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Maude

Maude

Joined May 2016

Even though I'm drowning in my TBR pile I'm always looking to add to it 👀 I also love animals, gardening and coffee. maudesbibliomania.blogspot.com
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After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
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Impossible Causes | Julie Mayhew
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Mehso-so

This had a lot of potential, I really liked the setting and concept. Unfortunately I did not enjoy reading it, the writing was very choppy and confusing. I felt like the story was too disjointed to really slip into and the pacing was all off. I don't think the writing was particularly bad, just unpolished, like reading a rough draft. I would definitely try more by this author even though I didn't enjoy this book. Thank you #netgalley

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Appel writes some of my favorite short story collections.They are slightly bizarre and dark in such a fun way!🤗

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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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It has been years since I read, The Handmaid's Tale, and I don't really watch TV so I read this more as a stand alone. I liked it quite a lot, I don't think it moved me as much as, Handmaid's Tale, it could be a difference with me. I was a new mom at the time and felt the story, if that makes sense 😋

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Panpan

I really wish I would of just bailed on this one. I don't think any of the characters' actions made sense, it's not really twisty or thrilling when the whole story relies on inexplicable behavior of every character in the book.

MsLeah8417 🤭 2w
Mynameisacolour I felt the same! 2w
Zelma I completely agree. The entire conflict/story could have been avoided with one conversation. 2w
Susannah @Zelma I get the feeling Ware does that in all her books. 😕 2w
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When We Were Vikings | Andrew David MacDonald
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I knew from the synopsis this would be right up my alley, it was recommended to fans of The Silver Linings Playbook and A Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time, both of which I really liked. It lived up to the recommendation, I would also add for fans of Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend. I thought it was very well done and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. Thank you #netgalley for providing me an ARC to read.

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Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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My October TBR, at least it is what's here on my shelf already :) I do have a few library holds I'm waiting on.

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The Missing Years | Lexie Elliott
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Listening to audiobook about creepy (possibly haunted) manse, while trying to put my books up in new house. It is hard because I want to stop and read all the books 😆

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The World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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I wanted to read this because I love Alice Hoffman, but I was hesitant because I'm having a bit WWII/holocaust fatigue. It is hard to enjoy these books and yet an important part of history that shouldn't be forgotten. I think i would recommend this book highly to someone that has not read too many of these types of stories as it was well researched and had strong characters. Thank you #netgalley for review copy.

IvoryLunatic I think I had the same problem with it. I‘ve just read too many of these lately. 4w
Flaneurette super agree w the fatigue thing!
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I am loving my new neighborhood thrift store!!! All books are 10 for $1 and they seem to have lots of new books in each week 😊 Tagged book has been on my wishlist for a long time so I was super excited to see it there.

tessavi Great haul! 4w
Ruthiella 10 for $1? What a deal!😀 4w
Gina Sweet finds. House of leaves is a perfect October read! And of course doctor sleep... 4w
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Gaylagal2 Oh wow.....wait until you read Dr Sleep! Freaked me out 😬 I'm actually reading it again before the movie comes out and I'm hearing they did a super job 🤙 Hope you like it 🤓 4w
Hooked_on_books 10/$1!?!?! 😯🤯 4w
Maude Yes, it's actually 25 cents per book or 10 for a dollar, I guess they get so many books in and just don't have shelf space to sort or price individual books. 4w
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The Orchid Throne | Jeffe Kennedy
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Happy pub day!!

This was a complete immersion into a fantasy world, the descriptions and world building were spot on. I enjoy stories that suck you in and make you really picture a new place. Thank you #netgalley for providing me an ARC for review.

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Midnight Clear | Alcy Leyva, Laura Morrison, Sam Hooker, Seven Jane, Dalena Storm, Cassondra Windwalker
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What a darkly funny and unique collection, I loved the bizarre twists on these holiday stories!!! Thanks to #netgalley for providing an ARC for review.

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I'm not gonna lie, there were some parts I had a hard time understanding fully but all in all this was a very readable and interesting science book :)

mreads I love the seed pod vase and the momma and baby armadillos!😍 4w
Maude @mreads Thank you, I look all over little for my knick knacks :) 4w
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Are You Sleeping | Kathleen Barber
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I haven't been posting my #popsugar2019 reading challenge books but I did keep notes so I'll start adding them. This is for - a book with a question in the title. It also features a podcast in the story and I think that was on last year's list. I really liked this and it stuck with me, I can remember the story vividly even though I read it months ago.

