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Singout

Singout

Joined January 2020

Audiobook-dependent, Canadian, passion for justice, history, protection of Earth, kindness. She/her pronouns.
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"A White middle-aged American man walking around with his White middle-aged American sorrows?"
"Jesus, I guess so."
"Arthur, sorry to tell you this, it's a little hard to feel sorry for a guy like that."
"Even gay?"
"Even gay."

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Pickpick

Here's my #bookspin list again: not changing it unless 12 gets pulled!

I'm nowhere done El Niño from this month, but glad this nudged me to get going on it. Really intriguing structure so far (although I can't connect it to the first one in the "series."
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Looks good!! And feel free to tag me whenever you finish El Nino, even if it's months from now it still counts haha - just let me know which month it was for (so if you finish it in March, just let me know that it was actually February's pick). 4d
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Less had never wondered what was served in a French high school cafeteria: should he have been surprised it was aspic and pickles?

Singout I was a bit surprised at age 20 when my French university cafeteria included bunny rabbit, andouille (I needed 3 dictionaries to look it up!) and whole shrimp. 5d
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An eel of panic wiggles through him as he searches the room for exits...but life has no exits.

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He has always felt insignificant to these men, as superfluous as the extra "a" in "Quaalude."

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Pickpick

I found this rather hard going because it's *all* data and I was listening on audio. She also reads too fast! (My solution was to treat it like a daily "lesson.")

However, it's packed with interesting and essential info about how societal infrastructures and design exclude women all over the world, in some ways I was familiar with and others that were totally new.
#Booked2020 #Liveandlearn My last Winter title!

Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 🙌🏻 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m anxious to read this one. Don‘t forget you can slow audiobooks down or speed them up. I do that a lot! 4d
Singout Yes! I have a very simple player though--both that and overdrive on my phone only have a .5 option, which was worse. .8 would have been good. 4d
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A 2017 analysis of a popular data set available on Google News found that the top occupation linked to women was "homemaker" and the top occupation linked to men was "maestro."

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Hidden Keys | Andre Alexis
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Pickpick

Loved this! A rich narrative centred on the solving of a complex riddle, the intersection of the lives of the most privileged and the most marginalized, deep love among families and friends, and a good splash of humour. The writing is beautiful, evocative, and makes the characters come alive. Major bonus is that it's set right in my #Toronto neighbourhood (my street is in the first chapter!)
#Covercrush #Booked2020

Scochrane26 I loved Toronto when I visited there. 3w
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"Most of all, the blue...between Israel and Greece, the logos of Pepsi and Ford: in a word, bright."

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Split Tooth | Tanya Tagaq
Bailedbailed

I'm sure this is an amazing and important book, and I'm pretty sure I haven't read anything for adults by an #Inuit author before. The audio throat singing and other music was also really cool. But, it was just too poetic and non-linear, as well as having more sexual abuse than I'm up for.

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Blonde: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
Mehso-so

Ok, I did it. I found and read a #booksetinHollywood for #Booked2020. Not a choice topic, but it was rather interesting, and good to learn more about a major cultural icon. My audiobook from the library was the abridged (8 hours) version of the 700-pager, which was fine. (No options for what I really wanted: NF about the 50s blacklist.) I felt iffy about the fictionalized drama of her story, but see her as a stronger woman than I did before.

Cinfhen I‘m sure abridged version of 8 hours was probably plenty!! I‘ve always wanted to read this but....#PageCountPhobia maybe I‘ll go your route 👍🏽 3w
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So, I'm trying this #bookspin thing. I'm not sure what's gotten into me! The one that came up #12 on my list happens to be print (I mostly do audio), so we'll see how that goes. El Niño by Nadia Bozak: I stumbled across Orphan Love about 10 years ago and found it pretty compelling, then found this sequel in my bookbox a few months ago.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Glad to have you along!! Can't wait to hear what you think of your book! 3w
Singout Thank you! Orphan Love was about a young punker woman and an Indigenous man getting out of Northern Ontario by canoe together. Looking forward to what happens next. 3w
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Ragged Company | Richard Wagamese
Pickpick

SUCH a good novel: so glad it was picked for my book club! Four diverse street people form a tight bond with each other and then a lonely middle class man who becomes their go-to person when they unexpectedly need help. So much here about deep friendship, navigating past trauma, breaking down barriers, finding what really matters, homelessness (which the author had experienced), Indigenous issues, and so much more.
#Booked2020 #bookclubworthy

Singout The above sounds a bit bleak, but there's lots of joy and inspiration here too. 4w
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Pickpick

Excellent collection of essays that pull no punches by Indigenous writer Alicia Elliott. Personal, passionate, systemic analysis about the ongoing impact of residential schooling, mental illness, the skewed treatment of sexually assaulted women by the justice system, and so much more.
#Booked2020 #MillennialAuthor

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Singout Excellent! Please share your thoughts when you've read it. I didn't really do it justice. 1mo
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Pickpick

A fun piece of English fluff for my #Booked2020 #readinaday prompt. Queen Elizabeth stumbles across a bookmobile while chasing the corgis and, guided by a kitchen servant with a preference for gay lit, falls into the world of reading addiction, to the consternation of Palace staff.

