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Joined May 2016

I'll have what you're reading! goodreads.com/user/show/68030 | readingenvy.com for the podcast
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After hearing great things about this book by my friend Karen and then seeing it on the longlist for the Tournament of Books, I decided to try this one in audio. It was a great decision, what a fun read (I even liked the satire, a rarity for me.) Different actors read different stories, sometimes in teams.⤵️

ReadingEnvy My favorites:
"Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion" read by Raúl Esparza

"We Men of Science" read by James Urbaniak

"Rufus." read by Baron Vaughn

"Rules for Taboo" read by Will Brill and Emma Galvin
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Lot: Stories | Bryan Washington
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My first read from the new Tournament of Books 2020 long list is a book recommended by a Houston-based previous podcast guest, Elizabeth. Each story in this book takes place in a different Houston neighborhood and includes all sorts of characters (and lots of drugs.) I was impressed by how quickly Bryan Washington can develop characters and give the reader deep insights into their lives.

Emilymdxn I really want to read this one! 2d
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This Tilting World | Colette Fellous
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This slim book about leaving Tunisia amidst personal and terrorist violence is also a reflection on memory and family, with frequent connections to music, film, and literature. It forced me to slow down and be with Fellous in her view of the sea, in her head and ears, and in feeling how much you can love a place yet want to leave it. Memoir 8 of #nonfictionnovember

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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Reading Envy Podcast 172: The It Book of NYC.
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Jenny welcomes Jon Laubinger of the Film Baby Film Podcast back to the Reading Envy Pub for a chat on books, the multimedia versions they connect to, and more. If you're not that interested in award chatter, jump ahead to 15:15.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy172

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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This was a reread for me, in preparation for our first round of Jesmyn Ward book club at work. I found it even more moving the second time around and look forward to our discussion.

readordierachel Fantastic book 3d
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I can't tell you much I wanted to love this book. I was hoping for Crazy Rich Asians does Thanksgiving. But it's so bad! And all the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are positive! The author writes uncomfortably about people who are clearly Chinese (she refers to people in very generic words like "Asian" while using very specific names for people and foods?) But also she didn't edit this well, restating reveals that had already been revealed...⤵️

ReadingEnvy It's 100 pages but I could not get through it, so much missed potential. 1w
ReadingEnvy And the author seems to do bare minimum to cram in the sex scenes ... And I must admit one was so clunky I had to read it three times to understand how fingers got to a place ... When you need a diagram, it's probably not a good scene. 1w
cathysaid @ReadingEnvy Ok I may have laughed so hard at this comment I woke the humans and animals asleep around me. 1w
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I could not get past 25% on this one. I feel I should share my bails more often because otherwise it seems like I think all books are good. Chef Sanchez surely has an interesting story but he doesn't know which parts matter, which parts to give more detail on, and how to structure a narrative. If he used a ghost writer that person should be fired. He repeats stuff we already know while glossing over stories that sounded interesting, if only.

ReadingEnvy I was shocked he'd been around the food Network for 20 years though because I used to watch it all the time and only remember him popping up for iron chef America.... 1w
Hooked_on_books Sounds like he needed a better editor. He was a frequent judge on Chopped for quite a while. I think it‘s great when people share their bails. It helps just as much as a rave review. 1w
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 171: Foodie Recommendations

Jenny asks a guest to do a foodie recommendations episode - just in time for the holidays!

We cover a range of types of books - cookbooks, essays, memoir - and have a few titles from the backlist to recommend as well. The second season of the Skillet podcast goes live the same day this episode, so I hope you'll give both a listen!

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy171

Christine One of my favorite episodes yet!! So many books I love plus more for the TBR. Looking forward to giving Skillet a listen! 1w
ReadingEnvy @Christine thanks for listening! I really enjoyed talking with Jen. 1w
Reggie Just listeners to this on my way to Alb earlier today. I just picked up The Best American Food Writing2019 and then read that Rachel Ray interview in the other book which I will pick up later. I always had something stuck in my craw about her(I don‘t know why) but after that interview I kinda like and respect her more. Very lovely episode. 7d
ReadingEnvy @Reggie I think she is someone who knows how to hussle and has ridden the fruits of her labor (but I'd be happy to never hear her say EVOO again! Ha!) 6d
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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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A story through the decades following the lives of two sisters, Jo and Bethie (just possibly a little shout-out to Little Women). I love how Jennifer Weiner captures the lives of these women, lots of gray instead of black and white, decisions made for other people instead of the self, complex decisions made through the years and their ramifications.

