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cherinium

Joined October 2016

Book nerd. Cat mom. Veterinary Nurse.
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Circe by Madeline Miller
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City of Brass by S A Chakraborty
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Next up for #bbbbc #scififantasybookclub ! Getting started today. #litsy has been raving about this one. Hope I'm not disappointed! #bookmap

If you're not already reading with us, discussion for this selection will be at the end of June. @InLibrisVeritas

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Intriguing #truecrime. Who knew arson could fix relationships?

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Struggling to find good light for reading while staying at a non-reader's house for pet sitting. Even though, technically the pet is mine (one of my cats lives at my married-but-living-apart husband's house). #thestruggleisreal #currentlyreading #truecrime

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Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I really enjoyed this one. For me, there was just the right amount of tension. The active shooter situation unfolds in real time, and the reader gets to experience the frustration of hiding with a child and no reliable way to know what is happening and if help is on the way. I have worked in one zoo and my husband still does (at a different one). I was pleasantly surprised to have no major quibbles with the way the zoo was portrayed. 🌟🌟🌟1/2

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Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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#currentlyreading This is a page turner!

bookandcat Loved this one but it was so stressful!!! 1w
cherinium @bookandcat Stressful is right! Phillips has done a great job of making the fear tangible. 1w
bookandcat @cherinium I had to stop reading it at night for that reason! 🙈 1w
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Well. I'm not quite sure I get the point. Nothing ever happens. The narrator is (to me) exceptionally unlikable. If the point of this story is to make the most of what life you have left, not ensnared by the past, it sure took a long time to get there. And to think, someone read this book and thought, "hey, this would make a great film!" I'm not quite sure why. I certainly will not be checking out this book to screen adaptation.

britt_brooke I haven‘t read this, but I appreciate honest reviews - so, thanks! 1w
cherinium @britt_brooke There are certainly a large number of people who disagree with me, so don't let my review keep you from this one if you've been eyeing it. I suppose we can't all agree. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #unpopularopinion 1w
tournevis @cherinium The film is amazeballs, and it is different from the book. I prefer the film myself. 1w
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Aswenson I started this awhile back and COULD NOT get into it. Glad to hear it wasn‘t just me! 1w
britt_brooke @cherinium It would be super boring if we all loved the same books. 😉 1w
cherinium @tournevis Thanks for saying amazeballs! I know the film has a great cast, so I could definitely believe that it is better. I should know better than to write off a movie because I didn't enjoy the book. Forrest Gump is one of my absolute favorite films, yet the book was terrible. 1w
tournevis @cherinium It's Christopher Reeve last movie before his accident, I think, or close to it. I agree about FG. 1w
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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A rare Saturday with no work has given me a beautiful afternoon of porch reading time. It's quite warm today, but a strong breeze has made it comfortable. 🌻🌻🌻
#selfiesaturday #summerbreeze

I'm almost done with this book, thankfully. It has been a snooze fest. I've come far enough that I need to see it through. 💤
#notmything #isitoveryet

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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Waiting for my car to pass its emissions inspection... I want to read, but I have a hard time focusing with a TV on in the room. Do people really watch the TVs that are often in waiting rooms?

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Red Sparrow: A Novel | Jason Matthews
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I'm struggling to focus on my new #audiobook. I think it's me just having too much on my mind, but if I don't get into the zone by the end of my commute tomorrow, I may have to switch to print. #audible #commute #spynovel #espionage

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Such a nice #giveaway by @Meaw_catlady ! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Your questions are fun and are what convinced me to participate.
🐈 I would miss all animals if they were not there, but specifically my own kitties: Gilbert, Gabriel, and Sharky.
🔙 I would put more focus on family than on my education and career.
💕 I would never want to change my love of nature and animals.
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Meaw_catlady Thanks for playing ! Great answers! You‘re entered! 🤗 2w
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The Latecomer | Dimitri Verhulst
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I'm clearly very late to this--haven't had time for Litsy the past couple days.
1- I love books that make me forget whatever has been consuming my thoughts lately. Also books that I can't stop thinking about when I'm doing other things.
2- I don't really collect things (except maybe dust bunnies). 😉
3- Cookbook? Lately Door Dash has been providing most of my meals.
4- I have never really gotten in to poetry.
5- Hmmm...

