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sprainedbrain

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Equal-opportunity reader. Indomitable huntress of erudition. 😉 www.sprainedbrain.blog www.goodreads.com/sprainedbrain
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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A true classic, really well-written, laugh-out-loud funny at times, and absurd throughout. I especially loved the way Cervantes made commentary on himself and his plagiarist.

Still, not gonna lie, I struggled to get through the book. It‘s too long and repetitive, and it felt like a slog to get to the good stuff.

But I finished! And thus I shall embark upon a pastoral life. Or just start another book. 😃

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

#1001books

Daisey Great review! 2d
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators and he‘s fabulous on this recording on Don Quixote.

That said, when he reads for Sancho, he sounds a LOT like Noel Fielding as Tony Harrison.

So, while Sancho is really nothing like Tony (he knows nothing of the crunch), after about 30 hours, I am starting to picture Sancho like this. Only on an ass.

🤣

RealBooks4ever I LOVE TONY HARRISON!!! 💜💜💜 “This is an outrage!” 2d
Andrew65 Love Simon Vance‘s narration, one of my favourites. 2d
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Full Moon | Arina Tanemura
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The moon is gorgeous tonight! Enjoy the last full moon of the decade. Thank you for sharing this, @Meaw_catlady ❤️

I‘m releasing the negativity, both about myself and things I can‘t control, to make room for all the changes and beginnings that will be coming my way in the new year and decade. I‘m going to try to make more time for myself.❤️

Blessings to @Chrissyreadit @4thhouseontheleft @Gaylagal2 @phatsallylee @MeganAnn

#moonreflections

Meaw_catlady You‘ve got this love!!! Release that negativity !! Sending blessings and positivity your way!! 🖤 3d
Crazeedi That moon is shining brightly here tonight! 3d
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3d
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MeganAnn ❤️🌕 ❤️ Sending many blessings and a new decade‘s worth of positivity back to you!! 😘✨ 3d
Nute Oh my goodness, we do need to make time for ourselves, Ms. Jenni, so that we can embrace change and new beginnings. I pray that negativity gets out of your way and allows the beauty of you to shine through!💕 5h
sprainedbrain @Nute Thank you, Kimberley! ❤️❤️❤️ now
sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady Thanks, my lovely friend! 💕 now
sprainedbrain @MeganAnn Thank you! ❤️ now
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Confession: I‘ve never paid much attention to Don Quixote, and assumed it was some epic, stuffy, serious classic. It‘s on the #1001books list so I decided to read it anyway.

Imagine my surprise to find that, while it is epic, it‘s not the least bit stuffy. I‘m laughing a whole lot at the exploits of the knight of the rueful countenance and Sancho and his ass.

Am I doing this wrong, or is it supposed to be absurd and hilarious?

RachelO Hmm. You *almost* make me want to try it! 5d
Currey Yes, it IS supposed to be ridiculous and funny, at the time it was written and today. Like you, I was delightfully surprised. I read it last year. 5d
Chili @sprainedbrain I loved it. The old coot made me laugh my a$$ off (edited) 5d
Daisey So glad this is your response. I keeping thinking I need to attempt it, but I haven‘t yet. 5d
vivastory I STILL remember, almost 3 years later, @LauraBeth summaries during the #dqbuddyread Definitely recommend if you want a good laugh 3d
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Challenges | Ben Bova
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I don‘t know who I thought I was kidding when I said I would only do 3 challenges in 2020. 🙄😂

The illustrious @BarbaraTheBibliophage came up with this fun bingo card for memoirs and mysteries that doesn‘t look overly complicated, and I think I can find books on my tbr to fit them all. I‘m in!

#mandmchallenge2020 #memoirsmysteries

vivastory I'm joining too 👍 6d
vivastory What are your planned challenges for 2020? 6d
sprainedbrain @vivastory I am doing #ReadingWomen2020, #Booked2020, #ReadingEurope2020, and now this one. 😬 (edited) 6d
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vivastory Yikes! I'm doing this one & #Booked2020 & co-hosting #nyrbbookclub which probably will continue until at least fall 2020 6d
vivastory But you can definitely pull it off 👍 6d
sprainedbrain @vivastory this is actually quite a bit less than I‘ve done in 2019. I think I‘m going to finish all of them this year! 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @sprainedbrain Thank you so much for sharing this! I‘m excited you and @vivastory are joining in the fun! 5d
gradcat @BarbaraTheBibliophage Okay, so I finally found this page again—yay! I‘d like to join in...is there anything I need to do? 5d
BarbaraBB @vivastory At least! I hope it‘ll last a lot longer 😉 5d
vivastory @BarbaraBB 😄 I think there will be enough people interested in signing up again once the first round is over 5d
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World Without End | Ken Follett
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With 21 hours to spare before the library wanted it back, I finished at 1 am this morning. 😂

Despite it being such a time investment, I was sort of sad when it ended. Definitely not too much of a good thing.

My full review is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/12/08/world-without-end-by-ken-follett-actually-d...

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vivastory 🎉🎊🤘💪 I'm really impressed. I haven't read Follet yet. 6d
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6d
Leftcoastzen I‘m like @vivastory I have a bunch of Follet ,yet have not read him yet. 6d
HOTPock3tt I KNEW Libby had no business underestimating you 😏 lol! The only Ken follet I‘ve read was ‘column of fire‘ and I did enjoy it ☺️ I might read more of his books when the mood strikes... I‘m kind of a mood reader 🤔 @sprainedbrain (edited) 5d
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt you definitely have to be in the mood for these books!! 3d
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World Without End | Ken Follett
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Libby might be doubting my ability to finish this monstrosity of an audiobook in time, but I‘m down to *only* 21 hours (from the original 46) and my mama didn‘t raise a quitter.

Challenge accepted, Libby.

(This book is sooooo long but so good!)

wanderinglynn I have this book—it‘s sitting on my to-read shelf & man is it a chunkster! 1w
Chili You go girl! I read this chunkster in a couple of days. 1w
jmtrivera You've got this! 💪🏻📖 1w
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Lindy You can do it! 1w
kellyann28 I audiobooked this trilogy! It is SO long but I really enjoyed it. Good storytelling! 1w
Suet624 Good luck! 1w
hes7 You can do it! 🙌🏻 1w
vivastory You can definitely do it 🤘💪 1w
Becker 😆 1w
HOTPock3tt YES!!! 🙌🏽You got this!! 😎🎉 @sprainedbrain (edited) 7d
Eyelit You definitely got this! Is this as intense as pillars of the earth? I read that one years ago and loved it, but was slightly overwhelmed by how bleak everything was 7d
sprainedbrain @Eyelit It‘s been a couple of years since I read Pillars, but this one seems a bit lighter in parts. It‘s still got some horrible things, of course. 7d
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Into the Forest | Jean Hegland
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This book is a trip. Really well-written dystopian set in the Northern California wilderness in a not-so-distant future. Some unlikely stuff happens, and some seriously weird stuff happens, and this book needs pretty much all the trigger warnings. But it‘s so good!

My full review is on my blog, and I kept it spoiler free: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/12/05/into-the-forest-by-jean-hegland-kept-me-up-...

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Amiable I read this one years ago —I remember being rather unsettled by it. 1w
readordierachel Ooh, this does sound good. Stacked! 3d
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Into the Forest | Jean Hegland
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I just finished the tagged book... I was just going to read for a bit, and now it‘s 1 am and I‘m going to need some time to process (and sleep) before I can review it. This book is a trip.

It was my last book for #ReadingWomenChallenge, so I have finished my first challenge for the year. 🙌🏻

Will it be worth how exhausted/worthless I‘m going to be at work tomorrow? Who‘s to say!

