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The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)
The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) | R.F. Kuang
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Mary_Reads
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I picked this one up knowing it was loosely based on Asian history and folklore. Right around when the book gets to Golyn Niis it dawned on me what time period and history it was based on. About 20 years ago I read a book called The Rape of Nanking that has stayed with me because of how disturbing it was. I immediately knew the scenes this author was depicting were recreations of the true events chronicled in that book. Heavy stuff. (1)

Mary_Reads That being said I enjoyed this one. If you don't mind unlikable characters, violence, and are okay not wrapping everything up in a HEA bow then you might like it too. (2) 1d
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Mary_Reads
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Bring on the cold front.

JamieArc What a cool bookshelf! 2d
JamieArc And welcome to Litsy! 2d
Mary_Reads @JamieArc thank you! 2d
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Mary_Reads
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We've had quite the drastic weather swing here. Nearly 90° yesterday and it's currently 42°. We are so ill prepared for cold weather that people are being asked to stay home if they can due to sleet. I'm looking forward to bundling up and getting some solid reading time in this weekend. The last time we had a cold snap our power went out across Texas and lasted for 5 days locally. Fingers crossed it doesn't get that bad this time around.

majkia That system is coming for us today. Florida Panhandle. 3d
Mary_Reads @majkia stay warm. 3d
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Mary_Reads
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It‘s a beautiful day in south Texas. 70 and sunny. Me and my reading buddies are picking a spot in the shade to enjoy the afternoon in.

Oryx Look like great reading buddies 😊 1d
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Nessavamusic
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My #August pick for #12Booksin2021

Every month has been tough to pin down, but I‘m choosing this one because it stuck with me. The world building, the action and the heart break were amazing. I am planning on continuing the series this year.

Andrew65 Looks great. 3w
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Sharpeipup
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“What a difference an accident of birth makes.”

#quotes

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wildwoodreads
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I hope you guys had an awesome Thanksgiving! I don‘t know about you but I‘m still stuffed. But it‘s Black Friday so it‘s time to check out those awesome deals. I may or may not have decided to unhaul a few books to make room on my shelf. I added all of these to my PangoBooks shop if you‘re interested in them. I‘m @wildwoodreads there too. So tell me are you a Black Friday shopper?

https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/11/26/bookish-black-friday-deals/

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Nessavamusic
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Today‘s #LittensDressedinBlood prompt: Orange

These are all of my orange books. 🎃
#scarathlon #teamhendrix

StayCurious Great picture! 4mo
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iread2much
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A good book, drags a lot in the middle, but the characters are realistic and the story is interesting if depressing. Rin makes it into the most prestigious military academy and begins training to try to harness the power of the gods. An invasion leads to unspeakable atrocities and hard choices that could lead to the end of the world. 2.5/5 stars, read this if you want a more dark fantasy world with lots of battle school & a based on history vibe.

Leftcoastzen Awww!🐶 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Exbrarian
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Hello! I have a Virtual Book Club via Zoom. We've decided to recruit a few new folks. For the next year, we'll be reading selections from:

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/18/1027159166/best-books-science-fiction-fantasy-pas...

All current members are radical leftists, you need to cool with that.
We're currently reading The Poppy War.
My wife drew the picture. It will soon be a sticker for members.
I'm happy to provide details in the comments.

SamAnne Oh, I am interested! I read this npr story recently, noting the ones on my TBR and those I was not aware of. 4mo
Eyelit I‘d possibly be interested - do you meet monthly/quarterly? How large are meetings in general? If it doesn‘t coincide with one of my other book groups, I‘m in. I‘ve been meaning to read more sci-fi/fantasy 🙂 4mo
Exbrarian @Eyelit @SamAnne We meet every Tuesday at 8pm Central. There is weekly assigned reading, but you could easily just show up for the last meeting of each book and just discuss it as a whole. We have 9 members, but have never had more than 7 show up at once. 4-5 people is pretty typical attendance. 4mo
LazyOwl I would be interested but unfortunately being across the other side of the world that time would be 9.30am whilst I'm at work. 4mo
Eyelit That sounds so great doing regular weekly meetings with assigned reading! Unfortunately I‘ve already got an outstanding meeting on Tuesday evenings so I can‘t join at this time. Please do post about the books you‘re reading cause I‘d love to read along as best I can. And that cat sticker is divine! 😃 4mo
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Caroline2
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I absolutely loved this!! Who knew that an epic Chinese fantasy novel was what I need right now!! 😆 but this was grounded (think Robin Hobb meets The Name of the Wind) with amazing world building (steeped in Chinese modern history) and characters to love! Highly recommend! 👍

TrishB I may have to shove up the tbr pile now. I have the first and second in the series! 5mo
rockpools This sounds amazing! I‘m not entirely convinced that epic Chinese fantasy is quite what I need right now either, but… 5mo
Caroline2 @rockpools 😆 👍 5mo
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The_Literary_Jedi
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📚📚📚📚 Another 4 book stacks read for August! Set in a fictional world with deep mythological roots, this book moves quickly and has loads of interesting characters. It‘s set at a military school to start and then moves into wartime scenes. Some of those may be graphic for certain readers! Really good myth building, needs some more character development (book2&3?) but overall highly enjoyable.

