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Joined January 2018

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Yerba Buena | Nina LaCour
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I've been in the worst reading slump since September. I've no desire to pick anything up, and when I do nothing kept my interest! So many DNFs after 30 pages or so. Today I finally forced myself to (sucessfully) get through a one-sitter.

This wasn't my favorite LaCour, but I love what she did here. Each relationship--romantic, queer, or otherwise--was given proper space to grow authentically, without the bow-tie perfection we often expect 💜

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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Saturday #audiocrafting while trying to squeeze in a few more small craft show items to fill my table for next weekend. These gift card holders are a super cute #papercrafting project anyone can try! Also a great way to use up those scraps...#litsycrafters @Catsandbooks

Not sure I'm seeing the hype for Daisy Darker yet...I think I can already see where this is going, and if I'm right I'm going to be annoyed!

Catsandbooks So cute and festive! ❄️ 2w
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@MoonWitch94 I am absolutely love my #basicwitchswap box! Had to have my husband take a picture because I already left for my work trip tonight 😆 I've had my eye on The Wild Unknown for a while and this was the perfect surprise 💜

I tried the tea earlier and it was perfect for tonday's rainy weather...and excellent selection on books!! Blessings to you and your family 🌛

Thank you as always, @sprainedbrain for hosting another great swap!

MoonWitch94 Oh I am so glad! It was so fun shopping for you! It‘s one of my favorite decks & I was hoping you didn‘t have it—YAY! Enjoy! Samhain Blessings to you & yours! Happy Halloween 🎃🖤 4w
sprainedbrain Love this! 🖤 4w
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@MoonWitch94 it's here safe and sound!!! Can't wait for opening day, hope everyone is healthy 💜 @sprainedbrain #basicwitchswap

MoonWitch94 ✨🖤✨🖤✨🖤 1mo
sprainedbrain Yay!! 1mo
MoonWitch94 @erank58 Thank you! 💜 1mo
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#basicwitchswap box out the door for Friday delivery! Just realized i forgot to put my litsy name on the box 😆 @sprainedbrain

Clare-Dragonfly Ooh… hopefully this will remind me to put my Litsy name on mine. I thought all I had to add was packing tape 😆 2mo
sprainedbrain Yay!! 🎉 2mo
erank58 @Clare-Dragonfly lol! I'm usually pretty good, but we all have our moments 😆 1mo
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Witch Please | Ann Aguirre
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I've been MIA from Litsy (and reading in general, for that matter) the past month while traveling for work, but I've officially received all my items for my #basicwitchswap match's box! Hoping to get the package out this weekend 😁 @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

sprainedbrain Hooray! 2mo
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The Forgotten Garden | Kate Morton
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I'm so bad with keeping my inbox clean, so go I through huge unread email purges once every few months. Once in a while, you find a "diamond in the rough" of missed emails from the prior month!! ??☺️

For anyone not on her email list...Kate Morton's officially coming out with a new book next year!!

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Not for the faint of heart, but a solid #botm pick from a new-to-me author. I loved the writing style and definelty see the SA Crosby comparisons with this.

I do think the "horror" label is a bit of a stretch... I feel the supernatural elements as desribed didn't quite fit the tone of the book; they would have been more impactful if they were more understated. But overall a nice surprise for me!

swishandflick That's good to hear! I got a little gun shy on this one with the horror label, so now I may need to add it to my next box 🤗 3mo
erank58 @swishandflick Great!! If you don't like creepy stuff at all, def do more research first-- it's still in there, but it isn't as "horror" heavy as I was anticipating given the label! Think more "cartel drama/slow-burn thriller with supernatural elements" ?There's also alot of gorey descriptions related to the violence that takes place...just something to be aware of! ? 3mo
jlhammar Really looking forward to this! Plan to start it soon. 3mo
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What a lovely package from @Gissy for our #lammassmallswap 🤩 I have a new garden-centered book directly from my wishlist, adding to my ever-growing collection. I've already bonded with the Tarot deck you picked out for me...great choice!!

I hope everyone had fun with this small-scale swap, thank you @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit for hosting!

Gissy I‘m glad you liked it🤗 4mo
Chrissyreadit 🎉🙌🎉🙌🎉 4mo
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Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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Idk about everyone else, but I'm absolutely in love with the selections this month 🤩🤩 I enjoyed Lauren Owen's The Quick, which got really dismal reviews--so I think that's a good indication this one will be a winner!

This is the first time in a while I have any desire to fill my box with three books...now I need to pick my other two! #botm

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First Born | Will Dean
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AUTHORS! We need to STOP framing asexuality as a "lifestyle choice" and start genuinely advocating for/validating all LGBTQIA+ identities ??

