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AmandaBlaze

AmandaBlaze

Joined January 2022

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When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
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Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough
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Unity by Elly Bangs
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The Resting Place by Camilla Sten
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Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick Marcus, Julian Sedgwick Julian, Alexis Deacon Alexis
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Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
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The Shimmering State: A Novel by Meredith Westgate
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When We Were Birds | Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
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1. When We Were Birds and My Swordhand is Singing
2. Walden by Thoreau
3. When We Were Birds
#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

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Sounds about right.

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When We Were Birds | Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
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“'First thing you have to remember,' Granny Catherine hold her granddaughter, Yejide, close on her lap, 'is that there was a time before time.'“
A fantasy novel set in Trinidad.
#FirstLlineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Taken from the FB group Affirming Always
#ThinkPositiveBePositive
@alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this 🥰 3d
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Taken from the FB group Affirming Always
#ThinkPositiveBePositive
@alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 3d
braddsibbersen Why do you have my daily task list posted? 3d
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I‘m not setting any goals for the #MarvellousMay #Readathon, except to get some reading done for #WyrdAndWonder. My mom is in the hospital and then will have to be transferred to a PT/Rehab facility, so I don‘t know how much reading I‘ll get done.
Thanks again, @Andrew65, for hosting. 🙂

bthegood I hope all goes well with your mom🤗 4d
Andrew65 Sending best wishes for you and your mom. Take care. 😍 4d
AmandaBlaze Thank you! 3d
AmandaBlaze Thank you! 3d
PaperbackPirate Sending love to you and your mom! 💙 3d
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The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book, and it had a good beginning. However, the author didn‘t do as well with the ending. It was well-written, yet the House of Rust didn‘t even come into play until the last 60 pages. The ending was rather ambiguous about what was going to happen. It was nice to read a fantasy set in Africa, though
#DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks
#WyrdAndWonder @imyril

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4d
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Texreader ❤️💙 💚 💛 💜 1w
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1. Strangely only one book, The House of Rust.
2. Bleeding Heart
3. Family gathering, reading, and relaxing.

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The House of Rust: A Novel | Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
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Next up is this fantasy set in Africa.
#WyrdAndWonder @imyril

imyril Oooh this is one of the fantasy nominees for the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards - it‘s been on my TBR for a while, sounds really interesting! I look forward to hearing your thoughts. 1w
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I can't really say much more praise that hasn't already been said. I loved the way the stories interconnect. Reading Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel first is helpful, but not totally necessary.

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Insomnia | Sarah Pinborough
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“The other car came out of nowhere.“
#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!!! 2w
WJCintron 🙌 🙌 😃 2w
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WJCintron And stand up stronger! 😃 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I sure did… thank you 💛💛💛 1w
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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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“Grief is such a--oh, it is such a solitary thing; this is the terror of it, I think. It is like sliding down the outside of a really long glass building while nobody sees you.

bthegood What a great analogy.👍 1w
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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A beautiful and heart-wrenching book, dealing with memories past and present. When a local swimming pool is permanently shut down, a woman with dementia begins to unravel. It's a short novel that can be read in a day.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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Creepy psychological suspense. I read it in two sittings. The autobiographical section written by Verity might be too disturbing for some.

LKK526 @AmandaBlaze couldn‘t decide on this one. Trust your judgment😀 1w
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A little fantasy tidbit for #WyrdAndWonder
@imyril

imyril Isn‘t it interesting where fantasy can be found 😄 2w
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Pawn of Prophecy | David Eddings
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1. Every once in awhile I'll create new new adventures for characters as I fall asleep, but no actual dreams.
2. The books of David Eddings
3. Read more. Work out more. Catch up on my #LitsyLove letters.
#wondrouswednesday
@Eggs

LKK526 1. Rarely. 2. Defending Jacob. 3. Finding better books to read than the lemons I‘ve been picking out lately! 2w
Eggs Thanks for playing @LKK526 ! 2w
Eggs Thanks for joining in Amanda! 2w
LKK526 @Eggs 😃👍😊 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #3 👍🏻🙌🏻 me too!! 4d
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The Children on the Hill | Jennifer McMahon
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I loved every minute of this book, and I'm glad I took my time with it. The narrative structure had several points of view including a teenager's guide to monster hunting. The pacing and the way things were revealed were awesome. It also had a lot to do with the non-familial bonds we form.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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The Children on the Hill | Jennifer McMahon
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Started this late last night. I think it might be my new favorite by McMahon.

