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The Library of Legends
The Library of Legends: A Novel | Janie Chang
From the author of Three Souls and Dragon Springs Road comes a captivating historical novel in which a convoy of student refugees travel across China, fleeing the hostilities of a brutal war with Japan Myths are the darkest and brightest incarnations of who we are . . . China, 1937. When Japanese bombs begin falling on the city of Nanking, nineteen-year-old Hu Lian and her classmates at Minghua University are ordered to flee. Lian and a convoy of students, faculty and staff must walk 1,000 miles to the safety of Chinas western provinces, a journey marred by the constant threat of aerial attack. And it is not just the refugees who are at risk; Lian and her classmates have been entrusted with a priceless treasure: a 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends. The students common duty to safeguard the Library of Legends creates unexpected bonds. Lian becomes friends and forms a cautious romance with the handsome and wealthy Liu Shaoming. But after one classmate is arrested and another one is murdered, Lian realizes she must escape before a family secret puts her in danger too. Accompanied by Shao and his enigmatic maidservant, Sparrow, Lian makes her way to Shanghai in the hopes of reuniting with her mother. During the journey, Lian learns of the connection between her two companions and a tale from the Library of Legends, The Willow Star and the Prince. This revelation comes with profound consequences, for as the ancient books travel across China, they awaken immortals and guardian spirits who embark on an exodus of their own, one that will change the countrys fate forever.
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Texreader
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This looks so darned good. Ebook on sale for $1.99 but I‘m holding out for the irl book.

TheKidUpstairs This was a really good read! 3w
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SW-T
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There‘s a lot to like about this one, especially the historical information. But it took me a while to finish. Some of the subplots didn‘t seem to fit and at times I hit a snag on the writing style. But the history and characters were interesting, even if at times things didn‘t seem to hold together.

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literarymermaid
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Loved this book!! I'm a sucker for stories like this. Legends and ordinary people and the way their history/mythology makes their choices different from the way those same things help mine. Fun, fun, fun

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BookBr
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TMW your book, your knitting, and your shirt all go together…totally engrossed in this magical tale picked up for a lecture series.
#heliconian #blue

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ATB
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Enjoying this book at the park.

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xicanti
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I saw some cool clouds on my lunchtime #audiowalk. The sky behind them was way more blue than my camera could pick up.

I‘ve gotta say, I groaned when I realized THE LIBRARY OF LEGENDS is read by Emily Woo Zeller, my narrator nemesis. Luckily, she doesn‘t shout TOO loudly with this one, but there‘s still a definite imbalance between the undertone she uses for the narrative and the loud dialogue. Sigh. At least I‘m enjoying the story.

Bklover Beautiful photo! 6mo
xicanti @Bklover thank you! 6mo
FlowerFairy Oh wow!!! Beautiful! 😍 6mo
xicanti @FlowerFairy it was such an epic day for clouds. 6mo
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kwmg40
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I'm a bit late with my summary, but I finished the #20in4 readathon with a total of 11 hours and 35 minutes. In the last hours, I started this historical fiction novel about a group of students and professors fleeing the invasion of Nanking in 1937.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂🍾🥂😍 6mo
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ATB
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Finished Queenie and Olive, Again. Working on these on the final day of the May #24in4.

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MelKelsey
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Book 25
An interesting and well-written historical fiction novel set in 1930s China in the midst of war with Japan when university students carried ancient texts of Chinese myths and legends (The Library of Legends) across the country in hopes to preserve them. The book is part fantasy, as characters from a fictional legend are part of the story. It started and ended strong but was a little slow in the middle. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Crazeedi I got stuck in the middle and put down... 9mo
MelKelsey Understandable, @Crazeedi!! 9mo
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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book takes place in China in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese war. It focuses on the student refugees who needed to travel to safety to inner China so that they could continue their education and preserve the history and knowledge of China. It also weaves the story of mythical creatures moving to the safety of the heavens in order to escape the tragedies of China. It was a very beautiful story. #doublespin No. 9 pick

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 12mo
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BookwormAHN
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I absolutely loved this book. This book is about a college in China that has to evacuate during the war with Japan in 1937. Each student is tasked with carrying one book from the Library of Legends, an ancient set of books that contain China's myths & folklore. During the journey one of the myths plays out in a seamless blend of magical realism & historical fiction 📚
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#LittensDressedInBlood @MidnightBookGirl

TheAromaofBooks Oh wow, that sounds pretty interesting! 1y
BiblioLitten Sounds great! 1y
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Loreen
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Mehso-so

I like so many things about this book. But there are just so many subplots that just don‘t hang together. It was a bit frustrating.

