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I started a #bookstagram because I simply love books and have been looking for more bookish people to talk to. Since joining my #TBR has gotten a little out of control. ?⠀

I’m a mom to a two year old and I live in Southern California with my partner, two dogs, bearded dragon, and one fish. We also harvest Monarch Butterflies to help regrow their population. I’ve been teaching fourth grade for five years, going on six.


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#TransRightsReadathon is underway, and here are some books I am hoping to dive into this week. Lots of #bookstagrammers across the web are posting wonderful organizations and mutual aid funds you can donate to to help out our transgender siblings. Follow the hashtag for more information and donate any money if you have the ability to do so, and finally make sure you`re listening to transgender voices and activists!!! It is strange to me when I talk to people I know and they don`t understand something and why it is wrong, but then don`t seek out information from the source or group being affected. Have questions? Confused? The answer is quite simple. Listen.To.Transgender.People. (and please actually listen, if it is not your lived experience, then sit back and shut up)

Here is what I`m hoping to get into:

the ship we built, by Lexie Bean: Rowan discovers a way to share his secrets: letters. Letters he attaches to balloons and releases into the universe, hoping someone new will read them and understand. But when he befriends a classmate who knows what it’s like to be lonely and scared, even at home, Rowan realizes that there might already be a person he can trust right by his side.

Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi: An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side." Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon: Vern - seven months pregnant and desperate to escape the strict religious compound where she was raised - flees for the shelter of the woods. There, she gives birth to twins, and plans to raise them far from the influence of the outside world. But even in the forest, Vern is a hunted woman. Forced to fight back against the community that refuses to let her go, she unleashes incredible brutality far beyond what a person should be capable of, her body wracked by inexplicable and uncanny changes.

Another rainy day, means a rainy photo. I thought this sequel was better than the first. I understand a lot of people`s gripe with the first one was that it confusing and kind of all over the place. Well if you can push through it, this one clarifies a lot of things the first one had trouble working through. The cast of characters is smaller and the world wider. It feels more focused. I loved it. There are times I have to stop myself when I read YA and be like "Viv, this was written with teens in mind, you are 35 get a grip." But I love YA. There`s an earnestness you don`t find in adult fiction all the time that I appreciate. Bloodmarked was fast paced, action packed, and such a ride. I can`t wait to see how this story closes.

#Bloodmarked #Legendborn #YA #YAFantasy #ReadMoreBooks #RainyDayReads #FastPacedBooks #ActionPackedBooks #bookstagram #bookstagrammer


I am exhausted and it is only Monday. I didn`t buy a single book in January, please clap. Hopefully I will get around to these two in the coming weeks. I know Ninth House is problematic (The MC is supposed to be of Latine Heritage, but Leigh Bardugo is not. And no this is not me saying white authors shouldn`t write characters from the global south, but there were some VERY cringe moments in Ninth House because of this. Heard Hell Bent does not have the same issues, which is great because maybe that means Bardugo is listening and actually taking the feedback, instead of you know just listening) I want to reread it ahead of Hell Bent based on @paigerragerreads review!

Seven Moons of Maali Almeida caught my eye and after reading the first page at the library I decided I was sold.

How is everyone`s February shaping up? What are you reading? Any of y`all implement a book buying ban, I am in solidarity with you! And if you broke it, hey you probably deserved that little book. #bookstagram #library #librariesarethebest #useyourlocallibrary #booksbooksbooks #alwaysreading

Hmmmm...This one left me quite perplexed at what exactly it was trying to convey. The story centers around Anders, who wakes up one day to find himself brown, and eventually in the whole world white people begin to wake up with their skin mysteriously darker, chaos ensues but it happens mostly off page. Much like Exit West this one centers around a budding romance, but I don`t feel like it worked here. It is clear he got inspiration from Kafka`s masterpiece, Metamorphosis and others that have followed similar formats. Man wakes up to find himself suddenly changed, but must go about his daily life. But in my opinion, Hamid did not lean into the absolute absurdity of it all and I felt like the message was muddled and the arc of the story suffered. Because what is the message here? That race isn`t real? Maybe, but if so I felt like this short novel did not go deep enough for my liking to get that message across, and it was wrapped up way too neatly. But this worked for a lot of people, so give it a shot and see for yourself.

