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Sunshine
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
112 posts | 119 read | 90 to read
Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature: In a world where darkness threatens, there is Sunshine . . . Although it had been mostly deserted since the Voodoo Wars, there hadnt been any trouble out at the lake for years. Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, head baker at her familys busy and popular caf in downtown New Arcadia, needed a place to get away from all the noise and confusionof the clientele and her family. Just for a few hours. Just to be able to hear herself think. She knew about the Others, of course. Everyone did. And several of her familys best regular customers were from SOFSpecial Other Forceswhich had been created to deal with the threat and the danger of the Others. She drove out to her familys old lakeside cabin and sat on the porch, swinging her feet and enjoying the silence and the silver moonlight on the water. She never heard them coming. Of course, you dont when theyre vampires.
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StellaDz
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Panpan

Okay, IMO this is the worst vampire book. There are vampires in the beginning, and the end, but the rest of the book is just a girl rambling, stream of thought, waste of time filler. Amazing world, but I didn‘t want to hear about it, I wanted to see it. Big difference. And when you‘re in any type of epic battle, give me details on that, not how your thinking about baking muffins at your bakery... ⭐️ I‘m not even sure what the story was about.

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StellaDz
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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I have 60 pages left of this book and if it doesn‘t happen today, it never will. To say one thing about this book? Draining. Not a vampire pun... but fitting. 😂

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Asthecroweflies
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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I‘m trying sooooo hard not to bail! I love the overall concept but it is so long-winded! She goes into to much backstory and explanation right in the midst of action and if I wasn‘t reading on my phone I would have thrown it across the room in frustration!

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Leniverse
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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This is my fave kind of vampire book. The kind with a moral dilemma. Yes, they are thoroughly inhuman and alien. Yes, they murder people. And yet... this vampire is quite likeable, and currently the lesser evil. But teaming up means he'll be around to kill more people.

#OutstandingOctober

Bookworm54 This is one of my favourite books 🥰 14mo
ravenlee I read this one sooo long ago. I need to get it out for a reread sometime soon (likely next year at this point). 14mo
Leniverse @Bookworm54 @ravenlee It was excellent! I wish there were a sequel. Is there a sequel? Seems like there is plenty of room for further adventures. And I have questions. Is the Grandmother (and father) alive somewhere? What is Mal? What is the Goddess of Pain? 13mo
Bookworm54 No sequel as of yet 😔 13mo
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arader68
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
Mehso-so

The writing style takes some getting used to. It reads like a stream of consciousness. The world building is really solid and different from anything else I've read. Character development and relationships build slowly which i think makes it more realistic.

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JSW
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
Pickpick

A fun diversion, if a bit rambly. Will make you want to bake. 😀

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Chittavrtti

I miss Robin McKinley. Her blog hasn‘t been updated in nearly two years and I can find no sign of her through the internet. I have always felt her stream of consciousness thinking characters were kindred spirits. Sunshine, arrived during a particularly challenging time in my life and “rescued” me. Death of Marat anyone?
I hope Robin and her roses are doing well.

rubyslippersreads Didn‘t her husband pass away a couple of years ago? I used to enjoy her blog too, and 💚 2y
Chittavrtti Yes, he passed away a little over four years ago. I discovered her through, Beauty. I love how she always manages to incorporate an aspect of Beauty into all her novels. 2y
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Texreader
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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SW-T Saw this. Interesting selections. 2y
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readordierachel
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Mehso-so

Hm. Lots of threads/ideas introduced that went nowhere. Was this supposed to be a series? It felt like set up, with no real payoff.
I did some heavy skimming, waiting for things to happen.
She baked a lot of fucking cinnamon rolls.
But hey, it took my mind off things for a bit.

BarbaraBB Great review 😂! 2y
Billypar Did she make coffee to go with the cinnamon rolls? 😯 2y
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readordierachel @Billypar Lots and lots of tea 🍵 😉 2y
FlowerFairy Hahaha!!! I remember craving cinnamon rolls the entire time I was reading this book. 🤣 2y
readordierachel @FlowerFairy I know! I kept getting the urge to bake 😆 2y
Librariana I vividly remember librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl mentioning that this was one of her favorite books 😊 2y
readordierachel @Librariana It seems to have brought a lot of joy to a lot of people 💕 2y
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readordierachel
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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I anxiety-baked this lemon pie earlier and now I am enjoying it with this fun urban fantasy that's been in my kindle library for ages. It's helping :)

I hope you all are taking some moments for self-care and comfort reading. Sending love ❤

