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SincerelyWinona

SincerelyWinona

Joined August 2016

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I just discovered #LittensDressedInBlood but I had to jump on the bandwagon to share one of my previous local libraries for Day 25. Nothing beats having your library connected to a maritime museum on the water so you can watch the sun set over a historic tall ship while reading. 📚

wanderinglynn How fun! 3mo
MidnightBookGirl It's never too late to join in! That is a gorgeous library! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Wow, that sounds awesome! 3mo
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SLAY | Brittney Morris
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I am LOVING this book so far but my gosh I can‘t stand the main character‘s boyfriend. She‘s such an incredible and intelligent protagonist, why is she with the most judgmental, manipulative and chauvinistic man?! I‘m to the point I actually needed to vent about him. Is this just me? Am I missing something cultural? Because dear lord this queen deserves better!

Reggie Yeah, he‘s a bit much. 4mo
SincerelyWinona @Reggie I finished the book today and honestly feel like I should‘ve spoiler alerted this post, but it‘s not my fault I saw him for the trash he was right at the beginning! 4mo
Reggie I don‘t think the post was a spoiler alert. You might want to spoiler alert your comment cause that definitely gives it away. I liked this book because she‘s giving that message that there is many ways of being Black. I like that she chose the boyfriend because it gives the message that sometimes your own people will try to tear you down. I would have been ok with the friend‘s brother being the bad guy too. Either way, this book was great. 4mo
SincerelyWinona I don‘t think I retroactively spoiler comments @Reggie but I absolutely agree. The comment is borderline, but doesn‘t totally give it away. Plus I don‘t exactly get a ton of following so I‘m not TOO worried. Anyways, I absolutely agree with you points about many ways, and I think the author did a great job with the antagonist choice. 4mo
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“She always says that if you keep children going until they‘re exhausted, feed them, and put them in bed, then it doesn‘t leave them with any time to stick themselves with knives or fall down wells. So now that I‘m all grown up I march myself around for hours and I haven‘t fallen down any wells yet.” Proud to say I‘ve also avoided falling in any wells! #adulting

Clare-Dragonfly It‘s hard to keep children going until they‘re exhausted when you have less energy than they do 😅 5mo
SincerelyWinona @Clare-Dragonfly oh I bet! I wasn‘t considering this advice for actually small children, as much as for adult children such as myself lmao! 5mo
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I can‘t thank @MeganAnn @Michael_Gee & @Reggie enough for sharing their insight and these novels with me the past 4 months. Reading these queer experiences with your commentary had me feeling joy, nostalgia, anger, sorrow, love, and so much more- and I never felt alone for the ride. Thank you so much for your picks, and while I wish mine wasn‘t filled with such toxic characters, I‘m glad you all devoured it as quickly as I did!

Michael_Gee This group was such a wonderful experience! 5mo
Reggie This was really great for me, @SincerelyWinona Thanks for making Q queer. I really enjoyed this experience as well. 5mo
MeganAnn I so loved reading with all of you! It was such a wonderful experience to read these queer books with your notes and commentary pointing out things and experiences that made each novel richer. ❤️❤️❤️ @Reggie @Michael_Gee (edited) 5mo
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Finally finished my last #LMPBC book, ending with this pick by @MeganAnn . I can‘t express how magical it feels to receive such an incredible book with so much heartfelt commentary already inside. I felt like I was experiencing this story surrounded by friends and I absolutely devoured this novel and experience. Thank you Megan (again) for your patience with my belated reading. I had no idea what like was going to throw at me these past 4 months!

SincerelyWinona I‘m excited to get this in the mail and send it home with all of its marked-up goodness back to you @MeganAnn ASAP! 5mo
MeganAnn 😍 Love your review! I can‘t wait to get it back and read everyone‘s commentary. And I hope your next 4 months are much more relaxing or at least back to normal. 5mo
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Wow. This was gorgeous and heartbreaking and resonated and #LMPBC (round 11) Group Q‘s commentary kept me grinning and feeling seen and understood like Kim Fu masterfully shares and understands the queer experience. It wasn‘t always a joyful ride, but it was a beautiful one and one I would absolutely recommend anyone reads. Thanks for this great pick and it‘ll be in the mail soon!

Michael_Gee Yes!! 6mo
Reggie ❤️🧡💛💚💙 6mo
MeganAnn Looking forward to this!! 6mo
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In response to @TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday questions this week:

1. Who is your favorite Greek/Roman god?
Artemis 🌕🦌🗡

2. What was the last book you read about mythology?
The tagged book, based off One Thousand and One Nights

TheSpineView Thanks for playing 7mo
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A Spectral Hue | Craig Laurance Gidney
Mehso-so

A book about art, the African-American experience, salt marshes, & the color fuchsia.

Hang out until page 200 for an unexpected paragraph that almost (but not quite) makes the shuffled narration worth it.

Finally finished this last night and getting it mailed to @MeganAnn today! Sorry it‘s belated, but thank you for the kind patience as I had to wait a few weeks to comfortably read after my concussion. I‘ll get caught up before the end of May!

Michael_Gee Oo I can‘t wait to get it back and see which paragraph you are referring to! 7mo
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A novel about a queer curvy woman named Noni who travels abroad to seek pleasure? Did someone write my biography?!

I was expecting an Eat, Pray, Love vibe but got mostly the Love portion. Which I wasn‘t mad about. There‘s sex. Lots of it. It‘s a smutty beach read for fat bisexual women and honestly, the world needs more of that! Sometimes a book just exists about, and for, pleasure.

Reggie This sounds great. 8mo
Michael_Gee Love it! 7mo
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A Spectral Hue | Craig Laurance Gidney
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My physical TBR stack is just piling up and I‘ve had an absolutely intense month that started with an April fool‘s joke of an interstate car accident and severe concussion that literally messed up my vision, focus, and memory. I‘m trying to keep up with everything, especially my Litsy Markup Postal Book Club reads, but I feel like I‘m barely making a dent even though all I want to do is read!

Reggie Oh no, I‘m glad you‘re ok. Take as much time as you need with the books. I‘m sure we all feel the same way. @MeganAnn @GhostStories 8mo
SincerelyWinona I just started April‘s because this is the first week that I‘ve been able to visually focus on the pages and my May one just arrived in the mail to add to the pressure! 😅 I love reading and am a quick reader, so I‘m giving it my best effort to stay on track, but I really appreciate the sentiment and concern! I‘ll definitely reach out if it ends up being delayed! 8mo
MeganAnn Oh my goodness! I second @Reggie ... I‘m so glad you are okay and please take all the time you need. I usually plan to read the #lmpbc books mid- to late-month anyway so there‘s no rush to get it to me by the first. 8mo
Michael_Gee @Reggie We do! That‘s terrible, Winona, and I‘m so glad you are doing better. Take however long you need! Take care of yourself. 8mo
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These were my top 5 choices for my book pick for #GroupQ in #LMPBC Round 11. I waited all month to finally decide, but bought the tagged book today. I‘m excited to start marking it up in March!

Michael_Gee I‘m looking forward to all our books! 9mo
MeganAnn Yay! All our choices look great! 9mo
Reggie I‘m excited for this book! 9mo
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Michael_Gee Just sent off my book! Should arrive Monday. 9mo
Michael_Gee @SincerelyWinona Did A Spectral Hue make it to you okay? The tracking info said it arrived but I just want to make sure. 8mo
SincerelyWinona @GhostStories it did! Sorry I haven‘t been on Litsy much lately. Thank you for getting it to me so early! 8mo
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Finished #24in48 despite a weekend full of mechanical issues with my car. Was not the quiet relaxing weekend that I hoped for, but I managed to finish three books! Still working on the one tagged.

Linsy Very nice! 🎉🥳 10mo
Soubhiville Woohoo! 📚📚📚 10mo
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Haven‘t even finished my current reading event (shoutout #24in48 ) and I discovered my next one! This book club consists of groups of four where you read a book, mark it up with your notes/thoughts/etc, and then mail it on to the next person! After 4 months your book will return to you lovingly marked up! Check out @suvata for sign ups and more information! Or join Group Q with me if you‘re interested in swapping LGBTQIA+ reads! #LMPBC

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Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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1:50:54.33 into the #28in48 #readathon and starting out with the #24in48GroupRead on audiobook! I couldn‘t wait and started Felix Ever After a few days early - and I‘m loving it so far! Can‘t wait to keep reading and join in the discussion! Happy reading everyone!

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This was a sweet YA romance which gave me an innocent ‘Nick & Norah‘s Infinite Playlist,‘ but K-Pop edition, vibe. It was fluffy and somewhat predictable, but I liked the characters and their development. There‘s a passion alongside the ease of this novel that just makes you want to enjoy the same things. I found myself cooking bao to eat alongside Lucky and picked up my guitar (for the first time in years!) after finishing the book.

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@Alfrazier21 absolutely knocked my #ElfSwap package out of the park! I can‘t wait to read both of the novels and enjoy all of the treats! This may be one of the best swaps I‘ve ever received. Thank you so much! ❤️

Alfrazier21 I‘m so glad you liked everything!! Happy Holidays! 🎄⛄️ 11mo
Avanders 🧚🏽‍♀️♥️🎄 11mo
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My package from @Alfrazier21 for @Avanders #ElfSwap arrived this week! I can‘t believe Christmas is so soon, but I‘m excited to be able to open the box next week!

Avanders 🎄♥️🧚🏽‍♀️ 11mo
Alfrazier21 look at all that beautiful snow!!! 😍😍😍 11mo
Alfrazier21 glad the package made it to you! 11mo
SincerelyWinona @Alfrazier21 I went to my parents for Christmas Eve and due to the weather don‘t think I‘ll be home again until later this weekend so I may be a little belated opening and posting! Just a heads up. Hope you have a merry Christmas! 🎁🎄 11mo
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Thankful Book | Todd Parr
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🙏🏻 Time to learn more about myself.
🙏🏻 Added yoga teacher certification to resume.
🙏🏻 Acceptable to stay home all weekend.

katy4peas Important things! Thanks for playing! Congratulations on the Yoga certification! 💕 12mo
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The Night Before Christmas | Clement C. Moore
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Just signed up for @Avanders Christmas book swap! This swap has a quick turn around (matches sent 11/27 and send-by date of 12/18 or earlier) and the sign up closes tomorrow Nov. 25th!

Info and sign up at: https://forms.gle/XWwVtzq6f6KfgvmH6

#ElfSwap #LitsySwap #LitsySwaps #Swap #Swaps #LitsyHappenings
Photo is from @hellokarilynn on IG.

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You Exist Too Much | Zaina Arafat
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Bailedbailed

I lasted exactly 4 minutes and 27 seconds before I deleted the audiobook. The narrator is British/Indian/Australian... and it‘s horribly jarring to hear her butcher Arabic as she‘s supposed to be narrating a Palestinian American character. I still want to read the book seeing as I identify as a queer woman and have lived in Palestine and walked the very streets this book opened in, but I couldn‘t palate this narration a second longer.

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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani
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I loved listening to this audiobook. It was raw and beautiful. The characters are all deeply flawed but felt achingly real even if they weren‘t always likable. And revolving around a sexually liberated somewhat-queer woman in a poly situation was incredibly refreshing. Well written, dark, and captivating.

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Upright Women Wanted | Sarah Gailey
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5⭐️s for this incredible novella set in a dystopian future that felt slightly akin to the Handmaid‘s Tale. A western, but with queer librarians instead of cowboys. My only complaint is that there isn‘t a whole librarian series set in this world yet!

ItsAnotherJen Sounds interesting! #stacked 1y
lahousewyfe Loved this book! ❤️ 1y
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Saw @mariaku21 post this, and had to share! I discovered the podcast Hot & Bothered this spring and it‘s made my appreciation for the romance genre significantly grow. 2020 is definitely the year for a guaranteed happy ending. Anyways, my title is Surrendering The Billionaire‘s Forbidden Wife... which is a lesbian erotica just begging to be written!

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | Swami Satchidananda
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I had 5 weeks off work due to the pandemic during which I had all the time in the world to learn whatever I wanted. And instead I chose my first day back to work to compulsively decide to start Yoga Teacher Training. 🧘🏻‍♀️

SW-T Good luck with your yoga teacher training! 2y
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The Witch's Daughter | Paula Brackston
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“I have no need of a friend who thinks me good enough to share his bed but not his name.”

Listening to this audiobook while whipping up some macaron batter way too late at night. There is undoubtedly magic in meringue, and even more so in strong independent women.✨

Cinfhen Looks delish 2y
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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“We are the stars,” he answers, as though it is the most obvious of facts afloat in a sea of metaphors and misdirections. “We are all stardust and stories.” ✨📚

sprainedbrain Omg that‘s lovely! I hadn‘t seen any fan art yet. 😍 2y
SincerelyWinona I wish I knew who it was by so I could credit them, but I‘m not sure! It‘s beautiful though! 2y
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Panpan

I found myself scrolling OverDrive and by accidentally searching “adult fiction” (my brain meant non-YA novels) I came across the realization that my library has an erotica collection. So I picked one with the most ridiculous description and flipped through for a laugh... which I never found. Instead, I found a toxic male who is coercive, controlling, and isolated his partner without her knowledge or consent.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Bookish This or That 📚
I got tagged in this on Instagram and I don‘t usually participate in things, but I figured I‘d migrate this one to Litsy to profess my love of un-sandy dog-eared bittersweet fiction novels. Although I‘ll admit, I could never dog-ear the tagged book I‘m currently reading. My Erin Morgenstern hard copy is far too dear to me.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Reading a Morgenstern novel makes everything seem a little more magic... not that a pink sparkly cupcake needs any help in that regard! ✨💖

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The Regrets | Amy Bonnafons

“We generally expected little from other humans besides absurdity. As a result, we were rarely disappointed.”

AJBowers Timely 2y
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“To our wild game, Malabar.”

If I take my lunch break at the office I end up doing work or browsing the Internet. So I‘ve been escaping to the closest food place to my office so I can get an iced tea and as much uninterrupted reading time as possible.

Cinfhen This book was wild 😜 2y
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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“Shut the fuck up! Enjoy the fucking sunset on your fucking camels! Jesus!”

It is, after all, almost a miracle they are here. It‘s that they‘ve survived everything in life, humiliations and disappointments and heartache and missed opportunities... bad jobs and bad sex and bad drugs, all the trips and mistakes and face-plants of life, to have... made it here... So yes. As with almost every sunset, but with this one in particular: shut the fuck up.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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“Prayer is better than sleep,” comes the morning cry from the mosque, but travel is better than prayer.

#selfcare reading over dinner at #BlazePizza

CaitlinR Loved this book! 2y
SincerelyWinona @CaitlinR I‘m actually really really struggling to get through it. There are some incredible moments and language, but I‘m struggling to just want to stick with it. I‘m curious if I‘ll feel differently once finished! 2y
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer

By the end, Arthur Less is in tears sobbing in his seat, and he thinks he has been sobbing quietly until the lights come up and the woman seated beside him turns and says, “Honey, I don‘t know what happened in your life, but I am so so sorry,” and gives him a lilac-scented embrace. Nothing happened to me, he wants to say to her. Nothing happened to me. I‘m just a homosexual at a Broadway show.

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“Sometimes the scene ends with just us, on our own, picking up the broken pieces so that we can start over again. Sometimes it‘s letting go of cultural expectations in order to pave our own paths for the future. Or sometimes, the happy ending is simply moving forward.”

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This past week I‘ve been KonMarie-ing my stuff to adjust to relocating back to America, going through a breakup, and preparing for a new job and another relocation. Yesterday I finished the stage of discarding books, and I‘m happy to bid a bittersweet goodbye to 164 of them.

Books bring me joy, but the ability to pick up and move easily and live life to the fullest gives me a sense of purpose and joy in my life as well.

SW-T Congrats on clearing space for your move! Wish you all the best with the new job and relocation 😊 2y
SincerelyWinona @SW-T Thank you so much! 😄 2y
BookNAround Such a hard thing to do, rehoming books. 2y
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The Cheese Book | Vivienne Marquis
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Cheese: The Wine of Foods 🧀🍷

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The Cheese Book | Vivienne Marquis
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A 1960‘s guide to cheese I must have obtained at a used book sale at some point...

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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What an incredible vacay read! This book had me aching for signal, even at sea, so I could message my frustration, adoration, passion, and love for this book to my friend who had previously read it. I love the characters, and the author wrote a beautiful political escape and call-to-action in the form of a YA romance, that leaves surprises even with a certain predictability. I haven‘t said this since high school, but I‘m hoping for steamy FanFic.

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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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I made it almost halfway this #24in48! For a crazy full weekend, that‘s not too bad. I can‘t wait until I have a weekend off for a #24in48, but at least I got the reading done that I did! Good job to everyone else who participated!

julesG 👏👏👏👏 2y
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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My total after day 1 of #24in28. Wish I could be reading more but I have lots of real-life responsibilities this weekend. Most of my reading has been audiobook while driving between commitments. Using my 3rd reread of The Night Circus to do so.

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Whoops. Finished this one a week before #24in48 even began. That‘s one book off the #24in28TBR stack! Worth it though, it kept me company on the drive to this beautiful cliff hike.

The book was an upbeat modern romance. I felt it pandered a little too much to digital trends and would have been better read than listened to (there‘s multiple text and IM conversations). The ending felt underwhelming, but I enjoyed the journey to get there.

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Getting ready for #24in48! What‘s in your TBR pile?

Mine:
1. We Are Okay - Nina LaCour
2. Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer
3. My Favorite Half-Night Stand - Christina Lauren

I‘ve got a day of work (Sat) and potentially a group hike (Sun) so we‘ll see how many hours I can make!

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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
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1. I‘m in the middle of Authority by Jeff VanderMeer but just download We Are Okay today and I‘m excited to start it!
2. Es Tebu! Fresh pressed sugar cane juice. Especially with some lemon or lime to brighten it up even more.
3. My last 2-3 books were all library books I‘ve now returned. So the last line of a recent read I still have is “I am not returning home.” - Annihilation

sebrittainclark I loved The Southern Reach trilogy! 2y
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Boybands, Girlfriends, and Other Side Effects of Being 16
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What‘s your book title?

umbrellagirl Girls, The End of the World, and Other things I‘m over. 2y
britt_brooke Popularity, Vampires, and Other Things the Fairies Stole 🧛🏻‍♀️🧚🏻‍♀️ (edited) 2y
SincerelyWinona @umbrellagirl that‘s a fabulous title! 💁🏻‍♀️ 2y
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SincerelyWinona @britt_brooke surely a YA fantasy best-seller! 2y
emtobiasz Happy Endings, Karl Marx, and Other Signs of Vampirism 🧛‍♂️ 2y
SincerelyWinona @emtobiasz omg 😂🧛🏽‍♀️ 2y
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Audiobooks are the perfect soundtrack for chasing sunsets.

julesG 😍😍😍 2y
TheBookKeepers Gorgeous 2y
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The Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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🙋🏻‍♀️ if you feel personally victimized by Maureen Johnson.

Reading the sequel to Truly Devious at Starbucks on my Saturday and I guiltily feel like a candle eater.

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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I actually really enjoyed it! ? The Litsy reviews are lukewarm, but the narration was both distant and personal. While I have no interest in thriller books, I felt like I kept wanting to guess the bigger picture, and uncover the next mystery of Area X. It spoke to self-purpose and love without directly addressing either. For others who enjoyed it I‘d suggest reading China Miéville or Chuck Palahniuk. ? for weird writing styles. (? T. Hanuka)

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Used the last 5 hours of this #audiobook today to drive to the beach. Couldn‘t have asked for a better day off.

As for the book? I‘m not a *huge* John Green fan, but I enjoyed this way more in audiobook form than when I originally tried to get through it on my #kindle. Definitely recommend the audiobook! It makes the inner dialogue spirals even more vivid.

readordierachel What a view! 3y
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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S: “I don‘t want him now.”
R: “Why not? Because I‘ve had my way with him? Don‘t tell me it‘s like when we used to lick the spoons to claim our place at the table.”
S: “It is a little like that, yes.”
R: “Well then. The spoons were always fair game again after a wash. The same ought to go for boys.”
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I‘m sorry to say I don‘t know who to credit the fan art to, but it‘s gorgeous and an incredible rendering of the characters.