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Joined September 2018

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After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
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Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells
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The Haunting Season: Nine Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights by Andrew Michael Hurley, Natasha Pulley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Laura Purcell, Jess Kidd, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Elizabeth Macneal, Bridget Collins, Sara Collins
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“When we reach out and share our story, we need to make sure - and this is so important to me - that we choose people who‘ve earned the right to hear our story.”

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Gift from the Sea | Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“If one sets time aside for a business appointment, a trip to the hairdresser, a social engagement or a shopping expedition, that time is accepted as inviolable. But if one says: I cannot come because that is my hour to be alone, one is considered rude, egotistical, or strange. What a commentary on our civilization, when being alone is considered suspect, when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it…”

kspenmoll My mom‘s favorite book. 5d
abookishbutterfly @kspenmoll It‘s a favorite of my husband‘s, too. He‘s read it multiple times, but this is my first time reading it. 5d
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag

“When I think of those days, of losing people I‘ve loved, I think of how my loneliness deepened, like being lowered into a well, water rising around me as I clawed at the stone walls, reaching for sunlight. How you get used to being at the bottom of a well. How you wouldn‘t recognize a rope if it was thrown down to you.”

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One of my struggles with true crime is that I‘ve often found the material dry, but that was not true of The Doomsday Mother. I felt the author presented the information in an engaging fashion that kept me hooked all the way through.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4102982702

Monica5 I love True Crime. Going to have to put this on my TBR 1w
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Gift from the Sea | Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much of social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask. I have shed my mask.

EvieBee Agree!! 1w
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Briar Girls | Rebecca Kim Wells

Whatever I‘d expected, it hadn‘t been this. I thought they would ask for my happiness. It hadn‘t occurred to me that they would savor the taste of my pain. Now I was surprised to realize how much I valued it too. My pain had forged me into what I was today. How might I be changed, once it was taken from me? Could I bear to lose it?

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Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel | Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
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Rodney Was a Tortoise is a precious picture book that can help children process personal pet loss or understand its meaningfulness in their peers‘ lives. It‘s a sweet story with adorable illustrations and a touching message.

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Beneath the Stairs: A Novel | Jennifer Fawcett
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Mehso-so

Jennifer Fawcett undoubtedly managed this complex story well. The aspects that frustrated or disappointed me were largely a reflection of my reading preferences. I didn‘t care for the romantic aspect for reasons I won‘t spoil here, I didn‘t feel the reveal was especially exciting, and I disliked the tidiness of the ending.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4294184731

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Why are Jenny Lawson‘s stories so mesmerizing? They're horrific car wrecks I can‘t seem to peel my eyes away from, followed by the recollection of all the moments when I have been involved in similar car wrecks. Yes, I think that is it. I‘m compelled by the realization that there are more out there like me. It is comforting. And it‘s terrifying!

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3602657907

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How Lucky: A Novel | Will Leitch
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How Lucky is a story with heart; one that makes the reader think about how we respond to people with visible disabilities. Without making it feel like an info dump, Leitch successfully educated readers about spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). He gave us an unlikely hero and we need more of that in our stories.

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Hill We Climb: Poems | Amanda Gorman

“Our wounds, too, are our windows.
Through them we watch the world.”

~From the poem “In the Deep” by Amanda Gorman

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I still need two more solid recs for this + backups. Please and thank you!

Loves:

~Literay fiction - especially psychological thrillers and contemporary drama, but also dystopian, horror, magical realism, fairytale retellings, and historical fiction.

~Really prefer beautiful writing, thought-provoking content, and/or stories that stir a lot of emotions.

~Fiction recs only, as I‘m a bit more particular about nonfiction.

CBee Not sure if anyone has recommended any yet, but I‘d recommend The Push (just finished it today) and Cloud Cuckoo Land! 2w
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TheKidUpstairs Beautifully written historical fiction with some magical realism: 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This one was a 2021 stand out for me. 2w
jlhammar The Enchanted or The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld 2w
Ladygodiva7 Tender is the Flesh is a great horror/dystopian. 2w
abookishbutterfly @CBee No one recommended The Push yet. Thank you! 2w
abookishbutterfly @TheKidUpstairs Thank you! I actually have the ebook and audiobook of this so it would work out perfectly! 2w
abookishbutterfly @LiteraryinLawrence Thank you! I have a TBR copy of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, but After the Crash sounds really good to me, too! 2w
abookishbutterfly @Scochrane26 That‘s a perfect rec since it‘s waiting on my nightstand for attention! 2w
abookishbutterfly @DivineDiana Despite seeing this on social media often, I‘ve never read the synopsis before. This sounds like it‘s right up my alley! Thank you! 2w
CBee @abookishbutterfly you‘re welcome! 2w
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Although I felt the writing style was a bit bland, the narrative is packed with a richness that helps make up for what the writing lacks. The historical and cultural detail, along with a compelling mystery, kept me invested all the way through. I also found Puri‘s perspective on how differently she was treated as a man interesting.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4363687964

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Such a Pretty Smile: A Novel | Kristi DeMeester
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Mehso-so

I appreciate what the author wanted to do. Sadly, I found it slow, odd, uncomfortably graphic, and often poorly developed. Frustratingly, there were some loose threads left hanging in the end, never properly stitched into a clean seam. This was a story with great potential, but it mostly missed its mark.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4168950343

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The Haunting Season: Nine Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights | Andrew Michael Hurley, Natasha Pulley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Laura Purcell, Jess Kidd, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Elizabeth Macneal, Bridget Collins, Sara Collins
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Did anyone else shop the Barnes and Noble sale today? I was very happy to delete these two from my wishlist!

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Cost of Living: Essays | Emily Maloney
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I felt Maloney brought a nuanced perspective into this, given her experiences on both sides - needing care and working in the medical field. She doesn‘t tell the reader what they should think about any of the information she shared. She simply presented it all in a matter-of-fact way that managed to pack a punch just as it is.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4389517487

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Circus of Wonders | Elizabeth Macneal
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I enjoyed the way the story examined the dynamics of fame but, even more so, I loved the way Macneal exemplified envy. She aptly demonstrated the way it rears its ugly head in unexpected and disistatorous ways. The entire atmosphere of Circus of Wonders was both glorious and frightening. I was completely enraptured by every word.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3803367988

DGRachel I love your gnome! 1mo
abookishbutterfly @DGRachel Thank you! I found him at Walmart! 1mo
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Defy the Night | Brigid Kemmerer
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I love Brigid Kemmerer. I do. And I didn‘t think this book was unenjoyable. But it also wasn‘t an exciting read for me. I found more than one component easy to predict and I didn‘t feel especially invested in any of the characters. The path was too familiar and the tone of the characters felt so much like the characters from The Cursebreakers series.

ShelleyBooksie I'm glad to read your review as I was wondering about this one. 1mo
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I thought this story would make a nuanced statement about poverty versus privilege. The only statement it made was one that reinforces all the stereotypes. I thought it was gross and I‘m angry about it. Lizzie or Adrienne were both quite one-dimensional. Everything about this felt superficial and silly, but that feeling wasn‘t fully confirmed for me until what I‘d suspected early on was confirmed.

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Circus of Wonders | Elizabeth Macneal

“All her life, she has held herself like a bud, so small and tight and voiceless. She has not realized the potential that lies within her, the possibility that she might unfurl, arms thrown wide, and take up space in the world.”

kplovesbooks ♥️♥️♥️♥️ LOVE THIS!! 1mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 1mo
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Phillipp Schott certainly doesn‘t seduce the reader into believing they will get a book full of only charming, humorous stories. He hits you with a tearjerker right from the start. Most of the essays, however, aren‘t quite as sad, although always heartwarming.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4369758925

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Circus of Wonders | Elizabeth Macneal

“The light is probably too dim, but it feels important to mark this, to bear witness to the truth of life and its ending, its ugliness and trauma.”

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The author does an excellent job at showing, not telling. The reader is handed observations the way the narrator perceived it all as a child, so she gives you these observations with vagueness, allowing you to figure out what they mean, just as she had as she matured.

Although there were times that I felt the story lagged and the way it was written wore on me toward the end, I mostly valued what Sarah Manguso did with Very Cold People.

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This Is My Beloved | Walter Benton
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The timeline gives the sense of sensual love suddenly lost, followed by deep grief and longing that hints at obsession, although Benton eventually reveals the years spent with his lover, and this makes it easier to understand the months spent pining away for her.

I found the poetry impressive, the sequence of events well-defined through verse, and the emotion of it all powerfully conveyed.

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“It‘s hard to believe in such casual cruelty unless you‘ve seen it with your own eyes.”

