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ScientistSam

Joined November 2016

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Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
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Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
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Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes
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A compelling account of a true hero. Virginia Hall developed Resistance networks in occupied and Vichy France in WWII, gathering intelligence and setting up guerilla attacks against the Nazis. What she accomplished was incredible regardless of when she worked or her sex, but to do it in the 1940s as a woman in a man's world was all the more noteworthy.

Highly recommended.

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#7days7books #covercrush Seven days of posting books without explanation for the covers you love.

Thanks for the tag @CoffeeK8 , @BookDragonNotWorm! I tag @mcipher if she'd like to participate.

Blaire Have you watched the Netflix show of this book? It‘s really good. 2d
CoffeeK8 💕 this cover! 1d
mcipher I am already on say 2 myself!! Thanks for tagging me though 😊😊 1d
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A Bollywood Affair | Sonali Dev
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I really enjoyed this book and its description of a traditionally raised young woman who still manages to break some barriers and go study in America... while waiting for the husband she met and was married to at the age of four and hasn't seen since. When her brother-in-law comes to the States to get her to sign annulment papers, the story gets, well, complicated.

4⭐
#romantsy

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I 💞 Ilona Andrews! 'Nuff said😀

No, seriously though, this is a great story and a great start to the spin-off trilogy starring Nevada's sister Catalina. Even I, loyal to Nevada as I am, adored this book. More strong women in a really cool magical Houston embroiled in House warfare.

5⭐

Beachesnbooks I'm reading this now & love it so much!! I actually prefer Catalina/Alessandro to Nevada/Rogan (gasp!) 2w
ScientistSam @Beachesnbooks gasp indeed! Glad you're loving it😀 2d
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And more #litsylove from the ever-thoughtful @robinb😀

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You are too generous @robinb! Thank you, thank you, thank you!💞

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The Mulberry Tree | Jude Deveraux
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This felt like more of a mystery than a romance, but I enjoyed the story and it kept me guessing till the end.

A widow is left nothing by her billionaire husband except for a decrepit old farmhouse and a mysterious note. Along the way to solving this mystery, she also needs to redefine herself from housewife to...who knows what?

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I loved Helen Hoang's second romance! It's funny and engaging, and there are valid reasons for the communication difficulties. I rooted for the heroine and loved that she gets along on her own two feet despite all the obstacles she encounters. The romance is something that enhances her life but does not define it. And it hurts my heart to see Khai's struggles so the HEA is all the sweeter.

#romantsy

robinb I‘m looking forward to getting to this one! 😊 3w
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I really really enjoyed this book! It was a super-fast read, probably because of the interview format, and was perfect for my work trip.

I didn't really get the level of depth and female empowerment that others did - it seemed a fairly surface-level story that was very atmospheric and descriptive of what I assume that rock n roll culture was like in the seventies.

Tons of fun!

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Birthdays Happen | Herbert Kavet
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Thanks for all the wonderful #litsylove! I always love hearing from you all, and appreciate the birthday wishes too!

@Soubhiville @bookwormahn @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoyBlue @Stacypatrice

(Stacy, did you make that lovely card?!)

CoffeeNBooks Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎉 4w
daena Happy Birthday!🎊🎉🎂 4w
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎁🎊🎉 🥳📖😋 4w
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AmyG Happy Birthday!🎂 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉💗🎉 4w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 4w
BookwormAHN Happy Birthday 😺 4w
Stacypatrice I did 😊💛 Happy Birthday 🤗 3w
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Gratitude | Dani Dipirro
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How perfectly unexpected and wonderful! Thank you so much @litenthusiast!!!

litenthusiast I'm glad it got there. Hope you have a Happy Birthday! 🎂 3w
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Crooked House | Agatha Christie
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A fast, atmospheric read in vintage Christie style, this kept me guessing till the last minute (and I still didn't figure it out!)

Sending out today for #whodunitthesequel
@Librarybelle @Schlinkles

Librarybelle Yay! 4w
Schlinkles @ScientistSam Huzzah! Embarrassed to say this will be my first Agatha Christie. I‘m really excited to read it! 4w
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Special Friendships: A Novel | Roger Peyrefitte
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Thanks for all the lovely letters, cards, and treats! I ❤️ this group of wonderful people!

@Lovesbooks87, @AmyG, @UwannaPublishme, @OriginalCyn620, @Crazeedi, @litenthusiast!

#litsylove

Crazeedi Happy happy birthday! Sending a big litsy hug!!😽🎉🎂🥂 1mo
UwannaPublishme Have the happiest birthday! 😘🎉🎂🎁🎈 4w
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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My favorite summer read (mostly because I read it this summer!) is The Alice Network. Kick-Ass women spies plus all the feels at certain points of the book make this an incredible read!

