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book lover, dog lover, and civil rights attorney. GR profile: www.goodreads.com/priyalane
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I loved this. I think it lacked some of the wonderful character development of The House in the Cerulean Sea, but it still totally sucked me in. I was crying by the end of this cozy heartwarming book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BennettBookworm Completely agree. I think Cerulean Sea devoted more time to characters where this one devoted more time to life lessons, which sometimes got to be too much for me, but by the end I still felt moved and enjoyed this one, too. 5mo
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This one is so perfect for this season. Just have to make sure I don‘t get so cozy I fall asleep!

Christine Your situation does look extra cozy! 🎄❤️ 6mo
PandaPanda @Christine the book is strategically covering my floor strewn with toddler toys 😂 6mo
Christine Haha, well that‘s cozy in its own way… :) 6mo
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Amid Stars and Darkness | Chani Lynn Feener
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Picking from a too full shelf of unread books these are my picks for #lmpbc #groupU. Let me know what you would be interested in @Alfrazier21 @Bianca @slategreyskies !

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Alfrazier21 I‘ve read Spinning Silver. Any of the others sound good! 1y
slategreyskies I‘ve been wanting to read the Astonishing Color of After, but any of them will work! :) 1y
dylanisreading I've read Spinning Silver too, but I'm down for any of the others! 1y
PandaPanda I‘m going with Astonishing Color of After! @Bianca @slategreyskies @Alfrazier21 1y
slategreyskies Sounds great! :) 1y
PandaPanda @Bianca @slategreyskies @Alfrazier21 starting now, can‘t wait to dig in!! 1y
slategreyskies I‘m starting mine this weekend too! I‘m excited! @PandaPanda @Bianca @Alfrazier21 1y
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Everything I read about this book before I picked it up was vague and I think that made it so much better. This is amazing and riveting and sometimes horrifying but as good as you‘ve heard so pick it up!

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This was so much fun and such an interesting premise. Also a surprise perfect read for groundhogs day as we follow Nora through some of the lives she could be leading if she made different decisions. It had a pretty predictable ending but I am ok with that. Really lovely quick read.

Please ignore the dog hair in the pic 🐶

TheSpineView A house is not a home without pet hair!❤🐾 1y
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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I‘ve been meaning to read this for awhile but dismissed it as your average YA fairy book. I was so wrong. It may even start out that way but this book is so atmospheric I literally had to turn the lights on once in a while when I was reading before bed. Such a unique premise (that I won‘t go in to because *spoilers*). Can‘t wait to get into the next book.

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@booksellerofyourdiscontent look what I just got!!!!! Also the other copy you sent from amazon (let me know if there is still a way to return that and I am happy to drop it in a usps box if you send me the label) thanks so much for the keychains and treats! Going to start this book right now!

booksellerofyourdiscontent Yay! The second one you can either keep or donate or sell. That was my bad. I am glad @Littlewolf1 ‘s goodies got to you!!! They are so cool and thematic! 1y
PandaPanda Yes! Correction thank @littlewolf1 for the treats! And sorry to spoil the treat surprise for the next person! 1y
PandaPanda @Littlewolf1 this handmade keychain is amazing! Thanks so much I love the one I chose! 1y
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This left me with a lot of thoughts. Part of me hated all of the characters, alternating between actively disliking them and just feeling exasperated. That being said I was riveted. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I knew more Shakespeare, but it was still solid and atmospheric and definitely a read I wild recommend.

