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A Touch of Darkness
A Touch of Darkness | Scarlett St Clair
As Persephone struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows-and it's forbidden.
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Sandroid
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Mehso-so

It was off to a good start. She wrote common, cheesy cliches that have been done way too many times so I lost my enthusiasm for the story mid book. Also, I feel like this author had way too many similarities with Lore Olympus and I don‘t think thats right, to benefit off an already popular story. I wouldn‘t say the book is bad, I don‘t regret reading it. Just wish she was a little more original.

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readwithcori
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Pickpick

This book is just so dang good! I loved every moment it. Total ACOTAR vibes and makes Greek Mythology interesting! #LitsyLoveReads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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BookBabe2018
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Pickpick

This book was so fun! I loved this take on Persephone and Hades and I am so excited to keep reading the series!

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Meshell1313
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Mehso-so

Oh my smut! 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ This retelling of the Hades and Persephone story was difficult to grasp at first. Persephone in college? Hades owns a nightclub? 🙄 The gods we‘re def part of the moral world which was odd. But then of course the love story prevails and although I don‘t think I‘ll read the other books this one turned out alright in the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lin3han
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Pickpick

Hades and Persephone retelling. If you‘re super into mythology and study it for a living (English teachers age ayeeee) you might hate it. I found the characters pretty one dimensional but I was in it for the smut and not the plot. 3/5!

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kimmypete1
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Pickpick

One of the best Hades and Persephone stories I‘ve read.

And what happened to Minthe at the end was fabulous.

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Foxy_Temptress
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Pickpick

Beautifully written, I fell in love with the King of the Dead. I cannot wait to finish the rest of the series!

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CozyCatLady
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Pickpick

Ooooh I love Greek Gods and mythology!! This was such a fun (and smutty 🌶️) read, I am a fan! I am a sucker for a bit more spicy fantasy romance books and this one was doing a fine job 🤩 can‘t wait to finish the rest of the trilogy 🥰🙏

#atouchofdarkness

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CozyCatLady
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Here we go again! Time to start another trilogy 🙏🤩

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#books #bookaddict #booklover #bookly #booknerd #bookstagram #casualreader #cozyreader #goodreads #happyreading #reading #smut #smutbooks #atouchofdarkness

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TamTracy
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Pickpick

I‘m not a huge fantasy fan but I enjoyed this one. I‘ll definitely read the rest of the series.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Garabrandtreviews I enjoyed this one 12mo
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PaigeTurner
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Pickpick

Read this one in a few hours. Definitely a high spice factor! Predictable plot line but still a fun and fast adventure. Reminds me of Neon Gods, but I enjoyed that series more.

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samsgirl4ever
A Touch of Darkness | Scarlett St Clair
Pickpick

It's like a darker version of Hades and Persephone story set in modern time. Persephone made me so mad because she jumped to conclusions and didn't respect his realm.

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OrangeMooseReads
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Mehso-so

I like the basis of the story. Not sure it was flushed out very well though. I know this is the first in a trilogy, but I feel like things should have been more solid.
Did not realize the high spice factor. I get annoyed when every scene is the same descriptions. Let‘s get more creative people!
My library doesn‘t have the rest of the series in audio format so I don‘t know if I‘m going to finish it.

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AReedCollett
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Next row of my #readinglogsnake is A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair. For romance, I have decided to use pink. I am not a fan of romances, but I will read a few during the month of Feb in honor of Valentine's Day. This is another retelling of Hades and Persephone where a chance encounter leads Persephone in a contract with Hades. Good story, but it's not as spicy as I was expecting. 4/5 ⭐️ 2/5 🌶 #BooksAndCrafts #ARRCReads

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OrangeMooseReads
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Next audiobook
So far not too bad

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CloakNQuill
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Mehso-so

#February #bookspinbingo #18 @TheAromaofBooks

2.5 ✨
Premise of a unique retelling is actually a full blown erotica. The cringe, the cringeeee!! Idk how many times I rolled my eyes at “Darling/my lady”. The insta love. Not an accurate depiction of Persephone, personality wise & w/ her maternal relationship. The extra chapters were funny though. She turned Minthe into a mint plant 😂 If you go into this knowing it‘s erotica, it‘s okay.

