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Thorn
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury shes never had until shes betrayed. Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her familys cruelty and the courts contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future. But powerful men have powerful enemiesand now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another womans, giving Alyrra the first choice shes ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince shes never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometimes the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.
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Clare-Dragonfly
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Excited to dive into this #LMPBC book!

shanaqui I've been meaning to read Thorn for aaages. 7d
Clare-Dragonfly @shanaqui It‘s been on my list for a long time too! 7d
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KristiAhlers
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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@Clare-Dragonfly book happiness is in its way! Happy reading!

Clare-Dragonfly I‘ll keep an eye out for it! 😁 You are so on top of things—I haven‘t even started reading Spinning Silver yet! 1mo
KristiAhlers @Clare-Dragonfly next weekend I‘m out of town so my best friend and I can go see the Motley Crue stadium tour and I didn‘t want to get behind. 🤣 so I got all my mailings out early. 1mo
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KristiAhlers
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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I‘ve got to say I loved this book more than I thought I would! I read this as part of the Litsy Markup Postal Book Club. It will be sent off in the mail tomorrow! @ozma.of.oz @wordslinger42 @Clare-Dragonfly

ozma.of.oz I am so excited about this one! 1mo
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KristiAhlers
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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I‘ve selected this one #groupa if that‘s all right with y‘all. @ozma.of.oz @Clare-Dragonfly @wordslinger42

ozma.of.oz This has been on my TBR for a while! I‘m thrilled! 💚 1mo
wordslinger42 I've also been wanting to read this! 😊 1mo
KristiAhlers Yay! 1mo
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Clare-Dragonfly Yes, definitely! 😁 1mo
KristiAhlers @ozma.of.oz @wordslinger42 @Clare-Dragonfly I‘ve almost got this title finished. Hopefully by tomorrow. Who do I send it on to? 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly I think you send to me and I send to @ozma.of.oz 1mo
KristiAhlers @Clare-Dragonfly ok great. I‘ve got to find the list of addys I save somewhere 🙄 I swear I‘m normally way more organized but juggling my dads dr appointments and schedule has upset the my organization 🤣. Go figure. 1mo
wordslinger42 I'm looking forward to reading it! I'm spending today reading the book I picked 😊 Excited to send it on its way! 1mo
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Cailey_Mac
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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It‘s a very cold day up here in Upstate NY 🥶 but we have the electric fireplace on, cozy blankets, coffee, and a good book; happy I‘m feel loads better today as well so all in all it‘s been a great start to the weekend! #tbr #snowdayreads #thorn

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Cailey_Mac
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Sick day means rest and trying to knockout this months #tbr

mcipher That looks like a very healing stack. Feel better! 7mo
Cailey_Mac @mcipher thank you! And it definitely is 7mo
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IheartYA
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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(Stole this idea from @readwhenthebabyreads on @literally.bookish)
My top 5 and worst 5 of 2021.
The "worst 5" are hard for me to sort because I easily DNF books that aren't promising.

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with my list?

#bookstagram #bookgirl #igreads #bookish #booklife #bookishlifestyle #fantasy #ebooks #goodreads #worstbooksof2021 #bestbooksof2021 #bookcommunity #instabooks #booksbooksbooks #bookclub #booklist

Bookjunkie57 I didn‘t care for Spells Trouble either. 8mo
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FantasyChick
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Bailedbailed

I wasn't all that interested in this one but kept hearing amazing things so I thought "why not?" I got almost all the way through but couldn't take it anymore. Great story but there was zero character connection and I was just bored and annoyed. I'm sure something exciting happened closer to the end but I don't care enough at this point to bother trying.

#Next

11hrs #LittenListen
#bookspinbingo
@aperfectmjk @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I felt like the MC in this one was extremely passive - everything seemed to happen TO her instead of her doing something, if that makes sense. 13mo
FantasyChick @TheAromaofBooks YES! This exactly! Like she was constantly in danger and waiting for someone to save her. Always. It was so irritating. 13mo
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FantasyChick
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Doing some #audiobuilding this morning. 😑

Retail stores: instead of asking me if I want to buy an extended warranty on a $20 DVD, how about you start asking if I want to pay a premium for toy building services. The answer will always be YES! ALWAYS

#LittenListen #JoysofJune
@aperfectmjk @Andrew65

Karisa Good idea! And I think some Lego kit people, like my daughter, would love that job too! 14mo
FantasyChick @Karisa She's hired! It would be a very valued market I think. 14mo
Andrew65 😂😂😂🙈 14mo
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Court7
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
Mehso-so

Okay.

