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Laalaleighh

Laalaleighh

Joined June 2016

Books over everything. Insta @laalaleighh ; GR @Laura Leigh
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The Golden Hour: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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#botm Golden Hour is one of my 7 most anticipated of 2019. The man who abdicated the throne to marry an American divorcee (and may or may not have been a nazi spy) and the woman frustrated by how she came so close to royalty but never managed to grasp it- the way they weave in and out of the Royal story- and how indelibly they changed the royal family- fascinate me. Not least for the abundance of conspiracies and dearth of fact about their lives.

catiewithac You won't regret Upheaval! 5mo
Laalaleighh @catiewithac oooh yay!! That‘s exciting! Thank you! 4mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Logging onto litsy for the first time in (checks watch) FIVE? months to freak out and gush over how good this book is and how amazingly happy the reading experience was and how I smiled almost the whole time I read it and how the film rights have been optioned and it‘s gonna be amazing and I can‘t wait. My favorite read of 2019. I‘m bereft that it is over.

(For the record this is NOT YA, anymore than ACOTAR series should be, so be aware haha)

Ashley_Nicoletto I was JUST looking at your profile last week to see if I had just been missing your posts or if you had disappeared. Happy you‘re back! 5mo
melrailey This one is on my list. It sounds wonderful.
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Dragon I‘ve got a hold on at the library app but it‘s probably going to be six months before I get it. 😀🐉 5mo
ChasingOm This is on my list of books to buy for our honeymoon in December. 😂😂😂 5mo
Laalaleighh @Ashley_Nicoletto thanks girl!!! You‘re so sweet! Litsy got really@overwhelming for me for a while but I‘ve missed it! 5mo
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2018 Top nine.

squirrelbrain I have Rules of Civility and Little Fires Everywhere in my top 18 too! ❤️ 10mo
Lizpixie Welcome back sweetie! Btw, just letting you know that book never showed up so if you sent it, it‘s gone missing in the #greatpostblackhole!🤷🏻‍♀️ 10mo
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In 2014 I set a reading challenge for 107 books a year. I read about 60. I kept the same challenge in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Never made it above 75. In 2018, I finally beat my reading challenge for the first time ever. 126 out of 107 books read! Definitely feels like the greatest accomplishment of the past four years!

Simona 👏👏👏Congratulations❣️🍾🥂 10mo
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
sprainedbrain Awesome!! 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
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The Ancient Nine: A Novel | Ian Smith, M.D.
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Say hello to the first book I‘m reading without a challenge to work towards in five years! I hope it‘s a good one!

CouronneDhiver Yay! Freedom is grand 😉😂 13mo
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And yet my TBR is still so massive...

But after four years of setting the same goal and failing every year, I finally did it! I feel like there should be some sort of award?

Now what am I supposed to do with these leftover three months? Read books that don‘t count towards a challenge? Is that even a real thing? Sounds fake?

ju.ca.no Congratulations😍🎉🏆🏆 13mo
sudi Congrats 🎉🎉🎉👏👏 13mo
Lovesbooks87 Yay! Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 13mo
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CrowCAH Woohoo congrats! 13mo
sprainedbrain Hooray!!! 13mo
MaureenMc 🍾🙌🎊 13mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 13mo
SilversReviews Congrats!! 13mo
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
irre 👏👏🎉🎉 13mo
hes7 Yay! 🎉 13mo
ReadingSusan Yay!! You can always increase your challenge! 13mo
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Life has been so crazy and overwhelming in so many ways but I‘m so ridiculously excited to start my very last book of my 2018 reading challenge and my first book in my new apartment and new city. I love the serendipity and synchronicity of it all. It‘s just one of those things that feels right and makes you believe everything is going to turn out good. Thank you @ScorpioBookDreams for the ARC all the way from England. Im so glad we‘re friends 💙

ScorpioBookDreams Congratulations on the move! Hope you love the book 💕 13mo
CouronneDhiver Welcome back! 👋🏽 13mo
merelybookish Yay serendipity! ❤️ 13mo
Avanders Congratulations!! I hope all is going happily and well 🤗💖💖💖 13mo
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Every damn day.

JSW Omg that first bullet. Or when they change the cover art mid series. 1y
julesG @JSW All the bullet points! 1y
Karkar Change the last one to movie tie-in additions and then I am all in! 1y
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Kimzey Yes, I‘m still grieving the loss of the library of Alexandria! 1y
Avanders Hey Chica - hope everything is ok!!💖💖 1y
LauraBeth Hey lady - I was just thinking about you - hope all is well ❤️ 14mo
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The Colour of Magic | Terry Pratchett
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My bf (who barely reads) and I are reading through my favorite series by my favorite author together, and it was his idea. Pinch me, I think I‘m dreaming.

sprainedbrain Awwwwww ❤️ 1y
JennAndrew You should join the #ookbookclub! We‘re reading one Discworld novel a month and having a chat about it, it‘s awesome! We‘re reading Equal Rites now to discuss on June 7th, but you can join at any time ❤️ 1y
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The High Tide Club | Mary Kay Andrews
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Time for another brain break from Bonfire Of The Vanities. I‘ve never encountered a book that I need a mental break from every few chapters before. I can‘t figure out why, considering it‘s a very well written and incredibly absorbing book. But every hundred pages or so my brain feels like mush and I have to stop. I read Bleak House faster. Here‘s hoping some beachiness will be the perfect antidote.

Also, this is my first ever Mary Kay Andrews!

KateFulfordAuthor If you need a recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut for summer reading? A sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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Beyond in love with this cover reveal!

