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Joined February 2019

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The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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Dracula by Bram Stoker
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Still working through this audiobook. Going on a road trip this weekend and am hoping it to use that time to finish it!

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Alternating between this book and some lighter fiction tonight. Really enjoy the conversational narrative between Oprah and Dr. Perry as they discuss how trauma impacts life. They weave stories and information together in a well balanced way to not make it too heavy emotionally or informationally.

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The Gilded Ones | Namina Forna
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Picked from my personal #blindbookdate collection, THE GILDED ONES has been amazing so far. Couldn‘t put it down and read half of it in a sitting. Loving the surprise and mystery of my blind books

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Listening to my audiobook with a cup of coffee and this book critic. He‘s rarely impressed and tends to nap during readings as a result. While this is a character driven novel so far with just the tease of major plot drama to come, I‘m not sure I agree with his working review of “sleep through it” 😂

peanutnine 😻😻😻 3w
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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So far I‘m really enjoying this narrative style. I hadn‘t read any of her other work before so wasn‘t sure what to expect.

IndoorDame I‘m also in the middle of this one and loving it! 3w
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Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Finally starting The Secret History after all the hype it‘s received. I‘m still not convinced on it, maybe it‘s just me being stubborn, so I‘m doing it as an audiobook which feels like less of a commitment.

Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve had this on my shelf for years but I don‘t know if I‘ll ever forgive Donna Tartt for The Goldfinch. 4w
CarolynM I wasn‘t a fan. Too much telling not enough showing. 3w
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The Witch and the Tsar | Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
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Not sure how to feel… this books been on my TBR since this spring and I finally picked up a copy from my library. But 2 pages in and the writing style is such a turn off for me. It feels clunky. I‘ll read the first 50 pages to give it a chance but right now I‘m feeling pretty disappointed.

Suet624 Well that‘s a bummer. 3mo
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⭐️3/5
Read it based on a recommendation with little idea on what it was about. I enjoyed the introduction to Buddhist beliefs and found the author presented the ideas in easily graspable ways. Most of the book focuses on being mindful in different senses and how it can positively impact a persons life. Would consider reading more of her work in the future.

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A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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Old photo that popped up in my memories today! Thought I‘d share some cat love with you all this morning. Hope you‘re having a wonderful weekend ☺️

Ruthiella 😻😻😻 7mo
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⭐️3/5
Collection of short stories that all touch on the idea of yearning and wanting more. While I enjoyed most of the stories, they did fall short of what I hope for with a short story. I was left with my own sense of wanting more from them, which is why it‘s only getting 3 stars.

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Valentine | ELIZABETH. WETMORE
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Been thinking of this book a lot lately. Thinking it‘s time to reread it. What makes you want to reread a book?

SoapboxEdits Typically I only reread a book if I‘m reading it to my son. 8mo
Ruthiella It‘s super rare for me to re-read. Nostalgia is often the main factor. 8mo
EvieBee Recreating the feelings I had when I read it. Like summer gushiness, for example. 8mo
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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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#currentlyreading this chunky book while enjoying a beautiful summer day with a glass of cool white wine

Tera66 I love this retro cover😍 8mo
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Lazy morning annotating my deep read of the month, Dracula with one of my fur babies. Been really enjoying using highlights to annotate, feels a lot more realistic than using sticky tabs and I can make sure everything I want marked is easily marked. Also loving to see how far the vampire lore/genre has come since this classic was released in the 1800s!

Do you annotate your books at all?

Ruthiella I never annotate. I make notes separately, when necessary. 8mo
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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza | Shaun David Hutchinson
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Story of a teenage girl who is tasked by these voices to save the world by healing people. Asks questions on free will, choice, and moral obligation. Well written, funny, with characters to look up to in terms of maturity. Similar to his novel WE ARE THE ANTS. Fun read, definitely recommend

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About half way through and not sure how I‘m feeling about it. The stories are all interesting with some sci-fi/fantasy elements but I‘m always wanting more. And not in the way I want when reading short stories. They‘re missing something. But I like the repeated motif of people not being satisfied. I‘m going to finish it because I feel like there a strong possibility it‘s a book I like more after I‘ve sat with it for a while.

