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andytbarnes

Joined September 2016

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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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@REPollock congrats! Here‘s to the next 500 🥂. In the odds I‘m one of your lucky winners, I really enjoy most genres, been on a big sci fi kick and usually am down for most literary fiction. #giveaway500

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Giveaway | Tod Goldberg
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#95kgiveaway @TheLibrarian would love to win Looker / My Sister The Serial Killer. Thanks for the opportunity. Great giveaway!

TheLibrarian Thanks for entering! 1w
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Have been meaning to read this for YEARS. Finally nabbed it and some others that caught my eye. Now the real trick is to carve out time to read it instead of waiting for several more years.

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I know art is subjective and all of that but I am baffled by the low review scores on this one. Respectfully think Littens missed the mark on this. 31% pick what may go down as my favorite read of 2019, weird! A destabilizing read, Choi‘s crafted something bold. Something that expertly meditates on memory, autonomy, and the nature of fiction itself. Clearly not for everyone but for those after something unsettling, I found it supremely rewarding.

REPollock I get the idea that people like to hate on Susan Choi. I haven‘t read this one yet but I found the two books of hers I have read really thought-provoking and they both had a lot of haters. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 2mo
suzisteffen Immediate stack add! Also, hmmmmmmm, why DO people hate on Susan Choi? 2mo
BeckyMerilatt I loved it too! I think it‘s a really important book as well. The fluidity if the truth etc. Very timely. 1mo
8little_paws This was my first Susan Choi. I got really sick of the teens in part 1, having just finished employment at a public arts school just like in the book, and I struggled to re-engage after that. 1mo
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I Like to Watch is a culmination of 20+ years of revelatory television writing from Emily Nussbaum. The essays elevate the shows I‘ve watched and love to greater heights. It makes me feel like an idiot for having missed others. Even when panning shows a love, I came away with a richer view of the show. Beautiful ruminations on why we watch and why television is enriching art and not the brain draining waste some dullards try and make it out to be.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Woah that‘s a lot of litfluence! Congrats @TheSpineView #50klovelitsy

TheSpineView Good luck! 4mo
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State Tectonics | Malka Older
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Congrats on the milestone @Mitch ! I keep meaning to #completetheseries but there is no rhyme or reason to how I tackle my TBR.

Mitch Tell me about it! And this is making my TBR even bigger! 🤣 4mo
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Just some light Friday night reading.

Samplergal 😢 4mo
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Fascinating timing in finally getting around to this with the New Yorker article that came out today: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/a-suspense-novelists-trail-of-dece.... It's hard for me to not have that blur my conceptions of the book. On it's merits, a gripping page turner but reading about how Dan Mallory is essentially a less murder-y IRL Tom Ripley is disorienting to say the least and will overshadow the book itself.

BookFreakOut Yeah, that article is craaaaazy! 5mo
BookishMarginalia Thanks for sharing! I hadn‘t seen it. 😱😱😱 5mo
Andrea4 Friends and I were just discussing this article at Friday night bookclub!!! Crazy! Kind of glad I read book a while ago before this article. 4mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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#shelfawarenessgiveaway @laur89 very generous! If The Sound of Things Falling has not been claimed, that sounds up my alley. If I‘m too slow, Everyman is a Roth I haven‘t gotten around to but should.

andytbarnes (Although just scrolled down your feed and saw your Everyman pan so maybe jumped the gun there lol) 5mo
laur89 Thanks for sharing! I can send you both!! If you‘ve read other Roth novels, you may enjoy it more than me- I didn‘t know who he is, and his writing was just not for me. You let me know! Email me your address at laurenlosada@yahoo 😊 5mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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#20K1Kgiveaway fingers crossed and thanks for the giveaway opportunitu! @Nessavamusic

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PSA: I have yet to read but hear nothing but good things. Tor.com has a free ebook club so if you‘re like me and need a great excuse to keep your kindle/ereader fully stocked...this is as good as any. Something that I look forward to each month.

SW-T @andytbarnes This is good to know! Thanks for sharing 😊 5mo
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Ender's Game | Orson Scott Card
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congrats! I tagged this book as it was integral of my love of reading (sci fi in particular). Devoured the whole series as a boy in my accelerated reading class. Bums me out that Scott Card seems to be a big ole jerk :( . @IamIamIam #26KGiveaway

IamIamIam Thanks!! I know, that was tough news. 😞 5mo
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Congrats @REPollock ! I never had a full on #blinddate but went on several tinder dates which felt pretty blind. Met my current long term gf this way.She had very little info on her bio. We met for coffee. She was late so I thought I had been stood up :( so bought myself coffee. We then walked in the park and generally had a lovely time. SPEAKING OF LOVELY...this collection is not related to the story above at all but is very much so worth reading

REPollock Thanks for the recommendation, and how sweet that you met your gf that way! 💕 5mo
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Enter @Cinfhen ‘s #twosweetgiveaway as she is too sweet, what a great giveaway!

Cinfhen Awwww, thanks ☺️just glad to share some #BookishJoy 6mo
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Deeply compelling and timely read that will make you have to think deeply about the privilege of movement and how borders came to be/what functions they serve. Some say “open borders” woah that‘s radical...but as humanitarian crises pile up, future generations may wonder how we waited so long.

SW-T @andytbarnes One definitely wonders what future generations will think of us 🤔 5mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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PSA: if you own this book or wanna buy it, make sure to post with #thegreatbelieversdonate on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and Makkai and partner independent bookstores will donate $1 to Vital Bridges, a Chicago based food pantry helping those living with HIV/AIDS. Currently reading and it deserves all of the buzz as it is a gem.

JennyM This book is absolutely brilliant. A beautifully crafted and important read. The best I‘ve read this year. 10mo
mrozzz That‘s lovely! I‘ll try to remember to do that 10mo
LeeRHarry I loved this one 😊 10mo
Lola Just edited my Insta posts to add the hashtag. Thanks for the heads-up! 10mo
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Foundryside: A Novel | Robert Jackson Bennett
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As he demonstrated with his Divine Cities Trilogy, Bennett knows how to build fantasy worlds that you'll comfortably get lost in. His understanding and crafting of unique mythologies is exciting to bare witness to. With Foundryside he's crafted the type of novel that you devour and immediately want to dive into the next in the series. Sancia is the heroine 2018 desperately needed. I‘d be shocked if this was not my favorite fantasy read of the year

Aimeesue ❤️❤️❤️ that quote! 6mo
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Here I Am: A Novel | Jonathan Safran Foer
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A for me. Thanks @Libby1 for the giveaway opportunity! Follow if you see this and you‘re not already.

Libby1 Good luck! 11mo
Awk_Word_Smith A all the way. @Libby1 11mo
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CaroPi A.. Sounds great! 11mo
BookHermit B 😀 11mo
Libby1 @Awk_Word_Smith , @Jnnlb , @CaroPi , @BookHermit - your names have been entered under your chosen books. Good luck! 11mo
Libby1 Good luck, @andytbarnes ! 😃 11mo
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#arcsforme I‘ll go for Will in The Incendiaries which I would recommend people pick up when it is out next month! Will tries to reinvent himself in college and struggles to do so...which I won‘t say anything more to avoid spoilers but safe to say he will leave readers who were pulling for him gutted. Follow @Jas16 if you are not already and thanks for the generous #giveaway opportunity!

Jas16 Stacked. I am intrigued! Thanks for entering! 12mo
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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace | Patty Yumi Cottrell
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Independent Bookstore Day haul! 😎

whatshesreadingnow 👏🏻👍🏻 14mo
mrozzz NICE 👏🏻😄 14mo
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Impossible Owls: Essays | Brian Phillips
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I have been on a pretty big essay kick here lately. My verrrry part time job is near completely mindless which lends itself well to reading about more standout individuals and experiences. Phillips writes with real humor, humanity, verve, or insert whatever praise word you‘d like. My fav essays tackled things I thought I could care less about prior like sumo wrestling, seeing Wrath of the Titans alone in a theater loopy on pills, and the Iditarod.

andytbarnes Also reading this or any other work from ex-Grantlanders sure makes me miss that website. 1y
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Giveaway | Tod Goldberg
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Congrats @Tiffy_Reads .
1. My favorite thing is such a wide ranging, passionate collection of readers in one place.
2. Nnedi Okorafor‘s The Night Masquerade . I read the first two in the series and keep forgetting to pick this one up.
#tiffysmilestonegiveaway

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Giveaway | Tod Goldberg
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Congrats on 2 years! Here‘s to many more and thanks for the sweet giveaway. 🍾🎉🎊🙌🏽 @Cinfhen : I am tagging @SamTwedt and @downtherabbithole #litsyapocalypsegiveaway

Cinfhen Thanks so much 😊📚🍀 1y
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Sunburn | Laura Lippman
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#1234ORALL cool giveaway! I read and loved Lincoln in the Bardo and Sing, Unburied, Sing. So trying to win Sunburn as I have not read Lippman and have heard she is great. Thanks for the shot!

