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SpeculativeFemale

SpeculativeFemale

Joined June 2017

Bookworm with a strong inclination toward speculative fiction.
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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
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Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
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Ink and Sigil by Kevin Hearne
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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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This is another one where I'm calling it a pick, but by a narrow margin. It almost lost me once, but I pushed on and enjoyed it overall. I think I just had some difficulty relating to the main character at times. Still, the plot was certainly interesting and threw me for a loop once or twice.

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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The holidays mean both more travel, as pictured, and less time to read, unfortunately.

However, I did start reading Lore by Alexandra Bracken and it seems interesting thus far. I'm just hoping I'll have a bit more time to read it this week.

AmyG Drive carefully. 5d
SpeculativeFemale @AmyG Luckily, I get to play passenger this time. 😁 5d
Kimberlone We had 10 hours of round trip driving this weekend and audiobooked it up! 5d
SpeculativeFemale @Kimberlone I wish I could have, but my significant other doesn't like audiobooks. He's a reader, but just can't get into listening to a book being read. 5d
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The Complete Wheel of Time | Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
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Okay folks, let's talk #WheelofTime

Who else has watched the first three episodes? What did you think of it so far?

I'm cautiously optimistic!

CrowCAH I have not. But I plan on watching! 2w
BarbaraJean I haven‘t watched any yet but am planning to. My husband and my MIL want to watch it all together over the holidays so I have to wait till mid-December! 2w
Branwen I watched the first episode last night and really loved it! There were some changes, and one big one that I hate, but overall I loved the actors and their portrayals of the characters- especially Nynaeve! 💕 2w
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I have been so impressed by these books. The characters are wonderful and the stories full of unexpected twists and turns.

There's also the constant sense of something more to the story, especially to the villain, yet to be revealed.

I will be waiting for the release of the next book with anticipation!

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Didn't take me long to get through the second Morrigan Crow book, and it was every bit as good as the first one, possibly even better. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the author takes the story next.

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Junk | Les Bohem
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A couple hundred more miles back home today and I finally finished this audiobook. While I'm not going to call this a favorite, it still made the cut as a pick just for the sheer creativity of the plot. It almost lost me once, but pulled together again by the end.

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Despite driving almost 400 miles today, I still managed to finish the first Morrigan Crow book, and what a book it was! The characters are great and the story walks that fine line of giving you enough information to follow but still keeping you guessing, throwing you curveballs. I can wait to start the next book!

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Some nights, especially after rough news from family, I just need a purely fun, escape book and kitty snuggles.

Thank goodness Sphinx here is a good cuddle-cat, and I finally got my hands on a copy of Nevermoor, which I've been meaning to read since I bought a copy for my grand-niece last year. So far, I am definitely enjoying it and it's doing a good job of mostly distracting me from my worries.

DrexEdit Here's to distractions and snuggles. Hope things work out for you. 3w
Texreader ❤️🐈 Take care of yourself. 🤗 3w
erinreads Kitty snuggles are the best, especially when you need them most. 😻 I‘ve got my ginger boy currently snuggled with me, who looks so much like yours! 3w
Suet624 💕💕💕 3w
Leftcoastzen Hugs ! Hard times definitely get better with a few cat snuggles. 3w
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I'm calling this one a pick, overall, but I have to admit, it was a bit of a slog through parts of it. It did pay off, but it took a bit of tenacity to get through to the end.

Soubhiville Agreed. The Prince scene pushed it into pick territory for me. 3w
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Cooler weather calls for homemade bean soup and a good book!

I'm still undecided on the book, though. This one drags on a bit more than the original, I think, but the characters and the adventure are enough to keep me going for the moment. Hoping for a strong ending!

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Serpentine | Laurell K Hamilton
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I have a hard time deciding what to say about the Anita Blake books these days. I still keep reading the newer ones, albeit I've been behind on them a long time, but I think it's because I just don't enjoy them as much as the older ones. I like the action more than the relationship stuff that took over for a while and hold on to the hope for that.

Larkken Oh man, I recently tried to get back into these from the beginning via audiobook and failed on book 3 - so much smoldering by so many different men! Plus, Jean Claude was annoying on audio, so many “mon petites” 😂 4w
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Serpentine | Laurell K Hamilton
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With Halloween upon us, I decided to finally go back and try to catch up where I'd left off on the Anita Blake series. Vampires and were-animals seemed appropriate to the day, after all.

