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HeyT

Joined January 2020

Cats. Books. Games.
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#BookReport
I finished something trackable this week! I've been seriously in a slump but this was a great book and worth pushing through.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to finish Spirits Abroad and start the tagged. Both are the current SFFBC picks and I kind of want to keep up with the group this year.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This was absolutely worth pushing through the reading slump and finishing. I think my favorite part are all the small details that connect the pre pandemic narrative to the post. So many interconnected threads that give nice little payoffs. This was my #BookSpin for January @TheAromaofBooks

LaraReads I‘ve been wanting to read this for so long! 4d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4d
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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You guys I‘m having the best reading night in a long time! Somehow I‘m only 100 pages from the end and a wild feline reading buddy has appeared. Since we adopted the dog in May he‘s super territorial over my attention and usually tries to get them to leave but he‘s currently distracted by my feet lol
#CatsOfLitsy

Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 5d
Catsandbooks Such a pretty kitty!! ❤️ 5d
wanderinglynn So pretty! ❤️🐱 4d
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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I was going to use my book stand pillow but Rolo had other ideas. I have been in a bit of a slump so it‘s taking me forever to finish this. But I‘m enjoying it when I can actually get myself to pick it up.

wanderinglynn Aw, sweet Rolo! ❤️🐶 5d
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HAPPY #BOOKSPIN DAY TO ALL WHO CELEBRATE!
I am hype because no chonky bois! I also find it funny that my doublespin is a collection of stories because this month my book club is story collection themed as well. Now I just have to decide if once I finish the tagged do I immediately read the other two.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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#BookReport
Didn't manage to finish any of the books that I'd track for my yearly goal but I did read quite a few of my guilty pleasure no track books. I also made decent progress in the tagged but not enough to really count.

#WeeklyForecast
Goal this week is to finish Station Eleven and start Amatka. I like how I made all these great reading goals that were less strenuous than last year and am already falling behind month one lol.

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I‘m still working on January‘s #BookSpin but that hasn‘t stopped me from making my list for February. I‘m trying to keep the chunksters at bay so my new to list tiles are both less than 600 pages. As always thanks to @TheAromaofBooks for hosting.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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The Unseen Guest | Maryrose Wood
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Apparently I forgot to post my review when I finished this.
This series is like watching a middle grade Victorian themed soap opera in the best way. We get more plot twists and a little info about where the Incorrigibles lived before Ashton place but the mysteries are still piling up and Miss Lumley is left with more questions than answers again.

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The Unseen Guest | Maryrose Wood
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#BookReport
Managed to finish two books this week but only got about six chapters into Station Eleven.

#WeeklyForecast
Goal this week is to focus on Station Eleven and other challenge commitments before diving back into more Incorrigible Children.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Back porch reading while the dog alternates between staring at me, playing with his toys, and sunbathing.

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Magic Tides | Ilona Andrews
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I had such a good time reading this because it felt very comforting being back with the characters I love in their new adventure starting over after leaving Atlanta behind. We get to see the characters in their new normal after moving on from dealing with the big overarching plotlines and more like a little slice of life.

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Magic Tides | Ilona Andrews
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Did a little backyard reading with Rolo as I finished the last bit I had left of Magic Tides.
#DogsOfLitsy

GondorGirl Tell Rolo I say hello! 😍 3w
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Found this beautiful new edition of The Last Unicorn when I was at the bookstore yesterday. The best part is that I felt no guilt bringing it home because the author finally won back the rights to it!

EclecticBookLover That is beautiful! 3w
ozma.of.oz This is the edition I have! It‘s so beautiful! 3w
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Book 2 and the Incorrigibles have an adventure in London. We see Miss Lumley act a little more her age as she is experiencing more of the wider world away from her boarding school and Ashton Place. More clues are dropped in but no real answers found yet.

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The Mysterious Howling | Maryrose Wood
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I normally don't do historical fiction much because it just feels kind of boring sometimes but this was a nice mix of historical with the narrator relating things to modern sensibilities. I liked that we get a kind of subtle mystery with clues that are fairly obvious to my adult perception but may be more subtle to the target audience. I found the characters engaging and the open ending made me want to pick up the next one immediately.

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The Mysterious Howling | Maryrose Wood
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#BookReport
I‘m behind on reviews but fairly good reading week as I enjoyed the first two in the Ashton Place series. They are not really standalone so I keep reading on to see what happens.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to try and make more progress in station 11 but knowing me it will probably be all Ashton Place next week lol.

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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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This was an interesting story of first contact that introduced a unique sentience. This took me longer to read than it should have an a part of that was circumstances outside of the book but also the fact that each POV chapter was from a new generation and brought almost a different kind of story with it. There is definitely a clear line of plot and character progression but the chapters felt almost like individual distinct stories themselves.