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

cherinium Thanks for the tag @TheEllieMo ! 😁 2w
Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗🤗 2w
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Fingers crossed that I will like this better than Never Let Me Go. 🤞

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Mark Twain: people either love him or hate him. I'm not sure where I stand, but I bought this lovely leather bound edition containing 5 novels while visiting one of the museums in Hannibal, MO last year. I believe I posted a pic of the cover then, but as I prepare to start reading, I wanted to share the beautiful sketch found on the inside of the cover. #readtheclassics #marktwain #tomsawyer #riverlife #mississippiriver

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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This tense thriller was a quick read that kept me turning pages until there were no more to turn. It's rare for me to read a book in one sitting, but this one demanded it.

There are graphic descriptions of violence throughout the book, so steer clear if you are squeamish.

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Having lost a friend just a few weeks ago to pancreatic cancer, these words ring particularly true. My friend lived about a year after his diagnosis with very aggressive treatment. 😢 #rip #cancersucks #pancreaticcancer

emtobiasz I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔 3w
cobwebmoth Sorry for your loss. 3w
JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 3w
QuietlyLaura I‘m sorry for your loss. 💔 3w
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Wow! This book was fantastic! What a satisfying end to Mistborn trilogy. Full of action and characters that are easy to love. My only gripe is that it is a bit repetitive.

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Ohio | Stephen Markley
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I'm not so sure this is working for me. I really think it is the narration that I dislike. I'm wondering if I could get into it more if I read it in print. I think this one may be a bail. #homestate #audiobook #audible #bail #dnf

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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For me, this was mostly a pick, although I did have some issues with it. I don't appreciate much sex in my reading, so I was a bit put off by Simon's story. Since his was the first, I expected there would be similar intimate scenes for all of the siblings, but there weren't. To me, that just made the description of Simon's sex life even more gratuitous. (I do realize that sex was a big factor in Simon's fate, but I think it could have been ⤵️⤵️

cherinium presented in a less graphic way.) My other issue was thatvI just did not care about any of the characters. They were all extremely unlikable to me. Overall, I give it a pick for its thought provoking topic and for keeping me mostly interested. 4w
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Let me be clear. I love this world. I love the characters. I love the story. BUT, I am quite annoyed by the amount of repetition. If I'm half way through the third book of the trilogy, I'd better understand how the metals work in the magic system. PLEASE stop explaining it! Also, I am quite aware that Vin wears a simple shirt and trousers. #rantover #neededtovent #cosmere #fantasy

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I am so thankful to live in a world with green plants and flowers. #fantasy #cosmere 🌿🌲🌳🌹🌺🌻

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Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
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I didn't love this one. Some of the stories were interesting, but overall they fell flat for me. I think that Sedaris probably is just not for me.

MaleficentBookDragon I'm right there will you. I don't get why he is so loved. I don't find him funny; he comes across as very mean spirited for me. And I HATED 1mo
cherinium @MaleficentBookDragon I also felt like his dry humor and sarcasm came off as mean. From this book, I definitely don't think he's someone I'd ever want to hang out with. Too egotistical and self righteous. 1mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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I decided to run errands on foot today. I got them all done in about 4 hours, and now I need a nap. 😉 #audiowalk #litsywalkers #errands #audiobook #audible #timeforanap #coolfilter

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Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
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Opened up this book at bedtime last night and found a left-behind bookmark. I'm not even sure where I got this book, but the bookmark was a nice bonus! #currentlyreading #usedbooks #crafty

rretzler Love David Sedaris. That was a great book! 1mo
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I just need 4 more books by the end of this month to be right on schedule with my #goodreads #readingchallenge. Maybe I should lay off the #chunksters for a while. 🤔 Surely I have some quick reads on my shelves somewhere. 👀

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This second volume of the Mistborn series was as great as I expected it to be. Lots of cool action and magic. I LOVE that the central hero is a bad-ass girl described as 5 feet tall and less than 100 pounds. I certainly won't be waiting long before starting the next installment. #cosmere #fantasy #magic #sandersoncosmere

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Lions & Liars | Kate Beasley
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📖 The Chronicles of Narnia
🎬 The Wizard of Oz
🎶 The Lion Sleeps Tonight
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 🦁💛🦁 1mo
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I loved the descriptive language used to breathe life into the marsh and allow it to become a central character in this rich story. I loved everything about this book, while feeling such anger toward many of the key people involved. Character development was intricate and the growing tension was just right. There is just one major hole that I wonder about in the story. I will add it in comments as a spoiler. #audiobook #naturelover

cherinium My biggest question is about Chase's wife. Where was she in the aftermath of his death? I don't recall any mention of her reaction to his death or to the ensuing trial. I really thought she was going to be the killer, because her absence was such a glaring hole to me. I thought she wasn't mentioned in an attempt to make the reader forget her and discount her as a suspect. Did she even care that he had died? Did she attend the trial? 1mo
ReadingSusan @cherinium I wondered that too! I was like where is the wife?! I thought it was either her, Jumpin or Kya. I am so happy with how it ended though. It was perfect. 3w
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This. Book. 😭

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I just downloaded all 9 free e- books on offer from Amazon (probably only US) in celebration of World Book Day! I don't think I have even read all of the books I got last year in the same promotion! #worldbookday #amazon #kindle #ebooks #freebooks #neverendingtbr #translatedbooks #kindledeals #readtheworld

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Clockbreakers | Kate Ristau
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Does anyone else find it odd that 2 battery operated clocks would die at essentially the same time (just one minute apart). I'm certain they both read the correct time last night. It appears they gave up the ghost about 4 hours ago. Now to find batteries... I wonder where I might have stashed them?

squirrelbrain That‘s a bit spooky! 😱 1mo
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Aswenson One of my favorites this year! 2mo
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Digging into the second Mistborn novel before I forget too much about what happened in the first. Excited to wade deeper into the Sanderson world. #cosmere #fantasy #escapefromreality #lifeishard

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I hate reading something by a favorite author and not loving it. The good news is, I did not hate this book; but, it was a huge disappointment. The two story lines did not gel for me as I believe they were intended. While I see the parallels meant to weave the two plots into one, it just didn't work.

While social commentary is expected from BK, it did feel very heavy handed in this book. It made the conversations feel forced and unnatural.

Cinfhen Felt the same way!! Very disappointing. Expected MORE & BETTER from this author 2mo
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@DarcysMom I wanted to touch base and let you know that your book is on its way. I got it out last week (Thursday, I think). I apologize for the delay, and sorry I didn't post when I mailed it, but I had a lot going on and had to make a short notice trip to Ohio. #lmpbc #round4 @LazyDays @irre

DarcysMom Thanks for letting me know. I hope all is well with you. 2mo
cherinium @DarcysMom Have you received the package yet? 1mo
DarcysMom I did! Thank you so much! I should have posted immediately. Thank you for the lovely extras. I am really excited to read them! 1mo
cherinium @DarcysMom Great! I'm glad they made it to you. I'm a bit less trusting of the mail these days than I once was. 1mo
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Interesting? Yes. Funny? Mildly. A good road trip companion while dealing with some heavy family stuff? Absolutely. I really enjoyed the parts relating to cultural differences that Kunal has experienced. His stories were certainly entertaining enough to take my mind off things for a while. Oh, and I'm very happy they didn't keep the original name for his TBBT character. #audiobook #memoir #humor

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I've had this waiting on my shelf since it came out in November. A coworker who generally really likes Kingsolver just read it and told me she didn't like it all. 😕 She wants to know my thoughts, so I'm finally dusting it off and cracking it open. 🤞#BOTM #currentlyreading

Reviewsbylola Something‘s been putting me off with this one. 2mo
8little_paws I actually liked it a lot. 2mo
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This one had a slow start for me, but by the halfway point, I was in to it. While predictable and inducing plenty of eye rolls, the book was enjoyable. This is a book I would probably have never read if not for #lmpbc. I give it a pick, because I can see where it would be loved by the target audience, and the writing is pretty good. @DarcysMom @irre @LazyDays

I expect to get it mailed out on Monday!

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Homecomings | Donald Paterson
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Getting my book back from Round 4 of #lmpbc is bittersweet. I am looking forward to seeing what thoughts my group members had as they were reading it. The bitter part is knowing that our group lost 2 books this round through the mail, so 2 of our group members will not get their original book back. 😢 @LazyDays @irre @DarcysMom

cherinium @LazyDays I want to thank you for the bookmark. I happen to love Van Gogh, so it was an excellent surprise to see him tucked inside my book! Also, thank you for providing the replacement books, so everyone at least had the chance to read all four selections. 💕 2mo
Butterflyamore Van Gogh is my favorite! I am so jealous of that bookmark. 2mo
LazyDays @cherinium my pleasure!🤗🤗🤗 2mo
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Quick update to my #lmpbc group for Round 4. I am still reading the last book. I hope to send it back home within the next week. @DarcysMom @lazydays @irre