LibrarianJen 😍😍😍 1y
LauraBeth Squeeeeeee!!! 1y
sprainedbrain Same! 😍 1y
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A Fatal Waltz | Tasha Alexander
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Don‘t mind me, just casually obsessing over this series.

robinb I keep meaning to start this series...but keep forgetting....🙄😩😠🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
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Reviewsbylola I‘ve been wanting to read this for years! I finally bought a copy. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage And Tom Wolfe passed away today. 😰 1y
Laalaleighh @Reviewsbylola it is really quite Dickensian, if dickens wrote about late 20th century New York instead of 1800‘s London! I‘m enjoying it but had to take a brain break about 300 pages in. Will probably pick it back up tomorrow! (edited) 1y
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Laalaleighh @BarbaraTheBibliophage I know! It‘s so sad! That‘s why I finally took the 700 page plunge! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Laalaleighh How are you liking it so far? It‘s such a time capsule of the 1980s, isn‘t it? 1y
Laalaleighh @BarbaraTheBibliophage I just finished it! I really enjoyed it although I think the ending left me slightly wanting. I know literally nothing about the 80‘s so I can‘t comment on it as a time capsule, but the greater themes at large seemed like it could have been written today with just a few tweaks, I think. 1y
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This Side of Murder | Anna Lee Huber
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Golden milk and a book is my new night time ritual.

@robinb thank you for the recc all those months ago! I‘m loving this so far! ✨

robinb YAY!!!! I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying it! 😊👍 The second is due out in September. Were you already a Huber fan? 1y
Laalaleighh @robinb ‘twas a fantastic reccy! No thos is my first introduction to her but so far I‘m finding it delightful! Im so intrigued! (edited) 1y
robinb If you enjoy her writing, the Lady Darby series (there are 6 so far) is also very good. It‘s how I got started with her. Enjoy! 🙌 1y
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RadicalReader @Laalaleighh what‘s Golden Milk? 1y
Laalaleighh @RadicalReader it‘s one cup of the milk of your choice (I used coconut milk) with turmeric (1” grated, or 1/2 Tbsp dry), ginger, (1/2” grated, or 2tsp dry) (I use both fresh), a cinnamon stick, a few black peppercorns (to increase bioavailability) and some honey to taste, boil on the stove then simmer for 10 minutes. Like a thick creamy spicy chai. It‘s good for sleep, digestion, and has anti inflammatory properties. I love it. 1y
Lizpixie I might try this recipe! God knows I need help for all three of those issues!👍 1y
Avanders Mmmmmmmmm 🤤 golden milk sounds amazing. Must.... 1y
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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✨The seven randomly selected winners of my thousand follower giveaway! Y‘all shoot me an email with the subject “Litsy giveaway” to laalaleighh@gmail.com with your addresses so I can get your book choices and their companion books sent to you, please. Thanks to everyone who participated, you all chose such great books! This was so much fun I think I might do it again if/when I hit my reading goal for the year! Happy Sunday Littens!✨

Cinfhen Congrats all💕💕💕 2y
wanderinglynn Congrats everyone! 🎉👏🏻🎆🎇 2y
Wife Congratulations!🌹 2y
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Bookcation74 I‘m so excited! Thanks so much @Laalaleighh 2y
Avanders Whaaaaa?? Awesome! Thank you!!! 💖💖💖 2y
Dogearedcopy YAY! I‘m really excited too! THANK YOU! ❤️ 2y
asiriusreader Whaaaat??!!! YAAAY! Thank you so much!!!! I‘m psyched! 2y
Lizpixie Oh wow! Thank you so much! You, my friend, are awesome😎❤️❤️ 2y
andytbarnes Thanks and congrats to other winners! 🙌🏽 2y
Laalaleighh @Reviewsbylola you‘re my new seventh winner! Email me laalaleighh@gmail.com 😘 1y
Reviewsbylola Omg thanks!! 1y
Lizpixie Hi sweetie, haven‘t seen you for awhile. Is everything ok?💕 14mo
Laalaleighh @Lizpixie I just randomly logged on. I‘ve been pretty sick and in tons of pain/unable to eat on and off since mid summer. Just got an MRI back and looks like I‘m going to have to have surgery soon. Kind of freaked out. Thank you for checking on me. You‘re the sweetest. 14mo
Lizpixie I‘m so sorry lovely! I know what it‘s like to be in pain every day, it sucks hard. Any kind of surgery is scary, and it‘s not gonna be easy but if it‘s what you need, I‘ll be praying that it goes smoothly for you. Rehab is a tough road to tread but if you have a great support structure, you‘ll get through. I don‘t know where I‘d be without my hubby. Sending much love your way❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
Lizpixie @Laalaleighh just wanted to let you know lovely, the books never made it to me. Probably bloody AusPost again, so if you still have the tracking number, can I have it so I can chase it up with them? How are you feeling btw, is surgery going ahead? Or have you had it and are recovering? Sending much much love and healing energy your way.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Laalaleighh @Lizpixie I am locked out of my amazon account Bc it got hacked and I sent everything through there. Im kind of afraid a few others didn‘t get their books either Bc I haven‘t heard from them. I‘ll get it figured out and make up for the extra time it took. Just got to get them to let me back into my account. Which is surprisingly difficult. Bear with me love, so sorry. 13mo
Lizpixie @Laalaleighh no worries sweetie. I just wanted to let you know it never arrived. If you‘re not up to sending them, just let me know and I‘ll buy my own copy, I completely understand. You concentrate on getting better❤️ 13mo
Laalaleighh @Lizpixie no, I will get it figured out! You‘re sweet and understanding and I appreciate it, but a promise is a promise! Im having major issues getting back into my amazon acct. I got emails thanking me for writing reviews I hadn‘t written and when I called amazon to tell them they completely locked down my account and told me they would open it when the issue was fixed. It‘s been forever. I‘m so frustrated I should have just changed my password 13mo
Laalaleighh And said nothing about it. 13mo
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The Moon in the Palace | Weina Dai Randel
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I had so much personal success with picking out my TBR ahead of time that I decided to keep it up. For the first time in forever I‘m not rushing through my books impatient to figure out what I‘ll read next. It‘s quite nice. I‘m really looking forward to the tagged book. I saw it recommended on Janie Chang‘s Twitter as her top historical fiction. It‘s the story of China‘s only female empress. It sounds amazing!

