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MeganAnn

Joined July 2016

Reading is my escape. I am a creative, coffee loving boy mom. Goodreads: goodreads.com/user/show/13248394-megan-elgin TheStoryGraph: MeganAnn
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May Flowers | Louisa May Alcott
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Here‘s my #bookspin list for May🌷

#roll100 has been fun way to keep reading books off my shelves so my goal is to read all 3 each month.

One spot each for #lmpbc and #authoramonth

All 3 #pemberlittens reads. I‘m going to start out following along with chapter a day schedule, but might shift to reading straight through if it‘s as hard to keep up with as last time.

Added spots for #nsr22 reads, hollows series and categories for mood reads.

TheAromaofBooks All the PemberLitten reads sound so good!!! I'm doing all three as well - I couldn't resist!! 3w
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Final April #bookspinbingo board! One bingo including North and South which I bailed on and never really felt like picking back up.

Favorites this month are 5⭐️ reads
The Heart‘s Invisible Furies #authoramonth
Never Let Me Go #lmpbc
Don‘t Hex and Drive #roll100
Maus I, which the kiddo and I both loved.

Since my last post, finished the third #roll100 book Valley of Horses, another hollows series reread The Undead Pool & Barbarian Alien on KU.

PuddleJumper Wahoo! 3w
MeganAnn @MaleficentBookDragon I‘ve had the next #lmpbc book packed up and ready to mail out to you all week but haven‘t managed to make it to the post office with work and the kiddo‘s after school activities. I‘ve blocked off time to get to the post office tomorrow morning though so it will be on its way to you. Sorry for the delay! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I literally only finished North & South because I was reading just one chapter a day, so I could at least get through that much LOL It was okay, but not an overall win for me. 3w
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MaleficentBookDragon @MeganAnn Do you have tracking for the #LMPBC book? It has not arrived.
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MeganAnn @MaleficentBookDragon I haven‘t looked at Litsy all week and I just saw this. So sorry for the delay!! Tracking shows that the book was delivered yesterday. Did you get it? 2d
MaleficentBookDragon @MeganAnn yes it did! Thank you. I‘m starting it tonight. 2d
MeganAnn @MaleficentBookDragon oh good! I promise I‘ll get the next book out on time. 2d
MaleficentBookDragon @MeganAnn no worries. I was afraid it got lost in the mail. Or worse, that I had got it and then lost it when I was sick and couldn‘t remember. 2d
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Roll the Dice | Robbie Cox
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#roll100 choices! 🎉With so many TBR books on my shelves I doubled up listing 2 choices for each number.

54. A Feast of Roses OR The Graveyard Book. Very different books! Will probably depend on my mood.

85. A Place Called Perfect : the remaining choice as I read Bunny when it was rolled this month.

96. Glaciers OR The Scapegracers. Again very different selections. Leaning towards Glaciers as it‘s a slim book that‘s been on my shelf for years.

LeslieO I loved Glaciers. A little gem. 4w
PuddleJumper Good luck! 4w
jlhammar Glaciers is so good! 4w
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Ever After | Kim Harrison
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Update on my April reading. May post reviews on some of these later.

#bookspin : Ramon & Julieta 3⭐️
#doublespin : tagged, Hollows book 11 5⭐️

Two April #roll100 titles : Bunny 4⭐️
Don‘t Hex & Drive 5⭐️
One #roll100 from March : From Twinkle with Love 4⭐️

#lmpbc : Never Let Me Go 5⭐️

#authoramonth : The Heart‘s Invisible Furies 5⭐️

#pemberlittens : The Other Bennet Sister 4⭐️
bailed on North & South

Free space : Ice Planet Barbarians 4⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looking great!! 4w
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From Twinkle, with Love | Sandhya Menon
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This was a sweet epistolary YA romance told through Twinkle‘s diary entries written as letters to her favorite female filmmakers, along with a few blog posts and texts with Sahil‘s perspective. I appreciated how encouraging and supportive Sahil was. Even when Twinkle was making bad choices, it felt authentic to a sixteen year old girl trying to navigate her feelings. 💖

This was a #roll100 pick for March I didn‘t get to earlier. @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper That's awesome! 4w
MeganAnn This is also my #noshamereadathon22 pick for a YA romance! @Nessavamusic #nsr22 4w
Nessavamusic Nice job! This looks cute. 4w
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Passenger | Alexandra Bracken
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After driving home in snowy weather, it was a delight to open this spring filled #speculativespringswap box! @Pigpen_Reads sent such an amazing package! 📚6 books I‘m very excited to read from my TBR. Book sleeves, bookmark & tea bag holders, tote and a fabric basket filled with candy, all in such lovely spring fabrics! 🌸 Handmade soaps which I love — the whole box smelled delightfully like lavender when I opened it. ⬇️

Pigpen_Reads I'm so glad you like it! It was fun getting your package put together 😊 1mo
MeganAnn Lip balm, notecards, pens and markers I can always put to good use. I noticed some of my brush markers are drying out so those are especially needed! And the floral travel mug is so pretty! Thank you so much @Pigpen_Reads 💖🎉✨🙏🏻 I love everything! Extra thanks to @Avanders for always being such a wonderful swap host 😍✨👏🏻 #sss (edited) 1mo
Avanders Wow!! 😍😍🔮🧬🦠 1mo
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Don't Hex and Drive | Juliette Cross
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This series is so fun! I love the Savoie sisters, their various personalities & interests.

