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Joined September 2016

Twitter/Instagram: @lovelybookshelf | Classical musician. Unschooling parent. Small-a anarchist. Queer (enby/demi). She/they. www.lovelybookshelf.com
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Universal Love: Stories by Alexander Weinstein
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Tracks by Louise Erdrich
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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
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Finna | Nino Cipri
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I need to get to these 3 NetGalley books ASAP, because they're releasing soon. Super excited about FINNA, especially!

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#BoutofBooks reading wrap-up: I read 2,001 pages over 7 books, and finished 5 of those books. 🎉 📚

#readathon #bookstack #librarybooks

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Tracks | Louise Erdrich
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On this last day of #boutofbooks, starting TRACKS by Louise Erdrich for the #ErdrichMedicineReadAlong, hosted by @erins_library and @thunderbirdwomanreads over on Instagram. Looking forward to the January 17 discussion on Erin's feed.

#nativeauthors #louiseerdrich #tracks #anishinaabe #ojibwe #firstnations #fiction

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On a Sunbeam | Tillie Walden
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Book 5 of #boutofbooks is ON A SUNBEAM. The text is so tiny (my eyes are getting old) so I'm taking off my glasses (I'm nearsighted) and just holding the book really close to my face. 😂 This book is goooooood so far, totally worth it.

#graphicnovel #scifi #sciencefiction

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Hey, Kiddo | Jarrett J. Krosoczka
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#BoutofBooks book three is HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and it's a tough one so far. This kid is going through a lot. 😥

#readathon #graphicnovel #memoir

Reggie I cried my eyes out on the page right after he gets back from Disneyland. 1w
lovelybookshelf @Reggie oh my gosh, same! 1w
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Hostage | Guy Delisle
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Starting book 2 of #boutofbooks: HOSTAGE is the story of Christophe André, a humanitarian worker with Doctors Without Borders who was kidnapped in Nazran and held for ransom in Chechnya in 1997.

#hostage #guydelisle #doctorswithoutborders #graphicnovel #nonfiction

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Hostage | Guy Delisle
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Of the 122 books I read in 2019, here are my favorite #nonfiction titles. 📚

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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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Of the 122 books I read in 2019, here are my favorite #fiction titles. 📚

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My 10-year-old was given these two books as a Christmas gift, and I think I might want to read them, too. Are those covers gorgeous or what?! 🥰

#middlegrade #middlegradefiction #diversebooks #ownvoices

Lindy Gorgeous? Absolutely! 3w
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Third Wheel | Michael J. Ritchie
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#AMonthofFaves - Last Winter's Favorite Reads
These were all 5-star reads for me. (THE THIRD WHEEL is super underrated, btw. I read it in one sitting!)

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Empire of Wild | Cherie Dimaline
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So excited Cherie Dimaline's newest book arrived in the mail today! I loved THE MARROW THIEVES and have heard good things about this one, too. 🥰 #nativeauthors #bookmail

Reagan I have The Marrow Thieves but haven‘t read it yet. Maybe over the holiday! 1mo
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The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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C and I have been reading THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE by Louise Erdrich together. She's 10, but I think there's something special about read-alouds at any age. I first heard about this book from Dr. Debbie Reese, and honestly, I feel cheated that it was never introduced to me as a kid. The language is so beautifully descriptive, the story is rich and sweet and even humorous at times. It's perfect. ❤ #nativeauthors #historicalfiction #kidlit #unschooling

Cinfhen 💕💕💕💕💕 1mo
emtobiasz I just read this one with my homeschool kids book club, and I was expecting mixed reactions, especially with some of the tougher scenes toward the end. Nope— they universally loved it. 1mo
lovelybookshelf @emtobiasz awwww I love that! 1mo
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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December = A Month of Faves. Today's prompt is Popular Books Worth the Hype. I chose 3 nonfiction (top) and 3 fiction (bottom) titles I had heard a ton about in 2019 and felt lived up to the hype around them. (Well actually, the hype around Nadia Bolz-Weber's book is a whole different story, but I loved it!) All 6 books were published this year. #AMonthofFaves

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#NonficNov reading wrap-up! 📚 I fizzled out on the blogging and photo prompts for this event, but I read plenty. Finished these 9 books. If I had to pick a favorite, it's ALL THE REAL INDIANS DIED OFF. Dunbar-Ortiz tackles the most common myths and misconceptions about Native peoples, and does a fantastic job showing how those myths are perpetuated at every level of our society, why they're so harmful, and how we can correct that misinformation.