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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For 2022 I wants to deep read at least one book a month and wanted to read more classics so I slammed the two goals together and feel like I‘m back in college. For June I‘m reading Dracula and since I was out of sticky tabs, I decided to try using different colored highlights and am loving the results!

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Rainy day reads

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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza | Shaun David Hutchinson
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#currentlyreading THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA by Shaun David Hutchinson. This book has the same voice and ideas present in his book WE ARE THE ANTS. Is the world worth saving? Are people worth saving? About 2/3 of the way through and thoroughly enjoying it so far!

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Currently reading courtesy of my local library! 🥰

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Starting my next reread while at work. Always feel blessed I have a job I get to read at

jlhammar Great book! Love Alison Bechdel. 9mo
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Hoping to finish this book today and start my classic of the month! Nothing better than reading on the porch listening to birds sing

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#currentlyreading on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon

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I don't think this quote needs much of an explanation. I think this is a lesson everyone needs reminded of throughout their life.

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As part of my goal to annotate more, I'm also wanting to share some of my favorite quotes from books I'm reading and this was probably my favorite from THE TITAN'S CURSE. I love the introduction of the concept that monsters and evil doesn't have to look like our stereotypes of monsters and evil.

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A very late review of the fourth installment of Percy Jackson... and despite how much I love Annabeth, this was my least favorite book in the series. It may be due to the fact it was setting up for the series finale and I hate having to go through set ups. On a whole, it felt stagnant compared to the other books. I said a couple weeks ago I'm waiting for my library hold to come in so I can finish the series, and hopefully it'll come in this week.

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My latest book haul! Courtesy of lost gift cards I found and my SO wanting something new to read too.

I‘ve been super busy at work lately, but I have a bunch of reviews and favorite quotes to catch up on, so please forgive me while I spam you guys this week.

How has your Monday morning been??

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Reading this one today! Honestly I think I‘ll finish this one and start the fourth today since they‘re short. Hope everyone has a great Thursday!

MatchlessMarie Been reading through this series too. I should finish by the end of October 🪟 1y
CollapsingLibrary @MatchlessMarie I‘m loving going by to my childhood favorites! But this time I can just hear the actors voice from the Netflix show as I‘m reading 😂 1y
MatchlessMarie @CollapsingLibrary I‘m actually reading through these for the first time I never read them as a kid but always saw them in the library and was like “one day” lol I‘ve been enjoying Tim Curry on audio for the later books. 1y
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⭐️5/5

Another reread that didn‘t disappoint! This novel in dialogue is historical fiction story on the biggest slave auction to take place in America. With various viewpoints that span years, this story on slavery will pull at heartstrings. It‘s an easy read that deserves time to be sat with.

Recommendation: YA/general audience. Good for educational purposes.

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Lots of library holds came in this week! I‘m in a long wait for the last Percy Jackson book, so I‘m hoping to fill in the gap by rereading a good portion of THE SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS! I watched the Netflix adaptation and remember enjoying the books as a kid, but honestly don‘t remember too much about any of them after the first 3!

What did you think of the Netflix adaptation??

Bookwormjillk I haven‘t read all the books yet but got a kick out of the Netflix series 1y
peanutnine I loved the Netflix series! I thought they did a great job adapting the books. Intriguing new details added but stayed true to the original story 1y
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The Sea of Monsters | Rick Riordan
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Love that this question was proposed in this book. The irony that it‘s asked by the god Hermes to question if his true story needed a lesson to come from it makes it even better.

Libby1 Great series. I think this book was my favourite. 1y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I‘m behind on my reviews so forgive me as I spam you guys today…
But THE TITANS CURSE is my favorite book of the series so far! I loved the plot, the inclusion of some bigger life messages to consider, the character development, all wrapped up in the same witty narrative. Because of these things I‘m rating it ⭐️4/5.

