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BlueMoonJ

Joined February 2021

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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⚡️
Solid 31/2 stars. Almost a 4. But there was just a little something missing. I will definitely read more of her work. I think that there was so much potential with the isolated sanitarium and being blocked off and she could have really played that up more.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Books and finished blanket (and happy 🐶)from April.
Favorites: The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Night Circus, Underground Airlines, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Really good: Home Before Dark, They Went Left,
Good:The Eighth Detective, Eight Perfect Murders, A Court of Thorn and Roses, Marion Lane,Death by Dumpling
Meh: The Midnight Library,
What were your favorites for April?

#aprilreads #april #knittingwhilereading

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🌟🌟🌟🌟
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Supposedly it is quite different from her YA fantasy series. Definitely check out this book if you are into magic and a adultish slightly Harry Potter-esque book. Slight.

#magic #paranormal #knittingwhilereading

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Dead Witch Walking | Kim Harrison
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️
Eh, this was my nighttime read (reread from years ago to see if I still liked it). I may pick up the next and get back into the series, but it was just meh. Good for nighttime book to fall asleep while reading.

#paranormal #witch

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I mean It‘s Shirley Jackson so of course it was amazing. This was my first reading of this book, but the question i have is...what they heck went on in this woman‘s mind that she wrote these books. So twisted and yet....relatable and good. I am going to have to see if I can find a biography of her to read.

#creepy #classic

Bookwormjillk Lol good question 9mo
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Daughters blanket is done and home with her and it‘s new doggie owner Juno
6 weeks 17 audiobooks
They were mostly all good but I definitely recommend The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Night Circus, and Underground Airlines!
#audiobooks #knittingwhilereading #mystery #fantasy #scifi

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🔥🔥
Trying to figure out why it took me 10 years to read this book. First I loved it. Enough so that it was hard for me not to turn around and start right over. 2nd, it is confusing to start. So many characters! But don‘t give up it is awesome. I listened to this, but will be buying the book book to have on hand!

#fantasty #magic #knittingwhilereading #audiobook

CBee I‘m reading this now! It‘s been sitting on my shelf for at least 3 years 😂😂 9mo
LoverOfLearning I want to read this so bad! Maybe I'll get the audiobook. Idk. 9mo
BlueMoonJ @CBee did you finish/like it? 9mo
BlueMoonJ @LoverOfLearning it took forever for it to be available from Libby worth the wait though! I loved listening to it 9mo
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I actually really like this one. But this genre is how I learned to love reading and mysteries so it would have been hard to disappoint. I loved the concept of short stories mixed in with overall story and thought it was well done for the most part. Highly suggest reading this if you are a fan of Christie, Highsmith, etc.

#mystery #knittingwhilereading #audiobook #whodunnit

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Mehso-so

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I waffled between 2 1/2 and 3 stars on this one. I mean, to be fair it‘s not bad. I absolutely loved the premise. Definitely did not need it delivered in the form of therapy through fiction. It ended up feeling more like a self-help book than anything else. And that disappoints me. I had been waiting for awhile to read this one

#knittingwhilereading #audiobooks

AlisBookNookCorner I absolutely loved this book! I gave it 5 ⭐ I thought it was a wonderful story. I'm sorry you did not enjoy it as much. 9mo
BlueMoonJ @AlisBookNookCorner so glad you enjoyed it! It just...fell flat for me. I will definitely read more Haig books. I enjoyed his writing and story construct...just felt meh about the story 8tself or characters maybe. Not sure. 9mo
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They Went Left | Monica Hesse
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I have no clue why I thought it would be a good idea to read this book. But I did. It is haunting and beautiful and sad and hopeful and just wrong that this was even able to be written. Brief synopsis, a young woman is released from the Nazi concentration camps and starts traveling to find her young brother. I don‘t know how people read these books regularly.

#wwii #nazi #jewish #heartbreaking #knittingwhilereading #audiobook

BlueMoonJ And by people I mean you @MothAndMoons and anyone else. 9mo
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Solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Definitely a series I will read more of. Typical cozy mystery. Set in an Asian-centric plaza in Ohio. Typical cozy mystery and a easy audio read when I wasn‘t feeling too hot and didn‘t really want to concentrate on anything. No knitting during this one.