I have no compassion for my own poor nerves. 🤪

ljuliel You‘re doing great ! It looks as though you‘re close to finishing up some of your others also. 1w
4thhouseontheleft Great job! 1w
Butterfinger Congratulations! 1w
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Jas16 🙌🏽 1w
vivastory Obviously I'm intrigued by any book that makes you say screw my bedtime 😂 Definitely stacked! 1w
HOTPock3tt lol at the P&P reference!! 🤣😍🎉🙌🏽 @sprainedbrain 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt of course you caught it. 😘😂 1w
HOTPock3tt Yup!! 😁😘 @sprainedbrain 1w
sprainedbrain @vivastory I think you might like this one! 1w
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Is anyone else joining in for Drunk Austen‘s #25days of Pride and Prejudice? We are binging the 1995 miniseries this year, 1 episode per day. So of course that‘s 4 trips through the series, and on day 25 our hostesses are throwing down and watching all 6. I‘m thinking I will watch the 2005 movie on Christmas instead because I FREAKING LOVE IT.

Anyway, today was day 4, aka wet Darcy day. 😍

See drunkausten.com for even more A+ content. 🙌🏻

ReadingEnvy OMG I lived a summer in 2000 with a bunch of women who only watched this miniseries, and would just start it again when they finished. 1w
sprainedbrain @ReadingEnvy these sound like my kind of women. 😂 1w
charl08 Such a great series: lining it up for the holidays! 1w
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So, today was hard. 😞

wanderinglynn So hard. And an excellent reason why our electoral system needs to be revamped. You shouldn‘t have to be a billionaire or raise billions to run for office. 2w
Nutmegnc I love her. 😢 2w
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sprainedbrain @Nutmegnc She is amazing! 2w
Nutmegnc @sprainedbrain I hope we continue to see her do big things. 2w
4thhouseontheleft I agree. 😢 2w
sprainedbrain @Nutmegnc I am sure we will, but this still hurts more than I was expecting. 😕 2w
KatieDid927 Yes 💔 2w
EKonrad 😢😢😢 2w
Chrissyreadit It was. 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I had a very productive #ThankfullyReading weekend, and I have bingo card to prove it! 😉

Finished my wrap-up blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/12/01/thankfullyreading-weekend-wrap-up-pp-binge-...

And now I‘m off to watch some Colin Firth because today begins 25 days of Pride and Prejudice, y‘all. 😍

Avanders Wow!! 🥳🥳 2w
Nute Well-done! 2w
Chrissyreadit What is 25 days of Pride and Prejudice? I do watch the same one once a week... also did you get your email with your match? I was so tired I‘m worried I did not type correct email addresses. 1w
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sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit yes I did! I thought I emailed you right back? Did you not get my reply? As for #25days, check out drunkausten.com. This year we are doing 1 episode of the Firth miniseries every day. 🥰 1w
Chrissyreadit Ohhh! But I cannot stop at just one! 1w
sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit it‘s kind of hard, but I just keep telling myself that I will be watching the whole series 4 times before Christmas, so I should pace myself. 😂 1w
Chrissyreadit Ok I‘m in. It‘s just too perfect. 1w
sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit the good news is you get to binge a few episodes if you want to catch up! 😂😂😂 1w
Chrissyreadit OMG that was exactly what I thought!!! 1w
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Vengeful | V. E. Schwab
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The second book in the Villains series did not disappoint.

Lots of new EOs and lots more drama, but some of my favorite parts were still the backstories of Eli and Victor. Sort of like a cross between the tv show Heroes and a mob drama, with touches of Batman movies circa 1990… with the added bonus of awesomely strong, flawed female characters and a serious emotional punch. Darn near unputdownable, and I can‘t wait for the next book.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

jmtrivera I greatly enjoyed this one! An awesome sequel! 2w
HOTPock3tt I REALLY enjoyed her Shades of Magic series and was curious about this one too 🤔 7d
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I loved Shades of Magic, too! This series is darker and maybe more adult, but still good. 7d
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I realize this book and the movie based on it were popular, but I went in knowing almost nothing about it. Despite being a very difficult, gritty, horrifying epistolary filled with extremely unlikable characters, it‘s so well written and completely absorbing that I had to do book/audio combo. I suspected the ending all along, but still found myself in a mind-blown ‘holy shit‘ state having finished it. 🤯

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Leftcoastzen It was so rough but such an incredible read. 2w
Mamashep So hard to read - when I read it, I could only read 10-20 pages a day. 2w
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I don‘t think there is any praise I can give that hasn‘t already been heaped on this book. Excellently written, powerfully evocative semi-autobiographical essays/stories about young men in the Vietnam war. Heartbreaking and honest and so very good.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

This was also my #SoldiersStory for #Booked2019 🙌🏻

Cinfhen It really is an amazing book. Your review is perfect 👌🏾 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage This one is such a gut punch. 👊🏻📚♥️ 2w
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Current situation: slightly dog-chewed book (giant puppy is still in his demon phase) and peppermint cocoa that I wish I could squeeze a little more whipped cream into. 😂

My #ThankfullyReading weekend is off to an excellent start, so I blogged about it:

http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/11/28/thankfullyreading-kickoff/

jb72 I have a giant puppy in that phase as well. 2w
sprainedbrain @jb72 my golden is almost 10 months old, gigantic, and (I‘m pretty sure) the devil. But gosh, he‘s cute. 😂 2w
jb72 @sprainedbrain Aw so sweet! My monster is Anatolian Shepherd and Great Pyrenees. He‘s about ten months old too and ginormous! He doesn‘t understand how big he is either. 2w
sprainedbrain @jb72 we have that issue too! Nearly 90 lbs but sits on us like he‘s still tiny. 2w
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White Fur | Jardine Libaire
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This book was not at all what I expected, but wowza, it is a good one.

Really great writing about an unlikely couple set against 1980s NYC. This book is gritty and graphic, and it deals with way more than just a romance.

Let the record show that it only took me 2 years and 4 months to read this BOTM selection. 😂

Karen, this book will be on the way to you tomorrow. I can‘t wait to hear what the group thinks.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#LMPBC #GroupL

TheBookHippie I just put this in my BOTM BOX! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks now I‘m intrigued even more❤️📖 2w
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I have finished my second Collins novel, and am once again surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Considered to be the first detective novel, it‘s a well-written Victorian era story that never got boring and has some really excellent characters. Gabriel Betteredge, despite his flaws, is fantastic whether he‘s narrating or not. Funny, smart, obsessed with Robinson Crusoe, he‘s basically the butler and carries this book with his detective fever.⬇️⬇️

sprainedbrain I mean, look at this: ‘We had our breakfasts-whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn't matter, you must have your breakfast.‘ Betteredge was endlessly entertaining and I was riveted by this story.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books
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KimHM Soooo . . . the butler can‘t have done it? 😂📚💚📚💙📚❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @KimHM Spoiler alert: The butler did not do it! Of course, there is only one ending to this one... 😂 2w
batsy I like this one a lot, too! So entertaining. 2w
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Today, I‘m thankful to @ReadingSusan for posting about the #ThankfullyReadingWeekend, since I had completed spaced it! Also thankful to @Jennsbookshelves for hosting again this year. 😊

This year, I actually have a blog to participate, so I‘m really excited. Of course, any excuse to read excessively works for me. 😂

http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/11/26/thankfully-reading-weekend/

Ashley_Nicoletto Fun! I want to play! 3w
ReadingSusan Yay! So exciting! 2w
hes7 Fun! 2w
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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In case you need an excuse to binge-watch P&P (I know I certainly don‘t), Drunk Austen is here for you!

I will mix it up... I will watch the miniseries a few times, but of course I‘m going to watch my favorite movie with my favorite Darcy because MacFadyen 😍.

Eyelit Yaassss! 3w
HOTPock3tt The BBC one!! 🙌🏽🎉♥️🎵 3w
HOTPock3tt I need no excuse 😏 3w
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White Fur | Jardine Libaire
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Hello, ladies of #LMPBC group L.

I‘m about halfway done with this book and having a little bit of a freak-out. It‘s way racier than I expected and I‘m not sure I should send it. I don‘t mind it at all and I‘m going to keep reading, but I‘ve never sent anything with so much sexy-times for a postal book club.

