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ReadingEnvy

Joined May 2016

I'll have what you're reading! goodreads.com/user/show/68030 | readingenvy.com for the podcast
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The Christmas Pact | Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
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I listened to this quick Audible original while I did some weekend cleaning - it's a contemporary romance with two narrators. It all starts when an advice columnist receives a question from one person at a company and accidentally replies to the other.
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In poking around I discovered that what the male narrator looks like is a big mystery - his voice is awfully familiar to me and I have some guesses....

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Willa & Hesper | Amy Feltman
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Two young women start out in an intense relationship that ends quickly, sending each into her own exploration of her roots and identity. One goes to Georgia (the country) and the other to Germany on a Jewish genocide type trip. The entire novel has a floating quality too it as there is a lot happening internally and emotions are high whether it's relationship drama or painful history, and the narration alternates between Willa and Hesper

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25 Days 'Til Christmas | Poppy Alexander
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Are all holiday romances set in the UK? Here is another, with young war widow Kate barely making ends meet. In her crap job selling Christmas trees for a department store, she meets a man she remembers from previous years, but this year he looks alone and sad. #romantsy

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I kept hearing this novel described as "lesbian necromancers in space." That isn't inaccurate but space is a backdrop, necromancy is central, but there is also a locked-room murder mystery, houses with a contest between necromancers, and one unforgettable kick-ass heroine named Gideon. Oh and it is funny and pithy. If you need a book to mix it up or break up reading ennui, this is probably the one! Glad I gave it another chance.

ChasingOm I should probably branch out when I recommend this book — I use the common explanation, but I really like what you brought into it too! 3d
Palimpsest The best review I‘ve seen of this book. I‘ve not read it, but I appreciate the added detail. 3d
AmandaL @ReadingEnvy @Palimpsest I keep telling everybody that the description on the book does no justice to the actual story. Everything about this book was well done. 3d
ReadingEnvy @Palimpsest there's a lot more there - a contest between houses is central to the plot and it's life or death. 3d
ReadingEnvy @AmandaL exactly. I want to reread the ending! 3d
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I'd love to include you in my Best of 2019 episode. Deadline December 14 (the post should answer most FAQ.)

http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/2019/11/submit-your-best-read-of-2019.html

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Home Fire | Kamila Shamsie
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 173: Expecting a Lot from a Book.
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Jenny was happy to welcome Sarah Tittle in person to chat books we have read and liked recently. We found our way to a few unintentional themes of female empowerment and radicalism, with a little reader's memory lane of one Nicholson Baker.
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https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy173

Christine Loved your thoughts about Unfollow (I too was raised within a not-as-bad-as-Westboro-but-still-super-conservative Christian culture). I let my library hold of that slip away but now must check out again! And a bonus joy was hearing my alma mater mentioned during the episode (St. Olaf ❤️). 3d
ReadingEnvy @Christine ah, st Olaf! My sister in law also went there. 2d
Christine No way! Too fun. Wonder if we overlapped...my husband and I were there in the late 90s. 2d
ReadingEnvy @Christine oh maybe; her name would have been Heather (hmmm Peterson I think) and she graduated in 2000 I think... She was from Oregon. 2d
Christine I‘m sure our paths crossed, then (probably frequently if she was involved in choir or the Sociology or Education depts...)! I graduated in ‘99. 2d
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The Night Swimmers | Peter Rock
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I went looking for books from the Tournament of Books 2020 longlist in Hoopla and landed on The Night Swimmers is audio. There really isn't much here, a story of a teenaged boy intrigued with a woman living nearby and they both swim at night. But nothing really happens. These chapters alternate with even less interesting chapters from the narrator in his present day that just sound like they're probably the author in his real life.

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Two twenty somethings move into a shared house in an area of London they would never be able to afford otherwise and develop a friendship on long walks through the city. Definitely a holiday read for fans of friends to lovers romance!
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I guess this came out earlier in the fall but it seemed better for the first day of December. I had a copy from the publisher.

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Total: 20 books, but 2 are over 500 pages and only one below four stars!