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Black Diamond Fall | Joseph Olshan
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Readers who enjoyed The Secret History might enjoy Black Diamond Fall, a mystery of sorts based on two real stories from Middlebury College. The story centers around a student's disappearance in the snow, and a relationship he had with an older man (who went skiing in Utah during the same time) comes to light.

Zelma Sold! 2w
Caterina I love The Secret History, but I find recommendations for people who enjoyed it are never accurate for me, since I love it because I was a classics major in undergrad. 😂😂😂 2w
ReadingEnvy @Caterina I know what you mean. This one is more of a readalike for setting and crime but not the intricate people writing that makes the Tartt so stellar. 2w
Cathythoughts I loved The Secret History... I‘ll be picking this one up soon 👍🏻❤️ 2w
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Samra Habib, artist and activist, did not to sacrifice her identity as a Muslim when she came out. This is her story of her journey and how she found community. I found it uplifting!

And this is memoir 7 of my #nonfictionnovember reading project!

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Thorn | Anna Burke
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Add this to your snow day reading lists! A retelling of Beauty and the Beast where Rowan is traded for her father's life to the Huntress.

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Memoir 6 of my #nonfictionnovember project - this one was a book on my #tbrexplode list for the month so I found the audio in hoopla. .
It was the first time I could hear Anthony's voice since his death. Some of the sections in this book feel even more spot on nine years later about food and restaurant trends; some of it hasn't aged as well. But it definitely demonstrates a maturity and clear understanding of his place in the order of things.⤵️

ReadingEnvy Some of this book is not for the squeamish. When I first picked it up I was a vegetarian and put it aside, it was a bit easier now, but he definitely looks at some extreme eating situations that are only available to the privileged and bored. 2w
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I wanted to read this after some students in Georgia burned the author's books after she spoke there. I'd say there's a bit of shared thematic content between this group of essays and her novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, but this is a quick read and moves farther into the present. Not surprisingly, the Georgia incident is not the first time she's had to deal with white tears at a college when she has been brought there for the campus read.

ReadingEnvy I'm counting this the fifth memoir I've read for #nonfictionnovember 2w
Megabooks I need to read this. 2w
kspenmoll This is what I love about Litsy; hearing about books that I would have never known about. Thanks for posting & reviewing this book. A must read for me. 2w
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Cinfhen I love seeing your posts! Always something interesting and insightful xx 🙏🏻 2w
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If I bought books for my sister for Christmas, does it matter if I read them before wrapping? 🙋👾🐎😁🤫

