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Phantasma.Maddie

Phantasma.Maddie

Joined May 2018

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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Finished this book and liked reading the physical copy way more than listening to this audiobook. Overall I really enjoyed it as a dystopian book, but Jonas never really grew on me. I wanted to know more of how the got where they ended up as a whole society. And that ending!!! I liked what I thought happened and not whatbthe rest of the book series says happened. If you know, you know. #TheGiver #LoisLowry

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Ended up reading this 90s trip of a book. I never read these when I was young because I am a big baby but it was another good middle grade creepy quick read to make you NOT ready for bed. 💀🔪 #NightOfTheLivingDummy #RLStine

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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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About to get into this book with all the hype. Has anyone read this? What were you thoughts? Is it worth the hype? 📚🖤

Shamzi Well!! I would say yes and no!! The premise is interesting, feels like science fiction but that is not what it is, it is more about the characters in the book and about the futility of human life!!! It is not fast paced but builds through out. 14mo
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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Been lagging on reading due to a whole weekend of birthday festivities, but got back in the game with this short and spooky Halloween tale. It was just the right level of creepy fun, but I still can‘t put this book and Fahrenheit 451 together! The writing styles are so different, but both so good! #TheHalloweenTree #RayBradbury

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The Lovely Bones | Alice Sebold
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Finally finished this book on my break today. It was definitely not a thriller like I thought it would be for #Spookathon but I loved the simple nod to how grief moves though people and a family. Yet, there was a weird part in the end I wasn‘t fond of at all and I understand how many people complained that the story moved very slowly. So I‘m on the fence about who/when I would recommend people read it. #TheLovelyBones #AliceSebold

NeedsMoreBooks I loved this book although I agree it is slow. The whole plot and the treatment of grief is poignant. 14mo
Phantasma.Maddie @NeedsMoreBooks I totally understood why it was slow and I got that part and really wasn‘t bothered about it like some people were, I just really didn‘t like the switching bodies with Ruth part. I found it distracting to the plot. Did you like it? 14mo
NeedsMoreBooks I liked the book overall but the Ruth part was a bit weird. 14mo
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Phantasma.Maddie @NeedsMoreBooks I really think that part is what made it a so-so for me and made me feel weird about recommending it. Like ANYONE with grief I think would love this book, but then thinking their loved ones were inhabiting other bodies puts a weird spin on it. I thought Ruth‘s character overall was an odd one and I connected so much about some parts of her and others not at all. 14mo
Phantasma.Maddie @NeedsMoreBooks who was your favorite character? 14mo
NeedsMoreBooks @Phantasma.Maddie I liked Susie, Buckley, and Holly. Had read it when it had first released. Time for a re-read 😊 14mo
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Ghostopolis | Doug TenNapel
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I finished the challenge of reading a book with purple on the cover for #Spookathon with #Ghostopolis by #DougTenNapel and I LOVED this. It was just enough spooky but mostly very heartwarming and fun. I thought the whole thing was very well done! I think EVERYONE would love this book. 💜👻

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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My very late #spookathon TBR! #TheLovelyBones for my thriller. #Ghostopolis for my book with purple on the cover. #TheGraveyardBook for my book with a spooky word in the title. #TheLegendofSleepyHollow for my book from a different time period. #TheHalloweenTree for my book with pictures in it. 📚🎃👻⚰️☠️😈📚

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I‘ve been reading and listening to a bunch of long books, but today is the last day before the #spookathon readathon so I‘m trying to tie up my loose ends. I doubt I will get to finish all of this today. 😶😶 I‘ll post my TBR later tonight! 🖤📚

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A great book for October, but I am not usually a series reader and this one does read like a series. So much set up in this first book! I REALLY don‘t like Jacob, I‘m sorry but he really has got to start evolving as a character if I am going to keep reading this series. Overall, I feel like this is a book written for people that like a certain genre, and if you like it you have probably already read it. Maybe I‘ll like the next book more...