Jaimelire Looks delicious! 2y
Tanisha_A Love to you ❤️ 2y
Christine Perfect. I need to follow your lead and do some comfort reading and baking this weekend. ❤️ 2y
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batsy That looks delicious. And a great idea for some anxiety management. Take care 💛 2y
AlaMich I bought a few supplies for anxiety-baking myself this week. I haven‘t done any baking yet—too many other things to do—but it‘s gonna happen! 2y
readordierachel @Jaimelire It was pretty good 😊 2y
readordierachel @Tanisha_A And to you, friend ❤ 2y
readordierachel @Christine That sounds like a good plan ❤ 2y
readordierachel @batsy You too ❤ Too easy to live in the news right now. 2y
readordierachel @AlaMich Awesome! I hope it's relaxing (and yummy 😊) 2y
kspenmoll Looks delicious! Glad you are practicing sone self help. ❤️❤️ 2y
readordierachel @kspenmoll I hope you are too ❤ 2y
Reggie You make me want to bake later. Looks good!!! 2y
readordierachel @Reggie It's very soothing! Plus you get to eat it, lol 2y
UwannaPublishme ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Briary
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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I finally found a lovely edition for this book. Not one for vampires, but McKinley could write about toadstools and make it all kinds of wonderful. 🦌🌳☀️

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RiaWritten
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Sorry it's not strictly book related but it is language related and I had to tell someone. A long time friend and fairly recent partner and I have started experimenting with endearments. He's Russian. The cyrillic bit up top was his sign off to me tonight, which I ran through Google translate and promptly swooned.

ju.ca.no How cute!😍 2y
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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esurient
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Oh, I needed something happy and this is just so full of heart. #fanfiction

Magic Beans
https://archiveofourown.org/works/596185

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xicanti
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Listen, if the world‘s gonna subject me to snow, I‘m gonna break out the holiday lights.

I also made a couple changes to my new shelves: my red globe in the place of my Rose Tyler Pop!, a couple more wall stickers, and Robin McKinley‘s SUNSHINE beside Harry Potter.

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Bookworm54
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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My favourite #RomanceNovels are #ParanormalRomance

I love the mix of action and the supernatural with the romance side. Many of these include some form of ‘mates‘ too, pairs that are destined to be together and know when they have met the one. I like that idea as it takes away the doubt people have in the real world 🥰

Pictured are the first books in several PR series I love and a stand-alone that I think counts...

@24in48 #24in48 #Readathon

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shanaqui
Pickpick

There is so much more I want to know about this world, and it's a little info dumpy, but mostly I still enjoyed it very much. The tentative friendship/relationship that evolves between Con and Sunshine is so well done, and Con's vampirism is never romanticised -- he's still scary and unsettling, even as his sense of honour becomes clear.

#WyrdandWonder

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shanaqui

There is so much background to this book that's never used. So much we don't ever see about the characters. I always loved that and found it frustrating in equal measure, and I have that feeling again with this reread...

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shanaqui
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Been rediscovering a book that was one of my favourites 10-15 years ago!

Not that I'm reading much today. I've been a little busy graduating. Helen Hippo came with me to see it through. :) After 29 years with me and three degrees, she's a bit battered. [I wish I was smiling better in this picture, but that expression is mostly me trying not to laugh.]

I had a book in my bag the whole time, of course. That's how Littens roll!

LiteraryinLawrence Congratulations on your graduation! That‘s awesome!! 3y
CaliforniaCay How exciting!!! Congrats!! 🥳🎊🎊🎉 3y
rwmg Congratulations👏 🥂🎆 3y
llwheeler Congrats! 3y
rretzler Congrats! 🎈🍾🎊🎉 3y
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EmilieGR
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
Mehso-so

My least favorite of McKinley‘s books

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theresidentromantic
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Pickpick

I loved this and I hated it, but you definitely have to read it, if you like urban fantasy. McKinnley's vampires are an absolute must. They're a total breath of fresh air and a world I would love to continue exploring. There's not a love triangle because there really isn't a romance, it's on a different level. But the lack of information is a real issue and I had a few other fundamental issues with the book too. But it was a good end to April.

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theresidentromantic
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Whelp, I'm a very puddleish mess of ovaries. Gah.

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theresidentromantic
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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I got this from last week's library dime sale and it's been calling to me all week from it's place on the bottom of my tbr pile. So on this peaceful evening by myself, I'm giving in 😂😂 I also find it so interesting that it was an adult novel in 2003, but it's very much YA, at least from the narrative so far. Let me know if you've liked this!