5feet.of.fury I liked it, but I was there for the 🌶️ 😂 1y
CloakNQuill @5feet.of.fury the “Thrust” scene rlly gave me the ick. Besides that it‘s not bad for the 🌶️ 1y
5feet.of.fury The next one is terrible plot wise, really only the spice going for it 😂 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 14mo
CloakNQuill @5feet.of.fury spicier than the first? 👀 cus then I‘ll read it just for that 😂 14mo
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BookBr
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Pickpick

Welp, apparently I have two speeds, glacially slow or stupid fast😂 This was an engaging romance, with intriguing characters, larger-than-life gods, just enough mythology, and some delightfully spicy bits. I love a sympathetic anti-hero, and who could fit that bill better than Hades himself? Not what he appears, from beginning to end, and the story of Persephone finding herself and her power was rewarding and felt authentic. Definitely a fun read!

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BookBr
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Trying on something lighter…I think. Burned through 60 pages on lunch lol. Maybe it‘s a mood…a romance for Valentine‘s Day?

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forestandcrow
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Pickpick

Loved this book. I was a little unsure if I would enjoy it. But I really did!

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JuliaRReads
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Panpan

I read this book without reading the description. I was drawn to the cover and had seen a few people recommend it. That being said I don't typically read "smutty" books but was sucked in.

My biggest problem with this book is the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days plot twist. It seemed like an after thought as if the author saw that the plot was lazy and wanted to just throw something in there.

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PageShifter
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Mehso-so

For me there were two secondary characters that were more interesting than the main characters: Hecate and Lexa. Both were friends of Persephone. Hades & Persephone were somehow too perfect to be really interesting.

This didn't feel really much like a mythological story. This was retelling but wordbuilding and mythological “vibe“ were missing.

This was entertaining and easy to read but didn't feel really special.

#SeriesRead2022

Cazxxx I read a sample of this and I wasn‘t impressed at all 2y
PageShifter @Cazxxx I totally understand! 2y
TheSpineView Disappointing 2y
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PageShifter
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“No soul has ever healed by dwelling on the past”

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abookdragonsretreat
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Pickpick

Though it had a slow beginning, I really enjoyed this story of Persephone and Hades. It was spicy and well written, though some parts could have been more meaningful rather than adding a sexy scene. I'm conflicted on how I feel about Persephone, I liked that she's growing into herself more, but she's also a little oblivious. The second half was great and I loved the ending, I definitely want to read the rest when I get around to them!

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BooksNBowls
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Pickpick

I know there‘s mixed reviews for this one but I loved it! Can‘t wait to read Hades‘ POV. 😈

5feet.of.fury I really liked this one. I haven‘t read the Hades perspective 2y
5feet.of.fury Your little bookmarks are so cute 2y
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RobES
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Panpan

Not good! Well...not for me... I love a good feminist retelling of a Greek myth but this is not a Madeline Millar or Jennifer Saint! Some spice, but even that is bland (irony not lost on me). Maybe I'm too old for this... but I don't think even a younger audience would appreciate being portrayed as these characters are throughout the novel.

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Garabrandtreviews
A Touch of Darkness | Scarlett St Clair

Just found this and super excited about another Hades/ Persephone series. I also got the first book 📚 n a different series about them. So excited!

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Sharpeipup
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Not sure I would have read this story if I had seen the cover on the right.

How about you?

#coverchoice

5feet.of.fury The left certainly sets the mood better 2y
Amiable Agreed! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The left is a prettier cover but the one on the right makes me think it's smutty. I like smutty. 2y
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5feet.of.fury
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Pickpick

(Fanart by Amandadrawsz)
Hades and Persephone retelling. Set in a modern world where the gods are celebrities. Persephone is a college student trying to make her own path out from under her mother‘s thumb, Demeter has a very strict rule that she is to stay away from the gods, which she obeys until an encounter with Hades.