Hoopiefoot Just don‘t break the binding! 🤫 2w
AprilMae As long as it's in good shape, do it!!! 😂 2w
Sharpeipup Not at all, you‘re just ensuring it‘s a good gift, right? 2w
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Lchnessmnstr You should never gift a book you‘ve never read! 2w
Lcsmcat We always do that in my family! It “isn‘t done” to give a book you haven‘t read. 2w
ReadingEnvy @Hoopiefoot oh good point. I was very careful. 😁🤫 2w
ReadingEnvy @Sharpeipup yessss 🐎 2w
ReadingEnvy @Lchnessmnstr 😳 but the exact copy I'm sending? 2w
ReadingEnvy @Lcsmcat ahhh good 🏌️ 2w
Lcsmcat @ReadingEnvy Yep, that‘s what we do. 2w
kspenmoll We do it in my family too all the time! Read it!!! 2w
Lchnessmnstr @ReadingEnvy We do! We aren‘t particular about things like that. Assuming there‘s not major damage that prevents future reading. The gift really isn‘t about the paper, it‘s about the shared story! 💙 2w
Centique When I worked at a bookshop as a teen I would very carefully read the shelf stock during my breaks 😬 The manager didn‘t mind as long as I didn‘t fully open the book and crack the spine. What a book rebel I was. 😂😂 2w
Lindy I do that all the time. 😁 2w
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This is memoir 4 of my #nonfictionnovember memoir project. Unfollow chronicles Megan Phelps' journey out of the Westboro Baptist Church, notorious for anti-gay protests and general awfulness. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Megan shows it from the inside (her grandfather started the church) and I think anyone interested in cults or extremism will learn a lot about the tactics used to make people behave in ways that seem so unforgivable, and also to understand the keys to helping them work their way out. ⤵️ 2w
ReadingEnvy As a person coming from a background of similar religious beliefs if not the insular committee, I sadly related to a lot of this, and some of her realizations resonated in ways I hadn't actually considered before. She likely has a long road ahead of her, still isolated from her family still in the church, and the almost 30 years of brainwashing that (trust me) surfaces in bizarre ways. ⤵️ 2w
ReadingEnvy Being raised in an extremist religion creates an internal running dialogue of doctrines and verses and teachings. Megan captures this experience in a way I've never been able to articulate. ⤵️ 2w
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ReadingEnvy Her long mental journey out also comes with the realization that Westboro is not as unique as we want to believe it is, that extremism and hatred are on the rise, and I'm glad she is working to counter it from this point forward.
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I had a copy of this book from fsg books through netgalley and it came out October 8, 2019.
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LibrarianRyan May I ask what religion you were raised in? 2w
ReadingEnvy Independent christian Church, very similar in doctrine to southern Baptist without the national oversight. And my family lived in the woods, my mom didn't work, and we had a really restrictive upbringing. 2w
charl08 Powerful review. I left church at 18 (more moderate but still with evangelical leanings) but many years later still get caught out by how religion shapes the way I think, even if the conclusions I come to are very different. I really enjoy reading others experience of this - helpful. 2w
readordierachel Thanks for this thoughtful review. 2w
Centique That is so fascinating about your background Jenny. I‘ve heard you make a couple of brief references to it on the podcast too. I‘m glad there are some good books around reflecting these experiences and creating insights. I‘ll have to read it to learn more. 2w
ReadingEnvy @Centique I hope I don't talk about it too much but I do find it alters the way I read certain books (or why I can't read others like Educated) 2w
Centique @ReadingEnvy I think you‘ve mentioned it twice in three years. So that‘s not much at all! I‘m fascinated because my family are the inverse - super aetheist and a number of them frequent the same psychic on a regular basis. My liberal Christianity is seen as very conservative, plus I‘m the stick in the mud who likes science 😂😂 2w
Centique @ReadingEnvy I can certainly understand why it affects your experience of some books. 2w
ReadingEnvy @Centique atheists plus psychic is quite a combo 😛 2w
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 170: Permission to Read with Joshua Greer
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Joshua Greer has known Jenny since he worked for her in the music library as a new college student, and since then has gone on to become a librarian. We chat books we‘ve read recently, and what happens when you give yourself permission to read.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy170

rachelm Wow great picks! 2w
Reggie I really wanna read the Mongolian book. I‘m a sucker for Bless Me Ultima adjacent, the next block, or small city over. Great pronunciation on that name!!!! 2w
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ReadingEnvy @Reggie I found it fascinating 2w
Centique Listened to this today and loved it. Joshua is a man after my own heart - his description of reading the Evelyn Hardcastle book was exactly how I found the experience too! Obviously have to read everything he suggested! 2w
ReadingEnvy @Centique I linked to his Goodreads profile at the very bottom of the post! 2w
Lindy Loved hearing Joshua talk about readers‘ advisory, which was the thing I loved most about working at the public library. I facilitated a lot of staff training on the subject. Also, happy to hear you talk about The Blue Sky, which I read years ago and made a deep impact. On top of all that, I added 3 books to my TBR thanks to this episode! 🤗🥳 2w
ReadingEnvy @Lindy my one sadness about being an academic librarian is the lack of readers advisory so I had to create a reading class and a podcast to get close. ;) 2w
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I guess there are many ways to share your love of books, aren‘t there? 😊 2w
ReadingEnvy @Lindy yes and like here on litsy! ♥️ 2w
Lindy @ReadingEnvy 😁😁😁 2w
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Running in the Family | Michael Ondaatje
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Memoir 3 of my #nonfictionnovember reading frenzy. Can you believe I put off reading this one because I thought it was about running? Instead Ondaatje uses a few visits to Sri Lanka in the 1970s to take a trip down memory lane, with stories from his family told interlaced with poetry. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy In some ways it's a strange privileged point of view since he only mentions the violence that would have already started in one passing comment, but he moved away from the island as a child so the majority of memory to recall comes more through the stories of the older generation of his family. 3w
batsy I read it on one of my trips to Sri Lanka and it was the best companion. It's a pretty nostalgic and privileged POV for a place that has known so much trouble, but his writing is so gorgeous. 3w
ReadingEnvy @batsy yes I really felt that privilege or maybe denial, but he really did capture that feeling of being rich in a beautiful place 3w
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Memoir 2 for #nonfictionnovember and this one is also available in #hoopla! Cute art and very honest examination of eir identity, without trying to make it universal. I loved that even though Maia grew up in a hippie community, e was still going through a lot of the journey mentally first before confiding with friends or family.
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#booksof2019 #bookstagram #igreads

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A Year Without a Name | Cyrus Grace Dunham
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This memoir is an excellent capture of grappling with genderqueer identity. I've marked a bunch of places that resonate with experiences friends of mine have had, but I've never seen in articulated so well. It's a quick read and very worth reading. It comes out November 15, 2019 - I was sent a copy from the publisher.

