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Soubhiville

Soubhiville

Joined May 2016

(She/her) Books, pets, and tea, my favorite things. My top genres are literary and historical fiction and big fat fantasies. 😊📚
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Ten Steps to Nanette | Hannah Gadsby
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Excellent and brutally truthful. I loved both Nanette and Douglas, Hannah‘s Netflix specials, and I was glad to get a deeper glimpse at how she got to who she is now.

If you aren‘t familiar with her already I‘d suggest watching her specials first. Heavy content warnings.

AmyG My daughter keeps telling me to watch. (edited) 21h
Soubhiville @AmyG you should! I love her. I have tickets to see her in Austin this weekend. 20h
AmyG I am just busy reading instead...when I have the time. Enjoy seeing her! 11h
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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There are so many great and slightly unsettling author pics of Patricia Highsmith that I couldn‘t choose just one! I love an author photo that includes a pet, and she clearly loved her cats.

May is halfway over #AuthorAMonth readers. I hope you‘re enjoying your picks.

June‘s author will be Chris Bohjalian, in case you need to put in an order or library hold. (He‘s a favorite of mine, from my birth state, Vermont.)

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Cinfhen Thanks for posting the reminder! I bailed on my original pick for Highsmith ( Deepwater) but I‘m gonna try another 1d
Cinfhen And I‘m hoping to pick up the newest book from Bohjalian 1d
Soubhiville @Cinfhen I just started The Lioness- picked up on my travels and couldn‘t wait! Lol. 1d
Cinfhen Ohhhh, good to know 😄 1d
BarkingMadRun I have a book for June! 1d
UwannaPublishme I‘m leaning toward The Lioness too. 18h
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Everfair | Nisi Shawl
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My last #vacationread as I‘m headed home today.

If America offered reparations in the form of 40 acres and a mule, but they are on the sea floor and you have to get body modifications in order to become a merman or mermaid… strange and haunting, as racism can‘t even be escaped when leaving life on land.

This is from the Black Stars stories, published by Amazon, the third of 6.

LiteraryinLawrence Travel safely! 2d
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My second #vacationread, and I thought it was excellent. It works for #Nigeria for #readingafrica.

Adunni is a 14 year old Nigerian girl who grew up in a small village. Her mom passed away and her alcoholic father disregards the promise he made and sells Adunni into a marriage with a much older man as a third wife. That‘s just the beginning.

Adunni‘s strong spirit and her wish to do good for her country will stay with me. All the TW though.

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This is a fun fast paced window into society in the late 1930‘s, in which an out of work governess stumbles in to the life of a more privileged young actress and joins her in a day filled with visits from friends and parties.

I enjoyed this much more than I expected to. I loved proper Miss Pettigrew starting to admit to herself that maybe enjoying life has more merits than her elders would have led her to believe.
#doublespin

squirrelbrain I really loved this one too! 1w
Soubhiville @squirrelbrain I don‘t read a lot of classics, but I‘m glad I got to this one! 1w
Cathythoughts Nice review! I have this waiting on the shelf 👍🏻❤️ 1w
Dragon I enjoyed this one. 💚🐉 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
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Part memoir part history of “celesbians “, this is the author‘s take on society‘s view of queer women.

I am easily a decade older than the author and pretty out of touch with pop culture, so I admit I don‘t know a lot of the celebrities discussed here. That took a bit away from the book for me. But there was still plenty I did enjoy.

Some content may be triggering- see spoilers below.

Soubhiville CW- sexual assault- graphic. 2w
Megabooks This sounds interesting! 2w
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Airport reading!

LeahBergen Perfect light reading for travel! 👍 2w
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I feel strange saying I enjoyed this profoundly sad book, but I really did.

Lucy and Sam grow up with a gold prospecting father and a mom who came from Asia hoping for a better life. Theirs is an unstable unpredictable poverty, ever shifting.

They are followed by tragedy and hardship into separate adulthoods, and the juxtaposition between hope and the inevitability of luck.

I don‘t think I‘ve ever read anything quite like this before.