LoverOfLearning Gorgeous cover! 14mo
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Loreen
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I want to post more on Litsy! It‘s been a while since I have. So, here is what I hope is the first of many in the weeks ahead! #mycurrentread. #mondayreads #cover #coverart #bookcover

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CarolineLovesToRead
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Such a sad and beautiful love story.
Loved the author's invention of the Willow Star and Prince.
I also love how this story is based on the author's Father's journey. The true story of the teacher who walked ahead of his students with a chalkboard tied to his back to give his students their lessons while running away from the war. Very inspiring!

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Lindy
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My review and Giller prize prediction for the tagged book: https://lindypratch.blogspot.com/2020/08/the-library-of-legends-by-janie-chang.h...

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CarolineLovesToRead
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I love this book cover so much. Can't wait to read it.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It is beautiful!! Can‘t wait to see your review!! 💜 1y
Bookishlie ohhh I have this waiting.....It was my BOTM pick a few months ago, just need to start it...... 1y
CarolineLovesToRead I've been a bit busy the last week so only a quarter into it but loving it so far 1y
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Ddzmini
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You know there disadvantages and advantages to being able to read books in less than 8hours. The advantages are that there so good you can‘t stop reading; while the disadvantages are that you can‘t stop reading, the feelings they create, and the inability to put the book down when your doing laundry 🧺 👀😳 so this is an amazing informative read that once you start you won‘t stop it‘s so good 😊 type of book 📖

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Ddzmini
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Starting this beauty 📖

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Historical fiction with a magical twist. I definitely learned about a time in China I didn‘t know about.

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Crazeedi
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#talkaboutittuesday @BayouGirl85
A bit late! Tagged book is my current read 😊☺️🙂😁

BayouGirl85 I have been curious about this one. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How was this book @Crazeedi ? 13mo
Crazeedi @BayouGirl85 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks well guess what, I put this one down about halfway through. And it was ok, I just found myself not engaged. You might like 13mo
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Ddzmini
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Just received my #botm cant wait to read these two books 📚 hopefully I will get back into the swing of things and keep up now 🙌🏽 just moved into our new place so hopefully I can start posting on Litsy again

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Twainy
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🎧 BOTM April choice with The Guest List. It was advertised as Historical Fantasy. I feel the “fantasy” description was overly generous. I totally picked this based on the cover & “fantasy” category.

Students from a Chinese university carry the books of the library of legends on a long journey to escape the Japanese Invasion of 1937. Based on true happenings, interspersed with a sprinkling of magic. Prettily written. Narration was meh ⭐️⭐️⭐️6/7

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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My two favorite colors 💜💛 #PurpleandYellowcovers

#FlyHighJuly

From my tbr shelf! 📚

Sargar114 I loved Rules of Magic!!! 1y
Eggs Cover Love 💛💜💛 1y
rubyslippersreads Love that mug! 😻 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sargar114 hoping to get to it eventually!! 1y
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Lesanne
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Oh my gosh, it‘s here! Thank you so much @sprainedbrain I absolutely can‘t wait to get started!! I appreciate it so much! 🥰🥰🥰

#Bookmail is the best mail!! 😊

sprainedbrain I‘m glad it made it! I don‘t need it back, so feel free to keep it or donate or gift it. 🤗 1y
Lesanne @sprainedbrain I will donate it once places are accepting them again. 😊 1y
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sprainedbrain
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I got this book for 2 reasons: I loved Chang‘s Three Souls and this cover is gorgeous. The book itself didn‘t disappoint, although I can‘t say I‘m as in love with it as I was Souls. Janie Chang writes beautifully and poetically. The story was a bit slow in parts, but overall I loved Lian‘s story as well as the fantasy elements.

I recently read about the Japanese invasion of Nanking, and that‘s where this story starts. #bookserendipity

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

sprainedbrain @Lesanne I‘m going to get this in the mail to you this week! 💜 1y
Lesanne @sprainedbrain Oh yay, thank you sooo much!! 🥰 Can‘t wait! 1y
HOTPock3tt I started this but didn‘t finish it 🤔 I LOVED her book Dragon Springs Road. Maybe I‘ll give this another try at some point! @sprainedbrain 1y
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sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I haven‘t read that one, but I probably should. 😉 Three Souls is really good!! 1y
HOTPock3tt I might pick up three souls before I get back to this one. I‘ve heard it‘s REALLY good! ☺️ @sprainedbrain 1y
janeycanuck @HOTPock3tt Three Souls is amazing - and is based on her grandparents! 1y
HOTPock3tt Sounds awesome! I‘m sold! #Stacked @janeycanuck 1y
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This is just such a gorgeous cover that I had to share.