#audiblebook #knittingwhilereading #cozymystery #mystery

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Untitled | Unknown
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⭐️⭐️
Yes, I gave this 2 stars and a pick. The writing is nothing to well, write home about, BUT it serves it‘s purpose. This is book 2 in the series and I will read book 3. I always have a book I read to fall asleep to. Usually it is not something I am too invested in otherwise I would stay up reading all night long. Usually it is something silly and light. But it worked. I was amused and fell asleep!

#guiltypleasures #zombies #horrorhumor

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So...do yourself a favor and make sure this book is on your to read list sometime soon. I am not usually one for feel good books but this book was just brilliant. A beautiful love story in so many different ways. I rarely want to see books I like made into movies but I would love to see this as one. Anyone else who has read it have any thoughts?

#knittingwhilereading #lgbtqlit #fantasy

CBee Absolutely one of my favorite books of all time!! And I only just read it last year - it‘s just that good 🥰 9mo
BlueMoonJ @CBee I listened to it on audio from the library, but I think I am going to buy a copy of the book. Definitely will re-read it at some point! 9mo
CBee @BlueMoonJ definitely a book to reread again and again!! 9mo
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What a wonderful book this is. I really should hit stop and go to bed....but, I don‘t wanna!

#knittingwhilereading #latenightaudiobook

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⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥
3 regular stars with a little extra. It was a fun read! Great concept, fun twist that you start finding out about mid book or so and fun to watch it grow. Not usually a fan of unreliable narrators but it was done well here. It kept me focused so I am almost done with current blanket!

#mystery #knittingwhilereading #murder

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Underground Airlines | Ben H. Winters
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I don‘t give 4 and 5 stars easily. Most books get about 3.
Excellent book. I know that there was some controversy around this book, white author writing about a black man/contemporary slavery experience. Nonetheless, the book was so very good. I highly suggest reading.

#alternatehistory #knittingwhilereading

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Underground Airlines | Ben H. Winters
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#firstlinefriday @ShyBookOwl
I can‘t even with this book. It is amazing so far. This is the cover page. Actual first line
“So," said the young priest. "I think that I'm the man you're looking for."

#alternatehistory #contemporaryslavery

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Mehso-so

It was a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Nothing really special. I wouldn‘t pick it up again. I was hoping for something along the lines of Neil Gaiman Neverwhere. So much that could have been done with underground London.

#mystery

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The Butterfly Garden | Dot Hutchison
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So, my kid convinced me to get a kindle, not hard, but definitely not needed.
This book looks decidedly warped enough to be the first read.
I use kindle constantly to read trashy novels I never share. But, usually they are on my ipad which is just too big.
#ereader #thriller #takemymoney #kindleunlimited #freeread

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@TheSpineView
1) nope! But I usually have 1 listen to book and 1 read book I swap time between.
2) yes! Audio forces me to make time for knitting! I have gotten 1 1/2 full sized blankets made since February!

@SW-T #two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💚📖🎧 10mo
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3.5-4 stars. I really liked it! The kicker for me that took it down a little is that the first half of the book was sooo slow. There were a few chapters there that just felt like a retelling of the 4 chapters before it. If your chapters aren‘t moving the story forward, then rethink if they need to be there. The last half was amazing! I am definitely going to add the next in the series to my tbr pile

#knittingwhilereading #fantasy #fae

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“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” — Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I love my 11 year old granddaughter's bookshelf! She is a reader and a geek of the best kind! She is just like her Mama, @MothAndMoons

#KidsWhoRead #booklover

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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager
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Oh! Forgot to add this one to my March reads. It was good. I need to work out a star system.
Somehow. Or another I ended up reading a lot of Books Within Books last month.
This starts a la Amityville Horror, but quickly turns into something more.. I highly recommend it if you like a little tense reading.
#knittingwhilereading #suspense #horror

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April‘s book goals. Started A Court of Thorn and Roses last night. I may get more than this, but the aim is a book a week.

