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Joined July 2021

She/Her | Tired Grad Student | Mood & Seasonal Reader | Addicted to Fairy Tales | 🏳️‍🌈| Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/madelinemccrae
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Heated Rivalry | Rachel Reid
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While waiting for my copy of Pole Position to arrive from the UK, I was looking for a rivals to lovers queer romance with a slow burn. This is exactly what I was looking for, and I loved it. 5 🌟‘s! I‘m reluctant to read the sequel in case it sours Shane and Ilya‘s story.

xicanti I loved the sequel just as much, except in a relationship-maintenance way instead of a relationship-inception way. 2d
CarolynM ❤️❤️❤️ Have no fear, The Long Game is just as good. But I recommend you read Role Model first because Ilya is in it a lot and the time frames overlap so you will have more detail about some of the goings on. 2d
RosePressedPages @xicanti Thank you! Hearing your thoughts, I‘ll have to pick it up now :) 2d
RosePressedPages @CarolynM Thank you!! This helps a lot. I‘ll have to read both. How can I be resist reading two more queer hockey romances? 😊 2d
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Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy! I was so ecstatic to see a holiday special of Ernest Cunningham. I will say the beginning felt a little rushed. I was a little confused about how Erin (who is back!) met her boyfriend Lyle, they seemed like such a random couple. But those are pretty minor gripes. I liked the way the book was set up with christmas-y clues for each chapter and the new cast of characters! (Full review on Goodreads).

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🌹 I‘ve had a couple of friends tell me to read The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O‘Farrell, saying I‘ll love it. Nothing about this book appeals to me…I just don‘t want to read it.
🌼 Anything Sara J Maas and The Red Queen by Aveyard. Nearly all of my dear friends love this book/author and I dnf‘d them. I also feel bad about this.
🌺 Percy Jackson!
#WondrousWednesday @Eggs Thanks to @Meshell1313 and @SpellboundReader for the tags!! ♥️

bthegood I started the COTAR series by Maas - DNF'd after second book - I get it! 1w
Eggs Thank you for playing 🩵🙏🏻💙 1w
RosePressedPages @bthegood That‘s the same book I dnf‘d! Everyone kept saying it was the best one but I couldn‘t do it anymore 1w
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Pole Position | Rebecca J. Caffery
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I‘m a HUGE fan of Formula 1 (Team Papaya!🧡🏎️) and recently I‘ve been wanting to read an F1 book to tide me over while I wait for Race Sundays.

I‘ve never been interested in sports romances. Turns out the solution was to make it queer lol. I loved this book, and I‘ve read it twice now. I wasn‘t a fan of it being 1st person, and it was super cheesy, but it was easy to look past those. I have a few more queer sports romances to review soon 🏳️‍🌈

Jari-chan It was the same with me - I never was one for romance, until I discovered queer romance books 🏳️‍🌈🤭 2w
RosePressedPages @Jari-chan I am falling in love with the queer romance genre, I just wish there was more of it! 🌈♥️ 1w
Jari-chan @RosePressedPages Happily, there are more and more being published. About 20 years ago (when I really would've needed such books) there was nothing to be found... 1w
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I couldn‘t resist when I saw @CrowCAH post about AI generating a Bridgerton portrait of yourself. This one looks the most like me, but keep in mind I‘m in my early 20s 😭 looking forward to the second part of season 3!

CrowCAH Lookin‘ beautiful 😍 2w
Karisimo That‘s funny, it made me much younger than I am irl! 2w
RosePressedPages @CrowCAH Thank you! ♥️ I‘m having a lot of fun seeing so many Littens casted in Bridgerton :) 2w
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RosePressedPages @Karisimo I tried to regenerate and it made me even older! 😂 it was a good laugh 2w
julesG They should hire all of us as extras. We're rocking this. 2w
RosePressedPages @julesG I couldn‘t agree more! We‘d all make great extras 2w
CrowCAH @RosePressedPages same! We‘re our own cast of characters! 2w
charl08 🤣🤣🤣 1w
RosePressedPages @charl08 My exact reaction when I got my Bridgerton persona! 😂 1w
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#TwoforTuesday @TheSpineView

1. I‘ll always be impressed with how weird and creative Vassa in the Night was by Sarah Porter. I wish all fairytale retellings were that creative.

