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j9brown

j9brown

Joined June 2018

NYC book nerd 🤓 | Plant lady 🌿 🌸 | Disney nut 🐀
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SRWCF Wow!!! 7d
wanderinglynn Very cool! 7d
KristiAhlers I love this! 7d
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The Women in the Walls | Amy Lukavics
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A lot of great spooky imagery and atmosphere! I always enjoy a horror that starts out with a slow burn and then goes explosively off the rails.

There were things about the setting that didn't make any sense, though. Maybe it should have been set in a different time period.

Overall good for it's YA horror genre, not quite for me, but still fun.

An entertaining pick for #readspooky2022, looking forward to the rest of the year! 👻 @teebe

KatieDid927 Nice! I went with my own pick for this month. Still have to post my review. 1w
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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This gets a Wow. I'll be thinking about these characters for a long time. And even the narrator, who I really disliked for most of the book.
This group of women and their children are victims of absolutely horrifying crimes, and with so much heart and love and rage and even humor, they discuss what they must do next.
Has this ever been adapted into a play? I think it would be amazing.

(So glad this was my #bookspin book! @TheAromaofBooks)

Reggie I think in the way that Octavia Butler and Angie Thomas give their Black female protagonists white boyfriends, Toews is challenging women by making the narrator a man. And we even read he is not even thought of as a man by some of the women and the rest of the community. He is gentle and has his own hard history. Does his gender make him an an enemy? I loved this book also. She makes great effort to break up all the hard stuff with love and humor. 2w
j9brown @Reggie Yeah, it's like, is he complicit because he is still ranked above the women, or is he a victim of the patriarchal system too because he doesn't fit the mold of what a man "should" be? Having it from his POV puts distance between the reader and the women too, their suffering is unimaginable and unknowable to us. It's their thoughts that are the focus here, instead. I'm rambling, lol, but the more I think about it the more I love the book! 2w
jlhammar Fantastic book! 2w
Reggie It‘s been 2 years since I‘ve read it and my brain and heart light up when I talk about it and see others love it here on Litsy. 2w
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#bfc2022 A late joiner! Because I used to walk at least two miles a day, but I huff and puff just walking up my block's hill now. Thanks, work-from-home!
My friend gifted me some goth-themed virtual fitness classes, so, that's as good a place to start as any!

Keeping it super simple
📚 Bookish goal: read my bookspin
🚶🏻‍♀️Fitness goal: One goth yoga class per week

Thanks for letting me join @wanderinglynn 😄

4thhouseontheleft Tell me more about the goth themed fitness classes! 😍 2w
wanderinglynn Goth-themed fitness classes sound awesome! Great goals! 🙌🏻 2w
CBee I also would like to know about the goth themed fitness classes!! Sounds so cool and unique! 2w
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j9brown @4thhouseontheleft @CBee It's called Health Goth Yoga, I'm doing my first virtual class tomorrow! But my friend has been doing these all pandemic and loves it (a little pricey in my opinion but it was a gift for this month 😝) Here's a referral link if you end up wanting to check it out: https://www.thetalenthack.com/referrals/LjqEvX 2w
CBee @j9brown awesome! I‘m definitely going to check it out I think 😊 2w
Chrissyreadit Goth themed fitness sounds amazing. 2w
j9brown @CBee It's fun! It's a pretty low-tech operation, she just does it on zoom, most people keep their cameras off (no one needs to see my windowsill of wilting plants, lol) For me the biggest draw is her playlists, she picks great music 😝 2w
CBee @j9brown oh gosh yeah, I would totally keep my camera off 😂😂 2w
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#littlechristmasswap #lcs
Thanks @guinsgirlreads haha you got me again! Too funny 😆
I'm very excited to read this book, I love a good satire and this looks hilarious! And I'm gonna have to share this adorable Rudolph with my nephews 🥰
Happy little Christmas!
And thanks to @bookish_wookish for hosting! What's better than a new book and a chocolate, lol

guinsgirlreads That book does sound amazing! 🤩 Enjoy! 2w
KatieDid927 OooOOOooo sexy wexy book 2w
j9brown @KatieDid927 I shall pass it to you in a discrete paper lunchbag when I am through with it 😂😂😂 2w
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This was really good, I actually wanted it to be longer! I kind of wish we got more of the women's POVs instead of Achilles's, since this was more about Briseis/the fate of the women than about him. Really good anyhow, though, would read more from this author for sure.

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12,226 points this week!

I'm bummed that I wasn't a more active participant this year, but Winter Games still brought me some of that holiday cheer I would have missed otherwise 🎄And I did enjoy the hell out of the word games 😄

2022 bookish resolution - 50 books! A little more than I read this year but less than I've read other years. A nice round number 😆

#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious amazing job! 2w
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Last Ones Left Alive | Sarah Davis-Goff
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Pretty good! A uniquely quiet look at a zombie apocalypse survivor. There were some things I wanted to know more about. But overall enjoyable.

