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Hollow Kingdom
Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author. S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos . Then Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn't quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies--from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis--fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education. Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.
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Robotswithpersonality
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Okay, still processing. WOW. I am glad I read it, HOWEVER, it's not the kind of book I usually put myself through. A lot more gore than my tastes run to. I don't think I'm set up to enjoy zombie or apocalyptic stories, and the animal/nature perspective is what saved it, and elevated it for me. So many things I didn't see coming, good and bad.

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Robotswithpersonality
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"Life is not the same once you've learned just how deeply a tree can feel."

I love the parallel of S.T. going on a physical journey as well as cognitive one, expanding the world view.

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Robotswithpersonality
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"fuzzy death-potatoes" !!! Officially the best alternate title for grizzly bear cubs. ?

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Robotswithpersonality
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But the number of books I ended up with at one time featuring animals as main characters certainly surprised me! #animalbooks

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HeyT
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I am yikes a at my amount of finishes for the month. I blame it entirely on the fact we got our first dog at the beginning of the month. He‘s super attached to me and I feel guilty about putting him in puppy jail so I can read on my bed so I just haven‘t.
1 eBook
3 physical
Top read would probably be the tagged.
#MayWrapUp

sarahbellum Aww yay puppy! 🐶 4w
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HeyT
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#BookReport
Finished one of my BookSpin backlist titles this week. I also read a handful of harlequins but I don‘t track those because they‘re so fast and light.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to finish the Hambly book and start another BookSpin backlist title.

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HeyT
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Low pick because there is a lot of (expected) animal death some of which seemed unnecessary. I enjoyed that this was narrated by a domesticated crow and we see a zombie apocalypse through the eyes of the animal kingdom. As much as I loved ST the narrator it was wholly eclipsed by the brief appearances of Genghis Cat. This was my April #BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks
#BuriedAliveChallenge

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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HeyT
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#BookReport
Managed to finish the Vatta‘s War series which I enjoyed. I also made a dent in the tagged.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to finish Hollow Kingdom and then start in on another of my BookSpin selections.

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HeyT
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Starting the tagged this morning with support from my clingy boy. It‘s one of my six BookSpin picks that I still need to read.
#DogsOfLitsy

PaperbackPirate I‘ve had this book for awhile waiting to be read! I hope you‘re enjoying it! 2mo
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HeyT
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Happy #BookSpin Day to all who celebrate. This is my favorite day of the reading month but I was still stuck in March mentally so the draw today took me by surprise! Time is a construct etc. lol I still haven‘t gotten to the March picks but fingers crossed I‘ll finish all four this month.

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CBee
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1. I refuse to narrow it down to one - so for today, sloths 🦥 and octopi 🐙
2. Wombats poop is cube-shaped! And if you haven‘t read this, you should: https://theoatmeal.com/comics/wombats (you can thank me later 😂)
3. Done! I‘ve had this book on my Kindle forever and need to read it!
#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz Octopus love! ❤️🐙❤️ Thanks for posting! 5mo
CBee @ozma.of.oz 😊😊😊 5mo
AmyG Ha… never thought I‘d google wombat poop. You are correct…it‘s oddly a cube. 😳 (edited) 5mo
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CBee @AmyG did you click the link to The Oatmeal in my post? Cause you should 😂😂 5mo
AmyG I googled first. Then I looked a your link. 🤣 5mo
CBee @AmyG I hope it gave you a laugh, because I‘ve read it a handful of times and it gets me every time 😂😂😂 5mo
AmyG Ha...I was laughing and fascinated at the same time. 5mo
CBee @AmyG same! 😂😂 5mo
monalyisha This is always my go-to animal fact, too! 5mo
CBee @monalyisha I never knew until I read the comic, and then I just had to know more. Wombats are super cool - and super cute! 5mo
AmandaBlaze Bernie and Chet books by Spenser Quinn are awesome. 5mo
CBee @AmandaBlaze I‘d never heard of them, they look great! 😊 5mo
Nelnjali Oh my goodness, I love the comic. I knew the cube fact, but I had no idea that they had weaponized buttocks! 5mo
CBee @Nelnjali I think the weaponized buttock fact is even better than the cube poop 😂😂 (edited) 5mo
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Megla110
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Words from one of the non main characters, a 200 year old spruce tree. One of my favorite things about this book, interspersed throughout are chapters with viewpoints from other living beings such as birds, polar bears, dogs, ect and their experiences during the apocalypse.

