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Sarz

Joined March 2018

🌟 Dog lover 🐶 Wine drinker🍷Feminist 💪 Lawyer 🙊 Boxer 🌟
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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5 🌟

😍😍😍

This is one of the cutest, sweetest things I have ever read! Give it a shot if you need to feel that light feeling in your chest and to grin like an idiot.

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Heretics Anonymous | Katie Henry
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Mehso-so

3 ⭐ Overall, this one was pretty 'meh' for me. I can't really say I enjoyed it but it was a quick read. It's very YA, which I'm not generally opposed to but this one seemed pointless. I'm also not sure how I feel about the portrayal of religion in this book.

This is my #foodorbeverageoncover pick for #booked2019
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s a unique pick for this prompt. Sorry it wasn‘t all that great! 1d
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I only got in 10 books this month (mostly because I spent three weeks on Middlegame) but four of them were 5⭐ and some of the best I've read all year!

Middlegame was just such a standout - I can't say enough good things about it.

Not so great with stats:
Goodreads - 131/100
#booked2019 - 0/6 (total 18/24)
#litsyatoz - 0/26 (total 24/26)

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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My best way to ensure an hour (or more) for reading is to take a bath. This will probably be one of my last for the year - the weather is getting so nice!!

Also, this book is so good!!!

#AustralianReadingHour
@LapReader @CarolynM

LapReader I love baths. Enjoy and thanks for joining in. 4w
CarolynM What a lovely way to spend an hour! 4w
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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5 ⭐
This is so much fun. I'm not usually into Romances, but this was really good. So sweet.
It's apparently a sequel to The Kiss Quotient, but I haven't read that one yet and I didn't feel like I was missing anything here. That being said, there may have been many things that I didn't even know I was missing!

Molly_the_mezzo I don‘t do romance much either, but I loved this one! 1mo
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Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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3.75 ⭐
I can see why people are loving this - it's a beautifully written book about real people. Personally, I prefer more dialogue in what I'm reading - I'm glad I did the audiobook because I may not have made it through the physical book. But it is really gorgeous.

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August and Everything After | Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
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AUGUST RECAP
13 reads, including 9 audiobooks
3 five ⭐ reads and 6 four ⭐ reads
Favourite read: The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Goodreads: 121/100
#booked2019: 2/6 (total 18/18)
#litsyatoz: 1/26 (total 24/26)

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Welcome to Night Vale | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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3 ⭐
I picked this for #relatedtoapodcast despite having never listened to the podcast. It's not terrible, but I thought it was kind of boring. It's like sci-fi for people who have never read or heard of sci-fi. Too much focus on 'this is funny because it's weird' when they could have just set up a weird world and told a great story. Here, the weirdness gets boring and the story is lackluster and goes nowhere. Guess it's just not for me! 🤷‍♀️

Sarz And that also means that I have finished my winter picks for #booked2019. On the last day of winter! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly The funny thing to me is, they HAVE set up a weird world and told a great story! Several of them in the podcast! But the books just don‘t have any of the magic. 1mo
Cinfhen Congrats 🎊🍾🎉 🙌🏻 1mo
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Welcome to Night Vale | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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1. Reading this as the last prompt for a challenge. I'm more than half way through and still not too sure...
2. No long weekend here, but it is Father's Day so catching up with family tomorrow will be nice
3. I go for the sweet stuff - butterscotch, toffee, cookies and cream, etc
4. Not well, but I did learn to play the flute

Thanks @howjessreads
#friyayintro

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The Upside of Unrequited | Becky Albertalli
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4 ⭐
I think this has been my favourite in the Simon-verse. It's cute and funky, although still had some typical YA stuff that I usually find annoying. Much better than Leah on the Offbeat. I didn't feel it was trying too hard, which was my main complaint about Leah.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I finished Saturday with right on 10 hours for #24b4monday. As I started reading this morning at 9:30am, I literally can only stop for 30 minutes today if I want to hit 24 hours before midnight. So, that's not happening 😂

On another note, is this book worth continuing? I'm at 56%. I see a lot of hate for the story, but I'm really liking that part. I just can't stand the misogyny, ableism, fat shaming, etc