Tons of fun, many spicy scenes but it doesn‘t overtake the plot, I LOVE Persephone. Will def continue reading the series. 🌿

ShyBookOwl I love this series! The plot, character development, and world-building all get stronger with each book too! 2y
5feet.of.fury @ShyBookOwl oh good! I‘m glad to hear that! My library hold for book 2 is months out 😩 but I‘m looking forward to seeing where it goes 2y
ShyBookOwl @5feet.of.fury ouf! Library holds: a blessing and a curse. 2y
5feet.of.fury @ShyBookOwl I know, right? I‘m trying to save money but they‘re not making it easy for me 🥲 2y
ShyBookOwl @5feet.of.fury 😅 the struggle is real. I get it. 2y
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KateReadsYA
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My order from pangobooks came in! I spent $4 and the seller sent it in perfect condition and even sent me a bookmark with my initial on it-so thoughtful!

* Also peep my super cute manicure I did myself 💗

Soubhiville Nice! I‘ve ordered some things through them and had good experiences. I sold a couple through them too, but realized I‘d rather put books into my little free library than have to go to the post office on work days. Lol. 2y
KateReadsYA Yeah I don't think I'd sell but I do love buying! 🙂 2y
KateReadsYA @Soubhiville How much does it even cost to ship a book?? Been wondering that for a while haha 2y
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Soubhiville @KateReadsYA the buyer pays shipping, so all you have to do is print the label and drop it off. It‘s not hard but making that extra trip after work is a pain. Lol. 2y
Soubhiville But shipping one book through media mail is between $3-5 depending on how heavy it is. Pretty cheap! 2y
KateReadsYA @Soubhiville oh ok good to know. 2y
5feet.of.fury Nice! 2y
IuliaC Awesome nails! 2y
KateReadsYA @IuliaC thank you 😄 2y
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Marialou
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Mehso-so

Hades and Persephone retelling.

Definitely a compelling read and it is sexy and well paced. It was enjoyable overall and I liked the interpretation of various mythological characters.

Never really completely warmed to Persephone though and that‘s a bit of a problem as the whole book (and the rest of the series I believe) are from her perspective. This book also felt like a ‘‘part 1” - an opening to the series and therefore lacked some depth.

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Anoukeboek
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Pickpick

I didn't know I needed Gods to have horns, but now that I've experienced this book, they can never be without them. I loved how the modern world with phones and computers exists together with not only the Gods living on earth, but also certain things in Greek mythology that hadn't happend yet in this book.
Romance is for sure not my genre. Why are the two lovers so often angry with eachother? But I did really like the mythology aspect in the book!

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Johanna414
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Mehso-so

The writing was pretty terrible and Persephone was just about the most annoying character I've ever read... but it was an easy, entertaining read. Great for my mini vacation since I didnt have a ton of brain power to devote to a book. Not sure yet if I will continue the series...

MatchlessMarie Love the title next to your void cat though 😅🐈‍⬛ 2y
LKK526 @matchlessMarie. Love your cat. Have a black cat named kuna. He can open doors (edited) 2y
Johanna414 @MatchlessMarie Haha it wasn't even intentional - he's just very, very clingy so if I'm sitting, he's on my lap! 2y
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Johanna414
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Trying to chase that Lore Olympus high with another Hades and Persephone story for my #audioknitting tonight. The writing is not great, but it's still entertaining.

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ShyBookOwl
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Pickpick

This Hades x Persephone retelling had me surprisingly hooked. It wasn't the best writing ever, but I enjoyed the world she built and how she played with Greek mythology and its characters. Really fun. It kind of falls between a So-So and a Pick for me, but I'll definitely check out the next book.
⭐⭐⭐.5
🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶 (for steaminess!)

Book 12 of 2022

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rebbyj
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Panpan

Blech

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ParkerFinn
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I always have loved the story of Hades and Persephone. So a romance about them was definitely on my radar. At times the sexual scenes were a bit awkward. But I thought the story itself was pretty good and I liked a lot of the characters. A solid 4 star for me, cheesiness and all.