I'm seeing how many memoirs I can read for Non-Fiction November - this is the first!

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Running in the Family | Michael Ondaatje
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It's baaaaaaack

Billypar It's been awhile! If it comes up in a tbr explode session, I think that means it belongs in the 'keep' pile 😁 3w
Zelma 😳😂😂😂😂😂 3w
ReadingEnvy @Billypar ha! A sign! 3w
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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My only 5-star read in October was Girl, Woman, Other but most of the rest are solid 4-star reads. Follow the link in my profile to be my friend in Goodreads, where I post all reviews.
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Books Read: 23

Audiobooks: 1
eBooks: 15
Print: 7

Library copy: 3
Personal copy: 4
Review copy: 16

Asia 2019 goal: 2
TBR Explode project: 3

britt_brooke Fantastic month! 3w
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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This is the fourth in a series of books I have not read otherwise, featuring the mother of one of the previous characters as she accompanies her daughter on a work trip to England. Vivian is a woman of color in her 50s and she's not expecting to find love but meets the Queen of England's personal secretary and sparks fly.⤵️

ReadingEnvy How often do you see an over 50 romance?

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The sense of humor is fun. At one point, Vivian decides "It was time to put her bra on and do this."

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She's a social worker, so she has supreme people skills that smooth over a lot of precarious situations. She knows who she is and what she is willing to do, which I liked. ⤵️
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ReadingEnvy And she appreciates a man who knows that the best position to sleep in is close enough to touch but never trying to hold her when she is trying to sleep! Real talk.
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Is romance set during the holidays the ultimate in cozy reads? I really craved scones while reading!
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I had a copy from the publisher through NetGalley although it came out October 1.
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Reggie Lol, the real talk. 3w
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A story about a man, his relationship, and his failing bank account, told completely in lists. It's a fun concept and I think the author thinks in lists, so this was a natural approach for him.

In my reading experience, I found it a bit tedious; it didn't read as quickly as I was in the mood for. The main character is a bit unlikeable and just needs to tell his wife about the finances, and she wouldn't spend $212 on a purse!

MelissaSue81 Yes! Could not stand this main character.. and the climax of the story was just so ridiculous, I couldn‘t even deal with it. 3w
ReadingEnvy @MelissaSue81 I think it just felt kind of lazy in the end. 3w
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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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The Deep by Rivers Solomon is in conversation with a song by William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes and performed by Daveed Diggs.

Mercreatures descended from enslaved women murdered and thrown overboard when they were pregnant live in communities on the ocean floor, with the ability to connect telepathically. Yetu is the historian and bears the weight of the collective memory, and the story starts in the days up to the annual Remembering.

readordierachel Whoa, this sounds great 4w
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First Light | Charles Baxter
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At it's heart, this is a novel about the relationship between a brother and sister. But also physics, and time, and energy. It was first published in 1987 and I added it to by to-be-read list in 2010.

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I listened to this in audio, read by Frances McDormand. Tales of the City was originally published in 1978 (the year I was born) and it focuses on a cast of characters all linked in some way to a landlady in San Francisco (near where I was born.)

Centique I loved finding this series as a teenager. Thought I was very cosmopolitan and grown up! And then I fell in love with the characters and the city. 💕 Must reread. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique do you remember if the following volumes follow the same characters? 1mo
Centique Yes I‘m pretty sure they do, although new people come in to the group too. I read about 4 of them. @Reggie can confirm because he read them all I think. 1mo
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Reggie I‘ve read up until I think it‘s the 6th one, Michael Tolliver Lives. @Centique you‘re right, they all come and go in the sequels. 1mo
CarolynM @Centique @Reggie I've read all 9 and yes, they are basically the same group of characters with the usual comings and goings you would expect in real life. I'm pretty sure Michael and Mrs Madrigal appear in all of them. 4w
Centique @CarolynM @Reggie I think this means we‘re a club now 😂 - joined through space and time by a love of Armistead Maupin. #bookbrothers #andsisters 4w
CarolynM @Centique @Reggie I'm happy with that 🙌🙌 4w
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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir | Joshua David Stein, Kwame Onwuachi
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"I come from a long line of restauranteurs, from a family whose roots were made of gravy and whose blood ran hot with pimentón." I enjoyed Kwame's memoir (and he's still very young and has many successes and breathless leaps ahead of him.) I had no idea how varied his experiences were and how much he had done even before Top Chef. I hope to eat in one of his restaurants eventually, especially if he stays in DC.

