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Larkken

Larkken

Joined September 2016

Grad school survivor. Always looking for my next dose of brain candy. Chronic fantasy and speculative fiction reader - I try not to be picky, but nonfiction = blah. On Goodreads as https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11989434-larkin
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A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones
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Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
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Going Bovine by Libba Bray
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Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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Watched the movie first. It was very focused on the city itself, and the all-consuming /tragedy/ of it all. And... The book is way different! It's about explorers and exploring and the fascination of the unknown. Plus, weirdly, I've also been playing the newest Lara Croft and it is filthy with Fawcett references 🤣. #24b4Monday

Megabooks I loved this book, but haven‘t watched the movie. 13h
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Golem and the Jinni | Helene Wecker
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I can't decide how much I liked it. The vision of immigrant heavy early NYC was phenomenal esp through the pane of magical realism. Feels a bit unfinished, maybe?
1 down!
(Maybe a few less than) #24b4Monday @Andrew65 @ReadingMermaid @Clwojick

TrishB There is a sequel coming out later this year apparently. 1d
BookInMyHands I felt that way too. I liked the world building but... just felt incomplete to me, and I‘m not sure another book is the answer. 1d
Larkken @BookInMyHands yea! Exactly. But I'll definitely still stack book 2, @TrishB 😊 (edited) 1d
Clwojick Interesting. Maybe I‘ll wait until the second one comes out before I read this one. 1d
Andrew65 This is one I keep thinking about reading. 1h
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Librairie Amazonites | Melun, France (Bookstore)
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Why, hello, Amazon!

Just a heads up to everyone who hasn't completed their stack for #24b4Monday - Amazon appears to be offering a new ebook promo! A good opportunity to stock up on ebooks I liked when I borrowed them from the library, to be sure ⭐ ⭐

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Golem and the Jinni | Helene Wecker

Added three books that I've been struggling to find time to finish before they go back to the library to my kindle yesterday, and put it in airplane mode. After that, we'll see where my library takes me for the #24b4Monday readathon! (already 1 hr in, but shh - I'm supposed to be concentrating solely on work)

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Someone Like Me | M. R. Carey
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1 whatever comes in from my library wait list! Or I troll through the "available now" lists when those aren't doing it for me.
2 yes - if I push the letters big on the kindle, I even avoid getting motion sickness, too!
3 nothing
4 coffee/tea/hot cocoa or jalapeño chips
5 @JoyBlue @Krisjericho happy #wondrouswednesday!

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗👏🏻📚 4d
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Good, but I enjoyed the movie more, I think. I'll try the next despite the lack of any possible sequel to watch with Chekov (RIP).

I didn't make any workout and reading goals, but I did finish this one on a nice long walk.

#litsywalkers #audiowalking #hufflepup

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Y'all. The local Harry Potter fest has teamed up with the local corgi club. My dog is totally getting sorted! 💃🧙🏼‍♀️🐕
What house is your dog in? I'm betting Hufflepuff for mine - he's sweet and only semi-adventurous (only sometimes scared by other dogs/cars/dingleberries...), smart but distracted by butterflies, loves plants, chill enough to walk off-leash, and not at all ambitious (the cat out ranks him, as cats do).
#dogwarts #hpforlife

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… I forgot I can add posts on the web!! HaHA!

I always enjoy a new Mercy Thompson. This series, IMO, is settling in to a nice serial installment arc with no real end in sight and I don't mind at all. Especially if the author continues to improve how she deals with the interactions between female characters. Spoiler below - I'd love to hear from you about it if you've read the book!

Larkken Oh man, I admit I did not see Elizavetta's death coming. Just like Sage (hm, maybe I'm blind to the nefarious properties of female characters?). I really liked, well, both characters tbh. Also, it seems like a mistake to get rid of the main love-to-hate-her witch character? 1w
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Catwoman | Joelle Jones
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I'm enjoying web access for litsy 👍 it means I can post and surf from my kindle - and share pretty new comic art! Happy Saturday! #lazymorningread

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Circus of the Damned | Laurell K. Hamilton
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This is a reread / second attempt at this series and the audiobook may be a mistake. Every time the narrator channels the sexy French vampire, I have a harder and harder time not wincing. "Ma petite" never sounded more ridiculous.

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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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This book is so wildly inventive (think Douglas Adams on the biggest psychedelic trip in the world) that it is fascinating and exhausting, like trying to read philosophy or religion... And then the soundbytes. 👍😜😳

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Only 11 for #november - and the tagged book was my favorite. I loved the approach to having four narrators with wildly different voices as a reflection of the four periods of time covered by the book. #historicalfiction

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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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Only one disaster putting together the brine for the turkey while #audiocooking... Gross. moving on to the next book.

Can't really decide what I think of this series. So far, it's a pretty good retired cop thriller, if formulaic, but that was pretty unexpected from Stephen King. Any one else read this series? Right now it feels like a 2-book lead up to a more traditionally Stephen King paranormal horror story.

sprainedbrain I adored this series... especially on audio. ❤️ 6mo
Larkken @sprainedbrain good to know! I am enjoying book two, and maybe more than bk one 👍 6mo
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Monstress Vol. 3 | Marjorie Liu
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Despite my best efforts, Monstress didn't make it to the final Goodreads vote cut. (Not that it would beat Saga, but whatevs.) The story is catching up to the art, IMHO.

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Beard On Bread | James Beard
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1. ❤️ roasted poultry. Let‘s hope the brine makes this year‘s as good as last!

2. Pumpkin pie 🥧

3. Fresh buttery rolls

I used to make bread a lot, but lately the size of my kitchen has limited me to special occasions so I'm really looking forward to #3! As for next year, we may have bought a house, so we'll have to see what happens!

Hope everyone has as exciting (in a fun way) thxgiving 😁

#sundayfunday @sebrittain

sebrittain ❤🧡🦃🧡❤ 6mo
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Exorcist (Anniversary) | William Peter Blatty
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More early Halloweenie reading (but my holds keep coming in!)

Held up better than expected, though the writing is unmistakably 1970s-male-author. Don't know why, but I was a bit taken aback that the priest was the main protagonist ("You have made her a contest between us!"). The language is foul and I gagged a bit toward the end - but then, would you be reading this without expecting something like Blair's pea soup? #early #screamathon

4thhouseontheleft Love your kitty! 😻 8mo
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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1. Went shopping, was low-key appalled. What do you mean, I'm not-a-wizard?! Anyone feel like converting me?
2. Smashing Pumpkins
3. Procrastinate
4. Just smashed my way through The Good Place. Can't believe I can't binge season 3.
5. I think I finally worked my way through really dire if-this-returns-to-the-library-i-die holds enough to pick this up, and I'm going to need a short break after Exorcist before I dive back into horror.
#HumpDayPost

MinDea I really like The Good Place! 8mo
julesG I'd probably have bought that shirt for my ex and his parents. They behave like super-muggles all the time. They make fun of both kids for READING the Harry Potter books. Excuse me, you DO NOT make fun of a reading child, especially not when you used to work as a primary school teacher. 😵 8mo
Larkken @MinDea so good!! 8mo
Larkken @julesG oh heck no. That is truly terrible 😡 you've opened my eyes to why that shirt could be necessary! 8mo
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Shatter Me | Tahereh Mafi
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#dnf - this was too achingly YA-angst for me. I made it about halfway through though thanks to sentiments like the above quote... #read ❤️

#catchup #readingresolutions #quotsysept18

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Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters: The Play | Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs
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Miss you, Pratchett! If glares and sarcasm won't get me there, it's not worth going.

