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Celeste57

Celeste57

Joined November 2016

Book blogger at novelnotions.net, a new blog that I just started up with one of my dearest friends!
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Outsider by Stephen King
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Hello Littens!! I know I haven‘t been on Litsy at all in 2019, but I was so excited to receive this that I had to share. This is my most anticipated book of the year, and I can‘t wait to start reading!! #tenthousanddoors #currentlyreading

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Chemistry | C. L. Lynch
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This book was so incredibly funny. If Warm Bodies and Twilight had a really sarcastic baby, this would be it. Seriously, I highly recommend it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Full review posted here: http://novelnotions.net/2018/08/13/chemistry/

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I‘m pretty sure this is my favorite book of all time. It‘s the book I recommend the most and think about the most. The portrayal of music in this book speaks to me on an incredibly deep level. I know there‘s a lot of disappointment out there regarding the length of time between books and the attitude of the author toward fans, but it is without a doubt worth reading anyway. Full review: http://novelnotions.net/2018/08/05/thenameofthewind/

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City of Blades | Robert Jackson Bennett
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I decided to come up with a Top 10 list of my favorite books of the year so far. These are a few of them, and you can see the rest of the list here: http://novelnotions.net/2018/08/01/celestestop10janthrujuly2018/ What are a few of your favorites so far?

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City of Blades | Robert Jackson Bennett
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This series continues to be fabulous. It blends so many of my favorite genres, the characters are insanely well developed, and the story is never predictable. Highly recommend. Full review here: http://novelnotions.net/2018/07/27/cityofblades/

Guildedearlobe His book The Troupe is one of my all time favorite. I read the first book in this series and thought it was decent but I struggle with epic fantasies and haven‘t read the rest. 11mo
Celeste57 @Guildedearlobe I have The Troupe waiting on my kindle for when I finish The Divine Cities! I‘m a massive fantasy fan, and I really enjoyed how he blended epic fantasy with urban fantasy, mystery, and horror into this series. I‘m sorry it didn‘t work as well for you. This second one was much more militaristic, so you might enjoy it more than the first if that‘s your cup of tea! 😊 11mo
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I absolutely love this book. It was lovely and heartbreaking and profound. Wolas has such a beautiful way with words, and her character development is second to none. Full review here: http://novelnotions.net/2018/07/25/thefamilytabor/

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City of Blades | Robert Jackson Bennett
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I‘m absolutely loving both of these so far. They couldn‘t be more different from one another, and that makes me happy. I feel so well rounded as a reader right now. 😂😂

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The Chemist | Stephenie Meyer
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Wow. This was so much better than I expected. It‘s not a book I ever intended to read, but when your grandmother shoves a book at you because she loved it so much it‘s really hard to turn it down. It was action-packed and engaging and well paced, and the main character was awesome. Full review here: http://novelnotions.net/2018/07/18/the-chemist/

JazzFeathers And that cover is pretty awesome too 😆 11mo
Celeste57 @JazzFeathers So much better than the original cover with the syringe, right? 😂 11mo
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I‘m ecstatic right now!!! I‘ve been counting down the days until this book released, and it‘s finally here! I loved The Resurrection of Joan Ashby with all of my heart, and I‘m so incredibly excited to read Wolas‘s sophomore work! 😍😍😍

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City of Stairs | Robert Jackson Bennett
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Hands down one of the best books I‘ve ever read. Mystery, philosophy, horror, and fantasy all rolled into one. If you‘re a fan of stories where religion is a dominant theme, you should definitely check it out! You can read my full review here: http://novelnotions.net/2018/07/13/cityofstairs/

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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I loved the world building in this. Getting an urban fantasy story from a Native American perspective was wonderful. But I had a really hard time connecting to the characters, and I found the book unrelentingly dark. It had its pros and cons. Full review here: http://novelnotions.net/2018/07/11/trailoflightning/

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City of Stairs | Robert Jackson Bennett
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I‘ve been taking a fantasy break for the past month or two, and I‘m super excited to dive back into my favorite genre. Up first: a trilogy that my friends have raved about that‘s been on my shelf for over a year. I‘ve heard is slow and philosophical and incredibly original. I‘m only a few chapters in, but I‘m loving it so far!