Should I send something else? 😬😬😬

Chili 😮 I‘m intrigued? 3w
thebluestocking I‘m usually not offended by sexy times at all, but I think you should whatever you makes you the most comfortable. 💙 3w
suvata Of course, it‘s completely up to you but if you are not comfortable sending it along then there wouldn‘t be any problem changing the book at this late date. You would just have to read the new one really quickly. LOL 3w
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Librariana I'm not even part of the group, but I giggled when I read your caption about "sexy times" ??? Hope you come to a resolution that'll make you feel at ease. Very thoughtful of you to keep others in mind, tho! 3w
sprainedbrain @Chili @thebluestocking @suvata I‘m comfortable with the book, just wanted to make sure none of you had aversions to that sort of thing. I‘m not hearing strong objections, so I will probably send it. Thank you! 😃 3w
sprainedbrain @Librariana well you know, I read all sorts of way trashier books on my own, but I don‘t usually send them along for book club. Thought I should check! 😂😂😂 3w
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The Unconsoled | Kazuo Ishiguro
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On one hand, the story is meandering almost to the point of being boring, with long, pointless and absurd conversations. On the other, it‘s humorous, affecting, and so rewarding to read. It‘s like a surreal, winding dream to follow Ryder around this town for three days. He has no idea what‘s going on, and neither did I, but my goodness did I have fun getting there (nowhere).

I don‘t think anyone writes like Ishiguro.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

Suet624 Great review. 3w
BarbaraBB Great review. Happy you ended up enjoying it! 3w
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I‘ve been waiting for this, and the 2020 #ReadingWomenChallenge prompts have been posted. 😊

I only have ONE book left to read for the 2019 challenge. 🎉

Does anyone else plan to do this one?

Bookwormjillk This sounds like a good one! 3w
Annl This looks like the challenge for me! 3w
jillrhudy As luck would have it, an excellent book by Allende is coming out in 2020. I‘ve read an ARC! 3w
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sprainedbrain @jillrhudy Good to know! I really need to read this one for #1001books 3w
sprainedbrain @Bookwormjillk @Annl I think it‘s a great way to broaden my reading and stick with female authors. 🙌🏻 3w
Annl @sprainedbrain I have been listening to reading women podcast. I do not know why I have not been paying attention to them and their list etc. I did try to read a lot of women authors this year. I am looking forward to conquering their list in 2020. 3w
Eyelit I actually failed at most of the challenges I started this year (got distracted by life, lol) - but this one sounds awesome and I may make it the sole challenge in 2020 (aside from goodreads challenge and mount tbr challenge... which are both about quantity and not actually what you‘re reading. Thanks for posting 😃 3w
sprainedbrain @Eyelit I really like this one... looking back over the books I‘ve read for this year‘s challenge, they are some of my favorite books of the year. 😃 3w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I will definitely be participating in the #11thHourReadathon hosted by @EclecticReaders again this year...

I‘ve been checking and rechecking my progress in all of my various 2019 reading challenges, and it will be coming down to that 11th hour for me once again. 😂

Our wonderful hosts are also doing a giveaway, so check their page for more info (and the podcast, too).

valeriegeary This looks like fun! 🙌 3w
NovelGirl82 Oh this looks like fun! 3w
EclecticReaders Woohoo, glad you‘ll be joining us again and glad to help you in the 11th hour 😆 2w
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Mehso-so

A quiet, mysterious bookstore that is open all the time yet has few customers, and a secret society dedicated to solving an ancient bookish mystery? Sounds 👌🏻.

Although definitely a light read, it ended up being far more techy than I expected, the characters seemed mostly one-dimensional, and the last half of the book seemed all over the place plot-wise. It really shouldn‘t have taken 13 days for me to read this, but here we are.

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Zelma I had a similar reaction. Liked the first half but lost my enthusiasm as it got so tech-focused. 3w
squirrelbrain I didn‘t love this one either - great premise, not so good execution. 3w
youneverarrived I pretty much felt the same 😕 3w
readordierachel Yeah, a so-so for me too. 3w
HKGirl My thoughts exactly! 3w
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The Unconsoled | Kazuo Ishiguro
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People of Litsy, readers, and fellow Ishiguro fans, I‘m 21% done with this book, and I have a question:

Can anyone tell me what in the actual €%#* is happening here?

As near as I can tell, our odd narrator has no clue what‘s going on, and is bouncing from one absurd conversation to another weird interaction. Am I doing this wrong?

I mean, it‘s entertaining, but I kind of hope Simon Vance starts giving me helpful annotations or something. 🤪

SW-T It‘s been a bit, but I think it was about unreliable memories and what we keep, what‘s distorted, and what‘s what we choose to create. Skimmed a lot so I might be wrong.... Usually like his stuff, but this one was hard to pursue. 3w
Redwritinghood I DNF‘d this one. It was insane. 3w
BarbaraBB I don‘t remember well... is it the one set in a hotel? 3w
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB yes, in and around the hotel. 3w
BarbaraBB That one was weird indeed. But the fact that I still can imagine those rooms and the city around it, means that it is another memorable Ishiguro for me (but I am a fan 😉) 3w
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Winter's Tale | Mark Helprin
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I really thought I would love this book, and now I‘m just disappointed that I invested so much time in it.

Really beautiful writing. I loved the first third or so... then it went off the rails, started to redeem itself, and finally fell flat. I don‘t mind verbosity, I like historical fiction with magic and romance, and I love a good, sprawling story. This book has those elements, but they did not come together in any meaningful way. 😕

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I bailed on this one and couldn‘t remember why, but now I think I know! Thanks! 3w
sprainedbrain @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled you made the choice I should have made! 😬 3w
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The Clergyman's Wife | Molly Greeley
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I can‘t remember the last time I posted about a book subscription box, but I can‘t remember the last time I was tempted to buy one again. 😂

This one has my attention, and I thought I would share for any fellow Janeites that may also be interested. 🥰

Tagged book is adult choice, there‘s also a YA!

https://www.bookishboxinfo.com/?mc_cid=7f2cf0958a&mc_eid=fc2c1e1ffa

Tagging a few Austen fans off the top of my head...please tag anyone I missed!

wanderinglynn Thanks! This looks interesting. 👍🏻 3w
Chrissyreadit Ohhhh!!! I‘m going to keep that on my radar for after the holidays! Thanks for sharing! 3w
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 Thanks for sharing! 3w
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CrowCAH Eeek yes will have to purchase the Jane Austen box!!! 😍 3w
Daisey Thanks for tagging me! @sammisho Have you seen this? 3w
Librarybelle Awesome! Thank you for tagging me! 😍 3w
mabell That‘s cool! Thanks for sharing! ❤️ 3w
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! Thanks! 😉 3w
LeahBergen Ooo, fun! 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
quietjenn That is very interesting ... 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Ooo, very nice! 😍 Thanks for the tag! 3w
4thhouseontheleft Looks good! 3w
Avanders Thanks! 😍♥️ 3w
Elisa I have been considering this because I love their tees and I‘d love another Jane Austen one, but their book boxes have been letdowns in the past year IMO, and I don‘t like the alternate cover art. Still considering it though because duh, Jane Austen merch 😁 LitJoy is doing one too! 3w
sprainedbrain @Elisa It‘s been a long time since I subscribed to any of them. Thanks for the heads up about LitJoy. I may even take a chance on a YA box to get that Austen theme. 😃 3w
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Winter's Tale | Mark Helprin
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I‘m struggling... this a big book. I am supplementing with audio to help get through the giant paperback.

It‘s had funny parts, and I was enjoying things quite nicely, and then BAM. Everything changed and I‘m not even halfway through and it‘s wholly different characters and omg what is happening here.

🤪🤣

wanderinglynn Sounds intriguing. 👍🏻 4w
batsy I've had this book on my radar. Will wait for your review 😁 4w
sprainedbrain @wanderinglynn @batsy update: more things have happened and now some characters are back and I‘m no longer confused. 😂 4w
readordierachel 😆😆 4w
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I spent some time planning my reading goals for 2020, and now I‘m all signed up for this awesome swap.