Audiobook: 3
eBook: 6
Print: 11

Library copy: 5
Personal copy: 6
Review copy: 9

Asia 2019: 2
Non-fiction November: 11
Tournament of Books 2020: 2
TBR-Explode: 2

Annl That‘s amazing! 7d
Lcsmcat Impressive! 7d
Nutmegnc What app do you use for keeping track of stats? 7d
ReadingEnvy @Nutmegnc I keep track of books read in Goodreads and a spreadsheet but for the monthly posts I count by hand. 7d
Lindy An excellent month! 👏👏👏 7d
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I've been poking around Kindle deals and eARCs and Hoopla books for cozy holiday reads. Would you listen to a bonus podcast episode that gives an overview?
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Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage features Esme, a redheaded food stylist in her 30s living in London until she loses her job and relationship in one bad day. She retreats and finds a way to reinvent herself, and it's super cozy ....

Lindy Cosy holiday reads aren‘t really my thing, but I‘m always up for listening to your podcasts. 😊 1w
Reggie Ditto⬆️ 1w
Centique I like a cosy now and then! I‘d def be up for that 😊 6d
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Priory of the Orange Tree | Samantha Shannon
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While arguably not my usual genre, I was enjoying this epic fantasy novel with feminist undertones for the first 500 pages or so. I think in books like these, the ending should be the payoff but it was in pulling the pieces together where I started to lose interest. It might just be me; ymmv.

TiredLibrarian If only it was as good as its beautiful cover 🧡 1w
ReadingEnvy @TiredLibrarian it really is quite striking, as some of the visual descriptions in the book. 1w
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Memoir 11 for Nonfiction November and this is a captivating read! I had to keep reminding myself it was a true story, about the author's mother who embarks on an affair with her husband's best friend but drags her daughter into it. It's also about mothers and daughters, waspy Cape Cod culture, and finding your own path. If you go to the beach anytime soon, this is the book to take with you!

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Mockingbird | Walter Tevis
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I started Mockingbird because it was on my TBR from 2010, and somehow thought it was a detective novel of sorts. Wrong! It starts with a robot in a robot-dominant landscape who is unable to end his life, and brings in a human who has taught himself to read, something humans no longer do. Then he meets a woman who isn't on the mind-altering drugs.... Very readable and engaging!

RealBooks4ever This sounds fabulous! 💜 1w
Nute You got me with the bit about humans no longer reading and the robot trying to end his life but being unable to follow through. I‘m so curious to know the entire story. 1w
ReadingEnvy @Nute it was pretty unique, I thought. 1w
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After reading The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, I was curious to learn more about the Hmong people and "The Secret War." This memoir chronicles the Yang family's escape from Laos into a refugee camp in Thailand (where the author was born) to resettlement in Minnesota. The contrast in cultures and values was stark as the parents as the family tried to make the United States home, even if it's not where the ancestors are buried. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy The pace of this memoir is at times a bit too slow for me, which was magnified as I listened to the audio. She sometimes gives too much information about consecutive days while also covering her entire life and the life of her family before she was born. Still, it is an inside view of the refugee experience that is well worth the read.
This is the 10th memoir I've read during #nonfictionnovember and it also counts for my 2019 Asian reading project
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After discussing Sing Unburied Sing with a group, some seemed to have more insight after reading Jesmyn Ward's memoir and made me want to read it too. It isn't easy going - chapters alternate between her life and the stories of five men in her family/community that died within a period of five years. Highly recommended for story and craft. Memoir 9 of #nonfictionnovember

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After hearing great things about this book by my friend Karen and then seeing it on the longlist for the Tournament of Books, I decided to try this one in audio. It was a great decision, what a fun read (I even liked the satire, a rarity for me.) Different actors read different stories, sometimes in teams.⤵️

ReadingEnvy My favorites:
"Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion" read by Raúl Esparza

"We Men of Science" read by James Urbaniak

"Rufus." read by Baron Vaughn

"Rules for Taboo" read by Will Brill and Emma Galvin
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Lot: Stories | Bryan Washington
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My first read from the new Tournament of Books 2020 long list is a book recommended by a Houston-based previous podcast guest, Elizabeth. Each story in this book takes place in a different Houston neighborhood and includes all sorts of characters (and lots of drugs.) I was impressed by how quickly Bryan Washington can develop characters and give the reader deep insights into their lives.

