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I finished Ink, Blood, Sister, Scribe and was utterly delighted

I finished Ink, Blood, Sister, Scribe and was utterly delighted

A bit of a #lastread and #currentlyreading.

I finished Ink, Blood, Sister, Scribe and was utterly delighted. It was a perfect winter break read. It was fun and filled with lovable characters. I don’t read enough standalone fantasy but if that is something you’re looking for this one is absolutely charming.

I finally read Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward and completely understand why it’s a classic. It’s a rich text and deeply layered. It took me a minute to sink my teeth into but I’m so glad I stuck with it. It’s a look into the lives of an impoverished Black family and the horrors of Hurricane Katrina as told by Esch, who finds herself pregnant at 15 years old. There’s this feeling of dread as you read because you know what’s coming. Ultimately though this is a story about sibling love and loyalty. Skeetah absolutely pops off the page and he is one of my favorite fictional characters. Definitely one I can see myself thinking about years to come.

I opened What We Fed to the Manticore not really knowing what to expect. I like the idea that every story is told through the perspective of a different animal in the world as they witness habitat destruction and human greed. The first story is about a donkey and a zookeeper in Gaza. And yeah. I cried. This was written before the current genocide taking place so it cut deep. I’m interested to read the other stories when I’m ready.

Finally I started When Crack was King last night and I am hooked. I can tell it’s going to be a solid book. I absolutely love narrative nonfiction and the introduction is excellent. I heard he got his inspiration for the structure from the Warmth of Other Suns from his interview with Traci on @thestackspod and I immediately had to get to it!

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I finished Ink, Blood, Sister, Scribe and was utterly delighted

Best Books 2023

Best Books 2023

I did the thing in the laziest way possible for myself. Just the notes app and some books I remember loving. I definitely won’t be finishing up another book this year. But these were among my favorites. I’m sure there are more but when I went through my list these were the ones that jumped out. What I love about picking favorites is sometimes you just read a book at the right time. So it stays with you. I feel that way about Calling for a Blanket Dance. I remember reading it and just really having this feeling of peace. I am so grateful to all the good books this year. And I’m grateful for all of you too. #bestbooks #bestoflist #bestbooksof2023 #nonfiction #fiction #middlegradebooks #readersofinstagram

Birchbark Books & Native Arts

Birchbark Books & Native Arts

I am currently visiting family in Minnesota. When they asked what I wanted to do this was my only request. It is everything I wanted it to be and more. I could’ve spent hours browsing, the collection curation was on point, because of course it would be. For those who don’t know this bookstore is owned by Louise Erdrich and her family. She is one of my favorite authors. I walked away with signed copies of Louise Erdrich’s Plague of Doves and Love Medicine. I also bought a copy of The Marrow Thieves. What a lovely shop. Thanks for the vibes @birchbark_books !! #supportindiebookstores #independentbookstore #supportnativeartists #readmorebooks #alwaysreading

Our Share of Night

Our Share of Night

Looking for a creepy read for October? This one definitely had me unsettled as I read it. I don’t gravitate towards horror or even scary books often but for some reason I was compelled to read this one. It was weird and creepy. If you like stories about secret societies and cults then look no further. It’s a doorstopper clocking in at just over 600 pages but I found myself deeply engrossed. A combination of things I think worked really well here: 1) The setting of Argentina during and after the military dictatorship I thought gave this book a darker tone. The true horrors of living during this time were always just scratching below the surface waiting to break out. 2) The characters are all well written. There’s not much to root for here, but you have to know what happens to them! And 3) The horror elements were not overdone. Enriquez gave you little peeks at times to keep you guessing or described scenes with such brutal detachment it somehow made it worse.

I would like to read more horror in this vein. It had just the right amount for me, and gave me a new appreciation for the genre. #horrorbooks #scarybooks #octoberreads #spookyreads #creepyreads #ourshareofnight #weirdbooks #bookstagram #bookstagrammer

The Cool Moms

The Cool Moms

Enjoy. @sona.rukmani and @climatejusticeteachermom

I was tagged by @readwithneleh and inspired by @margauxreadit

Enjoy a couple of out of context texts from some dorky moms who are passionate about teaching and creating a more just future for every kid, but also books. Duh.

That Shit was Sloppy AF:
Disorientation
All This Could Be Different
The Rabbit Hutch
Anna K

Listen to teachers. Lol:
We Want to do More than Survive
Teaching to Transgress
The Knowledge Gap
Lies My Teacher Told Me

Why are men like this?
Stay with Me
The Days of Abandonment
Girlhood
Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma

I Cried the Whole Way Home Lol:
Yolk
All My Rage
The Great Believers
The Vanished Birds

Elmo Burning:
We were once a family
Allow me to retort
Empire of pain
Dear America
Babel

No Bad Vibes! BEYONCEEE:
Easy Beauty
(If you know you know)

#booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #coolmoms #alwaysreading #fiction #nonfiction #learnmore #readmore #teachersofinstagram #readersofinstagram

The End of 2023 Approached

The End of 2023 Approached

So many books. Too little time. The end of 2023 approached (which just blows my mind) what should I prioritize?

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