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xicanti

xicanti

Joined February 2016

I read a little bit of everything because genre snobbery ain't cool. 🇨🇦 She/her‘s okay; they/them is better.
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No Such Thing by A.M. Arthur
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7&7 by John Inman, Clare London, Rick R. Reed, J Tullos Hennig, Amy Rae Durreson, Rhys Ford, Andrea Speed, Sean Michael, Brandon Witt, Jamie Fessenden, Carole Cummings, Serena Yates, Pearl Love, J.S. Cook
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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
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I made an apple cranberry crisp as an experiment. (Yes, cranberries WERE $1/bag after Thanksgiving, and the bag in my fridge WAS beginning to look a bit shriveled.) Hopefully everyone likes it!

Me, I was glad to get some listening time during my baking spree. I dunno what it is, but I‘m EXCITED about this GoF reread in a way I just wasn‘t with the first three books. #audiobaking

brilliantglow I love throwing cranberries into my apple crisp! Soooooo good 8h
xicanti @brilliantglow this is the first time I‘ve tried it! It sure smells nice. 8h
brilliantglow @xicanti I hope you enjoy it! It's one of my families favourites that I make. They're always asking me to bring it for family dinners lol 8h
Texreader Looks amazing! 7h
TK421 That looks great! 6h
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I listened to a big chunk of HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE while I baked one of the great mysteries of my culinary life: Nigella Lawson‘s cranberry cake. It‘s delicious, and it never looks anything like the picture because the cranberries always float up into the batter.

I think Canadian cranberries must be much lighter than the UK kind. The recipe says 6oz = 3/4 cup, but I‘ve found it‘s more like 2+ cups. #audiobaking

xicanti PLUS SIDE: because the cranberries float up, the cake forms a seriously good sugar crust. Everyone I‘ve ever served it to loves it. 8h
brilliantglow Yumm! I'm going to have to try this 8h
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The Way of Kings | Brandon Sanderson
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I watched the ceremony from Ottawa this morning, then settled in to make this a reading day. Twenty miles on my bike got me most of the way through the finale of THE WAY OF KINGS, while lunch finished it off. I‘m really glad I reread it before diving into WORDS OF RADIANCE. I remembered most of the plot and the basic setup, but I‘d forgotten some pretty important details, including a huge amount of the ending. Huh.

vumblereads The looks really good by the way 😂😂 oh and the book too. 9h
xicanti @vumblereads it was the best chicken salad I‘ve ever had! 8h
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The Way of Kings | Brandon Sanderson
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I headed back into THE WAY OF KINGS while I ate some delicious enchilada casserole. I‘m at 83% now, so I MIGHT push on through to the end. I‘ll see how I feel when I hit 90%.

ctboeheim You're almost to the payoff! 1d
xicanti @ctboeheim I‘m excited to finally read the next two books! I took too long away from the series. 10h
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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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I love THE RAVEN BOYS so much that if I start talking about it, I won‘t be able to stop. I‘ll spend a minimum of 8,000 words gushing about the characters and the imagery and the emotional resonance and the foreshadowing and a million other things you won‘t even care about unless you already love the book, too.

What it boils down to is, this MATTERS. It‘s a little piece of my soul between two covers.

5 stars.

xicanti ALSO, please note my tiny orange Camaro. It‘s an ‘81, not a ‘73, but I couldn‘t resist it. 1d
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Skip-Beat!, Vol. 43 | Yoshiki Nakamura
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#weeklyforecast time! Next week I hope to:

• finish rereading THE WAY OF KINGS
• clear at least one short book from La TBR. Probably NO SUCH THING by A.M. Arthur
• read the latest volume of SKIP BEAT!
• get two comics off my library stack
• reread THE DREAM THIEVES
• reread HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE on audio
• read one poetry collection
• start one novel from my library stack. Probably UNTOUCHABLE by Talia Hibbert