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DarkMina
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Mehso-so

160 of 2021. This story had some issues, but overall it was a decent Hades & Persephone retelling. I probably will continue the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book9. #spookoweenreadathon
Pages read: 3305

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sprainedbrain
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Mehso-so

Last month, @HOTPock3tt and I did an impromptu buddyread of this. While it‘s always fun to text-rave/text-bitch with Kenya about books, I feel like I did a bit more bitching than raving this time.😉

Loved: urban fantasy retelling where the gods are living amongst us in modern times. Hades=SO HOT. Sexy times were adequately sexy. Hecate.

Disliked: writing=not great. Persephone is ridiculously annoying. The ol‘ innocent virgin trope.🙄

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BarbaraBB You‘ve been reading a lot!! 2y
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB Just the usual amount, but I‘m still catching up my reviews. 😬 2y
HOTPock3tt Haha!! ♥️This was so marginal I forgot to post a review!! 😅 but I agree. I felt like I was doing waay more bitching than raving this time 🤣 Hades was soo sexy!! But Persephone‘s idiot virginal trope actually ruined the book! 😪Such a shame. I generally love hades & Persephone‘s story @sprainedbrain (edited) 2y
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sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I love Persephone in general, so to see her reduced to that annoying twit was a little heartbreaking. 😂 2y
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain this!! I wholeheartedly agree!!😖😭😪 2y
Chrissyreadit I‘m glad I was able to read this review. I almost bought it. 2y
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Ash.on.the.line
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Pickpick

I feel like there‘s a lot of Hades Persephone books right now. This was alright. I love a good Greek mythological retelling and it was good. Very smutty. I wouldn‘t recommend if you want a 100% faithful retelling. Still fun. #bookspinbingo

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BayouGirl85
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Pickpick

I have definitely been on a mythology retelling kick this year and this one hit the spot. I have always been intrigued by Hades and Persephone‘s story and alway felt like they got the shaft. Not in this version. I thought it was great.

September Book 4/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

Interesting take on Hades and Persephone, vividly told and a bit spicy. I enjoyed it and it is definitely a pick, but I did feel like it fell a bit short of it‘s possibility to be a great book. I may give the next in the series a chance to see if it meets the mark. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3y
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AFrostCauseReads
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Pickpick

Ohh boy, the writing in this is not great. It‘s very much trashy fan-fiction, BUT I just can‘t resist a Greek Mythology retelling especially when it‘s about Persephone and Hades 🌺💀

This author does not shy away from explicit sex scenes. Not gunna lie, it‘s kinda fun watching Gods go at it. Am I going to hell? Probably - At least Hades will know what I think of him 😅🪦

NikkiM5 Sold 😂 3y
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damselsgotballs
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Very excited for this one..🍻📚

#bibliophile #lovebooks #lovereading #bookworm #booknerd #dark #romance

You're doing great.

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vonnie862
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I've been doing really well not buying books this past year. But... I couldn't help add these to my pile after participating in the Book Romance Store event a couple of weeks ago.
#bookhaul

JELEIGH I really liked a touch of darkness 😊 3y
vonnie862 Good to know! 3y
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WriterAtHeart
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Pickpick

Holy moly! I have been in a reading slump all summer long. But this Persephone and Hades retelling just rekindled my love of reading. I am now eager to get the next two books to finish their story.

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reading_rainbow
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Bailedbailed

It‘s just not keeping my interest and I have a stack of books I want to read so I‘m bailing!

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Lynsey40
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Pickpick

Just started , Good so far

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reading_rainbow
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Persephone + Hades modern retelling 🖤🥀
Just starting ✨

Carlie_jc Me too! I‘m very excited :) 3y
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wisherwishinguponastar
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I wonder if anyone ever just doesn‘t want to record their book experience? This month I just kept reading at my own pace, but didn‘t really want to record it besides updating this page. Does anyone have any suggestions on good formats for recording your reading that they don‘t find tedious? #bookjournal #litsylove #TBR

Kristin_Reads I prefer tracking in Excel and it takes me 2 minutes to record. I track title, author, pages, and date finished. 3y
Kristin_Reads Also your tracking log is so pretty! 3y
wisherwishinguponastar I thought about starting an excel sheet, especially to keep track of TBRs. I will give it a shot! And thank you for both comments, @Kristin_Reads . I am a sucker for washi tape! 3y
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