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Each of Us a Desert | Mark Oshiro
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That is a good goal. ❤️

Prairiegirl_reading I love that!!! 💜🐶 2d
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Zoes_Human
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Woot and that's my #doublespin done! This is one of Asimov's better collections in my opinion. As ever he's a little heave on hard scifi for me, but his stories are still so very good.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2d
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Zoes_Human
The Weary Blues | Langston Hughes
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An absolutely gorgeous edition of Langston Hughes' debut poetry collection. Printed as first published in 1926, it contains not only his wonderful poetry but a closing essay by him expressing his thoughts on the politics of poetry for the Black man during the Harlem Renaissance. A fascinating collection for anyone who loves poetry or history. #bookspin accomplished!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2d
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Untitled | Unknown
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In honor of my impending move, I‘ll try to dedicate myself to reading and donating books that I own in physical form for #bookspinbingo October 🎃🍁🍂

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I love finding new homes for books I'm not going to read again. I put some in LFLs, but also send them out via PaperbackSwap and sell them on Pango, both are great sources for getting rid of books... and getting new ones! 😂 5d
Zoes_Human I either donate to circ at my library or to our FOL to sale. I donate some for the local rehab facility as well. 5d
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Untitled | Unknown
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A solid #bookspinbingo September!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 5d
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Zoes_Human
Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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$20 says the dude so upset that I called “Love in the Time of Cholera“ a romance that he felt the need to comment “What a dull and uninteresting little person you are“ is also deeply upset by Black mermaids yet argued in favor of a white actress playing the Major in Ghost in the Shell.

Dilara What a charmer 🤮 5d
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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“… used condoms on moldy carpet …” is about the grossest description I‘ve ever heard. 😷

Bookwomble My least favourite pizza toppings 🍕🤢 1w
Zoes_Human @Bookwomble 😂😂🤣🤣 1w
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Zoes_Human
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It‘s said that ignorance is bliss.
Ignorance is this: a vine that
sneaks up a tree, killing not by
poison, but by blocking out its
light.

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Zoes_Human
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“There is nothing so agonizing, or so dangerous, as memory, unexpressed, unexplored, unexplained & unexploded. Grief is the grenade that always goes off. ”

Damn.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 | Christopher Paul Curtis
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I‘m enjoying the story, but when are we leaving for Birmingham? The book‘s over halfway through, and we‘re still in Michigan.

marleed It‘s been a long time since I‘ve read this book, but I still think of the mom considering her kids half Alabamam and dressing them like abdominal snowmen to go out in Michigan winters! 2w
Zoes_Human @marleed Yes! I loved that bit! 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I have no idea why doing this makes me so happy, but I feel so satisfied just looking at completed pages in my reading journal.

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Zoes_Human
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“It is the nightmare, never
The dream, that shocksus awake.”

— In the Deep

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Under Fortunate Stars | Ren Hutchings
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This endpaper though 😍😍😍

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Zoes_Human
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Bailedbailed

DNFing at 26% when the boy and his dogs attack a trapped raccoon. I don't want to read about that. Also this is very religious.

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Zoes_Human
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Don‘t mind me. I‘m just gonna be over here reliving some third grade trauma.

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Pickpick

I cannot sing the praises of these GraphicAudio editions of the Cosmere books enough. Pure radio show/book joy!

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Zoes_Human
The Widow Queen | Elzbieta Cherezinska
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Bailedbailed

DNF at 12%. IDK why this is marked as fantasy by so many people since I'm some 73 pages in and I've not seen hide nor hair of magic or dragons or nothing. Thus far it reads not only like historical fiction but really dull historical fiction focused on the minutiae of medieval royal politics. Welp, at least this #doublespin is off my TBR.

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 1mo
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“The pleasantest of all diversions is to sit alone under the lamp, a book spread out before you, and to make friends with people of a distant past you have never known.”

—Yoshida Kenkō, “Essays in Idleness”

RaeLovesToRead Awww Zoe looks so snoodly 🥰🥰🥰 1mo
Zoes_Human @RaeLovesToRead That one is actually Ralphie but they do look a lot alike. 1mo
Zoes_Human @RaeLovesToRead And he is so snoodly ❤️ 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Oh yes, sorry! Awww, Ralphie 💕💕💕 1mo
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The Widow Queen | Elzbieta Cherezinska
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“A royal red cloak lined with white dormouse fur.”

