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Only Human
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
World War Z meets The Martian in the explosive follow-up to Sleeping Giants ("One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory"--NPR) and Waking Gods ("Pure, unadulterated literary escapism"--Kirkus Reviews). In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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4⭐
My relisten of this trilogy is complete. Overall, I still love the series, the concept is still mind-blowing, but this last book, upon consideration, didn‘t quite live up to what I wanted from the series. It‘s still quite good, not 5⭐ good and ultimately I still recommend these books to anyone who likes something a little different from the norm in the science fiction genre. Something that might evoke some existential thinking from you.

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Jari-chan
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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(Where's my text gone?!)

The third book might not be the strongest in the trilogy, but I still was happy to meet the old crew once again. I wished there were more information about the aliens, but the human characters make it up to this. It's a good conclusion, and now I'll go and read the short stories.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
@TheSpineView #SeriesRead2021

TheSpineView Way to go! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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I read the first two books of this trilogy in 2017, so did a quick re-read, and then read the final installment. Fast-paced, and the epistolary technique was effective storytelling. Didn‘t pack as much of a punch as the first two books, but it is thought-provoking. I will miss the characters and hope this world is revisited. I do not read very much sci-fi, but found these to be very accessible books for anyone dabbling in the genre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Mrs_B
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Such a satisfying finale to the trilogy, I‘ve loved reading these. The style of writing worked really well and ensured the story was very fast paced. Highly recommend!

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Nich
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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My august wrap up

- Waking Gods ⭐ 4
- Only Human ⭐ 5 💜
- The Turn Of The Key ⭐3
- The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas ⭐3 (not featured in photo as has been donated to a charity shop)

My book of the month going to Only Human 🏆
I really enjoyed reading the Themis Files trilogy definitely recommend!

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Cathy_J
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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This was a great series, the audio books were very well done! The first book in particular set the bar very high. Still enjoyed the final part and the conclusion 🌟🌟🌟

allureofbeauty Was it worth it after the second one? 2y
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Nich
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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On to book 3

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CaitlinSiem
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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This was my least favorite of the trilogy, but I still really enjoyed this book. I love this entire trilogy. It‘s so different from what else is out there in the genre and the author has created a true entertainment out of the writing style.

I highly recommend listening to this on audiobook. The cast is incredible and there‘s one particular set of voices it really helps to hear in this book instead of reading.

A great trilogy I will return to.

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BreakingRad1977
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
Mehso-so

Not as action packed as the first 2 novels, but intriguing in it's own way. Made me appreciate the previous books more. Thoroughly enjoyable series.

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BethM
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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I‘m not quite sure how I feel about this book. The first one was amazing, the second one pretty darn good, this one was ok. It didn‘t feel like a strong finish. I do want to read more about Mr. Burns though.

TrishB Doggo 🐶❤️ 3y
Leftcoastzen Sweet doggie face! 3y
Crazeedi ❤ that sweet face!! 3y
Geenie Sooo cute! #dogsofLitsy 3y
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BethM
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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I have two people who did VERY BAD THINGS on my caseload this week and it has consumed my every waking moment. Thus I‘m enacting self care hour even though im tired. Snuggling the pups, drinking tea, and reading for an hour before I go to bed- all in blessed silence now that the hubs is in bed.

tpixie Great self care. And Linus knows all about that- he has his blanket!! 🐶♥️📚 🍵 3y
AmyG Enjoy uour YOU time. 3y
Crazeedi Be gentle with yourself, and let go of the cares of your working world. Lose yourself in your book, hugs😘 3y
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JenReadsAlot Oh no... glad you are taking time for yourself. Hugs! 3y
Leftcoastzen Awww, love the mug! 3y
BethM @tpixie @AmyG @JenReadsAlot @Leftcoastzen thank you 😘 @Crazeedi that‘s excellent advice and I‘ll try to hang onto it throughout the day. 3y
Avanders It can be so hard to remember to take care of ourselves... I‘m glad you took a little time to heal last night! ♥️ 3y
Chrissyreadit ❤️it‘s hard to let go- I‘m glad you made time to take care of yourself. 3y
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BethM
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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I could really use a warm beverage but I won‘t move her.

TheLibrarian I do the same thing when my cat is on me! 3y
tracey38 I think all of us who have pets do this! 💜 3y
marleed I can relate! 3y
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Crazeedi Yep I've been there! It's really rough when th bladder is calling!!🙄😉 3y
xicanti I always feel like the best thing about telekinesis would be the ability to do stuff like get drinks or flip light switches without disturbing the dog. 3y
BethM @xicanti great point! 3y
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CyaneFillion
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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I'm so pleased with how this series ended! It reminded me of The Sparrow a little, but with both a worse and better ending in its own way. It was a pleasant and very human story to follow.