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IheartYA
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Pickpick

I almost didn't read this book (because the blurb sounds very similar to other books I've read) but that would have been a shame since this book was AMAZING! ❤ I almost shouted and cried at one point of the story (if you read it, you might know which part). The MC is chock-full of humility, honor and courage. Engaging, enthralling and entertaining, earning a whole-hearted 5 stars from me and a spot on my favorites shelf.

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Q84
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
10hr 42min/20hr

#20in4 @Andrew65 #BookSpinBingo

Andrew65 Fantastic start 👏👏👏 2y
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Lizzie69
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
Mehso-so

Alyssa has been betrothed to a man she has never met, Prince Kestrin.
Though she intends to do her duty she sets out for her new kingdom and is tricked by a sorceress and transformed into her escort Valka.
Now the roles are reversed Valka intends to take her revenge OK Alyssa and makes her a goose girl.
Alyrra is surprisingly happy but Kestrin is in danger from Valka.
Now Alysaa wrestles with her conscience as to warn Kestrin..

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TheAromaofBooks
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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I really enjoyed this retelling of The Goose Girl, although it did drag a little in spots. Thorn herself frustrated me sometimes as she tended to hide from what needed to happen, but I felt like the author did a good job giving Thorn a background that made Thorn's actions make sense. Part of this book does involve physical abuse, but it is handled well, I think. If you enjoy fairy tale retellings, you'll probably like this one. Engaging but not⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) mind-blowing.

This is only my second book completed for #SuperSeptember so not a lot of progress in that way, but I read a huge chunk of Pride & Prejudice this week & am over halfway through S. - have read over 1100 pages this week, so not too bad!!

@Andrew65
2y
Andrew65 1100 pages is brilliant - that is equivalent to at least 3 books! 👏👏👏🙌 2y
TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 - Thank you!! Sometimes my reading takes a detour from my original plan! 😂 2y
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TheAromaofBooks
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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On the whole, I actually like the trend of putting content information on YA books (violence, language, etc) kind of like is done with movies. But this one for a retelling of The Goose Girl is cracking me up.

Scochrane26 😂😂 2y
AmyK1 Geese are terrifying! 😂 2y
TheAromaofBooks @Scochrane26 @AmyK1 - yes, I guess in fairness geese are pretty scary!!! Why are they so terrifying and ducks are so adorable?! 2y
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Amandajoy @amyk1 I agree! @TheAromaofBooks I think it‘s because they hiss and chase you. I loathe geese, especially Canadian geese, why are evil. 2y
LeticiaToraci 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆 2y
UwannaPublishme At least ducks don‘t chase you and try to bite you! 😂 2y
Chrissyreadit I think a warning about geese is very appropriate! 2y
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Sharanya
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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This had all the hallmarks of an excellent fairytale retelling: a breathtakingly compelling protagonist, lots of court intrigue, villains who were sympathetic & villains who weren‘t, twists in a familiar plot, magic, &, of course, romance. Actually, what I appreciated most was that the romance was sincere without overpowering the main themes of the book: a story about finding your path & having the courage to to step into it, come what may. ★★★★☆

LiteraryinLawrence Great review! 2y
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Sharanya
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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#currentlyreading | returning to base with this good old fashioned fairytale retelling ✨

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Lylah
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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About to start on this one!

