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The Last Graduate
The Last Graduate: A Novel | Naomi Novik
A budding dark sorceress determined not to use her formidable powers uncovers yet more secrets about the workings of her world in the stunning sequel to A Deadly Education, the start of Naomi Noviks groundbreaking crossover series. At the Scholomance, El, Orion, and the other students are faced with their final yearand the looming specter of graduation, a deadly ritual that leaves few students alive in its wake. El is determined that her chosen group will survive, but it is a prospect that is looking harder by the day as the savagery of the school ramps up. Until El realizes that sometimes winning the game means throwing out all the rules . . . Praise for A Deadly Education The scholomance is the dark school of magic Ive been waiting for, and its wise, witty, and monstrous heroine is one Id happily follow anywhereeven into a school full of monsters.Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale Novik deliciously undoes expectations about magic schools, destined heroes, and family legacies. A gorgeous book about monsters and monstrousness, chockablock with action, cleverness, and wit.#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black A must-read . . . Novik puts a refreshingly dark, adult spin on the magical boarding school. . . . Readers will delight in the push-and-pull of El and Orions relationship, the fantastically detailed world, the clever magic system, and the matter-of-fact diversity of the student body.Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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ErraticElle
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A dark & brash narrative packed with action & a steady pace. Not as info-dumpy as the first in the series, easier to follow, & kept my interest. Some heavy repetition in the fight scenes that could have been edited out. Like the first installment, the final third is where I really took a liking to this book. Things took on an even faster clip & amped up the intrigue. It ended with a bang & a cliffhanger that have me ready for the next read.

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Lesanne
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I had a hard time paying attention to this book, though that may be a product of everything going on in the world and my life in general. The scholastic requirements and political machinations were difficult to follow and I found myself just wanting to get on with the story. I give it extra credit for originality as well as a phenomenal cliffhanger! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Decalino
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In this delightful sequel to A Deadly Education, El remains cranky as ever, but now she has allies and possibly even friends. As graduation day approaches, they make a plan to survive, and El's increasingly obvious power attracts attention from all sides. I knew this was the 2nd book in a trilogy and honestly I loved it, but the ending made me want to throw the book through a portal into the void.

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Laughterhp
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Ahh! Naomi Novik! This is why I didn‘t stay up late to read the last chapter. I knew it was going to end on a cliffhanger! I need the next book now!

This was so good. I really liked the first one but I think I liked this one a bit better. There was a bit more world building and a lot more action. I don‘t want to say anything to spoil. @Chrissyreadit be prepared!

#DashingDecember
#AVeryMeryReadathon
#CosyReadathon
#Wrapitupreadathon
#TBRRead

TheSpineView Love this series! The next book can't get here fast enough! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Ahhhh!!! 1mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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Laughterhp
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Happy Sunday!

Got all the pets snugging 🥰, my kindle and football 🏈

#DashingDecember #AnyWayYouReadathon

Andrew65 Looks perfect. 1mo
marleed Perfect way to spend the day! Over in my neck of the woods, it was a very good day to be a Chiefs fan. 1mo
Laughterhp @marleed Oh I‘m sure! We have a bye this week, so it‘s just watching all other teams and not caring lol 1mo
marleed @Laughterhp Haha, watching a game without an emotional attachment to the final score can be very soothing to the soul! 1mo
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ScientistSam
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This was so good, and ended...well, let's just say I didn't realize at first that there will be a third book and spent some time sorting through my feelings!

We have our same prickly protagonist who is gradually letting more and more people into her life. Only now how will that impact her group's graduation strategy?!

I can't wait for book3!

Soubhiville I love this series! That ending floored me. 😱 1mo
ScientistSam @Soubhiville me too! I pretty much love anything Novik has written except the Temeraire series🙂 Maybe I'll give that another try one of these days. 1mo
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GondorGirl
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First round of #AudioBaking is complete! Chocolate fudge and chocolate chip cookie bars.

This book is SO FREAKING GOOD! I'll most likely sit on the couch and finish listening to it after dinner tonight. I do not want to wait until late next year for the final book in the series.

Bookzombie Looks yummy! 1mo
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Soubhiville
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November‘s wrap up📚📚📚

I had a hard time deciding which book to list this under because they were all really good books! I couldn‘t choose a favorite between them. Some of these will definitely be on my best of list this year.