[ID: The novel The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid lays flat on a gray fabric.]

#Fictionbooks #Aspenlonglist #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #Books

I don`t remember where I saw this quote, so forgive me, but it went something like "I wish everyone understood that being non-disabled is temporary." We all age, and things can happen to our bodies or minds that are not within our control, literally at any moment.

Tessa Miller`s WHAT DOESN`T KILL YOU, was an illuminating memoir/nonfiction book. I know I`m going to keep it on my shelf forever because she has some really helpful tidbits about how to fight for proper healthcare and how to best support people in your life that are chronically ill. It was a sobering read, because our capitalistic society does not value human life, only money. The horrifying stories she shared about fighting for life saving procedures and the hoops she had to jump through one million times over in order to get insurance to cover it or even just to approve it were truly dystopian. But this is her reality, and the reality of millions of people across the United States. I think this is a really valuable book for everyone to read, whether or not you are disabled.

[ID: The nonfiction book What Doesn`t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness, Lessons from a Body in Revolt by Tessa Miller is held up by Viv`s hand against a tree`s stump.]

#nonfiction #memoirs #alwaysreading #learnmore #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #readmorenonfiction #readmorememoirs

Here we are again, new year, bigger TBR. I know my partner will laugh in my face, but I am determined not to buy any new books, for a long time. So many of these books have been influenced by you lovely people. So where to start? Can`t promise I`ll listen, but I`m excited to dig in. I may have to mute 2023 new releases on this damn app though. Anyone know how to do that? Ha!

[ID: Two stacks of books sit side by side.]

#Nonfiction #happynewyear #TBR #ReadMoreBooks #Fiction #Bookstagram #Bookstagrammer #BookRecommendations #BookRecs #somanybookssolittletime

This book is a perfect winter read. The writing is gorgeous and the descriptions of every tiny little thing, from the way the birds chirped, to the sound of snow crunching beneath your feet, is just perfect. It is how I want all my writing to feel. Not overly flowery, just the right touch, with an emotional resonance that has not left even long after I finished. I was completely taken with this story, it is beautiful and easily one of my new all time favorites.

[ID: The novel The Seed Keeper, by Diane Wilson, rests on a white furry blanket.]

#TheSeedKeeper #DianeWilson #ReadIndigenousAuthors #ReadIndigenousWomen #Community #BeautifulBooks #WinterStories #Bookstagram #BestFictionBooks #ReadMoreBooks #Bookstagrammer #MultigenerationalStories #familystories

I used to be someone who always thought nothing of sports. "Oh, I`m not involved and I don`t watch it, so how could it effect me?" Well boy was I wrong. Just like everything else in life, sports are political. With all the controversy surrounding the World Cup and honestly FIFA in general, I keep thinking of this book. The essays in here really bring into focus how even if you don`t play sports or watch them they shape the politics around you in ways you probably don`t realize. Looking at sports through the lens of race, class, gender, and more Dave Zirin examines how sports shape much of political life outside the field. I think this book could make a great holiday gift for your fellow sports lover, or even a novice. The essays "Béisbol: How the Major Leagues Eat Their Young," "The Uses of Sports: How People in Power Exploit the Games," and "Relearning Roberto Clemente" have stayed with me in particular.

[ID: The essay collection Welcome to the Terrordome by Dave Zirin rests on a table with a mini succulent garden pot]

#sports #sportsandpolitics #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #welcometotheterrordome #essaycollection #baseballwriting #basketballwriting #nonfiction #readmorebooks #themoreyouknow🌈

December hopeful. I know we don’t typically see this dude in these parts of #bookstagram but I’m reading it with my husband and it’s really enriched the experience. You gotta have range right? #doorstopperbooks never intimidate me. I am hoping once we finish this series I can convince him to read The Fifth Season or another fantasy book written by an author of the Global South. Got any recs for us? Let me know! He enjoys horror too! Pictured is the book Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson on top of a circular black metal table. #buddyreading #bookclubs #wordsofradiance #TBR #fantasy #bigbooks ...


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