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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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#BookReport
Managed to finish my first read of the year and while I'd like to have also finished the tagged I did make some real progress on it.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to finish the tagged and make it to at least 25% of Station Eleven. I'll also probably start Mysterious Howling as that's a library book.

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Absolutely loved this and am grateful that I made this my first read of the year. I think the themes of new beginnings and changing course were perfect for the new reading year.

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Untitled | Untitled
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I can't believe it's my three year #litsyversary already. But also it feels like I've always been here in the best of ways.

Bklover Happy Litsyversary! 1mo
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I‘m halfway through Semiosis but I didn‘t want it to be my first finish of the year so I‘m devouring this instead. It‘s the SFFBC pick this month so I‘m actually reading along with the group for once. I‘m liking it so far.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Happy #BookSpin Day to all who celebrate! I am hype we have our new selections for the New Year. My BookSpin is the tagged with Against the Tide of Years as my DoubleSpin. Both have been on my tbr for a while so I'm happy to have the excuse to get them done.

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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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#BookReport
So December was a slow month for me in general (only finished two books) but I did make it to around 63% in the tagged this week.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to start my BookSpin pick for January and maybe finish Semiosis. I'm trying to put less pressure on myself when it comes to reading goals this year.

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I had a pretty great reading year but hands down Tehanu was my favorite. I honestly thought Defensive Baking would take it so it was kind of a surprise how much I enjoyed Tehanu. I had a really great time filling out the #ReadingBracket2022 so I'll definitely try this again for 2023.

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I cannot believe it's time to set up the 2023 #BookSpin lists! I reorganized my list and I did a page count this time so I only have one really chonky boi. I put them in order from chonkiest to not so hopefully we don't get a lot of draws next to each other lol. I am so hype for the second!!!
As always thanks to @TheAromaofBooks for hosting.

RaeLovesToRead Yay! Ship of Magic!!! 😍 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Sweep of the Heart | Ilona Andrews
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Really late to post this but...
#BookReport
Only managed to finish the tagged this week but I made it to around 38% in Semiosis before my Kobo battery died.
#WeeklyForecast
I honestly don't know if I'll be able to finish another book before the New Year but I'm willing to try lol. I never really go out on NYE so I might do a heavy reading binge before watching the ball drop on tv.

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Sweep of the Heart | Ilona Andrews
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Innkeeper is my favorite Ilona Andrews series and this one was a wealth of new background information and a big reveal for the overarching series plotline. I'm devastated I have to wait for any period of time to read what happens next.

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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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Taking advantage of the sun to get some porch reading in while Rolo gets outside time.

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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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#BookReport
As far as tracking goes this was a dud week for reading BUT I was reading. I read like ten little 'guilty pleasure' books that I never track. Mostly cheesy harlequins and the like.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to start and finish Semiosis. I've completely given up on reading the entirety of my bookspin backlog but I'm gonna do what I can before years end!

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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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#BookReport
Managed to finish The Vanished Birds this week which was very good. But I've also been hit by the reality that I won't finish all my DoubleSpin picks for the year before the deadline.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to finish the tagged and then move on to my other BookSpin picks for the year. I'd like to at least finish all the main picks before the New Year.

Wesleypaker Hello 👋 2mo
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I think my favorite part of this is that you go deep into the characters and their relationships before the plot gets going. By the time things get going action wise I was very much invested into finding out more about the principle cast and the sort of whole they were developing.

HeyT I think this was my DoubleSpin for August? 2mo
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Semiosis | Sue Burke
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HAPPY #BOOKSPIN DAY TO ALL WHO CELEBRATE!
I‘ve recalculated my BookSpin backlist goals and I‘m worried but also super pumped that a holiday miracle has occurred and no chonky bois were drawn. My picks for this month are the tagged and Foreigner.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Oh my, that's a lot of pages!!! Good luck!! 2mo
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November was probably one of my better reading months comparatively as far as quantity goes. Quality started off strong then kind of tanked after Earthsea though. I was a little overly ambitious with my expectations though so I didn't meet any of my goals lol. All 7 were physical books but two were library loans. I also managed to cross three titles off my bookspin backlog. Overall I'm pleased and disappointed at the same time.
#NovemberWrapUp

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#BookReport
Not my best reading week but I got through it and hopefully next week will be better.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to push through and finish at least two books to get back on my goals targets.

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Winter Tide | Ruthanna Emrys
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I can‘t believe it‘s time to post the last #BookSpin list of 2022! New to the list this month is the tagged and Terra Nullius. Please send all your good vibes my way so that no chonky bois get pick in December because I‘ve only budgeted 1k pages total for them.

