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The Grace of Kings
The Grace of Kings | Ken Liu
Emperor Mapidr was the first to unite the island kingdoms of Dara under a single banner. But now the emperor is on his deathbed, his people are exhausted by his vast, conscriptive engineering projects and his counsellors conspire only for their own gain. Even the gods themselves are restless. A wily, charismatic bandit and the vengeance-sworn son of a deposed duke cross paths as they each lead their own rebellion against the emperor's brutal regime. Together, they will journey to the heart of the empire; witnessing the clash of armies, fleets of silk-draped airships, magical books and shapeshifting gods. Their unlikely friendship will drastically change the balance of power in Dara... but at what price? THE GRACE OF KINGS is the debut novel by Hugo-, Nebula- and World Fantasy Award-winner Ken Liu and the first in an monumental new epic fantasy series.
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llwheeler
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240 pages left and I want to finish it before going out of town Tues. I believe my mug is right! (even though today is mostly busy with housework and I still have to pack 😅)

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llwheeler
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Took a long break from this book just shy of the halfway point. Not cause I wasn't enjoying it, just cause it's long. I'm still really enjoying it now that I've picked it back up.

I'm not loving the tiny font though. Very hard on my eyes just before bed, which is when I want to read it. I give this book an A for overall look of the design but a C- for readability. If the sequels are like this too, I'll prob switch to ebook or audio.

AmyG Your cat looks like my Hilly. ❤️ 3w
llwheeler @AmyG ☺️ ❤️ brown tabbies 3w
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llwheeler
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Didn't quite finish my #14books14weeks stack (mostly cause I got distracted with other books) but made good progress! 9 finished, 2 half done, and 3 not started.

Thanks for another fun challenge @TheHeartlandBookFairy 🙂

TheHeartlandBookFairy Congratulations! Any progress is still progress 😁 2mo
llwheeler @TheHeartlandBookFairy Thanks! You're right 🙂 2mo
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llwheeler
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Logged 16h22m reading and writing this weekend. Only got a bit over 500 words of writing but it was good progress so I'll take it. Finished 1 short audio and 2 GNs, and read parts of 4 other books.

It was a good weekend! #24in48

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llwheeler
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It's 28 feels like 38 but I can't resist some outdoor reading (in the shade with plenty of water). Gonna hang out here til lunch or thunderstorms hit, whichever comes first. #24in48 almost at 2h

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llwheeler
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I've decided to do #24in48 unofficially this time. I'm really behind in #CampNaNo and want to write a lot this weekend, but also want to read... so I figure why not adapt this to my goals and count writing time and reading time! Feeling good about my stack - got some fic, non fic, short, long, print, audio, GN - and hoping for 2k+ in writing.

CocoReads I‘m behind on #CampNano too! I‘m also participating in #24in48 unofficially. 4mo
llwheeler @CocoReads good luck and have fun! Hope you get some writing time too 😊 4mo
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jenniferw88
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TheSpineView 😊 8mo
Itchyfeetreader Yay thanks for tagging me always good to know a swap gift was a hit!! 8mo
Velvetfur I'm glad this one was a pick for you! 7mo
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jenniferw88
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Jizu's father helped create a #legend in Rima. #literaryluck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

(Tbh, there's a lot of #legends in this book)

GatheringBooks i heard that this is like the Asian GoT. Does it give you that vibe, too? 8mo
jenniferw88 @GatheringBooks definitely! Although not many main characters have been killed off yet...😂😂😂 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Loved this book! Need to read the next one soon! 8mo
vkois88 Sounds interesting! 8mo
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jenniferw88
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1. Done
2. No
3. No
4. Have visited Dublin
5. @elvinareads

@wanderinglynn #hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🍀 8mo
elvinareads Thank you. It‘s Friday in my country. And we don‘t celebrate St Patrick‘s Day hehe but Happy St Patrick‘s Day to you!! 8mo
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jenniferw88
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All the characters in my #currentread have #uniquecharacternames, these are a selection & refer to the Gods of Dara. #literaryluck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Very unique!! 8mo
suzisteffen Loved this book. 8mo
vkois88 Neat 8mo
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kwmg40
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I finished the #24B4Monday readathon with a total of 13 hours, 10 minutes.