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Indian Horse | Richard Wagamese
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This is about trauma and the long road of healing. It's not a fast read, despite its page count (about 220 pages). The narrative is rich, intense, and because it deals with racism and Canada's residential schools, often brutal. This is the kind of book you read slowly, sitting with what's happening and what the implications will be for the character's life. This was my first time reading Wagamese's work, and it won't be my last. #nativeauthors

Suet624 Every time I see this author‘s name come up I get mad at myself for not reading his work yet. 2mo
BookNAround This was really a magnificent read, wasn‘t it? 2mo
lovelybookshelf @Suet624 I definitely wish I'd read him earlier! 2mo
lovelybookshelf @BookNAround It truly was. And I know nothing about hockey and am not into sports, but even though sections had me captivated. 2mo
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Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs | Jennifer Finney Boylan
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I love JFB so I was totally excited to get this galley in my mailbox today! 🥰 #bookmail #memoir #transauthors #doglovers

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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Rounding up innocent people and putting them in internment camps is horrifying enough, but the way the incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII came about and was carried out was even more disturbing, and reached much deeper, than I realized. This was not covered in my history classes as a student, so I learned a lot and enjoyed the graphic memoir format. Although Takei's perspective felt overly optimistic at times, it was also encouraging.

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Florida Under Five Flags | Rembert Wallace Patrick
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Played a fun concert at a local art gallery tonight - flute, violin, and FOUR harps! 🎶 The theme was Cinco Banderas/Five Flags, so we played music from Spain, France, England, Civil War era, and the U.S.

Smrloomis Cool! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2mo
Reggie How awesome!!! 2mo
Eggs 🎶That‘s wonderful!!!!🎶 2mo
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Wishtree | Katherine Applegate
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A sweet story about loving your neighbor and taking action in the face of injustice. Red is our narrator, a 216-year-old raggy tree; the community ties wishes to Red's branches once a year. Interesting nature facts/vocabulary are casually woven into this beautiful narrative. I would have liked this to be a tad longer so the friendship between Stephen and Samar could be fleshed out more, but I otherwise really enjoyed this gentle tale.

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Sharing a beautiful gift idea my cousin sent me. Check out this art! COLORING WITHOUT BORDERS is a non-traditional coloring/drawing book that teaches children about compassion. For every book purchased, another copy will be delivered to families stuck in Tijuana shelters. 💙 Visit https://store.familiesbelongtogether.org to purchase! 📚

#coloringbook #coloring #noborders #immigration #loveyourneighbor #bilingualbooks #spanish #kidlit

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I'm not fond of LITTLE WOMEN, but this retelling corrected issues I had with the original. Sometimes the letters to their dad felt clunky and unnatural, like an info dump. The Women's March illustration at the end included some trans-exclusive imagery, which was especially disappointing considering how diverse and inclusive the book otherwise was. Overall, I did enjoy this retelling, and look forward to hearing what my 10yo thinks of it.

Lindy I‘m curious about the trans-exclusive imagery you mentioned. I‘m looking at the two-page spread at the end of the book and I don‘t see it. Please tell me what you meant. 1w
lovelybookshelf @Lindy The pink pussyhats make many trans folks feel excluded, and carry TERFy overtones. For the most part, cis women were very dismissive and didn't want to listen to the reasons why it's hurtful. I felt the book had an opportunity to show solidarity with trans women by leaving those hats out, and was disappointed that they didn't. 1w
Lindy @lovelybookshelf Ah! Thanks for explaining that. 1w
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lovelybookshelf @Lindy You're welcome! 🥰 1w
Lindy @lovelybookshelf What did your 10-year-old think of it? Has she read it yet? 1w
lovelybookshelf @Lindy She really loved it, except for those two pages at the end. (We're a queer/trans family, so she picked up on that immediately.) 1w
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#NonficNov 5 - #Music 📚🎶
Well this one is easy! Here are just a few of my favorite #flute-related #nonfiction books. 🎶
#nonfictionnovember #flutist #fluteteacher

Reggie What‘s your favorite solo to play? I love the craziness of Muzcynski but like the Ian Clarke stuff. And sometimes just sometimes I like Pan and the Birds. Lol 2mo
lovelybookshelf @Reggie I love Muczynski, too! I have to admit, I'm a sucker for those French conservatory pieces. Give me Taffanel or Gaubert anytime! I also love Katherine Hoover. 2mo
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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
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My fiction/nonfiction book pairing for #NonficNov is FRIDAY BLACK, a collection of speculative fiction short stories with CITIZEN, nonfiction essays, images, and poetry. If you found one of these books powerful, I think you‘ll find the other equally compelling. They both creatively tackle the exhaustion that comes with dealing with microaggressions (and flat-out aggression) of being Black in an America that perpetuates institutional racism.