Sace I've heard Skip Beat is really good, but I keep avoiding it because there are so many volumes. Does the story stay engaging even with 43 volumes? Does it start to feel like filler? 1d
xicanti @Sace it‘s my very favourite! I love it just as much now as I did in the beginning. The pace HAS slowed down compared to the early volumes, but there‘s so much great stuff happening, and so many telling moments between the characters, that I can‘t even mind. I buy each new volume on release day, and I don‘t do that with anything else. 1d
Sace That's high praise! I might pick up the first three volumes and see what happens (I give manga three volumes before I make a final decision.) 1d
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xicanti @Sace it comes in convenient 3-in-1 editions, too! 1d
Sace Oh! Thanks! 1d
Cinfhen Super ambitious week!!!!! 🙌🏻❣️ 1d
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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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Breakfast with THE RAVEN BOYS and some blueberry scones I made yesterday. Next, I plan to hop on my bike and exercise until the book‘s done.

hes7 Yum! 😋 10h
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The Way of Kings | Brandon Sanderson
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I‘m feeling a tad smug about my #bookreport, since I hit every reading goal I set last Sunday! I:

• got 20% further into my reread of THE WAY OF KINGS
• finished (and loved) GRAVEYARD SHIFT and A GIRL LIKE HER
• triumphed over my stack of library comics
• finished two short audiobooks (HOW TO BE A BAWSE and SOLO)
• started rereading THE RAVEN BOYS
• squeezed in DAMAGED GOODS, Talia Hibbert‘s Ravenswood novella

squirrelbrain 👏 👏👏 2d
Cinfhen Look at you!!! #BookSlayer 🎉🙌🏻🧡 2d
DGRachel I think you‘ve got good reason to be smug. 🤣 2d
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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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Y‘all, I‘m struggling with winter today. It‘s not even excessively cold right now (-3°C), but it‘s enough to push me into a loop about how much colder it‘s gonna get, and how little mobility I have when the weather‘s like this, and the utter lack of greenery. Plus, I saw a bunch of not-local-to-me cold-love on Instagram yesterday, and... yeah. Bad place.

I‘m trying to self-medicate with THE RAVEN BOYS, which I love more than ever, and tasty rice.

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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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I finally started my Raven Cycle reread this morning, and lemme tell you: it felt like coming home. I can hardly believe it‘s been three and a half years since I last read these books.

Tonight, I‘m gonna carry on with a glass of Sam Adams‘s holiday porter for company. Charlie‘s parents kindly brought me a variety pack from America.

readingjedi Sam Adams always reminds me of Hamilton. Annnd now I'm singing Hamilton ... 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3d
cathysaid Mmmmm...Porter. Just had Boulder Nitro Shake Chocolate Porter for Friday happy hour. Cheers! 🍻 3d
xicanti @readingjedi I had no idea Sam Adams was a Hero of the American Revolution until an American friend told me she visited his grave. I thought he was just a beer guy, and maybe a fictional one at that! 3d
xicanti @cathysaid mmmm, chocolate beer! I got a chocolate bock in the same box as this porter and I can‘t wait to try it. 3d
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Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men | Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson
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Comics + buffalo eggs for breakfast. I‘m really enjoying Age of X-Man so far. I generally do like the AUs, and this one‘s a nice counterpoint to my beloved Age of Apocalypse.

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Find Me | Andr Aciman
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Listen, I‘m grateful my library lets me borrow so much expensive stuff for free, but their processing bias REALLY irks me. The tagged book came out on October 29th and was ready for me to pick up on the 31st. Most of the others in this week‘s haul have been out for months, but they‘ve only just made it through processing because the library ALWAYS shunts genres and comics to the back of the queue even though LOTS of us borrow them. Grrr.

readordierachel That's super annoying 4d
xicanti @readordierachel it‘s like, I don‘t mind waiting for stuff because I can‘t read everything all at once anyways, but it bothers me that the “prestigious” titles get pushed through quickly while the “trashy” things languish for months. They only bought 11 copies of FIND ME compared to 24 of WAYWARD SON, so it‘s not like they don‘t realize there‘s a big local audience for that sort of fiction. 4d
readordierachel Genre snobbery is so ridiculous. 3d
readordierachel P.S. Wayward Son is really fun 3d
xicanti @readordierachel I‘m excited for it. Just gotta squeeze in a reread of CARRY ON before I take the leap! 2d
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I haven‘t bought a brand new hardcover since A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner in 2010. I haven‘t paid full price for one since CORAMBIS by Sarah Monette in 2009.

