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Gezemice

Joined April 2016

"I know nothing." - Jon Snow Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/gezemice
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The Tempest the Graphic Novel: Quick Text Version | William Shakespeare, Gary Erskine, John McDonald, Jon Haward
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Mehso-so

This was my second read of the Tempest, and I picked the graphic novel format. At second read, I followed the story, and appreciated the language and characters a lot better. I found the art so-so: I liked the story design, effects and use of format, but the character art was clunky and too literal, especially of Caliban, whose nuances as both a monster and a victim of colonial oppression were lost in the depiction. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
#shakespearereadalong

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Spell Or High Water | Scott Meyer
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Today‘s reading spot in Del Mar Beach, San Diego. On a much needed vacation this week as our normal summer vacation had to be cancelled due to multiple health crises to family members, friends and pets. It is amazing to get away from Illinois to a place with sun, sea, scenery, and ELEVATION.

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 😊enjoy ☀️ 1w
Gezemice @Cinfhen Thank you 😊Doing as advised 1w
Cinfhen 😂👍🏽 1w
Crazeedi It looks amazing, so relax and enjoy! I'm headed to the cabin at the lake this weekend too! 1w
Gezemice @Crazeedi Thank you! Have a good time! 7d
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The Tempest the Graphic Novel: Quick Text Version | William Shakespeare, Gary Erskine, John McDonald, Jon Haward
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#shakespearereadalong took me to my 800th book marked as read on Goodreads. Thank you guys - and thanks for all inspring Littens to help keep me reading!

#milestones #goodreads

tessavi Nice! ✌️ 1w
Crazeedi 👏👏👏congrats! 1w
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Spell Or High Water | Scott Meyer
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When you use your iPad as a stand for your Kindle. #onlybookishpeopleunderstand

LauraJ 🖤🖤🖤 1w
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My #bedsidetablestack contains a variety of read, unread and currently read books - and my phone with all the audiobooks.

Currently listening: The Overstory

What‘s in your bedside table stack?

Tamra So jealous - I wish I had access to the audio The Overstory! 2w
Gezemice @Tamra I bought it with an Audible credit. Overdrive does not have it. 2w
readordierachel The House on Mango Street is so good! 2w
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Gezemice @readordierachel I am hoping to get to it soon! 2w
shanaqui I've chipped away at my bedside stack till there's only one book, but I have a shelf-over-my-desk stack which is a little, ah, exuberant. Too much to list! 2w
Gezemice @shanaqui Yeah, I actually recntly trimmed this one, too, but it never gets small, lol! 2w
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The art is absolutely stunning. Tall art nouveau panels, decorative patterns, flowly, bold lines, beautiful faces, bodies, hair. Scenes blend. Worth reading just for the art.
I did not like the story. Snow White is an evil vampire, and the queen is good. However, Gaiman concentrates on the horror and the sex, so this becomes just an erotic, gory vampire fantasy. No character development or meaning. Too self serving for my taste. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

GrilledCheeseSamurai I dunno. An erotic, gory vampire fantasy focusing on horror and sex sounds pretty incredible to me? 🤔🤷🏼‍♂️😂😉 2w
Gezemice @GrilledCheeseSamurai I know many people like that. I just don‘t care for it. 2w
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Gezemice Yup, Yup! I'm just joshing 'round with ya. 😝. They can't all be winners all the time. 🤷🏼‍♂️ 2w
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Carmilla: Large Print | Sheridan Le Fanu
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Carmilla is THE original vampire story - before Dracula, the vampire was female and loved women. Carmilla is a much subtler villain than a male vampire - she beguiles, lures, pursues in romantic love. Some scenes are very erotic - quite unexpected lesbian fantasy from a Victorian man. The story is thrilling and overly romanticized and melodramatic, but it works.

A fantastic free pickup from Audible for October 2019. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice I picked it up because David Tennant is on the cover, but he only has a small role. Never mind, the cast does a wonderful job playing up the melodrama. I don‘t normally care for melodrama, but this is a Victorian piece and it just fits like a glove. Pick it up while it lasts! 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I was thinking about getting this version for a re-read, it‘s been awhile since I read it and I remember liking this gothic vampire story more than Dracula‘s. 2w
Scochrane26 This post makes me understand the characters‘ backstory in European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman. I hadn‘t heard of Carmilla before. (edited) 2w
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Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have read it a long time ago so I knew it was good - and it is free and David Tennant... what else does one need? I was in the mood for a short classic and this is great. You should get it, it is a quick listen that fits in between. 2w
Gezemice @Scochrane26 It is a classic but Dracula had eclipsed it. Another job started by females usurped by men... 😉 2w
Branwen This is my favorite vampire story 👿🦇😍 2w
Gezemice @Branwen I think mine too! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Good. I‘ve always wanted to read this. 2w
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Carmilla: Large Print | Sheridan Le Fanu
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Carmilla, the classic vampire story that started it all, is one of the free audiobook choices on Audible this month. David Tenant - I am sold.

