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This Is How You Lose the Time War
This Is How You Lose the Time War | Amal El-Mohtar
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CBee
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I admit the beginning was confusing, but once I got a bit further in, I was hooked! My favorite parts are the letters from Red to Blue and vice versa - the enemies to lovers trope in a whole different and unique way. I strive to have someone write to me the way they write to each other (swoon). My only small complaint - I would‘ve liked a little more backstory on how the war started, more origin story. The beautiful writing is just 🔥

CBee @Sapphire thank you 😊 @monalyisha thank you for #ALSpine!! 2mo
CBee I‘m going to use this for #booked2023 #twiststretchbalance and I‘m basing it on how the threads of time are twisted, stretched, balanced to change outcomes and such. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae 2mo
Read-y_Picker LeVar Burton read a selection from this book on his podcast a few years ago and it's been on my TBR ever since. Have to get to it! 2mo
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Deblovestoread I tried to read this one awhile ago. Your review makes me think I might have bailed too early…back on the TBR it goes! 2mo
TrishB I‘ve had this on the tbr a while! You may have pushed it up the pile. 2mo
CBee @Deblovestoread I can understand why you couldn‘t get into it - it is a bit confusing. I tried to focus on the gorgeous writing and the letters between Red and Blue are mostly what kept me reading. It‘s also quite short! 2mo
CBee @Read-y_Picker love LeVar! I need to check out his podcast. 2mo
CBee @TrishB 😊😊 2mo
willaful I'm going to give this a try in print, because I was so confused when I tried the ebook and I'm hoping that will help. 2mo
CBee @willaful was it audio? Because yeah, that would‘ve totally lost me too 😳😂 2mo
Read-y_Picker @CBee omg you should! He reads selected short stories. All genres but honestly he favours sff. He is so talented, the stories he curated, the production and delivery *chef‘s kiss* 2mo
CBee @Read-y_Picker sounds amazing!! 2mo
GondorGirl This is one of my very favorite books! It's one of the only times where I finished a book and immediately started it over again. 🥰 2mo
CBee @GondorGirl oh wow!! I definitely think I would catch some things I missed the first time. And the ending was 🔥♥️ 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard wonderful things about this book but I couldn‘t get into it - I must try again😅 2mo
CBee @Cinfhen it definitely takes a bit to get into! 2mo
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CBee
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Is this a perfect match or is this a perfect match? Currently reading and enjoying this one, should finish today! #pantone2023 #ALSpine @Sapphire @monalyisha @Clwojick

Ruthiella That is a truly perfect match! 👍 2mo
Soubhiville Perfect! 2mo
AmyG Great color match. 2mo
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CBee @Ruthiella right? I got super lucky with this one 😊😊 @Soubhiville @AmyG 2mo
Clwojick Fantastic match! Good find! 2mo
WJCintron One of my favorites if not my favorite!!! 2mo
CBee @WJCintron awesome 😊😊😊 2mo
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DMC_run8
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Two agents fighting a war through time and space begin exchanging letters and fall in love. 4⭐️

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DebinHawaii
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Finished up this epistolary novella about time-traveling female spies/assassins on different sides who fall in love during a war. I saw it on someone‘s best of 2023 on TikTok & was intrigued & my library had the e-book available last week. Beautiful writing & imagery & apparently much smarter than me as I am not sure I understood everything that happened in their somewhat cat-and-mouse relationship 🤷🏻‍♀️ but the evocative writing engaged me.

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Gnora
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November was by and far my slowest month of the year. I was in a major reading slump.

#roundup #bookreport #nov2022 #2022 #audio #manga #romance #scifi #memoir #queer #libby #librarybooks #library

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galueth28
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"I love you. I love you. I love you. I'll write it in waves. In skies. In my heart. You'll never see, but you will know. I'll be all the poets, I'll kill them all and take each one's place in turn, and every time love's written in all the strands it will be to you."

(If you're interested in sapphic, spy enemies to lovers, epistolary romance, with a dash of time travel, this is the book for you.)

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KarenUK
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Beautifully lyrical, romantic and intricate. This epistolary love story, tells of two female time-traveling spies, communicating through letters as the ongoing war ravages their opposing sides. As I often do with this genre( very outside my comfort-zone) I find the world-building sci-fi bits more distracting than anything else. But the human connection shines here. The writing is really gorgeous, and in such a brief novella, so much is said.