Emilymdxn I really want to read this one! 3w
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This Tilting World | Colette Fellous
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This slim book about leaving Tunisia amidst personal and terrorist violence is also a reflection on memory and family, with frequent connections to music, film, and literature. It forced me to slow down and be with Fellous in her view of the sea, in her head and ears, and in feeling how much you can love a place yet want to leave it. Memoir 8 of #nonfictionnovember

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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Reading Envy Podcast 172: The It Book of NYC.
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Jenny welcomes Jon Laubinger of the Film Baby Film Podcast back to the Reading Envy Pub for a chat on books, the multimedia versions they connect to, and more. If you're not that interested in award chatter, jump ahead to 15:15.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy172

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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This was a reread for me, in preparation for our first round of Jesmyn Ward book club at work. I found it even more moving the second time around and look forward to our discussion.

readordierachel Fantastic book 3w
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I can't tell you much I wanted to love this book. I was hoping for Crazy Rich Asians does Thanksgiving. But it's so bad! And all the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are positive! The author writes uncomfortably about people who are clearly Chinese (she refers to people in very generic words like "Asian" while using very specific names for people and foods?) But also she didn't edit this well, restating reveals that had already been revealed...⤵️

ReadingEnvy It's 100 pages but I could not get through it, so much missed potential. 3w
ReadingEnvy And the author seems to do bare minimum to cram in the sex scenes ... And I must admit one was so clunky I had to read it three times to understand how fingers got to a place ... When you need a diagram, it's probably not a good scene. 3w
cathysaid @ReadingEnvy Ok I may have laughed so hard at this comment I woke the humans and animals asleep around me. 3w
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Bailedbailed

I could not get past 25% on this one. I feel I should share my bails more often because otherwise it seems like I think all books are good. Chef Sanchez surely has an interesting story but he doesn't know which parts matter, which parts to give more detail on, and how to structure a narrative. If he used a ghost writer that person should be fired. He repeats stuff we already know while glossing over stories that sounded interesting, if only.

ReadingEnvy I was shocked he'd been around the food Network for 20 years though because I used to watch it all the time and only remember him popping up for iron chef America.... 3w
Hooked_on_books Sounds like he needed a better editor. He was a frequent judge on Chopped for quite a while. I think it‘s great when people share their bails. It helps just as much as a rave review. 3w
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 171: Foodie Recommendations

Jenny asks a guest to do a foodie recommendations episode - just in time for the holidays!

We cover a range of types of books - cookbooks, essays, memoir - and have a few titles from the backlist to recommend as well. The second season of the Skillet podcast goes live the same day this episode, so I hope you'll give both a listen!

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy171

Christine One of my favorite episodes yet!! So many books I love plus more for the TBR. Looking forward to giving Skillet a listen! 4w
ReadingEnvy @Christine thanks for listening! I really enjoyed talking with Jen. 4w
Reggie Just listeners to this on my way to Alb earlier today. I just picked up The Best American Food Writing2019 and then read that Rachel Ray interview in the other book which I will pick up later. I always had something stuck in my craw about her(I don‘t know why) but after that interview I kinda like and respect her more. Very lovely episode. 3w
ReadingEnvy @Reggie I think she is someone who knows how to hussle and has ridden the fruits of her labor (but I'd be happy to never hear her say EVOO again! Ha!) 3w
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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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A story through the decades following the lives of two sisters, Jo and Bethie (just possibly a little shout-out to Little Women). I love how Jennifer Weiner captures the lives of these women, lots of gray instead of black and white, decisions made for other people instead of the self, complex decisions made through the years and their ramifications.

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Black Diamond Fall | Joseph Olshan
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Readers who enjoyed The Secret History might enjoy Black Diamond Fall, a mystery of sorts based on two real stories from Middlebury College. The story centers around a student's disappearance in the snow, and a relationship he had with an older man (who went skiing in Utah during the same time) comes to light.

Zelma Sold! 4w
Caterina I love The Secret History, but I find recommendations for people who enjoyed it are never accurate for me, since I love it because I was a classics major in undergrad. 😂😂😂 4w
ReadingEnvy @Caterina I know what you mean. This one is more of a readalike for setting and crime but not the intricate people writing that makes the Tartt so stellar. 4w
Cathythoughts I loved The Secret History... I‘ll be picking this one up soon 👍🏻❤️ 4w
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Samra Habib, artist and activist, did not to sacrifice her identity as a Muslim when she came out. This is her story of her journey and how she found community. I found it uplifting!

And this is memoir 7 of my #nonfictionnovember reading project!