That is a lot of dead mice …

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The Widow Queen | Elzbieta Cherezinska
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Already feeling invested at the dedication 💕

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The World Belonged to Us | Jacqueline Woodson
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Jacqueline Woodson and Lee Espinosa have teamed up to create the long, endless afternoon of the 70s summer. The freedom, the games, and the pure joy of my childhood are here only in the pages of a picture book set in Brooklyn. I can't say how it would read to a modern child, but I delighted in this.

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A very grim and enjoyable #bookspin AND I just found out they did a TV series for it. Since this is very Squid Games-like and I enjoyed that show and this book, I'm excited to check that out.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Are You a Cheeseburger? | Monica Arnaldo
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Funny and unexpectedly sweet.

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The Ugly Stepsister | Megan Van Dyke
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Bailedbailed

Conceptually, it's a fantastic spin on an old story. The execution was solid with the worst bits appearing to be edit fails (there's only so many times I need to be told that Anna was told how ugly she was). The worldbuilding was quite clever. Unfortunately, while I expected it to have romance, I didn't think it was a romance. Romance lovers may find much to love in here, but it was much too much love for me. DNF @ 58%.

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Zoes_Human
Some of the Best of Tor.com 2021: A Tor.com Original | Catherynne M. Valente, Lavie Tidhar, Kate Elliott, Usman T. Malik, Elizabeth Bear, Carrie Vaughn, Annalee Newitz, Daniel Polansky, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Sarah Pinsker, Glen Hirshberg, Peng Shepherd, Kathleen Jennings, Matthew Kressel, G. V. Anderson, 'Pemi Aguda, A. T. Greenblatt, Cheri Kamei, Jasmin Kirkbride, noc, Cooper Shrivastava
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Pickpick

Magnificent collection, start to finish!

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El monstruo y la bibliotecaria | Alfredo Gmez Cerd
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What an absolute delight! Stories like this are exactly why I'm learning to read in Spanish. This was funny and charming and imaginative, and many of the lovely plays on language simply would not have translated into English.

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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
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Mehso-so

Meh

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It | Stephen King
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My new bookmark for reading Stephen King arrived 😁

katy4peas Haha! 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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#bookspin September Here I come ❤️📚🖋

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Untitled | Anonymous
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One #bookspinbingo plus loads of stuff off the list and entirely of the #bookspin grid. Lots of great August reads too!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 1mo
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Zoes_Human
Yasmin the Explorer | Saadia Faruqi
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A fun early reader about exploring, maps, and getting lost. Includes interesting questions and activities, a small dictionary of Urdu words, and a recipe for mango lassi!

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Eat the Rich SC | Sarah Gailey
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Delightfully fucked up.

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Paro feels out of place in her ballet class even though she has dancing Bharatanatyam with her mom for a long time. This beautifully illustrated story takes us through her struggle to fit in, make friends, and figure out what to do when her previous experience seems so very different from the new one.

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Firefly - Carnival | Una McCormack
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Definitely my favorite of the Firefly novels so far. Exciting twists and turns, characters written to perfection, and an incredibly satisfying end.

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Zoes_Human
Some of the Best of Tor.com 2021: A Tor.com Original | Catherynne M. Valente, Lavie Tidhar, Kate Elliott, Usman T. Malik, Elizabeth Bear, Carrie Vaughn, Annalee Newitz, Daniel Polansky, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Sarah Pinsker, Glen Hirshberg, Peng Shepherd, Kathleen Jennings, Matthew Kressel, G. V. Anderson, 'Pemi Aguda, A. T. Greenblatt, Cheri Kamei, Jasmin Kirkbride, noc, Cooper Shrivastava
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I love, love, love Tidhar‘s Judge Dee stories ❤️📚

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Zoes_Human
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The Broken Earth trilogy would make an amazing series! #littenswanttoknow

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎥🙌🏻📚 1mo
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Wilma Mankiller | June Thiele
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A simple biography told from a first-person point of view. Includes a glossary in the back and thought provoking questions throughout to help little readers connect personally with the story of the first female Chief of the Cherokee.

