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bookishkris

Joined May 2016

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Heartsong by T. J. Klune
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Annelies: A Novel by David R. Gillham
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Hello my pretty! We‘re under a winter storm warning for a possible 8-17” of snow until tomorrow night, so I know what I‘ll be doing while we‘re snowed in.

Cinfhen Stay safe and warm 2w
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Revenge of the Red Club | Kim Harrington
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I‘ve been away for a little while. My partner has been sick, and I‘ve picked up some freelance work. But this showed up in the Shelf Awareness email from my local indie this morning, and it sounded good. So I‘m starting it tonight.

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Heartsong | T. J. Klune
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I‘ve been waiting for this! Finally getting to relax with it after a long day.

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Last Train to London | Meg Waite Clayton
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I was needing a break from Elton John, and picked this at random from my kindle app.

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Me | Elton John
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So I totally forgot I had preordered this 🤦🏻‍♀️ Goodbye, I‘m going to read now.

Alora Forgotten preorders are the best gift! 😂 2mo
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The Romanov Prophecy | Steve Berry
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An odd choice for comfort reading, perhaps, but I‘ve been longing to reread this practically forever, and now seems like a good time. I‘m working on 3 hours of sleep, I said goodbye to my sweet 18 year old kitty this morning, and not only did the washer repair people not show up, I never even got a call that they weren‘t coming. I mean, I‘m assuming that I don‘t need to wait up since their window ended three hours ago, right?

BookNAround I‘m so sorry about your sweet purr. I‘d say whatever kind of reading comforts you is the right comfort reading. 2mo
Dragon So sorry for your loss 💔 2mo
rabbitprincess I'm so sorry about your kitty ♥️♥️ 2mo
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LeahBergen Aww, I‘m so sorry to hear of your loss. 2mo
xicanti I‘m so sorry about your cat. 2mo
Tamra Saying goodbye is a sorrow. 💜 2mo
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By Any Means Necessary | Candice Montgomery
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Next! Something a little less intense to cleanse my reading palate.

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I‘ve spent the week with this series, and WOW! Excellent world building, diverse and complex characters, a rollicking plot with historical accuracy. I can‘t say enough good things about these books. I seriously hope that there will be a third book.

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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
Mehso-so

I debated about whether to even post a review, but here it goes: it gets a pick for the relationship between Christopher and his mom, but a pan for everything else. The writing was flat, kind of simplistic. There were weird jumps in POV. And it‘s entirely a subjective thing, but I prefer a lot more character development; everyone felt one dimensional. It wasn‘t scary, and I almost DNF‘d three times.

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Monday Monday, diving into my #botm backlog. Other Half is in bed again, having a bad pain day; I have nothing to do except take the trash to the curb and nobody to answer to except for myself. Not that I don‘t read every day, but there‘s something about a day with no expectations, you know?

8little_paws I LOVE a day with no expectations. We're hoping our upcoming weekend is like that so me and the spouse can spend our time on our various hobbies together! 2mo
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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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The last horror novel I read was . . . um, never? Unless you count Christopher Pike or Lois Duncan when I was 12, which I don‘t. But this sounded too good to let it pass me by. Talk to me in the morning and we‘ll see if this was a good choice.

LauraJ Remember, there‘s always the freezer. 2mo
EricaReads Ooh I just bought so many scary books, but after reading about this one, had to add one more! 2mo
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Five stars, fan-freaking-tastic, all the good review things. This was amazing. I loved The Child Finder (loved it even more upon rereading), and this did not disappoint. As always, the children were just as richly drawn as the adults, which shows the respect Denfeld has for children. The writing was beautiful, and while I kind of assumed how things would turn out, I liked the way it was handled. A must read if you liked The Child Finder.

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Book cart! And the new Kate Martinelli novella! I can‘t contain my squee at the book, but I‘m determined not to read it until tomorrow because I‘m over halfway through The Butterfly Girl and a new Martinelli deserves full attention.

faithx5 What a cool use for these carts! 2mo
bookishkris @faithx5 I was inspired by others on Litsy who have done similar things. Much cheaper (and easier to “drive”) than an actual library cart. 2mo
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New books! SO many new books, I don‘t know where to start! Suggestions/opinions gladly accepted.

xicanti I haven‘t read that particular Roan Parrish novel yet, but I loved two of her others. 2mo
bookishkris @xicanti I haven‘t read any of her books yet, but she came up in discussion of queer authors who are getting screwed by their publisher, and since I‘m always looking for new authors . . . It was kind of a no brainer. 2mo
Beachesnbooks i just read the last true poets of the sea & loooved it! 2mo
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First up for a late start to #24b4Monday. I have a feeling this is going to ruin me, but I kind of need that right now. I was unceremoniously fired from my job teaching Sunday school because the pastor “wants to go a different direction”.

Sure. Whatever.

After he essentially recruited me, and then never gave me any of the help I asked for.