Peddler410 I will need to add this to my To Read app. 2y
Laalaleighh @Peddler410 to read app? 2y
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House of Thieves: A Novel | Charles Belfoure
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Breaking Bad meets White Collar set in 1880‘s high society. An architect related to the Astor‘s has to plan heists of his friends and clients for a high powered gang in order to pay back his Harvard graduate son‘s gambling debt before his whole family gets killed in retaliation. Just a really fun read that feels like you are thrown into the early gilded age. Bonus points for being set in a plethora of real life gilded age mansions that still exist

PatriciaU Great review! 2y
rohit-sawant Fantastic review! 2y
Laalaleighh @PatriciaU @rohit-sawant thanks y‘all! 😊 2y
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The Identicals | Elin Hilderbrand
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Twin sisters split parent trap style during their parents divorce live on the competing islands of Nantucket and Martha‘s Vineyard, not speaking up until the day an unfortunate series of events causes them to have to switch lives for awhile.

Definitely a character driven novel. There‘s nothing special about it but when I finished I turned around and ordered a few more of her books because it managed to make me forget it was snowing in April.

Samplergal A great beach read! 🏖 2y
C.Perone This wasn‘t one of her best, but overall Elin Hilderbrand is a goto for a fun, lose -myself in a story read 2y
Laalaleighh @C.Perone do you have a specific hildebrabd you would recommend? 2y
C.Perone The Island was my utmost favorite followed by a very close second The Matchmaker 2y
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The Identicals | Elin Hilderbrand
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Maybe if I read a beach book the weather will get the message and hurry up with the warm already.

Cinfhen I really liked this one!!! 2y
Samplergal I liked this one too. Easy reading and summer to look forward to! 2y
Reviewsbylola 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 2y
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Suet624 Well on the off chance it might work, please start reading this immediately. 😀 2y
Laalaleighh @Suet624 it started snowing 😩 2y
Suet624 Oh no! I am sooo done with this winter. 2y
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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It‘s really disconcerting to read a novel where the fact of each main character‘s mortality is always looming, inevitable. Mortality is always in the background, sure to come at some point, but perhaps not during the sliver of life we‘re reading. Being forced to come face to face with it again and again, in fact knowing you‘re reading towards it as long as you keep reading, is an eerie feeling. Even more eerie in a book titled The ~Immortalists~

Laalaleighh This isn‘t a favorite, but it‘s interesting. And I have so many questions about the concept of self-fulfilling prophecies right now. 2y
ItsAngel I loved this book! 2y
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Ok. I was not expecting to have to put this book down and walk away and deal with my feelings after just reading the first section. Wow. I can‘t be the only one who felt like maybe they got in over their head emotions-wise on this one. I thought it was a fantasy. That‘s what I get for not reading book descriptions anymore. Too late to turn back now! I have to know what happens!

erinreads The first half is so much stronger than the second half, but it‘s still such a good book! 2y
Reviewsbylola I want to read this one so badly and now I‘m even more intrigued. 2y
Laalaleighh @Reviewsbylola I can‘t wait to hear your take 2y
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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I‘ve never cared how many followers I have, but I do have a thing for big nice round numbers and hitting 1000 followers that also like to read and talk about books is admittedly kind of fantastic, sooooooooooo.

I think I‘d like to do a #giveaway! I‘ve never done one! Here‘s the deal: Pick a book off my Litsy or Goodreads list of books I have marked as read that you would most like to receive and comment below by Wednesday! 👇🏼

