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Kimberlone

Kimberlone

Joined May 2016

hp⚡️ twain⚓️ shakespeare🕯beatles💎 alaska🏔 | GR: www.goodreads.com/kimberlone
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Bleak House by Charles Dickens
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A Year in Poetry: 108 Poems by Shirley Schnabele
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Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Spending a long thanksgiving weekend with my sister @Saknicole and got my birthday present from her a week later. We now have matching GoF shirts, which (of course) we wore today to match ⚡️

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Received my #BOTM box yesterday, just in time for my birthday. Tagged book was my free birthday add-on for this month. I‘ve not had a lot of reading progress this month, but my bf left this morning to return to work, so I am going to try to take advantage of the alone time to focus on reading this week.

I won‘t be reading tonight, as I will be having some girlfriends over for cake, pizza, wine, and a Hamilton viewing!

vivastory Happy Birthday 🎉🍷🎂 1w
Bookzombie Happy Birthday! 🥳🧁🎉Sounds like a fun night! 1w
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Reggie Happy Birthday! 1w
BarbaraBB Happy birthday 🎈🎊 1w
DivineDiana Wishing you a fabulous year?! 🎉 6d
Bookwomble Belated birthday wishes 🎂🥂 6d
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Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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These are all books I have recently won from Goodreads giveaways. Ive also won a few straight to Kindle books. I had no idea how good the chances are to win these giveaways…if I had known I would have started entering years ago!

My bf keeps questioning me about getting more books in the mail, and I have to convince him it‘s okay because they are free!

Kimberlone I have to say the cover for Vladimir is very enticing….😏😉 2w
EvieBee I used to check the giveaways daily and used to regularly win quite a few. I started up again and already won a Peter Swanson! 2w
BkClubCare Wow! 2w
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Tera66 At one point I had a whole book shelf of just my Goodreads wins. 😊 Congratulations 📚 2w
Crazeedi That is awesome! What is the book to the very left?? And I'm thrilled you're part of #TeamGameSleighers!! 2w
Crazeedi @Tera66 wow, how did you manage that? I've only ever wondered a couple and mostly kindle 2w
Kimberlone @Crazeedi the one to the left is The Sisters Sweet; I think I may have just gotten lucky, but also the more you enter the better your chances, I think, so I just try to enter any that I might be interested in! (edited) 2w
Tera66 @Crazeedi They used to be easier to win, they changed the rules awhile back for the people that list the contests. And so not as many are listed and it's been harder. And I don't enter as many as I used to since it automatically adds them to your TBR. It felt like I was winning at least a book a week at one time😀 2w
Crazeedi @Kimberlone thank you! I know I used to enter more, but kinda forgot to do after while. The cover of the book looks interesting! 1w
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I didn‘t even bother to post my final bingo card for October, because I didn‘t end up finishing my BookSpin or DoubleSpin, and only hit three squares.

For November and December my sincere goal is to catch up on BOTM backlist on my shelves. My free spots will be for library borrows and audiobooks. My BookSpin will be The Lincoln Highway (definitely excited) and Infinite Country (which is very short).

#BookSpinBingo

TheSpineView I also need to work on #BOTM backlog. 📚📚📚📚 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 3w
Sargar114 The BOTM backlog is a real issue for me too! Have this book on my shelf as well. 3w
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Halloween Games & Ghost Stories | Ambrose Bierce, Mary F. Blain
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Final points tally for #Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix. Lots of media consumed this weekend, finishing the word searches, and logging some more readathon hours with my audiobook listening helped me increase my points this week. I didn‘t end up reading quite as much as I had hoped, but I am okay with that since my October really got disrupted by my medical issues and traveling. Super fun to participate again, thank you to @Clwojick and @StayCurious !

Clwojick Thank you so much for joining us! You did great this month! 🖤 3w
StayCurious I'm amazed at how well you did considering your leg! Great job! 3w
Kimberlone @Clwojick @StayCurious thank you! Looking forward to Winter Games next! 3w
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Made 5 bingo lines with the audiobooks I read this month for #LittenListen and #Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix.

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The last few were hard to find, but I did get all the words from both word searches! #Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Liked, did not love. I just really didn‘t connect with the main character Marie. But the setting and premise were definitely interesting. Audio might not have been the best option for this book for me.