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Undead Girl Gang | Lily Anderson
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This book was quirky, inclusive, girl powered, fun, and just a really good time of reading. It reminds me of all those campy 90s Halloween Disney movies. A who-done-it that doesn‘t really challenge or scare you but still keeps your interest. It‘s a good witchy Halloween read for the non-horror loving among us. And yes, I finished four books just today. #UndeadGirlGang #LilyAnderson

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Ghost (Reprint) | Jason Reynolds
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Finished this audiobook all in one day; that‘s how good it was. These characters are just so whole and real and flawed and intentional. I liked the narrative of channeling you feelings about what you can‘t control into who you want to grow from it. A wonderful book for all ages. #Ghost #JasonReynolds #GuyLockard

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Beautiful Darkness | Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascot
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This book was all the good kinds of terrible and evil. I never read an anti-fairytale before, and it was a trip. A great genre for Halloween spooky times and the lucid watercolor images just give this graphic novel an extra creep factor. #BeautifulDarkness #FabienVehlmann #Kerascoët

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I LOVED the parts about mental illness, they were so comforting and affirming. The other chapters that were about moments in her life like visiting Australia, were kind of lost of me. Maybe because I never read her blog or her other books? I also listened to it on audiobook and found myself zoning out. I would recommend this overall if you are interested in her style/mental illness are your thing. #FuriouslyHappy #JennyLawson

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Baby Teeth | Zoje Stage
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Fished this one up on my lunch break at work and it was creepy as heck. I know it‘s getting a ton of mixed reviews, but I am in the camp of enjoyed/loved it. But with a story, AND ENDING, like that can you really say you loved it? If you are looking for a spooky quick Halloween-feeling read. This one is a good story to pick up, and it will stay with you even after you finish it. #BabyTeeth #ZojeStage

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This book was a DELIGHT. There are discussions about culture, body positivity, assimilation, physical health, scare tactics, emotional health, and love all centered around food. Ruby has a wonderful voice for writing and I could not be more excited to own this book so I can keep going back to it. Such a lovely nonfiction homage to eating while living your best life. I recommend this to everyone! #EatUp! #RubyTandoh

MellieAntoinette Love Ruby Tandoh! 1y
Phantasma.Maddie @MellieAntoinete I had never heard of her note reading this book, but she is so lovely. I heard of this book for a Booktuber I follow and I could not have been more pleased overall. I read it slowly to really try and gain the messages but now I just want to start it all over again. It‘s that good! 1y
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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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Did a power sprint of reading to finish this gem last night. I really loved the whole book, but it definitely felt “unfinished”. This could be a personal problem because I almost never read series, so maybe that writing style just doesn‘t appeal to me? The whole premise of this book and the story telling are so original it‘s completely worth the read. I will be patiently awaiting the next book. #DreadNation #JustinaIreland #RiseUp #ReadingSprint

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I have been starting a bunch of books and not finishing any of them. So what do I do? Start ANOTHER book. Here‘s hoping this one (and a few more!) get finished this week! #FuriouslyHappy #JennyLawson #ReadingSlump #LibbyApp

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The Yellow Wallpaper | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Finished my first #serialreader book The Yellow Wallpaper. The story was just the right amount of creepy and feminist. This app is awesome overall. I‘m starting some Shakespeare and hoping with these small sections given to me I can find it doable. I would recommend The Yellow Wallpaper and the app to anyone, they are both that good. #TheYellowWallpaper #Macbeth #SerialReader #SerialReaderApp

Caterina Yesss I love this app and The Yellow Wallpaper was one of my first reads on it too, a couple years ago! 14mo
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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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Stopped by my local library‘s book club and stayed long enough to finish up this graphic novel. In case anyone wonders how I can afford to read so many books, it is literally because of my public library. They have so many good books (like this one!) and get a lot in regularly. Support your local library!! #Nimona #NoelleStevenson