TacoFromHell On some parts I felt the same 14mo
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Arctic Fury | Greer Macallister
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This was so good! A bunch of strong woman who can do amazing things, some not boring courtroom drama, and lots of suspense it was right up my alley. This was the last book I finished in 2020 and it was such a nice way to close out the year.

lynneamch Loved it, too! She's doing a virtual event tonight at https://www.fountainbookstore.com/melanieandgreer011221 with Melanie Benjamin. Another book to chill us. Think I'll watch with some hot cider. 1y
lynneamch Did you know Greer's next book comes out 2/22/22? It's feminist fantasy, as G. R. Macallister 6mo
PandaPanda @lynneamch good to know!! 6mo
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I get the criticism that this was a bit unnecessary (but I think that‘s a true of a lot of sequels) and also dragged a bit at the beginning. But I loved it. The added time constraints this time for the adventure really upped the stakes. They definitely left a story untold in the middle there so I wouldn‘t be surprised if we get that one next.

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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I spent a good potion of this book really frustrated with the main characters decisions. It always seemed like she knew the right thing to do and then did the opposite. But I loved the story and the very real examination of the trauma of slavery that is totally absent in most YA‘s. I definitely see why this made it to lots of best of 2020 lists. Can‘t wait for the rest of the series!

+16 for #teamrednosedreindeer @StayCurious

thewallflower0707 I just downloaded this book today (it‘s only 0,99€ right now in Germany). 2y
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Renegades | Marissa Meyer
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Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you so much @Sweetkokoro for this awesome book and chocolate! I can‘t wait to dig into both. #jolabokaflodswap

BookishTrish Happy Holidays! 2y
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My updated points for #wintergames2020 is 832 for the week and 1616 total for #teamrednosedreindeer!! @StayCurious

Picture is of a cute Christmas ornament our doggy day care gave us of my dog Casper last Christmas.

StayCurious Great Job! 2y
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This book was wonderful I didn‘t want it to end! Definitely up there as a best book of 2020 for me. @booksellerofyourdiscontent thanks so much for sharing with me, I really enjoyed all your annotations and we agree on a lot which was nice to see. @EliNeedsMoreShelves I‘m going to try and send it your way tomorrow or so since all the shipping delays have me nervous. #lmpbc

+16 for #teamrednosedreindeer @StayCurious

booksellerofyourdiscontent I am so glad you liked it. I might have lost self control and bought a bunch of Schwab‘s books after reading this! 2y
PandaPanda @booksellerofyourdiscontent I think I‘ve read most if not all of her other stuff so I support that! I did think this was different in a lot of ways though. 2y
booksellerofyourdiscontent Good to know! Do you have a suggestion on which series you would start with? 2y
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Once and Future Witches | Alix E Harrow
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Alix Harrow is quickly becoming a favorite after this and 10000 Doors of January. I don‘t think I liked it as much but it was a close second and an amazing story in its own right. Set in a world where witchcraft is very real but has been outlawed as another way to oppress women, three sisters work together to bring witchcraft back amid the suffragette movement.

+16 for this TBR read. @StayCurious #TeamRedNosedReindeer

booksellerofyourdiscontent I just bought a book of hers. Excited to sit down and read it! 2y
PandaPanda @booksellerofyourdiscontent I think you‘ll really like her stuff based on what you liked in Addie LaRue! (Which I am currently loving) 2y
booksellerofyourdiscontent Well, consider it added to my TBR! I have suggested Addie LaRue to so many people at the bookstore for Christmas gifts. I am glad you are enjoying it! 2y
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Holidays on Ice | David Sedaris
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I listened to this years ago one Christmas and remember frequently laughing out loud. It did not disappoint the second time!

+26 for this holiday read! @StayCurious #teamrednosedreindeer

StayCurious Actually each story counts for 25 points. So multiply by how many stories you read ! 2y
PandaPanda @StayCurious ahh ok. Will do. I‘ll update that I‘m actually about to post my total for the week anyway 2y
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Winterwunder: Roman | Nora Roberts
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My winter games total for week 2 is 784 (458 for the week)! Sorry for the delay @StayCurious #wintergames #teamrednosedreindeer

StayCurious Great Job! 2y
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Heartless | Gail Carriger
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It‘s rare that the fourth book in a series is better than previous but I really liked this one more that the previous two, almost as much as the first. This series is so enjoyable and I can‘t wait to read on to the last one.