Laalaleighh Since seven is my favorite number, I will send six Littens😻😻😻😻😻😻plus @Kimbono (my thousandth follower😻✨) the book of their choice plus a book of my choice that I think would go along with it. It will be chosen randomly. Love ya Littens!
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Louise Congratulations on your 1000 bookish followers! And thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway! You have so many good ones on your Litsy TBR. My choice would be (edited) 2y
Laalaleighh @louise it‘s from my read list, not my tbr. I‘ll change the language to make it clearer but I‘ll just take your entry as listed!! 2y
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Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
BookishBlonde12 Congratulations!! That‘s quite the milestone 🎉✨☺️ (edited) 2y
Laalaleighh @BookishBlonde12 thank you! Great choice oh my gosh. I love Diana wynne Jones! 2y
4thhouseontheleft Congrats!! 🎉🎈🎊You have a lot of great reads! My pick would be 2y
BookishBlonde12 @Laalaleighh I‘ve never read any of her books but absolutely loved the movie and have been wanting to read this for a while now! 2y
Laalaleighh @BookishBlonde12 oh you‘ll love them! I‘ve never see@ the movie but really want to! 2y
Laalaleighh @4thhouseontheleft Thank you! Pachinko is breathtakingly good. Great pick! 2y
Reviewsbylola Wow, how amazing. Thank you!! I think I‘m going to go with 2y
emilyhaldi Fun idea!! Here‘s my selection 💖 2y
Laalaleighh @Reviewsbylola omg that book is literally one of my top five most favorites of all time. Excellent choice. I wish I could forget it and read it over for the first time. 2y
Laalaleighh @emilyhaldi I thought it would be fun! The idiot was such an interesting read too! 2y
Jadams1776 Yay! Congratulations on 1000 followers!!! My pick would be 2y
Reviewsbylola It sounds so good!! ♥️♥️ 2y
TheLibrarian Congrats!! And thanks for the giveaway. I‘m interested in 2y
Laalaleighh @Jadams1776 thank you! Oooh the sequel to that one may be my top anticipated book for 2019! (edited) 2y
Laalaleighh @TheLibrarian great choice! @ScorpioBookDreams recc‘d that one to me and everything she suggests is always amazing! 2y
LitLogophile Ooo you have some great books! I would love to read 2y
CoffeeNBooks Congrats! 🎉 The Perfume Collector sounds quite intriguing! 2y
IheartYA I've had my eye on it for a while. Congrats! 😉 2y
Laalaleighh @LitLogophile haha my bf and I both devoured that one in hours! 2y
Laalaleighh @CoffeeNBooks it was intriguing! Great choice! 2y
zezeki Great giveaway!! And congrats 🎉🎉 My pick would be 2y
MaleficentBookDragon Congrats! And thanks for the giveaway! The mythology nerd that I am is salivating over 2y
Ashley31 I‘d like to read Ready Player One. Thanks for the opportunity @Laalaleighh! 2y
Richryan52 @Laalaleighh Congrats! I too have a thing for round numbers. I‘d like to read Ready Player One 2y
hes7 Congrats! 🎉 I‘ve been wanting to read 2y
DebReads4fun Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki. 2y
Bookzombie Congratulations! Thank you for doing a giveaway. I just stacked this one. 🙂 (edited) 2y
andytbarnes Congrats 🎉! I‘d love to win The Idiot as I‘ve heard mostly good things! 2y
Dogearedcopy Congratulations on your 1000+ follower status! ‘Just One Damned Thing After Another‘ (Chronicles of St. Mary‘s #1 by Jodi Taylor) looks like fun! 2y
InBooksILive Congratulations on 1000! That's awesome! Ready Player One sounds like an incredible read 😊 2y
Richryan52 Just curious. Sherlock Holmes fan? 2y
Laalaleighh @Richryan52 I actually have never read any Arthur Conan Doyle although I‘ve always wanted to. What about you? Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes yourself? 2y
Richryan52 I write Sherlock Holmes novels 2y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Oooh! Shadow Bright and Burning!!! There are so many books that have been on my wish list ❤️ congratulations!!! And thank you for the giveaway!!! 🎉📚🙌 2y
Laalaleighh @Richryan52 oh that‘s wonderful! I‘ll have to pick one up! 2y
Richryan52 The Vatican Cameos, The Stone of Destiny and my new one is The Druid of Death 2y
Laalaleighh @Richryan52 Stacked! They sound intriguing! 2y
Bookcation74 Congrats! I put the Italian Party on my TBR after seeing your recent post! 2y
erinreads Going with Circe! It‘s been all over and I can‘t wait to read it. Congrats on the followers! 💕 2y
Richryan52 I hope you try one and enjoy it 2y
Laalaleighh @zeljka thank you! Oh I have just the companion book to go with that one haha. 2y
Laalaleighh @MaleficentBookDragon thank you! Circe is totally worth salivating for! Have you read song of Achilles? 2y
Laalaleighh @Ashley31 haha that‘s a popular one! I couldn‘t put it down! 2y
Laalaleighh @hes7 darker little mermaid retelling goodness. Loved that book. 2y
Laalaleighh @DebReads4fun ooh! Sisi is SUCH a fascinating person! Great choice! 2y
Laalaleighh @Bookzombie another quite popular one! The book itself is gorgeous too! 2y
Laalaleighh @andytbarnes haha it made me want to brush up (read: actually read all the way through for the first time) on my Russian lit! 2y
Laalaleighh @dogearedcopy thank you!! that‘s a fun series! 2y
Laalaleighh @InBooksILive thank you! it was super unputdownable! 2y
Laalaleighh @asiriusreader you will learn lots about butterfly collecting! 2y
Laalaleighh @Richryan52 I‘m sure I will! 2y
Laalaleighh @BooksTeasAndBookishThings I missed your choice when I first read that but yesssss I looooovedd that book omg. It‘s everything I wanted Jonathan Norell and me strange to be! 2y
Laalaleighh @Bookcation74 FANTASTIC choice! I hope you have plenty of pasta and wine handy when you read it haha! 2y
Laalaleighh @erinreads Thank you! Circe was so good! 2y
shadowspeak17 Congrats on the followers! 😃 2y
sprainedbrain Ooooooooooh! Congratulations to you! 🎉Considering everything you read ends up on my tbr, I think this is fab. 👌🏻 I think I would choose (edited) 2y
Bookworm83 Congratulations!!! Thanks for the giveaway 😘 I‘d pick 2y
JanJan Congratulations! 2y
Wife What a generous #giveaway! After pursuing your list, I would choose 2y
Aurys Congratulations!! What an awesome giveaway :D I‘d pick 2y
Peddler410 Congratulations on the milestone! My pick would be 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Congratulations on your 1k followers! Fabulous giveaway, thank you! I pick 2y
Reagan-reads Congratulations on your Milestone! I would choose 2y
wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉 I love round numbers too. 😀 I want to read 2y
BookishTrish Congrats on your milestone 🎉🎉🎉 and thanks for doing a giveaway! I loved rifling through your books! I‘d pick 2y
Bookishthoughts Hello! Yay to round numbers💜😊🌈 Thank you for doing a giveaway😊 I like a lot of your books the one that stands out the most would be Dragon Springs Road . Thank you again for a great giveaway😊🌞🌻 2y
Lizpixie Congratulations lovely! 🎉🎉🎉🎉I‘d sell a kidney for a copy of 2y
Cinfhen Congrats 🎉🍾🎊 what a fun idea for a giveaway 🙌🏻loved going through your list...I‘d love to read 2y
Kalalalatja Congratulations on your milestone 🎉🎉 I have been dying to read this for ages! 2y
PatriciaU congratulations on hitting 1,000! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams Congratulations Laura! 🎉🎉 I think I‘d choose 2y
Avanders Congratulations!! & thx for the message ☺️ Sorry so delayed.. been in hospital for Dad .. I'll look at your list and edit my comment ☺️💖💖💖 Edited 😁 (edited) 2y
sudi Congratulations on hitting a 1000 followers 😀🎉🎉 . I would like to win . 2y
sudi @Laalaleighh is it open internationally ? 2y
DeborahSmall Congratulations! Dying to read The Immoralists ❤️ 2y
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This book was everything I wanted Gatsby to be. I‘m sure that might get me excommunicated from some literary circles, but it‘s the truth. 💅🏼 Easily one of my best books of the year so far, with endless passages begging to be underlined, and meaning transcribed into every sentence. I have a feeling this is one I‘ll be returning to over and over, and that each time I will gain something new in the reading. All the stars.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! Beautiful review!! I‘ll move it up! Would this be a good choice for our buddy read? 2y
irre I loved it too!! 2y
Laalaleighh @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think it would make quite an interesting buddy read! There‘s lots of sentiments on life and life choices that would be fun to discuss as you go! 2y
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Laalaleighh @irre apparently he wrote one about eve -it doesn‘t have the best ratings but I think I‘m going to read it anyway! 2y
irre I tried to get it after I read Rules of Civility but couldn‘t find it anywhere to buy. 2y
Laalaleighh @irre oh. Hmmm. I just looked for it and it really isn‘t anywhere! Curious and curiouser! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Laalaleighh awesome!! Thank you!! ❤️ 2y
irre I‘m thinking it might have been a kindle novella and they stopped selling it?? 2y
Laalaleighh @irre maybe he‘ll write a full length novel about her one day. I thought she was fascinating. 2y
irre Me too. I really want to read A Gentleman in Moscow now. I own it but all my books are currently stored in a closet because we are remodeling so I can‘t get to it 😞 2y
Laalaleighh @irre oh how frustrating! We are moving and I‘m packing books and choosing which ones to leave out til the last minute is TOUGH. 2y
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Y‘all wish my next book good luck. After Circe it has some big shoes to fill.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Let me know your thoughts!!! I‘m hoping this is a good one!!! 2y
PacingTheCage How funny! I read this after Circe also. It was good but, IMO Circe was still better. 1y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I grew up accepting that Circe was a bad, evil witch with too much power. Miller paints her as a woman whose strength and independence threatens all the men she comes in contact with. Instead of a reimagining, it feels like Miller has at last unearthed the truth behind her story. A soul affirming masterpiece that everyone will love, but feels especially written to remind women to marvel in our power no matter how the world tries to twist it.

MCYmermaid Splendid review! 2y
Suet624 Love this review. 2y
Pruzy Wow! You powered through that read! 2y
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Laalaleighh @MCYmermaid @Suet624 thank y‘all! 😊 I was afraid I wouldn‘t be able to do the book justice! I almost didn‘t review it! 2y
Laalaleighh @Pruzy haha it flew by! (edited) 2y
ScorpioBookDreams It was so good wasn‘t it?! 2y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I literally cannot wait any longer to start this. RIP sleep.

PenguinInFlight 😍😍 2y
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The Italian Party: A Novel | Christina Lynch
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All this, plus spies. Set in post-war Siena. This has been compared to Beautiful Ruins and I can definitely see the similarities.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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My upcoming TBR. I noticed I‘m rushing through books out of curiosity about what I‘ll decide to read next 🤷🏼‍♀️ (please tell me this happens to someone else besides me) So I went and picked out my next few books (plus a couple not pictured alternates) (ok actually I had my bf pick them out because... indecision) And I‘m excited to see if this lets me enjoy my current read more without constantly wondering about what comes next. Fingers crossed!

emilyhaldi Yes i totally have that problem rushing through books! Especially when I‘m reading with a view of my looming tbr stacks 😳 2y
Laalaleighh @emilyhaldi I feel like no matter how much I read my tbr never shrinks! 2y
SauerPatch Oooh, can't wait to see what you think of Off the Be the Wizard! I've been eyeing that on and off for a few years now. 👀 2y
Laalaleighh @SauerPatch I‘m looking forward to it! It‘s one of my #freakyfriday reads from @blithebuoyant 2y
blithebuoyant @SauerPatch I recommend this series to absolutely everyone no matter what you normally read! I also highly recommend the audiobook, Luke Daniels does such amazingly distinct voices. 2y
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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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(From Holly Black‘s insta)

THERE ARE ARCS FLUTTERING AROUND OUT THERE! 🧚🏼‍♀️AND THIS COVER! 😻

I‘m so jealous of all the ARC getting people.

somebooksaround It‘s wild that they get to read it this soon! Can‘t wait! 2y
Laalaleighh @josteele I know!!! I want an arc!! 2y
somebooksaround Righhhht! #GOALS 2y
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The Island | Victoria Hislop

I thought Litsy was broken and I was so so sad.