AmyG Good Luck! 1y
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#77777giveaway @Jess7 great giveaway up and running! Follow and enter (or don‘t do the second part of this request as I sure don‘t mind less competition)!

Jess7 Thanks for entering! 🤗 1y
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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@mrozzz awesome #cleartheshelvesgiveaway ! I went with Jeff Vandermeer‘s Southern Reach Trilogy. Weird, evocative, and there is a movie version of the 1st book coming out this week so it seemed like as great a time as any to once again plug these books (Robert Jackson Bennett‘s trilogy was also a contender so that appearance is not coincidental).

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Loner | Teddy Wayne
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This was the first “loner” that came to mind (hence me posting it). However I should note David, the titular character, while certainly a memorable loner, is one that‘d set off alarm bells if claimed as a “favorite.” Loner mines some dark&disquieting corners of a particular brand of toxic masculinity. The meeker type that goes “I‘m a good guy, really!” But as the book goes deeper the reader knows better... #oneistheloneliest# @Elle_Skeldon

Elle_Skeldon I never did read this one despite all the press it received. I think it's time I do! Thanks for entering 📚🤓📚 1y
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The Gone World | Tom Sweterlitsch
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I‘m intrigued by the comparisons to True Detective(hopefully more season 1 than season 2), Inception, and Dark Matter. It‘s also got one pretty cover! Very sweet #giveaway being ran by @Librarybelle #50k1k so be sure to follow and enter!

Librarybelle Thank you! That is some interesting comparisons! 1y
MinDea That sounds interesting. My boyfriend would like it! 1y
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Where the Line Bleeds | Jesmyn Ward
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@Jas16 woah what a challenge to pick fav all time literary siblings! That may be too daunting for me so I stuck with the last book which I thought handled the sibling relationship (twins no less!) with grace and expert care as it tracks these twins‘ diverging paths as adulthood looms. I loved this debut which marked Ward as a talent to watch and she hasn‘t let readers down yet (Sing, Unburied, Sing was 1 of my favs last year). #jasuary16

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just ordered this one!!! 1y
Jas16 I really need to read this one. Thank you for entering! 1y
lauralovesbooks1 I just picked this up -- glad to hear you enjoyed! 1y
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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#THEWALLSARECLOSINGIN here is one of my fav reads so far early in 2K18. Heck of a giveaway here if you aren‘t already following @Liberty folks!

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Give Me Your Hand | Megan Abbott
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Abbott‘s the type of writer that when I finished this book I cried a little/thought to myself “damn I‘m glad I coincidently find myself on this planet at the same time as her.” Few contemporary authors navigate the hormonal roller coaster of adolescence&subsequent relief yet bittersweet nostalgia that comes with that ending as deftly all while crafting a thriller which leaves you genuinely unable to devour fast enough to stifle your curiosity.

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@downtherabbithole thanks for the tag!
I. in bed as it is hard to beat that level of coziness.
2. Bookmark sometimes, random piece of paper other times, or if desperate dog eared or leave splayed out.
3. Let me finish the page at least!
4. All of the coffee!
5. Prefer to read w/o other things grappling for my attention.
6. 1+
7. Anywhere
8. Silent
9. No
10. Break away!
11. Not really, sometimes underline
12. Anyone who reads this and wants to!

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An incisive damnation of the racial inequalities that continue to haunt America and the near countless systemic consequences (broken criminal justice system, lack of mental health care) which kickstarted the #Blacklivesmatter movement. Cullors has produced a heart wrenching, gut punch of a memoir which if you‘re like me you should buy for your racist relatives.

Ddzmini 😰 1y
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Borne: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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#pickpanbailsoso @Cinfhen such a cool end of year #giveaway 😎! My pick of the year is Jeff Vandermeer‘s Borne. I did not bail on any as I suffer through even book‘s I am not fully connecting with. My so-so selection is Kevin Wilson‘s Perfect Little World. I also didn‘t go so far as to pan a book this year as I try to stay with books I‘m fairly confident I‘ll enjoy (life‘s too short for subpar books) but Josh Barkan‘s Mexico was close to a pan.

Cinfhen Thanks for joining in❣️nice to have no bails or pans 😄looking forward to an awesome 2018 2y
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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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@AJBowers is hosting an exceedingly kind Holiday #giveaway . Hope to win Boy, Snow, Bird one of those I have always meant to read but never got around to.

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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@erinreads #50kgiveaway congrats on the milestone! I want to read The Queen of the Night as I saw Roxane Gay gave it a glowing 5 star review on Goodreads.