Soubhiville Another great recommendation from @alysonimagines 💜📚 2w
Karons1 I picked a copy up of this for Q9.00 !!! In the works a few weeks ago it‘s on my TBR ? 2w
ICantImReading I have this one sitting on my shelf, I need to get to it! 💛 2w
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shawnmooney I didn‘t think I was interested in this book but now you have intrigued me with your review. How about coming on my Bite-sized Book Chats series via Zoom to chat about the book for 10 or 12 minutes? If you have no idea what I‘m talking about, the playlist is here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf. Would love to have you on as a guest! 2w
Soubhiville @shawnmooney oh wow, thanks! I‘m on vacation until the 18th, but I‘d be happy to chat sometime after that. 😊 2w
shawnmooney @Soubhiville Awesome – enjoy your vacation and I will touch base with you again shortly after the 18th! 2w
alysonimagines @Soubhiville So glad you enjoyed! 🖤 Even though this book completely devastated me, I was compelled to buy my own copy after I read it. It‘s a gut punch, but so achingly bittersweet too. 2w
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Gallant | V.E. Schwab
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So good! I enjoyed every moment, and the narration is great. This‘ll likely be close to the top of this year‘s “best of” lists for me.

KristiAhlers Right? I love this authors writing. I‘ll read anything by her. 2w
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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My April wrap up 😊📚

The best was definitely Project Hail Mary. It was a fun and fast paced ride.

vivastory I definitely need to read Project Hail Mary. I've heard only good things! 2w
AmyG Nice! 2w
Megabooks Great month! 2w
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH Project Hail Mary is my #doublespin for May. 2w
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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It‘s May, time to pull out our Patricia Highsmith books for #AuthorAMonth. What are you planning to read?

#AuthorAMonth is a no-pressure, no-commitment Litsy challenge. The goal is to celebrate the works of a particular author each month. Authors were chosen through polls by Litsy participants. Read as many as you like, skip months when needed, it's entirely up to you!

There will be some prizes sent at the end of the year: ⬇️

Soubhiville -There will be ONE prize book box for "MOST READ." In order to qualify, books must be FINISHED in the appropriate month. (Bails will not be counted.) It is up to you to keep track by editing the Google form each month. (this prize can only be won once, there will be a different winner every year.) 2w
Soubhiville -There will be one or two prizes chosen from the "EVERY MONTH CLUB". To qualify for this prize you must read one or more book every month for the qualifying author. For this category BAILS COUNT. The winners will be chosen randomly from the participants that qualify for the club. 2w
Soubhiville -There will also be a few random prizes sent to any randomly drawn participant who has FINISHED at least one qualifying book during the year.

Only Listy members who are still active in the Listy community at the time of drawings will qualify.

Here is the link to the Google Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17unQAjR_xGxyxx9h_8uI2LVl_MwyJrBn_eKWqStr6fA/vie...
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Soubhiville As always, let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the tag list. 🙂📚. Happy Reading! 2w
Cinfhen Im ready to go!!! Will be reading 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Perfect! I have a few on my tbr shelves! @Cinfhen Deep Water is good, hope you‘ll enjoy 👌 2w
squirrelbrain I have two - Strangers on a Train and Carol. Both work for #pop22 prompts as well. 2w
Cinfhen Hiiiiii Jessie!!!!!! What‘s new @erzascarletbookgasm ??! 2w
vlwelser Found this at my library. I've read some of her more famous ones already. 2w
CoffeeNBooks I've got The Talented Mr. Ripley downloaded on my phone. 2w
DHill I‘ll be reading Carol 2w
TheAromaofBooks Strangers on the Train came in for me at the library - it's been on my TBR for quite some time!! 2w
AmyG I have on hold Strangers on a Train..due soon. 2w
Butterfinger I plan to listen to The Tremor of Forgery. What a title!!! 2w
Bklover I will probably skip this month as I have no Highsmith books and can‘t borrow any on hoopla either (you‘d think they‘d have at least one Highsmith book!) Will keep looking and watching for kindle sales. I am, however, fully prepared for next month‘s Bohjalian! 2w
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Fleishman Is in Trouble | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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I can‘t say I liked this study of a mid 40‘s man going through a divorce and learning to navigate the virtual dating world. I found myself cringing quite a bit, I think because I would hate dealing with dating aps.

In the end I did like Toby as he settled into a primary caregiver to his 8 and 11 year old daughters and I hoped he‘d be able to find happiness.