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Thought I would do an update on my BookSpin Backlog quest. I fell behind so now my daily average is up to 175 pages a day. I am trying to send all my vibes for December‘s picks to be waaaaaaay less than the 1k total I budgeted them for.

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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
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This book made me very angry early on and I still can‘t let go of my anger. Any book with dubious consent that tries to play it off for laughs later on will never be good in my book. That being said structurally it was well crafted but my rage has tainted any of the good bits.

HeyT This was my #BookSpin for June @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I've read a few of Gaiman's books and they just aren't for me. 2mo
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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
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#BookReport
I started out strong this week but then hit a sort of slump because I feel some dubious consent issues coming up in the tagged and I don't want to face that but also I don't want to quit the book either so I'm kind of like ... procrastinating on it?

#WeeklyForecast
Goal is to finish both the tagged and Vanished Birds and hopefully one more so I can get back on track to finish my yearly goals strong.

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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
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I tried starting this at work during the slow period but couldn‘t get my mask and glasses to cooperate. Now that I‘m trapped by sleeping puppy I should be able to make a go of it.
#DogsOfLitsy

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Mehso-so

I think I can definitively say I've “outgrown“ Adams's humor. There is a lot to like in this especially if the slightly absurd is your cup of tea but for me this was a little underwhelming. I didn't hate my time with this but I also didn't think it was laugh out loud funny either. Solid story where seemingly disparate elements come together in the end but only just okay for me.

HeyT This was my #BookSpin for July @TheAromaofBooks 3mo
RamsFan1963 I liked the TV series more than the book. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks He's an author who only sometimes works for me. I don't know if it's my mood or his writing that doesn't always mesh haha 3mo
Kimberlone I could only get through the first couple Hitchhikers books…they definitely get repetitive and his sarcastic writing loses some of its charm 3mo
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#BookReport
Pretty good reading week. Finished the last three Earthsea installments in my omnibus so I got to cross it off my bookspin backlist. Also got about half way through Dirk Gently.

#Weekly Forecast
Goal this week is to finish both Dirk Gently and Anansi Boys and try to keep up with my 155 page a day schedule.

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Out of the four books of Earthsea in the omnibus edition I'm reading this is probably my favorite. I think Tenar is my favorite character in this world so to have her sequel is a gift. There's also a lot about the power of the feminine that was so good to dive into so yeah loved this one.

HeyT And with this I've conquered the omnibus chonky boi from my bookspin backlist! 3mo
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The Farthest Shore | Ursula K. Le Guin
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I enjoyed this and think it will stay with me but I feel like Tombs of Atuan is still my favorite. Arren was a solid POV character but after a while boy coming of age quests aren‘t fave material.

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The Tombs of Atuan | Ursula K. Le Guin
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I have to say I think I liked this one even more than the first one. I was expecting a Ged adventure so the point of view shift in the beginning threw me off but once I reset my expectations I was thoroughly invested in Tenar/Arha. I love that these books have a very lyrical and sort of dreamlike feel to them when I finish.

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#BookReport
Pretty solid reading week. Of the two the tagged was my favorite.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal is to hit my 140 pages a day which may or may not mean finishing something.

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I enjoyed this even though it had a dreaded love triangle. I mean I can't stand them but it worked in this because it helped evoke a certain style of story that wouldn't have been realized as well without it. The main character read a little young for me but I enjoyed following her adventures as she tries to save her mother from imprisonment.

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Omg I‘ve had to do some math to see if I‘ll be able to conquer my #bookspin backlog before the year is over. I estimated 1k pages for the December draw because of chonkyboi curse but it looks like I only need to read 140 pages a day to make it! Wish me luck lol.

HeyT Yes I see the vague irony that my backlog is almost a BookSpin list of its own. Lol 3mo
TheAromaofBooks hahaha honestly this brings me joy. Good luck!!!! 😂 3mo
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I really enjoyed this. The world felt unique and interesting without being overly complicated and I liked watching Hart and Mercy find each other despite having known each other for four years.

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The House of the Spirits | Isabel Allende
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HAPPY #BOOKSPIN DAY TO ALL WHO CELEBRATE!
I am hype because although both of my picks this month are not small reads they are also not over 500 pages so I have somewhat of a respite from the chonky boi curse! Now I just need to work on my backlog and my reading life will be perfect lol.

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The Disasters | M. K. England
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October was a pretty averages month. Nothing especially stood out as a favorite although Wizard of Earthsea was clearly the most well written but Disasters I had the most fun with.
All physical books so no e or audiobooks this month. However, the majority of these were library lends because I only own Wizard of Earthsea.
#OctoberWrapUp