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BillBlume

BillBlume

Joined October 2016

Author of the young adult "Gidion Keep, Vampire Hunter" series www.billblume.net
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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
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Non-reading stuff here. My wife Sheri found a recipe for chicken biryani. It was spicy, but such a good burn! Think this one is a keeper. #dinnertime

DGRachel It looks divine! 3d
Redwritinghood I love chicken biryani. That looks delicious! 3d
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Really like this line from Six of Crows. I think it sums up a lot of the emotional conflict of the book. #bookquote #SixOfCrows #LeighBardugo

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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The deeper I get into Six of Crows, the less realistic Kaz Brekker feels to me as a character. The best character of the batch (and the one that feels the most like a teenager) is Inej. Kaz reads more like he‘s thirty, at the youngest; that he‘s supposed to be seventeen isn‘t working for me at all.

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Go the Fuck to Sleep | Adam Mansbach
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“I wish my parents would turn off the lights and phones already.” #bedtime #WicketsWorld #DogsOfLitsy

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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So, I‘m still working through Six of Crows, and while there‘s a lot to like about it, I‘m constantly distracted by its classification in YA. I don‘t think this is a YA book, and I‘m curious to hear from both sides of the argument.

What‘s your vote? YA or not YA?

JSW The characters are young adults, but the story was not. 2w
Shley9225 Meh I read this as a teen expecting it to be YA and had no problems with it. Nothing shocked me or stood out. I think it fits the upper end of this category just fine. 2w
Ddzmini Definitely yes 📖😋😍 2w
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It | Stephen King
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I will never understand why editors don‘t take the red pen to Stephen King. BEEP BEEP, STEPHEN! Seriously, the concept and structure of the book is brilliant. It‘s the only reason I‘m not panning it. The most insane part is the pre-teen orgy, though.

😳😳😳😳😳😳😳WTF?!?😳😳😳😳😳😳😳

I mean...DAMN. Really? Why do so many give this book a pass, despite that? Bev is a giant, grocery list of unforgivable female character tropes.

Kimberlone Agreed about the kid orgy, I‘m glad the movie chose to edit that part. I also think the book is way overly long, but I still liked it overall. 2w
BillBlume @Kimberlone I checked with a website for the word count: 445,134 words. His only work that‘s longer is the uncut edition of The Stand at 471,485 words. 2w
Kimberlone @BillBlume I read the book 2 years ago and then recently listened to the audiobook with my boyfriend and it clocked in at 45 hours!!! 2w
BillBlume @Kimberlone holy crap! No wonder I had to borrow it a second time to finish it. 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I hated that part of book too. 2w
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Contagion | Erin Bowman
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Wanted to share that Contagion by Erin Bowman is on sale in ebook for $1.99. If you‘re a fan of the “Aliens” franchise, this book is well worth a check. While I‘m seeing reaction on Litsy to this book is divisive, I personally loved it, and I‘m looking forward to the sequel that comes out next month. #bookdeal #ErinBowman #scifi #YA

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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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As the author of a vampire hunter series, I‘ve felt a little guilty for not reading ‘Salem‘s Lot sooner. It‘s a slow wind up, but once things go to crap, it‘s fast. I love how King makes Barlow a worthy antagonist. Even when the protagonists make seemingly clever moves, he‘s a step ahead, and it made sense he would be with his experience. That makes the ending a bit of a letdown, for me, but it‘s still a brilliant vampire novel. #vampires

Cathythoughts Oh Mr King ! It‘s always so lovely to see you 4w
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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I‘m gonna be totally honest about this first chapter. If I‘d made my decision whether to purchase this book based on the first two pages, I wouldn‘t have bought it. There are so many issues with those pages, and yet EVERYTHING after that is a different story. The way this chapter builds up to slap you in the face is brilliant. I‘m just hoping the rest of the book reflects everything after the first two pages and not the first two. #FingersCrossed

BillBlume For those wondering, my issues with the first two pages are Joost pining over Anya (that‘s not how teen boys think, not even close and she demonstrates his interest so much better during the stop at the Grisha workshop) and Joost looking at himself in the mirror (Seriously? He‘s already thinking about his appearance, so the glance in the mirror is redundant and amateurish (readers roasted 50 Shades for this same writer sin)). #SMH (edited) 1mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Decided to finally read Six of Crows, because I‘m going to start writing a similar book later this month. Want to make sure I‘m not repeating too much of what Leigh Bardugo has already done. Nervous about this one, because a friend of mine from work LOVES this book and has read it at least four times. Really hoping I‘ll love it, too. #Grishaverse #AmWriting