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I liked this book but I think I hyped it up so much in my mind I did get underwhelmed. Romy is such a well written character, she has the mindset of a teenager with the idiosyncrasies of someone who spent their whole life sheltered in space alone. The ending was a little bit... overdone? But overall I would recommend it for what it is a pretty good YA novel. #TheLoneliestGirlInTheUniverse #LaurenJames

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Finished this one up. I liked the beginning, the middle was confusing and kinda slow, but the ending was a whirlwind of adventure. I would definitely recommend this book and would consider a re-read as well. I can‘t wait to see the TV show (that I found out was coming out while reading the book!). #GoodOmens #NeilGaiman #TerryPratchett

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Just Saying | Rae Armantrout
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Long car rides and poetry books seem to work well for me. I‘m still trying to wrap my head around poetry as a whole. I feel better about this collection than others I have read, and a few of these poems were ones I really liked. I am still not completely “getting it” though. However, if poetry is your thing, I would recommend checking this one out. #JustSaying #RaeArmantrout

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Finished this suspense mystery all in one day, which attests to the mood it created. I enjoyed the ride this story took me on, even the times I was saying “No! Don‘t do that!!” to the main character. I enjoyed her as a flawed person, even if some of her flaws seemed very stereotypical, and her bi-rep was really well done without being over the top. Overall I‘m willing to check out the second in the series. #TheLastPlaceYouLook #KristenLepionka

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Another year at Hogwarts has been completed. This one was the best so far, as I fell deeper in love with even more characters. I am so excited to read more with every book I finish. Good thing too, since the next book being 734 pages seems challenging even to me. I now understand why everyone loves this series. 💛🖤 #HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban #Hufflepuff

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Starting this one today. I def purposely saved some light spooky reading for the end of the month to get ready for Halloween. Has anyone else read this? #GoodOmens #NeilGaiman #TerryPratchett #TimeToGetSpooky

PickwickPlockPlock It's great, but funny and not spooky. 1y
Phantasma.Maddie @PickwickPlockPlock I just started and noticed that right away! It‘s so good so far though so I‘m not upset. 1y
DaveGreen7777 One of my favorites! Hope you enjoy this book! 😀 1y
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Charlotte's Web | E B White
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Finished this book last night and I‘m still thinking about it. Everyone should make sure to read this book and revisit it as an adult. Maybe we could have a much nicer world. ❤️❤️

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Charlotte's web | Elwyn Brooks White
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When you are feeling down and nothing seems to be going right and everyone around you just keeps telling you shit things about yourself without a balance of telling you good things... there is always books. 🖤🖤🖤

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This book is so many genres in one and it does it all so well. I cried, I laughed, I was on the edge of my seat... it was heartwarming and suspenseful and interesting and full of literary references. A triumph of a debut novel. #TheBookshopOfYesterdays #AmyMeyerson

Amymeyerson ❤️❤️❤️Thank you for this. I‘m touched.❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Phantasma.Maddie @Amymeyerson Your welcome! Thank you for putting your writing out into the world. I am excited to read more from you! ❤️ 1y
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The Reader | Bernhard Schlink
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Scored all these books for $7 thanks to the local thrift store having a sale. 😍📚📖 Anyone‘s favorites in this pile? I read Beloved and am excited to own it. Shanghai Girls will be a re-read before I read Dreams of Joy, that novel still hasn‘t left my mind. #ThePoisonwoodBible #TheGodOfSmallThings #BridgetJonesDiary #YoungJaneYoung #Beloved #LoveInTheTimeOfCholera #TheReader #TheBadBeginning #EatPrayLove #ShanghaiGirls #CompleteMealCookbook