Butterfinger It is gorgeous. 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Engaging historical fiction following a group of students evacuating Nanking in WW2 China, with touches of mythology as the gods and spirits begin their own evacuation. An interesting piece of history that I know very little about. In the West we tend to have a very Euro-centric view of WW2, and it is easy to overlook the struggles faced elsewhere in the world. 👇

TheKidUpstairs I wasn't crazy about the ending, I felt it was too neat and tidy for my tastes, but that doesn't take away from the rest of the reading experience. 1y
Cinfhen Great choice!! I often don‘t think about Asia in the WWII conflict which is really why the US entered the war!! 1y
Hooked_on_books I read this for this prompt as well and liked it, too! I agree about the ending, but overall it was lovely. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Reading a good book with a super snuggly reading buddy. And a friend just dropped off Tim's for a treat. It's a good day.

AmyG How sweet 💕 1y
robinb Love, love, love ❤️ 1y
squirrelbrain Aw cutie! ❤️ 1y
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Cinfhen 💖💖💖 1y
Megabooks Super cute!! 💙💙 1y
Mcastle How are you doing? Adorable reading buddy ! 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Mcastle I'm actually doing pretty good these days, thank you for asking 🤗 How're you doing? 1y
TheKidUpstairs @AmyG @robinb @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @Megabooks thanks guys! Sometimes I can't even handle the cuteness. Other times she screams for an entire hour long car ride. It's all about balance, right? 1y
Cinfhen Ha!! I remember the endless screaming FOR NO REASON 1y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen me too! Car rides were the worst for my 3rd. I drove no longer than 5 minutes in any direction for over a year because of the crying. My 1st child on the other hand, we drive the car LONGER just to get him to sleep. Dear kids. They are only babies for a short time, enjoy what you can. Hopefully they can't remember all the traumatic situations we put them in, lol. 1y
Cinfhen Ha @Curiouser_and_curiouser My babies are now 27, 25 and 18 and trust me ....They remember A LOT 😜😂💕 1y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Cinfhen oh no! Well I'm sure they understand. I sure remember a lot of the trauma my mum put me through as a child, my siblings too , good thing I didn't repeat that with my kids. Although being sensitive to their needs can create extremely sensitive children, of which I have 2, and one robust one. My eldest is 18, youngest 7. They seem to have the same personalities they were born with 😉 1y
Cinfhen @Curiouser_and_curiouser they also remember all the GOOD STUFF 🙌🏻❤️🙏🏼 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Curiouser_and_curiouser Mine are the same! It's my 3rd who HATES the car, with my other two I'd take long drives just for the long naps! 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen @Curiouser_and_curiouser I'm amazed at how much my kids remember already. Their little sponge like brains are fascinating! 1y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @TheKidUpstairs Yes, lol, funny how that happened. I practiced attachment parenting with my 3rd, that might have been why, she couldn't bear to be apart. Watching them grow is really lovely to see isn't it 😊 1y
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In 1937, the students of Minghua University evacuate Nanking for interior China ahead of attacks by the Japanese. The continue to have classes along the journey and also carry important books—the Library of Legends. Based on true events, I found this utterly absorbing and enjoyed the thin thread of fantasy woven seamlessly through.

#Booked2020 Pan-Asian author/Silk Punk

Cinfhen I read a different book by this author and was really impressed 1y
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I‘ll have to check that out! I‘m definitely interested in her backlist now. 1y
Cinfhen It was quite awhile ago but I just remember being transported 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I was tempted by this one. Glad to have your review! 1y
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amsu311
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#GoodReads2020Challenge

What made me choose this book? The cover. Its really beautiful.
And once I started reading, it seems that I am also a character in the book...

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ReadingisMyPassion
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First, you have to get beyond that gorgeous cover. Go ahead and gaze at it, absorbing that artistry. Then once you are ready, open the cover and enter the fantastical world Janie Chang has created, a story blending Chinese history and Chinese folklore.
“Maybe immortals feel the passage of time differently than we do. Maybe a hundred years to her is only the blink of an eye, a single beat of the heart.”

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Some books with a #purplecover 💜💜💜
I love purple 💜 All of these are beautiful!!

#BiblioMAYnia

OriginalCyn620 💜💜💜 2y
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BookNAround
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Today‘s #MayARC was released this past Tuesday 5/12.

MsMelissa Such a pretty cover! I am supposed to receive my copy this week, but mail delivery is super behind around here. 2y
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DimeryRene
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4/5 Stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love a good walking story. Characters grow up so much on the road.

