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The City in the Middle of the Night
The City in the Middle of the Night | Carlie Jane Anders
Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now, All the Birds in the Sky ? Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel, Finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams... And from there, its easy to control our entire lives. January is a dying planet divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk. But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the wastelands outside. Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal. But fate has other plans and Sophies ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.
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REPollock
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Bailedbailed

I have to admit that I‘m bailing on this one as well. I drifted away from it and going back to it feels like too much effort. 😐

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Squidapus
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Squidapus liked this more than All the Birds. Great sci fi about two women living in the razor thin area between scorching sun and killing ice. Squidapus feels like a lot of sci fi lately haven't tackled transhumanism in a satisfying way if at all. Sophie and Mouth can be frustrating characters but it all services the ideas of letting go to improve oneself on small and large scales. Fantastic book EVEN IF IT ENDED LIKE THAT HOW DARE IT JUST E-

Clare-Dragonfly Great review! I agree! 😆 1mo
Squidapus @Clare-Dragonfly Amusingly, I posted this on my Instagram and Charlie Jane Anders responded on it 1mo
Reggie Lololol the E- great review!!!!! 1mo
Squidapus @Reggie Ha ha, thanks! 1mo
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REPollock
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Reading with Riley. I admit that I couldn‘t get through this author‘s first novel but the new one sounds interesting and the ebook was $3 so here we go. I do love the podcast she hosts with Annalee Newitz (Our Opinions Are Correct) so I want to like one of her books.

Texreader That‘s such a cute photo!!! ❤️😻❤️😻 1mo
Tamra Adorbs 1mo
Crazeedi You fur friend is so sweet! 1mo
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Geeklet
Mehso-so

Welp, this one sure does end abruptly. I really loved the world building and the story was growing on me. I hated the characters and it really really really felt like the book just sorta ended. I don't blame Ms. Anders for finishing the book there, I was getting bored of it too.

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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4/6

This was the most expensive book I bought at the #booksale. I got it for 8 dollars. Not bad for a HC considering it came out this year. 🤘

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Lindy
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So much to love about this complex, wildly imaginative speculative fiction:
*Cast of characters centres on four queer women who have the potential to change everything for the human settlers on an inhospitable planet—saviours or destroyers
*Complex world building
*Intriguing sentient aliens
*Impending climate catastrophe
*Alternating POV chapters are narrated by Laura Knight Keating & Jennifer O‘Donnell in the mesmerizing #audiobook
#LGBTQ

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Lindy
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My nephew is heading out to a party / fundraiser for a local farm that was hit by a tornado. This is how farmers party in the Yukon Territory. (I tagged the book I just finished because he looks like he‘s playing the part of one of the characters in it.)

LeahBergen That‘s awesome! 3mo
Lindy @LeahBergen He‘s been designing costumes since he was 12, often inspired by the fantasy & science fiction that he reads. He made the goggles, coat, vest and trousers that he‘s wearing. 3mo
Soubhiville Wow, great costume! 3mo
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Reggie He looks great! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm So cool he made the costume! 3mo
TrishB Very cool 👍🏻 3mo
Lcsmcat Creativity obviously runs in your family! 3mo
Lindy @Soubhiville @Reggie @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB @Lcsmcat I feel lucky to have a bunch of creative nieces and nephews. They are a joy to be around. (Most of the time. 😉) 3mo
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Lindy
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My sister makes me work when I visit her. 😜
Audiobooks are perfect for painting prep.

LeahBergen 😆😆 3mo
merelybookish Sisters! 🙄😆 3mo
saresmoore Hahaha! (I always make my brother work when he visits me, too. He lives next door, so...)That‘s what you get for being so creative and resourceful, Lindy! 3mo
Lindy @saresmoore Ha! You can tell that I don‘t mind pitching in; the way things are done in my family is apparently similar to yours. 3mo
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Lindy
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At the entrance to an Air North 737, ready to settle into my seat with the tagged audiobook. ✈️

marleed Have fun! 3mo
Lindy @marleed 👍That‘s the plan. My sister has promised to teach me more about spinning and I will also be taking a 2-day dyeing workshop while I‘m in the Yukon. 3mo
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EclecticReaders
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In this month‘s episode, we talk about Macmillan‘s new ebook library lending model, what we love about our public libraries, and discuss The City in the Middle of the Night. The book left us disoriented, but in a good way? You‘ll have to listen and find out why! #eclecticreaders Listen at eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/68 or on podcast apps under “Eclectic Readers” and let us know your thoughts!