Book 2 focuses on Isadora who we didn‘t see much in the first book. I loved her! She‘s quiet & shy, preferring to spend time in her greenhouse or with animals at the local shelter. Devraj, a vampire with special talents of his own & a former Bollywood star, brings out her fire & spirit. Sparks fly while they save human girls being kidnapped by vampires.

MeganAnn This was my #roll100 book for number 100 @PuddleJumper 💖 And it‘s also book 2 in the Stay a Spell series for #seriesread2022 @TheSpineView ✨📚 2mo
PuddleJumper Awesome! 2mo
TheSpineView Great job! 2mo
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And here is April‘s #bookspinbingo board.

#bookspin is a title from my #readromancerepeat subscription box. I have a few on deck I haven‘t gotten to yet that I‘m very much looking forward to.

#doublespin is the next book in my Hollows series reread which will be Ever After.

Fitting picks as these are both things I‘d pick up for mood reading to treat myself, perfect for my birthday month!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks fantastic!! 2mo
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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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March #bookspinbingo🍀Spent the first half of the month with the newest Outlander which was a #roll100 pick.

Favorite was Fault Lines for #lmpbc by far!
Also finished China Girls for #authoramonth and Into the Woods for my Hollows series reread.

#bookspin and #doublespin were both middle grade books off my shelves & I managed to squeeze in the two pictured. Ella Enchanted was cute. New Kid was fantastic & great reading for middle schoolers.
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MeganAnn Much reading time went to the 3 #pemberlittens buddy reads. Sanditon was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the finished novel by ‘another lady‘. I‘m a little behind on North & South and unsure if I wish to catch up or bail as I‘m losing interest. However, I‘m ahead on The Other Bennet Sister and loving it! @sprainedbrain @jenniferw88 @StayCurious (edited) 2mo
MrsMalaprop I got New Kid for Clem after seeing it on Litsy. He loved it. 😊 2mo
MeganAnn @MrsMalaprop I picked it up for Axton based off Litsy as well. He read it before I did and he loved it! Has Clem read the sequel? We don‘t have that one yet. 2mo
MrsMalaprop No, I just asked him & he hasn‘t. Stacked 😊🙏. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm also struggling a little with North & South. It's hard for me to keep reading a book where I don't particularly like anyone! But now that Mary's life is looking up, I'm really enjoying The Other Bennet Sister. 2mo
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My #speculativespringswap #sss box arrived today!

I think this is from @Pigpen_Reads 🌸 The box was in some melting snow and dripping water for a bit before I realized it had been delivered. Hopefully nothing inside is ruined. Are things wrapped inside? If so, I would open it to make sure nothing is too damp & can dry it out quickly if need be, but I don‘t want to ruin the surprise if they are not wrapped.

Pigpen_Reads Some things are wrapped and others are not. I'm sorry!! 2mo
MeganAnn @Pigpen_Reads not your fault! One of our postal workers tends to set packages right where the water drips and puddles every time. Drives me nuts! 😖 The other one always carefully sets them by the door where they are safe. Maybe I‘ll ask my son to open the box when he gets home from school to make sure. Then if something‘s damp we can pull out to dry so it doesn‘t get icky, but if it‘s not the surprise won‘t be ruined. 2mo
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽🔮🦠🧬🧞‍♂️💜 super bummer re your postal worker though… can you put something there so they can‘t leave packages there? 2mo
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Pigpen_Reads @MeganAnn I hope everything is okay in the box! 2mo
MeganAnn @Pigpen_Reads yes, it seems to be! My son opened it and felt around the bottom and he said nothing felt damp so thankfully it must not have soaked all the way through the cardboard in the bottom. 😅 2mo
MeganAnn @Avanders I wish I could! It‘s right in the walkway at the top of the steps so it has to stay clear. I‘ve tried putting a note on the door but either they didn‘t read it or have chosen to ignore it. My husband is planning to replace the gutter there this year so hopefully that will help somewhat. 2mo
Avanders Oooh bummer! 😒 It would be nice if they read your sign though! 2mo
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Speculative Horizons | Patrick St-Denis
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My #speculativespringswap package went out today @Avanders ✨ It should arrive on Saturday.

We had a snowstorm yesterday so it does not feel like spring outside yet… but hopefully it will be here soon. 🥶🌸🌷❄️ I of course forget to take a picture of the box so instead you get a picture of my front porch waiting for spring to arrive.

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽🦠🔮🧬🧞‍♂️💜 2mo
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Finished this one for #authoramonth earlier this week. I‘m giving it a low pick because I cared just enough to find out what happened. However, it‘s my least favorite of See‘s books so far.