+16 TBR read @StayCurious #teamrednosedreindeer

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Ornament | Anna Lena Phillips Bell
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Here goes for the #ornamenthunt! 1. Ornament that sparkles (white sparkly ball also too big to fit in my hand) 2. Ornament with an animal (the reindeer but also my dog) 3. Ornament that reminds you of a family member (the one with my daughter also counts for special occasion and date on it and frame) 4. North Pole character (reindeer and hilarious elf)5. Looks good enough to eat (donut) 6. Homemade (wood one) 7.character (Charlie brown) 👇

PandaPanda 8. I love red so they are all basically my favorite color 9. The oldest ornament on our tree are any of them since we bought them all last year with the tree 😂 2y
PandaPanda So I think that‘s +120 points for #teamrednosedreindeer! @StayCurious 2y
StayCurious wow so great! 2y
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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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I loved this! I listened to it on audio and the narration was excellent. About so much at once I find it hard to summarize but I absolutely loved the nuanced look at race in a way I don‘t feel like I see often. Would definitely read (or listen) to more from this author!

+16 for a TBR listen @StayCurious #teamrednosedreindeer

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The Impact of a Book Flood in Fiji Primary Schools | Warwick B. Elley, Francis Mangubhai
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@MaleficentBookDragon my #JolabokaflodSwap book and chocolate is on its way!! So excited to be a part of this swap!

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@StayCurious I forgot to post my points for #teamrednosedreindeer! Last week was not bad (for me) with 310 points!

Here is a picture of my daughter experiencing her first snow this past weekend - as it was the most festive thing on my camera roll.

booksellerofyourdiscontent That snowsuit is stylin‘! I hope she had fun!! 2y
slategreyskies She‘s so sweet!! Did she eat any of the snow? I remember my boys used to do that when they were little. 2y
PandaPanda @booksellerofyourdiscontent she did! Though as much as I love the snowsuit and want one myself she completely turtles when she‘s in it and gives monosyllabic answers to questions. So I think she hates it. 2y
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PandaPanda @slategreyskies no she‘s a picky eater and I think that extends to snow 😂. She did keep forcing us to make snowmen even though it was not the right snow for that 2y
Kappadeemom She is presh❤️ 2y
DinoMom What a cutie! 2y
AmyG So cute! 2y
marleed Adorable! 2y
StayCurious So sweet! 2y
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I loved this! A retelling of Romeo and Juliette set in 1920‘s Shanghai. The women were badass and awesome and the suspense was constant. The ending though! I can‘t believe I have to wait for the next one.

TBR read for #teamrednosedreindeer +16 @StayCurious

StayCurious sounds cool! 2y
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Charlie Brown Christmas | Charles M Schulz
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Both a #ChristmasTradition and a holiday movie for #teamrednosedreindeer. We always watch the Charlie Brown holiday movies, with the Christmas one my favorite. It was extra special to get to watch with my 2 year old daughter this year. @StayCurious

booksellerofyourdiscontent Great Movie!!!! 2y
booksellerofyourdiscontent (Meaning all the Charlie Brown Holiday movies!) 2y
PandaPanda @booksellerofyourdiscontent yes! I have always loved them. I especially love the Halloween with the great pumpkin patch 2y
Centique That looks so festive! I love Charlie Brown too. May be why I have a feisty daughter named Lucy 😂😂 2y
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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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I read this slowly a half an hour a night for a week or so but finally finished it last night. A Nigerian Harry Potter but they have to go to normal school too! Loved the world building and the magic, I got the next one from the library so will be reading that soon!

+16 for a TBR read @StayCurious #teamrednosedreindeer #wintergames2020

StayCurious Cool concept! 2y
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The Magician's Lie | Greer Macallister
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How was this book so good. I felt almost constant suspense but it was also a sort of nice meandering tale. Really loved it, this is exactly the kind of thing I like to sink into in the winter.