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Citra182
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It‘s an understatement when I say I absolutely love this series. I loved it so much I bought the last book in hardcover when the other two are softcover y‘all. The character development, the intense and graphic war scenes, the way the author infused this book with Asia‘s history is *chef‘s kiss*. I got a serious book hangover after reading this series. (7)

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Nessavamusic
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This was an excellent read. This is a grim-dark military fantasy inspired by Chinese culture. The first half is the poor chosen one thrust into dark academia. The second half is absolutely brutal warfare. I definitely recommend but will note some content warnings in comments. 5⭐️ (a free space for my #bookspinbingo )

Nessavamusic Triggers include: descriptions of brutal rape, heavy gore, child abuse, and heavy drug use. 6mo
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Layali926
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Very exciting read. I can‘t wait to start the second book

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kwmg40
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I enjoyed this first book in Kuang's fantasy series. It started off feeling like Harry Potter in an Asian setting but then went off in unexpected and darker directions.

Third book finished for #NutsInMay. I may be able to finish off another before the end of the day. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 8mo
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ishan0986
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Amazing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.
My #bookspin book done. This was one the most amazing books that I read in 2021. The characters are well written with a good depth. I really love war stories, strategies and stuff but the gut wrenching aftermath of it described with gruesome details is really heartbreaking. Still the book held on and kept me engaged. The main character did get on my nerves a lot in the beginning but soon enough it changed..
Continued... ⬇️⬇️

ishan0986 As soon i saw her perspective I could see then justification of her actions. The master dissappointed me a lot yet I just feel like rooting for him don't know why though. Being a trilogy a cliffhanger was bound to be present and it is quite a cliffhanger, i want to read the second part now. 8mo
ishan0986 @TheAromaofBooks thanks for hosting this event, helps me a lot to read in a disciplined way. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
Scochrane26 That cover is beautiful. 8mo
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ishan0986
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“Take your clothes off“

#FirstLineFirdays @ShyBookOwl

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ishan0986
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My #bookspin. Have completed a few chapters, really mesmerising. Hope this form continues. I like the fast pace which makes the story far more interesting to me.
#bookspinbingo
#bookspin
#Keepreading

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Brittbritt
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my april wrap up! (how is it already may?!!!)

Reviewsbylola Those are some chunksters! 9mo
Brittbritt @Reviewsbylola haha yup! my favourite kind 😄 9mo
DawnReaderone Where did you find copies of From blood and ash in paperback? I have the whole trilogy on my kindle but I really want them in physical form. 9mo
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45 of 2021. Day 2 finishing up a book for #20in4. This book is a great story of Chinese culture, military training and war, thrown in with a little magic. Because of the fact it is about war, it can be a little gruesome and sad, but an engaging read with good characters. I really liked it and will continue the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#readathon #stackingtheseries #seriesread2021

TheSpineView 👍📖📚 10mo
Andrew65 Well done.👏👏👏 10mo
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I‘m so sad I‘m almost done with this! I know there are two more but it feels too soon!

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cleoh
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📚 I read so many books over the lockdown (I did the math, it‘s 407 🤯) but some favourites are The Poppy War, City of Brass, and The Martian

📚 I‘ve finally gotten more into adult fantasy!

#LockdownFaves @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl 407!!! Wow! That's incredible. I read The Martian during lockdown too. I loved it! 10mo
Prairiegirl_reading There was a moment where graphic novels scratched the itch in my Covid brain so I loved Good Talk, March and They Called Us Enemy. All so good. I also loved The Switch and Ragged Company. All books I don‘t think I even knew about before lockdown. My reading life has changed a lot in the past year! 10mo
Scochrane26 I think The House in the Cerulean Sea has been my favorite. I would have loved it in regular times, but during the pandemic, it gave me some hope & love in humanity. 10mo
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EvieBee I dove back into several mystery series that I had neglected for awhile and started new ones. Also middle grade. Favorite books thus far surprisingly are MY ANTONIA and A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. (edited) 10mo
cleoh @Scochrane26 that‘s one I‘ve been meaning to pick up, I just haven‘t gotten around to yet! So glad it helped you 💕 10mo
cleoh @Prairiegirl_reading I thought I would have read more graphic novels during lockdown, but they weren‘t doing it for me. There are definitely some I want to check out soon! I love that you found so many new titles 10mo
cleoh @ShyBookOwl I‘m pretty sure I was bitten by a radioactive spider and this is my hero origin story 😂 The Martian is one of my all time faves, so glad you enjoyed it too! 10mo
cleoh @EvieBee I‘ve heard great things about both of those! I think I started more series than I finished last year, so maybe that‘s a goal for this year 😂 10mo
ShyBookOwl @cleoh amazing lol! 10mo
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Mehso-so