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Thorn | Anna Burke
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Add this to your snow day reading lists! A retelling of Beauty and the Beast where Rowan is traded for her father's life to the Huntress.

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Memoir 6 of my #nonfictionnovember project - this one was a book on my #tbrexplode list for the month so I found the audio in hoopla. .
It was the first time I could hear Anthony's voice since his death. Some of the sections in this book feel even more spot on nine years later about food and restaurant trends; some of it hasn't aged as well. But it definitely demonstrates a maturity and clear understanding of his place in the order of things.⤵️

ReadingEnvy Some of this book is not for the squeamish. When I first picked it up I was a vegetarian and put it aside, it was a bit easier now, but he definitely looks at some extreme eating situations that are only available to the privileged and bored. 1mo
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I wanted to read this after some students in Georgia burned the author's books after she spoke there. I'd say there's a bit of shared thematic content between this group of essays and her novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, but this is a quick read and moves farther into the present. Not surprisingly, the Georgia incident is not the first time she's had to deal with white tears at a college when she has been brought there for the campus read.

ReadingEnvy I'm counting this the fifth memoir I've read for #nonfictionnovember 1mo
Megabooks I need to read this. 1mo
kspenmoll This is what I love about Litsy; hearing about books that I would have never known about. Thanks for posting & reviewing this book. A must read for me. 1mo
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Cinfhen I love seeing your posts! Always something interesting and insightful xx 🙏🏻 1mo
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If I bought books for my sister for Christmas, does it matter if I read them before wrapping? 🙋👾🐎😁🤫

Hoopiefoot Just don‘t break the binding! 🤫 1mo
AprilMae As long as it's in good shape, do it!!! 😂 1mo
Sharpeipup Not at all, you‘re just ensuring it‘s a good gift, right? 1mo
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Lchnessmnstr You should never gift a book you‘ve never read! 1mo
Lcsmcat We always do that in my family! It “isn‘t done” to give a book you haven‘t read. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Hoopiefoot oh good point. I was very careful. 😁🤫 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Sharpeipup yessss 🐎 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lchnessmnstr 😳 but the exact copy I'm sending? 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lcsmcat ahhh good 🏌️ 1mo
Lcsmcat @ReadingEnvy Yep, that‘s what we do. 1mo
kspenmoll We do it in my family too all the time! Read it!!! 1mo
Lchnessmnstr @ReadingEnvy We do! We aren‘t particular about things like that. Assuming there‘s not major damage that prevents future reading. The gift really isn‘t about the paper, it‘s about the shared story! 💙 1mo
Centique When I worked at a bookshop as a teen I would very carefully read the shelf stock during my breaks 😬 The manager didn‘t mind as long as I didn‘t fully open the book and crack the spine. What a book rebel I was. 😂😂 1mo
Lindy I do that all the time. 😁 1mo
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This is memoir 4 of my #nonfictionnovember memoir project. Unfollow chronicles Megan Phelps' journey out of the Westboro Baptist Church, notorious for anti-gay protests and general awfulness. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Megan shows it from the inside (her grandfather started the church) and I think anyone interested in cults or extremism will learn a lot about the tactics used to make people behave in ways that seem so unforgivable, and also to understand the keys to helping them work their way out. ⤵️ 1mo
ReadingEnvy As a person coming from a background of similar religious beliefs if not the insular committee, I sadly related to a lot of this, and some of her realizations resonated in ways I hadn't actually considered before. She likely has a long road ahead of her, still isolated from her family still in the church, and the almost 30 years of brainwashing that (trust me) surfaces in bizarre ways. ⤵️ 1mo
ReadingEnvy Being raised in an extremist religion creates an internal running dialogue of doctrines and verses and teachings. Megan captures this experience in a way I've never been able to articulate. ⤵️ 1mo
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ReadingEnvy Her long mental journey out also comes with the realization that Westboro is not as unique as we want to believe it is, that extremism and hatred are on the rise, and I'm glad she is working to counter it from this point forward.
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I had a copy of this book from fsg books through netgalley and it came out October 8, 2019.
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LibrarianRyan May I ask what religion you were raised in? 1mo
ReadingEnvy Independent christian Church, very similar in doctrine to southern Baptist without the national oversight. And my family lived in the woods, my mom didn't work, and we had a really restrictive upbringing. 1mo
charl08 Powerful review. I left church at 18 (more moderate but still with evangelical leanings) but many years later still get caught out by how religion shapes the way I think, even if the conclusions I come to are very different. I really enjoy reading others experience of this - helpful. 1mo
readordierachel Thanks for this thoughtful review. 1mo
Centique That is so fascinating about your background Jenny. I‘ve heard you make a couple of brief references to it on the podcast too. I‘m glad there are some good books around reflecting these experiences and creating insights. I‘ll have to read it to learn more. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique I hope I don't talk about it too much but I do find it alters the way I read certain books (or why I can't read others like Educated) 1mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy I think you‘ve mentioned it twice in three years. So that‘s not much at all! I‘m fascinated because my family are the inverse - super aetheist and a number of them frequent the same psychic on a regular basis. My liberal Christianity is seen as very conservative, plus I‘m the stick in the mud who likes science 😂😂 1mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy I can certainly understand why it affects your experience of some books. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique atheists plus psychic is quite a combo 😛 1mo
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 170: Permission to Read with Joshua Greer
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Joshua Greer has known Jenny since he worked for her in the music library as a new college student, and since then has gone on to become a librarian. We chat books we‘ve read recently, and what happens when you give yourself permission to read.

