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Richard 77



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PostPosted: 12/31/19 11:17 pm    ::: What I'm reading 2020 Reply Reply with quote

Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
War of the Spark - Ravnica by Greg Weisman

Planning to read Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (after I obtain and read her first.)

What I'm writing -

Saving Ava
Spirit and Calliope - First Responders - Book 1 one the Mimickers series.



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PostPosted: 01/01/20 1:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Reread of The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski.



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PostPosted: 01/01/20 1:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Good Enough: The Tolerance for Mediocrity in Nature and Society by Daniel S. Milo



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PostPosted: 01/01/20 10:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

At 40-years-old I figured it was finally time remedy a ridiculous hole in my reading history. I am finally reading my first Toni Morrison book, "The Bluest Eye."

Finally.


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PostPosted: 01/17/20 4:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Daughter of Moloka'i was a good book. A part of the book was an enlightening look at the internment camps of Japanese Americans during WWII and post-war America for them.



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PostPosted: 01/28/20 10:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I finished War of the Spark. It was a good story but was difficult to read. There's a sequel out there somewhere.

Dropped everything to start reading two new books. Barracoon, The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston for my book discussion group and I just downloaded and began reading American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Boy. What a controversy this book has.



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PostPosted: 02/01/20 2:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now by Andre Perry



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PostPosted: 02/19/20 7:36 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If you are looking for a high octane thriller to read, you might try Matthew Quirk's Hour of the Assassin. You can check out my Mystery Scene magazine review of the book HERE.
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PostPosted: 02/20/20 11:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here's my Mystery Scene review of the Michael Stanley mystery Facets of Death.
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PostPosted: 02/24/20 10:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here's my Mystery Scene magazine review of the S.L. McInnis thriller Framed.
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PostPosted: 04/04/20 1:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I finished the Catherine Maiorisi mystery novel A Matter Of Blood.
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PostPosted: 04/25/20 12:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Forgot about this thread. Thus far, read ...

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
Educated, Tara Westover
The Family Upstairs, Lisa Jewell
Mastery, Robert Greene


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PostPosted: 04/25/20 12:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Robyn Gigl's By Way of Sorrow

Leonard Goldberg's The Art of Deception

Jim Starlin's Dreadstar Omnibus Volume 1

James R. Benn's The First Wave
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PostPosted: 05/04/20 9:56 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I finished reading the Sheila Connolly mystery One Bad Apple and the Jay Faerber graphic novel Over My Dead Body.
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PostPosted: 05/04/20 10:11 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yesterday, I finished Kevin Wilson's "Nothing to See Here." It is a weird but really lovely book about human connection and children who catch on fire. Highly recommended.

I was the 32nd book I have read this year. Quarantine has been very good for my reading and audiobook habits.


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PostPosted: 05/04/20 10:17 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami



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PostPosted: 05/08/20 11:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I read the C.J. Box thriller Long Range and the Jenn McKinlay mystery Books Can Be Deceiving.
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PostPosted: 05/26/20 12:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I finished the Sheila Connolly mystery Red Delicious Death.
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PostPosted: 05/26/20 12:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I am gearing up to spend June (Pride month) reading books by and about queer people. I have some set to read, but I would love to hear if others have suggestions.


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PostPosted: 07/04/20 12:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

PUmatty wrote:
I am gearing up to spend June (Pride month) reading books by and about queer people. I have some set to read, but I would love to hear if others have suggestions.


Every year for Pride, I spend June reading books by and about queer people. This year, I prioritized books by Black queer authors (though I read others too). Here is what I read:

"Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States" - Samantha Allen
"Liebestrasse" - Lockard Greg
"Anger is a Gift" - Mark Oshiro
"Slave Play" - Jeremy O. Harris
"Wow, No Thank You" - Samantha Irby
"The Color Purple" - Alice Walker
"The Hidden Law" - Michael Nava
"Maurice" - E.M. Forster
"Lot" - Bryan Washington
"Here For It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America" - R. Eric Thomas

I recommend all of them to different extents, with the major exception of "Anger Is a Gift," which was just terrible.


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PostPosted: 08/08/20 12:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I finished reading the Lorna Barrett mystery Handbook for Homicide.
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PostPosted: 08/09/20 9:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye - a novel about early 20th century racism/queerness in Portland. A really good book.

Some fun mystery novels from Peter Lovesay

re-read an oldie - Hanta Yo: by Ruth Beebe Hill a heartbreaker about White men treatment of American Indians.

Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45
By: Barbara W. Tuchman - fascinating background to where we're at today. I read this partially because of a personal story. My Dad was a flyer in WWII and stayed in the service after the war. He flew Stillwell back to the States from the nuclear tests at Atu and had a funny story about it.



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PostPosted: 08/10/20 2:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

A rare foray into fiction: Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis



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PostPosted: 09/11/20 9:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here's my review of the Ellen Hart mystery In A Midnight Wood.
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PostPosted: 09/12/20 12:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I am almost done re-reading Susan Choi's "Trust Exercise" (2019 National Book Award winner) for a book club. I know it is quite divisive, but I think it is absolutely brilliant. Even better the second time.


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