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The Fifth Season
The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015) The start of a new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin. THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out: The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Broken Kingdoms The Kingdom of Gods The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition) Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction) The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella) Dreamblood Duology The Killing Moon The Shadowed Sun
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Kenyazero
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Unsurprisingly, I've only read 3% of the books The New York Times claims to be the top 100 books of the century. I usually don't enjoy the sorts of books that end up on lists of this nature (partly because they almost never include fantasy or graphic novels, which are two of my go-to reading experiences). Also, is splayed open really the only image of Fun Home they had available to them?

mandarchy 🤣 I saw that splayed open book and my eye twitched. I call that using a table for a book mark. It's not right! 3d
Kenyazero @mandarchy a table for a bookmark 😂 11h
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TracyReadsBooks
The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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The NYT has completed their list of the best books of the 21st century, weighted heavily toward literary fiction & nonfiction, today. They invited readers to submit their Top 10 & the tagged book is my only selection to make the list. My list has the most in common with Stephen King‘s & Rebecca Roanhorse‘s—they also picked more science fiction, fantasy, & horror than the NYT included. Interesting list, interesting to see what some authors picked.

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Rissreads
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This was a soft pick and I do think it was a case of me and not the book. I would usually love this kind of book but my life is so crazy busy at the moment that I feel like I just couldn‘t concentrate and give this book the attention it needed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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ItsAnotherJen
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This was an incredible book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ What I got out of this was what I was hoping for in The Priory of the Orange Tree. I was totally engrossed in the story. Such a great reading experience. There is a lot of world building but I didn't find it overwhelming or confusing. It was interesting to see it all come together. It's not a light read, there's some really tragic moments. I'm looking forward to seeing what the next book has in store.

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Kgaudiuso
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It took me a looonnngg time to even grasp what this book was about, but once I got into it, I enjoyed it. I‘m on the second book now, and it is the same. You have to get your bearings to understand it.

rwmg I persevered my way through the whole trilogy so eventually got a better understanding of what was going on, but the struggle put me off reading anything else of hers 2mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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#AwardWinner 🏆 #SpringSkies 🌺🌼🌸🌻🌨️☀️

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

ladym30 Gorgeous!😍 3mo
Eggs Beautiful 🥇🧡 🏆 3mo
5feet.of.fury I love that series 3mo
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PageShifter
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I loved how well written characters were: some are super despicable and some really likable.

This was pretty dark book, and that's the atmosphere I often love. But this also felt a bit confusing to read: there were questions you wanted answered - but not so many answers were given. I think things make more sense in the next book.

#SeriesLove2024

TheSpineView I enjoyed this series!💜📖📚 3mo
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JenP
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Jan and I have finished our first monthly read in our partner reading challenge. This was his first fantasy novel (very outside his comfort zone). I picked the January book, he will pick February which must include a book related to either Valentine‘s Day or to honor black history month. Since neither of us like romance novels, I assume he will want to go with a book for black history month. Any recommendations for either category?

JenP We tried to pick very broad categories for every month (some tied to holidays or national months) to allow us greater flexibility to pick books. He‘s a non-fiction reader and I‘m mostly a literary fiction reader. English is not his first language but he is fluent. However if reading in English, some of the older style writing would be harder for him. 6mo
Bookzombie You could probably do both categories for February by picking up a historical romance by Beverly Jenkins. 🙂 I have only read a couple but enjoyed them. 6mo
Bookzombie Or you could go with this one for non-fiction. Since they are graphic novels you could probably do the whole trilogy in February. 6mo
JenP @Bookzombie I‘ve read those already. Great recommendations though 6mo
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It took me a few attempts to really get into this book but once I did, I really appreciated it. Loved how all the threads came together at the end although I think it merits another read to really understand everything.

quietlycuriouskate My thoughts exactly! 6mo
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Kenyazero
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I really loved this epic fantasy packed full of earth-based powers, found family, inclusive character design, and tragedy. The 3-character style worked so well. This starts slow, as many epic fantasy do, and has such an interesting payoff as character stories come together. #LGBTQIA #Rocks #EpicFantasy

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Cortg
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure what I missed with this one! I was really looking forward to this story with so many glowing reviews but for whatever reason, I just couldn‘t get into it. The world building and characters were good so it was either the writing or the story itself or most likely a combination of the two. #Booked2023 ~Afrofuturism book

Cinfhen I tried this one, but I bailed early on! It does have mostly good reviews 11mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Can‘t say enough good about this series. It‘s complex, emotional, full of #afrofuturism, and includes a diverse cast of characters, including #nonbinaryortrans . I inhaled all three books in a row. Checks off a lot of boxes for my reading preferences. And, of course, #Booked2023 prompts.

