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Liked I Quit Mastodon Again by Matthew Graybosch (matthewgraybosch.org)

My problem with Mastodon is that while I’m not vain enough to think Danko Jones was writing about me, I can’t handle moderation either. I can’t seem to only use platforms like this for an hour on Saturday night. So it’s better for me to not use it at all.

I had other reasons for quitting, but the explanation became a bit of a rant (with tangents). Read at your own risk.

relatable.

bluesky through bridgy.fed

Liked Bridgy.fed to include BlueSky by Ryan BarrettRyan Barrett (snarfed.org)

Fediverse! I’ve been building a bridge to Bluesky, and they’re turning on federation soon, which means my bridge will be available soon too. You’ll be able to follow people on Bluesky from here in the fediverse, and vice versa.
Bluesky is a broad network with lots of worthwhile people and conv…

Federation is really cool and Bridgy.fed keeps delivering. Ryan does amazing work and deserves support!

Bryony and Roses

Read Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher

Bryony and her sisters have come down in the world. Their merchant father died trying to reclaim his fortune and left them to eke out a living in a village far from their home in the city.

But when Bryony is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in an abandoned manor, she stumbles into a house full of dark enchantments. Is the Beast that lives there her captor, or a fellow prisoner? Is the house her enemy or her ally? And why are roses blooming out of season in the courtyard?

This recommendation from Tracy was a really fun and sweet Beauty and the Beast retelling. It took me a while to get into the story, for two reasons: I have no idea why I even started reading it since I’m very tired of fantasy and of romance I didn’t know it was a Beauty and…

Free: Coming of Age at the End of History

Read Free: Coming of Age at the End of History by Lea Ypi

Lea Ypi grew up in one of the most isolated countries on earth, a place where communist ideals had officially replaced religion. Albania, the last Stalinist outpost in Europe, was almost impossible to visit, almost impossible to leave. It was a place of queuing and scarcity, of political executions and secret police. To Lea, it was home. People were equal, neighbours helped each other, and children were expected to build a better world. There was community and hope.

Then, in December 1990, everything changed. The statues of Stalin and Hoxha were toppled. Almost overnight, people could vote freely, wear what they liked and worship as they wished. There was no longer anything to fear from prying ears. But factories shut, jobs disappeared and thousands fled to Italy on crowded ships, only to be sent back. Predatory pyramid schemes eventually bankrupted the country, leading to violent conflict. As one generation’s aspirations became another’s disillusionment, and as her own family’s secrets were revealed, Lea found herself questioning what freedom really meant.

Around the World challenge: Albania This is the best book about Albania I’ve ever read, which doesn’t tell you much because it’s also the only book about Albania I’ve ever read (for now). It did make me want to read more, though. In this book, we follow young Lea as she goes to school in…

The Bread the Devil Knead

Read The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini

Alethea Lopez is about to turn 40. Fashionable, feisty and fiercely independent, she manages a boutique in Port of Spain, but behind closed doors she’s covering up bruises from her abusive partner and seeking solace in an affair with her boss. When she witnesses a woman murdered by a jealous lover, the reality of her own future comes a little too close to home.

Around the World challenge: Trinidad and Tobago A book full of violence of nearly all kinds I could even imagine. And yet, I couldn’t put it down, stammering through the Creole and the pain, because Alathea is wonderful, everyone is wonderful, and I needed to know more about all these characters and what they’re going…