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Jones
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All movies and TV shows I watched over the Halloween weekend for #Scarathlon2021. Muppets Haunted Mansion was the only thing I hadn‘t seen before, and it was very cute! #TeamHendrix

Saknicole An epic weekend of watching. 10h
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Warm Bodies: A Novel | Isaac Marion
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I know some people have asked about how I am doing after breaking my knee last Monday, so here is an update now that I am back home and have seen the ortho. We were able to remove the plaster cast that was put on in France and replace with a brace that will slowly allow me more mobility on my knee. Thankful that surgery was not required, though I will still be immobile for awhile. Watching Halloween movies and finishing this book today 🎃

Kimberlone Thanks again to everyone who has wished me well the past week, I had so many comments I couldn‘t respond to all of them! 4w
Kimberlone Shoutout to my sister @Saknicole for playing nurse this weekend :) 4w
wanderinglynn I‘m glad you don‘t have to have surgery. Hope it heals well & quickly. 💚 4w
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Bookwomble Good to hear no surgery needed. Best wishes for a speedy recovery 💖 4w
Saknicole ❤️❤️❤️❤️ love you! 4w
fredamans Rest up and get well soon!! You'll be up kicking ass in no time! 4w
vivastory I'm glad to hear that you won't require surgery! Wishing you a quick recovery. 4w
CarolynM No surgery required is good news! Hope your recovery continues smoothly 💐 4w
StayCurious Wishing you a fast recovery but still with plenty of enjoyable downtime! 4w
TheNeverendingTBR Hope you've recovered well Kim, also I love your cushion cover! 🎃🧡 2w
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The Witches | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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Happy (almost) Halloween! #Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix

Bookzombie 😂 4w
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The Family | Naomi Krupitsky
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Honestly, if November wasn‘t my birthday month I probably would have skipped. I am interested in the book I chose, but it‘s one I probably would have waited to get from the library. What I am excited for is my add-on birthday gift In The Weeds. I‘ve seen great reviews for this memoir and I heard the author speak on a podcast. Huge fan of Bourdain‘s writing and shows, so I am really looking forward to reading this one!

vivastory I'll be interested to see what you think of In the Weeds. I'm planning on picking up the new oral biography in the next month or so. 1mo
Kimberlone @vivastory I also really want to read that one too! 1mo
Megabooks @Kimberlone @vivastory both are very good! Enjoy! 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I am also picking The Family. Interesting when all of their picks are ones I have never heard of. 1mo
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Halloween Games & Ghost Stories | Ambrose Bierce, Mary F. Blain
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Sorry for the late tally, but here are my totals for week 2 & 3 combined. Due to a medical emergency last week, things got derailed quite a bit, but I did get caught up on some reading and still managed to log over a thousand points. Hoping for a more successful week 4! #Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick How are you feeling? 1mo
Kimberlone @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick thanks, I just posted an update on my leg :) 4w
StayCurious Amazing job! 4w
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I originally started reading this in 2019 when the hype was high, and found my interest waning pretty early in. I picked up again last summer during the pandemic and made it about 1/3. It wasn‘t until this summer that I started reading again in earnest, and I recently finished on a 9 hour flight. My review was a so-so for most of the book, but it did redeem itself at the end when all the storylines finally came together to push it to a slight pick

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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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Another audiobook victim of my poor attention span recently. This was a Gaiman-esque fairy tale. I‘ve loved others by Schwab, so I am hoping this was just a outlier for me. I might have enjoyed it better as a book, since I had a hard time getting into the narration. The narrator sounded like a 49 year old woman narrating a teenager in the first person. This audiobook edition also included The Ash Born Boy novella. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

TieDyeDude Thanks for the warning. I just got in my audio hold. 1mo
peanutnine I've heard many people say they didn't care for the narrator on this audiobook. What a shame how that can ruin a good book 1mo
TieDyeDude @peanutnine I just listened to a half hour and returned the audio early. It's like she's trying to read it in sing-song, ending every sentence with a high inflection. Very distracting, I'll have to try and find a print copy... 1mo
Kimberlone @TieDyeDude @peanutnine yeah I love audiobooks but sometimes the narration can totally ruin the book, and that really felt like the case with this one 1mo
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Warm Bodies: A Novel | Isaac Marion
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Starting the #TeamHendrix #Scarathlon2021 team read!