Smangela That was a good one!! It took me a while to read, but I think it was just because of Life things. It‘s very intricately woven 😍 2y
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Where the Wild Things Are | Maurice Sendak
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@callielafleur #outlanderfortheholidays I went with Where The Wild Things Are as (one of) my favorite adaptations. I felt like Jonze was the perfect fit to capture the whimsy as well as some of the less palatable/scary parts of growing up.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I see some in that pile that are on my own! 2y
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Beneath the Sugar Sky | Seanan McGuire
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McGuire is a startlingly empathetic writer. She writes young characters that in lesser hands would come off as cloying as they are whimsically charming and sincere. While having this book only be tangentially connected to the first two books in the series didn‘t completely land for me, still enjoyed it!

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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#threeformegiveaway @Tiffy_Reads congrats on 3K and thanks for the giveaway! I‘m not doing a tree this year but here are some cute holiday flowers my mom sent over (it is my first Christmas I don‘t live close enough to drive done so she‘s out of sorts about it). Also thought I should plug the book I‘m reading. Another series I am coming to late that is living up to the immense hype.

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Beneath the Sugar Sky | Seanan McGuire
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#awesomelittengiveaway shout out to awesome @downtherabbithole as I still can‘t get over how thoughtful a Litsy book swap job she did many months ago. Randomly tagged what I am currently reading, worthwhile trilogy to those late to the party such as myself! Thanks @MinDea for the great giveaway.

downtherabbithole @andytbarnes 🤗🙂🤗🙂 thank you!! 2y
MinDea Oh no I am just now seeing this! Thank you for entering my giveaway and good luck to you and @downtherabbithole ! 2y
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#gg10k my favorite opening line in recent memory is from this short novella and goes: “ I didn‘t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn‘t good at it.” It is risqué and immediately attention grabbing! @GondorGirl

GondorGirl 😂😂😂 2y
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Made for Love | Alissa Nutting
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@Booksandcooks my last 5 star was Made for Love. More touching than a book which predominately features a character physically attracted to a dolphin has any right to be. One of those books which makes you ask yourself “what am I reading?!” and pause to appreciate the beauty of it‘s insights in equal measure. #7777giveaway . What an awesome giveaway and great Litsy follow!

Megabooks So agree about this book! It‘s way deeper than the weirdness would have you believe. 2y
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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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While The Handmaid's Tale rightfully gets a ton of buzz, especially in wake of the also worthwhile Hulu adaptation, Oryx and Crake for me is just as ace. Although that could be said for just about all of Atwood's work. Am bummed nothing ever came of the Darren Aronofsky HBO adaptation :( #iwantthepower .

andytbarnes Forgot to tag @Liberty and @LittleBrownBooks ! Both of whom are great and you should most certainly follow. 2y
ReadingEnvy I love it too. 2y
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The Names | Don DeLillo
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#1000pixiedust as you can see Don DeLillo is my favorite author and makes me immensely happy. To my mind, of our contemporary authors, few so see the world with absolute clinical precision but still capture the absurdity.

andytbarnes Should note thanks for the giveaway @Lizpixie and to follow her if you are not doing so for some asinine reason. 2y
Lizpixie 😘❤️👍 2y
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So far Gork, the Teenage Dragon is scratching just the itch I was hoping to 😎 #birthdayspace thanks for the chance at more books @Liberty .

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If you're like me and eagerly awaiting Celeste Ng's latest, tweet her confirmation you've been calling your senators about the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and she'll write you a 1 tweet story! We shouldn't need carrots like this to be motivated to stop vile legislation which disproportionately harms our most vulnerable (children, elderly, disabled, those with pre-existing conditions) but whatever it takes I suppose! Please make some calls 🤗.

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City of Blades | Robert Jackson Bennett
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Somehow manages to clear the very high bar of City of Stairs. Follows the events of that novel but wisely switches the lens to another character's perspective. Speaks more eloquently than we deserve about service and the futility of war.

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City of Stairs | Robert Jackson Bennett
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Absolutely stunning world building. Bennett crafts an elaborate and enthralling mythology that enriches this fantastical murder mystery. Read this and immediately picked up 2nd and third books in series.

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Borne: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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#TGIFGIVEAWAY near impossible to choose just one fav read of 2K17 but Borne is fantastic and definitely in the running. More profound than a book staring a flying bear names Mord has any right to be. Also follow @Liberty if for some silly reason you are not doing so already. Thanks for the shot at free reads 🤠.