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lumbricuslibri

Joined September 2016

And her nose stuck in a book...
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Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan
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Jade Fire Gold | June CL Tan
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Title!

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Jade Fire Gold | June CL Tan

Children are not born with the fear of falling. It is life that conditions them to be afraid.

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Jade Fire Gold | June CL Tan

It is said that the gods test a man for a purpose; that they would never place on him a burden he could not bear. But the boy held a different view. The gods were cruel, and men were merely puppets in a grand play staged for the amusement of bored immortals.

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Jade Fire Gold | June CL Tan
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And the priests and the palace have done too good a job erasing the true history of the Empire. Pages can be burned; words, erased. Scribes can be persuaded to write new tales, new books. A new past to suit the agenda of those in power.

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Jade Fire Gold | June CL Tan
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Their home was no longer safe—not with their father dead and the stench of betrayal in the air.

#FirstLinefFridays
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Jade Fire Gold | June CL Tan
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Excited to read the tagged book!

+ I finally have all of Schwab's novels.

#bookmail

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Anatomy: A Love Story | Dana Schwartz
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Mehso-so

Hmm, nope.
Didn't know much about this when I picked it up, I just liked the cover.
Ending was abrupt and dissatisfying.
Not gonna read the sequel (if there'd be one).

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Anatomy: A Love Story | Dana Schwartz
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Kindle edition: found a couple of typos so far.

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Anatomy: A Love Story | Dana Schwartz
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I've already reached my reading goal this year! 🥳

Still going to read, of course. But with a challenge! Will try to do it monthly.

This month: only read books by new-to-me authors.

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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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I find it fitting that I finished this today. Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and mother figures out there! 💖
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I loved this! I cried 😭
Made me want to read more about Norse mythology (and/or retellings) as I know very little of it.

lumbricuslibri The only things I know about Norse myth are from these retellings in different forms: Valkyrie Profile (PS1), Ah! My Goddess (Manga/ Anime), Ragnarok: Into the Abyss (Manhwa) and MCU Thor (Movies). 2w
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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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Got this on Kindle for only $1.99. Enjoying it so far.
Thanks for the recommendation, @Ericalambbrown 😄

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Johanna414 I loved this one! 2w
Ericalambbrown Yay!!! I sure hope you continue to enjoy it (edited) 2w
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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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Mehso-so

So there's an exception: I don't like Japanese contemporary romance. (But I do like romance in my manga.)
Maybe it's the translation but I also didn't like the writing style. It's a short book but I had a hard time getting into it. The long chapters didn't help.
This was a little funny, though—that, I liked.

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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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RebL Disagree. Unless people can look in, then it‘s not so depressing as awkward. 2w
Bklover I‘m with you! I think I‘d love a window. (edited) 2w
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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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Short and sweet.
Japanese literature really tugs at my heartstrings and makes me think about life.

mackelie I have just received this one and looking forward to reading it! 2w
lumbricuslibri @mackelie Hope you enjoy it! 2w
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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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'Bean paste is very difficult, you know. Listen, lady—err, Ma'am. Have you ever made it?'

'I certainly have. I've been making it for fifty years.'

Sentaro almost dropped the dorayaki he was about to put in a paper bag. 'Fifty years?'

'Yes, half a century. Bean paste is all about feeling, young man.'

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Mehso-so

After 50%, it got more interesting and easier to read. But, I'm not going to pretend to like the prose. Because in the end, I don't think I understood anything.

jlhammar You are not alone! This book didn't really work for me either. 3w
lumbricuslibri @jlhammar yeah, the majority seems to like it so I read through the end but was just disappointed. 3w
lumbricuslibri I wanted to like it but it wasn't for me. And there were some good quotes, too! 3w
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sarahbellum I wasn‘t a fan either when I read it a few months ago. Too much flash and not enough substance. And waaaay too much whining about not knowing the mechanics of the competition 😩 3w
lumbricuslibri @sarahbellum yes! Exactly! 😞 3w
Linear I audio listened to this at night laying in bed. It was one of those books that makes me think of a story teller speaking. If that makes sense. When I was little my mom would read Hans Christian Anderson fairytales at night like this. And it reminded me of that. So it was soothing and I figured it out as its read like an old fairy tale. 2w
Linear The story is also circular. It ends at the beginning... it ends at the start of the story being told. I happened to also love this tagged book for how it's written like an old fairy tale. And a lot of people couldn't get into that one either lol. 2w
lumbricuslibri @Linear thanks for sharing! I did get that and it makes sense to me that there's a storyteller. I guess, ultimately, I just didn't like the story being told—not for me. Still interested in checking out Vassa in the Night, though. Thanks again! 😄 2w
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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I'm enjoying this book but I've been reading it for 4 days now and I just got past 50%. It's not readable for me.