Shley9225 You‘ll live it, I‘m sure :) it‘s my all-time favourite series 1mo
jackilynn A much loved series. I know it is one of my favorites (although Crooked Kingdom knocked Six of Crows out of the water). Hopefully you enjoy it as much as the rest of us do lol 1mo
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Mojito | Heather McPherson
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I don‘t know how your spouse spells love, but I‘m rather partial to when Sheri spells it M-O-J-I-T-O!

#SummerLovin#mojito

Kimberlone I love mojitos! My bf and I took a gin and tonic class last summer and now he makes me fancy cocktails at my bidding! 1mo
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I‘m mixed about this novella by JY Yang. The world building is fantastic. They do a fantastic job introducing the way people in this world are born genderless until they choose whether they wish to be male or female. The story itself just got too melodramatic for my tastes about halfway through it, and the ending fizzles out for me.

My full GR review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2851200049?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Carrying Independence | Karen A Chase
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Went to the release party for Karen Chase‘s new book Carrying Independence. She‘s been working on this historical novel for ten years, and it‘s finally out in the world. The party was a lot of fun and included reenactors of Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, and George Wythe. #1776inRVA

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Since I‘ve been taking forever to finish my current reads this year, I‘ve decided to tackle a novella I got in Tor.com‘s giveaway earlier this week. I know next to nothing about The Black Tides of Heaven (haven‘t even looked at the jacket copy), and I haven‘t read JY Yang before, so I‘m looking forward to being surprised.

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For a Muse of Fire | Heidi Heilig
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I just finished this book & loved it. This fantasy world that Heidi has created doesn‘t fit the typical mold. She draws on a lot of real world influence, but manages to create something totally different. Her handling of Jetta‘s bipolar disorder is elegantly done. The pacing for most of the book is slower than the typical YA novel, and I suspect that will turn off some readers. The story is carefully crafted, though. I can‘t wait for the sequel.

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So, my son graduated from high school today! I‘m really proud of him. High school was a rough ride for him, but he‘s come out on the other side having found his voice. He wouldn‘t have gotten where he is without the bad and the good, and I‘m grateful for that.

I‘m officially no longer the dad of a high school student. Woo hoo!!! #graduation2019

robinb Congratulations to him, you and the entire family! 🎉🎉🎉🎉👨🏻‍🎓 1mo
DHill Congratulations to your son! 1mo
JoScho Yay!!! 1mo
Tamra Yay! It‘s a new phase for you both!! 1mo
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For a Muse of Fire | Heidi Heilig
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It‘s a rainy day here in Richmond. Wicket is not happy that it probably means no walk at the park for him today (I agree with him). We‘re just chilling out in bed while I make a dent in my “currently reading” list with some Heidi Heilig. #RainyDayBlues

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It | Stephen King
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I‘m about halfway through the audiobook for Stephen King‘s It. I‘ll admit that, so far, it‘s got the typical King strengths and weaknesses. He certainly knows how to craft a page-turner, but the length of the story is giving me some fatigue. I do wonder how much of my problem is that I know too much about the story having watched the TV miniseries back when it aired in 1990.

alanacristin I've had the same issue with the length!! I kept checking it out over and over and finally just shelved it. I like the story but I feel like I never make progress. Maybe I'll finish this summer 😂 good luck! 2mo
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Girl with the Red Balloon | Katherine Locke
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Finished (FINALLY!) The Girl with the Red Balloon earlier this week. I was excited to read this book, especially after meeting the author at the NoVaTeen Book Festival this past March. The book took a great twist near the middle as it turns into something of a murder mystery, but the book doesn‘t really stick the landing. In general, the book spins its wheels a lot.

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Earlier this month, I tried to listen to the audiobook of I‘m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown. After listening to The Sixth Extinction (which left me feeling our world was doomed), I found I‘m just not ready to dive into this one yet. I got about a third of the way into Brown‘s memoir, though, and what I listened to is excellent and, at times, heartbreaking. I definitely recommend this one and will revisit it in the near future to finish it.

