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The House in the Cerulean Sea
The House in the Cerulean Sea | Tj Klune
Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klunes breakout contemporary fantasy Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world. Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light. The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected placeand realizing that family is yours. "1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in." Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Mdion1993
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Linus Baker, a caseworker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, travels to an orphanage on a distant island to determine if it is the safest place for six magical children. An adult book for fans of Roald Dahl. Whimsical ✨ Light Hearted ✨ Warm

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Cortg
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This is such a sweet fantasy with beautiful characters full of optimism. “Change starts with the voices of a few.” An all around feel good kinda story ❤️
#pop22 ~ a #booktalk recommendation
#booked2022 ~ a hopepunk novel
@KarenUK @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja @Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB @Laughterhp @RaeLovesToRead @jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks @wanderinglynn for the copy 🥰

Megabooks Glad you loved it! 1d
CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 1d
Cinfhen I need to try again… I‘m still needing a #HopePunk novel 1d
squirrelbrain Great review - I think I may try this for #hopepunk 1d
Cortg @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain hope punk is a toughy! 20h
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erickahhh
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So. Many. Emotions! This book was full of whimsy, optimism, and charm. I didn't know what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but it was not this. I laughed. I cried. I felt charmed by the characters.

I still notice myself thinking about these children even after finishing this book.... and it is fictional.... it tugged at my heart strings in all the right ways.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Bits
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Yay

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Readswithcoffee
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This is such a creative novel. I loved all the quirky characters, especially the children. I appreciate the little touches that really add humor, such as “Extremely Upper Management.” Gotta give props to the narrator, Daniel Henning, who voiced the characters much better than I probably would have on my own.

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Cortg
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I‘m feeling super lazy tonight!

Aims42 This looks like an ideal Tuesday night!! Enjoy! 2w
Cortg @Aims42 I will! Thanks 😊 2w
Erinreadsthebooks I love that book so much! 2w
Cortg @Erinreadsthebooks I‘m hoping to get to page 100 tonight 🤞🏼 So far so good! 2w
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BookishlyPleasant
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The epitome of cozy fantasy! This had all my favorite elements! Found family, LGBTQ+ romance, unique characters, and overcoming adversity. This felt like Miss Peregrin's met A Series of Unfortunate Events, added in a bit more fantasy and made it for adults. One of my favorite books of the year!

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Martta
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I didn't love this as much as I thought I would but I did enjoy it. I had a strong feeling while reading that the whole book was one long allegory which is not a bad thing it was just so very obvious that I had hard time focussing on the actual characters and the plotline. Still enjoyed a lot. 😊

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m reading this one now 💙 🌊 2w
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Sara_Planz
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My latest article for Books a Million‘s blog just posted. If you would be so kind, could you please check it out and click the “Love” button at the top of the article. They even created a logo for me! Thanks so much!!!

https://blog.booksamillion.com/posts/a-book-nerds-guide-to-read-alikes

Sleepswithbooks Done 🙂 3w
KateReadsYA I've clicked the Love button :) Geeat article! 3w
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Sara_Planz @KateReadsYA thank you!!! 3w
marleed Done! 3w
Sara_Planz @marleed thank you!!! 2w
wanderinglynn Done! 2w
LeahBergen Done! ✅ 2w
Sara_Planz @LeahBergen thank you!!! 2w
Sara_Planz @wanderinglynn thank you!!! 2w
Sara_Planz @sprainedbrain thank you!! 2w
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Nessavamusic
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#wondrouswednesday

🌸Tagged, also Heartstopper graphic novels
🌸I love being part of this bookish community!
🌸Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse-on the top of my May tbr

TracyReadsBooks Fevered Star is excellent! I enjoyed it just as much as the first book. 3w
Nessavamusic @TracyReadsBooks Yay good to hear! 3w
Eggs Thanks for playing 🌸 3w
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LaurenMags
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I enjoyed this novel. It kind of reminded me of an adult version of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Very heartfelt and sweet story; sometimes a little too sweet. Overall I would recommend it.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“It‘s the little things. Little treasures we find without knowing their origin. And they come when we least expect them. It‘s beautiful, when you think about it.”

