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bookishbitch
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I'm in the worst reading slump right now. I'm in the middle of all of these books and my brain just doesn't want to work. It is getting annoying. What, if anything, do you do to jolt yourself out of a slump?

Mskt6891 I start different books until I find one that grabs me, or I switch to audiobooks when I'm in a reading slump. Although sometimes I just accept that I'm in a reading slump and stop trying to force it, don't read anything for a little while then dive back in later 3d
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Tithe | Holly Black
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I'm currently in a reading slump. So here is a book I read some time ago. I had one of the most amazing experiences with this one. I was reading in a loud gym and was transported right into a scene so deep it was like literal magic. Has that ever happened to anyone else? I'd love to do a re-read of it but don't want to ruin that memory. Holly Black has yet to disappoint me.

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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My photo doesn't really do this cover justice. I've started a new hardcover classics collection because I found these books by the Chiltern company. I don't normally even like hardcovers. These have metallic edges and attached ribbon bookmarks. The pages are a sturdy glossy material as well. I am in love.

Soubhiville It‘s beautiful! 4w
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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"Some of the "New Women" writers will some day start an idea that men and women should be allowed to see each other asleep before proposing or accepting. But I suppose the New Woman won't condescend in future to accept; she will do the proposing herself. And a nice job she will make of it, too!" (Fire courtesy of YouTube tv. )

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Vanity Fair | William Thackeray
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Found this sweet copy on ebay. It has lots of great artwork included in it. I haven't read this one yet but have heard good things. Fun fact: Charlotte Brontë also loved it. So much so that she dedicated her second edition of Jane Eyre to the author. This was a steal at only 6 dollars.

Leftcoastzen This is a favorite of mine!Becky Sharp is an unforgettable character! (edited) 1mo
bookishbitch @Leftcoastzen Oh I'm glad to hear it. I was worried it might not be a good story. 4w
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I'm loving this! But if you aren't into horror you might want to skip it. It gets downright gory in places. Perfect book for October though. The only sad part is that this is only act 1. I'll have to wait until act 2 is released and then my library gets it to hear the rest. I also love that Neil is the narrator. He has a wonderful voice. And James McAvoy as Morpheus is amazing too.

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The Neverending Story | Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim
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My husband bought me a rebound copy of one of my favorites. I've read that the movie version only covers the 1st 2/5th's of the book. I definitely believe that. There is so much more in the book! I have it displayed with my foo dogs because that is how I've always pictured Falkors face as I read it. The workmanship of this copy is amazing. I'm so excited I get to look at this everyday.

JenniferEgnor What a gorgeous edition! 1mo
hannah-leeloo I love this edition! ❤ 1mo
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This is the 3rd copy of this I have bought. I keep giving them away. It is my favorite book of the year by far.

CoffeeNBooks Great book! This book and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue are my two favorite books I've read this year! 2mo
AmyG Understood. I loved this book, too. 2mo
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Half Broke: A Memoir | Ginger Gaffney
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I loved the writing in this. It an interesting peek into a prison rehab ranch, where the author helped get a horse training program on track. But it was really so much more. It was also a realistic look at the struggles of addiction and childhood traumas. As a queer woman she also wrestled with her own issues. Working with the residents at the ranch helped her move forward from her own past. And ultimately horses helped them all. A great read.

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Caliban's War | James S.A. Corey
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I love this show and already have book one of the series. This is book two and I found it today in a second hand shop. Score for me!

Traci1 It is such a good series. 2mo
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This is incredible! I'm only at disc 2 but I love it so much already!

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Return to Quag Keep | Andre Norton, Jean Rabe
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In today's episode of "What book did I buy from ebay this week?" I present this. Book 1 was also an ebay purchase a while ago. As a Dungeons and Dragons nerd this is exciting. I plan on reading the duology soon.

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Mehso-so

I read this on my phone with the Kindle app. This is the screen shot of the cover. Which is weird because I don't think I have book 2. Book 1 wasn't listed as an option for the litsy app, so I tagged the second one. It was ok. It was an interesting story and concept and well written. It just didn't really capture me. I am unsure why. It definitely got darker than I expected. I won't be reading the next one, even tho there was a cliffhanger.

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Showdown at Centerpoint | Roger MacBride Allen
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I finally finished book 3 of this trilogy. I just loved the action sequences in this, as well as the world building. I want to see more of the Drall and Selonian culture. It was all so interesting! I know these probably aren't canon but I found them a lot of fun anyway. Excellent writing in my opinion.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Wow. What an amazing story of overcoming the fundamentalist mormon family she was born into. Maybe escape is a better word. Mental and physical abuse, and a lack of education were at the heart of the story. It was frustrating in parts because we can see what she could not at specific times. It hit a little close to home for me. Even though you may escape toxic family members, it doesn't mean you don't still miss them at times. Highly recommend.

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Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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I've been checking goodwill sporadically for a couple books I'd like to find as used paperbacks. No luck with them today, but I scored this for 3 dollars. I'm calling this a win.

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Finders Seekers | Gayle Greeno
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I read this series years ago and just loved them. Found this one at my local goodwill today. I didn't buy it but I was very tempted. I might be regretting it a little.

TiredLibrarian I would have bought it for that cover 🐈🐎 2mo
bookishbitch @TiredLibrarian It is a great cover for sure! 2mo
iread2much That looks like a lot of fun! 2mo
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Stone Soup Books | Camden, Maine (Bookstore)
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A photo my daughter took last year of me in my natural habitat. #throwbackthursday

JenniferEgnor I went to a place like this in Philly. Messy, stacks everywhere—like mazes. Two cats hanging around, and *that smell*…it was paradise. I could‘ve stayed in there all night! 2mo
bookishbitch @JenniferEgnor It is the best isn't it? 2mo
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Wolfsong | Tj Klune
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I really love this authors writing. He really knows how to do heartfelt. And funny. That said this is also dark. It is one of the better shifter books that I've read. There is a very spicy (somewhat graphic) male on male sex scene for those that need a warning. This is a story about family and love. I admit I devoured it quickly because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I loved Ox. TW for mentions of rape, & violence against a child.

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Showdown at Centerpoint | Roger MacBride Allen
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"That was Luke's definition of a world: a place too large for one person to experience in a lifetime."

(I think this applies to countries as well. We label them a certain way in our head and yet they can be so much more.)

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I spent most of my day reading today, and I finished this brilliant book. Initially I didn't understand the pacing, but once I figured that out I found it very well done. It was illuminating, and certainly also heartbreaking at times. This author sure knows how to tell a story. While this might be fiction, many of the events that it portrays certainly aren't. I will read more by this author. #nationalreadabookday

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Wolf Gone Wild | Juliette Cross
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Overall I enjoyed this. I really liked the Star Wars and comic book references included. Even though this is book 1 in a series, it doesn't have a cliffhanger. The romance was sweet. The sex scenes were quite spicy though, so don't say you weren't warned. I would read more by this author.

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I finished this a few days ago. Now I understand the hype. But I also get why some people don't like it. It is not a book that moves quickly. Honestly, that is part of the charm for me though. I think that it was the perfect book to read while on that relaxing vacation. Of course it is just the 1st of three in the trilogy. It is kind of unbelievable that I hadn't read these already. It is considered one of the classics of fantasy works after all.

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet | Madeleine L'Engle
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Another one for my ASTP collection. This copy was previously a library book in what looks like a Catholic school. It even still has the old style card check out pocket in the back with names on the inserted card. Thanks ebay!

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Assault at Selonia | Roger MacBride Allen
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I am impressed with the writing in these. Loving the look at the social structures of some of the other alien cultures represented. Once I finish book three in the trilogy I might have to consider investing in more of these books. The card game is Sabacc which I picked up at a galaxy outpost. 😉 It is actually really easy to learn and a lot of fun to play. Fun fact: it was created for the movie Solo, instead of being created because of the movie.

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Vacation went well. Tagged along with my husband who had a conference in Florida. I got a lot of reading time in by the adult only pool. And I mean a lot! Breaks only for swimming and food. Which was brought to me by the pool server. It was so relaxing! I am also really loving this book. I don't know why I've waited so long to read this fantasy classic.

TrishB That sounds perfect ♥️ 3mo
bookishbitch @TrishB It really was. I've got to figure out a way to do this yearly without the traveling part. 3mo
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Billy Summers | Steven King
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The gift I got my sister for taking care of our dog Kiki while we were away. She's always been a massive SK fan and collects all his books. She rarely buys them new though, so I knew she wouldn't have this already. I'll give it to her later today.

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Assault at Selonia | Roger MacBride Allen
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Re-entry from vacation has begun. I hate flying. So much so that sometimes I need medication to get on the plane. This seemed like a fitting book for the flights. Vaccinated and double masking for safety, and to be a good human. More photos forthcoming. I did a LOT of reading and it was glorious.

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I have a HP vanity plate, which I got before I knew of her bigotry towards trans people. I felt I needed something to let people know I didn't support the author. The HP world will always have a spot in my heart for various reasons, but I support transgender people more. Trans women are real women. Trans men are real men.

GondorGirl I'm currently selling a lot of my HP collectables online for that exact reason. 4mo
bookishbitch @GondorGirl I don't have many collectibles, just a small shelf area. I do have multiple copies of some of the books though. I'm not planning on adding any more. Certainly if I do they will only be resale books and not new. None of my money will ever go to her again. 4mo
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Mehso-so

I was disappointed in this one. Of course I might be because I really liked the 1st one so much. She needs a better editor. Parts of the characters thoughts were repetitive. And other parts were too predictable. It did have a few great moments though. Overall I liked the plot and ending. I would love to see more of the matriarchal dark elf society that was in the 1st book. That was much more interesting.

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet | Madeleine L'Engle
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I might have decided to buy multiple versions of a favorite book of mine. This is the one I read as a teen. Ebay is dangerous is all I'm saying.

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My sons girlfriend loaned me this one because she thought I would be interested. I definitely am. So many books, so little time!

Addison_Reads This looks great. 4mo
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Beautiful Jim Key | Mim E. Rivas
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The other book I bought today. #sensingatheme

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The Lady | Anne McCaffrey
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Found for 50 cents in an antique shop. The cover caught me for obvious reasons. 🐎 But then I saw the author and had to have it. I look forward to digging in.

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I really enjoyed this one. It isn't strictly canon from what I can tell, but the world building is excellent. And for a book written in 1995, it is scarily quite current. I found it to be very well written. Fortunately I have the next 2 in the trilogy already, since this one ends with a cliffhanger. #scifibooks

RamsFan1963 I enjoyed this too, but I think you're right, it's no longer canon in the post-Disney Star Wars Universe. 4mo
bookishbitch @RamsFan1963 I wonder if the Disney stuff has changed what is considered canon. I mean, was it canon and then it got bumped? 4mo
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I've been meaning to read this series. I read The Hobbit years ago. Found these two in an antique store today for a good price. I have a thing about specific covers and I liked these. I know I'll have to find the others from the set but at least I have these. I can check ebay for the others when the time comes.

suvata I love the cover art on these editions 4mo
Andrea313 These editions are my favorites! 😍 4mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Yup, I liked this one better than the other. As a matter of fact I absolutely loved it. This is the 1st male romance I've ever read and it was so well done. I will definitely have to read more. And I will read whatever this author writes in the future for sure too. I couldn't resist an artsy photo. The cup was made in England, and the saucer in the USA. A little nod to Henry and Alex. #nomnomnom

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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Loved it. Great characters. Ultimately a story about finding your family. I loved the references to the 80's movie Say Anything. Hard to pin down the genre though. It was romance but also fantasy and mystery and historical. Definitely a fun read.

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The Chemist | Stephenie Meyer
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A goodwill find. I like her writing. Not even going to apologize for it. (Though I admit rethinking part of the twilight story line makes me see some of the cringy bits. I still really enjoyed them at the time however.)

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Ambush at Corellia | Roger MacBride Allen
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I can't help but notice this seems pretty darn familiar. Just replace the word species with the word races, and the word human with white.

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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I finally got to visit my favorite indie bookstore in person today. I've missed that so much! My daughter bought her other book Red, White & Royal Blue. We plan on reading our books and then swap and read the other. So it's a twofer. And the signed bookplate was a nice bonus. I've heard good things about this author so I look forward to digging in.

AkashaVampie I've heard the Red, White, And Royal Blue is alot better than One Last Stop. 5mo
bookishbitch @AkashaVampie I guess I'll find out! 5mo
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Today is my 4 year anniversary riding my trusty steed. He is an Icelandic Horse named Haukur. I take dressage lessons on him. He is 5 gaited so I get to practice Icelandic riding as well. The gait of tölt is super smooth. Someday I will ride in Iceland. Until then I get to enjoy this handsome boy.

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Yes Please | Amy Poehler
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I liked it! It was funny, as expected, but also had some serious bits. Not everything aged well. (Her glowing comments about Louis C.K. for example.) Overall I really liked her views on life interspersed with her own experiences. There were also guests that popped in throughout. It was a fun listen.

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Vanity Fair | William Thackeray
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I touched one of these beautiful books today. Found in a local antique shop. The leather was exquisite. The page edges were marbled and fabulous. Printed in 1883 or 1889, I'm sorry I can't remember exactly. It was a 22 volume set. Sadly they were a tad out of my price range at $750. They were truly stunning though. I have not read the tagged book but it's on my tbr list. #vintagebooks

Leftcoastzen Beautiful set! And one of my favorite books .Vanity Fair ! 5mo
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Shadows of the Empire | Steve Perry
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My husband doesn't read much, but when he does it's usually politics or Star Wars. I picked him up this book on a recent second hand bookstore jaunt. He's also more into the dark side stories than I am. This book had George Lucas involvement from what I've read which, in theory, makes it part of the canon. I look forward to seeing what he thinks of it.

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Started this tonight. And I do have the other 2 in the trilogy as well. I'm trying to get through some of the series I have on my shelves.

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Worlds | Joe Haldeman
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Re-sale bookshop score.

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This man is brilliant. I'm not going to even try explaining any of it. I found the ending completely unexpected. It was both happy and sad if that makes any sense. And part of it was also very satisfying. Excellent writing and a very timely commentary on humanity and politics. I loved it.

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No Man Can Tame | Miranda Honfleur
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I have been waiting for over a year for this book to come out. I don't normally read many series, but I really enjoyed book 1. I really like the kick ass matriarchal elf society. It is a nice departure from the patriarchy. Plus this one has unicorns so I'm in. I can't say the writing is always 100%, but the story makes up for it for me. (I tagged the 1st book because there was no info for this one.)

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The Magic of Krynn | Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
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So I might have picked up a few more Dragonlance books from my library re-sale shop. Just the ones they had by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman though. I got volumes 1 and 2 of Tales and volumes 1 through 3 of Legends. They are going on my d&d shelf. I don't even feel bad about it.