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Delilah | Shelia M. Goss

It‘s challenging to respond to each comment, but if you commented on my post about Delilah the other day, thank you. ❤️ It‘s been difficult losing four ferrets in slightly over two years, both individually & as a whole. I knew I‘d lose them close together because of their ages & I knew Delilah‘s time was coming, but you‘re never really prepared. She passed peacefully in the comfort of home. I‘m glad she could have that. Her absence is deeply felt.

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Delilah | Shelia M. Goss
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We lost another beautiful baby today. Although we knew the end was year, it was still unexpected. She passed peacefully in her sleep.

Bookworm54 Sorry for your loss. She was beautiful x 1mo
JenReadsAlot So sorry for your loss. 1mo
candc320 I‘m so sorry 😢!! 1mo
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Rissa1 I am so sorry!😥 1mo
AmyG Oh no. I am so deeply sorry. 1mo
Simona 💔 1mo
kamoorephoto I‘m so sorry; I‘m glad she passed away peacefully 💔😿 1mo
ozma.of.oz I‘m so sorry for you loss. ❤️ 1mo
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JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 1mo
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wordslinger42 I'm so sorry. Sending prayers and hugs ❤❤ 1mo
Ruthiella So sorry. ❤️ 1mo
Karkar So sorry for the loss of your fuzzy child. ❤️🐾❤️ 1mo
QuietlyLaura I‘m so sorry for your loss. ❤️ 1mo
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fredamans My deepest condolences. 1mo
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The Remaking: A Novel | Clay McLeod Chapman
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The Remaking started off strong with a measured blend of sad and unsettling descriptions. Part two proved just as intriguing and I was excited to see how everything played out. Part three, however, overflowed with superfluous details and repetitiveness. This is really where I struggled the most with the story, as I desperately wanted things to move along. The final section conveyed a powerful message, but I didn‘t love the execution here.

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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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Mehso-so

I did guess one of the twists early on, although there were other compelling shockers to come. And, of course, I couldn‘t know for sure that I was correct. But I feared being right because I knew that would affect my overall view of things, that no explanation could possibly make me accept such choices in a way that made me love how this story played out. The narrative relying on that particular aspect really frustrated me.

kamoorephoto Well, I just got it as my BOTM so I hope I find it at least entertaining for a while! 😂 2mo
abookishbutterfly @kamoorephoto Every person will see it differently. Hope you enjoy it! Honestly, it IS entertaining, in my opinion. Just disappointed with that one twist. 2mo
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“…and placed another cloth under the leaky little creature.”

She‘s talking about a baby! 😂

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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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November wrap up

Beasts of a Little Land ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Flicker in the Dark ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This Thing Between Us ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

From Blood and Ash ⭐️⭐️

Her Every Fear ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Moonlight Child ⭐️

The Last Laugh ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Willodeen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Maid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Burntcoat ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Long Bright River ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#monthlywrapup #novemberreads

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The Last Laugh | Mindy McGinnis
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McGinnis managed to open some new doors in the sequel and she resolved them all in a satisfactory way. I‘ll admit that after waiting a year to find out the truth, I had wanted a bit more bang from the explanation, but it was still logical and well-written, so I cannot complain much.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3541884353

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As is generally the case with horror, this book contains disturbing details, some of which will punch the reader hard in the heart. None of it is without purpose. Moreno blended tragedy and terror in a remarkable way, so I‘ve no regrets about the devastation I chose to endure. It takes more than talent, but a true understanding of human beings, to create a novel like this, and I felt it was profoundly moving and utterly shocking.

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Beasts is beautifully told and while the story moves along slowly, I feel the pacing suits the tale perfectly. Along the way, we meet characters who are plainly human, never truly heroic, often hurting each other, sometimes loyal to a point that is detrimental to their own well-being. Juhea Kim never aims to comfort the reader. She conveys something brutal and breathtaking, all the while making it heartbreakingly authentic.

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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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Long Bright River proved to be less of a mystery and more of a lyrical exploration of the bonds of sisterhood, the impact of a traumatic childhood, and the ways human beings try to escape themselves. I think the author provided a compassionate look at drug addiction, humanizing those who many often fail to see empathetically. I was deeply affected by this poignant narrative and greatly impressed with Liz Moore‘s profound storytelling skills.

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So many words could be exchanged between people without any real desire to know one another. But with the right person, one could speak much or not at all, and feel completely connected.

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MyungBo had long been fascinated by how nearly everyone considered themselves honest. People were wonderfully clever and subtle when they needed to rationalize their actions, and so quick-witted that they didn‘t even realize they were fooling themselves.