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Blue Castle | L M Montgomery
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At 29, Yancey Stirling is unmarried and is facing a lifetime of mundane conversations with her controlling family, who want her to be the butt of their jokes but don't think activities like reading or daydreaming are appropriate. So she takes her life into her own hands! A little pre-world war I feminist empowerment from the author of Anne of Green Gables.

Another title from my #tbrexplode project that I was enjoying enough to finish.

Lifeisasnap I didn‘t even know L.M. Montgomery wrote a book like this! Thanks. 1mo
Jas16 I love this book so much. 1mo
batsy @Jas16 Me too 💜 1mo
LeahBergen It‘s delightful! 💙 1mo
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Overstory | Richard Powers
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 169: Simulacrum with Jon Sealy.
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Jenny sits down in the Reading Envy Pub with author and publisher Jon Sealy. After we talk about the state of publishing and Jon's current projects, we also discuss books we've read and liked recently. Some books are just better in audio, some are necessarily dark, while others clear away the gloom.
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https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy169

Cathythoughts Just had a listen ! Really enjoyed - I‘m learning so much from your podcasts !! I‘m going to give Overstory a go ... yeer discussion was inspiring... I love Tana French too ... interesting to hear yeer take. Thankyou ! (edited) 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts thanks for listening! Jon really made me want to go back and read more Tana French. 1mo
andrew61 I listened this morning jenny and a really interesting episode, i would like to have a look at jon's new venture, does he have website as some of thebooks he is publishing sounded interesting. Wasn't sure abt the overstory but think ill add it to next year's planned reads as well as the border officers story. 1w
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ReadingEnvy @andrew61 yes I link to it from the show notes of that episode, called haywire books. 1w
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 I have my eye on more tree books too - 1w
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Await Your Reply | Dan Chaon
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Await Your Reply had been on my TBR since 2009. When I tried it, I decided to keep reading. It has the feeling of his more recent book, Ill Will, in the sense that you know something is going on that you don't know yet but not what it is. The characters seem to be searching for missing people in their lives, definitely a theme of identity, created and stolen.

Ruthiella Good to hear. I really liked Ill Will. It totally creeped me out (in a good way).😨 1mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Ruthiella. I will check it out. 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Stacked 1mo
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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir | Joshua David Stein, Kwame Onwuachi

"I come from a long line of restauranteurs, from a family whose roots were made of gravy and whose blood ran hot with pimentón."

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This was an interesting read because I've read Kai Cheng Thom's work and was blown away by her in previous years. This essay collection pulls back the curtain to the trauma that accompanies fame whether that comes from the work or being a SJW on the internet (self-declared, since I think of this as a negative term), questions the assumed safety inherit in queer communities, and proposes a few approaches of restorative justice moving forward.

Cathythoughts A knockout title 👍🏻♥️ Love 1mo
Lindy I‘m really looking forward to reading this. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy It was difficult in some ways because Kai has really been through a lot. 1mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I‘m prepared for that. She was at the Edmonton Poetry Festival last year and spoke very well. 1mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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A brief novel that starts with a 16 year old putting on a dress that should have been worn by her mother, but wasn't, and the story unfolds from there. This is an author I've always meant to try! I liked how complex her characters are and how their relationships shift in subtle ways. Do you have a favorite Woodson?
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The book came out September 17, 2019 and I did have an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley

Reggie I‘ve only read the tagged by her but it was beautiful and heartbreaking. 1mo
emtobiasz I love that she packs such a punch into a small page count. I haven‘t read many of her kids‘/YA titles, but love this other adult read: 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Reggie oh cool I haven't heard of this one, thanks. 1mo
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ReadingEnvy @emtobiasz is that the one that's semi autobiographical? 1mo
emtobiasz @ReadingEnvy Maybe? She definitely also lived in Brooklyn in that time period, but her memoir-in-verse for young readers is 1mo
Lindy You can't go wrong with anything by Woodson. I agree with @emtobiasz that her autobiographical Brown Girl Dreaming stands out, and also with @Reggie that If You Come Softly stands the test of time (first published in 1998). I have a soft spot also for 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy thank you! 1mo
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Kameron Hurley has this incredible ability to occupy the spaces known to the science fiction canon but somehow occupy them subversively.