I also kicked off the day by watching some fresh apple cider being pressed (pictured above), buying a gallon of it, and getting some delicious fried cakes to go with it.

Happy Halloween & Blessed Samhain to all! 🎃

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Black Water Sister kept me reading late into the night and pretty much every other chance I got.

Rooted in questions of identity (culture, religion, and sexual orientation all play a part) and grounded in present day Malaysia, this book brings ghosts and gods to life in a surprising and compelling way.

I absolutely recommend this one!

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Sphinx isn't too sure about my latest book pick, but I'm enjoying it so far.

I think he just gets jealous when I get so wrapped up in a book that I forget to pay him what he considers enough attention.

Leftcoastzen So cute! 1mo
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Junk | Les Bohem
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Nearly finished Junk on my way home today. I'm still a little iffy on it, but the intricate and intriguing plot is enough to keep me going.

Also just sharing a photo of one of the sites along my travels: the Kinzua Bridge. Built in 1882, it held the record as the tallest railroad bridge in the world for two years. Restoration of the bridge began in 2002, but unfortunately it was struck by a tornado in 2003.

Soubhiville Oh wow! Incredible photo! 1mo
SpeculativeFemale @Soubhiville Thanks! It was taken from the Skywalk they made from the remains of the one side of the bridge. 1mo
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Junk | Les Bohem
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Listened to a bit of the tagged Audible original while traveling through western New York and Pennsylvania today.

Not sure about the book yet, but the scenery was unparalleled.

DrexEdit Beautiful!😍 1mo
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I'm not entirely sure what to say about this book.

I didn't love it, but I did find it compelling in a melancholic way. Parts were reminiscent of A Handmaid's Tale, if it were set in a different culture and told from a slightly different perspective.

Overall, I'm still going to call it a pick, but with somewhat less enthusiasm. Read with caution. This is not a happy story, but it does have important things to say.

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What does a cat on a chair have in common with my reading habits?

They're both inscrutable.

Started a new book over the last day or so and at about 100 pages, I'm still not sure what I think of this one.

Leftcoastzen 😸 1mo
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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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This book delves into questions of human nature and power, weaving together several characters' stories with other, short interludes, creating a tapestry depicting both the best and worst of humanity through the lens of one big "what if" question. It is masterful and thought provoking, while still being absolutely captivating.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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Wow. I picked this book at random for something a little different to read, and I am just loving it so far.

The way it explores the characters and their motivations has been great, and the questions it makes the reader ask, the tension it builds, has had me entranced since I picked it up.

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Akata Warrior | Nnedi Okorafor
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It's been a good weekend: a beautiful drive to and from my alma mater for the big local festival and parade, some fun time with family, and I finally finished another fabulous Nnedi Okorafor book.

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Akata Warrior | Nnedi Okorafor
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Crazy day at work, so I didn't get quite as much reading done as I'd have liked, but I'm loving this book just as much as the previous one!

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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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I absolutely DEVOURED this book in just about 24 hours, and on a workday at that. I haven't flew through something this way in a long time.

The characters, the descriptions, the story itself - I loved it all, and I'm starting on the next one immediately!

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Blood & Honey | Shelby Mahurin
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Sphinx is with me for some general apathy tonight.

After finishing this book today, I checked my library's digital system and found the next book in the series is only available in print, not digital.

All I can really say is I just wasn't impressed enough with the first two books to want to go check it out. 🤷‍♀️

Leftcoastzen Cutie!😻 2mo
Soubhiville Beautiful kitty 🐱❤️ 2mo
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Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin
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I finally went to check out one of the libraries near where I live now and wow! What an awesome place!

I didn't check out any physical books this time, but I did get my shiny new library card, got it entered in Libby, and checked out a digital copy of Serpent & Dove.

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Rhythm of War | Brandon Sanderson
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It's finally time! I finished Oathbringer last night and am finally moving on to Rhythm of War today.

Couldn't have come at a better time. Repairs on my car are taking longer than expected, which killed my holiday weekend plans. But at least I should get to really dig into reading.

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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Just wanted to say I haven't disappeared again completely! My son came to visit for a week and I just got a little busy showing him the city and the lake and everything.