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AlizaApp
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Two cities on a small, tidally-locked planet have very different ways of surviving in a place where full day and full night are unlivable and everyone lives in permanent twilight. A revolution, alien creatures, creative use of linguistics, full-scale world-building all made for an interesting and thought-provoking read.

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Merethebookgal
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This was such an interesting book! Having a tidally locked planet as the setting was different and add that to the themes of time, climate change, colonialism, the “alchemy of being seen,” and transformation was ambitious but done so well. There were many times I was disoriented, or it felt like the story dragged a bit, but I think that was the point. This is a super smart book that I‘d recommend if you‘re looking for a different type of story.

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bookishlyblessed
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Pickpick

So good!! Read this now, seriously!

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jmtrivera
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This book put down way more than I picked up, I'm sure. Naive, shy, hopelessly besotted Sophie befriends vivacious, self-centered, manipulative Bianca, exploring socioeconomic status, political activism, coping w/trauma, & toxic relationships. Mouth's story takes a slightly different course, asking how to reconcile past & future. Along w/the pondering this story left me, I also liked the writing. It was creative & built steadily through the book.

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bookishlyblessed
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Change of clothes for the end of the readathon!! I can actually do it. I'm so excited!!! Finishing my audiobook right now, then to finish my physical book.

#24in48

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jmtrivera
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My Week 4 check-in is late, but last night I was out late at the Apollo 11 tribute projected on the Washington Monument. Due to an injured ankle, I couldn't do my usual workouts most of the week, but I got enough walking on the National Mall at night to make up the missing time. And another book down!
 @wanderinglynn
@Crazyspine, @laurar311, @WriterAtHeart,
@mc916, @Honeybeegirl, @BookishBelle, @BookBridget, @Econaghan
#BookFitnessChallenge #BFCR2

julesG 👏👏👏👏 4mo
JessNevertheless Impressed! I'm in DC too and I could only walk about 5 minutes outside before the heat sent me right back in! 4mo
jmtrivera @JessNevertheless It's been AWFUL. I only managed because it's (slightly) cooler at night and we minimized actual outdoor time and maximized liquids beforehand. So worth it though! 4mo
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jmtrivera @julesG Thank you! 😊 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 Fantastic week! 🎉 And I hope your ankle feels better soon. Adapt your goal as needed. 4mo
jmtrivera @wanderinglynn Thanks! I'm doing a lot better. I think I can go back to normal this week! 4mo
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bookishlyblessed
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Onto 2nd physical book of #24in48

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jmtrivera
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I'm only halfway through, but really feeling the need to hurry and be through with this one - partly because I'm now caught up with reviews for the first time in nearly a year and need more books to post, but also partly because Veronica Mars released early and I'm not caught up with my rewatch! 😲

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EclecticReaders
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Read with us! #EclecticReaders

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jmtrivera
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Current read. But I don't get to pick it up again until I do a workout. #BookFitnessChallenge #bfcr2

Mitch Haha - good motivation! 🏆 4mo
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kim.guernsey
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I always have such high hopes of getting a lot of reading done on vacation but reality usually doesn't match up. We're home from our trip now and I didn't get through as much of this as I wanted, but it was still more than I realized! Hoping to finish in a week or so! Any good tips for fitting in more reading during trips??

Nute I‘ve tried to make reading happen on vacations and it never works out as planned. I think that accomplishment would be more successful if the vacation was specifically established as a “reading vacation” - one that is planned for reading only with no other expectations or obligations. Family vacationing, event vacationing and tourist vacationing - if ANY reading takes place, it should be a celebrated amount!🙂 (edited) 2w
kim.guernsey @Nute I am in full support of a READING VACATION!! Maybe a solo overnight stay in a cheap local hotel would do the trick! 2w
Nute Yes! 2w
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sebrittainclark
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It was hard to pick just 6, but these are the standouts so far this year. Half I read in the past month because June was a pretty good reading month for me.