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I was shocked to learn last night about the death of Tony Horwitz (article: https://wapo.st/2JKp4dB). I met him at the first James River Writers Conference here in Richmond in 2003. His book Blue Latitudes had a profound influence on my writing. He took what could have been a dull book on the voyages of Captain Cook and made it fun. I challenged myself to add more humor to my writing, and my Gidion Keep novels owe a small debt to him for that.

wanderinglynn So sad! 😢 2mo
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My daughter painted this last night in thirty minutes. I love her and envy her talent all at once. I‘ve long known how artistically gifted she is, but every now and then, she still manages to surprise me. #proudpapa

Tamra Gorgeous! 2mo
AmyG Wow! That‘s beautiful. 2mo
Merethebookgal Beautiful! 2mo
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Autonomous | Annalee Newitz
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One of my fav reads from last year is Annalee Newitz‘s Autonomous. It‘s a twisted sci-fi novel with some alarming warnings for where the pharmaceutical industry might take us and what it means for human rights. I bring this up, because Tor.com is giving it away free as an ebook until 11:59pm on May 17th, so go get it. #giveaway #scifi #annaleenewitz #ebook

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‪Tonight my wife Sheri received an award from the University of Richmond: the Taylor Kie Cousins Award for recognition of outstanding service to the university. The professor who selected Sheri also gifted her a beautiful book about Virginia (the one I tagged for this post, and the book is so big!). Sheri graduates this Saturday, and I‘m so damn proud of her. #spcsnight#spiderpride #classof2019

SarahHarts_books That's awesome! Congrats to her!!! 👍 👍 2mo
TrishB Awesome 👍🏻 2mo
rohit-sawant Congrats to her! 👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
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For a Muse of Fire | Heidi Heilig
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I love this exchange between Leo and Jetta. There are so many layers of meaning behind it. Heidi gives so much depth to all of the characters in Jetta‘s story. #bookquote #ForAMuseOfFire #HeidiHeilig

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I was so excited to see this email tonight! As a writer on Litsy, one of my biggest frustrations was that I didn‘t have a way to link to my Litsy account from my website. Ever since I joined years ago, I‘ve loved this social media above all my others, but I couldn‘t direct any of my readers to it. I know there are potential drawbacks to this change, but I‘m pumped about a lot of the improvements. #LitsyOnTheWeb

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For a Muse of Fire | Heidi Heilig
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It might seem an odd thing to get excited about, but Heidi Heilig avoids one of my least favorite tropes: when someone is knocked out, then simply wakes up and shakes it off like it‘s no big deal. Jetta‘s experience here reads authentic for a concussion. Heidi has also done an excellent job within this book capturing Jetta‘s struggle with her bipolar disorder without ever calling it that. #HeidiHeilig #mentalhealth #bipolar

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Infinity Gauntlet | Jim Starlin
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My son and I saw Avengers: Endgame last night. I‘m still shaken by it. I was a blubbering mess watching it, and even the morning after, I‘m still fighting back tears. The only thing I‘ll say is that you do not want to miss seeing this in a theater. Waiting for it to come out on digital or disc would be a mistake, because there are so many stunning visuals and this is a milestone moment in cinema. #AvengersEndgame

LibrarianRyan JELLY!!!!!!!!! Hope to get there this weekend 3mo
kamoorephoto I saw it too, with my son...INTENSE. I laughed, I cried. We sat there speechless for a while afterwards. He‘s on strict instruction not to talk about it at school, and he‘s going to see it AGAIN with friends on Saturday. I can‘t believe the rollercoaster that movie takes viewers on 🌮🌮🌮🌮 (edited) 3mo
BillBlume @LibrarianRyan hope you get to go soon! 3mo
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BillBlume @kamoorephoto my wife Sheri won‘t get to see the film until Thursday. My son and I are going to be struggling not to spill any details between and then. Haha! 3mo
kamoorephoto @BillBlume OMG I don‘t know how you are going to do it!!!! 3mo
LibrarianRyan @BillBlume sitting in for the late show. Josh hates Marvel so it was easier to get one seat. 3mo
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The Diviners | Libba Bray
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I finished The Diviners in audiobook this morning. Overall, I think the second half made up for a lot of the content that dragged in the first half. The book offers no illusions that it‘s a one-shot, because so many character arcs just kind of hit pause at the end of the book, which spends most of its pages setting up the rest of the series. The reader January LaVoy does an excellent job with a large cast and even sings some lines in character.

