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carys14

Joined May 2016

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Brief Cases by Jim Butcher
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Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
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The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens
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Not quite as good as the first book in the series but full of a lot of backstory for Jack and Jill. It was also narrated by the author which was a much more pleasant experience than my last author read book.

And now I am back on track to meet my Goodreads Reading Challenge!! Just six weeks ago I was 16 books behind!

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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Perfect little story to help me get closer to my Goodreads goal (only 2 books behind schedule now which is a feat since I was 16 books behind a month ago).

It was quirky, a little dark and slightly creepy. I have already downloaded the second (audio)book and have it ready to go.

TieDyeDude I love this series! 11mo
carys14 @TieDyeDude I am really enjoying it. I should finish the second book tonight but will wait for the third since there is a waitlist for it on Overdrive. 11mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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Mehso-so

I can‘t say that I really disliked the book although I didn‘t like it either, especially Lucy. The whole experience was like watching a train wreck albeit a really odd train wreck.

I also wasn‘t a fan of the narration, which was done by the author. Her inflections kept reminding me of how the characters in the Peanut cartoons talk (excluding the adults).

However, I am pretty sure this story will stick with me (not sure if that is good or bad).

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It‘s been a long time since I started and finished a book within the same day. I couldn‘t put this one down and even snuck in a few pages while waiting in a drive-thru line tonight. I can‘t remember who recommended it here but I would like to say thank you!

LectricSheep Oh good! This one is in my TBR pile from the library. I read a so-so review and was put off, but now I think I‘ll try it! 1y
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Neverworld Wake | Marisha Pessl
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I just finished Neverworld Wake (audiobook) today. Toward the end I was trying to decide if I was becoming disappointed with the way the book was ending (with the possibility of heading towards We Were Liars levels of disappointment**). And then came the last couple of chapters and everything changed. I ended up being very satisfied with the ending to the point that I would consider listening to it again.

**I hated We Were Liars with a passion

cariashley Ooh I‘m excited! Just got this in the mail this week! 1y
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The Outsider | Stephen King
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This was how I spent my entire weekend.

I devoured The Outsider in 2 days. I really loved the continuation of the Mr. Mercedes style of writing along with the crossover from the trilogy. And Will Patton‘s narration kicked it up yet another notch. This definitely one I will listen to again!

carys14 Side note: I kept picking up my phone upside down because of the “book” cover art. 😂 1y
ladym30 Love your mug! 1y
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Bloodfever | Karen Marie Moning
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I finished Bloodfever just as I finished this Hue Shift afghan for my son. It‘s taken me three years to get it done and I was likely working on it during the last time I listened to this book. I have already started on my next Hue Shift. Hopefully I can finish it before I start the Fever series from the beginning again, but I am not holding my breath.

JoyBlue Gorgeous! 2y
MarriedtoMrT 😍 2y
Avanders Agree - that is gorgeous!! 2y
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Darkfever: Fever Series | Karen Marie Moning
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This series is of my true guilty pleasures. Book 10 came out last Tuesday but instead of picking up there I decided to start back at the beginning, which I tend to do every couple of years.

What is one of your guilty pleasures book/series that you love to revisit?

BookaholicNatty The wife of the couple I work for is always talking about his series and how much she loves it!! 2y
TheLibrarian This is one of my guilty pleasure series too! I also enjoy the Kate Daniels books. 2y
carys14 @BookaholicNatty It‘s a little eye-rolly in places but the chemistry between the main characters more than makes up for it 2y
carys14 @TheLibrarian One of my really good friend loves the Kate Daniels books. I may have to give them a try. 2y
AmandaL I love this series too! Another great short series from Ilona Andrews (the husband/wife team that writes the Kate Daniels books) is 2y
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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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There were so many good things and so many bad things. And the bad things were so good that they kept me on the edge of my seat absolutely afraid to see what was going to happen next.

How long before book 2 is released?!?

Dare I say this might be the next Hunger Games?

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Mehso-so

You know a narrator is making a book drag when you kick the listening speed up to 1.25 and the majority of the narration still sounds like it is normal speed!

It kept me just interested enough to keep listening however I kept feeling the story build to what I expected to be a climax only to find nothing revealed with another build immediately starting again.

I think it comes down to just way too much Bobby Ewing in the shower!

#datingmyself

carys14 And I am not sure how much my desire to start next The Belles contributed to me wanting to hurry up and finish this one. (edited) 2y
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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1. I am glad I waited until after Christmas to start listening to NOS4A2. #donotwantogotoChristmasland

2. I started listening just a couple days ago and it is encouraging me to get the tree out of the house asap! Decorations came off today. Lights are slated for tomorrow. #mightgiveupcoveredbridgesthough

3. This reminds me so much of classic Stephen King. #appledidnotfallfar

TheNextBook I loved this one! 2y
NatalieR Love your post! 😃 2y
Melli I have to take mines down but it‘s so pretty I want to keep I up. 2y
carys14 @Melli i have gotten to the point where I am tired of running the cat out of the tree. Lol 2y
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Decisions, decisions...

What to listen to next. These are my three latest Audible purchases. Any suggestions?

Pruzy I‘ve only read NOS4A2, but it was great! 2y
cariashley I really liked NOS4A2 (did it in print so can‘t speak to the audio) 2y
AWahle The audio of NOS4A2 is awesome. Kate Mulgrew does a great job making it incredibly creepy. 2y
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Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. (International) | Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
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First book of 2018 finished and last border on this never ending knit started. Not a bad way to start off the first Saturday of the year.

I believe the AirPods my husband gave me for Christmas just might be a game changer to my rate of audiobook consumption (and knitting)!

#nomorecordandyarntangles
#nomorecattangleseither

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Fast-talking Dames | Maria DiBattista
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Before you text your bff to comment on the fact that she is talking REALLY fast (like she just drank too many shots of espresso) on her latest podcast, you might want to make sure you didn‘t accidentally kick the playback speed up to 1.5x.

#ihavenocluehowididthat #yesitextedherbeforefiguringitout #maybeiamtheonewhoneedstheespresso #threebookspodcast

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Fever | Robin Cook
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A week before Christmas with a week of work left, a naked tree, hardly any shopping done, no holiday baking done and 6 books short of my reading goal.

The best or worst time to start running a fever of 99.7? Discuss....

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Take the fever, forget everything else! Go to bed! Hope you feel better soon! Try not to stress! 2y
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Flew through the second book almost as fast as I am flying through this hat for my husband. I will likely finish the hat before I finish the series and will need to find something new to cast on.

FlowerFairy Your stitches are absolutely lovely! 2y
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Those IKEA instructions are not the easiest to follow....

#needsreassembling #Tisfortessa #tessacat

MarriedtoMrT 😁🙃😻 2y
sprainedbrain 😹😹😹 2y
peaknit 😂 that cat! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😂 and somehow, this is comfortable! 2y
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Can I Do It? | John Bianchi
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Eek! Time is getting short!

And so the books are getting shorter...

#nooutlanderorGOTthismonth
#hopingJackabygetsmeonbackschedule

britt_brooke Good luck! 🤞🏻 2y
Eyelit You can do it!! 2y
RadicalReader @carys14 you can do it Girl I have ultimate and utmost faith in you 2y
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Jackaby | William Ritter
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No regrets for spending the majority of my credits on this series. I have a feeling that I will be flying through them all.

Eyelit I‘ve heard such good things about this series - I think it‘ll be the first thing I read in the new year 😄 2y
ChasingOm I read these earlier this year — brain candy! 2y
Laura317 I‘ve read the first two books. I‘ve really enjoyed the series thus far. 2y
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Jackaby | William Ritter
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When you have 9 credits piled up in Audible with 2 more coming in as many days you buy ALL the audiobooks!

(Not pictured is the preordered Persepolis Rising, which drops tomorrow)

Somasis Yesssss, all so good! 😍😍😍 2y
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On the drive to my dad‘s house I finally got around to listening to the 2nd episode (well part 1 of ep 2) of the Three Books podcast. In Part 1 Christen and Becca ( @Woolpierogi ) share great gift suggestions in adult fiction and nonfiction. (There are now a few books I need to find for myself!)

Part 2 should be available soon with great gift books for children & young adults, as well as non-book gifts for your favorite reader. #threebookspodcast

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I am visiting my bff and asked her to check this out for me from the library where she is a YA Librarian because she has said so many good things about it.

I am quickly realizing that I won‘t be able to finish this before I leave due to baby snuggle breaks and the fact that this book is such a sensory overload and will require more time than I initially estimated to take in.

Amazon order being placed in 3.....2.....1......

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Pies for tomorrow are done! 2 pumpkin, 2 pecan and 2 fudge. I will be making two more fudge pies tomorrow since all the other pies are going to other houses tomorrow.

(The fudge pie is my favorite! It‘s somewhere between fudge and a gooey brownie and its a necessity or Thanksgiving!)

RadicalReader @carys14 ) how do you make the fudge pies? 2y
carys14 @RadicalReader Mix together 1 cup sugar, 4 tbl unsweetened cocoa and 1 tbl flour. Add in 1/2 cup milk, 2 eggs, 3 tbl melted butter and 1 tsp vanilla. Stir until blended. Pour into unbaked pie crust and bake in 350 oven for 30 min or until center is set. It is so simple. I have no clue why I don‘t make it more often. 2y
Cinfhen Yum😋 2y
SassyBookworm Looks delicious 😋 2y
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Pie making and listening about horror books on the premiere episode of Three Books podcast! This episode features Becky Spratford, library world‘s horror maven, talking about her three books: Bird Box (with bonus mention of Black Mad Wheel), The Ruin and In the Valley of the Sun.

(I am a horrible friend because my best friend @Woolpierogi and her coworker released this almost a month ago and I am only now getting to listen to it.)

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They say that you shouldn‘t judge a book by its cover but boy isn‘t this a pretty one!

And the story doesn‘t disappoint either!

AmandaL This was my favorite of her faerie books. 2y
carys14 @AmandaL I think this might be the first faerie book I have read of hers. The only others books were Coldest Girl and Doll Bones. Looks like I may be adding to my TBR list... 2y
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Artemis | Andy Weir
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It is hard to rate this one because The Martian was SO good. While Artemis was really enjoyable and recommend-worthy (4.7 stars), I can‘t in good conscience say that it was AS good as The Martian (solid 5).

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Mehso-so

I finally made it to the end and I am still not real sure what the hell was going on.

I am that person who watches to the end of every hopeless ballgame (Go Vols!) and tries to finish every book no matter what (really should have bailed on Fallen though) in the hope that things turn around.

Unfortunately, I am only a little less confused at the end of the trilogy than I was at the beginning.

#noregretsthoughunlikeFallen #ireallyhatedthatone

Louise I hear you! It isn't easy to decide not to finish a book. You've certainly lived up to the title of this one, accepting the whole experience with positive expectation. Maybe the next read should be called LETTING GO! 😂 2y
carys14 @Louise Part of this one was the fact I had already invested the time in the first two in the series. And I like to think that I choose carefully what to read but sometimes that fails. I swear at times my optimism is my undoing! Lol 2y
carys14 @Louise on a side note, there are at least 7 books titles Letting Go in the Litsy database..... 2y
Louise Haha! Letting Go must be a concept that sells! We all have trouble with it! 😂 2y
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Jane, Unlimited | Kristin Cashore
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Next up. That is if I️ can stop playing with how the light plays with the cover. I️ wish I️ could post a video (or a Harry Potter picture) of it here because this still image just does not do it justice.

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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
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When your BFF, who is a YA librarian, asks you to mule a large bag of books she received at a conference when you visit after Thanksgiving, that pile becomes fair game. #promisenottobendthespines #oreatcheetos

I randomly grabbed this last night, needing something to read during my son‘s swim practice. I flew through it, finishing it right at midnight.

It was beautifully written, deep while not too deep. It was a lovely way to spend the evening.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Finished a book and started a sock.

Such a good book but I have yet to be disappointed by a Fredrik Backman book.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Saturday nights be like...

SoniaC Such a great book. 2y
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When asked “What are you three favorite books?” do you have an immediate answer or does it make you ask for additional qualifiers such if it‘s overall favorite, favorite childhood books, most recent favorites...?

My BFF Becca ( @Woolpierogi ) and fellow librarian, Christen, have started a new podcast focused on this very question. Check out their pilot to learn about their plans!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/three-books/id1298671831?mt=2

carys14 Btw, I am the latter. I cannot, even if my life depended on it, immediately list my three favorite books!!!! 2y
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I devoured this in less than two days because it was as difficult to put this down as it is to turn away from a train wreck.

So many self destructive characters and yet I was rooting for them all to get their shit together (well except for maybe Kurt) and to stop making such stupidly selfish decisions.

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Oh Howard! Your face pretty much sums it for me too! I have no freaking clue what that was all about!

Hopefully book 2 will make things a little clearer!

This is right up there with Wayward Pines and 14!

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So glad I finished this before it expired otherwise I would have had to put it back in the waitlist and wait weeks to find out how the book ends.

But in reality, I may have to wait months* to find out how the trilogy ends.

(*19 holds on 6 copies with a maximum 21 day loan). #woesofalibraryreader

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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And I thought Blake Crouch was the King of WTF....

Step over buddy, you may have some competition there!

Ashley_Nicoletto Yessss. 😂😂😂 2y
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Eek! Time to buckle down and read faster or cut the line and send a few back to the waitlist.

#libraryreaderanxiety #waitlistwoes

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Another day, another book, another catnap...

A strong finish to this 3 day weekend, if I say so myself.

LizzyNanney Your cat is adorable!! 2y
LizzyNanney Also, go Vols! 2y
carys14 @LizzyNanney and the game tonight will be the finale!! 😊#vfl #gbo 2y
BookBabe 😻❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Laura317 Ooh! Vol fans? Go Big 🍊 Adorable cat, too! 2y
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Spent the morning snuggling kittens and finishing my book.

I almost gave up during the first third of the book. It was like the first hill on a rollercoaster. It takes forever to reach the top (first third), then you hover at the peak for a bit (second third of the book) and then the real fun and excitement takes place (the last third).

WanderingBookaneer Great pic! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Such a great picture of a beautiful (and super content) #catsoflitsy 2y
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The Crown's Game | Evelyn Skye
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Thank goodness for audiobooks!! Unlike my plans for knitting this morning, which are shot to hell, my reading can go forth with little interruption.

(Although I might have to turn the volume up to drown out the purring...) #ridiculouskittensoflitsy

MarriedtoMrT 😻 2y
Laura317 That is so sweet! 😻😻😻 2y
Mariposa_Bookworm Soooo cute!!! 😻 2y
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LauraBrook Oh my gosh, too adorable! Now THAT is a relaxation goal! 😽😽😽 2y
bookwrm526 Adorable! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin That is a very happy kitty!😻 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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New Litsy group on Goodreads!!! Link can be found in @steverogers account!

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I know they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.

Pshaw!!!

90% of the reason that I want to read this book is its cover!!!

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Crown's Game | Evelyn Skye
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I try to start Crown's Game on audio while photographing stock and my Bluetooth headphones start yelling "BATTERY LOW" three minutes in.

Then I gain a non-helping helper.

Sigh. I think it is time to take a break and go fix another cup of coffee.

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While I couldn't put this down, listening to most of it in one day, I have admit there wasn't a single character I really liked. I can say I was satisfied with the ending.

In other news, we've a added a new member to the family who doesn't mind in the least if I spend the day reading, as long as I leave her enough lap space.

Mariposa_Bookworm She's gorgeous! Sweet kitty😻❤️ 2y
charissharpe She's lovely 😊 2y
hlgreenfield She's adorable!! Cats are the best! 💕🐈 2y
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cariashley 😻😻 2y
Laura317 She's lovely. 2y
LauraBrook Awww, what a beauty! 😽 2y
PurpleyPumpkin What a sweetie!😻 2y
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Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon
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Pickpick

55 hrs & 34 min of audio.

32 days of listening.

I can FINALLY mark this as DONE!!!

I wish there was a rating between Pick and So-So because when this was good, it was very, very good but that was surrounded by a lot of tedium. Seriously, the first 8 hrs was ONE SINGLE DAY! Thankfully the pace picked up and whole book covered a year rather than just a week.

Since the end was better than the start I will go with last impression and hit Pick.

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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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Sneaking in a page or two in between work tasks.

On a side note, my reading time has greatly increased lately and at this rate I am going to run out of room on this month's bullet journal book tracker. One week into the month and my tracker is already half full! #bulletjournal #bujo

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Today WAS different! I managed to finish THREE books today:

• the last 20 pages of Court of Wings and Ruin
• all of Today Will be Different and
• all of Turbo Twenty-Three.

And during all that reading I also restarted the final border three times before deciding in the best width of the last border.

Now to decide what to read next!

#threetimeisthecharm

SheilaChew Ooh love those mitered squares! 2y
EvieBee What a day! Yay! And such beautiful work! 2y
Read4life That is gorgeous!! 💙 2y
drokka Beautiful 😍 2y
Dr.Who_number10 Wow that‘s fast😂 2y
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The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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Not far into this book I said to myself "Hey I really need to read more books by Scalzi!" Then I checked my Goodreads account only to realize how many of his books I have read (and immensely enjoyed) although I have yet to get to Old Man's War. I believe I need to remedy that soon!

bookwrm526 I haven't read this one yet, but I recently listened to the first two in the Old Man's War series, I like the narrator and the books are great (edited) 2y
carys14 @bookwrm526 oooh good to know!!! I was wondering if the audiobook was good. I have audible credits piling up and this may be a good way to spend some of them. 2y
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The Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon
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Bookgirl 😂 I read the first book and cannot continue. This confirms my stance! 2y
Churchlady Pretty knitting!! 2y
carys14 @Bookgirl I have a love (well more tepid than love)/hate relationship with the series. While overall I enjoy it, many things annoy me. I was looking for something to listen to while multitasking so I didn't have to pay close attention and this fit the bill. 2y
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carys14 @Churchlady thank you!!! It is for my son. As soon as I finish this, I have an epic rainbow one planned. He keeps growing so I have to keep adding borders. Lol 2y
Churchlady Love it. Do you have a pattern or do you make it up as you go? 2y
carys14 @Churchlady the pattern is called Hue Shift and you can find it on the KnitPicks website or Ravelry. I did make a couple changes. I knit it center out instead of in 4 pieces which would need to be seamed. I also did applied borders instead of picking up a gazillion stitches for a regular border. I have better pictures on my instagram (which is public and the same name). 2y
Churchlady Thanks! I will check all of this out!! 2y
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Fiery Cross | Diana Gabaldon
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55 hours long!?!? That should help get me through the last week of show prep

(but won't help me much with catching up on the 7 books that I am behind on my GoodReads reading challenge).

charissharpe Hello lovely! 🙌 2y
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