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Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Joined April 2016

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin.
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Ronson writes such interestingly odd books & this collection of characters he‘s interviewed over the years gives a great taste of his storytelling. Whether he is following a religious group that wants to donate their kidneys, an ex-cult leader that is now big in the business world teaching influencing others, looking through Stanley Kubrick‘s estate, or interviewing Margaret Keane about the theft of her artwork….each personality is one-of-a-kind.

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One more for #Pantone2022 @Clwojick

This one is not quite, but pretty close 🤷‍♀️😂

Clwojick Super close! 22h
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Flight: A Novel | Sherman Alexie
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I never know quite what I‘ll get when I pick up a Sherman Alexie book, except that I‘ll be glad a read it. A troubled native teen who sees himself reflected nowhere positive and sees no future for himself starts down a dark road doomed to end in tragedy, and just when all seems lost he quantum leap style time travels into different situations and historical situations and slowly gains a wider perspective on the future‘s possibilities.

tpixie Interesting 6d
SamAnne Sherman Alexie is a hometown author for me. I have no doubt the allegations are true (coming on to aspiring women writers, students etc), but he is someone that I hope can find an authentic mea culpa, recognizing his misdeeds, path back from #MeToo. He is a powerful storyteller. His autobiography is absolutely wonderful. 6d
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This book covers so many tough topics, substance abuse and the generational trauma & physical abuse buried behind that. All must be unburied and cleansed on the hard road of recovery, yet it is somehow still so compelling it‘s hard to put down. Knott manages to be open and vulnerable, while also being direct and tough. I‘m very glad she found the way and the will to write this, and that I had the good luck to stumble onto a review and read it.

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Help Wanted | Allison B Hanson
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Reposting

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Hello #SheSaid! Next schedule is up for October! Put in your library holds and interlibrary loans!

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Hello #SheSaid.

I‘m behind myself this week, away on an unexpected vacation! So carry on the good discussion, and I‘ll catch up and join in later this week when we get a rainy afternoon ;~)

vlwelser I loved this book. And she's so brave to tell her story. I do want to educate myself more on the residential schools, as she suggests. I love that she ends with healing. Overall I really like how this was written. 1w
ravenlee I‘m amazed that Knott made such a difficult tale such a compelling read. How can you take addiction, abuse, despair, and turn it into a story that makes me not want to put the book down? Agree with @vlwelser that I need to continue my self-education on residential schools and violence against Indigenous women. 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Finally got a chance to finish this one up myself and I have to agree with you all, such difficult subject matter and yet such a compelling read. And I loved the way she ended it in this final section, with change, the positives, and the ability to forgive oneself which is often the hardest thing to do. 7d
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Hello #SheSaid How are you all doing today?

This essay had a different feel to me compared to the one in part 1… I still found it a page turning read though.

How did you feel about it? How‘s the book progressing for you?

ravenlee This section made me feel like I‘m putting more of the pieces together and starting to see the whole picture. Like the nonlinear bits earlier are sorting themselves out. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ravenlee Yes, filling in some of the gaps and backstory. I really liked that she brought in some of the historical generational pain/trauma, which we often don‘t talk about enough or talk about like it was ancient history and not still relevant anymore. 2w
vlwelser I maybe only did half of the reading this week. But I do love it and thank you to whoever found this. 2w
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The votes are in, the books are selected….I tampered with the order a bit though…pushing back A Mind Spread Out on the Ground (sorry Alicia Elliot) from February to May… but I just felt like we should read the Black History book on Black History Month (Feb), and the Woman issue book in March, and the environmental book in April for Earth Day, etc…. Sorry if that throws anyone off their game or messes with their plans.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Voting breakdown as follows for anyone interested: The Authority Gap, Girlhood, and The Sun of Us each got 4 votes each, Biased, All That She Carried, and Being Heumann each got 3 votes each, the others picked all got 2 votes each. Any with 1 vote or no votes can always be nominated again next time around. 😉 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa On the Fiction side: Take My Hand & The Great Circle each got 6 votes, Memory Police had 5 votes. 3w
staci.reads Oooh, I'm excited about so many of these! 3w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @staci.reads That‘s a good sign 😉 3w
AllDebooks Great books, looking forward to it 😁 2w
MallenNC This looks great to me. Your ordering makes sense! I have read Take My Hand but I loved it and will definitely be up for reading it again. I wanted more people to discuss it with when I read it. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC I feel that way about so many of our books, I‘m glad we have a group for that now! 2w
MallenNC @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Me too! It helps me process the topics. 2w
MoonWitch94 Looks great! 2w
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Hello #SheSaid! Happy weekend to you all!

I‘m not sure how everyone else is doing, but there is something about the way she writes this that I just fall into. It should all be a bit much, lots of trigger worthy events & references, but somehow I just get sucked in and keep flipping the pages. I‘m very curious about the next section, does that style continue. And I have to say that i think she‘s a bit brave to write out hitting bottom and why.

vlwelser So brave. And I was totally sucked in. She does all these amazing things but addiction and her past experiences (sexual abuse) make her feel unworthy. It's an amazing gift to be able to see inside her head. 3w
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IndoorDame I was similarly drawn in by the writing. My library hold on this one just came in a few days ago so I‘ve had a lot of catching up to do, and the first few chapters did feel like maybe this was too much and I should just put it aside, but it wasn‘t long before her voice drew me in and I just kept turning pages. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser Yes, and the fact that she can write it in a way that we see both…both the amazing life and events, and yet the inner dialogue inside and how that wears someone down. I think it might be one of the best accounts of addiction I‘ve read yet, how much is chemical addiction and how much it mentally plays with you to become dependence. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @IndoorDame Yes, exactly… if I just described the content it wouldn‘t sound like a page turner, and yet it is. I have a hard time putting this one down at the end of each section. 3w
staci.reads @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I'm sitting this month out - actually taking a break from all challenges except LMPBC. Last month was a terrible reading month, so this month I'm treating myself to all "my choice" reads from my massive tbr piles. Keep me tagged though please. I'll enjoy reading everyone's reactions. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @staci.reads I‘ve had to do that too, recently actually….you definitely need to take care of you too. And sometimes the best thing is to take a mental health break for yourself and read for escapism and fun for awhile. 3w
MoonWitch94 I‘m a bit behind, but I absolutely agree. The writing is makes it hard to stop but feels like it shouldn‘t be that way, given the content. 3w
MallenNC I think she‘s a great writer and is sharing her story in a really compelling way. I did struggle with the first chapter in this week‘s section because she was just destructing so much w/o much help. I felt a lot of sympathy for her at the same time. This is a tough read. 3w
Suet624 I‘ve said it before but I ❤️❤️ this book. 3w
ravenlee The writing definitely is absorbing. When I get to the end of the week‘s section, though, I do feel like I‘m letting out a breath (what‘s that overdone phrase - letting out a breath I didn‘t know I was holding?🤣). It lets me step back and come out from under this spell of Helen‘s addiction. It does feel almost magical, spellbinding. 3w
KathyWheeler I‘m behind but hope to catch up this week. It‘s very good. 3w
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Too Many Books! | Gilles Tibo
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I am currently reading:

In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott I finished this week‘s section for #SheSaid last night

I started Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard last night too. Read the into, but need to read chapter 1 today yet before I go to that book discussion #NaturalLitsy

I also have going on ebook: Snuff by Terry Pratchett &
Audiobook in my car: Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson

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#Littenswanttoknow

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 👏🏻 📚👏🏻 4w
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What She Said | D S Butler
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More Choices! Nonfiction this time!