See Megan or Chrissy‘s posts for more info and the link to sign up. 🥂🎉

#ReadInTheNewYearSwap

MeganAnn Yay!! Super excited you‘re joining us 🎉😘✨🥂🎉 4w
Chrissyreadit 🎉🙌😘 4w
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I have a new best book of the year. This book is amazing, and I have changed my vote on Goodreads for fantasy of the year (sorry, The Winter of the Witch).

My full, glowing review is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/11/15/all-the-stars-for-erin-morgensterns-the-sta...

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sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I‘ve really enjoyed buddy reading with you, Kenya! Can‘t wait to talk more about it when you finish! ❤️ 1mo
cariashley Wow! Ok, I‘m sold! 1mo
valeriegeary Better than winter of the witch? Uhoh. I better get my hands on a copy asap! 😆 1mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto I can‘t wait to read it. Trying to clean up my library holds so I have time! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved the Night Circus but I‘m hesitating again because it‘s fantasy. I always do. 1mo
Bookwormjillk I better move this up on my list. 1mo
sprainedbrain @valeriegeary I have to get one of those lovely hardcovers to keep. 😃 1mo
sprainedbrain @cariashley @Bookwormjillk I hope you love it! Looking at the reviews on GR, people seem to either love it or hate it. 😬 1mo
sprainedbrain @Ashley_Nicoletto I should have done that... I moved it ahead of some other library holds and now I‘m scrambling. Whoopsie! 😆 1mo
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB It is very much fantasy, but if you liked the Night Circus, I think you‘ll enjoy this one. 😁 1mo
UwannaPublishme Great review! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
lynneamch Haven't read this yet, but it was a joy to hear her talk about writing it. Sounds complex and intriguing. She said not to expect another book for at least four years, as she writes and rewrites and rewrites, trying to get each word and cadence just right and ends up throwing away more than she keeps. Wow. 3w
sprainedbrain @lynneamch I am perfectly fine with her taking lots of time between books, since both of hers have been so carefully, beautifully written. Much like I feel about Madeline Miller, her books are worth the wait! 3w
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I‘m all signed up for #ReadingEurope2020! Hoping that I can use a lot of my tbr books and #1001books.

See posts by our lovely hosts, @Librarybelle and @BarbaraBB for more info and link to sign up! 😃

BarbaraBB I‘ve been thinking the same, this will be a good way to get rid of some #1001books! Thanks for joining 💕 1mo
Librarybelle Yay! Thanks for joining us! And, definitely a perfect way to read some of the #1001books ! 1mo
Liz_M I'm working on my spreadsheet so I can have ALL the 1001-possibilities listed. 😁🤗 1mo
sprainedbrain @Liz_M Haha! I‘m working on my list right now, too... I‘m finding quite a few 1001 books to fit countries, but finding copies of a few is going to be difficult! 🤪 1mo
ValerieAndBooks This is something I need to do with my my list too — seeing if I can knock out some #1001books at the same time! 3w
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I missed this one last year, so I‘m very excited that Chelle is doing it again! 😊

Sign up to send one book and some chocolate, to be opened on Christmas Eve and enjoyed that night. Visit @MaleficentBookDragon for more info and the link to sign up.

#JolabokaflodSwap

InBooksILive This is the best tradition I've ever heard of! 😍 1mo
sprainedbrain @InBooksILive are you joining? ❤️ 1mo
InBooksILive @sprainedbrain I just did! Lol couldn't resist this one 1mo
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I think I might be agnostopagan and belong to the same church as Zachary.🖤

I am loving this book!

Also, moonrise was no joke tonight. 😍

Daisey I watched the moon come up here as well, and it was beautiful tonight! 1mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom Beautiful quote! 1mo
Reggie I‘m barely on pg45 of this one but it‘s like a love letter to storytelling and stories. Nice quote. 1mo
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sprainedbrain @Reggie well said! 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt how far are you? I just finished ‘The Inn at the Edge of the World‘ and I have literal chills. ❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt ‘For no mortal can love the moon. Not for long.‘ 😭 was 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I just started Book 5. 😂😂😂 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain That WAS really sad!! 😥 I was hoping she would stay with him, I didn‘t even realize she was the moon until that statement😪I‘m at the end of book 3 🤣 and so far I‘m LOVING the Simon and Elenor story even more than the main story!!! So curious to hear what happens with them 🙃🤗 (edited) 1mo
HOTPock3tt Dorian said “strange isn‘t it? To love a book... when the words on the page feel so precious that they feel like part of your own history.. because they ARE.” reminds me of what we were discussing last night about the Outlander series 🤗❤️ @sprainedbrain (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt YES! I just love all of this so much... Simon and Eleanor, Zachary and Dorian, the Keeper and Mirabel, the heart and the starless sea and all of the little stories and the way they are all coming together. ❤️ 1mo
HOTPock3tt YES!! ♥️I also love Zachary and Dorian as a couple! 😃I‘m kind of shocked to find out that the stories are all related! I thought of them as a collection of fairy tales... @sprainedbrain 1mo
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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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I struggle to read non-fiction. I‘ve always thought I might enjoy this book, but kept avoiding it anyway because not fiction. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Thanks to #readingwomenchallenge for the ‘featuring a woman in science‘ prompt... I LOVED this book!

The science was fascinating (I love the way she talks about trees!) and Hope Jahren‘s stories of her life were even more so. Such a smart, accomplished woman with an honest and compelling story.

cont‘d ⬇️

sprainedbrain I really enjoyed her sense of humor, her relationship with Bill, her motherhood anecdotes, and all of the literary references.

I listened to the audiobook: I do love a memoir read by the author, and this was no exception, but wow... it seemed even slower paced than most books. I had to speed it up to 2x (1.75 is my normal speed these days). 😬

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Crazeedi I absolutely adored this book! I gave it to my daughter to read! I agree with you!❤ 1mo
TheBookKeepers Same Im not a big non fiction reader, but I loved this one!!! 1mo
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LauraJ Her passion is contagious. My favorite part of the book was her relationship with Bill too. 1mo
Megabooks Such a fantastic book! 1mo
Laughterhp I‘m currently listening to this one on audio! It‘s a little long, but I‘m enjoying it. 1mo
TheRiehlDeal Glad to know you liked it! I've had this on my TBR for awhile and still have not gotten around to reading it. 1mo
jillrhudy A really good memoir 👍🏻 1mo
CaroPi I prefer non fiction in audio. But has this one in my TBR for ages 1mo
UwannaPublishme I loved this book! 🙌🏻 I was even inspired to plant a tree after I read it. 🌲 1mo
sprainedbrain @UwannaPublishme that part brought tears to my eyes! We are past planting season for this year, but I‘m planning to help some of my giant maple‘s babies survive next year! (edited) 1mo
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Llewellyn's 2020 Sabbats Almanac: Samhain 2019 to Mabon 2020 | Llewellyn, Blake Octavian Blair, Suzanne Ress, Charlie Rainbow Wolf, Michael Furie, Charlynn Walls, Ember Grant, Jason Mankey, Mickie Mueller, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Kate Freuler, JD Walker, Daniel Pharr
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We‘re almost to the Frost Moon, and it‘s definitely frosty in my part of the world. Blessings to the wonderful @Meaw_catlady for letting me help a little with this month‘s #moonreflections.

1. A warm shower followed by a hot cup of cocoa or tea, incense or candles, a snuggly blanket and a good book.

2. ❤️ to @monalyisha @4thhouseontheleft @AprilMae @MeganAnn @Chrissyreadit @Gaylagal2 @phatsallylee @MaleficentBookDragon @wanderinglynn

sprainedbrain Also, I‘m admittedly a fan of most things Llewellyn, but the Sabbat Almanac is one of my favorites every year. ❤️ 1mo
Meaw_catlady Sounds so cozy!! Blessings to you lovely ! 🖤 thank you so much for gifting me a copy of this years almanac ! I‘m excited to see what it has for the rest of the year ! 🖤 1mo
monalyisha I love your graphic! Thanks for thinking of me. ❄️🔥📚 1mo
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sprainedbrain @monalyisha oh the graphics are always @Meaw_catlady 😊 1mo
wanderinglynn 😘 Thanks for the tag. 💜 Love your self-care. 1mo
phatsallylee Thank you for the tag! I agree with your methods for self-care! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Thank you! I think I want to get this Almanac! And I love the beauty of sharing blessings🧡 1mo
Gaylagal2 Love ya girl! Thanks for the tag😘 1mo
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I got this book 3 years ago in a LitCube box... so I‘m right on schedule for reading it. 😂

Whimsical and creative, with lovely language and fun characters. A little Victorian gothic, a bit of Nancy Drew mystery, and a whole lot of wit made it a quick, light read. But at the end of the day, this is a children‘s book, and I haven‘t really been into kids books since I was about 10 years old, so...

