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Megabooks

Joined April 2016

Major audiophile 🎧
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While I‘ve enjoyed the two Cosby books I‘ve read so far this month, the violence is so extreme it sacrifices character development and the feelings I have about them. I was rooting for Ike and Buddy Lee, but I didn‘t feel I knew them.

Two fathers have lost their married sons to a gruesome double murder. They must avenge their deaths while grappling with conflicted feelings about their sons‘ queerness and regrets.

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You could boil this down to “cranky liberal shakes fist at over-the-line progressives.” There is a bit more nuance than that, but Bowles often pulls no punches when she looks at everything from autonomous zones and defunding the police to the evolution and expansion of queer culture.

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Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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I‘m very excited to start discussing this next week for #CampLitsy24. Since finishing it, I‘m not sure what to make of or how I feel about the way the story unfolded. 🤔🤔 @BarbaraBB has some wonderful questions lined up! 🏕️💜

BarbaraBB Thanks to you and @squirrelbrain 🧡 20h
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 😘😘😘 19h
squirrelbrain I agree with all of your comments! 🤔 😃 19h
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kspenmoll I am hoping to finish because we are having a heat wave in CT predicted for Tuesday-Saturday- in the 100s. So I plan to hibernate in our air conditioned living room/dining room area.we do not have central air- old house 18h
Megabooks @kspenmoll we‘ve got a heatwave here, too! I hope you‘re able to stay cool. 13h
Megabooks @squirrelbrain 😘😘😘 13h
sarahbarnes Looking forward to the discussion too! 11h
Hooked_on_books I didn‘t vote for this one, but I‘m glad it‘s one of our books because I think there‘s a lot to discuss. I definitely have some mixed feelings about it and I think those make for the best book club/buddy read books. 11h
yourfavouritemixtape Can‘t wait for the discussions! I am not done yet but feel like my feelings towards it change every few pages! 8h
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I had mixed feelings too. There is a lot to discuss. I think Saturday will be interesting! 7m
Megabooks @yourfavouritemixtape yes, it definitely brought out a lot of conflicting feelings. 7m
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I think it will be great. 👍🏻🏕️ 6m
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Oh Rufi! How I adore your books! I have read so many great darkly funny contemporary fiction books this month, and Rufi‘s is the best.

Margo‘s college professor got her pregnant. When the baby is born, she‘s strapped for cash with no childcare and starts an OnlyFans page. With help from her pro-wrestler father, who has recently returned to her life, Margo charts an unconventional path that is not without obstacles.

Reggie Sounds intriguing. 2d
Megabooks @Reggie I think you‘d like this a lot! 2d
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I couldn‘t put down this catfishing memoir!! Audio is done well and so is the story of Anna‘s relationship to Ethan, an emotionally manipulative man she met on a dating site, but never met irl. Later she teams up with two other victims to unmask the person behind Ethan‘s profile. The ending is wild!

JenReadsAlot That sounds good! 2d
Megabooks @JenReadsAlot it was really engaging! 2d
LeahBergen Stacked! 2d
Megabooks @LeahBergen awesome! 21h
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Pretty: A Memoir | KB Brookins
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Great memoir from a Black transmasculine person. I love how they incorporated poetry in this exploration of the evolution of their understanding of their sexuality and gender identity.

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Give me all the pulp and lesbian drama!! So fun!!

Writer Astrid cannot get her life together. She regularly blacks out on a drug cocktail she calls the “Patricia Highsmith” and dates all the wrong women. The book follows her as she falls for a walking 🚩, obsesses over a neighbor, and tries not to get dropped by her book agent after running her mouth one too many times.

JamieArc Ooh! Moving this up my list! 6d
Megabooks @JamieArc it was such a great darkly funny book! @AardvarkBookClub hit it out of the park! 6d
charl08 Great plant / book combo 😍 6d
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Megabooks @charl08 thanks!! 6d
squirrelbrain Love your lilies! 6d
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thanks! I‘d let you cut a bouquet if you lived here! 5d
AardvarkBookClub 😍💕 4d
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Listening to this 22 hr audiobook is an investment but one that pays dividends. Farmer, a doctor on the frontlines of the 2014 Ebola crisis, writes about the history of Sierra Leone and Liberia from the slave trade and founding of these countries to the current politics and extractive trading. He explains why these countries are healthcare deserts from a historical perspective and gives ideas how we can better prepare for the next health crisis.