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Hero at the Fall | Alwyn Hamilton
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Maybe it's because I didn't get enough sleep last night (travel complications and delays, ugh) but this end of series was a super #emotionalread. The first two may have been better all around stories, but I loved the drama and originality of these books and where Hamilton took them. Heartily recommend the whole series 💕 #readingresolutions

tpixie Hope you got where you you were going! And safely! 8mo
Larkken @tpixie 4 books later, yes! Thank you! 8mo
tpixie @Larkken WOot 8mo
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Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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Finally jumping into some new series and new beginnings! I'm enjoying some significantly more than others (Mer is currently my Draco, for sure). Though I hate that it's probably the only Hufflepuff of the crew that I can't handle... At least I'm pretty sure Laia would be a Ravenclaw, and Helene a Slytherine, so I'm not totally one dimensional, I swear (though the other two are totally Gryffindors).
#firstday #houses #newHogwartsAdventure

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How is The Selection?? 9mo
Larkken @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks not for me, I'm afraid. It's a dystopian The Bachelor and with a love triangle, and I'm not into two of those things. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
vkois88 That's disappointing to hear about The Selection... I keep meaning to give it a shot, but it always seems to find itself pushed to the back of the pile. Plus I'm super finicky about some dystopian stories 9mo
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Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton
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🍁no plans! It's glorious
🍁really enjoyed this one. Nice little fantasy that doesn't try too hard to make everything so dire or introduce unnecessary romance triangles. Good atmosphere and world building.
🍁that yam casserole with the marshmallows on top
🍁I am currently so sedentary I hurt myself sitting
🍁👍😁cheers!
@jesshowbooks
#friyayintro

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Deep in one of the Libby suggestion lists, I found these gems. I tagged the one I‘d be most likely to pick up, how about y‘all?

rubyslippersreads 😹😹😹 My cats are too young for 13mo
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Sea of Shadows | Kelley Armstrong
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I was fully on board for this book right up until the end. Fun, slightly creepy, not as much annoying romance as expected... but then the lack of an ending kinda put me off. 10/10 will read the next book, but I‘m annoyed.

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Lonely Planet Seattle | Lonely Planet
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#thisorthat

Today I am feeling waffles for those great reservoirs for maple syrup... 🍁nom
Spicy 🌶️🔥😂
Always many books. Length varies. 📚
Night owl!
Rain! I was so disappointed in Seattle, it snowed on me, didn't get rained on once!!

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#dnf because 🕒 #emojimadness and 🎉 yourself #happinessisresistance 😉

It's OK, the cat and I feel it served its purpose! Happy March!

@Tiffy_Reads
@JoeStalksBeck
@writerlibrarian

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1. Tagged! All the feels! Kinda wish it was a series.
2. 6
3. Ants on one side, auhnts the other, and even a few aunties
4. Homemade bagels
5. 🤲🏻 on the lookout!
(It's bugging me that the thumbs are on the wrong side 😅)
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

monalyisha Homemade bagels? You fancy, huh? 💁‍♀️💅🏻🤤 1y
Larkken @monalyisha heh. Sometimes I pretend 😉 1y
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Moon Called | Patricia Briggs
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1. Wonder Woman. I just can't get over seeing her lift that tank.
2. (Tagged) Mercy Thompson, esp in early books.
3. Korben Dallas or Keanu.... Oh wait, shoot. Ripley.
4. Vader (Jones), Magneto (McKellen), Ash (Holm)
5. Jimmie Stewart 😉
6. Dooo it! I'm loving the variability in people's tastes!!
#tuesdaytidbits

TommieMarie74 Mercy Thompson!! Yes! I love her! 😊 1y
Larkken @TommieMarie74 😻so awesome! (Pretend that's a werewolf...) 1y
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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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Just finished a whirlwind trip-and-a-conference in Seattle. Between finishing research (eek) and networking (EEK) I barely had time to sitesee or escape crowds of people and read. The MoPOP museum was good for the first - I recommend it to any geeks, nerds, or music lovers! - poor gizmo. She makes a good prop for this book, tho, that I totally played tame and read in the hotel the last night. Loved seeing Cassie Maddox again, though the vibe in ⬇️

Jess7 This picture !! 😂😂 1y
Larkken The first novel was maybe better, I think. But the end of this was very satisfying. On to no 3! (edited) 1y
Larkken @Jess7 haha! Thanks 😉 1y
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https://drive.google.com/drive/mobile/folders/0Bz011IF2Pu9TUWIxVWxybGJ1Ync

It's Black History Month for a few more days, and I only just found the above repository of scholarly articles and information from a Twitter repost. It looks like a pretty interesting resource! (Thank goodness for friends who Twitter, since I can't bring myself to join) ❤️

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Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer
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Disclosure: I came very close to walking out of this movie, thanks to the main character whom I found to be a bit of a user, a bit of an idiot, a lot naive.