I finished one book that fit the Black History Month theme, Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala, which I liked very much.

I also finally got through Ken Liu‘s epic-fantasy novel set in an alternate Ancient China. It was OK but I much prefer Guy Gavriel Kay‘s River of Stars, which has a similar setting.

Thanks to @Andrew65 and @TheReadingMermaid for hosting the readathon!

Andrew65 Thanks, that‘s a great time you achieved. Well done 🙌🙌 Thanks for playing along. 😊👍👏 9mo
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DuckOfDoom
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I liked the book, even if it read a bit like a military report or history book at times. I have serious trouble rating this, but in the end, I enjoyed reading it. Let's see if the next book builds a less back-and-forth story.
This is definitely not for everybody, fantasy with very little magic but with a focus on politics and military

llwheeler Ah darn, didn't realize this was so heavy on military. It's on my tbr (planning to use it for the compared to GoT #sfftbrchallenge) but military sff is one of my least favourite... hopefully I'll like it. 10mo
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Cindyelizavaz
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I've had this on my shelf for the longest time and I often question myself why. It has been ages since I've read and loved a fantasy series and this book is one of those that I love! This book has all the potential in the world to be a fantastic series. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series. #fantasy #thegraceofkings #kenliu

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bernadette
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Epic and sweeping tale. I loved the world and the two opposing heroes - one the ne'er do well commoner and the other the classical unyielding warrior hero. The premise seems to be loosely based on the unification of China but the world is very much it's own unique fantasy world.

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bernadette

I've seen mixed reviews but I'm looking forward to high fantasy based on Chinese history and culture. I love big fat fantasy novels and the style of this one is pretty quick and readable although there is a large cast. Hopefully I'll be able to keep everyone straight.

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heikemarie
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Off to DC and the VA Beach with my last group of 8th graders. I don‘t #%^* around with snacks on these trips! Reading the tagged book and getting ready for the first (and my fave) stop - the African American History Museum!

Tamra I‘d love to go some day! 1y
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KtheBookwyrm
Mehso-so

Unfortunately, I wasn‘t overly impressed by this massive tome. I think for me, it mainly suffered from the shallow pond effect: a wide but shallow scope. It spans years and has a large cast of characters but I never felt like I got to know any of them very well, many secondary ones I confused for others, and the events weren‘t often focused on with any detail. This will be another book to add to the garage sale pile.

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KtheBookwyrm
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So originally, I was going to read The Martian. I got a few chapters in and wasn‘t really feeling it though so I switched to this. I‘m about 50 pages in and sensing some impending political machinations or something. I went into this totally blind so I don‘t know what to expect.

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jenniferw88
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All I can really say is Wow! & thanks so much to @Itchyfeetreader for this amazing #feedareader package! The treats look amazing, the egg separator will be incredibly handy, and there looks like there's a lot of new recipes for me to try! I'll post my comments about the books in comments! Thank you so, so much Jo & @TricksyTails & @MinDea for organising.
It also came a day before my bday so have allowed myself an early present!

jenniferw88 First off, A Morbid Taste of Bones is one of my challenge books for this year, so that will be one of the first #tbr! 2y
jenniferw88 Secondly, I have never heard of The Grace of Kings before but I've read the blurb on the back & it sounds right up my alley! 2y
jenniferw88 Finally, The Strangler Vine has been on my radar for far too long but I have resisted because the kindle price was too high - now I have no excuses not to read it! 😊😂 2y
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MinDea Lovely package! 2y
Itchyfeetreader Yay - so glad it arrived and you like he selections. Fingers crossed they are enjoyable x 2y
TricksyTails Ooh! Wonderful goodies! 👏😍 2y
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CallMeIshmael
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Saturday‘s do not get much better than this

britt_brooke Perfect! We are doing the same. There‘s nothing better. (edited) 2y
vivastory I've been curious about the book. How is it? 2y
Bianca Now that is a good night. 2y
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CallMeIshmael
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Comfy sweats and new book

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EclecticReaders
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We had the opportunity to interview the brilliant Ken Liu back in 2016 about his novel The Grace of Kings, (spoiler-free episode here: eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/28 if you‘re interested) and now one of his short stories is being adapted for the screen! Full article: http://deadline.com/2018/04/ellen-shanman-adapt-ken-liu-sci-fi-short-story-the-h...