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Before my accident that afternoon, I was able to visit the iconic Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. As you can see, there was a long line of people waiting to get in, so I didn‘t actually go inside (was intending on coming back later at a less busy time). I did still enjoy myself looking though the various boxes of damaged books that were free to take.

BarbaraBB Wonderful pic. I hope you are feeling well despite the circumstances 💝 1mo
sharread Hope all is okay. ❤ 1mo
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No One Goes Alone | Erik Larson
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My so-so rating on this book is severely impacted by my being frequently distracted while listening to the audiobook. For whatever reason, I wasn‘t able to fully devote my attention to it. So I think it had a lot of potential that I just wasn‘t able to appreciate. Would love to try it again sometime. I think it is a perfect listen for October, with the Victorian era haunted house gothic vibe.

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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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I wanted to love this modern fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but it did leave me feeling a bit flat, which may have been due to the abbreviated novella length of the story.

Zinnia is the victim of an environmental disaster and suffers from a rare and lethal genetic disorder as a result. Obsessed with Sleeping Beauty, she finds herself transported to an alternate reality after pricking her finger on a spindle on her 21st birthday.

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Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to wish me well on my last post! I wish I could respond to everyone individually. As inconvenient and unlucky as it has been to break my leg while here, I am still thankful that the accident wasn‘t worse and that I am not in much pain. Also shoutout to socialized European healthcare, as I did not have to pay a cent for the ambulance and emergency room visit.

Here‘s a pic of us at the Eiffel Tower!

erzascarletbookgasm Wishing you a speedy recovery! This is a beautiful pic✨ 1mo
ElizaMarie Awe I am sorry that you broke your leg! But yay for healthcare!!! One less thing you had to worry about. This picture is EVERYTHING!!! 1mo
marleed Oh I‘m so sorry. I popped over to your newsfeed to read what happened. That must have been so scary. I‘m so glad healthcare in France believes your leg is as equally important as anyone else‘s. I hope you still are able to have some fun. And safe journey home! 1mo
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Ruthiella So sorry and I wish you a speedy recovery! Yes to socialized medicine! 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Glad the pain isn‘t too bad, at least. Hope you continue to make a speedy recovery! ❤️‍🩹 (edited) 1mo
vivastory I just now saw your post about your broken leg. I'm so sorry to hear about this!! Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery 1mo
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Shakespeare and Company (Paris) | Paris, France (Bookstore)
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Well, I wish I were sharing better news, but I am currently nursing a broken leg in my hotel in Paris. I had an accident on a scooter yesterday, which resulted in a very long excursion to the hospital and a cast from thigh to toes. On the bright side, I did manage to visit Shakespeare and Company yesterday before the accident, and will post some pics later. I am pretty immobilized right now, so thankful I have my Kindle and iPad for company.

