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Joined June 2018

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Last Bus to Woodstock | Colin Dexter
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What the actual hell did I just read?!

Amiable 😳😫🤬 12h
readingjedi That's just vile. 11h
Naj @readingjedi @Amiable There's casual sexism throughout the book but this is just...wow. Got published in the '70s 11h
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Shadow Princess: A Novel | Indu Sundaresan
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Awful novel. This was the third and final book in the series and everything from the writing to the plot was a snoozefest. The most I've rolled my eyes while reading a book after Da Vinci Code. The first book is interesting enough to keep going, second is amazing, but this one is the worst ending a series can get. Anyway, I'm back into reading again so that's something good. On to the next one.

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Okay, so I haven't read a word in almost a month, my mental health has been the worst in two years (I'm better now), and I currently have the attention span of a gnat. Please, please recommend me SHORT, engaging books I can get lost in. Any genre will do except for YA. Thanks! 😊

shammi.dc10 Born a crime by Trevor Noah, The Book Thief, The Orphan masters son, I am Mala or any book by Khaled Hoessini. I found these very soothing in stressful times. Hope you are getting better each day!!! 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Can‘t find anything to recommend but hugs 🤗 🤗 1mo
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Naj @mreads Thank you! That sounds exactly what I need right now. 1mo
Naj @shammi.dc10 I've been wanting to reread The Book Thief and I might check out a Khaled Hosseini book. Thanks a lot. 1mo
Naj @NeedsMoreBooks 🤗🤗💜 1mo
DivineDiana I‘m thinking something funny and fast paced. 🤔 1mo
Naj @DivineDiana I hadn't heard of this and it honestly looks fun. Will check it out soon. Thanks 🤗 4w
tpixie Hugs. If you like slapstick comedy and wacky characters 3w
Naj @tpixie Thank you 🤗💕. That looks like something I might need right now. 3w
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Not book related but just saw this on twitter and couldn't help sharing. 😂😂😂😂👏🏾👏🏾🙌🏾

Emilymdxn LOVE IT 2mo
Naj @Emilymdxn Things like this make me love twitter. 2mo
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Spring | Ali Smith
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4.5/5 🌟
Queen Ali Smith has done it again! Spoken the truth loud and clear. Gone are the metaphors of 'Autumn' and the politeness of 'Winter'. This book is ringing with the truth the world needs to hear in these fucked up times. I felt Smith was more optimistic here than in the other books in the quartet, until the very end which was a punch to the gut. 👇

Naj This is not a novel, it's a conversation with the author about the state of humanity post Brexit, with characters who stay with you long after turning the last page.
Genuinely can't decide which of the books in this quartet I love more. They're all aspects of the same story of systemic injustice, the importance of empathy, and the cruelties that humans are capable of inflicting upon each other.
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CarolynM Great review. I have loved all three and you are right, they are all showing us different aspects of the same underlying issues. 3w
Naj @CarolynM Thank you! This is truly a great series and something I see becoming a classic in future. It also made me want to read more of Ali Smith because I loved her unique yet accessible writing style. 3w
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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1. Literary fiction, magical realism, gothic/horror.
2. Science fiction and fantasy. Both genres that I used to read a lot of when I was a teenager.
3. Romance.
4. Historical fiction or *good* horror movies.
5. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (YA fantasy)
6. Tagged. This book was insufferable.
7. Some new followers 😘 @NeamhainHughes @looking_for_mikaela @CaliforniaCay

#bookishquestions. @Clwojick
Thanks for the tag @gradcat 💕

gradcat @Naj 👋 2mo
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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It was fun, reasonably complex in the plot, fast-paced and compelling. Just needs a few hours of your time and the pages keep turning themselves, largely due to Crouch's writing style of using short paragraphs and chapters. I couldn't read the last couple of chapters fast enough! The ending left me wondering about a possible sequel. Is there one? Overall a fun, entertaining read which I can see being turned into a movie I'd watch.