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Lindsy
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Making progress on my 2018 TBR #bulletjournal

britt_brooke Pretty page! 2y
Lindsy @britt_brooke thank you! 2y
aeeklund The little snail!! So cute!! 🐌🐌 2y
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Lindsy
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This month‘s wrap-up. I may or may not have spilled 😞 I loved all the books I read this month, so it‘s impossible to pick a favorite.

#bulletjournal

Jess7 Pretty #bujo! 2y
Jess7 Your #bujo still looks pretty !! 2y
Lindsy @Jess7 thank you! 2y
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Lindsy
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Pickpick

Finished this just before bed. It was so good 😭

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#FriyayIntro
1. I‘m rewatching the Netflix Marvel shows, so: Charlie Cox.
2. Grey.
3. Tagged book - I‘m trying to read more non-Western fantasy. Highly recommended!
4. Imma stop you right there because there is literally no way I would go to Mars. Ever. I have spacephobia. It‘s one of the great ironies of my life - I‘m a SFF reader who is terrified of space.
5. If you are reading this, watch Stardust, and then my crush will also be yours!

monalyisha Haha, “Imma stop you right there” really got me. 😅 2y
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Lindsy
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This month‘s TBR is pretty small because one of the books is such a behemoth. I‘m trying to be at least a little realistic #bulletjournal

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Mitch
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February in books #februaryreads It‘s been a great reading month. Continuing the theme of reading more diversely, I‘ve tackled an epic fantasy (loved it & the genre!), historical (loved it too!) a thriller (well written and a good read, but not sure I‘m in love with the genre!). Also got in my #onenonfictionamonth and two Bookclub reads! #happyreader

Suet624 Nice!! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This is a good one! I got the sequel but it‘s still in my TBR - such a huge one! 😬 2y
Mitch @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Me too! It‘s going to demand quite a commitment! 2y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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Finished this off between shifts today! I had a real good time with it! Excited to see where book two takes us! 🙃

4 out of 5 ⭐'s.

Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1508981993

Thorex This book just had so many epic moments, it's one of my favorite fantasy books honestly. 2y
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Mitch
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The first half was dense, lots of characters jostling for power, across many lands. Every chapter characters were killed, disposed of & forgotten. As the landscape clears & 100's of lords and potential dominant rulers goes to two - it got better. I liked the strategy, the meditations on power, leadership, honour and trust. The role of the waring Gods, directing & influencing the wars and battles on earth lead to an interesting conclusion.

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Kids are great and all and I respect all the effort that goes into raising them...but this has pretty much always been the way I've looked at it. 😂🚫😷☢️💲💸💲😭

vivastory Yep! 2y
JessClark78 😂😂 2y
CaliforniaCay 😅 haha I would have never thought to describe it that way but it definitely makes sense. I'm also a member of the I don't want kids club 👍🏾 2y
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mjdowens I have two grown kids and I still agree😂😂 2y
CouronneDhiver I, too, am happily in the land of the child-free. There are quite a few other perks 2y
Scurvygirl Mine just turned 18, this is so very true and it never stops being true. Even for our own parents... 2y
batsy Yes 😓 2y
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Mitch
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Reading in bed - desperate to keep going, but my eyes are say no! #goodnightlittenseverywhere.

AmyG Sweet dreams 💤 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this book - so engrossing! 2y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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Split shifts aren't so bad when you have fancy coffees a book and a cinnamon bun to break them up with. ❤️

Mitch I‘m just behind you - chapter 10! 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Mitch Woohoo! Are you liking it? It's really unlike anything I have read before. I'm not that well versed in Chinese history so I feel like I am missing out on a lot of parallels. Despite that, I'm really enjoying it. Like...lots! ❤️ 2y
Cats-and-Tea That cinnamon bun looks like the most delicious thing I‘ve ever seen. Or maybe I‘m just hungry 2y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai @Cats-and-Tea bit of column A and a little bit of column B? It was delicious. 👌 2y
minkyb That cinnamon bun ‼️‼️ 2y
Mitch This is a new thing for me to at @GrilledCheeseSamurai. I‘m liking it so far - having to focus on getting the geography in my head at the moment! It‘s got a real ancient / medieval feel to it - which I like and wasn‘t expecting. 2y
Mitch Just caught up with you - chapter 27! 2y
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Mitch
Grace of Kings | Ken Liu
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Husband‘s away for the night - #bookmail unwrapped, snacks in, wood piled high for the stove and novel awaits. It‘s going to be a good night! #goingoutisso2017 #booknerdTshirton !

