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HighLadyoftheStacks

HighLadyoftheStacks

Joined January 2018

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Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
Mehso-so

I wouldn‘t go out of my way to rec this one. The story was predictable and it seems to be attempting what I call “Gone Girl Lite.” It has all the twisty elements of Gone Girl (missing wife, slimey husband) that make you stay up reading, but without the unreliable narrators, psychopathic behavior, or any semblance of a real mystery.

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Bailedbailed

I‘ve been attempting to finish this book for a year and as it‘s now 2019 I‘m calling it. Gotta start the year off right.

Bookzombie I bailed on this one too. I thought it was just all over the place. I was bummed. 10mo
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Mehso-so

Mostly just underwhelmed by the whole thing. The ending was good, but I felt more of a payoff from The Jellicoe Road.

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Pickpick

If you haven‘t already read the webcomic you need to pick up #hockey! I‘ve read the online version a couple times, but being able to hold it in book form is amazing. I‘m so happy for Ngozi Ukazu, there‘s so much love and friendship in this book it makes my heart sing!

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Saga Vol. 9 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Pickpick

If you need me I‘ll be in bed sobbing. This is my reading pile for the weekend and I‘m glad I have Check, Please to deal with all of the feelings I‘m having about Saga. It was so, so, so good though.

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Pickpick

I watched the movie first (I know, I‘m a heathen) and I‘ve been meaning to read the book for awhile. I‘m glad I did because it showed more of Margot and her relationship with her sisters. TBH I think I like movie Peter better than book Peter, but oh well, still a pick!

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I don‘t know why I wanted to make myself sad but here we are. I also forgot how much of a crush I have on Cassian. If anyone needs me I‘ll be in my fan fiction cave.

sprainedbrain 😂❤️ 12mo
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Pickpick

This book was described as a rom com to me and it is definitely that! Sometimes you just need a happy ending that comes after the perfect amount of light angst.

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My Boyfriend Is a Bear | Pamela Ribon
Pickpick

5/5 10/10 🌟🌟🌟 absolutely wonderful! I borrowed this from the library but I need to own a copy!!

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My Boyfriend Is a Bear | Pamela Ribon
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I love this super cute shoutout to the podcast Oh No! Ross and Carrie. Anyone else catch this?

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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Pickpick

I didn‘t even have the chance to put this as a current read! I started and didn‘t want to stop! After watch the HBO series I really wanted to read the book, and it was so engrossing and amazing! I love the show and I‘m so glad they stayed almost completely true to the book; the changes made were either needed or totally made sense. #sharpobjects

GondorGirl I'm so happy that this app is going to be available for Android next month! 12mo
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Exit, Pursued by a Bear | E.K. Johnston
Pickpick

I‘m really glad this book exists for many reasons. The author is aware that she wrote the “ideal” scenario in which a young woman is believed and treated with the kindness she deserves after a rape. This shouldn‘t be the fantasy, it should be the standard. I think using The Winter‘s Tale as reference also adds to the importance of believing women.

hermyknee I loved this book, too 12mo
LiteraryinLititz Just picked this up at the library today! 12mo
HighLadyoftheStacks @LiteraryinLititz it‘s really good! I keep thinking about it! 12mo
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Mehso-so

I was interested enough to keep reading, and after the climax I‘m definitely interested in the sequel. I hate saying I wanted the London‘s to feel “more” but that‘s the only way I can describe it...

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Unsub | Meg Gardiner
Pickpick

Thanks @collegecatlady for sending this one to me, I can see why it‘s a fav! Whenever I read a thriller I always want a more complex (read: weird and convoluted) reason for the killer‘s actions and this book delivered. I will definitely be picking up the second one! #unsub

collegecatlady They are both so good! 12mo
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The Greenlanders | Jane Smiley
Bailedbailed

I really wanted to get into this and finish it, but I have other books to read. And to be honest, I want a sweeping generational tale and this is too much of names and things happening without any real relationships between characters.

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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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Pickpick

Loved for so many reason. Sometimes finales can be let downs but KOA delivered and I‘m so happy with how it turned. Lots of tears were shed but my heart is full. #kingdomofash

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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
Panpan

I had really high hopes for this book and I‘m mostly just disappointed. Everything was just a little bit off; the world building didn‘t feel complete, there were glaring mistakes in the copy editing, the pacing was slow, and the character building felt flat. My copy lists it as a good read for fans of Maas and Bardugo and that is not only untrue in quality, but also content.

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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
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1. YA/Contemporary fiction
2. Brussels sprouts (they always taste a little like vinegar to me)
3. Maternal grandparents are 84 and 86(?) and my paternal grandparents are somewhere near there as well.
4. Both my maternal grandparents were born in Washington State (can‘t remember where) and my paternal grandma was born in MT, but I‘m not sure where grandpa was born.
5. 🙌🏻💃🏼🤤😍 #friyayintro

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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo

I wish I was enjoying this more than I am. The pacing feels off and it‘s moved onto a heist story which really doesn‘t seem to fit the plot. And to be honest, I think Six of Crows ruined me for book party banter because everything I‘ve read so far is making me cringe a little bit.

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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo

“And a deck as dark as my soul.”
Angst to the max I guess. I‘m still intrigued by the story, but whenever a character uses the phrase “dark like my soul” (unless they‘re joking) I have to roll my eyes.

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Pickpick

This was a fun read and exactly what I needed after a month of semi lackluster reading! Since I started school again, and I‘m working on top of it, reading has fallen by the way side; I needed something quick and fun and this fit the bill. The steamy bits are great and the writing is even better than I was expecting!

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I said I was only going to read spooky books but this one has been sitting on my nightstand, begging to be read, for too long.

