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AllisonM89

AllisonM89

Joined February 2020

https://allisonsbookishramblings.blogspot.com/ The things that make us happy make us wise. - John Crowley
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Loved this refreshing take on females and monsters of Greek mythology! I listened to the audiobook and the author reads her work beautifully.

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Bailedbailed

I gave up halfway through. I'm just frustrated with the plots and the characters. Sorry, Marillier, i love many of your books, but not this one

August #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Always sad when a well-liked author doesn't pan out!! 3mo
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#AwesomeAugust @Andrew65

Goals: Finish reading A Hat Full of Sky and then make progress in my bookspin pick. Id also like to get halfway through the audiobook I've been very slowly listening to

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. 😍 4mo
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Bailedbailed

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DNF this one. Unoriginal, and it feels more like a pep talk/counsellor/motivational speaker than unique retellings. Not terrible, but a very disappointing read, so I'm setting this book aside

TheAromaofBooks Ah well, I suppose they can't all be winners haha 4mo
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The Wee Free Men | Terry Pratchett
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Crivens, I can't believe it's taken me so long to get around to reading Pratchett! What an utterly fantastic read!

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julesG 🎉🎉 Tiffany Aching is a great start. We're (that's the #OokBOokClub) reading #AHatFullOfSky, the second Tiffany Aching book this month. Discussion is on August 7th. Should you want to join us. 4mo
AllisonM89 @julesG I'm in!! 4mo
AllisonM89 @julesG thank you! 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Prachett is definitely an author I've been meaning to read forever!! 4mo
julesG I'll tag you in the discussion post. Happy Reading! 4mo
Pogue You should hear the audio book version of this book.. 4mo
AllisonM89 @Pogue I'm sure it's amazing! 4mo
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Listened to the audiobook this time and still absolutely adore this story. Valente is a magnificent storyteller

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Harp of Kings | Juliet Marillier
Bailedbailed

Not bad, but disappointing for a Marillier novel. I want invested in the plot or the characters

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TheAromaofBooks Sometimes you just have to let one go 😕 5mo
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Read this book if only to read the Pratchett, Springer, and Costikyan stories - they are just THAT GOOD. The rest is a mixture of decent and disappointing.

The Pratchett story is all sorts of brilliant - a must read.

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

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

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TheAromaofBooks I know the first book wasn't for everyone, but I quite enjoyed it & am excited for the sequel!! 6mo
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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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Such a fun read! I love sarcastic main characters.

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In a brief moment of insanity at 6am this morning, this happened:

https://allisonsbookishramblings.blogspot.com/

Moonprismpower Did you have lots of coffee to do this? Nice! 6mo
AllisonM89 @Moonprismpower i had my tea and my kids were still asleep 😂 6mo
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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Can't wait!!!

sprainedbrain Oh wow! This should be awesome. 😍 6mo
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Wendy, Darling | A. C. Wise
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Thank you, #netgalley, for the ARC of #WendyDarling!
This story is absolutely perfect! It takes the main element of Peter Pan that I always found bothersome and exposed it for the nightmare it is. Told between 1904 Neverland, 1917-1920 London, and “present day“ (1931) London and Neverland, Wendy, Darling tells the story of Wendy and her family and the repercussions of her initial Neverland visit, her memories, and her brothers' lack of memories.

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What a beautiful poetry collection! This book is the perfect beauty that came from the hell that was 2020. In Gill's poetry, we can find ourselves and our complicated feelings about this past year. Gill's imagery, her view of the world, and her hope in goodness and kindness is sure to resonate with all readers. This book belongs in a time capsule to show the best of what came from 2020.
#netgalley #hachettebooks

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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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For fans of Novik's Uprooted & Marillier's Heart's Blood, For the Wolf is a BatB retelling with hints of Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Green Man mythology. Red has been intended “For the Wolf“ her entire life. With her approaching birthday, she is sacrificied to the woods where she begins what is possibly the greatest adventure of her life. This book teeters on the edge of adult and YA fiction.

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Becoming Leidah | Michelle Grierson
Mehso-so

The first third of the book was slow enough that I wasn't invested.
Maeva and Leidah are beautiful characters that you come to love over the course of the story.
Then there's Pieter. He can go to hell. He's a male character straight from a Barbara Kingsolver novel. And the worst of women. A village ready for a witch hunt. A self-serving witch that you hate just as much as Pieter.
With this book, it helps to be familiar with Norse mythology

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Becoming Leidah | Michelle Grierson
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I'm reading all these stellar reviews on goodreads and I'm wondering if I'm really reading the same book these other reviewers read. At best, 60 pages in, this book is the epitome of fine, nothing special 🤷‍♀️

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What a beautiful story. Heartbreaking and magnificent. The kind of story that stays with you.

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#nutsinmay @andrew65

Goal: Find a book to be completely immersed in next week.

I've been reading a bit lately (and enjoying the books I'm reading), but have been awfully distracted. I need to find a book on my shelves that I can get completely lost in....