I'm still intrigued to figure him out. This letter makes understand him best... But still, he's cruel - & goes on to berate the reader for caring about him: "You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships."

Anyone else have strong feelings re this story?

rubyslippersreads I hated the movie. 😠 1y
Larkken @rubyslippersreads I so wanted to like it, too... 1y
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The #bandwagon quiz-o-the-week is pretty spot on except it says that I'm not likely to get emotional, or recognize and deal with emotion in others. But this graphic novel gave me plenty of rage, of the kind lately reserved for reading the news, or the bi-monthly watching of Handmaids Tale (any more is too intense for me). Penny was an obv fav, but I didn't realize I'd invested in the other chars-Until the last frame. Satire so sharp it cuts, here.

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Before you worry this image is related to the book... An upcoming conference has been seriously cutting in to my reading time. But I have managed to finish this before the library reclaimed it! It‘s a fine little giant robot story, w/ a strange narrative structure that got a bit frustrating and made it difficult to connect with the characters. Maybe a bit grand, but interesting. War of the worlds / Tom Clancy / day the earth stood still?

Kleonard I love this book series! 1y
Larkken @Kleonard I def want to find out when the aliens show up... 🤐 (what do you mean, there's no nail-biting emoji?) 1y
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#showusyourbujo was just in time for me to set up my new planner! Just showing the important pages, obv. My prev plan, wherein I write the books as they pertain to challenges, wasn't super effective at keeping track of half read library books, and I love the spreads I've seen around like this one, so here's to maybe actually finishing The Goldfinch this year, right? #newyearreads
@bookloo @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!!! So pretty!!!! 💗💗💗 1y
bookloo The Goldfinch ain‘t easy to get through! I‘ve tried three times. :p But this is super pretty. ♥️ 1y
TheBookKeepers This looks super cool! I did the audio version of The Goldfinch. It was a so-so for me. I wish it had all been from Boris's perspective 1y
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1. No one shares my first name (maybe they're lurkers like me tho? 😜), and among those with my last, most are not terribly active. @ColleenEK is fairly new, and posted most recent - maybe we can tempt her back? Hi there!
2. I mean, always @LibrarianRyan right? 😊
3. Me. I think all the books I've read that aren't in a series and thus easily findable are #blamelitsy 😂

LibrarianRyan Right👍🤓 1y
Chelleo 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 1y
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The last #potterhead quiz I took told me I was a muggle 😭 so this was a good idea! I often fluctuate between Ravenclaw and gryffindor, though lately I've been getting Slytherine or Hufflepuff more often. I can definitely live with #ravenclaw!

WanderingBookaneer 👍🏻 1y
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Late, yes, but since I went to sleep at 9:30 last night, I‘m giving myself a pass ? #friyayintro

1. http://innkeeper.ilona-andrews.com/category/maud/ Andrews just started her/their next serial on her website - the prequels have been a lot of fun, check it out!
2. I've been focused on the mantra "don't screw up Ready Player One" and totally forgot about Wrinkle in Time until this prompt!
3. Mostly beer. Mostly.
4. Deal breaker
5. Done and done!

bentchbites Omg ilona andrews!!! And cheers 🍻! 1y
CrowCAH Yay another person who it is a deal breaker for no reading/liking the books! 1y
Linear I recently discovered "ready player one" is a book. And today, when looking up movoes due in 2018 to answer this, i found out its already being made into a movie... i dont know how i feel about that 1y
Larkken @bentchbites 🍻😊 @CrowCAH I know, I'm beginning to feel bad with everyone posting how tolerant they are... But I spend too much time in my own mind to connect to someone else who doesn't read! @Linear it's worrisome, the track record for doing justice to my fav books is not fantastic! 1y
Eggs @Larkken Dealbreaker: I agree, as in how quickly you will exhaust discussion topics😮💕 1y
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Slave to Sensation | Nalini Singh
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Here‘s to 2017! And the first audiobook of 2018... a reread from 2017, ha 😅. I realized after binging this series hard that I was getting confused by my memory of prequels not lining up with events later books said had happened. A good excuse to half listen to these again when doing data entry, amiright? #reread #2017inBooks

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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1. Our newest art is Mayan hieroglyphs reproduced from Chichen Itsá - a perfect gift for a former Mayanist! Any other closeted archaeologists ??
2. I upped my Goodreads goal by 5 to 55, and I'll try again to do a few litsy challenges.
3. Glasses ?
4. Yes ?
5. Uprooted was so good, I'm looking forward to this one, too!