wanderinglynn Oh my! I‘m so sorry to hear of your accident. I hope you‘re not in too much pain or discomfort. 🙏🏻🤍 1mo
TrishB Oh no! Hope you‘re soon on the mend. 1mo
mdm139 Oh man that is terrible. I broke both my legs over the summer and the first days were the worst in terms of pain. But I bet doing that on vacation in Paris adds a whole other level to awful. Get well soon! 1mo
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BoleyBooks I‘ll send some bone mending vibes your way…heal soon! 1mo
squirrelbrain Sacre bleu! Hope you‘re feeling better soon. 1mo
hannah-leeloo Aw this isn't good. I'm reading Harry Potter at the minute I'll see about getting Madam Pomfrey to help. Sending you a hug 🫂❤ 1mo
CarolynM Oh no what bad luck! You never want to break your leg but you especially don't want to do it on holiday☹ Hope you can still have some fun. 1mo
Butterfinger I hate that. I'll be thinking of you today. 1mo
Chrissyreadit Oh no!!! I hope your hotel is lovely! And you are able to relax and read. ❤️ 1mo
Lcsmcat Oh dear! I‘m sorry this happened, and especially while on vacation! 1mo
JacqMac So sorry. I hope you are still able to have a little fun. Feel better soon. 1mo
BkClubCare Oh, how very NOT fun. Hoping the recovery is as smooth as can be. 1mo
sprainedbrain Oh no! Hope you feel much better very soon. 1mo
everlocalwest That's the absolute worst! I hope your pain is manageable and that you are enjoying all the wine, cheese, and carbs you desire in recovery!! 💙 1mo
Librarybelle Oh my! Get well soon 1mo
BarbaraBB Oh no, in Paris of all places. Wishing you the best! 1mo
Tamra Nooooo! I hope you get lots of reading in. 1mo
Crazeedi Oh no!!! I'm sympathizing with you, I am hopping around on one leg right now too! Inhope your pain isn't too bad, how awful that you're in Paris and can't take in all that is there. Hugs💕 1mo
Mrs_B Oh no! I hope you‘re ok and able to get up and about soon! 1mo
Megabooks Oh no! I‘m so sorry. 💕💕 1mo
fredamans Wishing you a speedy recovery! 1mo
quietjenn Oh, yikes! I'm so sorry. I hope you feel better soon. 1mo
TiminCalifornia Hope the recovery is smooth and pain-free. 1mo
Kdgordon88 Hope you have a quick and pain free recovery! 1mo
IndoorDame I hope you have an easy recovery! 💕💕 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Oh, no! 😩 Hope you make a quick recovery! 1mo
StayCurious That's so rough! I hope you feel better soon! 1mo
TheRiehlDeal Hope you make a quick recovery. That really does suck that that happened on vacation. 1mo
Kenyazero Oh no! Wishing you a speedy recovery! 1mo
Reggie Ohhhh noooo. I‘m so sorry and hope you feel better. 1mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry! I hope you still get to enjoy your time in Paris and recover quickly! 1mo
BookNAround Oh no! Hate that you‘re hurt and can‘t explore on your vacation. 1mo
The_Penniless_Author What awful timing! Hope you feel better soon. 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl That‘s horrible! Speedy recovery. 1mo
Cinfhen Damn those scooters!!! Glad you‘re recuperating ❤️‍🩹 1mo
Kimberlone @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @Tamra @Crazeedi @Mrs_B @Megabooks @fredamans @quietjenn @TiminCalifornia @Kdgordon88 @IndoorDame @DaveGreen7777 @StayCurious @TheRiehlDeal @Kenyazero @Reggie @Bookzombie @BookNAround @The_Penniless_Author @CoverToCoverGirl @cinfhen thank you for your well wishes, all much appreciated 🥰❤️‍🩹. I won‘t know what my recovery will be like until I return to the US, but I am trying to be thankful that my injury wasn‘t worse. (edited) 1mo
Clwojick Feel better soon! ❤️ 1mo
DivineDiana Oh my! Loving your “always look on the bright side” attitude! Wishing you a speedy recovery. ❤️ 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Oh no! Wishing you a speedy recovery. 1mo
Tera66 Oh no! Hope you recover soon! 1mo
Bookwomble Ouch! I missed this in my news feed when you first posted it, so I hope this message finds you feeling somewhat more comfortable 💗 1mo
TheNeverendingTBR Aww I'm sorry to hear this, I hope you've bounced back and are getting better. Keep smiling! 💛 1mo
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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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This was a great reread/first-time listen. I really loved this book when I read it 4-5 years ago. I saw the abridged audiobook with full cast recording was available on Hoopla and thought it would be a great option for spooky season. I didn‘t mind it being abridged, since I‘d read the book before, and I was still surprised a few times since I didn‘t remember all the details of the plot.

#Scarathlon2021 #Screamathon #LittenListen #TeamHendrix

MidnightBookGirl I LOVE this version of the book, which I read first and didn't realize was abridged, but I've listened to it a bunch of times! 1mo
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Here are my Week 1 point totals. I listened to 2 books: 14 total hours x 3 readathons (#Scarathlon, #LittenListen, #Screamathon), watched 19 episodes of scary/spooky shows, posted a few days of the Scarathlon #PhotoChallenge, and scored a bunch of words from the week 1 word scramble challenge!

Week 1 total: 33295 points

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix

StayCurious Wow! I am so impressed! You're amazing! 1mo
Kimberlone @StayCurious thank you! I will be on vacation next week and know I won‘t be as engaged on Litsy, so I‘m glad I was able to bank a lot of points (thanks to the word scramble) during the first week. I already noticed a counting mistake, but I‘m not doing to it worry about it. 1mo
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Word Scrambles That Make You Think | Chris McMullen, Carolyn Kivett
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35 pages of words x 92 words + 75 on the last page = 3295 total words x 10 points each = 32950 points!

