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KatieDid927
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I read this Middle Grade Frog Prince retelling for this month‘s #FairyTaleReadingChallenge. The portrayal of the witch is eh as she‘s referred to as The Hag and the illustrations of her are grotesque. Otherwise a cute fairy tale retelling. @Charityann

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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This is a lukewarm pick for me. YA is not my fave, and a lot of the things that I don‘t enjoy about YA were in this book. I loved the parts about Ojibwe culture, which pushed this up to a Pick instead of a So-So for me. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

ICantImReading I felt the same about this! 1w
KatieDid927 @ICantImReading I love Native literature enough that I hoped maybe it‘d transcend the YA genre a little but ultimately too YA-y for me. 1w
ICantImReading @KatieDid927 exactly!! Have you read Winter Counts yet? It was similar, but not YA. I enjoyed that one more! 1w
KatieDid927 @ICantImReading YES! It made me think of Winter Counts too. I liked that one more as well, but I found both storylines a little predictable. Would read more from David Heska Wanbli Weiden for sure tho. 1w
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

This is a tough one, but I have to be honest. I was so excited for this book. Unfortunately it was very meh for me. The setting was beautiful. I love Harlem, and New York historical fiction. I just did not connect at all to these characters. There were too many, most of them one dimensional. I cared about Carney in the beginning, but by the end I didn‘t. The story and characters overall lacked the electricity that his Pulitzer winning books have.

Hooked_on_books I bailed on this one—I couldn‘t get into it at all. I‘m still a little shocked. 2w
KatieDid927 @Hooked_on_books I liked it enough to see if it went anywhere. Unfortunately, it didn‘t. 2w
BoleyBooks I had a similar experience with this one…fell flat. 2w
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Mehso-so

I want to preface this by saying my review is of the book and not Simone herself, who I adore. This book was published at the end of 2016. Since then, we‘ve learned a lot more about Simone and what she‘s been through. Reading this now, it‘s obvious how emotionally detached Simone is from the story she‘s telling. It‘s also clear that this is a very sanitized version of her story. There‘s no depth or introspection to make this a worthwhile memoir.

Megabooks This read as more for mg/teen audiences for me. I‘d love to read something more authentic from her when she‘s a bit older. 2w
KatieDid927 @Megabooks Well put. I‘d love a memoir from her about her abuse and Tokyo, IF it‘s something she wants to do. 2w
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KatieDid927
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Yes, the story of the Osage murders a century ago is enraging. It‘s also not remotely surprising. It‘s so important to keep sharing these buried stories of our ugly and violent history. This is definitely essential reading. Martin Scorsese is currently filming a movie based on the book, and Lisa Ling has an hour special on the Osage murders this Sunday night on CNN. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NonfictionNovember

Reagan Ooh Brendan Fraser is in the movie. I am so excited. 2w
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KatieDid927
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A really lovely book that highlights a diverse swath of inspirational Native people. I was familiar with more of them than I thought I‘d be going in. My only minor critique is I wish there had been more representation from Northeastern tribes, who I feel are often underrepresented. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NonfictionNovember

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I really liked it. I liked the characters a lot. Some parts did feel a little tedious and drawn out in the middle, but I enjoyed the journey overall. I have one specific spoiler-y critique in the comments below. ⬇️ The book is good, but it doesn‘t quite live up to the expectations I had after the brilliance of All The Light We Cannot See.

KatieDid927 One of my biggest critiques of the book is the character of Seymour and his journey. I am very much not in a place to empathize with domestic terrorists in any capacity right now, and I never did with Seymour. The happy ending with him and his survivors really bothered me. I felt there was no true accountability for what he did at all. I liked the rest enough for it to not ruin the book for me, but it impacted my opinion greatly. 2w
Suet624 I'm with you on the critique. 5d
KatieDid927 @Suet624 Thanks, I was starting to feel alone on it. 4d
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The Perishing: A Novel | Natashia Deon
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Mehso-so

The Goodreads reviews for this book aren‘t great, and I get why. The premise of multiple lives and reincarnation is interesting, but the author doesn‘t do anything remotely interesting with it. It all felt pointless. Anyone looking for that type of storyline might want to check out Alex Landragin‘s Crossings instead. I felt it was much more successful and impactful. #BotM

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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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Mehso-so

So, I get the mixed reviews with this book. The mythology and setting were lovely, but the rest of it falls flat. The majority of the book is obnoxiously cloying YA insta love. Many reviewers warned me of this, but it was still worse than I anticipated. The narrative itself is also super flat. It‘s a shame, because there‘s a lot of potential here.

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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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October / #Screamathon Wrap-up!