Ruby, Grace and Helen are thrown together at their audition to be dancers at the Forbidden City. We follow their careers through the book as they are friends, enemies and generally make bad choices informed by past hardships they‘ve endured. ⬇️

MeganAnn I did enjoy the parts that looked at being a Chinese or Asian performer during the 30s-50s. And I liked the glamour of the Forbidden City and other nightclubs. But the main characters weren‘t particularly like able and we didn‘t really know why they made some of their choices (especially those that hurt each other) until the end. See‘s other works had me connecting with and feeling for the characters, while this one never fully got there. 2mo
MeganAnn Looking forward to discussing this more with the #literarycrew @Librarybelle 2mo
Librarybelle Yay! Hard to believe the discussion will be just a couple days away! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one ❤️ 2mo
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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I absolutely LOVED this book. It‘s honest and real, but also snarky and engrossing. I don‘t want to say much more since this is an #lmpbc read. But I will say it‘s going on my best of the year list.

@MaleficentBookDragon I will hopefully have this sent off to you tomorrow.

@Kayla.Adriena @phantomx

MeganAnn @MaleficentBookDragon my book officially went out in the mail to you today. You should have it early next week hopefully. 2mo
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Start Spinning | Maggie Casey
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Here‘s my April #bookspin list.

Spots for #roll100 #authoramonth #lmpbc and #pemberlittens reads. Filled in the rest with categories, a few titles and the continuation of my reread of the Hollows series. March has not been a great reading month so I‘m hoping April will be better.

WJCintron I LOVE your handwriting!!! Great list!! 😃 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 2mo
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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#roll100 choices! 🎉With so many TBR books on my shelves I doubled up listing two choices for each number.

49. The Valley of Horses — I read the other choice in January.

85. A Place Called Perfect OR Bunny — no idea yet which one I‘ll choose. Anyone have a recommendation?

100. Wolf Gone Wild — already read so I‘m substituting book 2: Don‘t Hex & Drive. 2nd choice is a Naomi Novik title which I want to save for August‘s #authoramonth

PuddleJumper Looks great! Valley of Horses is my favourite in that series 2mo
Melismatic Bunny is soooooo good - but very weird. If you don‘t love dark humor or horror, it could be a lot. 😂 2mo
MeganAnn @PuddleJumper I enjoyed the first book and keep meaning to get back to the series so this is a good push! 2mo
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MeganAnn @Melismatic good to know! I‘m not usually a fan of horror, but I can handle it sometimes with the right storyline. I do like dark humor and magical realism though so we‘ll see. The premise sort of reminds me of the movie Heathers from the late 80s which I love. 2mo
Melismatic @MeganAnn oh it‘s very Heathers! Mixed with The Craft. 2mo
MeganAnn @Melismatic well I also love The Craft so you may have just sold me! 😂 2mo
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I‘ve been reading the Hollows stories in this anthology in order between the novels in the series. Now I finished the last few non-Hollows stories which are also wonderful. This is a great collection — I loved this reread and will definitely read it again in the future.

My favorite non-Hollows stories were Pet Shop Boys and Grace, but I enjoyed all of them.

Another book down on my Hollows series reread and #seriesread2022 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Great job! 2mo
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It‘s been a hectic month but I finally finished this monster of a book.

Claire & Jamie are trying to manage the rising tensions on Fraser‘s Ridge & beyond. Brianna & Roger are finding their feet as they adjust to being back. Ian, with Rachel‘s help, is confronting his past. William is struggling to come to terms with his parentage.

This feels like an in between book before we get to the big action we all know is coming, but in a good way. 4⭐️

MeganAnn This was also one of my #roll100 books for March 🎉 @PuddleJumper 2mo
MeganAnn & this is the next book in the Outlander series for #seriesread2022 @TheSpineView 2mo
PuddleJumper Wahoo! 2mo
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Pigpen_Reads What is Roll 100? 2mo
MeganAnn @Pigpen_Reads #roll100 is a way to help read your tbr. You make a list of 100 books you want to read (or categories or however you want to list them). Each month @PuddleJumper rolls dice to choose a couple numbers from 1 to 100 and then you read those books from your list. It‘s very low key and anyone can join, anytime. I used all tbr books I already own for my list and try to read two each month. 2mo
Pigpen_Reads @MeganAnn Sounds fun! 2mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 2mo
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Hooked on Bingo | Alice Andrews
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Here‘s my #bookspinbingo board

The Fates have decided to throw me a curveball this month by selecting both middle grade category spots for my #bookspin and #doublespin … instead of one of the many other reads I‘ve committed to. 🤷‍♀️😂 At least middle grade books are usually fairly quick reads for me.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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And with that last review, here‘s my final February #bookspinbingo 🎉 stats

2 bingos!! 🎉. 14 books read including:
Both my #bookspin and #doublespin
Both #roll100 books @PuddleJumper
📚8 off my TBR shelves
💖6 romances for #swoonathon @kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl
🙌🏿6 books by black authors for black history month
👆🏾1 by Maya Angelou for #authoramonth @Soubhiville
✨2 for #NSR22 @Nessavamusic
📚6 for #seriesread2022 @TheSpineView

PuddleJumper Awesome! Go you! 3mo
TheSpineView Fabulous! 3mo
Nessavamusic Amazing! 3mo
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aa_guer2021 What an impressive reading month! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 3mo
Librariana I love all your color-coding and categorization! Looks like you had a phenomenal reading month! Good job 😊💜📚 3mo
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A Perfect Blood | Kim Harrison
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Managed to finish one last book last night before the end of Feb.