I was hoping for more from this book. I liked the parallels between the story and 20th century China, but I did not fall in love with this one. The first half of the book was slow and the end of the book just didn't do anything for me. While there were parts I enjoyed, overall, I felt like I will missing the feeling of a great adventure.

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ParkerFinn
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Really well written book. Very dark and war based. Keep that in mind when picking up this book. It is war based and there are moments that are very gory and triggering. BUT it‘s a great read.

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gobbledybook
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The parallels of Rin‘s world with my world have given me a lot to think about

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tracey38
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Last book for #FabulousFebruary Readathon! Thank you for another wonderful month @Andrew65 , I always enjoy these. This was a great story based on Chinese culture, military school, war, a little magic. I really enjoyed it. I look forward to the next one. It's a chunkster so there is a lot covered in just this first book.

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🥳 11mo
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js0315
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I‘m surprised at how much I like this, I was apprehensive about going into this because I wasn‘t sure if I would like it. There were some scenes that really stood out and there was some gruesome scenes in this as well, but I‘m looking forward to starting the next one.

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Mitch
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FantasyChick
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I heard nothing but great things about this series and it was finally time to dig in. This was definitely a trip, if nothing else. Brutal, bloody, political and holy drug use but a series starter to pique interest for sure.

#WinterGames #MerryReaders #TBRRead #crushtherush #readyourway #ProgressItDecember

@Clwojick @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @TheSpineView @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 13mo
TheSpineView 🤩📖📚 13mo
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rrkreads
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Read my review of The Poppy War by R.F.Kuang - Book Review of an Adult Fantasy novel.

RRKReads star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
RRKReads sentiment rating: Borrow grade

#thepoppywar #rfkuang #booksblr #bookreview #adultfantasy #bookishview #reading

https://rrkreads.com/book-review-the-poppy-war/

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rrkreads
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Color me surprised. I definitely thought this would be a solid 5 🌟 read, but it isn't. I need to gather my thoughts to give a complete review, but for now it's a 4 🌟 book for me. It was great but not something that I'll be inclined to pick up again & reread. I definitely want to read the next book though.

#thepoppywar #rfkuang #bookreviews #adultfantasy

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rrkreads
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I am more than 65% into the book & I am finding myself putting the book down more number of times than I imagined. I flew through the parts involving the school but I am finding it hard to get through the parts that I am reading now. Anybody else having trouble like me?

#thepoppywar #rfkuang #readingprogress #readinggoals #rrkreads #booksblr

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Soubhiville
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Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this, but it didn‘t work out for me.

While it‘s a fantasy, I‘d call it first a book about war. It‘s mostly history of the world, lots of battles, sieges, strategic talks, and intensely brutal war crimes.

I did like the parts about the gods and their gifts/ magic, and Rin‘s friendships. Those bits made me push through to finish, even though I knew it would be a cliffhanger. I won‘t be continuing the series though.

!!TW!!

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FantasyChick
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Linsy Oooh yum! 13mo
Andrew65 Looks good. 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
TheSpineView Yummy! 13mo
ShelleyBooksie Is that gingerbread? Yum!!! Merry Christmas! 13mo
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Soubhiville
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It looks pretty uncomfortable to me, but Venkman thinks this is a great way to spend a stormy Saturday. I‘m feeling slightly crowded, but warm at least!

This book had great reviews from several authors I really like. There have been parts I like, but it‘s so war focused I‘m struggling to get through it. Go figure, the title says it all. 🤷‍♀️

#CatsOfLitsy #DoctorPeterVenkman #Venkman

AmyG ❤️ 13mo
Eyelit It always amazes me the positions cats will fall asleep - 50% of the time I‘m thinking to myself ‘that can‘t possibly be comfortable‘ 😆 13mo
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 13mo
Mccall0113 My daughter wants a cat like yours ❤️ 13mo
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Soubhiville
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Several authors at Texas Book Festival recommended this series, and this has been on my shelf for a while, so I pulled it down. I‘m about 1/3 in and it‘s good but not great so far.