1. Vassa in the Night is the only one I‘ve read, but I hope to read more or that she writes more like it. 🦢

TheSpineView Great choice! Thanks for playing 3w
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Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I am a big fan of Van Gogh, and I was delighted to see a graphic biography about him. I enjoyed Van Gogh‘s life being narrated by his sister-in-law Johanna since she became the steward of his legacy. I was a little let down by the art. It felt a little more aimed toward younger audiences despite the biography itself being meant for adults. I wanted more inclusions and nods toward Van Gogh‘s unique style.

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Contagion was a 3 🌟 read for me. I wanted more space horror after finishing Ghost Station by S.A. Barnes, and this one was recommended to me on the app Likewise. I disliked almost all of the characters, and I didn‘t care much if they made it to the end of the book or not. I started warming up to Thea and Coen toward the end, but I can‘t say I‘m motivated to pick up the next book Immunity. I will continue my quest to find some good space horror.

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Violin of Hope | Ella Schwartz
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I read this as an ARC on Netgalley. This was a beautiful and sad story about a Jewish family during the holocaust and their violin. There were a lot of new words in this book I wasn‘t familiar with. While there are plenty of context clues to help children follow along, I think a little explanation toward the beginning would give children an excellent cultural lesson on Jewish faith and practices. Overall, a poignant story and gorgeous pictures.

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Ghost Station | S.A. Barnes
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I think Ghost Station was a solid 3 🌟‘s. It took a long time to get to the horror, and it wasn‘t what I was hoping for. I prefer the psychological horror and having a bit more unknown that just scares the hell out of you. Once I got the explanation, my interest just dropped off. It also felt like she copied and pasted the same character archetypes from the last book.

I will say I am loving space horror and would love any recs people have!

RosePressedPages @Hooked_on_books I am adding this to my tbr!! Thanks! 1mo
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
🔹 hmm, nothing stands out. But I love going to the library!
🔹 Library + bookstore + digital downloads. I found out I have 117+ unread books at home and 300+ downloaded on my phone. I think I might have an addiction 🙋🏻‍♀️
🔹 I‘ve started getting into sci-fi/space horror, so currently reading Contagion by Bowman

Eggs As far as book-addiction goes, you‘re in good company on Litsy-kindred spirits!! 1mo
RosePressedPages @Eggs I‘m so glad 🥰 my friends were not as understanding 😂 1mo
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#ThisorThat #ReaderEdition
My toxic trait is I will often not use a bookmark and just expect that I will remember exactly what page I was on. I will actually just close my book and hope for the best. I‘ve never dog-earred a book before. I also have never tried annotating besides for school, and I‘m not even sure what I would write if I did try it. I love some ambience music in the background 🎶

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Ghastly ⭐️ (😉) I loved this one even more than the first! I decided to try the audiobook this time around, and it made the experience even better. I love the humor and the style of these books, and I enjoyed the mystery even if I didn‘t guess any of the plot twists. When the epilogue started, I actually went sheet white and gasped out loud 😱 but by the time it was finished I was giggling 🤭 I adore this series and can‘t wait for the next book!

LiteraryinLawrence That‘s quite the endorsement! 2mo
BarbaraJean My IRL book club is reading the first in this series for our discussion this month, and I‘m SO looking forward to it! 2mo
CarolynM I‘ve just read the first one for my IRL book group this month too @BarbaraJean 🙂 I‘ll definitely read this one too. (edited) 2mo
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⭐️ 🚞 🔪 📝 (tagged book, which is hilarious and so so good!)
⭐️⭐️ I‘m very excited to start Where the Dark Stands Still by A. B. Poranek
⭐️⭐️⭐️ I frequently recommend Fredrik Backman :)

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

CatLass007 I just finished Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone. I loved it and can‘t wait to get my library hold on this one. 2mo
Eggs Oh yeah Backman 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
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The House with Chicken Legs | Sophie Anderson
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I received this book from @Ericalambbrown for the Jolabokaflod swap a while back, and finally found time to read it. I switched between audio and my print copy. Anderson is so very imaginative and wove a unique and touching tale. I found myself tearing up quite a bit. There‘s nothing I love more than a fairy tale with Baba Yaga. It was the pick me up I needed, and I look forward to trying Anderson‘s other books!