@jb72 @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Remember there is an extra day this month and the Readathon finishes at midnight on Monday night. Well done on getting to 10 hours. 👏👏👏 2mo
MoonWitch94 Keep going. The author has said in interviews that he purposefully wrote these characters to be awful people, and found it liberating. You are just getting to the good stuff now. 2mo
Sarz @Andrew65 a whole extra 24 hours? 🥳 2mo
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Sarz @MoonWitch94 thanks for the advice! I'll carry on and hope it gets better 🤞 2mo
Andrew65 @Sarz That extra day can make all the difference. (edited) 2mo
jb72 Great job! 🎉 2mo
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3 ⭐

I only got two hours of reading in yesterday for the first day of #24b4monday - I have quite a bit to make up today and tomorrow!

But I did finally get this one finished. It's a weird book, like it doesn't know what it wants to be. Some parts were super interesting, but then parts dragged. I liked the ending, but it felt rushed. Between a pick and a so-so for me.

@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72

Andrew65 You‘ve made a start, which is great. 👍😊 2mo
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Sea Witch | Sarah Henning
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4 ⭐
I was not expecting that ending! Shit got real, and changed what was a fairly pleasant but simple tale into an exciting retelling!

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A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro
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2.5 ⭐
Maybe my expectations were too high going in to this one, but I didn't really enjoy it at all. I didn't connect with the characters. I didn't understand their thoughts or reactions, or how the relationships between them were built and changed. I also felt like there were some really serious topics (murder, rape, drug use, self harm, trauma) that were flippantly dealt with. I'm gonna give the rest of the series a miss.

4thhouseontheleft Great review. You have me rethinking reading this. 2mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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4 ⭐
Don't get me wrong - I did really like this book and the narrator was fantastic. But I have one huge criticism and I don't know how to say this, other than it's too American-centric. The story here should be about Henry, not Alex. I feel more people are interested in the Prince of Wales rather the First Son. I acknowledge that I say this as an Australian and a subject of Her Majesty The Queen, but this REALLY annoyed me.
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Sarz Henry says to Alex that it won't be over for him for four years, but there's not enough about that point. It seems to promptly forgotten once raised. A royal would have such a harder time coming out and being themselves. I want to hear more about this! 2mo
Sarz None of this is to say that anyone has an easy time coming out or that I didn't feel sympathy for Alex's situation. Also, don't mean it as a criticism of the United States. 2mo
CarolynM I know what you mean, there were a few things that didn't ring true to me about the Royal stuff, but I willingly suspended disbelief and went along for the ride😀 2mo
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5 ⭐
I thought this was a kid's book. It's not a kid's book. But it is really, really good. (It is for young people, but not children.)
I loved the characters and how real they felt. There was some significant life events that these characters dealt with and they had very real responses - they had clear flaws but they also learnt and grew.

TheBookKeepers I loved this one too! I read it aloud to my kiddo one year. I had to stop and kind of explain the plot as we went bc he didn‘t grasp all the pieces, but I found it beautiful! Agree it is more for young readers than for children 2mo
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5 ⭐
This is amazing 😍 You've probably heard great things about The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, but this sequel is even better! Felicity Montague is courageous and witty, intelligent and flawed - an absolute hero!

CarolynM I really enjoyed the first one. 2mo
Sarz @CarolynM I think you should give this one a go. It's so good! 2mo
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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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3.5 ⭐
I liked this but nowhere near as much as Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda. I felt like Albertalli was going for the same vibe but it fell short. Leah just isn't a likeable character in the same way Simon is. Plus, I didn't feel that this Leah was consistent with the Leah in the first book.

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July Jitters | Ron Roy
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JULY RECAP!
I didn't feel like July was a very productive or enjoyable month.
Total reads: 15
Only one 5⭐ read - Eve of Eridu
Goodreads: 106/100 - I reached my goal this month!!
#litsyatoz: 3/26 (total 23/26 - female authors)
#booked2019: 2/6 (total 16/18)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Excellent! 💕📚💕 2mo
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I'm not entirely sure what I just read, and I have no idea how to rate it. It is literally hard to read - it's described as stream of consciousness but from a broken mind. I might have enjoyed that for a couple of pages, but it's the whole book and it's tiring. I think I may have missed what was happening in a lot of parts and I felt dumb for not 'getting it'. The content is also brutal & heartbreaking.

Definitely need something lighthearted now!

Cinfhen I hate when books make me feel like a pre-schooler 🤪 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage So frustrating. Good job on making it through! 2mo
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3.5 ⭐
This book made me incredibly uncomfortable, which then allowed me to really think about why that was. It's so super important to consider viewpoints different from your own and that challenge your world view. I don't agree with everything Cooper said, but I also recognised that I'm not qualified to comment on most of those things.

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2019 on Goodreads | Various Various
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Hit my Goodreads Reading Goal of 100 last night! Woohoo! Last year's total was 98, but Audiobooks have definitely helped increased my count this year. Looking forward to sinking into some chunksters now!

xxjenadanxx Congratulations! 3mo
CarolynM Well done! 3mo
JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 3mo
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Infomocracy | Malka Ann Older
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3.5 ⭐
I enjoyed this, but I regret doing the audiobook. I think I would have preferred a physical copy more. I got lost in what was happening quite a few times, plus couldnt get my head around some of the concepts. I'll have to do a re-read - I think I'll get more out of it.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Honestly, it‘s not much easier reading it in print! I think this is a book that just needs a second reading, no matter what way you read it the first time! 😂 3mo
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Eve of Eridu | Alanah Andrews
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5 ⭐
I met Alanah Andrews at a book festival earlier this year and she convinced me to buy her book (I asked her to convince me, so it was definitely consensual). She was nice, and her book is amazing!! I don't think it has a big release and might not be available outside Australia, but it's wonderful and you should read it if you can.

This is my pick for #newtoyouauthor for #booked2019
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

LogiKitty So glad it's great! I read the prequel as an ARC and I was blown away tbh! 3mo
Cinfhen So cool that you connected with the author and her book didn‘t disappoint!! 3mo
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3.5 ⭐
I liked this book because it portrays voices that are not usually heard. It's enjoyable but I thought that some parts of the story didn't seem to flow together well. I also didn't like the ending, which I think may have been the whole point of the story 🤣 so maybe it's not for me 🤷‍♀️

CarolynM I started this but couldn't get into it. Should I try again? 3mo
Sarz @CarolynM I think it starts off pretty good, so if that didn't capture your interest, maybe not? 3mo
CarolynM Thanks, I'll leave it in the maybe one day pile🙂 3mo
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Bannerless | Carrie Vaughn
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4 ⭐
I really enjoyed this post-apocalyptic murder mystery! I liked that it was introspective but the writing wasn't pretentious. There's not a whole lot of story about how the changes in the world impact the characters and there's no uprising (which is normally what I love), but it didn't need it. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

Thanks for the recommendation @Clare-Dragonfly - potentially our only successful #newyearwhodis??

Clare-Dragonfly Yay! 😄 I also really liked one of your recommendations and read the other book in the series. 3mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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4 ⭐
It doesn't feel right to say that I "enjoyed" this heartbreaking story, but it's a powerful read. Easy to see lots of parallels to the experiences of Aboriginal Australians as well.

The ending broke me - I had to pull over and replay the final few chapters. Books don't usually make me cry but this one definitely got the tears flowing.

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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5 ⭐
I didn't expect to love this as much as I did. It's such a beautifully written story. It's sweet and heartbreaking and so real. I could have done without the voices of ' the mothers' but they didn't detract from the story.

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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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4.5 ⭐
I have heard nothing but amazing reviews for this book. While it's definitely a great read, it just didn't hit it for me. Potentially an example of allowing my expectations to be built up too high, so I was underwhelmed. But it's still really good and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA.

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1.5 ⭐
Don't bother.
I've seen a lot of criticism based on her psychiatry, but I'm not a psychiatrist so I won't comment on her science. But I am a lawyer, so I feel qualified to say that everything she says about lawyers & the legal system is just plain wrong. She comes across as arrogant and rude - she says horrible things about victims, prisoners, guards, & other psychologists. I did the audiobook read by her too, so am not reading tone into it.