But the moment Maggie Stiefvater said she was maybe considering a trilogy focused on Ronan Lynch, I vowed to buy the first book IN HARDCOVER AT A STORE ON RELEASE DAY.

There was a traffic jam on Tuesday and I was busy yesterday, but I did it today.

I sure hope it‘s good.

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Nagata Kabi is frank about her struggles with depression, self-acceptance, familial strife, career anxieties, and alcohol abuse in these autobiographical comics. She‘s often really, really hard on herself as she chronicles her life as it happens, sans filter. To be honest, I couldn‘t read either volume straight through because they depressed the hell out of me, but I‘m glad we‘ve got her voice—and that she‘s doing better by the epilogues.

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I got a real kick out of this, even though I‘m not in Singh‘s target audience (ie, the 15-25 crowd, with some wiggle room). She‘s up front about how she intends to challenge and call out her readers, but she does so in a supportive, uplifting way that‘s a joy to listen to and consider.

Expect lots of humour, heart, and creative business advice. Don‘t approach this as a mental health primer, despite Singh‘s occasional interludes about depression.

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Damaged Goods | Talia Hibbert
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I couldn‘t resist diving straight into Talia Hibbert‘s second Ravenswood book this morning. It‘s a novella, so I‘m pretty sure I‘ll be able to finish it before the library run I‘ve got planned for tomorrow. Gotta get these books back on the shelves so more people can discover them.

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A Girl Like Her | Talia Hibbert
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TALIA HIBBERT IS SO GOOD, Y‘ALL. Her first Ravenswood novel stars a prickly comics creator with autism and the world‘s nicest blacksmith, in loooooove—but first, in seriously sweet, adorable, supportive friendship. There are some darker elements in the mix, including parental cancer and a past abusive relationship, but I‘m gonna remember this book for its wonderful leads and their great, loving, boundary-respecting friendship.

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A Girl Like Her | Talia Hibbert
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It‘s book & beer time! I hoped this vanilla porter would be on the same level as a particular vanilla stout I love and rarely see outside of BC. Unfortunately, it‘s not quite there, but it IS really good.

A GIRL LIKE HER is still wonderful, too. I‘m gonna binge the last 40 pages soon as I‘ve caught up with Litsy. November is already heaps better than October, book-wise.

Alora Mmm that beer looks good! 😍 6d
ShyBookOwl I LOVE that vanilla porter. Enjoy! 6d
xicanti @Alora @ShyBookOwl I‘d look for it again. It was really drinkable, with a nice head. Great winter beer. 6d
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A Girl Like Her | Talia Hibbert
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I shouldn‘t have started A GIRL LIKE HER right before bed. Sixty pages later, I had to forcibly remind myself sleep is important. I devoured another twenty-five pages over breakfast, and I‘ll be counting down until I get to pick the book up again.

Talia Hibbert is super readable, is what I‘m saying.

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A Girl Like Her | Talia Hibbert
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Casey and I have a roomie! Charlie‘s staying with us for the next couple nights. It‘s the first time she‘s been away from her parents since they adopted her a year and a half ago.

It‘s also her BIRTHDAY! She‘s now two. We‘re gonna celebrate by reading together.

QuietlyLaura Happy Birthday, Charlie! 💕🐶🐶💕 7d
xicanti @QuietlyLaura Charlie thanks you! 7d
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1. I‘M SO EXCITED ABOUT QUEER EYE‘S JAPANESE EPISODES!!!! Two of my favourite things, combined! Whee!

2. I‘ve always felt like Tan is the cast member I‘d be least likely to click with, and his book confirmed that—BUT, I think said book has made me like him more on screen. Huh.

3. I‘m still grumpy he dissed my hair in one of his sidebars, though. NOT COOL, TAN.

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Graveyard Shift | Jenn Burke
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Jenn Burke gave me exactly what I needed, y‘all. She pushes her characters in all the right ways as she doubles down on what they mean to each other, expands their view of Toronto‘s paranormal scene, and throws them into a mystery with deeply personal consequences.

It didn‘t take me long to realize I wasn‘t gonna get ANYTHING done until I‘d binged the whole thing.

I dearly hope there‘ll be a 4th book. I love these characters so damned much.

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Graveyard Shift | Jenn Burke
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I found a Tim Hortons reference for @Lindy ! Also, I‘m glad no murderous vampires hang out at my local Tims.