Kenyazero Have you read Thistlefoot? 4w
RosePressedPages @Kenyazero I have not, but it‘s been on my radar as a possible Baba Yaga retelling to read. Have you read it/did you like it? 4w
Kenyazero @RosePressedPages I read and loved it. It‘s a really interesting take on a Baba Yaga story. (edited) 4w
RosePressedPages @Kenyazero I will definitely have to check it out soon then! :) 4w
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#ThreeListThursday #TLT @dabbe
1. From Below by Darcy Coates ~ One of my all time favorites!
2. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien ~ It took two attempts to actually remember what I‘d read with this one. Massive respect to Tolkien, but his writing style is just not for me
3. The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith ~ I had plans as a kid to reread this book every year for some reason, but quickly got distracted by reading new books

dabbe #'s 1 and 3: new to the TBR. #2: YES! 🤩 Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 3mo
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
🐣 Fredrik Backman, Yangsze Choo, and Katherine Arden!
🐣 My favorite genre is magical realism and retellings, so Vassa in the Night by Sara Porter is my favorite.
🐣 This is tough! I‘m not one for series…but I think I‘ll go with Katherine Arden. I liked her Winternight and Small Spaces series. I read a lot of series as a kid but as an adult I prefer standalones.

Eggs I enjoyed Arden‘s Small Spaces books too 💀 3mo
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Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! This time we are with the characters from Pride & Prejudice. I enjoyed how Gray expands on the lives and motivations of background characters like Anne de Bourgh or Charlotte while staying true to Austen‘s work. I wasn't as invested in the mystery in this one and the series is very slowburn but it was a solid 3.75 🌟‘s and I look forward to the next in the series.

Purpleness Ooo, I‘m looking forward to this one! 3mo
RosePressedPages @Purpleness I don't think you'll be disappointed! This series has become an auto-buy for me :) (edited) 3mo
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Three Novellas | Samuel Beckett
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#TLT @dabbe Thanks @Eggs for the tag!
My 3 fav short stories/novellas are:
🌼 Morrighan by Mary E. Pearson
🌼 How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
🌼 A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers

Eggs You‘re welcome 🥰 3mo
dabbe You've given me 3 more for the TBR! Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 3mo
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Wednesday | Mary Lindeen
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🩵 My favorite holiday to spend with my family is Halloween. My dad and I will watch Halloween 1978 every year and comment on how much we love the houses in the background.
🩵 My dad!
🩵 My cousins, sisters, and I were really big on clue. We‘d play it everytime we got together and at one point made our own board that included a velociraptor as a murder weapon and the Rock as a suspect.
#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Love # 3👏🏻🫶🏻👌🏼 3mo
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My friend picked The Midnight Library for our book club. I was very familiar with the book but skeptical about the concept, thinking it would be a tearjerker and make me feel like a trainwreck. Instead, I found it to be hopeful and reflective. I ended up binging it in a day and am glad my friend made me give it a try. A little bit cheesy towards the end but a solid 4 🌟‘s.

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By the Sea | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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🏫 I‘ve learned how to work effectively in a team, and that I really enjoy it.
🏫 I‘m currently a PhD student and teaching assistant.
🏫 In another life, I‘d be a marine archaeologist. I want to be by the ocean and near ships.
Thanks for the tag @Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Eggs Wonderful! Thanks for playing 🥳 3mo
AlaMich Marine archaeologist sounds amazing! 3mo
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Bullet Train | Kotaro Isaka
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I found the movie on Netflix and decided to play it on whim, and it ended up becoming my new favorite movie. I was excited to find out it was a book and quickly bought a copy. The book is very different from the movie, such as The Prince is far darker and more unlikeable. However, I appreciate both as separate medias. I loved Lemon and Tangerine just as much as I did in the movie. Looking forward to trying out more of Isaka‘s work! 4 🌟‘s

Lunakay There is a prequel! :) Not as original as bullet train, but still a very good thriller/mystery 3mo
RosePressedPages @Lunakay I‘m very excited to give Three Assassins a try! Thank you! 3mo
Jari-chan I've had the very same experience. The Prince in the book is so much creepier... I'm planning to read Three Assassins in April/May. 3mo
RosePressedPages @Jari-chan I just picked up my copy from Barnes and Noble! 3mo
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I‘m a diehard GBBO fan, and I‘ve recently been reading more whodonits, so I had high expectations for this one. I think it fell short for me in terms of characters and how the plot played out. It‘s hard to explain, but I just felt disappointed in the reveal, how the competition happened, and how things ended. I will say I‘m a little suspicious there are more nefarious things going on behind the scenes of baking shows in general now lol.

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Kiss Her Once for Me | Alison Cochrun
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This was a nice cozy romance to start my new year. While it was a nice light read, the plot wasn‘t really there for me. I have to agree with a lot of the criticism this book got. I‘m demisexual, and I didn‘t think the representation was really there with Ellie‘s character. I also hated how all of the other characters, but especially Jack, treated her. I felt like Jack owed Ellie a big apology, not the other way around.