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HeyT
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It's that time again! Here is my #BookSpin list for November. Still fingers crossed that the less chonky bois get picked lol. As always, thanks for hosting @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 8mo
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vlwelser
Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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This is extremely funny, despite being about an apocalypse where the humans (mo-fo's) have turned into zombies. The narrator is a crow named Shit Turd (ST for short). The #audiobook is really well done. There's this passage with a cow that speaks with a Scottish accent (obvs) that is just totally next level.

#BookSpinBingo free space
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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Pickpick

4¼⭐ | NARRATION 😍 = Amazing
I wanted to give it 5 stars but It did make me super sad a couple of times and it might have felt a little stretched out length-wise, plus the ending was hella crazy...like I‘m not sure what even fully went down kind of crazy. Overall though, I recommend this, it‘s got this special kind of quality that makes it unlike any other zombie story. Also, the narration is top-notch. Robert Petkoff knocked it out of the park.

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Read-y_Picker
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Had a little chuckle this morning. Quite a few, actually…

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DakotaWilde
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Just started reading this and already laughed out loud several times.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the vibrant colors! 💚💛 9mo
BookDragonNotWorm I love that book! Just finished the sequel! 9mo
AutumnRLS @BookDragonNotWorm there's a sequel? 9mo
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BookDragonNotWorm @AutumnRLS Yes, just came out this month. It's called Feral Creatures. 9mo
AutumnRLS @BookDragonNotWorm I had no idea! Definitely just put it on my TBR. My husband is going to be so happy too, as he loved the audiobook. 9mo
BookDragonNotWorm @AutumnRLS Hope you like it! Can't wait to read your review! 9mo
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Tera66
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤📚💚 10mo
Eggs Perfect💚💚 10mo
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LadyCait84
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Clever and crude and absurdly comedic.

Narrated mostly by a foul-mouthed (but fiercely loyal and optimistic) domesticated crow, the book tells the story of a technology-induced zombie apocalypse from the perspective of pets. I laughed, I cried, I paused to ponder its social commentary.

Readers who are game for the outlandish premise (and are unfazed by colorful profanities) are in for a treat.

Ruthiella I have fond memories of ST! 10mo
LadyCait84 He was a very likable (if rather unlikely) hero! And Dennis forever! 10mo
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Tera66
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#ConflictedWorlds #Nature
@Eggs & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Monday😴
I loved this book so much, it follows a domesticated crow during the zombie apocalypse! Book 2 comes out this month, I have it pre-ordered!!

Shae_Purcell This sounds really interesting! 11mo
magyklyXdelish I love crows and this sounds amazing 🤩 11mo
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Eggs I love to hear your excitement about books 🖤📓💚 11mo
Tera66 @magyklyXdelish I love crows too! It's really a funny book, seeing the situation through his eyes is really interesting. 11mo
Tera66 @Eggs Thank you & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for setting up these prompts so I can express it. I love books so much! 11mo
BookDragonNotWorm I had no idea a sequel was coming out! Thanks for sharing, so excited!!! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tera66 thank you for playing ❤️ 11mo
Eggs So glad to have you Tera 💞 @Tera66 11mo
Tera66 @BookDragonNotWorm Yay!!😄 11mo
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heyitsMacall
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Mehso-so

The story was a fun concept and a nice change in perspective of the apocalypse. It eventually started feeling a little long winded but otherwise I enjoyed it!

Aims42 Cute picture!! 😍 Sorry the book was a “meh” 12mo
heyitsMacall @Aims42 haha thanks! 12mo
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Twainy
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🎧 Beware, fowl language follows 😆

Sh!t Turd (S.T. for short) is a domesticated Crow & lives with Dennis the dog & his MoFo Big Jim.

Profanity & wildly random crow opinions on everything. His opinion about Squirrels & penguins 😆

This book‘s about everything non-human when it seems humans are in a period of radical evolution & eventual extinction. POV is non-human mostly Crow but there‘s others like Winnnie the Poodle & Genghis Cat.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reggie I was happy the polar bears reconnected. 1y
CaroPi I have it in my TBR since it came out! Need to find the time to read it 1y
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

The beginning of this book is hilarious, and I was so excited to read it. As the story progresses, though, it goes in a direction that I don't find particularly interesting. The plague doesn't make sense, the alliances seem arbitrary (why does one unlikely group band together but not another?), and the tone is a little preachier than I'd prefer.