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vivastory 😂😂 1mo
Cyberkitty I read this book and it gave me serious Lemony Snicket vibes 1mo
sprainedbrain @Cyberkitty I think my girls might have liked it when they were younger (they were Lemony Snicket fans). I‘m going to see if my 8-year-old son can take a break from reading and writing comic books to give it a shot. 😂 1mo
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This book has been on my shelf for years, but I just turned off the light and the dang thing is glowing in the dark.

A quick scan of Litsy and I see this is not new information, but damn it, it was news to me!

💡

Megabooks 😁⭐️ 1mo
PaperbackPirate The same thing happened to me when I read mine! How was a glow in the dark cover kept secret from me?! 1mo
Eyelit Lol, same! Didn‘t know it glowed until I had it about a year or so and found out it glowed by accident 🤣 1mo
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BarbaraBB It‘s the same and felt appropriate somehow with 1mo
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB having just read the description, I think I will check out Sourdough... not just for the glow-in-the-dark cover. 😂 1mo
sprainedbrain @PaperbackPirate @Eyelit @Megabooks It seems pretty appropriate for the title, I guess, but what a surprise. 😂 1mo
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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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The last half of this book saved it for me. I was bored with the first part and couldn‘t really stand Meredith. The story of the Siege of Leningrad was what I came for, and truly the best part.

Kristin Hannah‘s books always have a bit of the unbelievable to them, but the lovely writing and storytelling make up for it. She managed, once again, to make me cry, and the ending, though rather fantastical, was sweet and satisfying.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain Also, this book made me think often of one of my favorites... and that‘s never a bad thing. 😍 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘ve read two of her books and had the same kind of assessment. They‘re a little too long and a bit unbelievable at the end, but still enjoyable and glad I read them. I‘ll still read more of her stuff. This one sounds right up my alley 1mo
sprainedbrain @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Which ones have you read? I LOVED The Nightingale and really liked The Great Alone and Night Road. 😃 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Those first two! The Nightingale and The Great Alone. Really enjoyed them! I have Night Road in my stack 👍 1mo
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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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1. Mr. Penumbra‘s 24-Hour Bookstore + tagged book

2. ‘You carried your pain with you in life. There was no outrunning it.‘

3. Peppermint cocoa 😋

#weekendreads

Lcsmcat Love peppermint cocoa! 1mo
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Panpan

I love Austen. I loved choose-your-own-adventure books as a kid. I did not like this book.

I found myself always choosing to do what Elizabeth did in P&P. Because I want to marry Mr. Darcy in the same way she did. Duh. After I finished, I realized I should have just reread P&P, or watched the movie.

So, I went back and tried some other paths, which I didn‘t like because I WANT TO MARRY DARCY.

Gave up on the silly scoring pretty early.😂

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vivastory The WTF is the best 😂 1mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory I have WTF sticky notes at work. Since I didn‘t have one here, I had to improvise. 🤪 1mo
ChasingOm 😂😂😂 1mo
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BookNAround LMAO! 1mo
Librariana I loved this review! Two enthusiastic 👍🏼👍🏼😁 And yes! A reread of Pride & Prejudice (or a rewatch!) sounds divine and earned! 1mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves I really wanted to love this as an experience. I ended up just being annoyed that I had to make so many choices to get Mr Darcy. 😂 1mo
emtobiasz I just got this from the library. I opened it to find that I needed to keep score, and considered returning it immediately. Seeing your review, I think I‘m going to give in to that impulse. 😬 1mo
sprainedbrain @emtobiasz I just really felt like I was forcing the same ending as the book... and I'm not sure why I bothered. ha! 1mo
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Choke: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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Chapter 1 of this book warns you not to read it because it‘s going to piss you off and only get worse from there. Not sure what it says about me, but I liked it anyway. 😂

It‘s about a sex addict (maybe?) who gets money from strangers by pretending to choke in public places. It‘s also about his horrible mother and truly terrible childhood. It takes all the sexiness out of sex. It‘s graphic, dark, foul, unrelenting, and freaking hilarious.

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sprainedbrain Reading this book felt sort of like listening to one of those rambling, partially incoherent drunken college party conversations. Only it made sense and had a definite outline, if not really a purpose. The author‘s note and the discussion with the author at the end are awesome, and I always like to listen to authors read their own stuff. 1mo
sprainedbrain My first Palahniuk, but I‘m sure not my last. Also a #1001books selection (had to check my notes on that one lol) and this was my #BookAboutAddiction for #Booked2019. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Now, can anyone share their ideas on what exactly is wrong with me that I enjoy this sort of book? 😬🤣
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vivastory I haven't read this one, but I really liked Rant, Lullaby & Survivor. 1mo
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Meaw_catlady Interesting ! I‘m intrigued 1mo
Mynameisacolour Chuck P. Definitely is not for the faint of heart! Haunted is another pretty twisted one and I loved Rant! I started reading this one a couple years ago and had to put it down 😅 1mo
Cinfhen Chuck P is odd for sure but he can write!!! Have you read this one @britt_brooke ??? 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Yes, but it was just okay. He‘s super hit or miss for me. I loved Fight Club (as you know), hated Diary, hated Adjustment Day, and liked Invisible Monsters. 1mo
Reggie Honestly it‘s hard to talk about this book to people without sounding crazy because yes I love what the whole different announcements mean but my favorite part is about the rape fantasy scene. Not because it‘s about a rape fantasy but just because we can want something so much only to ruin something spontaneous by micromanaging it. I laughed so hard. Try Invisible Monsters or Haunted by him next. 1mo
sprainedbrain @Reggie oh that‘s a great observation. I think that‘s what was so funny about the whole book. Victor is irreverent about every societal norm, but so meticulous in his planning of his ‘choking‘ scheme. I think my favorite parts where his taking responsibility for all of the things the hospital women were remembering and his unchosen different identities there. And the airplane Kama Sutra. 😆 I have Haunted on my shelf! (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain @Mynameisacolour I have Haunted! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job! I‘ve never read any of his books. Sounds like an intense project. 1mo
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It‘s that time of year again... time to start obsessively planning for my 2020 reading challenges.

I‘m all signed up for #Booked2020 and pretty excited about some of these prompts.

For more info or to sign up, visit one of the lovely hosts: @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen and @BarbaraTheBibliophage 😃

Cinfhen Thanks for sharing xx looking forward to seeing your plans!!! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay! Glad to hear you‘re joining in. And thanks so much for sharing. 1mo
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I finished catching up with my feed for the last couple of days. I actually read the posts from the people I follow, and I have learned some things.