#classics #scarathlon

GingerAntics TAKE IT!!! TAKE IT NOW!!! I‘m half tempted to get Audible just for him!!! Would I lose any books I had if I cancelled my subscription? 2w
Gezemice I did take it. It is only 2 hrs :) I don‘t think you lose your books. But this is a freebie so you‘d get two more for free. 2w
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“It‘s the mark of a backward society—or a society moving backward—when decisions are made for women by men. That‘s what‘s happening right now in the US.”

GingerAntics Precisely!!! 2w
Gezemice @GingerAntics This book is full of very sensible quotes. I highly recommend it. I think it is the most important book I read this year. 2w
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Every society says its outsiders are the problem. But the outsiders are not the problem; the urge to create outsiders is the problem. Overcoming that urge is our greatest challenge and our greatest promise. It will take courage and insight, because the people we push to the margins are the ones who trigger in us the feelings we're afraid of.”
#feminism

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Melinda Gates shares the stories of women she encountered while doing her Foundation work, with empathy, dedication, and much needed common sense. Every issue they tried to tackle led back to women: poverty, hunger, education, inequality. She talks of tough issues (infant mortality, genital mutilation, child brides, AIDS, sex workers, schools, farming, abuse, etc), also offers solutions that work, and hope. A must read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice I listened to the audio which Melinda narrates herself, with conviction and empathy, and so much common sense that we all need right now. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2931230680 2w
Graywacke Really enjoyed your review and noting this book. 2w
Gezemice @Graywacke Thank you! I highly recommend it. 2w
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This is a well-written classic mystery thriller with a satirical send-up of anarchists and intellectuals - until the last chapter. I thouroughly enjoyed it through several reveals and twists, duels, chases, disguises, silly dialogue... but the end was a pseudo-Christian surreal wtf. I googled and supposedly Chesterton was speaking out against anarchism and pessimism of the era. I did not get it. Way to ruin an excellent thriller. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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Magical, lyrical, witty, nightmarish, totally Gaiman.

Inspired by the London Underground and the marginalized, homeless people whom no one sees , Gaiman created a world, “London Below”, populated by people who have fallen through the cracks, stuck in “pockets of time”. Two deliciously evil villains; quirky characters; an unforgettable tale of transformation, in Gaiman‘s smooth siren voice in a horrific but beautifully grimy world. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2996686632 . Interestingly I am not a big horror fan but I ended up on a streak of reading several creepies. #scarathlon (edited) 2w
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Monstress Volume 4 | Marjorie Liu
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So I am kinda obsessed with Monstress today, and, well this is kinda orange, isn‘t it? And definitely chilling. And gorgeous at the same time. Those women are beautiful and terrible.
#chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon #orange #day7

CoffeeCatsBooks Yes, the artwork is just stunning. 2w
Gezemice @CoffeeCatsBooks Isn‘t it? I rarely buy my books (I have a great library and own too many books already) but I just have to own these and re-read them. 2w
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88 year old Maud looks like how people perceive the elderly: feeble, confused, deaf... invisible, totally harmless.

Except, she is none of those things. You better not cross her.

In these darkly funny short stories, Helen Tursten notices that no one takes the elderly seriously: they could get away with murder. And Maud does. Repeatedly.

A nice, short listen for about 3 hours with good narration.

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Monstress Volume 4 | Marjorie Liu
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I just wanted to share some of the gorgeous new character designs. Sana Takeda is an amazing artist.
This also illustrates some of the mythical background.

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Monstress Volume 4 | Marjorie Liu
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I absolutely adore this series. I don‘t like horror much yet I love this - the art is gorgeous, there are powerful women, complex characters, storyline, myths, betrayals, intrigue... everyone is bad (with perhaps the exception of Kippa), but almost everyone also has something good in them.

In this volume, Kippa has a great storyline, and Maika meets her father... and learns things she wishes she didn‘t. And what‘s up with Tuya? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Monstress Volume 4 | Marjorie Liu
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It came. I was waiting for this forever!!

I rarely buy books, even rarer that I pre-order them, but this is the fourth book I have pre-ordered and received on publish day in the last month. They just keep coming, what can I say, all my favorites are productive :)
#monstress

