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Joined September 2016

Twitter/Instagram: @lovelybookshelf | Classical musician. Unschooling parent. Small-a anarchist. Queer (demi/demi). They/them. lnk.bio/lovelybookshelf
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Victories Greater Than Death | Charlie Jane Anders
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Oh my gosh, a huge starry-eyed THANK YOU to Charlie Jane Anders for this book mail! I cannot wait to read this. 🤩 The cover is so amazing and purpletastic, the photo doesn't do it justice. (Our 11yo says they're stealing the stickers, and will be reading the book after me. 😅) I've loved everything Anders has written, and I'm sure this adventure-filled space opera will be fantastic, too.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I met Charlie at BookCon once and she was SO kind and engaging. I love her work. 1y
lovelybookshelf @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled that's so amazing!! I'm totally jealous! 😍 13mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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The virtual book club I'm in recently discussed Chloe Benjamin's THE IMMORTALISTS. My full review is up on the blog (link in profile), but I had some mixed feelings: gay rep was trope-y and too obviously straight-gazed, Romani rep was offensive, writing style was dazzling, overall story was completely absorbing. 3.5 stars out of 5. 💫

Reggie Yes, thank you. I stopped reading after the first sibling. A young gay man who moves to the city, becomes a gogo dancer, and the dies of AIDS. Gee golly, I don‘t think I‘ve ever read that story before. It made me kind of angry that she had no imagination. 1y
roseread This put into words so well what my issue was. The idea of the story was great but the characters were so flat and one dimensional 13mo
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When I heard Carla Bergman talk about joy and unschooling and Ursula K. Le Guin (and more!) on the Coffee with Comrades podcast (ep. 117), I immediately ordered their book JOYFUL MILITANCY: BUILDING THRIVING RESISTANCE IN TOXIC TIMES, co-authored with Nick Montgomery. My copy arrived in the mail today! 💕

#BookMail #Nonfiction #Leftist #Leftism #Anarchism #Anarchist #JoyfulMilitancy #Joy #RadicalJoy

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This week I'm reading some book mail I received from Algonquin Books, LET'S GET BACK TO THE PARTY by Zak Salih. I'll be reviewing this on my blog mid-February, but this debut novel "examines queer culture, generational envy, and the search for belonging through the lens of two childhood friends who reconnect as adults." ?️‍?

#AmReading #CurrentlyReading #BookMail #LGBTTheParty #LGBT #QueerCulture #GayCulture #DebutNovel #Fiction

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Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle handles fear, cruelty, and death openly and bluntly, but also gives readers lovable characters and a gentle sense of humor. A benefit of this being an "own voices" novel: Tingle avoids defining the Choctaw Nation by their trauma, and instead keeps the focus on their resolve and determination to survive, their traditions and spirituality, and the strength of their community. We'll definitely be reading the sequel. ❤

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Winterhouse | Ben Guterson
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WINTERHOUSE is a magical middle grade mystery that ties together a ghost story with a huge love of books, wordplay (especially anagrams), secret codes, and puzzles. I especially loved the friendship between Elizabeth and Freddy, and how they brought out the best in each other. This book is suspenseful without ever being too scary for kids on the younger end of the MG age range. It's a fun, wholesome read that keeps you on your toes throughout.

megnews I really enjoyed this when I read it last month and I‘m looking forward to continuing the series. 1y
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Thanks to Celadon Books for the book mail I received today! FINDING FREEDOM by Erin French sounds like a sensitive, reflective, comfort-filled memoir of redemption. And it turns out, The Lost Kitchen is about 20-30 minutes from my family in Maine! 🥰 I'm looking forward to reading this book.

