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Joined February 2016

Mary Lennox wannabe.
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Lots of Nazi hunting and Night Witch fun here. Manages to be more exciting than depressing. Read it for Nina, if no one else.

RachelAmphlett Oh, I read The Alice Network last year and really enjoyed it so I‘ll add this one to my TBR - thanks! 5y
Otherworld_Library @RachelAmphlett This is the first book I‘ve read of hers, though I‘ve had her series set in Rome on my TBR for awhile! 5y
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Loved it. Especially Matchmaking Sebastian (who we get a lot of) and Wedding Crashing Severin (who, alas, we only get at the beginning and end). ❤️ #romantsy

nitalibrarian Can't wait! I keep hoping they'll put this one up on Edelweiss for review, but no luck so far. 5y
Otherworld_Library @nitalibrarian I just lucked out that my husband saw it come in at work and grabbed it for me. His store rarely gets review copies of things I want! I think it was on Edelweiss at some point because some reviewers on Goodreads said that‘s where they got it but by the time I looked it was gone. 5y
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Master of Crows | Grace Draven, Lora Gasway, Mel Sanders, Louisa Gallie
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I wish more people were on the Grace Draven train. I love her fleshed-out fairytale style and intelligent mature leading characters. I love that they are very sexy in a totally positive way that fits with the story without ever being the point of it. Every time I‘ve picked one up I found myself settling down with two main characters I love, nothing that pissed me off or offended me, plenty of feels and a wonderful feeling of escape. 💗💗💗

Seekingtardis Welp I‘m gonna need to read her!! 6y
Otherworld_Library @Seekingtardis If you do, I hope you enjoy! Entreat Me is an unusual beauty and the beast retelling if hers that is probably my all time favorite. I‘m still making my way through everything she‘s written myself. 6y
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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SO GOOD! This had a lot to live up to seeing how much I adore Uprooted. While I found the characters in Uprooted more endearing (granted they had less depressing lives) I think the intricacy of plot in this outshines the other somewhat. Quite a few POV‘s as well as echoes from Rumpelstiltskin and the Millers Daughter as well as Hades/Persephone vibes.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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“Seven days this time I‘ll grant you, to return my silver changed for gold,” ...thus far this book is excellent.

Uprooted is a huge favorite of mine but this is shaping up to be great as well. More creepy and less amusing (I found Agnieszka and the Dragon amusing at any rate) but very cool. 👏🏻❄️

Ahomeinpages I want to read this so bad! 6y
Otherworld_Library @Ravenbooks It‘s been very hard to put down! 6y
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I‘ve kept with this series out of love for a few of the side characters, however this book is the kind of fan-service fluff other authors may have on their blog in installments or on Kindle for $2.99. Here it gets a hardcover and original artwork while Bloomsbury fails at editing and SJM doesn‘t even try for a plot (her other novellas have one so she‘s capable). Not to mention the amount of repetitive exposition on past events. Shameless.

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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Please don‘t avoid this because you are afraid of the subject matter. I could not put it down and it is not long. Please read it.

teebe Great book! I‘ve been meaning to get to the other two in the trilogy but for some reason, I still haven‘t read them 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6y
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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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Sherry Thomas sure writes her way around a lot of genre‘s. I think Charlotte was a lot smarter in regards to others than she was about people and events directly affecting her, but it didn‘t affect the story too badly. The gender-bending aspect of this was fun and I enjoy how Sherry‘s female characters usually come off more intellectually mature than I typically find with other authors. Hoping the second book is available from my library soon.

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I read all the Sevenwaters books years ago and yet somehow missed that this existed until now. Very short and bittersweet and felt like a tease because all the elements presented I feel could have been stretched out and fleshed into a wonderful full length novel. It also would have made room for some of the elements that felt rushed to move more slowly and believably. I still enjoyed it though.

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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Finished! This felt a little more uneven than the previous volume as pages 400-800 were a bit slow, but the action climbs steadily after that and the last 200 pages were so full of amazing-ness that it definitely ends on a five star note. Dalinar and Shallan dominate the pages but I enjoyed him a lot more than I did her, who spends much the book going down a psychological rabbit hole. Thank goodness I had Lift, Syl, and Pattern to make me laugh.