Hooked_on_books This is one of the few books that made me have no idea what to say about it. I don‘t even know if I liked it or didn‘t like it! I ended up marking it as “read” instead of with a qualifier. 😂 2w
JeffyRoo I spent the whole book wondering why no one cared at all about the missing wife. Seemed a story telling us, second hand, why she'd left! 2w
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Spinner: Roman | Benedict Wells
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My May #bookspin list. Every month I feel list making time sneaks up on me! This month I kept everything on my list that I didn‘t get to in April and just filled in the empty spaces made by those I did read. Looking forward to the drawing @TheAromaofBooks !

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
KristiAhlers Crying in the H Mart was so good! So much emotion. 3w
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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Here we are at the end of the month again #AuthorAMonth readers! I really liked my John Boyne book, A History of Loneliness. I‘ve enjoyed the others I‘ve read by him in the past.

I‘ve read and stacked books from all of your reviews!

Monday starts May and our Patricia Highsmith books. If you haven‘t yet put in your library holds, it‘s time to get to it! Have a great weekend all. 📚❤️📚

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Lcsmcat Thanks again for organizing this! 3w
Soubhiville @Lcsmcat 😊❤️ I love doing it! 3w
TheBookHippie Thanks so much !!! I‘ve never read Mays author so I did some library holds! 3w
AmyG Thank you! Boyne is a huge favorite. 3w
Bookwormjillk Thank you! I‘m so glad I finally read 3w
Larkken He was new to me, so this was a fun and interesting April for me! Thanks! 3w
Megabooks I enjoyed 1 of my 2 from Boyne, but I‘m glad to have read both. I have 2 Highsmith books checked out for next month. 👍🏻👍🏻 Thanks so much for running this @Soubhiville 💜 3w
Bookzombie I‘m still working on my book, but I think I should finish it in time. 🙂 3w
Cinfhen I really liked my Boyne and now I‘m ready to go with this one!! Thanks for hosting each month 3w
dariazeoli Just finished my 2nd Boyne of the month. He‘s so good! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve only read one for April. Looking forward to May, another favourite author. 👍 3w
squirrelbrain I read this one, and have two Highsmiths on loan from the library already…Carol and Strangers on a Train. 3w
Bklover Just finishing up This House is Haunted, which I have thoroughly enjoyed! Thanks again Soubhi for all you do. 3w
CoffeeNBooks I didn't get to any John Boyne books in April, but I'm looking forward to reading a Patricia Highsmith book in May- I've never read any of her books. 2w
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I love the title of this novella!
Read for the May topic of my IRL bookclub: “choosing books for each other.” (Chosen for me by @ThePageantHam )

With magic, polyamorous, queer, and non-binary characters who feel like friends of mine, and a mystery, there‘s a lot in this 100 page gem. I especially loved the description of how spells work, and when 2 characters have to get sneaky with a church.

Definitely recommend!

mdm139 Love the book sleeve 3w
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The Undocumented Americans | Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
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I had no idea how many undocumented Americans worked at ground zero doing recovery and clean up and how many of them were denied pay after working, denied healthcare after becoming ill from the conditions there.
This author unflinchingly describes situations across the country where the undocumented are abused, taken advantage of, and ignored. I admire her tenacity and devotion to helping others both by writing their stories and by encouragement.

Soubhiville Thank you @alysonimagines for bringing this book to my attention! 3w
alysonimagines @Soubhiville So glad you liked it! It‘s a powerful read for such a short book, really packs a punch doesn‘t it? 3w
Megabooks Great review! I learned a lot of surprising things too. 3w
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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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I loved Hartnett‘s last book, so I was excited to see she‘d released a new one. Then I heard it took place in one of the towns where I grew up, and I was doubly so!

The way she captured memory loss and brain fog really hit home. I loved Emma‘s fifth grade class, what a pack of characters! And of course as a pet-mom, I love how important the animals were to the story. I really enjoyed this one a lot! 🦊🐶🐸

tpixie So glad this is good! @litsybookclub is going to read this in October. I loved 3w
Hooked_on_books Oh cool! I‘m looking forward to this one. 3w
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My Little Free Library garden has been getting it‘s spring spruce up over the last 2 weekends. Got the new baby plants and mulch in today. Mexican Heather and Lantana. I can‘t wait to see how the flowers do! 💜 I added some new books after I was done digging too. 😁📚🌸