This is the third newly-published book (and the second BOTM pick) over the past year that I've seen do this so blatently.... reminds me that among the progress, we still have quite a ways to go! #botm

CampbellTaraL Yes, thank you! Asexuality is no more a choice than hetero- or homosexuality. 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Really good point! 4mo
Megabooks Thank you for sharing ♠️💜🤍 4mo
Megabooks And not all aces are virgins! 4mo
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Lammas Night | Katherine Kurtz
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Matilda is super excited that we got a package today, and it made it here safely! I didn't see a Litsy handle, but I think it's from @Gissy based on the small group we have for this swap 😊 Thank you so much, can't wait for opening day! #lammassmallswap @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

Gissy Yes, it is from me. It arrived early than expected, that was good!🤗Is Matilda posing for the photo?😻❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Chrissyreadit 🙌🎉❤️ 4mo
erank58 @Gissy she sure is! 😁 😺😊 can't wait for opening day! 4mo
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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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This is a tough one to rate. On one hand I really couldn't buy into the tone (now I get what other reviews mean by "John Greenish"). But there's still so much to love with this! Coming from a tight Catholic community where the archbishop has more political influence than the governer, I can tell you we need more books like Shara Wheeler. Not my favorite from McQuiston, but still relatable and lots of fun ?

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Lammas Night | Katherine Kurtz
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My #lammassmallswap is out for Monday delivery! I went a little tape-heavy, but we made it work 💪

I love the idea of these super small swaps for the festivals between the Equinox and Solstice celebrations! It gives everyone an opportunity to participate in the festivities all year round 😊 @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit #witchesoflitsy

Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️😘 4mo
sprainedbrain Yay!!! 4mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Attention Tarot friends! Erin Morgenstern recently announced that her Night Circus themed deck is being released in the US this November! You can preorder and view some of the imagery on her website... check it out! Thought I'd pass this along here to all my fellow #witchesoflitsy 😊

AshleyHoss820 😱😱😱 I don‘t read tarot, but if I did, these would be in my collection! ☺️ 5mo
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A Green and Ancient Light | Frederic S. Durbin
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This has to be the biggest "surprise" 5-star review I've ever given ?

In just shy of 300 pages, the author created a beautiful, quiet, but magical story full of nostalgia. The writing was light but had enough substance to build a convincing world, which is a "must" in my fantasy books. I had distinct flashbacks of my 8-year old self looking for fairies in the forest...my heart is so happy and full ?

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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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#Botm was sorta thriller heavy this month, but I'm excited for my box! I haven't been keeping up on anticipated new releases, so no disappointments in the selections for me since I wasn't sure what to expect 🤷‍♀️

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A Green and Ancient Light | Frederic S. Durbin
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Love starting my Saturdays on the deck with a book and a bagel, before everyone else wakes up. The forecast is calling for temps in the low 70s, so hoping I can spend most of my day outside ?

I recently started this "magical woods" fantasy, and so far it's everything I could hope for on this gorgeous late spring day ?

janeycanuck What a fantastic way to start your day! 5mo
she.hearts.horror Best AM plan ever! 5mo
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Lammas Night | Katherine Kurtz
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So excited for the #lammassmallswap that the wonderful @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit are hosting! I've been craving a new witchy swap since skipping our Beltane Box event earlier this year 😁 Can't wait! #witchesoflitsy

sprainedbrain Thanks for sharing! 😘 5mo
Chrissyreadit 🙌😍🙌 5mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I think I've officially decided that Taylor Jenkins Reid just isn't for me. I appreciated Evelyn Hugo for the bi rep but otherwise was bored and this one was no different 😔

I loved the first half and felt like the story was set up for what should have been a showstopper of a conclusion, but this ultimately was also pretty forgettable for me! #botm

BittersweetBooks I was not a fan of this one either, and everyone else seemed to love it 🫤 I prefer her earlier stuff. 6mo
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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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Starting a new listen while I catch up on some projects! I guess "florals" is similar to our #litsycrafters theme ? I'm far from a practicing Catholic now, but the image of Mary still brings me peace. So I include her in my crafts, mostly for gifts!