Lindy Thank you!☕️☕️☕️ (edited) 1w
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Graveyard Shift | Jenn Burke
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First my ereader needed to recharge, then I got busy with a bunch of hands-on stuff, but now it‘s finally time to read! I‘ve been waiting for this allllll day. The book‘s great as of 37% (which is how much I binged last night before I reminded myself sleep is important).

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Words of Radiance | Brandon Sanderson
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I forgot to share my November Must-Reads! WORDS OF RADIANCE was always a given, seeing as how it‘s the last book on the chunkster bingo card I made myself in January, so I picked three short ‘uns to fill out the list:

• Butler‘s third Patternist book, which I couldn‘t squeeze in last month
• young lesbians on safari in search of unicorns (I think)
• young gay dudes at a bakery (I think)

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I took an #audiowalk to the grocery store specifically to get bleu cheese dressing, but they were totally sold out. No buffalo eggs for me tomorrow. 😭

At least the trek gave me some more listening time. I‘m now 46% into HOW TO BE A BAWSE, and Libby thinks I‘ll finish in just over an hour. It feels mighty good to listen to something short after a couple weeks of looooooong audiobooks and minimal listening time.

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I made two cranberry macaroon loaves while I started my next audiobook. (The one in front is a mini; it was done before the top could change colour.) A friend three years younger than me told me HOW TO BE A BAWSE made her feel really old, but I‘m enjoying it so far. Singh‘s entertaining and supportive, even if she does clearly target her advice at teenagers and younger 20-somethings. #audiobaking

readordierachel Those sound delicious! 1w
xicanti @readordierachel they‘re always a big hit. The base is esssentially banana bread, but the coconut makes the loaf all nubbly and splodgy and wonderful. 1w
LauraBeth These look delicious! 😋 1w
xicanti @LauraBeth I cut into the little one this afternoon and it was really good. 1w
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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress | Robert A. Heinlein
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This gave me everything I‘ve come to expect from Heinlein: an engaging, agenda-driven story I found interesting to interrogate and argue with. In many areas, I feel like he reaches for admirable concepts but falls short by contemporary standards. For example, the women often hold powerful positions and sexual assault is considered abhorrent, but patriarchal attitudes prevail. Also, racial diversity doesn‘t eliminate racist attitudes—or blackface.

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Graveyard Shift | Jenn Burke
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I like @Cinfhen ‘s #weeklyforecast idea! I‘ve been reading way more slowly than I‘d prefer, but next week I hope to:

• finish GRAVEYARD SHIFT
• read A GIRL LIKE HER
• finally start my Raven Cycle reread in preparation for CALL DOWN THE HAWK
• get 20% further into THE WAY OF KINGS
• conquer my pile of library comics
• finish two audiobooks (the next ones in my queue are both under 6 hours)

It‘d be nice to squeeze a novella in there, too.

Schlinkles This is a great idea 1w
Cinfhen Ambitious 🙌🏻🤩and why not?!?! I prefer short audiobooks too, although the one I‘m listening to now is 16 hours 🥺it‘s great but starting to drag a bit 1w
xicanti @Schlinkles I‘m gonna try to join in every week. 1w
xicanti @Cinfhen I‘m grateful my library threw a few shorter ones at me after a string of 15+ hour titles. 1w
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Graveyard Shift | Jenn Burke
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1. GRAVEYARD SHIFT by Jenn Burke as my primary; THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson as my in-between; MY SOLO EXCHANGE DIARY by Nagata Kabi for comics; 7&7 by various DSP authors for short fiction; and HOW TO BE A BAWSE by Lilly Singh on audio.

2. That‘s a tough one. These days, I even read comics an issue at a time instead of charging straight through the trade. Maybe PEACE AND GOOD ORDER by Harold Johnson?

3. Carving pumpkins

#weekendreads

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Graveyard Shift | Jenn Burke
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I successfully resisted the urge to devour GRAVEYARD SHIFT by Jenn Burke waaaaay before its release day. (It comes out on Monday.) Go me! Now I‘m settled in to read it by Christmas light, with some hot apple cider. I‘m excited but also nervous, since I loved the first two books in the series a LOT, but Burke hasn‘t let me down yet so the excitement‘s definitely stronger than the nerves.