#NonFictionNovember- I managed 5 and one still in progress.

tokorowilliamwallace Some very nice nonfiction picks, though! 2mo
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Nessavamusic
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This was epic! I liked the first book but didn‘t love it, as it was very heavy on world building and very slow. This was non stop action and El is just an amazing flawed hero, she‘s just fantastic. This does not really work as a standalone, I definitely recommend reading A Deadly Education first. Book 2 done for #NovelNovember & #AnyWayYouReadathon This was my #doublespin pick and another square done in my #bookspinbingo

Andrew65 Sounds great, well done 👏👏👏 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Eggbeater Great job! This is on my TBR. Can't wait to read it now! 2mo
kimmypete1 Yay! I read the first book earlier this year and can't wait to dive into this one. 2mo
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ShyBookOwl
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I almost didn't pick this one up because of the daunting amount of exposition in the first book. But I still wanted to know what would happen next. So I grabbed book 2 on audio through Libby and that is really working for me! I'm even enjoying the heavy dose of exposition, now that it's being narrated to me lol Such an interesting world Novik has woven.

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Soubhiville
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I loved this just as much as the first one. A high school for magic wielding teens, filled with monsters, and most years a tiny percentage of the class makes it through the graduation hall that‘s just a basement filled with things that want to eat them? Yes please.

But Naomi Novik, your cliffhangers kill me! I‘m sure I have to wait another year for the next installment… This makes me understand readers who wait for series to finish to dive in.

ICantImReading I finished this a couple of weeks ago and I‘m still not over the cliffhanger!! 😂 3mo
Soubhiville @ICantImReading Right! So many feelings and I think I actually cried out “noooooo!” 3mo
Jas16 As soon as I heard it was another cliffhanger I cancelled my library hold so I could wait until the third book is out. 3mo
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Soubhiville @Jas16 I shouldn‘t have been surprised since the first ended with a cliffhanger too. Honestly I don‘t mind too much, I‘ve loved the books so far and that makes it worth it. 😊 3mo
Larkken Jeez, this was labeled as a 2-book series! Guess she couldn‘t pack everything in she wanted to two books haha. I love it too! But wish I didn‘t have to wait… 3mo
ScientistSam Is there definitely a third book? 2mo
Soubhiville @ScientistSam there has to be, the ending of this one is a serious cliffhanger! 2mo
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Twainy
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*** OCTOBER WRAP UP ***

I read 41 books …

2 - 6⭐️
12 - 5⭐️
2 - 4⭐️3/4
3 - 4⭐️1/2
1 - 4⭐️1/3
9 - 4⭐️
5 - 3 3/4⭐️
1 - 3 2/3⭐️
3 - 3 1/2⭐️
1 - 3 1/3⭐️
2 - 3⭐️

16 favorites above. Happy Halloween! 🎃

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Soubhiville
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My poor pumpkin Sietje isn‘t feeling well after getting her shots today, so I‘ll be spending the evening reading in bed with her. Hopefully a little TLC will have her back to normal in the morning.

Leftcoastzen 🐶aawww hope she feels better soon ! 3mo
wanderinglynn Poor baby. Hope she feels better soon! ❤️🐶 3mo
Kappadeemom Sweet baby ❤️ 3mo
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CoffeeNBooks I hope Sietje feels better soon! 🐶💜 3mo
Catsandbooks Hope she feels better soon! ❤️ 3mo
Megabooks Poor girl! Mine always feel a bit sleepy and down too, especially my dachshund/dachshund mixes. 3mo
Crazeedi Is Sietje doing better today? 3mo
Soubhiville @Crazeedi she is, thanks! 3mo
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Soubhiville
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Can Sietje and I squeeze in one more spooky book before Halloween? We‘re gonna try 😁📚🖤.

vivastory You can do it💪📚 3mo
EvieBee Okay, your dog‘s name is awesome. It‘s pronounce “say-gee” right? 3mo
AmyG Yes. Yes you can. 👍🏻 3mo
BookDadGirlDad Signed Naomi Novik....😍😍😍 3mo
Soubhiville @EvieBee her name is Dutch. It was my husband‘s grandmother‘s name. They pronounce it “See-cha”. 😊 My father in law‘s name is Siert, which they tell me is the masculine version of her name. It‘s pronounced like it‘s spelled. 3mo
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ICantImReading
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5 ⭐️s! Novik‘s world is so creative and intricate it completely transports and consumes you! Fantastic character and story development - the darkness and sarcasm are still there, but friendship and bravery are at the heart of this magical adventure. The expositional tangents interrupt the action at times, but the ending was truly exhilarating and had my adrenaline pumping at 1 a.m.! I‘d face a horde of mals to get to book 3 - what a cliffhanger!!