AiBBot I did not know it was out already! Must go pick it up!!! 3w
Lizpixie YES!! I had no clue this was out either🎉🎉 3w
Gezemice @AiBBot @Lizpixie Yep, it is time! 👍 3w
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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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Baz, Simon and Penny take a road trip to America, where they encounter big cities, large open spaces, soggy sandwiches, cukture shock, and loads of vampires. This book has the same characters as Carry On, but a completely different setting and plot. The dialogue is brilliant as usual, the action is well-written, there is a mystery and vampire slaying. The relationship trouble was unecessary, but otherwise really fun. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds fun! 3w
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh yes you would enjoy it. You probably would care for the romance, too ;) 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice I probably would! 3w
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GingerAntics Interesting. Illinois and Iowa are not known for pig farming. They actually farm corn, wheat, and cows. That must be cow pies they were smelling. 3w
Gezemice @GingerAntics I live in Illinois, there are no pig farms just endless corn and soybeans. She is syaing the difference is that Iowa has pig farms in addition to endless corn fields. But I picked this quote because a large part of the book is about them marveling at the things that are different in America from England. (edited) 3w
GingerAntics Woops, forgot about the soybeans. Sorry. lol Yeah, there are a lot of differences. 3w
Scochrane26 I laughed at this part because Illinois is so boring to drive through (at least from ky to St. Louis). Haven‘t been to Iowa. 3w
Gezemice @Scochrane26 @GingerAntics I laughed too because I live in Illinois. We say there is variety! Sometimes you get corn on one side, soybean on the other. Sometimes soy on both sides. Sometimes corn on both sides. Scenic! 3w
GingerAntics Exactly! lol 3w
eraderneely I was once driving I-70 from Denver to Ohio and just lining the state maps up side to side. I thought I would be in Indianapolis by dinner, then heard someone mention Chicago on the radio and thought “oh crap, I forgot Illinois!” [we didn‘t go through Iowa that trip, but is it really so different?) 3w
LibrarianRyan @Gezemice yep. Most of the hog farms have closed. I don‘t know where your at, I‘m at the capitol, but my Gramps use to run one of those hog farms in Charleston. 3w
Clare-Dragonfly Is she going to continue the series with the rest of the song lyrics? 🤔 3w
Gezemice @eraderneely Indiana and Ohio are probably even worse lol 3w
Gezemice @LibrarianRyan I am in Urbana - there is cow farm but they don‘t smell too bad. The university has a large animal farm to the south for research that we smell occasionally when the wind blows from the south - thankfully it is rare 3w
Gezemice @Clare-Dragonfly I don‘t know. “For there'll be peace when you are done” is not very catchy as a book title. 🤔 3w
LibrarianRyan @Gezemice oh yes. I know that farm. I did some “research” there for a class in high school. 3w
Gezemice @LibrarianRyan Oh really? I guess you know the town then... 3w
LibrarianRyan @Gezemice Oh yeah. I was the Director of the Mattoon Library for 8 years. My parents are from Oakland, and home was always my grandmothers in Learna (Outside Charleston). I'm a military brat and it was the only house that never moved. If you wanted to do any type of real shopping you had to go to Chambana. I have only been in Springfield 2 years. 3w
Gezemice @LibrarianRyan That‘s awesome! We are close! We should meet sometime! Although I kinda doubt that “real shopping” applies to Chambana any more. Stores are closing left and right... 3w
LibrarianRyan @Gezemice Its still better than some of the smaller places. Springfield has not been hit to hard, unless you go to the mall. And we should. I normally go to the #STLmeetup, but I have been thinking of arranging one at the capitol. 3w
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This was probably my favorite Kopp sisters book. Constance is no longer a deputy, but Amy Stewart finds little known and interesting historical circumstances of World War I women: they go to a National Services camp for women, and encounter the notorious Beulah Binford. Stewart draws compelling characters with sympathy, speaks for the tragic circumstances of contemporary poor women, and manages a fun story to boot. Keep them coming! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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The Tempest the Graphic Novel: Quick Text Version | William Shakespeare, Gary Erskine, John McDonald, Jon Haward
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Clearly, the graphic novel‘s artists have bought into the idea that Caliban is truly a monster. No humanizing in this edition.
@Graywacke #shakespearereadalong

Ruthiella The artist isn‘t restricted by having to have a human actor embody the role so sky‘s the limit! 😀 1mo
Gezemice @Ruthiella They indeed are not. I was more thinking that they could have emphasized his humanity and his right to freedom and respect but they chose not to. (edited) 1mo
Graywacke Huh. Interesting. Tough to put that critter on stage. 🙂 4w
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So this is new and I got it from the library. Started reading it and now Wayward Son will have to wait... but my kid will have time to read it.

On the left is my new iPad with my new custom cover which I enjoy very much. #readytoread
#currentlyreading

BookwormAHN Lovely cover 💜 1mo
Gezemice @BookwormAHN Thank you 😊 1mo
Aims42 I cannot wait to read this!!! I pre-ordered the paperback (comes out in November), hoping I can stay strong until then 🤞🏼 1mo
Gezemice @Aims42 Did you try the library? Mine had it the day it came out 1mo
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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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It came.
Now I hope my daughter will let me read it...

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The Tempest the Graphic Novel: Quick Text Version | William Shakespeare, Gary Erskine, John McDonald, Jon Haward
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When I went to the library, The Tempest was checked out - but they had the graphic novel adaptation. It contains the full text of the play in comic book format! So I am going to read it this way. I like those illustrations, it gives a new twist to the story. And those Shakesperean insults work definitely twice as well when spat from mouths seething with anger...
#shakespearereadalong

Aimeesue An unstanched wench? That's quite the image there, Will! 😄 1mo
DGRachel I want this! 😍 1mo
TsundokuAleax Things I did not know I needed in life. 😍😍 1mo
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Gezemice @Aimeesue Clearly, fear of tampons is not a new thing. 1mo
Gezemice @DGRachel @TsundokuAleax I know! I had no idea this existed but now I find it keeps my attention way better than reading the text only. 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly The full text?! That must have been a lot of work for the artist! This sounds amazing. 1mo
Gezemice @Clare-Dragonfly It is a play, so it is not that long. It is the size of a standard comic book volume, 133 pages. 1mo
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Small Gods is one of my favorites from Pratchett. He takes on religion and beliefs, and the difference between them. In a country dedicated to the god Om, when Om actually shows up as a tortoise, he finds only one true believer - Brutha, the naive novice who believes everything he is told - until he learns - and with knowledge and belief, he changes the world. One of the best, funniest, most insightful and most human books from Sir Terry.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Our return to Gilead is thrilling, more action-packed, more hopeful, but less hefty - it lacks the gut-punch of the first one, both story-wise and in literary style.