This is book 10 in #thehollows series as I continue my reread. This one starts off with Rachel at the DMV. All she wants is her license back & to register her new car, but of course the bureaucracy is not making it easy. I love when Harrison throws these real life situations in while giving us a peek at how the addition of inderlanders both changes things & stays the same ⬇️

MeganAnn 1/2: This books brings in a new threat in the form of a fringe hate group of humans trying to create its own demons with the intention of destroying all Inderlanders. Rachel has to stop them or the I.S. will blame her for the crimes. Meanwhile, she‘s still wearing the silver bracelet that hides her from the demons and blocks her access to the ley lines making this run much more difficult. Trent shows up a lot in this one too … ⬇️ 3mo
MeganAnn 2/2: By the end, Rachel might finally be ready to completely accept herself as a demon. ✨ I loved this one! I sort of forgot most of what happens here since it‘s been several years since I read it last. It was a fun ride! 5⭐️. Another book down for #seriesread2022 @TheSpineView 3mo
DinoMom I need to revisit this series . 3mo
MeganAnn @DinoMom I‘ve been having a lot of fun rereading it to catch up to the newer books! 3mo
TheSpineView Great job! 3mo
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The Gilded Ones | Namina Forna
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An amazing #blitsyswap package from @Endowarrior21 😍 Two fantasy books from my TBR. I cannot get over these gorgeous covers, especially the tagged which I‘ve been eyeing for so long — it‘s even more beautiful in person. Plus a beautiful bookmark, glittery ornaments & sticky page flags. My favorite is the body butter which smells amazing (eucalyptus mint scented) and is perfect for me. Thank you Jessi for such thoughtful gifts! #bhms

MeganAnn And extra thanks to @Chelleo for once again being a wonderful swap host and sending out notecards and bookmarks to each of us. I look forward to this swap every year! 💖 There‘s a little something heading your way in the mail. 3mo
squirrelbrain Gorgeous gifts! 3mo
riversong153 I‘ve read both of these books 🙌🏾💜💜 3mo
Chelleo Both are good reads! (I'm a big fan of the Gilded Ones!). Those ornaments are darling! And Thanks for taking part and for whatever is heading my way. 😍 3mo
Endowarrior21 Your welcome I had fun making and buying everything for you. 😊 3mo
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Finished this yesterday. I‘m still thinking about it! Adunni‘s thirst for knowledge & passion for helping others makes her a wonderful character. She goes through so much, but comes out with her passion, strength & kindness intact. This is one of those books that has been languishing on my shelf for much too long. I wish I had read it earlier. Definitely check content warnings before reading for triggers.

My second #roll100 book for February.

PuddleJumper Whoot! 3mo
Peddler410 I‘ve had this book sitting in a pile on my bedroom floor since at least last summer. You make me bump it up my TBR. 3mo
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Had a lot of fun hanging out and coloring with my fellow #litsycrafters this afternoon! Thanks for the great conversation. 💖

Here‘s my finished picture.

Chrissyreadit I love it!!! 3mo
MeganAnn @Chrissyreadit thank you!! Here‘s that book we were talking about: 3mo
Catsandbooks Beautiful! Your shading is fantastic!! 3mo
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BookwormAHN Fantastic 💚 3mo
Gissy Lovely!😍📚❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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If you have read The Hollows series (to book 9: Pale Demon) this is a fantastic accompaniment. I loved the way Harrison took the idea of a world book featuring content from & supporting the series, then turned that into its own story. ✨This follows reporter Devin Crossman as he investigates Rachel & her escapades in the previous books, with all the information and facts he‘s compiled. I was just as engrossed as I am with a regular Hollows novel!

MeganAnn Many extra thanks to @DebinHawaii for giving me this in the #basicwitchswap 💖 I loved it! 💖This is also another book checked off my #seriesread2022 goal to complete the entire #hollows series @TheSpineView 3mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 3mo
DebinHawaii Yay! Glad you enjoyed it! I need to start up reading the series again. I read the first 4 & I am annoyed at my library because #5 is only available in audio book & print but the not e-book like 1-4 were. 😡 Have you ever tried listening to any of the books? 3mo
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MeganAnn @DebinHawaii how frustrating! I have not listened to them, but I‘m also not a big audiobook person. Does your library offer access to hoopla? It looks like most of the series is on hoopla as both audio and ebooks. I had to search by title specifically to find book 5 as it didn‘t come up by searching the author‘s name. 3mo
DebinHawaii @MeganAnn Sadly, we are Libby only & they do this with series all the times, especially large, older series. Irritating. I like the e-books more than print with these because I read them in small bits & don‘t have to drag the book around. I did find the e-book on Amazon for $5.99 though, so I may go that route! Close to the price of a latte so I can justify! 😉🤣 3mo
MeganAnn Oh shoot! Our library does the same thing with the older series too and it can be frustrating. With the Charley Davidson series, I can only get them through an inter library loan and I think when I looked they were missing a couple in the middle of the series too. Hoping to track down used copies instead as I prefer reading physical copies whenever possible. Glad you found an alternative plan! 😊 3mo
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My March #bookspin list.

I may have overcommitted myself on buddy reads this month, but they are all titles I have really been wanting to read so we‘ll see how this goes. Filled in with some other categories for mood reading.