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A Woman Unbecoming | Jeff Strand, Darin Kennedy, Jeff Wood, Elizabeth Davis, Lee Murray, Teel James Glenn, Linda D. Addison, Anna Taborska, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Tara Laskowski, Mike Robinson, DeAnna Knippling, Nicole Henning, Michael G. Williams, Holly Lyn Walrath, Rachel A. Brune, CM Harris, Carol Gyander, Carina Bissett, Paige L. Christie, Jude Reid, Cindy O'Quinn, Patricia Gomes, Jennifer Nestojko, Christina Nordlander, Bridgett Nelson, Jessica Nettle, A.M. Giddings, Marc L. Abbott, Samantha Brayant, Alp Beck, Kathleen Scheiner, Steven Van Patten, Cristel Orrand, Ravyn Crescent
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All speculative fiction and leaning towards horror, I enjoyed every story and poem in this anthology. My emotions ranged from rage and grief to vindication and satisfaction. There were twist endings, surprise characters, and even a real-live LOL guffaw (thank you, Jeff Strand). A very satisfying Fuck the Patriarchy read.

Reggie I actually got to see Jeff Strand do a reading this past year and he was hilarious. He also won the Stoker award for best novella this past year. 1mo
Zoes_Human @Reggie Oh cool! That means there‘s at least two Bram Stoker winners in here (Michael G. Williams has won one as well). Strand‘s story was so good! 1mo
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A Woman Unbecoming | Jeff Strand, Darin Kennedy, Jeff Wood, Elizabeth Davis, Lee Murray, Teel James Glenn, Linda D. Addison, Anna Taborska, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Tara Laskowski, Mike Robinson, DeAnna Knippling, Nicole Henning, Michael G. Williams, Holly Lyn Walrath, Rachel A. Brune, CM Harris, Carol Gyander, Carina Bissett, Paige L. Christie, Jude Reid, Cindy O'Quinn, Patricia Gomes, Jennifer Nestojko, Christina Nordlander, Bridgett Nelson, Jessica Nettle, A.M. Giddings, Marc L. Abbott, Samantha Brayant, Alp Beck, Kathleen Scheiner, Steven Van Patten, Cristel Orrand, Ravyn Crescent
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Well, nothing for it but to keep reading. The catto is too comfortable for me to move.

Leftcoastzen Cat hostage!😁 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Zoe is the cat in my profile picture, and I‘m her human. She‘s over the Rainbow Bridge these days, but I‘ll always be hers. #littenswanttoknow

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Roxane Gay's capacity for self-reflection, intellectual honestly, and authentic engagement is inspiring and impressive. Her life experience is quite different from mine (excepting strangely the path we both took with smoking), yet I feel a deep connection to it through this work. This will emotionally challenge you, but also has the capacity to make you a better human and to feel seen in all your complexity.

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A beautiful “picture book“ made in the form of ancient Mexican codices that tells the story of a family's migrations to the United States made in memory of the many children lost on the way.

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The Machine Stops | E. M. Forster
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I absolutely love this short story, but I'm not near as big a fan of the audio. The narration just didn't work for me.

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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Absolutely wonderful! A feminist fairy tale set in a high fantasy world. Loaded with humor and a lots of surprises.

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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Edifying but tragic. Grief in prose. Painful but exquisitely written.

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Zoes_Human
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This marvelous graphic-novel fantasy series is intended for middle-grade readers, but is is absolutely perfect for anyone who wants a hearty laugh at all the ridiculous tropes that get roasted in these hilarious adventures of a princess who is totally over it.

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An impressive collection of feminist speculative fiction including not only those voices that one would expect (Butler, Le Guin, Tiptree, etc.) but a host of other storytellers who are seldom heard. Thought-provoking and intriguing across the board.

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“And he said to them, ‘Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there.‘”

I‘m no Biblical scholar, but I‘m pretty sure something got lost in translation here.

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Some of the Best of Tor.com 2021: A Tor.com Original | Catherynne M. Valente, Lavie Tidhar, Kate Elliott, Usman T. Malik, Elizabeth Bear, Carrie Vaughn, Annalee Newitz, Daniel Polansky, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Sarah Pinsker, Glen Hirshberg, Peng Shepherd, Kathleen Jennings, Matthew Kressel, G. V. Anderson, 'Pemi Aguda, A. T. Greenblatt, Cheri Kamei, Jasmin Kirkbride, noc, Cooper Shrivastava
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“What a great vast space wealth carves out of the world the rest of us live in.”

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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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“How much did one know of the true feelings of those who did not have a voice?”