CoffeeNBooks Great stack of books! 1y
Phantasma.Maddie @CoffeeNBooks Thank you! Any you have read? (edited) 1y
CoffeeNBooks @Phantasma.Maddie I've read Beloved, Like Water for Chocolate, The Bad Beginning, and Eat Pray Love. I'm currently reading Love in the Time of Cholera. 1y
Phantasma.Maddie @CoffeeNBooks oh wow!! We are on the super same page with books then. I read some of Eat, Pray, Love and then it got lost. I really liked Beloved. The rest you listed are the ones I am most excited about. 1y
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Another Harry Potter book that was completely thrilling! I liked this one slightly more than I first. I might be biased because Doby is great, lots more Hufflepuffs, and the story was much more new. I am such a Hufflepuff version of Hermione and it lets me know that not all library addicts are in Ravenclaw. Overall a wonderful experience! #HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets #JKRowling #Hufflepuff

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Hatchet | Gary Paulsen
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I can understand why this is a top contender for popular books; however, like The Martian and Call of the Wild I am just not into books about things happening. I much prefer for character driven novels. Im not sure if it‘s because I‘m in the middle of a slump but it just seemed way longer than it actually was. “Boy in the Woods with a Hatchet FOREVERRR” Also, totally let down by the ending. #Hatchet #GaryPaulsen

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Dietland | Sarai Walker
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Next read and I‘m about halfway. The premise is good and is definitely fun to read #feministlit in fiction and not just the usual nonfiction. I love Plum and I think she is such a whole character, she is so many women I know and love. I can‘t wait to see how her story progresses. #Dietland #SaraiWalker

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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So, this is a stock Google image because I finished this book at the library with half an hour to spare so I could have it in for the next person with a hold. It was sweet, diverse, a little smutty, and full of interesting characters; all things I loved. I‘m not going to add a ton of contemporary romance to my TBRs but I won‘t shy away from them as often either. A good change of pace is always refreshing. #TheKissQuotient #HelenHoang

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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This was my self care bathtub book yesterday. I got to chapter 8, and I am fully intent on finishing it. Just maaaaaaybe, when I am home. Some of this stuff might not be “at work on break” kind of reading. 😉
But the characters are cute and well-rounded. The story moves at a good contemporary romance pace. The multiple storytelling is nice. Overall it is a good time. #TheKissQuotient #HelenHoang

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Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish | Barry Deutsch, Hansen Literary Agency
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Okay, so I understand this book might not match the picture. The picture is what I read with frustrating times trying to find the matching book. This series is super fun. You don‘t see many Orthodox Jewish heroines. Mirka is multi-faceted and like, I GET HER. These books are heartwarming, interesting, and enchanting. #HerevilleHowMirkaMetAMeteorite #BarryDeutsch

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Star Dust: Poems | Frank Bidart
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I like to to think I like poetry. I love Ginsberg, Bukowski, and Plath. I like modern poets like Kaur. But then I read this kind of poetry and I wonder if I can ever fully “get” it at all. I tried, but this just is not for me. #StarDust #FrankBidart

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The series the defined my generation. I don‘t feel like I lost anything reading this book as an adult. Truth be told; I read this first as an angsty preteen, hated it, and never continued the series. Maybe now that I have a softer heart it got me more or maybe the right time in my life to read it is now. But, I loved it. The adventure. The friendships. The magic. I have nothing more that hasn‘t already been said. #HarryPotterAndTheSorcerersStone

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I may be the only millennial that hasn‘t read all these books but autumnal feelings, back to school, and a want to get swept up in a magical world has me feeling ready. 4,000+ pages and I want to finish them all in September? Bring on the magic and the Hufflepuff pride. ✨💛🖤✨ #HarryPotterAndTheSorcerersStone #JKRowling #Hufflepuff

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A Thousand Beginnings and Endings | Elsie Chapman, Ellen Oh
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This book is a fantastic and magical collection of short stories. The retellings span many aspects of Asian folklore, myths, religious texts, and fairy tales which makes it hard to pick favorites. I was easily transported to new worlds while also learning more about Asian cultures. I highly recommend it for everyone. #AThousandBeginningsandEndings #EllenOh #ElsieChapman #VariousAuthors