I suppose I just contradicted myself. Sigh.

Prairiegirl_reading I thought slow, slow, slow. I didn‘t get much further than you and gave up. 3w
lumbricuslibri @Prairiegirl_reading it picked up for me after this mark but I still didn't really like it in the end. 3w
Prairiegirl_reading @lumbricuslibri lots of people love it but I just couldn‘t get through it. 3w
lumbricuslibri @Prairiegirl_reading I would've dnf'd it myself if I didn't want to know what happens in the end—I was disappointed. 3w
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern

"Is it not that bad to be trapped somewhere, then? Depending on where you're trapped?"

"I suppose it depends on how much you like the place you're trapped in."

"And how much you like whoever you're stuck there with."

JGadz11 So apropo.🤌🏼 3w
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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He did not receive as clear an answer about his future as he had expected, but somehow the issue does not seem as heavy as it had before.

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I don't like the helmet cover.

I wanted the UK ed (with the heart bow & arrow cover) but got the US one instead. The shop I ordered it from ran out of it but didn't tell me.

So I looked for alternatives without buying another copy. Found this dust jacket designed by a local (PH) artist. Sigh, so beautiful. 🫶

lumbricuslibri It's from https://theliteraryculture.com/, if anyone's interested. 3w
StaceGhost That‘s so cool! I love a good cover— especially/even when covering a cover! 3w
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚💚💚 3w
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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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"I'm just browsing."

I lied.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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"Celia," he says without looking up at her, "why do we wind our watch?"
"Because everything requires energy," she recites obediently, eyes still focused on her hand.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern

Prospero the Enchanter's immediate reaction upon meeting his daughter is a simple declaration of: "????, ????."

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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I've had this book for over 7 years now and I'm finally reading it.

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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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Mehso-so

- All I knew about this one before reading were (1) it's by Schwab—her debut novel—and (2) there's a witch
- First-person narrative (maybe the only 1 of her books? At least from the ones I've read. Bonus story's in 3rd-person, though)
- Quick read but it wasn't easy
- Not bad but her later books are definitely better
- So far, I don't like Schwab + romance

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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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I know my father's story.

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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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This, for those who don't know, is a book about magic.

It is also a book about fear.

Specifically, about the fear of the inside toward the outside, the antagonism between those who belong, and those who don't. Little did I know then that it would become a theme so central to my work.

lumbricuslibri That all my stories, from 𝘈 𝘋𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘦𝘳 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 to 𝘝𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 to 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘚𝘰𝘯𝘨, would center on those who felt lost inside their own worlds, or found inside someone else's. But at twenty-one, as a second-semester senior at university, stealing hours in a coffee shop each night to write, and as a young adult on the cusp of graduation, and the unknown of life beyond school, 4w
lumbricuslibri I felt pressed between two chapters of my own life, and as if I belonged to neither.

That is the world in which this book was written.
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Daughter of the Siren Queen | Tricia Levenseller
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- Quick and easy reads
- Badass female characters
- Witty banter
- Okay worldbuilding and twists
- So many names, so little descriptions

Overall an enjoyable duology!

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Daughter of the Siren Queen | Tricia Levenseller
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Daughter of the Siren Queen | Tricia Levenseller

"I will concede that I do feel more alive when I think I'm about to die," he says.

"You're not going to die," I tell him.

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💖 𝕊𝕆 ℙℝ𝔼-𝕋𝔼𝔸 🍵

It's finally here!
BookDepo actually cancelled my pre-order, said they're unable to fulfil it (2 weeks after publication!). So I ordered from Amazon, which is more expensive because of shipping (I'm in the PH—and, unfortunately, this isn't available at the local bookstores yet).
Good thing I can use my credit card reward points on Amazon, this was practically free.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 💗 4w
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Daughter of the Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller
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Daughter of the Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller
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"I'm going to show you something more magical than the stars."

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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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The worldbuilding was more in-depth in this book and it made this a slow read for me—to the point I almost got tired of reading and just wanted it to end. Still, it was a good one.

Not sure how to feel about that ending, though. I mean, I'm happy some died and some are alive. Guess I just didn't expect it to make that turn towards the end. Kinda felt rushed even though it was a long book? Yeah.

Glad to know there will be short stories soon!

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The Toll | Neal Shusterman

"What is it about us, [...]?" [he] said. "What is it that drives us to seek such lofty goals, yet tear out the foundations? Why must we always sabotage the pursuit of our own dreams?"

"We are imperfect beings," [she] said. "How could we ever fit in a perfect world?

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The Toll | Neal Shusterman

"Why do you hate me so?" she asked.

"I don't hate you," he admitted. "It's just that you're always so sure of yourself."

"I am unwavering," [she] told him. "With so many things in flux, there's got to be someone who stands firm."

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