ozma.of.oz Gorgeous! 💖💖 3w
BookNAround We had lantana when we lived in Texas. It was both hearty and pretty. 3w
Bookwormjillk So pretty! 3w
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Mirazzles Absolutely beautiful 🪴😊 3w
Lynnsoprano Nice! I put some yellow lantana in my butterfly garden this week 3w
Gissy So pretty! 📚 🌺 🌸😍 3w
Hooked_on_books Fabulous! 3w
Nute Very pretty!💕 3w
DivineDiana How wonderful! 3w
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Goliath | Tochi Onyebuchi
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I found this a little hard to get into because there are a LOT of characters and time/ setting jumps. But once I started settling in to it I really liked it.

It‘s a dystopian futuristic book, definitely a social commentary that brings current issues into the future. One of the main themes is colonialism and gentrification, as we see white people who had fled Earth start returning a generation later after some of the climate crisis has passed.

Soubhiville I rated it 4 of 5 stars only because of the rough-for-me start, it ended up being an excellent read. I‘m adding the author‘s other books to my TBR. 3w
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#authoramonth
Boyne‘s writing is compelling. Although this is a slow moving story, I was never bored with it. I can‘t imagine taking a parent‘s desire for my future as rote, Odran did seem suited to life as a priest. As usual I didn‘t see the twists coming, and the end was a little rough.

Definitely a pick, but Heart‘s Invisible Furies is still my favorite of his.

CWs abound- see spoilers in comments.

Soubhiville Content warnings- sexual abuse of children, suicide, death of children, drunk driving, among others I‘m sure. 4w
AmyG Ha, I never see the twist coming either. I agree with all you wrote. Hearts Invisible Furies will always be my favorite, too. (edited) 4w
vlwelser 💯 Heart's Invisible Furies 4w
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Thank you Easter Bunny @Mitch for the sweet Easter gifts. I need to pull out my markers 😊 and color some notecards.

I hope you and Mel and Woodford had a lovely weekend. ❤️🐇🌸

staci.reads What is the book series behind it? Those spines are cool! 1mo
Soubhiville @staci.reads Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld, the cloth bound editions 😊📚 1mo
staci.reads Gorgeous! I've actually never read Pratchett 😯 1mo
Mitch Your most welcome honey. We had a lovely weekend, a mix of family, BBQ and beach 👍🏼 4w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

I‘ll be reading these three this week, with support from Venkman. I‘ve just started A History of Loneliness for #AuthorAMonth and it‘s very good so far.

Cinfhen History of Loneliness was very good!! Happy reading 🌷🌷🌷 1mo
AmyG I really enjoyed History of Lonliness. A good, slow burn of a book. 1mo
Hooked_on_books He really has great ears. 🐱 4w
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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I‘m officially an Andy Weir fan now. I love his writing style. I love his sense of humor. I love that he uses science and math as part of his stories in a way that‘s really accessible. (I am not a math-person at all, you don‘t need to be.)

I need to read Artemis now. Maybe I can work a Half Price Books trip into my day…

This was my #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks 😊📚

RaeLovesToRead That face!!!! 🥰🥰🥰 Afternoon, Venkman!! 1mo
MrsHood Did you read the Martian too? I have not yet, but am reading Hail Mary and find it so fun! I‘m a teacher too, so the bits that relate to that resonate with me. 1mo
Soubhiville @MrsHood I did read The Martian. Very similar style, I liked it. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I also really enjoyed this one!! 1mo
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#bookreport @Cinfhen

I love spring gardening!
I finished these 3 books this week, and I‘m hoping to finish Project Hail Mary today before my bookclub meeting. ❤️🌸💜

AmyG What beautiful flowers! We can‘t really plant until beginning of June here! But my daughter and I repotted some indoor plants and now praying I don‘t kill them. 🤣 1mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous plants!!!! How was this one 👉🏽I added it to my last #BOTM box 1mo
Megabooks Lovely garden! 1mo
Soubhiville @Cinfhen I liked it, quite a good debut. 1mo
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I found this informative and possibly useful, and very easy to follow for nonfiction/self help.

It‘s mostly about ways to possibly manage and overcome anxiety with diet (not like going on a diet but as in eating nutritiously), sleep, and exercise. She‘s not against meds, but offers alternative options if you‘d like to either try a different approach or if you‘d like to get off meds you might currently be taking.