Does anyone else love the original covers more than the Disney covers?

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The Sea of Monsters | Rick Riordan
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One of my favorite things about Rick Riordan‘s style is how he sprinkles humorous lines throughout the novel. It helps break up all the action and impending-doom-of-the-world plot lines. I remember as a kid thinking these books were funny, too. Maybe it‘s because I cry a lot, but I appreciate a book that can make me laugh out loud while reading more than one that has me crying.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Good morning Littens! My morning started off with a series of frustrations so I felt this quote would be a good way to set some intentions for today. I need to remember that my mindset affects so much of my daily life and that it pays to remain positive even in less than ideal situations.

mavey So very true about positivity! You are strong! Have a fantastic day!💖 1y
Louise A good message. Things aren‘t easy at the moment, and it‘s good to remember we have what it takes to blossom nevertheless. 💗 1y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This book wasn‘t subtle about its messages, but I feel like it‘s appropriate in this setting.

kplovesbooks I've been legit afraid to read this... Because with the subject matter I want to love it instantly but what if the book itself sucks?! 🤷🤣 I need to stop overthinking and just read it already!!! 1y
CollapsingLibrary @kplovesbooks I'll be honest and say the writing itself isn't brilliant and most of my love for the book does come in the messaging. I also originally read it before the hype and the movie, so if you do decide to read it I'd go into it not expecting a literary masterpiece. 1y
kplovesbooks @CollapsingLibrary I'll keep that in mind. Also I haven't seen the movie yet either; I don't want it to sway how I'll see the book when I get to it! 1y
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The Sea of Monsters | Rick Riordan
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⭐️3.7/5

THE SEA OF MONSTERS is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. You‘ll hear me say it over and over, but the voice in these books is engaging, witty and perfect for an action packed Middle Grade book. Not as great as the first book, but still had great character development and I love all the obscure mythology Riordan brings in.

mavey Titan's Curse is so much better! Riordan is known for his Third Book Thunder! Do try it!💕 1y
CollapsingLibrary @Mavey I finished the third one yesterday and its my favorite so far! I read all of these so many years ago that it feels like my first time all over again. 1y
mavey @PurrfectFeministPerspective That's great to hear! I have to do a re-read someday too!🥰 Do you recommend any mythological fiction? 1y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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“What‘s the point of having a voice if you stay quiet in those moments you shouldn‘t be?”

This quote nicely sums up one of the themes/messages in the novel.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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⭐️4.5/5

My second review of this novel on Litsy and I was just as captivated my second time reading this book that discusses hard hitting topics such as police brutality, drug abuse, and systemic racism. While the writing isn‘t the most gorgeous prose I‘ve ever read, it‘s important messages and themes, and the fact I think of often despite originally reading it years ago, keep it at a 4.5 star rating.

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Rereading this book with the hopes of reminding myself why I choose literature as my major. I don‘t feel like I‘ve been deeply reading books the way I use to, and I think it‘s caused me to lose some of the joy thy use to come with reading for me. I‘m 8 chapters in and have annotated at least one section of each page so far.

KathyWheeler As an English major (ungrad and grad), I really enjoyed this book. It helped me remember what I had enjoyed about it. Of course, those degrees were years and years ago, but it was nice to be reminded. 1y
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Rule of Wolves | Leigh Bardugo
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While I‘m still enthralled with the book and will be finished, I wanted to mark the page in which I officially started my critical review of Bardugo and the Grishaverse as a whole. Still enough book to turn some thoughts more positively but this book ruined a lot of my enjoyment of the series

julesG Ditto. It feels a bit as if she wrote it with the TV series in mind. 1y
CollapsingLibrary @julesG yes! And having all the characters from the original series and six of crows duology together is just showcasing how it‘s the same cast of characters with just slight differences and they‘re starting to meld into one another, in my opinion. 1y
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Rule of Wolves | Leigh Bardugo
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Started RULE OF WOLVES yesterday at work and I‘m already over 200 pages. I originally didn‘t enjoy the first book in this duology but I think reading them in order this time allowed me to appreciate the story more than I previously could.