Librarianaut The cover is gorgeous! 2y
Lylah @Librarianaut for sure, the color scheme is just beautiful 2y
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nehaesthetics
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Goodreads Rating: 4.01/5
My rating: 5/5
Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling
Pages: 458
Pacing: Perfect
Ngl it's by far one of the best books I‘ve read this year. I AM ABSOLUTELY, TREMENDOUSLY IN LOVE WITH THIS! It has everything in it, from a brave as heck heroine to a jealous nemesis & an evil sorceress also last but not least a mysterious prince.
READ. THIS. BOOK.
#thorn#intisarkhanani#goosegirl#fantasy#retelling#bookflatlay#booksbooksbooks#ilovebooks

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booksandsympathy
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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This is such a beautifully written fairytale. Princess Alyrrah has always been treated cruelly by her family, who are happy to give her to the prince of a neighboring kingdom. While traveling there, she's betrayed by a spiteful sorceress and her companion, and her appearance is changed. She is given a chance at a different life as a goosegirl and grows to love those around her. However, the prince is in danger and only she can help.

booksandsympathy I was happy to learn there's another book in the series and a novella at the end of my Kindle edition of Thorn. I can't wait to read more. 2y
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booksandsympathy
Thorn | Intisar Khanani

"There is justice for the rich here and justice for the powerful. But for the rest of us, there is very little of anything."

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TheMushroomForest
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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I love the classic fairytale feel mingled with middle eastern culture, in a world uniquely its own. I would absolutely recommend Thorn to any lover of classic fairytales and their retellings. I would rate it above Throne of Swans and just a speck below Stepsister. It is perfect for fans of Gail Carson Levine and Robin McKinley.

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booksandsympathy
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Love this dedication ❣️

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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booksandsympathy
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life, but when her mother betroths her to a powerful prince in a distant kingdom, she has little hope for a better future.

Until Alyrra arrives at her new kingdom, where a mysterious sorceress robs her of both her identity and her role as princess—and Alyrra seizes on the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

Reading this Goose Girl retelling next.

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Jen_Reads
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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I also got some book mail today! I‘ve been seeing this everywhere lately and I‘m intrigued.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Pickpick

BOYYYYYYYY this is an impressive first read from an author. It's so polished and used its time so effectively to develop the characters and plot. There's actual dialogue and a point to everything in here! I was shocked to see this wasn't a seasoned author with dozens of publications. I will absolutely be following this author and anything else that comes out in this series.

Deifio Sounds good. I've stacked it 2y
Meeko93 I like the cover 💙 2y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Next up!

la_rose_noire I love that cover! What's the story about? 2y
mollyrotondo Ohh gosh this book is beautiful! I want to read it just because of the cover!!! 2y
SassenachTheBookWizard @la_rose_noire goose girl retelling! 2y
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LibrarianRyan
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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I have seen a few people here on LItsy already reading this. I love this cover. I hope it's good.

Out 3.24
#CoverLove
#MGedition

ChaoticMissAdventures Love this cover! 2y
Johanna414 Is this part of a series? The cover looks really familiar 2y
LibrarianRyan @Johanna414 I don‘t think so. But I could be wrong. Quite a few littens have posted the black version of the cover which were the arcs I think. 2y
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peta86
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
Pickpick

Alyrra is betrothed to Prince Kestrin and has to leave her homeland for her new kingdom.
On the way her companion Valka helps an evil sorceress switch places between her and Alyrra so now Valka is poised to reign in her stead unbeknownst to the prince.
She makes her the local goose girl and is made to live among servants.
Alyrra is very happy but she hits a moral dilemma when she learns they are still scheming to get rid of Kestrin.

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Missusb
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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A high fantasy based on The Goose Girl. It‘s thick! #currentlyreading #preview #aprilrso2020 #yafantasy #fairyretelling

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Missusb
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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A small #tbrpile for #aprilrso2020 some are already out internationally, but will be out in 🇦🇺 in April. Some YA and some MG. #readingpile

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MelissaSasina
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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These are some of my favorite books in fantasy and urban fantasy.
#fantasybooks #urbanfantasy

RaimeyGallant Fun! And welcome! 4y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 4y
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RealLifeReading
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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I initially hesitated to read this retelling of The Goose Girl, a story I both loved and hated as a kid (especially the bit about Falada) but oh how I loved Thorn. She was such a great character and so were the many other characters in the book, like the prince and her new friends. I like how it stayed largely true to the fairy tale but turned it into a well thought-out wonderful read.