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"One is meant to take an interest in things, not *be* interested in things." --Queen Elizabeth

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Mehso-so

Not as good as I expected: I liked the premise of post-apocalypse from an Indigenous perspective (VERY well done by Cherie Dimaline with The Marrow Thieves) and the way the characters and community were introduced, blending traditional values with the immediate crisis. The more conflict-driven path it then took wasn't well handled, though, with a flat villain stereotype and weak ending.

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Bailedbailed

I can't comment honestly on this one, because almost all my books are audio (disabling illness). There are multiple narrators, at least three of whom are young racialized London men...and I can't understand what they're saying! (I'm Canadian.) At least, not unless I'm totally concentrating as I might when reading French. (The Belfast woman no problem.)

Singout An interesting dilemma, as authenticity is something I value, and don't think my needs as as privileged person should automatically be accommodated. 1mo
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I'm looking forward to #Booked2020--I haven't participated in a challenge like this for a long time! My health limits me almost entirely to audiobooks, but hopefully that won't be too much of a barrier. It took a while, but I found something for both Hollywood and a (interesting) topic I don't know much about!

ted_gress Hi

I'm new to this site. I'm kind of fumbling around not knowing what I'm doing. I don't know how to post and the only thing I really figured out so far is how to list my books and search for my name. It's quite ridiculous. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to get a url for my profile so I can share it in facebook. Some help would be greatly appreciated.
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Singout I'm new too! I find people are very helpful, though. Someone's "litfluence" score at the top right of their page is an indicator of how active they are=how much they know. 1mo
Singout I've figured out that you post by clicking the + sign, and if you don't have a book title to put in, say untitled, author unknown, for a generic post. You should be automatically "following" a couple of posts from Litsy with a few tips. 1mo
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AnneFindsJoy Welcome to Litsy! I‘m doing this challenge too! If you search on the tag #booked2020 you‘ll be able to see posts of other Littens doing the challenge so you can follow them and build up your community/feed! 😀 📚 1mo
Singout Thanks, Anne! 1mo
RachelO Welcome to Litsy, by the way! I hope you enjoy it 😊. And if you tag your #Booked2020 hosts when you post for the challenge, they‘re super-encouraging! @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage 1mo
RachelO And welcome to Litsy @ted_gress - you might find @Chelleo ‘s how-to video‘s useful: https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd0O0XST71p_t9yU4fLtN5m9T-GUOqmYN I‘m not sure how to get your profile URL, but I‘m guessing you‘d need to do it from the web version of Litsy, rather than the app. Good luck! 1mo
Cinfhen So glad to see you‘re joining us 🥰and thanks for the additional love @RachelO 😘 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Welcome to Litsy! Glad that you‘re joining in for #Booked2020! There are a lot of audiobook listeners on Litsy, you may want to check out #audiowalk #audiobooks #audiocoloring #audiopuzzling etc to connect with other Littens that frequently listen to audiobooks! I‘m currently listening to this one on audio for the hat/head covering prompt (edited) 1mo
Singout Thank you! That's super helpful. 1mo
Singout @4thhouseontheleft I've done my head covering but might use that for YA by POC if you recommend it! 1mo
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris (Screenwriter)
Mehso-so

I enjoyed this--if one can say that about a book about the Holocaust--although I did read and appreciate the critiques re how Morris deviated from the facts. It brings to life one man's experience, and I was particularly intrigued by how it dealt with the tension between surviving and not wishing to “collaborate.“

I listened to the audiobook, and appreciated the reader's gravita gift with varying accents.

#Booked2020 #Genocide

4thhouseontheleft Great review! 1mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller

Interesting! I loved Greek mythology as a kid but haven't gone back to it since then.

Singout I'm also going to make it my hat/head covering entry for #Booked2020. Some kind of laurel wreath is good enough! 2mo
monalyisha I *loved* this book! And I‘ve heard “Song of Achilles” is even better...but I haven‘t gotten there yet. 2mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #litsywelcomewagon 1mo
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rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 #litsywelcomewagon 1mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 1mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 4d
Singout Thank you! 3d
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