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Exlibrisbitsy

Joined August 2016

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Curious, If True: Strange Tales by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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Black Cloud Volume 1: No Exit | Jason Latour, Ivan Brandon
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Loved this book! Black Cloud is a surrealists take on a revolution and what it takes to not only rebel but to face the even more difficult task of rebuilding after wards. It is surreal fantasy based on some very topical issues and definitely leaves you with some food for thought.

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Monstress Vol. 1 | Marjorie Liu
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For fans of full metal alchemist this is a must read. It's a smart, serious, book that takes a good hard look at the causes, effects and consequences of war and the desperate ends people will be driven to for survival. Heart breakingly tragic story told with beautifully detailed art.

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Fascinating drive into the process that Tolkien went through went creating the stories that take place in Middle Earth. Love the in depth look at everything from The Hobbit to The Silmarillion.

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Prayers for the Stolen | Jennifer Clement
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A powerful story about love and survival. In a small border town in Mexico Ladydi grows up in the shadow of the drug war. Taught from a young age to make herself ugly, to lie and say she was a boy, and to run and hide. All so that she could avoid becoming one of the stolen, young girls pressed into slavery by the drug cartels. This book manages to be both incredibly dark and yet full of hope.

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Wow! A fantastic, unflinching look at the American Revolution from the view point of the average every day soldiers that fought in it. Love the fact that it addressed the hypocrisy of slaves in a "free" nation and the plight of women in a war fought for the freedom of land owning, white men.

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For fans of the musical, this is a fascinating, historically accurate look at the first fully documented murder trial in American history. With Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton as sitting lawyers for the defense and the entire city of New York calling for the death of their defendent the book makes you feel like you are really there as the trial begins.

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Dark Eden: A Novel | Chris Beckett
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Set on an alien sunless planet a tribe of people known as Family live in a small valley that they have been taught never to leave for generations. Young John Lantern decides to break with tradition and venture outside into Dark, fracturing Family in the process. A fantastic and unique sci-fi coming of age tale.

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Broken World | Frank J. Barbiere
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Amazing and powerful graphic novel about the last days of earth before an asteroid hits and one woman's desperate attempt to get on the last Ark space ship leaving the planet. A Sci Fi thriller about devastating endings and the power of hope.

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Paper Girls Vol. 2 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Things continue to take a dark and mysterious twist but you can tell this story definitely knows where it's going and you just need to strap in. Love the unapologetic feminism and how they handled the culture shock of these eighties girls landing in 2016. For fans of Saga a must read!

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The Foundling | Georgette Heyer
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A Heyer written from the male's perspective? There Foundling follows the adventures of the young Duke of Sale who is tired of being cosseted and escorted and protected at every turn and wants to be Mr Dash of No Where In Particular. While making his escape from his well meaning entourage he finds himself on an adventure with a runaway a Foundling and a rouge. What follows is a romp unlike any other Heyer.

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A fascinating look at mankinds first brush with mass starvation and our first oil crisis and how German chemists worked together to create a cutting edge scientific solution that saved the world but had devastating consequences. I did not realize Jewish German scientists created so much of the technology that Hitler used, right down to the gas used in his chambers at Ausvitch. Fascinating reading with a tragic ending.

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I feel like this is Heyer's answer to Jane Austen's Emma. Sophy is the only daughter of a diplomat leaving for South America and so he leaves his daughter in the care of his sister and her family in London. Sophy finds that her cousins are in a "sad tangle" and so sets about putting things to rights in a fashion that is shockingly outrageous! Not to mention she just might find a few surprises herself along the way...

wordslinger42 I just finished False Colours & it was wonderful! I'm listening to Venetia on Audible right now and I just love her books! 6y
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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Beautiful free verse poetry about growing up black in the north and south during the 60's and 70's. Powerful and moving.

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The Black Moth | Georgette Heyer
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A disgraced Lord who took the blamed for his brother's cheating at cards turns to life as a highwayman. Then he stumbles across a damsel in distress as she is about to be kidnapped. What unfolds is Georgette Heyer's first novel. Definitely working on getting her legs in this one and managing to sparkle anyway!

MayJasper I love Georgette Heyer. I read many of her books several decades ago voraciously. I recently came back to a couple and enjoyed them even more. Feel good books, excellent mood raisers. 6y
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Rip Tide | Kat Falls
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The sequel to Dark Life. Rip Tide follows the adventures of Ty and Gemma as they unravel a dark conspiracy that pits them against outlaws, law enforcement and surfs. The truth could cost them everything.

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Devil's Cub | Georgette Heyer
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The sequel to These Old Shades, Devil's Cub is a delight from start to finish. You don't need to have read the first to understand the second though it will add to your enjoyment! The Duke of Avon and his wife now have a son who is just as much of a trouble maker as the father. He ends up needing to leave the country for awhile after a duel gone bad. In a fit of pique he takes a girl with him to teach her a lesson, only he takes the wrong sister!

CrowCAH This looks good, if the cover is any indication: horse with a dude in a frock coat, breeches, cravat! ☺️ 6y
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The Red Garden | Alice Hoffman
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Fantastic set of short stories that all follow the lives of people from the fictional town of Blackwell, Massachusetts. Each story is lovely, heart wrenching, and filled with hope and grit. Loved it!

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Beauvallet | Georgette Heyer
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A swashbuckling adventure set in Elizabethian England, this is a very different Heyer from her typical regency fare. A slow start but give it a chance and I think it will surprise you.

CrowCAH Have your read Arabella? It's on my TBR, from reading The Fiction Class; a touching book. 6y
Exlibrisbitsy I have and loved it! A regency Cinderella story that actually addressed poverty. A really good book! (edited) 6y
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Dark Life | Kat Falls
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A dystopian future where the world's oceans have swallowed most of the land and people have started settling deep under the sea. In this world a young man named Ty was born in this settlement under the sea and when outlaws threaten his home secrets threaten to tear his whole world apart.

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April Lady | Georgette Heyer
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Poor Nell finds herself deeply in love in what she thinks is a marriage of convenience with her husband. The husband unfortunately believes she married him for his money. When she runs up a bill that must be paid Nell doesn't want to tell her husband and risk him thinking the worst of her so a deception begins that quickly spins out of control...

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Thin Wood Walls | David Patneaude
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What an amazing, timely read. Thin Wood Walls is about the interment of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II as seen through the eyes of a young boy when he and his family are sent there. Heart breaking and thought provoking.

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Sprig Muslin | Georgette Heyer
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This book is so incredibly hilarious, you guys! If you love Heyer and want to read a book where she is in top comedic form pick up this one! On his way to propose to a sensible friend Sir Gareth runs into a young lady that is clearly a runaway so there is nothing for it but to bring her along... Oh dear!

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Incantation | Alice Hoffman
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What an amazing, spare, haunting book! Estrella is a young teen growing up at the start of the Spanish Inquisition. Secrets, betrayal, young love, and great evil combine to tell a beautiful story of strength amid hate and intolerance. A very timely read.

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Bath Tangle | Georgette Heyer
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A book chock full of drama and set in the regency? Who could resist? A woman and her now widowed step mother, that is a great deal younger than she is, set off for Bath to experience a change of pace. Naturally, with such a scandalous family, drama ensues! Lovely bit of Georgette Heyer to start off the year!

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The Valley of Secrets | Charmian Hussey
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Loved this book! Jane Eyre meets Secret Garden meets Fern Gully! Definitely a keeper to share with my kids someday.

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Bitter Melon | Cara Chow
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What a powerful book! Bitter Melon is about a young Chinese American girl growing up in a home that is traditionally strict but crossing the line into abuse. Francis has to work at finding her truth in this clash of cultures and norms in this bitter but hopeful coming of age tale.

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First book of the new year and it hit me hard right in the feels. The Office of Mercy takes a lot of the tropes of the dystopian genre and turns them on their head. Fast paced, cold and brutal this book left me in tattered pieces. So of course, you must read it!

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For a children's mystery book this book is amazing! Love the mystery, the suspense, the "magic", and especially the magician's boy! There is a prequel but I wish there were sequels.

annkuch13 Ah! I loved this one when I was little! 6y
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Palace of Mirrors | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Loving this book! Set in the same world as Just Ella, it's a great twist on the prince and the pauper.