Honestly, I probably could have gotten some more words but I had to give up eventually.

Since I don‘t really log readathon hours other than for audiobooks, this is the challenge that tends to help me out with points the most!

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix @StayCurious

Traci1 Holy moly! Well done! 😃 2mo
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This is one of our favorite shows to watch in my home. Watched three episodes this week, one of which involved another supernatural creature: the siren. Highly recommend this show for people who aren‘t a huge fan of horror and would prefer to laugh at vampires rather than be scared of them.

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix @StayCurious

MadelineMcCrae This is one of my favorite shows! I need to catch up 2mo
vivastory I need to check out the show. I love the movie. 2mo
Tera66 This is one of my favorites! I want a Nadja doll! It cracks me up everytime! 2mo
Lucy_Anywhere Have you seen the original NZ film? It‘s fab! 2mo
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Finished all 7 episodes of this fantastic series, from Mike Flanagan, who also did the two Haunting series for Netflix. At first, you sense there is something off about the community and one of its newcomers, then becomes obvious that something more sinister is at play, and by the finale things have devolved into outright terror and violence. I was really not expecting the twist about halfway, and the balance of emotion/horror worked well.

Tera66 I loved it! Good and scary! 2mo
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Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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Lots of #Murder in this Shakespeare play: the old king, Polonius, Claudius, Gertrude, Leartes, and eventually Hamlet himself. And another one with ghosts!

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix #PhotoChallenge

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Catching up on #Scarathlon2021 #PhotoChallenge posts. I think that Macbeth fits very well for the #Haunted theme, since the title character is quite literally haunted by the ghosts of victims of his crimes. These are all different copies I have in my office library.

#TeamHendrix

TiredLibrarian Possibly my favorite Shakespeare play; can't wait to see the Denzel Washington/Frances Mcdormand version! 🗡👻 2mo
Kimberlone @TiredLibrarian it‘s not my personal favorite but it is my favorite to teach and analyze because it really is a simple story and there‘s so much meat to it. The Denzel version is going to be FANTASTIC 2mo
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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I didn‘t love this one as much as Magic Lessons, but it was a very sweet book nonetheless. I loved the time period and getting to experience the journey through life and love of Franny, Jet, and Vincent, as they try to circumvent the magic curse established by their ancestor, Maria Owens.

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix #Screamathon #LittenListen #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Warm Bodies: A Novel | Isaac Marion
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The copy I ordered from Thriftbooks finally arrived yesterday! Hoping to start (and finish 🤞🏼) this weekend!

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix #Screamathon #ScarePairs #PhotoChallenge #Zombie

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Fall Weather | Sophie Geister-Jones
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My bf sent this to me. I think a lot of my fellow Littens can appreciate. 🧦🧤🧣

Seekingtardis My absolute favorite weather! 😂😂🥰 2mo
AmyG My first thought would be...YES! 🤣 2mo
JacqMac My dream…. 2mo
Tera66 I adore the rain!🌧 2mo
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Finished all 9 episodes of Squid Game this week. My bf and I got totally sucked into this series and binged the whole thing in two days. It is extremely violent, in the vein of Oldboy, Snowpiercer, and The Hunger Games, so it is not for the faint of heart, but you really come to care for the core characters. Episode 6 really broke my heart!