What will it be for next year?

I can hardly wait to see #SheSaid

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSFZVXX

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Survey #2 😉 4w
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vlwelser ❤✔ 4w
wanderinglynn I‘d like to be added please! 4w
Bookwormjillk Voted! 4w
MallenNC Voted! Good choices. 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wanderinglynn Great time to join! There are 2 votes up right now, one for fiction for December and one for nonfiction for next year. I‘ll add you to the tagged list…make sure you vote on both. 4w
KathyWheeler I voted, but I just found out about this book called Off With Her Head that could be interesting for #SheSaid. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B09N8QBGXR/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=166... 4w
Julsmarshall Great choices! 4w
MoonWitch94 Such good choices! 4w
AllDebooks Voted but all of them. Great choices x 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @KathyWheeler That does look good. I try to remember it for next time around! 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @KathyWheeler I put it on my notes list on my phone, so I will remember this one 👍 4w
TheKidUpstairs can you add me to your tag list? 3w
ncsufoxes All of them look good. Being Heumann is one of my favorite books I‘ve ever read. Another great disability rights author is Alice Wong, she has another book that just came out, Year of the Tiger. The Turnaway Study wasn‘t listed but another interesting book that has recently come out 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheKidUpstairs I most definitely can! 3w
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What She Said | D S Butler
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It‘s that time again…. Survey!!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WDKGGLW

Choices, Choices!

What will we be reading in December? I can hardly wait to see!

#SheSaid

vlwelser 👍✔ 4w
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MoonWitch94 Voted! 4w
ncsufoxes Voted. Such good choices, I‘ve read the bottom half of the list & id be happy to re read any of them to discuss with others 4w
MallenNC Voted! A few of these I‘ve already read but I‘d read again. 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wanderinglynn vote on this one too 😉 4w
Julsmarshall Great choices! 4w
Smrloomis I voted too! (Although I haven‘t read any with the group yet… hopefully soon 🤞🏽!!!) 4w
AllDebooks Voted 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Smrloomis Hopefully, that would be nice. 4w
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Saga #55 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I didn‘t know Saga was back! Honestly I had kind of given up, thinking it wasn‘t going to return…. So a pleasant surprise for me to find out that it is not only back, but I have a few episodes to read to catch up! Still tough after the last episode….before the hiatus…if you read it you know what I‘m talking about… but I still enjoyed this installment, picking up the next from Hoopla tonight!

KathyWheeler I have not been able to read it yet. The last one before the hiatus just hurt me. (edited) 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @KathyWheeler I know 😱 even though they literally told us it was coming from the first pages of the first issue, it still hurt! 1mo
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Dodger | Terry Pratchett
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#Pantone2022 update 😉 @Clwojick

I think that light slanting through Dodger‘s cover matched Perfectly Pale pretty well.

Clwojick Definitely! Way to go! 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I haven‘t posted one of these for awhile, but maybe …just maybe…the book slump is passing. Finished two short stories, 1 book & 1 group read last week. 👏

#BookReport #WeeklyForecast

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Hello #SheSaid!
Some Trigger Warnings for this one, but I have to say that I had a hard time putting this one down at the end of our section… I wanted to just keep reading, which is always a good sign.

How did everyone else make out with the beginning of this new book this week?

MallenNC Same here. She‘s dealt with a lot of trauma already and I‘m anxious to see how she gets from there to being the author of this book. And the third chapter ends with introducing a new person who I want to know about. 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC Yes, I definitely had trouble putting it down there. 1mo
vlwelser I'm impressed with the writing so far. And her bravery in telling her story. 1mo
ravenlee I also wanted to keep going. Her writing is very compelling. Usually disjointed timelines bother me, but the way her story is unraveling feels very natural. I hate that she can say “my most recent rape.” The family legacy of alcoholism is so sad and disturbing. 1mo
kspenmoll I really would love to read this but I just returned to work so hope to rejoin in Oct. 1mo
megnews I found the language in the introduction almost poetic. Her writing is very moving. I had trouble putting it down too. Anxious read the next section. 1mo
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Dodger | Terry Pratchett
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I really enjoyed this mash up of Dickens‘s fictional Dodger character and the history of London with the real Charles Dickens & Mayhew authors and their studies of the London poor, the Sweeney Todd tale, and other memorable historical figures like Ada Lovelace and Babbage, etc making nod & wink appearances. A fun Pratchett adventure, with lots of great nods to real history.

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Thanks for another great pick #SheSaid, I really enjoyed this book that is both a memoir, but also dove into the Asian American experience in America. She discussed her own education, friends, other artists and poets, but also always the undercurrent of pressure to excel and yet to be silent and not seen while highlighting the often forgotten or purposefully silenced history.

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A very short Discworld story online that shows how a real wizard (at bureaucracy) uses paperwork to get out of doing actual work.

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The World of Poo | Terry Pratchett
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A Discworld short story about poo, a young man that finds it fascinating and all the good and bad that can be accomplished with it, with the Discworld twists, of course. Not great for me, but I could see it being quite good for a very young person learning to not be grossed out by nature, and how well nature recycles things. Probably very good for the potty training age group.

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Next up for September #SheSaid!

Put in your library holds and request your interlibrary loans!

vlwelser I'm going to be in Iceland for that first one, but I will try to stay caught up. And also 🤗😘 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser Oh that‘s exciting! Post pictures for us please. 🥰 1mo
vlwelser If you email your address to my user name at gmail.com you may even get a postcard.... 1mo
Suet624 Believe it or not I read this book about 2 years ago. I could not put it down. i should try to find it again and do a reread. 1mo
MallenNC @Suet624 That‘s a good endorsement of this book! I‘m looking forward to it 1mo
Suet624 @MallenNC lots of trigger warnings for those who need to know that. 1mo
megnews It‘s been awhile but I got a library copy and I hope to be able to keep up. 1mo
AllDebooks I'm going to have to pass on this one, can't find a free copy in UK. I will still follow discussions though x 1mo
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Hello #SheSaid. Hope you are having a good weekend!