TrishB Can‘t wait to get to this, it‘s on my Christmas list though so have to wait til then. 7y
GrilledCheeseSamurai I'm finishing this over the weekend! Really enjoying it! 7y
Otherworld_Library @GrilledCheeseSamurai The end is pretty exciting, enjoy! 7y
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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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Awwwwww yeah! 🙌🏼

Johanna414 My husband just got his copy yesterday and was soooooo excited! I think he sat and looked at the cover, maps, illustrations for 20 minutes before even starting it 7y
Otherworld_Library @Johanna414 Yes there are some great art and maps! Love all the depictions of the Heralds inside the covers. 7y
Johanna414 Yes! I haven‘t read them yet so I don‘t know the story or characters, but the books are beautifully designed. 7y
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The One in My Heart | Sherry Thomas
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The description for this isn‘t very original sounding but I decided to try because it was on Overdrive, so why not? This is Sherry Thomas‘ only contemporary and now I really wish she‘d write some more. This started out fairly how expected but slowly revealed more soul, substance, and quirkiness than I‘d imagined it would. Sexy too. It‘s now on my favorites list. 💗 #romantsy

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The Winter King | C. L. Wilson
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Something about this cover made me think it was from the eighties. 😄 It‘s not. After reading I realized it is however whitewashed. 👎🏼 While I didn‘t find the world-building and names were all that original, the sample for Kindle Books is rather generous and half way through I was hooked. It‘s fantasy/romance/political marriage with a heroine who is a weather mage, which makes it extra fun when she gets annoyed at the dinner table.

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Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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My sunshine-self. My tree-self. My deer-self. Didn‘t we outnumber the dark self?

ReadingSusan Love this book so much! 7y
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A Kiss in Lavender | Laura Florand
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I think Crown of Bitter Orange is probably my favorite in this series, but this was still a beautiful enjoyable read. This has been my favorite series of Laura Florand's so far. All the descriptions of flowers, scents, the countryside, and this deep sense of place and belonging (things most probably can't say they are surrounded by in real life) work as a balm to the soul for me.

Chachic I loved this one too and yes, I do agree with your description that the whole series has such a strong sense of place and belonging.💕 Love the Rosiers. 7y
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Thick as Thieves | Megan Whalen Turner
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The only thing a reader of this series knows while reading one of its books is that nothing is exactly as it seems, which is part of what makes it so fun. You also can't help but note that as Eugenides star has risen over the course of the series the reader is removed from knowing him a little more each book, until here we are with the perspective of a foreign outsider looking in. I loved this story and hope the next isn't too long off.

Chachic I think MWT moved the storytelling farther away from Gen also to show how much his influence is growing. I love this series so much! I'm glad I reread the earlier books before diving into Thick as Thieves.💖💖💖 7y
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OMG they need to keep writing these!!!! Please????? Contract them for more Avon! Team House Baylor! I want more of everyone, Nevadas family are interesting. Things were definitely left open as to who some of the players on the opposing side are. This isn't coherent but I just want many more of these and feel sad it may not come for a while. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Johanna414 My hold just came in on Overdrive! So excited to start this! 7y
Chachic Yes! @AvonBooks needs to know that we want more! Ilona said on their blog that they'll self-pub at least one more title even if Avon doesn't give them a contract. 7y
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Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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This reminded me a lot of Practical Magic only I liked it better. Here many families in town have abilities they are associated with. It's a good summer read. The one downside was a side character who had little to do with the main characters and wasn't very interesting. Even come the end I didn't feel she warranted the time given her. Charming atmosphere and a generally fun non-stressful read. 🌸

Chachic I enjoyed reading this one as well as The Sugar Queen and 7y
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White Hot | Ilona Andrews
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I think the Hidden Legacy series is their best so far, even if all the others are really good too. This, the second book, was even better than the first. It deserves a better cover. Good thing we have online communities to help me know when I should be ignoring bad covers and diving in. Can't wait for Wildfire! 😍