This story has three narrators: two teenage girls, one growing up in Canada, the other in Gilead. The third one is the notorious Aunt Lydia herself - as a powerful figure and keeper of Gilead‘s secrets, her narrative is the most compelling and revealing. Thrilling. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Leftcoastzen Love your review! 1mo
Gezemice @Leftcoastzen Thank you! 1mo
GingerAntics I can‘t wait to read this. Hopefully I get my full check at the end of the month so I can get it. 1mo
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Gezemice @GingerAntics It is worth the wait! Maybe your library has it, too 1mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice library hasn‘t gotten it yet. It‘s not even on the app as something they‘re hoping to get. “The Testaments” just bring up the Bible. 1mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics That sucks. My library had it on the list for weeks - it was not in yet but you could sign up. I got impatient and pre-ordered it on Amazon. 1mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice I got on a list like that. After a year I checked back and they never did get the book. 1mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics oh, Ours said “on order” so I knew they were getting it. 1mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice I don‘t know if ours isn‘t that organised or what. There were a couple of books with hundreds (just 2-3 people from 1,000 people on one book) of people on the waitlists and they never got a copy of it. No idea why they were listed like the library had them or might get them and then didn‘t. Obviously there was interest in them. No idea. I didn‘t even notice it said “zero copies in use” until a year later or so. 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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It came. 🤩🤓

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Little Rabbit | Judy Dunn
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My beloved bunny, Wild Style, has just passed away after a long illness. She was loved and she loved us. She will be missed. She brightened our lives.
#bunniesoflitsy

Mariposa_Bookworm 😞 I‘m sorry for the loss of your sweet bunny. 2mo
saresmoore Sorry for your loss. ♥️ 2mo
Rissa1 😪 so sorry. 2mo
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cobwebmoth So sorry for your loss. 2mo
Lcsmcat I‘m so sorry. 💔 2mo
shanaqui I'm so sorry! We lost Breakfast recently (E. caniculi, like... two weeks ago) and it's just... gah. My whole-hearted condolences. 💙💙💙 2mo
Louise So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful bunny. 💙🐾 2mo
RealBooks4ever I‘m very sorry for your loss of your beloved bunny. 💔 2mo
KathyWheeler I‘m so sorry. What a pretty bunny! 2mo
Megabooks I‘m so sorry! 💕 2mo
Gezemice @shanaqui Oh no, not Breakfast, too! I am so sorry, too. Thank you and my condolences to you, too. 🤗 It is hard. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m so sorry! 😭❤️🐰 2mo
AmyG Oh no. I‘m so very sorry. She was beautiful. 2mo
Libby1 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
rabbitprincess I'm so sorry about your beautiful girl ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
arlenefinnigan Aw. I'm sorry x 2mo
xicanti I‘m so sorry. 2mo
readordierachel So sorry ❤ 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage So sorry for your loss. 😢 2mo
Jas16 I am so sorry 2mo
bookishbitch So sorry to hear of your loss. 2mo
Crazeedi My deepest sympathies, so hard to lose a beloved pet, 💔 2mo
Dragon Sorry for your loss 💔 2mo
BookwormAHN So sorry to hear that 💔 2mo
merelybookish So sorry!! 💕 2mo
sprainedbrain I‘m so sorry for your loss, but happy you all got to love each other! ❤️ 2mo
Trashcanman Sorry for your loss, pets are a wonderful thing. 2mo
Redwritinghood Sorry for your loss. 💔💔 2mo
zuzia So sorry for your loss! 2mo
youneverarrived So sorry 😢 2mo
Simona 💔💔💔 2mo
kathedron Oh, poor bunny! So sorry 💔 2mo
Reggie I‘m so sorry! 2mo
Birdsong28 So sorry for your loss 😘📚📖 2mo
TK421 So sorry to hear that. 😢 2mo
tournevis 😿 2mo
Purrfectpages So sorry for your loss. 😔 2mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry. 2mo
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Troilus and Cressida | William Shakespeare
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There is a reason why this play is not staged often: it is a hot mess.
The saving grace are a few witty lines by Cressida, and a couple romantic scenes. Troilus and Cressida barely show up. There are too many story lines, none tied up well. The beginning is full of long, sanctimonious speeches. Shakespeare spends four and a half acts idling about, then crams half the Iliad into half an act. It is a badly constructed play that goes nowhere. ⭐️⭐️/5

Gezemice #shakespearereadalong I am glad I finally finished this because the discussion was great. The play, not so much. 3mo
GingerAntics Hot mess is a GREAT way to describe this play. 💙💙💙 3mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Lol! 😁 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I like your ‘hot mess‘ description! 😄 3mo
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My Beloved World | Sonia Sotomayor
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Sonia Sotomayor is a remarkable woman and role model: brilliant, determined, ambitious, with a high sense of morality, integrity, wanting to help improve people‘s lives and do them justice.