CoffeeK8 This was a great book! 4w
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I listened to this fascinating audiobook while organizing my bookshelves today. The 'hermit' was a man named Christopher Knight, he was an avid reader and had some very quotable moments in the book. I liked Finkel's writing style and will look for more of his work.

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I really liked this, it was rather unique in its setting and I didnt want to put it down so that's always good. Thank you #netgalley for letting me read it :)

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How to Read and Why | Harold Bloom
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Today's library books, along with tagged book I picked up, Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin, The Island of Lost Maps by Miles Harvey, The Tangled Tree by David Quammen. I just browsed and grabbed :)

Laura317 I loved Winter‘s Tale! I think I might have to re-read it again. (edited) 1mo
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I know y'all understand 😊

Ruthiella TOTALLY!😅 1mo
Airykah13 That‘s me 😂 1mo
Hooked_on_books Yup, yup, yup 1mo
Crazeedi Omg, this sums it up!😂 1mo
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Once Upon an Enchanted Forest: An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories | Juliet Marillier, Bethany Adams, Alisha Klapheke, Angela J. Ford, Emma Hamm, Charissa Weaks, Elva Birch, Morgan Jensen, Michelle Tang, Autumn Shelley
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I loved this collection of stories, a lovely and unique blend by multiple authors, I was amazed at how all the stories were different and yet fit the tone perfectly. If you like fairytales and folklore I would highly recommend!!! Thank you @CharissaWeaksAuthor

CharissaWeaksAuthor Thank you for reading and sharing, Maudaevee!!! And man, I love your name so much. 1mo
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This was an interesting and sad look at how dogs end up in need of rescue, specially if you are unaware of how badly animals are treated in the USA still. I'm biased as someone that volunteers and fosters for animal shelters and a rescue mom myself (Bryson in the pic was a police confiscation from a meth lab #dogsoflitsy). I hope books like this will encourage more people to get involved and improve our overall animal welfare in this country.

Gaylagal2 He's so adorable! All my fur babies are rescues and awesome! It's so sad and unnecessary the people who "buy" dogs. If you look and/or go to an animal shelter, you will have zero problems finding the breed you'd like to have. They all need homes ?❤️ 1mo
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Be careful ordering from Thriftbooks!! I ordered what was pictured as a box set on their site and I recieved just the single book. I knew when I ordered it seemed too good of a deal, the actual description was vague but I was thinking I'd at least get some version of a box set or at the least a pretty book from the set pictured but I got 1 kinda ugly/a tad beat up book 😕

Susanita Bummer! 1mo
Mynameisacolour Boooooo!!!!! Sorry that happened to you. 1mo
xicanti Ugh. 1mo
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DivineDiana Sounds like a bait and switch! 1mo
jillrhudy Some Modern Library books with that cover and title go for $40-50 online. 1mo
Maude @jillrhudy I did see that, there is a better copy of the book I received on Ebay for $48 but my copy looks like coffee splattered on it and it has small punctures like it was stabbed with fork maybe 🤔 Its not horribly noticable but I would assume a collector would take issue with it. 1mo
hes7 I‘ve had pretty good luck getting refunds from Thriftbooks when the books I receive don‘t match what I thought I bought. 1mo
Linsy Oh no! 😯 1mo
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I loved, A Head Full Of Ghosts, so I had high hopes for this. They were too high, I didn't like this at all and really only finished it because it was the only audiobook I downloaded to listen to while I tackle my book room. I got all the stuff out of boxes now comes the hard part, organizing it all ? I have my "dammit doll" on stand by just to be safe?

tpixie 😆📚♥️ 1mo
Book_Fairy_Mary Also didn't really enjoy this one. I felt like it was a missed opportunity. 1mo
Kayla.Adriena What's a dammit doll?? Intriguing! 1mo
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NeedsMoreBooks What is a dammit doll? And where do I get one? 1mo
Maude @Kayla.Adriena and @NeedsMoreBooks , Dammit Dolls are a cross between a voodoo & rag doll with the cutest little poem pinned on, I will type it below. I got mine at a vintage shop but I think you can order them online. 1mo
Maude When you think you want to climb the walls - or stand right up and shout, Here's a little Dammit doll- you cannot do without. Just grasp it firmly by the legs- and find a place to slam it. Then as you whack it's stuffings out, -Yell, "Dammit, Dammit, Dammit!!!" 1mo
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I kind of grabbed a hodgepodge at the thrift store today but I got the whole stack for $1 😁

Hooked_on_books One dollar?!? Holy crap! Nice job! 1mo
Ruthiella AMAZING! Love the Shultz book design!😁 1mo
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Giveaway: A Novel | Steve Fisher
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Congratulations @Nessavamusic and thank you for #40kARCGiveaway 🤓

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Follow Me To Ground | Sue Rainsford
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Well, that was quite different! First off the cover was stunning and I loved it, but it was an odd little story and not for everyone. The writing was wonderful and I liked the concept but I never got 100% on-board. Thank you, #netgalley for a chance to read this ARC.