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#NonficNov 3 - Favorite Recent #Nonfiction ?
I listened to the audiobook of Austin Channing Brown's memoir I'M STILL HERE. She narrates it herself, and I highly recommend that format. This focuses on middle class America, with a Christian perspective. Her encounters with "good" white people were especially insightful and encouraged thinking about the differences between "not racist" and "antiracist." #nonfictionnovember #audiobooks

MatchlessMarie Loved this book and got to meet her! I do want to experience the audio version though. 2mo
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#NonficNov 1 - TBR 📚
Here's my stack of possibilities (because I'm a total mood reader) for #nonfictionnovember! I gathered up all the #nonfiction in the house that I've been wanting to read but haven't gotten around to.

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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Wrapping up #ripxiv - Readers Imbibing Peril XIV! I read the 12 books shown above, and also watched all 8 episodes of Amazon Prime's UNDONE (twice!) and 8 episodes of LOVE, DEATH AND ROBOTS on Netflix. THE MARROW THIEVES and FRIDAY BLACK were my favorites. 📚 #thriller #horror #zombieapocalypse #ghoststories #psychologicalthriller #politicalthriller #speculativefiction #scifi #fantasy #sff

Nillyrock The Newsflesh series is one of my favorites of all time! I wish I had never read it so I could read it again brand new lol 2w
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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This was truly unsettling from start to finish. I'm not exactly sure what happened at the end, and I don't really want to entertain the ideas I have. I know there's symbolism packed into the focus on breastfeeding/the let-down reflex, but it felt so heavy-handed and repetitive that I caught myself rolling my eyes. Helen Phillips had me in this character's headspace the whole time, which was downright disturbing. Psychologically a thrilling read.

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Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism | Cindy Milstein, Josh MacPhee, Erik Ruin
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Cooler weather, fresh air, and a good book from PM Press makes for a relaxing day. This book is a nice shot of hope. #everydayanarchy #utopian #resist #librarylove #librariestransform

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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I listened to the audiobook and was not a fan of the narrator. She read Mailhot's words with a flat, almost bored inflection throughout. That's a shame, because Mailhot's writing is absolutely stunning. So much so that I could feel the beauty of the phrases despite the narrator. This is a compelling, vulnerable, honest memoir. (CW for childhood sexual abuse and neglect, mental illness) #nativeauthors

rachelm Good to know! 3mo
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Fascinating #bookmail from Celadon Books. Looking forward to this one! #nonfiction #socialscience #communication #listeningskills

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I remember when this book came out, and people were so angry about it! I finally picked it up and wish it had been around when I was a teen. It would have saved me a lot of grief and anxiety. Bell's fresh perspective challenges verses used to rule by fear, and reinforces that God is steadfast, great, and ALWAYS loving. (I enjoyed the casual tone of the audiobook, although sometimes he'd get on a roll and speak in breathless run-on sentences. 😂)

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What an insightful, hopeful, loving book. This is a must-read for anyone with depression and/or anxiety. Highly recommend the audiobook. #depression #anxiety #mentalillness #memoir #selfhelp #nonfiction

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Day Zero | Kelly Devos
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Wow, I couldn't tear myself away from this whirlwind of intrigue and excitement. The pace is FAST, there are unexpected twists and turns, and I was shocked by what happens/is revealed near the end. There's an interesting focus on what motivates people to align themselves with various political movements, and that tension is intense without being overdone or too black-and-white. This ends on a cliffhanger, and I cannot wait for the second book!

Cinfhen Great review 3mo
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Is anyone giving the BookSloth app a try? If so, I'd love to connect. You can find me on there as Monika (Lovely Bookshelf).

SaturnDoo Never heard of it. What is it? 3mo
lovelybookshelf @SaturnDoo I'm still figuring it out. It looks like a place where reviewing the books you've read will curate recommendations? I'm not sure how the community/social aspects work yet. There's also an aggregate for some BookTube channels, book news sites, and bookish podcasts. 3mo
SaturnDoo @lovelybookshelf ohhhh I will check it out. Thanks 🤗❤ I will let you know if I join 😊 3mo
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Tender Cuts | Jayne Martin
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This is flash fiction. We're talking VERY short stories. Just a page, usually. Sometimes only a handful of sentences. I was surprised at how much story and emotion could be packed into such a compact format. I was not a fan of the drawings at the end of each story. I felt like the words were powerful enough on their own, and the illustrations detracted from that impact. This is perfect for readers who enjoy short formats and slice of life fiction.