Please accept my apologies, as I may have been annoying people and Litsy-ing all wrong since May 2016. Sorry for all of the non-book posts, swapping, linking to my blog in some of my reviews, not posting or commenting enough, being a Halloween freak, tagging books wrong, being boring, etc.🤪

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sprainedbrain I love this community and all of the great book friends I‘ve made here. I love how much more I have read every year since joining, and I love that I am always adding new-to-me and exciting books I wouldn‘t have know about without Litsy to my tbr. 1mo
sprainedbrain I love seeing what you‘re reading, what you‘ve been up to, how your pet is, your funny memes, what you got in the mail today, what you made for dinner, what your reading plans are, your kids, your spouse, your houseplants. I love that I can fail miserably at photo challenges and readalongs and not be judged. 😂 1mo
sprainedbrain I love that I can do Litsy my way and you can do Litsy your way. I also love that I can keep scrolling if I‘m not interested, mute hashtags, and unfollow at will. I promise my feelings won‘t be hurt if you unfollow me, because honestly I‘m probably not going to do things any differently moving forward. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 1mo
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SW-T I enjoy reading your posts. You read lots of interesting books and I enjoy seeing what you‘re reading next 😊 1mo
Insightsintobooks I love how you do litsy. I love that everyone can do litsy in their own way. And I love seeing everyones posts even if they aren't always book related! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I like you (and your posts) just the way you are! 💜 1mo
sprainedbrain @SW-T right back at you, Sallie! 🤗 1mo
mrp27 Keep on posting the way you do, I love it all! 1mo
Kimberlone You do you! 1mo
Tamra I‘m okay and you‘re more than okay. That is the beauty of Litsy. 👌🏾💜 1mo
Mimi28 You‘re awesome!! Don‘t change!! Thanks for your support on my posts!! ❤️❤️ 1mo
Craftylikefox Keeping being you 💕 1mo
JSW Do what you like and what has meaning for you! ❤️ Litsy is big enough for all of us. 1mo
AmyG You were doing things wrong in the first place? I so enjoy following you and reading your posts. Don‘t change. 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego There is no such thing as Litsy-ing wrong! Keep doing what you are doing. 1mo
Come-read-with-me @sprainedbrain You are PERFECT!!! Keep it up! 💫 1mo
4thhouseontheleft It seems I have been annoying people too, now that I had a look through that Litsy questionnaire # 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @4thhouseontheleft YOU keep doing you. Love your posts and everything you‘ve organized. ❤️ 1mo
Texreader I love following you! Don‘t change a thing!!! 😘. You too @4thhouseontheleft ! Keep all the posts coming! People can sail right by the ones they don‘t like. 1mo
sprainedbrain @Kimberlone @Tamra @Mimi28 @Craftylikefox @JSW @AmyG @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Come-read-with-me Thank you! I wasn‘t fishing for compliments, I swear. Just hoping people aren‘t getting discouraged by some of the things going around, and I‘m perhaps a teensy bit sarcastic. 😂 1mo
quietjenn *shrug* I'm glad I found you, via one of those silly swaps 😉 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm with you. I don't care for the tone, and mild and hopefully unintended post shaming going on right now. This is supposed to be a supportive, safe, and positive place. Let's get back to that! ❤📚 1mo
Eggbeater I really like following you. For what it's worth. 1mo
Jennifer3 I love your posts and I love you Litsy! I post some non-book stuff too! 1mo
Lcsmcat @sprainedbrain @4thhouseontheleft Not everyone filled out that questionnaire because many of us like Litsy the way it is. A “creed” in my faith says it best: all may, some should, none must. ❤️ all the Littens. 1mo
Ddzmini I didn‘t notice anything I like our conversation and everything you have on Litsy 🤗 so Litsy on 📖😋🙌🏽 1mo
merelybookish You're one of the original Littens! What would Litsy be without you?! 1mo
LibrarianRyan You are awesome. There is almost no wrong way to Litsy. I like you, you like you, and so do lots of others. Everyone else, it‘s their own thing. Do what you want, when you want. 😍😃👍 1mo
Tamra @sprainedbrain sarcasm is good. 😏 1mo
Chrissyreadit I think Litsy is fine the way it is and I invite others to join one toe in, wade in carefully or jump in the deep end -there will be others waiting in any location. 1mo
erank58 Keep on doing what you do-- I know that for me, Litsy is a place I can truly be myself, and I hope that's the case for others in the community. I love it for what it is and the people on here 😊 1mo
Bookzombie I‘m very frustrated with this whole survey thing. I didn‘t do it. I‘m happy with Litsy. When I‘m not interested I scroll past or mute a hashtag. @sprainedbrain @4thhouseontheleft I have followed you both for a long time. Please don‘t change! You are lovely just as you are. 1mo
Branwen There is no wrong way to litsy! And @4thhouseontheleft that goes for you too! *hugs for everyone* I love seeing your posts! You're amazing! Keep on litsy-ing, friends! 💕📚 1mo
Kalalalatja Seriously, you do you, and embrace your “annoying” qualities 😉 1mo
BarbaraBB I had to laugh reading your post and that it‘s a little bit sarcastic! I‘m happy with how we‘re doing things here. Let‘s not take thinks too seriously. Everyone can post what they like and scroll by or mute posts they don‘t like. 💕 I like following you and all the things you do “wrong” 😀 (edited) 1mo
marleed I love following you. You do you! 1mo
LeahBergen Yassss! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
BookwormM I have been ignoring the survey posts as I don‘t join in with the answering questions posts 🤣🤣 1mo
Reggie Lol, you‘re one of my Litsy OG‘s and always will be. ❤️ 1mo
batsy ❤️❤️ 1mo
mabell This is awesome! You summed it all up perfectly. Reading the posts today had me all - WW Jenni D - and you totally came through! 😂🤣 1mo
sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit very well said! 1mo
sprainedbrain @erank58 I agree with you completely! 😃 1mo
sprainedbrain @Bookzombie @Branwen Thank you, friends! ❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I will continue to do annoying, wrong things. 😘❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @marleed Right back at you! ❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @BookwormM Ok you just made me giggle. 😆😘 1mo
sprainedbrain @Reggie Same, Reggie! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @mabell I wasn‘t going to say anything... but I struggle with not saying anything. 😂 ❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @quietjenn Yay for awesome swap partners! ❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @Eggbeater it means a lot! I love your posts and your taste in books. ❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @Jennifer3 @Lcsmcat @Ddzmini I‘m just happy that everyone here does it how they want. What a great community! ❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @merelybookish I‘m sure it would survive 😂. I am so glad that so many have stayed active since the first year, and happy to still Litsy with you! ❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @LibrarianRyan Haha, that book tag was 👌🏻. Thanks, Ryan! ❤️ 1mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m really glad you posted by the way, because after I completed it I saw it in a different light- I think litsy is fine. I‘m curious as to what @TimSpalding would say needs to happen for sustainability on their end, but it needs to meet a wide range of interests and personalities of readers on a platform and amazingly it does that. The only thing I would change is searching the tbr- with over 1,000 books on mine its difficult to maintain. 1mo
ljuliel My intentions with doing the questions was to give people the opportunity to voice their opinions . I read through every single one and didn‘t see anyone being rude or disrespectful. If you ask 100 people for an opinion, you‘ll get 100 different responses . Everyone likes different parts of Litsy. There‘s no wrong way to DO Litsy. Just post whatever you want. 1mo
sprainedbrain @ljuliel I didn‘t say anyone was being rude or disrespectful, and everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions. I follow a lot of people, and I saw many posts and comments indicating that people disliked a lot of things I do and have done regularly, and I figured that there may be others who also saw some of that and were disheartened. It is odd to see people wishing for more activity here and also wanting less of some types of posts. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit I agree that there are many things that could enhance the experience, and making the tbr more functional is at the top of my list. I just would hate to see limits on the social side of things. I love the community. 1mo
Shadowfat I really like everything about this post and all the wonderful comments of support! I joined Litsy to share my love of books with people as passionate as I am. Plus I enjoy the pet and food pics too 😁🐕🍝. Also I enjoy how supportive everyone is when you have a bad day or health issues! 1mo
ljuliel I‘ve sorta learned in life that you‘ll never please everyone . No matter what you do, someone will find fault with it. I think you‘re a really valid member ( as everyone else is) , and we each add our own flavor to the mix, for lack of a better term. All those flavors are needed to make Litsy what it is. I‘m sorry if anyone offended you. I‘m sure lots of other people post the same things as you, so I don‘t think anyone was pinpointing one person. 1mo
ljuliel I also think that all of the extra things help to make Litsy unique. I like seeing what someone made for supper, funny pictures of pets, things that are happening in daily life. It makes it more interesting. The one comment that came up a lot is that book posts had gone down , so that‘s why I‘m hoping to promote that. I don‘t see that anything needs eliminated. 1mo
Chrissyreadit 🥰my name is Chrissyreadit and I may be addicted to swaps, pet pics, food posts and books....oh- and challenges...buddy reads... conversations...sigh- I have no desire to stop. 🤣📚😎📚 1mo
youneverarrived You‘re one of my faves on here 💕 1mo
vivastory You know I think you're the cat's pajamas. 🙌 1mo
readordierachel I love all your posts 💞 Keep on keeping on 1mo
sprainedbrain @ljuliel no, I didn‘t feel pinpointed or offended it all. I was more concerned with other, newer people seeing some of that and bing scared off. I have read 180 books this year and posted at least a review, sometimes a blurb, for every one. I‘m here for the books, but the friends are nice too. 1mo
ljuliel Wow, that‘s a really great number for the year ! This was a bit of a poor year for me. I only got to around 50 some so far. Been a challenging year. I‘m hoping for better in the coming year. Thanks for understanding. I really don‘t want to upset anyone in here. I just miss Litsy from a couple years ago, when people posted a book review and you‘d get 100 likes. 1mo
sprainedbrain @ljuliel I know what you mean! It is down a bit. 1mo
sprainedbrain @Shadowfat yes! There are some really great people here. ❤️ 1mo
sprainedbrain @youneverarrived And you‘re one of mine! 😘 1mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory Thanks, my friend. I‘m going to shoot for the bees knees next! 😉 1mo
vivastory It's good to have goals in life 😂 1mo
sprainedbrain @readordierachel Rachel, you are one of my original Litsy buddies! ❤️ 1mo
jillrhudy You get a like for that book title tag 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 1mo
HOTPock3tt You are nowhere NEAR boring!!! 😱 your posts are always fun!! You‘re definitely one of my fave Littens!! ♥️♥️♥️ @sprainedbrain 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt surprising no one, I feel the same way about you, #booksister ❤️ 1mo
HOTPock3tt #Booksister ❤️ Don‘t change a thing!! 😎✌️ @sprainedbrain 1mo
Jillylovesbooks @sprainedbrain I‘m relatively new here, but I‘ve enjoyed these past few months on Litsy and I‘ve enjoyed getting to know everyone. Life has limited my posting and getting involved with some of the extra activities here, but I enjoy reading others posts about those activities. I like that Litsy gives everyone opportunities to enjoy it their way. 1mo
sprainedbrain @Jillylovesbooks That‘s my favorite part of Litsy, too! I don‘t participate in everything all the time, but it‘s still fun to follow all of the posts. 😃 1mo
Ddzmini Exactly I like how Litsy is why change a great site 💁🏼‍♀️ 1mo
UwannaPublishme What? Boring? You??? You‘re so much fun to follow. Your reviews are so colorful and honest and your comments crack me up. Keep entertaining us, please. 😁🙌🏻 1mo
Erofan I really like your posts on Litsy! Keep it up! 1mo
sprainedbrain @Ddzmini Indeed! 😃 1mo
sprainedbrain @UwannaPublishme Awww... you are too kind Donna! 😘 1mo
sprainedbrain @Erofan very nice of you to say! 😘 1mo
rubyslippersreads ❤️ your posts, and ❤️ seeing how everyone “Litsies” in their own way. 😊 1mo
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I feel like I‘ve won the lottery: my hold came in the day after it released. Hooray for requesting ahead of time on Overdrive! 🙌🏻