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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Thanks to my #HHS package from @Littlewolf1 , I finally got to read this classic. I loved the Disney version as a kid. There was some unnecessary racism, which probably shouldn‘t surprise me. Otherwise it‘s a fun spooky classic. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: A Graphic Novel | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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I enjoyed the graphic novelization of one of the greatest novels of all-time. My favorite part was the visual interpretation of Frankenstein‘s monster. The art did an excellent job bringing him to life. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

kspenmoll Fabulous graphic novel we use in school.🙂 1mo
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KatieDid927
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Aah thank you so much, Chrissy! I love all the witchy goodies! The crystals and powder and candles for my altar are so lovely! Everything is so great. Thanks again my friend!

And special thanks to @sprainedbrain and @mklong for hosting one of the best swaps around! Happy Samhain! #BWS #BasicWitchSwap

mklong That candle is gorgeous! 1mo
sprainedbrain Oooooh that towel! 😍 what a great box. Blessed Samhain! 🖤 1mo
KatieDid927 @mklong It‘s a battery operated LED candle! So it‘ll never melt away! 1mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m glad you like everything!! 1mo
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The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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Look at the super cute pillow covers @Littlewolf1 got me for #HauntedHallowSwap ! I love them! Thanks again, Crystal!! 🥰 #HHS @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Super fun! 🎃🧡 1mo
Chrissyreadit Those are perfect! 1mo
LibrarianRyan Those are awesome! 1mo
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Thank you so so much @Littlewolf1 ! You sent me so many wonderful things I struggled to get them all in the photo! (I‘ll post the super cute pillow covers separately!) I love everything! Happy Halloween! 🎃

And special thanks to @wanderinglynn for being such a great host! #HHS #HauntedHallowSwap

Littlewolf1 So glad you loved everything 1mo
Crazeedi Wow, super lovely presents 1mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🧡 (edited) 1mo
BethM Great box! 1mo
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Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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I absolutely loved it. This is one of the best vampire stories I‘ve ever read. I didn‘t have a problem at all with any of the narrative choices. The way Butler flipped the typical vampire tropes is genius. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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A Monster Like Me | Wendy S. Swore
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Sophie is a little girl with a hemangioma blood tumor on her face. She thinks this makes her a monster, and sees monsters and magical creatures wherever she looks. I liked Sophie, but the book was just okay. Her mom and her friend‘s mom are irredeemably awful in this book. There are too many excess characters and storylines. It‘s a cute premise but meh in execution. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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KatieDid927
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I‘ve never read the original Aladdin tale, so for this month‘s #FairyTaleReadingChallenge that‘s what I decided to do. It‘s really different from the Disney movie. Aladdin is kind of a jerk. The genie doesn‘t have much personality. It was still an interesting story. @Charityann

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The Witch's Boy | Kelly Barnhill
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I loved it! This book did feel a little drawn out at times, but the story was really lovely. I love Kelly Barnhill‘s brain. This is my witchy read for the week. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

LoverOfLearning Wow I love that cover!! 1mo
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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This is finally out the door and on the way! Should arrive later in the week. @wanderinglynn #HHS #HauntedHallowSwap

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 1mo
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Horrorstor | Grady Hendrix
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I liked it, but I felt like the gimmick of the store/IKEA catalog format overtook the story and characters, both of which felt flat and underdeveloped. Overall it was more like an episode of Supernatural that peters out at the end instead of a fully fleshed out novel. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

ozma.of.oz An episode of Supernatural is the perfect way to describe this book! 😆 2mo
KatieDid927 @ozma.of.oz I think it would‘ve been more entertaining if Sam and Dean were in the mix lol 1mo
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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Littlewolf1 Wow… That got there a lot quicker than I thought. I‘m glad It got to you ok. 2mo
wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 2mo
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KatieDid927
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I loved it. The twist is that this is more of an examination of our mental health penal system than a straight study of one specific crime. The imprecisions and sometimes injustices that come with how the mentally ill are treated is fascinating (and enraging) to me. (#FreeBritney) This is a good follow up for those that enjoyed Hidden Valley Road, but want a true crime twist. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Really atmospheric and poetic. The narrative flows out in a dreamlike state. It feels like things aren‘t happening while they are kind of happening? I‘m not entirely sure, but I do know it still somehow kept me captivated. I really liked it. This is also my official submission for this week‘s #Screamathon prompt! @4thhouseontheleft

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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A solid thriller heavily influenced by Ray Bradbury and Stephen King‘s earlier works. (Which is not a complaint! It‘s just wild how much influence Bradbury had on King‘s It and The Body/Stand By Me and how those influences continue to trickle down.) Some of the plot points were predictable and it wasn‘t tied up very neatly in the end, but I enjoyed it. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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I loved it! I especially loved the way the author incorporated Black folklore into the story. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