*Elephants and Corpses* could live in the universe of Altered Carbon but with a twist.
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*The Plague Givers* deals with a fallout of a relationship that might have the power to destroy the world.

*Tumbledown* features a paraplegic warrior on a frozen planet.

vivastory Have you read her bug punk trilogy? 1mo
vivastory Oops, Infidel is the second book. The first is 1mo
ReadingEnvy @vivastory yes that's the only Hurley I've read! She's a little more interested in war and battle than I tend to be. The bug stuff was creative and gross. 1mo
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 168: TBR Explode 3 *BONUS*

Jenny uses part of her Fall Break to record a bonus episode that has some end of the year stuff but is almost all the third part of her 2019 TBR Explode Project. Jenny mocks herself for thinking she'd ever want to read philosophy, and tries to use less harsh language to talk about an author she doesn't care for.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy168

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The Painted Forest | Krista Eastman
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Krista Eastman revisits the area she grew up in rural Wisconsin and tries to see the land and the Midwestern mindset through the lens of an outside perspective. Her research spans historical farm texts and artwork hidden inside an aging members only type club. Plus one essay about working in Antarctica.

I had a review copy from the publisher but the book is out!

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Circle of Karma | Kunzang Choden
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I couldn't get the description of this dish out of my head so I tried making it. Harr..harr...horr...horr....

Reggie Lol noisy eaters, awesome. 1mo
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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I snuck one more book in from the Booker Prize shortlist before it is awarded tonight. This book doesn't come out in the United States until December 3, but I was able to get a copy from the publisher through Edelweiss. (Review in comments.) ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Girl, Woman, Other follows a string of women in the UK, and all are women of color with a fair amount of varying sexual orientation. Each section has its own voice and style while the characters interact with each other throughout. I thought it was very joyful to read and it has become a favorite from the shortlist, when my assumption before starting was that it would be too UK oriented to be relevant. 1mo
ReadingEnvy TW for sexual violence, transphobia, various forms of racism, and suicidal ideation. 1mo
andrew61 Of the four i read from the shortlist i think this was favourite - fingers crossed. 1mo
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ReadingEnvy @andrew61 it is my favorite of the three I read but I feel I might have liked Ducks. 1mo
andrew61 @ReadingEnvy yes id like to give ducks a try but i didn't expect that result! I will have to read testaments soon now but keep thinking i need to reread handmaids tale first. ☺ 1mo
thebluestocking Well, this just tied for the Booker!! I‘m definitely adding to to my list. And I thought of your review when I saw the other winner was The Testaments... 1mo
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 reread Handmaid's Tale and watch the whole TV show otherwise you miss some of the story. I still hold this is not ideal. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @thebluestocking an illegal split! Bizarre. 1mo
BarbaraBB Bizarre indeed. To say the least 😳 1mo
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Peanut Butter Chess Pie from the new Sean Brock cookbook - South. The recipes in South by Sean Brock focus on perfecting the craft for the best version of old standards. You can feel Sean's painstaking attention to detail in the recipes as well. I was thrilled to find some creative spins on desserts and knew I needed to make this pie, especially since it had a chocolate cornmeal crust. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy I followed the directions carefully for this pie, which meant a lot more fridge time than I would normally give a pie. I'm not sure if I made it right but the insides settle into a pecan pie like center without the nuts, topped by some peanut butter cakey layer, which is topped with ganache. The crust rolled out beautifully after letting it chill as recommended. ⤵️ 1mo
ReadingEnvy Other recipes I marked to try:
-Sea Island Red Pea Spread with Cucumber Tomato Salad
-Chilled Summer Squash Soup with Buttermilk and Sunflower Seeds -Tomato-Okra Stew
-Sorghum Seed Crackers
-Blackberry Cobbler
-Magnolia Vinegar and Brown Butter Pie (what?)!
-Buttermilk Pie
-Hand-Churned Peach Sherbert
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kspenmoll Looks delicious! 1mo
Soubhiville He‘s going to be at TX Book Fest later this month. That pie sounds heavenly! 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Soubhiville I hope you get to see him! I've always wanted to meet him. He opened a restaurant in my town and then pulled out of running Husk. 1mo
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I had an ARC of this book this past spring but forgot to read it. What a pleasure to see a positive story about a girl trying to live her best life while also pursuing romance. If you read When Dimple Met Rishi, this is Rishi's community back home. I was impressed by how Sweetie's empathy is portrayed in how she deals with everyone around her. This is a feel good read with lots of Desi culture.
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#romantsy

readordierachel The cover is so joyful. It makes me smile. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @readordierachel it's a good capture of the tone of most of the book 1mo
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Little Weirds | Jenny Slate
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Does anyone have a more distinct voice than Jenny Slate? This book of what I will call micro essays (micro memoir?) discuss a lot of topics from small observations, relationships and dating, silliness, feminism, and childhood. My absolute favorite is the one where she died listening.