BarbaraBB You‘re my hero! 22 hours!! Did you recapture your love for audio? 6d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB mostly yes! Although I have to be a lot more invested to finish a book now. 6d
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Late posting! Both my #botm and #aardvark boxes arrived LAST WEEK. 🤦🏻‍♀️ But today I finally took these beauties to the flowers under my tree. I already finished Perfume and Pain — so fast-paced and funny — and now I‘ve started Margo, which is also fast-paced and funny! Sometimes contemporary fiction like that doesn‘t work for me, but score a win for both book clubs with these two. Hopefully a review of P&P tomorrow. 👍🏻

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So you may have noticed I haven‘t written an audiobook review in awhile. I‘m still listening to them, but I‘m not enjoying it as much. With all the aides coming and going, I rarely get uninterrupted listening time anymore. However, I decided to leap into a super-long (22 hour) one about the 2013-15 Ebola outbreak and an sociological history of those countries, and I‘m really enjoying it! It‘s a bit slow going, but maybe I‘ll love audio again!

Bookwormjillk Glad you got some audiobook time in. So hard with constant interruptions. I have this one in my TBR so will be looking for your review. 1w
Lizpixie I‘d love to read this but am struggling to find the audiobook. Where did you get it from if I may ask? 1w
squirrelbrain I hope it gets you back into audiobooking 🤞😘 1w
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ImperfectCJ @Lizpixie I don't know where @Megabooks got it, but I'm seeing it on Libby (through Los Angeles Public Library but not through my smaller libraries), on Cloud Library through San Diego Public Library, and on libro.fm 1w
ImperfectCJ @Lizpixie I don't know about availability outside the US, but the audiobook is published by Dreamscape Media: https://www.dreamscapepublishing.com/single-audiobook/?titleid=1772 1w
Megabooks @Lizpixie hi! Sorry I went shopping all morning. I picked this up on Libro.fm. I think @squirrelbrain has used their website/audiobooks outside the US. They are DRM free. @ImperfectCJ 1w
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk so far it‘s very worth the time investment! 1w
squirrelbrain @Lizpixie - yes, I‘ve used Libro.fm here in the UK. I‘ve been gifted audiobooks through the site from Littens in the US, and have also been able to reciprocate with gifts back again. 1w
BarbaraBB It sounds like your kind of book. I hope it will reconnect you with audio! 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it is my kind of book, and I‘m really enjoying it! 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Unfortunately, this fantastic queer memoir-in-essays isn‘t in the Litsy database. Wallace grew up bounced between family members and occasionally homeless. He found purpose in acting as a teen then got into podcast hosting and writing as an adult. (I didn‘t know him from any of this.) He shares reflections on his difficult childhood, becoming a parent, queer sexuality, and caring for older family members. TW sexual assault, homophobia

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your hydrangea 💙 7d
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My Darkest Prayer | S.A. Cosby
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Dark is definitely the operative word when it comes to Cosby. In this mystery, he has a former Marine and ex-sheriff‘s deputy investigating the death of a slimy preacher. Expect a high body count! #AuthorAMonth

BarbaraBB Is this a new one by him? 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think this might‘ve been his debut reprinted after Razorblade Tears got so big. 2w
BarbaraBB Ah of course. I‘ll probably read it too one day! 2w
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The Limits: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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I‘m glad @Hooked_on_books ‘s review pulled this out of my library pile. Great novel about blended family dynamics.

Pia has been living with her scientist mother in Tahiti. During the pandemic, Pia heads to NYC where her cardiologist dad is scarce (busy at the hospital) forcing her to spend more time with her new (younger) stepmom than she‘d like. Bonds and trust are tested among all the family when Pia goes missing.

Hooked_on_books I‘m glad you liked it! I really like how the author focused in on these characters and really made their lives and choices come to life. I‘ve read one of her before and will for sure be looking for others. 2w
BarbaraBB Great review. I have been meaning to read this since it appeared on the #CampLitsy24 longlist. 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think you‘d enjoy it. 💜 2w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books yes! Really careful character-driven novel. 2w
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What happens when the office outcast suddenly has access to all her coworkers‘ emails and chats? 🤫🤭 This workplace satire is equal parts funny and touching. It‘s giving Backman vibes for me.

squirrelbrain I‘ve been eyeing this one up since I first heard about it….🤔 2w
Soubhiville I do love Backman… 📚 2w
CBee Ooo, Backman vibes? Sign me up!! 2w
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Kristy_K I‘ve been on the fence about reading this one, but Backman vibes has me sold. 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I really enjoyed it! 2w
Megabooks @Soubhiville @CBee @Kristy_K I hope y‘all agree with me!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
Anna40 I need a funny but not silly book :) 2w
Anna40 My library has it but now I‘m 59th in waiting line! 2w
Megabooks @Anna40 funny not silly is great description! I hope you get it a bit sooner than your number implies. 2w
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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So excited for this particular spin! Perfume is the @AardvarkBookClub book I most wanted to read this month. Mother Doll is from the #CampLitsy24 longlist (nominated by @Ruthiella I think), and I‘m excited for it, too! As you can see, my up next shelf is bursting at the seams, so I‘ve got to stop reading so many library books and pick up some I own! 🤦🏻‍♀️😆 #bookspin #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Enjoy!!! 2w
Ruthiella Hope you like it. I‘ve not read it myself yet, but I really liked 2w
AardvarkBookClub Perfume and Pain is fantastic!! 💞 2w
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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I‘ve made my list and checked it twice, so I‘m ready for #bookspin tomorrow! Thanks for continuing to do this, Sarah!