Chachic I read this one but sadly, I didn't love it like you did. The Goose Girl retelling that worked for me was this: 5y
Genstl3 Couldn‘t have said it better @RealLifeReading I loved this retelling of the book it was similar but not. 4y
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RealLifeReading
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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#marchintoreading day 15: #shepersisted

I wish I had something proper to say about these books but to be honest my brain is frazzled after a long day with the kids. And one of them is whining about something and I cannot think (very much a #hepersisted moment). I'll let the books speak for themselves. Hopefully

IamIamIam Lol, I totally feel ya!!! I tell my kids that whining isn't a language I understand!!! 5y
bookhoarder513 I have many days like that! Whining is the worst. 5y
ReadingEnvy Akata Witch 😍 5y
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Christine LOL, I will need to steal that #hepersisted for my daily mom-of-boys moments!! ❤ 5y
haileybean Oh gosh. I'm going to have to steal that. Something I do, just because it makes me smile -later when all is said and done- is record my son's whining in slow-mo on my phone. I watch it back later, laugh really really hard, and then delete it. 5y
Texreader I really feel for you! You are a terrific mom if all your amazing posts about your boys are any indication... 5y
SaturnDoo 😀I remember those days with my 2 boys ...oh wait, they still happen even though Big J is 26 and Lil J is 22 😂😂😝😝😝 5y
RealLifeReading @iamiamiam thanks! I say that too but they still do it! 😤 5y
RealLifeReading @bookhoarder513 glad to know it's not just my kids! 5y
RealLifeReading @ReadingEnvy such a good book! 5y
RealLifeReading @Christine 😋it's kinda perfect huh 5y
RealLifeReading @haileyhugsbooks that's a good one!! 🤣 5y
RealLifeReading Aww thanks so much @Texreader 😘that means a lot to me! 5y
RealLifeReading @SaturnDoo your comment really cracked me up!! My big one will be 6 in two weeks - I can't imagine him being 26!! 5y
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theshrinkette
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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theshrinkette
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Pickpick

This is a fantastic re-telling of The Goose Girl, with the princess being badass and doing things like questioning the patriarchy. #24in48

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theshrinkette
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Late start this morning. Andy Murray is out of the Aussie Open which means my boy Federer has a fighting chance. Oh also, happy #DiverseAThon! #24in48

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theshrinkette
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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As much as I want to finish this book tonight, my eyes are starting to hurt. I'm off to bed, but happy reading to the rest of you! ❤️ #24in48

Suzze Good first day! 6y
WhatDeeReads You're doing great! I'm struggling with three hours over here. 6y
Sue Great effort!!! You're gonna nail it! 6y
GlitteryOtters You rock!! Sleep well! 6y
moranadatter Wow! You've got this! 6y
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theshrinkette
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Anyone else snack on cereal straight outta the box? #24in48

TrishTheBibliophile That tattoo ❤ 6y
DeeLew My favorite way to eat cereal!! 😃👍🏻 6y
Reviewsbylola Damn that looks so good!! 6y
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theshrinkette
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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@xicanti and Jenny recommended this next one to me. #24in48

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Moray_Reads
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Panpan

A disastrous start, Littens! I just didn't like it. The first-person present-tense narrative should be used with caution and it needs more skill than this to pull it off. I found the plot and the characters weak, possibly a consequence of the fairy tale source material but I was actually half-watching Harry Potter while I slogged through. I finished but I didn't enjoy it. Don't do this to me 2017!
NB That cover though.

Libby1 I hope it gets better! 6y
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danistclair
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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Looking forward to *finally* reading Thorn (and heading back to New Zealand)!

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RealLifeReading
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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#photoadaynov16 day 19: #onewordtitles
Playing catchup as yesterday was such a busy day of house-related activities! I don't think I even picked up a book at all, not even before bed. Was too tired and ended up watching Gilmore Girls instead (am rewatching for the umpteenth time). Anyway here's my post for yesterday's prompt and a reminder that I've not finished Thorn nor have I cracked open Hild!

annahenke Hild is excellent! 6y
jmtrivera Tigana has been on my list! And who doesn't love Gilmore Girls? 6y
LeahBergen I loved Hild. 6y
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jpmcwisemorgan
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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I told myself no more Litsy today, it's too distracting and you have things to do. Did I listen to myself? Apparently not. I went to Facebook, saw @GailCarriger posted that this book was 99 cents as an ebook, and I had to spread the word. I have not read it but Gail has excellent taste in reading material so I'm sure someone here will enjoy it. #ParasolProtectorate

BookishFeminist 😂😂😂 6y
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bookishnerd
Thorn | Intisar Khanani
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After reading THE BONE KNIFE and SUNBOLT last week and enjoying them, I think my next read will be THORN by the same author. I actually have had an e-copy of this for a while so be nice to finally read it and get it off the e-tbr!

