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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker #blackathon 2019

Posted by on March 2, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker #blackathon 2019

This is frustratingly weird. I worked on this post yesterday and it’s gone. While I guess I must have quite the program without saving, I could swear that WordPress also does autosaves? No? And I can’t recreate everything. But here’s what I can tell you quickly.   Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Written by Patricia Hruby Powell Illustrated by Christian Robinson (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) I wanted to read a biography of Josephine Baker. I’m on a waiting list for Josephine...

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Black Klansman [#Blackathon 2019] Nonfiction, More Than a Color, My Kind of Mystery

Posted by on February 23, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

Black Klansman [#Blackathon 2019] Nonfiction, More Than a Color, My Kind of Mystery

Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime   Wow. What a wild ride. And I don’t mean roller coaster hang-onto-your-seats-bang-bang ride. I mean an “if this were a novel nobody would believe it” ride, which is such a cliché it’s gotten trite and boring, but I kinda didn’t want to say an “are you shittin’ me???” ride. Ooops. As often happens I’m recommending that you just go grab this and start reading or listening without knowing any of the spoilers that...

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What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum ; Young Adult, 5 Stars

Posted by on February 21, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum ; Young Adult, 5 Stars

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I began reading this book and realized it was about a gifted, apparently-on-the-spectrum guy and a gifted girl without neuro-issues, I felt a bit of ‘oh, another one? are guys with Asperger’s sadly becoming the new trope that girls sigh over?’ and felt a bit disgusted and a bit bored and almost stopped listening. But it’s not. It’s not ‘just another one of those books.’ By the end I had revised every negatively cautious thought I’d...

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Rivers of London – Body Work [Graphic Novel] #blackathon, My Kind of Mystery

Posted by on February 19, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 1 comment

Rivers of London – Body Work [Graphic Novel] #blackathon, My Kind of Mystery

So I had a long chatty post of my thoughts on this, and they didn’t save, and I don’t know why. ‘Tis weird. So for now, let me say this. I am really glad that the Wakanda Forever challenge in #blackathon reminded me that I had this graphic novel on my Kindle Fire* yet had never read it.** Because I have now discovered that I actually loved the experience of reading it this way, despite never having been able to get into graphic novels in the past. Also? This book is a two-fer, and fits in the My Kind of Mystery Challenge...

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Celtic Coasts: A Reading Challenge for 2019

Posted by on February 11, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

Celtic Coasts: A Reading Challenge for 2019

What is the Celtic Coasts Reading Challenge? A group created and curated by Carolyn of RiedelFascination that covers all three Celtic countries!  Whatever genre your passion might be;  if your author is born or residing in Celtic country, if your literature takes place among these countries, or is connected to them strongly:  this group is for you. The challenge runs from February 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020. I’ll be posting all the Celtic-related reading and research I do this year on this page to keep it all in one place. If you...

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My Kind of Mystery: A Reading Challenge for 2019

Posted by on February 10, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 5 comments

My Kind of Mystery: A Reading Challenge for  2019

What is the My Kind of Mystery Challenge? If you read any mystery material at all:  this group of readers/reading challenge is for you.   “My Kind Of Mystery” is a reading challenge for every kind of mystery. That  includes autobiographies, tutorials, and other books by and about mystery authors, not just fiction.   Carolyn of RiedelFascination created and curates it. She also included a list of books she’s planning to read this year that fit “her” kind of mystery. The challenge runs from February 1,...

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Books Pooks Read in January 2019

Posted by on February 7, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 4 comments

Books Pooks Read in January 2019

  Geekerella by Ashley Poston “I suck at being social. I think one thing and my mouth says something completely different, like I’m possessed. By a whole lot of stupid.” “It’s also awkward to be so short you can see all the way up into someone’s cerebral cortex, but welcome to my life.”  “We might all be different – we may ship different things or be in different fandoms – but if I learned anything from twenty-three days in a too-blue uniform playing a character I thought I could never be, it’s that...

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The Poet X [#Blackathon 2019]

Posted by on February 5, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

The Poet X [#Blackathon 2019]

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acemedo. What a beautiful, painful, stunning book. Yet a book where pain doesn’t always win. I was hesitant to read it at first because of it being written in blank verse. I needn’t have been. I’m embarrassed, actually, that I knew of it for so long and yet held back, and it took a readathon to get me to go ahead and give it a chance. But isn’t that why we participate in readathons? Not just to fill in ticky-boxes on a list, but to find new books, new voices, to love? Listening to it as an...

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#Blackathon is here! [And it’s Black History Month.]

Posted by on February 1, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

#Blackathon is here! [And it’s Black History Month.]

Once upon a time… … three terrific book-vloggers decided to sponsor a  5-book readathon of black books featuring black people or written by black authors. It was initially was intended for part of February but quickly expanded to last the entire month. So if you see specific dates in February, you can ignore them and know that yes, it really does last for the entirety of Black History Month. Here’s a five-minute video explanation. Jesse is succinct and easy to follow, and also? Adorable! [I list the info beneath it, too.]...

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In Which a Deck of Cards May Have Taken Over the Dys-Brain

Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Dys-Brain, The Work In Progress, This Crumbling Pageant, Untune the Sky, What Pooks Is Writing, World of The Fury Triad | 2 comments

In Which a Deck of Cards May Have Taken Over the Dys-Brain

I’m busily back in the world of the Fury Triad. Want to know what I’ve been researching lately? Can I tell you without giving away any spoilers? I think maybe I can. Back in the 1400s a card game called Tarocchi became popular amongst the wealthy in what we know today as Italy. [Amongst: a sign my brain is living in the UK, now!] It was known by different names in different parts of Europe, including Tarot in France. These cards were hand-painted, each one a small work of art. Now you know why only the wealthy played! The deck...

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