Weaponxgirl I read this years ago and liked it. 3y
Weaponxgirl I think it‘s the sex that put it in adult section for the time, ya wasn‘t that big then. I‘m sure I remember a erection felt against the leg scene. 3y
theresidentromantic @Weaponxgirl Ah! That'll do it. And she is supposed to be 19 ish, 20, but she's emotionally very young, although I think that's been done on purpose. 3y
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Dragon
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Thanks for the tag @cassiopia - 1. Buying books at the Raise-A-Reader booksale in May 2. I‘m reliable 3. I‘m rarely late 4. Since it‘s Friday I‘m not going to tag ( really I‘m not usually late 😂🐉)

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😘 3y
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IndyHannaJones
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
Bailedbailed

I'm sorry...I know I should like this one....but....after the first part...(and well, ok, a lot of the first part) there was just too much information and I just got soooooo bored.

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SW-T
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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OMG! Catching up on newsletters and saw this! Neil Gaiman recommended Robin McKinley‘s Sunshine, one of my all time favs! I have three copies of it, cuz I want backups, just in case. 📚😊❤️📚😊❤️📚

#neilgaiman #robinmckinley #authorcrush #authorcrushforlife #favorites #booklover #alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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JanJan
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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I'm super excited for this one!

BarbaraJean This is one of my favorites! So good!! 3y
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Chrissyreadit
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I loved this book. McKinley is a favorite author. #meetmeinthedark #octoberxfiles

Bradleygirl Mckinley vampires are the only ones for me. 3y
Clare-Dragonfly I really need to read this sometime. Love McKinley. 3y
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EchoLogical
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Pickpick

Not bad. Honestly, I added this to my TBR stack and completely forgot what it was about once I didn't find it right away. It kinda reminds of the Sookie Stackhouse books smushed into a single novel.

⭐⭐⭐

#screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

SkeletonKey This book made me hunger. Literally all I remember about it is all those bakery descriptions 😂 3y
EchoLogical @SkeletonKey They did sound delicious! 🤣 3y
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Kamisha
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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#audiowalking with these goobers!

Using the tagged book as yet another #screamathon pick! 😄🧛🏻‍♀️

4thhouseontheleft Wanted to make sure you saw that you won the Season 3 giveaway for #Booked2018! My email address is on the winner post, let me know if you can‘t find it. Congrats! 🎉 🎉🎉 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen (edited) 3y
Kamisha @4thhouseontheleft Just got on and saw it, thank you!! 3y
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IndyHannaJones
Sunshine | Robin McKinley

Oh, yes. This does the trick.

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sonatinalina
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
Pickpick

I loved that these were vampires that were ‘other,‘ not just slightly more dangerous people. You never forgot the fangs and the blood were the least of your worries! And the juxtaposition of a master baker and a war against great darkness was thoughtfully and rivetingly done.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Pickpick

Hard choice between pick and so-so. I liked a lot of the parts of this novel, but overall it didn't really wow me. I really liked the main character (nicknamed Sunshine) and her rambly voice--it felt authentic to her personality. I also liked how Sunshine wasn't always likable and how she described her job as a baker. The fantasy world was pretty cool, unique, although it annoyed me when McKinley used Sunshine to just info dump instead of showing.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Oh yeah, this has vampires and stuff. #UrbanFantasy #HalloweenReads 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Eating London Fog flavoured ice cream in the sunshine reading this book called Sunshine. I also love a part from the page on the right, where the protagonist is describing the difference between her mom and her:

"She's a brass-bound bitch because she believes she knows best. I'm a brass-bound bitch because I don't want anyone getting close enough to find out what a whiny little knot of of naked nerve endings I really am."

LeahBergen That ice cream sounds wonderful. 3y
AlaMich I had to look it up but it sounds delicious! A Canadian thing, right? You guys get all the good stuff. 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @AlaMich Yeah, it's a local Vancouver ice cream company. I'm sure there are other small ice cream makers that do a similar flavour though! 3y
AlaMich @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I‘d prefer to just go to Vancouver! 😊 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Starting my first of hopefully many #HalloweenReads! This is supposed to be a unique twist on the vampire novel. My coworker recommended it to me today so I thought I'd give it a whirl. It has a great opening: "It was a dumb thing to do but it wasn't that dumb. There hadn't been any trouble out at the lake in years. And it was so exquisitely far from the rest of my life."

Lindy Vampires aren‘t my jam, but I liked this book. Good choice. 👍 3y
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lauren.lerner
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Pickpick

A different take on vampires and the like than I‘ve read before, I enjoyed this novel immensely. That said, the ending definitely left me wanting more; I‘m a bit disappointed that this is a stand alone novel and not the start of a series.

