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avalinah

avalinah

Joined May 2017

I blog books at AvalinahsBooks - https://goo.gl/o56WKR and try to read on #diversity, #disability, but also fun - #scifi, #fantasy. Also? CATS.
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Middlemarch (Revised) by George Eliot
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When the English Fall by David Williams
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The Heavens | Sandra Newman
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The Heavens is a story spanning a lot of centuries and it touches upon the ideas of how easily the world can crumble, how perishable our own realities are and how it feels when nobody else believes your reality, and instead thinks you just have an addled mind. It's magical and vast: http://bit.ly/2WDqzgH

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The life of a bookworm with dyslexia – an interview: Jen, a book blogger with dyslexia, tells us how it feels to read when you... Can't quite do it: http://bit.ly/2XPNQwD

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I wish more space books had the lively and descriptive attitude of Moon Mission. I felt transported. Moon Mission puts you right into the shoes of an astronaut! ★★★★★ 5 stars: http://bit.ly/2UYieY9

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You're not supposed to feel anger when YOLOing: and finally, a travel book that doesn't hide the true emotions. Walking to the End of the World is a wonderful Camino de Santiago pilgrimage memoir: http://bit.ly/2GIFKhA

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First released in 1941, The Swish of the Curtain talks about timeless things such as ambition, talent and... your parents not letting you do what you want with your life: http://bit.ly/2CAVWR7

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If I could, I would give The Boy Who Steals Houses 15 stars. Of gold. Because it's just that good. It's a quick read, and you will just not go to sleep until you've read it in one sitting! Very recommended.
Full review: http://bit.ly/2TuPm42

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The Forty Rules of Love is poetic, and yet – really simple to follow. Fans of The Alchemist will love it, and yet, fans of more down-to-earth spirituality won't roll their eyes either. Full review: http://bit.ly/2UeChwU

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If you've ever struggled with mental health, if you've ever felt different or singled out, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine might also be a book that speaks to your very soul. If not – it will still most likely make you both laugh and cry, and will leave your heart full after you've finished reading it. Needless to say that I think this is an absolute must-read. Full review: http://bit.ly/2SR79lz

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I really enjoyed The Haunting of Tram Car 015! It was a quick evening's read that was very rich in setting, diversity and had a good plot. I can't wait to find out if there will be sequels, or at least other books set in this amazing world! If you want to find out what I loved about it, here‘s my full review: http://bit.ly/2tXrMCL

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a complex story of love, magic, devotion and kindness. It's about a lot of untraditional lives, lived in love and appreciation (and sometimes danger!) It's also about a lot of secrets kept – even secrets from your own self. And, of course, it's about little girls, witches, dragons and, of course, MAGIC. Full review here: http://bit.ly/2J1LjMK

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The Spec Set | Taya Okerlund
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The Spec Set is not your typical YA. It's a unique bird, a true genre bender. But if I had to find a couple of words to characterize The Spec Set, I would say... Fast, surprising... Explosive. Both literally and figuratively! Full review: http://bit.ly/2tf4GY4

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Most top review websites/papers feature male writers more often than female writers with an average of 7 out of 10 reviews being for male authors. Maybe it's time for change? Read more: http://bit.ly/2GFW8lD

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The Secret of Dinswood | Ellen Alexander
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I really really enjoyed this story. The Secret of Dinswood is somewhere in between of mysteries for children with young detectives and young adventurers looking for treasure. It was just the right kind of amusing, cozy mystery with a great ending. I enjoyed it very much and will be impatiently waiting for the sequels! Full review: http://bit.ly/2UOBYbZ

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The body is a whole. And looking at it like that, periods are also part of the whole. Heavy Flow is a good resource to take the first steps towards understanding yourself as a whole and taking steps to connect to your femininity. I can definitely recommend it, and I think it's required reading for every female out there. I will certainly be recommending it to all of my friends. Full review: http://bit.ly/2RnwZgA

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To the Edge of the Sky explores the depth of human existence in hardship, and it does it in such a down to earth way that you won't be able to pry yourself away. I couldn't! Full review here: http://bit.ly/2WcGpPi

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Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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Elizabeth von Arnim's talent in The Enchanted April is plain to see – to be able to put yourself in so many people's shoes, to describe and explain their experience so thoroughly – one must be nothing short of a genius. Full review: http://bit.ly/2Mqgkrz

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I was skeptical when I first started reading Calling Major Tom, and had a hard time getting into it. But it turns out, I shouldn't have worried! Calling Major Tom turned out to be amazing – it had me sighing with contentment after I finished it (literally – it was so wholesome!) Here's the full review: http://bit.ly/2HywAbp

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Have you ever wondered why you read books? These are my reasons why, and they've been different over the years: http://bit.ly/2RoqX4b

Slajaunie I loved be them! 😊 4mo
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Hey #bookbloggers! I need your help. Would you recommend me some new releases I totally need to stalk? Here's why and how you can weigh in: http://bit.ly/2D72CqB

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All the things we keep getting told we have to do to be successful bookbloggers? Being organized, posting more content, getting more ARCs? Little Red Reviewer has taken those out of her 'backpack' a long time ago. Read her guest post about it: http://bit.ly/2ArZCn1

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List of 13 | E.A. Comiskey
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Don't judge a book by its cover. I did, at first, but little did I know that as soon as I was going to start List of 13, I would try to read in portions, only so as to make the time I spend with this book become longer. It's one of my best reads of 2018!
5 reasons to love this book: http://bit.ly/2E7hVkf

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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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I feel like this has been the strongest book in the entire series. And how lucky I feel to have had such a beautiful review copy!
Reasons why I loved Winter of the Witch:
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IndyHannaJones That cover is so cool 4mo
avalinah @IndyHannaJones I know! I love it. 4mo
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It sure wasn't easy to pick only 23 books in various genres as my best reads of 2018, but I did it! Come and see which #books you must ABSOLUTELY add to the TBR for 2019:
http://avalinahsbooks.space/best-books-2018/

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We're living in a world that severely lacks kindness. From doors having to be locked to ensure safety to the cold shouder given to a stranger who needs help – we do not practice kindness often enough. But kindness is not weakness – on the contrary! Then why don't we practice it more often? These questions are answered and discussed in this book, along with recommendations on how to become kinder. Full review: http://bit.ly/2CIbKlv

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This book is both funny and serious at the same time, and it's already breaking my heart a little. Can't pry myself away!

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Going Widdershins | Sherrye Cohn
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One of my favorite indies of the year, a story of #womens struggle Going Widdershins is FREE till Jan 2 on Smashwords! Please use this wonderful chance - I promise you'll shed tears. It's unforgettable!

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What are the most common mistakes #bookbloggers make, when requesting a title on #Netgalley, #Edelweiss or through email? A real publicist answers, with examples:
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Starting with the gorgeous cover to flaunt in public and ending with relevant stories to bolster your self-confidence, What Would Boudicca Do? is a good companion for any contemporary woman's nightstand: http://bit.ly/2A2EClI

TrishB I love that cover! 5mo
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The Eleventh Trade | Alyssa Hollingsworth
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The Eleventh Trade is one of those books you want to shout from the rooftops about, and especially thank the author sincerely for writing it and making the world a better place: http://bit.ly/2QEiYeU

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Redemption Song | Craig Schaefer
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Have your ever finished a book and realized you're missing it already? Here are 5 ways you can miss books + what to do about it:
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Molly Tanzer succeeds wonderfully in giving young women a voice - her female characters are diverse and the driving force of the story lies in their hands. A few reasons why you'll want to read Creatures of Want and Ruin: http://bit.ly/2CZgaF2

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BATTLESTAR SUBURBIA. | CHRIS. MCCRUDDEN
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Battlestar Suburbia is absolutely amazing, knock your socks off kind of fun scifi that you really want to read. Here are 5 reasons why: http://bit.ly/2Rh6wS0

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Labelling #chicklit or #romance reads as guilty pleasure: does it really make sense? And are you doing it?
Several confessions about my own experience with this and why I changed my outlook: http://bit.ly/2NbNrOM

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This book has so many good things in it – and I just don't know where to start. It's got #girlpower, it talks about the feelings abandoned children struggle with and it's just so good for your mood: http://bit.ly/2p8qDG3

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Going Widdershins | Sherrye Cohn
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Going Widdershins does such a great job of explaining the reasons of why and how oppression kills a person inside and squashes any light that they might possess. ★★★★★ 5 stars! Read why: http://bit.ly/2oxLodR

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Sleep, Merel, Sleep | Silke Stein
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THE PERFECT MIDDLE GRADE STORY ❤
Sleep, Merel, Sleep definitely didn't disappoint! It's just the right length and mood – a delightful read, whether you will be reading it with a little one or on your own. Let me tell you more! 5 Reasons To Read Sleep, Merel, Sleep: http://bit.ly/2vCfsJq

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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That ending! Broke my heart. Otherwise, a completely amazing experience. I wish there was part 3! There's so much that can still be said in this story.
Mini review here: http://bit.ly/2MjPSCh

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The Town in Bloom | Dodie Smith
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I simply adored it The Town in Bloom!
I am beginning to think that maybe I can't react to a book by Dodie Smith in any other way. The book is both light and whimsical, but also profound and serious. Read my full review: http://bit.ly/2P0OROf

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This is a wonderful book about how the acting style we know today came about, and also about the two wonderful actresses who were both amazing in their own right, even if they were rivals. Read the full review: bit.ly/2P0OROf

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This this is going to be on the controversial side, but I've decided to speak up about how wrongly using the enemies to lovers trope can be VERY damaging to people who have been bullied. Please don't tear me apart: http://bit.ly/2mELOhy

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The Caseroom | Kate Hunter
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The Caseroom is a historical novel on the harsh realities of women first entering the workforce, reimbursed only half, but considered enemies by the males. Excluded out of every union and denied companionship, women still didn't give up. The Caseroom depicts the kind of life we can't remember anymore, but can definitely see the traces it left in our world and the problems that have still not quite been resolved: http://bit.ly/2JMfDpM

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Spaceship Next Door | Gene Doucette
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The Spaceship Next Door has it all – the X Files mystery, the sweetness of Sarah Addison Allen-esque characters, the helicopter view of Neal Stephenson... It's the perfect book. Full review: http://bit.ly/2OdNFGX

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When I went into this book, I expected plain old good fun, but got much more – Killing It does dig deep at the end, even though it starts out lighthearted. The main theme is how women are scrutinized after they come back to work after maternity leave. Read the full review: http://bit.ly/2LrkfYc

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Ah, physics, my love. It's so easy to forget you. You make yourself a tough mistress to keep – one has to always pay you attention to even remember how to talk to you or read you. But when one does, there is such a big reward. Full review of Real Quanta: http://bit.ly/2NHXOKL

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My long awaited sequel of The Calculating stars turned out to be just as amazing as the first book! After closing the last page, I was just as devastated as the first time round that I have to leave the world of this story. The Lady Astronaut books remain the kind of story you don't really want to leave. Full review: http://bit.ly/2LIrfvL

EliNeedsMoreShelves I love this series! It deserves a lot more coverage. One of my favorites this year. 7mo
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Going Widdershins | Sherrye Cohn
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This book is a beautiful monument to the healing powers of connecting to nature and your true self. But it's also a heartbreaking account of oppression of women, aggressive psychiatry and a sad history of previous ages.

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The Million | Karl Schroeder
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The Million was a really quick read that seemed to be promising, but sort of burned up before it got anywhere. I would certainly enjoy seeing sequels and finding out more about this world though! Full review: http://bit.ly/2NfdzIR

speljamr For a more in depth dive into this world I recommend reading his novel Lockstep. 5mo
avalinah @speljamr thanks, that's cool - I didn't know that existed. Very interesting. 5mo
speljamr @avalinah Yeah, this novella didn't work well as a stand alone. I understood a lot about it simply because I had read the previous novel, so it made sense for me and was a welcome return to this setting. Not a good book for an introduction to Karl Schroeder. 5mo
avalinah @speljamr it's interesting that they decided to market it without even mentioning the first one. Might be that it's a different publisher, though. 5mo
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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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Rogue Protocol was another enjoyable read in the Murderbot serie and you will still definitely want to keep reading! But make sure to bring those tissues, if you‘re like me. You will not walk away unscathed... Full review here: http://bit.ly/2uyrEt9

BarbaraBB Great picture! 9mo
avalinah @BarbaraBB thank you Barbara 😊 9mo
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