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aeeklund

Joined June 2016

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This short story collection is masterful, having a LOT to say about women today. It captures the tolls that “growing up” takes on a girl, that war bleeds from a person, and that a small decision or mistake can have on a life. And it does all this in absolutely gorgeous language. The audiobook, especially, is amazing, the stories perfectly navigated by Adjoa Andoh. LOVED it.

LiteraryinLititz Great review! 1w
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HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO KAREN RUSSELL‘S ORANGE WORLD!! 🎉🎉🧡🧡📙🍊✴️🔶

Karen Russell‘s work is some of my favorite writing happening today, and it‘s so exciting to have her latest out in the world to shove at people!!

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I spent most of today in our new hammock (courtesy of @RavenRenegade ) completely lost in Erin Morgenstern‘s masterful new novel. I‘ve been so nervous to read it, in case it didn‘t live up to The Night Circus, but oh my. This book. 🖤🐝🗝🗡🖤

Cinfhen Cool!!! Didn‘t know she had a new book coming out 2w
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DEV1AT3 (Deviate) | Jay Kristoff
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Spending time with Jay Kristoff (and a coffee as big as my head—YAY) this morning.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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swishandflick Score! 2w
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A Treason of Thorns | Laura E. Weymouth
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Today‘s #salonread is one of my most anticipated books of 2019. I absolutely LOVED The Light Between Worlds last year (ok, real talk, that book DESTROYED me—beautifully), so I‘m really looking forward to seeing what Laura E. Weymouth comes up with next!

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Oh my goodness, @TorieStorieS !! Thank you SO much for the goodies!! The journal is PERFECT, and the card is stunning!! I have been meaning to read Gail Carriger FOREVER, and am so excited to finally own Cruel Beauty and Overstory!! The honey and treats look incredible, and I love the hat (will definitely be putting it on the Floof for a photo!). Thank you @TheReadingMermaid for hosting #MadHatterTeaPartySwap!! Now pardon me, I have tea to brew!!

TheReadingMermaid Haha that is so amazing I'm so glad you enjoyed everything! You are most welcome sweetheart thank you for participating. 😍😍😍 2mo
hermyknee I can‘t get over how cute this swap is! 2mo
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The Devouring Gray | Christine Lynn Herman
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Sticking with the fantastical elements theme for my #readathon reading today, and escaping into some dark and sinister woods in a book that promises Raven Boys/Stranger Things vibes. Count me in! (Pairs well with chili.) #deweysapril @DeweysReadathon

MellieAntoinette Curious what you think! 2mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Finished this amazing book on Kindle while still in the waiting room and literally yelled when I got to the end. Absolutely phenomenal—funny, creepy, twisty, action-packed ride with such amazing, amazing characters. I will be promoting the HELL out of this one when it comes out in September!! I cannot wait for book two!! #deweysapril @DeweysReadathon

Bookcation74 I have already preorder this book based on the effusive love from @Liberty 2mo
aeeklund @Bookcation74 YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!! IT IS SO GOOD!! 🖤💀⚔️ 2mo
Bookcation74 Have you read Nevernight and Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff? Is it somewhat similar? 2mo
aeeklund @Bookcation74 I am a huge Jay Kristoff fan! And yes, there are definitely similar vibes with this one. I plan to recommend it to fans of his! 2mo
Bookcation74 Awesome! Can‘t wait! 2mo
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Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
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I almost didn‘t join #deweysapril this time around, because I knew today would be interesting in terms of free time and I have work tomorrow, but then I remembered I don‘t *have* to finish, just hang out with some books and friends and steal reading time when I can. So I signed up! Easing in with something fun while I wait for @RavenRenegade at her hair appointment. @DeweysReadathon

annahenke Pretty 2mo
Emilymdxn What a beautiful book! 2mo
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Feeling under the weather today, which is just as well because it‘s started to rain. Curling up with some chicken soup, a Floof, and a gorgeous book to escape into. #rainyday #miyacatsprite #miyareads #catsoflitsy

#flowers #springintoreading
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

esurient That is a quite excellent Floof. 2mo
Texreader Hope you feel better soon!! ❤️😻 2mo
Leftcoastzen Feel better soon! Love your floof nurse. 2mo
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Bette ❤️🐱 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better ❤️ 2mo
vkois88 How pretty!! I hope you're feeling better ❤❤❤ 1mo
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Look what has officially arrived!! I‘m so excited for my very first swap!! @TheReadingMermaid #MadHatterTeaPartySwap

TheReadingMermaid Yahz!!!! 🎉 2mo
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I‘ve been meaning to read this book for forever. Today was the day! I devoured it in basically one sitting (aside from when a certain Floof decided I was too engrossed). Beautifully written, engaging, and all-too-plausible. Really made me think about how much time and energy I invest in work vs. home/fulfillment. Definitely worth the attention it‘s receiving!