+16 points for a TBR read for #teamrednosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious

StayCurious Cool cover! 2y
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Yay! Look what I just got in the mail! @booksellerofyourdiscontent

@EliNeedsMoreShelves did mine get to you yet?

#lmpbc #groupp

booksellerofyourdiscontent I am so excited!!!! I hope you enjoy! 2y
EliNeedsMoreShelves @PandaPanda yes! Arrived Saturday. Can't wait to get started! 2y
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Finished this book just in time for book club today as well as my first read for #teamrednosedreindeer! I was not as into this as I was hoping I would be - I honestly think it would have been better as a short story. #wintergames2020

+26 points for this Christmas read! @StayCurious

batsy I gave it the same rating. A little too mawkish for my taste towards the end! 2y
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1. Current read is the tagged, as well as too many other things all at the same time.

2. My favorite read this month was definitely 10,000 Doors of January, which was also my favorite read of 2020

3. I started and am almost finished with Mr. Dickens and his Carol and my daughter and I watched a Charlie Brown Christmas this morning!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain These Violent Delights is high up on my TBR-- how are you liking it? 2y
PandaPanda @rachelsbrittain I just started today and am just getting into it but so far really getting into it and enjoying it! 2y
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Dickens couldn‘t sleep, didn‘t want to. The end was too near, close enough to touch.

Not great when you get excited because a line in a book reminds you it‘s almost over. Not loving this one but forcing myself to finish it for book club.

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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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I picked this up because I wanted to get out of a slump (mostly a hangover from how much I loved 10 thousand doors of January) but I ended up really liking it. The romance was understated in that Austen way while still being firmly modern. The villains were evil and got their comeuppance. Altogether a really nice fluffy retelling with some serious subject matters thrown in.

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December's Wish | Karly Lane
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Here is my December TBR for #bookspinbingo and #wintergames. Hopefully I can get more read next month then I did this one! #rednosedreindeer +25 points!

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 2y
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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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In a slump so adding yet another book to my currently reading stack to try and get over it. Also featured is my huge golden doodle, Casper.

Prairiegirl_reading I have a GINORMOUS currently reading stack for just this reason. 😞 2y
Prairiegirl_reading Good luck btw. 😊 2y
Jennifer3 I keep adding books when I am in a slump too! Mine got so bad last year, I had to clear some out and re-stack for another time because I have had books not grab me and then I tried it at a later time and I loved! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @PandaPanda yay!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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I absolutely loved this. I think this is definitely my best read of the year. It‘s beautiful but engaging and about so many things. I feel like if I talk about it I‘ll ruin it for someone so just do yourself a favor and read it!

Velvetfur I love that title 🙂 2y
rachaich I just got a copy! 2y
EliNeedsMoreShelves Oooh, I've heard so many good things about this one. 2y
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Really excited to dig into this atmospheric read! I would have kept it for next month for points for #readnosedreindeer but it‘s my book club book for this month so have to get it read!

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I found this book slightly bonkers and more graphic then I thought it would be at times. But I loved a dystopian where the end of the world event just happened rather than so long ago that no one remembers anything. It was nice to learn along with the main character what was going on. Also it felt like the YA angst was at a minimum, and the world building just starting so I‘ll definitely read the rest of the series.

Asthecroweflies I‘ve been wanting to read this. 2y
TheSpineView Looks good!💙📚 2y
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Blameless | Gail Carriger
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I thought going in I wouldn‘t like this much as much as the first two as they main couple were not together for most of it, but it was delightful. I love this comedy of manners with supernatural creatures and a super literal dry heroine.

vlwelser I love this series. Her others are fun too. 2y
PandaPanda @vlwelser I‘ll definitely check them out after I get through these! 2y
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Loved this! I found it a little hard to get into at first as the world building is a little confusing and your plopped right in. But once I got into it I loved it. Absolutely loved the main characters snark and attitude and can‘t wait for the next one. Perfect for our first #lmpbc. @EliNeedsMoreShelves this should be coming your way next week!