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The Diviners | Libba Bray
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I‘m halfway through the audiobook of The Diviners. My thoughts, thus far:
• a piano needs to fall on Sam
• Evie needs to get sent back home
• Theta & Memphis would make much better leads in this story
• not finding things all that scary, but the audiobook doesn‘t help when the reader‘s attempt at the booming crazy man voice is more laughable than frightening (overall, she‘s doing a great job with a large cast)

#audiobook #libbabray #thediviners

LibrarianRyan I never thought this was really scary. I enjoyed it but thought it could be shorter. But at the same time, it does a great job setting up the characters for future books. 3mo
brittanythebookdragon I‘m not a huge Evie fan either even after finishing the book! She‘s young and Bray makes her act like a child. I think the thing I liked about this so much was the murderer perspective. Some of those parts gave me the creeps. It wasn‘t scary but at times for me it was quite...visceral I think would be a good word for it. 3mo
BillBlume @brittanythebookdragon I have to confess that the book finally took a positive turn, for me, with Evie. Almost right after this post, she finally got invested in the murders and opened up to “Unc” about her powers. Was nice to see her taking action in the central plot. I still hate Sam, though. It‘s the fishes for him. 3mo
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Did a double take as I was doing my previous post and realized my Litfluence cracked 20k a few days ago. #litfluence #whoa

JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 3mo
wanderinglynn 👏🏻🎉🙌🏻🥳 3mo
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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‪In my Gidion Keep books, one of Gidion‘s most constant good luck charms for hunting vampires is his t-shirt with a red bat on it. #BatAppreciationDay #GidionKeep

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Girl with the Red Balloon | Katherine Locke
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While most of this novel, so far, has taken place in 1988 East Berlin, there are also chapters set during 1941 Poland. The Poland chapters are difficult to read. There is nothing glamorous or romantic in this part of the story. This is not a criticism. Locke simply captures the grim state of this part of the world in WWII. #ColdWar #WWII #YA

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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I devoured the audiobook of Good Omens this past week. My friends have raved about it for years, but the upcoming series with David Tennant & Michael Sheen twisted my arm. The book is brilliant. I immediately listened to the February‘s Eclectic Readers podcast that I‘d saved for this. The Eclectic Readers make a great point that what elevates this book isn‘t just the humor but its smarts. I loved every scene with Aziraphale & Crowley together.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Yes, this is an absolute classic. So ready for the show. 3mo
BillBlume @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘m even more excited after having read the book. David Tennant and Michael Sheen seem like they‘ve nailed their parts. 3mo
rretzler I just finished it and it was fantastic. I could hear David Tenant‘s voice in my head as I read Crowley! 3mo
EclecticReaders Glad to hear you liked the book and our episode! We can‘t wait for the tv show!! 3mo
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Ruse | Cindy Pon
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Ran by Fountain Bookstore to pick my order of Ruse by Cindy Pon. The first book Want was so damn good. Love Pon‘s writing. #Want #Ruse #CindyPon #YA #SciFi

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Go the F**k to Sleep | Adam Mansbach
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I think the tagged book explains this dog‘s mood well enough. #WicketsWorld #DogsOfLitsy

Seekingtardis If you ever get the chance you should listen to this on audio, Samuel L Jackson is the narrator and it just makes it 100x‘s funnier!! 3mo
BillBlume @Seekingtardis haha! I have got to do that! 3mo
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Girl with the Red Balloon | Katherine Locke
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This second chapter works so well even though it switches from Ellie‘s POV to Kai‘s. Some writer‘s might use Ellie‘s ignorance of the situation as a way to explain what‘s happening, but Kai‘s POV actually works better here because of all the things he does know and doesn‘t share right away with Ellie. #POV