Her story is amazing. My favorite parts were when she talks with passion about her Puerto Rican roots, growing up poor in the Bronx, the love for her family, especially her beloved abuelita (grandmother). The law practice years flagged a bit. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This was a great read. Lori Gottlieb helps others to find themselves, and experiences the other side in her own therapy. Besides herself, she follows several interesting clients: a jerk who turns out to be hiding his unbearable pain behind his narcisstic mask; a young woman facing terminal illness; an old woman who cannot face her past. Very human, self-revealing, touching, sad, funny, and a lesson in empathy and self-awareness.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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#bookwormbingo @EclecticReaders Thanks for the fun bingo!
I have never been to a book signing event, and while I have gotten very sleepy while reading, I have never got to the point where I could not put my book aside and tuck myself in. At least not that I can remember, lol. I am guilty on all other counts.

EclecticReaders Awesome! Hope you make it to a signing event one day, they are really fun! 5mo
RaimeyGallant I'm so close! 5mo
Gezemice @RaimeyGallant so close to finishing it? 5mo
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RaimeyGallant Everything except the ones about re-reading. :) 5mo
Gezemice @RaimeyGallant you don‘t re-read? 5mo
RaimeyGallant Nope. :) 5mo
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Foundation | Isaac Asimov
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Foundation is a well readable story, but it is not the big deal it is cracked up to be. There are interesting themes: civilizations fall when scientific curiosity stalls, when authoritariasm wins. Religion, technology and trade are examined as means of political power. However, the writing is mediocre, the story is a series of shorts, there is zero character development, and zero women. The science is stuck in 1951. Disappointing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m so glad you finally read it! And more importantly are back to reading and to Litsy!!! I agree, I was disappointed. I actually enjoyed Dune more. 5mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks! I actually quite enjoyed it for what it was, but waaay too simple to consider a great achievement of any sort. I am sort of semi back - post occasionally. I think this did bring me back to read print, though! I am going to read the next one as it kinda cuts off mid stream. We have 1000 years, right? We only get 150. And yes, Dune was way better - Dune lived up to its reputation. It was epic! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice I know, the first 3 were written as a trilogy...so I‘m thinking I‘ll probably eventually read those three. Not sure I‘m interested in the later follow ups or prequels though. 5mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Good point, it is supposed to be a trilogy. I liked Dune very much but was not interested in the sequel - the story is perfectly wrapped up. This one needs the sequel. (edited) 5mo
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Shuri #1 (Shuri, #1) | Nnedi Okorafor
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Mehso-so

This is a fun, action-filled story, as far as Shuri‘s metarphosis into Black Panther is concerned, with amazing art.
However, the story of a small black hole in the desert is beyond ridiculous. I read some of this to my husband and he begged me to stop - it was too painful. Yep, stand next to a black hole and accelerate it. Oh yeah, and with seismic powers, you can survive inside a singularity.
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A great story of science, war, history, politics, a story that uniquely blends humanity‘s greatest talents with its gravest errors. A triumphant scientific and industrial effort of the greatest minds racing to invent the way of humankind‘s self-destruction.

Fascinating, educational, and food for thought for a long time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Tornadoes! | Gail Gibbons
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So we got hit by a mini-tornado last Sunday. Vast branches down but no one was hurt. The entire neighborhood looked like - well, if it was hit by a tornado. Trees ripped up, thrown onto houses, cars, fences blown away. Thankfully only minor damage to roofs and gutters mostly. We got lucky... but still working on cleanup. But we have power and internet, yay!

Photo of my back yard.

GingerAntics We‘re surrounded by tornadoes right now. So far it seems they‘re avoiding us for the time being. 5mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics oh no! Be safe! 5mo
Melwilk I‘m glad everyone is unharmed. 5mo
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Louise Glad you are safe! 🍀 5mo
ScientistSam Glad you're ok! 5mo
AmyG Oh my! Glad you are ok. 5mo
GingerAntics Seems to be moving out. Damage seems to be minimal. Glad it‘s just a mess to clean up. 5mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Glad to hear you are ok! 5mo
Lcsmcat I‘m so sorry! We got hit by one in 1999, and it‘s such a mess to clean up! 5mo
GingerAntics Glad you guys are okay. It‘s been a crazy 2 weeks of tornadoes and floods. 5mo
Crazeedi Oh no! So many tornados and storms! Several towns in our area are seriously flooded. Hope your clean up goes smoothly, glad no injuries! 5mo
CouronneDhiver Oh dear. Glad everyone is safe though 5mo
TheSpineView Wow! Just glad you are safe! 5mo
Gezemice @Lcsmcat I never thought we would be hit by one! The last one in the area was in 1996. Thankfully not too bad. 5mo
Gezemice @Crazeedi Thanks! Sorry you have them, too. Weather is getting crazier! 5mo
stacybmartin So glad you stayed safe! We had an outbreak of 13 tornadoes Monday night in Ohio just north of me. Very scary!! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Wowza. Glad no one was hurt. 5mo
Gezemice @stacybmartin oh no! Very scary indeed! 5mo
sprainedbrain I‘m glad you‘re ok and the damage was minimal... this weather is beyond nuts. 😟 5mo
kspenmoll I am glad you are safe and well. How scary! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m still so glad you were all ok. 5mo
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#audiowalk - while our area is flat and mostly urban, there are small pleasures like this eentsy-weensy waterfall in the nearby park.