Chachic Such a good series! 💖 7y
GlassAsDiamonds These covers are *atrocious* arena they? (But the wait for book 3 is killing me!). 😊😊😊 Her Innkeeper trilogy is also well worth it. 7y
Otherworld_Library @GlassAsDiamonds I just finished the innkeeper trilogy! It was great! I'm on the Edge series now. 7y
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Happy Solstice! Reading this while the boys play at park ...discovering Ilona Andrews as summer started has been perfect! They are great summer reads and there are loads of them. Finally started the their longest series. ☀️

ScientistSam I 💕 Ilona Andrews! Have you read any other of their series? 7y
Otherworld_Library @ScientistSam Yes, I've read the first two Innkeeper Chronicles (reading third now as well) and the first two Hidden Legacy (waiting for third to be released). 7y
ScientistSam The Edge series is also fantastic! 7y
Chachic You're in for a treat if you just discovered Ilona and Gordon's writing. 🙌 7y
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If living in a world that struggles to be respectful, sensitive, or loving to those that are different gets you down, reading this may be a cathartic experience.

It's funny, sad, insightful, and full of heart. Life out in the galaxy may not be any more enlightened than on Earth, but the Wayfarer and her crew make a surprisingly functional family. Best book I've read in a while.

Cinfhen Great review 7y
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Love that this was a paranormal without vampires/werewolves/faeries. Just straight up humans with magic. The world-building is quite good as is the story (which isn't just there to string together sex scenes). In fact this is a very slow burn and the two mains don't even hook up in this. I honestly enjoy being made to wait. 😍

#romantsy

Chachic Urban fantasy at its finest! I love Ilona and Gordon's writing.💖 7y
Otherworld_Library @Chachic First time I've read anything by them! I've read the second book now and will have to look to some of their older stuff while I wait for the conclusion to this. 7y
Chachic It's a good series to be introduced to their writing because there aren't that many books in it. I love all of their stuff though! Their most well-known and well-loved series is Kate Daniels, there are a lot of books in it but it's almost finished. It starts with 7y
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Chachic Another series you can try is their Innkeeper Chronicles, but that's more sci-fi. The first book is 7y
Otherworld_Library @Chachic I started Clean Sweep last night and love it so far. 7y
Chachic Yay, that's great news! That series was actually released as a serial on their blog, kind of like a gift to their fans. But I read the full book format too. 7y
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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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This was creative and fun but the end was a bit of a let down. While I knew going in that this was an origin story for the Queen of Hearts, I'd hoped her fate would be decided by something other than her own stupidity.

Instead she is aware of what will happen to her if she takes certain actions and yet does them anyhow insisting to herself it will all work out. Why do characters do this? 🙈

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When it comes to a #completepsycho that I love it's the Greenmantle couple for the win!

Piper and Colin are more hilariously psycho than scary psycho but rarely have I enjoyed two such shallow amoral (and murderous) jerks as I did these two. ☺️👏🏻

Hope they are well cast when the TV show comes out.

#characters2017

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓 7y
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#characters2017 #slytherin

Slytherin traits can manifest in both good ways and bad ways.

Alas, Kyle Haven from the Liveship Traders is a very bad Slytherin indeed. 👿 Sorry, there are no pictures of Kyle out there. They'd make a good dart board backing if there were.

TrishB Good pic 👍 7y
LibrarianRyan 👍🤓 7y
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I was underwhelmed with this book, partly to do with the story and partly because of poor editing.

However my three favorite characters (Lucien, Cassian, and Nesta) were more involved than last time around and my Lucien candle smells delish, so it's not a total loss. 🍂🦊🌿

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#characters2017 #KingOfTheWorld

If we had to have one guy ruling the world, we could probably do worse than Arthur. 👑

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓 7y
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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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This was so good! And so unhappy. Nothing good happens in it. Ever. But so compelling just the same. I kept the immortal words of Eomer in my head the whole time so I'd be able to handle the inevitable awfulness.