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I just got this in the mail and will be dropping everything to read it now 😁 I loved, The Reckless Oath We Made!!

AmyG This one is so good. 1mo
mreads Is that a candle? Looks cool! 1mo
Maude @mreads yes it is a candle, my Dad gave it to me awhile ago :) 1mo
xxjenadanxx This book is soo good! 1mo
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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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This book, #TheGraceYear !! I am 3/4s through and dying to talk about it, have any of you heard of it or read it? I picked it because the comparison to ,Handmaid's Tale, meets, Lord of the Flies, but wow I was not prepared. Huge thank you to #Netgalley and St. Martin's Press.

leahsbookishobsession I just finished this the other day. I loved it. 1mo
TheBookKeepers Yes, read it, loved it, 💯 obsessed with it!!!!!!!!!!! 1mo
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Want to be a word-grubber? Then this is the book for you 😁 I loved the idea of an obscure word and its story a day! I think I'll be giving out some copies to my word nerd friends for Christmas. Thanks to #netgalley for a chance to read and enjoy this fun book.

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Winter Sisters | Tim Westover
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This book is a little different and very enjoyable, there were so many great characters. I was all in until the last 25%, I didn't care for the ending much. Thanks to #netgalley for letting me read this though :)

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Absinthe: The Exquisite Elixir | Betina Wittels, T.A. Breaux
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This had great illustrations, interesting history and short biographical sketches. #netgalley

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Winter Sisters | Tim Westover
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I saw a blurb about this and knew it looked like something I would like, I signed up for #Netgalley and there it was :) I am very excited to get started.

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The Light Between Oceans | M. L. Stedman
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My second try at this book and I'm gonna have to say it's just not for me. Maybe I'll just try and watch the movie🤔

rachaich I loved the film 😊😊😊 2mo
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The Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood
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I loved this book, it was rather unique and very good!! I won it in a #goodreadsgiveaway and will definitely get more books by this author :)

BookwormM Love the armadillo 2mo
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The Smell of Other People's Houses | Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
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Listened to the audio while taking a day trip to Whittier, #Alaska. I enjoyed the different narrators and how they all connected with each other. #LetsTravelAugust

Hooked_on_books Beautiful pic! 3mo
Maude Thank you, I've only been in Alaska a few weeks and I'm finding it so lovely that I want to take pictures everyday! 3mo
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This book made me queasy and angry but was still a good read. It was well written, felt like a good representation of the times.

Lcsmcat I had the same reaction. And, since it was on my Kindle, I tended to read it while eating. Not a good idea. 😱 3mo
Maude I don't think I could of ate while reading this 😮 3mo
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I am in the minority but I liked this one much better than the Daisy Jones book.

Megabooks Me too. 3mo
Wife Are we in the minority? 3mo
BooknerdsLife I thought most people love this one more than Daisy Jones ?! 😱 This one is my favourite too 🤗 3mo
Maude Maybe I just see the fans of Daisy Jones posts :) I heard so much more praise for that one and it was just okay to me but I really liked this one. 3mo
janeycanuck I certainly enjoyed Daisy Jones but much preferred Evelyn Hugo! (edited) 3mo
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Listened to the audio of this while camping and waiting for my new house in Alaska :) It was better than I thought it would be and a good family drama.

Jaimelire Lovely photo♥️ 3mo
TheSpineView I have always wanted to visit Alaska. Please pay some pics of your new house! And congrats! 3mo
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Weaveworld | Clive Barker
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Picking the right laundromat book is hard, it needs to be interesting and still putdownable, I think this one is working. Which is good because as we drive from Texas to Alaska I think this is just the first of many laundromat days :)

TrishB I love this book ❤️ 4mo
Slajaunie Wow! That is a long drive. 4mo
Ruthiella I get distracted at laundromats! I love watching the front load machines wash for some reason!😮 4mo
Reggie I hope you like this book, this is one of my favorites from when I was a teenager. 4mo
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Drood: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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I believe this is going to be a bail, I've struggled to get 82 pages in (out of 946 😯) and Bryson has even turned his back :)

