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Plaidsticks

Plaidsticks

Joined January 2019

New life motto “more books less bullshit”. Mostly a digital record to help keep track of what I‘ve read.
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Strange Weather | Joe Hill
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I‘m honestly not sure how I feel about this... I both liked the characters but hated the...tone? voice? of the author. Definitely had a pulp fiction-y feel to it and maybe that‘s what I‘m disliking? But almost 2 weeks later and I‘m still thinking about some of characters.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Tried this in audio first and did not like it—was both confused and bored. But I loved Underground Railroad and had good things about this book, so tried the e-book version instead. Good read. Only took about a day to read and couldn‘t put it down.

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This was a cute, fun read, with a small plot twist that actually got me. Picked this up cause the cover art caught my eye. (Not going to lie, I will totally judge a book by its cover, especially a kids book—I love good illustrations!) #MordecaiReads

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I‘m trying to learn more about who‘s land I‘m on (both for my sake and to share with the kids) and honestly finding good information from the library has been kinda hard. I‘m trying to be discerning with it and finding my pickings slim. Though the narrative story made it challenging to get into the book, I found lots of tales to share.

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The Penderwicks in Spring | Jeanne Birdsall
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I‘m a sap but this book made me cry multiple times. My second favorite so far in the series (I‘ve liked the first best) and the storyline/conflicts were a lot easier for Mor to understand, though still led to good conversations about death, relationships, etc. #MordecaiReads #audiobook

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The Black God's Drums | P. Djeli Clark
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Quick good read. Took me a bit to get used to the dialect, but my biggest disappointment was it was too short. I wanna know more! I got this on a whim on a kindle sale, so wasn‘t too sure of the target audience, but I‘m thinking I‘ll read it to the kids before too long.

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I finished this about a month ago and read quite a few books in between (had a run of 3 books in 2 days while getting over a bug) and for the life of me I can‘t remember what it was about.... I do remember being bummed that I have to wait for the sequel and bumping her juvenile series Aru Shah up on my list, but had to google to refresh my memory. So, good reread, but obviously not remarkable.

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Sometimes I tear through short story anthologies, sometimes they take forever. I think part of the problem with this was shear exhaustion took over whenever I attempted to read and I‘d only make it a few pages in before falling asleep. But, as always, Jemisin is awesome.

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Her Right Foot | Dave Eggers
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I don‘t normally share the hundreds of picture books we go through on here, but this was such a good book with a great simple message.

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Been waiting to share HP for so long! I think he was confused a bit by so many characters, but still definitely enjoyed it. Waiting a bit for book 2, then might add another book every year? I think that‘s my plan. I wanna share them all with him now, but they get so dark as they progress. #mordecaireads

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Roller Girl | Victoria Jamieson
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I love it when middle school books make me cry...

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O Jerusalem | Laurie R. King
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I think this was my favorite so far and I‘m super impatient now to start the next (need to finish the kids car audiobook first). I don‘t know how much is historically accurate, but enjoyed the new setting of early 20th century Palestine. #cottoncandyreads (also, finished all those on the same day!)

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I bought this audiobook when it first came out then promptly forgot for some reason. An awesome listen. And makes me so sad at what we have now. #audiobook

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Mor‘s least favorite. Focused on the middle girls (11-13) growing up and less on the youngest, so a lot of it went over Mor‘s head, nothing inappropriate, he just doesn‘t get crushes and takingnon extra responsibility. But he still loves the Penderwicks (which always baffles me a bit since it‘s not at all like his usual science/fantasy type pics). #mordecaireads

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Forest World | Margarita Engle
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Another #mordecaireads that I forgot to snap a pic of. We read this one for homeschool book club (and then no one showed up 🤦🏻‍♀️) and...I understand why they picked it but it was not at all up Mor‘s alley. Also written in poem form with switching narrators so it was really hard for him to follow what was happening. Led to good discussions about immigration and conservation, but in his words, “We read that boring book for nothing!?”

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I think I preferred this one to the other two, but Mor is bummed that the series is over. But is excited that I‘ve let him start recording “book reviews for his own YouTube show” (videos have yet to be shared but I am always impressed with how much his 5-year-old brain actually pulls in from our chapter book readings. #mordecaireads

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Must have forgotten to snap a pic of this one before I returned to the library. No complaints from the kids, but this was my least favorite of the three. #mordecaireads

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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Such a great, captivating listen. #audiobook

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No Citizen Left Behind | Meira Levinson
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I almost bailed on this so many times (and in fact did skip most of the final chapter). It was just so unnecessarily dense. I was interested in the subject so plowed through, and genuinely enjoyed the anecdotes about Levinson‘s experiences in the classroom. The book needed more of those and less unnecessary highbrow rambling.