#tbr #april #goals #knittingwhilereading

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Untitled | Anonymous
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March!
6 books and a blanket and a half.
Not bad. Goal is a book a week. Picking April‘s books now!

#knittingandreading #audiobooks #March

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Untitled | Anonymous
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView
Thanks for the tag @SW-T !
1: I attempted a few times to listen to CDs but failed! Recently tried again and Digital Is queen for Audiobooks now!
2: Yes! It is how I find my favorite music. It becomes white noise. IF, it is enough to pull me away from the book I start the song over and usually end up realizing I love it.
Let‘s see... @MothAndMoons I know the answers to these for you, but thought you may want to play 😂

TheSpineView Yes digital is! Thanks for playing! 💙🎧💜📖🎶 10mo
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I was pretty impressed with this. A young adult label, but I would argue definitely the older boundaries of that. It‘s a dark teen murder that mixes Nancy Drew with the podcast Serial. 5ere is a lot that you have to suspend your disbelief for in terms of what a hs senior would get away with, but the writing was excellent! Whipped through it in one day. So lots of progress on the new blanket!

#ya #murder #knittingwhilereading #mystery #audiobook

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So, good book. I think I would have enjoyed it more reading as a book vs listening to the audio of it. It was hard to keep track in places of who was who from where. It was kind of a weird serious mix of Dogma and that old kids movie The Pagemaster. I do recommend it, but if you go the audio route make sure you have no distractions.

#audiobook #hell #knittingwhilereading

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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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Excellent read. A story within a story, which I don‘t usually enjoy. Spread 35 years apart. This book has a bit of everything. Mystery, murder, serial killer, even paranormal. Nothing cheesy. Just how there are different ways to be haunted depending on your viewpoint on the crime.
I highly recommend it and am adding The Broken Girls to my tbr list.

#mystery #murder #serialkiller #ghosts #knittingwhilereading #audiobook

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Great short! Gave me something to listen to for the last few hours of work. It was only about a 3 hr read and it was fun!

#scifi

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Mehso-so

I mean, it wasn‘t bad. It just didn‘t have me running back to see what was going to happen. I had to go back a lot to remember what was going on. Great premise, may have been better as a short story or novella.
I didn‘t get a lot done on my new blanket as a result. Nothing to make me keep listening long after bedtime.

#scifi #multiverse #knittingwhilereading

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First off, The Space Between Worlds is an absolutely phenomenal book. Beautifully written and I highly suggest you pick it up. While it discusses the multiverse and has other facets of sci-fi the book is just a masterpiece.

4 weeks, 7 audio books and the finished blanket. Not bad for a first attempt!
Book titles will be in a comment below

#loomknitting #knitting #knittingwhilereading

BlueMoonJ Books listened to while making the blanket: Devolution by Max Brooks, Furious Hours by Casey Cep, The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix, Armada by Ernest Cline, The Whisper Man by Alex North, The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz and The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson 11mo
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“Because that‘s what a sister is: a piece of yourself you can finally love, because it‘s in someone else.”

― Micaiah Johnson, The Space Between Worlds

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The Word Is Murder | Anthony Horowitz
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Meh.
So, this could have been excellent. Great jerk of a detective, great mystery and plot. The problem was Anthony Horowitz. He wrote himself in to the story as the “Watson” and pontifically waxed about all of his success as a writer. And waxed and waxed.... It took me out of the story and I had to keep going back to find the plot again.

#mystery #audiobook #AnthonyHorowitz #Knittingwhilereading

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Holy macaroons! This book is awesome. Started listening last night and finished today (lots of progress on the blanket)! It reminded me of Tana French books...but better. A great psychological thriller with serial killers, a creepy kid, and a dad who who is trying to figure out how to be a single father. So good. I highly recommend you read if you haven‘t.