Now to squeeze it in with all of my other library books and challenge reads. 😬

ATB Lucky 1mo
Crazeedi Isnt it great to be the first one to get a just released book on overdrive? That's happened to me a couple times, its neat cause you know everyone wants to read it!! 1mo
sprainedbrain @Crazeedi it does feel nice! I‘ve waited months and months on hold for plenty so being first every once in a while makes me feel like I need to prepare an acceptance speech and thank my mom. 😂 (edited) 1mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom That's such a pretty book cover! I'm a collector of skeleton keys. 💜💚💜 1mo
Kimberlone It‘s not even available to check out digitally from my library (in ebook or audiobook) :( I caved and used an audible credit to get this because I cannot justify paying more than $20 on a hardback new release 1mo
lele1432 That's exciting! 1mo
sprainedbrain @Kimberlone I was going to spend an audible credit on it, too! I was just waiting to see if the library would get it. I got lucky. 1mo
sprainedbrain @WorldsOkayestStepMom it‘s very pretty😍 1mo
Flaneurette Me too! I put it on hold waaaay back in June. It‘s like winning the lottery 1mo
Kimberlone @sprainedbrain lucky for you! I am waiting until next week when I am on vacation to start listening, but I hope you enjoy! 1mo
Kalalalatja I‘m so jealous 😍😍 1mo
Reggie What she said👍🏽 I am also jealous! 1mo
HOTPock3tt Super jealous!!! 😃 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain Let‘s buddy read this one together, Jenni! ♥️ I‘ve decided I need a fun challenge lol. I haven‘t actually done a buddy read before but it should be fun. I was hovering around amazon kindle at midnight on the release date and waiting for this one to come out! I ended up just downloading a sample, but will probably actually buy it. Tell me when you start it and I‘ll start with you! 🤗 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt oh yes, that sounds funny! I‘ve done buddy reads but I‘m terrible at them because I read ahead or fall behind. Mine is a library copy though, so I must have it finished by 4:27 pm on 11/27. 😂 1mo
HOTPock3tt Yay! Ok sounds good! I‘m going to download it then and start tonight! When you do a buddy read how much is expected for the first week? I don‘t exactly know the rules 😅we‘re batting 1000 already since you‘re terrible at them and I don‘t even know the rules lmao!! 🤣🤣🤣 @sprainedbrain we just have to make sure we go thru it quickly enough to be done before you need to return it 🤔 (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I think we can make our own rules since it‘s just us. Haha. Looks like it‘s divided into 6 books, and I have 18 days before it‘s due back. So if we read one book every 2-3 days, we should be fine. Is that too fast? Total estimation, but that‘s about 73 pages every 2-3 days. 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt which is making me worried already because if I really like it, I‘m going to finish it way faster than that. 😂😂😂 1mo
HOTPock3tt Ok that‘s fine! 🤗♥️ #Excited @sprainedbrain 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain even if you go faster that‘s ok... as long as were reading the same book AROUND the same time so we can chat about it 😎 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I‘m excited, too! I guess we can just post about what we‘ve read and discuss as we go? ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
HOTPock3tt Ok we‘ll do that! ❤️❤️❤️ @sprainedbrain 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt perfect! I‘m so glad you suggested this! 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain me too!! And it‘s QUITE interesting so far! 😃I started last night... I guess we can do the first discussion after we both finish book one? I‘m listening to the audiobook so hopefully they will tell me when I get to book 2 😅 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt haha you don‘t have to stop on my account! I‘m doing the audio too, starting tonight when I finish my current book. I‘m sure I will go fast. 😬 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain I‘m finished with book 1 (and into book 2 lol) whenever you want to chat about it 😎 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt won‘t be long! I‘m so hooked on this book already! 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain Me too! I‘m listening in my every waking moment 😂lol (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I seem to have passed right in to book 2!! (edited) 1mo
HOTPock3tt I will say this: I adore the espionage in this story surrounding books! 😃Books/fairy tale realms somehow being dangerous material people are trying to protect ‘by any means necessary‘ 😂 also the place he is trying to explore after his lost opportunity ie. finding himself WITHIN the story but things REALLY started to move for me with the masquerade ball and the new players he met! ✨♥️You‘ve passed that already right? OMG! 😍 @sprainedbrain (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt YES! I want to go to a party like that. 😍 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain Me too! Someone dressed as Edgar Allen Poe, women with dresses made of pages, literary themed DRINKS!! 🍷 and famous authors in attendance! Omg what if Atwood was there?! 😍🎉 I also loved Dorian naming himself after picture of Dorian Gray (I loved that book!) and the sinister fur coat lady who threatened to kill his mom if he so much as TWEETS the existence of the fairy tale realm! 😱🙌🏽♥️ (edited) 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain I think I mostly just want to dress up as a literary character and have people try to guess my costume and drink literary themed drinks lol 🍷🤣 I would go as Fayre from ACOMAF. How about you? Which character would you go as? I wanted to dress as her this Halloween but I ended up having to work on Halloween.... (edited) 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain what if Deb Harkness was there?! 😃🙌🏽 I would LOVE to pick her brain about the characters of A discovery of witches and Elizabethan England!! ♥️♥️♥️ ok I‘ll stop now lmao! 🤣 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt omg when he saw the ‘famous author‘ I was all like IT‘S STEPHEN KING. HAS TO BE. 😂 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I would want to go as Clare Fraser from Outlander. That would give me many different styles of dress to choose from. 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain That would be AMAZING! 😍You could either do her Scottish home spun or her French high fashion or 1960‘s career woman! not to stray from topic but you‘ve read all the Outlander books too right?😃As soon as I finished the last one, written in my own hearts blood I was sad. I STILL feel like the characters from outlander are the ones I‘ve felt the closest too that I‘ve EVER read. They feel the most life-like if that makes any sense 😂 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt Yes, I‘ve read them all and then listened to them again! You continue proving to be my #booksister. I feel so strongly about those characters, and while I don‘t think any of those books were even 5-star reads for me, when people ask for my favorite books/series, authors, or characters they are always on the list. ❤️ 1mo
HOTPock3tt I know right! #BookSister I‘m STILL shocked by how similar our tastes are! I also feel quite strongly about those characters and I feel like I‘m the most invested in them than any others from any other books. In other books I‘ve read the characters are just ‘the characters‘ but Jaime/Claire +Briana and Jenny etc are THEMSELVES!! have a feeling of being AT HOME when I read the Outlander books that I don‘t have with any other series @sprainedbrain (edited) 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain and they weren‘t 5 star books for me either!! 😂 I remember telling someone that outlander was one of my fave series and I was thinking “she‘s going to read my litsy profile and realize I rated most of them “so-so” 🤣 but they are always on my fave lists across the boards (characters/books/series etc) its the attachment to the characters + being so invested in them+ the feeling of home when you read the books... (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt EXACTLY. I have legitimate feelings for so many characters in those books. They are like family. 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain they really are!! ♥️that‘s the BEST description I‘ve ever heard for it. They are like FAMILY. 1mo
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A very light, YA regency romantic fantasy. Really cute, and the bits of humor and wizardry kept me interested, although it took me longer to read than expected.