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A Single Shard | Linda Sue Park
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A story about an orphan boy set in 12th century Korea, this book is turning out to be quite interesting! Very sad and heart breaking at times though.

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False Colours | Georgette Heyer
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A delightful tale of a mix up of twins. One brother stands in for the other while meeting the family of his betrothed for the first time. Finding the lost twin to get them unswitched proves difficult. Then the one twin starts to falls in love with the girl he is wooing for his missing brother... #thisshouldbeamovie and the twins from Harry Potter would be perfect in it! Heyer at her best! #seasonsreadings2016

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To the Birdhouse | Cathleen Schine
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Combine the comedic characterization in Jane Austen with the dry witty settings of David Sedaris and set it all in early 90s New York City and you have this book. Hilarious and worth a read! #fridayreads

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The Beauty Tp Vol 1 | Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley
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#booktober #creepycover The Beauty is about a sexually transmitted disease that makes you incredibly beautiful, but at a terrible cost.

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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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Loved this Neil Gaiman retelling of The Jungle Book. As the title suggests, instead of being raised in a jungle, the poor orphan is raised in a graveyard. Sounds scary but the book is more macabre then scary. An excellent Halloween read! #AllHallowsRead

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Switching to #postapocalyptic #shortstories for the wee hours of this #readathon. Stumbled across one by George R. R. Martin in the collection!

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The present is the only moment you have control over. It's not what is happening to you as much as how you react to it. These and other studies in optimism against impossible odds are the main themes to be found in Low, my first finished book of the #readathon and a series I definitely plan to continue following in future.

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Three Dark Crowns | Kendare Blake
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Half way through this book and it has got me feeling all types of ways! Drama, magic, intrigue, romance, it has it all! Great #readathon book!

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Switching for a bit to The Alchemy of Air, this book is blowing my mind! #readathon

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First book of the #readathon is hitting me right in the feels! Why can't things go smoothly for my beloved Sophie and Gray? 😢

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Got my #TBR stack for the #readathon! Let's do this!

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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When I think of #unforgettablewomen I can't help thinking of the Bennett sisters. Though their mother and Lady Catherine De Bourgh are certainly memorable as well! #booktober

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Companions of the Night | Vivian Vande Velde
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Companions of the Night is a lot like how Twilight should have been. A bit spooky and a much more realistic take on a teen girl's experience with a vampire. #allhallowsread #firsthorror #scarystories

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The next book on my TBR, I'm putting off seeing the movie until I've read it because I've heard there are spoilers for this one towards the end. #spooky #allhallowsread #booktober #tbr

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Weetzie Bat | Francesca Lia Block
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With names like Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Dirk, Duck and Secret Agent Lover Man this #urbanfantasy is just chock full of some of my #bestcharactername picks. My favorite though is Raphael Chong Jah-Love, it's just fun to say! #booktober

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Green Angel | Alice Hoffman
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This #shortread was amazing! A #postapocalyptic #fairytale written in sparing prose that is down right mesmerizing. Definitely my pick for #recommendsday!

Chachic #recommendsday seems like a fun hashtag, I should join in! 6y
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The ladies of Rat Queens are like the most hilarious, real, group of women playing dungeons and dragons, only they are an actual group of adventurers. Their friendship is amazing and their adventures are too funny! #booktober #favefriendships

Eyelit 💜 rat queens! 6y
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Through the Woods | Emily Carroll
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A spooky graphic novel collecting five terrifying short stories. Very eerie and spine tingling! #booktober #spooky #shortstories

bookishnerd Loved this! 6y
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Curious, If True: Strange Tales | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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By the author of North and South, a collection of short, spooky, Victorian ghost stories. Delightfully chilling! #spooky #ghoststories #publicdomain #booktober #shortstories

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This memoir really gave me the push I needed to seek out help for my own mental health issues. It's a refreshingly honest and direct take on living with a mental illness and I highly recommend it. #booktober #memoir #mentalhealthawareness

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Battle Angel Alita is a cyborg with no memory of her past. The one thing that comes easy to her is her ability to fight. Armed with a new body she sets out on a quest to discover who she was. This book series will be made into a movie by James Cameron after he is done with the next Avatar. #outofthisworld #booktober

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