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix

AkashaVampie Hubby did the same thing, binged in 2 days. 2mo
Reggie I was kind of angry at the ending. It‘s like he didn‘t learn anything at all. And if episode 6 was the marbles episode then yes, for multiple reasons…😭. 2mo
Kimberlone @Reggie yeah, I also didn‘t love the ending, it annoyed me…just felt like set up for a potential season 2. And yea episode 6 was the marbles episode 😭😭😭 2mo
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UnidragonFrag Omg, I really loved this! My husband and I did the same thing, binged over two nights. 2mo
UnidragonFrag I kinda think in regards to the ending, that he isn't going to play again but intends to somehow destroy it. That would be an interesting 2nd season. Also, yes.. the marbles episode 😭 2mo
j9brown Oh man, this was great! Just finished it yesterday. Blew my mind. My dream for season 2 is the cop not actually being dead and he and Gi-Hun team up to take down the place. 2mo
Kimberlone @UnidragonFrag @j9brown I really hope that‘s the way the story will go if there is a second season, destroy it from the inside. I just really wanted him to live happily every after with his daughter and all that money! 2mo
UnidragonFrag @j9brown well, as like the old man.. they never showed the cop dead. In theory, you can definately survive a shot to the shoulder. The fall though, I dunno.. but I'm hopeful! That would be a cool second season! 2mo
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First book finished for #Scarathlon2021 and #Screamathon. One of the better “Very Short Introductions” I‘ve listened to. Primarily focused on the Black Death, but includes a broad history of plagues, including ancient and more modern plagues are discussed. Counting this as a spooky read since it goes into the supernatural explanations for disease and descriptions of the nastier symptoms and remedies.

#TeamHendrix #LittenListen #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Once and Future Witches | Alix E Harrow
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Finally getting around to posting my October #Bookspin. Lots of spooky reads on their for #Scarathlon2021. I‘ve already finished one audiobook in October, which I still need to posta review for.

#TeamHendrix

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! 2mo
LeslieO Your bookspin and double spin are chunksters! 2mo
Kimberlone @LeslieO I know 😬 I think it‘s pretty unlikely I will finish The Stand :/ 2mo
LeslieO @Kimberlone I read it ages ago but it‘s still on my all time favs list 2mo
Kimberlone @LeslieO it‘s my bf‘s favorite king and he has been bothering me to read it for years, and I promised I‘d read it before the end of the year! 2mo
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I was busy at work today, so I wasn‘t bothered by the fb/insta outages, but I didn‘t enjoy this post on social media today 🤣

persephone1408 I didn't know until I saw it on the news... 2mo
CallMeIshmael Perfect 2mo
SamAnne 😂😂😂 2mo
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EvieBee Pretty accurate! 2mo
vivastory This is true 2mo
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Final September #BookSpin results. Did not get any bingos, but I did finish both my BookSpin (Once There Were Wolves) and DoubleSpin (Someone to Hold) books.

My top reads of September were Beautiful World, Where Are You, Magic Lessons, and The Love Hypothesis (not on my bingo card).

Now to finalize my October card!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!! 2mo
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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This was such a sweet rom-com! Appropriate amount of build-up before things got sexy, the MC has a life outside of her romantic plot, the setting was unique and well-drawn (grad school/world of academia), and the banter-writing was *chef‘s kiss*. While the fake dating premise did border on unbelievable a few times, the MC acknowledges the silliness of the situation they have gotten themselves into, and the self-awareness made it work for me.

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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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Mehso-so

By the end, I was borderline hate-reading this. I really enjoyed the first half of the book which focused on Inti‘s work re-wilding wolves in rural Scotland and her dealing with the politics of that in the local community. Things really started to go off the rails when the book became a murder mystery and dwelled in trauma porn. Inti‘s “mirror-touch” disorder was a lazy plot device that was used to excuse the extremely stupid decisions she made.

Kimberlone At least I finished my #BookSpin under the wire yesterday @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
BarbaraBB That‘s the first review I see that‘s not raving! 2mo
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Kimberlone @BarbaraBB I know! I think mine is an #unpopularopinion 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved it but I understand what you mean! 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I am a so-so also. My big complaint about her lazy plot devices is the pregnancy storyline. It felt sensationalized and out of place. 1mo
Kimberlone @ChaoticMissAdventures didn‘t have enough space to discuss in my review, but that was a big issue for me. Eventually everyone knew she was pregnant but she still refused to go to the doctor?! Plus the way the baby was born?! There was so much in that book that was beyond the suspension of disbelief. 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Kimberlone The way the baby is born that whole part is a huge eye roll. I personally just hate any story where one character says they don't want children, the author makes someone pregnant and then suddenly everyone is like yay baby! It just gets under my skin so much.
I can suspend belief for a fantasy or magical realism read, but this isn't supposed to be one so yes, agree there is too much convenience & lazy plot devices used.
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Kimberlone @ChaoticMissAdventures totally missed opportunity but this book could totally have worked for me sans mirror touch, twin sister, extreme trauma backstory, and pregnancy plot lines. Otherwise the idea about the reintroduction of wolves and local community power plays was actually super interesting to me! 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Kimberlone so glad to see I am not alone here! 😂
I did enjoy her writing, it was an easy read, but all of the plot devices were awful.
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The Bone Houses | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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These are all potential #TBR for #Scarathlon and #Screamathon options from my Kindle library. Some of these will also end up on my October #Bookspin.

