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The Starless Sea
The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
The magical new novel from the bestselling author of The Night Circus. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues a bee, a key and a sword that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
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While the story was confusing at first, I love how all the inner stories connected, the adventure we got to have with Zachary, and the stunningly beautiful prose. Not written for everyone, but as a bibliophile, I enjoyed it.

TheBookWitchON The Starless Sea got me out of my reading slump. The stories within the story were incredible, I kept finding myself wishing for a door. The awkward interactions between Zachary and Dorian made me smile. It's very poetry outside today. 4d
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danni0075
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Mehso-so

This was recommended to me. I love the concept of secret and ancient libraries and individual stories which interlace with other stories but this was a chore. On the plus side, they serve something called a 'Bees' Knees' cocktail in the last quarter or the text, which I decided to make; - after 3 of these I enjoyed the ending significantly more! Conclusion: I think this book would be best enjoyed more than a little bit waved..... 😜

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erickahhh
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Panpan

The book did become a bit long at times, dragging on. With so many jumps in the story, it was difficult to follow. It seemed some characters were introduced near the end of the book. I found myself questioning the relevance or some of of story line. With many realities happening at once, I became jumbled at the end. Though the book really tapped into my imagination, I found myself mentally exhausted by the end.

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Frankies.space
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Mehso-so

Underworld library, stories and sea. Zachary explores. Fantasy and some beautiful storytelling

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Anya91
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merelybookish
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Mehso-so

Morgenstern knows how to spin a tale, cast a spell, conjure a fantasy world. But a little goes a long way. This book is too long and eventually felt lacking in substance. Also, certain stylistic choices like the repetition of the main character's full name got irritating. Ultimately not my cuppa.
I managed to finish in time for book club but opted not to go because of freezing rain forecast. 😕
Pic of today's sunrise. Alas, not a starless sea.

TheBookHippie It‘s snowing here 😂😂❄️❄️❄️😅🤦🏻‍♀️. 3mo
readordierachel Beautiful though! (Sorry about the freezing rain. Brrr) 3mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie March isn't really spring here. 3mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Yes, and freezing rain didn't really materialize so that was good. Although probably could have gone to book club. 3mo
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peanutnine
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#SavvySettings Library
Where it all starts for Zachary...
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐝 📚👏🏻 3mo
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reumellivaras
The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
Panpan

I wanted to bail so many times reading this. So so so many times. But it was for January book club so I was determined to finish. It‘s long winded and very easy to lose focus on what‘s going on.

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Eljay1
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"We are all stardust and stories"

"I think the best stories feel like they're still going, somewhere, out in story space"

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Eljay1
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"Reading a novel, he supposes, is like playing a game where all the choices have been made for you ahead of time by someone who is much better at this particular game."

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Littlewolf1
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So I was supposed to read the Starless Sea and Vampire Lestat in February for #bookspinbingo, But I was not able to get to them. So I put them back on the list for this month to hopefully get them done.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 4mo
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Johanna414
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So it turns out I have a new favorite book... Erin Morgenstern's writing just works for me. Everything about this book works for me. I know I missed things, so I will definitely be rereading it in the future. #20in4

Soubhiville This is one of my favorites too! 4mo
peanutnine I love this book! I always notice something new whenever I read it 4mo
MeganAnn 😍 Morgenstern‘s writing just works for me too! I loved this one and definitely will be reading it again. 💖 4mo
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aperfectmjk
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Mehso-so

I've really got to stop trying to read fantasy novels. Despite my efforts I still can't get into them. I thought for sure this one would get me, but I've got to say, I checked out. 😟

#bookspinbingo #19822022 (2019) @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle

ChaoticMissAdventures Okay, but I like a good fantasy novel but I could not finish this. I honestly thought it was a mess and was so disappointed, I enjoyed her previous novel. 4mo
Librarybelle I have seen so many mixed reviews about this one. I‘ve yet to read it or The Night Circus. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks There was a lot about this book that I enjoyed, but in the end I felt like she leaned too hard on the mysterious atmosphere instead of actually explaining a lot of the stuff that was happening. 4mo
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Johanna414
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I've been going back and forth between the physical book and the audio with this one. I'm a little more than halfway through and already think this might be my new favorite book... the writing is just so, so beautiful. The stories within stories are starting to come together and I'm making connections on how a few of them fit together.
#knitting #audioknitting

emz711 It's so amazing 4mo
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Johanna414
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I'm reading this slowly and savoring the writing... I love Erin Morgenstern's style! Toby doesn't care how I read just as long as I don't move! #catsofLitsy