And yes, that's my new Bi Pride wreath...for anyone dealing with "no-flag" rules in your community, here's my sneaky idea on how to skirt the rules this month ? @Catsandbooks #audiocrafting

DrexEdit lovely! 😍 6mo
Kenyazero These look great! I also love your no-flag workaround. 6mo
MoonWitch94 Beautiful & very clever 🌈 6mo
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Catsandbooks Love these! So creative!! 🏳️‍🌈 I've never heard of no flag rules. That's ridiculous! 6mo
erank58 @Catsandbooks many communities around here have strict HOAs that ban political signs, and this still unfortunately falls under that umbrella 😔 some even have rules re: how your christmas tree needs to be decorated if you can see it through the window from the street (white lights only)!!! I'm fortunate that my neighborhood isn't quite this extreme, but I'm sensitive to those who live in these spaces and love sharing my ideas with them 😊 6mo
Catsandbooks @erank58 oh stupid HOAs. That's crazy! Glad you're creative with how to get around those rules 6mo
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Yummers! | James Marshall
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@ErinSueMreads they're here!!!! Thank you for the lovely card, all three of these recipes look incredible! I'll pick one to try this weekend 😁

PS, I'm loving your idea of a witchy recipe swap! There's so much to play with there, herbal blends or spooky snacks for non-practicing folks who'd want to join in! Maybe this is something we can squeeze in between the various Wheel of the Year swaps?? #recipeswap #witchesoflitsy @BennettBookworm

ErinSueMreads I would be totally down to help! 6mo
ErinSueMreads And I'm so glad you liked it! I almost included a couple witchy recipes. I have a really good coconut oil salt scrub. Ill send it along if you want it! 6mo
BethM That sounds fun! 6mo
MoonWitch94 Ohhhh that sounds fun! 6mo
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The Lost Spells | Robert Macfarlane
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I am OVER THE MOON (no pun intended) with my #recipeswap surprise from @ErinSueMreads 😊 Beautiful book selection, it's just what I needed. Plus, I have not one, but THREE new Tarot cloths that I can use in my practice! This was such a generous addition to the swap 💜

I'll let you know when my card gets here! My local post office has been pretty short-staffed, so it may be a bit...I can't wait to see what recipes you picked! @BennettBookworm

BennettBookworm Omg I have The Lost Words and it‘s so stunning- I have to check this out! 6mo
ShyBookOwl Gorgeous cover! 6mo
ErinSueMreads I'm so grumpy it didn't make it in time! 6mo
ErinSueMreads But I'm thrilled you love it! 😍😍😍 6mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag What a gorgeous cover! 🦉 6mo
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Yummy, Yummy in My Tummy! | MS April Thomas
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@Wonderwoman89 wanted to make sure you got your #recipeswap package! The tracking said it was delivered yesterday so just checking to see that it got there safely 😊

Wonderwoman89 I just got it this afternoon. Thank you so much. I am excited to see what it is. 7mo
erank58 @Wonderwoman89 excellent, hope you enjoy! 7mo
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A River Enchanted | Rebecca Ross
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Apparently Book 2 is slated for a December release! Love these characters, love this world.... especially after a bunch of "meh" reads lately. Can't wait to see how this duology unfolds ?

sprainedbrain I can‘t wait for the next book! What an ending… 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover 🖤 7mo
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Yummy, Yummy in My Tummy! | MS April Thomas
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My #recipeswap package will be in the mail tomorrow! @BennettBookworm I'll send you the tracking info when I have it 😁

I know for other Litsy swaps I've participated in lately, we haven't been writing down specifics re: what's in the package to prevent porch thefts from snooping. I put our opening date on my package instead, I hope that's ok!

BennettBookworm Amazing! 7mo
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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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I already have the Nina LaCour pre-ordered but was happy to see it as a pick ☺️

I feel like this month was super Fantasy-heavy, but overall this was def one of the better set of selections for 2022 👌 though I'm really surprised the new Emily Henry and Casey McQuiston books weren't at least included as add-ons given BOTM's history 🤔 #botm

JamieArc These were my two picks as well. 7mo
erank58 @JamieArc I'm excited for them! Hoping my nix ships soon 🤞 7mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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A solid pick, but in my opinion this didn't even come close to the masterpiece that I found in Migrations.

I felt this was written for a more mainstream audience? I was hoping it would replicate the "meandering" feel of its predecessor but instead seemed much more plot-driven. But even with some elements I didn't love (make sure to research the TWs in this) I still enjoyed it overall and am already looking forward to her next book ? #botm

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Us artsy/crafty people get into slumps just like readers do ? but I can always count on a good Sunday-night #audiocrafting session to get me out of a "blah" mood! @Catsandbooks #LitsyCrafters

Deblovestoread Very pretty! 8mo
KathyWheeler I love that wreath! I am not a crafty person, but sometimes I wish I were. 8mo
Catsandbooks Creative slumps are the worst! Love that spring wreath! 🌸 8mo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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FINALLY!!! Some good news for Ninth House fans! 😊

Clare-Dragonfly Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 8mo
erank58 @Clare-Dragonfly I know right?? So many people have been waiting for this! 8mo
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The Good Left Undone | Adriana Trigiani
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Not my favorite month, but my Aunt is a huge Trigiani fan so I was happy to "share the wealth" and snag this up for her ? Kaikeyi has gotten great reviews but retellings are a hit-or-miss for me, so I think I'll hold off for now.