4thhouseontheleft I loved The Bone Houses when I read during #Screamathon a few years ago! 🖤🧡 2mo
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Yay, finally some choices that excite me! I ended up choosing the tagged book, since I liked Rules of Civility a lot and A Gentleman in Moscow I absolutely loved. I definitely want to read The Hex Ex, but I‘ll wait to borrow that one from the library. The Perishing also sounds super interesting - I hadn‘t even heard of it before today, so interested to see what Littens think of it. I‘ve seen rave reviews for Harlem Shuffle too.

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While Normal People packed a much stronger emotional punch, Beautiful World really hit me with relatability as a millennial. Connell and Marianne‘s story is very insular and emotionally driven. In contrast, Alice and Eileen‘s story is about a friendship being navigated in those years leading up to 30, when you‘ve already become your own person and have to figure out where you fit in the world, especially in the fractured one we live in today. 👇🏼

Kimberlone A lot of criticisms of this book seemed to focus on the email interludes between Alice & Eileen. I didn‘t really find fault in the content (though they are both much more eloquent on the issues they discuss than I could ever be), but I don‘t know any millennials (at least in my friend group) that use email as their primary mode of communication outside of work. Text or some form of instant messenger would have been a lot more realistic to me. (edited) 2mo
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#FallTreasures #Day26 #BirdOnCover

This is still #TBR for me. I‘ve put it off mainly due to the length, but it‘s blend of magic and history is totally right up my alley. Someday I will get to it.

persephone1408 The show was great! I need to read it also 2mo
CallMeIshmael Absolutely one of my favorite books of all time, it‘s such an experience 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The struggle is real!!!! 2mo
Eggs Sounds great 👍🏼 2mo
Bookwomble It's a fantastic book! I don't normally do chunksters, but I flew through this. 2mo
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Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
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#FallTreasures #Day25 #ComicBookDay

I‘m not a big comic reader, if I do my preference is toward a completed story graphic novel format. This is my small collection. My first intro to the genre was Watchmen, so unfortunately most of my subsequent reads have paled in comparison. The only series that has come close for me is Saga, but I wish the series would finish up for resolution.

TiredLibrarian I'm the same. If you like Alan Moore, try this one - it's pretty long for this format but very good (it's my favorite). 2mo
BookLove4Ever Lore Olympus and Midnight Poppy Land are my fave comics on Webtoons. 2mo
Kimberlone @TiredLibrarian this is the one about Jack the Ripper? It‘s on the list! 2mo
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TiredLibrarian @Kimberlone Yes it is! 🗡☠ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo.❤️🙌🏻📚 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Saga is amazing! ❤ 2mo
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#FallTreasures #Day24 #NativeAmericanDay

Catching up on posts from the weekend, since I was out of town and away from my books.

I read the tagged book in my Literature of the American West class back in college, and got Lone Ranger and Tonto signed by Sherman Alexie when he spoke at my college.

Suet624 I‘ve wanted to meet Alexie forever. 2mo
SamAnne I know he has been a #MeToo casualty and it was with warrant, but wow his memoir You Don‘t Have to Say You Love Me is great. He had a brain tumor when he was writing it and switches from prose to poem. Dammit Sherman! Why couldn‘t you keep it in your pants!!!!!!! 2mo
Kimberlone @Suet624 it was over 10 years ago when I saw him speak, but I do remember it being fantastic. @SamAnne yes it‘s unfortunate that his literary legacy has been tainted now by his own bad behavior (similar to Junot Diaz as well 😞), since he has such a powerful voice and perspective. At least we still have the beautiful writing. (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @SamAnne yes, I‘ve read all of his books and will always have compassion for him. 2mo
Eggs Great choice! I‘ve read several Alexie books 😔 2mo
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Fahrenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury
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#FallTreasures #Day23 #BannedBook

Stumbled upon this article featuring iconic covers of Fahrenheit 451 throughout the years.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/06/06/fahrenheit_451_book_covers_the_ve...