BeeMagical Gorgeous cover! 1y
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I had started this audiobook over my weekend per the recommendation of a friend. But I started spacing off and focusing more on the activity I was doing so I‘m going to restart this today with more intention. Neither my friend or I are big on self help books, so since she really liked it I have some good expectations!

Who do you go to for book recs?

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Finally settling down to start the sequel. Felt like I was slipping into a reading slump but tried to at least keep listening to audiobooks on my daily commute. I think it helped!

What do you do to motivate yourself when you find yourself entering a reading slump?

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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Book 33 | ⭐️3.75/5
Elizabeth Acevedo is an automatic pick for me; I‘ve listened to all of her books and always really enjoy them. CLAP WHEN YOU LAND is no different. A beautifully told story of two girls both struggling with grief and loss after a tragic plane accident looks into important questions on family. My lower rating is due to feeling like the middle was drug out just a little bit too much and got repetitive. Still definitely recommend!

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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard
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Book32 | ⭐️2.5/5
I said from the beginning that I knew I wasn‘t going to love this book. If it wasn‘t an audiobook that I listened to while doing mindless tasks, I probably wouldn‘t have finished it at all. The sequel is waiting for me but I have no desire to see where this story leads right now. Maybe if I don‘t find another audiobook I‘ll try it out.

KathyWheeler I read this one and thought it was okay, but I have no desire to read the rest of them. 2y
Jovy Exactly how I felt! 🙌🏼 2y
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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Couple days late but here‘s my August TBR! I‘m trying to balance a mix of rereads, new books and my tbr backlog. Really excited for the tagged book, so I‘m thinking of making myself wait until I get at least half way through before starting it.

What book on your TBR are you looking forward to most??

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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My next reread! Sitting down to write down my TBR for August later tonight and I‘m hoping to finish the Grisha universe this month. This is my favorite series in the universe though, so I‘m worried I‘ll struggle to read the King Of Scars duology 😅

mavey The best in GrishaVerse!!🤩 1y
CollapsingLibrary @Mavey I love this duology above the rest! I finished Rule of Wolves a couple weeks ago and I'm worried about Bardugo trying to do a third and it will ruin it for me... 1y
mavey @PurrfectFeministPerspective Ooh! I have yet to read RoW! How was it?! 1y
CollapsingLibrary @Mavey Honestly I didn't love it! I finished it because I'm dedicated to the characters but I felt like RoW just showed how the characters from the original series and the SoC duology are mirrors of each other and it upset me lol I'm still going to finish the Grishaverse books that come out in the future though! 1y
mavey @CollapsingLibrary Oh no😥I too kinda felt a lil underwhelmed during KoS but lol, yes gunna read anything that Bardugo creates in the universe! 1y
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Book 31 | ⭐️5/5
Adorable, engaging, with a Lemony Snicket vibe, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX is an amazing children‘s book about light, love, forgiveness and soup. I will admit the illustrations sometimes put me off, but on a whole the book deserves all the praise it receives!

DivineDiana There‘s a mouse in our house, and I think this would give me a new perspective. Stacked! 😀 2y
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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard
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About 2 hours in & I‘m still not sure I‘m going to finish it but I‘ll keep going for now. Since I mostly listen to my audiobooks while driving, sometimes having a book I don‘t need to pay all that much attention to is nice 😅

My biggest issue with this book is the main character. She‘s a cliche trope of the overly independent girl that‘s not stereotypically feminine. I get those characters are supposed to be “empowering” but I find it limiting.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Book #30 | Reread #13 | ⭐️5/5
Forever one of my fav YA fantasy books. I was worried a reread would make me like it less but I‘m still whole heartedly in love with these characters. I‘ll take crew of misfits doing questionable things over “average” girl saving the world any day. Excited to start the sequel tomorrow!

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