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BarbaraJean
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I tore through this sequel to A Deadly Education, and am now bereft. I enjoyed getting to see a full year of the Scholomance, and loved El‘s gradual, grudging growth in connection with those around her. That ending, though. This was literally my reaction to the last line: 😦🤭 Book 3 can‘t come fast enough!

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Johanna414
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These books are like nonstop exposition, but for some reason that really, really worked for me in this case? It's turning into one of my favorite series!
@TheAromaofBooks This was my October #bookspin pick!

TheAromaofBooks I can't decide if I want to read this one now or wait until the third book comes out and read them all together. 😂 I really enjoyed the first book a lot. 3mo
Johanna414 Lol I guess it depends on how you feel about cliffhangers... 3mo
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coffees
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I just want to scream about the end of this book!!! I figured something like that would happen but still 🤯🤯🤯. In this book we span a whole year (vs. B1) so it felt a bit quick, but also like not a lot happened on screen, which is why I felt a bit meh over it. Still, it was just as snarky as B1, which I liked. Can't wait til B3, I don't even know what to do now OMG 🤯 #yafantasy

Read on Libro: http://libro.fm/referral?rf_code=lfm135487

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vlwelser
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This book is the worst. It ends on such an intense cliffhanger that I actually wanted to throw it across the room. Except it was an #audiobook on my phone. How in the world am I going to be able to wait for the author to write and publish the next book? Absolute torture.

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@TheAromaofBooks

katy4peas 😂😫 I hate that!! 😘 3mo
Johanna414 Oh no!! I'm halfway through it!! 3mo
vlwelser @Johanna414 sorry. That was sort of a spoiler. I knew it was coming and still was surprised. 3mo
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Johanna414 lol No worries - I'd honestly rather know ahead of time to expect a cliffhanger. That way I'm not totally upset when it happens! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I read the first book and really enjoyed it. I'm thinking about not reading this one until the third book comes out and then reading them all at the same time! 😂 3mo
vlwelser @TheAromaofBooks if you have the willpower to wait, I'm a tiny bit jealous. As soon as I finished the first I immediately started plotting to get my hands on this one. 3mo
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Twainy
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🎧📚 Even better than A Deadly Education!

CLIFFHANGER! 😩

This is a terrible picture of my Waterstone‘s edition … because Illumicrate didn‘t offer a book that matched their edition of ADE! 🤨 If you liked A Deadly Education you‘ll love The Last Graduate!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheSpineView It was a HUGE cliffhanger! 3mo
Twainy @TheSpineView there was an audible groan over here 😆 I won‘t mind relistening to the 2 books before book 3 comes out but ugh … the wait!!! 3mo
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coffees
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Looks like there'll be three books?! And maybe it'll be out next year end of September? Maybe? I mean both Deadly Education and Last Graduate had about the same release date and a year apart 🤔🤔 so the wait won't be too long but still...

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Johanna414
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I'm in the middle of three books that I was hoping to finish this weekend, but I'm too tired to focus on any of them by the time I get the kids to bed... Ruby prefers I spend the evening devoting all my time to her anyways. #catsoflitsy

Bklover Ruby is a cutie!❤️ 3mo
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Laughterhp
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I‘m new to checking out e-books from the library, but this book has 245 people waiting to check this book out!!

That‘s insane!!

I have 2 library cards, so I put it on hold at my other library which still said several months. There are only 59 people waiting for 2 copies 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Awk_Word_Smith So you have a better chance at the BPL then. But you never know! 3mo
Chrissyreadit I can loan it to you if you want. I am going to try and read it by next weekend. 3mo
Laughterhp @Awk_Word_Smith Math is not my strong suit but I felt like several months was less than 19 weeks. But I guess I don‘t know how much several months actually is. 3mo
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Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit Oh that‘d be really nice! No pressure if you don‘t get to it. I felt like it‘d be a good book to read in the winter. 3mo
Chrissyreadit Sounds like a plan ❤️ my son read it in one day and liked it a lot. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sometimes a library will buy more copies when they see demand like this. Then you‘ll move up fast! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 3mo
Bookzombie @BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s what I was going to say. 🙂 3mo
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TK-421
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I‘m so torn right now! I just finished Aurora Rising so I‘m tempted to start book two & stay immersed in that world... BUT I‘ve also been waiting for The Last Graduate since I finished A Deadly Education back in July & I‘ve been dying to get back to the Scholomance to find out what happens next... Argh! Decisions, decisions! I might have to flip a coin. #BookwormProblems