This is my #doublespin for March. #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1y
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ImperfectCJ
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Her brother is away having surgery today and she's so out of sorts without him, she's willing to hang out with me while I read. Not on my lap, though. He's not been gone long enough for her to resort to such drastic measures.

umbrellagirl Hope all goes well. 💙 1y
AmyG Hope he is ok. 1y
ImperfectCJ @umbrellagirl @AmyG Thank you! He's back home now and acting loopy but seems to be doing well. He went in for a dental cleaning and possible extraction of three teeth and ended up having 15 teeth extracted. Vet says he's got a condition in which his immune system attacks his teeth. Hopefully this helps him feel better (even after he's done with his pain meds). 1y
AmyG My daughters cat has vey few teeth....and does just fine. He has the same immune issue. Glad he is back home and did well. (edited) 1y
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ImperfectCJ
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Dark chocolate-covered espresso beans and a book: my kind of afternoon. It occurs to me that my snack looks disturbingly like deer droppings. That seems kind of appropriate for this novel.

Bradleygirl 🤣🤣🤣 1y
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ImperfectCJ
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Camille deigned to stand---briefly---on the lap of a MoFo. Tomorrow is two months since we adopted the cats, and we're still making progress. In book news, the language of this novel is infiltrating my consciousness, but I'm not sure if I really like it.

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 1y
Ruthiella Yes, ST‘s language does worm it‘s way in! 😅 1y
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Read-y_Picker
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Happy New Year @Patchshank ! Just wanted to say thank you again for the great #newyearwhodis recs. I‘m going to start off with these gems. I saw Odd Thomas but I think I‘ll have to read it before getting into Forever Thomas. Hope you‘ve found something good on my list!

Gaylagal2 @Read-y_Picker The sundown motel is awesome....I'm reading it now. It's given me a few nights of.looking behind me...lol 😬 1y
Read-y_Picker @Gaylagal2 oh great! Something to look forward to lol. How are you doing today? 1y
chelsearae1988 The Sun Down Motel is amazing!!! 1y
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Patchshank I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. There's a lot of great books from your list. I started Ninth House a few months ago and haven't finished it. I'm hoping to finish it this month. I ordered Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. Just waiting for it to get here. I have my eye on A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, but I don't when I'll get to it. My library has it, so it will be at some point. 1y
Read-y_Picker @Patchshank if your library has the follow up novella Ajax Penumbra I would definitely check it out after you read the book. It was delicious little bit of extra closure! 1y
Patchshank Thank you. My library has it as an audiobook. I will check it out once I'm done with the book. 1y
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ChemistKat
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This cat is a special kind of pest. She thought I needed help😹 Also, does anyone else‘s cat always steal the pen you‘re using?

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Leelee08
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My Top 12 of 2020! I only got in 50 books this year, but I‘m glad these were some of them. Here‘s to 2021 and our giant TBR stacks!❤️📚🥂

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ChemistKat
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My other favorite reading buddy😻

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ChemistKat
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One of my two favorite reading buddies 😻

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Patchshank
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I was finally able to finish my haunted hallow swap book. I loved it. Thank you again @catiewithac.

It's a very interesting take on the zombie apocalypse and absolutely hilarious. Humans have gone extinct so the story is told from the view point of a pet crow. As such, humans are referred to as "MoFos" and I think that should become our official term.

BookDragonNotWorm I loved this one! One of my favorite reads this year! 2y
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Patchshank
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Thanks for the tag @Trashcanman ❤️

As always, I am grateful for my cats and a roof over my head. 😸🏠

The tagged book is my current read I'm not finished with it yet but I'll summarize it as: Nature finds balance.

@Eggs

I don't know who to tag. I don't know anyone well enough, so if you like the cut of #WondrousWednesday 's jib I tag you.

Eggs Love your summary❣️ And thanks for joining in 👏🏻📖🌟 2y
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Patchshank
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@catiewithac the cat trap you sent works as well. He ran right over to it when I put it on the floor for his inspection.
#HauntedHollowSwap

CaroPi 😂 the cat trap you send 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Chrissyreadit Love it! 2y
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Patchshank
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I got spoiled by @catiewithac. Thank you so much. Everything is fantastic. Ive heard of Hollow Kingdom, but I was never sure what it was about. It sounds right up my alley and I'm super excited to start reading it. The coloring book is adorable. It has all my halloween movie staples in it. I love the art and way everything is drawn. The bookmark you sent is awesome. I love everything. Thank you so much.
#HauntedHollowSwap