When your bookmark and book match! 💙💜💚

#LitsyLove

KristiAhlers Oh how I loved that book! And I collect book marks that one is awesome. 3w
WJCintron 😃 🙌 3w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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We are home from the conference. Beautiful views and delicious food! I‘m happy I started the tagged book! I‘m really enjoying Linus! 💙🏡🌊

Nutmegnc I love Linus!! The audiobook Linus is my favorite!! 3w
AmyG Is this William? (You look so happy and relaxed ❤️) (edited) 3w
Erinreadsthebooks We inherited a huge cactus when we bought our house about a year ago. We promptly named him Linus. 😆❤️🤓 3w
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Karisa I love that book! Have fun! 😀 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG yes! He is wonderful 💙 3w
dragondrool I love how happy you look!
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Bklover You and William make a beautiful couple! So glad you had a great time!❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts Lovely pics 💫 3w
DarkMina Glad you had fun! 3w
AmyG You guys make a beautiful couple. I am so happy for you. ❤️ 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bklover thank you!! 💞 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @dragondrool I am very happy!! Thank you 💕 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG thank you so much Amy!! 💙💗 3w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Starting this one today! I love going to the beach just for the food!! 🍤 🏖 🥗 📚

Elizabeth2 My favorite book of 2021. Enjoy! ❤️📚 3w
Cathyloves2read One of my favorite books ever!! 3w
CoffeeNBooks I hope you enjoy the book- it was one of my favorites that I read last year! 3w
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CoffeeNBooks And I'm a bit jealous- the coconut shrimp looks delicious! 😁 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cathyloves2read I‘ve heard it‘s fantastic!! 💚 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks omg!! They were delicious and then I had beignets and they were wonderful! I guess my diet is out the window!! 3w
TheSpineView Looks yummy! 3w
UwannaPublishme Oh yum! Wish I could join you! ☺️ 3w
Amabear This looks sooooo good! 3w
fredamans Those shrimpys look yummy. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @fredamans they were delicious 😋 3w
WJCintron 😋 Shrimp!!! 😍 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @WJCintron oh my goodness!! These were delicious 😋 3w
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Martta
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Visited a zoo today and now taking a little break in a cafeteria before heading home. 😊📚

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eden.s.volk
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I can't put into words the way I feel about this book. It was incredible. The messages of self-acceptance, love and acceptance of others, and family, are near and dear to my heart. This book encompasses everything I love about books and about life and I can't say enough good things about it. It made me cry at the end, but I think the best books are ones that make me cry. This will stay with me for a long time.

Elizabeth2 My favorite book of 2021. ❤️ I have gifted it several times since I read it. Love love love! 1mo
eden.s.volk It's my new favorite! 🥰 1mo
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eden.s.volk
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"And we allow ourselves to hope for the best. Because a life without hope isn't a life lived at all."

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The.Great.Catsby
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My first 5⭐ read of the year.
Wow, I laughed (a lot), I cried (a few times), and my heart just loved every bit of this novel. The love that seeped through every page... I ate it up. Love love love these characters and the setting. So amazing. Highly recommend.

4.15.22

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Jobridge
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Matches my bedspread because I love beach/island/coastal color schemes 🏝 A bunch of friends on Goodreads have been raving about this one and it‘s been on my list a long time. Time to read it up!

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Alora
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Well after 2 years I finally got the vid 🤪🙃🤧

Taking these days off to catch up on some reading and hopefully get out of this slump!

Maybe now I can finish the book I've been reading for the past year 🤣

CherMoreBooks Oh no! Feel better soon ♥️. 1mo
Cupcake12 Hope you feel better soon. I escaped covid jail on Monday! 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Oh, no! 😢 Hope you make a speedy recovery! ❤️‍🩹 1mo
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Evita
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3.25 out of 5 its cliché now, but it really is a book that feels like a warm hug.

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Clwojick
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@chasjjlee Ahh! I love this layout! Thank you so much for sharing! Also it was WAY too hard trying to choose a favourite between The House in the Cerulean Sea, and Under the Whispering Door. ❤️

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TorieStorieS
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Wow!! I absolutely loved this book!! I‘d heard a lot of praise for it first and was thrilled when it won the vote for my book club- though the group tends to avoid fantasy. But this one utterly charmed me from start to finish- a very late night finish! I loved the eclectic and funny cast of characters from the awkward Linus to the menacingly delight that is Lucy. But I think Chauncey- or maybe Theo? - no, grumbly Talia stole the show! I loved it!!

IuliaC Lovely review and the photo is so beautiful! I loved this one too 2mo
TorieStorieS @IuliaC Thank you so much! This is the closest “sea” we have in our yard! 🤣 2mo
Dragon The characters are so charming it‘s hard to pick a favourite 💚🐉☘️ 2mo
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TorieStorieS @Dragon I know!! I just loved them all!!! 2mo
BooknerdsLife I couldn't love this book enough! It's a big warm blanket. 💙💙💙 And what a lovely photo! 2mo
TorieStorieS @BooknerdsLife Thank you!! I think our creek is rather magical looking! And yes, I really enjoyed this one! 2mo
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StellaDz
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This book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ At first I thought the narrator was a little robotic but it really began to add more to Linus (the main POV) who was so adorably awkward and flustered. This is a lovely story of finding one‘s place in the world, especially when others believe there shouldn‘t be a place for you. It‘s snort out loud funny, heartwarming, and real.

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StellaDz
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I‘ve heard so many good things about this book, but really know nothing about it! Next up! #currentlylistening

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Jgacreations
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I loved this. The characters are delightful. I did the audio version because the reader was so entertaining.

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arader68
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The cover makes this look like a kid book but it is surprisingly deep. Funny and heartfelt. It's a lovely little respite for anyone who feels like they are treated differently.

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Christyco125
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Such a sweet and lovely story. Found family, awesome kiddos, and cute love story vibes. Talia the gnome was my favorite. 🌱🪴🕳 A great lighter read after the seriousness of “What Storm.” Also, the #audio narrator was excellent and made it even harder to stop listening.

#Pantone2022 #Cascade
#christyread #2022book11

Suzze I avoided this for so long, as I didn‘t think I‘d like it. Boy was I wrong, 5⭐️! 2mo
Nutmegnc I LOVED the audio!! Especially Percy!! 2mo
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Jgacreations

@IamIamIam loving this! Have you read it ?

IamIamIam No!!! It's been on my radar for the longest time. I'll have to bump it up! I'm listening to this.. 👌👌👌 2mo
Jgacreations @IamIamIam oh I‘ll add that one too! But I‘m loving cerulean, the audio is good. This guy does the voices and what not. Def has a cute feeling of peculiar home 2mo
IamIamIam @Jgacreations Whoo hoo!!! I'll do that one when I'm finished with this. 😍 Thanks!!! 2mo
Christyco125 I think Talia is my favorite. 2mo
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Suzze
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February Reads!

CoffeeNBooks I loved The House in the Cerulean Sea! One of my favorite books I read in 2021! 3mo
Suzze @CoffeeNBooks I resisted because I rarely read fantasy. I‘m so glad a friend said she thought I‘d like it. Loved it so much! 3mo
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RedxoHearts
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I only picked this one up because it was chosen as book of the month in one if my groups. It is so well written and the characters were great. I loved Talia the gnome the most. If you like audiobooks you should definitely check out that version too I loved all the voices.

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freeatlast1137
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Linus, a reviewer of magical children in orphanages, gets assigned to a special orphanage near the cerulean sea.

What a wonderful story, I just love all of the characters, the story, everything about this book.

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coffeebooksandchaos
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Like everyone else, I loved this book! A fantastic peek into a magical world filled with all sorts of wonders. A true parable, The House in the Cerulean Sea reminds us that we are all the same on the inside. And that with love and acceptance, we can all thrive. This book is truly a treat!

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esurient
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Well, I'm bummed Klune hadn't genderflipped the spawn of Satan, even if it's my own fault for hearing the name Lucy before reading the gender indicators. I haven't been this disappointed since The Hunger Games and learning that Gale and Peeta were both men.

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Dragon
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Took my time reading this gem. This is a magical book with heart warming characters and a slow burn romance. Linus Baker is trapped in a government job with the Department in Charge of Magical Youth - he is sent to a mysterious island to evaluate an orphanage inhabited by six very special children and Arthur Parnasus, master of the orphanage. I hope there‘s a sequel so I can spend more time on the island

Christyco125 My hold for this just came into today. I had to search 4 libraries to get it in less than a month. Thanks for confirming that it‘s worth the wait. (edited) 3mo
kspenmoll There is a sequel of sorts 2mo
Dragon Thanks @kspenmoll downloaded on my Kindle 👍💚🐉 2mo
Dragon Thanks @Christyco125 hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 👍🐉💚 (edited) 2mo
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EmilieGR
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What a wonderful read! Maybe a little on the sentimental side, but such a cozy read. Memorable characters, excellent writing, and hilarious moments make this book a must read.

