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Finally found a moment to post my March roundup.

Still enjoying old Harlan Coben books.
Adam Grant was interesting & a nice change of pace.

I loved The Final Girl Support Group, but didn't like the narrator.

Absolutely loved A Beginning at the End though the subject was emotional after the last two years.

And the Witcher... I've become completely obsessed - show, games, and books. Can't wait to binge the rest.

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Jade Legacy | Fonda Lee
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Incredible world building. Complicated characters that you can't help but to grow attached. I may have ugly cried on several occasions. Five stars for each book on it's own. Together as a trilogy: *chef's kiss*

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Jade War | Fonda Lee
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The rest of my February round up!

Jade War 5⭐️'s
Book 2 Green Bone Saga. So good!

Circe 4⭐️'s
I wish the plot were a little tighter, but overall a fantastic read.

To Be Taught if Fortunate 3⭐️'s
Chambers' writing is so character driven, that it needs more time to breath so that the reader can form an attachment. It was good, but if it were more fleshed-out (like her novels) it could have been great.

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February round up!
Where'd You Go, Bernadette 5 ⭐️'s
Couldn't put it down. Started at 7pm finished @ 5am. Next day was rough, but worth it.

Deal Breaker 3 ⭐️'s
Classic noir. Language surrounding sex work doesn't age well.

The Ninties 4 ⭐️'s
Fun book. But having lived through it, there wasn't much in here that I didn't already know.

The Anthropocene Reviewed 5⭐️'s
Essays both broad and specific with a mix of memoir and interesting facts.

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Jade City | Fonda Lee
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I've been reading a lot of fantasy lately, which is nice. I used to read scifi/fantasy exclusively, but since I've expanded my reading, I find myself reading less and less of it. This year I decided to fix that. Every time I read one, I'm reminded why this is my favorite genre. See below for my ratings and very brief thoughts on each title 👇

AutumnRLS Jade City: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brilliant writing with unexpected twits and turns. Can't wait to read the rest of this trilogy! 4mo
AutumnRLS The Traitor Baru Cormorant: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ This one suffered due to poor narration. This book deserved better I think. I almost want to reread this in trade paperback format to see if there's a big difference in my level of enjoyment. 4mo
AutumnRLS A Conjuring of Light ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A solid conclusion to the trilogy with room to continue later with these characters or others within this world. 4mo
AutumnRLS The Bear and the Nightingale: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Beautifully written and I had no idea where this was going to land by the end. Can be read as a stand-alone, but I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next two! 4mo
AutumnRLS Record of a Spaceborn Few: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: There is just something magical about Becky Chambers. She always manages to perfectly hit upon what it means to be human; with all its faults, eccentricities, and love. This book was no exception. I continued to think about it long after it was done and placed back on my shelf. 4mo
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Book haul from my day trip to visit my brother in Annapolis. Very excited about all three!

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#litsycrafters Check in! Just taught myself how to crochet granny squares last night while listening to Stanley Tucci's book, Taste.

Chrissyreadit That looks great! 4mo
Kenyazero That's super fun! 4mo
AutumnRLS @Kenyazero & @ Chrissyreadit Thanks! I'm really enjoying it. Tonight I'm going to teach myself a variation of the traditional granny square! Thinking about making a sampler blanket. 4mo
AutumnRLS @Chrissyreadit ☝accidentally spaced between @ and your name 🤪 4mo
Chrissyreadit 😄 I want to learn how to make them one day. I bought a book to try and figure it out. It‘s sounds like it will be fun 4mo
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We Ride On Sticks was delightful and had me laughing out loud - 4⭐
All the Birds in the Sky - Had me hooked by page 2 and couldn't put out down. 5⭐
Reaper at the Gates - I really need something good to happen to these characters in the next book or I'm going to hurl it at the wall. 3⭐
Addie LaRue- I don't even know where to start. Absolutely brilliant 5 ⭐
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AutumnRLS The Other Einstein - Are all of Marie Benedict books this depressing and anger inducing? If so, count me out. 👎
A Gathering of Shadows - Definitely suffered from being the middle book in a trilogy, but it's a nice setup for book three. Magical Pirates are definitely in my wheelhouse. 4 ⭐
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First half of December: Part 2. The Song of Achilles was soooo good. I'm also really enjoying Sabaa Tahir. Currently 1/2 way through A Torch Against the Night.

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Harrow the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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First half of December: Part 1.