#psychological #thriller #AlexNorth #TheWhisperMan #audiobook

BlueMoonJ @MothAndMoons you should read this one! 11mo
BlueMoonJ Also, it is read by Christopher Eccelston and he did an amazing job. Listening to the9th Doctor is never hard, but his voice was eerily calm which was perfect for the book. 11mo
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Armada / Armed | Ernest Cline
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It was as expected. If you have read Ready Player One it is like that mixed with Ender‘s Game. Heavy on the 80s pop culture with the idea of using video games to train unsuspecting kids to go up against an alien invasion. Good read. It had a few more emotional threads than i remember being in Ready Player One. But definitely a good quick palate cleanser after a heavy book

#audiobook #ernestCline #scifi #knittingwhilereading #armada

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Armada / Armed | Ernest Cline
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This is to clear my head after the last book. A little bit of light alien ready before figuring out what the weekend read will be! Plus, its ready by the super nerd who somehow became famous Wil Wheaton. (Stand by me is obviously left out of that quandry)
I really enjoyed Ready Player One, though the writing was not the best. Have Ready Player Two on hold at the library.
#ernestCline #knittingwhilereading #aliens

LibrarianRyan I really enjoyed listening to this on audio. I actually enjoyed it more than RPO on audio because I wasn't hunting for little clues (even thought I listened to RPO after I had already read it). 11mo
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So...this book was amazing. Intense. Not scary in a a horror book kind of way. I had to put it down and pick up a light read in between to get a bit of a break. (Ernest Cline‘s Armada). But if you want to be horrified by late 80‘s early 90‘s misogyny in the south, and every trigger warning you can think to put on a book then I highly recommend it.
#vampires #knittingwhilereading #audiobook #southernBookclubsguidetoslayingvampires #gradyhendrix

TheNeverendingTBR My favourite of his 11mo
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Starting this today! No expectations. I have no clue if it is supposed to be horror humorous, straight horror....but I had to with the title

#vampires #horror #knittingwhilereading

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So..it was really good. Just very different than what I was expecting. More of a veiled Harper Lee biography that the author used true crime in the beginning 1/3 of the book to hook you in...and then just a biography after that with a few references back to the crime and trial thrown in their. I really enjoyed it, it was well written, just seems a bit like false advertising. #furioushours #harperlee #truecrime

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Next audio book started
More knitting to be done

#audiobook #knitting #harperlee #CaseyCep

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I am actually a little surprised at how much I enjoyed Devolution. I was expecting it to be along the lines of Rant by Chuck Palahniuk but I was pleasantly surprised it was not.
Pick is blanket progress while listening.

#maxbrooks #devolution #knittingwhilereading #audiobook

BookwormM I loved Devolution 11mo
Bookwormjillk Love this blanket, and Devolution is on my TBR for this month. 11mo
DogMomIrene Love these colors! And I‘m going to have to add Devolution to my #bookspinbingo for March! 11mo
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BlueMoonJ @DogMomIrene , Thank you! And bookspinbingo??? 11mo
DogMomIrene @BlueMoonJ I discovered #bookspinbingo when I started using Litsy again. @TheAromaofBooks of books hosts it. If you check out her profile, she links to the instructions. It‘s super easy and a fun way to plan your reading, especially if you decide to add mostly books you already own to work through the never ending TBR on the nightstand. (edited) 11mo
BlueMoonJ @DogMomIrene thank you! I will check it it! I mostly am doing audiobooks from the library so I can knit while I “read”. This is a new experiment. 3 books in and kinda liking it. 11mo
DogMomIrene @BlueMoonJ You‘re welcome. It‘s super laid-back. I didn‘t get a February bingo, but I finished The Stand because I was like, “I‘m finishing this puppy this month because I used it for 5 bingo spots!” 😂 Plus,it‘s a fun hashtag to just randomly search through. 11mo
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Watched the movie adaptation of Motherless Brooklyn tonight. Wasn't bad. Wasn't great either, but it did inspire me to pull out my Letham collection and give them a re-read.
I highly recommend the book and mostly recommend the movie. I mean, Ed Norton....can't really go completely wrong!

#booktomovie

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Tonights experiment: audio book so I can knit on this blanket. I love old time radio dramas, but never have gotten into audio books....so we shall see how it goes

#maxbrooks #devolution #KnittingWhileReading

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Mystery book puzzle for this week's entertainment!
#mystery #puzzle

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 #litsywelcomewagon 11mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳🌹🥳 11mo
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