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Sy Montgomery tells wonderful non fiction nature stories. In this one she works with a hummingbird rescue expert for a month to hand raise two tiny orphaned hummingbird babies.

This little book is also a chapter from Sy‘s book Birdology. It includes quite a few photos.

I‘d definitely recommend this if animal rescue is your wheelhouse, or it would make a great spirit lifting gift.

ShelleyBooksie I'll have to check this out. I've loved her other books 1mo
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Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
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This is a novel in pieces. Each chapter is from the point of view of either Fiona or Jane, two Taiwanese immigrants who have been in America since they were young girls. Their friendship waxes and wanes as they grow.

I‘m so in love with my Iris! I got them from my sister 3 years ago, and this is the first year they‘ve bloomed. 💜🌸

squirrelbrain Such pretty flowers! 💕 1mo
janeycanuck Oh, what a lovely colour! They look great with that book cover, too! 1mo
Megabooks Those irises are beauties! What a wonderful gift! 1mo
Eyelit The irises are gorgeous!!! 💜 😍 4w
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The Thousand Eyes | A. K. Larkwood
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I liked this second book in the series just as much as the first, which was The Unspoken Name.

Rich worldbuilding, gods vs mortals, orcs are main characters, there‘s queer and non-binary rep, flying dimension traveling ships! So much good stuff!

One of my favorite things about this world is that there is absolutely no homophobia. People just are who they are and no one has any thoughts that they shouldn‘t be.

Larkwood = new fave!

Fantasy_bookworm This series sounds so cool! 1mo
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Fair Play | Tove Jansson
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I‘ve been wanting to try one of Tove Jansson‘s books for some time, since I see Litsy friends enjoying them.

This was a very short novella in stories about a friendship between two artists. Maybe more than friendship? The stories are little peeks at conversations about working artist‘s lives, island life, and nature.

I had to adjust to the style, as it‘s translated and didn‘t feel natural at first. But I did enjoy it.

This was my #bookspin.

LeahBergen Oh, those wrinkly little paws. 🥰 1mo
CBee This is the BEST pic 🥰 1mo
AmyG He looks royal. 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead Hello Venkman, you gorgeous snoodle! ❤❤ 1mo
Leftcoastzen He looks wise! 1mo
GondorGirl Venkman seems to think that he's the real subject of this photo. 😂🥰 1mo
EvieBee Something about his man cat cleavage makes me want to smooch him. Boop! Xx 1mo
BarbaraBB You should read 1mo
Soubhiville @BarbaraBB I‘ll look for it, thank you for the recommendation! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
Smrloomis Wow look at those eyes! 🐈 1mo
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Sweetlings | Lucy Taylor
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Thank you @Mitch for this surprise in my mailbox! Since there are Easter stickers on them, I‘ll wait to open. You‘re so sweet 💜🐇

Mitch Just a little gift from the Easter bunny! 1mo
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I liked every story in this collection. This is coming from someone who doesn‘t usually like short stories very much. I loved the way they mostly felt modern, but with a slight folklore twist.

If you‘ve got a challenge that calls for a short story collection, maybe consider picking this one up.

Thanks Bookclub for making me step out of my comfort zone😊.

AmyG I love dog bellies. Reminds me of Lou. (edited) 1mo
Soubhiville @AmyG it‘s the cutest when they lay like this! 1mo
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Fair Play | Tove Jansson
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My #bookspin and #doublespin books are about as different from each other as they can be this month. I‘m excited to dive into them! Thank you @TheAromaofBooks 🥰📚

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really enjoyed Project Hail Mary. 1mo
BookDadGirlDad Hail Mary is amazing!!! 1mo
jlhammar Fair Play is excellent! I love Tove Jansson. Enjoy! 1mo
Soubhiville @jlhammar this is actually my first by her. I‘m looking forward to it! 1mo
Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks @BookDadGirlDad it‘s been on my Bookspin list for ages! I‘m glad it‘s number finally popped up 😊. I loved The Martian, so I bet I‘ll love this too. 1mo
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On Fragile Waves | E. Lily Yu
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My March wrap up.

I had three bails as well (that‘s a lot for me):
China Dolls and On Gold Mountain by Lisa See and The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy.