Since the tagged book is very long, I gave it two spots. Plus it‘s also one of my #roll100 choices so if I manage to finish it in March, it will count towards three #bookspinbingo spaces.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
PuddleJumper Nice! 3mo
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#roll100 choices! Since I had so many TBR books on my shelves I doubled up giving me two choices for each number. I can choose the one that most appeals to me, or read all four if time allows.

Roll 1: From Twinkle with Love / Truthwitch
Roll 2: The Love Interest / Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone

I‘m going for the new Outlander, but it‘s very long so we‘ll see. Then I‘ll probably pick From Twinkle with Love as I know it will be short & sweet.

PuddleJumper Looks like a fun bunch of books! 3mo
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Last review for today.

I LOVED this f/f regency romance! Tommy is delightful, the Wynchesters are all a lot of fun, and Philippa is the bookish wallflower bluestocking kind of character I immediately love. I throughly enjoyed the way Ridley wrote these two women and their journey to each other. This is my first book by Ridley, but it will not be the last and I‘m going to go back and read the first book in this series plus the two novellas soon.

MeganAnn Another #swoonathon read @kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl 💖 This is also my historical romance choice for #nsr22 #noshamereadathon22 @Nessavamusic 3mo
Nessavamusic Loved this one! One of my favorite romances of last year. 3mo
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Also finished this title for #authoramonth

I listened to part of this on audio read by the author and read the rest as an ebook, both formats borrowed from the library via Libby. I‘m glad I finally read this and Angelou is a gifted writer. I enjoyed it, but I think I still like her “Mom & Me & Mom” a bit better which I read a few years ago. Some of that may simply be timing and/or format as I read that in hardcover, my preferred format.

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Secrets of Valhalla | Jasmine Richards
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A fun middle grade read along the lines of Rick Riordan‘s books. However, this is not perfect and I do think Riodan‘s work is better. For a kid who has exhausted his work and is looking for something else, this would be be perfect.

What I liked: it‘s fast paced with plenty of action. The MCs are fun to follow and I like their friendship based on accepting each other for who they are and for the things others tease them about.

Continued: ⬇️

MeganAnn 1/3: One thing that both did & didn‘t work for me was the juxtaposition of the Norse world/gods with a few Roman gods. It was an interesting idea which allowed the MCs to explore worlds a bit different than the typical Norse mythology. However it meant that these Roman & Norse gods were thrown together without a lot of thought for how exactly that might work. There is a brief explanation, but it didn‘t really work for me & felt more superficial ⬇️ 3mo
MeganAnn 2/3: … there simply to allow the MCs to meet these gods. That being said, the interactions between the MCs & the gods were well done and I enjoyed them. ✨ Another thing I found odd is the title — Secrets of Valhalla — when the characters never visit Valhalla in the entire book. Yes, they are searching for the “Runes of Valhalla” but for most of the book they are simply mentioned as “the runes” and Valhalla itself never comes into play. ⬇️ 3mo
MeganAnn 3/3: All that being said, I found myself wanting to keep reading regardless of those things so I did enjoy this. I especially enjoyed the creative twist at the end which I‘ll discuss below under a spoiler tag for anyone who is curious. ✨ This was my first #roll100 book for February @PuddleJumper 3mo
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MeganAnn The MCs are told at the beginning that Loki is the villain in typical Norse mythology based fashion. However, at the end we find out he was actually not the bad guy and ends up helping the MCs. Also, Fenris wolf is not a villain either and helps the MCs. I found this incredibly refreshing for this kind of story and appreciated the author showing that those we paint as villains are not always the bad guys. 3mo
PuddleJumper Oo, I've got a few friends looking for something Rick Riordanesque. I'll point them towards this book and see what they think! 3mo
MeganAnn @PuddleJumper this is perfect for that! They may also like The Blackwell Pages series which my son devoured and loved a few years ago around the same time he was reading Riordan. I haven‘t personally read those yet but he has given them high praise. Book 1 tagged: 3mo
PuddleJumper @MeganAnn Brilliant, thanks! 3mo
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Wolf Gone Wild | Juliette Cross
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Catching up on a few reviews. First up is this delightful paranormal romance. I loved Mateo and Evie together. Alpha added another layer of both humor and depth to Mateo‘s character. The Savoie sisters and their various powers were a lot of fun. I‘ll definitely be continuing this series. If you like witches, werewolves and romance, you‘ll probably like this.

Many thanks again to @LeslieO for gifting me this book in the #hauntedhollowswap ❤️✨

MeganAnn Chose this as my fantasy title #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks ✨ And another romance for #swoonathon @kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl 💖 3mo
kimmypete1 This is on my TBR! 3mo
MeganAnn @kimmypete1 it‘s a lot of fun! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it 💖🐺🔮 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I got this one in my #Swoonathonswap box this month!!! It sounds so fun and I love the cover!! 3mo
LeslieO So glad you liked it!🙂 3mo
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This one has been on my to-read list for awhile. I‘m so glad @JackOBotts had it on the #nywd22 #newyearwhodis list prompting me to finally pick it up.

