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Joined May 2016

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The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
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Dragon's Fat Cat | Dav Pilkey
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The Dragon books are Dav Pilkey pre-Captain Underpants, and they are ADORABLE! They've been out of print for years so we buy them whenever we find them used, but just learned at #alaac19 that Scholastic is bringing them back!!! Reformatted to look more like a chapter book for today's young readers, same great stories and illustrations. My faves are Dragon's Fat Cat and Dragon Gets By, there's also A Friend for Dragon, Halloween and Christmas.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Am I doing this right? ? Loved this book, it was unnerving and horrific in the best way, with a quarantined boarding school of girls who are all infected with the Tox, as is the island's surrounding flora and fauna. I liked the idea of the ending but would've liked another chapter or two to flesh it out a little more, but overall great. For fans of Annihilation and the Doctor Who "Waters of Mars" episodes. Lots of body horror if that bothers you.

TheLibrarian I‘m really looking forward to this book!! 5d
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All Quiet on the Western Front | Erich Maria Remarque
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Efficiency! 😂 #LitsyHumor

Shaunesay But it's so good! 1w
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Mehso-so

Loved 75% of this for its mixture of humor, bittersweet, joy and sorrow, but the ending (when Haze's reruns catch up to the last 20 years) felt like the author abandoned what Haze's characterization in favor of shoehorning in the author's liberal views. We see 3 separate columns from Haze about white terrorist acts (Birmingham church bombing, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas), but what is *completely* omitted? 9/11. Cont'd in comments.

BookFreakOut Haze 1000% would've written about 9/11, as she also wrote about WWII and the deaths of prominent figures, but I suspect it fits the author's slant better to spend a column ranting about Bush's election than the country rallying during his presidency following a tragedy greater than the admittedly terrible ones she did include. This wasn't the majority of the book, but it was concentrated at the end, which left a bad aftertaste for me. 2w
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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LOVED this as an audiobook! If you liked The Kiss Quotient, definitely pick it up. So funny, heartwarming and endearing. The romance is alternately sexy, sweet and blundering as Khai and Esme navigate how they relate to each other given his autism and her cultural unfamiliarity and separation from everything she's ever known. Very excited for the next book following Khai's brother Quan, he was great in this one.

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The Paper Wasp | LAUREN. ACAMPORA
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I think this will be a love it or hate it book - I loved it, gave me that “what did I just read?!“ vibe. A minor infatuation with a friend-turned-movie-star turns stranger, more possessive and straight-up bizarre. The inside look at Abby's mind is unnerving, the slide from eager friendship to subtle manipulation, to supreme arrogance and condescension. Some weird sexual dreams if that bothers you. Had me dumbstruck and engrossed to the last page.

Megabooks I‘m so excited for this one! I loved her first book. I‘m waiting to see if my library purchases it. 2w
BookFreakOut @Megabooks I haven't read anything of hers before so I had no idea what to expect! Hope your library gets it soon! 2w
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Downside Up | Richard Scrimger
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Shout-out to my local library for making my @Litsy #downphoto possible! 😄 And also to my husband, who patiently held the books up just out of the frame. 😘

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 2w
Kaye Clever idea ! 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Love this one! 2w
BookFreakOut @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Kaye Thanks! It was fun to put together! 2w
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The standout is antiheroine Poe, who has never had much to begin with, and lets rage and anger steer her actions after raiders killed the boy she loved. But what she thinks is a straightforward path to vengeance turns into a twisting trail of self-examination and assessing everything she thought was true. She's blunt and emotionally detached, and not in the “brooding but charming“ way other books portray similarly strong, haunted characters.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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Something about this book just grabbed me from the first chapters with that gut "I'm going to love this" feeling, and it did not disappoint! I loved the mix of modern girl thrust into fantasy world, people genuinely trying to attone for past sins, banter and action, and heroine who knows she has physical limits but doesn't let that lessen the strength of her conviction and willingness to help others. It all just worked really well for me. ?

StaceyKondla 😂 great photo!! 3w
BookFreakOut @StaceyKondla I have zero chill 😬 3w
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The definition of a page-turner, I loved how the book is split into Father/Daughter/Mother. Each section gives a distinct voice, fresh perspective (and secrets!) and advances the murder investigation while also delving into the family's past. The lingering sense that the full story is still not uncovered wraps up in a satisfying conclusion. A disturbing examination of how far we'll go to protect a reputation, a friend, a daughter. #botm

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Excited? A little. 😆 How to Walk Away was one of my favorite 2018 reads, super pumped to get into this female firefighter story! #nochill

Meghan1 I got this in the mail today, too! 1mo
BookFreakOut @Meghan1 Bookmail buddies! 👍 1mo
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Perfect weather for #audiowalking and...cholera! I'm surprisingly really enjoying this, nonfiction isn't my normal jam but this has an excellent narrator and most of it reads like a story rather than a dry recounting of facts. I only tuned out a few brief sections that didn't interest me as much, like the bit about the history of urban development.

