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Joined January 2018

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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1. After almost three weeks down a cell phone...finally back into Litsy action ? 2. After a long year of huge reading disappointments...this was such a breath of fresh air ?

This has solidified McQuiston as a must-buy for me. I loved how a whole spectrum of queerness was touched on throughout this beautifully diverse cast of characters. The "fantastical" element was just enough to make this sparkle without being gimmicky. Love, love, love ❤️

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Alright, guys...my #wintersolsticeswap package is out the door for Sat delivery!

Sadly, I don't have a photo to share. My wallet with my phone and ID got misplaced with someone else's stuff at a work conference last week...it's hard to upload photos with no phone! PS, for anyone in the US wondering what it's like to navigate both the Atlanta and Philly airports with neither of these items...no, it's not fun!!

erank58 @sprainedbrain @chrissyreadit I emailed tracking info to Jenni 🙂 2w
Chrissyreadit I hope your able to get your wallet!!!! 2w
Julsmarshall Oh dear! Sorry about your phone and wallet! 2w
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Witchery | Juliet Diaz
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It's finally opening day!! Thank you @Marmie7 for my #basicwitchswap package! The wrapping was so cute, I tried to save the ribbon (of course we all know that's always a lost cause 😂) Hope you like everything in your box, too!!!

Thank you @sprainedbrain and @mklong for hosting--this was the first swap I've ever participated in, and i had a blast! Can't wait for the next one 🧙‍♀️

sprainedbrain Yay! Honored to have been your first swap and I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! Happy Halloween! 🖤 1mo
mklong Oh I‘m so glad you had fun! 1mo
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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Happy Halloween, and Blessed Samhain to all my fellow Witchy Littens!

sprainedbrain Blessed Samhain! 🖤 1mo
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A Little Hope: A Novel | Ethan Joella
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#BOTM was kinda blah this month ☹ it doesn't help that I'm in such a reading funk right now, and usually spooky season is my favorite for reading. I wasn't even excited to check the picks today, ugh do I hate slumps!!!

mdm139 I skipped too 1mo
ItsAnotherJen I relate. It's been harder for me to get into books lately. I've been taking a lot longer getting through the books I'm reading too. Definitely feeling like I'm in a reading slump as well 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I also skipped 😩 1mo
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EKonrad I skipped too! 😢 1mo
staci.reads Same 😔 1mo
erank58 @mdm139 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @EKonrad @staci.reads seems like there were a lot of skips this month!!! 1mo
erank58 @ItsAnotherJen I feel the same way! I need a good one to keep my interest. I have a few lined up for my TBR that I'm going to try next week! Good luck 😊 1mo
mrsthilkey I skipped for the 3rd month in a row. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
erank58 @mrsthilkey oh yuck! I did not have a good BOTM year--hopefully they step up their game for 2022! 1mo
rather_be_reading i almost skipped 1mo
erank58 @rather_be_reading what did you ene up getting?? 1mo
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Check in: Being Present | Virginia Loh-Hagan
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Between finishing my 2 books, 1 audiobook, and a few spooky shows/movies, I've got 40 points for #teamhendrix this past week! This is a lot for me, and I'm hoping I can keep it going strong! #scarathlon2021 @StayCurious

StayCurious Great job! 2mo
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Got my package today @Marmie7 🤗 I can't wait to open it up!!! The suspense is gonna kill me..... so excited for the end of the month! @sprainedbrain #basicwitchswap

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Mehso-so

This had so much potential...here is one of the few instances where the book needed to be longer. If it had more details and character development, this light read could have been a great slow-burn small-town mystery. The story was interesting, but it could have been much more captivating. Not the best #botm pick for me personally, but I'd recommend this author for those who don't like dark thrillers but want something "edgier" than a cozy!