Kalalalatja Sounds like a perfect evening! 2y
AmyG I love Mike and Ike. I just love eating candy and reading. (edited) 2y
Mitch Me too @AmyG they pair well with epic fantasy! 2y
Suet624 How wonderful. 2y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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When you are loving how much you love the book you are reading...

GUYS! It's sooooo good! 😍❤️😍

Podie I felt the same way when i read it! I have book 2 on my shelf but i don't want to read it yet, at least not until i know when the third book is going to be released. 2y
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Mitch
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1 - The only reason we need a large pizza is for the box! #TricksyTails. 2- iPhone. 3- you had me at cookies! 4- The Grace Of Kings, only 50 pages in, chosen it to help my Game Of Thrones void in my life! 5- Love swimming but in my dreams I‘m a champion Latin ball room dancer and Olympic goal medalist gymnastic who can tumble !!
@MinDea

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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Starting a new book today. I've been wanting to read this one for a while now. 🤗

#MapsOfLitsy

abbsinwonderland 😍😍😍 2y
abbsinwonderland Oh how the tables have turned 😂 2y
398.2 Love this map! 2y
mjdowens I am staring at the same book sitting on one of my many TBR piles😂😂😂 2y
TricksyTails 😍♥️ 🗺 2y
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Nutmegnc
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https://bookriot.com/2017/10/20/best-epic-fantasy-series/. Thanks to this article I now have a few more in my collection!!!

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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#ReadingResolutions #FebruaryTBR
 @Jess7

This is my current stack of tbr. I'm not the fastest reader so it will definitely get me through the next couple of months and not just February.

Especially with the release of Monster Hunter on PS4 and all the anime I've been binge watching lately...not to mention Altered Carbon releases on Netflix tomorrow. 🙃

So much to do. 🤘🤘

A geeks life is never boring. ❤️

Soubhiville Oooohhh, looks like an exciting reading month for you! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa So true! Enjoy! 2y
Mommamanzi Throne of Glass aaaahhhhh you‘ll be in love!!! 2y
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daena Nice stack! 2y
Puredragonstar What's zora? 2y
jfalkens My husband and I usually watch anime but with Monster Hunter Worlds out he's been playing that while I read, unfortunately that means we are behind on our anime's 😕 but I'm ahead on reading 🤓 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Puredragonstar not sure yet, I bought it blindly and completely based off the back page blurb and the first couple of paragraphs. but it sounds crazy interesting. 😅 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @jfalkens I usually try and alternate my resding/gaming/anime watching for my free time...but the last few months I've been a reading machine and neglecting my other interests so I'm crazy behind on my anime. I'm still finishing off shows from the fall season. 😂 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Mommamanzi I'm pretty hype to read it after everyone talking about it so much. Figured it was time to take the plunge! 👍 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Soubhiville I sure hope so! So much good stuff! ❤️ 2y
jfalkens @GrilledCheeseSamurai it's only since MHW came out that we haven't watched any anime so I think we are only behind a few episodes. 2y
Andrew65 That‘s an exciting pile! 2y
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Podie
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I'm halfway through this book and what a ride its been so far. This is the most i've ever tabbed a book before; so many memorable quotes.

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Podie
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They also serve who only stand and wait. There is a time for flight, and a time for descent; a time for movement, and a time for rest; a time to do, and a time to prepare

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DrexEdit
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@BookishClaire asked the question this morning what book that you read in 2017 do you wish had gotten more attention? Looking back over my 2017 list, I had two that, while not exactly neglected books, are books that I would continue to recommend : The Grace of Kings and On Such A Full Sea. I think these books are well known by genre readers, but they deserve a broad audience.

What are your underdog books from 2017?

GondorGirl Totally overlooked YA novel full of friendship, adventure, and magical realism. Goonies meets The Raven Cycle. 2y
DrexEdit @GondorGirl that sounds excellent. I'll check it out! 😊 2y
Aleida Loved Grace. Can‘t wIt thread the follow up. 2y
DrexEdit @Aleida Book #2 (Wall of Storms) was my happy birthday to me present to myself this year. I'm saving it for the week I have off work after Christmas so I can read it straight through! 😊 2y
Aleida The best gift 2y
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Yeah_I_Read
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2BR02B This was a good one. I've been jonesing to read the sequel and get back into that world. 2y
Robothugs I just got this one! 2y
Yeah_I_Read @Robothugs I got sucked right in!! @2BR02B I‘ll probably have run right out to get the next one! 2y
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julesG Hello Nina, did you get the Book Tote Parcel I sent you. It's been on the road for 3 weeks. I hope you got it. 2y
Yeah_I_Read @julesG not yet 😬 my mail comes late so hopefully I‘ll get it today 2y
Yeah_I_Read @julesG soooo I didn‘t get the package today. There must have been some problem in transit. Can I call someone to try to find out? Was there any tracking? 2y
julesG @Yeah_I_Read I am so so sorry. The tracking number I have doesn't work. So it's probably not a tracking number. 😠 I will ask at the post office, but that has to wait until Monday. Sorry. 2y
Yeah_I_Read @julesG no worries 😊 I‘m sure it will make its way here eventually. Please don‘t apologize. ❤️ 2y
julesG Have filed an enquiry with DHL. Let's hope they find the parcel in the meantime. 2y
Yeah_I_Read @julesG 😊😊😊 2y
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GatheringBooks
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Attended two panel sessions with the inimitable Ken Liu for #SWF2017 (Singapore Writers Festival) today. He makes geeky and nerdy sound so absolutely cool. The man is hands-down brilliant.

briski I need to read his books! 2y
GatheringBooks @briski still currently reading his paper menagerie and other stories and i am now reading it with his lilting voice in mind. 2y
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Pickpick

Wowwee! This #lengthylit is an epic silkpunk fantasy read. First of at least three books, it's set in an Eastern Asian-like setting. It's got war, politics, philosophy, romance, friendship, and more. It zooms between telling personal stories and building characters to plotting battles and political intrigue. A really enjoyable read! 5🌟 looking forward to the next book!

Aleida Loved this too. The sequel is already on my kindle. 👺🌼🎎🎏🏮📚📗 2y
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AMVP
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#fallintobooks #day10

Renewed this book for the second and final time online, so now I have just 3 weeks to read it #covertocover before I have to...

RENEW IT AT THE LIBRARY!

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DrexEdit
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These are the books I'm working on this weekend. All of them are on my challenge lists for 2017. Two of them are running against due date deadlines with long hold lists behind them; so it's now or wait another eternity to check them out again. I hope I can finish even one over the weekend, but progress in all of them would be great! #litsypartyofone #weekendreading

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Oh man, I feel so spoiled!! Thank you @inwhichHeikereadsharder!! I loved the little notes on each book. Also, I think you can read minds?! I did get Grace of Kings from the library and I wanted to finish it but I was out of renewals. I'm so thrilled to have my own copy. I'm excited to read all of these! 📚😊📚 #biblophilebookexchange

heikemarie Yay, so glad we had a mind meld!! Enjoy! 2y
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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#anditsaugust #diversity Y'all, I have had this stack ready for DAYS. Behold, my ever expanding collection of diverse sci fi and fantasy.

I really just want to thank everyone in this community for making me become more aware of the authors and the diversity that I can support every time I walk into a bookstore. ❤️📚❤️ #weneeddiversebooks #lgbtqcharacters #charactersofcolor @RealLifeReading

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BiblioNyan
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#BookHaul photo number 2 (of 10 😭). I've been dying for a really good epic fantasy series and the Dandelion Dynasty has been getting fantastic reviews in all corners of the blogging family. So, I went for plunge and snagged both available instalments! Has anyone here read it? What did you think?

#litsygram #epicfantasy #kenliu #thegraceofkings #thewallofstorms #dandeliondynasty #diversebooks

SomedayAlmost Ken Liu's short stories are amazing, so I bet that the reviews are spot-on. He's also a witty, modest guy in person. 2y
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