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Half Time | Nigel Owens
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Hard to narrow it down, but here are my #top6reads of the year so far! Apparently I am all about STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS this year - love it!

Thanks @Cinfhen - great idea!

MrsMalaprop 👏👊💪❤️ 3mo
Avanders 👆🏽🥰🤗 3mo
Cinfhen Ooohhhh!! Like your own personal reading theme!!!!! 💪🏼💄❤️ 3mo
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Bannerless | Carrie Vaughn
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@Clare-Dragonfly this was the book I was most excited about from your #newyearwhodis recommendations. My library didn't have a copy, so I requested an inter-library loan. That was back in December... But it's here now and I'm very excited to be starting it tonight!!

Clare-Dragonfly Wow, that took a long time! I hope you find it worth the wait! Of course, if you do, you may have to wait another six months for the second book… 3mo
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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JUNE RECAP

Total reads: 18
Four 5⭐ and ten 4⭐
Favourite: The Old Drift - Namwali Serpell

Goodreads: 92/100
#litzyatoz: 3/26 (total: 20/26 - female authors)
#booked2019: 2/6 (total: 14/18)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks like you had a fabulous month! 💖📖💖 3mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Despite a busy weekend, I still got a good amount of reading in. I was never going to make 24 hours, but I set a goal of 15 hours and I was spot on. Can't wait for the next #24b4monday readathon. Thanks for the fun, @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72

Andrew65 A fantastic total. Well done , especially on a busy weekend. 👏👏🙌🙌 3mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Super excited for the #24b4monday #readathon this weekend!! I've missed the last couple of months.

Goal: 15 hours

TBR potentials:
- The Book of the Unnamed Midwife
- The Blind Assassin
- Mem
- Habit of a Foreign Sky

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

LapReader The Margaret Atwood is one of my favourites. 4mo
TheReadingMermaid Great goals sweetie 😍 4mo
Andrew65 Fantastic to have you back. 👍 Good luck. 😊 4mo
Sarz @LapReader I have the audiobook and I'm struggling a little bit. It's hard to follow. Maybe this is one I should get a physical copy of? 4mo
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Daughter of the Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller
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3 ⭐
Meh. I expected a lot more from this. I just felt like it didn't really go anywhere. Quite a bit of misogyny and no diversity of characters. Plus there was a lot of family violence perpetrated by the father/pirate king that was never actually resolved in any real way. Really disappointing.

Shley9225 Father stuff is addressed more in the second book 4mo
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The Anti-Cool Girl | Rosie Waterland
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Mehso-so

I'm not really into Rosie's sense of humour, but I would recommend the podcast 'Mum says my memoir is a lie' to hear Rosie and Lisa (her mother) talk about Rosie's claims.

Thanks for a great round, girls!
#lmpbc #groupx @LapReader @BecH @thegreensofa @suvata

thegreensofa I wasn't in to her humour either. It was a bit crass for me. But great round thank you too! 📚👌🏻 4mo
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Geekerella | Ashley Poston
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4 ⭐
I really enjoyed this take on Cinderella - my inner geek was fangirling quite hard most of the time. But there was one huge flaw that I couldn't look past - the plot centres on Elle's stepmother selling her father's house, but it says explicitly that the stepmother holds the house on trust for Elle until she is an adult. Which means she can't just sell it - that's not how trusts work! This kind of ruined the story for me...

Cinfhen Are you an attorney??? 😉😂that point would annoy my hubby too!! Although I‘ve heard this retelling is actually really fun 4mo
Sarz @Cinfhen Haha, I am 🙊 I'm pretty insufferable when they don't get it right! It is a GREAT story, once you get past the fact that it's entirely basis is legally incorrect 🤣 4mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘d bug me too!! 4mo
Cinfhen 🥰‼️😂😂 4mo
4thhouseontheleft Awesome choice! Although that plot detail would bug me, too. 4mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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5 ⭐
I love the concept behind this book: Women can only speak 100 words per day and they must wear a bracelet that administers an electronic shock if they exceed 100 words. What a horrible idea!!

However, I found the story a little bit lacking. After a strong start, it sort of got a bit lost. I wasn't surprised to read that it was originally a short story that was made into a novel.

Nevertheless, recommend if you're into dystopian future!

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4 ⭐
This cute little comic about dogs and the weird but adorable things they do definitely #remindsmeofmyhappyplace

Also pictured are the lights of my life - Korben Dallas and Minnie 💖

#booked2019 @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Sweet 🐶🐶 4mo
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Autumn's Wish | Bella Thorne
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Yay!! #AUTUMN (or #FALL) #BOOKED2019 DONE!
✅ Book about addiction: Blackout - Sarah Hepola
✅ Soldier's story: Artificial Condition - Martha Wells
✅ New in 2019: The Lady from the Black Lagoon - Mallory O'Meara
✅ PoC MC paranormal: Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor
✅ Public domain: Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
✅ Political Intrigue: The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

@BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Woohoo💕💕💕💕well done 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 👊🏻♥️📚 4mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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I remember Northanger Abbey as being my favourite story by Jane Austen when I read the works 15+ years ago. That, and the fact that it's the shortest novel, made me choose it as my #publicdomain pick for #booked2019. I still enjoy it - it's pretty funny and I love the sarcasm throughout. Happy to be able to combine the physical book with the audiobook though - this is huge!

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

4thhouseontheleft Great pick for this prompt! 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage So glad it held up to your re-read! ✔️👊🏻♥️📚 4mo
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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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3 ⭐
I was going to give this a pick, because I did mostly enjoy it while reading it, but the ending... It's been a week since I finished it and the ending still makes me super mad. I don't recommend it.

cookreadsleep I hate when a good book has a bad ending. 4mo
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Talking to Dragons | Patricia C. Wrede
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Mehso-so

2.5 ⭐
I absolutely adore this series, but the fourth (and final) installment didn't do anything for me. I think it was the first person, male narration. I miss hardcore princesses who know what what they want and go out to get it.

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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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5 🌟 All the stars!
Wow 😍 If you get the chance to pick up this book, please do. Don't be frightened by its size. It is an absolutely beautiful first novel by a talented Zambian writer. I adored it! Like Gyasi's Homecoming, it tells the story of three generations of three families connected to the British settlement in Rhodesia, known as Old Drift. It is beautiful, it is powerful - it took me 6 weeks to read because I wanted to savour it.

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MAY RECAP:
A great month with 16 reads, including 1 comic and 7 audiobooks
Only two 5⭐ reads and seven 4⭐
13 female authors

Favourite read: Relish - Lucy Knisley

Goodreads: 74/100
#litsyatoz: 3/26 (total 17/26 - female authors)
#booked2019: 2/6 (total 11/12)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks like a good month! 💖📚💖 4mo
greenhairdontcare Relish is the best! Definitely my most favourite of hers. 4mo
Sarz @greenhairdontcare have you made any of the recipes from it?? 4mo
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Mehso-so

3.5 ⭐
Feeling a bit conflicted about my feelings on this one. I did like it - the story is compelling, but there was also so much I hated.

#lmpbc #groupx @LapReader @BecH @thegreensofa

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5 ⭐
The one's alright - the story and the writing are pretty good, but I wouldn't say it was outstanding. However I absolutely LOVED it! It was obviously what I needed at the time. I laughed and I cried and I really felt things. I also loved the ending (not the epilogue); it felt real and appropriate. A different version of happily ever after. I know I'll read this again in the future.

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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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Mehso-so

3 ⭐
Tricky to review this one because obviously the author has passed away and it was written while he was terminally ill. But it wasn't what I expected at all. I enjoyed the parts that were about his illness, diagnosis and treatment, but there wasn't enough about that. The parts that were about his broader life were so full of unchecked privilege that it was hard to get through.

LapReader His wife is the better writer I think. 5mo
Sarz @LapReader Yes, definitely! 5mo
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Hunted | Meagan Spooner
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4.5 ⭐
This is a pretty awesome retelling of Beauty and the Beast, where Beauty is a kickass hunter who grows and learns. Highly recommend.