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TheIntrovertedDodoBird

Joined March 2022

"Growing up is highly overrated. Just be an author," ~ Neil Gaiman (my dream summed up in a single quote ♡). I especially ❤️ LGBTQIA+ books ?️‍???
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Brothersong by Tj Klune
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Easily the best novel to come out of 2021! A mesmerising, swoon-worthy & winsome tale of life and death & everything in between. Heart-warming & heart breaking in equal measure. Such a tender, romantic & profound prose, leaving one questioning the meaning of life. Unforgettable characters and a beautiful love story, full of ghosts, reapers and peppermint tea. My imagination ran wild with the most exquisite descriptions. I ♡ Charon's Crossing!

LiteraryinLawrence Beautiful review! I liked this one, but not as much as it sounds like you liked it. 😋 Cerulean Sea still has my heart! 3d
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @LiteraryinLawrence Aww, thank you 🥰. I love The House in the Cerulean Sea too! Klune's books always carve themselves a special place in my heart ❤️. I simply can't chose my favourite between them. They're both such beautiful stories! Cerulean Sea was my first introduction to Klune and I've even obsessed ever since! I'm slowly devouring all of his books 😍 Xx 3d
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"The first time you share tea, you are a stranger. The second time you share tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share tea, you become family."

~ Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune.

I will carry this book with me always ♡ Xx

Soubhiville Yes! I love this one so much! 3d
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Soubhiville One of my all time favourite books! 🥰 I'm planning a re-read soon Xx 3d
Sparklemn That's beautiful. On my wishlist. 3d
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Sparklemn Honestly, Under the Whispering Door is a beautiful story 😍. Every page is perfection. I hope you enjoy it ❤️. Happy reading. Klune, also, has an array of amazing books that might take your fancy if you love this one! 😊 Xx 3d
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A Long Way Down | Nick Hornby
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Some say coincidence - but I might go as far as to say fate, brought this unlikely bunch of characters together, while they're teetering over the edge of a fifteen-story high tower block on New Year's Eve. Instead of leaping to their doom, Martin, Maureen, JJ & Jess trudge back down having formed a bizarre pact. Hornby delivers a Breakfast Club -esque journey, exploring four various narratives. A memorable dark comedy. A little lacking in parts.

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A tale to swoon over. Utterly delightful in every way. The House in the Cerulean Sea is like a warm embrace or a cozy blanket on a chilly day. A feel-good novel, set on a whimsical island inhabited by an array of eccentric orphans with rather splendid gifts. Klune strikes again with a marvellous tale of finding a place to belong. Absolute must read! These characters carve themselves a home in your heart! And it's delightfully romantic too ♡ Xx

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"We should always make time for the things we like. If we don't, we might forget how to be happy."

~ The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune.

Which is why every bibliophile surrounds themselves with books and makes time to read them ♡ Xx

Aims42 🙌🙌🙌 4d
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Juliet, Naked | Nick Hornby
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While I'm usually taken with Hornby's witty, comic style of writing & his plentiful quirky characters, I couldn't help feeling underwhelmed as I shut this book for good. Juliet, Naked is a typical Hornby novel, humorous & mellow, with sharp-witted observations & interesting characters, but something was missing. Annie's character was a little two-dimensional & I found myself deliberately skipping parts. Marmite! You either love it or hate it!

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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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"Fear is contagious. You can catch it. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to say that they're scared for the fear to become real,"

~ The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Honestly, I got goosebumps after reading the opening line to this spooky book ♡.

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A Marvellous Light | Freya Marske
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This book is as marvellously magical as it's title suggests!
Words crafted into an elegant prose, Marske dazzles her avid readers by throwing them into a swoon-worthy version of Edwardian London, combining a juicy murder mystery with magical realism, until your as entangled & committed to this raunchy Downton Abbey -esque adventure as Robin & Edwin. A delightfully queer romance & spells weaved between the strings of a Cat‘s Cradle. Joyous ♡ Xx

peanutnine One of my favorite reads of last year! So good! 5d
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @peanutnine So unbelievably good! I kick started my year with this book and instantly knew it was in my top 10 favourites before I even finished! (I only just got around to writing a review). I'm so glad someone loved it as much as me! Bring on book two! Xx 5d
CarolynM I‘ve got this on my kindle. You‘ve just convinced me to bump it up the TBR🙂 5d
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @CarolynM I'm pretty sure you won't regret it! Such a fabulous read ♡. Happy reading! Xx 5d
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Olive Juice | Tj Klune
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A real tear-jerker. Heartbreakingly beautiful and melancholic in equal measure. Klune honestly wrung every emotion out of me by the end of my journey with this book. A poignant tale of love and loss, beautifully written and amongst Klune's greatest triumphs. Don't forget your tissues before setting forth on this emotional rollarcoster. I became acquainted with Olive Juice over a year ago now, yet I'll carry this story of the rest of my life ♡

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Brothersong | Tj Klune
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Thump, thump, thump!