#FindingFreedomMemoir #CeladonReads #Partner #Nonfiction #Memoir #Foodie #FoodieMemoirs #Maine #NewEngland #BookMail

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Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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My #TopBooksOf2020. I read so many great books this year! 🎉

January - PET
February - GOOD BOY
March - WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY
April - MOON OF THE CRUSTED SNOW
May - NATIVE
June - HURRICANE CHILD
July - TRANNY
August - KINDRED
September - THE MINDFUL UNIVERSE
October - CREATURES
November - BRAIDING SWEETGRASS
December - FELIX EVER AFTER

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We finished reading chapter 6 of @neildegrassetyson's ASTROPHYSICS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN A HURRY today, and we weren't going to skip an opportunity to make "The Universe as Hot Cocoa"! ☕? 68% dark energy (hot cocoa), 27% dark matter (whipped cream), and 5% regular matter (cinnamon).

#NonficNov #NonfictionNovember #Nonfiction #MiddleGrade #Astrophysics #Science #Space #Universe #Cosmos #HotCocoa #HotChocolate #Homeschooling #Unschooling

Chrissyreadit @Emily92Bibliophile did you see this post? I bet it could become a coffee drink.... 2y
lovelybookshelf @Chrissyreadit now THAT would be some real dark energy! 😅☕ 2y
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Novellas in November - Short Classics ?
I'm a finicky classics reader, so some of these are more "modern classics." ? Full post at https://lovelybookshelf.com/2020/11/novellas-short-classics/

#NovNov #Novellas #Classics #ShortBooks

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Novellas in November: Translated Literature
(Technically Persepolis is nonfiction, but I loved it so much I'm including it.) Full post on the blog: https://lovelybookshelf.com/2020/11/novellas-translated-literature/ 📚

#NovNov #Novellas #TranslatedBooks #BooksInTranslation

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Nonfiction November Week 3 is "Be the Expert" - If you find yourself pulling further left politically, or just want to learn more about leftism, I think you'll enjoy the titles shown here (and others mentioned in today's post). They all have clear, accessible writing styles and a hopeful tone. ❤?❤ https://lovelybookshelf.com/2020/11/books-for-leftists/

#NonficNov #NonfictionNovember #Nonfiction #Leftism #LeftistNotLiberal #MutualAid #Solidarity

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It's #TransAwarenessWeek! You can support trans and nonbinary authors this week and all year round, AND support indie bookstores, by buying books from this list I've created on Bookshop. Fiction, nonfiction, middle grade, YA, memoir, general fiction, sci-fi, poetry - there's something for everyone! I'm always adding to it. 💕 https://bookshop.org/lists/trans-and-nonbinary-authors

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Citizen Illegal | Jose Olivarez
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This week's Novellas in November prompt ties in perfectly with Nonfiction November! Here are my recommendations for some short nonfiction reads, ranging from 28 to 160 pages. (Click link in bio for the full post.)

#NovNov #NonficNov #Novellas #Nonfiction #ShortBooks

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This week's Nonfiction November prompt is to pair up nonfiction books with fiction books. Here are my pairs! 📚 Click the link in my bio to read the full post. #NonficNov #NonfictionNovember #Nonfiction #Fiction #BookPairings #Science #History #SciFi

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For Novellas in November this week, I have some contemporary fiction recommendations (snuck in some sci-fi, too). Visit my blog (link in bio) for the full post! #NovNov #Novellas #Fiction #ContemporaryFiction #SciFi #ShortBooks

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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Today on the blog I'm talking about books I read because someone recommended them to me (link in bio). #TopTenTuesday

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Wild Seed | Octavia E Butler
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The #FallReadathon goal was to read for 8 hours over 4 days. I did that and a little more! 🎉 Started and finished 2 books (Aster's Good, Right Things and How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America), started Wild Seed for the #OEBSlowRead, and listened to 75 min. of a David Graeber (💔) audiobook I'd started before the readathon. 📚

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I've seen some $$$ book blogger-focused online "courses" floating around social media lately, containing information that has traditionally been shared freely among the community. So I thought I'd write up a post on one of the biggest questions newer bloggers have: How To Request Physical ARCs from Publishers. I hope this helps some of you. Link in profile! ?