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My Plain Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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I. LOVE. THIS. Seriously, it was just as funny and awesome as My Lady Jane. I can‘t recommend it enough. My full review is here: http://novelnotions.net/2018/07/05/myplainjane/

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The Muse: A Novel | Jessie Burton
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Hello friends! Sorry I‘ve been away for so long. I was busy building a new blog with a friend! This book had an interesting premise, but I had a bit of a hard time connecting with the characters. I loved what it had to say about art, though! You can read my full review on my new blog: http://novelnotions.net/2018/07/03/the-muse/

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I would love a chance to win stack #3. Thanks for the giveaway, @Cinfhen ! And I hope you have a wonderful trip! #ShelfSpaceGiveaway

Cinfhen Thanks!!! And good luck❤️ 12mo
Celeste57 @Cinfhen 😘💜 12mo
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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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I decided to show off some of my children‘s books for #ShelfieSaturday, because I think it‘s a really pretty arrangement. I definitely made use of every square inch of space! 😅 #ReadingResolutions #June

PerksOfBeingABookworm Very impressive! 12mo
JazzFeathers 😍😍😍 12mo
Celeste57 @PerksOfBeingABookworm and @JazzFeathers Thank y‘all! 😘😘 12mo
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Francie Nolan is definitely a #characterwholovesbooks . #JuneInBooks18

rubyslippersreads Great choice! 13mo
Celeste57 @rubyslippersreads Thanks! I was between her and Hermione Granger. 😁 13mo
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Shelter in Place | Nora Roberts
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Here‘s my tentative #JuneTBR and #AnticipatedJuneReads . Tentative because I‘m a super moody reader so everything is subject to change, especially the classics. I might substitute some of these for a few of the #GreatAmericanReads I haven‘t read yet. Tagged book is my most anticipated, and I‘m over halfway through both The Outsider and Christy already! #ReadingResolutions #June #JuneInBooks18

rubyslippersreads Along with many other Littens, I ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Celeste57 @rubyslippersreads Somehow I completely missed both this one and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when I was younger. ATGiB is now one of my favorite books ever, and I‘m really looking forward to I Capture the Castle!! 13mo
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Outsider | Stephen King
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My library hold finally came in! Woo hoo!!

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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This book was stunning. The character development was above reproach and the prose was gorgeous. I‘m not always the biggest fan of retellings, but this one was incredible. Full review here: http://www.celestialmusings.org/?p=577

sprainedbrain Excellent review! 13mo
Celeste57 @sprainedbrain Thank you!! 😁 13mo
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My Lady Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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This was hands down the funniest book I‘ve ever read. If you‘re an audiobook fan, you should definitely give this one a listen. But it‘s worth a read in whatever format you fancy. Full review here: http://www.celestialmusings.org/?p=575

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Can I just say that this is wonderful so far? The writing is stunning, and Circe herself is a very compelling character.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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The books I‘m currently reading are so physically complementary. Aren‘t they lovely? And they‘re both great inside, as well!

Texreader Yes! Lovely! 13mo
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This was theologically amazing. I had some issues with the writing, but Dekker always has a great story to tell. Full review can be found here: http://www.celestialmusings.org/?p=569

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1. 56!
2. It did. I really want to read: A Confederacy of Dunces; A Prayer for Owen Meany; Beloved; Bless Me, Ultima; Crime and Punishment; Dune; Gilead; The Institutionalist; The Joy Luck Club; Lonesome Dove; One Hundred Years of Solitude; Rebecca; and basically all of the other ones I haven‘t read. I also want to give The Color Purple a second chance!
3. Harry Potter, Narnia, The Stand, Jane Eyre #GARthoughts @Traci1

Traci1 56 is a great starting point. I've got nearly 60 to go. Although I don't plan to read quite all of them. 13mo
Celeste57 @Traci1 I don‘t plan to read all of them either, but it‘s a fairly solid list! 13mo
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The Golem and the Jinni | Helene Wecker
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This book is gorgeous inside and out. I‘m enjoying it so much!