@squirrelbrain this background made me think of Henry‘s Snakey. 💜🐾

squirrelbrain It‘s just like snakey! (He has Snakey 2 now though - Snakey 1 🐍 died eventually 😜) 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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If you have a uterus and are over 40, I recommend this!! I found out a lot of my lingering symptoms after treating my mast cell activation syndrome are due to menopausal changes. From sleepless nights to a burning mouth, it‘s good to know I‘m not alone. She makes concrete recommendations to take to your doctor. I feel so much more informed and ready to plan with my doctor at my next appointment. 5⭐️

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I enjoyed this, but it was a bit disjointed and more a #borrownotbuy.

Bond looks into the psychology behind fans. He speaks to fans, a few artists, and some experts. He examines separating art from artist with Michael Jackson fans. He delves deep into Janeites and a group I‘ve never heard of called therians, who believe they are animals. (I don‘t see how the latter is a fandom. 🤷🏻‍♀️) He ends with people who are fans of killers. 😬😬

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I am so excited for these @AardvarkBookClub picks!! Both are running about 4.25⭐️ on the storygraph, which is phenomenal. Can‘t wait for my box!! #aardvark

vlwelser Those both look excellent. 2w
Avanders Yay!! 🎉 2w
AardvarkBookClub We can‘t wait for you to read these!! 💞🫶 2w
Centique Oh wow that cover with the eyeball!! 2w
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#botm, for me, is that ex you say you‘ll never get back with. Like, “oh baby, you know you want this book for $4.99 right? I promise we can break up again. What‘s one month gonna hurt? You know you like to read.” 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

vivastory 😂 😂 2w
JamieArc For me, it‘s a relationship that has gone stale 😂😑 2w
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BarbaraBB 😂😂 and I also love yours @JamieArc 😂😂 2w
Hooked_on_books If it didn‘t take so long to ship books here, I would‘ve rejoined this month to get the Kamali, so I completely understand. (edited) 2w
Megabooks @JamieArc 💯💯 but I seem to keep coming back sometimes. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books yeah, you do have a tough time with their shipping system. 2w
JamieArc @Megabooks I tend to skip a lot, but can‘t get rid of my month-to-month subscription in case there is something really good. I also got Perfume and Pain in my Aardvark box - looking forward to that one. 2w
Megabooks @JamieArc P&P wasn‘t on my radar at all, but I‘m really excited for it! 2w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books fyi, aardvark has switched to ups for their shipping. Not sure that will make it better for you. I know you had a negative experience with them, too. 🤔 1w
Hooked_on_books Thanks for letting me know! Sadly, UPS actually makes it worse. 😂 We‘ve struggled so much with UPS here that my husband once painted a giant banner and hung it out on the road to be sure he got his package (they have a habit of shipping things back to their origin without making any delivery attempts). 1w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books yikes!! I‘m sorry book clubs have been such a bummer for you because the bookmail (when it comes) is fun. 1w
Hooked_on_books It is was it is. I figure anywhere one may live has its downsides and one here is shipping. Not surprising considering it‘s the most remote archipelago in the world! On the very upside, the state has a phenomenal library system that I‘ve been repeatedly impressed by, and that just warms my heart. 1w
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American Spirits | Russell Banks
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I don‘t know how I had never heard of the prize-winning recently deceased Banks, but I did enjoy this story collection and plan to check out his extensive backlist.

These three long short stories follow the inhabitants of rural, white, Trump-supporting Vermont as they deal with local militias, racism, and drug deals gone wrong. Dark and deadly. I loved it!

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I loved Nolan‘s debut, Acts of Desperation, so I was primed to enjoy this one. Unfortunately, it missed the mark. I found the journalist plot device off putting and awkward.

A kid may have killed another kid. As the family awaits word on the police investigation, a journalist tries to get the scoop while sequestering them in a hotel, but instead he finds out more about the family‘s dysfunctional dynamic.

BarbaraBB I liked this one better than her other book. It doesn‘t often happen that we think differently about the books we read! 3w
sarahbarnes I did really like this one, and haven‘t read Acts of Desperation. I may need to do that now. 2w
sarahbarnes Actually, I apparently tried to read it awhile back and bailed. My memory is terrible sometimes. I think it was too brutal for me. 2w
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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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I won‘t say much about this because I know a ton of you love reading her books with @TheBookHippie . (Join her this summer!) I will say supernatural thrillers aren‘t usually my genre, but St. James does them so well, I can‘t help but read them. This is one of her best, imo!