"Do not trust to hope. It has forsaken these lands." ?

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I actually had trouble thinking of a #dramaqueen

Then I remembered Mrs. Bennet.

#characters2017

rubyslippersreads Great choice! 7y
LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓 7y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Ah, but her nerves have been his constant companion! Well played. 7y
Dragon Definitely! Great choice! 7y
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Flame in the Mist | Rene Ahdieh
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This book gets a thumbs up for being magically atmospheric, having some fun characters, and a generally enjoyable story. 🗡🐺🌿🦊

As for the main character, I felt we are told a lot more about how clever she is than we actually see happen. The romance also lacked some chemistry but it's not a huge part of the story.
In general I had fun reading this and look forward to the second half next year.

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This Heart of Mine | Brenda Novak
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This book had me so emotional and riveted I read it in two sittings! Every few pages I had to put my kindle down and let my emotions have some time before going on. Phoenix was so well written and admirable from page one and I just wanted everything to finally come right for this maligned and outcast woman. So good. This is the eighth book in a series I haven't read from an author I also had never read before. I'm glad I started here.

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This book is good and sad and ends just as it should for Fitz, the Fool, and Nighteyes.

Perhaps a bit longer than necessary, but that isn't the first time I've felt that way about Hobbs books. Everybody shows up in this! Liveship Traders characters and those from the Rainwilds. You really need to read these in order and in their entirety to appreciate this. I am an odd mix of sad, relieved, and happy right now.

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Below the Root | Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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I first discovered the Green Sky trilogy in my middle school library and fell in love. It was already out of print then and I set about trying to collect copies in whatever format I could. I've always been big on nature and remember wishing I also lived high in the trees of a forest village. 🌳🍄🌿

#catsinthecradle #rockinmay #childlike #maybookflowers

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Darkfever: Fever Series | Karen Marie Moning
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My choices for #kissmarrykill weren't easy to make.

Actually Kill was very easy to make. 😈

Jericho from Darkfever gets kiss because I'm curious. But I'd get the hell away from him after that. 😄

Matt Rosier from Once Upon a Rose wins the marry category. He runs a rose farm in southern France and is sweet and adorable. 'Nuff said. 🌹🌹🌹

#sparklingmaybookishdreams

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Here our villainous protagonist's #obsession with creating the ultimate perfume leads him to the distilling of ... well, virgins. 😦 Yeah, this was a creepy book but I liked the exploration of the role scent plays in our lives.

#maybookflowers

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Haven't read it but love the movie! 7y
Otherworld_Library @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I've not seen the movie, I'll have to get to it some day! 7y
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The King of Attolia | Megan Whalen Turner
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For #royalty I could choose no other than Eugenides and Irene. I love them as individuals and I love them as the very unlikely and complex romantic couple that they are. Watching their slow unfolding was my favorite aspect of this series.

#sparklingmaybookishdreams

Lylah Yes!! ❤️😘 7y
Chachic 💖💖💖 7y
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The Winner's Kiss | Marie Rutkoski
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"Proud girl. Hard, noble heart. And a liar, a liar"

Kestrel from the Winners Trilogy, Locke Lamora, and Eugenides of the Queens Thief series are some of my favorite protagonists. Liars all.

#lies #maybookflowers

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*sniff*

And so we come to the final book. Am I ready for this? 😭

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This #supernaturalmystery involves the disappearance of a teenage girl in the woodlands near her home. Twenty years later she reappears at her family home un-aged and claims she was taken away by fairies. In some ways this book felt like a very depressing look at aging, especially from the perspective of Tara.

#MayBookFlowers

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The Chocolate Thief | Laura Florand
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I made my way through Florand's entire Amour et Chocolat series last month which begins with this book, which has plenty of #bickerandbanter

The subtitle for this entire series should be "Kind of insta-lovey but with so many descriptions of chocolate, Paris, and adorable Frenchmen, you won't care." ?