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Spinners | Donna Jo Napoli, Richard Tchen
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Since the drawing is tomorrow, I guess I better settle on my #bookspin choices for April! I‘ll go with these 😉📚💜.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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A heartfelt memoir about growing up in a Muslim household as a queer non-binary person. Amrou truly loves their parents and they love them, but their culture makes their coming out really difficult for all of them. Hearing how they grow and about their self discovery is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Things that will stick with me: their love for their mother, music, and their drag family.
#getTBR
Content Warnings in spoilers⬇️

Soubhiville I thought this audio was great, read by author, but content warnings include- homophobia, racism, Islamaphobia, verbal and sexual abuse, bullying, and probably more. 2mo
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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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I can always count on JP for an engrossing read. This one is about the pandemic. There‘s a twist halfway through that completely blindsided me.

I know she‘s not for everyone, and that this topic is too fresh for some readers, but I have to give it a pick. I am ready for a tropical trip now please!

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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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It‘s April, time to pull out our John Boyne books for #AuthorAMonth. What are you planning to read?

#AuthorAMonth is a no-pressure, no-commitment Litsy challenge. The goal is to celebrate the works of a particular author each month. Authors were chosen through polls by Litsy participants. Read as many as you like, skip months when needed, it's entirely up to you! ⬇️

Soubhiville There will be some prizes sent at the end of the year:

-There will be ONE prize book box for "MOST READ." In order to qualify, books must be FINISHED in the appropriate month. (Bails will not be counted.) It is up to you to keep track by editing the Google form each month. (this prize can only be won once, there will be a different winner every year.) ⬇️
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Soubhiville -There will be one or two prizes chosen from the "EVERY MONTH CLUB". To qualify for this prize you must read one or more book every month for the qualifying author. For this category BAILS COUNT. The winners will be chosen randomly from the participants that qualify for the club.

-There will also be a few random prizes sent to any randomly drawn participant who has FINISHED at least one qualifying book during the year. ⬇️
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Soubhiville Only Listy members who are still active in the Listy community at the time of drawings will qualify.

Here is the link to the Google Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17unQAjR_xGxyxx9h_8uI2LVl_MwyJrBn_eKWqStr6fA/vie...

As always, let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the tag list. 🙂📚.
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mom2bugnbee I've never read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and both of my girls loved it, so that's my start! 2mo
Kangaj1 I have already read The Heart's Invisible Furies, so I plan to read A Ladder to the Sky. 2mo
vlwelser Planning to start with this one. 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve read a lot of his already, but have this one on my physical TBR shelf so that‘s my choice! 2mo
Lcsmcat Planning to read A Ladder to the Sky. 2mo
Bookzombie I have read two of his previously. Im going with this one next because apparently I bought it on my Kindle a while ago. Lol 2mo
Larkken I don‘t know him at all! Currently cycling though Libby to see what‘s interesting 🤨 2mo
Soubhiville @Bookzombie I know that feeling! Always a nice surprise. 2mo
MeganAnn The Heart‘s Invisible Furies has been sitting on my TBR shelf for quite some time. 2mo
Kdgordon88 I have 3 on my TBR, not sure where I am starting. The House of Special Purpose, A Ladder to the Sky or 2mo
Allylu I have had “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas“ in my house for a very long time and I put off reading it because I know how it ends and i know I will bawl. I'm just going to take a deep breath and dive in. 2mo
Megabooks I‘ve already started 2mo
DHill I‘ll be reading 2mo
Cinfhen I need to figure out how to incorporate the Boyne into #ThingsInCommon challenge - But I‘m hoping to read either 2mo
megnews I‘ve already read a few of his. I‘m reading 2mo
staci.reads I absolutely loved The Heart's Invisible Furies! I've also read Ladder to the Sky which I wasn't as crazy about. This time I'm going with 2mo
dariazeoli I started this one yesterday 2mo
Caroline2 I‘ve got two on my shelves so I might try and do both! Mutiny on the bounty and 2mo
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Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? | Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
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I found this to be really uplifting.

Yinka‘s elder female relatives hound her constantly- and embarrassingly in public!- about finding a husband. She struggles with insecurity and sets herself a goal of having a boyfriend within a few months to show off at her cousin‘s wedding.

Yinka‘s friends are really supportive, and even though they have their misunderstandings and arguments, they love and want the best for her.