GondorGirl I'm pretty sure that cat is reading over your shoulder. From the look on her face I think you're turning the pages too slow! 😂😻 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Awww Toby! ❤ Look at those ears!!! 🥰🥰🥰 4mo
Johanna414 @gondorgirl You may be on to something... the chapter I was reading had cats 😂 4mo
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Johanna414
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I have a fairly long to-do list for the day, but I just spent my prep and lunch periods reading this and have officially lost all ambition... I just want to keep reading!

emz711 Yup! 🐝🗝️🗡️ 5mo
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Lizpixie
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In my sanctuary on this sunny afternoon, hiding from the heat outside with my ducted aircon(the best thing I‘ve ever gotten beside the hubby that put it in!). Finally starting the tagged book after it‘s been sitting on my shelf for almost 3 years. I loved The Night Circus sooo much, I‘m terrified this just won‘t live up to the awesomeness that was so have been avoiding it. But it‘s time to pull on my big girl pants and start👖

Lizpixie P.S. Neville is proud of me🪴 5mo
mollyrotondo I loved this one so I hope you enjoy!! 5mo
Sapphire I had the same fears. It‘s different enough. While I didn‘t have the same experience with it as Night Circus, I loved it in its own way. I will say the moods and impressions have stayed with me over time even more than Night Circus. 5mo
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Sapphire Love your reading nook too! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks I didn't love Starless Sea as much as Night Circus, although it does have some absolutely magical writing. But it's a book I felt like I needed to read twice to really “get“ it. Although that could just be me being slow and not poetical 😂 5mo
wanderinglynn What a great space! 😍 5mo
maich So beautiful space😍😍 It is yours? 5mo
MaureenMc I felt the same way! Starless is quite different from Circus, but I loved them both. I feel like I‘m in some sort of magical cocoon when reading Morgenstern. 😊 5mo
Lizpixie @mollyrotondo @Sapphire @TheAromaofBooks @MaureenMc unfortunately I just couldn‘t get into it today, though the writing is beautiful I think I‘ll need to be in the right mood for it. Maybe another day soon🤞 @Sapphire @wanderinglynn @maich thank you! I love it too. Yep it‘s all mine😁 Always told my boys as soon as they moved out, their bedroom would be my library. Took the hubby a year after the youngest left but it was worth the wait💛💚💛 5mo
TheAromaofBooks I actually started Starless Sea more than once before the time was “right“ so I get it!! 5mo
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Johanna414
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"A reading major, that's what he wants. No response papers, no exams, no analysis, just the reading."

CAN RELATE.

RebL Don‘t we all. 5mo
Suet624 Yes!! I always wanted to audit a class just for that reason 5mo
Christyco125 I would be down for a masters in reading. 📚 5mo
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MeganAnn
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The Night Circus is one of my all time favorites so I was both excited and terrified to read this book. What if it wasn‘t as good? What if it ruined this author for me?

I shouldn‘t have worried as this cemented my love for Morgenstern‘s work. This IS the book I needed after the The Night Circus. It quietly pulls together the threads of the stories that capture us, tightening the weave of them into something more than their individual parts. ⬇️

MeganAnn 1/2: The Night Circus was magical with a nod to the way stories can capture our imagination. This was all about those stories and how they can influence our lives, with a weave of Magic woven throughout. I think reading one of her novels enriches the reading of the other and I‘m not sure I‘ll be able to completely separate them in my mind going forward. 6mo
MeganAnn 2/2: I also think one of the things I most love about The Night Circus is how it grows richer with each reread — I notice more details, make more connections, and generally fall more in love with it each time. It‘s one of the few books that still hold that magic for me after several rereads. Finishing The Starless Sea, I can already tell that this will be the same. The next time I read it, it will be richer, I‘ll see more & fall more in love.❤️ 6mo
Jas16 I had the same trepidation about reading this one and ended up loving it too. Wonderful review! 6mo
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Reggie I have only read the Night Circus once but hold such affection for it. I‘ll never forget when Widget makes that vial for Billy that contains his tree. Just knowing that something is so important to someone. Anyways before I get emotional. Great post. I haven‘t read this one, yet. 6mo
MeganAnn @Reggie I love that scene in the Night Circus! It makes me emotional too. I definitely think you‘ll like this one whenever you get to it. 6mo
MeganAnn @Jas16 thank you!! 🥰✨ 6mo
peanutnine I wholeheartedly agree. This is one of my all-time favorite books to reread. Each time is just as magical ✨ 6mo
readordierachel What a lovely review! I haven‘t read either, but you've made me want to :) 6mo
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DGRachel
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I‘m going to have to put this one aside and try again in print later. It‘s too complicated to follow via audiobook. I should have known it would be a struggle as I couldn‘t divide my attention with The Night Circus either and I liked that book. So, I‘m sorry @katiekat311 I won‘t be finishing this one this month for #NYWD22, but I have others from your list planned for this month and I‘ll come back to this one eventually. Her writing is gorgeous.

katiekat311 I get it completely. Even reading it I sometimes had to go back to “figure” it out, can‘t imagine listening to it! 6mo
peanutnine This would be a hard one to listen to! 6mo
monalyisha I loved The Night Circus too but struggled to get into this one…I ended up abandoning it *very* early on. It was a book club pick (& one I was excited about!) but I had to skip that month. To be fair, I had just returned to grad school, so my leftover brain power and energy/attention levels were incredibly limited. I think it was a case of “it‘s not you, it‘s me.” 🙈 6mo
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MeganAnn
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My #lastfirst read is The Starless Sea. Last book started in 2021 and it will be the first book finished in 2022.

I hoped I might have time to finish it by the new year but much of my reading time was taken up by other things. I‘m just shy of halfway and loving it. Hoping to make a big dent in this one today with lots of reading time and not much else.

sprainedbrain I love that book so much. ❤️ 6mo
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MeganAnn
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I love the idea of describing cold weather as poetry!
“…The weather. It‘s like a poem. Where each word is more than one thing at once and everything‘s a metaphor. The meaning condensed into rhythm and sound and the spaces between sentences. It‘s all intense and sharp, like the cold and the wind.”

It‘s definitely poetry here today with a current temp of -15 F, but with the windchill it feels like -35 F. ❄️

elkeOriginal Loved this book! 6mo
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strangexlonely
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I know a few people were disappointed by this, and it is a weird book, but I loved it. The characters are great and I loved how she weaved a story outside of the main story and how it all came together in the end. The only part I couldn't really understand was the bees at the end, but I love that she got the idea for the bees and the keys from Brakebills from Lev Grossman's The Magicians.

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ElectricalJuice
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My Book Journal Spread for The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I'm happy how the bee turned out as the bees were my favorite characters in the book. 🐝😊🍯

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ElectricalJuice
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So... this book is so difficult to rate. It is beautifully written and equally confusing. So much is going on, just parts of it explained. I loved the characters and the setting but the story was hard to follow for me. However, I understand the appeal of the book and I'm glad I picked it up 😊

Also... how cute where those Bees? 🐝

tokorowilliamwallace You're cuter than those bees! Hope you're finding the genuine, lasting validation this season, and will continue to into next year! 6mo
ElectricalJuice Oh thank you but those bees were just unbeatably (is that a word?) adorable 🐝🐝 6mo
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ElectricalJuice
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Zachary is so relatable!! 🧁😂

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ElectricalJuice
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"A girl lost in the woods is a different sort of creature than a girl who walks purposefully through the trees even though she does not know her way". Loved this quote of the starless sea

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ElectricalJuice
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How is this book THAT beautiful? Found it in a used book store in Germany and can't get over the colors on the cover. 💜

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kwmg40
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I enjoyed this story about storytelling once I stopped worrying about following the plot and instead just savoured the beautiful writing.

This was my third and final book finished for #NovelNovember. Thanks to @Andrew65 for hosting the readathon!

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LiterRohde
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Review 🌊 The Starless Sea 🌊 Erin Morgenstern

https://rebrand.ly/starlesssea/literrohde

“[I feel like] I‘m losing my mind but in a slow, achingly beautiful sort of way.”

That quote sums up what it is like to read this book. The plot is ridiculous, the narrative frames are bonkers, the prose is beautiful, and the experience is wonderful - unless it isn‘t.