TheBookHippie Oh good. We‘ve read all of her books together and they‘re so fun to group read. I can‘t wait. 3w
Megabooks @TheBookHippie yes! What month are you doing it? 3w
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AmyG Wonderful. Now I am even more excited. 3w
BarbaraBB Great review. I feel the same about the genre and am always hesitant about reading St james but this sounds good. 3w
kspenmoll I cannot wait fir July! 3w
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Fantastic but infuriating book about right wing attacks on public schools, teachers, and libraries in the past few years. Hixenbaugh focuses on one Texas suburb that embodies all that is problematic with banning LGBTQIA+ books, banning critical race theory, and impinging on what teachers are able to teach in general. Eye opening 💯💯💯💯!!

sarahbarnes 🤬🤬🤬 3w
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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide | Anthony Bourdain, Laurie Woolever
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When this came out in 2021, I bailed on the audio. I didn‘t enjoy Bourdain‘s words not in his voice. But picking it up now in print, I find it a bit charming.

After his death, Bourdain‘s assistant finished a book he conceived in 2017. Instead of original essays about the cities and venues he loved, she pulled quotes from his TV shows so you still feel his voice in print.

squirrelbrain Pretty flowers! 🌷 3w
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I will always Stan Mandel‘s Station Eleven “trilogy”. I love the alternate timelines in each book and how each picks up on different characters from the previous book and spins them in a new way. But my favorite part has to be the autofictional author on book tour in 2201 when a pandemic breaks out. She is an autobuy author for me, and I can‘t wait to see what she writes next!! #AuthorAMonth

TNbookworm Totally agree, love her books! 3w
tpixie Oh my! Station Eleven is a trilogy? lol more to read! 3w
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Soubhiville Wow those flowers are gorgeous! 3w
Megabooks @TNbookworm 💯💯💯🙌🏻 3w
Megabooks @tpixie that‘s really helpful! I enjoyed reading all three in the same month and seeing the links. 3w
Megabooks @Soubhiville thank you! I love them. 💜 3w
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New geranium!

Holmes‘ trolling of people trying to scam her was truly hilarious and worth the price of admission alone. But she also did a wonderfully compassionate job of sharing the stories of women who had been conned. I did not know people were murdered in Ghana and Nigeria to be used in dark magic rituals to increase scam yields or that in SE Asia people were held In indentured servitude carrying out scams. Almost too wild to be true!

Suet624 Gah! 4w
Aimeesue Yikes! 4w
Megabooks @Suet624 @Aimeesue I know! Definitely one of the most surprising books I‘ve read this year! 4w
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Black was raised in David Duke‘s white nationalism from childhood, even appearing on Jenny Jones in his robes as a kid. Here, Black goes into the details of his childhood, but also the many people at college who helped him change his mind. His wife, who played a large role in his deprogramming, sounds like an amazing person.

Unfortunately, the college that helped him so much has been attacked and changed by DeSantis. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

squirrelbrain Sounds interesting - stacking. 4w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it was!! I hope you can get ahold of it. 4w
BarbaraBB This sounds very good 4w
KathyWheeler I‘ve read about him before, but I didn‘t know he had a book out. 4w
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Looking good with my mom‘s new begonia!

The first book for #CampLitsy24 is a pick! Join @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain and me to discuss on June 8 and 15. Excited to read what everyone thinks. 😁🏕️

squirrelbrain Hooray! I really liked it too! 4w
BarbaraBB So glad it‘s a pick for both of you! @squirrelbrain 4w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB excited for our pre-camp discussion! 4w
Soubhiville Yay! I‘m excited to start it. 4w
sarahbarnes Yay! I‘m excited to start it soon! 4w
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Coming Home | Brittney Griner, Michelle Burford
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Basketball player Griner certainly struggled a lot during her trial and time held in Russian prison. It‘s an enlightening account of the treatment of prisoners in Putin‘s Russia. I followed her story a bit as it was everywhere, and I do think she was used as a negotiating pawn on trumped up charges, but check your bags for drugs before international travel people! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I mean I watched Locked Up Abroad back in the day…

Megabooks Did anyone else watch Locked Up Abroad on NatGeo about 10-15 years ago? That shit was scary! 1mo
NamasteReading Memory unlocked! I definitely was shook watching that show 😂 1mo
JamieArc No, but watching Brokedown Palace with Claire Danes in the 90s was enough to scare me 😂 1mo
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Hooked_on_books When I was watching the coverage of her being detained, I was thinking the same thing. It‘s Russia, for god‘s sake. Be aware of what you‘re bringing in! And ditto @JamieArc ! 4w
Megabooks @NamasteReading 💯💯💯 so scary! 4w
Megabooks @JamieArc @Hooked_on_books I could not remember the name of the movie, but it stuck in my head, too. And yes, 💯💯💯 check your bags double or triple before traveling internationally! I think she felt safer there because she had played so many seasons, but you can‘t get complacent with Putin. 4w
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Thunder Song: Essays | Sasha LaPointe
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I read two great queer BIPOC essay collections recently. Thunder was written by an indigenous punk woman from the Pacific NW. She linked her personal history with that of tribe members who came before her.