Thanks to the publisher for giving me access through Edelweiss. It comes out November 5, 2019.

MCYmermaid OMG, I just finished that one. And now, I, too, am dead. 2w
ReadingEnvy @MCYmermaid I will remember that one a long time. 2w
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Crossing | Pajtim Statovci
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Crossing by Pajtim Statovci is a finalist for the National Book Award for Translated Literature. It starts in Albania in the early 1990s and the two main characters travel through Kosovo, Italy, Germany, up to Finland (which is where the author relocated as a child in the same era.) I was a bit confused at times as to who was narrating, but more because the author is playing with ideas of identity and how much a place informs who you can be.

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The Blue Sky: A Novel | Galsan Tschinag
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A fictionalized account of the author's childhood in the transitional period where the Tuvan people started being regulated by Mongolian governments (taxing for wool and forcing children to go to school.) It was interesting to read about the nomadic patterns, community units, sensory communication (using smell in particular!) and living in extreme conditions. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy There are hints of the author's future as a shaman by the end of the book, and apparently this is the first book of a longer series.
I'm counting this for Mongolia for my #re_asia2019 project but technically the Tuvan people are not Mongolian.
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Molly_the_mezzo All I know about the Tuvan people is throat singing, which I learned about in music school and is seriously cool 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Molly_the_mezzo totally, me too. I learned a lot more about them in this book. 1mo
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 167: Book Pendulum with Reggie (@Reggie)

Reggie is a reading friend Jenny made in Litsy and this is his Reading Envy debut! Together we discuss coming back to reading, international postal book groups, plant blindness, and Reggie tries to talk Jenny into giving a book a second try.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy167

shawnmooney @Reggie @ReadingEnvy What a fabulous episode! Reggie, I loved the delightfully quirky way you described not only your books but also your readerly self! And you‘ve convinced me to try the Kawakami which I had previously passed over. Jenny, you‘ve made my copy of the Lawlor beckon to me all the more from my shelf! 1mo
ReadingEnvy @shawnmooney thanks for listening, friend! 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, I can‘t wait to have a listen! ❤️ 1mo
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Reggie @shawnmooney Thanks, man. I hope you like the Kawakami. I had a great time on the show. 1mo
Centique This was so much fun Jenny, I‘m going to have to listen to it twice. 😍 @Reggie has the best way of describing the reading experience! I want to look up and see the author on the other side of the table, or tell the cricket to be quiet so I can hear the bartender 😁 1mo
Reggie @Centique Paula, you‘re so nice! ❤️ 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique he did great! 1mo
Lindy @Reggie I‘m with @shawnmooney You‘ve pushed me closer to reading Kawakami, which is already on my TBR thanks to @KathyR — loved listening to the entire episode. 1mo
Lindy @Reggie Oh, and I thought Joe Hill‘s Fireman was funny too. 👯‍♂️ 1mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Is Lanny one of the titles you‘re sorry was left off the Booker shortlist? I think it‘s deserving. As for The Testaments, I liked the blank spaces, so it worked for me that I knew nothing about the content of the tv show. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy no, I wouldn't have included Lanny personally. But I would have included Lost Children Archive and The Man Who Saw Everything. Maybe the Winterson too although it's not my fav if hers. 1mo
Reggie @Lindy it‘s 10 months later and it‘s still one that I think about a lot. I actually got to see Joe Hill at a signing in Denver last week and he was hilarious. 1mo
Christine Jenny and @Reggie - this episode was so fantastic!! I loved everything about it. The Overstory, which had slipped off my mental TBR, is now for sure back on. And I enjoyed the discussion of The Testaments - I loved the book, but I‘ve also watched every episode of the Hulu series...interesting to consider how that affected my experience of the book. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Christine I do think the show is the connecting piece! Thanks for listening. 1mo
BestDogDad Fun episode, Jenny and @Reggie ! Thanks for entertaining me during a long, miserable commute. After hearing Jenny‘s comments about The Testaments I think I‘ll finish the Hulu series first. AIDS: my mom died of AIDS in 1988 so books and movies that bring me back to that period are hard on me, too. Philadelphia and Dallas Buyers Club were especially hard to watch and the novel Tell the Wolves I‘m Home was great but painful. 1mo
Reggie @BestDogDad I‘m glad we could entertain!! I‘m sorry to hear about your mother. I haven‘t seen Philadelphia or the Dallas Buyers Club but I have read Tell the Wolves I‘m Home. That part where the uncle gives his niece the teapot and tells her it‘s only for the best people....😭. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @BestDogDad ah, I'm so sorry to hear that. That was so early in their understanding of the disease too. 1mo
BestDogDad @Reggie Thanks, Reggie. Yeah, the teapot. So many memorable scenes in that book. I still think of it on occasion. 1mo
BestDogDad @ReadingEnvy Yes, it was mysterious then and people were paranoid about it. And an infected person was given two years at the longest. Medicine has come a long way since. 1mo
andrew61 Really enjoyable episode @Reggie was great and having really enjoyed ' a brief history... ' i am definitely going to read the marlon James and look for some of the others as well. 👍 1mo
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 thanks Andrew! 1mo
Reggie @andrew61 Thanks, man! I hope you enjoy the James if you read it!! 1mo
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I made the brownies from this revised cookbook which came out October 1.
jennybakes.blogspot.com/2019/10/brownies-from-tartine.html