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The Way of Kings | Brandon Sanderson
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I read a couple more chapters of THE WAY OF KINGS while my Brussels sprouts roasted. I‘m past the 50% mark now! It‘s the homestretch, baby!

Linsy Good luck!! I really love that book 1w
xicanti @Linsy me, too! I‘m rereading it 10% at a time so I can finally get to the next two books. (edited) 1w
Linsy Good idea, there‘s so much building in this series! I regretted not rereading one and two when I read three. Still enjoyed it though! 1w
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Sace Brussels sprouts are my favorite. My mouth is watering looking at this picture. 1w
xicanti @Linsy I‘ve put it off for waaaaay too long. Now I‘m really excited to see what happens next! 1w
xicanti @Sace they turned out especially good this time. My tastebuds are happy. 1w
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My bookish spending was clearly OUT OF CONTROL last month.

I‘m pleased I only bought stuff I didn‘t have to add to La TBR: a fun cookbook, my very own copy of YOTSUBA&! Vol 1, and the illustrated edition of ASSASSIN‘S APPRENTICE.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s excellent! You did very good! 1w
xicanti @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m always trying to resist the deals! 1w
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Pretty Face | Lucy Parker
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Lucy Parker is so good, y‘all! PRETTY FACE offers up two characters with the sort of deep connection that bursts off the page, tons of theatrical goodness, and plenty of consideration of how the tabloid press exploits various genres of celebrity. I had a wonderful time and cried RATHER A LOT during the last couple chapters.

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#friyayintro time!

1. Miss Vickie‘s black pepper & lime chips

2. Audiobooks, always

3. I honestly don‘t know. October wasn‘t great so I‘m feeling pretty low about November, especially since it‘s gonna get even colder out. I AM excited for Maggie Stiefvater‘s new book, but with my current reading speed I dunno if I‘ll get to it before December. 😔

4. A lot. I took most of October off from candy and splashed out yesterday.

5. Red.

TK421 Those chips sound delightful. 1w
xicanti @TK421 they‘re amazing; hot and sour, with lots of crunch. 1w
QuietlyLaura I hope you have a better November. I'm already missing the green leaves of Spring and Summer. 1w
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howjessreads Yay Call Down the Hawk!! I hope you get to it! 1w
xicanti @howjessreads fingers crossed! I wanted to reread the rest of the books first so I could dive right in on release day, but I just didn‘t have time. 1w
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Well, October was a lacklustre month. I had a few 4-star reads (this being my I Loved It rating), but no 4.5s or 5s. Most of what I read earned 3.5 stars (my I Really Liked It rating) or less.

Sigh.

I also saw minimal TBR reduction since I managed my library holds poorly. I sure hope November‘s better.

twohectobooks Oof, 40 books doesn‘t seem all that lacklustre to me! I finished 4. 1w
xicanti @twohectobooks I more meant the impact the books had on me. I‘m happy to really like things when I‘ve also got a lot of stellar books in the mix, but very few things stood out last month and I didn‘t read anything remarkable. 😔 1w
twohectobooks @xicanti ah, i see. That‘s too bad! 1w
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7&7 | John Inman, Clare London, Rick R. Reed, J Tullos Hennig, Amy Rae Durreson, Rhys Ford, Andrea Speed, Sean Michael, Brandon Witt, Jamie Fessenden, Carole Cummings, Serena Yates, Pearl Love, J.S. Cook
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Pain day reading stack featuring my daily short story, a painfully dense academic text, a painfully honest memoir, and Thomas King‘s first poetry collection (which is in no way painful). I really want to finish PRETTY FACE by Lucy Parker, too.

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The Meg | Steve Alten
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Happy Halloween from Casey the shark! He‘s got a little shark-face bonnet to wear, too, but I don‘t want to put it on him until the kids start showing up.

Eyelit Cute!!! 🐶🦈❤️ 2w
AlaMich That‘s a “why me?” face if ever I‘ve seen one! 🤣🐶❤️ 2w
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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress | Robert A. Heinlein
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Did some #audiocarving. I wanted to do a couple more pumpkins this year, but Superstore sold out before I could get back there. Poop. Still I‘m glad I got to tackle two patterns I love. The hand reaching out of the grave was a Pizza Hotline ad before I gave it the stencil treatment, while Mona Lisa‘s my mum‘s perennial favourite.