Librariana I think this is now the second time I see 'hopepunk' as a subgenre and I love the way it sounds (just looked up its definition and like it even more!) I love hearing about lyrical, beautifully-written prose so thank you for sharing this fabulous review 😊 5mo
squirrelbrain Wonderful review! I‘m just about to start a book that also covers both of these prompts, otherwise I may have decided to read this, based on your review. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Lovely review!! 5mo
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vlwelser
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This #audiobook is delightful. And it's epistolary. ❤

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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I hated the writing for this. It was purple prose to the extreme and unnecessarily confusing. It was hard to be enthusiastic about this book when from page one I was rolling my eyes

Sharv_Sona I think the authors were trying to express how these people would talk in the future, to add a dramatic effect, however, I can see why you think so! 😊 7mo
shanaqui I remember that being my impression, too! I definitely didn't “get“ it. 7mo
Kenyazero I listened to this one and definitely would have struggled with it in print. The overly embellished language does a good job of characterizing Red and Blue as over the top and ridiculous, but it makes it really hard to get through. 7mo
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Sharv_Sona
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I don‘t have enough words to actually describe what I‘m feeling right now after finishing this book. It was that bloody brilliant. I am literally at a loss of words. My face may look unaffected but there is a war raging inside of me. This book, the author, I‘m in love. This book is a gem. I recommend it to EVERYONE!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Sharv_Sona

Love is what we have, against time and death, against all the powers ranged to crush us down.

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Sharv_Sona

Tell me something true, or tell me nothing at all.

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Sharv_Sona

I love you and I love you and I love you, on battlefields, in shadows, in fading ink, on cold ice splashed with the blood of seals. In the rings of trees. In the wreckage of a planet crumbling to space. In bubbling water. In bee stings and dragonfly wings, in stars. In the deapths of lonely woods where I wandered in my youth, staring up - and even then you watched me. You slid back through my life, and I have known you since before I knew you.

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Sharv_Sona

But when I think of you, I want to be alone together. I want to strive against and for. I want to live in contact. I want to be a context for you, and you for me.

I love you, and I love you, and I want to find out what that means together.

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Sharv_Sona

I want to meet you in every place I have loved.

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Sharv_Sona

Flowers grow far away on a planet they‘ll call Cephalus, and these flowers bloom once a century, when the living star and its black-hole binary enter conjunction.I want to fix you a bouquet of them, gathered across eight hundred thousand years, so you can draw our whole engagement in a single breath, all the ages we‘ve shaped together.

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Sharv_Sona

I want to be a body for you. I want to chase you, find you, I want to be eluded and teased and adored; I want to be defeated and victorious—I want you to cut me, sharpen me. I want to drink tea beside you in ten years or a thousand.

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Sharv_Sona

I love you. I love you. I love you. I'll write it in waves. In skies. In my heart. You'll never see, but you will know. I'll be all the poets, I'll kill them all and take each one's place in turn, and every time love's written in all the strands it will be to you.

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Sharv_Sona

Books are letters in bottles, cast into the waves of time, from one person trying to save the world to another.

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Sharv_Sona

Some days blue wonders why anyone ever bothered making numbers so small; other days she supposes even infinity needs to start somewhere.

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The yearning! I have doubts that I would be as interested in a historically set epistolary novel, but setting it in a far future I can barely conceive of somehow makes it a lot more approachable! This love story between Mother Nature's vs AI's minions echoes the tension between my love for both concepts. Props for keeping what could easily be an epic, sweeping battle at an intimate scale and a concise page count. Magnifique. 👌🏻#rgreadathon

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Bookfan1414
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I was not expecting to feel the things I felt during this holy rollercoaster ride of a book. I don‘t normally like books written primarily in letter format, but damn. I laughed, I cried and I very nearly threw my iPad in outrage. This book is worth every word I read, and is easily in the top like 10 of the books I‘ve read thus far this year. Well done.

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galueth28
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A new favorite book. Love the epistolary romance, the enemy spies to lovers and the time travel 😍😍

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galueth28
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Oh, romance 😍😍😍

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Kenyazero
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I guess I forgot to review this a few weeks ago. It's highly poetic, and was an interesting way to tell a story. I enjoyed imagining all of the ways these women "wrote" to one another, and loved seeing their relationship development. I had a brief worry that this might have a reveal where it's two women in a creative writing class writing emails back and forth or something. #LGBTQ
It was hard for me to follow along as I listened.

Kenyazero I also used this for #LGBTQBookBingo, and it was one of my recent #Roll100 picks. #LGBTQ2022 9mo
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galueth28
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Trying to enjoy the fresh air before I'm chased away by the rain.☺

peanutnine I loooved this book! 9mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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2nd Read on Audible. Beautiful narration. Liked that one of Organizations is known as Garden. And all the gardening refrences.
"We‘re grown, I think you know—seeds planted, roots combing through time, until Garden repots us in different soil.....Garden goes to seed, blows us away, and we burrow into the braidedness of time and mesh with it. There is no scouring hedge to pass through; we are the hedge, entirely, rosebuds with thorns for petals."