jmtrivera I just started that chapter, and I'm finding it more engaging than the first, personally. I think you have a point! 3mo
BillBlume @jmtrivera I‘m really digging this book so far. Just starting chapter four. 3mo
jmtrivera @BillBlume It's been a slow burn for me, probably because I haven't had a chance to sit down with it for more than a few minutes. Finally was able to get past chapter 2 tonight! 3mo
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For a Muse of Fire | Heidi Heilig
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I had to behave on buying books (I‘d have bought SO many, if I‘d had the option), so I settled on taking my copies of The Ship Beyond Time & For a Muse of Fire to get signed by Heidi Heilig. I was stunned when Heidi recognized me from our past exchanges on Twitter, and she had much love for my hat (this it‘s inclusion in this pic). My lone purchase of the day was Katherine Locke‘s girl with the Red Balloon. #BookHaul #LooseUseOfTheHashtag #NTBF19

CrowCAH OMG isn‘t that great when an author remembers you?! I ❤️ The Girl From Everywhere ⚓️⚔️☠️!!! Did you read the Red Balloon when it was a Big Library Read selection? April 1-15 is the next BLR text. 4mo
BillBlume @CrowCAH I‘ve only just started reading Girl with the Red Balloon. Sadly, my reading time these days is dreadful. I need more time! And honestly, I was dumbstruck that Heidi recognized me. I had no expectation of that and hope she‘ll come back to Virginia when her next book comes out. (edited) 4mo
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Slayer | Kiersten White
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I‘m mixed about this book. I wanted to love it as a longtime Buffy fan, a writer of my own YA vampire hunter series, and a huge fan of White‘a novel The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. Some positives: White constructs an intricate plot that expands the Buffyverse and offers a LOT of insight into the mysterious Watchers. I also loved the chemistry between new slayer Nina and watcher Leo. Negatives will be in the comments. #BtVS

BillBlume Some negatives: Nina‘s mom withholds an absurd amount of info from Nina and Nina‘s twin sister Artemis. White tries to explain this near the end of the book, but I can‘t say the explanation worked for me. There‘s also a twist near the very end involving a “hunter” who is trying to kill Nina and Artemis to prevent an apocalypse. This thread does not pay off in this book, but it‘s clear it will later in the series. 4mo
BillBlume Given this is a licensed property, I do wonder how much creative control White had over all the elements of this book. Wouldn‘t shock me if some of the issues I had were beyond White‘s control. A last spoiler-related gripe below: 4mo
BillBlume My spoiler-type gripe: I loved the scenes with Leo acting as Nina‘s watcher. The idea of the watcher being the slayer‘s romantic interest was fresh and fun, but that‘s all tossed out the window when it‘s revealed he‘s really a demon. Instead of something different, we‘re handed a Buffy/Angel retread. Again, it wouldn‘t shock me if this plot thread was mandated and beyond White‘s control. 4mo
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The Diviners | Libba Bray
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Perhaps the biggest revelation for me was getting to hear from Libba Bray. I‘m embarrassed to admit she wasn‘t even on my radar, and now I‘m wondering how I‘ve been so oblivious. She closed out the event with a keynote that was brilliant, funny, and inspiring. I‘d randomly attended two of the panels with her, and she cracked me up the entire time. She is officially going on my TBR list. #NoVaTeenBF #NTBF19

RvnclawWhovian I‘m reading her Gemma Doyle trilogy, just finished book one 4mo
Kimberlone I was really into this series when I was in high school 4mo
LibrarianRyan She‘s amazing. I liked the Diviners more than great and terrible beauty, but Beauty Queens is like reality tv in book form. Lots of fun and pretty brainless. 4mo
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For a Muse of Fire | Heidi Heilig
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One of the big highlights of NoVaTeen this year was finally getting to meet Heidi Heilig in person. She was on the panel for writing in a series. I loved her novel The Girl from Everywhere, and I can‘t wait to read her latest For a Muse of Fire. I was so dumbstruck that I forgot to get a picture when she signed my books. I just happened to find this picture of me in Heidi‘s line from another author‘s Instagram story. #NoVaTeenBF #NTBF19

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One of the funniest moments at today‘s NoVaTeen Book Festival came in the panel on magic. Libba Bray got up close with moderator Lisa Maxwell. The panel included Cinda Williams Chima, Dhonielle Clayton, and Katherine Locke. They all had so much fun, and it was a blast to watch. #NoVaTeenBF #NTBF19