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Currently reading Ready Player Two. A Gentleman in Moscow took me a long time to get through, but I'm really glad I read it. A Walk in the Woods was good, but suffered from having been written 25 years ago. If you can get past the misogyny and fat shaming, the rest is interesting.

mcctrish I felt the same way about A gentleman in Moscow. It begs not to be rushed and I struggled with that at times, but it was a transporting novel 6mo
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Rivers of London | Ben Aaronovitch
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Last half of November wrap up I loved the new Charlotte Holmes book. The Deavabad Trilogy wrapped up beautifully. I'm really enjoying the Rivers of London series. Finally, I wish I had read Mister B Gone instead of listening to it because the whole conceite really revolved around the reader holding a tradition book in their hands.

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New book day! Very excited!

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The new popsocket for my phone arrived!

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The end of October reading. Stella Fortuna and Evelyn Hardcastle were really dark. Both of the Sloan novels were whimsical and really great. I'm bummed that I've got a 10 week wait on the second V E Schwab or I'd have already read the whole series by now. So good!

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Completely reorganized my SciFi/Fantasy/Horror section from A - G. I will continue my work tomorrow. This is what happens when I make my annual trip to the Book Barn in Connecticut and it just happens to be their annual sale! 🙃

Sleepswithbooks It looks amazing!!!! 7mo
TrishB Looks lovely 📚 7mo
charl08 Wow, looks impressive. Always happy when I am reorganizing a bookshelf! 7mo
SRWCF So much Y E S in this 📸!!! 4mo
AutumnRLS @SRWCF thanks! 4mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Currently reading The Ex Hex. The Night Circus and The Girls I've Been were solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'s and I don't usually rate books at 5 stars (maybe a handful a year). All the trigger warnings for The Girls I've Been, but what a page turner! Also, Louise Penny continues to work her magic with the most recent installment to Inspector Gamache.

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Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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More September reading!

The Love Hypothesis might be a contender for most enjoyable book of the year. Smart, funny, and sexy.

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Some books I read in September. :)

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Today's mail. Still can't believe he's gone. 💔

Kimberlone Watched the documentary a few weeks ago, I was surprised that I didn‘t cry as much as I thought I would. Definitely want to read this. Have been a fan of his shows for years and read Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw. 8mo
AutumnRLS I struggled at the end of the documentary. I hate crying in public. I thought it was beautifully put together. I'm looking forward to hearing from more voices regarding his life. 8mo
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Beard Necessities | Penny Reid
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I need more Winston Brothers. 😩

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I, Eliza Hamilton | Susan Holloway Scott
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In other news, I got a stack of used books I've been eyeing for awhile now. ❤

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Today's new book mail!

Mitch Can‘t wait to read this one 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 8mo
Megabooks Reading the audiobook right now! 8mo
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Beard With Me | Penny Reid
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I do not like prequels, but I am a completionist and I hate reading books out of order. (You can only imagine how annoyed I felt when I realized I should have read Reid's cozy mystery featuring Cletus Winston BEFORE I read Roscoe's book). With all that being said, it is a testament to the writing and my love for these characters that propelled me through this one and directly on to the next. I'm ready for Billy to get his happily ever after.

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Today's, and really every day's, reading companion.

BookNAround Schnauzers are the best! 9mo
AutumnRLS @BookNAround I agree! Although I think she's probably as bad as your cat some days. She'll paw at my hand to try to make me pet her, lick in my ear if I tell her no, and then finally - sit in-between me and the book, put both her paws on my shoulder, and stare me in the face. 🤣 9mo
BookNAround My schnauzer Gatsby can be rotten when I‘m trying to read too but mostly she‘s content to curl up on my lap and keep me company rather than making it hard to read. 9mo
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The Sentence Is Death | Anthony Horowitz
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I almost quit this several times. The book itself was great, but the voice the narrator chose to give the adversarial police detective was so grating that I could hardly bear it. The character was awful and had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. That combo is lethal (pun intended). I definitely had the urge to throw my phone across the room several times while listening. I recommend you skip the audiobook on this one, and read it on the page.

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I'm on a roll!

Arvena 👍👍👍 whole series on my TBR 9mo
AutumnRLS @Arvena they are so fun! They start a little slow, but hang in there because they just get better and better. 9mo
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Another good one. And what an ending!

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Finished another Flavia de Luce novel. Love the narrator on these.

emz711 They are so so good. I have the whole rainbow! 9mo
AutumnRLS @emz711 I know! The set is so pretty on the shelf too. 😍 9mo
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I know I'm late to the news, but man am I sad about the death of the original narrator. The new one is good, but it took me almost four hours of listening to settle in. Great book, but a little spooked about the John Flemming character.