(More in comments 👇🏻)

LiterRohde Consequently, this is one of those books that you either love or you hate. This seems to be a theme with me. I gravitate to questions, movies, books, paintings that are not so straightforward. 7mo
LiterRohde Sure, you can try to make sense of it, unpack the ideas, or figure out what is going on. And you might actually get somewhere. But I‘m not sure where you get will be satisfying. The fleeting impression of the ink in the fibers is much more satisfying than the concrete progression of the words on the page. 7mo
LiterRohde 📸: Made with Typorama 7mo
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Ruthiella Hey! Welcome back. 😀 7mo
LiterRohde @Ruthiella Thanks. I wasn‘t sure I was coming back. Got a little burnt out and the last two years have been interesting to say the least. But I thought I‘d give it a go here again. 7mo
Nute Hello Jamie! It‘s been a long time. Welcome back. You were missed! 7mo
LiterRohde @Nute Thanks! One of the first to welcome me when I joined. And one of the first to welcome me back. 🧡 I needed a short break at the time. For whatever reason Litsy was burning me out and I don‘t even remember why. It just wasn‘t fun anymore. And then that short break turned into a long one (A year or two? Yikes.). So. What did I miss? 🤣 7mo
Nute Whoa! How to answer a question of that magnitude regarding a social media platform? lol 7mo
LiterRohde @Nute I was only kidding about catching me up! 🤣 Though I do feel like I have to learn again how to use this platform. Familiar, yet not! I was half expecting not to be remembered or see anyone I knew. It was nice to be greeted again by a familiar Avatar. 🧡 7mo
Nute Oh, I laughed heartily at the question and knew that it was in jest!😆 I think that you are about to be pleasantly surprised by the notice of your absence. You‘re among friends and family here, Jamie! Can‘t wait to read all of the quotes that you‘ve been amassing over the last year!🤗 7mo
SamanthaMarie I left for over a year as well and just came back a few weeks ago. I got burnt out too for some reason. And I couldn't deal with it and the pandemic 😅 Welcome back!!:I hope it will be fun and restful now. 7mo
LiterRohde @SamanthaMarie I mean this in the best way possible, but I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. Here‘s to a renewed and lit(erature) experience! 7mo
Smrloomis Welcome back! 🥳 Hope it‘s more fun now (or fun again or however you‘re thinking of it)🤞🏽 7mo
TK-421 Welcome back! 7mo
LiterRohde @Smrloomis @TK-421 Thanks! It‘s good to be back. 7mo
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katiekat311
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I had NO idea what to expect from this book. It felt magical, it felt real. I was encapsulated by the story and the writing was beautifully done. The entire book was a journey from start to finish. The characters draw you in and make you feel. Even though it took me longer than expected😅 what a great October #bookspin read! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I loved the writing in this book, but was left with mixed feelings just because I felt like I needed to read a second time to really understand what was going on haha 8mo
katiekat311 @TheAromaofBooks yes! It‘s one of those books that if you reread it, I‘m sure you‘d put more pieces together! There were definitely moments where I got lost and read the section again haha 8mo
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NikkiM5
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Picked up a package from the lease office, expecting my Halloween swap, and it‘s my #sliceofsummer swap. 😜

I thought it was stolen but I guess it was bouncing around in the Amazon Shipping Ether. Thank you @BarkingMadRun lol it was like Christmas in October when I read the label.

BarkingMadRun Wow! Better late than never? 8mo
NikkiM5 @BarkingMadRun agreed lol 8mo
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katiekat311
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Sick days make me feeling guilty when sunshine and a book is involved. Although my October TBR doesn‘t show it, I love spooky season! Starting off with one of my #bookspin books!

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galueth28
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I don't really know what to say about this book, except that I love it. It's slow going, and not much happens, but I loved the characters, the setting and the writing. There's an underground library, lots of stories within the story and the starless sea itself. And the ending, it's very open, but I still found it satisfying. It's definetely my favourite book of the year. 💖💖💖🐝

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Larkken
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Fall snacks are all comfort foods, often baked, with coffee on the side. I love making waffles and smothering them with whipped cream on lazy fall and winter mornings… or a brownie and some milk with a comfort book at night. The tagged book has become a recent comfort read or listen for me, but I‘d take recs for other recent pubs that folks find comforting in the prose and/or story!
#littensdressedinblood #comfortreads

MidnightBookGirl Brownies are the perfect accompaniment to a book! My friend @kimmypete1 makes amazing brownies whenever we do readathons together. 10mo
wanderinglynn Awesome mug! 😍 10mo
dylanisreading I love the mug! 10mo
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Larkken @MidnightBookGirl sounds like the perfect afternoon! 10mo
Larkken @wanderinglynn @Bianca thanks! I‘m a firm believer in Star Warsing whenever possible! ☕️ 10mo
reading_rainbow 😍💕☕️! 10mo
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