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My biggest complaint was the lack of black voices in all of this. It might be due to the historical record, but the whole book was from a European perspective instead of Congolese who were tortured and exterminated. #audiobook

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Zeitoun | Dave Eggers
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Hurricane Katrina was a huge cluster fuck. You think you know the extent of the shit our government tries to pull, and then you find out more and it fucks with a brain spoon feed that “we‘re the best” since birth. It‘s hard to square that away with “we our not our government” but we kinda are...

BarbaraBB This was such a powerful book! 2mo
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Zeitoun | Dave Eggers

“This country country was not unique. This country was fallible.”

Something that I‘m unfortunately still struggling to come to grips with.

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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
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This has been on my list FOREVER. Excellent read.

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Mehso-so

#audiobook interesting enough listen.

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#mordecaireads Mor has to break off and listen solo a few times cause he liked it so much.

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Again with the time thing (finished in July). An easy to listen memoir. #audiobook

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Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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The story reminded me a lot of Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, but soooooo much better.

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I‘ve listened to the first few of this series, but the library doesn‘t have them all in audio, so instead I read with the narrators voice in my head. #cottoncandyreads

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Needed a quick read for the youngest two while while Mor was out of town with grandparents.

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Not one of my favorites, but still a good classic read. #mordecaireads

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One Night in Georgia: A Novel | Celeste O. Norfleet
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Mehso-so

I don‘t like romance books. This read like a romance.

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Where the Line Bleeds | Jesmyn Ward
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Now that I‘m thinking in it, I think I finished this before I listened to Savage the Bones, and that‘s what sparked the re-read/listen (not that it needs justification). Ward‘s lyrical writing has always reminded me of Faulkner, and like the characters in Yoknapatawpha pepper various books, so do characters from one book, walkthrough in another books.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've got to read all of her books!! I loved Sing! 2mo
Plaidsticks @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes! Sing is one of my favorites. Right after I read a copy, I immediately got an audio copy and promptly listened to it twice. 2mo
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Not a bad middle school read. So-So rating from me. Mor and even my 3-year-old twins loved. #mordecaireads

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Mehso-so

Reminders to slow down and it‘s okay being lazy are always appreciated. Not as world altering as some, but a good listen. #audiobook

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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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God, I love Jesmyn Ward. Read last year, needed a fix. #audiobook

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I‘m so behind on my book list (finished this in July) that I can‘t even remember much about it other than I was able to add a bunch of authors/books to my “to read”.

megnews It made my tbr linger as well. 2mo
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These weren‘t as good/funny as I was hoping for when I picked it up at the library. But Mordecai really likes them. #mordecaireads

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#cottoncandyreads #audiobook (I really like the narrator but the next few books in the serious are only in print editions at the library).

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Read last year, but wanted to refresh it for the second coming out [not] soon [enough]. #audiobook

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We Cast a Shadow: A Novel | Maurice Carlos Ruffin
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An awesome and extremely uncomfortable satirical read.

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Igraine the Brave | Cornelia Funke
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#mordecaireads no one seemed to love this one, but wanted to finish when I asked if we wanted to switch. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #audiobook

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We Cast a Shadow: A Novel | Maurice Carlos Ruffin

“Yes, the Founders has meant that all men were created equal, but they failed to include an index of defined terms. ...”

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We Cast a Shadow: A Novel | Maurice Carlos Ruffin
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“Yes, the Founders has meant that all men were created equal, but they failed to include an index of defined terms. ...”

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The History of White People | Nell Irvin Painter
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An interesting read, especially in the light of immigration and the constant need for superiority and othering (brought to mind The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison as a companion read). Multiple listens required to retain it all better.

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Awesome read. That sparked a light back into reading enjoyment. I‘ve been fighting through a lull, and this was an awesome read to get me back into the groove of constant reading, which is good since half a dozen holds came in from the library at the same time.

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Mehso-so

My husband loved this book and convinced me to try it. I had to drag myself through it. I liked the story...just way too long.

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Good, fast listen. #audiobook

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I actually don‘t usually like reading Neil Gaiman, I prefer listening. But I needed a quick read and this was buried in our Kindle library so decided to give it a shot. Glad I did. Fun story with a little twist at the end.

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