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Four Dead Queens | Astrid Scholte
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I was pleasantly surprised by the story structure - we see the aftermath of the murders as well as the queens while they're still alive. There were several times I thought I knew the twist but was still surprised the 2nd half was wholly unexpected. However, the Keralie/Varin chapters were my least favorite, which is about 50% of the book. I found the supporting characters much more interesting overall, who move in and out as POVs.

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Really enjoyed meeting Celeste Ng tonight! She is a very insightful speaker if you ever have the opportunity to hear from her. Every time I request vacation my boss asks what author it's for, I'm apparently quite predictable.

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Kingsbane | Claire Legrand
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I think someone at my library missed a detail because Kingsbane doesn't come out until May 21, but I'm first on the request list and not about to argue with it! 😬 Sorry, books I was reading, but my re-read of Furyborn is supplanting you; I know I need it to fully appreciate Kingsbane.

DuckOfDoom I already got Kingsbane from my local bookstore, too. Maybe there is something wrong with our release date? 3 weeks early is a lot 2mo
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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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This book drove me CRAZY! It falls prey to what society at large does: focus on the desires of adults at the expense of/not even mentioning the effect on the child who is turned into a product, while ignoring medical ramifications of IVF w/donor eggs in favor of examining race/class between adults. Also, some bizarre character choices - among other things, women who have never given birth are not generally recruited by agencies to be surrogates.

Ddzmini This is hilarious 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Caroline2 That cat‘s face.... 😆 2mo
BookFreakOut @Ddzmini @Caroline2 The things you get by googling"exasperated animal!" ? I was feeling its mood. 2mo
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This Is My Brain on Boys | Sarah Strohmeyer
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Bought this one cheap solely because I adore the cover. It's a fast, decently cute read. Several of the characters are very like Big Bang Theory's Sheldon/Star Trek's Data, and the way they spoke in uber-analytical/overly-analytical terms became a bit of a caricature. It actually talks a lot about brain science, which could be a fun tie-in with a nonfiction title or additional research.

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Little Computer People | Galen Surlak-Ramsey
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Litception! Excited to try Litsy on the web, especially the Goodreads import feature. I also vastly prefer using a keyboard, though I take most pics with my phone, I still think it's a fun expansion of the platform and will be good for heavy usage times like readathons.

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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This book is driving me NUTS. Not only is it slow, dull (I would DNF if I weren't reading it for work) but it's maybe 5% about surrogacy and the rest is a (plodding) broad look at race/economic division. Which is fine, but doesn't deliver the advertised premise. And if you think this is a sort-of dystopia, it's not. The control, loss of physical autonomy, surrogate dorms, abortions for "defects," commercialized babies etc. all happen in real life.

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This Is My Brain on Boys | Sarah Strohmeyer
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Attempting (and largely failing) to maintain my chill before Endgame...
I've wanted to read this since I first saw the cover, it seems like a fun fluffy thing. 😊

Texreader Yay for you!! We have tickets for tomorrow 2mo
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It's been waaaay too long since I just curled up with a book instead of reading in snatched moments (a con of having a freelance side hustle). Cozied up to finish this and I'm feeling weirdly refreshed and content by being able to sink into the remainder of a haunting, sorrowful book. Ng is firmly cemented in my mind as an A+ author.

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It was bookend painting for my library's monthly adult craft night and I'm super happy with how mine came out! 😍 Now to find a shelf that isn't already at capacity to be able to use them...

ladym30 Fantastic!❤️ 2mo
BookishMarginalia Love those! 2mo
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It's dooooone!!! Had to start this one over at one point because I read the pattern wrong and started too far back. 🤦 Got it done just in time for a super belated Christmas meetup tommorow...I think we've finally avoided being snowed out since we each drive an hour.

sprainedbrain That‘s amazing!! 3mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 3mo
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I thought something had gone horribly wrong with my project until I remembered it's going to say Hogwarts and not Harry Potter. 😆 Watching the movie while I fold the same book, seeing all the pages put me in the mood.

wordzie 😎 3mo
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Fallen | Lauren Kate
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Another great year at the library sale, including an ARC of Fallen from 2009, how does that even happen?!? Brotherband and Night School are helping complete series I partially own. The big Naomi Novik is the first 3 Temeraire books in one volume!