Bookgoil Ooo I want to read this one! ❤️ 2y
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I decided that Orion needed to die after the second time he saved my life. #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I am so glad I finally listened to this audiobook. It was honestly riveting. I started it a month ago and then took a break around the election as it was too much. I am so glad I got to listen to the heartbreaking ending when Trump wins in light of the recent results 😀.

If your on the fence I would say get the audiobook. You will laugh out loud and be moved to tears.

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I have to admit at first I was not as into this one and I was struggling a little bit. Around 60% through though I loved it as much as the first. I can‘t wait for the next one! What a cliffhanger!

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I have my purple pen ready to go and am excited to start my #lmpbc!

Littlewolf1 Alright then... I‘ll take pink 2y
EliNeedsMoreShelves I'll do blue! 😉 2y
booksellerofyourdiscontent I‘ll take green! 2y
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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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I‘ve been really sick of multiple POV‘s recently, but this was so beautiful. More of a relay race with the next character picking up the story rather than the confusing jerking back and forth that‘s so common. This book really gripped me and just kept building and getting more intense. If your on the fence about this one just do it, I can‘t believe how long I had it sitting on my shelf.

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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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“Isma was going to miss her flight.”

Really enjoying this sweeping book about siblings. #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Heideschrampf My favourite book of 2019! 2y
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A Wild Winter Swan: A Novel | Gregory Maguire
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I just couldn‘t get into this. It totally may not have been the book‘s fault (I‘m a little distracted right now 😬) but the characters just didn‘t draw me in and I didn‘t really care about them. This was my #bookspin for this month so extra bummed I didn‘t finish! @TheAromaofBooks does it still count for bingo?

TheAromaofBooks Yes, DNFs count towards your progress!! Sometimes you just have to let a book go!! 2y
PandaPanda @TheAromaofBooks I agree. Trying to work on the idea that life is too short to read books your not interested in! 2y
readordierachel Pretty cover though! 2y
TheAromaofBooks It's taken me several years to be able to adjust to that attitude. I used to finish every book no matter what, but now that I have a TBR with hundreds of books it just seems silly to force myself to wade through something that isn't working for me. Here on Litsy I've also learned to love the term 'hibernation' for a book that isn't working right now... but might work when I'm in a different mood later haha That definitely happens, too! 2y
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Changeless | Gail Carriger
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As lovely as the first one really glad I found this series for some light hearted fun. Austen meets ware wolves in this hilarious comedy of manners.

That ending though! Can‘t wait for the next book but so much to read this month it may have to wait till December 😢. Also I can check off my first box on my #bookspinbingo!

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Instead of working I made this #bookspinbingo card for the upcoming month! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks fantastic!!! 2y
Soubhiville That looks great! Where did you find or how did you make your grid? 2y
PandaPanda @Soubhiville I use canva all the time for work (I make a lot of flyers) so made it in there. I didn‘t use any of the paid functions so anyone should be able to do it! Then you can download it on your computer and email it to yourself to get it on your phone. 2y
Soubhiville Thanks @PandaPanda , I‘ve never heard of that. 2y
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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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Excited to start this read this weekend! Not in little part because of this gorgeous cover 😍🥰

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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So I would be lying if I didn‘t seriously think about bailing on this a couple of times. A retelling of beauty and the beast, definitely not my favorite (looking at you ACOTAR). However, I did get into it by the end and will most likely read the rest of the series. I like that it doesn‘t really focus much on the love triangle and in fact is realistic that she would probably not fall in love with anyone under the circumstances.

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Twin Spins! | Sienna Mercer
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Trying my first #bookspin! Interested to see how faithful I am to what I think I want to read now! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you along!! 2y
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