Read4life Beautiful 💙 5mo
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Sleepless 2 | Sarah Vaughn
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I enjoyed the action, adventure and romance in this volume, and especially the gorgeous artwork. The story, however, left me wanting more. There were enough elements introduced to last for a long epic adventure, and wrapping it up in two volumes did not do them justice. Court intrigue, magic, Poppy‘s mother‘s storyline, Rellen, were a few elements of many that deserved more. If this had more volumes, I would have loved it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I saw you reading it and I remembered it was due back soon. Thanks gor the reminder! 5mo
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What the heck is quantum biology? This book explains how this fledling science seeks answers to biology‘s unexplained phenomena in the weird world of quantum. Photosythesis, mutation, DNA copying, sense of smell, and sensing the Earth‘s magnetic field in migrating animals is thought to involve quantum effects. The book has good analogies to help lay people understand the concepts. I got the gist, but the details were lost on me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⬇️

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This was lovely, about a Japanese single dad who is having to confront his prejudices and guilt about his dead brother, when his husband shows up from Canada. Great artwork, good story, and meaningful conversations about acceptance and living among prejudiced people. Kana is supercute; Mike is a loveable bear; Yaichi is brooding but compassionate and understanding. My favorite parts were them bonding as a family. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

readordierachel Lovely review! I really loved this one too. So tender. 7mo
Gezemice @readordierachel Thank you! Yes, tender is a great word. 7mo
Swe_Eva Ooh, looks like my library has it available in ebook! #instantgratification 7mo
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rwmg Good review. I've got vol 2 wishlisted 7mo
Gezemice @Swe_Eva Enjoy! 7mo
Gezemice @rwmg Me too! Thanks! 7mo
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Hark! A Vagrant | Kate Beaton
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A humorous comic about history and literature? Sign me up! This collection started great. The first comic (see above) made me laugh out loud. Unfortunately the collection is rather uneven. Some are hilarious, some mildly humorous, but there are a lot that just try too hard. Also, I know nothing about Canadian history, which features prominently. I did chuckle on the Canadian stereotypes, though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Zelma I had a similar reaction to this book. A few of the comics are gems and make me laugh every time I see them (like this one). But I wasn‘t as interested in the whole collection. 7mo
Gezemice @Zelma Right! I feel that my sense of humor overlaps with her but definitely not the same in all cases. 7mo
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1. Totally the nineties. Great music and the last fun time before bad things started to happen. And NIN
2. Whichever I can get my paws on first
3. Older
4. Different continent... across the ocean
5. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @GingerAntics