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It Takes Two | Jenny Holiday
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Finished this cute rom-com yesterday. If you look closely at the top left you'll see that my puppy loved it too. 🤣

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Another two doorstop-sized books completed. I loved both, but Pachinko was especially good.

SamAnne I loved the one on the left and hope to tackle the one on the right this fall. 9mo
Desha Pachinko was sooo good:) 9mo
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Another grouping of books that I finished. Some audio; some in print. The Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar was my favorite hands down.

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Hello friends! It has been awhile. I've been slowly picking up the pieces of myself that got discarded during shut down when I became the defecto full-time educator of my 7 year old. He's back to school for now and I'm trying to get as many projects completed while I can. I've been listening to a lot of audiobooks as a result. I adore the narration for the above books, especially for the Louise Penny!

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Finished binging the Lady Sherlock series. How shall I survive until November? Flavia de Luce!

vivastory I recently read the first book in the Flavia series & enjoyed it 11mo
AutumnRLS @vivastory I read the first a bit ago and have been meaning to get back to them. Reading the second one now and thoroughly enjoying it! 11mo
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Currently listening to Bury Your Dead.

I loved A Study in Scarlet Women and was delighted to find there are 5 more!

2 a.m. at the Cat's Pajamas was a so-so for me. I didn't like any of the characters.

Normal People was interesting and rang true. I lived in Dublin and went to Trinity.

I was impressed that Moonflower pulled off the same trick as Magpie without being repetitive.

Rachel Bloom's reading of her memoir was wonderful.

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I'm Just a Person | Tig Notaro
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I've really been enjoying her podcast, Don't Ask Tig, so I decided to read her book. Very enjoyable.

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Completely Unexpected. Excellent as always.

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Going to give this one a go!

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Provenance | Ann Leckie
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Loved the trilogy and was very excited to see there was a stand-alone written in the same universe.

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Tearing through this one. So very good.

AutumnRLS I'm so mad at BookRiot for billing this as a "feel-good" book about books. I sobbed through the last three chapters. It is a beautiful book, but I was not prepared! 12mo
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Wonderful audiobook. I'm about 2/3rds in and I'm really enjoying it!

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Haven't been posting a lot, as my life suddenly got very busy again after I received the covid vaccination. Here are the books I've finished over the last couple months. Definitely still struggling to read physical books, but until I can - I've been enjoying podcasts and audiobooks while I craft or play Minecraft with my son. Have any of you read these? What did you think?

peanutnine I loved Big Little Lies! Such a great story, it sucks you in 12mo
AutumnRLS @peanutnine I really enjoyed it. It was a nice change of pace. The narrator was really good for the audiobook too! 12mo
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Catherine House: A Novel | Elisabeth Thomas
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Slow, meandering, hypnotically Gothic.

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Fugitive Telemetry | Martha Wells
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Murderbot! CatNet! Awesome AI for the win!

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Who is Maud Dixon? | Alexandra Andrews
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My newest haul. Can't wait to dig in, but I'm being good and trying to finish up some books that I've already started.

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I love when I find hidden treasure under the book sleeve 😍

mandarchy I call that "under the dust cover". I always try to photograph differences while wrapping library books. I have to be creative when I want my students to see under there. 14mo
AutumnRLS @mandarchy I love that you do that! So fun 😀 14mo
mandarchy @AutumnRLS oh, and I love Jenny Lawson. I can't wait to read this. 14mo
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bookishcow Definitely want to get Jenny‘s new book. I adore her. 13mo
AutumnRLS @redlotusdesignz It is so good. I laughed so hard it triggered my asthma. 😅 13mo
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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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Taco thinks this is going to be great!

CBee Taco!!! Oh my goodness 😍😍😍😍 14mo
AutumnRLS @CBee she's the baby of the family 😀 14mo
CBee @AutumnRLS she is just precious and adorable ♥️♥️♥️ 14mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Taco!!❤😍❤😍 14mo
Linsy Look at that sweetheart!!!!!!! Makes me miss my schnauzer terrier so badly. 8mo
AutumnRLS @Linsy schnauzers are the best! We got her a taco costume for Halloween. We couldn't help ourselves! 🤣 8mo
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Proof that a reading slump does not necessarily slow my book purchasing. If anything, I think it makes it worse. Like, maybe one of these will excited me?!

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Finally (!) finished The Good House. I struggled with that one all the way through. When the plot was moving, it was too scary. When it wasn't, the pacing was difficult. But honestly, I think I was the one with the issue this time, not the book. Looking forward to listening to Veronica Mars in time for my podcast to cover the books. I loved the show. So here goes... maybe this will help the reading slump I've fallen into.

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