DarcysMom I am still reading mine too. @irre @LazyDays 3mo
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While I did find parts amusing, this book was a chore to finish. I listened to the #audiobook and often found my thoughts drifting. Going in, I knew pretty much nothing about the story other than it being set in WWII. I was surprised by all the talk of sex and the men's degrading attitudes towards women. I felt that women were viewed only as objects and treated as such. I also found myself very frustrated by all the circular conversations. 😖😖

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How about a Stephen King palate cleanser between novels? #stephenking #shortstories #completecatalogue #bedtimestory #currentlyreading

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Shadow Tag: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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Reading this book was kind of like coming upon a train wreck. I didn't want to read about these unlikable people, but I just couldn't stop. The writing was engaging, but the characters were just terrible. I found myself wanting more from the diaries, especially the blue one. I'll give it a pick for keeping me turning the pages and being a quick read.
Onward we go: @DarcysMom @irre @lazydays
#lmpbc #round4 #groupD

LazyDays Right!?! I was SO upset🤣🤣 3mo
cherinium @LazyDays Yes! My blood was just boiling for the last 1/3 to 1/2 of the book. 😡 3mo
LazyDays I felt the same way! When I wrote my review I wad MAD! 🤣 Good writing to keep be going!👏 3mo
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irre Agree! 3mo
DarcysMom I received the book and have started reading - the characters are stressing me out after just a few pages. I can't wait to see what they do next! @irre @LazyDays 3mo
cherinium @DarcysMom They are very stress-inducing people! 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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My current fur babies get a lot of attention on here, but I want to share a memory of my special old man who has been gone for a couple years now. @JoScho This is Apollo. He was diabetic for the last 3 years of his life and handled it like a champ. ❤ to you and your little one. #loveyourpetday #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #seniorpets #diabetes #rip

JoScho Thanks so much for your words of support and sharing your story and this sweet picture 🖤 3mo
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Shadow Tag: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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One of the characters in this book is named Gilbert, so it seems fitting that my Gilbert is napping on my lap as I read it. #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #love #cuddlebuddy #adventuresofthegmen

TheSpineView Funny how Mom's lap is the best place to nap.😋 3mo
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Shadow Tag: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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Owing to a lost package containing 2 books, #round4 of #lmpbc took a hiatus. But, we are back in business, girls! Thanks go to @LazyDays for supplying the replacement books. I am going to get started on this one now, and will get it sent out, hopefully within the next week. Who knows? The original books may show up yet. If that happens, I will make sure they make it home. @DarcysMom @irre

LazyDays 🤗😊👏 3mo
LazyDays Did you get my email with the extra notes? 3mo
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cherinium @LazyDays Probably. I have to admit, I'm pretty terrible at remembering to check my email. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
LazyDays @cherinium no worries😊 just somethings I remember Irre and Darcysmom commenting on. 3mo
DarcysMom 👍😁 3mo
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer
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What a creative book! While there are certainly parts of this book that are confusing, the overall arc of the story is beautiful. The images that appear throughout the book are an effective method of evoking powerful emotions. Many times, I was left with a lump in my throat after reading powerful, heartbreaking words and turning the page to be sucker punched by an image.

Erofan Yeah, it's really a little scary!😨 3mo
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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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I've had enough domesticity for the day. 😉Hmmm. Now to see if I can weed out the truth...

#currentlyreading

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My current #audiobook. Helping me stay motivated while catching up on some household chores. #audiocleaning #currentlyreading #classics #litsyhumor

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britt_brooke 😆 Loved this book. 4mo
AmyG Ha! 4mo
MrBook 😂👏🏻 4mo
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Stone Sky | N K Jemisin
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I enjoyed this last book SO much more than the previous two. I don't know if the writing style finally grew on me, or if there were fewer of the incomplete thoughts that annoyed me. All I can say is, the ending to this trilogy was exactly what I wanted. My questions were answered and the outcome was bittersweet with a healthy dose of hope thrown in.

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Obelisk Gate | N K Jemisin
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I was on the fence about whether to keep going with this series. While I'm interested in finding out what happens, I am still really struggling with the writing style. After the 1st, I wasn't clear on what about it didn't work for me. After finishing book 2, I think I can say it's the frequent fragments of thought that pop up throughout the narrative. They seem incomplete and tend to frustrate me for that reason. I will finish the series anyways.