Geoffrey worked in art and fashion in Berlin and NYC. He examined what he enjoyed about the fast, sex and drug-fueled lifestyle he lived and what it cost him in mental health struggles.

Both TW for sexual assault.

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So many books acquired this week! I got a few from the Amazon sale, including the tagged, which I‘m super excited about. My pre-ordered All Fours arrived, too, for #CampLitsy24. I‘m excited for Mother Doll and Murder Road from the longlist. The one that‘s hard to see is The Best American Essays 2023. Happy reading weekend everyone!!

Ruthiella Very interested to hear what you think of Mother Doll! That was my longlist pick, but I haven‘t read it yet. 1mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella I have not started it yet, but it sounded really good. Thanks for nominating it! 4w
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I found this book to be interesting but problematic. Hari looks at GLP-1 drugs for weight loss (Ozempic/Montjaro) as he starts take one to lose weight. As far as looking at the development and use (in general) of these drugs, it‘s a fascinating book. As far as his own cognitive dissonance about his reasons, I‘m glad a friend pointed out that he wasn‘t that fat and was mainly taking it for vanity over health. An enlightening read.

Crazeedi Funny I was listening to Spotify this am and an ad for this book popped up! 1mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi Interesting! I have a paid account, so I didn't know they ran ads for books. 1mo
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This is a reprint of a 1994 book chronicling Barbie‘s place sociologically in society, the history of her conception, and a bit of business history of Mattel. The only update is a new preface based on the Barbie movie. Still, it‘s an interesting book — just don‘t expect all the info to be updated.

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Larson is a reliably excellent author of narrative nonfiction, and this is a great entry into his canon though not my favorite of his.

Larson covers the start of the American Civil War from Buchanan‘s poor decisions to Lincoln‘s inauguration and early state succession all the miscommunications that brought forth the bloodiest chapter in US history so far. He centers his narrative around Ft Sumter.

Crazeedi I started this but it had to be returned before I got very far, normally his books engage me right away, but I didn't get far enough I guess. I'll definitely finish at some point 1mo
AmyK1 I‘m reading this now. Only about 90 pages in but liking it so far. 1mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi Yes, this wasn't my favorite of his, but I think it was worth reading. It did take a bit longer to get situated in the story because of how he started with the family so far before the war. 1mo
Megabooks @AmyK1 Fantastic! I hope it ends up being a pick for you. 1mo
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Y‘all…this is BY FAR the funniest book I‘ve read all year! If you are feeling down and need a laugh, the way she has included her word-for-word trolling of the scammers has me just rolling! So far 80 pages in, I highly recommend it.

LeahBergen Ooo, I may need this! 1mo
jlhammar Great title and cover. Reminds me of a podcast I recently listened to called Love Bombed. I‘m going to have to check this out! 1mo
BarbaraBB I might need this too! And I know an elderly lady who thought she‘s was having an online affair with Keanu Reeves. She even sent him the money to come and visit her… 🥲 1mo
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Megabooks @LeahBergen I liked that it was funny, but she was also very serious and caring towards the victims she spoke to. 1mo
Megabooks @jlhammar All kinds of love bombing in these romance scams. It was a really interesting book! Worth reading for sure. 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB That's terrible! Apparently he's the most commonly impersonated celeb because he's well known internationally but has no personal social media presence. 1mo
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Coming Home | Brittney Griner, Michelle Burford
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NGL the past two days have been rough. I started Dupixent for my mast cell activation syndrome and two other conditions, and the side effects have hit hard. I‘ve felt like I‘ve had a bad cold all day. But life doesn‘t stop. I‘m still the healthiest in the house (fwiw), so it‘s been a busy day. My upbeat mix from Spotify and Brittney Griner‘s memoir are keeping me company. I just keep hope that someday I will get my life back!!