https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy170

rachelm Wow great picks! 1mo
Reggie I really wanna read the Mongolian book. I‘m a sucker for Bless Me Ultima adjacent, the next block, or small city over. Great pronunciation on that name!!!! 1mo
ReadingEnvy @rachelm thanks! 1mo
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ReadingEnvy @Reggie I found it fascinating 1mo
Centique Listened to this today and loved it. Joshua is a man after my own heart - his description of reading the Evelyn Hardcastle book was exactly how I found the experience too! Obviously have to read everything he suggested! 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique I linked to his Goodreads profile at the very bottom of the post! 1mo
Lindy Loved hearing Joshua talk about readers‘ advisory, which was the thing I loved most about working at the public library. I facilitated a lot of staff training on the subject. Also, happy to hear you talk about The Blue Sky, which I read years ago and made a deep impact. On top of all that, I added 3 books to my TBR thanks to this episode! 🤗🥳 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy my one sadness about being an academic librarian is the lack of readers advisory so I had to create a reading class and a podcast to get close. ;) 1mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I guess there are many ways to share your love of books, aren‘t there? 😊 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy yes and like here on litsy! ♥️ 1mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy 😁😁😁 1mo
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Running in the Family | Michael Ondaatje
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Memoir 3 of my #nonfictionnovember reading frenzy. Can you believe I put off reading this one because I thought it was about running? Instead Ondaatje uses a few visits to Sri Lanka in the 1970s to take a trip down memory lane, with stories from his family told interlaced with poetry. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy In some ways it's a strange privileged point of view since he only mentions the violence that would have already started in one passing comment, but he moved away from the island as a child so the majority of memory to recall comes more through the stories of the older generation of his family. 1mo
batsy I read it on one of my trips to Sri Lanka and it was the best companion. It's a pretty nostalgic and privileged POV for a place that has known so much trouble, but his writing is so gorgeous. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @batsy yes I really felt that privilege or maybe denial, but he really did capture that feeling of being rich in a beautiful place 1mo
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Memoir 2 for #nonfictionnovember and this one is also available in #hoopla! Cute art and very honest examination of eir identity, without trying to make it universal. I loved that even though Maia grew up in a hippie community, e was still going through a lot of the journey mentally first before confiding with friends or family.
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#booksof2019 #bookstagram #igreads

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A Year Without a Name | Cyrus Grace Dunham
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This memoir is an excellent capture of grappling with genderqueer identity. I've marked a bunch of places that resonate with experiences friends of mine have had, but I've never seen in articulated so well. It's a quick read and very worth reading. It comes out November 15, 2019 - I was sent a copy from the publisher.

I'm seeing how many memoirs I can read for Non-Fiction November - this is the first!