Definite pick!

Soubhiville I‘d recommend the audio! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Yes! This one was fun! 2mo
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#AuthorAMonth readers, we‘ve got just a few more days of March and Lisa See‘s books. I hope everyone is enjoying their time with her.

April brings us John Boyne. Put in your library holds or find him on your TBR shelves, we start in a few days. 📚😊📚

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Lcsmcat I‘m ready. This will be my first Boyne. 2mo
Soubhiville Oooo @Lcsmcat lucky you! Which have you chosen? 2mo
TheBookHippie I think I‘ve read all his books 😅 I‘m double checking ! 2mo
Soubhiville @Lcsmcat I really liked that one. 2mo
Soubhiville @TheBookHippie I was just looking at his long list of books last night, he‘s written a lot! I‘ve only read 3 so far. 2mo
jenniferw88 Unfortunately I didn't get round to her this month 😢 but i will be reading it at some point 2mo
Lcsmcat @jenniferw88 That one will break your heart! 2mo
Bookwormjillk This is my first Boyne too, but I've had The Heart's Invisible Furies on my list FOREVER. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Soubhiville I‘ve read 14 🤯 I think I have a preorder for him this fall. I can‘t find it 😂. It‘s the part 2 of Boy in the Stripped Pajamas. 2mo
MeganAnn Hoping to finish China Girls today. I‘ve had the tagged on my tbr shelf for a long time. Hoping to get to it next month. It will be my first Boyne as well! (edited) 2mo
DrexEdit Still working on the Sea Women, but I will finish and then start on the Boyne! 😊 2mo
AmyG I bailed on 2 Lisa See books. 😔 BUT I so look forward to John Boyne!!! He is a favorite and I know I have one of his unread books somewhere. 2mo
Soubhiville @AmyG I also bailed on 2, lol. I‘ll be reading the Boyne you sent me: 2mo
Amiable I was working on finishing my chunkster read this month so didn‘t get to Lisa See. Will have to see if there are any John Boyne books I haven‘t read yet. 2mo
AmyG @Soubhiville I hope you enjoy it. It‘s wonderful. A slow burn kind of a book. I just found The Absolutist and am really excited to read it. 2mo
TheBookHippie @MeganAnn one of my favorite books of all time … 2mo
Cinfhen I really enjoyed my Lisa See!! I‘m thinking of reading this one for Boyne 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I didn‘t read any Lisa See. I‘m looking forward to next month, one of my favourite authors! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @AmyG me too, looking forward to read John Boyne! 2mo
AmyG @erzascarletbookgasm I was surprised that I just couldn‘t connect to her books. Onward! 2mo
UwannaPublishme This is another new author for me! This one sounded right up my alley. 😊 2mo
Skygoddess1 I enjoyed Lisa‘s books well enough. Will be skipping John Boyne though 2mo
dariazeoli This was my first See, but I really liked her writing! 2mo
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NBR, but just got home from our little weekend away, and I think the bebes missed us. 🤣

Nutmegnc Maybe just a little 🤣 2mo
JenReadsAlot Adorable! 2mo
TheBookHippie 😂😂😂♥️ 2mo
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Leftcoastzen So cute ! 2mo
LeahBergen Aww! 😆😆 2mo
Bklover Awwwwww❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
WJCintron 😍 LOVE the babies!! 😍 2mo
BookNAround So sweet! It‘s so humbling to be loved so much, isn‘t it? 2mo
Bookzombie So sweet! 2mo
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Lagoon | Nnedi Okorafor
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Another from the Black Stars collection that isn‘t listed in the database yet. This one features a djinn who is released from the book she‘s been captured in when it is burned in a library by Al-Queda. I‘m about halfway through and it‘s very good so far.

Our last morning at Lakehouse BnB at Canyon Lake, enjoying the view and a cup of tea before the rest of the house stirs.

Cathythoughts Great picture 👍 2mo
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The Best Short Stories 2021: The O. Henry Prize Winners | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jenny Minton Quigley
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Morning from the balcony of our BnB in TX hill country. A view of Canyon Lake.

I‘m not sure why this isn‘t in the Litsy database, it‘s from the Black Stars sci-fi collection Amazon released earlier this year or maybe late last year.