PurpleyPumpkin Me too! And that‘s two days in a row. Ugh. 😑 2y
Meeko93 I thought it was too 2y
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Spoonbenders: A novel | Daryl Gregory
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Not a single spoon was bent in this entire book.

julesG Probably the best review I've read in a long time. 😁 2y
CouronneDhiver 😂😂😂 2y
Seekingtardis Is it because there is no spoon? #weareinthematrix 2y
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Laalaleighh @julesg haha thank you 😊 2y
Laalaleighh @Seekingtardis it‘s cause there‘s not enough plot. But I was promised spoons and they weren‘t there. There was a bent key. Should have called it keybenders 2y
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Lost Lake | Sarah Addison Allen
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My first Sarah Addison Allen! Definitely a #blamelitsy purchase! Excited!

PandaPanda This has been sitting my shelf forever! You'll have to tell me how you like it if you get to it first 2y
Laalaleighh @PandaPanda I just finished it! It was kind of like reading a daydream! Definitely a little bit enchanting! 2y
alleyfam51699 My favorite book!! She is a great writer. 2y
Laalaleighh @alleyfam51699 which other books of hers would you recommend? 2y
alleyfam51699 Definitely The Girl who Chased the Moon and The Sugar Queen. And her Garden Spells series is amazing too. The one I liked the least is The Peach Keeper but it was still good. Hope you enjoy them. They are so magical and enchanting. 2y
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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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#marchwrapup #marchrecap

🥇The Vatican Princess; Traitor To The Throne; The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo, The Disappearances; The Perfume Collector; The Coincidence Makers; Three Souls
🥈The Last Equation Of Isaac Severy; Rainbirds; Not That I Could Tell; When Dimple Met Rishi; The House On Tradd Street, Other People‘s Houses; To Kill A Kingdom
🥉The Traitors Game; The Land Of Stories 4

🙅🏼‍♀️ The Hazel Wood; Your One And Only

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My Fiftieth book of the year!!! #50 !!! I love this author and this new-to-me series is fun. Old historic homes, the city of Charleston, southern society, old family secrets, a little romance, and ...ghosts- lots of them!

The first in a series that‘s ratings only seem to get better as they go!

Did I mention it was my 50th book? I only read about 67 all year last year.

Cinfhen Whoa!!! Nice 🙌🏻❣️ 2y
MayJasper Good for you 😊 2y
RaimeyGallant My hero. :) 2y
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Three Souls | Janie Chang
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My second book by this author (who also wrote Dragon Springs Road) and I loved it just as much! The MC is a ghost who can‘t move on to the afterlife and reincarnation until she rights the wrongs she made while alive. Set during the civil war before communist China, this novel depicts a society pulled in multiple directions, between the past and competing versions of the future, through the lens of the everyday business of domestic life and family.

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About 1/3 of the way through this book about the Borgias told from Lucrezia‘s point of view and utterly absorbed.

Nute I have this and I can‘t wait to read it. I love historical fiction about this family. 2y
Chelleo I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. Crazy, amazing story. 2y
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Anyone else thrown off by the cover switch/mc switch/ time jump apparently happening for this book?

I was not ready to move on from Xifeng and her rise as empress yet and the original cover was gorgeous.

Jess_Read_This I just ordered Lanterns today from the library. It sounds so good! 2y
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The Perfume Collector | Kathleen Tessaro
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I‘ve reached that rare point where I can‘t do anymore YA or magic for a bit. My bf brought me this to help me avoid a dreaded reading rut. Isn‘t it pretty?

C.Perone 😍 2y
Soubhiville Yes! I want that outfit! 2y
8leagueboot Dreaming of red shoes 👠 2y
MallenNC I've had this on my Kindle but haven't read it. I hope you'll post a review! 2y
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The Disappearances | Emily Bain Murphy
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I can‘t believe this book never got more attention! The reviews are great, but it‘s audience was so small. It‘s an enchanting blend of mystery, historical fiction, and magical realism, set in an uncanny “something‘s not quite right here” town during WW2, laced through with Shakespeare references and slow burn revelations. The atmosphere reminds me of The Raven Cycle, with a focus on family and small town secrets instead of friend group dynamics.

Zelma That sounds really interesting! 2y
Laalaleighh @Zelma I was really drawn in by it! I honestly wish it had been a series! 2y
Jas16 How could I not stack it after that review? 2y
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Bookzombie Great review and stacked! 2y
sprainedbrain Surprising no one, I have stacked this book. 🤪 2y
Avanders You always make every book sound like I must read it immediately 😳😜😘 2y
Laalaleighh @Jas16 aw yay! I hope you like it!! 2y
Laalaleighh @Bookzombie thank you!! Hope you enjoy it!! 2y
Laalaleighh @sprainedbrain considering half my tbr is seemingly books you‘ve recommended at this point... seems fair 😹😘 2y
Laalaleighh @Avanders Haha! Aww I‘m glad my enthusiasm translates over into my reviews! Honestly though, if I had more characters to work with I would have added: It‘s a slower, more atmospheric book. If I had to match it to weather, it would be a really heavy fog- the kind that makes everything disappear except what‘s right in front of you. It‘s the sort of book you want after reading a bunch of fast paced, or suspenseful books and want a change of pace. 2y
Avanders 😳 You've made it even more appealing!! Maybe the library has it..... 😁😘😘 ETA: yep. Done & done. Hold placed. ☺️ (edited) 2y
Laalaleighh @Avanders haha, attempting to put my enthusiasm into perspective apparently doesn‘t work too well! I hope that enjoy it whenever you read it! 😘😘😘 2y
Laalaleighh @Avanders haha I just saw your ETA. Let me know what you think!! 2y
Avanders @Laalaleighh I suppose if a really heavy fog weren't appealing to me.... 😁 Oh I'm sure I will. 😘💖 (edited) 2y
Laalaleighh @Avanders I‘m nervous! I hope it lives up to my description. It does have mostly 4&5 star reviews everywhere, so hopefully! I love fog! It‘s one of my favorite weathers! I blame the musical brigadoon and this book I read as a kid where fog opens a portal to a different world- I can‘t remember its name! 2y
Avanders Lol I know the feeling!! I'm sure I'll love it 😁 Just like fog... 🖤💙🖤 I've been trying to think of a book suggestion for a while that fits your description.. I can picture it but I cannot remember the name!! I'll see if I can find it later 😁 2y
Laalaleighh @Avanders if you do please let me know! 2y
brendanmleonard This sounds right up my alley...and anything like Brigadoon is definitely up my alley. 2y
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✨✨✨September 12, 2018✨✨✨✨

I feel like I have been waiting for this FOREVER.