erank58 As a (spoiler-ish) side note--I really wish the events leading up to June leaving Willa with her parents were addressed with more details. This could have been a great exploration into the tragedy of postpartum depression and how it affects some women deeply, which is a topic I don't see in literature that often 👍 2mo
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Midnight Mass | F. Paul Wilson
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I may be a bit behind in my reading....but we just finished our 3-day binge of Midnight Mass, and I just remembered this counts towards #scarathlon2021 😊 this will be 35 points for #teamhendrix counting all 7 episodes...yay! @StayCurious

she.epeolatry I need to get on it! 2mo
erank58 @she.epeolatry yes! We loved it--and just in time for Halloween! 2mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Thank God for some GREAT picks this month. I was getting worried about the possibility that #botm was deliberately making the highly-anticipated reads add-ons instesd of main picks to generate more $$...though with The Ex Hex and Harlem Shuffle, I'm so glad I was proved wrong. So excited for this month's box!!!

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The Book of Accidents | Chuck Wendig
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May not be the most impressive TBR in terms of quantity, but my goal is to get in at least 1 a week during #scarathlon2021 😊 #teamhendrix

I also may take a trip to the library to see what other creepy reads I can add. I'm a mood reader, so we'll see how closely I stick to to this plan! @StayCurious

StayCurious Looks like a great stack to me! Remember it's all about enjoying your spooky reads! +50 early bird points. 2mo
KristiAhlers I just finished The Book of Accidents. I thought it was a decent creepy read! 2mo
erank58 @Katbooklover great! It's def a highly-anticipated one for me this year! 2mo
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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3.5⭐

I enjoyed this, though maybe not as much as I anticipated. I was hoping there would be more magical elements to the story, but regardless the plot/mystery was intriguing. Overall this was really impressive for a debut, and I would read more books by this author! #botm

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And with that, my first ever Litsy Swap package is in the mail! Hope my match loves their box as much as I loved prepping it 🤗 Mailed this super early because I'm getting married Saturday, and wanted to make sure this didn't fall off my radar!

This was fun, can't wait to participate in other swaps! #basicwitchswap @sprainedbrain @mklong

mklong Awesome! And congratulations!!! 2mo
Smrloomis Hope Saturday is memorable and smooth! 🥳 2mo
MoonWitch94 Congratulations 🎉🍾🎈🎊 2mo
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Ugh, what a letdown...this is the first time in a while I had no interest in any of the #botm picks. With all the huge releases coming out this month (the new Colson Whitehead, Anthony Doerr, and Liane Moriarty) I was really surprised that I didn't recognize any of these titles. I'll wait for some reviews and see what others think of these...

Reviewsbylola Their selections this year have been so disappointing imo. I‘m picking the memoir but the other four selections don‘t interest me in the slightest. 3mo
Kimberlone Same! From other peoples picks I can see there were some good add-ones but none of the main picks were worth it for me. 3mo
erank58 @Reviewsbylola agreed--there have been a few gems and a few surprises this year, but overal 2021 has not been the best for BOTM ☹ 3mo
erank58 @Kimberlone this has been a trend all year for me, that the add-ons catch my attention but the main picks are just meh! I'll use this month to my advantage and try to catch up on my backlog 👍 3mo
Kimberlone @erank58 that‘s what I‘m thinking! 3mo
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The Littlest Witch | Jeanne Massey
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So excited to be participating this year!!!! I've seen the posts over the past few years, and this swap always looks like so much fun 😊🐱 #basicwitchswap

Thank you @mklong and @sprainedbrain for hosting!

mklong Thanks for spreading the word!! 3mo
sprainedbrain Thank you for sharing! 3mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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I can't give this a pick, because it really wasn't for me...but that twist at the end made my jaw drop, so I guess this gets points for shock value ? Usually I'm one to guess the ending.