Seems like alot of people weren't too thrilled with the selections, but I know Spring can be a slower publishing season when it comes to new releases! #botm

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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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Was actually a little disappointed in this one. This was almost like The Secret History meets National Treasure, and it had sooo much potential. I really didn't care for the author's writing style (SO, many, commas, 😅). More spoiler-ish thoughts in comments.... #botm

erank58 Really wish the author would have left the "magic" elements to a mininum, or at least hint that something "magical" was going to happen way earlier in the story. This whole book felt so disjointed, like it didn't know what it wanted to be ?‍♀️ also, I had a really hard time being convinced that all the random characters former would have such loyalty to Nell...they barely knew her, especially after her estrangement...right? 8mo
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There is so much springtime goodness in my #springequinoxswap package from @MittenGirlPeach 😊 between the three books and all the lovely goodies(and the tea you picked happens to be my favorite...😍), I'm thrilled to start off the new season with so much love and light! This made my day!

Thanks @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit for hosting yet another successful witchy swap! Blessed Ostra to all 💜🐰⚘️

sprainedbrain Lovely! 💕 8mo
Chrissyreadit 💚😍💛😍💚 8mo
MittenGirlPeach I‘m so glad you liked what I chose, and I have to say that your green witch garden was hugely inspiring to me. I‘m planning one for this season! I have both the seeds I included in your package, and I hope to start them this week. Blooms await! I hope the bag fits the tarot cards; I didn‘t want to open them. If not, bags are useful! From one moonchild to another, have a blessed Ostara. 🧡 (edited) 8mo
erank58 @MittenGirlPeach so happy to read this! Good luck on the garden, I hope you find joy in your new journey 💚 8mo
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Day 4 of #TarotTakeover ?

With The Hierophant, there are often associations with tradition, religion, and dogma. For some, this could signify spiritual familiarity and comfort--but for others, it can be traumatizing. The tagged book asks so many questions regarding women within traditional narratives, and whether "tradition" and "dogma" directly relates to erasure of marginalized voices in history. This one's a favorite!

@ErinSueMreads

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Don't Cry for Me | Daniel Black
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Day 3 of #TarotTakeover and still going strong!

Five of Wands deals with conflict, both with others and with oneself. This makes me think of the tagged (a recent quick read) in which the narrator recalls his struggle to accept his son, which resulted in their fragmented relationship. Check it out! @ErinSueMreads

ErinSueMreads You are doing great! I've really enjoyed your book choices. Power through to the end! 8mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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#TarotTakeover Day 2! My take on Two of Cups reversed is one that involves obsession, unhealthy relationships (romantic or platonic), and warped emotions that distort our reality.

IMO, the tagged book shows this dynamic perfectly. We slowly see the demise of each character as their "relationships" with each other, their professor, and their collective interests take total control. It's a chunk of a book, but so worth it!

@ErinSueMreads ?

ErinSueMreads This sounds like it's real close to dark academia??? It's popped up on my radar so many times but I've never looked into it. No real reason. Sounds like the perfect take on our card for the day! 8mo
erank58 @ErinSueMreads yes!! If you like Dark Academia this one's a must-read 😊 it's long, dense, and not for everyone, but if you're a fan of the genre you should def at least give it a try! 8mo
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ErinSueMreads I am! Thanks!! 8mo
erank58 @sprainedbrain an oldie but goodie! 8mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ErinSueMreads This is THE dark academia book! It‘s so good. 8mo
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My #springequinoxswap package made it here safe and sound! Can't wait for opening day 🙌 thanks so much @MittenGirlPeach 😊 @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit 🙌❤️🎉🙌❤️ 8mo
MittenGirlPeach Whew. So glad it‘s there safely! 8mo
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness
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#TarotTakeover Day 1! @ErinSueMreads

There are so many layers to peel back with Nine of Swords. Fear, anxiety, grief, and anguish that start in our dreams and unconscious reality, and then "stalk" us into our day-to-day state of being.

