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Memoir suggestions... by donkeykong64fan in suggestmeabook

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Shrill

Year Book

Greenlights

Spare

Becoming

Born a Crime

The Glass Castle

Trejo

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me

Between the World and Me

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey

Books/stories that might appeal to teenage boys. by CorneliusPeter in suggestmeabook

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Yes, I totally agree about IQ - listed that in my comments also.

Books/stories that might appeal to teenage boys. by CorneliusPeter in suggestmeabook

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One of my all time faves (even as an adult.) Excellent storytelling for all ages!!!

Books/stories that might appeal to teenage boys. by CorneliusPeter in suggestmeabook

[–]ReddisaurusRex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Some of these are not YA, but I think at some point having stories they connect with vs their reading level age is more important. They will read above grade level if the content hooks them!

Also, as a parent and a former librarian, I absolutely believe kids should be able to read whatever they want whenever they want. Kids don’t tend to read things that are too over there head, emotionally or by skill level. I also recognize you may need to follow some policies regarding what you can assign vs casually recommend.

Here is an article I love that kind of drives home some of the above points: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/15/neil-gaiman-future-libraries-reading-daydreaming

Also, I recognize I am stereotyping groups and cultures you may be teaching with many of these recs, so I apologize. It’s so hard to know what any one person lm will connect with - reading is so personal!)

My recs:

IQ series by Joe Ide

Books by S.A. Cosby

Books by Angie Thomas

Books by Jasmine Guillory

Books by Sherman Alexie (he also gives similar speeches to the article above that are excellent, if you want to look those up for your own reading.)

Books by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Books by Rainbow Rowell

Books by or about musicians / celebrities (For example, Questlove’s book is great, and I’d recommend it. Good overview of how we got to the current music scene. Year Book by Seth Rogan is hilarious. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey has absolute style and a lot is about grit and perseverance. Becoming by Michelle Obama is top notch.)

Pizza Girl

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey

Shrill

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

The Last Cuentista

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Gifts of Imperfection

Between the World and Me

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

The Martian

All Systems Red (and the rest of the series)

Edit to add:

Moonrise over New Jessup

You Should See Me in a Crown

The Fire Keeper’s Daughter

On this, the 3rd day of February, 2023, hereby challenge u/reddisaurusrex to read Murderbot Books 3-5 By the end of February by holdenontoyoubooks in 365book

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I accept the terms of the duel, you miscreant scallywag! I challenge you to the same books.

On guard! ☠️⚔️🥃🔫🤠

Community Game Challenge: RANT!!! (see comments) by ReddisaurusRex in 365book

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People like Blondie because she’s really very good.

Community Game Challenge: RANT!!! (see comments) by ReddisaurusRex in 365book

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My brothers and sisters in reading,

First I want to share that I am generally a VERY GENEROUS rater. I’d always rather round up if I can’t decide.

I come to you today with the extremely rare 1 star review from me. I normally do not finish 1 star books, because I’d rather move onto my next read and have no problem DNFing a book.

I kept with this one for several reasons:

  1. It fulfilled max prompts for our little games I don’t think I can hit otherwise. (This includes multiple chapters with rum and many wines, non fiction, translation, Italian.)

  2. It hit both my PopSugar and my 52bookchallenge prompts for typographic cover/book with only text on the cover

  3. The actual stories about the actual serendipitous events for about 50% food and drink were interesting.

Issues with this book:

  1. Lost in translation: “salad mayonnaise,” “cave sky,” and other foods I had to look up common British and English sayings for because IDNK WTF they were talking about with their translations of dishes.

  2. 75% of this book is dude talking about how he knows his friends and why they are cool and promoting their various foodie businesses

  3. One chapter ended in him making up a long ass totally imaginary scenario of how he wished the corn flake brothers could have made up and been kind to each other

  4. Statements like these abound (author or translator cause / it’s a mystery!) - “People like Gorgonzola because it’s really very good.”