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Rashomon and Other Stories | Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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I am attempting to include classic books from other cultures as well as British and American books. I struggled to gain meanings from some of these short stories and others I throughly enjoyed. I liked The Martyr and In a Grove best. Has anyone read other classics they enjoyed? Recommendations are always appreciated! #Rashomon #RyunosukeAkutagawa

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El Deafo | Cece Bell
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This year I really branched out into graphic novels and books like El Deafo make me thankful for that choice. I loved reading the struggles and triumphs of CeCe. It reminded me not only of my hearing issues throughout my life (none as difficult as hers), but also of the ones that childhood brings. It was fun and perfect for the back to school time that as an adult I miss. Wonderful book. #ElDeafo #CeceBell

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El Deafo | Cece Bell
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Starting off my autumn feelings right with a 24-Hour Solo Readathon. This is my stack for today, with a GASP that I have only ever read the first in the Harry Potter series. I‘m trying to read all 7 this month and still read a selection of other fiction, making a readathon a perfect answer. Have you read any of these books? Thoughts? #TheKissQuotient #HarryPotter #AThousandBeginningsAndEndings #Rashomon #StarDust #Hereville #ElDeafo #Readathon

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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I have not been nearly active on here enough, but I am changing that as of this month. Currently I have finished 101 books of my original goal of 70. Less was my last book in August and I couldn‘t have loved it more. I finished the book and immediately bought it to have my own copy. It‘s just that good. If you ever questioned your place in the world and the love in your heart, this is the book for you. #Less #AndrewSeanGreer

Jess7 I‘ve heard good things about this one! 1y
Phantasma.Maddie @Jess7 I really think this is one of those books that it really hits some people and not others, but I adored it. The whole thing was sweet and I related to Arthur Less so much. 1y
Jess7 Awesome, I‘m excited to read it 1y
Phantasma.Maddie @Jess7 Please let me know how you get in with it! I would love to know what you think of it. 🖤 1y
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The Strange Library | Haruki Murakami
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Been having a bit of a reading slump so I went with a weird short story by a good author to get back into the swing of things. 🖤📖 #TheStrangeLibrary #Murakami

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Looking for Alaska | Green, John
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As someone with an intimate relationship with loss and love, this book astounded me with how much it got to the heart of things. I honestly would say I liked Fault in Our Stars slightly more, but I refuse to count this out as a great work by #JohnGreen Bring your tissues and bring your heart. #TheGreatAmericanRead #GreatReadPBS

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The Call of the Wild | Jack London
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On the plus side, I like books with animal narratives; on the negative side, I think I might be more of a Charlotte‘s Web kind of girl. #thecallofthewild #TheGreatAmericanRead #GreatReadPBS

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The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho
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Just stared The Alchemist for the next #greatamericanread 100 list choice. This will be Book 20 for me on the list. Does anyone have any thoughts? #thealchemist #greatreadpbs

CKlube This is one of my favorite books! Enjoy! 2y
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Swe_Eva I liked the fairy tale aspects of it. Welcome to Litsy! 2y
SqueakyChu I gladly bailed on this one, but I don‘t really enjoy reading fables. I got my son to take this book from me! 😄 1y
Phantasma.Maddie @SqueakyChu I finished it and I liked how it felt like a fairy tale because that was like, the only redeeming quality for me. The whole “life quest” was a little much. I understand how it could inspire people, but I feel like I would only recommend it to very few people because of enjoyment. 1y
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This year I tried to challenge myself to read some of my old childhood favorites and this one has definitely stood the test of time. As a parent, none of this is appealing of a plot, but as a whimsical adult I still very much wish to run away to a museum, sleep in a regal bed, bathe in a fountain, and solve a mystery. I would highly recommend this to all ages! #fromthemixedupfilesofmrsbasilefrankweiler #classicreading #childrensliterature

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On page 59 and FINALLY loving the humor and writing style. I can see why this is a classic and made #greatreadpbs #thegreatamericanread 100 list. #catch22 #classicreading #currentlyreading

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