DrexEdit I'm so sorry that happened to you! I hope a weekend of reading proves to be restorative! 😊 💜 2mo
Eggbeater That sucks. There is no other way to say it. I'm sorry. I hope you find something you like even better soon. 2mo
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Inside Out | Demi Moore
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I have an endless and abiding love for celeb autobiographies. And Demi Moore has been my celeb crush since 1990. I have been looking forward to this for months.

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Started reading on the deck with the dogs this morning, and had to tear myself away to go back inside. I‘ve never read WKK before, but wow, I‘ve been missing out. 33 pages in, this is lyrical and evocative, and I‘m anxiously waiting for the chance to read more.

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Starting the last of this week‘s new books. I stumbled on this by accident, but I am excited to read it because there aren‘t enough memoirs out there yet by non-binary peeps. Or if there are, I don‘t know about them, so if you know of any please drop them in the comments.

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Suggested Reading | Dave Connis
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I know the point of New Books Day isn‘t to read all of one‘s new books THAT day, but I kind of love Tuesdays for ballet class and then a day and a night by myself to do just that.

Also, I kind of read really fast.

My second book of the day. The summary makes it sound a lot like Ban This Book and Property of the Rebel Librarian, so I‘m going to read with a grain of salt.

Lovesbooks87 I can't wait to hear what you think about this. I saw this today and it sounds really good. 3mo
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I absolutely love (like hardcore love) this series. Everything about it is wonderful, and I recommend them to anyone with kids. Third book arrived on my nook and I‘m ready to jump in.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I‘m going in!

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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I read this for the first and only time in the fall of 1994; I bought it at the school book fair and read it that night while my hostess on a college overnight worked on a paper. It scared the crap out of me, 17 and still relatively sheltered even though I was a reader and thus “knew” things from books. Reading it today for the first time as an adult, almost 25 years after that first reading.

JacqMac My 17 year old just borrowed it from me for her English class. I‘m excited to hear what she thinks. 3mo
BBooks I haven't read it yet, on my TBR list 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 3mo
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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A little deck reading and nursing my wedding hangover (not actually hungover, just . . . wow, that wedding and the venue was clearly meant for the young kids, not the bride‘s elderly grandmothers, middle aged and disabled aunts, and disabled mom). I think a mystery is perfect for today.

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Sword and Pen | Rachel Caine
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My exact reaction when I somehow, mysteriously, got approved for this on netgally this morning was a very quiet inhaled “no!”. And then I almost fell off my chair while making silent squeaky noises.

OH. MY. GOD.

I have ballet class this morning, and then I know what I‘m doing for the rest of the day!

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Kens | Raziel Reid
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Digging around in my iBooks for something a little queer, and I think this definitely qualifies.

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Keeping Lucy | T. Greenwood
Mehso-so

Mediocre. It had lots of potential, but some of the story was dull and some was far-fetched, and what was left was the story I would have loved to see more of: Ginny being a mother to Lucy.

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Keeping Lucy | T. Greenwood
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My third and last book for #24b4Monday. If I can stay awake long enough to get very far.

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The Flight Girls | Noelle Salazar
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Excellent. I sat at the kitchen table for four hours tonight finishing this, at the expense of the housework I was supposed be doing because I just had to keep turning pages. Five stars from me for this compelling look at an unknown part of WWII history.

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The Flight Girls | Noelle Salazar
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Second book in #24b4Monday readathon ready to start. I‘ve heard really good things about this one.

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I‘m book hopping again, can‘t quite settle into anything even though I‘ve got plenty started. I think I‘m looking for something to fill the void left by The Flight Portfolio. So I guess I‘ll try this one. The subject is interesting, it‘s all kinds of stuff that seems like a good book, let‘s see if I can stick with it.

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Beautiful Revolutionary | Laura Elizabeth Woollett
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Because nothing says Sunday like a book about a cult, and a serial killer documentary on tv.

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I don‘t even have words. This book just reached in and grabbed something in me and won‘t let go. I‘m reminded of what drew me to culture studies in college, of the different ways we all negotiate the world, the pieces we give up, or hide, to make getting by easier. I‘m reminded of my grandfather, for some reason, who was a contemporary of Varian Fry, a scholar of Latin and English. Cont‘d in comments.

bookishkris I just always felt like there was something in his life that my grandfather never settled, and maybe because I listened to the audio, I just “heard” my grandfather‘s voice in Fry‘s. 4mo
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6+ hours left, and I already want to go back to the beginning and listen again. The surrealists feel like family, and I‘m continually worried that Varian‘s delicate house of cards is going to crash. And I so love Varian and Grant, especially Grant‘s thoughts on hiding your truth.