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DebinHawaii
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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#AyupAugust
#Human is one of my favorite 80s songs & the chorus “I‘m only human of flesh and blood I‘m made... Human, born to make mistakes...” made me immediately think of the title of the third book of the Themis Files series where there are giant robots, aliens and of course...humans. 😉🤖👽👩🏻‍🚀🚀🛸

Cinfhen 🤖👽🤖👽🤖perfect 3y
squirrelbrain Excellent choice! ❤️😁 3y
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH Love this series!!! 3y
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daena
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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My mom has got all 4 kids for a few hours! So I‘m taking myself on a date today....alone. First up: a little reading and cappuccino before it gets too hot outside. Next: off to the art museum to see an exhibit. Yay!!

GypsyKat Awesome! Have a wonderful day! 3y
julesG Have a wonderful day! 3y
Christine Perfect - enjoy! 3y
kspenmoll I so hope you enjoyed yourself! What a gift from your mom! 3y
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Foragingfantasy
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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This audiobook is horrible!! I almost don‘t wanna keep going. I‘m going to download the ebook instead.

Laura317 Thanks for the heads up. I‘ll get the book instead. 3y
Foragingfantasy @Laura317 yes, do it. 3y
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Charysselya
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Awesome trilogy. Took me a minute to get into the book but once it got going it was a great third novel. Lots of talking about relevant issues the world is grappling with today. Highly recommend. Good action. Great writing. Loved the plot. I was a little sad that the aliens from all kinds of planets only had two genders that were talked about as that would have been a nice detail. But overall despite some pacing issues I really enjoyed it.

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EyesOnly34
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, even the journal entry style writing, but I‘m not sure it was the best choice for a climactic ending—which this just really doesn‘t have, despite a great build up. As a book, it holds your attention, but ultimately drags and fizzles its way to an okay finish. Still, not too bad.

annahenke Good to know. 3y
EyesOnly34 @annahenke not to deter you from it. It was still worth the read, just not quite as advertised for a finale. :) 3y
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EyesOnly34
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LiteraryLona
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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I‘m very impressed with this author‘s debut novel and series!

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BibliOphelia
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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GAAAH! I FINISHED IT!! It took me an insane amount of time to finish this for many reasons, including life and irritation at narrators. 😂 This was definitely my least favorite of the trilogy, which is a bit of a let-down in a final installment, but I still enjoyed it overall. Despite MAJOR issues with several narrators, I was really into it ‘til about 2/3 of the way through, then got rather dissatisfied, then was somewhat mollified by the end.

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Purplerosiepage
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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I‘m really trying with this book, and I will finish it. I‘m just not as engrossed in it as I was with the other two.

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MsJPilkey
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Mehso-so

A bittersweet ending to the Themis Files trilogy. Another superb sci-fi adventure from Sylvia‘s Neuvel. This was the first time I physically read a copy, I listened to the first two as audiobooks. I have to say that I enjoyed the added addition of a new world and the typical format of including short files and personal diary entries. However, I was disappointed with the finale. Though, the full-circle effect was nostalgic.

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BibliOphelia
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Noooooooooo!! A cast change almost put me off the last (audio)book in the series, and now there‘s another that‘s even worse!!! 10yo Eva was narrated by what sounded like a young girl with a heavy Hispanic accent. Now she‘s being read by someone that sounds like Rosie Perez, only more so. 😱

sprainedbrain Oh my. 😣 4y
BibliOphelia @sprainedbrain It‘s pretty painful. 😳🤣 4y
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BiblioNyan
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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This was an extremely difficult book for me to read, especially given what‘s going on in the world right now. While I understand the message the author is trying to portray, I felt it could‘ve been done differently & more respectfully. But I‘m also grieving from losses at Christchurch, so my mindset may not have been in the right space. One thing is clear: hatred & fear are never the answer & this series captures that quite excellently.

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BiblioNyan
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Time to finish off the trilogy! 😍😍

#scifi #themisfiles

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BookBelle84
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Such a unique and interesting trilogy. I loved every moment in these books! They had an X-Files feel to me which I really enjoyed. #recommend

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Merethebookgal
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Mehso-so

My least favorite of the 3 books; not terrible, it just didn‘t hold my attention as well as the first two. (It probably didn‘t help that two of my favorite characters died in the last book.) I‘d still recommend the cast recording audiobooks for this series, but the voice actor they used for a little girl from Puerto Rico had a pretty strong New Yorker accent (not sure which borough lol) and it was a bit off-putting.