Why do good books have to come to an end?

Here I go, starting Brothersong for a second time, and my god I want to stay with this pack FOREVER!

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Heartsong | Tj Klune
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Impossibly, ridiculously, Carter whispered through a mouthful of blood, "Oh shit, I think I'm bisexual."

One of my favourite moments in Heartsong. I love Carter and Gavin so much ♡ Xx

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Heartsong | Tj Klune
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Every moment of Heartsong was a joy to read & a whirlwind of emotion too. My Bennett pack once again sunk their claws into me & transported me to the familiarity of Greencreek, a small town with a huge secret. When Robbie is stolen away by an evil witch who took his memories & left a void in their wake, Kelly, his mate, sets upon the journey of starting their love story all over again. A must read for every lover of werewolves, witches & romance ♡

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Heartsong | Tj Klune
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"I'm going to love you," I whispered to him. "I'm going to love you, and I'm never going to let you go."

~ Heartsong by TJ Klune.

When Robbie is stolen away, Kelly proves the extent of his love by starting their story from scratch ♡. If you‘re looking for a story of werewolves and witches and a love that smells like "Grass. And lake water. And sunshine" Heartsong is the perfect book for you ♡ Xx

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Heartsong | Tj Klune
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"It was grass. And lake water. And sunshine"

~ Heartsong by TJ Klune.

Oh my goodness. Every time I read these books, I'm swallowed up whole out of my reality and transported into a world of wolves and witches and pack, pack, pack. Robbie and Kelly tell the story of love conquering all. Of the importance of having somewhere to belong. Of family and friends who will do absolutely anything for you. Of the safety of trees. And oh, I'm obsessed! ♡.

SRWCF That is such a cool picture! 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @SRWCF I couldn't resist sharing it. I'm glad you like it ❤️ Xx 2w
SRWCF @TheIntrovertedDodoBird I have a flip color pallette from a paint store that I've been wanting to use in my photos much like you have. You've re-inspired me! 2w
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird @SRWCF Aww, thank you. Good luck! Hopefully I'll see them on here once you've made them 😍 Xx 2w
SRWCF @TheIntrovertedDodoBird I will tag you! 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @SRWCF Omg! I can't wait! I'll keep a look out for your tag 🥰. Good luck! Xx 2w
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Ravensong: Volume Two | T. J. Klune
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"The funny thing about hate is the razor-thin line that separates it from something else entirely.
Because I loved him too,
No matter how hard I tried to convince myself I didn't.
I always had.
Even when I'd wanted to kill him.
Even when I felt the most betrayed, I couldn't stop"

Words wielded with beauty and something akin to magic.

Just finished my all time favourite book and I'm already eager to turn its pages for a third time ♡.

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Ravensong: Volume Two | T. J. Klune
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My all time favourite love story and book in the Greencreek Series.
These books sink their claws into you and keep you spellbound from beginning to end.
Everything about this book is exquisite. The secret smile of the man with the eyes of ice. The blossoming ink roses of a Livingstone witch. A ravens unkindness (nevermore). The violet glint of an Omegas eyes. The mate bond between wolf and witch. A beautiful portrayal of the importance of family

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Wolfsong | Tj Klune
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"It was candy canes and pinecones. It was epic and awesome. And it was home"

~ Wolfsong by TJ Klune.

My all time favourite scene.
A tale of finding a place where you belong, even when you don't necessarily fit in. You‘ll find your people. Trust Klune on this (I do). Everyone will find their own special version of "home". Ox just happened to be a little luckier than most of us... finding his home in the warm embrace of pack, pack, pack ♡.