Megabooks Oh and my vote worst song: A Horse with No Name by America. Yuck! Oh and Tempted by Squeeze. That played CONSTANTLY at the bookstore where I worked in high school. I still hate it. (edited) 1mo
Soubhiville I hope your health improves and the side effects smooth out. It‘s hard feeling like your body is out of your control. 1mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville thank you!! I keep trying to remind myself that it might be a long journey back to being healthy. Just trying to be patient! 😬😬 1mo
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TieDyeDude The three artists on the playlist name are an excellent start for an upbeat mix! It's good that you were able to find one medication for multiple issues. Taking a drug cocktail is never fun.
I'm not the biggest 80s fan, so I'm not going to argue with Tempted, but I do have a soft spot for America :)
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LiteraryinLawrence 💗💗 That sounds hard. Sending hugs! 1mo
Megabooks @LiteraryinLawrence thank you!! 💜💜💜 1mo
Megabooks @TieDyeDude I think I‘ve trained my algorithm pretty well on Spotify. Their curated playlists are generally pretty decent for me. I‘ve been listening to a lot of OutKast recently. Each of their albums are so distinctive! And thank you!! 😁 (edited) 1mo
CarolynM Oh dear, Tempted is one of my favourite songs, but I understand about hatred through overexposure - that‘s Careless Whisper for me🤣 I hope the side effects settle down and the meds work for you💕 1mo
BarbaraBB You‘be been so patient, and I hope the meds will kick in and be of help for you. In the meantime I love that playlist😍😍 1mo
Bookwomble I hope the benefits of your treatment aren't too long in coming through ❤️ 1mo
Bookwomble @CarolynM Tempted is one of my favourites, too 😊 I'm kinda partial to Horse With No Name, while I'm fessing up 😄 1mo
Reggie I hope you feel better Meg. 1mo
Smrloomis Sending good thoughts for your health!! 1mo
Megabooks @Reggie Thank you! I'm finally feeling better today. That Dupixent really threw me for a loop. It's supposed to get better over time, which is good. 1mo
Megabooks @Smrloomis Thank you so much! 1mo
Megabooks @CarolynM Oh I love Careless Whisper. (“Guilty feet have got no rhythm“ is a perfect song lyric to me!) So funny we feel opposite! I'm finally feeling better today. Thanks for checking in! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Finally feeling better today. I was just exhausted for several days, but I guess that's just the medicine priming my immune system. I hope I see positive effects. 1mo
Megabooks @Bookwomble Oh no! Sorry I chose a couple of your faves. We're all so different in tastes. I feel better today, but they told me it will take a few doses before I start to notice positive effects. 1mo
Bookwomble @Megabooks Glad to hear you're on the mend 😊 1mo
Centique OMG i was going to post last week that my most hated song is Horse with No Name but I got busy and didnt post. And here you are, sharing my own personal dislike and I feel like I am in great company! Sorry your med side effects threw you for a loop. I hope that theyre doing a good job for you now💕💕 4w
Megabooks @Centique very cool we hate the same song! I hope you had a wonderful birthday the other day!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 I‘m over the side effects of the med now. I take my second dose Monday. 4w
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The Marriage Act | John Marrs
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Barbara, I can see why you like Marrs! Thank you for sending me this and getting me hooked!

In the near future, Britain has made it hard for single folks. There are penalties for being single and perks for leveling up to a “Smart Marriage,” which allows the government to listen in through an Echo-like device and dispatch counselors if you‘re disagreeing too much. Marrs writes from the perspective of 6 people dealing with this Orwellian nightmare!

BarbaraBB I am glad you liked it. I will read it soon too. How is your wrist? 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB my wrist is better! I wanted another picture before the irises were gone, so I took it several days ago. 👍🏻 it‘s in the same universe as the one, so I‘ll have to go back and read that. 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I really enjoyed The One - it's a book that has really stuck with me. I didn't realize this book was in the same universe - I'll have to find a copy!! 1mo
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
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I LOVED this sociological look at what breasts mean to women. Thornton examined tits from many angles spending time with strippers and plastic surgeons, with breastfeeding moms at a milk bank, with models and bra designers, and on a retreat with Wiccan women. Thornton felt disconnected from her own breasts after losing them to cancer and having a bad reconstruction, which led her to question how other women feel about theirs.

rubyslippersreads This phrase makes me think of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. 1mo
Megabooks @rubyslippersreads haha! I wish I had gotten into that. My parents loved it! (edited) 1mo
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Headshot: A Novel | Rita Bullwinkel
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For me, if you‘re going to fight for sport, you better have some passion behind it. Unfortunately, that‘s what this overly cerebral novel that follows 8 teenage girls as they compete in a national tournament lacks. I did find the girls‘ backstories interesting, but I didn‘t feel any sort of energy or enthusiasm while in their heads. The epilogue, read through the eyes of a journalist covering it, was the only passion to be had.

Chelsea.Poole Shoot! I think the audio is short so I may give it a go but I‘ll temper my expectations. 1mo
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Eveningland: Stories | Michael Knight
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This was blurbed by Adam Johnson, the author of my favorite short story collection Fortune Smiles, so I knew it would be good. Knight does a beautiful job of highlighting Mobile, Alabama and its bay around the time of the Deep Horizon oil spill. If you enjoy Southern regional fiction (like me), this collection is for you! There‘s a funny story about a foiled home burglary and another about young love on the boat docks that rings so true.

BarbaraBB I love that cover and your 🌺 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thank you!! 😘 1mo
Centique Oh those flowers! 😍 1mo
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The Age of Grievance | Frank Bruni
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I don‘t pay for the NYT, so I don‘t get to read all of Bruni‘s columns, but I‘ve started paying more attention since he became a professor at Duke, my alma mater. He rails against the overuse of grievances in today‘s society, but I found him a bit tone deaf to others‘ particular struggles and why they might find them more difficult than he sees. Books like this often come off a bit too judgmental for me, but I‘m glad I read it.