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Visit my blog (link in bio) for all the titles and details, but that last one sure is a winner for super long book titles: David Tung Can't Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College by Ed Lin. 14 words! 😅

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Death by Pumpkin Spice | Alex Erickson
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#TopTenTuesday Book Covers with Fall Vibes #CozyMysteries

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Carl conveys all the messy (and joyful!) feelings and experiences that come with transitioning, especially doing so while married. I did find myself wishing he'd spent more time talking about toxic masculinity, though. Loved his writing style.

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Alpha Bots | Ava Lock
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Stepford Wives meets Fight Club meets Truman Show, with a robot-powered feminist uprising. Fast-paced, funny, satirical, absurd, with some campy (but downright gruesome) horror thrown in. These AI women represent the desires of bottom-of-the-barrel cishet men, from expectations of submissiveness to racial fetishism, but will they be able to push beyond their programming? I'm not sure I completely followed the plot, but it was an entertaining ride!

Reggie You kinda hooked me. Stacked. 2y
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I escaped into books this week thanks to #BoutOfBooks. Finished 7 books, plus got 113 pages into BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD. Total page count: 1,686. 📚

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My full review of this book is up on my blog at lovelybookshelf.com but let me just say, I loved this memoir. It's perfect for Xennials, music lovers (especially punk), leftists, and trans readers. I was frustrated by cis readers who didn't think there was "enough" trans content in the book and explain more in my review.

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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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I've thought about the discrepancies between touristy New Orleans and resident New Orleans a lot.

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Started THE LIGHTEST OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE tonight and I'm already hooked! The writing is so beautiful. 🥰 (I'll be reviewing this on July 2.)

#speculativefiction #fiction #postapocalyptic

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Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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There are a ton of #Pride-themed readathons coming up in June! Just a reminder that I have a Goodreads shelf awkwardly named "not cis authors" if you're wanting some ideas on what to read next. 171 #ownvoices titles and counting, fiction and nonfiction: http://www.tinyurl.com/notcisauthors

Kenyazero This is an excellent list, thanks for putting it together! 2y
lovelybookshelf @Kenyazero you're very welcome! 2y
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Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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Today's #BoutofBooks prompt is #diversebooks. Here's a handful of ones I've enjoyed (and a few I still need to read) - a mix of fiction and nonfiction. 💕 📚

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The Scent Keeper | Erica Bauermeister
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This week is #BoutofBooks 28! I'm starting off with a (virtual) book club read, THE SCENT KEEPER. I'm only a couple chapters in, but enjoying it so far! 📚

#boutofbooks28 #currentlyreading #amreading #readathon #bookclub #fiction #comingofage #bildungsroman #magicalrealism #magicrealism #fabulism

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I love people stories, I love fabulist fiction, and this collection is an interesting mix of both. These stories explore the human condition, especially grief and fear, through a hint of bizarre. The way I was left hanging on "The Prerogatives of Magic" was infuriatingly satisfying. "In Two" ripped my heart out. I found myself wanting to savor each story before moving on. Every story in this collection is a gem. Consider this a must-read.

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Really loving Chuck Augello's short stories. 💕 #mythreebooks

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Fifty Thousand Dollars | Andrew James Weatherhead
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Anyone who's experienced existential dread or a feeling of ennui will relate to this long poem. To be honest, I don't always do well with poetry. I often feel like I'm not really getting it, or like it's just trying to show off how smart it is. But Weatherhead's prose isn't stuffy like that. It hit me in a raw, real (and at the same time, surreal), down-to-earth way. Beautifully written.

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In Five Years: A Novel | Rebecca Serle
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Interesting premise, and I liked this just fine, but it turned into a different kind of book than I expected. Remember those Lurlene McDaniel books? Basically like that. I felt like this tried way too hard to pull out every last drop of emotion from the reader, so much that you could see right through it. But still, a thoughtful read.