SitsWithaBook I recall this as a fun read! 2mo
Naj @SitsWithaBook Yeah, one of those books you can't stop reading. Simple but fun. I really want a sequel. 2mo
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@Eggs has this fun challenged planned for May. Please join and share this post. 💜🙏

Beatlefan129 I‘ll definitely have to get in on this one! 2mo
Naj @Beatlefan129 You must! I don't think you have much of a choice 😆 2mo
Eggs Thanks ❣️❣️ @Naj @Beatlefan129 2mo
Naj @Eggs 💕💕 2mo
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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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Mehso-so

2.5/5 ?
Started well, ending was heartbreaking but nothing much happened in the middle, apart from sermonising on "fair value". The whole thing was half-assed and the ending, though impactful, didn't really make up for the dullness of the rest of the book.
I'm starting to think that probably nothing will top the first two books in the series.

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Jane Slayre | Charlotte Brontë, Sherri Browning Erwin
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Um, so this exists?! Not a very encouraging response on Litsy but I HAVE to find out wtf is this. Hope it's fun even if it's not very good.

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Mehso-so

2/5 🌟
I flew through the first half but then things got boring, repetitive and I started getting annoyed by the author's various disguises. It started following a predictable pattern of disguise - restaurant experience - self discovery, repeated ad nauseam to the point where I had to force myself to read more. The only silver lining was the food. I wish there was more food, less backstory of the disguises, and a shorter book.

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The Feast of Roses: A Novel | Indu Sundaresan
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Such an engrossing read! Everything I loved about The Twentieth Wife was amped up and every complaint was done away with. A rich, vivid, fictionalized account of medieval India; full of political intrigue, power games, betrayals, breaking of gender norms, relentless pursuit of the throne, and a bittersweet ending. A perfect book if you're in the mood for something fun and entertaining, but still with enough substance.
🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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A murder mystery with amazing female characters and great writing. Immensely entertaining and unputdownable. It's the first book in a series, the second one will come out this year.

#bookvolley
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl Intriguing! Thanks for playing 😊 2mo
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Black Movie | Danez Smith
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In love with this poet! A #blameitonlitsy read thanks to @Bertha_Mason 💜
A must read. I think most poems are also available online. Here's the link to my favorite poem (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/57585/dinosaurs-in-the-hoo...)

Bertha_Mason I'm so glad you enjoyed it! 2mo
Naj @Bertha_Mason There are so many books I've stacked from your posts lol. I'm sure they'll be just as good. 2mo
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Black Movie | Danez Smith

Be Prepared
for the hands, wild in your wildless hair
for the darkest toll, your double down to get half
to spread your legs while they search for drugs there
for the drug there, for their mouths to ask that big question
for the man, ecstatic with triggers
for the stampede of tiny lead beasts
for the jury not to flinch.

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This was so good! I had forgotten half the things except the essentials of the plot and was surprised to find so many new details. There were so many layers to the plot, characters, just so much going on; the movie was terrible compared to the source material. Had a blast reading this. Definitely my favourite in the series, so far.
#HPBuddyRead

Liatrek I agree the movie just didn‘t do this book justice. I forgot so many of the amazing details. I‘m really loving rereading 😊 2mo
Naj @Liatrek Yes! The series is definitely picking up now. Can't wait to read the next one in May. 2mo
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3/5
On the fence about this one but going for a 'pick' because it is well written and thought provoking. Mary here is bitter and sceptic, detached from her son, grieving his death, and not ready to believe that he is the son of God. So look away if you're not comfortable reading that because there really isn't much else in this novella. I liked the idea and the writing in certain parts is vivid and rousing. 👇

Naj My only complaint is that it's just a one-note account of a grieving mother without much depth or nuance, except at the very end. Mary's personality apart from her scepticism is non-existent. I wanted a longer book and some more drama. 2mo
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😂😂😂 this made me choke on my tea. The author's having dinner with a pretentious lawyer.

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5/5🌟
Absolutely brilliant. High up among the best books I've ever read. We meet the MC, Firdaus, in an Egyptian prison, hours before she is to be hanged for murder. She then begins telling the story of her life, her journey to the prison cell. It's not an easy story, there's too much pain, too many betrayals, but she manages to remain compassionate and dignified in everything she does – even murder. This one will stay with me for a long time.