Nutmegnc 👏👏👏🌈🌈🌈🎉🎉🎉 Great scene and theme!! 1mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Nutmegnc Best scene EVER! I just love these books 🥰🐺 Xx 1mo
Nutmegnc @TheIntrovertedDodoBird they WERE the best!! 1mo
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Nutmegnc Totally! No matter how many books I read, they never live up to the Greencreek Series 😍🐺 Xx 1mo
Nutmegnc @TheIntrovertedDodoBird maybe I need to do a reread for pride month??!! 1mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Nutmegnc Yes! Yes! Yes! 100% yes! It's the absolute perfect month for a reread! 😍🌈🐺 Xx 1mo
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Wolfsong | Tj Klune
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My all time favourite book series howled me home for a reread!
I'll quote a little tornado when I say Wolfsong is "epic & awesome".
Picking up this book once again was like slipping into my favourite cozy jumper after a long tiring day, taking me on a familiar adventure with my favourite people (pack, pack, pack). It felt like green relief & I drank this book up heartily. Even when it's not in my hands, I'm running with my wolves in spirit. Love!

peanutnine I just got this one from my library! Can't wait to read it! 1mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @peanutnine Omg! You're in for one hellava adventure 🐺. I hope you love them as much as I do ❤️. They get better and better as the books progress and are just full with the most amazing characters 😍. Enjoy! Klune has so many other books too. I love all of them! Xx 1mo
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peanutnine @TheIntrovertedDodoBird thanks! I've heard great things! I've loved everything I've read by Klune so far 1mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @peanutnine Klune really is a fabulous author. The Greencreek Series and the Immemorial Year Series are my favourites of his, but I love his heart-warming, cozy stuff so much too. Those great things are so well deserved. I wish I could reread them for the first time all over again. You're lucky. Enjoy! Xx 1mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @peanutnine Just so you know, there's a collection of short stories, that are supposed to be read between Heartsong and Brothersong, called Feralsong which you can find online ❤️🐺 Xx 1mo
peanutnine @TheIntrovertedDodoBird wow okay thanks for the tip! I'll remember to check them out! ☺️ 1mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @peanutnine You're so welcome. Enjoy 😊❤️ Xx 1mo
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Crisped + Sere | Tj Klune
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Pockets of beauty are scattered across this desolate, irradiated world, spotted only when the bees of insanity, the hive in Cavalo's head, part their stingers at night, while the blade of a clever cannibal presses against his ribs. The monster scrapes a kiss against Cavalo's neck and maybe, just maybe, this twisted, beautiful cannibal will be his redemption. That is, if they don't murder each other first while in the grips of insanity.
Exquisite

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Go Tell It on the Mountain | James A Baldwin
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An honest semi-autobiographical novel about the journey of John Grimes, a teenager in the throes of a crisis of faith, navigating 1930s Harlem and the temptation of the vast expanse of metropolitan New York, a city he's been taught to despise and fear because of the sin it apparently crawls with. Will temptation outweigh the prospect of eternal damnation? James Baldwin's first novel is enrapturing and a triumph of the written word.
Extraordinary!

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Withered + Sere | Tj Klune
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If you only read one dystopian novel this year, make sure its this one!
A tale intertwined with bees the semblance of insanity, monsters that haunt the mind as well as the woods, the unreality of a raging storm inside a snowglode and the reality of the brush of a knife, the brush of a kiss. A prose that's wickedly beautiful - as wicked and beautiful as the demonic, yet equally angelic, smile of a cannibal.
Friendship, loyalty and love. Exquisite

Kdgordon88 Great review! Stacked 😊 2mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Kdgordon88 Aww, thank you so much 😍. I hope you love it as much as I did 😊. And dare I say the second book is even more exquisite? 💖 Happy reading 🥰 Xx 2mo
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I CANNOT WAIT! I CANNOT WAIT! I CANNOT WAIT! 🦸‍♂️🏳️‍🌈❤️ Xx

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The Spell | Alan Hollinghurst
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Stunningly beautiful.
A triumph of its genre.
The Spell explores the entanglement of Robin, Justin, Danny and Alex, as they navigate lust, love, drugs, sex and intrigue with Hollinghurst's distinctive prose.