Yeah_I_Read Oooooo exciting!!! Looks like I won‘t be leaving the house at all this fall lol. There are sooo many books coming out between September and November that I‘m dying for 2y
bunny Nice title! I really need to read more of Morton. She‘s been on my TBR for years at this point. 2y
Lizpixie Finally!🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Jerdencon Can't wait! 2y
MaureenMc 🙌😍 2y
Laalaleighh @Yeah_I_Read oooh! My release calendar for the fall is pretty sparse right now! Do you have them on Goodreads by any chance? I definitely need to add more books! Even though I‘ve already got enough I‘m looking forward to that I could do nothing but read all year! 2y
Laalaleighh @bunny have you read The Forgotten Garden? That was my first Morton and I was instahooked. 2y
Laalaleighh @Lizpixie @Jerdencon @MaureenMc 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 I squealed and woke up my boyfriend and cats when I saw it this morning! So excited!! It sounds amazing! 2y
Yeah_I_Read @Laalaleighh ok sooo these are the ones I have on my amazon wishlist they‘re pretty much sequels/follow ups and almost all YA... 9/4- Dark Dawn (Nevernight 3) 9/18 Iron Flower (Black Witch Chronicles) 9/25 Time‘s Convert, Deb Harkness and The Caged Queen (Iskari - Kristen Ciccarelli) 10/2 Muse of Nightmares(Laini Taylor) 10/?Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix(Rise of the Empress Julie C. Dao) 10/30 Throne of Glass 7. I‘m sure there are more too lol 2y
Laalaleighh @Yeah_I_Read oh you‘re so sweet! Thank you! I have a couple of these on my list but I‘ll have to go check out the others! 2y
bunny @Laalaleighh Not yet! I have a copy, but I‘ve only read The House at Robertson so far. 2y
sprainedbrain My book buying ban started out well... but then all of my favorites announce 2018 books. Oh well! 😂 2y
Laalaleighh @bunny You should definitely read it when you‘re in the mood for that sort of read! It‘s definitely a fave. 2y
Laalaleighh @sprainedbrain I trying to make myself read a few books for every new book. That‘s the extent of my willpower... 2y
PenguinInFlight She is soooooo amazing. I can‘t wait for this. 😍😍😍 2y
MinDea @Jess7 did you see this? 2y
Jess7 Omg!!!!! No thank you for tagging me! I‘m soooo excited! We have to read this together!! @MinDea 2y
Jess7 Such big news!!! @KarynGood @TNbookworm @Hmm75 @GondorGirl @Caroline2 - Our beloved Kate Morton has a new book coming out September 2018 - @TheLibrarian did you read her books? 2y
Caroline2 @Jess7 oh exciting! 👏🏻 2y
GondorGirl @Jess7 I'm so excited! 😍😍😍 2y
KarynGood So excited! 😍 2y
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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
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bunny Wow, what an opening! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams Yay!! Enjoy 💕 2y
brendanmleonard So good to see you are back! 2y
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398.2 Omg this sounds so good! 2y
Laalaleighh @bunny I thought so too! Not what I expected at all! 2y
Laalaleighh @brendanmleonard thank you!!! Hope you are doing well! 2y
Laalaleighh @398.2 it was a really interesting take in the classic little mermaid tale. I definitely could barely put it down! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @Laalaleighh yay! It was a great stand-alone. 2y
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This was like an uplifting self-help book woven into a completely original novel.

And speaking of woven, the author didn‘t so much write this book as deftly weave its various narratives together.

After I went to bed last night, I realized that there were still a few clever things I hadn‘t originally caught and I ended up getting back up and pulling this book off my finished shelf to comb through it for more things I missed 👇🏼

Laalaleighh The author has had several bestsellers originally written in Hebrew and this is his English translation debut. The film rights were picked up this month and this is going to make an incredible movie. This is a surprising, incredibly unique story that will leave you looking at the paths we take in life through a new perspective. If you, like me, have a bit of an existentialist bent in you somewhere, then you will probably love this novel as well. (edited) 2y
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Y‘all. I am so excited for this book. I came across it sometime this week, (although I can‘t remember how 🤷🏼‍♀️) was like “I want to read that right now”, and ordered it immediately and it‘s hereeeee. I hope it‘s as good as it sounds.

LauraBrook I love that you read the new books right away. I aspire to be like you! 💓 2y
Laalaleighh @LauraBrook awww 💙 I try! I have some books that are at least 5 years old still waiting to be read and tons of tbr shelves! But I‘m trying to get better about reading things while the initial excitement is there! 2y
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Not That I Could Tell | Jessica Strawser
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In a world without Big Little Lies I would give this 5 stars. I found it to be considerably better than Truly Madly Guilty, which I gave 3, so somewhere like 4/4.5 maybe.

Like Liane Moriarty, this straddles the genre line between mystery and (my least favorite of terms) “women‘s” fiction. However, unlike LM, it falls slightly more on the fiction side than the mystery side.