Centique You put that so well about the “tone deafness”. I have been thinking something similar (less coherently!) about some online essays on the same theme. They had some good points but glossed over the context of all the many years (sometimes generations) where a grievance (and associated pain/damage) went unheard and ignored. 1mo
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Get Jiro! | Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose
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Wasn‘t a fan of this. My least favorite part of watching/reading Bourdain‘s works are his opinions about America‘s food culture. In his graphic novel, a corporate chef and a locavore chef battle for control of the upscale dining market. But Jiro, an edo-style sushi chef, and other upholders of food traditions battle back for control of America‘s stomachs. I also never appreciate his fat shaming. That really kills me about him. #hoopla

Megabooks @dabbe 💯💯💯 1mo
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The Alternatives: A Novel | Caoilinn Hughes
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You wouldn‘t know it from the sunny day, but bad storms left us without power for 12 hours overnight!

I was so pleased to get my @AardvarkBookClub picks (far right) with the v cute bookmark! #aardvark I bought the tagged for #CampLitsy24, and Impossible Things was just $1 at my library‘s sale.

Library books: Limits and Morningside were on the CL longlist. Mean Boys is a queer essay collection I‘m already enjoying, and 888 just looked fun.

Ruthiella Glad the lights are back on! 😃 1mo
BarbaraBB Such an amazing stack of books 😍😍 Hope the storm has left you! 1mo
squirrelbrain That is a cute bookmark! 1mo
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Tamra What a relief to have the power back! 1mo
dabbe Beautiful plant in the background! 🌺🌺🌺 1mo
Suet624 So many books to look forward to. 1mo
marleed What a beautiful corner! And I remember your gorgeous deck! 1mo
Megabooks @marleed so excited to start using it. Thank you! 1mo
Megabooks @Suet624 agree! I think I‘ve bitten off too much. 😂😂 1mo
Megabooks @dabbe thanks! It‘s fake. 🤫 1mo
Megabooks @Tamra agree! It was a long night! 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thanks! @AardvarkBookClub keeps bringing their A game with the bookmarks! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB fortunately it‘s been nice since but Katie already lost a large tree on her new property. We had several very old large ones come down this time. One even blocked a nearby road! 1mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella me too! 12 hours was long enough! 1mo
dabbe @Megabooks 😮🤩😀 1mo
BarbaraBB That is such a shame, those trees. They must have been so gorgeous in that garden of yours. And Katie is coming to live there for sure? That is so wonderful 💛 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes, Katie is coming for sure!! 🎉 1mo
BarbaraBB That‘s the best news! How wonderful for all of you! 1mo
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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While this is still my least favorite of the Station Eleven “trilogy,” I enjoyed much more the second time around. #AuthorAMonth

Vincent works at a remote island hotel in her British Columbian hometown. When the hotel‘s owner visits, she sees an opportunity to leave and be his trophy wife. But he is a Madoff-based Ponzi schemer and his misdeeds have ripple affects throughout the lives of these characters.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 1mo
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you!! 😁😁 1mo
Jeg Love those books. Especially Stations Eleven. 1mo
Megabooks This is my #diublespin @TheAromaofBooks !! I‘ve finished both this month now! 🎉 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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Sociopath: A Memoir | Patric Gagne
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This is one of my favorite memoirs this year! 5⭐️ all the way!

Gagne realized she was different than other kids early on. She had a deep need to act out against other kids and break laws, but yet she felt apathetic emotionally. She found a checklist for sociopathy and realized she fit it to a T. With her deep intellectual curiosity, she began to work out ways to self-treat her condition. This led to a PhD and work with other sociopaths.

Tamra Memoirs aren‘t a genre I typically enjoy, but I‘m curious about this one! 1mo
sarahbarnes I don‘t read many memoirs, but heard an interview of this woman and have a hold on it at the library. Glad to see it was a high pick for you! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Reading this now! 📕 👯‍♀️ 1mo
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squirrelbrain I have this on hold on BorrowBox - I should get it at the end of the month. 1mo
AudiobookingWithLeah You intrigued me with this one...so I listened to the sample on Libby...I was definitely impressed...I'm now #81 on 12 copies...so we'll see. 1mo
Anna40 This sounds tough!!! 1mo
Roary47 This is on my list. I‘m so glad you liked it. 🥰 1mo
Megabooks @Tamra @sarahbarnes is definitely think this is engaging enough to draw in people who usually don‘t read memoirs! 1mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole ooo!! I wonder what you‘re thinking. 🤔🤔 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I hope you enjoy it too! 1mo
Megabooks @AudiobookingWithLeah I ended up using my Spotify borrow on it because my library‘s line was long, too. No regrets! 1mo
Megabooks @Anna40 it was but super engaging! 1mo
Megabooks @Roary47 yay! Enjoy! 1mo
Christine I wanted this to be a #CampLitsy pick! I suppose not everyone would consider it a fun summer read…😆 (edited) 1mo
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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Jew | Emmanuel Acho, Noa Tishby
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Tishby and Acho planned this book long before the war started, and both realized there was even more urgency for it now. While I believe in the right of anyone to criticize any government‘s decisions, I also agree with Tishby that calling for the elimination of Israel as a country is wrong and antisemitic. I highly recommend this book, especially now with lots of misinformation circulating. #BringThemHomeNow