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" I was not destined to achieve what I had hoped for. For no matter how hard I tried, or what sacrifices I made like some dreamer sold to a cause, I still remained a poor insignificant employee. My virtue, like the virtue of all those who are poor, could never be considered a quality, or an asset, but rather was looked upon as a kind of stupidity, or simple-mindedness, to be despised even more than depravity or vice. "

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Marina | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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What a ride! I hated having to put this down and get back to real life. There were some real scary parts that I wouldn't recommend reading at night and perfect, atmospheric writing. Two minor complaints: the ending dragged out for a couple of extra chapters after the main action was over. The narrator — a 15yo boy —was pretty annoying at times, but I guess that was to be expected. Highly recommend, especially if you like Gothic fiction.

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"I asked the dervish sitting on the pavement. How far is the world from here?"
Had to read this one chapter a day because it was too painful, but this gem of a memoir is meant to be read with the same breathtaking intensity with which it was written. Peer has poured his heart into this book, capturing the reality of the most militarized zone in the world. A phenomenal work and a must read for anyone who wants to understand the Kashmir conflict.

shammi.dc10 This is in my to be read list and I'll definitely read it soon after this review!! 3mo
Naj @shammi.dc10 Hope you take away something good from it. I really liked the writing style as well, keeps you turning the pages. 3mo
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1. Tagged
2. Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
3. Spring by Ali Smith

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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Speedboat | Renata Adler
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The longest 192 pages I have ever read. There's no story at all. Just a series of disjointed anecdotes about life in New York. There would be a paragraph on some journalistic assignment, then the next would talk about a party, abruptly cutting to something about an uncle who said something that one time in a restaurant and on and on Adler would drone. Maybe I'm too dumb to get it, but this was completely meaningless to me. A bit too experimental.

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Today is a day like any other: twenty-four hours, a
little sunshine, a little rain.
Listen, says ambition, nervously shifting her weight from
one boot to another—why don't you get going?
For there I am, in the mossy shadows, under the trees.
And to tell the truth I don't want to let go of the wrists
of idleness, I don't want to sell my life for money,
I don't even want to come in out of the rain.

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Speedboat | Renata Adler
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Not book related but it's a glorious spring morning today and I spotted this beauty while walking. Google tells me it's called the common Hoopoe. We call it Satut in kashmiri.

Bertha_Mason Pretty! 3mo
Simona 😍😍😍 Real beauty! 3mo
Naj @Simona Yes, I'm quite enjoying my spring break before having to go back to hectic city life. 3mo
Simona I wish you a nice and smooth transition 😘 3mo
Naj @Simona 🤗😘 3mo
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Speedboat | Renata Adler
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This was published in 1976 and it shows. She also referred to a gay man as "the homosexual" in an earlier passage.

Bertha_Mason Ugh, the seventies 😧 3mo
vumblereads I‘m Asian and I don‘t mind being called Asian. But I‘ve noticed some people have called me oriental. It makes me feel like someone is trying too hard to be polite 😅 I‘ve also heard one person correcting someone else for saying the word “Asian” and that the politically correct term is “oriental”. Oh geez. Asian is fine. 2mo
Naj @vumblereads Oh, that's interesting. I thought Asian was actually the politically correct term. I've never heard of anyone thinking Asian was wrong. It's "oriental" people take issue with because it's outdated and used mainly for things, not people. I think it's better to just ask the person what they're comfortable with. But yeah, I think Asian is fine. 2mo
vumblereads That‘s true! Like an oriental rug. 😂 I never thought of it that way. 2mo
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Blue Horses: Poems | Mary Oliver
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💖💖💖💖💖
70 pages of pure beauty! My first ever Mary Oliver and I can't wait to read more of her poetry, hopefully outdoors.
In pic: almond blossoms in my ancestral village, where I'm spending spring break.