Today‘s tea from my David‘s Teas advent calendar is Snowy Day- chocolate peppermint. It smells great!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Loved this one ☺️ I just got the third book recently - looking forward to finishing the trilogy! 13mo
julesG That mug! 🤣🤣 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your mug ☕️❤️ 13mo
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Centique The tea sounds fabulous 😍 13mo
Eyelit have you tried the forever frosty from David's Tea? so yum! sounds like your advent calendar is really good 13mo
Soubhiville @Eyelit I had some forever frosty last year. I‘m not sure if it‘s in this set, but I‘ve had a bunch of the other holiday flavors. It‘s been really fun having a bunch of variety! 13mo
cozypunk I'm a week in with covid. Luckily, I have mild symptoms. Unluckily, I lost my sense of smell and taste. I MISS TEA! 😭 13mo
Soubhiville @dandy.punk oh no! I hope you have a speedy and easy recovery. 13mo
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Jari-chan
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Mehso-so

I've heard so much about this book, maybe my expectations were a little to high. Even though, I enjoyed the start. But I hated the school part and I guess the story lost me there. It got a little better afterward, but I stopped caring about the characters and the plot, while suffering through her school time. This series goes to the 'Maybe List'. Maybe I'll continue, but right now I need a break.

@TheAromaofBooks #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks I do love the cover, though!! 13mo
Caroline2 Yeah. I heard so many good reviews so I ordered it but recently I‘ve heard quite a few people saying it‘s over hyped. Seems a love it/hate it kinda book. 13mo
Jari-chan @TheAromaofBooks The cover sure is nicely done! 13mo
Jari-chan @Caroline2 For you I hope that you're going to love it 😁 13mo
Caroline2 @Jari-chan Me too!! 😆 13mo
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julesG
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Panpan

We did a #buddyread of this book and were truly surprised at how much we didn't like it.

@Maike @DuckOfDoom

Full review: https://sceptre.sktc.hamburg/2020/12/worst-book-ive-read-this-year-award/

Caroline2 Oh no! I just got this as a present. 🤦‍♀️ is it really naff then? 13mo
JazzFeathers I read half of the ARC when it came out. I actually liked the beginning, l dragging through the first half, cringing at all the YA and fantasy stereotypes, and trying not to noticed the continuous incogruences, but when l came to the battle in the middle of the book l simply couldn't stand it anymore. Totally unrealistic. I thought it was just me, since everybody seems to love this. 13mo
julesG @JazzFeathers That's what we felt like, too. 13mo
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julesG @Caroline2 I just can't understand why people are raving about it so much. 13mo
Soubhiville Wow! I just started it... yikes! 13mo
julesG @Soubhiville Looking forward to your review. 13mo
Caroline2 Oh no! 🤦‍♀️ I need to stop getting sucked into over hyped books!!! Esp if they have YA leanings. I‘m reallllly not feeling YA books at the mo. 13mo
julesG @Caroline2 We've all fallen into this trap. 13mo
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Mitch
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Oh - now this is news! I‘ve read book one - liked it but it was a tough war book with all the associated gore, impossible choices and death. Need to read book 2 and 3 before the series comes!

https://deadline.com/2020/12/starlight-media-tv-adaptation-of-rebecca-f-kuangs-f...

Soubhiville I just started The Poppy War, so great timing! 13mo
Mitch @Soubhiville A festive choice🤣 13mo
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Jari-chan
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So, December doesn't seem to start out that good... I've already DNF one book, thinking about DNF-ing another one and really, really struggling with this audio book.

I still have 15 hours to go... The start was promising, but now it's only about school hours, about learning this and doing that - I'm so, so bored. Please, tell me it gets better. PLEASE?!

jinxmoon The school will be over at some point when the war begins... 14mo
Jari-chan @jinxmoon Then I hope to get to that soon... 😅 14mo
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BehindthePages
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The characters are not what I expected. Love it! The dialogue is so blunt it makes me laugh.

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wildwoodreads
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Let‘s wrap up November. It was a slow month, but I read some decent books.

Check out my full November 2020 Wrap Up at readinginthewildwood.com.

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mdemanatee
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Working on a re-read so I can binge the rest of the series.

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jinxmoon
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Is that a new thing that books are even more beautiful beneath the dust jacket? 😍

#Illumicrate

marleed Oh pretty! I love a surprise beneath the dust jacket. 14mo
KarouBlue I am so wishing I would‘ve ordered this fantastically designed set! 14mo
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Twainy
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Book mail!! I was expecting my November OwlCrate but not the Poppy War trilogy from Illumicrate!! ❣️❣️❣️ It‘s raining & the boxes were wet but I think the internal dampness was mostly relegated to the stuffing. The start of a nice long weekend!! Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 to all of the US Littens! 🤗

Reggie Happy Thanksgiving! To you too! 14mo
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