I need to read more by this author. If you have a favorite from her bibliography that I should be sure not to miss, please share!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • #urbanfantasy #vampires

llwheeler The Hero and the Crown and Spindle's End were my very favourites of hers as a kid, haven't reread either since though. I haven't read Sunshine yet but I have it and hope to get to it soon! 3y
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AveAthena
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Pickpick

Happy #BookLoversDay! I just finished Sunshine, and it was funny and weird and beautiful. So pretty much right up my alley. And a good reminder that I need to read more Robin McKinley!

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lauren.lerner
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Evening read. Going from the end of the world with All The Birds In The Sky to vampires. 📚 #justkeepreading #workingthroughmyKindleTBR

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SW-T
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Pickpick

Still my favorite #vampire novel! Reread this gem to see if still held up and oh, it did! Pleasure to #reread

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hmgbrdhart
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Pickpick

I would recommend this book even though it has a lot of unanswered questions/unexplored avenues. I didn't know when I started that there wasn't a sequel. It's ripe for one. I've never explored fan fiction but this book may push me to try it. I want a creative explanation for so many things. The author has said she'll never write a sequel and it's too bad. But I still would tell people to read it.

booksandsympathy I want a sequel too. I loved this world she created and there were too many questions at the end. 3y
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Nessavamusic
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Pickpick

I really like this though the end left me wanting more and this is not a series. A very interesting take on Urban Fantasy and vampires. The dialog style is different and takes some getting used to but I really did enjoy this one!

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Nessavamusic
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Did it with time to spare! I completed 2 books 📚
Trail of Lightning and Iron & Magic
2 in progress: Sunshine and Spinning Silver, the latter I am listening to on #audiobook
#24B4Monday FYI will not let me tag TheReadingMermaid!

MirrorMask Good job!!! That's awesome! 3y
tammysue 👏🏻🙌🏻 3y
julesG 👏 Impressive! 3y
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hissingpotatoes
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Loooooook at this dazzling edition I found! It does have a bit of shine, and I ADORE the way the red in the N bleeds into the swirls below it. I loved this book and need to reread it.

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DebinHawaii
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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#QuotsyJune18 #daylight

Plenty of daylight quotes in this book but I remembered & highlighted this one. I told Max ?that I likely would have been torched since I live alone & (according to the book) cats are the one domestic pet a vampire may keep as "vampires understand the way cats' minds work." His main concern seemed to be who would feed him. ??? #catsoflitsy

P.S. Max?pic is from when he had more teeth, vampire cat is off the internet.

jenniferw88 Yay Max! 😻😹😻😹 3y
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Nutmegnc
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Grab this one!!! It's one of the best standalone paranormal fiction novels ever. It's a vampire novel for those who hate vampires! It's a really cool story and a steal!!!

BkClubCare Why do I miss your postings? Oh well 3y
Nutmegnc @bkclubcare it‘s cause you follow a million littens?? 😜 (edited) 3y
BkClubCare @Nutmegnc - “c” 3y
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Crystallinegirl
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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@bookriot Here's my (rather random) #rainbowbookstack for #riotgrams!

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leighmal49
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Much loved, well-worn copy of another Top Ten fave. Different take on a vampire story.

Book blurb: There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts. Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her...

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DebinHawaii
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Pickpick

#ReadingResolutions #sunshine
Bought this on a Kindle deal over 2 years ago & finally started it earlier this month & finished this week-just in time for the☀️prompt. I enjoyed this vampire story-dark & different from the norm. I liked Rae (Sunshine) & that fact she's a baker who lives to feed people.💛I would have liked more of Con, the vampire (Other) she's imprisoned with, saves & who saves her back. It did drag in places-but overall a pick.👍

ReadingSusan Yesss!! Love this book! 4y
TricksyTails This has been on my TBR forever. Need to bump it up! 4y
BarbaraJean Love this book!! I wish McKinley would write more in this world—I wanna read about the Voodoo Wars! 4y
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EadieB
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Reading in the #sunshine is a great way to spend your day!

#readingresolutions @Jess7 #sunshine #may Day 23

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RiaWritten
Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Pickpick

Audiobook driving time! I‘ve read it, but it‘s the first time for my mom. It‘s so freaking good.

RiaWritten Update: I would NOT recommend this audiobook. It‘s pretty terrible. 4y
BarbaraJean Ohhhhh, that‘s a bummer!! This is such a good book! 4y
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xicanti
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I made it back to the new Little Free library today! I took three crime novels for my dad (I'm sure I'll borrow them once he's done) and left a comic about filmmakers, two Tana French novels, my unwieldy hardcover copy of SUNSHINE (don't worry; I also have it in easy-to-read paperback), and a couple of culinary magazines.