Lcsmcat Beautiful! 3mo
Amiable So pretty! 3mo
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Blue Horses: Poems | Mary Oliver

When the wind blows
the grass
whistles and whispers
in myths and riddles
and not in our language
but one far older.
The sea is the sea is
always the sea.
These things
you can count on
as you walk about the world
happy or sad,
talky or silent, making
weapons, love, poems.
The briefest of fires.

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Blue Horses: Poems | Mary Oliver

But perhaps you‘re still sleeping. I
could wake you with a touch or a kiss.
But so could I shake the petals from
the wild rose which blossoms so silently
and perfectly, and I do not.

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I have to pick two. The tagged book and Winter by Ali Smith.

#BestBookSoFar2019
@megnews

megnews Wow, this sounds great. Thanks for sharing. I‘m getting some good recommendations! 3mo
Naj @megnews Thanks for creating this tag! I'm using this to get recommendations as well. 3mo
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A short, effective tale of love, motherhood, resilience, and tolerance. I fell in love with the protagonist – a scrawny hen who dreams of freedom and hatching an egg. Also, the last chapter left me teary-eyed which is not what I expected from a book about ducks,hens and weasels. A great read if you're looking for something simple yet powerful.

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Untitled | Unknown
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#hellothursday @wanderinglynn
Thanks for tagging me @gradcat

1. Hopefully a long and much needed vacation
2. I can keep myself entertained at all times and hardly ever get bored.
3. I'm quite patient and calm in moments of crisis.
4. 💖💖 to all Littens!

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😘 3mo
gradcat You‘re most welcome 😉 3mo
Naj @gradcat 😘 3mo
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I Was Just Wondering | Philip Yancey
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs 💚 #wondrouswednesday
1. Neighbour's dog.
2. Sit outside and read.
3. In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing
About the dark times.
– Bertolt Brecht
4. @gradcat @GirlofPaperandFire

gradcat Thank you very much for the tag! 🥰 3mo
Naj @gradcat 💜🤗 3mo
Klou What a cute pic! And oh yes, we do have the same # 2. Worded exactly the same and everything 😂 3mo
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Naj @Klou Great minds... 😆 3mo
Eggs Love the Brecht quote❣️ 3mo
Naj @Eggs He's one of my favourite poets. His poetry never fails to inspire me and make me think. 3mo
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Bailedbailed

Couldn't even finish half of this, but I did reach the main turning point of the story and realized that there probably won't be any gratification ahead. This is a love story set against the backdrop of the Kashmir conflict. I was surprised at how fast things went downhill after a promising start – seriously cheesy romance, two dimensional characters, and a fable-like narrative style to describe life under military occupation. An awful novel.

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📖 Tagged
🎥 Zombieland
🎶 All you zombies - The Hooters

Thanks for the tag @gradcat 🤗
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 🖤🧟‍♀️🖤 3mo
gradcat 🥰 3mo
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Mehso-so

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I'm hating myself for giving this such a low rating and this review is in no way intended to discourage people from reading it, but this book just didn't work for me. It's brilliantly written (as expected from Baldwin) and I loved the beginning, but then the story turned increasingly religious and directionless, and I just stopped caring. Apart from a few touching moments it didn't engage me at all.
Sigh. I really wanted to love this

Weaponxgirl Thanks for the honesty. 😊 3mo
Naj @Weaponxgirl 🤗🤗 3mo
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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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I'd describe this as American slavery in space. The beginning was great and I was instantly absorbed– loved the main characters, the diversity (which never felt forced), and the gradual world building without any info dumps. The ending was super disappointing though. It ended right when things were getting interesting and all that character and world building was wasted. Still, a good read despite the unbalanced plot.
🌟 🌟 🌟

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon

"Aster loved the way the pages felt, their heftiness, their texture. The paper hummed. Chalked with charts, diagrams, and tables, the book contained what a person could not—an order, a system, a rubric."

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Echo This is such a good book!!! 3mo
Naj @Echo Yes! It's beautiful, and I love Aster. I'm a little over halfway through and don't want to put it down. 3mo
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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon

[...] sisters could not choose to unsister themselves when their lives diverged dramatically. Friends who hated each other were no longer friends. Sisters who hated each other remained sisters, despite long silences, feuds, and deliberate misunderstandings.