I also have my eye on:
English Muffins
Savory Scones
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
Devil's Food Layer Cake
Victoria Sponge
Almond-Lemon Tea Cake
Honey Spice Cake
Black Tea Blondies w Caramel Swirl
Sweet Potato Cake w Meringue
Scones
Chocolate Chess Pie
Dutch Apple Pie
Matcha Streusel Tart
Cake Aux Olives
Pumpkin Tea Cake

Ruthiella Yum 😋 2mo
wanderinglynn Those look delicious! 😋 If you ever need a taste tester, I‘ll happily volunteer. 😉 2mo
megzlynn Looks so good! 2mo
Lindy Black tea blondies ! 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I know I'm still intrigued 1mo
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Circle of Karma | Kunzang Choden
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The novel tells the story of Tsomo, a Bhutanese woman, from childhood to elderly years. It tackles all the life events - siblings, growing up, rituals, death, marriage, employment, journeys, religious practice, etc. Tsomo finds herself on a journey for blessings from several lamas once she decides her marriage has brought her into a place of bad karma and that is the majority of the book. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy And just like I like in a book I'm reading to learn about another place, there is a lot about food and ritual and societal structures/differences between the Bhutanese themselves but also between the Bhutanese and the surrounding groups. ⤵️ 2mo
ReadingEnvy As far as I can tell, this is written in English, not translated from another language. Even so there are too many commas at times, and not enough other times, and a few other grammatical errors in this printing. I suspect that is the price you pay when you try to read a book from every country. 2mo
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Pursuit | Joyce Carol Oates
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Joyce Carol Oates has long been on my list of authors to try. So I finally did, and read this novel about a woman who gets married but steps in front of a bus, trying to flee the voices in her head. The rest of the short novel is about the voices and really shifts off of who I thought would be the main character. I'm not sure if this is typical but I found the pacing to be a little uneven and the violence to be more than I usually like in books.

TheLudicReader I always find the rhythm of Oates difficult to settle into. Don‘t give up on her. Try 2mo
ReadingEnvy @TheLudicReader others have suggested that one too, sounds like the one to try. 2mo
Lindy I‘m not a JCO fan. 1mo
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This memoir of adoption and motherhood by Neferiti Austin also provides a much needed voice of black women adopting black children. She covers the process, dealing with birth families, dealing with new forms of mansplaining, and funny moments like teaching her son to pee standing up.⤵️

ReadingEnvy I think the idea that unifies her experience with other experiences I've heard from adoptive parents is the importance of the community that emerges, which isn't always the people you had in your life before adopting.
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I was looking for something scary to read on my Kindle and came across this short tale of a family of serial killers that lived down the road from the Ingalls family. I thought this was going to be a zombie retelling of Little House on the Prairie (not sure how I got that idea, just made assumptions) but instead got a well-documented true crime story, with pictures! It is chilling and bloody, still perfect for my mood at the time.

Ruthiella Oh dear 😱 2mo
LeahBergen This sounds so good! 😆 2mo
Reggie I‘m almost tempted. 2mo
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ReadingEnvy @Ruthiella oh goodness it's a doozy. I realized I had it in audible too and I'm glad I didn't listen. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @LeahBergen it's real! And insane. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Reggie dooo it 2mo
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