All the praise for this one is well deserved. Some of this I knew, some of it was new to me and all of it was written with passion and humor. I will likely be purchasing a copy for my own shelves and I‘ve told my son he should read this as well.

monalyisha 💓💓💓 3mo
JackOBotts Agree! I look forward to having my kiddos read this as well, once they‘re a bit older. 3mo
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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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Thank you @Johanna414 for this lovely #swoonathon swap package!!

Two books off my TBR which I‘m excited to read… both recommended by Johanna! 💖 I love Lindt truffles so those are perfect plus a caramel heart that looks delicious and a sweet card. Everything is just perfect!

Happy Valentines Day to all my Litsy friends! Know that you are loved 💖🥰✨

Johanna414 So glad you're happy with the books I chose - I hope you love them!! 3mo
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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These are the ones I have at the top of my TBR right now. I think I‘m leaning towards the tagged since it comes highly recommended by one of my favorite authors. OR Before the Coffee Gets Cold but I believe @MaleficentBookDragon read that one already.

What do you all think? @Kayla.Adriena @phantomx

MeganAnn This one might be a bit long as it‘s 500 pages, but I would very much like to read it at some point 3mo
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Kayla.Adriena Fault Lines Works for me! 3mo
MaleficentBookDragon Fault Lines sounds good but I am also more than happy to reread and discuss Before the Coffee Gets Cold. 3mo
phantomx Fault Lines works for me 3mo
MeganAnn @MaleficentBookDragon @Kayla.Adriena @phantomx looks like Fault Lines is a clear winner! 🎉 3mo
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Received my #bhms #blitsyswap from the wonderful @Endowarrior21 today! Can‘t wait to open it.

Also sent out my box to a lucky recipient today. Forgot to take a photo so instead I‘ve included a picture of the well read black woman sticker I included on the outside of the box made by kLigg on Etsy.

Tagged is one of my current reads which I‘m loving so far.

Zuhkeeyah What a great sticker! 3mo
Chelleo Awesome! And love that sticker! ☺️ 3mo
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Girls Before Earls | Anna Bennett
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Finished Girls before Earls today! Hazel is a delightful, bookish heroine trying to build a successful school for girls. Blade enrolls his niece, Kitty, who has lost her parents & is sent to live with her uncle. Hazel agrees to take Kitty in if Blade comes to visit here every fortnight. I loved how she has the girls best interests at heart. This is very steamy while also being a heartwarming book about love, support and finding family. 💖💖💖💖💖

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The Love Con | Seressia Glass
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Starting #swoonathon off with these two books from my January #readromancerepeat box. I devoured both of these over the last 4 days!

The Love Con is a fun contemporary friends to lovers story with a fake relationship. Kendra & Cameron have a ton of chemistry, along with a lot of respect and support for one another. The author handles the tension and challenges these characters face in an incredibly positive way I found refreshing. ⬇️

MeganAnn … body positivity, a mean-spirited judge, ex-girlfriend drama, parents who don‘t understand the MC‘s dreams and creative drive, a mixed race relationship, cosplay, being on reality TV — the characters handled all of it with grace and positivity and came out better for in the end, together. The cosplay competition show sounds like a lot of fun too. I loved this and will definitely be picking up more books by this author! 💖💖💖💖💖 (edited) 3mo
Nessavamusic Nice job, it was a cute book. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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@JackOBotts I‘m so glad you had this on your #nywd22 list! This is a book I‘ve wanted to read, but also felt very intimidated by because of the hard subject matter and content warnings.

Yes, everything that happened to these boys is heartbreaking, but Whitehead handles in the most brilliant way. Allowing the reader to feel for the boys without wallowing in the sadness. To be in the story but not be so weighed down by it like others I‘ve read… ⬇️

MeganAnn And I did not see that twist coming! In fact, part of what allows the reader to keep going is also what makes the twist so brilliant. With this, I definitely look forward to reading The Underground Railroad which I‘ve also put off for similar reasons. 4.75⭐️ 4mo
JackOBotts I‘m glad you enjoyed this, too. This was a moving, gripping novel, inspired by real life horrors at the boys schools. From my #NYWD21 list from @dariazeoli 💜 4mo
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The Love Con | Seressia Glass
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My February #bookspinbingo board is all set!

#bookspin is a book from my #readromancerepeat box which will probably be the tagged choice as I‘m most excited to read that one.

#doublespin is a Fantasy book from my shelves — I have lots to choose from so we‘ll see what speaks to me.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!!! 4mo
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Dogsong | Gary Paulsen
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January recap:
No #bookspinbingo but I did finish both my #bookspin & #doublespin
Also finished both #roll100 choices

I decided to use the space at the bottom to start tracking progress on #tbr books owned, challenges & categories so I can look back to see how each month progresses.

3 books off #tbrshelf (The Starless Sea, A Million Junes, Severance)
+ 2 rereads (Unexpected Gifts ebook, Pale Demon)
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MeganAnn 4 library books: 2 #nywd (Sigh Gone, We Ride Upon Sticks) + Incense & Sensibility + 1 audio (Dogsong, tagged). 📚 2 #NDR22 books (Severance, Her First Taste of Fire ebook) @Nessavamusic 📚 2 #seriesread2022 (Her First Taste of Fire, Pale Demon) @TheSpineView 📚 I did not get to my #authoramonth choice this time. 4mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 🤩📖 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 4mo
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Swoon | Nina Malkin
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#swoonathonswap package update!