#RomBKLove #romantsy

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A random pile in honor of #inagalaxyfarfaraway

May the 4th Be With You. 💫

#MayBookFlowers

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I think anytime anything is told in the first person you have an #unreliablenarrator by default. You can't take what they say about the people around them at face value as it is colored by their own wishes, prejudices, pain, and lack of information.

If I had a hard copy I would include Damon from Captive Prince, it's not told in the first person but he's still highly unreliable. #MayBookFlowers

JazzFeathers Never thought about it, but you have a point there 7y
Otherworld_Library @JazzFeathers I think I've just read so many books that happened to be in first person and eventually realized I had to try and see events outside the pov characters perspective because so often they are totally wrong. Which can be fun, to see if you can guess where they are misjudging. 7y
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The Endearment | Lavyrle Spencer
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Getting in on this #RomBKLove tag starting with The Endearment because it has one of my favorite tropes! I love mail order bride in American historicals just like I love arranged marriage in European ones.

This is one of my top favorites. Set in Minnesota, a Swedish homesteader gets a lot more angst that he was prepared for when Anna and her brother James arrive from Boston. So does the reader. I've reread it several times. #romantsy

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Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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I have yet to read #sunshine. Picked this one up a few weeks ago at Bookwise in Boca Raton, Fl. If you live in the Broward/Palm Beach area, it's a roomy and diverse used bookshop that even has a resident tom cat wondering about the shelves. Definitely check it out!

This will be my first Robin McKinley but I dig the cover and am looking forward to fitting it in this summer.

#MayBookFlowers

Karen_V Love love love her early works, especially 7y
Otherworld_Library Good to know @Karen_V. I'll add to my tbr. 7y
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Topping my list for #MayMostAnticipated this month is Assassins Fate by Robin Hobb. This is her final book in the Realm of the Elderlings and I know I'm going to need tissues to get me through whatever happens with Fitz & the Fool. 😭

Practically tying with that for me is the fifth book in the Queens Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner! This one's been a long time coming.

#maybookflowers

Chachic Thick as Thieves! 🙌🙌🙌 7y
Otherworld_Library @Chachic YES!!!! Isn't that series the best? 7y
Chachic Yep, one of my all time favorites! 7y
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The King of Elflands Daughter | Edward John Moreton Dunsany, Lord Dunsany
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“But that cannot be,” said Orion, “For I hear the horns of Elfland every day.”

“You can hear them?” Alveric said 
And the boy replied, “I hear them blowing at evening.”

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Bookshelf | Lydia Pyne
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This looked too fun not to join in on!

#10books I've Read ...which one is the lie?

Eyelit Captive prince? 7y
Dragon Enders Game ? 7y
Otherworld_Library @Eyelit and @Dragon Nope! I've read both Enders Game and Captive Prince. 7y
Karkar Pet cemetery? 7y
Otherworld_Library @Karkar DING! You guessed it!!! 🎉 I've never read anything by Stephen King, something I want to change this year. 7y
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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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I've been needing something different from my usual fare and this was it! Smart, funny, lighthearted. I saw someone call it 'Victorian Egyptology Scooby-Doo', which I can totally see, lol. At other times it felt like a brighter happier 1890's Thelma and Louise. Full of smart pithy dialogue, observations, and set downs (mostly from Amelia but Radcliffe could give as good as he got). I laughed on every page.

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Tasha Tudor's Garden | Richard Brown, Tovah Martin
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Well today's theme was easy. Can you tell I like books about gardens?

#garden title
#aprilbooksowers

RealLifeReading No not at all! 😆 7y
Otherworld_Library @RealLifeReading And that's just what I could fit in the picture. ☺️ 7y
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Poems That Live Forever | Hazel Felleman
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One of the first books of #poetry I ever purchased and I think the very first book I ever bought at one of my favorite bookstores, the one on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution in NY. That is my mothers hand writing, labeling when and where so I wouldn't forget. 💗

I remember reading it in the hammock at my older sisters house from cover to cover. Every one.

#aprilbookshowers

RealLifeReading What lovely handwriting! 7y
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