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SauerPatch

Joined March 2017

"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." ✨?✨--C.S. Lewis
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Dune by Frank Herbert
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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
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Far and away, my favorite of this classic series so far. 💚 Adventure, kidnapping, dragons, magic, mystery... what else could you want? ☺️

smilingshelves I've read this series a gazillion times, and this was always my favorite book, too! 2y
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Luck of the Draw | Piers Anthony
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At long last, my May #BookSpin list! I had a hard time coming up with this list as I tried to limit it to books I have a real chance of completing... May is going to be a little bit of a challenge, but here‘s to hoping. 🤞🏼

Ps: Yes, I purposely added Dune twice. 😄

britt_brooke Great looking list! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great list! And I'm all for the double-book strategy!! 2y
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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Those of you who have read this since this whole mess started:

Is this going to leave me feeling hopeful, or despondent? A few months ago I started getting the itch to finish this (I started it a year or so ago) but because of COVID-19 I‘m concerned about what it might do to my mental health. And yet, I‘ve seen a lot of people reading it recently and still enjoying it. Opinions?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I haven't read it, but I'm thinking of ordering it. I'm into pandemic books/movies right now. Go figure. 2y
KatieDid927 It made me feel hopeful, personally. I was really glad I read it now. 2y
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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April‘s #BookSpin: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (And none too soon!)
How do I even begin to review this?! First off, her writing is simply intoxicating to me. This story could have meandered on forever and I‘d have kept reading because 😍. The third quarter was a trifle slow for me, but I think that was more do to circumstances and my mindset than the actual story. One criticism has been that there are a lot of story lines to keep track of, (cont. ⬇️)

SauerPatch which is true, but I never really felt like I was missing out on the experience of the story because I couldn‘t keep them completely straight... I got the gist, and that was enough, although the ending did make me want to reread passages to see if I could fit together all the pieces in my head. A satisfying ending. (edited) 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Great review! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay! I quite enjoyed this one as well. Great review! 2y
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I recently rediscovered this little magnet I picked up at a craft fair last summer, and now it‘s hanging out on the post of my bedside lamp as a nightly reminder that we‘re gonna make it through this. 💛✨

#KeepLitsyPositive

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The Black Book | Ian Rankin
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Thanks for the tag @ju.ca.no ! All but a handful of my books are in storage, but I was able to #ISpy these black covers. 🖤

@JazzFeathers @MoonWitch94 @shortsarahrose , can any of you #ISpy any books with stars on their covers? ⭐️😊

ju.ca.no Lovely covers😍 3y
MoonWitch94 Thanks for the tag 🖤⭐️ 3y
Andrew65 Great choices. 2y
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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My #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin books for April! To be honest, The Starless Sea was one of the a few I was hoping Fate would pass over... no luck. 😆 But, I‘m quite pleased with the second spin and am hoping that will give me another push to finish TSS. Even though I think two more books this month is optimistic, I‘m hopeful. 😊

Thanks for such a simple, fun challenge @TheAromaofBooks !

TheAromaofBooks I had mixed feelings on TSS - I'll be interested to hear what you think!! 3y
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Harry Potter: The Complete Collection | J.K. Rowling , Olly Moss
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Guys. This. 😭😭😭🖤

I don‘t know any seniors, but I love this and wanted to share with those of you who might. 🖤

ValerieAndBooks Wow. Thanks for posting this. I‘m going to share this with my daughter, a HP fan, and a college senior. 3y
eraderneely 😭 3y
monkeymoo Well hermione went to hogwarts to finish after the war so yea 6mo
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Reading through this series to my son at bedtime. 🙂

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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My first #BookSpin list! Since I‘m not typically a hoarder of unread books, not all of these are ancient TBRs; some are new, or new to me. The starred ones are ones I have in hand, whether print, digital, or audio, or otherwise have immediate access to. A few are ones I have checked out from the library for the foreseeable future. 😐

I‘m 🤞🏼 for the tagged book. (#10) I‘m already committed to reading it, but I‘m hoping having it as (cont.⬇️)