Overall, I did like this better than The Silent Patient. The plot was certainly "fun," and I think that's what I needed right now. I probably wouldn't reccomend this, and that's ok...we all need books that give us pure entertainment, if nothing else ? #botm

Ericalambbrown I like this one better than The Silent Patient as well. I guessed the “who” half way or so but the “why” was bonkers and completely blindsided me. (edited) 4mo
erank58 @Ericalambbrown my thoughts exactly! I think the "why" is what redeemed this one for me 4mo
Ericalambbrown @erank58 I also liked how some of the characters that were awful people weren‘t suddenly redeemed- they really were awful and had consequences. 4mo
erank58 @Ericalambbrown yes!!! That's a pet peeve of mine in thrillers, I'm glad the unlikable characters stayed "unlikeable" in this 4mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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YES!!!!!! So happy to see this as a pick--Migrations made me cry last year, and this has great reviews so far. So glad I held off on my preorder! #botm

GondorGirl I think this is going to be my #BotM pick! 4mo
CBee Migrations ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
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The Drowning Kind | Jennifer McMahon
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Ugh, another one bites the dust 😪 Seriously, what's up with all my hyped-up 2021 reads?

Normally I love this author, but this one felt so....tame? Meh? Flat? Light? Her books usually have some bite to them, but this felt so watered-down, like it was written for a more mainstream audience instead of horror fans. The story wasn't even that compelling, and the writing was so different than her other books. Hoping her next one isn't like this!

Reggie Ya know, that‘s how I felt about The Invited. I was curious about this one after listening to an interview with her on a podcast but maybe not so much now. 4mo
erank58 @Reggie If you weren't a fan of The Invited, I would def skip this one! At least The Invited was atmospheric. This one didn't really have anything going for it! 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly It‘s so disappointing when a book is hyped and you expect to love it and then you just… don‘t. 😢 4mo
erank58 @Clare-Dragonfly this is the third or fourth one off my 2021 pre-order/highly anticipated list that flopped! Hoping for some gems in the second half of the year 😂 4mo
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Good Girl, Bad Blood | Holly Jackson
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Between a pick and a so-so. The audiobook was top notch with a full cast, but it was missing the freshness of the first installment. Also, I was not prepared for the set of characters/side stories to be as heavily influenced by the original book as they were. I spent alot of time googling recaps, which is never something I appreciate with sequels 🤨. But otherwise, this was enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the next in this series!!

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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1. My dad had a meeting in the WTC on 9/11, and due to a last-minute mixup with the room they had to leave and reconvene their conference at a hotel. Towers came down shortly after. He never called us (why would he?) and I ended up going home with a school admin that day. I was in 2nd grade and still get chills.
2. Used to be the library until I moved and found a lovely indie store I love supporting!
3. The Hobbit!

#wonderouswednesday @eggs

Eggs #1 - oh my what a worrisome situation for your family. Thanks for joining in 👍🏼 4mo
SamAnne Wow. What a story. 4mo
Butterfinger How scary. 4mo
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Practical Magic meets Cold Sassy Tree 😊

Geez, it's been forever since my last post--reading slumps are the worst 😓 But nothing like a nice light read to ease back into my summer book goals!

I tried this last year and put it down. So glad I gave it another go! It's very light on the magical realism (I almost wish it leaned more into the fantastical elements) but overall this was a breezy and heartfelt read that anyone could enjoy. 3.5⭐

wanderinglynn This is on my TBR. Hope you‘re coming out of your slump. Reading slumps are the worst. 💚 5mo
erank58 @wanderinglynn yes they are 😪 hoping to be over the hill! Hope you enjoy this one! 4mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Really taking a risk with this one. I wasn't a fan of the Silent Patient, but am willing to give this author another go. I also am getting The Secret History vibes with this--another book I had high hopes for but ultimately lost my interest with its length. Maybe this one will work for me!