#friyayintro

Ashley85 Totally agree about the 90‘s!!! 7mo
Gezemice @Ashley85 👍 Right? Things we worried about seem trivial now. 7mo
TK421 90's music all the way! ( now singing Head Like A Hole ) 7mo
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Gezemice @TK421 My favorite! “Bow down before the one you serve. You‘re going to get what you deserve” 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh, how much worry we put into Y2K! Definitely seems trivial now. 7mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yep. And before 9/11... so without fear 7mo
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After finishing this book, this still stands out to me - under a bajillion layers of clothing, the Victorian lady went commando in the crotch area, like Paris Hilton. It apparently had to do with the impossibility of lifting those skirts to go to the bathroom. Who would have thunk?
#nfbuddyread @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Right, can‘t get all those layers off in a hurry! It made me think of the old one piece long underwear with a seat flap. 7mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Just to think they did not even use much during their periods! Madness! And the comment about the Moulin Rouge... I had no idea! 7mo
Slajaunie 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 7mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Yes, I honestly had never thought of that either....my innocent self thought it was all those high kicks and ankles and legs showing, like the Rockettes.🤪😱😂 7mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yep, they always tell you that the sight of an ankle was scandalous. But ne thinks a lady falling over was way more scandalous back then than it would be now... I wonder if the period costumes in movies allow the ladies to go to the bathroom... 7mo
Crazeedi This looks like a rather interesting book!! 7mo
Gezemice @Crazeedi Well, who would not be interested in crotchless drawers? 😉 7mo
Crazeedi @Gezemice exactly, lol😁😁 7mo
GingerAntics Well you also have to remember, underpants are a modern invention. No one worn them, for the reasons we now wear them, until rather recently. Probably the last 100 years-ish. 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I did not know that, but gross. 7mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 actually, underpants aren‘t even universal. When you can barely afford clothes, underpants aren‘t really important. Most countries still don‘t wear underpants. It‘s a western thing, really. Why is it gross? It‘s actually healthier, especially for females, to not wear them. They just create humidity where you really don‘t want it. 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics It is amazing to have historians around. Love it! But still gross. All sorts of fluids leak out if you are not wearing them. And get on your outer clothes. And things you might sit on. Which might get into your lady parts. And who knows who sat there before... Ugh. Nope, gross, thank you! Although I concede the humidity thing in hot climates. I did do some googling though... and tgey do wear loin cloths! 7mo
GingerAntics Yeah, loin cloths do sometimes function as something similar. Someone dared me to run commando once, dude it was freeing. No wedgie and absolutely everything evaporates through the “cool 360” wicking fabric. 😆 when it‘s too cold I don‘t do it, but especially when it‘s 100 degrees outside, it‘s a game changer. 7mo
GingerAntics Where are you sitting with no trousers/jeans/skirts on that you‘re concerned with who sat there last? 😂 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I‘ll just call you Paris Hilton from now on. 😉 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I think most of my clothes would feel gross after I sat down and then I got up... Also, miniskirts! And if you are wearing your jeans without underwear, you better wash it every day. I don‘t. Not to mention the clothes that are dry clean only. As far as sitting, this explains why women in India who are menstrating are banished to the grass hut. Tgey sit on the floor while cooking!! 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics When I had to wear pantyhose to work (Victorians were not the only ones with torturous underwear) I did the concession to stockings with garters and long, loose skirts in the summer months, and indeed it was freeing. But that‘s as far as I got in that arena... I am just glad pantyhose is mostly a thing of the past. (edited) 7mo
GingerAntics Oh I would never do jeans, that would be a bit rough, I would think. I generally wear underwear, I just don‘t find anything wrong with choosing not to. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I don‘t know about the mini skirt thing. If your skirt is so short it doesn‘t cover your butt when you sit, it‘s probably too short. 7mo
GingerAntics Oh god I hate pantyhose. I must be allergic to something in those and tights. They always made me itch. The pantyhose less than the tights, but still. 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Miniskirts are long enough to sit. But the view... 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics It‘s the material - pantyhose makes you sweat. I hated the smell of my own feet! I never had such smelly feet in socks or bare feet. Tights don‘t give me a problem if they are mostly cotton, but all sythetics is bad. 7mo
GingerAntics I‘ll give you that on the view. Yeah. That would be creepy. Pantyhose do make you smell weird. I remember that. I don‘t know if I ever had cotton tights. I probably would have been okay with those...maybe. It didn‘t help that my grandmother insisted I wear tights, so to “help” me she would lather me with lotion and then put baby powder on top. I was basically pasted into these things. It was gross. 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Ouch! Thankfully no one insisted that I wear tights as a child. I do it occasionally nowadays although I am mostly for jeans. But they go well with a miniskirt in the winter. I would never wear them on their own like so many do nowadays. I feel like that‘s too much public info about your butt. 7mo
GingerAntics We may be talking about two different things. I‘ve never seen anyone wear just tights (like pantyhose but thicker, and very popular for little girls in winter when dresses are required - I had to wear them at Christmas and for my First Communion). Leggings are the thin, stretchy pants things. People are wearing leggings alone now, especially the workout ones. I love how now they‘re being called “jeggings.” No idea what the hell is up with that. 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Well they are the same thing here. Kinda confusing. Jeggings are keggings that are jeans patterned or jeans material. 7mo
GingerAntics 🤦🏼‍♀️ dear god why smh 7mo
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Wow. Theranos: lies and intimidation. Elizabeth Holmes had a vision and was going to see through it - investors, patient‘s lives, employees‘ concerns, and the truth be damned.

I was struck by how many would-be whistleblowers were silenced; how many believed her lies despite of evidence to the contrary; and the mafia-like threats to ruin even minor witnesses if they said anything.

Riveting. Well researched and told. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice This is a complicated story, one of my best reads of the year. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2743276581 7mo
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In this snarky look at the Victorian underbelly, or rather, underskirt, Therese O‘Neill tells us all a lady needs to survive in this romantic era of filth, diseases, complete subjugation of women, and crotchless underwear. We learn (or rather, are told by Victorian men), how to menstruate, stay innocent until wedding night, cope with our husband‘s syphillis, flirt with a kerchief, and where to put our forks at dinner. Lots of fun. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice Enjoyable history, very snarky, easy read with many illustrations. #nfbuddyread @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Weaponxgirl (edited) 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I enjoyed it and finished today too! 7mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awesome! What was your biggest surprise? Mine was the crotchless underwear. Really! With that much clothing! 7mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Right! It‘s because all those clothes were impossible to get out of in a hurry or often. 😂. So that and that the whole movie Hysteria lied to me!🤪 7mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa what movie? 🤔 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It was called Hysteria and starred Maggie Gyllenhaal https://m.imdb.com/title/tt1435513/ 7mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like fun! But yeah, sounds like lying, too... 7mo
Slajaunie Yeah...it‘s history. 7mo
Gezemice @Slajaunie I love history. 😊👍 7mo
Slajaunie I do as well! @Gezemice 7mo
Gezemice @Slajaunie Awesome! Nice to find other history lovers. What‘s your favorite era? Mine is medieval and ancient Europe, especially Britain and the Tudors. 7mo
Slajaunie Love the Tudors, French Revolution, The Romanovs. @Gezemice (edited) 7mo
Gezemice @Slajaunie Awesome! Lots of intrigue and madness. 7mo
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I must agree with the reviewers that this last Sherlock collection is the weakest. Many of the stories lack the investigative genius and rely on gimmicks, or re-hashing older mysteries. Doyle was clearly tired of Holmes by this time. Nevertheless it was well listenable and I am glad I have finished the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Wars of the Roses | Alison Weir
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The Wars of the Roses is the greatest entertainment for a medieval history lover: dynastic intrigue, complicated genealogies, bloody battles, rival kings, formidable queens, mighty lords in constantly changing alliances provide an exciting story with fascinating characters. This would make a great TV series, and has obviously inspired Game of Thrones (Lancaster and York...)