And that's that, last read of 2021. Did not achieve my Goodreads goal at all, gonna set it to something much easier for 22 😝

TBR read for more points, too, yay!

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#bookspin list (and a crooked blank bingo board) for January!! A few have been on my #tbr for the whole year. Or more. So, yeah, let's get reading! 😁
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And I also always manage to have a slightly crooked board despite the fact that the lines are ALREADY PRINTED! 😂 3w
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Thanks for the tag, @MeganAnn 😄
If I had to pick 21 top books it would be half of all the books I read this year, though! Not my reading-est year!
So here's my top five, chosen because I either couldn't put them down or because I've thought about them frequently since finishing.
Peace out, 2021! 🥂 No resolutions or declarations for 2022 here, I'm hoping to just sneak in and out unnoticed and unscathed. 2023, though, watch out 😆😂🤣

MeganAnn Great list! The Memory Police and Spinning Silver are both on my tbr. I hope we all make it out of 2022 unscathed, and that you find some great reads regardless of the total number of books. 🤞🏻✨ 3w
j9brown @MeganAnn Yes, you too! Spinning Silver was full of magic and adventure, The Memory Police was a quiet horror, both are really excellent, you're in for a good time! 3w
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Win Me Something | Kyle Lucia Wu
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A coming-of-age story about a young biracial Chinese girl in NYC working as a nanny, reflecting on her past, and figuring herself out. A light read, well written. Really enjoyed it.

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@guinsgirlreads Thank you thank you for this fabulous #creepychristmas package! I love it all! Can't wait to read the books 😄
And the card and tumbler are so neat!!
Wishing you a very wonderful holiday!
And thank you and very happy holidays to @teebe for hosting again, love this swap!

MaleficentBookDragon ❤️🖤❤️🖤❤️ that tumbler! 3w
teebe Merry Christmas! I love the cover of that book on the left 3w
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Christmas tradition! Decorating cookies with all these kids!

#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

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Test scone for my Christmas morning scones! Maybe the red sugar was a mistake, but it smells great!

Another holiday recipe, yay! 👩🏻‍🍳 #wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

night_shift I love scones! It looks yummy!! 4w
Darklunarose What kind of scones are these? They look really good 4w
j9brown @Darklunarose These are cherry chocolate chip. I use this master scone recipe and add what I like, they always come out really great! I highly recommend if you have the time (they do take a bit) https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/scones-recipe/ 4w
Darklunarose @j9brown I must try these after Xmas. 4w
KatieDid927 My mom might request these next time you visit… 4w
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Really good creepy atmospheric mystery, a little magical realism, a little horror, and a cult. A good #botm pick!

A TBR read, too, some winter games points!

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115 points: Too much baking not much point-making this week 😖
#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious Great job! 4w
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Classic sugar cookies! I think I'll stick to shortbread, these were a little tough.

Holiday recipe points! #wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love that you gave them little sweaters! 1mo
Kdgordon88 They are adorable! 1mo
Lesliereads The little sweaters are so cute 1mo
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fredamans Cutest Christmas cookies I've ever seen!! 1mo
KatieDid927 No I loved them! After being in a box with the others overnight they softened up real nice. Honestly my fave other than the rainbow cookies. I did like the pumpkin vegan ones a lot too. 4w
KatieDid927 Oh and it‘s your fancy new plate! Just noticed!! 😍 4w
j9brown @KatieDid927 😄😄😄 Glad you liked them! And you're right, they were definitely better after hanging out with the softer cookies, lol 4w
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Holiday recipe! I've been making these for over a decade and they're never exactly the same 😂

More recipe points for #teamgamesleighers #wintergames @StayCurious

KatieDid927 Yesssssss. 1mo
Gissy Mmmmm 😋 1mo
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More holiday baking! Lemon lavender, vegan, would be much improved with real butter, unfortunately. They smell amazing though.