On another note--kind of surprised the new Riley Sagar wasn't a pick this month 🤔 #botm

Jeannineth I heard an interview with him and he said it wouldn‘t be a BOTM selection. All his other books were. 6mo
erank58 @Jeannineth I actually prefer his books on audio anyway so it wasn't too upsetting for me. But it was surprising since you're right, I think all his other books have been picks! 6mo
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The Wicked Deep | Shea Ernshaw
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This was the perfect read for a cold, rainy, peaceful Memorial Day weekend at the shore.

I just adore Shea Ernshaw's writing--atmosphereic, poetic, and revealing only just enough. I can look past the insta-love and other tropes, because the Ernshaw's writing alone is enough to drag me in. This is what I like to see in my YA!

Not quite 5 stars like Winterwood, but a solid 4.5 for me ⭐

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The Survivors | Jane Harper
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So far, 2021 has been a year of failed high hopes...here's yet one off my "most anticipated" list that was a huge letdown ?

For me, this was an example of a "slow burn" that was NOT done right. The the plot was way too boring and the atmosphere was not well developed--not a good mix. I did like the characters, but they couldn't redeem this for me. I normally love Jane Harper's books, but this wasn't worth it.

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Probably going to be a skip this month--though How Lucky and the tagged sound like things I could enjoy. Going to take advantage of my lukewarm feelings to forgo a pick and get ahead on my backlog this month 👍 #botm

jackilynn I was thinking the same myself. Nothing is really jumping out at me. 7mo
JamieArc That‘s what I did. And those are the two I am curious about. I‘ll put them on hold at the library. 7mo
Aims42 I skipped this month too, nothing really grabbed my interest. Hoping for better options next month 🤞 7mo
Reviewsbylola I went with How Lucky after reading some GR reviews. They were pretty glowing! 7mo
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Finally starting the second installment of this trilogy! I loved The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter a few years back, but seeing 700+ pages just makes me so nervous ? I'm trying to get over my fear of "big books," and it's time to stop putting this off!

Lucy_Anywhere I have this lurking on my Kindle and have been putting it off for exactly the same reason! 8mo
Scochrane26 It‘s one of those books that doesn‘t seem as long as it is. That‘s how I felt anyway. It went quickly. 8mo
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Not bad, but not overly compelling, either. This was a nice, easy palate cleanser to gobble up over the course of a couple days. I did think this was one of the more "original" domestic thrillers I've read recently, and I have to give the author credit.

A few TWs below in the comments, but otherwise I personally didn't think this was too heavy. It may be a good choice for those who like the thrills, but not the chills! #botm

erank58 TWs for emotional abuse, mentions of violence, pedophilia/sexual abuse 8mo
The_Heeler_Booklife I thought this was just okay. Gave it three stars. 8mo
erank58 @The_Heeler_Booklife agreed. I've read better thrillers than this! 8mo
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Watch Over Me | Nina LaCour
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Every written word had something to add to this quiet meditation on trauma and self-worth. I can't help but draw the comparisons to We Are Okay--similar in tone, unique in story, but exactly what I would expect from Nina LaCour, who is slowly becoming near and dear to my heart with her beautiful books.

Nearly flawless, 5 easy stars for me ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Watch Over Me | Nina LaCour
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"Maybe the fear doesn't ever actually go away. Maybe we have to keep on working. We thought it would be simple, but it isn't. We thought we could be finished, but maybe...maybe we'll never be entirely finished." ??

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What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
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Has anyone heard anything about the picks for this month? Can honestly say I had none of these on my radar...which may be a good thing! I love when #botm encourages me to try something new!