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Reecaspieces
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Review is up on my blog. This one is different. Check it out https://reecaspieces.com/2020/05/13/the-library-of-legends-by-janie-chang-wmmorr...

DimeryRene Just finished this myself. 2y
Reecaspieces @DimeryRene what did you think?? 2y
DimeryRene I liked it a whole lot. Walking journeys are so fun to me. High stakes, but people always change so much after a huge physical walk. 2y
Reecaspieces @DimeryRene ha! You have a point. 2y
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JenlovesJT47
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I chose this from #BOTM because of the gorgeous cover! I enjoyed it, although it was a bit slow in places. I liked the fantasy aspect mixed with the historical details. 4⭐️ Recommended!

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Caffeinated_Reader
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#50 of my year.

Caffeinated_Reader When I finished this one I needed time to really feel the beautiful weight of the story. It is so worth the read. So much Chinese history and life between these pages. I loved Sparrow the most. My heart broke for her even while she smiled and carried on as if nothing was the matter. Her story will stay with me. 2y
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The LIBRARY OF LEGENDS is a delighful and dramatic tale of a heroic effort to preserve China‘s intellectual and cultural history. Can you imagine walking a thousand miles? Not only has author Janie Chang enlightened us with a piece of China‘s history but she has also creatively woven in a part of China‘s folklore into the story.
https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/post/the-library-of-legends

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LaraReads
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Where to begin??
Good Morning Friends ☀️ Some of you know that in January my dad passed away very unexpectedly. 💔 He was so full of life & goodness that it has really dimmed my days to know he is gone. Needless to say, things have been piling up. My BOTMs haven‘t even make it out of the plastic for 4 months. So today, I‘m going to try to make this beautiful day brighter & pick one of these babies up. Anybody read any of these they loved? 💙📚💕

jmtrivera I'm so sorry for your loss. Wishing you some beauty and peace today. 💜💜 2y
JenlovesJT47 I‘m so sorry for your loss ❤️❤️❤️ The Sun Down Motel, American Dirt and Writers & Lovers are all excellent! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I am so sorry... I didn‘t know 💔💔 1y
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Caroline_Roberts
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I finished this one in about 3 days- it was the perfect mix of historical fiction and fantasy and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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sarasbookshelf
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I‘ll admit it: sometimes I do choose books based on their covers! 😍

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Branwen
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

🌾 The Library of Lost Legends by Janie Chang. It was beautiful and I learned a lot about Chinese history and mythology 😀🎎🇨🇳

🌾 Graphic rape/torture descriptions, any kind of animal abuse 😝

🌾 Max Gladstone! I'm reading his book, Empress of Forever, and it's SO GOOD! I can't wait to read more of his work! 🤗💕

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🙏🏻🤗 2y
Crazeedi Hi Rebecca!👋👋 hope all is well with you ❤💛💙💚 2y
Branwen @Eggs You're very welcome! 🤗 @Crazeedi Hi friend! I'm doing well, how are you? 💕 2y
Crazeedi @Branwen I'm ok, trying to take it day by day, hoping the warm weather gets here soon!💐 2y
Branwen @Crazeedi Same here! This cold weather makes it hard to take walks! 😝 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I forgot to post my #BOTM selection! I love the cover of this one!! 💜💜

Aims42 Such a pretty cover, love your photo scenery too! 2y
sherryvdh Oooh I loved Dragon Springs Road. I didn't realize she had another book out. 2y
Lesanne I almost picked this one! Looking forward to seeing what you think about it. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Aims42 thank you!! 💜💜 2y
megnews I love that cover too! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @megnews I‘m a sucker for purple 💜 2y
Eggs Sounds so good 📚 2y
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lauren.lerner
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Some recent #bookmail that is not potty-training adjacent. I purchased the top four through my local indie bookstore (Politics & Prose), tagged book is #BOTM.

Still in the same reading rut but I‘m hoping one of these will spark its demise!

#politicsandprose #stayhomestaysafe
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I loved this book! It hit the mark for something that would fill me with hope and courage.

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Bailedbailed

Perhaps it was the slow pace of the book or perhaps the current environment of the world, but I couldn‘t focus on this book. The synopsis looked promising and the cover is absolutely stunning, but, alas, it was a no go for me. I‘m shelving and maybe one day I‘ll try again.

Twainy Ugh BOTM add-on ... rats. Maybe I‘ll wait for audio. TY 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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#bookmail #botm

I loved her other book Three Souls!

mollyrotondo I got this one too! I haven‘t read anything else by her though. Is Three Souls also historical/fantasy fiction? 2y
JenReadsAlot @mollyrotondo Yes. My book club read it and all loved it! Hope this one is good too. 2y
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