Holiday recipe points, #wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StaceGhost Which kind did you use? They‘re definitely not all created equal! We‘ve been vegan baking for years and I find the Melt brand and Miyoko‘s are the most like the real deal. 1mo
j9brown @StaceGhost Interesting! I used country crock plant butter, and it was fine in pumpkin cookies, but the pumpkin was the strongest flavor. In these you can taste the butter. I'll definitely try again with a different brand. Thanks for the tip! 1mo
StaceGhost @j9brown ah yes! I use the country crock in stronger flavored stuff too but my shortbread requires the expensive stuff 🤦‍♀️these look lovely regardless! 1mo
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Another new Christmas cookie recipe attempt! Any cookie baked during the month of December is a Christmas cookie, those are the rules, right?
Vegan pumpkin. They smell so good! The nuts are an upgrade 😝

#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

Rachel_Anne789 Those look so goooood 😍 1mo
tournevis You are completely correct. 😀 1mo
Tamra Yes! Then in January they can be New Year cookies. 😆 1mo
StayCurious I'd say so! 1mo
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Honey orange ginger cookies. They're soft and sticky. I can't remember if I've made them before or not 😬🤣

Holiday recipe +21pts
#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

Tamra Oh, that sounds & looks divine! 1mo
KatieDid927 I don‘t think you have? 1mo
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13,282 points for #teamgamesleighers

Watched a lot of baking shows and found a lot of words this week 😝

#wintergames @StayCurious

StayCurious Great job! 1mo
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Swap packages are on their way! Says three days, so I'll assume five 😝
#creepychristmas @teebe
#littlechristmas @bookish_wookish

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Secret Santa | Andrew Shaffer
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Very silly but fun! I enjoyed the main character and the time period.

26pts holiday read #wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious
500 pts #wgwordsearch

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Simple Sesame Cake! A good one for the holidays after having too many sweets. So, hrmmm, eat now or freeze for sharing later?
This book has so many great recipes 😋

Attempted recipe +21pts #wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

IndoorDame Looks delicious! 1mo
TheSpineView Yum! 1mo
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StayCurious Wow great job! 1mo
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Re-enjoying a favorite from last year 🤗
By candlelight #festivephotochallenge

#wintergames2021 #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious This looks fun! 1mo
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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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These people 🤦🏻‍♀️
The writing was good, though, very engaging, I never wanted to not finish it or anything.
But their behaviors and decisions... I'm trying to be polite so I'm going to call them all nincompoops. There. Every one of them. I know this is supposed to be a happy Hallmark type of universe, but still. Nincompoops abound.

Still calculating points ❄️ #wintergames2021 #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious Hahaha great review 1mo
AJBowers I disliked this one so much. The decisions! How?! 1mo
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#festivephotochallenge day 4 - book and chill, literally! The book is silly and the sundae is more whipped cream than anything, but it's been a very nice Saturday 😄

#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious looks like a fun and delicious time! 1mo
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Red ornament white ornament and happy to have the tree up 🎄

#festivephotochallenge red and white +16
#ornamenthunt A character +10 and a gift +10
#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

StayCurious pretty! 1mo
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Got my red and green sprinkles and my cookbooks ready to go!

Red & green #festivephotochallenge #teamgamesleighers #wintergames2021 @StayCurious

Liz_M I have that gourmet cookie cookbook. My coworkers love the sesame/benne cookies! 2mo
j9brown @Liz_M Yum! I haven't tried those, but I made the mini black and whites. So much work but so good 😋 2mo
StayCurious What a great use of the prompt! 2mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Omg I loved this 🤗🤗🤗

Centique I loved this too. So well done 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. (Because I didn't like Uprooted.) 2mo
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A #bookspin list for December and #wintergames 😄
(Declaring this a #tbr part two, too)

Fell out of the habit of the #bookspinbingo last year but it is super fun and I hope to pick it up again now and then next year! @TheAromaofBooks

#teamgamesleighers @StayCurious

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
StayCurious Looks great! I love these journals everyone uses 2mo
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50,000 words 😵‍💫
Did this, don't know how, it was a crazy busy month. But I'm one of those weirdos who gets more done the busier I am. It's either panic or potato for me, no in between.
#nanowrimo

Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 2mo
eeclayton Congrats! 👏👏👏 2mo
ju.ca.no Woow congrats 🥰🥳🥳🥳👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
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KatieDid927 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Chrissyreadit 👏 🥳 🎉! 2mo
JessClark78 Congratulations! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Woo! Nice going! 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Lesliereads 🙌🏾👏🏾👏🏾 2mo
fredamans Congrats!! 2mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 2mo
MaureenMc 👏👏👏 2mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 2mo
ozma.of.oz Woohoo! Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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December TBR. Knowing how I am with TBRs, I expect to actually read zero of these 😂 But I'm having fun getting ready for the season!