#top6reads

rachelsbrittain So many good ones! 4mo
swishandflick Born a Crime!!! Such a great book. 4mo
nelehelen Love love born a crime! 4mo
monalyisha Oh! I‘m happy to see the Charlie Jane Anders on here! I loved her first book. (edited) 4mo
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kim.guernsey
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What my husband doesn't know won't hurt him and he has no idea I posted this. 😂 As much as I love reading, I have a tough time starting new books, so last night I asked my husband to read the first page to me. I had hoped his literal start would help me pick up the rest. It worked! Mainly because the first page was a bit nonsensical and I had to grab it to make sure he wasn't messing with me. Then I proceeded to finish the first chapter. 😁

jmtrivera 😂😂😂 4mo
Reviewsbylola Lol I‘ve most def posted pics on here of my husband too without him knowing. 😆 I‘m glad your strategy worked! 4mo
kim.guernsey @Reviewsbylola 😆 hubby was a bit confused by my request but at least he helped anyway 4mo
Nute lol 2w
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Merethebookgal
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I had a great book haul this month! See any that are on your TBR or that you‘ve read and loved? The Rosie Project was my book club‘s pick 5 years ago, so when we got together last weekend to celebrate 10 years we wrote notes to each other in our copies of the book 💖 And I ended up reading 10 books this month, which is a huge number for me 🎉

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 4mo
Susannah Tote bag 💜! (edited) 4mo
Merethebookgal @Susannah Isn‘t it so cute! 4mo
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bunny
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Stuck waiting in my car again, but at least I've got a good book to keep me company!

Squidapus Oooooo Squidapus has been bugging me about getting this one! 5mo
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UnidragonFrag
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Mehso-so

Bizarre. I expected as much after Anders first book. This one is more a philosophical talk than anything else. The world building was pretty interesting.

#goodreads (38 | 80)

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wen4blu
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Yes neighbors, I am out taking a picture of my book in the middle of the night.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahaha...that‘s a true book lover❤️ 5mo
Hooked_on_books Definitely a Litten 5mo
DivineDiana I appreciate your dedication! 🙂 5mo
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allusory
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Mehso-so

Very mixed feelings about this one. The premise of a human civilization trying to survive on a tidally locked planet is ingenious and I loved the interactions with the sentient native species. However, a lot of this book is focused on dealing with the dissatisfaction and differences of the two settlements. The structure of the novel combined with overly detailed world building elements muddles what could have been an interesting story.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Pickpick

The cafe decor doesn‘t really go with this book at all, but this is where I am, so 🤷🏻‍♀️

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KtheBookwyrm
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Bailedbailed

Two 5-star books followed by 2 DNFs. Both of these were DNF‘d for different reasons. City because I just couldn‘t be bothered. The characters, the world, the conflict, none of it was engaging. Leopard because after 20 pages I couldn‘t take his writing style anymore. I checked out some reviews on goodreads and got the impression that what I was hating wouldn‘t get better, in fact it would get worse, so I bailed.

ReadingEnvy I'm thinking of bailing on the Anders and should have bailed on the James so this is helpful thank you. 6mo
KtheBookwyrm No problem. I was disappointed by both, especially considering all the hype. 5mo
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allusory
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Going to try and do the #MayScavengerHunt! I think this book will cover the more than 300 pages, multiple points of view, and where a character dies. Wish me luck!

Come-read-with-me @allusory Good luck!! 🍀🍀🍀 2mo
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allusory
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Working my way through this one over lunch. It started off so strong but got a little mired after that. Not entirely sure how I feel about it yet. #booklunch

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bookwrm526
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This was my night-oriented title for #booked2019. I didn't like it quite as much as Anders first book - it took me longer to get into it. But, a tidally locked planet made for an interesting setting, and the “crocodiles“ were interesting characters. I felt like there HAS to be a sequel coming, but I haven't seen any mention of it being a series?