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I recently watched Bullet Train (2022) and it quickly became my favorite movie (anyone else love Tangerine and Lemon?). I was really craving a thriller/murder mystery with comedy kind of like Bullet Train in terms of genre and found this book at the library. I couldn‘t put it down! It had great humor and a killer that shocked me. I can‘t say I cared for any of the characters but looking forward to the sequel.

Jari-chan Those two are awesome! Talking about Thomas the Tank Engine 😂 5mo
batsy Tangerine and Lemon were great 😆 I still want to read the book it was based on. 5mo
RosePressedPages @batsy I found the book at B&N, and I was happy to find out Tangerine and Lemon are also characters in the book! 5mo
RosePressedPages @Jari-chan I was really thrown at first when Lemon started talking about Thomas the Tank Engine 😂 too good 5mo
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Thank you @Ericalambbrown for the amazing Jolabokaflod gift! I apologize for the late post, I had to go out of state for a family situation and put my mail on hold. Everything is getting better now, and it was lovely to come back home to this fun swap! #Jolabokaflodswap #Jolabokaflod @MaleficentBookDragon

Ericalambbrown You are so welcome! I‘m so glad it was there for you when you returned 💕📚🎁 5mo
RosePressedPages @Ericalambbrown The chocolates and caramels are delicious!😊 5mo
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I got my package sent out today! It should reach its destination by Friday. I forgot to include the card in the package so it‘ll be arriving separately ❄️☃️🎄🛷 #Jolabokaflodswap23 #Jolabokaflod @MaleficentBookDragon

MidnightBookGirl I got the card today! Thank you! I can‘t wait to open my package! 6mo
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Don't Call the Wolf | Aleksandra Ross
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Don‘t Call the Wolf is a retelling of the Glass Mountain, and I thought it was a very imaginative retelling. I adored the writing style, the two main characters, the romance, the mythological monsters, and the side characters. The only thing I didn‘t love was where Ross decided Ren ended up in the epilogue. I didn‘t think it matched her character super well. Otherwise, 5 ⭐️‘s and a new favorite!

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Death and the Penguin | Andrey Kurkov
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I think I prefer Grey Bees by Kurkov. I wasn‘t wow‘d at the ending like I was hoping. I think the comedy of this book went over my head, because I was mainly annoyed and bored with Viktor. I preferred side characters like Sergey and Sonya and didn‘t find myself caring what happened to the MC. I‘m not sure I‘ll pick up Penguin Lost. I usually enjoy deadpan dark comedies but I didn‘t find myself laughing at any part of this one.

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Haunted Hollow | Mark Stanislaus Gross
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Thank you @AmyG for the lovely swap!!! I can‘t wait to dig into the candy and crack open a book tomorrow 🎃👻💀🖤🧡#HHS23 #HauntedHollowSwap

AmyG You are so welcome. Happy Halloween! 🎃 8mo
dabbe When I quickly first read this, I thought it said “I can't wait to dig into the candy and crack!“ And then I thought, wow, @AmyG! Way to go! 🤩🤩🤩 8mo
AmyG @dabbe Hahahaha! 8mo
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wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🖤👻🧡 8mo
RosePressedPages @dabbe I spit my coffee out when I read that😂😂 Happy Halloween! 🎃👻 8mo
dabbe @wanderinglynn 🤩🤣🤗 8mo
dabbe @RosePressedPages 🤣🤣🤗 8mo
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The Girls Are Never Gone | Sarah Glenn Marsh
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This was a soft pick. It‘s very easy to scare me, so this book left me feeling very unsettled. I enjoyed the haunted house and the details of the past residents of the Arrington state. I thought the addition of the podcast, and representation with a bi main character who also has type 1 diabetes was great. I didn‘t like the ending very much. The “resolution” didn‘t make sense to me, and I was upset with how Holly‘s story ended.

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1. F*ck
2. Uffda
3. Bag (but with a Minnesotan accent lol. I get ragged on a lot by coworkers)
@dabbe #TLT

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Reading has been incredibly slow this month, but I received these adorable Halloween themed cookies as a gift. It was the pick me up I needed after a rough midterm. Hoping to make some progress on Death and The Penguin and The Girls are Never Gone.