Crinoline_Laphroaig Listened while weeding and planting tomatoes 11mo
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2X Reading. This time audiobook.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I'll be honest half the time I had no clue what I was reading. But it was really good! Time Traveling Spies who fall in love by letters sent across the Universe?

Definitely going to need a 2nd read to understand. I'm thinking audiobook next time.

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There's no doubt 'This Is How You Lose the Time War' was my favorite read of the month.

Thanks to @chasjjlee for the template. #ReadingBracket2022
#favorite #reading #march #books #myfavorite

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Thanks for the tag! @EadieB 😊 @eggs

1. Wordle
That game is addictive! 😂
2. To be surrounded by nature and hug some trees. They fill you up with their energy. They are wise! 😉 💞🌲
3. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone BEAUTIFUL book.

EadieB You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 12mo
Eggs I remember listening to this audio last year- haunting… 12mo
Dragon Love - Wordle 💚🐉 12mo
WJCintron @Eggs Yes! I love how Emily Woo Zeller narrates! She's my favorite. She narrated Blue.
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Eggs @WJCintron yes she is a great narrator 👍🏼 12mo
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OutAndAbout
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A lyrical futuristic romance, like Romeo and Juliet if the parents were different societies. The writing and plot movement is complex to the point of confusing, but especially in audio, the language is so smooth and sharp that you want to keep listening. Recommended for anyone looking for a beautiful political romance that will leave you thinking long after you close the book.

jeannasser @WJCintron read this recently and LOVED it. It‘s on my TBR for sure 🥰 12mo
WJCintron My favorite read of the year, so far! 12mo
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WJCintron
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Quotes from the book. ❤ ❤ ❤
My highlights!

AmandaBlaze Just checked it out of the library. 12mo
peanutnine The writing in this book is so beautiful 12mo
WJCintron @AmandaBlaze Awesome! 👍😃 Keep me posted! @peanutnine It's a beautiful book. LOVE the writing style. You can feel each and every line. Also a beautiful audiobook. Woo is an amazing narrator. 12mo
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WJCintron
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The photo of the painting they mention in the book. It helped me understand the why & the meaning of the chapter/scene.
The Death of Chatterton by Henry Wallis, painted in 1856 & now part of the collection of London‘s Tate Britain art gallery. It shows a young man lying dead in an attic room, having taken a dose of arsenic to end his life at the age of 17.
Below a link with information about the painting, in case you want to dig into it.

wanderinglynn Fascinating. 12mo
Gissy So sad😢 12mo
WJCintron @Gissy Right? Loved what the authors did with it in the book. 12mo
WJCintron @wanderinglynn 🙌 😃 12mo
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WJCintron
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Book 37
The 52 Book Club's Challenge
✅ Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover! - This Is How You Lose the Time War | Amal El-Mohtar ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
New Author

This is my favorite read of the year. It'll be hard to beat.
No words! This is a heart-wrenching beautiful book.
THANK YOU 🙏 @everlocalwest for recommending me this book! LOVED IT! ❤

My Review is posted in the comments. My apologies for it being so long!

WJCintron Again, this is a book I would have NEVER read if it wasn't recommended to me like it was. THANK GOD they did! I LOVE IT! Which teaches me not to judge a book by its cover!
I listened to this audiobook. Narrated by two females. One of them is my favorite narrator ever: Emily Woo Zeller.
I cried rivers and oceans. After I finished weeping, I read it as an ebook, so I could highlight ALL the parts I LOVED!
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WJCintron This book is NOT for everyone. It's 85% inner thoughts and narration, and 15% or less of dialogue.
The writing style is not simple and you need to pay attention to what you're reading or listening to in order to understand. To me, it doesn't drag, or bore, but readers may find it difficult or boring/repetitive because of the lack of dialogue and the fact it's all about their love for each other written through letters at the end of each chapter.
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WJCintron It's about two rival agents, assassins if I may say, each from a different world, that fall in love. They send letters to each other through time. As the story develops each letter becomes more emotional and full of pain, longing, love. The letters were my favorite part. Blue, my favorite character, but I also loved Red.
Their story is heart-wrenching and you'll root for them through all the chaos. You'll fall in love with those letters.
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WJCintron The authors write lyrically and most sentences from those letters grab your heart and squeeze it, till you ache for them. I found myself crying, screaming and palming my fist at times.
To me, this book is the true definition of passion and love. Because love hurts, and you'll hurt while reading their story.
LOVED the ending. I'll definitely read more from these authors.
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TrishB Have this on the pile- you have intrigued me! 12mo
Kyndrill This sounds amazing! Added to my pile too😊 12mo
WJCintron @TrishB @kyndrill YAY!! I hope you love it as much as I did!! It's SOOOOO GOOD! If you listen to the audiobook, it's even better. Woo is an amazing narrator! (edited) 12mo
jeannasser I‘m officially convinced (edited) 12mo
Itchyfeetreader Wow this is not something I would have picked up but your review is intriguing so o will stack. Thanks for drawing attention 12mo
GondorGirl This was one of my top reads last year. It was PHENOMENAL! 12mo
WJCintron @GondorGirl It is!! LOVED it!! It'll forever stay with me. Love when that happens. 12mo
WJCintron @Itchyfeetreader I hope you like it! It's definitely a beautiful book. 😃 12mo
everlocalwest This makes me so happy!!! 🥰💙📚 12mo
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Amelia ❤️
A sketch I did for the other character in #WiredToBeTouched 🌙 She's the #human from my new #kindlevella story.
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New Adult/Strong Language.