But on the bright side, I finally finished my reread of the first two books of the Stormlight Archive and started reading Oathbringer! I'm loving it so far, and looking forward to reading Rhythm of War next.

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I first read this one at an age that was probably a bit young for the subject matter, and it stuck with me for a long time.

#ConflictedWorlds #AbusiveSpouse
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Perfect 👌🏼💔📖 4mo
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Black Magic Sanction | Kim Harrison
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I fell asleep early last night, so I'm playing catch up on #QuotsyAug21

For Day 4 - I always got a kick on the perspective of a somewhat prudish 100+ year old ghost on the life of a modern #single woman.

@TK-421

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Russian Fairy Tales | Alexander Afanasyev
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1. I have a bit of a fascination with any of the tales of Baba Yaga.
2. Once upon a time I got a new phone that was my favorite thing.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView New phone! 💜📞 Thanks for playing! 4mo
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A Brief History of Time | Stephen Hawking
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No one can explain how important the changes around a single #second can be quite as well as Hawking.

#QuotsyAug21 @TK-421

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Conflict with #disability becomes a major issue for a main character in the Wheel of Time series (trying not to include spoilers!) after receiving a wound that won't seem to heal.

#ConflictedWorlds
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@Eggs

Eggs ❤️✅💙 4mo
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Hatchet | Gary Paulsen
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I'm going back to a classic for the #ConflictedWorlds prompt of person vs. #nature today.

I read a lot of Gary Paulsen's books when I was young, but this one stuck with me the most!

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚 thanks for playing!! 4mo
Eggs Great series 🌲 ⛰ 🐻 4mo
Blueberry Good choice! 4mo
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#QuotsyAug21 @TK-421

When I think of #crayons I always think of the how crayons are made Mr. Rogers episode. His show was just such a big part of my childhood.

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Pale Demon | Kim Harrison
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#SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz

1. There were a couple of options I considered, but I can't resist my favorite witch/demon.
2. I'm a bit of a foodie, so I have to say Owen Wedgwood from Cinnamon and Gunpowder.
3. Space. I've always thought going back in time would probably be less than pleasant as a woman. 🤷‍♀️

ozma.of.oz Ah! Wedgwood would be great! Thanks for sharing! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's good #2! Love that book. And food. Haha 4mo
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The strained but always amusing relationship between Anita Blake and Bert Vaughn was the first thing I thought of for the Day 1 of #ConflictedWorlds - #TheBoss.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@Eggs

Eggs Brilliant 🖤📚👏🏻📖🖤 4mo
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Scourged | KEVIN. HEARNE
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There's something about how Herne developed Owen's perspective that I really loved.

#QuotsyAug21 @TK-421

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Owen is great, and yes his perspectives on his new world are wonderful! 4mo
TK-421 Great quote! 4mo
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Bubble | Sarah Morgan, Jordan Morris
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I'm back again after another long hiatus!

I just celebrated my 40th Birthday yesterday, so here's my birthday haul!

The Mabinogion was purchased from my Wish list and the others I bought today when my love cut me loose in B&N with a special birthday budget.

Then I tore through Bubble the moment we got home. Overall, a pretty good birthday 😁

Nute 🥳 Happy Birthday!🎊🎂 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Happy birthday! 4mo
Soubhiville Happy Birthday!🎈🎂 4mo
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LazyOwl Happy Birthday 🎉🎉🎉 I hope you enjoy ROW. I loved it. 4mo
SpeculativeFemale @LazyOwl I'm behind on Sanderson and still need to finish Oathbringer first 😳 4mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉✨ 4mo
CarolynM Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎉 4mo
ozma.of.oz Happy birthday! 🎉🎉 4mo
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When you're having trouble wrapping those last two gift books because you really kind of want to read them yourself!

#BookishChristmas

Sresendez12 I enjoyed The Girl Who Drank the Moon so I don‘t blame you! 11mo
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The Way of Kings | Brandon Sanderson
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Hello fellow Litizens. Miss me?

It has been over two years since my last post, and a lot has changed in my life, from ending a long relationship and moving, to finding my feet again, as well as finding love.

There was a long period where I'm sad to say I was barely even reading.