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Sorry I haven‘t been around much lately, y‘all. I‘ve still been lurking, but life got crazy and I haven‘t had the energy to even attempt taking any pretty pics. I wanted to share this book, though. I‘ve been absolutely loving it. It‘s super educational, but also really fun to read. And the illustrations are adorable!

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Finally getting a chance to start this and I am SO EXCITED right now!!!

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Look what came in today! Belated birthday present!! 😍😍😍

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Finally getting to read this lovely birthday gift from a friend. I loved the original trilogy, so here‘s hoping that this new installment is just as wonderful! 🤞🏻🙏🏻

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My wonderful family just threw me a little birthday party. Look at this gorgeous copy of The Princess Bride that my parents gave me!! 😍😍😍

rubyslippersreads And Groot socks! 😄 1y
Celeste57 @rubyslippersreads I have this thing for nerdy socks and I looove the Groot set!! 😍😍 1y
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The Shining | Stephen King
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My little lion is cute. King‘s hedge lions and dog in this book are NOT CUTE. Terrified of literary topiary. Not what I expected from my reading experience. The hedges were seriously the scariest part of the book to me so far. 😂😅

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The Shining | Stephen King
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Hi there, Littens! I hate that I haven‘t had time to be more active in this lovely community, but I‘m finally getting the chance to snuggle in and read for a bit! Current read: my (very ugly) copy of The Shining. Really enjoying it so far! Also pictured: my incredibly spoiled little Luna dog.

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Rat Queens Vol. 3 | Kurtis J. Wiebe
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I'm #currentlyreading this, and thought it was perfect for #feministfriday! #readingresolutions #janinbooks18

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This is without a doubt my #favoritebookopeningline. It just immediately sets the mood and tone for the story. Also, Bilbo is as #brave as they come, in my opinion! #readingresolutions #janinbooks18

LazyOwl Mine too 👍 1y
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I don't have a lot of #bookmerch, but what I do have tends to be Harry Potter or LotR related. The rest of my shelf decor is mostly from movie or tv fandoms. Also, LotR is my pick for #slowburn. So slow, in fact, that I've never made it more than halfway through The Two Towers even though I've started it at least three times. And I call myself a fantasy fan... 😔😅 #readingresolutions #janinbooks18

larah17 Keep going with it! I tried to read Fellowship of the Ring at least 3-4 times over the last few years before finishing both that and the Two Towers last year.. and they‘re definitely worth it 😁 1y
Celeste57 @larah17 I've heard that it's worth it. Will have to try again this year!! 1y
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The Stand | Stephen King
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I can't think of any #disaster worse than Captain Trips. I'm also going to use it as my #recommendascifibook, even though I think that it really transcends genre. One of my very favorites. #readingresolutions #janinbooks18

SpeculativeFemale Good choice. I will always remember the first time I read that when I was in high school. I think I was equally horrified and mesmerized by it. 1y
Celeste57 @SpeculativeFemale I read it for the first time last year and loved it. I can't wait to reread it! 1y
SpeculativeFemale @Celeste57 It is definitely one worth going back to. I've been through it a few times and still feel like I pick up new details each time. 1y
Celeste57 @SpeculativeFemale I completely get that. I said in my review that, if I could only have access to one piece of fiction for the rest of my life, I would want it to be this book. There's just so much to dig into with this book. 1y
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Decided to get in on the #graphicnovelweeklongreadathon and the #speechbubblechallenge. I've randomly been in the mood for graphic novels and have read Monstress vol. 1, Paper Girls deluxe vol. 1, and Saga vol. 7 so far, and am almost finished with this one. It's a nice change! Thought this frame worked for #sidekickfromhell. Poor Green Arrow, having to put up with Harley... 😂😂