DGRachel I agree with Bryson. I tried to read this many moons ago and bailed before 100 pages. 4mo
Maude @DGRachel , it just rambles and even though I know its fiction, it makes me dislike very well liked authors. 4mo
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We are just starting this, thanks to a #goodreadsgiveaway 😁 I love the cover and I think Bryson does too! #dogsoflitsy

Crazeedi Beautiful cover!❤ 4mo
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Hmmmmmm, this started out quite good but it kind of lost me a bit at the end. I guess it was just too tidy for my tastes 😊 All in all a good summer/beach read though, which is what I needed as I prepped for my move from Texas to Alaska.

DivineDiana Now, that‘s quite a move! Good luck! 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Wowww from Texas to Alaska? That's quite a change! All the best! 4mo
Erinreadsthebooks Love the statue 😍 4mo
Maude Thanks y'all 😊 I'm excited and nervous about Alaska, as an army wife I've been a lot of places but Alaska seems like the wildest one 😁 4mo
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This was interesting and funny! I may be biased because I love dictionaries 😍

rwmg Glad you enjoyed it, it's on my virtual TBR shelf 5mo
RebL My IRL buddy gave this to me and now it's a Litten pick. Gotta move it up my list. 5mo
JinksB Kory Stamper made me wish I could hop in a time machine & go back to change my career. [sigh] 3mo
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I found this at my local thrift shop for a quarter so I'm starting now :) I haven't read any of her books yet.

LiteraryinLititz I love Liane Moriarty! Hope you enjoy this one! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm I haven‘t read this one yet but I‘ve enjoyed a few others of hers. 5mo
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Y'all don't hate me ☺ I wanted to like this more, the setting and its descriptions were wonderful but the characters, dialogue and storyline were just mediocre. I really found myself skimming too much. Oh and how I detested the poetry bits (even though I like poetry) it felt tacked on and wasn't really needed.

kyraleseberg I agree, it was a lovely story and has a little something for everyone but for me the dialogue and relationships between characters felt cheesy at times. 5mo
BookShark Oh boy, my book club just picked it and I‘m concerned! Very mixed feelings going in... 5mo
Addison_Reads I agree with your review. I only gave it a pick because her description and writing of the marsh was so beautiful, but the rest of the story was just Meh. 5mo
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I think this will be way up there on my favorite books list. I loved everything about it!!!

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I really liked this ARC I received from a #goodreadsgiveaway. I learned a lot and it read like a novel, I'd highly recommend for fans of true crime, old NYC, Erik Larson /Jon Krakauer.

KatieDid927 I won this one too! On my pile for soon haha. 5mo
Maude @KatieDid927 , I hope you like it as much as I did :) 5mo
Moony What a cool candle! 5mo
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Maude @Moony Thank you, it was a gift from my Dad :) 5mo
CouronneDhiver That candle is really awesome. My grandpa would love it! 5mo
Nute I‘ve never seen a candle like that before. It‘s really cool! 3w
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I guess I'll go with a so-so, just because I loved the parts about homesteaders and Alaska. I was loving the first part of the book then about half way the characters and the pace got jerky, it totally put me off the story. I wanted to bail but stuck it out hoping it would turn back around but it just got worse as it hurdled to the end.☹

Twocougs Felt the same way- so much potential but... 6mo
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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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Well, that was quite different but I loved it ☺ I like it when I come across a book that's not like anything else I've read.

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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I thought I would love this like everyone else but seem to be the only one that really couldn't follow this story 😞

jmtrivera That happened to me the first time I tried it. Months later, I tried again and really enjoyed it. 6mo
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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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I got a surprise in the mail today, so happy to get this and think I'm going to be up late reading ☺ Thank you @WilliamMorrowBooks

WilliamMorrowBooks Enjoy it!!! 6mo
Reviewsbylola Very pretty cover! 6mo
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My favorite read of the year so far, it gets all the stars!!! I highly recommend for historical fiction fans, I believe it will be out in June 😍 I received mine in a #goodreadsgiveaway

Librarybelle @CouronneDhiver I scored a copy awhile ago on NetGalley! Can‘t wait to read it! 6mo
CouronneDhiver Wait for me! Lol 😂 @Librarybelle (jk - I know you probably owe them a pre-publication review) 6mo
Librarybelle @CouronneDhiver 😂 I‘m so far behind on my pre-publication reviews, you‘ll have a copy before I even get to this! We may be able to read it together this summer! 6mo
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