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Running in the Family | Michael Ondaatje
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Billypar It's been awhile! If it comes up in a tbr explode session, I think that means it belongs in the 'keep' pile 😁 1mo
Zelma 😳😂😂😂😂😂 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Billypar ha! A sign! 1mo
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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My only 5-star read in October was Girl, Woman, Other but most of the rest are solid 4-star reads. Follow the link in my profile to be my friend in Goodreads, where I post all reviews.
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Books Read: 23

Audiobooks: 1
eBooks: 15
Print: 7

Library copy: 3
Personal copy: 4
Review copy: 16

Asia 2019 goal: 2
TBR Explode project: 3

britt_brooke Fantastic month! 1mo
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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This is the fourth in a series of books I have not read otherwise, featuring the mother of one of the previous characters as she accompanies her daughter on a work trip to England. Vivian is a woman of color in her 50s and she's not expecting to find love but meets the Queen of England's personal secretary and sparks fly.⤵️

ReadingEnvy How often do you see an over 50 romance?

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The sense of humor is fun. At one point, Vivian decides "It was time to put her bra on and do this."

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She's a social worker, so she has supreme people skills that smooth over a lot of precarious situations. She knows who she is and what she is willing to do, which I liked. ⤵️
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ReadingEnvy And she appreciates a man who knows that the best position to sleep in is close enough to touch but never trying to hold her when she is trying to sleep! Real talk.
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Is romance set during the holidays the ultimate in cozy reads? I really craved scones while reading!
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I had a copy from the publisher through NetGalley although it came out October 1.
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Reggie Lol, the real talk. 1mo
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A story about a man, his relationship, and his failing bank account, told completely in lists. It's a fun concept and I think the author thinks in lists, so this was a natural approach for him.

In my reading experience, I found it a bit tedious; it didn't read as quickly as I was in the mood for. The main character is a bit unlikeable and just needs to tell his wife about the finances, and she wouldn't spend $212 on a purse!

MelissaSue81 Yes! Could not stand this main character.. and the climax of the story was just so ridiculous, I couldn‘t even deal with it. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @MelissaSue81 I think it just felt kind of lazy in the end. 1mo
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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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The Deep by Rivers Solomon is in conversation with a song by William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes and performed by Daveed Diggs.

Mercreatures descended from enslaved women murdered and thrown overboard when they were pregnant live in communities on the ocean floor, with the ability to connect telepathically. Yetu is the historian and bears the weight of the collective memory, and the story starts in the days up to the annual Remembering.

readordierachel Whoa, this sounds great 1mo
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First Light | Charles Baxter
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At it's heart, this is a novel about the relationship between a brother and sister. But also physics, and time, and energy. It was first published in 1987 and I added it to by to-be-read list in 2010.

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I listened to this in audio, read by Frances McDormand. Tales of the City was originally published in 1978 (the year I was born) and it focuses on a cast of characters all linked in some way to a landlady in San Francisco (near where I was born.)

Centique I loved finding this series as a teenager. Thought I was very cosmopolitan and grown up! And then I fell in love with the characters and the city. 💕 Must reread. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique do you remember if the following volumes follow the same characters? 1mo
Centique Yes I‘m pretty sure they do, although new people come in to the group too. I read about 4 of them. @Reggie can confirm because he read them all I think. 1mo
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Reggie I‘ve read up until I think it‘s the 6th one, Michael Tolliver Lives. @Centique you‘re right, they all come and go in the sequels. 1mo
CarolynM @Centique @Reggie I've read all 9 and yes, they are basically the same group of characters with the usual comings and goings you would expect in real life. I'm pretty sure Michael and Mrs Madrigal appear in all of them. 1mo
Centique @CarolynM @Reggie I think this means we‘re a club now 😂 - joined through space and time by a love of Armistead Maupin. #bookbrothers #andsisters 1mo
CarolynM @Centique @Reggie I'm happy with that 🙌🙌 1mo
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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir | Joshua David Stein, Kwame Onwuachi
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"I come from a long line of restauranteurs, from a family whose roots were made of gravy and whose blood ran hot with pimentón." I enjoyed Kwame's memoir (and he's still very young and has many successes and breathless leaps ahead of him.) I had no idea how varied his experiences were and how much he had done even before Top Chef. I hope to eat in one of his restaurants eventually, especially if he stays in DC.

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Blue Castle | L M Montgomery
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At 29, Yancey Stirling is unmarried and is facing a lifetime of mundane conversations with her controlling family, who want her to be the butt of their jokes but don't think activities like reading or daydreaming are appropriate. So she takes her life into her own hands! A little pre-world war I feminist empowerment from the author of Anne of Green Gables.

Another title from my #tbrexplode project that I was enjoying enough to finish.