I came for the mystery, I stayed for the sense of people and place 👇🏼

Laalaleighh that the author created. I loved the web of relationships between neighbors, and learning how each woman‘s past affected the way she navigated the disappearance and its fallout. I really enjoyed the little chapter headers with deeper glimpses into the goings on of the town and neighbors, as well as the interspersed journal entries. The focus on the relationships and personal lives of women who happened to be caught in a mystery was compelling 👇🏼 2y
Laalaleighh But in the end, I found myself wanting just a few more dashes of mystery. Definitely an author I will keep an eye on, but still not quite the “I really wish I could reread Big Little Lies again for the first time” antidote I was hoping for. 2y
Lcsmcat Sounds intriguing. I might have to check this out. 2y
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Jess7 Nice review! I loved Big Little Lies and I hated Truly Madly Guilty! Good to know! 2y
aschermetz I enjoyed this one too. I‘ve never read Big Little Lies but judging from your review I think I should pick it up! 2y
Laalaleighh @Lcsmcat I wouldn‘t say it‘s buy it in hardback level amazing but definitely worth reading! 2y
Laalaleighh @Jess7 👯‍♀️ I‘ve never gotten the truly Madly Guilty love! 2y
Laalaleighh @aschermetz YES! Big Little Lies was fantastic and I‘m still waiting for that magic to strike twice! 2y
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Your One and Only | Adrianne Finlay
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I love this cover and really liked the premise, but this felt more like a short story stretched out to fill a novel to me. There were some really weird elements that didn‘t add to the plot and it never grabbed me and made me feel like I had to know what was coming next. The whole thing needed to go through a lot more development before it was published. There is a very divergent-like vibe to to the society. But divergent actually had a plot🤷🏼‍♀️

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I can‘t believe I‘ve had this book for for almost a year and just now got around to reading it. This was fantastic. It was juicy and full of the kind of Hollywood gossip that the very best blind items are made of. It was also a heart-wrenchingly painful portrayal of navigating life and love in a world that forces you to hide your true self. All the stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Chelleo 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽a fave!! 2y
Skybariline Agreed! Glad you finally got to it! 2y
C.Perone One of the best books I‘ve ever read 2y
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Laalaleighh @Chelleo @Skybariline @C.Perone y‘all I can‘t believe I waited this long to read it! 🤦🏼‍♀️ I actually thought it was probably going to be overhyped 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
C.Perone I actually thought it wasn‘t hyped at all lol 2y
Laalaleighh @C.Perone I just meant on Litsy! I forget we aren‘t the entire reading population sometimes haha. 2y
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@MaleficentBookDragon thank you so much for my warm soft fuzzy blanket! The book you sent is absolutely gorgeous and sounds so perfect for me! And the tea smells amazing, I can‘t wait to try it!! You are such a sweetheart and I love this package! 💙💙💙 #bookandblanketswap #bookandablanketswap #bookandblanketexchange #blanketandbookexchange #blanketandbookswap #icantfigureoutwhichtagistherightone

sprainedbrain I liked that book a lot! 2y
MaleficentBookDragon I‘m so glad. I thought the black and white would complement all the other colored blankets you have. I really like her books. I started with her YA 2y
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Freaky Friday | Mary Rodgers
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@sprainedbrain as promised, my freaky Friday list. I left off some major faves because they are commitment reads, and I leaned really heavily on recent faves as opposed to older faves- but here ya go 😘

sprainedbrain Thank you! Screenshot taken. 😘 2y
Laalaleighh @sprainedbrain you‘re welcome! 2y
sprainedbrain I spent some quality time with your list today. 15 new books on my tbr! I already had 6 others on my tbr, and I‘ve read and loved 4 of these (plus Shadow of the Wind and Six of Crows). So thank you for expanding my shelves! ❤️ 2y
sprainedbrain Oh, and I finally did make a ‘Laura recommends‘ shelf on my Goodreads. 😂 (edited) 2y
Laalaleighh @sprainedbrain oh my gosh I love it!! I need to make one of those for you too! 2y
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Rainbirds | Clarissa Goenawan
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This novel was so atmospheric. Reading it was like getting swept up in a rainstorm. The kind that shows up suddenly one day and lasts so long it begins to seem almost supernatural, and the whole world is just lights reflected and distorted through raindrops, and off glistening, rain soaked surfaces. I could almost hear the soft, steady, drizzling in my head the whole time I read. I loved it. Read it when it‘s raining. It‘s a book made for rain.

batsy Beautiful review. 2y
Laalaleighh @batsy aww, thank you 😊 2y
irre Great review. It was my pick for BOTM. Can‘t wait to read it! (edited) 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful review 🧡💛 2y
sprainedbrain I do believe you just pushed me to give in a restart my BOTM subscription. 😬 2y
emilyhaldi ❤️❤️ 2y
Laalaleighh @irre thank you! I hope you enjoy it too! 2y
Laalaleighh @sprainedbrain I love #BOTM even though there are some months I hate every selection. 2y
Laalaleighh @emilyhaldi 💙💙 (edited) 2y
sprainedbrain @Laalaleighh same here... one of my resolutions was to stop getting more BOTM until I read the 35 BOTM selections I had on my shelves... so far I have lasted 2 months and I‘m down to 30 to read, but I can‘t last much longer. 😂 (edited) 2y
Laalaleighh @sprainedbrain I have about 40+ unread #BOTM (I‘ve actually only read rainbirds, the last equation of Isaac severy, the English wife, the city of brass, dead letters, pachinko, dark matter, sleeping giants, armada, and the watchmaker of filigree street) but I still can‘t resist them haha 2y
sprainedbrain @Laalaleighh well that settles it then. No shame! Lol 2y
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