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ferskner
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Pickpick

Bah, I meant to get all my book challenges updated last night, but instead I had a friend over to ring in the new year. Fingers crossed that I actually finished a challenge!

I thought this had a weak start, but eventually I was completely drawn in to Alma Vanderbilt's fascinating life. I stayed up way too late researching Gilded Age mansions.

#booked2018 #newin2018 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen You still made it🤫 13mo
ferskner @Cinfhen 😍😍😍 I was four prompts short of finishing the whole challenge, but I still loved it! My favorite challenge of the year. 13mo
Cinfhen Thanks for playing along!!! And so glad u enjoyed!!! 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m excited that you loved our challenge! It‘s been so much fun to have our group reading together all year! 13mo
ferskner @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm so excited for this year's challenge! 13mo
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Bookzombie
The Scorpio Races | Maggie Stiefvater
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Pickpick

Book 20 of #MountTBR- I may have to check out Stiefvater‘s other books as I loved this one. I love Puck. She is a feisty and strong character. It had just the right amount of a romance and no love triangle!

#Booked2018
#UnderdogHero - The Scorpio Races
#FeaturesaHoliday - A Redbird Christmas
#MCover70yearsold - Driving Miss Daisy
#Newin2018 - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
#MCwithInvisibleIllness - Talking to the Dead
#SpookyRead - Dark Duets

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻📚📚 13mo
danibolahood I loved The Scorpio Races! 13mo
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Bookzombie @danibolahood It was so good! 13mo
Cinfhen Congrats!!! You did it 🎊🎊🎊 Thanks for making the journey with us 13mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen Thank you! Could you do me a favor and check if I signed up for next year? I cant remember. 13mo
Megabooks Fantastic!! 13mo
Bookzombie @Megabooks Thanks! 13mo
Cinfhen I will ask @4thhouseontheleft she‘s our tech gal 😘😘😉 13mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen Thank you! 13mo
Bookzombie @4thhouseontheleft Thank you for checking! 13mo
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Kamisha
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With this last read I have finally completed my end season of reads for #booked2018! Just in time 🙌🏼😉
#underdoghero - The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#featuresaholiday - Hocus Pocus & Sequel ⭐️⭐️⭐️
#MCover70 - The One-In-A Million Boy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#newin2018 - Pride ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
MCwithinvisibleillness- Turtles ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#spooky - Blood and Salt ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen Wow!!! So many 4 star reads!!! That‘s awesome 🥳🥳🥳congrats on completing the challenge 🎈🎈🎈 13mo
Kamisha @Cinfhen yes, it was a great reading season! And thank you! 🎉😊 13mo
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4thhouseontheleft
Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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Pickpick

Well, that was a strange story, but I enjoyed the ride! The resolution seems quite far-fetched and character reactions are almost silly, but I really liked the setting and comedic jabs at health and wellness resorts. And boy, was this a wellness retreat gone wrong!

This is also my last book for #booked2018 #newin2018, so now I am officially done with all of my 2018 year-long reading challenges!

BookishTrish I like this photo! 13mo
4thhouseontheleft @bookishtrish Thank you! It‘s my yoga mat...seemed appropriate as the background. 🧘‍♀️ 😃 (edited) 13mo
Cinfhen Woohoo🙌🏻🎉💜congrats ❣️❣️❣️ 13mo
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
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Kamisha
Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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Pickpick

Loved this modern-day Pride and Prejudice retelling! It was full of so much heart and beautiful messages. Sometimes retellings don‘t quite make the cut for me, but Zoboi truly took P&P and used it as inspirational framework to create her own unique story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#newin2018 #booked2018

Cinfhen I‘m really curious about this book...I‘ve been seeing ALL positive reviews 😄 13mo
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Reviewsbylola
Murder as a Fine Art | David Morrell
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My final quarter of #booked2018 is complete. Here‘s what I read—

#newin2018 Heartland
#mcwithaninvisibleillness Reasons to Stay Alive
#spooky The Elementals
#underdoghero Murder as a Fine Art
#MCover70 Three Things About Elsie
#featuresaholiday Better Not Cry

vivastory I just checked out Murder As A Fine Art. Your review has me even more excited for it. 13mo
Reviewsbylola It was really good!! The author wrote in his afterword that he immersed himself in 1854 Victorian London for two years in preparation for writing this book and it clearly showed. He went above and beyond by including a lot of details about the period. @vivastory (edited) 13mo
vivastory That sounds exactly what I was looking for! I'm looking for a new historical mystery series after I read the final book in MJ Carter's series 13mo
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Crazeedi Thank you, I'm adding a couple to.my tbr! 13mo
Reviewsbylola Three Things About Elsie I would have never read without this challenge probably and it was one of my favorites of the year! @Crazeedi 13mo
Crazeedi @Reviewsbylola thank you! I'm checking that one out! 13mo
4thhouseontheleft Which one was your favorite? They all sound good! 13mo
Reviewsbylola Definitely Three Things About Elsie. I really enjoyed them all though, which is awesome! @4thhouseontheleft 13mo
VeganCleopatra You Better Not Cry has a disturbing cover. 😬😏 13mo
Reviewsbylola I like to convince myself it‘s Augusten himself rockin that suit. 😂😂 @VeganCleopatra 13mo
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻can‘t wait to see your new reads in 2019 13mo
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youneverarrived
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I loved this. The use of multiple voices from different generations was really effective in showing how the same struggles come up time and time again. Every voice was unique and the tension was literally felt through the pages. It‘s gritty and bleak but the writing is at times poetic. #newin2018 #booked2018

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sprainedbrain
Night Before Christmas | Nikolai Gogol
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Pickpick

I loved this little Russian Christmas tale... it‘s actually really funny. I especially enjoyed the very busy and popular village witch, although as a 41-year-old person, I could have done without this line:

“Vakula‘s mother was no more than forty years old and was neither good nor bad looking (though, of course, it‘s difficult to look good at forty).”

Speak for yourself, Gogol! 😂

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen Was this your final #booked2018?!?! 13mo
sprainedbrain @Cinfhen No, one more to go! I‘m reading this one for #NewIn2018. I‘ve actually read a bunch of new books this year and could use one of them, but I picked this one last year for this prompt and I‘m sticking to it. 😂 13mo
Tamra 😝 13mo
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Cinfhen Wow!!! You‘re a stickler!!! 🙌🏻❤️ 13mo
vivastory Have you read 13mo
vivastory It's hilarious 13mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory I haven‘t yet, but I‘m sure it doesn‘t surprise you that it‘s on my list. #1001books 😃 13mo
vivastory Yeah, it's really short. I think Dead Souls is also on the list. I think I will make a point of reading that next year. 13mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory this was my first Gogol, but I like the humor. Looking forward to more. 13mo
Peddler410 @sprainedbrain I hear ya! I‘m read a book aloud to my daughter in which 42 is considered incredibly old for the aunt — i‘m 46 😳 13mo
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Literaturenut
Macbeth | Jo Nesbo
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I just thought this whole reimagining was heavy handed and sloppy. What makes Macbeth a great story is the finesse. I felt no sympathy for this Macbeth. Nothing more than a megalomaniac with no depth. #NewIn2018 #booked2018 #getreading2018 #26of36 #audiobook

Cinfhen That‘s a shame!! Maybe Nesbø wasn‘t the right author to retell Shakespeare !?! ?‍♀️ 13mo
Literaturenut His prose were actually quite lovely and well written. I think if he had spent more time to develop the depth of story it would have been better. I would think retelling a Classic is always in ways more difficult because you want to make it your own, but it still needs to be recognizable. 13mo
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