Cinfhen That‘s the one prompt Im still working on 😅I couldn‘t get into the first book - maybe I‘ll try again…. 12mo
BarbaraBB Like @Cinfhen I can‘t seem to find a book for that prompt! 12mo
Cinfhen Im thinking of this one @BarbaraBB 12mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I hear ya. I‘m an SFF reader, so it‘s comfortable space for me, even as it it‘s often dark. If Goliath doesn‘t work, look at some of Amazon‘s Original Stories collections. There are some short reads by afrofuturist writers. https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=nodl_?ie=UTF8&node=17506527011&dplnkId=e22a0265-30d... 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Specifically the Black Stars collection. And Jemisin has one in Forward. 12mo
BarbaraBB Thank you so much Barbara, this is so helpful! 12mo
Zoes_Human Love this series. Especially on audio because Robin Miles is one of the two the greatest narrators I know of. I would listen to her read a pack of matches. 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Zoes_Human LOL. Agreed on all those points! 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks B!!! That‘s super helpful 😄 12mo
Kitta I still need to read the third one! 12mo
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JenP
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It‘s rare that I have time to sit and read for a decent amount of time. Taking a break from literary fiction to finally read one of the books that‘s been sitting in my bookshelf for way too long

bnp Oh, I hope you enjoy this one! I liked it, but it made more sense the 2bd time around - I liked it even more. 13mo
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kgriffith
The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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Anyone else doing #TransRightsReadathon? Anyone know Sim_Bookstagrams_Badly or know if they‘re over here under another name?
This one features at least a trans main character, there may be others I don‘t recall from my first time through several years ago.

TheBookHippie There are about 10 of us doing this here. When I informed them of us here on Litsy, they had never heard of us. 💕🏳️‍⚧️🙃 but they know now and they listed us on the graph! 1y
kgriffith @TheBookHippie awesome, glad to see a few others! 🫶🏼 1y
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thepostman96
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wow 😲 definitely worth the hype

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Ruthiella
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I think this is from you @Avanders !?!? For your 100k give away? Thank you so much! 😊 This was such a happy surprise on my porch this afternoon! 😃 I‘m looking forward to starting this series. I‘ve heard awesome things.

TheKidUpstairs Such an awesome series! 1y
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs I‘m really excited to read it! 😃 1y
5feet.of.fury Oooh I love this book! 1y
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Avanders Yay!! I‘m glad it arrives but .. sad my note wasn‘t included! Yes, that‘s right! Thanks again for celebrating with me!!♥️🥰🥰♥️ (And sorry for my delay 🫢) 1y
Ruthiella @5feet.of.fury Glad to hear it! I hope I will too! 1y
Ruthiella @Avanders I‘ll check the bag again for a note. Maybe I missed it. 🙊 No worries about the delay. I have PLENTY of books to read! 😂😂😂 1y
Avanders @Ruthiella eh sometimes they forget to put it in 😜 It basically just said the same thing as my comment. 😁😘 1y
emz711 It's so good! 1y
Ruthiella @emz711 Another ringing endorsement! 😃 1y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#BlavkHistoryMonth Recommendations Day 27
Fiction
A fantastic journey of a book. A pinnacle of what a fantasy book can be. The world building is immaculate, the characters are multifaceted and are given room to grow. The writing is vivid and wonderful.
Very deserving of all the awards it has won.

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kgriffith
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Someone was not pleased with me for being away overnight. I‘m trying to make amends.