Twainy I‘ve had this on loan from Libby … I‘m glad it‘s good! 2w
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As I'm about to start out #WyrdAndWonder in May, what's your favorite fantasy novel?
@imyril

AmandaBlaze I'm thinking of digging out my David Eddings' books as that was my introduction to Sword and Sorcery. 2w
Arkrayder Really like that design. 2w
BookwormAHN The Lord of the Rings 2w
imyril @AmandaBlaze oh gosh, that takes me back! But perfect for our Wyrd and Wonder wolf mascot :) 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this 🖤 2w
WJCintron 😃 🙌 2w
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The Children on the Hill | Jennifer McMahon
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I'm keeping the bar a little low for this one, considering my performance in the last few readathons. For the #20in4 #Readathon, I will read Children on the Hill and Sea of Tranquility. Hopefully, I'll read more, but those two are the main goals
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Good luck 😊 3w
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The Secret Garden 100th Anniversary | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Tagged.
I do not garden, but I like plants and flowers.
I love to read outside.
Iced tea with lemon.
#thoughtfulthursday
@MoonWitch94

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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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My BOTM pick. Somehow I got a free choice. 🙂

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 3w
WJCintron So true!! 😃 🙌 3w
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1. Any book that inspires wonder with well-drawn characters, space opera for example.
2. The people and #LitsyLove
3. Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon, once I get it from the library.
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💕💕💕 3w
Eggs Love #1 3w
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Help me decide which book to read, please!

bthegood I haven't read either of them but Verity is on my TBR, so I vote for that👍 3w
AmandaBlaze Thanks! 🙂 3w
WJCintron Verity!! I have it, but I haven't been able to read it yet. I've heard great things! They say it's disturbing, though. 3w
TheLudicReader Not Verity. 3w
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Unity | Elly Bangs
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“This is the first thing I remember when I begin to cohere in unity: a woman standing at a railing, peering down into the vats at the final bottom of Bloom City--and a man in a cramped air transport lavatory, watching his reflection in the scuffed plastic mirror point a wave pistol at its own head.“
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Too true!
Credit to FB's Literary Jokes & Puns

MoonWitch94 🤦🏻‍♀️ Ohhh I‘ve been read! This is so true lol 😂 3w
WJCintron LOL 😂 Love it!! 3w
Nute lol! Now I know the reason why my bed is surrounded by piles of books.😂 3w
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The Long Weekend | Gilly Macmillan
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Fast-paced, suspenseful read. The narrative style took a little getting used, at least for the ebook. A double space between paragraphs was all that separated the different third and first person narration from the various characters.

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The Strange Library | Haruki Murakami
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This little book is strange indeed. Small in size, it's able to be read in an hour or two and contains illustrations. I'm still wondering about its underlying meaning.

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The Long Weekend | Gilly Macmillan
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1. I‘m about 1/2 way done.
2. I find I read faster in the winter and autumn as I like to read outside in the spring and summer. I get distracted by the wildlife.
3. Birdsong.
#thoughfulthursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Yes, unless I‘m on a beach, I do not read as fast in Summer either. Thanks for playing 🌷🌷☺️ 4w
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The Long Weekend | Gilly Macmillan
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1, Yes, I‘m doing my first buddy read with @WJCintron at the end of this month. Virtually as most people on here don‘t live close to me.
2. I‘m doing #WyrdandWonder in May, which focuses on the fantasy genre.
3. The suspenseful tagged novel.
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs How nice! Thanks for playing 🙌🏻📚👍🏼 4w
WJCintron 🙌 😃 YES!! 4w
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The Long Weekend | Gilly Macmillan
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Tonight's suspenseful read.

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Insomnia | Sarah Pinborough
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Looking forward to getting this library hold.

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Gemina | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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1. Yes
2. Gemina with Nik and Hanna

WJCintron 🙌 😃 4w
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🌞 4w
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The Resting Place | Camilla Sten
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Enjoying this one tonight.

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Deadly Education | Naomi Novik
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Deadly Education\Scholomance would be a fun pick.
@KateReadsYA

KateReadsYA I've added both of these to my TBR list! Thanks for posting. I definitely think after reading the synopsis that these would be movies I'd watch 😁 1mo
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The Resting Place | Camilla Sten
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“The light in the small room is cold, the stark, white glare of an eco-friendly bulb.“

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The Other Family: A Novel | Wendy Corsi Staub
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I've been reading these three plus the tagged. Sinus infection with an annoying cough are making it hard to concentrate on any one book, but I'm getting there.
#AwesomeApril
@Andrew65

AmyG Feel better. 1mo
AmandaBlaze Thanks! 1mo
Hazel2019 All at the same time? 😃 which one is best? ☺️ 1mo
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AmandaBlaze @Hazel2019 They‘re all pretty good, I‘d put Sea of Tranquility and Cloud Cuckoo Land a little higher than the other two as they are more literary. 1mo
Andrew65 Can sympathise, had bad headaches for a few days, made it almost impossible to read. Eased a bit today. Hope you feel better soon. 1mo
WJCintron I hope you get better soon! Sending healing waves! 🌊 🌊 🌊 ❤ 1mo
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1. Yes, family gets together.
2. Better than March, but still scattered.
3. Friendship
#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

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The Resting Place | Camilla Sten
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I couldn't get in Cloud Cuckoo Land today, so I switched genres and picked up this hopefully haunted house story. I'm grateful for the change.

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1. Outside, weather permitting. If not, on a couch under a blanket.
2. Bubble bath and Kindle.
3. Dark chocolate.
#sundayfunday
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ozma.of.oz Bubble bath! Excellent choice! Thank you for answering! 1mo
WJCintron I LOVE dark chocolate!!! 1mo
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Day one of #AwesomeApril #Readathon
I have a bad cold, but still read about 50 pages. I'm taking it as a win.
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Hope the cold gets better quickly. 1mo
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1. Cloud Cuckoo Land
2. Audiobook
3. Passengers by John Marrs
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain