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LitStephanie

Joined June 2020

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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Iron Kissed | Patricia Briggs
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This was a good, quick read about a shape shifter trying to solve a murder her friend has been jailed for. So why did I post a picture of a tahini chocolate chip cookie I baked today instead of the cover? Because the cover is absurdly objectifying. I am not sure if the main character, Mercy, has a giant tramp stamp or not, but she definitely doesn't pose sexily in crop tops. She is a mechanic and wears jeans, normal Ts, and sweats. ⏬

LitStephanie While Mercy is trying to decide which of two men (werewolves, actually) she wants to get serious with, this is not a bodice ripper. I like this werewolf/fairies/other monsters series so far, but the covers are just embarrassing. 1w
Sparklemn That cover is appalling but your cookie looks delicious! 1w
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The Tempest | William Shakespeare
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Live theater is back! However, due to high levels of covid in the area, concessions are closed! What is a micro loving Shakespeare fan to do? The notice says you are allowed to bring a water bottle. They did not specify what you can bring in that water bottle! Saw a good performance of The Tempest at the first show in the Elizabethan at OSF in over two years. #shakespearereadalong
Hope all my Litsy friends get to see some theater this season!

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Nightchaser | Amanda Bouchet
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This really reminded me of the 1970s Star Wars movies. Tess is an outlaw rebel ship captain who smuggles people and other cargo for a rebel group that fights an oppressive interstellar government. Adventure ensues. Nothing too deep here, just fun spaceship chases, fights, and a love interest who happens to be a bounty hunter.

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Fortune's Pawn | Rachel Bach
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I really enjoyed this sci-fi about a professional security mercenary who takes a notoriously dangerous job on a merchant ship. She starts to realize the whole "merchant" designation might be a front and that everyone on the ship might not be exactly human, including the hunky cook she is trying to drag into her bed to alleviate boredom. Suspenseful, with believable characters

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Murder at Sunrise Lake | Christine Feehan
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I almost bailed on this because it opens with a slightly psychic hotel owner who has a crush on her hired handyman. Sounds like a cheesy porno, right? I am glad I read on because it actually is a good murder mystery, and the romance that does occur is kind of sweet. Everyone seems suspicious at different times as Stella races to find the killer whose victims she dreams about before the murders. I was right (ok, half right) about whodunit!

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King John | William Shakespeare
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WELL THAT GOT DARK FAST! Act IV Scene 1. WTF. Somehow we swung from France going to war with England to a marriage based truce to excommunication of John and back to warring with France to OMG someone thinks it is a good idea to put out a kid's eyes with hot pokers. #shakespearereadalong

Graywacke And he responds so gently… Must you (burn my eyes out with hit pokers)? I‘m 3w
LitStephanie @Graywacke I know, LOL! 3w
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Panpan

I might have liked this more if I knew more about Peter Pan. It is a dark, blood soaked version. There are some fun parts, and the artwork is creepy and cool. The characters are not well drawn enough for me to care much, and no one seems to grow or change. Good horror scenes, but not my cup of tea. #lmpbc @Littlewolf1 @Roary47 @Lauranahe @suvata

LitStephanie @Roary47 on its way to you! 1mo
Lauranahe I‘m still excited for it, but I‘ll moderate my expectations. I‘ve always loved the Peter Pan story. 1mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen

II. Susan congratulates herself on keeping flirtations to a minimum since her husband has only been dead four months: she has an affair with one married man, flirts with Sir James to get him away from that same married man's daughter, then manipulates Sir James into chasing her own daughter. She repents that she didn't marry James herself since her daughter is having none of it. Such a schemer, OMG this lady! 🤣🤣🤣

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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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I loved this story about a family who moves from a farming community to an industrial city and the culture shock that ensues. Sometimes it is really cringey reading about the imperious "masters" (factory owners) and their free market, anti-union rhetoric, and the patronizing descriptions of the hands are disgusting. But I also appreciate the historical snapshot of peoples' attitudes, and there is character development here. Both Margaret and ⏬

LitStephanie her new friends in Milton learn about the others' perspective and lose some of their prejudices. I also loved the portrayal of family tensions and loyalty and the themes of overcoming old ways of thinking to make way for love and friendship. #pemberlittens 2mo
batsy Lovely review! I agree, I enjoyed the book for a lot of those same reasons. 2mo
LitStephanie @batsy thanks! I love that Gaskell writes about the non-idle classes, i.e. most people. 2mo
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Ya think?! 🤣 Peter Pan was not one of my childhood favorites, so I don't really remember it that well, but I like this psychopathic violent version already. I am only two chapters in and might change my mind once I see what he is really recruiting these kids for, but it is fun so far. #lmpbc

Lauranahe I‘ve always loved the story of Peter Pan, so I‘m looking forward to that one! 2mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Chapter 53? I know we are past this chapter, but this quote just slayed me: "If my tones, or modes of thought, are what you dislike, will you do me the justice to tell me so, and so give me the chance of learning to please you?" ??? Because that's how love and respect work. #pemberlittens

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The Host: A Novel | Stephenie Meyer
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I liked this sci-fi movie, and the book is better. It is kind of a Tale of the Body Snatchers story but the story is told from the perspective of one of the aliens who gets put into a human that doesn't just fade away.

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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Chapter 42. I love Mr. Bell, and I hate how the movie implies he wants to marry Margaret. This is a good Mr. Bell quote about how eating together makes people have a little more understanding of each other. If I could have you all over, I'd share my roasted eggplant and tomato soup with you. 🙂 #pemberlittens

Chrissyreadit Can you share the recipe? 3mo
LitStephanie @Chrissyreadit I wish I could, but I don't see it online, at least not yet. It is in the current print magazine Forks Over Knives i 3mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Chapter 38. Mrs. Thornton takes "a savage pleasure in the idea of speaking her mind" to Margaret, then is so undone by Margaret's thoughtful hospitality (so unlike Mrs. Thornton's hospitality the first time Margaret visited her) that "it became impossible to utter the speech so easy of arrangement with no one to address it to." We've all been there, Mrs. T! She draws up her meanness, though, and still manages to insult Margaret. #pemberlittens

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The Monster of Elendhaven | Jennifer Giesbrecht
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Very strange and very disturbing. A young boy on his own becomes a murderous monster who cannot die. Eventually he meets up with a sorcerer who might or might not also be a monster. I don't want to give anything away so will leave it at that. #lmpbc #groupd #round14

LitStephanie @Lauranahe I mailed this to you Monday, along with a treat as my apology for being late. Should be there today! 😁 @Littlewolf1 @Roary47 @suvata 3mo
Lauranahe Thank you! And no worries about being late! It‘s not like I don‘t have other books to read, ya know? 3mo
Lauranahe Wait—I think you were supposed to send this to @Roary47 ! I have her book as well. I can forward it on to you, Shelly, or go ahead and mark up both then send both on to you. Which would you prefer? (Also, thanks for the treat! ☺️) 3mo
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LitStephanie @Lauranahe crap! You were below me on the list of names. What is the proper sequence? 3mo
Lauranahe My list goes @Littlewolf1 then you then @Roary47 then me. What do y‘all have? 3mo
Roary47 Yes same I have @Littlewolf1 sends to @LitStephanie who sends to me and then me to @Lauranahe 3mo
Roary47 @Lauranahe to answer your question why don‘t you go ahead and mark both up and send them together to @Littlewolf1 She can get me the book I haven‘t read and get them back to @LitStephanie 3mo
Lauranahe Sounds good! 3mo
Littlewolf1 I‘m just checking it to see if you got The Child Thief yet 3mo
Lauranahe I did! I‘m sorry, I was off litsy a couple days. I‘m starting it now! 2mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Chapter 33. Margaret dares to accompany a MAN to the train station as late as 6:30 PM! What a shameless hussy! Thornton thinks she might be sleeping around, what with the loose morals such a display insinuates, even as he is a little disappointed she isn't so completely falling apart over her mother's death that she might accept his huge impressive love for comfort. I laughed so hard at this scene even though the funeral is sad! #pemberlittens

LeahBergen 😆😆 3mo
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 3mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Chapter 20. Margaret is much admired at the Thornton party, and to try to distinguish himself from other admirers, John explains how Margaret's use of "gentlemanly" is inferior to his use of "manliness." #pemberlittens

MicrobeMom 😂😂 worse conversation ever! 3mo
sprainedbrain 😅 3mo
nanuska_153 Yes! ?? When she says "I suspect they are the same" and he is like "nono let me explain you why you are wrong" 3mo
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kplovesbooks 🤣 I legit need to read this book! 3mo
LitStephanie @MicrobeMom yes, and then he just walks away before she can even reply, bahaha! 3mo
LitStephanie @nanuska_153 I know, LOL! 3mo
LitStephanie @kplovesbooks it is really good and John isn't a bad guy, but the social interactions are so funny! 3mo
kplovesbooks @LitStephanie I've seen the movie and enjoyed it. It's actually been on my TBR for awhile. 😏 3mo
MicrobeMom Total mansplaining!! But very reflective of the time. If Margaret was Elizabeth Bennet, she would have totally put him in his place. 3mo
LitStephanie @MicrobeMom yes she totally would have! 3mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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This book is adorable. Witches exist in this book, and a girl curses her ex, not realizing it will actually work and curse her whole town, too. Now she has to partner with said ex to try and save the town from disaster. Very cute, Halloween themed romantic comedy.

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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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This is the redemption story of Nesta, my least favorite character in the series. The first half of the book I did a lot of cursing and teeth gnashing over her selfishness, parasitic, self-destructive lifestyle, and tendency to treat everyone who supports her like garbage, but it is still a good story of healing and second chances. I wish Maas would not have used the old "I don't deserve anyone's love" trope, but what do you do.

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Darkfever: Fever Series | Karen Marie Moning
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"Don't accuse me of being morbid when I'm merely the product of a culture that buries the bones of the ones they love in pretty, manicured flower gardens so they can keep them nearby and go talk to them whenever they feel troubled or depressed. That's morbid." One of us is much more excited about the outcome of this monster murder mystery than the other. Yay for lazy Saturdays following late Fridays!

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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This is a strange story set sometime in the distant future when Earth has become much more geologically active, possibly due to human interference. Some humans have evolved to be able to control geokinetic activity (orogenes), and they can protect regions but also destroy. The book starts at the end, when someone tears open a fault line and begins the end of the world, at least for most life. The characters are not very relatable, but I think ⏬

LitStephanie that is intentional because they have evolved a bit from current time (even regular humans can "sess" seismic activity) and society is much different. The book jumps around in POV and in time, but in an interconnectung web, rather than confusing, manner. It's even kind of humorously narrated. 3mo
sprainedbrain I freaking love this series. Excellent review! 3mo
LitStephanie @sprainedbrain thanks! I had no idea it was a series until I got to the end and wondered if there was going to be more so looked it up. 3mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Chapter 15. Mrs. Thornton shows she is the rudest host of drop-in visitors in Milton. #pemberlittens

LitStephanie Sorry the meme text is a bit sloppy--created on the bus travelling the bumpy roads of my city. 3mo
MicrobeMom 😂😂😂 yes she is!!! 3mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 3mo
AllDebooks Nailed it 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
wordslinger42 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Was anyone else intrigued by Dixon's cocoanut cookies? I kept wondering what they would have been like and came up with these almond cocoa cookies. They are more of a brownie consistency on the inside than cookie consistency, but not bad for throwing a few things together in a hurry. #pemberlittens

batsy Oh, cool! Looks delicious. I was super curious about those cookies too. 4mo
nanuska_153 Those look 🤤🤤 4mo
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Panpan

Literally the only thing that happens in this book is a family Winter Solstice celebration. Preparing, buying presents, dealing with holiday family drama, and eating and drinking. I would have liked to see more background and insight into the characters we know less about. Nothing new is revealed about anyone. I kept reading, thinking more would happen. It doesn't, but it's a quick read.

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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Chapter 10. Thornton has tea with the Hales and gives a naive Libertarian "they can pull themselves up by their bootstraps" speech that makes Margaret and me throw up in our mouths a little.
#pemberlittens

LeahBergen 😆😆 4mo
nanuska_153 😂😂 4mo
mollyrotondo The meme is a riot! And definitely rolled my eyes at the whole speech about anyone being able to move up and blame the poor for their plight. He‘s annoying so far. 3mo
LitStephanie @mollyrotondo much eye rolling when he talks about the workers. I think Gaskell deliberately makes both Thornton and Margaret a bit naive/patronizing in their views to show how prejudice we all are based on our situations. 3mo
mollyrotondo @LitStephanie definitely agree. And to see if there will be any growth or change of viewpoint over time. 3mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Chapter 7. I know I am behind, but the first meeting between Margaret and Thornton is so funny! He is smitten and thinks she is contemptuous; she has no idea and gives zero f#$ks. #pemberlittens

StolenBookmobile Ok. I‘m really late to this I think. What is pemberlittens? Is this a book club? 4mo
LitStephanie @StolenBookmobile come on in, late is just fine! Pemberlittens love all things Jane Austen and also read contemporary or near contemporary works. Search by the hashtag each day to see what is going on. 4mo
LitStephanie @StolenBookmobile The North and South chapter a day read along is being hosted by @MicrobeMom and @jenniferw88. Feel free to dive in! 4mo
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A Little Hatred | Joe Abercrombie
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This is one of those books where you don't really like any of the characters but still like the story. I enjoyed the cynical, darkly humorous portrayal of war and social uprisings that start with good intentions but turn into bloody messes where many rebels turn as bad as their oppressors. Fantasy set in a medieval technology society. Only fantastical elements are seers and magi who don't do anything magical in this book.

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North and South: Easyread Edition | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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Chapter 6. I love this explanation of the difference between intimate acquaintances and real friends. So true.
#pemberlittens

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Coriolanus | William Shakespeare
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Act 3. An illustration of why choosing your government leader shouldn't be based entirely on lifetime battle body count. #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish 🤣😂 4mo
batsy Ha! Nicely put. 4mo
GingerAntics 😂🤣😂 4mo
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Loved the show. Book is good and gives more background into the friendship of Mal and Alina, but it really gives no insight into the character of the Darkling, which seems unbalanced. Frankly, after reading more about the rulers of this world, I am kind of rooting for him anyway. Can't be worse than the kings! 😀 The Dregs, my favorite characters from the show, are absent as they are actually from another book.

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I enjoyed this crime/murder mystery set in a modern, cell phone using society with all kinds of races of magical people. Bryce, a human antiquities dealer whose friends were slaughtered two years ago teams up with Hunt, a local military angel, to try and solve the murders when the same type of gruesome killings start happening again. Naturally, both are ridiculously good looking, but Bryce is still traumatized by the prior murders, and Hunt is ⏬

LitStephanie still carrying a torch for his girlfriend who died 200 years ago (and he was only with her less than a year, hmm). There is a little too much word count devoted to the sexual tension between these two, and to me, the whole story is about 25% too long. Also, the author is heavy handed in her use of withholding information, to the point where it feels artificial. Fun crime drama/fantasy but not worth the long slog. 4mo
Nessavamusic Book 2 is much better! 4mo
LitStephanie @Nessavamusic oh really? I had already determined not to read book 2, but if you say it is better, maybe I will reconsider. Thanks for commenting! 4mo
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Mehso-so

So much drama and butthurt. Ex drama, to a ridiculous, juvenile degree that seems very out of character for one of the ex's (yes, there are a couple of ex's causing drama). Friend zone drama. Lies and secrets causing butthurt amongst friends drama. Closeted sexuality drama. Sibling rivalry drama. To quote the inimitable Molly Michon from The Stupidest Angel, in reading this, I felt like the receptionist at a rehab center. ⏬

LitStephanie I still love the series overall, but if this had been a standalone novel, I probably would have bailed. 4mo
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Coriolanus | William Shakespeare
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I love this quote so very much. Brilliant. I WILL find a way to use this in a contentious meeting. Somehow, I will find a way. #shakespearereadalong

sprainedbrain I would like to see that! 😂 4mo
Reggie Lolol 4mo
LitStephanie @sprainedbrain I will post about it when I make it happen. 😆 4mo
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GingerAntics I can‘t wait to hear about that!!! 🤣😂🤣 4mo
LitStephanie @GingerAntics I feel it would be excellent for when the tinhat brigade shows up to a public meeting railing about some ridiculous complaint that has nothing to do with the actual agenda items. 4mo
GingerAntics @LitStephanie YEEEEEES!!! So fitting. 4mo
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Even better than the first book in the series. Lots of violence, commentary on classism and lack of social mobility, a steamy love story, but also a whole lot of funny in this book with the dialog and social dynamics.

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The Trouble with Peace | Joe Abercrombie
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Lauranahe Black stone heart looks interesting. If we do The Trouble with Peace, I‘ll have to read book 1 first. (Did you know it‘s book 2 of a trilogy?). Which I‘m totally for, the trilogy looks fun. 4mo
Littlewolf1 I am down for anything… They all look good. I am the same with the trouble with peace, I love Joe Abercrombie (I even included him on my list) but I would need to read book 1 first, which I can certainly do 4mo
LitStephanie @Littlewolf1 @Roary47 @Lauranahe ok pretend it shows A Little Hatred (the first in the series) by Joe Abercrombie up there instead of The Trouble with Peace. Does that change your preferences? I totally understand not wanting to jump in the middle. 4mo
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Littlewolf1 Yep… I would pick A Little Hatred… but again, good with whatever you choose 4mo
Roary47 So my top pick would be the Monster of Elendhaven the monster sounds spooky. My second pick would be Black stone heart. The last one even with book one is sounds fine just not as exciting as the other two. 4mo
LitStephanie @Roary47 @Lauranahe @Littlewolf1 I could not find a copy of Black Stone Heart and am going with The Monster of Elendhaven. 😁 4mo
Roary47 Awww man I‘m sorry 😢,but woot woot bring on the monsters! 4mo
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Bailedbailed

The dialog in this book seems unrealistic and kind of corny. I tried skipping ahead to see if it gets better, but it just didn't hold my attention.

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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I am the worst slacker today. I can't put this darn book down. I do an item of work, then read a chapter of the book. Anyone else have trouble staying focused on this fine Friday?

SRWCF Lol, too funny! 4mo
GondorGirl I'm self employed and have this problem all the time! 4mo
LitStephanie @SRWCF @GondorGirl I am not making this up--the power just blew a few minutes ago. Oops, guess work is done for the day and nothing to do but read this book! How lucky is that? 4mo
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SRWCF @LitStephanie Oh, darn! 4mo
GondorGirl @LitStephanie Uh huh... the power went out... sure... 😇 4mo
LitStephanie @GondorGirl my coworker I am going out with after work immediately texted "power outage or starting drinking early?" ? 4mo
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I am late, and only 20 made the cut for a best of year list, but here are my favorites from 2021. @Graywacke @merelybookish thanks for the prods to do this! #top21of21 #top21in21

merelybookish This is quite an eclectic list! And always happy to see love for Normal People. 🙂 5mo
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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3.5 stars. Good historical fiction about a woman who time travels to 1743 Scotland. I enjoyed the historical details about clothes, weapons, laundry, laws, etc. Written 30 years ago, and some of the man/woman dynamics and choices by Claire, the protagonist, are a little hard to swallow, but still an engaging love story. Contains torture but not as much as, say, that GOT show.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book is written in first person narrative through several character's eyes, which is jarring at first but doesn't get too confusing. A young Jewish woman trying to keep her family fed while dealing with medieval Europe style BS prejudices inadvertently makes a deal with the murderous king of a magic kingdom and learns to turn silver into gold. Meanwhile, a rich woman is forced to marry a literal monster. They forge an alliance.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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"But the world I wanted wasn't the world I lived in, and if I would do nothing until I could repair every terrible thing at once, I would do nothing forever." Really liking this story about divided loyalties and powerful women having to decide what they will inflict on others to protect themselves, their loved ones, their communities, and their country.

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I give this 3.5 stars. Suspenseful apocalyptic story about a virus taking out most of mankind and the plucky survivors, including angry INCEL types, robber gangs, people trying to build new communities, and the Uncanny (humans discovering the virus that didn't kill them somehow brought magic). The dialog is sometimes unnatural, and some things are not explained to my liking (like why do power plants still work).

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Poor Mr. Lockwood thinks these people can't really be as ill-tempered as they seem. 😆😆 Late to the party but catching up! I am surprised how funny the first couple of chapters are. I saw a movie version recently, and it had no humor.
#wanderingthroughwutheringheights #pemberlittens @Crinoline_Laphroaig

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Thick as Thieves | Sandra Brown
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ Arden returns to her childhood home in a small town 20 years after her father disappeared the same night that a robbery and murder occurred. The author presents a limited second person POV that had me, at various times, suspecting every character, including the main one. After reaching the conclusion, I had to go back and re-read certain passages to try and figure out what I missed. Highly recommend for mystery fans.

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I really enjoyed this dark fairy tale style adventure. Fayre is sent to the neighboring faery country as punishment for a crime. There are monsters, magic, a dangerous quest with three trials, a cursed kingdom to save, and even a good prince for her to fall in love with, although I was always rooting for the bad guy as he is frankly smarter, more capable, and hotter. Fun story that is just dark and gritty enough.⭐⭐⭐⭐

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1. Faster moving mostly. I get a little restless otherwise.
2. The tagged book is a favorite. The plot is absolutely absurd and certainly unexpected.
@TheSpineView thanks for the inspiration. #two4tuesday
Thanks for brightening my Tuesday with the tag, @BookwormAHN even though my day sped up right afterward so I couldn't get to this until now. Bit late to tag anyone to play today but anyone still up for it, feel free!

BookwormAHN Nice choice 😺 5mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📖 5mo
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Year One | Nora Roberts
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"When Ross Macleod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing he'd killed himself. And billions of others." Starting a novel about a plague while also reading a book about real world viruses, while living through a pandemic. Because apparently I like anxiety, as long as I can have peppermint hot chocolate and spicy popcorn.

vivastory I *almost* bought some Sriracha popcorn yesterday. 6mo
LitStephanie @vivastory that sounds delicious. I tossed mine with nutritional yeast and spicy smoked paprika. 6mo
vivastory I have paprika in my pantry. Might have to sprinkle a bit on a bowl later. Good call! 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole @vivastory sriracha popcorn does not seem like a bad idea. @litstephanie You‘re both inspiring me 🍿 6mo
LeahBergen Ah, I thought this was togarashi spice on your popcorn; it‘s a favourite at my house. Have you tried it? How about you, @vivastory ? 6mo
vivastory @LeahBergen I haven't tried it. I just googled it & I'm intrigued! Adding to my grocery list 6mo
LitStephanie @LeahBergen I haven't even heard of it! How would you describe it? 6mo
LeahBergen @LitStephanie It‘s a Japanese spice blend with a little bit of heat (not much), ginger, sesame, seaweed and citrus. It sounds bizarre but it‘s good! 😆 6mo
Reggie Well if you have spicy popcorn and chocolate mint hot cocoa, why not? Lol this actually sounds good. 6mo
LitStephanie @Reggie it worked somehow. 6mo
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I was torn between so-so and pick on this one. Beatrice is a young magician trying to escape marriage because she wants higher education, and married women in her society can't practice magic and have zero rights to autonomy or property. She then meets a guy who seems better than others and so is torn. I like the depictions of gender- and class-related oppression and quietly rooted for a womens revolution that resulted in the murder of many men,👇

LitStephanie including Beatrice's father (spoiler alert, that doesn't happen), but all the magic spells were a bit hokey. There is a chapter where the young eligible women have to bring a luncheon basket to a charity picnic, and the winning bidder for each gets to eat the lunch in company with the woman. It made my blood boil more than it already was while reading this. Smash the patriarchy, LOL! @SamAnne 6mo
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#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz
1. History of Germany
2. It is where my ancestors came from. I toured the country in 2019, and there is so much history there. I guess I should say history of the lands that now make up Germany because they weren't a unified nation until the 1800s.

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review
LitStephanie
The Crown of Gilded Bones | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐ It isn't actually the kissing that makes me feel like Fred Savage in The Princess Bride. It's the constant declarations of everlasting love. There was a lot to like in this book, but there are way too many pages devoted to repetitive descriptions of just how devoted our heroine, Poppy, and her husband are to each other. 🤮🤮 Still, the politics of Poppy's new country and the ceaseless plots leading to war are compelling.