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Shay

Shay

Joined February 2016

Canadian librarian and book blogger www.shayshortt.com
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Kill the Queen | Jennifer Estep
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Really enjoying this one so far, and Lauren Fortgang is a consistently good narrator.

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Fall | Neal Stephenson
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Mehso-so

Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this title.
In general, I was more interested in the events back in the “real” world, rather than the development of The Land. The end of death as we know it has profound effects on Meatspace, not all of which Stephenson takes the time to fully explore. The resulting story is a strange brew of mythology and scripture, meandering at times, and engrossing at others. Full review: https://wp.me/p2P6GA-591

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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If you love a dark and twisted faerie tale, it is hard to go wrong with Holly Black. This series is also highly recommended for those who enjoy the trope of enemies to lovers. Full review: shayshortt.com/2019/06/11/the-wicked-king/

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Fall | Neal Stephenson
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Still working my way through this 800+ page beast! It has been a weird ride so far.

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Fall | Neal Stephenson
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A strong contender for worst sex scene of the year. Although it is possibly deliberately bad.

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Though framed by a mystery, it is at heart a tragic gothic romance. Frannie‘s defense also condemns her. “I never would have done what they say I‘ve done, to Madame, because I loved her. Yet they say I must be put to death for it, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don‘t believe I‘ve done,” she opens. It is here her heart remains through the story. Review: https://shayshortt.com/2019/05/28/the-confessions-of-frannie-langton/

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I was most interested in the section between Michelle going off to college and arriving at the White House. It offered a vulnerable glimpse into the sacrifices involved in being married to a rising political star, and the difficulty of trying to find your passion when you go to sleep every night beside someone whose “forceful intellect and ambition could possibly end up swallowing” your own. Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2019/06/04/becoming/

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This book has such a great voice. I want to swallow it whole and savour it all at once.

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“But this is a story of love, not just murder, though I know that‘s not the kind of story you‘re expecting. In truth, no one expects any kind of story from a woman like me. No doubt you think this will be one of those slave histories, all sugared over with misery and despair. But who‘d want to read one of those?”

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Bailedbailed

This is due back tomorrow so I think I am bailing. About 130 pages in, and the subject is interesting but the prose is rather florid...

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First beach read of the season!

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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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Beyond excited that Litsy is finally on the web! Added links on my site this morning.

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The first blog I ever followed was Armstrong‘s dooce blog, way back before she was a mom, let alone a “mommy blogger.” I fell off somewhere along the way, so when I saw her memoir at ALA, I thought it would be cool to catch up. Indeed, I was pulled right back into what I enjoyed about her writing style, which is energetic, descriptive, and often darkly funny. Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2019/04/23/the-valedictorian-of-being-dead/

Julsmarshall I‘m excited about this one too. Loved Dooce! 7mo
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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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Mehso-so

For the most part, the first half of the book, which takes place before the fateful night of July 16, hews closely to the history of what we know about the Romanov‘s captivity, with a few magical and romantic twists. However, nearly half the books takes place after that night, and it is here that Brandes gallops off into the realm of pure fantasy, with mixed results.
Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2019/05/07/romanov/

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Can‘t wait to dig into whatever is waiting for me behind this gorgeous cover!

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Watch Us Rise | Rene Watson, Ellen Hagan
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Snow day reading! About halfway through this one, which comes out today. Badass feminist YA. And I desperately want one of the t-shirts they are making for their protest!

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Slayer | Kiersten White
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Return to the Slayerverse!

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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Hello, gorgeous!

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Kingdom of Copper | S A Chakraborty
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Happy book birthday The Kingdom of Copper. The fine folks at Harper Voyager were kind enough to send an ARC, so I can attest that it is just as good as the first. Review coming soon!

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Kingdom of Copper | S A Chakraborty
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“Because a lost little girl from Cairo thought she was living in some sort of fairy tale. And because for all her supposed cleverness, she couldn‘t see that the dashing hero who saved her was actually its monster.”

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Blanca & Roja | Anna-Marie McLemore
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Christmas book pile! The TBR grows space.

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WTF did I buy to deserve this?!