Mine on the top arrived from @Johanna414 today 💖

The box on the bottom is going out priority mail to a lucky someone first thing tomorrow morning. 💖

@kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl

Johanna414 Wow- that was so fast!! 4mo
MeganAnn @Johanna414 right?! I was surprised it was here already! 4mo
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Pale Demon | Kim Harrison
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I took a break from my Hollows reread over the holidays. Picked up book 9 because I wasn‘t quite ready to start on February reads yet and figured I wouldn‘t finish another title before the 1st.

I couldn‘t put this down! I forgot so much. I forgot how fast paced this one is. I forgot the joys of putting Rachel, Ivy & Jenks in a car with Trent to drive across the country. So much tension! I forgot how much character growth happens in this one… ⬇️

MeganAnn I remembered the main plot line, but forgot all the wonderful details and in between moments that make it shine. We see more of the demon‘s world here, more elf Magic, and more about the witches coven. Most of all, I forgot that this book is a shining renewal of everything I love about this series after the slower paced book 8. Also there‘s a very special bit of magic I‘m particularly in love with which I‘ll mention in a spoiler tag below. 4mo
MeganAnn I love the scene in Dalliance where Rachel creates a memory and proves she is in fact a demon. I love the idea of a restaurant where the entire atmosphere and look can change with a jukebox selection. And the idea that you could create different memories for the collective to inhabit is rather fun. Can you imagine going to a restaurant that looks like an upscale business bar one minute and ancient Mesopotamia the next? How cool! 4mo
LiseWorks One of my favorite authors, can't wait to get to this one 4mo
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Secrets of Valhalla | Jasmine Richards
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#roll100 choices

Since I had so many TBR books on my shelves I doubled up my list giving me two choices for each number. I can choose the one that most appeals to me, or I can read all four if time allows.

Roll 1: Secrets of Valhalla or Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Roll 2: The Girl with the Louding Voice or Red Sister

1st choice leaning towards the tagged book. Not sure yet on the 2nd choice. Anyone want to vote for which title I should read?

PuddleJumper Can't help with the second book, not read either but they look interesting 4mo
Kangaj1 I loved The Girl with the Louding Voice! 4mo
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Finally had the chance to sit down and paint a little this afternoon. I painted these notecards following the Galaxy Hair tutorial by Let‘s Make Art (link in the comments if anyone‘s interested). These will probably end up being sent out for upcoming swaps.

Which one do you like better — top or bottom? Why?
I think I prefer the bottom which is also the second one I painted but I‘m curious about other‘s opinions.

#litsycrafters #letsmakeart

KateReadsYA Top-her posture is more relaxed 😌 4mo
DinoMom Beautiful!!! 4mo
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MeganAnn @KateReadsYA how interesting! I didn‘t notice that until you mentioned it. ☺️ I used the same outline for both so it‘s interesting how painting that one line more angled (completely by accident) makes such a difference in her posture! 4mo
MeganAnn @DinoMom thank you! 😘 4mo
Suet624 These are gorgeous! I like the bottom one slightly more. 4mo
wanderinglynn They‘re both amazing! I like the posture of the top but I like the green accents in the hair on the bottom. The green makes her pop. 4mo
Soubhiville Those are so beautiful! I like the posture of the lower one a tiny bit better, but wow they‘re both amazing. 4mo
megnews My daughter likes the top one a little better because of the star. 4mo
Karisa They are both so pretty! I think I like the top one a smidge more because of the placement of the big star (it‘s like an earring or airpod). It just draws the eye back to her beautiful face 4mo
marleed Oh my goodness, you are talented! 4mo
ravenlee I like them both. I feel like the bottom is more relaxed and the top is more…like she‘s thinking or wishing hard on something. 4mo
MeganAnn @Suet624 @wanderinglynn @Soubhiville @megnews @Karisa @marleed thank you all for your lovely comments! It‘s been so long since I‘ve painted anything. It‘s so interesting to me to read why a specific one speaks to each of you. 4mo
MeganAnn @ravenlee that‘s an interesting perspective. I can definitely see how those subtle differences speak to different emotions. Thank you! 4mo
curiouserandcurioser @MeganAnn i think theyre both beautiful-i really like the star. I think the top one looks like she is deep in thought and with the bottom one, she looks completely at peace with whatever decision she has come to. They both radiate joy💜 4mo
WJCintron Second one!! Amazing job!! I like her facial expression better and the hair flows better too!! 👏 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Gorgeous. 💚💙 4mo
LiseWorks I also like the second one, her shoulders are straighter like she is more content 4mo
mcctrish I think like the second better ( although they are both amazing) because it reminds me a bit of when Adriene of yoga says ‘lift your heart‘ 4mo
MeganAnn @curiouserandcurioser what a wonderful perspective! Thank you! ❤️ 4mo
MeganAnn @mcctrish I can definitely see that! ❤️ 4mo
curiouserandcurioser @MeganAnn youre so welcome❤ 4mo
Catsandbooks Beautiful work! I love Let's Make Art!! 4mo
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I was unsure if I wanted to read a book about a pandemic right now… but this was darkly comforting. The story moves back & forth between different parts of Candace‘s which worked well in this case. The parts about wearing masks & how people responded to a pandemic in this book (published in 2018) were eerily accurate. I sort of wish it hadn‘t ended & I could keep reading the rest of her story past where the author left it.
January #roll100 book 2

Nessavamusic Nice job! 4mo
Reggie Omg, the little girl behind the curtain!😭 and that a-hole Bob!!! 4mo
PuddleJumper That's great! 4mo
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A Certain Appeal | Vanessa King
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Today‘s #bookhaul 📚 I had a Barnes & Noble gift card from my Mom for Christmas burning a hole in my pocket. Not pictured are gifts I‘ll be sending out to other littens for the #swoonathonswap and just because.