I don‘t know where this month has gone, but I‘ll be sad to see this book read end.

How did you make out with the last two chapters?
How did you feel about the book overall?
Are you ready for the next book? 😉

Just a Reminder Next Up: In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott

vlwelser I did love this book but the voice of the author on the audiobook drove me a little bit insane. I was inspired to buy Dictee but I haven't read it yet. That was my favorite chapter. 1mo
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vlwelser On a side note.... Did you post the schedule for In My Own Moccasins? I got a text from my library saying it's ready for me to retrieve. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser not yet, planning on getting it up yet today though 😉 1mo
vlwelser ❤ I know I'm a pest but I like to be organized. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser Actually you are not a pest, you keep me on the ball! 😂 1mo
MallenNC As usual I was glad to be pushed to get this book off my TBR. I had read the opening essay but not the full book. I gained a lot from her perspective. The Portrait of the Artist essay made me sad I hadn‘t heard of Theresa Cha before. 1mo
staci.reads The last two chapters were my favorites, and I appreciated learning about Cha and Kochiyama. Overall, though, I didn't find this book as readable as some of the others. It may have been more about me not getting my copy until 2 weeks ago and then trying to fly through it. It's been a terrible reading month for me. This was only my 3rd book this month 😔 1mo
MallenNC Overall like most essay collections, some resonated better than others. But I liked reading them with this group. 1mo
MallenNC @staci.reads Staci I hope next month is a better reading month! 1mo
AnneCecilie I loved this book and the last two chapters where my absolute favorites. The chapter on Theresa Cha really had me thinking. The silence around her death and how “everyone” was like it was in respect for her family and culture. And then someone else plainly stating that if she had been white it would have been all over the news. Like what is respect and what is hidden racism? 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AnneCecilie Yes, so much in that chapter… and the way she teased out the threads of what was kept secret & downplayed and why. And how they couldn‘t find her remaining items she had with her, but her family did with little effort… very disturbing that the police didn‘t even look that hard. Also interesting that she was the only one he felt the need to kill afterwards…. Just level after level of horror. 1mo
AnneCecilie I know. I found it interesting how the author generalized by being specific in that chapter and I connect more to that. But I‘m not sure that the killing was racially motivated, her rapist and killer worked at the building so she would have been able to point him out. Her book sounded interesting and I might look into it in the future. 1mo
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Although a bit self-helpy for me at times in the delivery, the underlying premise is spot on. The Body is Not an Apology and if we could get past the body terrorism (I love that phrasing and will fully adopt that one) we practice on ourselves and others for not fitting some ideal that doesn‘t even exist and is completely subjective anyway…we would come a long way as a species. I particularly appreciated that she took this concept of body ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ positivity and applied it to all bodies, regardless of color, size, sexuality, presentation, ableism, etc…it all boils down to the same core, policing bodies that don‘t match some ideal. 1mo
KathyWheeler I liked this book and was surprised about that. I really thought it would be too new agey for me. In some ways it was, but overall, I really appreciated it and learned a lot from it. Most importantly, I think, was how to cope with my own body negativity. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @KathyWheeler I felt very much the same, but still got a lot out of it too. 1mo
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It‘s taken me awhile to process this one and write a review for it. It is full of triggers and all of that makes it difficult to read and difficult to review, but anything that reveals the darkest heart of humanity, no matter how disturbing that may be to the reader, IS essential reading. Turning our backs to it because that‘s easier, less traumatic for us the viewer, allows that darkness to grow and metastasize unchecked. ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ The only way to stop it is for authors like this one to expose it to the light so that we can all be aware and hopefully with knowledge excise it. 1mo
Bookwormjillk This book was pretty horrifying but I agree it‘s necessary 1mo
shanaqui I'm really curious about it, but at the same time, choosing my moment to read it... 1mo
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Hello #SheSaid!

I‘m a bit behind this week, I really got a lot from Bad English, but I haven‘t quite finished An Education yet. How is everyone else making out with this book, this week‘s essays, life and reading in general.

MallenNC An Education was more like a short memoir than essay. It was about her college years and some complicated friendships. I would love to know what those friends thought. 1mo
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AllDebooks I'm still playing catchup 🙈 Just finished the stand up bit which was an interesting pov, especially about Richard Pryor. 1mo
Karisa I finished Bad English but haven‘t finished An Education yet. I highlighted parts in Bad English like, “If you want to truly understand someone‘s accented English, you have to slow down and listen with your body. You have to train your ears and offer them your full attention. The Internet doesn‘t have time for that.” Good reminder for me to slow down as a teacher when listening to students and family members. 💗 1mo
Karisa @MallenNC She does get very specific! It‘s brave and honest, but there must be some awkward moments when she sees those people she wrote about in real life. I was thinking that about the therapist at the beginning of the book too. She said she changed her name, but also pointed out she was the only Korean therapist in the whole area. Wouldn‘t be hard to find out who she meant! 1mo
MallenNC @Karisa I liked that quote about slowing down and listening with your whole body. People get impatient, and I know I don‘t always fully listen, accent or not. Also, I do wonder about that therapist. I‘d love to know what she thought, if she even heard about this essay. 1mo
Singout I haven‘t posted because I‘ve always been behind, but have finished now! The idea of “indebtedness“ of an immigrant to America, feeling that good fortune is a loan, really hit me in the gut. Yuri Kuchiyama‘s story is really compelling: I want to learn more about her now. (edited) 1mo
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Hello #SheSaid! Hope you are all having a good week.

Although I‘m not sure how we got to the middle of the month already 🤷‍♀️

I‘m still really enjoying this one, I love how her train of thoughts go and where it takes us. I‘m listening on audio, which she reads and it‘s great, but I do feel like I‘ll need to go to the ebook at some point to highlight things.

How‘s everyone else doing? Thoughts? Likes or dislikes?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m really appreciating this pov/perspective that we haven‘t visited much in our book selections. Just a reminder that next month is: In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott, so put in your library hold, etc (edited) 2mo
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Karisa I‘m appreciating her writing so much too. I keep highlighting and reading parts to my husband. She‘s so honest and insightful. Like: “For to be aware of history, they would be forced to be held accountable, and rather than face that shame, they‘d rather, by any means necessary, maintain their innocence.” It made me think of all the recent calls for book bans. So many conservatives don‘t want to admit that whole groups of people even exist. 2mo
MallenNC I‘m enjoying this one too. I did not expect one of her essays to be inspired by Richard Pryor! That one made me think of never having to consider how to present myself as a white person, in the way she describes having to consider with her writing. The essay on innocence meaning white people not understanding the world made by white people is very relevant in this time of banning books & the teaching of history. It‘s willful ignorance. 2mo
MallenNC @Karisa I wrote my comment before reading yours. The second essay this week really captures that conservative backlash against education. 2mo
ravenlee I couldn‘t get this one into my hands, so I‘m out for this month. Sounds like an interesting read, though. Actually, I think I‘m out until October‘s read. (edited) 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ravenlee On no… interlibrary loans failed too? I‘m so sorry 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC Yes, the Richard Pryor essay surprised me too, and in such a great way. 2mo
KathyWheeler I was really surprised by and interested in the section on Richard Pryor. I never thought about his comedy in that way before. The idea that poets don‘t consider audience or have contempt for audience was also an interesting but odd concept to me as I really think it‘s important to know who you‘re addressing when you write. 2mo
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Hello #SheSaid!