Bookzombie Aww! 1y
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micaelapriestley
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"Home is what you take with you, not what you leave behind" #Januarybookclub2023 #fantasy #book1of24

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Smlambert725
The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin

“Let‘s start with the end of the world, why don‘t we? Get it over with and move on to more interesting things.”
#January2023

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KCofKaysville
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Mind-blowing novel with an Earth, a bit different than ours, that keeps destroying its inhabitants in various seasons and gifted individuals who can control seismic activity, etc. Others try to control them. Plus mysterious obelisks with power, etc. It switches between a handful of characters. Very worthwhile if you like this genre.

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KCofKaysville
Fifth Season | N K Jemisin

I am starting this fantasy trilogy. Highly recommended

5feet.of.fury I love this book! Hope you enjoy it too! 2y
KCofKaysville @5feet.of.fury That‘s good! ps bought a new phone 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Photo from White Sands National Park New Mexico

I was on vacation driving (a lot!) through New Mexico so I grabbed this on audio and really enjoyed it!
The world building is wonderful, I really enjoyed how the dramatic beginning draws you in and explains the world right up front. I found the characters to be well drawn, solid and interesting.
The book seemed to wrap around and felt complete to me so I am unsure if I will continue the series

5feet.of.fury I LOVE this series. 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures @5feet.of.fury it was really creative and original. I enjoyed it too! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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#OnThisDay in 1972 Nora Keita Jemisin was born. Raised in Mobile, Alabama Jemisin spent much of her time immersed in fairy tales and fantasy at the local library, and summers in NYC with her father who introduced her to Twilight Zone and Star Trek. In 2015 she became the first Black author to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Fifth Season. 👇 #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs Over the next two years, she was the first ever author to win the award three years in a row and for all three books in a trilogy. 2y
Blerdgal_Fenix I absolutely love her!! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs @5feet.of.fury so so good, right? I loved them too 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Blerdgal_Fenix she's awesome. I'm so looking forward to 2y
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StellaDz
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This was a very well-thought out, imagined, high fantasy. At first I didn‘t know how the 3 perspectives of the women would come together, and then it all crashed together in shocking clarity. I very rarely expect a twist on fantasy, but man. Very enjoyable. I will definitely get the next two.

Side note for audio, the 3 perspectives were at first confusing. You had to really focus to figure them out.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nutmegnc This series just gets better and better!! 2y
StellaDz @Nutmegnc I‘m sad I don‘t have any spare credits! 2y
5feet.of.fury Loved this one, so unique 2y
StellaDz @5feet.of.fury 💯 agreed! 2y
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StellaDz
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Starting this next on audible! #currentlylistening

shanaqui It's a heck of a ride! Enjoy! 2y
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sebrittainclark
The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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#LetterF recs:
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisn
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
Furybon by Claire Legrand
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2y
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Bookish_AF
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Been on my shelf for a while, long overdue to finally read this one!

Also featuring: my favorite NYPL mug ☕️

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Okay! A book I have been a bit intimidated by.
Excited for my #bookspin and #doublespin for May
@TheAromaofBooks

5feet.of.fury The writing style took me a bit to adjust to, but I absolutely loved that trilogy 2y
TheAromaofBooks I found The Fifth Season very interesting, but overall the trilogy was too relentlessly depressing for me to really enjoy it (and I found the sections written in the second person to be very annoying). But a lot of people love these (and not everyone needs HEAs like I do haha) so you may enjoy this one more than I did!! 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures Ohhh I love a polarizing book 😍 2y
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LitStephanie
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This is a strange story set sometime in the distant future when Earth has become much more geologically active, possibly due to human interference. Some humans have evolved to be able to control geokinetic activity (orogenes), and they can protect regions but also destroy. The book starts at the end, when someone tears open a fault line and begins the end of the world, at least for most life. The characters are not very relatable, but I think ⏬

LitStephanie that is intentional because they have evolved a bit from current time (even regular humans can "sess" seismic activity) and society is much different. The book jumps around in POV and in time, but in an interconnectung web, rather than confusing, manner. It's even kind of humorously narrated. 2y
sprainedbrain I freaking love this series. Excellent review! 2y
LitStephanie @sprainedbrain thanks! I had no idea it was a series until I got to the end and wondered if there was going to be more so looked it up. 2y
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Karkar
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Rusting Rust this was a great book. I had to start the next one as soon as I finished this one!

sprainedbrain Love this series so much! 2y
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TugstenDragon
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Really good and exciting, I enjoyed the world building and the characters. The world feels unique with deep lore and the magic systems seem so fresh and exciting. Hated that it ended on a cliff hanger but I guess that just means I have to read the second book soon!

kwmg40 I loved the entire series! 2y
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bnp
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1. The ones I use the most are librarything.com and tor.com.