#miyacatsprite #miyareads #catsoflitsh

wanderinglynn What a beautiful cat! ❤️🐱 2mo
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March was a bit of a dead zone for me, readingwise. I‘m halfway through several things I‘m enjoying but stalled out on for some reason. Hopefully I finish in April and get out of this slump.

This last weekend was a flurry of reading activity, however, as I‘m going to another dinner tonight with the authors of these upcoming novels! I read Stay and Fight and The Electric Hotel this weekend and am halfway through the tagged book.

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After the post office, I had to stop by the library for my holds. Excited to read both of these! Just got the arc of the sequel to Trail of Lightning in the mail—I have a fun marathon in my future!

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Just got home from the post office sending off my very first swap box! @WeeziesBooks I hope you enjoy!! Should deliver to you on Monday!! Excited to see if you like everything!

Thanks so much, @TheReadingMermaid for hosting this fun #MadHatterTeaPartySwap!!

TheReadingMermaid You are very welcome sweetheart. Thank you so much for posting! ✔️ 2mo
SmartSassery It's my very first too!! 💜 2mo
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I got to meet Mallory O‘Meara tonight!! I absolutely loved her book The Lady from the Black Lagoon, a memoir/biography/essay blend that not only explores the life of the fascinating woman who designed the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but delves (with Mallory‘s signature snark) into the still-rampant sexism in the Hollywood scene. Mallory‘s absolutely delightful and very kindly took a photo with me.

Leftcoastzen Very cool!Bet she‘s fascinating! 2mo
AutumnRLS Great picture of the two of you! I just finished the book and really loved it. 2mo
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Dealing in Dreams | Lilliam Rivera
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If this book isn‘t on your TBR, I highly recommend you add it, if for no other reason than for the time spent in a post-apocalyptic, girl-gang-run world where this sentence is true. Even amidst the high stakes, there‘s a really refreshing REST.

monalyisha Sold! 2mo
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Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell | Kevin Hearne, Delilah S Dawson
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Attended Emerald City Comic Con over the weekend and went to author panels for daaaaaaaaays (not pictured: the two that I moderated). So. Many. Great. Authors!! Went with the tagged book because I think I saw Delilah S. Dawson the most times. #ECCC #ECCC2019

Leftcoastzen Looks like fun! 2mo
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I am so excited about access to this #audiobook via Libro.fm!! I‘m a huge fan of Mallory‘s Reading Glasses podcast, and was SO glad when her familiar voice started reading to me. Makes working today MUCH better!! #booksellerperks

Christine Exciting!! I‘m going to see her (and I think Brea too?) at my neighborhood bookstore on Friday. :) (edited) 3mo
aeeklund @Christine I am so jealous!! I saw that they were doing that, and wished it was near to me! 3mo
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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This is my evening tonight, guys. Simon & Schuster pre-release cocktail party. 😳📚🍸

How did this become my life?

valeriegeary Sounds fun! 🤗 3mo
Samplergal Wow! What a fun evening! Enjoy. 3mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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*SCREAMS*

Leftcoastzen Woo Hoo! 3mo
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First day back at work in almost two weeks, thanks to #snowpocalypse complications (both logistical and health). Came back to some pretties on my desk!! 😍😍😍

monalyisha Cool! Looking forward to a review of this one! 3mo
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I have been waiting for SO LONG for this bookish #adaptation!! 😍🌂💥☂️💼 @RavenRenegade and I have snacks and blankets and have settled in today to marathon the rest!!

hermyknee I watched the first episode today and figured it came from a book, but I hadn‘t heard of it before. Is this just one graphic novel or a series of comics? 3mo
aeeklund @hermyknee There are currently two story arcs collected into trades and a third arc that is currently underway (the trade will release in August). (edited) 3mo
kricheal I binged it all on Friday night #sorrynotsorry to my poor aching body yesterday from lack of sleep but it was so worth it! 3mo
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aeeklund @kricheal I totally would have, but we had three schedules to coordinate!! We did 4 episodes and then 6. SO GOOD!! 3mo
Bianca I stayed up late last night to finish the first season. Worth it. 3mo
aeeklund @Bianca 🙌🙌 SO GOOD!! 3mo
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Taking a break from working from home (❄️❄️❄️) to eat some soup and try the first episode of ABC Murders. Y‘all got me curious. Here goes!

Leftcoastzen I see a floof!😻 3mo
aeeklund @Leftcoastzen Yes, you do!! She‘s been my loyal companion. 😸💜❄️ 3mo
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Someone‘s been my very loyal snow day buddy. 🥰😸❄️📚

Just found out that my bookstore is closed tomorrow due to the continued Seattle #snowpocalypse, so the impromptu readathon continues!

#miyacatsprite #miyareads #catsoflitsy

BookBabe Aww, what a sweet kitty! 😻 Enjoy your reading time! 3mo
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Seattle‘s been having a snow adventure, so I‘ve been holed up the last couple of days having my own mini readathon! ❄️📚 These are some of the books I‘ve been spending time with (tagged book is my current read). I was asked to moderate two panels at ECCC, so I‘ve been reading some great authors to prepare. (House of Salt and Sorrows was a palate cleanser.) Hope everyone‘s staying warm wherever you are!!

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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As a bookseller, I feel like I mark the passage of time by books coming out in paperback (ARC➡️HC➡️PB), particularly ones I totally meant to read either as an arc or in hardcover. I can‘t believe I still haven‘t gotten to these two, but fortunately their publishers generously sent them to me, so maybe I‘ll get to them soon? 🤦‍♀️📚

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The Queen of Sorrow | Sarah Beth Durst
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I am late to the Renthia party, but MAN, am I on board! I absolutely LOVED this series of women-centered fantasy novels featuring nuanced characters, lush descriptions, and just the right amount of bloody violence. Beautiful, empowering, and engrossing. The audio editions were very well done, too, if you prefer that format. The only reason I‘m okay with finishing is access to an ARC of a new novel set in the same world. 🐉🌳🐺✨❄️

5/5 🌟s

Schnoebs I couldn‘t stop thinking about the first one so I bought the rest of the trilogy and plan on reading both once they get here! 3mo
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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Soooooo good to be back in this world...

My dear friend @jetpack offered me sanctuary this weekend: a few days away on Bainbridge Island to rest and recuperate. On a whim, I grabbed a copy of the latest Grishaverse novel (I was supposed to wait for my Illumicrate special edition 🙄).

I chose wisely.

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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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I was treated to an early birthday viewing of Aquaman on a 270 degree screen, then went home and watched a couple episodes of Stephen Universe before picking up a new book that purports to be a zombie apocalypse novel from the point of view of a crow... All in all, a good (and interesting) night for story!

LazyDays Have you read ? The description of the this book made me thinl of Robert Brockway for some reason💁 3mo
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How High the Moon | Karyn Parsons
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Friday night I met Karyn Parsons, author of this lyrical, layered middle grade novel. Ella, growing up in 1943 South Carolina, journeys to discover who she is as the era‘s turbulence grows around her. I love that it doesn‘t dumb anything down; young readers are often underestimated in what they can understand and carry. This doesn‘t shy away from hard moments, but underlines that even in darkness there are foil stars to catch the light. Stunning!

MirrorMask Hilary Banks 😍😍😍 4mo
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How High the Moon | Karyn Parsons
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The Floof is helping me read for my third (THIRD!) author dinner this week. It‘s been a bit frenetic around here, so we‘re enjoying the quiet morning!

#miyacatsprite #miyareads #catsoflitsy
#booksellerlife

Leftcoastzen Such a cute floof! 4mo
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“Paul‘s inner life was spent in books, and she used to imagine them stacked in his head like ladders along a wall, leading to high windows. He had read everything, it seemed, and had an idea about everything he had read.” (DRC, 30%)

Reading this one for a dinner tomorrow, and I was mesmerized by this description.

batsy How are you finding it? I saw it pop up in Net Galley and was curious. 4mo
aeeklund @batsy I‘m wrestling with how to rate it. There‘s a LOT to unpack in it. I‘m meeting the author tonight and want a little insight into a few things before I decide (if that makes sense). I‘ll let you know!! 4mo
batsy That totally makes sense, and no pressure at all to have an answer, btw :) Some books just need mulling over and sometimes it's hard to have one particular opinion on it. 4mo
aeeklund @batsy Okay. I think I‘ve decided. I really enjoyed it, and I think my hesitation came because I was a little nervous there would be a type of person who would read this book and take it as a justification for inaction rather than as a warning. I know that‘s vague, but I don‘t want to be spoiler-y. 4mo
batsy Thanks for that. I'm intrigued :) 4mo
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My salon read this time.