What a different vibe from our last book, not sure how I like it overall yet, but the change of voice is welcome to me at least.

With that being said, she still has managed to talk about a lot of important subjects from a very personal POV in this opening chapter. And I‘m kind of put off by the idea that poetry is “less-than” if it‘s personal or has identifiers in it… who decided that and what were they thinking 🙄

Riveted_Reader_Melissa So far…. I‘m really liking this one, I hope that continues. I‘m listening to the audiobook and really liking that too. How‘s it going for everyone else? 2mo
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Karisa I‘m getting a lot out of this book. It was recommended at a Learning for Justice teacher conference I attended in spring. Everyone seemed to feel it was an important read. It was the first conference focused on Asian American studies for K-12 the group had held. Many of the organizers were in tears to see so many educators in attendance. They said they‘ve often felt invisible in edu. I feel like it should be required reading for all teachers! 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa oh that‘s great! That means the rest of the book is great too! Whoo hoo!! Just some of things she said in the first one made me think it was written after the rest, which had me a bit worried….so I‘m a bit relieved that it comes with high praise over all. And again, the stuff that‘s written true to our own lived experiences are the best things..because they are real and raw. I‘m still perplexed how that is viewed as bad in poetry ⤵️ 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa … which to me is often more emotive. Oh and some of her examples in education were so telling. 2mo
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I took things she said about her poetry in college to be what she‘d heard from her program. Since she was in the Midwest, the push was/is against “identity politics”. Ezra Klein mentions this right wing tactic in his new book too. They use it to belittle those that vote based on their identities. Klein points out that those that use the tactic seem to forget that “gun owner” and “Christian” identities too. ⬇️ (edited) 2mo
Karisa Yet, no one puts them down for voting based on those groups‘ interests. I got the feeling Hong disagrees with that mentality now. (edited) 2mo
KathyWheeler I felt that her saying she wanted to stay away from identity poetry was rooted in the fact that she was being told it was not good and she already had a lot of self-hatred so she bought that line. 2mo
staci.reads I don't have my copy of this one yet. Hoping g to be caught up by next Sunday's post. 2mo
AnneCecilie I‘m really liking this one so far. She has given me a lot to think. Like how Asian Americans are next in line to become white. And then she goes in to write about how they are “invisible” today and has been through history. 2mo
MallenNC I read this opening essay back when the book first came out so I‘m looking forward to reading more of this one. She packs a lot into the first essay. What she said about what it‘s like having immigrant parents reminded me of Thi Bui‘s 2mo
MallenNC Also even though this isn‘t light, it‘s still a great change from our last book 2mo
kspenmoll She is so open with her thinking…The whole therapy scene made me feel so bad for her. I noticed some of the same things that @Karisa @AnneCecilie mentioned. Just one chapter & xO have some many new thoughts/ideas to think through. 2mo
AllDebooks Of to a great start, really made me think about the 'invisibility' experienced by Asians, as neither white nor black. I agree @kspen the counselling episode left me cold 2mo
AllDebooks Sorry @kspenmoll didn't tag properly in comment 😅 2mo
AllDebooks I highly recommend the tagged for another Asian poet pov. Very moving 2mo
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It‘s been awhile #SheSaid, time for an updated schedule and to start talking about adding more books again.

What Fiction book would you be interested in reading this December? And what non-fiction books are on your radar. Any suggestions welcome…. Only rule is that #SheSaid it. 😉

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vlwelser I'll have to think about this. Basically because my brain is in summer mode. 2mo
MallenNC I am thinking on this! I want to pick a novel that still gives us a lot to talk about. 2mo
staci.reads This one is on my radar and it has gotten stellar reviews. I'll nominate it for December. 2mo
staci.reads I've also heard great things about this one. Another fiction piece. 2mo
staci.reads For non-fiction, I'll nominate two that have been on my tbr a while 2mo
staci.reads I would also be onboard with Unbound. I've been interested in that one for a awhile. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great suggestions so far, whatever we decide, my personal TBR is growing 🤣 2mo
AllDebooks Crucial reading as we have a fight on our hands (still 🤬) after the recent Roe vs Wade decision 2mo
AllDebooks As for fiction, I'm up for anything really. I personally love folk or myth retellings 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AllDebooks I‘ve been thinking of this one lately too, that‘s been on my TBR list for a long time now because of recent events. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Others I‘ve been looking at 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve also thought about adding a science book to our list, just for some variety…. Maybe 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa A fiction to consider 2mo
AllDebooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa science and nature books are my absolute favourite non-fiction reads 😊 2mo
ncsufoxes Is by far one of my favorite books I‘ve read in the last year. It‘s an amazing story about Heumann‘s life & her work to get ADA passed 2mo
ncsufoxes I liked Unbound. Fiction: 2mo
AllDebooks Oh my poor tbr list is groaning.... YES 🙌 to all of the above 😍 2mo
ncsufoxes Such a heartbreaking story but so powerful 2mo
ncsufoxes I haven‘t read it yet but was recommended during an implicit biased training I had attended. The book is written by the authors of The Implicit Biased test that you can take (it‘s run through Harvard) (edited) 2mo
ncsufoxes One more fiction, such an amazing story 2mo
ncsufoxes And if you want to read the wildest story ever. This book is all about the New York Times reporter that investigated the Theranos company. Super fast read because you can‘t believe any of it is really true 2mo
AllDebooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've has this on my radar for a while, Sobel is a marvellous historian, makes the hardest information readily accessible 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa So many great recommendations! I love it, keep them coming! 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think that‘s all of them now …hopefully 😉 4w
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Sorry for the late schedule post #SheSaid…. But here it is, the new schedule!

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Hello #SheSaid!

I can‘t believe we‘ve come to the end of another month and another book. As powerful as this read was, and as much as I know I needed to hear it all…I‘m hoping the next is a bit lighter 😂. I‘ll try to get that schedule up as soon possible for you. Again, next book is Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong.