BrittanyReads I adored Emily Henry's Beach Read(which was a big surprise), so I was very happy to see her next book as a pick! And I chose Arsenic and Adobo as my other pick. Never heard of it, but always hear how much people love cozy mysteries and this is a new one, so I'll try it out! 8mo
erank58 @BrittanyReads sounds like two great picks! I ended up going with a member fave (Transcendent Kingdom) and two of the add ons...but I was really impressed with the selections this month, it was a great group to choose from! 8mo
EKonrad Didn‘t love any of these choices...read Libertie but it was only a 3 star read for me. I ended up picking one of the member fave selections. 8mo
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erank58 @EKonrad that's what I ended up doing too, I went with Transcendent Kingdom and then snagged some of the add-ons. I think I'm going to wait to see reviews for What Comes After, because it seems like something I'd really be into. Maybe an add-on in the future! 8mo
EKonrad I chose Transcendent Kingdom too. 😊 8mo
erank58 @EKonrad great choice!! 😊 8mo
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Ooof. This was painful.

The dual narrative/timeline did NOTHING for this--there was no "mystery" at all, as the reader already knows what's going on before the present-day narrator catches on. At the same time, the story about Nella was way underdeveloped, and the present-day drama was extremely off-putting. Aside, there was way too much telling, not enough showing.

This was a highly anticipated read for me, but was a total miss ? #botm

Endowarrior21 Try the audio book I hear it's better than the bokk 8mo
Endowarrior21 *book 8mo
Smrloomis Darn, I thought this looked really interesting 😕 8mo
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erank58 @Endowarrior21 maybe I'll give the audio a try, I'm always up for strong narration! 8mo
erank58 @Smrloomis give it a try--I seem to have the unpopular opinion here! It may work better for you 😊 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence Oh no! That‘s so disappointing! 8mo
erank58 @LiteraryinLititz I was bummed out 😞 but it seems that lots of others are enjoying it! I think I was expecting something else from this one...so it's probably just me! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hmmmm I will take it off my list! Too many to read now!! 8mo
erank58 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks maybe do a 50-page trial! I think you'll know right away if it's for you 😊 8mo
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Pretty easy pick for me! Was hoping The Lost Apothecary would have been a pick 👍 what did everyone else choose? #botm

EKonrad I picked that one too! 😊 9mo
erank58 @EKonrad seems like it was a popular choice! Hoping it lives up to the hype...😊 9mo
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If It Bleeds | Stephen King
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This was such a strong collection--though, I'm in the minority here by saying that the title story was my least favorite. As much as I love Holly, I wasn't a fan of Mr. Mercedes and the subsequent books, including The Outsider. "Rat" is def a new favorite for me.

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Over the past few weeks I've implemented a pre-work morning reading routine--getting up a little earlier to start my day off slowly has been a great mental health booster for me!

This was the pick for my book club (temporarily virtual) and once I got used to the writing style, I flew through it! I thought the (debut, I think??) author kept the tone approachable while tackling some very heavy topics (there are a few TWs in this)!

Bookwormjillk I‘ve been doing the same. It has helped me as well 10mo
erank58 @Bookwormjillk wish I had started sooner! Better late than never, though! 10mo
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Redwall | Brian Jacques
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PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one drooling over this news today!! I've (no joke) been waiting and hoping for this since..I guess I can't say "my whole life," but I'll go with it!

Now have to plan a whole reread this year! Will also have to rewatch the original, lovely animated adaptation...I really hope that this director does my favorite childhood series justice!!

TheLibrarian Exciting but also not exciting. I don‘t trust Netflix to finish the series. They will cancel it after 1-2 seasons like the most of their other shows ☹️ 10mo
idealityandme I watched the animated series as a child but have never read the books....maybe I should🤷‍♀️ 10mo
erank58 @TheLibrarian Very true..I think they totally dropped the ball on Watership Down, and you bring up a really good point 😥 The only thing that's making me (slightly) hopeful is that the writer from Over the Garden Wall is working on this, so maybe whatever we get will at least have better storytelling! 10mo
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erank58 @idealityandme they're so much fun! I hope you give them a chance 😊 10mo
Lucy_Anywhere I devoured these books as a kid - maybe it‘s time for a reread! 10mo
erank58 @Lucy_Anywhere I'm with ya! I'm not one to reread, but I'm excited for dig back into these soon! 10mo
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The Project | Courtney Summers
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A huge "nope" for me, which is a shame since I LOVED Sadie. It's only February and I'm pretty sure this will be getting the 2021 "Worst Protagonist" award--on top of the weird time jumps, non-existant motivations, and lack of mystery. I agree with several reviews saying this should have been much, much longer, as the plot could have easily worked with more world-building and development. Instead, this felt completely unfinished and disjointed.