SauerPatch the official April spin will give me an extra boost of motivation to finish it in a timely manner. (edited) 3y
TheAromaofBooks Great list!!! I've been meaning to read Dune forever! 3y
SauerPatch Officially (and at the last minute!) changing #9 from Iron Gold to Around the World in 80 Days. Both have been a TBR for a while, but I realized belatedly that I meant to reread the Red Rising trilogy before starting Iron Gold, of which I have two to go. (edited) 3y
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Tanisha_A Love all the bickering between them! 3y
Tanisha_A 😁! 3y
Linsy 😆💘 3y
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#Bookmail is the best mail! Ordered these from my local/nearest indie bookstore when the panic was just starting here. Top three for me, and two Murderbot books to send away 📚📦✈️ to my husband. 🤗 PS: I was too lazy to set up a nice looking photo, so here they are on my Mickey blanket. 😁

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Muse of Nightmares | Laini Taylor
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Though considerably less whimsical and much darker than the first, I still adored this. Somehow it‘s heart wrenching AND heartwarming, and occasionally both at once. Taylor‘s writing is gorgeous: her imagined world is so immersive and original without being overly detailed, the romance is charming and pure, not angsty or overdone. I‘d like to see a couple characters developed further; I‘d definitely read a sidekick series about Thyon. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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📘 My favorites are undoubtedly still fantasy and historical fiction, but I‘m really warming up to mysteries and memoirs have been calling to me as well.

📘 My husband

📘 I‘m spending tons of quality time with my sons, and having to stay in/home all day has really made me reevaluate how I‘ve structured our days up until now.

@Eggs

@Dr.WhoNumber10 @swishandflick @KendallHershey

Eggs That is s great point you bring up #3: to re-evaluate 3y
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Muse of Nightmares | Laini Taylor
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A rarity for me and and my Merlin 🥰

#catsoflitsy

shortsarahrose He‘s so pretty! 3y
Gissy 😻❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Muse of Nightmares | Laini Taylor
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“Fear was vying with courage, and courage was winning.”

#KeepLitsyPositive

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Watership Down | Richard Adams
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I want to like this, but I simply can. not. stay focused on it. Perhaps that‘s because there‘s so much else going on, or perhaps it simply isn‘t my cup of tea, but at the moment I just feel like I need more depth to stay engaged. There may be a time in the future when I come back to this and enjoy it, so for now I‘m I‘m neglecting to review it because I don‘t think it deserves an official “bail” just yet.

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Springtime: A Ghost Story | Michelle De Kretser
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🍀 Maintaining communication with my (currently long distance) husband, and absolutely prioritizing nightly self care (usually reading and a 🍺😜)

🌸 This year I could honestly care less, I‘m looking at being homebound as an opportunity to extent my blankets/leggings/oversized sweater season 😁

🌼 Relieved

🌿 Not sure yet... Tex mex? More likely refrigerator surprise! 😆

MoonWitch94 Oh I‘m sorry you & your husband are separated! Isn‘t it a blessing that we have technology that allows us to stay connected even when we are apart? Thanks for playing 🌷🌸💕 3y
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“We‘re coming for you whether the Muggles like it or not, you can‘t miss the World Cup, only Mum and Dad reckon it‘s better if we pretend to ask their permission first. If they say yes, send Pig back with your answer pronto, and we‘ll come and get you at five o‘clock on Sunday. If they say no, send Pig back pronto and we‘ll come and get you at five o‘clock on Sunday anyway.”

The world needs more Weasleys. 😆

#PotterADay

Tanisha_A Absolutely, more Weasleys! 3y
Linsy Indeed! ❤ 3y
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“As it happened, there were an extraordinary number of unusual things in his room. A large wooden trunk stood open at the foot of his bed, revealing a cauldron, broomstick, black robes, and assorted spellbooks. Rolls of parchment littered that part of his desk that was not taken up by the large, empty cage in which his snowy owl, Hedwig, usually perched. ...[B]eside his bed, a book lay open... the pictures in this book were all moving.”

Linsy She's so great at setting the scene! I feel like I'm there. 3y
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Picking up my sister‘s old, well-loved copy of #GobletOfFire in hopes of keeping a little more anxiety at bay in the coming days. So excited for this #PotterADay read along!

@Linsy

Linsy So glad to have you!! If Potter is good at one thing, it's great at instilling hope ... and we desperately need more of that right now. ✨ 3y
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“It was the last night of 1937.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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My small-ish #libraryhaul, plus one of my own. I‘m allowing myself to carry on under the delusion that staying home as much as possible is going to mean more reading time!

Spoiler alert: I‘m already a stay-at-home mom of two boys under 4. It‘s not. 😬

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Muse of Nightmares | Laini Taylor

“‘That‘s just his face,‘ said Calixte in a pretense of defending him. ‘He can‘t help having indignant nostrils. Can you, Nero? You probably come from a long line of indignant nostrils. Aristocrats are issued them at birth, along with haughty eyes and judgmental cheeks.‘”

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Muse of Nightmares | Laini Taylor

“‘Can we leave the past behind us?” she asked. ...

‘That‘s an excellent place for the past,‘ said Suheyla. ‘If you don‘t leave it there, it clutters everything up and you just keep tripping over it.‘”

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Muse of Nightmares | Laini Taylor

“She was an executioner by increments, a master of subtlety and tempter of fate, ever seeing how close she could slice the difference between hate and love.”

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Fun read, pretty straightforward if you‘ve played through the first game. 🗝

Do you have any graphic novels to recommend? I don‘t know if I‘ll continue on my little GN streak after I read the next one, but I‘m open to suggestions if you have any favorites. 🤗

LazyOwl Definitely Locke and Key, The Unwritten is another good one, or Saga, Chew, Curse Words, DIE, there are so many ones I love. 3y
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Watership Down | Richard Adams
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Started this one today. It‘s been sitting in my audible library for quite some time and I‘ve heard good things so I‘m giving it a go. About an hour in and I can‘t really see the appeal so far, but I‘ll give it a couple hours at least.

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Trying out my first (maybe second? 🤔) graphic novel! I‘ve always really liked the Kingdom Hearts games/universe, so I thought this would be a fun one to start with. 😊

Addison_Reads I love these games! 💚🎮 I didn't know there were books. I'll have to check those out. 3y
SauerPatch @Addison_Reads Right?! So fun! I just happened to notice them in the children‘s area at the library. So far this is the same storyline as the first game, but still totally enjoyable. 😁 3y
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“You don‘t pass or fail at being a person.”

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“‘You get on with your own life. Lettie gave it to you. You just have to grow up and try to be worth it.‘

A flash of resentment. It‘s hard enough being alive, trying to survive in the world and find your place in it, to do the things you need to do to get by, without wondering if the thing you just did, whatever it is, was worth someone having, if not died, then having given up her life.”

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I listened to this like I do most audiobooks nowadays, in fits and spurts, whenever I can, as I go about my life. Sometimes (a lot of times) that‘s only two or three minutes at a time, which makes it hard to give a thoughtful, critical review of them as the story has been so fragmented for me. But I enjoyed this, enough that I will certainly continue down my “I need more Neil Gaiman in my life” path. 🙂

Which is your favorite NG novel?

monalyisha This one & American Gods are my favorites! 3y
DrexEdit American Gods for sure. And then maybe Stardust. I started with Neil Gaiman through my brother's Sandman comics. I love those too but they're not anything like The Ocean at the End of the Lane! 3y
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Pax | Sara Pennypacker
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Some sweet exploration of identity, familial vs. extra-familial relationships, self forgiveness, and making peace with the past. But an abrupt ending that made me question what I was supposed to walk away with.

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Muse of Nightmares | Laini Taylor
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“elilith (el·LIL·lith) noun:

Tattoos given to the girls of Weep, around their navels, when they become women.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Untitled | Unknown
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Started a new book journal this morning in the journal my husband gave me for Christmas! The paper is made from recycled stone so it‘s got a lower carbon footprint and all that good, green stuff. 🌳🤓

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A quick, cute read written entirely in lists. I‘ve always liked books written in unconventional formats so that‘s really what drew me to it. The story is quite plain for the most part, but the list format makes it charming. A “pick” for me personally, but barely; a “so-so” as a recommendation. See comment for a spoiler on what dropped it down to a so-so. 3.5/5⭐️

SauerPatch The bingo hall robbery part was ABSURD. I was okay with him considering it but I never thought he‘d go through with it, and the fact that he did low key ruined the book for me; I suddenly couldn‘t take him seriously as a character anymore. 3y
starlight97 Then check this out 👉 3y
SauerPatch Sounds so intriguing! 🤩 Thanks for the rec! 3y
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“A man who doesn‘t believe in God prays in desperate times in the same way a drowning man attempts to draw breath while underwater. Sometimes all you have left is the impossible.”

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I‘ve never read much mystery until recently (trying to change that!) so I don‘t feel very qualified to give a critical review, but I enjoyed this. There were some twists toward the end that felt a little cheap but ultimately it was a fun, engaging read. It presented some ethical and/or (?) moral questions toward the end that I wasn‘t expecting but appreciated. 4/5 🌟

SauerPatch My only big issue was that after all the lies deceit, twists, setbacks, and uncertainty, we still never know for absolute certain that Aiden and Anna made it out of Blackheath. I needed that guarantee and the lack left me... unsatisfied. 3y
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“Grownups don‘t look like grownups on the inside either. Outside, they‘re big and thoughtless and they always know what they‘re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have, like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren‘t any grownups - not one - in the whole wide world.“

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“How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?”

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern

“Zachary [had] not thought about the fact that the day would go on, that the campus would continue in its routines and he is the only one who has had this universe turned askew.”

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Lamb | Christopher Moore
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Started re-listening to this a couple days ago on my run. It definitely helped me meet my goal of nine miles, but I felt like a huge dork running down the road with a dopey grin on my face. 🤣

BehindthePages This book made me laugh so much! I couldn't read in public xD 3y
Sace I snort laugh in public all the time. I don't even care any more 🤣 3y
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Mehso-so

The first 60% of this was excellent, although admittedly slow to get going. After that, it seemed like she couldn‘t decide what she actually wanted to write the book about: court politics or dragons. The pacing became inconsistent; too much time on some parts and rushing through others. I buddy read this with my husband, and to use his assessment... (continued in comments)

SauerPatch “it was too long for what she wanted to write about, and too short for what she could have written about.” In other words, it was too long/complex to make it a standalone but could easily have been expanded into a series. But, excellent world building and character development. So-so because I‘d only recommend if this is really within your reading niche. 3y
Sace The title of the book sounds so good to me, but I'm not a fantasy reader and this sounds like a pretty dense one. 3y
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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At the library this morning for one last hour or two of peace before winter break begins and I passed this on the Lucky Day shelf so of course I had to pick it up. Saying goodbye to my to-do list. 😏

Side note: I haven‘t posted on Litsy since I think October, although I lurk now and then. Lately I‘ve been spending more time focusing on interests other than reading, but this morning I‘m taking a few minutes to catch up. 😊

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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@MoonWitch94 , I love ALL of this! 🤩 Thank you for all of my goodies, most especially the book. I‘ve seen this title a lot for the last few years of course, but I‘ve never seen this particular cover and man is it gorgeous! 😍 As is the journal, and the bonus goodies are perfectly to my taste as well. Many thanks. 🤗

Thank you to @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for hosting such a fun #winterswap!

MoonWitch94 Yay!!!! I am so glad. It one of my favorite books, and I hope you love it. It's one of my favorite covers. Enjoy. 3y
Rissreads That's a beautiful cover! ❤ 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 3y
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Beaches | Iris R. Dart
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So far I‘ve mostly opted for family time over reading time, but I‘m finally getting in a little beach side reading today. ☺️

Beatlefan129 I‘m so jealous, it‘s snowing where I live right now 🥶 3y
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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Decided earlier today to take another stab at this audiobook. I tried it last summer and never got past fifteen minutes. What I heard of the story was fine, but I couldn‘t stand the narrator. (Maybe it was because I was pregnant? 🤔😆) Now, I still don‘t love her but I can deal because the story so far is intriguing at least.

And incidentally, #CoverCrush Day 7!
#7covers7days

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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An audio re-read. Even more enjoyable this time around since I knew which details and passages to pay attention to. I‘d forgotten quite how abrupt the ending was, though not necessarily in a bad way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, every time.

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The Phantom of the Opera | Gaston Leroux
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Day 5

Sorry for the hiatus; those didn‘t have to be seven *consecutive* days, right? 😏 I forgot I even had this because most of my books are in storage until next summer, but I was scrolling through old Litsy post photos and LOOKIE! 👀😍

#7covers7days #CoverCrush