#Amelia #digitalpainting #drawing #sketch #pencildrawing #audible #ThisIsHowYouLosetheTimeWar #audiobook #WiredToBeTouched

bthegood she looks great - 12mo
WJCintron @bthegood 😃 🤗 🙏 12mo
PaperbackPirate 😍 12mo
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Nessavamusic
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This is a strange little book. Sci-fi/Time travel/Queer love story with beautiful prose. I‘m glad it was short because longer would have become pretentious. At this length I was intrigued though I didn‘t love it. 3.5⭐️ ok #audiobook - I think I would have preferred reading physically.
#bookspinbingo another bingo!
#NoShameReadathon22 - Speculative

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 13mo
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rabbitprincess
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I loved this. Perfectly crafted and I was in just the right headspace to read it. I was deeply invested in these characters and thought we got just the right amount of their story.

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Sapphire
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MMD features this on a list of time travel books. I ordered 3 and this is the first. The first part, I thought this is SO NOT my type of book. But I valued that it stretched my Brain to work out the clues of the worlds being built so I kept on. By the second half I was fully committed to the characters and the arc of the plot. Glad to have read it. #dogsoflitsy

Nutmegnc Great rec. I have it but haven‘t ever read it. 1y
Soubhiville 💜 your doggos! 1y
Sapphire @Soubhiville thanks! My very own Blue and Red if you have read the book! 1y
Soubhiville Not yet, it‘s on my TBR though! 1y
GondorGirl One of my favorite books AND two beautiful doggos! 🧡🧡 1y
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“I want to be a context for you, and you for me”.

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Zoes_Human
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An epistolary time-traveling spy-vs-spy love story. A fascinating universe and a quick read.

#doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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“I want to meet you in every place I have loved”
An enemies to lovers love story that focuses on the relationship between two women fighting on opposite sides of a futuristic war, and very little on building a world or a backstory for either individual woman, which feels like the right choice for this because then you don‘t have to take a side. You get to pine for the love and celebrate the cleverness of each. ❤️💙

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GondorGirl
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Here are my top 11-ish books of 2021!

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jmtrivera
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It was a really interesting premise, but I felt like I was lacking a lot of development in the background details that would have helped me connect more with the characters and their conflict.

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Oryx
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Good start to the weekend. Really liked this one - writing was lovely, poetic, and it felt like a really original story. Can't claim to understand all the details of the world they inhabit, but I kind of get the feeling that we aren't meant to understand, but just go along with the ride.

Caroline2 Great pic! 😃 1y
dylanisreading Loved this book! 1y
LeahBergen Your photos are killing me. ❤️ 1y
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Mitch Perfect ♥️ 1y
LeahBergen Ohhhh, lucky you!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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Nelnjali
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4.75🌟 I absolutely loved this book. It is very poetic, and definitely requires a reader to just enjoy the ride and not try to figure everything out, but I found it to be quite lovely and fascinating. So much so, that I'm going to find a copy to add to my own library, since I borrowed this from my local library to read.

GondorGirl I did the same thing. I ordered my own copy as soon as I finished the audio book. This book was absolutely stunning. 🧡🧡 1y
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Oh my, this strange book has grabbed me by the heartstrings and won't let go. I love this concept of love.

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I have a lot of work to do today, but first I'm going to enjoy this crisp fall morning by watching the day wake up and enjoying a good breakfast, a steaming cup of coffee, and a good book. Mornings like this are why fall is my favorite time if year.

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