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Kar2b
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This was such a magical book about finding family, unconditional love and pursuing what makes you happy. TJ Klune‘s whimsical writing style adds to the magic. Arthur, Linus, Zoe and the children were so endearing… I want to go to the house on the island and stay, just like I want to visit the tea shop in “Under the Whispering Door.”

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Tera66
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#FearlessFebruary
@jenniferw88

🎶🎵'Cause I don't know how it gets better than this
You take my hand and drag me head first
Fearless
And I don't know why
But with you I'd dance in a storm
In my best dress
Fearless
Oh, oh

Well you stood there with me in the doorway
My hands shake
I'm not usually this way but
You pull me in and I'm a little more brave
It's the first kiss, it's flawless, really something, it's fearless🎶🎵

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Dragon
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On holidays so indulging in a dragon fruit refresher and a fun read : I‘m about half way through and enjoying Linus Baker‘s eye opening assignment. 🐈‍⬛ and he brought his cat 😹

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Cortg
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Got some #bookmail delivered today! Thanks so much @wanderinglynn This may be an upcoming bookckub choice to be decided on next week. It‘s also listed on my #pop22 sheet! I‘m looking forward to it!

wanderinglynn Yay! So happy it arrived. And I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Let me know how 4,5,10, and 18 are!!! I‘m thinking of adding Rock Paper Scissors to my #Botm box! 3mo
Eggs 5 and 10 were great 👍🏼 ; 10 was a 5🌟 book-Sepetys is phenomenal HF @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 3mo
Mindyrecycles Best Christmas Pageant Ever! 😭😭😭 3mo
Eggs @Mindyrecycles ❤️💔 3mo
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DebinHawaii
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Figured it was past time to set my January Book Stats up so just doing a quickie. I read 9 books for the month which is better than I thought for a really crazy work month. My favorite was the tagged book, completed for #NewYearWhoDis off my list from @Chrissyreadit & I LOVED IT!💜 it was followed closely by our #sundaybuddy read The Other Side of Midnight & Dark Night from The Alaska Mystery series & the bookish magical realism of Lost Coast ⬇️

DebinHawaii …Literary by Ellie Alexander—I also enjoyed the latest in her Bakeshop Mystery series too. Cozies were quick & easy reads for me this month with catching up on the Sonoma Witches & starting the 1st book in newish Flower House series. I read Midnight Chicken for my virtual foodie book club & The Artist Colony for a book tour. Finally, I made progress on A Truth Universally Acknowledged with #PemberLittens though I‘m a bit behind. 3mo
Chrissyreadit 🙌❤️🙌❤️ 3mo
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Martta
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Finally got my hands on this! 😍

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Bevita
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So charming and magical children and a phoenix and a gnome. Hated for it to end.

TheBookAddict Right, it ended too soon!!! 3mo
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Bookzombie
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#NewYearWhoDis

Thank you @monalyisha for organizing another round of #NYWD . I read three (marked with a star) from @Patchshank ‘s great list. I enjoyed them all. As a bonus, I loved the Over The Garden Wall series on Hulu. The other two pictured are on this month‘s TBR and I plan to read more throughout the year. 🙂

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IndoorDame
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These were my top reads for January.

My entire reading list included:
2 DNFs
13 LGBTQ books
14 BIPOC authors
4 poetry
13 nonfiction

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Liatrek
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What an absolutely lovely book. I wanted to hug all the children they were all so delightful unique. Arthur and Linus relationship was so sweet. I highly recommend this book. #20in4 I‘m up to 16hrs

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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peanutnine
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Finished my reread of this lovely book today with a reading buddy. Arthur never wants to cuddle so it was a very special day 🥰
#catsoflitsy

paperwitchs 😍😍 3mo
QuietlyLaura 😻👏 3mo
Liatrek I‘m reading this now and just loving it😻😻 3mo
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Liatrek
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So loving this book! The children are absolutely adorable and the scene in the picture just broke my heart. I should be able to finish it tomorrow 🙂 I‘m up to 13hours for the #20in4 readathon

Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 3mo
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