However, those days are gone, and now I tend to always have one digital book and one hard copy I'm working on.

katy4peas Welcome back and nice to meet you! 😁👋 12mo
LazyOwl Welcome back. Diamond Throne is a great series, hope you enjoy 💕 12mo
Texreader Welcome back! So many life changes but glad you decided to come back to Litsy! 12mo
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Jas16 Welcome back! 12mo
ladym30 Welcome back!❤️ 12mo
MaureenMc 👋👋👋 12mo
Leftcoastzen Hi! Glad you are back!👏👋 12mo
LiteraryinLawrence Hello again! 12mo
readordierachel Hello! 12mo
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Everything Is Illuminated | Jonathan Safran Foer
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Jonathan Safran Foer and some Githeri. It's a good night.

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Going with one of my other half's favorite quotes tonight. Maybe one of these days he'll finally let me borrow the book instead of just reading me favored bits as he rereads it yet again. 🤷‍♀️

#cooksoflitsy

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Tailchaser's Song | Tad Williams
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Got an upgrade today, from air splint to ankle brace.

Thus far, it is kitty approved.

#catsoflitsy

robinb I‘m about to get upgraded to one of these from a boot at the end of the week with PT starting next week. Hope you keep progressing well! 😊 3y
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I just felt like a little Half Blood Prince this evening for some reason.

Dink apparently just felt like snuggling with my air splint.

All in all, not a bad night, all things considered.

#catsoflitsy

Karkar This my favorite HP! 3y
Leftcoastzen Dink is trying to take care of you. 3y
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Revival: A Novel | Stephen King
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I got through a good bit of my latest audiobook today while traveling to a doctor's appointment.

Then I got quite a surprise when I discovered my appointment was in the complex where the Penguins play.

Also read my way through a lovely bowl of crawfish etouffee between appointments. All in all, not a terrible day.

SpeculativeFemale Note: I realized I meant to say where the Penguins practice, not where they play. 3y
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Peasant Chicken and root veggies, virgin sangria (no alcohol with antibiotics), and some Tolkien today.

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The Magicians Trilogy | Lev Grossman
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Say hello to my #LazySaturday starter pack!

My foot and calf swelled up today, so I'm not doing much moving around, just enjoying some King, a bit of ice cream, and also finally catching up on The Magicians.

ReadingEnvy We finally started in on this season last night! 3y
SpeculativeFemale @ReadingEnvy I'm still not even through season two 😳😅 3y
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From the Dead | Mark Billingham, Billingham
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Hello! I promise I didn't intend to take a hiatus. My phone crashed and it turned out the OS was completely corrupt. Then it took a while to get things transferred to my replacement phone after strep hit our household, and I got stuck at home for a couple of days.

It's generally been a rough week, but hopefully things will be back on track soon.

Texreader Yikes! Hope things keep improving! 3y
BookwormAHN Hugs 💚 3y
JacqMac Ugh. I hope you have a restful weekend. 💕 3y
Dragon Hope everyone is better! 💐 3y
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Seduced by Moonlight | Laurell K Hamilton
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Well, it could be worse. Nothing broken, but I'm stuck in an air splint and on crutches until I get an Othro to check things out. The doctor thinks I may have torn a ligament.

I'm falling back on some really cheesy Laurell K. Hamilton to take my mind off things tonight.

BookishMarginalia Ouch! Hope everything checks out and you feel better ASAP! 3y
Karkar Hope you feel better soon!!! 3y
BookNAround Ouch. Hope it heals quickly! 3y
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TheSpineView 😕 Terrible! Hope you get better soon! 3y
dragondrool Ow! Hope it's as minor as possible! 3y
tpixie Oh my!! Take care of yourself!! 3y
cobwebmoth Hope things improve for you soon. 3y
Dragon Positive energy heading your way, hope you heal quickly! 💚🦄💐 3y
GripLitGrl Hope you have a speedy recovery💐 3y
readordierachel Wishing you a quick recovery! 3y
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Revival: A Novel | Stephen King
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I finished Cinnamon and Gunpowder last night and moved on to Revival. Just glad I have something to hold my attention. I hit a patch of ice on some stairs this afternoon, twisted the heck out of my ankle, and went down hard. Currently laying with my leg up, debating whether or not to go to Urgent Care.

RealBooks4ever Oh no! Hope you heal up soon! 💜 3y
readinginthedark 😕 I would judge by how swollen it is and if you have sharp or achy pain when you try to rotate it. That sucks 3y
Monica5 Hope you have a speedy recovery 🙏 3y
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