So what are your thoughts now that you‘ve finished this book?

Bookwormjillk This was a very hard read, but worth it. 2mo
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KathyWheeler I kept trying to put myself in her place, but I couldn‘t do it. I don‘t think I could ever subject myself to that kind of hatred. It‘s definitely a good book, though, and an important read. 2mo
Singout Really powerful insights into what‘s going on that a lot of us only get a superficial report about. The “romance” between her and the Russian fascist took incredible courage. The closing chapter about anti-fascism is really interesting, as someone who has been involved in different kinds of activism. 2mo
MallenNC This is one of those books that I‘m glad I read but it was a hard experience reading. Like others have mentioned, I‘m really impressed by her for doing this work. I couldn‘t. 2mo
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Hello #SheSaid! Happy Sunday!

Anyone else watching the Jan. 6th commission hearing while reading this? For me it‘s adding another whole layer to that and to most of the mass shooting stories. It‘s stuff I knew, but not how truly deep it ran..It‘s a hard read, and one I often what to stop thinking about. But…BUT…if we don‘t know it‘s there and how it‘s metastasizing, we can‘t fight it either. As a country we need to address white supremacy.

AllDebooks I have been and thought it made the reading all the more poignant and valid. I have finished reading now, as tough as I found it, I'm so glad I did. We need to know how deeply entrenched this ideaology goes in order to challenge it at every opportunity 2mo
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Bookwormjillk I am also watching the hearings. I am hoping now that we‘re nearing the end she offers some solutions. 2mo
MallenNC @Bookwormjillk I hope so too. It is important just to have the awareness of this world that she‘s sharing, but I hope there are some suggestions for change. Reading this makes me regret the invention of social media, but then I‘m reminding of the benefits of it — like making reader friends here on Litsy. It‘s a double edged sword for sure. (edited) 2mo
vlwelser This book is hard to read. I'm not plowing through it at my normal pace. As far as the hearings, no. Just reading random articles on the internet. 2mo
KathyWheeler @MallenNC Reading this made me ambivalent about social media too, but then again, these attitudes and this deep hatred have always been there. It‘s just now that people feel more free to just let them out in all their ugliness. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC just remember that everything from slavery to the holocaust managed to take shape, spread, and cause havoc long before the internet was even a thought….so hate can thrive, grow, and spread in any medium. It only needs humans 😬as scary as that is…we are the common denominator… let‘s hope we evolve more soon.🫣 (edited) 2mo
ravenlee Anyone else see that Marjorie Taylor Greene is selling or endorsing t-shirts that say “Proud Christian Nationalist” and feel kind of sick? 2mo
ncsufoxes I haven‘t been watching the hearings but do read a few news stories when I have time. I too have felt slightly apprehensive about social media while reading this section. I worry more about my kids. My oldest is 18 & getting ready to leave for college. I continue to have discussions with him about things to look out for. He told me I don‘t need to worry (he then asked me later if I would buy him some new shirts that said “abolish ICE” & “protect 2mo
ncsufoxes trans kids.” But it is really scary to think about how quickly people can become radicalized & how social media just feeds some peoples obsessions. Luckily there are people like Lavin & other researchers & journalists that continue to expose these groups. I follow the Southern Poverty Law Center which tracks all these groups. They have been saying for years that this is a problem but the last administration ignored everything & of course gave more 2mo
ncsufoxes hate groups a platform on the National stage. It‘s such an important book to be reading but it‘s also so hard to realize what other people out there exist. 2mo
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Hello #SheSaid.

This book is a tough read for me, I don‘t know how she managed to do this…not only get in the door, but not blow her cover or fall into a deep depression being immersed in this stuff day in and out. My thoughts right now are, more power to her & I couldn‘t have done it. 😬 it‘s definitely a tough one just to read after the hard work was done by her… necessary to know it all exists and to that extreme, but tough to read anyway.

MallenNC I agree with you. I cannot imagine being so immersed in that world. I think it is important to expose these ways of thinking but I couldn‘t have done it. I find myself not wanting to read this one very late because I don‘t want it in my mind before trying to sleep. 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Personal Update: my mom is doing well. Back surgery Monday…said see you later at about 5:30am, she was finished and waking up in her room by 6pm. And all the stuff we‘ve read about pain management and women…well, I definitely saw some of that. By Thursday…they send her home. So as I write this she is sleeping on her own couch again, with some decent pain meds. Long week, but over the hump now. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC Yes… it‘s so informative, but not one I‘m rushing to pick up and read 😂…guess I have a natural tendency to want to hide my head in the sand more than I thought. So disturbing & infuriating 3mo
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Glad your mother is on the mend. She‘s so lucky to have you by her side and ready to advocate on her behalf. 💗 3mo
MallenNC @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m glad your mom is doing well! It‘s hard to be a caretaker, I‘ve had to do it for my mom, luckily short-term. I hope the hardest part of the surgery recovery is done. 3mo
Karisa Yeah, I have been listening to the book on audio and it‘s just like a whole other world she‘s uncovering. All the “incel” (if that‘s how you spell it) stuff. There are so many code words and so much hiding. They know what they are doing and saying is deeply wrong. Otherwise why would they hide so much? Dangerous and creepy! 3mo
Bookwormjillk This is a tough read for me too. Some of the people she talks too remind me of villains from Stephen King‘s books. 3mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m glad your mother is better! 3mo
AllDebooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa so glad she's home and on the mend. Must have been a tough time for you x 3mo
AllDebooks Such a tough read, I'm really struggling with all the hate and prejudice. The incel chapter made my blood run cold. It makes me despair that there is so much unmitigated, unnecessary loathing being fuelled by far right groups. How is this any different to all the conditioning and grooming of young people into ISIS, etc? What scares me most is how accessible/constant it is 24/7. I'm going to need some serious comfort reading after this!! 3mo
vlwelser I'm struggling to read this. I still cannot imagine how she managed to do it. 3mo
Singout This is definitely grim: feeling very different from other books I‘ve read about experiences of or critiques of oppression. Like others, I knew in my head that this existed but haven‘t really read a lot about it. Subjecting herself to that stress and risk takes guts. 3mo
Singout My one exposure to this was when a close friend was kidnapped doing human rights work in Iraq many years ago: I was asked to research previous voluntary releases and the best sources of info about kidnappings were essentially from groups centred on hatred of Islam and the Middle East. Those spaces turned my gut every time I went into them. 3mo
MoonWitch94 I am finding it difficult to get through as well. I am sticking with it because I don‘t want to put my “privilege before my discomfort” as the saying goes, but goodness this is hard. How the author managed to do this for so long is a testament to her as a person. But my heart feels heavier than it did when we started this. It‘s so much worse than I ever imagined, and I don‘t see an end. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MoonWitch94 Yes, I think you summed it up so very well. I‘m having very similar feelings. 2mo
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Sorry for the massive delay ladies and gentlemen, my sincere apologies. My mom is having back surgery tomorrow, it‘s been planned and scheduled for a very long time… but today quickly became a long list of things to get done beforehand and I completely forgot to post until now. Again, my apologies, I‘ll check in tomorrow while I‘m hanging out in the hospital cafeteria for most of the day. Take care out there. #SheSaid