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Audiobook knitting. The narrator is excellent, and the story is compelling, which is great because I have 13 days to knit this blanket before Baby M‘s moms have their baby shower. Unfortunately, the audiobook is only 19 hours long!

emz711 I audionook, knit and watch baseball. What's that called? 4mo
bookishkris @emz711 I do that, too. I don‘t know what it‘s called when you add baseball into the mix! 4mo
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Annelies: A Novel | David R. Gillham
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Because apparently I feel like I need to wreck my psyche this #reversereadathon by consuming WWII fiction. I‘ll admit, I wasn‘t enamored with Anne Frank as a child; maybe this had to do with being a precocious reader, because by the time it was assigned in school I‘d already read plenty of (horrifying for a young child) books about the Holocaust. But I‘m really interested in this speculative book.

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The Rabbit Girls | Anna Ellory

Started this over dinner, which coincided with the start of the #reversereadathon. It‘s proving to be a quick but engaging read. The 6 pm MDT start means that I‘ll likely get in a good 6hours reading before bed!

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Ravensong: Volume Two | T. J. Klune

With #24b4Monday starting soon, rather than making a list, I‘m going to use this weekend to work on clearing my in-progress list down. At last count, I have 12 books in some state of started-ness. So.

Yeah.

Ravensong.

@Andrew65, @TheReadingMermaid, @jb72

TheReadingMermaid This is fabulous! What a great way to get through those books that you have already started! I love the way you think 👍😃👍 4mo
jb72 That will be a great way to go! I always have various books started and in various stages of reading. Good luck 🍀 4mo
Andrew65 Good luck with the Readathon and progressing with some of those books. 😊👍 4mo
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Reading, and knitting a shawl for a mystery knit-a-long. In the house with the curtains and blinds closed because it‘s HOT 🥵

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Lay Your Sleeping Head | Michael Nava
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First up for #24in48. I‘m unofficially readathoning, because wow, busy weekend.

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I loved Block‘s Pushed, so when this popped up in my email today it was a no-brainer to get the ebook. I‘m not even through the introduction and am already grateful that I have a PCP and a gyno-oncologist who are up on the latest research and tend toward lower intervention.

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When She Returned | Lucinda Berry
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Another e-ARC from #NetGalley. Feeling like some psychological mystery tonight.

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Under Currents | Nora Roberts
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Nora Roberts is my guilty pleasure. Also, I love living in CO because it means I get my kindle pre-orders at 10 pm.

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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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Well that‘s my night (and weekend) sorted! My box arrived a lot faster than I expected!

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We Are Lost and Found | Helene Dunbar
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Scored this off #netgalley! I‘m psyched to read this, and to compare it with Like a Love Story, even though it‘s set a couple of years before LaLS. I‘m happy to see YA writers taking on the early days of AIDS, but I‘m also sad that they have to.

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We Contain Multitudes | Sarah Henstra
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I couldn‘t just pick six favorites for halfway through the year, but more people need to read the tagged book; it is gentle and fierce and awful and beautiful, and I loved every brilliant page. I feel like sometimes adults writing teens want everyone to be “good” so they ignore sex and sexuality, but here the author doesn‘t do that. Jonathan knows who he is and isn‘t afraid of expressing his needs and wants.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Woke up this morning feeling like I‘m swallowing nails, so taking it easy today with lots of tea and a distraction. I read it in May, in ebook, but loved it so much that I had to have a print copy. I‘m pretty sure this will go on my list of favorite rereads.

MrT Seems totally cheesy however, it's on order. Love a bit of 'fan fiction' and that's it's an LGBT read. 6mo
wanderinglynn Hope you feel better soon! 💚 6mo
bookishkris @MrT it‘s actually not really cheesy at all. I thought it would be, but it‘s surprisingly deep (plus lots of political strategy). I think you‘ll like it. And I kind of stalked your profile, so thanks for The Madonna of Bolton, I‘m going to read that next. I love seeing books from other countries! 6mo
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MrT No probs! 6mo
marleed My favorite way to purchase a book anew is when I love a library book so much that I head to the bookstore for my own physical copy. 6mo
MrT I'm halfway thru this and really liking it, sweet, funny and sexy. I've been told to hurry up and finish it so a friend can read it for there holiday. 4mo
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Scrolling through my kindle app and there are just SO MANY queer YA books this year. I decided just to pick one at random for today‘s reading, and ended up choosing this.

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Hurricane Season | Nicole Melleby
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Such a quiet book about chaos, with beautiful moments of peace. Important representation of both queer issues and mental illness, but this book is so much more than that. I wish everyone would read it.

Libby1 This sounds beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 6mo
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Hurricane Season | Nicole Melleby
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Having trouble settling today, so I‘m going to try this middle grade and see if it does the job. I hate being restless, because that‘s when I want to Read All The Books or Knit All The Things.

Also, this has a beautiful cover.

DivineDiana It is a beautiful cover! Good luck! 👍🏻 6mo
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The Last Widow: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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Eeeeeeeeee! It‘s here! I‘m kindly leaving it for my partner if she wants first dibs because today is her birthday.

Slajaunie So sweet of you! ❤️❤️ 6mo
swishandflick Jealous!! 6mo
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