Ruthiella Hope your reading picks up! I really liked Death and the Penguin. 8mo
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BkClubCare Cute cookies! 8mo
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Autumn's Books | Bland, Virginia (Bookstore)
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I‘m saving:
🔥 Bonfire night
🎃 Halloween
🧶 Knitted Sweaters (the majority of my winter wardrobe lol)

@Cupcake12

BkClubCare Soup, knitted jumpers, candles 8mo
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Haunted Hollow | Mark Stanislaus Gross
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I got my #HHS shipped out today! It should take around 4 days to arrive. 🎃👻💀🐈‍⬛🦇🧡 #HHS23

wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 8mo
CSeydel It arrived today! Thank you 😊 👻 8mo
RosePressedPages @CSeydel so glad it made it!! 8mo
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Pumpkins | Jacqueline Farmer
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🎃 I love Pumpkin Spice cake! Especially with cream cheese frosting.
🎃I prefer a good ghost story. I‘ve never been able to really get into mysteries.
#TwoforTuesday

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No Such Thing as a Bad Day | Hamilton Jordan
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I‘m a little late with this, but last week I received #athingaday from @DinoMom and it made my day! I put the coffee pins up at my cubicle in my grad office 😊🍂☕️💛

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Haunted Hollow | Mark Stanislaus Gross
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I received my #HHS package! Super excited 🎃👻🦇🧡🖤 #HauntedHollowSwap I‘m just waiting on a few more items to arrive and I‘ll be shipping my swap out 😊

wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 9mo
AmyG Wonderful! 9mo
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I love it!! Thanks for the lovely swap @Kshakal 🍂🎃 #FFF #FallingForFall @Chrissyreadit @Avanders

Kshakal So glad you liked it!! Happy fall! 🍁 9mo
Avanders ♥️🍁🧡🍂💛🍎 9mo
Chrissyreadit 💛💛🧡🧡💛💛 9mo
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I love middle grade fiction! I find middle grade novels to be so wholesome. I don‘t have to worry about a middle grade novel going too far and I often find them way more creative than adult fiction. I‘ve started leaning away from YA because I get tired of the tropes, but I find YA to have way more diversity than adult fiction. I get a good mix of middle grade and adult fiction with some YA once in a while.

#SundayFunday @BookmarkTavern

sherrisilvera There was no YA when I was a kid😁 9mo
BookmarkTavern I do like that, about not worrying that a middle grade would go too far. Thanks for posting! 9mo
RosePressedPages @BookmarkTavern Besides maybe Where the Red Fern Grows, I haven‘t been traumatized by a middle grade novel yet😂 9mo
BookmarkTavern Oh that unlocked some deep memories! 😂😂😂 9mo
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I received my fall swap (top left) and sent mine out (bottom right)! #FallingForFallSwap 2023 @Kshakal @Avanders @Chrissyreadit 🍁🍂🥮🎃

Kshakal Yay!!! I am glad it arrived safely!! 😊🍁😊 9mo
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Halloween | Helen Borten
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1. Definitely a black cat with a cliché name like Salem or Jinx ?‍⬛
2. Slewfoot by Brom - the ultimate feminist rage and revenge novel set in Puritan America
3. I was Marty McFly in high school
4. I love fuzzy cute socks ? I‘m a size 7
5. This is a tough one! I think Ichabod Crane (it definitely needs a make over but I love The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
6. Caramel apples covered in nuts ??
#HauntedHollowSwap @wanderinglynn

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Haunted Hollow | Mark Stanislaus Gross
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Haunted Hollow | Mark Stanislaus Gross
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#HauntedHollowSwap #HHS23 @wanderinglynn my spooky Pinterest board: https://pin.it/3YuBFLu 🎃👻💀🦇☕️

wanderinglynn Love it! 🎃 I went down the Pinterest rabbit hole last night finding Halloween pins 😜 10mo
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I loved the 1995 Sense and Sensibility with Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon. There was not nearly enough scenes between Marianne x Brandon to flesh out their romance more like I was hoping Lauren Lane would add to the original book.

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The Story of Russia | Orlando Figes
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What an incredible book. It‘s a very accessible read, written beautifully and explaining the turbulent history of one of the most critical nations in our current world affairs. Figes explored Russian history through its attachment to historical myths from the Kyivan Rus to the present day. He didn‘t shy from tackling Russia‘s unprovoked war on Ukraine, either. I‘d love to have coffee with Figes and chat about the ideas in his book.

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I got exactly what I wanted. Jane Austen‘s Persuasion + 🌶️🌶️🌶️ No more and no less lol. Now it‘s on to the wild and wanton edition of Sense and Sensibility!

CoverToCoverGirl Interesting.. 🤭 10mo
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