TricksyTails Yay! 👏😁 Happy you‘re joining the party! 🎉📚🎉📚 1y
Celeste57 @TricksyTails Thanks! Me too! 🙌🏻🎉😄 1y
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If ever #deception could be a superpower, it is for Locke. He's made lying into an art form. #characterwithsuperpower #readingresolutions #janinbooks18

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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As lovely as this book is, it presents a #future I fervently hope our world avoids. #readingresolutions

SpeculativeFemale I loved that one, but yeah, bleak in the future outlook department. 1y
DebbieGrillo I'm reading this other one by her right now. 1y
Celeste57 @SpeculativeFemale Yeah, definitely bleak. 1y
Celeste57 @DebbieGrillo I had not heard of her other book! Will look it up! 1y
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Talk about a #bookwithalongtitle. This one actually has two subtitles! It was an adorable book, by the way, and the audiobook version was super fun. #janinbooks18

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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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This lovely little book is one that I #finishedinonesitting and promptly pushed onto my mom and brother. They loved it as much as I did! #janinbooks18

JazzFeathers It's a beautiful story 1y
Celeste57 @JazzFeathers It is. Such a small book to house so much depth. ❤️ 1y
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Well, I used this collection yesterday, but it's also my current #audiobook. All of the Holmes stories as read by Stephen Fry? Yes please!!! #readingresolutions

MatchlessMarie I want to finish it this year. I love Fry‘s narrations! 1y
Celeste57 @MatchlessMarie Fry is absolutely wonderful! 😍❤️ 1y
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Complete Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Sherlock is who immediately comes to mind when I think of #footprints. Also, I can't think of any series that has been more frequently adapted for #bookstosilverscreens. #readingresolutions #janinbooks18

JazzFeathers 😍 l do own a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, but it isn't this nice 1y
Celeste57 @JazzFeathers This one was only about $6 from Barnes and Noble! 1y
Sarah83 Great edition 😍 1y
Celeste57 @Sarah83 Thank you! 1y
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Excited to start my third reread of one of my favorite books, and in this fabulous new edition my husband gave me for Christmas! My little Luna dog is looking pretty #tranquil next to me. I'm in comfy pjs and listening to the rain pouring down. Life's pretty darn awesome. #readingresolutions

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Martyr's Song | Ted Dekker
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I don't have a #favoritetearjerkerbook, but all of these have moved me to tears, and I've reread them all. Words can be so powerful, and these books showcase that beautifully. #janinbooks18

hes7 Two great series! 1y
Celeste57 @hes7 Some of my favorites! 1y
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Each of these is #abookwithabeautifulcover, and each has some #trickytwists. I can't recommend them both highly enough. Two of my favorite books from 2017!! #janinbooks18 #readingresolutions

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Monstress #1 | Marjorie Liu
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The art was stunning, and the plot was interesting. I felt like the art actually overwhelmed the storyline in places, but I definitely enjoyed it. Highly recommend!

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My editions of this trilogy have incredibly #cringeworthy covers... 😂😂😂 #readingresolutions

OwenBanner That is an 80s masterpiece 1y
Celeste57 @OwenBanner That it is. But I'm on book 3 and have yet to see a single dragon. That could change in this last book, I suppose! 1y
Melissa_J I often wonder why so many fantasy novels have such horrid covers! The new editions of this series features much nicer art work on the covers. Unfortunately, I have the same editions as you. (edited) 1y
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OwenBanner Haha, maybe the dragon was just a marker to nerds in the 80s to tell them, “hey, this is fantasy.” I guess we will need a time machine to find out. 1y
OwenBanner But here‘s hoping those dragons show up sooner or later 1y
Celeste57 @Melissa_J I don't know why fantasy novels, especially from the 80s and 90s, have such atrocious covers, but some of them are hilarious! And yes, the new editions of all of Hobb's Elderlings books are lovely! 1y
Celeste57 @OwenBanner I think you're right on the reasoning! 😂 1y
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As of right now, this is my #favoritediverseread. I've loved both this and Every Heart a Doorway. Fingers crossed that Beneath the Sugar Sky will be just as wonderful!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #janinbooks18

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