Hooked_on_books Totally agree about the Puerto Rican kid! That was so odd. But I loved the author‘s contribution and accent. I thought he did a great job. 4y
Merethebookgal @Hooked_on_books It really was odd! Especially considering everything else with the cast recordings was done so well. Which character did the author play? 4y
Hooked_on_books @Merethebookgal I was under the impression that he was Vincent. I googled around and can‘t seem to confirm that, though. 4y
Santhoshthomas Super naration 4y
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lauren.lerner
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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The third & final book of the #ThemisFiles🤖 picks up almost ten years after the end of Waking Gods. I really don‘t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn‘t read the first two books, so all I will say is that it was an excellent conclusion to the story that began with Waking Giants. All in all, this is a wonderful #sciencefiction series that I recommend highly!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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lauren.lerner
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”If you see something wrong with the world, fix it. But what if it‘s the whole world that needs fixing?”
— Eva Reyes

#themisfiles #currentlyreading

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lauren.lerner
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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After finishing the latest #WaywardChildren, I needed something completely different for my next book.... I‘m 70 pages in and can tell you that this was absolutely the right pick! #themisfiles 🤖 • #scifi #currentlyreading

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TorieStorieS
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Endings are always bittersweet so I knew going in that this wouldn‘t be my favorite of the series... and while I was right, I did still enjoy this one but not with quite the same fervor as the earlier books in the series. I‘m definitely looking forward to seeing what the author does next though- and there were some satisfying aspects to this conclusion overall!

Patchshank My favorite character died in book two, so I lost my enthusiasm for book 3. I've only read the first few chapters. I'm glad to know it's going to be good whenever I get around to picking it back up. 4y
TorieStorieS @Patchshank I know!!!! That‘s the biggest bummer of this one- plus it gets a bit preachy- but overall I wanted to see where the author would end it and think it‘s definitely worth a read! 4y
Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 4y
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TheLibrarian
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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So my husband is forcing me to socialize tonight so he bribed me with a trip to an independent bookstore. I can‘t complain!

#introvert #bookhaul #newyearseve

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Coleen
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the series as a whole, although I thought the author tried a little too hard, esp. in this last installment, to be humorous. To me, the silly banter just seemed...well, silly.
But. I did think he made some really good points about the state of our world today, and there were some really notable quotes.

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Coleen
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Spent a nice weekend in the Windy City and now winding down with my book on the train ride home.

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kbuggle
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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I had to finish out this Themis trilogy that launched a few years ago. This last installment leaned more on the politics of the stories, but I‘m glad I stuck with it to finish out the arc.

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xicanti
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Sometimes you're like, "Hey, I've got unexpected free time and an audiobook that's due back soon. I should make a checklist of all the Hugo winners, just for shits and giggles!"

So you put your book on, and you pull out your copy of AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE HUGOS (with support from the award's website), and you work on your bullet journal until you run out of audiobook. And your hand is SO DAMNED SORE, but you're still five years from done.

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SandyW
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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This was the weakest of the trilogy. There was too much political commentary, and not enough exploration of the alien planet. I also really did not like the interview format coupled with multiple times streams. I wound up frequently confused as to which time stream I was in.

Overall though, I recommend the trilogy. It is thought-provoking, insightful, and a fun read.

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Lauren_reading
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I am not a big sci-fi reader, but this trilogy drew me in and I loved it. This book wasn‘t my favorite, but it was a good ending and while I missed some characters I was happy with how it all turned out.

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DebinHawaii
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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A little Birthday #audiosouping to the library audio book version of this one (I have it for 3 more days) then have the print copy to finish up if needed. With today's lunch & blog post, Ruth Reichl's Avgolemono Soup. I've made this one before but it's so simple & good: 🍋🥚🍚+ I added 🥕Recipe link👇🏻

Mahalo for all of the birthday greetings on the @LitsyBirthdays page.🤗I did most of my celebrating with friends yesterday so I can veg today.

