had the same reactions! 6d
Kenyazero @Skeeterisme dang! It's always kind of a bummer when a really interesting premise is poorly executed. 5d
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Turning Japanese | Mari Naomi
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Mehso-so

A pretty alright memoir. It was interesting reading the author's complicated relationship with her mom, trying to connect with her Japanese relatives, harassment working in hostess bars, and mental health struggles. The whole thing reads a bit like a collection of webcomics about the author's life, some of which are one-off comics and others follow an extended narrative. I felt like that aspect didn't work well. #NonfictionComic #GraphicMemoir?

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My husband was delighted when he discovered this book at a book store and was so excited to show me, only to learn I read it for a college course! After reading it, he really connected with it because of his complicated past and other reasons. He convinced me to read it again with notes he added to the book, and I feel like I took more away from it this time around too. #LGBTQ #GraphicMemoir #NonfictionComic #Comic

psalva I think I‘m due to reread this. I read it in high school and I think I‘ll get more out of it now as an adult as well. I‘ve added it to my stack! 6d
sarahbellum One of my absolute favs. The Broadway show was also amazing 🤩 6d
Kenyazero @psalva wow! This is an intense read for high school. I definitely wouldn't have gotten much out of it as a teenager (that's just a reflection of how I was as a teen, not an assumption that no teen will get anything out of Fun Home). 5d
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Kenyazero @sarahbellum The Broadway show sounds amazing! I didn't know about it until recently. 5d
psalva @Kenyazero it was definitely too early for me. I don‘t remember how I found it but I remember at that age it was an intense read. The only thing I can think is I must have picked it up randomly from other comics at the library without knowing anything about it. 5d
Kenyazero @psalva I could see that happening! I bet revisiting it will be a very interesting experience. 5d
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Reads like a fairytale! I loved the many interconnected elements, and it was great having a Jewish main character in the cast. The way the author expertly wove in themes of supportive and toxic family, good and evil (and neutral), magic, antisemitism, misogyny, poverty, and others really called back to folktales. My biggest complaint is that it took me a long time (an hour of listening) to realize the narrative was switching between characters.

hannah-leeloo I'm currently reading uprooted and have ordered spinning silver 🙃 6d
ShyBookOwl Great review! I adore this one (although I think I enjoyed Uprooted just a touch more!) 📚❤️ 6d
Kenyazero @hannah-leeloo A friend of mine mentioned that he read Uprooted and he highly recommended it! How are you liking it? 6d
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Kenyazero @ShyBookOwl This was a really fun read. I have Uprooted on my TBR, so I hope to get around to it eventually! 6d
Kenyazero (Oh! I forgot, this is one of my #Roll100 picks from March. It took a while for the hold to come in!) 6d
hannah-leeloo I'm only 7 chapters in but it is interesting it's like a cross between beauty and the beast and rapunzel. I'm interested to see how the story goes 6d
ShyBookOwl @hannah-leeloo It really is! There's even some Rumplestiltskin in there. Uprooted definitely had stronger beauty and the beast vibes. Now I want to re-read both of them! Lol 6d
Kenyazero @hannah-leeloo @ShyBookOwl That sounds like an awesome story combo! 5d
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Here's my (late) #AprilWrapUp: 22 reads finished
🗯1 comic issue
💥13 graphic novels (1 reread, 3 nonfiction)
🎧6 audiobooks
📱1 ebook
🖼 1 picture book

Top 3:
This Place
The Rise of Kyoshi
The Avant-guards

#MonthlyStats #MonthlyWrapUp

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Seeing everyone's posts for their #ThingsInCommon challenge has me thinking about similarities between books I'm reading. I thought I'd share this similarity because it seems so unlikely that I would read two books back to back with this: Jewish escape tunnels. #coincidence

Clare-Dragonfly That makes me want to read Ink and Bone! 2w
Kenyazero @Clare-Dragonfly it's been a fun read so far because of its creative reimagining of libraries and books. It hasn't really had a wow factor for me yet, but that's not necessarily a terrible thing. 2w
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I had some time to audio-art the other day! I haven't finished my CD project or caught up on my book journal, but I figured I'd work on this also unfinished project while listening to my current audiobook. Someone posted a pretty watercolor postcard on Litsy a while ago, and I thought it needed some fantasy elements in it, so here we are. #litsycrafters #Painting #AudioCrafting #Watercolor

Catsandbooks So fun and bright! 💚 2w
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The Secret Loves of Geeks | Margaret Atwood, Patrick Rothfuss, Gerard Way, Dana Simpson, Sana Takeda
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Anyone else spend a ton of time in text RPGs when you were a teen? I started in middle school and absolutely loved playing/writing these games. I mostly did fandom RPGs, but sometimes I ventured into original RPGs. My friends and I also exchanged notebooks at school with RPGs in them we were playing/writing together.