vlwelser I was going to message you but my day also was extra. I hope everything goes well with your mum. 3mo
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vlwelser I don't know how this author hung around all this hatred long enough to write a book. I maybe haven't finished ch 4 yet totally. 3mo
MallenNC I hope your mom‘s surgery goes well! I‘m with @vlwelser I don‘t know how the author could stand to immerse herself in that world. I also cannot imagining having that much hatred inside. We all get one life, and that‘s how they use theirs? 3mo
Bookwormjillk I hope the surgery goes well. I‘m with others. I don‘t know how the author did it. 3mo
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Hope your mom‘s surgery goes well today and wishing her a speedy recovery! 💗 3mo
Karisa @Bookwormjillk @MallenNC @vlwelser I agree. So much hate witnessed. Lavin is incredibly brave to document it. Tough to listen to but it feels important to have record of it and see how hate incubates. I hope her work and others can lead to solutions somehow. 3mo
MoonWitch94 I‘m behind, so I‘m catching up. Hope your Mom is on the road to recovery! 3mo
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Deblovestoread Love that!! 3mo
Nutmegnc I loved this book! 3mo
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Hello #SheSaid

What an intro in this one… I am both very curious how she did this for months and recoiling a bit at what she‘s describing as everyday behavior for some. I was apparently still living in some denial 😬

How are you all doing with this book so far?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa As much as I know, and learn, and think I know…. I‘m still shocked that they are still trading around lynching pictures like trading cards. 🤢 3mo
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Karisa It is appalling the level of hatred she was witnessing online—even directed at herself. I kept picturing the people she was encountering online and thinking how they are the same people out in our communities. How do they get to that point of dangerous toxicity? How do we protect everyone in our communities and stop the chess pool factory? It felt very brave of the author to go into these hate-filled areas and expose them. 3mo
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yeah, and the references to those who have killed others as “Saint” 😱 They are in a warped reality! 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa Oh god, yes! I think I fell into the same group as her growing up… you learn about this things, but in the past, as conquerored, overcome, done…. And then to find out they are alive & well & thriving & immediate is very disconcerting. I suddenly, despite everything we know today, feel very naive. (edited) 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And all those hangings in public places, after George Floyd protests that were labeled “suicides” by authorities…. Really makes me doubt those determinations. But honestly, it seemed ludicrous at the time too.🙄 (edited) 3mo
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m a middle school teacher, and many of my students feel that racism is something from the past. Then we have others using racial slurs casually to control others and when confronted use the “it was just a joke.” Many times those being targeted say “it‘s ok, it doesn‘t bother me”. But if you ask how hearing it would make their families feel, then they get it. The instances online are like taking it to level 1000 though… 3mo
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I remember that! Small towns, middle of the night stuff. Right out of horror movies! Listening to this audio book shows the mentality behind such murders—hiding because they know it is wrong but controlled by such hate and wanting to control others with fear. More should be done 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa Yes it should, but I‘m afraid it won‘t be…now it‘s become a political brand and I‘m afraid by that shift it will basically become protected speech….as in you just don‘t want my pov, are only shutting down the xyz point/platform/party…violating my freedom of speech…. It seemed to work well when certain people wanted to speak at universities, the freedom of speech argument, but now it‘s a whole political party…I think it‘s going to get worse 3mo
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It does feel like that. Like a favorite football team that must be supported no matter what. My parents are Republicans, and I‘ve seen a progression of acceptance of hate. They also see everyone else as just too sensitive. Yet these are the same people that took me to church to learn kindness and treating others the way you want to be treated. The hateful behaviors their politics are protecting do not match their “morals” 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa I understand, the golden rule which I too grew up by, seems to be getting ignored more and more. I‘m still baffled how a “Christian” coalition has joined with such hateful politics…because it just isn‘t the religion I grew up with either. But I guess there is a reason why I left organized religion…sadly maybe it‘s less that I grew and changed, but they did. 3mo
AllDebooks I haven't started this yet, it's next in line. I know this is going to be a very difficult but all the more crucial read, for that reason. There is no shying away from the amount of hatred and toxicity we live with in contemporary society. I aim to inform myself as much as possible, to help turn the tide to a more positive future for all. I want my children to understand the importance of equality for all. 3mo
MallenNC I just finished this week‘s section. I was almost hesitant to read this one bc it‘s going to be disturbing but it‘s important not to ignore it. The second chapter shows the deep roots of anti-Semitism and that there have always been racists who found large platforms for their beliefs. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AllDebooks @MallenNC I agree, in many ways this reading group has helped me tackle difficult books that I‘ve been meaning to read, but kept putting off because of the difficult subject matter. I‘m so glad we have each other for the journey and a sympathetic ear to our venting, worries, and hopes for a brighter future for all of us. 3mo
Julsmarshall I read this last year and it both shocked me and made me sad, of course that is how it is, they are. Looking forward to re-experiencing it alongside you. What the author endured in researching and writing this book is amazing. 3mo
ravenlee I haven‘t gotten my copy yet, but it should arrive this week (Book Outlet shipping is so unreliable!). 3mo
AnneCecilie I think what struck me the most was the hatred she met online when she used pseudonyms from complete strangers who where discussing hurting her. I‘m a little out of it today after the shooting In Copenhagen, just 8 days after the shooting in Oslo. (edited) 3mo
vlwelser Thank you for picking this one. Not sure I would have found it on my own. And it seems like it's going to be an important and timely read. All this hatred has always baffled me. 3mo
Bookwormjillk I finally had a chance to start this. It‘s frightening, and I‘m interested to see where it goes. 3mo
ncsufoxes I lived in Poway, CA (we just moved to Boston last week) for 10 years. We lived there during the shooting at the synagogue. The kid that was responsible, his dad was a teacher at my son‘s high school. His parents were just completely shocked & devastated by his actions (they actually disowned him & refused to go to any of the court appearances). It was found that he was radicalized within just a year of finding an online hate group. I‘ve seen a 3mo
ncsufoxes flier at a local Starbucks for one of the hate groups. People were shocked but then we also live in an area where after Trump was elected would chant Trump while walking down the halls. Luckily my son went to the one high school in the Poway area that was very different & forward thinking. The principal trains all his teachers in racism, LBGTQ+, & everything else. They were the pilot program for ethnic studies this last year. People were shocked 3mo
ncsufoxes when the shooting happened but also don‘t think that they are racist at all (& racism is a huge problem in Poway, kids set up an IG account titled Black In Poway to discuss the amount of racism that kids faced not only from other students but also teachers). These kids started a huge trend that made administration look closer to what is happening, something they were not doing. My son‘s black & brown friends told him about the racism they have 3mo
ncsufoxes experienced for years. It made him sad & frustrated (but also didn‘t surprise him). My rambling point is I am always saddened & shocked about how much goes on behind a computer screen. It makes me want to delete all social media but I also know that I can not live in an isolated bubble. This book has been on my TBR & happy to be reading it but I have a feeling it‘s going to be hard. Happy to have other people to read along with on such a hard area 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ncsufoxes yes, to all of that. We all need to stop turning a blind eye and hoping it will just go away. And yes, the best part about book club, is a group of people to discuss and vent to about these tough subjects, so we don‘t have to face them alone. So many books I‘ve read and o want to talk about what I‘m reading, but the outlet just isn‘t available in public discourse anymore (which is another really scary problem) 3mo
MoonWitch94 I kept waiting for the intro to end where she‘s say “…and then it stopped” but instead it just kept going & going. So much hatred directed towards the author simply for existing & writing articles about her community. I don‘t know how she did this for a whole year, and ever found peace again. I‘m livid for her. It‘s so sick & twisted. I used to be a person who just thought ignoring those twisted scumbags would make them less ⬇️ 3mo
MoonWitch94 powerful; but as this author illustrates, it‘s not true at all. We can‘t burry our heads in the sand and just think these folks will stop. We need to do more. What an important read this is. (edited) 3mo
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#Pantone2022 color challenge…I‘d say that‘s a spun-sugar match 😉