Strangest readathon goal ever! 😂

Andrew65 That‘s my problem, distracted. 7mo
AllisonM89 @Andrew65 It's such a frustrating problem. Reading is my escape and how I keep myself mentally “in check.“ Right now, I don't even have the focus for that, even though I'm enjoying the books I've been reading.....
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Andrew65 @AllisonM89 Summed up exactly what I feel. 6mo
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Could we get this page printed in color and framed please???? 😍😍

LaraS Ooo, I definitely second that motion...gorgeous! I love when authors add a little extra sumthin' sumthin' 7mo
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Muse and Reverie | Charles de Lint
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Not my favorite de Lint short story collection, but a good read nonetheless.

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AllisonM89
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Oh, how I loved this book! It has earned a well-deserved place on my shelf next to Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber. Very different, but just as perfect.

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Ariadne is beautiful, chilling, and absolutely heartbreaking. I look forward to reading anything else Saint writes.

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Into the Heartless Wood | Joanna Ruth Meyer
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This book was an Amazon impulse buy. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Felt like an old fairy tale.

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updated May #bookspinbingo list
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1. Snow White Learns Witchcraft
2. Ariadne
3. Becoming Leidah
4. The Light of the Midnight Stars
5. The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry
6. Palimpsest
7. The Harp of Kings
8. Shadowfell
9. Botanical Folk Tales
10. A Treasury of British Folklore
11. Into the Heartless Wood
12. The Ladies of the Secret Circus
13. Gold Unicorn
14. Sistersong
15. White Jenna
16-17. Discworld
18-20. Newford

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magyklyXdelish I just placed my BOTM order yesterday so I had to change my list to add Ariadne as well!!! 7mo
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AllisonM89
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An interesting, worthwhile read.

One more book I have on loan from my aunt and then back to our regularly scheduled fantasy book overload!

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***This book will be replaced on my May list with The Ladies of the Secret Circus

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Mehso-so

Interesting information, but the first 100 pages (on the origins/credibility of the Gospels) went on a tad too long - definitely had more of a “textbook“ feel than the latter half of this book or Pitre's Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary. Still an interesting, accessible read.

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***This book will be replaced on May's #bookspinbingo list by Into the Heartless Wood

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April #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
Best of: Blackthorn and Grim Trilogy by Marillier

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Far from my typical read, but terribly interesting. It recounts the history of the USS Plunkett, the destroyer that my grandfather served on in the Navy during WWII.

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**Will replace this book on my May list with White Jenna

TheAromaofBooks What a fun connection to this book!! 7mo
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks it really is! My grandfather was very proud of the time he served on this ship. He even had a painting of the ship hanging in his living room 7mo
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks one of his friends is even mentioned in the book. It was a super interesting read because of the connection 7mo
TheAromaofBooks That is genuinely so interesting! I love when books have a personal connection like that. 7mo
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Mehso-so

I had trouble deciding how to rate this book. Honestly, if the book weren't so short, I wouldn't have finished it. The first half of the book really dragged. The second half was really quite good. I'm hoping that book two is consistent with the latter half of book one.

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Black Unicorn | Tanith Lee
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A quick, but terribly enjoyable, read! Looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.

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Promises to Keep | Charles de Lint
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At first I wasn't sure about this book. I didn't love the otherworld part of this one, surprisingly, but I loved learning more of Jilly's past. What a fabulous character!

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Den of Wolves | Juliet Marillier
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I thought it impossible for Marillier to write anything that I love as dearly as Sevenwaters. Well, she did. The conclusion of Blackthorn & Grim is nothing short of perfection.

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Bone Swans: Stories | C.S.E. Cooney
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Really loved most of these stories. Cooney is a brilliant writer.

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Unnatural Magic | C. M. Waggoner
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Really unique and rather enjoyable. Looking forward to reading more by this author

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SO EXCITED!

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mollyrotondo Wow! When does the fourth come out? 2030? 😂 I need the third book now!!!! 7mo
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Daughter of Tintagel | Fay Sampson
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Bailedbailed

And that's just page one. NOPE. 😬
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MySharonaK Oh my ! The cringe 😣 7mo
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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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an interesting book, but not as brilliant as i remember it being

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Andrew65 I enjoyed this on my first read. 7mo
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A really lovely original fairy tale. Looking forward to book 3

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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 8mo
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Goal: Start/finish three books this week
@andrew65 #awesomeapril

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 8mo
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Bailedbailed

DNF. There's nothing wrong with the book, really. But i just don't care. I'm not invested in the characters. The plot is inferiorly reminiscent of Dr. Strange and Mr. Norrell. And, Good Lord, is it slow. Gave up after page 100.

And it was a bookclub pick, so i wanted to finish it so i could join in on the discussion. But it just isn't worth it....

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TheAromaofBooks Life is too short for books that don't engage you!! 8mo
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks exactly! The only reason i got as far as i did was because i wanted to be able to join in on the book club discussion. But so not worth it. I know the rest of the world seems to love this book, so i guess I'm the outlier 😂 8mo
TheAromaofBooks That happens to me a lot. I'm like... is this the same book everyone else loves or did I pick up a different one with the same title?!?! 😂 8mo
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Reread this for the first time in 10+ years: Its an enjoyable read, but not as brilliant as i remember it being

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Bradleygirl I hear you on this one. it's got wonderful texture and great character building, but at the same time it's just....so much Kvothe all the time 8mo
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The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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So many thoughts and feelings about this book. There's parts of this book that I adore. There's parts of this book that I struggle with. I'm so so happy to finally have read this one.

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