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RealLifeReading
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Things I've done today instead of reading: two loads of laundry; changed bed sheets; farmers market (lots of grapes and pluots!); ate a bowl of spicy ramen at Santouka in the Mitsuwa market in San Jose; browsed at the Books Kinokuniya next door; bought ingredients for tonight's dinner (sushi!); made a poolish for tomorrow's baguettes; and kid-related things like puzzles, stopping fights. I did read >7 kids books but I don't think it counts

Desha Lol I love Santouka at our Mitsuwa is San Diego...🍜🍜 6y
AmyWrites Reading kids' books counts. Especially when it feels like some sort of purgatory. 😂 6y
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DreesReads It counts. Been there, done that. It counts! (I walked to and from our farmer's market today. 1 mile each way, I thought it might help my self control. It didn't walking a mile in the sun when it's 85 degrees with a backpack and 2 full bags was not fun lol.) 6y
Gissy Looks great good food for a long reading 6y
IndyHannaJones I tried to make spicy ramen tonight...it was kind of a fail. Turned into moosh. 6y
LeahBergen Yum! That looks so good. 6y
thec0zy I just had Santouka for the first time ever in Boston, and I have never had yummier spicy ramen in my life! 6y
TeR We have a Kinokuniya where I live. Great bookstore😄 6y
TeR Yum! We have a Kinokuniya here where I live too! Great bookstore😄 6y
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RealLifeReading
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On the way to Gilroy Gardens, a really cute amusement park about an hour's drive away. Many of their rides are fruit and vegetable themed like instead of spinning teacups they have spinning garlic (Gilroy is known for its garlic). The husband's driving so I'm getting some reading time in. What are your reading plans this #weekend?

SusanInTiburon My plans include nothing as exciting as spinning garlic! Did my chores early, though, so the prospects are good. 6y
ImaginativeMom Just started Evil Librarian. Looking for something a little more fun after A Burnable Book. Have fun on the rides!! 6y
Lindy I'm ignoring chores, alternating between the radical queerness of Maggie Nelson's Argonauts and the misogyny of Robertson Davies. 6y
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Megabooks Isn't there a garlic festival in Gilroy? I seem to remember reading about one in a book. Which book, I have no idea! 6y
Mayread @Ebooksandcooks There is a garlicfest in Gilroy! 6y
RealLifeReading @SusanInTiburon that's always a good start to the weekend! 6y
RealLifeReading @ImaginativeMom oh that sounds like a fun read. Will have to check it out! 6y
RealLifeReading @Lindy oh Argonauts! Keep meanin to read that. I adored 6y
RealLifeReading @Ebooksandcooks oh yes there is! I went to the garlic fest maybe six years ago (?) before my kids were born and had garlic ice cream and garlic fries. That's all I remember about it. Except that it was bloody hot and dusty. 6y
RealLifeReading @Skiles have you been to it? Think it just happened last month 6y
Mayread @RealLifeReading No, but I dated a guy from Gilroy. He was really sensitive about the entire garlic thing & became mulish when I suggested we attend it. 😂 I'd totally drive up to it in the future, though. Mmmm. Garlic. 6y
Lindy @RealLifeReading Based on the Argonauts, I'd read ANYTHING by Maggie Nelson. Bring on 6y
PiecesofCandi Reading "Missing, Presumed" by Susie Stein. Garlic = love. 6y
Procrastireader Have you been to the Garlic Festival? We went one year. It was broiling hot & I felt terrible for all the people cooking--but, man, the food was good! (Yes, I tried the garlic ice cream.) if you drive past Gilroy just before the harvest...well, you'll know where you are😉 6y
Procrastireader I should add that I attended The Never Too Much Garlic culinary academy 6y
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