Trying really hard not to let this week get to me, but it‘s hard. Decided to grab something I‘ve been really excited about to snap me out of this slump. Anyone else struggling this week? Hope it gets better for you, if you are. 💜🖤

BookishMarginalia Hugs 💜 4mo
aeeklund @BookishMarginalia Thank you!! Hugs to you, too. 💜💜 4mo
Eyelit It‘s definitely been a week and I‘m glad it‘s over. Hugs to you! 💜 4mo
LeeRHarry I‘m with you - it has been a difficult week - Happy it‘s the weekend 💕 4mo
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We lost a legend today.

After my coworker told me the news this morning, I set up this small tribute. A customer, who found out from this display, told me she was glad she‘d found out in the bookstore because she was among friends.

I‘m so grateful for the book community.

Rest In peace, Mary Oliver.

Leftcoastzen Lovely!❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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A Game of Thrones | George R. R. Martin
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Had to snap a photo for you guys...

Klou Omg. So cool! 😎 4mo
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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One of the fun things I get to do as part of my new duties is curate the new release table for fiction (which we also use to display recently released or of-note-in-HC books). Loving the colorful colors of recent books! Helps offset the dreary season. #booksellerlife

Leftcoastzen When I was a bookseller I loved it too!📚📚📚 4mo
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Oof. I feel you, Ivy Gamble. #monday

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Fitcher's Brides | Gregory Frost
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“But...I thought we were going to read today!?”

(SO hard to leave for work when she does this!!)

#miyacatsprite #miyareads #catsoflitst

GypsyKat Awe, so cute! 😍 4mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Such a wonderful Floof! How can you LEAVE?! Floof has good taste - that fairy tale series is a favorite of mine/my cat‘s too 😸 4mo
Leftcoastzen So sweet😻 4mo
LauraBeth I would be guilty of constantly wanting to snuggle that floofy face 😻 4mo
rubyslippersreads I would call in sick. 😹 4mo
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What Makes Girls Sick and Tired | Lucile de Peslouan
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I'm conflicted. I appreciated this one, but I feel most people who would pick it up already feel/know its topics. The author and illustrator note their bias as privileged, white women, and do their best to include diverse representations. However, there are gaps in the representations of disabled women, plus-size women, and women‘s experiences in the medical communities. Good first steps, but needs to push boundaries further than it did.

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The Gilded Wolves | Roshani Chokshi
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I‘ve been on a YA fantasy kick (yay self-care reading!), and I‘d been looking forward to this one for a while. Alternate history set in La Belle Époque? Heist featuring a ragtag bunch of introverts? Chokshi‘s lush writing that I just want to sink into? YES! What I wasn‘t expecting was for this book to be so laugh-out-loud funny. All in all, this was a great romp with engaging characters that set up some interesting twists for future installments.

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Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand
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This book makes want to stand up and applaud. Such a brilliant fable of rage and repression and expectations and patriarchy. Even this character‘s father, who thought he was keeping her safe, is failing. Even those who mean well can fail, can be REALLY DAMN WRONG. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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I bullied a coworker into forming a classics book club with me, as my latent lit major missed reading books and arguing about them. I got to pick first since my birthday‘s this month. So one of my first books of 2019 will be Angela Carter‘s masterpiece of shivery retellings. 🍎❄️🐺🕯🗝

ferskner I LOVE this book! It is perfection. 5mo
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Some changes are afoot in my bookstore, some of which involve me. I‘ll be stepping out of the back offices a bit more in the coming days and getting involved in the buying process for my heart of hearts, the FICTION SECTION!! Expect more updates soon!!

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The Storyteller | Pierre Jarawan
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The quickest way to make me pay attention to an ARC is to send me baked goods. This book sounds AMAZING and came with baklava! A man returns to Beirut to find his missing father with only an old photo and bedtime stories to guide him. Thanks World Editions!! (Pubs 4/2/19)

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Soooooo this is a hell of a book to be reading during a storm-fueled power outage... 😳🌧🌬🕯

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Excuse you, Miz Thang, may I have my book back, please??? 🙄🤦‍♀️

In other news, this is my first book for #25infive, and it‘s AMAZING! I looooove Seanan Maguire‘s use of language. It makes my heart sing.

(I will post a photo of the book when I‘ve wrestled it away from the Floof.)

#miyacatsprite #miyareads #booksellerperks

Leftcoastzen 😍😻 5mo
Andrew65 That would be a no. 😼😽 Well done on the book. 👏 5mo
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The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
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Salon reading! Getting my hair done is forced relaxation for me, so I‘ve started adding to the treat by always choosing a new book to start. I‘ve been excited for this one!

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Started this one on audio, and I‘m enjoying it. I was immediatelyw captivated by the dreamy tone, and the fairy-tale-like narration style. Juliet Stevenson is the perfect person to read this story to me to on cold mornings. #newrelease

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