Mimi28 That‘s awesome!! 2w
Lindy Wow! 😍 2w
xicanti @Mimi28 @Lindy 🧡💜🧡 2w
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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress | Robert A. Heinlein
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I made it a bit further into THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS while I performed routine wig maintenance and selected this year‘s pumpkin stencils.

I‘m conflicted about this book. I‘m interested in how it tackles the mechanics of revolution, and I like that the characters can disagree on some political points without losing sight of their common goals. At the same time, though, Heinlein throws in blackface and “jokey” false rape allegations. Ugh.

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Pretty Face | Lucy Parker
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Last night I got this CRAVING for Lucy Parker. Now I‘m going in.

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Umbrella Academy: Dallas | Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá
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The Readathon may be over, but my biiiiiiiig library stack demands attention.

I‘m about halfway through this one, and while I still like the show better I appreciate the comic‘s commitment to utter bloody weirdness. Weird stuff is my jam, y‘all.

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I lasted until 2:30am before I totally crashed (only to wake up three hours later because of a car alarm. Poop). On the whole, I finished two in-progress things, two novellas, and a manga; I read thirteen short stories (most flash); I bailed on two unsatisfying romances; and I started the tagged erotica, which I may or may not stick with (the lead woman‘s cool but the lead dude‘s an asshole, and not in a fun way).

Oof. #deweyoct #readathon

Elizabeth2 Well done! 2w
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Midnight sausages: a proud Readathon tradition since, I dunno, 2015?

I sank into A CHIP IN HIS SHOULDER by L.A. Witt while I cooked and ate ‘em, and it‘s every bit as good as I expected. I feel like it‘s gonna turn out to be more a prequel than a complete story, though. There‘re a lot of big concepts in here, considering the book‘s only 73 pages long. #deweyoct #readathon

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It‘s 9:30 here and I still haven‘t read my daily short story. Gotta get on that.

I‘m having a wee snack, too: salami, the last of my (very spicy) first-ever batch of pickles, and a couple pieces of my first-ever batch of burfi. It‘s been a big year for culinary firsts. #readathon #deweyoct

Texreader What is burfi? 2w
xicanti @Texreader an Indian sweet made with condensed milk. It‘s like a cross between shortbread and fudge. Best thing EVER. 2w
Texreader @xicanti That does sound amazing! 2w
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Silver Spoon, Vol. 10 | Hiromu Arakawa
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I hit 6:42 for the Readathon while I read another great volume of SILVER SPOON. This time around, Hachiken et al create sausages, experiment with marketing food products, and learn that unexpected Russian sisters-in-law can be super nice, not scary. Awwww. #readathon #deweyoct

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Silver Spoon, Vol. 10 | Hiromu Arakawa
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I totally forgot I bought this Halloweeny caramel apple! It expires today, so I‘d better eat it while I dig into SILVER SPOON. #deweyoct #readathon

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I put my makeshift lamps on while I finished IVAN. It was pretty good; nice chemistry between the leads (albeit with semi-instalove and no concrete reasons why they were into each other) and a high stakes crime story with a solid emotional core. It felt like it flew by, too, even though Kobo says it took me a solid 1:42 to finish.

This brings my Readathon total to 5:30. #deweyoct #readathon

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Time for tea & peanut butter wafers. It felt appropriate to drink this Siberian ginseng & ginger root tea while I read about a Russian guy.

IVAN is the third romance freebie I‘ve pulled off La TBR this afternoon, and the only one that left me hopeful after its first chapter. Fingers crossed it stays good. #deweyoct #readathon

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress | Robert A. Heinlein
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I did some #audiocooking since I still don‘t feel great and I figured some substantive food might help. My mapo tofu-inspired scramble isn‘t as good with leftover ground pork as with sausage, but it‘ll still fill my belly.

I‘m now at 3:51 for the Readathon. I‘ve finished two things I‘d already started (SWEET DISORDER by Rose Lerner and APOCALYPSE SUITE by Way & Bá) and bailed on two romances for poor chemistry. Onward! #deweyoct #readathon