Clare-Dragonfly When I was a teen? I did text role playing well into my twenties 😆 I miss it! It was so much fun. 2w
Kenyazero @Clare-Dragonfly That's awesome! I miss it too. I don't know why I stopped when I went to college, maybe just got busy. 2w
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I didn't realize there is a 2-volume suplimental manga to Your Name until I read this and realized it wasn't volume 2 of the main story. Super glad I grabbed this by mistake, though. It added a lot of interest to character backgrounds, especially the politician dad. #Manga

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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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I don't love spy books, but my propensity for randomly selecting books without reading the description occasionally lands me in books that aren't my cup of tea but are still good. This is one such book. I loved reading Dani's drive to survive, the world building was excellent, and I enjoy the enemies to lovers trope. #LGBTQ #Spy

Clare-Dragonfly The second book is from carmen‘s POV and is even better, IMO! I especially recall the very real-feeling portrayal of the resistance. 2w
Kenyazero @Clare-Dragonfly I'm excited to hear that the second book is Carmen's POV! 2w
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The Secret Loves of Geeks | Margaret Atwood, Patrick Rothfuss, Gerard Way, Dana Simpson, Sana Takeda
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So far, I'm enjoying this collection of comics and essays by various authors, illustrators, and others. I was delighted to find this comic by Dana Simpson in the collection 🥰

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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It took me an hour to realize this book has two different girls as the POV characters! I don't know if I wasn't paying close enough attention (yes I know their family situations are both different, but I thought things had just changed suddenly), or if it's not very clear in the audiobook. 🤔

Clare-Dragonfly That‘s a common complaint about this book—I imagine it‘s even harder to track on audio. Be prepared for more POVs added later! 3w
Kenyazero @Clare-Dragonfly haha so I noticed! I almost missed a third narrator being added, but this time I was ready for it (mostly because I've been working harder to notice when the narrator switches now that I realized...). Interesting to know it's not just a problem with the audiobook. 3w
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We finally put up the last 2 floating bookshelves! I love these things. #Bookshelf #decor #BookCorner

charl08 Looks stunning! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly How lovely! 3w
Kenyazero @charl08 @Clare-Dragonfly Thanks! 3w
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This Place: 150 Years Retold | Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette, David Alexander Robertson, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Chelsea Vowel, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jen Storm, Brandon Mitchell, Sonny Assu
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An incredible collection of indigenous Canadians' histories. Each comic starts with an author blurb and a timeline of events present in or influencing the story. Canada's history of abusing indigenous people is sickeningly similar to how things have gone for the native people of the US. Whether you're familiar with indigenous history of Canada or want to start somewhere, this is an excellent read. #Comic #NonfictionComic #IndigenousHistory #Canada

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Long Winter | Rachel Ember
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Mehso-so

A sweet and steamy romance with a winter/ranch setting. I enjoyed the way the author built the story, and complexities of how childhood abuse impacts the life of one protagonist. A few times I felt the story was a little drawn out, some things were cliche, and the thing with the scarf seemed to come out of nowhere, which made the ending weak. Also couldn't stop thinking of the horse-obsessed girls I knew in middle school. #LGBTQ #Winter #Horses

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Avatar: The Rise of Kyoshi | Michael Dante DiMartino, F. C. Yee
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Did I absolutely adore this book my husband picked for us to listen to on long drives? Yes! Do you have to be an Avatar fan to enjoy it? No, but it's even better if you are. This book was such a fun telling of Kyoshi's beginning and what the world of Avatar looked like 300ish years before the show. It's a super fun ride. The characters are delighfup, the action is suspenseful, and the punches are not pulled. #Avatar #TransmediaStories #LGBTQ