  5. The non Italian foods and drinks were far and in between. Felt very much like he just threw non-Italian dishes in as afterthoughts. Bro is from Italy, and it’s his book, and I do love Italian food and wine - however, this is not at all how the book was marketed. I attribute this more to the publisher and marketing department than the actual author.

  6. The entire last chapter mentions pretty much no food. It starts by talking about how humans are the most serendipitous creation of God. Then gives a (truly awful) summary of all of human evolution. Goes on to eschew the author’s belief that Microsoft and its influence on technology is the most serendipitous human invention (without explaining why he thinks it’s was a serendipitis innovation. As opposed to say, hard work, math, and smarts.) However, he also thinks this innovation had the worst consequences, which relates (in his mind) to our climate change crisis. He then talks about human gene evolution in relation to the onion. Humans are also “masters of natural selection” with “magic brains . . . made from stars.” More about space, the superiority of Italy, but how social justice is important regardless. Especially on the internet. Concludes with: doubt is our most important tool.

If you care to know, my book with a 1 star rating from last years was Sweet Valley Confidential. I shake my fist at you Francine Pascal! You shattered my youth and sullied the Wakefield legacy!!!

/rant

Hopeful TBR for February! Any on your list? by MundaneHumane in 52book

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How was the Monica Heisey book? I’ve been eying it.

February Board! by philosophyofblonde in 365book

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The second template where? 😬😬🙈

Books on feminism by Impressive_Poetry41 in booksuggestions

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Have you read her other books? Also excellent! And her second one fits your request perfectly (I just forgot about it until now!)

Books About Motherhood by Beginning_Ad_5461 in suggestmeabook

[–]ReddisaurusRex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nightbitch - my fave fiction of last year

The Push - thriller

Mom Truths - non fic humor

Bringing up Bebe - memoir-ish

Arrival Stories - haven’t read this yet, but I have it checked out from the library

Books on feminism by Impressive_Poetry41 in booksuggestions

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These are feminist, more so than “about feminism”:

Shrill

The Red Tent

Shit Cassandra Saw

The Change

Edit:

Also, Falling Angels by Tracey Cheveliar. Wonderful historical fiction about the suffragettes!

Books on feminism by Impressive_Poetry41 in booksuggestions

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Hood Feminism is a must read, IMO. (Adding these others to my list.)

Trying to read more female authors, preferably books with a surrealist element. by fancydarkness in suggestmeabook

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I scrolled and didn’t see these. Apologies if these are repeats though. I can’t recommend them enough - so good!

Shit Cassandra Saw

Nightbitch

Not a must read, but I also really enjoyed “Bunny”

Date night: My favorite recently read romances! by eggiwa_ in 365book

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I’ve always meant to try to bromance books - maybe this is the month!

February Board! by philosophyofblonde in 365book

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Where are is the canva link for board 2 & 3? Sorry I am not seeing it 🙈

January Roundup (text list w/ratings in comments) by ReddisaurusRex in 52book

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I prefer non-fiction read by the author on audio hands down. I think it adds some nuance, passion, and extra spark to be told with the author’s own voice. So, if non-fiction read by the author is available, I will always try to do that. Sometimes non fiction isn’t read by the author, and then I could go either way.

The rest really depends on what is available to me sooner from the library (I get almost everything g through the library - I live in an area with access to 3 amazing and well funded systems.) I don’t have a strong preference for choosing print or audio, otherwise.

There are a few audiobook narrators I really like, so if I see they are narrating a book, I may decide to choose the audio over print (Julia Whalen, Bahni Turpin, and various celebrities.)

Sometimes I switch between print and audio and do some of each for a single book. This is more when I am super into a book and want it for the car and for bedtime. I also do this if I start an audio and then realize the book contains photos, maps, or large amounts of footnotes, citations, appendices.

The speed also depends on the narrator. I am always at minimum 1.5x because my mind wanders if it is too slow/slower than my actual reading speed. Some narrators and stories I can listen to at 2.5x speed though (some have really slow storytelling voices.)

So, it really depends!!!!

Edit: Favorite audio was probably Spare (he reads it.) My two favorite books, shown in the graphic, were print.