julesG Difficult choice. I'd go with The Graduate 4mo
TK-421 @julesG After much deliberation, that‘s what I did! 4mo
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Moonprismpower
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I absolutely love Naomi Novik‘s writing. She creates these worlds that envelops you. There‘s so much detail and richness to the story that I have to read slowly to capture every moment. I love this sequel I love the Scholomance series.

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Allylu
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Just finished listening to this book for three hours today. There was a lot of talking and planning and fighting creepy, crawly monsters with a very tiny bit of romance thrown in. The end could be taken two ways - interesting. #120 #BookSpinBingo #6 #BFC21 #BOOKED2021 #SERIES2021 #Buzzwordathon #FallIntoReading #NotSoScaryathon #Scarathon2021 #Screamathon #Frightfall #Spookoween #LittenListen #OctoberReadathon #Spooktober #Wickedathon

Cinfhen Nice!! Lots of challenges 🥳🙌🏻 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I'm excited to read this one - it's waiting for me at the library!!! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage All the prompts!! 👍🏻🎉💕 4mo
TheSpineView Great job! 4mo
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Copwithabook
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I loved the last book and loved this just as much. I read through it just as fast and wow, what an ending!!!

j9brown Is it the end or is there supposed to be more to the series? Really enjoyed the first one too! 4mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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A slightly spooky themed October #bookspin. A couple of the books are not yet available at my library (14 & 15) but putting them on the list anyway in the hopes they‘ll appear soon. Added a few magical reads for the month that I‘ve been saving for Halloween season.

Will post September #bookspinbingo results soon. 3 hours of Where the Crawdads Sing stand between me and bingo.

Thank you for hosting the book spin fun @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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TheSpineView
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

📚 The Labor Day holiday weekend. My grands came to visit and we had a blast.
📚 Tagged!
📚 Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter books. His character had my feelings for him all twisted up.
📚 The gorgeous fall weather we have been having.

Want to play? @Mavey @DarkMina @wanderinglynn @EadieB

Mavey Thanks for the tag!💕💕 4mo
Mavey Have you completed reading The Last Graduate?😀 I got glowing reviews about A Deadly Education, have to get around to it soon 4mo
TheSpineView @Mavey Yes. I had an ARC. It was fabulous. My review is on my blog if you are interested. Www.thespineview.com 4mo
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TheSpineView @Mavey 🥰😘😊 4mo
Mavey @TheSpineView Will check it out! Thanks!😄💕 4mo
Eggs Great post❣️ Thanks for playing Lisa!! 4mo
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TheSpineView
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#FallTreasures @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
Prompt: Published in 2021

Loved this book! 🧡📖

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚📚💚 4mo
Eggs Love that green🖤✅ 4mo
Soubhiville This is on my October TBR! 4mo
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Moonprismpower
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@BeeMagical thanks for the tag! @Eggs
1. The tagged book was added to my TBR. It may not have been the last though.
2. 🍓🍓🍓
3.Spells Like Teen Spirit- out next week and I‘ve got an order in!
4. I am grateful for the rain.
Want to play @Kdgordon88 ?

Eggs ❤️❤️📚👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
Kdgordon88 Thanks for the tag! 4mo
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TheSpineView
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Loved the second installment in the Scholomance series. However it has a huge cliffhanger. Still loved it despite that. 5⭐ Read my full review on my blog at www.thespineview.com

DarkMina Good to hear. This is on my TBR. 4mo
Soubhiville I‘m so looking forward to this one! 4mo
TheSpineView @DarkMina @Soubhiville Hooe you enjoy! ❤📖 4mo
Twainy I‘m super annoyed that Illumicrate isn‘t doing this book! They suckered me into buying book one!! I really want book two to MATCH. Jerks. I‘m interested in reading this!!! 4mo
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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 245.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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TheSpineView
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It's Tuesday again! Here are the #Two4Tuesday questions for today. Thanks to all the Littens that played last week! Enjoy!