Bklover Happy Birthday!! 🎈 4y
DivineDiana I missed the birthday post! Wishing you a fantastic year filled with love and books! 💗📚🎂 4y
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Texreader Happy birthday dear friend!! 🎂 🍰 🎁 4y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my friend! 😘😘😘 4y
Dolly 🎈🎉Happy birthday! 🎉🎈 4y
Daisey Happy Birthday! 🎉 🎂 4y
UwannaPublishme Happy Birthday! 🤗💖🎂🎁🎉 4y
kathedron Happy birthday! 🎂🎈📚 4y
batsy Happy birthday!! 🎂🎉🐱 4y
rohit-sawant Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎉 4y
MEGR I‘ve always wanted to make that soup! Thanks for the inspiration and HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎂🎉🎈🎁🎊🤗!!! 4y
Laylafinn That soup looks amazing 4y
MinDea Happy Birthday!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 4y
Purrfectpages Happy birthday! 4y
GlassAsDiamonds Oops- came for the recipe, stayed to wish you a Happy Birthday!!! Hope Max pulled his weight and bought a decent present 🎁!!! 🎊🎉🎊🎉🎀 4y
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rjsthumbelina
Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Mehso-so

Kind of a disappointing end to the series. It had too many flashbacks, and I barely cared about the story for most of it. I really liked the last 40 or so pages, but I'm not sure that was enough to make up for the rest of it.

Lauren.Archer Felt the same way, also with some characters not in this one, the dynamic was off a lot for me. 4y
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JacqMac
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A wonderful ending to a wonderful trilogy. I‘m a little sad that it‘s over.

Megabooks Agreed 👍🏻 4y
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JacqMac
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Snow Day! One kid made it to school. One did not. His bus just didn‘t show up. The hubby didn‘t even try going to work. I cleaned for awhile. Now I‘m rewarding myself with some reading in my tidy room. I think I need tea.

MelAnn All these people in social media having snow days and we are here where summer just refuses to leave! 4y
kellyann28 Oh my gosh! We are still dying of 90 degree weather in the South! It's so pretty! 4y
JacqMac @MelAnn I would gladly give it away. :) 4y
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JacqMac @kellyann28 It‘s only pretty if you are looking at it from inside. Lol Luckily, I have nowhere else to be today. 4y
MelAnn I would take it - winter has skipped us last two years! 4y
Reviewsbylola Wtf!! Do you normally get snow that early? I‘m in the Midwest and it‘s a high of 81 today! 4y
Crazeedi Snow already? Western pa is 78 today! 4y
kellyann28 @JacqMac I hear you. I like looking at snow but I really despise it when it hinders my daily plans lol! 4y
CouronneDhiver Beautiful! (Very early though) ☃️ 4y
JacqMac @Reviewsbylola @Crazeedi It‘s pretty normal to get snow this early. But this amount is more than usual for this time of year. (edited) 4y
JacqMac @CouronneDhiver It‘s always too early. Lol I‘m glad I put my snow tires on last week. 4y
Crazeedi @JacqMac where do you live? In the states? 4y
BooksBikes12 Oh man that snow is horrible. In idaho we have just hit fall..🍂🍁😄 4y
JacqMac @Crazeedi In Alberta. Oh, Canada. Lol 4y
JacqMac @Books_Bikes_12 We had about three days of fall. I miss it. Enjoy! 4y
Bookcation74 😱 4y
Amiable Tea makes everything better! 🙂👍🏼 4y
JacqMac @Amiable It really does! 4y
JacqMac @Bookcation74 That was my fave when I looked outside, too. Lol 4y
Crazeedi @JacqMac that explains it!❄❄ 4y
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Megabooks
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4.5⭐️ Neither of the sequels were as strong as Sleeping Giants, but this was still a very good book. A satisfying ending. Also, as with all three books, you‘d be crazy not to go with the full cast recording audiobook!! #24b4Monday #readathon

Skeebies05 Hmmm - I did not like the second book. I was gonna abandon the series. Maybe now I will circle back. 4y
Megabooks @Skeebies05 to me, it was worth it. I liked the development of the characters through this book, and the characters are a big reason I keep going in a book or series. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4y
Lisaw13 I'm not a huge audiobook person, but I loved this series on audio! 4y
Megabooks @Lisaw13 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
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Megabooks
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Thanks @TheReadingMermaid for hosting the #24B4Monday #Readathon. Anyone is welcome to join! I have 5(!) library books to read, so 🤞🏻🤞🏻 I‘ll catch up 😁

BeansPage You can do this girl! 😉 4y
Megabooks @BookishBlonde12 Definitely!!! 4y
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt2 I totally fell asleep last night after posting Pt1, whoops. The last book in the Themis Files series, these editions look just as spectacular nekkid. I absolutely love it when publishers do that, I‘ll quite happily spend a bit extra for the hardcover when I know it‘s so pretty. What about you guys? Do you feel the same as I do?🤔 Many thanks to @Robothugs for sending them on from the US💕 #prettyispopular #meangirlsofthebookworld

Robothugs You‘re welcome! 🤗 4y
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Mc_cart_ny
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ Really enjoyed finishing this great trilogy! 🤖👽

#Epistolary