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Is there ever a bad time to reread your favorite book? My answer is definitely not! #AuthorAMonth was a great excuse to pull this out again. 💜

A strong flu outbreak from Georgia 🇬🇪 wipes out over 99% of the population in a matter of months. Mandel expertly moves between the outbreak and a time 20 years later when a traveling symphony/Shakespeare company encounters a dangerous doomsday prophet. Just read it!!

Bookwormjillk I‘m planning on re-reading this too. Last time I read it was February 2020 😷 1mo
DHill Love this book. Love this author. 1mo
AmyG My favorite of hers…..hands down. 1mo
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Soubhiville Yay! 1mo
JenReadsAlot I'm reading this now for the first time (finally)! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great book ♥️ 1mo
BarbaraBB I thought you would reread this one 💕💕 1mo
Megabooks @AmyG @DHill same to both of you!! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk yikes! I had not reread it since the pandemic, so it was interesting diving in again. I probably read it 4 times between 2014-2020. It hits different now! 1mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville I looked back in my all-time tags in the storygraph, and I‘ve completed 60 aam books since I started the Frederick Backman month! 🤯 1mo
Megabooks @JenReadsAlot awesome! I hope you love it too! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB you thought right dear friend!! 💜🫶🏻 1mo
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Invisible Woman | Katia Lief
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Does this cover look like a #metoo literary thriller? Yeah, not to me either! But I did enjoy it even if it is a bit forgettable.

Accusations have come out about Weinstein-like character raping women in Hollywood. Some women report a second assailant, but he hasn‘t been named. Filmmaker Joni‘s best friend was assaulted and left Hollywood. Joni encourages her to come forward, but there‘s danger for them both. Great ending twist!

Soscha Love the cover! 1mo
bookandbedandtea Love your irises!! 😍 1mo
kspenmoll Your flowers are so beautiful! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Sounds good enough to stack .. anything in the thriller area has my attention 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Megabooks @Soscha it‘s a cool cover just very odd choice. 1mo
Megabooks @bookandbedandtea @kspenmoll thank you!! I‘ve loved having them!! 1mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
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Mattioli, WSJ Amazon beat reporter, paints a damning picture of Amazon‘s desire to disrupt almost every major industry in America, including shipping, cloud storage and retail. What upset me the most is Amazon‘s in-house brand developers over and over stealing intellectual property and sales and customer data from third-party often small businesses using their marketplace. Idk how to get rid of my dependence on Amazon, but she made me question it.

ChaoticMissAdventures Happy to answer any questions! I decided about 8 years ago that I would not give Bezos any of my money. I don't have prime and have not shopped Amazon since. I think a lot of it though is privilege. You need to have the time (I do not ever expect delivery next day) and money (I know often I could get things a few $ cheaper from A but will not do it) 1mo
Megabooks @ChaoticMissAdventures I think a lot of it for me is living in a house with my severely disabled parents and me disabled, too, all of us on fixed incomes and not necessarily able to shop in person for everything we need. The financial thing plays into, too, but definitely some of it is living in a large town and not being able to get out as much nor necessarily be able to find everything we buy locally. (edited) 1mo
Megabooks @ChaoticMissAdventures I don‘t get fast fashion or any of that, but some gluten free items are not available here (I have celiac) and some everyday items (like adult diapers) are just easier to buy in bulk and have delivered. 1mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures @Megabooks definatly, accessiblitity is incredibly important. I don't know if it is an option, but for me I have found often that Costco's online store is just as quick at delivery, and often has comparable pricing on some things. I get a lot of my over the counter meds from them, & really like that they are kinder to their employees. In the end we all do what we can, sometimes cutting out a company is just too difficult in some areas. 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Megabooks Ihave even heard that there are some things you can buy on Costco online in which you don't need a membership! 1mo
Megabooks @ChaoticMissAdventures I get that. I do big pick ups with local stores as much as I can (Kroger, Walgreens, Meijer), but I will admit to bending to Amazon‘s wiles a few times a month, too. The closest Costco to me is an hour away, and apparently they add a 5% surcharge to online orders for non members, which I‘m not sure whether I could swing. Thanks for the tip, though! I may see if they have bulk gluten-free dry goods that work for me! 👍🏻 1mo
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