MinDea I am looking forward to that book too! 🙌 1y
Texreader What great artwork!! 1y
Larkken @MinDea I honestly hadn't looked what was coming up until your prompt 👍 1y
Larkken @Texreader thanks! 1y
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The Award: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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Having a hard time picking your favorite of last year, like me? Good thing I can pick 17! #17of2017 #best17of2017 #bestreadsoftheyear

Texreader At least two of those are on my tbr list! Yay! 1y
Chachic Yes to Wildfire (and White Hot)!🙌 1y
Larkken @Texreader nice! Which ones? 1y
Larkken @Chachic so good! 😁 1y
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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Hope everyone is having a happy holiday! I finished the first of the books I loaded onto my kindle for holiday visits. Very timely? Ha. Actually was so good and creepy that it was hard to read this time of year! 🎄🎁🎇❄️☃️💀?

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I got our #littenkitten his own Christmas decoration. I don't think he's impressed. #catsoflitsy

erinreads Definitely not impressed! 😹😻 1y
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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1. Books! Or my little ponies.
2. I've been touting NOS4A2 to all my Stephen King - loving friends. Plus, it's seasonal 🤣
3. Dark side!!!
4. Nope
5. Can do! Happy birthday to you, @jesshowbooks !

#friyayintro

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Cast in Secret | Michelle Sagara
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😑an unexpected result from https://bookriot.com/2017/12/13/quiz-hogwarts-house/ given my #mostreadgenre this year (and every year, tbh) is fantasy. This series in particular is awesome and I've been waiting for the 4th book at our library for a while (close to simply buying it, but the library has all of the others...). There are dragons, magic languages, a mix of whodunit and world-changing fates... Pretty much my jam 😜 #allthebooksof2017

Drnkpnkprincess 😂😂 I didn‘t think they‘d place you as a muggle... maybe you belong in an Ilvermorny house 🤓🤞🏼 1y
Larkken @Drnkpnkprincess ahHA! There we are, it's the lack of Britishness that confused not the lack of magic. That actually really does make me feel better!! 1y
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Jackaby | William Ritter
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She is wrong, of course. That's exactly why they're the perfect place to remain. But the quote makes me smile anyway!

#quotsydec17 #quotsy @TK-421

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day today, littens. Do the beginnings or the ends of conflicts factor more strongly in your mind?

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Monstress Vol. 2 | Marjorie Liu
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The art in these is awesomely detailed, geometric, and eerily lovely. The storyline is even catching up to its high standard.

#allthebooksof2017 fav cover
#jingleshelves #bestcover @bookloo @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

bookloo Oomph. 😍♥️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!!! 😊📚 1y
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Saga Volume 1 | Brian K Vaughan
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#quotsydec17 #quotsy @TK-421 6. Play

Today is the day of the comic for me! Saga reintroduced me to comics and that I might like to read more of them. Still need to catch up. Maybe this is my fav not read of 2017? 😜

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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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Happy #humpdaypost @MinDea
1. Splitting the frame between the tree and the TV. Ha.
2. A book on cocktails on the wood shelves.
3. The Office (comedy foreva)
4. Silly adult coloring book (see below for what I'm bringing to the office party Saturday...)
5. Current fav book of the year is tagged. I loved how LaValle took back Lovecraft for the immigrants and the POC, made it timely, and kept the awesome creepiness intact. We'll see if it stays #1!

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Thought y'all might get a kick out of how I, erm, #decoratetheshelves lately. 😂 I promise, there is also a tree. Just not here.
#decktheshelves
@JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads