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SincerelyWinona

SincerelyWinona

Joined August 2016

Reading my way around the world. (Currently living on the island of Java.) ✈️🗻🇲🇨
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Authority: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer
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Womancode by Alisa Vitti
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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! 4mo
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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.

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Survivor: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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Called off work and spent my Chinese New Year weekend doing some local traveling. Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite audiobook staples and I eagerly downloaded this one for the drive. Survivor is probably now one of the top 2 of his books for me, alongside Haunted. Enjoyed this read.

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Perdido Street Station | China Miéville
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I have to work this weekend, so I‘m not formally participating in #24in48 this time around, but I did send my class to the computer lab so I could catch up on a little reading!

#guiltypleasure #teaching #englishteaching #ESL #ESLteaching #24in48Readathon #badteacher

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline

The origami unicorn had revealed everything to me. 🦄

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This passage seems eerily predictive of Black Mirror‘s Bandersnatch.

#ReadyPlayerOne #ErnestCline #BlackMirror #Bandersnatch #foreshadowing

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Perdido Street Station | China Miéville
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Fresh 2019 book tracker! Hopefully I can fill in a book or two on my flights back to Indonesia. Starting off the year with some China Miéville.

#BulletJournal #BuJo #booktracker #books2019 #booksof2019 #2019books #bookgoals #bujotracker

Crazeedi Love!❤👍 5mo
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Cinfhen Love your #BuJo design 🙌🏻💕 5mo
Chelleo 😍😍😍 5mo
SincerelyWinona @BookishMarginalia thank you so much! 5mo
SincerelyWinona @Heideschrampf thanks! I found a similar one on Pinterest and then just recreated my own version. So I can‘t take full credit. 😊 5mo
SincerelyWinona @Cinfhen Thanks! ☺️ 5mo
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My #BulletJournal page depicting my 2018 reading goals. I finished all 50 books! (Plus I‘m in the middle of another...) Excited I reached my goal and excited to track another year of reading!

#BuJo #bulletjournaling #bujotracker #booktracker #2018 #readinggoal
(One of my favorite books of the year is tagged in the post!)

Cinfhen Nice! 5mo
BookishMarginalia Love it! 5mo
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Tash Hearts Tolstoy | Kathryn Ormsbee
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Hetero-romantic Asexual Cis-Female: “I don‘t feel like I have to make that big a deal of it, or-or ‘come out‘ in some big way or anything. I don‘t want to.”
Cis-Het Female: “No, I get that. I‘ve never had the urge to stand in a public square and say, ‘I wanna do the dirty with menfolk.‘”

😂 Exactly. 🏳️‍🌈

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Chime | Franny Billingsley
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Listening to this audiobook in paradise. 🌴

TheBookKeepers Yes!!! 7mo
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Love is inexact... it is not a science. It is barely a noun. It means one thing to one person, and another thing to another. It means one thing to one person at one point and then something else at another point. It doesn‘t make sense. We are gathered here today to not make sense... I love you, it‘s a mystery. Because it‘s a mystery we have to take care of it. Feed it. It can go missing, but we can‘t tie it up. We can only tie it to someone else.

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Furyborn | Claire Legrand
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Finally started Furyborn for a short round-trip drive this weekend. I was so excited for a feminist fantasy but even a few hours in I find myself barely enthralled and wondering if or when it will grab my attention...

LaraCroft I'm currently reading it, and I can tell you that I was really struggling with the first few chapters to the point that I got into a READING SLUMP!!!! But since I can't leave a book unfinished, even if it sucks, I pushed myself beyond the limits and....things got a TAD bit better, but I'm still not really enjoying it (I mean, my expectations for this books were really high but..sh*t happens). But yeah, just keep reading, things may change ^-^ 8mo
SincerelyWinona @LaraCroft I definitely know what you mean. I‘m at part 10/14 in the audiobook and I‘m no longer having to ~force~ myself to listen. I‘m still not really enjoying it either. I‘m glad I picked up the audiobook because I‘d have a really hard time finishing it if I had the written book, but I‘d hate not finishing too. 8mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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@kellyann28 is hosting a #BlindBookGiveaway! I‘d love to go on a blind (book) date with something involving rom coms, lists, and unique projects! Check out her original post to see how you can potentially win a mysterious book of your own.

kellyann28 Thanks for entering! Good luck to you! ❤ 9mo
SincerelyWinona @kellyann28 thanks for hosting! 😊📚 9mo
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Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard
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Listened to Glass Sword on may way to the woods today. A mountainous motorbike ride, a new library “book”, and some fresh air does a reader good.

readordierachel What a pretty spot! 9mo
SincerelyWinona @readordierachel Thanks! It‘s a plot of forest maintained by a university outside the city I live in. Sometimes I just need to escape the city. 9mo
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“Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes to make a man shut up.”

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The Tenth Island | Diana Marcum
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If you are a #kindle user make sure you catch Prime Day‘s perk for First Read members! 6 free books! 🎉📚

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Lumberjanes #1 | Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson
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I can get behind this pledge.

Bklover ❤️❤️ 12mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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1. The tagged book The Night Circus is one of my favorite books and easily one I think hits pretty much anyone‘s interest points.
2. Pretty much anywhere but right now Australia is pretty high on the list. Or maybe Korea. Or Austria. Really anywhere will do.
3. Thanks @kellyann28 for this #giveaway! Welcome to Litsy!

kellyann28 The Night Circus is one of my absolute FAVORITES! Thanks for entering! 12mo
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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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I loved reading this book. 🏳️‍🌈 I‘m cis but queer and have so so many dear friends who fall all over the gender and sexuality spectrum. The insight this novel gives is beautiful and it‘s written so it‘s easy for those with little experience or knowledge of the topic to be able to step right into the character‘s life. Plus, it‘s queer fiction written by a trans author. I want more literature like this. Honest, open, and beautiful. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

readordierachel Been meaning to read this one! Glad to hear you liked it. Thanks for the reminder 😊 12mo
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Halfway through finals and preparing to continue my language studies by attempting to read Harry Potter in Indonesian. I can‘t believe how pretty the Indonesian covers are! I couldn‘t wait until I was home to dive in, so I stopped for some froyo near the bookstore. ⚡️🍦✨

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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I have been an avid Maureen Johnson fan for 13 years and this is the first time I‘ve wanted to throw her book across the room. Great characters and beautiful writing, but the ending didn‘t resolve anything! The cliffhanger isn‘t even related to the main plot arch! Frustrating, but I‘ll absolutely keep reading... 🔍

ofclumsywords Thank you for putting into words what I‘ve been trying to realize! I love Johnson but I‘ve had so many mixed feelings on this book! 12mo
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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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“I just, I got nervous. I wear my lemons when I‘m nervous.” 🌴🍋

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Red: A Crayon's Story | Michael Hall
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This page (and book) absolutely touched my heart. 💜 I remember hearing about this book when it was published, but was surprised to find it (available!) on my library‘s OverDrive page. So grateful I got the chance to read it, and I definitely will suggest and gift it to everyone I know. 🖍💙

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood

“Attempts to govern the female body always have a feeling of a last resort, because the female body is fundamentally ungovernable.”

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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“Tweeting is an art form,” I told her. “Like sculpture, or honking the national anthem under your armpit.”
“It‘s not art if it‘s evil,” she said.
“It‘s *only* art if it‘s evil, Mom.”
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No one (teacher included) showed up to our first class of the day. So I went for a cup of coffee and enjoyed the aircon and quiet to catch up on Priestdaddy until my following class.

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This or That? | Delphine Chedru, Bernard Duisit
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@readherwriteher‘s “this or that”. I have to say, my flavor preference will be Twizzlers every day, but I have a fondness for Red Vines ever since A Very Potter Musical.

readherwriteher @SincerelyWinona I‘ve actually never had Red Vines (we don‘t have them in my neck of the woods), but my favourite is actually the soft Australian licorice. But not the black kind. 👎🏻🚫 1y
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Finishing the final book in the Crazy Rich Asians series. I love reading the kabillion dollar drama taking place in a country just an hour plane ride north of my $2 takeout.

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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New Kindle case! 📖 🌅

#kindle #kindlecase #beach #sunset #batik
Made by batiksocial@gmail.com or batiksocial on Instagram/Twitter.

Cinfhen Pretty💕 1y
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Pro Java Programming | Terrill Brett Spell
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I started a new Instagram account under the username Belum.Cantik which I‘m using to illustrate linguistic humor discovered while studying language in a foreign country. Follow it to laugh at my mishaps and learn some new vocabulary in the process!

However, I used a computer science joke as my first post. Because I‘m a #nerd
And I live on #Java

Jess7 I‘m on insta too if you want to add me. I‘m @ thegreeneyedreader 1y
SincerelyWinona @Jess7 I followed you! 😊 1y
Jess7 Great, I‘ll follow you back 1y
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God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.

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Fallen | Lauren Kate
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This audiobook was easy to get into but the main female character was unfortunately vapid and spent most of the book throwing herself at male characters who treated her poorly. Decided to watch the movie and it‘s even worse. They change / leave out any of the details that make the characters and setting unique. The movie is literally Twilight with angels. The main character is even a Kristen Stewart à la Bella Swan look alike.

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Fallen | Lauren Kate
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Didn‘t make it even halfway of the 24in28 #readathon, but I also arrived home to the SO for the first time in three weeks an hour before #24in48 started. Wanted to read, but couldn‘t ignore a weekend with pacarku. Still, I read more in the last three weeks of travel than I have in probably a year, so I‘d call that a success!

sprainedbrain Definitely a successful weekend! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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“I feel like I need to speak out, because if no one speaks out, if no one says, ‘This is me, this is what I believe in, and this is why I‘m different, and this is why that‘s okay,‘ then what‘s the point? What‘s the point of living in this beautiful, great melting pot where everyone can dare to be anything they want to be?”

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Geekerela | Ashley Poston
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I was skeptical going into it, especially the first chapter or so. Cinderella remakes are ubiquitous, and Hilary Duff‘s “A Cinderella Story” already added the ‘texting with the prince‘ bit. But this book had me gasping, laughing, and cheering and quickly sucked me into the story. Plus we get a fantastic queer character, and there‘s a Wynona! A fun, quick, and worthy read. ✨ Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite. \m/ ✨

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A Word for Love: A Novel | Emily Robbins
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I have mixed feelings on this book. It was slow and the narrative timeline was occasionally confusing and it honestly didn‘t get better until 70% through the book. But the writing had some beautiful moments. And as an American living in a Muslim country who also loves books and language, I wanted to witness the story. Even if I had to force myself to keep reading it a couple of times.

Cinfhen Shame! Book sounds really good...at least you‘re reading from a gorgeous location 1y
SincerelyWinona @Cinfhen if you‘re interested in it definitely give it a go! I‘d give it a “so-so”, but unless you‘re interested in the book for something other than just the overall plot I wouldn‘t necessarily want to recommend it. Setting the plot aside and letting myself just ruminate on Classical Arabic love stories and the beauty of language I had many moments I really savored with this book. 1y
Cinfhen I'll stack it and hope I find it via OverDrive or BookOutlet ~ thanks 💗 1y
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A Word for Love: A Novel | Emily Robbins
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“I suppose the heroine had to grow a very big heart. Big enough to fit her home, and the new place where she lived.”
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I love the idea that we have to grow a part of ourselves to love both where we‘ve been and where we‘re at. And as both this book and life demonstrates, it‘s not always easy.
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Granted, some days are easier than others. Especially when reading lakeside.

Cinfhen Beautiful view 💗 1y
SincerelyWinona @Cinfhen Thanks! It‘s Lake Toba in Northern Sumatra. Last day of my vacation before I‘m back to reality, so I‘ve got nothing on the agenda today except reading. 📚💙 1y
Cinfhen Enjoy 😊❣️ 1y
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Me Before You | Jojo Moyes
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“You only get one life. It‘s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

Reading these words as I travel through #KualaLumpur gives them a whole new life.
#KL #Malaysia #travel #life #ebook #travelphotography

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Finished my #ebook copy of Crazy Rich Asians right as my plane touched down in Singapore. What started as an #Overdrive search for guidebooks turned into indulgent guilty pleasure reading. (It‘s a trashy name dropping couture tell all of the Singaporean elite.) Still, it‘s fun to be exploring a new series and a new country at the same time!

TrishB I‘m in Singapore next week - sadly with work so not much down time! 1y
SincerelyWinona @TrishB I‘m only here 2 days, but I‘m always around South East Asia - I live in Indonesia. 🇸🇬 🇮🇩 First time to Singapore though!😄 1y
TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 1y
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Damned | Chuck Palahniuk

“In a world where people say you're lazy for not shaving your legs, then being dead seems like the ultimate character flaw.”

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Spontaneously downloaded this book off #OverDrive and headed out on a day trip this morning. Not what I expected so far, but you can‘t go wrong with British narration and mountain roads.

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Dirty Pretty Things | Michael Faudet
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Dirty Pretty Things | Michael Faudet
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Anyone else currently working on #writing their #NaNoWriMo this month? I hit 20,000 words today and I promised myself I could indulge in a new #poetry book at the 20k milestone. Excited to get my hands on this book, even if I probably won‘t get much reading in until December!

JazzFeathers I'm on track too 😊 what is your story about? 2y
SincerelyWinona @JazzFeathers my FMC‘s thesis advisor goes AWOL and she gets the chance to transfer abroad to a country her great grandparents are from and she takes it. Turns out her family‘s more involved in the local lore than she anticipated. Tl;dr people drown, possible sea queen shinanigans, and generally everyone‘s relationships go to pieces. 2y
JazzFeathers @SincerelyWinona That sounds like fun 😁 Mine is an histrorical fantasy set in Germany in 1926 and losely based on Snow White. But the story is basically mirphing in my hands. And l'm loving it 😊 2y
SincerelyWinona @JazzFeathers that sounds really cool too! 2y
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Snuff | Chuck Palahniuk
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Listened to this audio book on my first Indonesian road trip! Crossed from the south to the north of Central Java and back. Incredible sights and interesting reading along the ride.

#Palahniuk #Snuff #audiobook #roadtrip #Java #Indonesia #ChuckPalahniuk

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”

Image is a B&W edit of The Magician from the Golden Thread Tarot deck.

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“I hope you don‘t expect me to call you Master,” she said, adjusting the knot.

“Saints, no, that word has no place except in bed.”

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The Bone Witch | Rin Chupeco
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Some of my favorite quotes from the book I just finished.

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The Fire Queen | Emily R. King
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Procrastinated my homework by taking The Fire Queen with me to a street warung for a glass of warm milk and a good story before bed. #IndonesianLife