Lifeisasnap I didn‘t even know L.M. Montgomery wrote a book like this! Thanks. 2mo
Jas16 I love this book so much. 2mo
batsy @Jas16 Me too 💜 2mo
LeahBergen It‘s delightful! 💙 1mo
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Overstory | Richard Powers
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 169: Simulacrum with Jon Sealy.
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Jenny sits down in the Reading Envy Pub with author and publisher Jon Sealy. After we talk about the state of publishing and Jon's current projects, we also discuss books we've read and liked recently. Some books are just better in audio, some are necessarily dark, while others clear away the gloom.
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https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy169

Cathythoughts Just had a listen ! Really enjoyed - I‘m learning so much from your podcasts !! I‘m going to give Overstory a go ... yeer discussion was inspiring... I love Tana French too ... interesting to hear yeer take. Thankyou ! (edited) 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts thanks for listening! Jon really made me want to go back and read more Tana French. 2mo
andrew61 I listened this morning jenny and a really interesting episode, i would like to have a look at jon's new venture, does he have website as some of thebooks he is publishing sounded interesting. Wasn't sure abt the overstory but think ill add it to next year's planned reads as well as the border officers story. 3w
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ReadingEnvy @andrew61 yes I link to it from the show notes of that episode, called haywire books. 3w
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 I have my eye on more tree books too - 3w
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Await Your Reply | Dan Chaon
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Await Your Reply had been on my TBR since 2009. When I tried it, I decided to keep reading. It has the feeling of his more recent book, Ill Will, in the sense that you know something is going on that you don't know yet but not what it is. The characters seem to be searching for missing people in their lives, definitely a theme of identity, created and stolen.

Ruthiella Good to hear. I really liked Ill Will. It totally creeped me out (in a good way).😨 2mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Ruthiella. I will check it out. 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Stacked 2mo
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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir | Joshua David Stein, Kwame Onwuachi

"I come from a long line of restauranteurs, from a family whose roots were made of gravy and whose blood ran hot with pimentón."

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This was an interesting read because I've read Kai Cheng Thom's work and was blown away by her in previous years. This essay collection pulls back the curtain to the trauma that accompanies fame whether that comes from the work or being a SJW on the internet (self-declared, since I think of this as a negative term), questions the assumed safety inherit in queer communities, and proposes a few approaches of restorative justice moving forward.

Cathythoughts A knockout title 👍🏻♥️ Love 2mo
Lindy I‘m really looking forward to reading this. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy It was difficult in some ways because Kai has really been through a lot. 2mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I‘m prepared for that. She was at the Edmonton Poetry Festival last year and spoke very well. 2mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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A brief novel that starts with a 16 year old putting on a dress that should have been worn by her mother, but wasn't, and the story unfolds from there. This is an author I've always meant to try! I liked how complex her characters are and how their relationships shift in subtle ways. Do you have a favorite Woodson?
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The book came out September 17, 2019 and I did have an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley

Reggie I‘ve only read the tagged by her but it was beautiful and heartbreaking. 2mo
emtobiasz I love that she packs such a punch into a small page count. I haven‘t read many of her kids‘/YA titles, but love this other adult read: 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Reggie oh cool I haven't heard of this one, thanks. 2mo
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ReadingEnvy @emtobiasz is that the one that's semi autobiographical? 2mo
emtobiasz @ReadingEnvy Maybe? She definitely also lived in Brooklyn in that time period, but her memoir-in-verse for young readers is 2mo
Lindy You can't go wrong with anything by Woodson. I agree with @emtobiasz that her autobiographical Brown Girl Dreaming stands out, and also with @Reggie that If You Come Softly stands the test of time (first published in 1998). I have a soft spot also for 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy thank you! 2mo
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Kameron Hurley has this incredible ability to occupy the spaces known to the science fiction canon but somehow occupy them subversively.

*Elephants and Corpses* could live in the universe of Altered Carbon but with a twist.
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*The Plague Givers* deals with a fallout of a relationship that might have the power to destroy the world.

*Tumbledown* features a paraplegic warrior on a frozen planet.

vivastory Have you read her bug punk trilogy? 2mo
vivastory Oops, Infidel is the second book. The first is 2mo
ReadingEnvy @vivastory yes that's the only Hurley I've read! She's a little more interested in war and battle than I tend to be. The bug stuff was creative and gross. 2mo
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