They had a shelf of #blinddatewithabook titles with some fun looking options. The one I picked ended up being the tagged book which looks fantastic!

julesG Great haul! 4mo
BookDadGirlDad Eye of the World is very good. Lots of detail in character development, story, and world building. I read Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. I'll have to look out for China Dolls. 4mo
MeganAnn @julesG thank you! 4mo
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MeganAnn @BookDadGirlDad The Wheel of Time series comes very highly recommended by my coworker as well! My husband and I watched the tv series on Amazon Prime recently and it had me wanting to read the book for more of those details and world building. ✨ 4mo
MeganAnn @BookDadGirlDad Lisa See is a great author! I loved Shanghai Girls + all of her other novels I‘ve read so far. I highly recommend Snow Flower & the Secret Fan as well as The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane — they are my two favorites. @Librarybelle is hosting a #literarycrew #buddyread for China Girls in March which I‘m planning to join. All are welcome if you‘re interested; no pressure! 4mo
BookDadGirlDad @MeganAnn Snow Flower is on my bookspin for February. I've a couple others on my shelf. Too many books, not enough time!!! 4mo
MeganAnn @BookDadGirlDad I hope you enjoy Snow Flower if you get to it this month. It‘s lovely! And same 📚⏳!!! 4mo
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Anchored Hearts | Priscilla Oliveras
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My February #bookspin list, accompanied by the book @TheAromaofBooks sent me as a 2021 #bookspin prize winner which just arrived. Thank you Sarah ❤️ I‘m excited to read this one!

Anyway, my February list leans heavily towards #swoonathon romance and #blitsy reads off my shelves for Black History Month, along with spots for #roll100 and my continued reread of the Hollows series.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Glad it got there eventually! 😂 4mo
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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This was the book I needed right now. A beautiful story of love, loss, ghosts, memory, grief and family. I couldn‘t put it down. 5⭐️

One of many #botm titles languishing unread on my shelves & I‘m sad I didn‘t pick this one up sooner. The bookmark with the note by Katie Cotugno says, “Stretch out someplace green & lose yourself in the luminous, haunted world of A Million June‘s — a deeply human story with a magical twist.” Perfect description ❤️

MeganAnn This was also a #roll100 book for number 24 @PuddleJumper and my #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
Megabooks I miss those bookmarks! 4mo
PuddleJumper That's great! 4mo
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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[Hannah calls] “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?”
“It‘s me,” I yell back.
“Wait. June? You‘re positively glowing. I thought that was the east and you were the sun.”
“Yeah, I‘m ovulating. Common mistake.”
“We‘ll get those incandescent ovaries down here…”

I‘m three pages into this book with a Romeo & Juliet storyline and came across this *gem* of a quote. 😂❤️👏🏻 If this is any indication of the rest, I might just love it.

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Her First Taste of Fire | Kristen Painter
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It‘s no secret that I‘m a big fan of Kristen Painter‘s work. This newest title is no exception! This is my #noshamereadathon22 #selfpublishedromance

Painter takes all of the supernatural creatures you can possibly think of, throws them all into her world together, then manages to make them all unique and interesting in ways you‘ve never thought of. In Shadowvale, everyone has a curse and the town is a refuge from the outside world for them. ⬇️

MeganAnn Here, Nasha is the daughter of Famine & next in line to take over as one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. Her curse is she cannot taste anything… until she receives a gift from the Chocolate Dragon. Charlie is summoned to the dragon census where he‘ll be assigned a mate & his curse will be exposed. Nasha agrees to pretend to be his mate at the census in exchange for his chocolate recipe, where they end up having to compete in the games. 4.5⭐️ 4mo
MeganAnn This is also book 5 in the Shadowvale series which checks off a title for #seriesread2022 @TheSpineView 4mo
Nessavamusic Fun! I‘ve loved some of this author‘s series, I‘ll have to check out this one. 4mo
TheSpineView Way to go! 📚📚📚 4mo
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I finished this early last week. I love this series & this ties with Recipe for Persuasion as my favorite so far.

I love how Dev finds the essential essence of each of Austen‘s stories, then turns that into something completely new. Each book is a new story in its own right with that core essence expanded on & brought into the modern world. Overall if you love a modern romance with characters who stand by their convictions, this is for you. 5⭐️

MeganAnn @sprainedbrain tagging you because you mentioned wanting to know my thoughts. It was fantastic!! ❤️ 4mo
sprainedbrain Thank you! ❤️ 4mo
janeycanuck Ooh, I think this is my next audio! 4mo
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