This was simply exciting to read, and I was rooting for York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Texreader Great review 7mo
Gezemice @Texreader Thank you! 7mo
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Dragon 👍😀🐉 Allison Weir writes great books! 7mo
GingerAntics This book is still on my wish list, and I got another book on the war of the roses so we can compare notes. That‘s my next nonfiction to start. 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics That would be awesome! I am onto The Princes in the Tower, which is the conclusion to the story. 7mo
Gezemice @Dragon I am a huge fan of her nonfiction, but her fiction is not for me. 7mo
GingerAntics Oh I‘ve always wanted to know more about that whole incident. Just added it to my wish list. This is happening!!! I think I need to read them in order, though. 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics It is a much shorter book and she wrote it first, so it does not need to be in order. It is a lot less dense since it is a more linear story and shorter time period. I have read it but forgot it so I know it is an easy read while Wars of the Roses is not. 7mo
GingerAntics Oh, that definitely needs to happen then. Good to know. Sadly, my library has neither of her books, so I‘m going to have to wait until I get paid again to get them. 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Oh no! can you get an interlibrary loan? 7mo
GingerAntics I haven‘t looked into one. I need to check the library at work, then it becomes if any libraries in the state have it. I‘ve found in the past that anything dealing with the U.K. just isn‘t happening here, as a general rule. No idea why. 7mo
Dragon Agreed I can‘t read her nonfiction books. 😀🐉 7mo
Gezemice @Dragon Haha! I tried, too. Nope. 7mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics My library has all of Weir‘s work. And a ton of English history. I live in a small town but it is a college town... and the library is popular. 7mo
GingerAntics We have several colleges in the area. No idea why the public libraries have such limited options. The college libraries are much better stocked, but sadly you can‘t check books out unless you‘re a student or an employee. 7mo
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The Wars of the Roses | Alison Weir
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1. All genres! I love variety, but my most read genres are fantasy, classics, sci-fi and non-fiction, especially history.
2. Terry Pratchett!!
3. It changes. Today it is Daisy Jones and The Six, but often Song of Achilles, I,Claudius, The Handmaid‘s Tale, and anything Terry Pratchett.
4. I try anything once, but I do avoid romance, horror and westerns (although some books I loved were horror, or had romance in them).
5. ✔️
#hellothursday

wanderinglynn Terry Pratchett! 🙌🏻 Thanks for playing! 📚 7mo
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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1. The Harry Potter series.
2. Hermione.
3. Umbridge. And Humbert Humbert.
4. Hermione‘s wand. Then we‘ll apparate to land!
5. What would you do, @GingerAntics and @Graywacke ?
#whatwouldyoudo @DannyHattan

Thanks for the tag, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa !

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Sex, drugs, rock-and-roll: but so much more. Love, heartbreak, addiction, temptation, and choosing the right thing - every day. And of course music - the creation and joy of music, the bond of making something great together; and who you want to be along the way.
The interview format, the multiple perspectives works wonderfully; the full-cast audio is great. Each character is well developed. This story will hang with me for a while. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice This is my favorite book this year so far. There is so much to say. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2763504743 . Oh and I freakin‘ love that cover! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!!! Loved this one!! 💗💗 7mo
Gezemice @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! I am still thinking about it. 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Gezemice me too!!! Have you looked back at some of the pictures of Stevie Nicks in the 70‘s? Looks identical to Daisy on the cover 💗 7mo
Gezemice @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No! I will now! Thanks for the heads-up :) 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Gezemice yes!!! 💞💞💞 7mo
BooknerdsLife Love your review! I‘m just starting the book but really loving the writing and the style of this one! I think she‘s becoming one of my favourite writers! 7mo
Gezemice @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh yes, its beautiful! 7mo
Gezemice @BooknerdsLife I know! I don‘t normally read “just out” books but I was intrigued ( #blameitonlitsy ) and I am so glad I succumbed to the hype :) Enjoy! 7mo
BooknerdsLife @Gezemice Thank you💓 I really enjoyed her last book so was a little nervous going into this one too! Really enjoying it so far 🤗 7mo
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