Thanks for hosting this #25Etsy #giveaway @Megabooks!

Megabooks Thanks for entering!! I‘ve been meaning to read that. #stacked 👍🏻 1mo
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This is definitely a 5 ⭐ read and one of my favorite books so far this year! Interweaving the stories of two young women during or in the aftermath of two world wars, Kate Quinn gives us les fleurs du mal, women who flourish in the face of evil. 1915 sees young Eve a spy for the Allies in occupied France, while 1947 has us meet her again through the eyes of young Charlotte, with her own quest for justice. What happened in the intervening years?👇

ScientistSam Even more incredible is the fact that the Alice Network of WWI women spies is based on a little-known real spy network. 1mo
JulAnna I liked this one too! 😊 1mo
ScientistSam @JulAnna wasn't it great?! 1mo
TNbookworm I loved it! 1mo
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Thanks for the #litsylove birthday wishes @nelehelen @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks!!! And I love the stickies, @nelehelen, thanks so much!

DivineDiana Looks like I missed your birthday. 🙁 Wishing you a fantastic year! 🎉📚🎂 1mo
ScientistSam @DivineDiana thank you! It's towards the end of the month so your birthday wishes didn't miss it😀 1mo
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The Queens Advantage | Jessie Mihalik
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The sequel to Mihalik's Queen's Gambit, this #romantsy novella picks right up and dives right into court intrigue. Who wants Valentin dead? Samara needs to figure it out before assassins succeed.

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The Queen's Gambit | Jessie Mihalik
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An enjoyable sci-fi #romantsy novella, emphasis on the romance. Samara is a kick-butt heroine and the guy she falls for isn't too shabby himself 😜 If you want a bit of space opera politics and intrigue with your romance, you'll enjoy this.

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Blood Oath | Linda Fairstein
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This was a good mystery where prosecutor Alex Cooper needs to look carefully at those in the legal establishment for her murderer. While the mode of death seemed a bit far-fetched, it was still entertaining. Alex's relationship seems to have settled and I'm happy to avoid all the man drama.

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Penpals | Lana Sundman
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I got lovely #Litsylove, and some early birthday wishes! Thanks @LibrarianJen, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks, @aroc, and @Lovesbooks87!!!

I've been so behind with my writing but sent out three noted and wrote five postcards today, so I'm back in the game!

Lovesbooks87 Your welcome! Take your time. We all understand! 1mo
Crazeedi I'll be sending you one soon!! 1mo
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Say No to the Duke | Eloisa James
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@EloisaJames wrote another charming, funny, entertaining book about the Wildes. This was a fast read, and I really enjoyed our heroine and her desire to be allowed the agency men in her world had.

#romantsy

Meghan1 I love this series!! 1mo
josie281 Currently listening to this! 1mo
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This book was really hard to read, but it raises questions we should all think about. The first part moves surprisingly slowly yet still was a bit hard to follow with the discursive back-stories, and incredibly hard to read because of the subject matter - the possible euthanasia of a number of patients at Memorial Hospital post-Katrina. The second part just sails by.
4⭐

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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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I love Ann Leckie, but this just wasn't for me. I couldn't get past about page 40. Maybe I'll try again at some later date...

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This was a lovely, charming, entertaining romance where a widow who is left destitute opens a boarding house... with an unexpected business partner. And when a Captain of the King's blockade stays undercover in search of a smuggling ring, sparks, of course, fly!

I'm looking forward to the next in the series!
4.5❤️

#romantsy

robinb I loved it too...but then again, I tend to love everything she writes! 🤣 2mo
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The Suffragette Scandal | Courtney Milan
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Loved this final book (I still have one novella!) of the Brothers Sinister series! Free is feisty (when are Milan's heroines not?) and the banter is wonderful. And once again Courtney Milan writes a grown-up romance where the protagonists actually talk to each other.

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Mehso-so

The premise of the magic world is cute and innovative, if occasionally cutesy, but I had little sympathy for the protagonist or her love interest, and disliked the romantic subplot.

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Monstress Vol. 2 | Marjorie Liu
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Another compelling, grim, beautiful installment.

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The first half of this book is a thriller/psychological mystery and the second half is horror. Despite the mixed-up genres, it's very well written, which is why I gave it a pick even though it's not necessarily my cup of tea. I found myself wanting to root for the teenage protagonist. I can't really write more without giving things away for my fellow #whodunitthesequel readers.

On its way to you, @Schlinkles!

@Librarybelle

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Posted | John David Anderson
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My #postlit book and notebook made it home after a year and a half! It was so much fun to read everyone's comments, regardless of whether or not the book was their cup of tea.

The incomparable @JulAnna added a couple of books for me too. Thank you so much, I can't wait to read them!

@CareBear

JulAnna Yay! Glad it made it back to you safely! Hope you enjoy the books ! 😊 2mo
CareBear How sweet, @JulAnna ! 2mo
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A former Chief Medical Officer of Bellevue gives a small glimpse into the world of this flagship public hospital through the stories of 12 patients who passed through its doors. These are fascinating and absorbing individual stories, and the insight I to the hospital is also very interesting.

New Amsterdam (the TV show) is very very very loosely based on this book.

My primary criticism is that it can be hard to follow the sequencing👇

ScientistSam When he goes into flashback mode. This might be an issue with the ebook if the physical book offsets the flashbacks from the current narrative. 2mo
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The Countess Conspiracy | Courtney Milan
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I love the science in the historical romance of this one! I can't say much more or I'll spoiler this one, but it was another winner 💞

#romantsy

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The Heiress Effect | Courtney Milan
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What do you do if you don't want to get married but you're an heiress? Make sure nobody wants to marry you. In fact it takes quite a clever woman to work that out, and this is her story.

Loved it!

#romantsy

CoffeeK8 I love this series! 3mo
ScientistSam @CoffeeK8 it's so good! 3mo
fenchxrch Are there other Courtney Milan books or series that you would recommend? 2mo
ScientistSam @fenchxrch I think I've only read a contemporary romance by her outside of this series, but it was really good. It's the second in a trilogy (which I didn't realize when I read it first) called Hold Me. 2mo
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Binti: Home | Nnedi Okorafor
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I really enjoyed following Binti's story as she returns home after a year at university. She has to grapple with her identity and her relationship with her family and friends, and how these have changed as she has gone out into the world.

While I really enjoyed this novella, it did feel like it dealt a bit less with sweeping themes and focused more on one individual coming of age story.

quirkyreader This book looks like it has been massively loved. 3mo
charl08 @quirkyreader that was what I was going to say! V good. 3mo
ScientistSam @quirkyreader @charl08 doesn't it?! Library copy😀 3mo
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AutumnRLS Read the next two! I love this trilogy of novellas. They're so good! 3mo
ScientistSam @AutumnRLS only one more in the series! 3mo
AutumnRLS @ScientistSam oops! For some reason I thought this was the first one. The third one made me cry. Sho good! 3mo
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A Kiss for Midwinter | Courtney Milan
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Just reread the first novella and book, so I was happy to read Lydia's story. Courtney Milan is now definitely up there in the favorites list!

fenchxrch I just bought and read this series from Amazon! The Suffragette Scandal was my favorite — so good. 3mo
ScientistSam @fenchxrch looking forward to reading it! 3mo
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Secret Santa | Scarlett Bailey
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TheReadingMermaid I'm so so very glad that you like everything sweetie. I hope it makes you feel pretty LOL 😋❤️😘🤗 3mo
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Secret Santa | Scarlett Bailey
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Post 3 of my lovely lovely package from @TheReadingMermaid! Wasn't I spoiled?💞
@BookishMarginalia
#summersantagoespostal #summersolsticebookexchange

wanderinglynn Ooh, I love that Kim Harrison series! 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
BethM I‘m with @wanderinglynn so good! 3mo
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Secret Santa | Scarlett Bailey
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monalyisha Is that a scarf? How pretty! 🧣🦋 3mo
ScientistSam @monalyisha yes! A scarf with butterfly magnets resting on it 3mo
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Secret Santa | Scarlett Bailey
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I really needed this lovely unboxing day after getting up at 4am for a flight because my flight home last night was cancelled!

Thanks so much @thereadingmermaid! I feel positively spoiled 😀 I love all the butterflies. Thank you!

Post #1
@BookishMarginalia
#summersantagoespostal #summersolsticebookexchange

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Magic Triumphs | Ilona Andrews
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I can't believe how well Ilona Andres wraps up this series! How Kate is able to handle the final showdown with Roland is really imaginative and works incredibly well, and Conlan is absolutely adorable. I'm sad the series is over, but satisfied with the resolution.

wen4blu I just read the first two in this series! 3mo
robinb I keep forgetting I need to read this last one...thanks for the reminder! I think I just don‘t want it to end. 😔 3mo
iread2much I think this is one of the best series wrap up I‘ve read. They did such a good job 😄 3mo
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ScientistSam @wen4blu I'm envious you get to read it for the first time 😜 3mo
ScientistSam @robinb I know! But they really do an amazing job at a satisfying conclusion 3mo
robinb @ScientistSam So good to hear! 👍 3mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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This was well written and rather depressing, dealing with three people's reactions to one of them being incarcerated despite his innocence. Lit fic is not my usual genre, and I hate love triangles, but this was well done even if not for me.

I do have to say I didn't much like any of the main three characters. Roy seems to see Celestial as property and to take credit for her success. I know this in an #unpopularopinion, but for me it was so-so.

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I saw the play on Broadway earlier this month and had to compare with a reread of the book. This story and these characters hold up well to an adult reread. It is a classic for a reason after all.

Side note: I really didn't like what Aaron Sorkin did to Atticus Finch to make a 2019 political point when I watched the play, and I like it even less after a reread of the book.

KatieDid927 It‘s been a few months since I‘ve seen it, can you remind me how Aaron changed Atticus? 3mo
ScientistSam @KatieDid927 Atticus in the play is painfully naive to the point he's weak. I wondered whether I'd find him naive in the book when I reread it as an adult, but he's actually pretty realistic, just also a really good man. For example, in the play, Atticus thinks Tom will be acquitted. In the book, he thinks they have a shot at acquittal at appeal, but knows they will lose the case. In the play, the jury takes barely any time to decide. 👇 3mo
ScientistSam In the book, it takes hours, which is considered a victory for that day and age. (Which in itself is terrible of course, but Lee is showing that.) @katiedid 3mo
KatieDid927 @ScientistSam Ah yeah yep, all true and good points. I saw the play about 3-4 months ago but haven‘t reread the book yet so I felt there were some changes but couldn‘t pinpoint them as accurately as you did here. Thanks! 3mo
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I still prefer werewolves to vampires, but this book had an interesting premise. The original Vlad falls for a contemporary woman with some psychic and defensive powers she got from a downed power line accident. Together they fight a common enemy.

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The Sisters Mederos | Patrice Sarath
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In theory this book has it all, but I didn't quite connect with it. Maybe I thought there'd be more swashbuckling? The pacing also felt a little slow. However the premise of two sisters seeking revenge for their family's downfall at the hands of corrupt rulers was entertaining.

iread2much Sounds intriguing, but I just can‘t with that cover 😅 3mo
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Santa's Diary | Santa Claus
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TheReadingMermaid I can't wait to see you open this one darlin!!!! I worked really hard on everything for you. I hope you like it all 💗🦋💗 3mo
ScientistSam @TheReadingMermaid I'm sure I will! Can't wait!💞 3mo
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Why yes I do like Jane Austen.

Some of my #BookCon purchases from yesterday. Isn't that Jane Austen miniature library gorgeous?!

tpixie Lovely!!! 4mo
tpixie So is #BookExpo more free stuff and #BookCon more buying of stuff? 4mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous!! 💕💕 4mo
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emz711 Love! #multiples 4mo
ScientistSam @tpixie I haven't gone to BookExpo but I think so. There is some free stuff at BookCon but super long lines and not a large volume of arc drops. 3mo
tpixie @ScientistSam thanks! For info! 3mo
Schlinkles @tpixie The big difference is that Book Expo is for people in the industry, booksellers, librarians, etc. Book Con is open to the public. 3mo
tpixie @Schlinkles thanks!! I never got that connection. I knew book expo had a Little Librarian food/eating section (edited) 3mo
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This was a light, entertaining read. I enjoyed it but I don't know that I'll search out more by this author. 3.5⭐

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Great panel moderated by Anthony Rapp of Rent fame! NK Jemisin and Rebecca Roanhorse discussing sci fi and fantasy. Saw @j9brown @Beachesnbooks and @Katiedid59 at this #BookCon panel. #BookCon2019

j9brown So good! 4mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Cool! I really enjoyed Trail Of Lightning! (edited) 4mo
ScientistSam @JanuarieTimewalker13 I'm looking forward to it! 3mo
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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After seeing a panel with Jacqueline Woodson, I really want to read this book! #BookCon2019

DebinHawaii I loved this one! ❤️ 4mo
ScientistSam @DebinHawaii good to know! 3mo
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Yay for #romantsy! I loved the historical romance panel at #BookCon2019 that @Beachesnbooks and I went to, moderated by Sarah MacLean. It was called Suffragettes, Sex Positivity, and Smashing the Patriarchy: Historical Romance as a Powerful Political Text. Not only did I also get to see the fabulous Tessa Dare on the panel, I saw several authors whose books I now want to read💞

charl08 Oh, I love her. Please tell me she's writing a book about suffragettes... 4mo
CoffeeK8 Sounds awesome! 4mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I finished this a few days ago and have been pondering how to write this review. It's an excellent book. It's not about homeschooling, which I've heard it described as. It's about overcoming no schooling to get an advanced degree. It's about overcoming parental neglect, family disfunction, and abuse. It is raw and hard to read and violent and I did not expect any of it when I sat down to read it. Definite trigger warnings. But very well-written.

sprainedbrain I just started this today... I was immediately sucked in. 4mo
DivineDiana Good review. Yes, a book about overcoming! Amazing woman! 4mo
ScientistSam What do you think of it, @sprainedbrain? 4mo
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