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The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee was the perfect palate cleaner for someone like me - a reader who mostly exists on a steady diet of heaviness and darkness. I love that the author didn‘t wrap it all up in a neat bow as it closed, but still gave the reader enough closure to feel settled in the end.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4327061704

EvieBee I have the same Boyd piggie! 2mo
abookishbutterfly @EvieBee She‘s such a beauty! 2mo
EvieBee @Butterflyamore Yes! I‘ve had her since I was 13. 2mo
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I love this dedication ❤️

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Her Every Fear: A Novel | Peter Swanson
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I settled on three stars for this, as I did find it to be an engaging narrative and I think Peter Swanson writes creepy scenes incredibly well. There was one scene early on that I found especially unsettling and I do not find many authors hit those nerves for me.

Beyond that, I was disappointed

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3147646705

Cathythoughts I remember the beginning being better than the end .. I enjoy his books 👍🏻 2mo
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Burntcoat: A Novel | Sarah Hall
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What can I even say about this beautiful novel? My heart hitched a number of times, as Edith‘s grief was palpable. Burntcoat reads like a melancholic love letter to a recipient who will never see it. We, as readers, have the privilege of indulging in the narrator‘s insightful and sorrowful observations. It hurts, but its power and poignancy were welcome here.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4271190654

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abookishbutterfly @SoapboxEdits Thank you! My son gave them to me for Mother‘s Day this year! 2mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I enjoyed working out the mystery in this, although I was far more invested in Molly‘s outcome than anything else. I wanted only the best for her. I was in love with the way things were concluding and had it ended a few pages sooner, this would have been a five star read for me. However, those last few pages made me feel as if I‘d been betrayed by a friend.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4009446454 *Contains spoilers*

SilversReviews LOVED this book. 2mo
SilversReviews Read your review on Goodreads, but it said I couldn‘t post a comment because we aren‘t friends. 😊 Nice review. 2mo
abookishbutterfly @SilversReviews Thank you 🙂 I‘ve gotten some rude comments on my reviews, so it‘s a protective measure! My anxiety can only take so much! If you want to be GR friends, we can be. 🙂 2mo
SilversReviews @Butterflyamore Sure…my name is Elizabeth of Silver‘s Reviews. 2mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose

“I pick up one neat quarter of my raisin bran muffin. How lovely. It‘s fresh. Isn‘t it interesting that this shop baked goods in the late afternoon? You wouldn‘t think many people would choose muffins in the afternoon, but there you have it. Perhaps there are others out there in the world just like me.” ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I‘m almost done with this and I‘m feeling like my top five reads of the year might change again!

SilversReviews LOVED this book. ❤️❤️ 2mo
EvieBee Really?! I‘m on the hold list at the library. Can‘t wait to read. 2mo
abookishbutterfly @EvieBee I hope you enjoy it. I ended up being a bit disappointed with the ending, so now I‘m sad - haha. Well, at least I don‘t have to rearrange my favorites list, right? 2mo
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The Moonlight Child | Karen McQuestion
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I know every author puts their heart into their books and I make great effort to find redeeming qualities or simply not finish the ones that I cannot constructively review. I take no pleasure in telling you how much I hated this, but to tell you otherwise would be untrue.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3538276914

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Burntcoat: A Novel | Sarah Hall

“There are friends in life who save us, then disappear from sight. They remain indelible in the heart.”

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Willodeen | Katherine Applegate
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I adored Willodeen‘s character, found her relatable at times, and felt a great tug upon my heart throughout this tale. Applegate proved, once again, that she can expertly probe emotions, although this story didn‘t cut me quite as deeply as The One and Only Ivan. Regardless, I really enjoyed the book. I think it offers an important perspective about nature that speaks to children and adults alike.

Shamzi Love the pic!!! 2mo
abookishbutterfly @Shamzi Thank you! 2mo
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Burntcoat: A Novel | Sarah Hall

“There‘s blindness to new lovers. They exist in a rare atmosphere of their own colony, trusting by sense and feel, creatures consuming each other, building shelters with their hopes. Other worlds cease. I know I felt something as it began, an understanding, foreboding, ordinance, even. Love is never the oldest story. It grows rich in the darkness.”

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Little Thieves | Margaret Owen
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Little Thieves was a highly anticipated read for me and it‘s fair to say I expected too much from Owen, especially after feeling deeply comforted by her short, powerful author‘s note in the beginning of the book. Perhaps if I‘d gone in with a different state of mind, I might have rated it higher. It is a good story and one I‘d recommend all fairytale lovers devote some time to.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4290202989

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