2. Intentions more than goals - reading more in translation. (#foodandlit2022 & an Asian reading challenge on LT)

3. The broken Earth trilogy by N. K. Jemisin, starting with The fifth season.

@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Eggs Great responses ~ thanks for playing 👍🏼📚👏🏻 3y
Sapphire 1. Modern Mrs. Darcy has beeen good for me lately 2. 50 books this year, #foodandlit2022 and try to read mostly books I already own. 3. Hamnet 2y
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Leniverse
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#BeginsWith #You

Although it also begins with the end.

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Well done 👍🏻 3y
Eggs Can‘t have a new beginning without the end of some other beginning (or so we must tell ourselves 💔) 3y
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Pogue
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Started this one six months ago. It was hard for me to read with the triggers in here but it was a good book.

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Susanita
The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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This was my favorite read from #March even if I was “supposed” to read it in January. It took me a little while and a couple checkouts to get into it, but once I was in I was fascinated. True to form, I had an Isabel Allende book on my shelf all month and waited too long to start it, so I‘ll put it back in the general TBR category. 🤦🏻‍♀️
#authoramonth
#12booksof2021

Andrew65 Great choice. I often do similar. 3y
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bnp
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The tagged book was even better the 2nd time through with a group discussing.

Looking forward to the light coming back, and a new-to-me car.

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bnp
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1. Tagged book + Dawn (Octavia Butler) + The invisible guardian (Dolores Redondo)
2. Live music! & dinner with friends. (Cook casserole this am for dinner.)
3. Tagged book

#weekendreads, @rachelsbrittain

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JackieGreco
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This was an incredible fantasy book. I typically don‘t read fantasy but really enjoyed this story of post apocalyptic earth and the division of orogenes and stills. This book had so much depth to it and was a really enjoyable and enrapturing read.

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Lizpixie
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#LittensDressedInBlood #Day12 #TheKillingMoon I was going to go for the authors book with the same title as the prompt but thought it was a bit obvious. This trilogy by her is also about a moon, one that‘s killing the inhabitants of this world for reasons which I can‘t go into without giving away a major spoiler. One of the best dystopian SciFi series I‘ve ever read. And I don‘t much like dystopian.

BennettBookworm This has been on my TBR for so long, I need to just read it!! 3y
MidnightBookGirl This is a perfect fit, and I really liked this book too! 3y
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BooksMcD
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Oh, to never need sleep and to read forever!
Alas, I need funds to support my book habit so I must keep this job that requires me to put my book down and sleep on occasion. Most unfortunate! 😝

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Kiralyn
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I had a whole plan for what I was going to read this fall- then I picked up the 5th season. Excuse me while I ignore all my other books in order to finish this trilogy ASAP 👀

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TK-421
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“Fear of a bully, fear of a #volcano; the power within you does not distinguish. It does not recognize degree.” #QuotsyAug21

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KassBrown
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Great world building, fun magic, and relatable characters. I was hooked from the prologue! The story switches between perspectives and does so without feeling clunky. Also, I wasn't overwhelmed by the world building even though it's an epic fantasy. listened to the audio book on this one and the reader was wonderful! Strong female lead, lgbtq friendly, and a cast full of racial variety. A great read and I'm excited for the next two!

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JenaJenkins
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Wow! This book was overwhelming at first, because of the intricate world building and the way Jemisin just drops you in to everything. (Pro tip - there is a very helpful appendix with vocab and history notes at the back of the book!) BUT the hard work definitely pays off. I was completely fascinated by the characters, the world, and the unanswered questions. Definitely plan to keep going in the trilogy. #thebrokenearth #thefifthseason #jemisin