My answers:
📚 Tagged, The Last Graduate
📚 Not doing any swaps but I will do a few reading challenges and the photo challenges. I also will try to complete a couple of the items in the Sci-Fi September Challenge.

Want to play? @Eggs @wanderinglynn @DaveGreen7777 @RamsFan1963 @Nute @Andrew65 @jb72 @Leftcoastzen

wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 😘 But I haven‘t read any books this September (yet) 😉 5mo
Eggs Thanks 🧡🧡 5mo
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TheSpineView @wanderinglynn I just realized my mistake! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️Fixed! I guess I just have fall and September on my mind. What can I say?!? 5mo
TheSpineView @Eggs You're welcome! 5mo
wanderinglynn 😆 I have September on the mind too! Bring on the fall! 🍁 5mo
Andrew65 Thanks for the tag 😍 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Thanks for the tag! 😊 5mo
MoonWitch94 Thanks for the tag!! 💗🍂🍁 5mo
ozma.of.oz Thanks for the tag! 5mo
Avanders Oooh I really need to read those books… maybe next! Thanks for the tag! 😘🧡 5mo
TheSpineView @Avanders You're welcome! 5mo
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TheSpineView
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Day 2 results in the #AwesomeAugust readathon hosted by @Andrew65

I finished The Last Graduate yesterday, worked on A Record of a Space Born Few and started The Drug Lord's Daughter. I read about 4.5 hours for a total of 9.5 so far. I forgot to start a new lap on my timer. Hopefully I will remember that today. I like seeing the daily totals.

Soubhiville I can‘t wait to pick up a copy of The Graduate! Hope you liked it. 5mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 5mo
TheSpineView @Soubhiville I enjoyed it. I will post a full review closer to the release date. 4 to 4.5 stars and the ending while not unexpected was appropriate. 5mo
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Decalino I just finished A Deadly Education and did not realize a sequel was on the way. Just preordered it, thanks for the heads up! 5mo
TheSpineView @Decalino You're welcome! 😊 5mo
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"Keep away from Orion Lake."

Naomi Novick, The Last Graduate

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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"Keep away from Orion Lake."

Naomi Novik, The Last Graduate

ICantImReading Ooh I‘m so excited for this book!! 6mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Ohhhh! I really like Naomi Novik. Excited for this one! 6mo
TheSpineView @ICantImReading @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I am enjoying the book so far. I'm post a review when done. 6mo
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bell7
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This one isn't out till September and the copy asked that reviews be saved for pub date, so let me just say it's a fitting second book in a planned trilogy and I loved every minute.

E-book review copy received free from the publisher. Thank you!

Chrissyreadit Im incredibly jealous. 7mo
bell7 @Chrissyreadit I was honestly shocked when the request went through! But Sept 28 will be here before you know it 7mo
Chrissyreadit @bell7 🤣 the countdown begins. 7mo
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underground_bks
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Return to the Scholomance! It‘s El‘s senior year, and graduation is imminent, but this Hellish Hogwarts has bigger plans and it‘s going to take all the talent for destruction that El‘s been suppressing and all the heroics of golden boy(friend?) Orion Lake to survive. I love the massive world-building and intricate magical system, the sarcasm and dark humor, and the tender heart of this series—and the last page always leaves me giggling and aghast!

underground_bks Read for June Bookland Challenge—Fantasy: Green Cover (edited) 7mo
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AllisonM89
Pickpick

Proper review to be posted on publication date (9/28/21)

Thank you, #NetGalley and Random House, for the ARC!

#bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks I know the first book wasn't for everyone, but I quite enjoyed it & am excited for the sequel!! 7mo
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks I loved the first book and thought El was refreshingly sarcastic!

The main character in the last book I read, Gideon the Ninth also gave off the same sarcastic vibes as El, but that is another book that is very much NOT FOR EVERYONE.
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nitalibrarian
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My Friday night read is this fantasy ARC. I was going to wait to read it since it doesn't come out until September, but my coworker read it and is desperate to have someone to talk to about it. It's the 2nd book in the Scholomance series.

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AllisonM89
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TheAromaofBooks !!!!! I'm so excited already! 1y
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks i just preordered it 😂 1y
TheAromaofBooks I was looking at the preorder button myself! 1y
mollyrotondo I‘m not sure yet about this one. I liked the first one but I was putting it down a lot near the end. I‘m looking forward to reading more about this second one. 1y
AllisonM89 @mollyrotondo I've preordered it. You can borrow my copy lol
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