Still one of my favorite books of all time, even as an adult it holds up. Ironic that a book about the dangers of censorship and literal book burning has been subject to censorship itself.

Eggs Amazing and beautiful-such an important book 📖🙌🏻 2mo
wanderinglynn Interesting series of covers. 2mo
Nute This is a favorite story of mine as well. I am often amazed at how frequently I bring this book up in conversation with folks and not just readers. It figures so plainly into all conversations about oppressive societies. Thanks for sharing the link to the article. It will be fun to take a look back.☺ 2mo
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Someone to Hold | Mary Balogh
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Mehso-so

This was fine. I liked the first in the Westcott series enough to try out the second. It had some charms, but it was basically the same plot just gender swapped, and the romance aspect was WAY too rushed. In the course of max 3 weeks: the MCs meet, female MC loses virginity, male MC inherits a fortune, they fall in love, get engaged, and decide to adopt two orphans. I think I‘m just getting a bit burnt out on this type of historical romance.

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#FallTreasures #Day22 #FallEquinox

I‘ve still not yet read this one, but I‘ve heard nothing but good things about this series. I‘m just not a big thriller reader, so books like this take awhile for me to get to. I thought the cover gives off fall vibes, though.

Eggs Definitely a slow burn but good 2mo
Texreader I bailed on this one. I see @Eggs comment and agree with the “slow burn.” I guess I never got to the good part. 😬 2mo
FlowerFairy Just completed the second book last night. Such a wonderful series! 2mo
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The Stand | Stephen King
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#FallTreasures #Day21 #WaitingToBeRead

This book has been on my #TBR since I first started exploring Stephen King‘s writing a few years ago. This is my boyfriend‘s favorite King novel, and he has been bugging me to read it for awhile, especially since the beginning of COVID. It‘s my goal to start and finish this before the end of the year. Content and length-wise, it‘s rather intimidating, which is why I‘ve been putting it off.

TiredLibrarian @Kimberlone Same; I had it checked out from the library but returned it unread. Maybe we could do a buddy read for motivation! 2mo
TrishB It‘s my fave too. 2mo
SlytherinBookLady It‘s so good!!! The movie is fantastic too 2mo
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TieDyeDude I started it a couple times before really getting into it this year, right before COVID hit. I found an old, beat up paperback of the original, edited version. I've heard the unabridged edition is a beast! 2mo
Eggs It is intimidating!! But worth it 📖 2mo
TH3F4LC0N I know it‘s gonna sound contrarian, but this is the one that showed me that King could actually do wrong. It broke my brief adolescent love affair with King. 😅 2mo
Kimberlone @TiredLibrarian I am so bad at buddy reads (especially long books), but it would be good motivation! 2mo
Kimberlone @SlytherinBookLady @TrishB @Eggs I know it‘s many people‘s favorite and often considered King‘s masterpiece. I think that is also adding to the intimidation factor…I would be so disappointed if it doesn‘t hold up for me! Especially considering how long it is…. 2mo
Kimberlone @TieDyeDude I have the unabridged version (what my bf recommended) and I think it is ~1300 pages! 2mo
Kimberlone @TH3F4LC0N that is really interesting! I feel like it the one most people point to as King‘s masterpiece, so I hope I won‘t be disappointed! 2mo
SlytherinBookLady @Kimberlone I hope you enjoy it. I‘ll agree it‘s intimidating but once I started it, I couldn‘t put it down 2mo
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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#FallTreasures #Day20 #AGiftedBook

My sister @Saknicole gifted me this for Christmas a few years ago. I ended up reading it on the beach while on vacation in Mexico in 2018. I absolutely loved this book. She is great at picking presents for me!

Saknicole ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 2mo
youneverarrived It‘s a good one! ♥️ 2mo
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Eggs 📚❤️👍🏼👏🏻 2mo
Kimberlone @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks seriously one of my favorite books. I love how all the pieces come together in the end. It‘s a beautiful book. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kimberlone I‘ll have to move it up! 2mo
DivineDiana I too loved this book! It was not what I expected! 2mo
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