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The Hunger | Alma Katsu
Mehso-so

The Donner Party tragedy has always fascinated me and I love when books have a slow creeping wrongness that follows the characters. That being said, there were enough “mechanical” problems with the text that it took me out of the story even though I wanted to continue reading. I did enjoy the story though! #thehunger

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The Hunger | Alma Katsu

I‘m really excited to start this one! This year I‘m trying to read only creepy books in October to set the mood.

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The Gate of Angels | Penelope Fitzgerald
Mehso-so

It was okay. There‘s nothing else to really add; the 20s are not my favorite time period for books to be set in, and I prefer when a place is a character in the story.

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The Gate of Angels | Penelope Fitzgerald

I‘m currently three books behind for my yearly reading goal. Hopefully I‘ll finish this today... not really enjoying it so far.

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Pickpick

I just finished reading this and I have the most unusual mix of emotions. I wasn‘t expecting this to be as slice of life as it was, but I‘m glad it didn‘t contain the kind of drama we usually see in lit fic.

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Pickpick

I loved this examination of childhood and memory. I also love Gaiman as a human, and I think he‘s on full display in this book.

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Freedom: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
Bailedbailed

I bought this for a weird reason three or four years ago: it was mentioned on Parks and Rec. After 20 pages (a new record for DNFing for me) I knew I couldn‘t waste my time with it. Also I feel like I‘ve heard too many negative things about the author to actually enjoy the book (even if it was possible to enjoy)

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Pickpick

Loved, loved, loved! #thekissquotient

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Jellicoe Road | Melina Marchetta
Pickpick

I stayed up too late finishing this last night. Beautiful writing and little unusual, and all in all a great read.

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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard
Pickpick

A good end to the series.

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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard
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Today I‘m trying to take care of myself a little better. Yesterday my therapist pointed out I‘m probably going through a depressive episode, and while I know she‘s right, I hate admitting these cycles are something I‘ll probably always have to deal with. So I‘m trying to focus on the things I enjoy, reading being one, and letting go of the things I can‘t control.

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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard
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I have been horrendous about posting lately, but I received this lovely package from @collegecatlady a while ago. I took pictures then promptly got distracted by something else. I‘m so excited to read all of these books!!!

collegecatlady So glad you liked it! 1y
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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard
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@collegecatlady and @JoeStalksBeck I‘m a dummy and didn‘t post a picture when I shipped this out. #myfavoriteswap

collegecatlady Yay! Looking forward to it! 1y
2BR02B That box is making me thirsty. 🥛🤤 1y
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Bailedbailed

I just can‘t with this series any more. And it makes me upset because I don‘t know why. I‘m just going to look up how it ends because there‘s no way I‘m wasting any more time on the book.

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Paper Girls Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
Pickpick

The perfect pallet cleanser for today, and a wonderful book. I‘m already looking forward to picking up Vol 2!

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Never Fade | Alexandra Bracken
Panpan

This took me forever to get through. Im not sure if I‘m stuck in a reading rut or if I just keep running into sequels I don‘t like, but there were times I didn‘t want to pick this up. I still want to finish the series, but if the 3rd book drags I‘m going to give up.

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Never Fade | Alexandra Bracken
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I‘m a little early for #friyayintro but I missed doing these.
1. Atlantis
2. French fries!
3. Florence + the Machine and Of Monsters and Men
4. #neverfade the sequel to The Darkest Minds
5. I will try!

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Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard
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Mehso-so

First half is a pan, but the last half sort of made up for it. I get the impression the author knew how she wanted the book to end but didn‘t know how start it. I will be finishing the series though.

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Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard

I‘m having trouble getting through this one. I loved Red Queen, but the sequel isn‘t doing it for me. I‘ll finish it and try the third book in the series, but I have no desire to keep this one on my bookshelf after I‘m done.

Wan.der.love I had trouble with Red Queen - was considering trying sequel but maybe not now 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
HighLadyoftheStacks @Wan.der.love I‘m still invested in the characters enough that I want to see what happens; there‘s something about the pacing and the general writing I‘m having a hard time with. 1y
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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
Pickpick

Beautiful! I can‘t describe exactly why I personally was so touched by this book, but from what I‘ve heard it has a different effect on each reader. #weareokay

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I liked the main bulk of the story and some of the extras as well. There was one story I didn‘t really care for, but that was because of the artwork. I like seeing more information about the homelands and how everyone ended up in Fabletown.

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@collegecatlady #myfavoritebookswap I got my package yesterday and it‘s going to be so hard waiting to open it!!! @JoeStalksBeck thanks for arranging this super cool swap!

collegecatlady I hope you love everything! 1y
JoeStalksBeck Wooo! 1y
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The Fates Divide | Veronica Roth
Panpan

I just really don‘t like Roth‘s writing style. I like this story but I dislike the way it‘s written enough to not recommend the book, and to be honest, I spent the whole time reading this wishing I wasn‘t.

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The Fates Divide | Veronica Roth

200 pages before I really started caring about this story but now I‘m invested!

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You | Caroline Kepnes
Pickpick

4 stars for an intense story that felt a little too close to home at times. There were moments it dragged a little but the fast-paced end made it worth it.

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Second book for #24in48! I‘m just over five hours in which is five hours more than I was able to do last time.

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass | Melissa Bashardoust
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Mehso-so

First book read for #24in48! Not a favorite but I admire what the author did with her retelling of Snow White. The main reason this isn‘t a pick for me is because of the lack of urgency. On to the next one!

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass | Melissa Bashardoust
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First book being read for #24in48 is Girls Made of Snow and Glass. Unfortunately I work tonight and tomorrow night so I‘m not sure how much I‘ll be able to read this weekend, but I‘m going to give it my best shot!