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Surreal, strange, and terrifying. Vikas Adam's performance as narrator is outstanding. This is the kind of story that doesn't get old; endless nuance for your mind to explore.

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These were my weekend reads, but I didn't get as much time in as I hoped. AMERICAN FASCISTS is so validating right now, and ELEANOR OLIPHANT is interesting because it's going places I didn't expect. Hope to finish these by the end of the month!

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This book is hilarious! It's an unsettling mix of silliness and horror. The time and creativity involved in creating each scene is truly impressive. If you enjoy comics, old-school horror story shows, dark humor, and clever puns, this book is perfect for you.

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These stories are intensely, wildly imaginative and original. I never knew where they were headed or what would turn up. Every single story in the collection is memorable and stood out from the others in its own way. This is a must-read for fans of short stories and fabulism.

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Stuff Every Tea Lover Should Know | Candace Rose Rardon
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We've been into loose leaf tea lately, and are still pretty new to it. I was excited to see this book in my mailbox today! I hope to learn a lot. 🍵

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My 10yo's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review:

I loved it. But I'm sad that the series is ending at only three books. But it ended in a good way. And it was really sweet. The whole story was exciting. And I'm really sad because I feel really attached to Sketchy.

Favorite character: Sketchy

Favorite quote: "I'm glad I found you, too, Sketchy. You're the first friend I ever had."

#middlegrade #middlegradebooks #kidlit

Reggie Omg... this is precious and that quote-😭. 2y
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I felt lukewarm about this book, but it tied together some important conversations I've had with my 10 year old, and she enjoyed it. I felt like it got too preachy, but she didn't feel that way at all. The direct approach worked for her. Maybe my desire for more showing, not telling, isn't important - after all, I'm not the target age group. The author's note covered some of the discomfort I had due to this not being ownvoices.

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The art is lovely and the comics feel like a hug, but this didn't work for me in book form. It felt thematically disorganized, and it was hard to tell when one comic ended and another began. The reading flow was often interrupted by random theme changes. It was distracting, and I was frustrated that I didn't get into a groove until halfway through the book. It's a shame, because the comics as individual pieces are gentle and soothing.

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The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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So excited about the #bookmail that arrived from @HarperBooks today!

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Paper Girls Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Need to return PAPER GIRLS to the library tomorrow, but haven't gotten to them yet. Time to binge read! 📚

#graphicnovels #scifi #mystery #comingofage #the80s #80s #bingereading #amreading #currentlyreading #weekendreads

HannaPolkadots These are made for binge reading!❤ Enjoy!😍 2y
xicanti Binging is the best way to go with this series! 2y
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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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This memoir-in-essays covers parenthood, existential angst, and just dealing with people and everyday life when it all seems so mundane. Perfect book for those of us who tend to think too much. Philpott's writing is amusing and comforting, and even though a lot about her life differs from my own, she made me feel like there's a lot we share.

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This is a project-based memoir about gratitude. Jacobs attempts to thank everyone - and I mean everyone - involved in making his daily cup of coffee happen. Nothing mindblowing in this one, and it doesn't get very deep, but the audiobook was a nice, relaxing listen. #nonfiction #memoir #coffee #gratitude

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Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs | Jennifer Finney Boylan
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I was going to wait until closer to the release date to read JFB's new book, but I can't. I love her writing too much. About to brew some tea from August Uncommon and settle in with this memoir tonight. 🥰

#nonfiction #memoir #transauthors #ownvoices

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My 10yo was SO EXCITED that she got to meet Nick Bruel today, hear him read, watch him draw, and that he signed her copy of his latest Bad Kitty book. 🥰 He was so friendly and engaging. Totally enjoyed attending this author event!

TheBookKeepers How fun!!!! 2y
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Awww, poor Shostakovich. 😥 😂
(from Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation)

#diaryofannefrank #annefrank #graphicnovel #shostakovich