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Girl with the Red Balloon | Katherine Locke
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I‘ve been doing a lot of Cold War research during the past year, so Katherine Locke‘s reference to JFK (without directly mentioning him) has already won me over. Looking forward to hearing her speak at this Saturday‘s NoVaTeen book festival. #NoVaTeen #NoVaTeenBF

jmtrivera Have that checked out, but not sure I'll get to it in time! There are just so many authors this year! 4mo
BillBlume @jmtrivera agreed! I‘ve read so few of this year‘s authors at NoVaTeen. 4mo
jmtrivera @BillBlume Such a delightful problem to have. 😁 4mo
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Go the F**k to Sleep | Adam Mansbach
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‪Someone is vexed, because he thinks it‘s bedtime. #WicketsWorld#DogsOfLitsy

Tadams4 You two are so cute! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Haha! My dog has this issue too 4mo
BillBlume @Tadams4 thanks! 4mo
BillBlume @Riveted_Reader_Melissa the struggle is real! 🐶 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BillBlume Yep, and it‘s only gotten worse since she gets medicine before bed, medicine she‘ll only take if it‘s wrapped up in something tasty. I‘ve never seen a dog so excited for bedtime. 4mo
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Sheri & I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary today. We originally planned a day trip to DC but decided to save that for warmer weather. Instead, we did a mini-movie marathon. We started with “Star Wars,” which we watched the night of our first prom. We followed it with “Sneakers,” one of our all-time favorite films. After going out on the town for dinner, we finished with Kenneth Branagh‘s “Dead Again.”

BillBlume We probably would have watched Branagh‘s “Henry V” instead of “Dead Again,” but we just watched that last week. “Henry V” was the first film we ever saw in a theater together. 4mo
Redwritinghood Congratulations! 4mo
GripLitGrl Happy anniversary!🎉 4mo
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BookwormAHN Happy Anniversary 🥂 4mo
TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 4mo
Kaye ♥️♥️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy anniversary!!!!! 4mo
sprainedbrain That‘s awesome. Congratulations! 4mo
KarmonR Look at those baby faces! Congratulations and happy anniversary. 4mo
jmtrivera Awwww, congrats! 4mo
Nute Wonderful post! Congratulations!! Happy Anniversary!!! 4mo
BillBlume @Nute thanks! 4mo
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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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I decided to go with the audiobook version of Sleeping Giants after it was praised for having multiple readers for the various characters. Given the book is written mostly as recorded interviews, it works well. Only during the last third of the book did I start to feel as if the format hurt things a bit. The scene with Ryan staging a rescue comes across very artificial compared to the rest and took me out of the story. Still, I had a blast.

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Morte | Robert Repino
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Day 16‘s challenge for #LiteraryLuck is to spell “March” from book titles. This took me longer than I expected to assemble. #March

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I received a surprise yesterday evening when I was tagged in this article by the Portalist on 16 books like Harry Potter. To have Gidion‘s Hunt included in this list was flattering not just for the comparison to Harry Potter but to share space in this article with some other excellent books. Thanks to the Portalist for this. bit.ly/2UDjvQf

#HarryPotter #GidionKeep #YA

LibrarianRyan Interesting list. Thanks for sharing g. 4mo
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The Ides of March: A Novel | Thornton Wilder
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My wife Sheri had a fun idea for our date night on this Ides of March. We‘re doing a mini-marathon of HBO‘s “Rome.” We‘re almost at the episode with the infamous assassination of Julius Caesar. She even prepared a small feast for us. My wife is a genius. #IdesOfMarch #DateMarch

Ruri_kaichou What a fun and creative date night! 4mo
TrishB Sounds cool 👍🏻 4mo
KarmonR Your wife is an inspiration. Love it. 4mo
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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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Listened to the latest episode of the @EclecticReaders Podcast while walking Wicket in the park today. Loved their episode for City Of Ghosts. Was like reading the book again, and I am so totally on board with the blue hair lady theory! Can‘t wait to read book two.

The weather in Richmond today has been wondrous. Wicket and I explored the park trails for a full hour (I think he‘s even forgiven me for his checkup at the vet this morning).

EclecticReaders Glad to hear you liked the episode! It‘ll be interesting to see where the story goes in book 2! 4mo
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