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erinreads
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Got my November #BookSpin list together. Looking forward to getting through most of these by the end of the year! 🤞🏻 #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
daisyheadmaesie This looks like so much fun! Can anyone join in with their own? Or are there teams and stuff? How does it work exactly? 2y
erinreads @daisyheadmaesie Anyone can join in! You just make a list of 20-25 books off your TBR list and @TheAromaofBooks will post the numbers on the 2nd. It‘s now morphed into #BookSpinBingo so once you have the order of numbers, you can try and read to make a bingo or two or three or a blackout! It‘s just a super fun way to knock some books off your list. 2y
TheAromaofBooks @daisyheadmaesie - @erinreads is exactly correct!! I think you already found my master post, so just let me know if you have any questions!! 2y
daisyheadmaesie @TheAromaofBooks @erinreads Haha yes, after I posted this comment I found all the information. Thanks you two! 2y
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Corar
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Zombie apocalypse from the point of view of a pet crow. I really liked this one, it left me feeling hopeful with a smile on my face. Not recommended if you are bothered by foul language or animal deaths.

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LouBeth
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Pickpick

So true 😊

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LouBeth
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I love these little chapters about other animals from around the world. 😆 🐄

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Reggie
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Mehso-so

A zombie book told by a domesticated crow named S.T. sprinkled with chapters told by other various animals around the globe. I thought the first half was great, funny, and at turns heartfelt like when S.T. realizes he has to leave the only home he‘s known when Big Jim, his human, becomes a zombie. But the repetitive writing and the animal kingdom brawl in the end was a bit meh for me. Liked it, didn‘t love it.

Michael_Gee What an interesting concept! 2y
Addison_Reads I felt a bit like that, but I loved the concept so much that I gave it a pick. 2y
Reggie @GhostStories there were some great ideas in here that I just think got away from her in the end. 2y
Reggie @Addison_Reads I loved some of the humor even though it felt schticky, like Mrs so and so was sitting on a bench eating Triscuits. Triscuits was her dog. Lol and believe me I had it as a pick up until Dennis dies and we get 5 metaphors for how a heart breaks. Then we get these Mofo bird and spider morphs. Too much. 2y
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CoffeeNBooks
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This book is quirky, interesting, and funny! The chapter I'm currently reading is narrated by a cat, and is absolutely accurate in how a cat thinks and acts, lol! 🐈

CoffeeK8 I love this book so much! 2y
Ruthiella I liked this book a lot too and agree with her take on cats‘ thinking! 😹 2y
BookDragonNotWorm This is my favorite book of the year so far! 🥰 2y
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BookwormM
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#BlameitonLitsy Not sure who I should blame for this one but it deserves the #LitsyLove it has been getting.

I enjoyed this new take on the end of humanity as we know and loved the unique narrator.

Just one last thing to say Dennis 😭😭😭

Hooked_on_books Yes, Dennis! 😩 2y
HeathHof 🖤'd this one!! 🐦 2y
LaraS Ooo, this is on my #whileiwasreading challenge for the “non-human narrator” prompt, maybe I‘ll start this one next! 2y
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AllisonM89
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Interesting and novel way to write a book, but just not to my taste. Chapter one was a fun read, but after that, the novelty of the concept wore off. Certainly not bad, by any means
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
Square 15 ✔️
DNF

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
TheSpineView It was not my cup of tea either. I also bailed. 2y
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Tanzy13
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"The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead" in this big-hearted, boundlessly beautiful romp through the Apocalypse, where a foul-mouthed crow is humanity's only chance to survive Seattle's zombie problem.

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Mimi28
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@TheSpineView I got your book. Thanks!! I got it a few weeks ago but I haven‘t been on here much. I‘m sorry. Thank you for your generosity ❤️❤️❤️❤️

TheSpineView No worries! Glad it arrived safely. Hope you like it.😊 2y
Mimi28 @TheSpineView Thanks for understanding ❤️❤️I‘m sure I will, thanks again 😊😊 2y
TheSpineView @Mimi28 🌞😊📚 2y
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TheSpineView
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I am trying to cull some books. Would anyone like this book? I have a copy that I will gift to the first person who responses. 📚📚📚

Mimi28 Me!!! 2y
TheSpineView @Mimi28 Great! You can email your address at lisa@thespineview.com and I will mail it out to you. 2y
Mimi28 I sent it to you last night. Thanks!! You‘re awesome!! ❤️❤️ 2y
TheSpineView @Mimi28 Got it! 😘 2y
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CoffeeK8
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📖 Hollow Kingdom (S.T. & Cheetos!)
💻 Jane Harper
📺 Homicide
🎤 Heart
🎼 Hello - Adele
#manicmonday #letterH (a week late, but here it is)

JoScho I am ready for Jane Harper‘s new book! 2y
CoffeeK8 @JoScho the wait is too long! 2y
JoScho I know! 2021! 😭 2y
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