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Susan Dennard was absolutely delightful! I didn't crochet the Aeduan, he travels with her as the photo op mascot. Also thanks to my seat neighbor who laughed when we were discussing changing opinions of characters as new details are revealed and I referenced, specifically, "the Shrek onion." As if there's any other onion worth referencing!

ElyssaReads Love the haircut! 4mo
BookFreakOut @ElyssaReads Thanks! It's my twice yearly "too annoyed with the length it's gotta go" haircut. ? 4mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Definitely recommend the audiobook of this! I love dual before/after timelines, this one features Sadie's story about hunting for her sister's killer in the "present" and a podcast that tries to uncover the mystery of Sadie's disappearance in the aftermath. Full cast and two primary narrators were A+. True crime isn't my typical jam but this was a solid 4⭐, and fans of that genre of shows/books/podcasts should for sure try it.

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Spreadsheet Magic | Pamela Lewis
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Started a Google spreadsheet of all the books I own, only gone through two rooms and already up to 300! 😲 I also have columns for if it's signed, if it's part of a series, and the biggest one...if I've actually read it. 😬 I liked the idea of a Google doc so I could easily pull it up on my phone or any computer, do you use any kind of personal library database?

CareBear I use the app Libib. 4mo
MartinaLove Goodread, it's an app. I love it! 4mo
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Objectively an inspiring story, but the simplistic writing style did not engage me at all. It read like an emotionless recounting of facts more reminiscent of a school essay than memoir. There is no distinct narrative voice, the word choice was limited, likely because English is not her first language, but there are resources to help with that if I saw the word "grin" one more time I was ready to screeeeaaaam!

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So early in the year to be reading one of my 2 annual nonfiction books! 😆 This was really good as an audiobook, and wow that reader can really rattle off her eventual 18-syllable diagnosis. Seriously, I counted. The second half is like a real-life episode of House, which is good in that I don't feel obligated to keep up with the medical talk since they're inevitably wrong but also bad in that it was easy to tune out. Still, would recommend!

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A Town Divided by Christmas | Orson Scott Card
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Umm...no. The bar was set pretty low for a Christmas novella mixed with genetic research, but it failed to meet even my most basic expectations. The science angle that interested me falls away in favor of a cringe-worthy attempt at romance, with the characters literally saying they're not in a Hallmark movie... while everything plays out exactly like a Hallmark movie, but taking itself too seriously. Just watch A Christmas Prince instead.

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INK | Alice Broadway
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1. I'm always tempted by the tagged book in stores but I try not to pay full price for things I haven't read and haven't gotten it from the library.
2. My college roommate and I do Roomie Christmas but the weather cancelled our plans and now we're meeting Feb 16, so kind of Galentine's.
3. Periwinkle bleh it was barely a color at all in the crayon box, so pale and bleh bleh bleh.
4. Steven! I like it!

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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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This is the UK cover, I really enjoyed this delightfully haunting middle grade! Schwab captures just enough eeriness to appeal to young and old fans. Her love for Edinburgh is obvious, and this quick ghostly adventure was a great audiobook.

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I've been enjoying this, but it's starting to feel like an episode of House, where I tune out all the new medical theories because the book is only 50% done and I'm just waiting for the reveal closer to the end.

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The friendly font doesn't make the "$5 per day" any less foreboding. I think it's because it's held "on reserve" by the university library, i.e. for a class or other designated group (a committee in this case) so people requesting it typically have a specific purpose rather than general reading.

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LOVED the newest Witchlands book, out next Tuesday! These high fantasy books feel so fresh and well thought out, amazing friendships and nations/characters that have unique strengths, weaknesses and goals, but avoids drawing strict good guy bad guy lines.The characters grow so much, and it's not done yet! Definitely read the Sightwitch novella first (ideally after Windwitch), it's a series prequel but introduces many key elements to Bloodwitch.

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uhhh I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH HIM?!?!? 🤯 Don't watch Riverdale so I did not know he was doing big acting things, nothing says celebrity connection like 12th grade government class. Definitely getting my yearbook out tonight!

https://people.com/movies/the-sun-is-also-a-star-first-look/?utm_medium=social&x...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s great! And good for him! 5mo
Cinfhen How cool!!!! 5mo
BookHoarder32 Lol! Awesome 5mo
Christine Fun!! 5mo
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As You Wish | Chelsea Sedoti
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#24in48 swiss army book rec (the one you'd give to absolutely anyone): Three generations of my family loved this one! As YA, the language itself is easy to read, but the premise of "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it" is thought-provoking enough to draw in those who may not typically read YA. @24in48

monkeygirlsmama This was such a good one. 5mo
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#24in48 favorite food-related book: this memoir was very interesting, it avoids politics and shares about the different culinary styles of each First Lady, narrowly avoided disasters, what goes into preparing a state dinner, and what the families ate on a daily basis. A fascinating behind the scenes look! @24in48