Bookzombie Your view of the lake is great! I hope you enjoy your getaway. 🙂 2mo
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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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I think this tiny printing of Miller‘s short story Galatea is so cute. It‘s really short, I read it in about 20 minutes. A retelling with a feminist twist that I appreciated.

Soubhiville I‘m pretty sure this hasn‘t released in the US yet; I ordered it through Book Depository. 2mo
AmyG Possibly. I haven‘t seen it anywhere. 2mo
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A Snake Falls to Earth | Darcie Little Badger
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I loved the way this felt like an ancient Indigenous tale with animal people and all of the stories within the story. The characters were fun and quirky. I want to visit the animal world!

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On Fragile Waves | E. Lily Yu
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Don‘t you just love weekends?

E Lily Yu brought me right in with this story of escaping war in Afghanistan to immigrate to Australia from the point of view of a young sister and brother. It‘s a journey full of trials and tragedy and brutality.
I felt the frustration of the parents who paid for the entire trip, yet found the family on a rickety boat then in a detention center.

This isn‘t an easy read, but beauty balanced the sadness.

Soubhiville @Kaylamburson thank you for sending this one to me! I really enjoyed it. 💕 2mo
Simona Yes, weekends are meant for some serious snuggles 😁 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Awww snoodles 😻 2mo
Kaylamburson I‘m so glad you read it and enjoyed it! It‘s a hard read, but a beautiful one. @Soubhiville 2mo
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My local bookclub reads based on a monthly topic. March was “a color in the title”. These were my reads. We had an interesting and diverse mix of books chosen.

What book would you suggest with a color in the title?

#LARS #LitsyATXReadersSociety

UwannaPublishme Your book group is so creative! I‘d have to pick 2mo
Soubhiville Thank you for the recommendation @UwannaPublishme ! I‘ve stacked it 😊 2mo
Kitta What a good idea. Maybe this? 2mo
Soubhiville @kitta that sounds really interesting! 2mo
Kitta I loved it but not everyone agrees! So it would make for good discussion. I‘d also recommend 2mo
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On Fragile Waves | E. Lily Yu
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What a beautiful to read outdoors! I‘m loving my #currentread! Why haven‘t I seen more people talking about this one?

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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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I ordered this short story because I loved Song of Achilles AND because my niece is named Galatea. I was kind of thrilled that it‘s this tiny little cutie of a book!

It‘s hard to get the scale in a photo, but Venkman is a good sized kitty…. The next post I make I‘ll put it next to some more normal sized books. But take my word, it‘s adorable!

RaeLovesToRead Morning, Venkman, you handsome feline you!!!! 🥰🥰 2mo
DivineDiana I didn‘t know that she had published a new book! How wonderful that your niece is named Galatea! 💖 2mo
Eyelit Can I add this to the color art book of something to borrow in the future? 2mo
Soubhiville @Eyelit yes, I thought you might want to 🙂 2mo
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Mehso-so

See where it says “heartbreaking” at the bottom? No joke.

The characters feel so real, so flawed. Most of the 20-30 something characters‘ parents are Indian or Sri Lankan immigrants, and so arranged marriages are pretty common in their lives. Lucky, a lesbian, married her friend Krishna (who is gay) to avoid losing her family by coming out to them. Her sometimes lover Nisha is about to enter an arranged marriage to a man she‘s never met. ⬇️

Soubhiville It‘s super complicated and no one is really happy because of that. All of the characters are complex and haunted by the choices they have made in the past and the ones they have to face now. This book is really well done, the so-so rating is just because it left me so sad. 2mo
Ruthiella I often have the same trouble rating a book that makes me super sad. Like I am mad at the book for making me feel that way but on the other hand, what a good book because it really made me believe. 2mo
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Bailedbailed

At halfway I didn‘t really see the point of the book. All three main characters are stuck in repeating patterns of self destructive behaviors. The plot isn‘t really compelling. Putting it down for now. I‘m disappointed because I usually really like Lisa See but this one doesn‘t seem up to her usual standard. Maybe a case of wrong book/wrong time. #AuthorAMonth

AmyG I just bailed on two of her books. She is just not for me. ☹️ (edited) 2mo
Soubhiville @AmyG I love your new picture! 💕 2mo
AmyG Thank you! 2mo
Lesliereads It sucks a little when you usually like an author‘s work and then read something by them that disappoints…. 2mo
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