Cinfhen I had a feeling this would be a NO for me! Thanks for sharing your thoughts 💜 10mo
erank58 @Cinfhen this one seems to be very polarizing, people are either loving or hating it! I'll be curious to see more reviews after some time has passed since this was just released! 10mo
Bette Thanks, I was on the fence...and there are plenty of 📚 10mo
erank58 @Bette totally agree!! 10mo
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The Scholar | Dervla McTiernan
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Loving this series on audio--I have The Good Turn next in line!

Not quite as good as the first one (some of the characters' decisions really annoyed me) but overal a strong listen with an engaging storyline. Hoping to keep the ball rolling with the third installment!

bookwrm526 I also love this series, I‘m holding off on reading the last one to make it last lol 11mo
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The Removed: a Novel | Brandon Hobson
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Finished this over the weekend, but am just now finding the words to say 😥

What a beautiful meditation on generational trauma, and the power we have to reclaim--not merely retell-- the stories that frame us in society. Heartwrenching, but peaceful and gentle...Hobson's writing is spellbinding without being dense. An easy 5 stars for me, and a lovely start to 2021! #botm

EmilyM So glad I picked this from #botm! 11mo
erank58 @EmilyM yay! I hope you enjoy 😊 11mo
TheBookDream I think I will get this next month 11mo
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The Removed: a Novel | Brandon Hobson
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So much for "shipping delays..." I think this is the quickest my box has ever come! Planning on diving right into The Removed tomorrow, unless my mood tells me otherwise ? #botm #bookmail

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The Removed: a Novel | Brandon Hobson
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I literally SCREAMED when I saw The Removed as a #botm pick. So many good choices this month, but keeping my box limited and waiting for reviews may be a good move on my end...I usually do Jane Harper's books on audio anyway, but may add The Push or The Prophets in the future!

Reviewsbylola So many great choices this month! 11mo
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The Ruin | Dervla McTiernan
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LOVED this on audio! This was an audible freebie I downloaded on a whim.

I totally agree with the comparisons to Tana French, and I actually think this series is a great alternative to those who struggle with the DMS books and French's standalones. Seems like McTiernan traded French's world building and atmosphere for a faster pace and more action. Both are great storytellers overall, and this was a win!

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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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"My life has been a migration without a destination, and that in itself is senseless. I leave for no reason, just to be moving, and it breaks my heart a thousand times...it's a relief to at least have a purpose. I wonder what it will feel like to stop."

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How can something be so bleak, yet at the same time allow that faintest glimmer of hope? My emotions are all over the place, and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be feeling ?

CBee YES! I felt the exact same way when I read this. @AmyG right?? 12mo
SamAnne Just bought this one and can‘t wait to start. 12mo
AmyG Yes to all you wrote! @CBee YES. Oh how we just loved this book.❤️ 12mo
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CBee @SamAnne hooray 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
JennyM ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
CBee @AmyG we just can‘t stop talking about it 😂 12mo
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Ugh, so frustrated with my #unpopular opinion. On one hand, I so appreciate the honest discussions regarding the countless traumas of sexual assault. On the other, I found the writing to be sloppy (So...many...repeat...words...), the plot had holes, and for a podcast-based narrative, the audiobook wasn't impressive.
Yet, this story is important--so important, and society needs to hear it. And for that alone, I give the author full kudos.