I especially love the concept: this is an epistolary novel that consists of letters between two cousins/friends: Cecelia is stuck in the country while Kate is out for a season in London and magical mystery ensues. The two authors each wrote a character—that works well!

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sprainedbrain I probably wouldn‘t have read this if it weren‘t for the #popsugar challenge... it‘s sort of a cozy and those aren‘t my favorite genre at all. I needed a book by two female authors, and this fit the bill. Glad I read it! 🙌🏻 1mo
batsy I enjoyed it, too. Sweet and light! 1mo
Amie I've had this on my kindle for so long, and I really need to get around to reading it! 1mo
MaureenMc I, too, have had the ebook for ages, but haven‘t gotten to it yet. I didn‘t realize it was epistolary- my favorite genre! (Wait, is epistolary considered a genre? 🤔) 1mo
rubyslippersreads I love this book! 1mo
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Tipping The Velvet | Sarah Waters
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Fun fact: I did not know what ‘tipping the velvet‘ meant until this book. Yay for learning new things! 😂

Loved this book from start to finish. In retrospect, this is not surprising as I do enjoy a good Dickens-esque, sprawling Victorian London drama. This is that, plus a lesbian coming-of-age story. 🙌🏻

Excellent writing and a wonderful cast of supporting characters. Nan is not always a likable heroine, but she‘s so entertaining.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory 🌟 The More You Know 🌠😄 1mo
LeahBergen Ha, right?? 😮 1mo
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Texreader So... what does it mean? 1mo
sprainedbrain @Texreader I‘m going let you google it. 😬 (edited) 1mo
Texreader @sprainedbrain haha! Yep. I‘m a wee bit smarter now. 1mo
sprainedbrain @Texreader @LeahBergen the really fun part is that I read the whole thing not knowing until near the end when Nan found out. 😂 1mo
Reggie Lol, nice, I had no idea either. 1mo
sprainedbrain @Reggie happy to share my newfound knowledge. 😂 1mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know either 🤪 1mo
readordierachel You've made me want to read this even more! 1mo
HOTPock3tt Yay for lesbian coming of age!! 🙌🏽♥️ I need to read this!! I started fingersmith but have yet to finish it 😅 @sprainedbrain 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt it‘s so good! 😍 1mo
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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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I LOVED THIS BOOK.

I finished earlier today and haven‘t been able to read a word since... I am going to force myself into something completely different now to try to avoid a book hangover.

My full review is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/11/02/imaginary-friend-by-stephen-chbosky/

I‘m ready to discuss this whenever you are @TorieStorieS 🖤

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Jee_HookedOnBookz Wowww! Sounds good! Stacked! ❤️ 1mo
vivastory This is on my TBR. I strongly suspect this is Chbosky's take on Tony/Danny's relationship in Shining & Dr Sleep. 1mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory Definitely very similar... up to a point. 😬 1mo
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lele1432 I'm so glad I got this one! The sample I read was engrossing. Can't wait to dig into it! 1mo
TorieStorieS How did I miss that you finished??? Let‘s talk about the end!!! I wanted even more!! Also, did the whole town have stitching scars??? 1mo
Callemarie Wait this was a botm!!! Ahhh I gotta go get it right now!!! 1mo
Callemarie Nooooooo its sold out my life is ruined!!!! 1mo
sprainedbrain @TorieStorieS and I missed that you commented? I‘m so sorry! Quite the twist ending, right? I was so sure I had it figured out and I was so wrong. The hissing lady is Eve?? Wow wow wow. 😊 1mo
sprainedbrain @Callemarie I think it sold out really fast... maybe they didn‘t have many to begin with. My kid always beats me by a day or two at ordering her BOTM. She got it as an add-on but when I ordered the next day there were none. I hope you get it elsewhere! 😕 1mo
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This Is Halloween | James A. Moore
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Lots of people are in costume at work today.

I went as a 40ish-year-old witch who is thoroughly annoyed with inches of snow on our pumpkins (and messing up my commute), disgusted with the ‘leadership‘ of my country, fed up with the patriarchy but trying to chill out wearing my lovely new fire agate from @phatsallylee 🖤

Also, I wore this festive new pin.

😉

Happy Halloween to all my Litsy friends!

vivastory Yeah, this weather sucks. We got our first snow of the season last night. Happy Halloween, friend! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You look beautiful 🧡 1mo
Meaw_catlady Awww you look so beautiful!! Don‘t let the bastards grind you down!!! No body is gonna rain on these witches parades!! 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
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readordierachel Love it 🎃 1mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory we had snow Monday night, too, but just a little. This is just stupid. Happy Halloween to you, Scott! 1mo
phatsallylee No snow here just wet and yucky! You look great in the picture! 1mo
Reggie And despite that, you look heavenly! 😇 (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain @phatsallylee @Reggie Ha! Thank you 😊 1mo
HOTPock3tt Pretty!! ♥️ you look great with your hair that color!!! 😃 I usually dress up a bit for Halloween at work too but I was running late 😐. We got about an inch of snow here in Michigan too 😟lol! @sprainedbrain (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt thanks! I‘m going to color it my normal dark soon. 😃 1mo
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As if all of the wonderful stuff in my package from Mel wasn‘t enough, my witch sister/swap host extraordinaire Rachel has spoiled me even further. 😍

Thank you so much, my friend, for all of this awesomeness! I‘ve wanted the tagged book for a while, and I‘m crazy about everything else you chose for me. You are the best! 🖤🖤🖤

#basicwitchswap

Meaw_catlady You are so welcome!!! I preordered that antique anatomy tarot for myself and I was like I should get 2 because I‘m sure Jenni would love it as well!! 🖤🖤🖤 I‘m glad you love everything !! Blessed Samhain! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady it‘s gorgeous! I‘m going to do a spread with them tonight. Thank you again!! 1mo
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