Kenyazero As a bonus, I found out that this author lives in Colorado! 3w
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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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War epics are not my cup of tea, but if they're yours you might enjoy this one! Set in ancient China and packed with destiny, epic battles, political intrigue, betrayal, the occasional ghost, and clashes between Chinese and Mongol powers, this book tells the epic story of a girl who didn't starve to death claiming a name and destiny that might not have been hers. #HistoricalFiction #China #AsianHistory #LGBTQ

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This weekend is my library's Library Friends used book sale and my husband and I found quite a few books to add to our shelves! At least 12 are books about Colorado/the Rocky Mountains, and I'm pretty sure my husband picked up more than I did (most of them, actually! I think I grabbed only 6 of these). #BookHaul #LibraryFriends #UsedBooks

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And They Lived . . . | Steven Salvatore
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I wanted to show off the March Rainbow Crate Book Box now that they're having their Insta photo challenge. As usual, March's box is fun! I'm excited to have a new tea jar, and to have an art supply roll (that's the pretty cloth art piece). The book sleeves are now part of my bike wardrobe. Eventually, I'll read all of the BOTM selections, all of which sound wonderful. #RainbowCrate #BookBox #BookSubscription #SubscriptionBox #BookishItem #LGBTQ

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Strategic Communication: An Introduction | Jesper Falkheimer, Mats Heide
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Ordered a few textbooks to brush up on and learn new strategies in strat comm! It's a beautiful day, so I found a comfortable table outside to settle in for some reading.

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That moment when your husband (or other life partner) asks you to slow down on one of the manga you checked out from the library because he wants to catch up 😍 #manga

Cheshirecat913 I love the art work on the wall!! 1mo
GondorGirl So sweet! And such a good book too! 1mo
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Kenyazero @Cheshirecat913 thanks! From some of the many talented artists on Etst. 1mo
Kenyazero @GondorGirl we're both excited to read this one. I've heard good things about it! 1mo
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I had a ton of reading time this week and finished all of my #AmazingApril goals, most of my bonus goals, and a few other reads.

✅2 chapters in A Marvelous Light
✅2 NatGeo articles
✅2 graphic novels/manga
✅finish an audiobook
✅start an audiobook (she who became the sun)
Bonus goal:
✅finish Olympus Lore
🟩1/2 more chapters in A Marvelous Light

#Readathon @Andrew65

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Another charming volume! Loved the Halloween, snow, and outdoor scenes. I also loved the many pop culture references like dad's Firefly shirt and Phoebe's clearly not Animal Crossing game. There did seem to be some repeat comics in this one, though, unless I've read this one before. #Comic #Unicorn

sherri I adore Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils! 1mo
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Plug for reading 📚✨#Comic #Reading

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The Unsound | Cullen Bunn
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This comic just didn‘t grab me 50ish pages in. It might be because I couldn‘t move past the poor representation of mental health, and of mental health care today looking similar to mental health care of the past. Mostly, it was the using mental health as a “this is inherently scary, so I don‘t actually have to establish anything in the beginning because everyone will take for granted that mental health = bad and scary” type of gimmick. #comic

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The Avant-Guards | Carly Usdin
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I loved this first volume and very much look forward to reading the next (and I don't often like sports comics)! This is a charming, queer read with energetic characters, awesome creative page layouts, and lots of exploring interpersonal relationships. #comic #LGBTQ #Basketball #SportsComics

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The Avant-Guards | Carly Usdin
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It's almost a shame to read this comic in digital format because some of the 2-page spreads are broken up instead of together like this one. #comic

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The Avant-Guards | Carly Usdin
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I'm loving all of these creative page layouts in this comic 😍 #comic

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The Avant-Guards | Carly Usdin
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I've just started this comic and I already love it! I also may have two new comic crushes right away. #comic #LGBTQ #Basketball #Sports

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I love discovering Avatar comics I haven't read yet. This was a fun look at some of Suki's past, as well as what happened while she was in The Boiling Rock before the escape. #Adaptation #Comic #Avatar #TransmediaStorytelling

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So many of these made me laugh. I love this series. It's also perfect for when I'm having random anxiety and everything I want to do feels too intense. #comic #unicorn

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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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I thought I'd like this more than I did, but it's still a fun read. I'm loving seeing the Greek gods and goddesses interact in a modern-ish setting, and it's been fun seeing retellings of some of the legends. I'm not a fan of how dark many of the panels are, which really makes it hard to see what's going on. I have a few other complaints, but overall wouldn't say I disliked reading this. It wasn't a pick, but wasn't so-so. #comic #GreekMythology