Conor has the daily challenge of dealing with the monster that haunts him at night. Like him, we can either keep running away, or confront it--and maybe, find something to learn from it along the way ?

ErinSueMreads I love your elaboration on nine of swords! One of my favorite parts of these photo challenges is hearing everyone else's take on the cards. It's fascinating 8mo
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#springequinoxswap going in the mail tomorrow! It doesn't have far to go, so I'm hoping my match gets their box fairly quickly 🤗 @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

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A beautiful early March day has me eager to get back into gardening season...hoping this year's rose blooms will be just as pretty as last year's (as seen above) ❤️

And on that note, I have one more errand to make before I can pack up my #springequinoxswap package to send to my match!! 😊 @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit ❤️ 9mo
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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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Just one this month, and it looks fun 🤗 I'm doing so well on cracking my current TBR, I don't want to get too bogged down. I already have the Foley and St James lined up in my audiobook list for March #botm

GondorGirl This was my solo pick this month too! 9mo
erank58 @GondorGirl nice! Seems like it has some great reviews so far! 9mo
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Currently thanking God/the universe (and VE Schwab, of course) for diverse and authentic rep of the bi+ experience in today's books 📚 #botm

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Don't Cry for Me | Daniel Black
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Apparently A River Enchanted is going to be a series, so I may try it from the library before I commit. Excited for my picks this month! What did everyone else get? #botm

Victoriahoperose I got Don‘t Cry for Me, also!! (And The Golden Couple and A Flicker in the Dark). 10mo
erank58 @Victoriahoperose I loved A Flicker In The Dark!! I thought it was one of the better-written thrillers from the last few years. Enjoy! 😊 10mo
Victoriahoperose @erank58 I‘m so glad I got it this time!! I can‘t wait to get to it!! 10mo
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New Stephen King just announced, and I could NOT be more excited after reading the description (and just look at that cover 😀😍). Didn't get a pub date as of yet. Ugh, now I'll have to catch up on my SK backlog! #constantreader

TrishB 6 September in UK 10mo
Hestapleton Sep 6! 10mo
BookwormM Ohh I need 10mo
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Saturday night #audiocrafting success! Added two new 14-inchers to my stash, hoping they find their hopes at some point this year! Though it's always bittersweet going from season to season... I think it's time to put my holly and pinecones away 😁

Not sure how I feel about this one yet...it's a slow burn, but at 60% in I still feel that nothing's really happening 🤷 hopefully it keeps me guessing! #litsycrafters @Catsandbooks

sprainedbrain Those are gorgeous! 10mo
erank58 @sprainedbrain thank you!! 💙 10mo
Prairiegirl_reading Very pretty!! 10mo
Catsandbooks Beautiful work! 10mo
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For 2022, I've set a goal to read at least one non-fiction book per quarter. I'm not a huge non-fic reader, but have always sucker for anthropology books!

Even though I'm enjoying this, I can already tell it's going to be very naval-gaze-ish 😑 Does anyone have any good anthropology books by non-white authors, or such books written by a member of that specific culture? (For example, a book about Machu Piccu written by a Peruvian author, etc)

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Machado's writing is art. Every single story had something to offer, and something to relate to. The author hits the whole spectrum of consequential female existence, specifically through the lense of queer women.

It's a rather short collection, but I took my time to savor and ponder every word. I've added In the Dream House to my TBR, and I really hope we get another collection soon.

Yet another 5⭐️ read for 2022 💜

IuliaC Great review! I enjoyed this one too 👍 11mo
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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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The Sunday Scaries are so much worse after a nice week-long vacation from work 🙃 but at least I ended my time off with a good read! This took me completely by surprise. I loved the writing and though I guessed the ending, there were plenty of other twists along the way. Can't wait for this author's next one... Solid #botm thriller!

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You'll Be the Death of Me | Karen M McManus
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This was actually more of a pan for me, but giving it a bump because I normally love this author's stuff. The mystery and story was interesting, but honestly I hated all the characters except for one. Everyone felt so "juvenile", and I found myself literally rolling my eyes as we learned more about everyone's individual motivations. Not McManus best!

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With her first adult novel, I can now happily say that Shea Ernshaw has officially become a favorite author of mine. This started out a bit slow, and then left me breathless when it all came together.

Writing style and atmosphere aside, this is probably one of the best cult novels I've ever read, too. Lots of Midsommer vibes, but with a dark beauty that shines with hope. I'm so happy to end the year with a new favorite 💙

tokorowilliamwallace O.o Midsommar vibes. I didn't anticipate that. Interesting. 10mo
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