#wintergames #teamgamesleighers @StayCurious +26pts

IuliaC Nice book stack! I've got Migrations on my TBR too 😊 2mo
StayCurious Cool picture! I like how the books reflect in the countertop. 2mo
Patchshank I read secret Santa last year and really liked it. The bear and the Nightingale is on my list for this year too. 2mo
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Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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So engrossing that I basically got lost while reading it (rode the train beyond the last stop, had no idea where I was for a solid few minutes 😂)
That's it, that's the endorsement. Got very lost in this book!

wanderinglynn When you miss your stop & are temporarily confused on where you are, that‘s a good book! 2mo
KatieDid927 💃🏻 2mo
Smrloomis Completely agree, that‘s a good book for sure! 😀 2mo
WJCintron I have a copy! Haven‘t read it yet. Good to know it‘s a good book!! Thanks for sharing! 😃👍 2mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Incoming unpopular opinion 😖
Was looking for a feel-good read, this kept popping up so I said what the hell. I mostly just felt annoyed, though. The plot was actually pretty clever, it was enough to keep me reading. But the style was too cutesy and kind of repetitive and every character except the grumpy cop was annoying. And it felt like the ending dragged on and on and on.
I see why it's popular but very not for me 🤷🏻‍♀️

fredthemoose 100% agree! 2mo
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Amusing. That's kind of all I've got to say about it 🤷🏻‍♀️

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A compelling mystery, and unexpectedly very funny. An interesting look at the time period, too, so many details about the forensic investigation (how they got by without all the tech we have now!) and a feel for what Harlem was like. Really great!

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Fun! Loved Tuesday, Dex, and Dorry. A great trio of characters and a mystery in a mystery. And maybe another mystery on top, I don't know, I lost count, but I had a good time!
Kind of expected more ghosts, though.

KatieDid927 Agreed all around. I kind of got lost at times, but it was fun! 3mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 Yeah, the big confrontation didn't make much sense to me. But I liked enough of the rest of it and the ending was satisfying so 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness
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So moving and so sad. Really great. ❤️❤️❤️

KathyWheeler Not only did I cry when I finished this book, but I ugly-cried, and I‘m not one who cries much with books or movies. 3mo
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This was excellent! A slow burn spooky tale, perfect for kicking off October. Really enjoyed it, the atmosphere was beautifully haunting and Noemi was a great character, clever and entertaining.

IuliaC Next on my list too! 🤩 3mo
j9brown @IuliaC 😄🎃 3mo
KatieDid927 Yay! I love it. 3mo
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#litsyhumor 😆

stolen from insta

Amiable “Like“ a million times!
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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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So cool and imaginative!
Took me a bit to get into it (I was a little more into her other novels, the high fantasy types of books) but this was really great and fun and well written. I ended up really enjoying it!

behudd Is this a standalone novel? Or part of a series? 4mo
j9brown @behudd It's the first in what's supposed to be a trilogy, but the next one isn't out yet. 4mo
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Thank you @ImperfectCJ for this totally perfect fall box! The cocoa smells amazing 😋 and the socks are so cute, I love them! Can't wait to start reading, what great picks!
Thanks for hosting, @Avanders this swap was so fun! 😄
#fffs #fallingforfallswap

catiewithac Those books 😍 4mo
ImperfectCJ I'm so glad the cocoa made it there safe...as soon as I mailed the package I started getting nervous about the jars! 4mo
j9brown @ImperfectCJ Yup, all good! I've been surprised at some of the fragile nonsense I've gotten away with mailing. A little bubble wrap goes a long way! 🤣 4mo
Avanders 😍🍁🍂🧡😘😘 4mo
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So much fun! Really enjoyed it. It's a magical school plagued by monsters, full of interesting characters and really cool magic. Excited for the next!
Be ready for a big infodump right at the beginning, though, it's a bit much. Worth sticking with it, it's a good time after that!

Edit: Goodreads was displeased with this one. I spotted a few insensitivities, but I guess they were worse than I thought?

Johanna414 I really liked this one too. I kind of felt like this was one of those cases where the goodreads mob blew things out of proportion. It wasn't a perfect book, but not the worst I've read either 4mo
j9brown @Johanna414 Yeah. Not my place to say "not that bad" or not, but some of the people criticizing it definitely didn't even read it. Guess I'll have to find more thoughtful reviews somewhere else. It seems pretty well liked here on Litsy but I didn't dig very far. 4mo
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A really well-written memoir, very engrossing, very heartbreaking.
Not something I'd normally pick up, but I'm glad I did. It's for a book club at work, we're having a zoom event today and she's going to speak 😄

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Enjoyed it!
I thought the weirdness came in a little late, I was plenty into the more regular office drama stuff before it went off the rails. So I get why people felt like the pacing was off. But I actually liked the pre-weird stuff best. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Overall a good pick, though!

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Loved this 🤗 Loved the setting, the style, all of it. It's a slowly unraveling fantasy mystery, and really unique, I can't think of anything to compare it to.

KatieDid927 🙌🏼 5mo
Cathythoughts So good & so sad too 5mo
Pruzy It‘s on my shelf waiting for me 4mo
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