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Probably skipping this month since my TBR is out of control, but I'm so happy to see The Office of Historical Corrections as a pick! I'm a sucker for short story collections, and I've heard nothing but great reviews...might snag it up in a future box! #botm

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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DNF-ing at page 65. I can already tell this isn't going to have the world-building I need in my fantasy reads, which I honestly should have known based on the page count. No hard feelings on this though, as I have plenty of bookish friends who I know will devour this!

Does anyone know any other Mayan-centered books (fantasies or otherwise) that I could try? Though this one isn't working for me, I'd love to check out something similar! #botm

Lucy_Anywhere It‘s Aztec instead of Mayan but I loved A Memory of Empire by Arkady Martine - think the Aztec Empire in space. Political sci-fi with great world building! 12mo
erank58 @Lucy_Anywhere that sounds fantastic! Just stacked. Thanks for the rec! 12mo
nitalibrarian Have you checked out Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse yet? It is a Pre-Columbian Americas fantasy. It's one of my favorite reads of 2020. 12mo
erank58 @nitalibrarian thanks for the suggestion! I'll be sure to check it out...that sounds exactly like what I'm looking for! 12mo
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Waiting to Be Read | Jonika Antoinette Haynes
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With all the election stress going on in the US, I probably should have picked a different day to take a #TBR inventory 😪 42 unread books ( if I counted right, of course!) plus 1 #botm on the way...anyone else ever feel smothered by their stacks? 😜

Traci1 Which botm did you get? 13mo
AmyG I just want to live long enough to read my tbr. 😳 13mo
eanderson @AmyG I am with you there! I have over 350! 🤪😳 13mo
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Jas16 I know how you feel. I don‘t even want to discuss how many unread books are on my shelves 13mo
AmyG I have about that many, too. Ha...I am afraid to count! 13mo
Shvonne My TBR fills two shelves. I‘m In slight denial 13mo
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NaNoWriMo Notes | Richard Marcus
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First year "offically" doing Nano...because, why not? It's 2020 ? Let's see how far I get before going crazy... good luck to all who are participating!

Feel free to add me as a buddy! #NaNoWriMo #Nano2020

Lucy_Anywhere Good luck! 13mo
jb72 Good luck! I‘m jb72 on NaNo too. 13mo
JillsBookshelf It‘s my first year too! Good luck! ❤️ 13mo
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wanderinglynn Happy writing! I‘m wanderinglynn on NaNo too ☺️ 13mo
CrowCAH Added you! I‘m CrowCAH on there, too. 13mo
erank58 @CrowCAH yay! You just reminded me to go update my wordcount! 13mo
CrowCAH @erank58 perfect! 👍🏻 (even if you forgot, you can go back and update it 😉) 13mo
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FINALLY getting my last set of points logged....I've totally been hoarding these over the past few weeks, so want to make sure they are posted 😊 1,197 points for #teamslaughter for this check in. I had so much fun during this month, and I was happy to be able to participate! Hoping this last bit of points helps our team a bit for #scarathalon 🐱👻 #thrilloween #gothtober @Clwojick

Clwojick 👏 Way to go!!! Thanks for playing along this past month! It was a pleasure to have you on the team! 👏 13mo
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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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Another impressive #scarathalon read! For my tastes, this was the perfect horror book up until the last 100 pages--folky and atmospheric with slow, gradual reveals that keep things mysterious until necessary. I wasn't a fan of the conclusion, but still worthy of a strong pick since I'm so picky with this genre! #thrilloween #gothtober @Clwojick

Clwojick Such a creepy cover! 😍 14mo
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The Searcher | Tana French
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Love some early reading before work! Perfectly atmospheric, a great pick for someone looking for a non-creepy fall read. It's a slow-burn with engaging storytelling, perhaps a little anti-climatic at times (though for this story, I think this worked beautifully). This also seemed less heavy than French's other books, both in subject matter and density. Plus, it falls under our #scarathalon #teamslaughter theme! #gothtober #thrilloween @Clwojick

Clwojick Go #TeamSlaughter!!! ☠ 14mo
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