On a rather funnier note, I learnt that Special K isn't always a breakfast cereal *blushes*

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Rainbow Milk | Paul Mendez
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Such a powerful coming-of-age semi-autobiographical novel about Jesse McCarthy's metamorphosis from a abused jehovah's witness who was outed by his community, to man navigating his own way through the city, exploring his own racial and sexual identity. Reading this incredible journey of self discovery was a privilege.
Mendez rivals ALL debut novels that graced our shelves in 2020.
Beautiful, honest and heart rending in equal measure.
Inspiring.

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Withered + Sere | Tj Klune
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The leaves they were crisped and sere
The leaves they were withered and sere
It was night, in the lonesome october
Of my most immemorial year

~ Edgar Allan Poe (Withered and Sere by TJ Klune) Xx

Honestly, this is one of the BEST books I've EVER had the pleasure of reading ♡

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The Swimming-Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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A potent piece of literature by a master of the written word.
A novel spanning across decades, introduces us to the young lavish William Beckwith and the elderly eccentric Lord Nantwich. With a suitcase full of old journals, Will explores the transient life of the elderly lord, thus discovering past loves, heart breaks & gay repression with startling similarities to the happenings in his own life & the lives of those around him.

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The Swimming-Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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Loving everyone's #shelfies and couldn‘t resist sharing mine with you fellow bookworms ♡.
Favourite place in the house.
Absolutely adoring The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst. My third Hollinghurst read and I think it might be my favorite (closely followed by The Spell) Xx

slategreyskies Welcome to Litsy!! I love your screen name, your bookshelves and your pink flamingo!🦩 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence Welcome to Litsy! Have you ever read the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde? That‘s what your username made me think of. 💗 2mo
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willaful me: “is that the Beast? Hmmm, I can't tell. Oh, there's Chip, Mrs. Potts and Belle, I guess the odds are pretty good.“ 😄 2mo
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird @slategreyskies Aww, thank you so much ♡. For all of your lovely words ♡. My flamingo is named Featherstone and he's the protector of books 🦩😆 Xx 2mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @LiteraryinLawrence Aww, thank you ♡. I haven't actually but I'm definitely adding it to my TRP now 💗. If my username reminds you of that I think I'll absolutely adore it. I love dodos, so I couldn‘t resist adding it to my username 🦤. Thank you so much for your recommendation ❤️ Xx 2mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @DivineDiana Aww, thank you so much 💗 Xx 2mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @willaful VERY good! You're so right 💗. We all love The Beauty and the Beast in our house ❤️. Love your comment! Xx 2mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @bthegood Thank you so much for the welcome 💗 Xx 2mo
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The Sparsholt Affair | Alan Hollinghurst
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Yet another masterpiece spun by Hollinghurst and his beauteous, engrossing prose.
Spanning across decades each as bewitching as the last, we follow the famous sex scandal with intimate detail from various captivating narratives, leaving the reader ravenous and, more often than not, holding one's breath out of fear of frightening away the happenings on those scarcely lit London streets.
Truly worthy of the adoration its earned.
Utter perfection.

CarolynM I liked this a lot too and I loved The Line of Beauty. I intend to read more of his work. 2mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird I'm planning on reading The Line of Beauty next. I've heard so many incredible things about it ♡. I'm reading The Swimming-Pool Library at the minute and enjoying it immensely already. I'm hoping to read all of his work. He's my favourite novelist. I'm so glad you like him too ♡ X 2mo
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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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" Somebody, your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour - and in the oddest places! - for the lack of it"
- James Baldwin

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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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A tragic love story to rival Shakespeare's Romeo and Juilet.
James Baldwin has composed yet another masterpiece.
When David, a rudderless American, collides with Giovanni, a grief-stricken, vulnerable bartender hiding behind a vivacious bravado, they embark on a journey of love and lust and hate, until one really appreciates how closely all of those impassioned feelings are related.
The prose is a breath-taking feat of vehemence and observation.

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TheIntrovertedDodoBird @BookwormAHN Aww, thank you 😘 X 2mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂
Check out #LitsyEvents for a varied listing of fun-related happenings within this neighborhood of fellow readers.🤗
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PaperbackPirate Welcome to Litsy! Go to @LitsyWelcomeWagon for some helpful links. 2mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Nute Aww, thank you so much for the warm welcome 😘. I think I've found my people here. Thank you for the link too. Very helpful 🥰 Xx 1mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @PaperbackPirate Aww, thank you so much too for the lovely welcome 😘. And the link too. I really appreciate it 🥰 Xx 1mo
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