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Stacks of books everywhere as we paint our condo this week.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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This is a narrative that is at once sweeping and minute, capturing three wars and four generations, and yet also sinking down into the day to day lives of the Baek family as they struggle to make their way in Japan. It is a striking portrait of both struggle and family, and how the one shapes the other.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2018/07/26/pachinko/

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30 Before 30 | Marina Shifrin
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Although plenty of the stories were cringe-worthy, and I suffer mightily from vicarious embarrassment, I still genuinely enjoyed reading about a contemporary stumbling along the same messy path to adulting.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2018/07/24/30-before-30/
Thanks to Wednesday Books for providing an early review copy

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Stumbled across this one while doing my shelf reading at work the other day. It is about the fashion and beauty blogging industry, but I‘m interested to see if there are some parallels to book blogging.

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Temper | Nicky Drayden
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I‘ve been looking forward to reading this one since Prey of the Gods!

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30 Before 30 | Marina Shifrin
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I organized my ARCs from #alaac18 today, and I appear to be booked through early November. Pun intended. Lots of things I am excited to read and share!

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we weep and crawl.

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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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A peek at some of the most exciting things from #alaac18

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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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So this happened today at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans. One of the highlights of my convention for sure! #alaac18

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Long weekend reading!
#staycation

SimplyShelia Good book, enjoy! 2y
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Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Went out and supported my local indie during their first year participating.

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The Break | Katherena Vermette
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Reading with kitty

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American War | Omar El Akkad
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Today, American War was the last book eliminated from #CanadaReads 2018. As a dark dystopian, it had a hard fight against lighter and more hopeful books. I have some caveats, but overall I decided this book is a pick. Full review and recap available on the blog for more details:
https://goo.gl/Q2yZ3u

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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Today, The Marrow Thieves was the third book eliminated from #CanadaReads 2018. It was one of my top picks and I was sad to see it go. If you want to read some awesome YA Indigenous Futurism, please check it out! You can find my full review and a post rundown on the debate over on my blog: https://goo.gl/Q2yZ3u

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Yesterday, Precious Cargo was the second book eliminated from #CanadaReads 2018. I had some mixed feelings about this one. The characters were unevenly developed, and I thought the author somewhat centered himself over the kids that the story was about. You can find a more in depth review and a recap of the debate on my blog: https://goo.gl/K44PkC

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Today, The Boat People was the first book eliminated from #CanadaReads 2018. Despite getting off to a rough start with this title due to some stylistic choices, I ended up really liking this book thanks to the characters. Highly recommended provided you are okay with an open ended conclusion. Full review and recap on my blog: goo.gl/1pj1JK

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One more book to read before #CanadaReads starts on Monday!

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Up next in the #CanadaReads lineup

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Here we go!

Shay I adored it. Even when I was dying of vicarious embarrassment. 2y
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Getting to work on the #CanadaReads short list.

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Turned for a fresh page in my reading notebook and got this.

“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… Is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”

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City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
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I read 130 books in 2017, and today I whittled down my top five fiction picks from all that reading.
https://goo.gl/MKerqW

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March: Book Two | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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I read a lot of really good non-fiction in 2017. Today I painstakingly cut it down to five top picks that I recommend to you!
https://goo.gl/tEoZb4

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Revisiting this one for Christmas.

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear | E.K. Johnston
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I‘ve been been doing a terrible job of updating GoodReads and writing reviews, and now there are 23 books on my (not-so)currently-reading shelf.

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The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook | Cook's Illustrated
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Stopped by the fancy organic grocery store on my way home and discovered they are now hosting a little free cookbook library!

Mdargusch That‘s fun! 2y
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Passion Planner | Angela Trinadad
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New planner just arrived for 2018. Trying out the larger format next year!

PrezBookster Looks pretty! 2y
PrezBookster I need a planner too! Maybe I‘ll look at these! 2y
Shay @PrezBookster They‘re gorgeous! Check out their website. They have free printables of the layouts so that you can try out the format and see if it works for you. 2y
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Been looking forward to this for a while!

Jess7 Join our #botmbuddyread tomorrow 2y
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