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Poems, 1913-1956 | Bertolt Brecht, Erich Fried

GENERAL, YOUR TANK IS A POWERFUL VEHICLE
It smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men.
But it has one defect:
It needs a driver.

General, your bomber is powerful.
It flies faster than a storm and carries more than an elephant.
But it has one defect:
It needs a mechanic.

General, man is very useful.
He can fly and he can kill.
But he has one defect:
He can think.

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Poems, 1913-1956 | Bertolt Brecht, Erich Fried

WHEN IT COMES TO MARCHING MANY DO NOT
KNOW
That their enemy is marching at their head.
The voice which gives them their orders
Is their enemy's voice and
The man who speaks of the enemy
Is the enemy himself.

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Poems, 1913-1956 | Bertolt Brecht, Erich Fried

THOSE WHO TAKE THE MEAT FROM THE TABLE
Teach contentment.
Those for whom the contribution is destined
Demand sacrifice.
Those who eat their fill speak to the hungry
Of wonderful times to come.
Those who lead the country into the abyss
Call ruling too difficult
For ordinary men.

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Poems, 1913-1956 | Bertolt Brecht, Erich Fried

Amongst the highly placed
It is considered low to talk about food.
The fact is: they have
Already eaten.

The lowly must leave this earth
Without having tasted
Any good meat.

For wondering where they come from and
Where they are going
The fine evenings find them
Too exhausted.

They have not yet seen
The mountains and the great sea
When their time is already up.

If the lowly do not
Think about what's low
They will never rise.

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Poems, 1913-1956 | Bertolt Brecht, Erich Fried

The war which is coming is not the first one.
There were other wars before it. When the last one came to an end
There were conquerors and conquered.
Among the conquered the common people starved. Among the conquerors
The common people starved too.

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Just saw this on twitter. Why is this so funny?!😂😂

SailorMoon It took me a while, but when I got it... 🤯🤣 4mo
akckitty Oh my gosh hahahaha 😂😂😂 4mo
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This Or That?: Quiz Book | Emma MacLaren Henke
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Fantasy
Galaxy bound
Both!
Magical powers
Salty rivalry
Haven't read ASOIAF(yet) so LOTR.
Urban fantasy
Animal sidekick
Reptiles
Stand alone
YA but only if it's really good.

#thisorthat
@hermyknee

hermyknee 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 4mo
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How was this my first ever Baldwin? Wtf have I been doing with my life?! The writing was absolute perfection – raw, unfiltered, lyrical. There was a rhythm to it, every sentence was perfectly crafted but nothing felt contrived. My only complaint is that the characters were a bit underdeveloped but I was so taken in by the writing that I just didn't care. I now want to read everything Baldwin has ever written. Go read this!

#blackhistorymonth

FreeReadAndWrite Ah I've never read any Baldwin either and I'm ashamed of myself. Really want to pick this one up 4mo
Naj @FreeReadAndWrite Yes! Pick up any of his books. I've already started another one by him😂. He's truly phenomenal. 4mo
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1. Books
2. Lupin and Dobby.
3. Umbridge.
4. Half-blood Prince.
5. Potions and Defence Against the Dark Arts.

#frideas @SailorMoon

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕⚡ There are so many good characters it's hard to pick just one... I know! I forgot to say Dobby!!! OMG how could I!!! I'm gonna have to change my answer 🤣 4mo
Naj @SailorMoon It's a great tag! And yes there are sooo many amazing characters, it's hard to choose. Dobby is 💖💖. 4mo
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Next up before I watch the movie. Ashamed to say I haven't read any James Baldwin before 😔. Anybody read this or seen the movie?

DivineDiana I saw the movie and it was both a beautiful and sad film. All the feels. 4mo
Naj @DivineDiana Glad to know you liked it. I'm more excited to see it now. Here's hoping I can finish the book tonight. 4mo
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