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Clwojick Perfect! 3mo
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She did such a great job in this one that when I finished I had to go back through and just read the Baz and Simon relationship chapters again….the way she had them work through their issues together, and slowly negotiate what made each comfortable and feel safe and their hangups and limits, what each would give and could take, was truly beautiful to watch. We all deserve a partner that takes that time, and I rarely see it in print, ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ especially not when both characters need very special handling.

The rest of the storyline was great, loved Pen and the demon, and the Chosen One vacuum being filled… a great ending to such a fun series….but, BUT she left quite a few open questions left lingering, I‘m having trouble believing this is really the end of this series…and if Rowell has another book in her to answer them, that would be fine by me.
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peanutnine I so agree with this!! The Simon and Baz relationship was handled so well and lovely but there were so many other things I wanted her to wrap up better. She says she doesn't have any other books planned for the series though 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @peanutnine *Spoilers below ⤵️ maybe if people ask her a few more of their lingering questions…we can at least get a short story or two. I mean, he is a magician, but somehow “letting it all out” made him immune…come on, there has to be a story there (or two). And he talked about how drained he was from magic that he was literally starving when he returned each school year…so did the big battle drain him and he just needs to fill back up 3mo
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The next schedule is here #SheSaid!

Again, a reminder to put in your library holds and/or interlibrary loans.

And again… we picked this book months ago, almost a year ago now… and again it pops up at a fitting time as the Jan 6 investigation are being held. You all have excellent taste and apparently premonition abilities 😉

I can‘t wait to dive into this one!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s in tiny type at the bottom of the photo, but just a reminder that next up in August is Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong for anyone planning ahead.
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ravenlee So much of what I‘m reading these days ties in to #SheSaid and current events, whether it‘s other buddy reads or my own picks. I don‘t think I‘m doing it deliberately, but it‘s fascinating and enlightening. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ravenlee Some of it, I think, is just that we are seeing more connections than we did before. Maybe as we learn more, we see how things interconnect, where before they flew under our notice.🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Bookwormjillk My audiobook for this just came in. Looking forward to it! 3mo
shanaqui Ooh, I'm really curious about this one. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @shanaqui do you want me to add you to the tag list to join in? 3mo
KathyWheeler I read this book last year, but I think I‘ll give it a listen now. 3mo
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Great article & having just seen the newest Jurassic, I so missed Ellie Sattler & all the great, no bs women on this list. We need more of that in books & movies.

https://www.tor.com/2022/06/09/the-awesome-women-scientists-of-1990s-sff/?utm_so...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Link above from Tor.com for any who don‘t get their newsletter and are interested. 4mo
KathyWheeler Thanks for posting. That was interesting. I never thought about fashion trends, but I agree with her about prairie dresses and low rise jeans at the same time. WTF? 4mo
Bookzombie Thank you for sharing! I‘m excited to see Ellie Sattler back in the new Jurassic movie. I recently had a whole rant about prairie dresses with my husband. 4mo
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Hello #SheSaid Sorry for the late post, I was off to dinner and a movie with my mother this Fathers Day. 😂

How did you feel about the end of this book, wrap up well for you? Are you ready for the next? I really appreciated all of it, so much experience learned in a fairly young life, and I‘m so glad she shared it.😉

Bookwormjillk I liked it. The history of the movement was interesting, and I was fascinated by her lessons learned while leading a movement. I feel like she should write a management book next. 4mo
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vlwelser I've missed you all. But planning to jump back in for the next book. 4mo
MallenNC I liked this one too. I liked that it was a guidebook as well as a memoir. I learned about her and her work, as well as how organizing/activism works. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookwormjillk & @MallenNC yes, I‘m not sure what I was expecting but the guidebook, pros & cons & pitfalls to watch out for while being an organizer and organizing as a job…wasn‘t what I expected at all. And in the end I‘m glad it wasn‘t, I was expecting more a history of that specific moment in time and that organization, but I got so much more out of it. (edited) 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser missed you too! 4mo
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Hello #SheSaid, posting this one a bit earlier today because I‘m headed out to visit my grandmother today and cell coverage will probably be spotty.

This read is wrapping up nicely for me, but I have to say as I watched the beginning of the Jan 6th commission broadcasts, I‘m getting excited? (I‘m sure that‘s not the right word, anticipatory maybe) to start our next read about “Culture Warlords” about the dark side of the web. How about you?