SamAnne Loved this one. It‘s as if Zora Neale Hurston wrote a horror novel! 2mo
KatieDid927 @SamAnne Haha true! He even credits her in the acknowledgments. 2mo
JLaurenceCohen Have you read Bitter Root? 2mo
KatieDid927 @JLaurenceCohen I haven‘t! 2mo
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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I loved it! 🎃 Why did it take me so long to read more Bradbury? Ah well. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

Q84 This one is on my TBR for this month as well. 2mo
Brewychock48 I read it last year. I love it 2mo
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness
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Woke up early and have a flexible WFH schedule, so I decided to watch the movie adaptation of A Monster Calls for this week‘s #Screamathon prompt before starting my work day. I finished the book last night in one sitting. The movie is a good adaptation. The film is well-cast, aside from Sigourney Weaver as the grandmother. Her British accent isn‘t great. I liked how they visualized the book through the art design. @4thhouseontheleft

LiteraryinLawrence This book made me cry so much. Is the movie similar? I don‘t picture it as spooky, just sad. 2mo
KatieDid927 @LiteraryinLawrence The movie is similar but the book didn‘t make me cry, personally. Although I get why it makes other people cry! I hadn‘t read the book prior and had chose it for this week‘s prompt (read & watch the movie) without reading it first. I do think the nightmare and monster elements are what makes this book/movie fit the spooky season. 2mo
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness
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A monster calls, while a sweet kitty snoozes. This book lives up to the hype! Elements reminded me of The BFG, but if that book had more depth and was a lot better. A nice yet moving read for spooky season. Will watch the movie on Netflix for this week‘s #Screamathon prompt! @4thhouseontheleft #catsoflitsy

ConfessionofaBookaholic Love this book so much!! 2mo
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Reprieve: A Novel | James Han Mattson
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Nothing about this one worked for me. The story is boring and lackluster. The characters are flat and unlikable. The editing was missing entirely. Too many unnecessary characters with incredibly slow pacing. I wish I‘d bailed. The premise is decent though, and this still counts as a #Screamathon read. @4thhouseontheleft

#ARC pub date 10/5 (today!)

EvieBee I‘m glad I canceled that library hold in favor of something else. Thanks! 2mo
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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Chrissyreadit Yay!!!! 2mo
Chrissyreadit Hope you‘re not sick of me…. 2mo
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These are with the owl and headed to a very special Litten! @sprainedbrain @mklong #BasicWitchSwap #BWS 🧙🏼‍♀️

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness
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My TBR stack for #Screamathon! It‘s a little ambitious based on how much I‘ve slowed down recently. Hopefully this month‘s spooky reads inspire me to read a bit more! @4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft That‘s a great stack! 2mo
SamAnne Loved Ring Shout! 2mo
bookishdawg A Monster Calls ❤️ 2mo
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KatieDid927
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I finally read this classic for this month‘s #FairyTaleReadingChallenge. There were Red Riding Hood elements in about three of the stories. I love Carter‘s style. It‘s subtle but impactful. It‘s obviously been very influential on more modern fantasy. @Charityann

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Wow, Litsy is tough on this book! I thought it was fun. I really enjoyed the setting and while the characters were deeply flawed, I still found their journeys compelling. It doesn‘t pack the same overall punch that Mexican Gothic does, but I still really like Moreno-Garcia‘s style.

SamAnne I‘m with you. I gave it a so-so but might change to a thumbs up. Wasn‘t perfect but I enjoyed the characters and their journey. 2mo
Erinreadsthebooks This one keeps popping up on my personal radar because S. A. Cosby is the one who recommended it for BOTM, and I love him. Reviews are harsh though, so I haven't committed to it yet. 2mo
KatieDid927 @Erinreadsthebooks I personally think they‘re a little TOO harsh. I didn‘t go in with any expectations at all though, maybe that makes a difference? 2mo
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StaceGhost I saw a lot of harsh reviews for Mexican Gothic too and was sort of shocked because of how much I loved it. 2mo
samanthagutt I‘m so glad I read this review because I was so drawn to this book (I‘m sure mostly because I love the cover), but the reviews I‘ve seen so far make me a little nervous to pick up a copy. I‘m definitely going to give it a shot! 2mo
KatieDid927 @samanthagutt I think it‘s worth a try! 2mo
KatieDid927 @StaceGhost Yeah, unfortunately I tend to see a lot more harsh reviews of books by people of color. They don‘t “relate” to the characters or are “unfamiliar” with the setting. 2mo
StaceGhost @KatieDid927 I was wondering if that might be why but it‘s so gross 2mo
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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Thank you so so much @AFrostCauseReads for the lovely gifts! The cup is perfect for my ICED PSLs and the towels are so cute. Great book choices, too! And thanks for hosting @Avanders ! 🍂🍁

#FallingForFallSwap #FFFS

Avanders Yay!! 😍🍂🍁🧡 2mo
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This was a little drier than I like my memoirs. The author has a story to tell about the traumas she faced living her childhood undocumented in Brooklyn. The issue for me is it feels like she just lists out the trauma in chronological order without much retrospection and distance that could‘ve given the book more layers. The abuses and neglect she faced were sickening, but I honestly still don‘t know what she FEELS about it all now. #BotM

kspenmoll Nice review! 2mo
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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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I felt the characters were especially vibrant in this novel.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙📚💛 2mo
SamAnne ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 3mo
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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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Finally got this shipped out and on the way! A little later than planned, but still scheduled to arrive on time. @Avanders #FFFS

Avanders 🧡🍁🍂🍂🍁🧡 3mo
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1. I don‘t. I like them! I‘m just too lazy, plus lack a stoop.

2. I do! 9/10 in women‘s.

3. Blue, purple

4. Hoodies

5. Book lights

6. Last year my brother and SIL were married on Halloween and it was Greek Mythology/Samhain themed. I dressed as a 1920s Circe.

7. Yay! I like beanies but I‘m mostly about the dad hats.

#HHS @wanderinglynn

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The Mad Women's Ball | Victoria Mas
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I really liked this story. It felt appropriate to be reading a book about the systemic way men have controlled women‘s bodies and minds over the centuries. This is also a great read for the spooky season.

#ARC U.S. pub date 9/7

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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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1. Tagged!
2. The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina
3. Fall! ???

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Nope. Worst thriller I‘ve ever read.

Hooked_on_books I‘m not a fan of Sager at all. I don‘t get the love for him. 3mo
KatieDid927 @Hooked_on_books I actually really liked his last book! I read two others that were okay, but this one was a big ol‘ nope for me. I agree that he‘s overrated. (edited) 3mo
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This just arrived @AFrostCauseReads ! Thank you, can‘t wait!

@Avanders , I just have a couple little goodies to add and I‘ll be shipping the box to my match via priority early next week. 🍁🍂📦

#FFFS #FallingForFallSwap

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽🧡🍁🍂🍂🍁🧡 3mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This was compulsively readable, but I found it lacked any real depth. I wasn‘t invested in any of the characters, the story was lackluster and even Malibu, a town I love, didn‘t come through as vibrantly as I hoped. It would‘ve been nice to learn something new, or dig into the history a little bit more. A nice end of summer read, but not very memorable.

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I‘m really not into self-help books, but the premise of this proved to be too intriguing for me. I liked the author‘s humor and the biographical elements, but the self-help part wasn‘t my fave. My biggest issue is some of the life advice is actually quite good, but some is really horrible. Are readers actually supposed to take the advice seriously, or nah? That confusion kept this at a meh.

#ARC pub date 9/7

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The Salt-wind | Brandy N?lani McDougall
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I absolutely loved this book of poetry by a Native Hawaiian woman gifted to me by @DebinHawaii for the recent poetry swap! Thank you again, Deb! ❤️

DebinHawaii You are so welcome! I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 🤗🌺 3mo
DebinHawaii BTW Did you like the li hing mui sour patch kids? (edited) 3mo
KatieDid927 @DebinHawaii I did! They‘re very different! I also loved the magic blue tea! I haven‘t tried the fruity tea yet. 3mo
DebinHawaii @KatieDid927 Yes, sometimes the powder is an acquired taste for people. I like it in small doses! 😉 Glad to hear you loved the magic tea. My friend helps the owner of the company with her marketing. I buy their bottled tea a lot too! 3mo
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The Adventures of Robin Hood | Roger Lancelyn Green
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My only Robin Hood point of reference before the #FairyTaleReadingChallenge was the Disney film version. I enjoyed this novelization of various Robin Hood myths originally published in 1956. I liked the author‘s use of poems and prose written about the characters in past centuries at the start of each chapter. I also really liked that Maid Marian was a badass. Overall the stories were a tad violent for my taste, but I‘m glad I read it. @Charityann

ScientistSam I loved this author as a child! 3mo
KatieDid927 @ScientistSam I read today that he formed the Inklings with Tolkien and Lewis! I should check out more of his stuff. 3mo
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I liked it, but I didn‘t love it. The story was really well done and I liked moving through the various timelines within the family‘s story. I didn‘t feel much emotional involvement as I anticipated because it felt like we only saw vignettes instead of really digging into who these characters were.