Cinfhen Sorry... totally missed this post. 5mo
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suzisteffen
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Complex, fascinating, weird, amazing story about genocide, a generation ship‘s remnants, violently repressive governments, a young woman in love with a manipulative and controlling friend, and a tidally locked planet that also has ice crocodiles with tentacles and telepathic grubs. Rebellions, pirates, acid rain, smugglers, the Sea of Murder. What else do you want?! #sciencefiction

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Clare-Dragonfly
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This book is kind of slow going, but I‘m really into it.

monalyisha Interested to see more updates about this one! It‘s on my TBR/I loved “All the Birds in the Sky.” 💙 6mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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“Listen to yourself, hear your own footsteps, your breaths, your heartbeats, oh, how many rhythms you make as you come and go! you are an orchestra.”

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suzisteffen
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Woooooo yes this is quite the premise. I‘m about three chapters in, and it‘s QUITE cinematic. It was due at the library yesterday, trying to read it today so I can take it back before fines kick in. 😂 #sciencefiction

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Laughterhp
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In case you were wondering what the mystery wrapped book was, it was an ARC of the tagged book!

I was so excited to get it, because I almost bought it and then didn‘t!

#indiebookstore

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suzisteffen
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📚Currently reading The Round House, by Louise Erdrich, and a few others;

🎧 🎧 Currently listening to The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson; the last audiobook I finished was Looking for Lorraine, by Imani Perry;

🏛🏛🏛May is a library month, & I‘ll be kicking it off with Charlie Jane Anderson‘ The City in the Middle of the Night, & Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💜 7mo
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Lauredhel
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Guess where I am? Swancon in Fremantle! Listening to Charlie Jane Anders read from this book and from a YA work in progress. Yay!

Ddzmini Just saw her last weekend at Festival of Books in LA awesome discussion panel 😋👏🏼👏🏼📖 7mo
Lauredhel @Ddzmini she's working hard! 7mo
tournevis I'm a huge fan! 7mo
underground_bks I love her books. She‘s so lovely in person too! 7mo
readordierachel Awesome! 7mo
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suzisteffen

Just picked this up at the library and CAN‘T WAIT! #library #amgoingtoread #sciencefiction

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Rambo_Reads
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My view for the last ~25 hours. The best thing about being cramped into a plane seat for a ridiculous amount of time is all the reading I can get done!

Finished A Thousand Drunken Monkeys by Eric Nylund & Swamp Thing by Alan Moore
Made good headway with The city in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

Also massively enjoyed watching The Favourite and sobbed my way through The Hate You Give movie

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Vanessa
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This book. SO good. It‘s bonkers and beautiful and about so many things: humanity, history, culture, personal vs social obligation, colonialism, politics, climate change... I think I‘m in the minority, but I liked this more than All the Birds in the Sky.

#teamSophie

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Listener15
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Pickpick

First book finished for #deweys24hourreadathon ! I started it before but I finished it during. Really good book. I wanted to shake a few characters but I really enjoyed this book and narration. Definitely check it out!

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Vanessa
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I am all in on Team Sophie.
Happy Saturday! Got my book and my Scotch; hubby‘s got his fishing pole (and three fish, so far).

KarenO 1. What‘s your favorite brand of scotch? 2. What‘s team Sophie? (edited) 6mo
Vanessa Right now it‘s Shieldaig Single Malt, 12 year. Macallan and Oban are also good, but they don‘t beat the Shieldag. Sophie is the main character. :) 6mo
Vanessa @KarenO you joined Litsy! Yay! 6mo
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Listener15
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I can‘t find my glasses so I‘m starting the #deweys24hourreadathon with an audiobook. #fail

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pasiphae_reads
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Panpan

Books # 33-36 that I‘ve read in 2019! 📚
33. “The City in the Middle of the Night” by Charlie Jane Anders ⭐️⭐️/5
34. “Call Me By Your Name” by Andre Aciman ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
35. “I, Claudia” by Mary McCoy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5
36. “Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving” by Pete Walker ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
#books #reading #goodreads