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Mehso-so

I grabbed this picture book because the art looked super fun, and the art did not disappoint throughout! However, the content was a little lacking. I felt like for a book about unicorns, this didn't really offer kids a lot to connect with. Some of the things that were said good night to seemed... Out of left field. #unicorn #Picturebook #GoodNight

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The Brilliant Death | Amy Rose Capetta
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A fun fantasy read. I don't love political intrigue, it's one of my least favorite features of fantasy books, but this book was still fun even witu the heavy focus on the ruling families drama. Loved having a gender fluid witch protagonist and a protagonist exploring her identity. #Fantasy #LGBTQ

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Passport | Sophia Glock
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I enjoyed this, it was an interesting look at the themes that impacted the author's teen years living abroad but never integrating into the cultures she lived in. I liked reading her experiences with the hurricane and the coup. There were some themes I felt could have been explored a little more, but overall the book felt thoughtful. #comic #GraphicMemoir #Nonfiction #NonfictionComic

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Pretty sure this balloon pony is just the fan-made My Little Pony character FlufflePuff.

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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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I have mixed feelings right now about this book for so many reasons, but look at this pommy!! (what exactly is an un-airy silence though?) #Pomeranian #comic

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Here's a quick midweek update on my #AwesomeApril #Readathon progress! I've had more reading time this week than expected and finished all of my goals already (so I added two more).

✅2 chapters in A Marvelous Light
✅2 NatGeo articles
✅2 graphic novels/manga
✅finish an audiobook
✅start an audiobook
Bonus goal:
🟩finish Olympus Lore
🟩2 more chapters in A Marvelous Light

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 1mo
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Loved this collection of folktales that originated in various countries in Asia. It was fun seeing each artist's take on old stories. I do wish there was a little context included for some of the stories. This would be an excellent companion piece for anyone studying any of this folklore. #Asia #Folklore #Comic

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The first issue of this series (which will be part of vol 1 when it comes out in December) has enough interest for me to pick up the next issue. I look forward to learning about the museum and the characters that fill it. It does feel like something came before this, though, and this is just a continuation of an existing series. #comic #Aztec #CentralAmerica #LatinX

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I figured I'd read this manga since I loved the movie when I saw it a while back. (I think it was released around the same time as the movie, though, so I don't anticipate seeing many if any differences). So far, this first manga is just as fun as the movie since it's exactly the movie in manga form. #Manga #BodySwap

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I'm a little late, but here are my books for April's #Roll100! I finished one of my two reads last month (the second is still on hold), and I've already put holds on these books (except the one I own already). So far I've finished every one of my rolled books (but sometimes not in the month it was rolled due to waiting on holds). We'll see if I get all 3 done this month. @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Looks great! 1mo
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The Brilliant Death | Amy Rose Capetta
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Time for some audiocrafting! I'm just starting this book and I'm super excited because I loved The Heartbreak Bakery, so I'm really looking forward to reading a fantasy book by Capetta. #LitsyCrafters

Catsandbooks So cool! 1mo
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Meet Cute Diary | Emery Lee
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A formulaec, cute teen queer romance. Loved the trans, BIPOC, nonbinary/genderqueer/agender, and ace rep. The drama levels got out of hand a little at time to the point I was just rolling my eyes. Overall, though, it was really fun to watch Noah struggle with idealized thoughts of how romance works and watching him grow throughout. #LGBTQ #Romance

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The King of Crows | Libba Bray
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A fitting conclusion to this fun series! I loved the characters throughout (yes, even Evie, who I know some people hate). I don't usually read ghost stories/horror, but this one worked for me. Loved the queer rep (this is the first series I read with an explicitly ace character). The stuff with Isaiah felt a little cheapened in the end, and there were just a few too many ambiance-building mini stories about the dead eating random people. #LGBTQ

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Meet Cute Diary | Emery Lee
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I should be prepping a presentation for an interview, but right now I'm audiobooking and snuggling one wet and cold (and angry) senior pommy after she needed a bath to wash some poop off. #Audiobook #DogsOfLitsy #BookPets

Sleepswithbooks I wear that same expression when I wake up and the coffee ☕️ doesn‘t happen quickly enough. 🐶🥰 1mo
Bookzombie She is adorable even when angry. 1mo
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