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Picked up another #ripxiv read at the new (and only!) local indie bookstore.

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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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Whoa, these stories. Talk about dark, no-holds-barred satire. I'm halfway through, and so far FRIDAY BLACK is *absolutely* living up to the hype. Anyone else read/reading this?

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I'm from Nowhere | Lindsay Lerman
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Quietly pre-apocalyptic, this explores the intersections of grief, self-identity, and womanhood. The raw aftermath of grief is captured through a surreal sense of numbness, apathy, and deeply conflicting emotions. The despair, desires, and hope of recently widowed Claire are the compelling force of this character-driven novel. Readers are with Claire as she contemplates her life thus far, her role in this world, and begins to live for herself.

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1. Badass Ways to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks by Geert Verschaeve, and Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

2. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

3. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

#weekendreads

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What a beautiful quote! 🥰 #middlegradebooks

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I love this bookmark my 10 year old made. 🥰 📚 #middlegradebooks

Laura317 It‘s so cute! 4mo
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Pema Chödrön's new book is vital for anyone who wants to do their part to help ease the polarization we experience today. If you feel weary, if you wonder how you can possibly affect and contribute to the world when things seem so overwhelming, this book will give you hope! Though Chödrön writes from a Buddhist perspective, she also writes in a humble, down-to-earth style that all readers, regardless of faith, will find accessible and relevant.

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The first half of this book was dreadfully slow for me. The characters were shallow and annoying, and the fact that they were all going away for the weekend together was hard to believe. A little over halfway through, there was a huge shift and the pace really picked up. Although there were some holes in the plot, and I still found the characters insufferable, I can't deny that I couldn't stop turning the pages until I found out what had happened.

megzlynn It doesn‘t get better. I wasted time reading this one. At the end I hated all the characters. 4mo
lovelybookshelf @megzlynn I can't believe those characters didn't mature ONE BIT in the 10 years since high school. 😂 4mo
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Full Dark, No Stars | Stephen King
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DNFing 68 pages in. I think right now in my life, I just need a teensy bit of light in my reading. Just a little! This is quite literally FULL DARK, NO STARS. I'll probably try again in the future.

Reagan I love this but I hear you. 4mo
lovelybookshelf @Reagan-reads haha yeah, I can tell it's really good but I just can't hang right now 😳 4mo
Reggie Oh yeah, I loved this book but this was definitely King Dark. Don‘t blame you. 4mo
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This book is AMAZING so far. Clear and concise, wise, and full of love.

Suet624 The older I get the more that I know this is true 4mo
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Ghosts of You | Cathy Ulrich
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Each short chapter begins with: "The thing about being the murdered ___ is you set the plot in motion." Then the story describes the aftermath of that loss for those left behind. Some chapters read like the plot of a TV crime show. Others are heartbreakingly realistic. Each is a thoughtful look at the ways people, both close and far removed, react to the news of a murder. I enjoyed this book, its clever premise, and unique format.

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This book just got worse and worse. The humor felt completely outdated, and I didn't find it funny. Ellis romanticizes some really messed up stuff, does that gross "gay friends as trophies" thing that straight women so often do, is casually ableist, and brushes off racism like it's a cute, innocent character flaw. I really enjoyed the stories in AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, and that's the only reason I held out hope for this book. I wish I'd DNF'd instead.

Eyelit Yikes! That‘s really unfortunate 😕 5mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Bummer. I also liked the Housewife book. 5mo
BookNAround Yes. Yes. 100% yes. 4mo
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Cygnet | Season Butler
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I loved the writing, but the story felt more and more disjointed as it neared the end. It's like it was trying to cover too much, realized it was running out of time, tried to make do. I'm usually fine with - even enjoy - open endings. But it didn't work for me in this case. But gosh, the writing was lovely.

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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
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WE ARE OKAY focuses on coming to terms with and moving beyond loss, grief, and loneliness. The relationships/friendships between the characters in this book are complex, but more importantly, healthy and respectful. And the characters' diverse identities aren't "issues"! This is such a wholesome read. The quiet, gentle tone throughout had me feeling like I was holding my breath⁠—it was that stunning. What a wonderful character-driven novel.