SpeculativeFemale Thinking I should put this on my gift list for my other half. This sounds right up his alley! 5mo
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Redwall | Brian Jacques
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#24in48 favorite series challenge: My friends got me hooked on Redwall in 5th grade and for years after I got the latest release for my birthday/Christmas. I haven't read them recently, but I still have all but one on my shelves and they have a firm place on my favorites list. @24in48

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Sightwitch | Susan Dennard
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This is the second book I've seen with an alternate title hidden beneath the jacket (All of This is True also does)! This prequel novella was my favorite of the series so far, I personally loved seeing the cause/effect spanning 1000 years and the bittersweet story. Many elements that I anticipate being brought into future books. Not sure how it would translate to audio, there are sketches and one key plot element is based in those visuals.

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Windwitch | Susan Dennard
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It's a testament to the strength of the world building that this can follow several different plotlines and POVs across great distances without sacrificing complexity. Though elemental magic is certainly not a new concept, I think Dennard's take on it is really solid, and everything feels very distinct from other fantasies, I'd say this series is a good YA/adult crossover that is solidly rooted without relying on trends.

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#24in48 shelfie challenge, I'm in a car all day today so I couldn't get a new shelfie, but I have this one from an in-progress Half-Price Books that I thought was pretty cool! They were doing buyback to build up stock before the grand opening, so we could look around but not purchase, it was fun to see it all coming together. @24in48

Bookzombie It is cool! 5mo
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#24in48 opening lines challenge: I love it when authors I enjoy are friends in real life, like Susan Dennard's Truthwitch dedication to Sarah J. Maas. @24in48

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My favorite indie bookstore is on the Publishers Weekly 2019 Bookstore of the Year shortlist!!! 😍🥰🤩😁💞🎉🎊 I don't live in Wichita, but Watermark has great events that I like to travel to (pic is of Ally Carter there last fall). Congrats to all five stores!

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/7...

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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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S/O to the lady at my library who laughed when I saw how many holds had come in at once (including the tagged book) and loud-whispered "I didn't mean for it to happen!"

BookBabe 😂 5mo
BookHoarder32 Slow clap 👏 5mo
BillBlume Perfect picture with this! 😹😹😹 5mo
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I listened to this in April 2017 and I'm really glad I reread in print before picking up Windwitch because my memory does not hold audio very well, especially, high action stories. I remembered the end, but almost nothing leading up to it! The world building is very thorough, chucks you right in but also keeps you from being overwhelmed. Also, the Christmas tree might come down this weekend. Might.

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The ultimate irony is that this is actually a Harry Potter book...it was my only purchased-for-crafting book long enough to accommodate a pattern that spanned 700 pages. 😬

LibrarianRyan I totally get that. 5mo
MrBook Whoooaaa! 5mo
BookBabe Wow! That‘s incredible! 🙌🏻 5mo
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BookFreakOut @LibrarianRyan Our library sale is coming up and I'm definitely going to be looking for more this size! 5mo
LibrarianRyan @BookFreakOut we have this project we are working on and have so many twilight series copies that are ending up in recycling. That is what I am using for all mine. 5mo
BookFreakOut @MrBook @BookBabe @Cinfhen @Texreader Thanks! It's quite easy, but beyond tedious, probably 7-8 hours for everything? Quite a few episodes of Dr. Who played in the background. 5mo
BookFreakOut @LibrarianRyan Those would be good ones, I bet I find some of those at the sale too. 5mo
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The Gilded Wolves | Roshani Chokshi
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I think many people will enjoy this but it was meh for me. The pacing felt slow and it was hard to get a clear grip on complicated action sequences. The diverse misfit gang is fine, but not at the emotional connection level of Six of Crows, which I imagine it will be compared to a lot. I enjoyed the National Treasure style puzzle elements. Similar "cake but w/razor blades" world as The Belles. The vague Forging magic seemed like a catch-all.

Lmstraubie Your picture is great 😂 5mo
sprainedbrain This picture. 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
BookFreakOut @Lmstraubie @sprainedbrain I Googled "face palm animal" and was not disappointed! ? 5mo
BookBabe Love this pic! 😂👍🏻 5mo
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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1. Teleport, Nightcrawler is my fave! 💙
2. Absolutely loved the Beartown audiobook
3. I started tracking my eating back in December, so just continuing with that.
4. Great British Bake-Off, and Nailed It once I ran out of that! 🍪🎂🍰🍩🧁
5. 😁

AlaMich ❤️ GBBS!! ❤️ 5mo
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