Bookwormjillk I was really interested in the parts where she talked about taking credit for the movement and men taking credit for women‘s work. Also fit well with the footage I saw from yesterday‘s marches and a good companion to my bookclub book 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookwormjillk It fit well for me with things I‘d read before…. Like Coretta Scott King‘s story. I‘ll definitely check out the one you tagged. 4mo
Bookwormjillk @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks for the rec! 4mo
staci.reads I appreciated the way she compared popular fronts and united fronts and stressed the value of both, but pushed that it's actually the united front that can be more problematic. "I think we are so comfortable with those who agree with us that we fear being challenged." I loved this section: "We need movements that can hold complexity so that we can learn to reach for one another, even when reaching for one another makes us uncomfortable." 4mo
staci.reads @Bookwormjillk I also found that part interesting. I like that she talked about how they could have taken "the movement belongs to no one" stance and taken what some would see as the high road, but that move, that unwillingness to call people out on the erasing of women's (especially Black women's) accomplishments, is why it is still common today. I love that they consistently said no, he didn't do that. 4mo
MallenNC I thought this was interesting to read at this moment of March for Our Lives and other efforts for gun law reform. Especially when she talked about the mistake of wanting only allies who agree with you 100 % vs working with people who agree on one thing on that greater goal. I hope that will be happening this time. 4mo
MallenNC I finished the book because it‘s due back at the library so I‘ll go ahead and say I liked her approach. It was more of a guidebook than just a memoir and she provided a lot to learn from and consider. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @staci.reads Yes, that distinction between popular and united fronts was such an interesting one that I had not heard expressed that way before. And yes @MallenNC wouldn‘t it be great if that could come to the fore this time about that particular topic where so much of the country agrees on the same common sense reforms, but yet can‘t get those passed because of extremes at either end. (edited) 4mo
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And a bit of Cascade for this #Pantone2022 challenge 😉

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Clwojick Ooooo perfect! 4mo
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Very good book about the real work it takes to change an idea into a movement, to actually organize messy humans to a united goal, to make any real change. I found it very informative, and I‘ll never think that real work looks like it quite so effortlessly just happened…. But more importantly for me I liked the underlying message the most…the “how we come together when we fall apart”, because that part right there, the fact that we keep ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ waking up to these challenges and tackling them, and how we go about doing that, over & over & over again, says so much about the people we really are or aim to be. (edited) 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa #SheSaid….Sorry, I read ahead and finished this one 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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Archangel's Light | Nalini Singh
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This looked like a good color match to me 😉 I think there‘s some popcorn yellow in there.

#Pantone2022 @Clwojick

Clwojick Definitely a good match! 4mo
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I really enjoyed this one….2 lifelong friends struggle in the aftermath of a battle against great evil, to overcome trauma, find and trust themselves again, and see if their childhood friendship can survive and adapt to their current circumstances….maybe it can‘t, maybe they‘ve grown to much in different directions and what was past is lost…. or maybe, just maybe, they can reconnect, become something different together, something even better.

tokorowilliamwallace I haven't read any of her work yet, but I think this was the one I saw featured in the local indie bookshop closeby, and I was considering picking up. Just wasn't sure how much of the romance it emphasized as romantic fantasy. There's another at my branch of the library I'm considering soon, too. I like older/early backlog books from authors. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @tokorowilliamwallace It‘s definitely a series you should start at the beginning of, Angels Blood, and I would categorize these more as Urban Fantasy with some romance, instead of Romance or Paranormal Romance. There is great world-building in these, a larger over-arching storyline, a take on angels & vampires I‘ve never seen elsewhere, and even some elements of mystery solving…just with some romance thrown into the mix. I‘d recommend them if 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ you liked say Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. Her other series (Singh) I think falls more under the romance category, Paranormal Romance, so if you like that more, then I‘d start with the Psy-Changeling series, which although it also has a unique world building & larger storyline arc, also has a couple per novel with an HEA by the last chapter. 4mo
JazzFeathers This sounds interesting. Not normally my cup of tea, but this sounds intriguing 😁 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers My review skills might be improving 😂 4mo
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Hello #SheSaid I hope the beginning of June is treating you well. I‘m finally past the very busy last week in May and caught up in my reading for this book again (yay me 😂, it really is the little things in life).

Lots of good stuff I found in these last few chapters, about the little things from textbooks to what is considered common in “common sense” and how all of that shapes the larger conversation about what is even considered possible.

Smrloomis 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 being caught up on your reading feels good 😊 4mo
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MallenNC I got caught up too. Early May is busy in my job and it took a while to recover. I appreciate the real life way she shares how organizing/really becoming involved differs from just donating or following a cause. And what it takes to turn interest into real involvement. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC Yay for both of us! It‘s amazing how good that feels sometimes 😂 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC I really liked that too, and about how important the little battles (cultural battles) have become….scary to think about for me when I see the work the other side has done and it coming to fruition now in front of our eyes. 4mo
staci.reads Her comments about the importance of building a base that is moved toward action and how social media participation does not equate with a solid base made sense to me. 4mo
staci.reads I also found her thoughts on political education interesting. Especially using political education to make people discontent with the status quo. 4mo
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Hello #SheSaid! I hope you all has a nice week, despite the real life traumatic stories in our news lately. We need some more movements to organize people.

I‘m a bit behind on my reading this week, so please go ahead and start discussing without me…. Hopefully I can catch up and jump back in the discussion later tonight.

And don‘t forget that Culture Warlords by Talia Lavin is next, and to put in your library holds.

staci.reads I liked the way she responded to those who disparage identity politics. She equates white experience to a control group in scientific experiments. "The control group is what happens when there is no change of what is constant. It is what has not been experimented on; it is what the experiment is compared to in order to see if there has been any change. ⬇️ 4mo
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staci.reads "In the United States, white people, white culture, and white experiences are the controlled against which everything else is compared." 4mo
ravenlee The identity politics explanation was very interesting to me, too. I find the way she explains concepts very clear, without being pedantic. She would be a good teacher. I‘ve gotten confused about the sections now as I finished the book, unfortunately. Her writing is so easy to just keep reading. 4mo
Bookwormjillk Really great explanations of identity politics and interesting viewpoints on feminism. 4mo
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Breaking Night | Liz Murray
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I‘m at my nephew‘s college graduation today, I am so very proud of him.

And this author was the keynote speaker, definitely a great story I‘m going to have to read now. Who knew I‘d get an author speaker too.

Her message:
“You are responsible for the energy you bring”

I‘m all for that!

Nute Congratulations to your nephew!🙌🏽 That‘s pretty awesome that the occasion included a second extra treat!😃 4mo
tpixie What a lovely bookish surprise! Also congrats to your nephew!!! 4mo
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Hello #SheSaid, sorry for the late start today. Got busy with other plans and just now settling in back at home.

Ready to discuss, even if a bit late on my end 😉

Bookwormjillk I thought her observations of the 2016 election were fascinating. 4mo
ravenlee @Bookwormjillk exactly - the whole idea that not having a specific plan let all the candidates get away with avoiding the whole issue was eye-opening. And candidates (Sanders) actually leaving forums because they were questioned on something they didn‘t want to answer smacks of taking dollies and dishes and going home. 4mo
staci.reads I liked her discussion about decentralizing leadership and being careful not to replicate power structures by only rebranding, not actual disruption of systems. 4mo
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