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mariaku21

mariaku21

Joined July 2017

when not adulting, I've got my nose stuck in a book. Find me: https://linktr.ee/mariakureads
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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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Catching up with these past reviews.. And i just love how the sun filtered oh so nicely through the curtains that i just had to take this pic.

Seriously though, the curiosity of how this series goes on is gonna bother me until I can read the next one...

*passively aggressively shaking my first at him*

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The Black Dahlia | James Ellroy
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Review is up for Ellroy's fictionalized account of Elizabeth Short's murder featuring a seedy and hardened set of characters in the equally shady backdrop of a 1947 Los Angeles that I ended up enjoying. 4 ⭐ from me!

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The Last Girl | Joe Hart
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Review is finally up! ⁣
It only took me a few weeks to get back into the swing of things but back in I am! 🤣⁣

Hart's dystopian themed novel is not something I normally read but it was interesting that's for sure. I may read the subsequent books, not sure yet but if anyone's read them, how did you like them

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Middle School: Dog's Best Friend | James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
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To all my teachers out there, click or copy and paste the link for a chance to win some cash and books from Scholastic and James Patterson

http://www.scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership/

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Ready to Read | Janet S. Fenholt
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I'm taking that weekend to give myself some "me time"!! Can't wait for it!

Thanks @TheReadingMermaid and @Andrew65 for another #24b4monday

TheReadingMermaid You are very welcome and thank you for sharing 😘 2mo
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New Garden Book | Better Homes and Gardens
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1. One from last week as I was helping my mama in her garden and what a garden!
2. Walks along my fave haunts in and around Downtown LA and just basking in sun.
3. "You can't always get what you, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need."
4.tagging @Amabear from LMPBC and I wanted to let you know that i'm mailing out your book. I got real sick in Feb and am sorry bout that.

@Eggs thanx to @Jerdencon for the tag

Eggs Yes that is quite the garden 🌿🌳🍃🌱🌼🌸🌺 Thanks for playing ❣️ 2mo
Jerdencon Beautiful garden 🌺 2mo
Amabear Totally fine :) Iv had some sickness too, hope your feeling better! Beautiful garden 😍 2mo
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Can Dolly get any better?
I have no children but spreading the awesomeness for those that do!

Check the link for more info
https://imaginationlibrary.com

#litsyhappenings #freebooks

wordzie So super 😎❤❤ 2mo
Eggs That is so nice 4w
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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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I'm running behind on all my book reviews because well I got caught up in RL stuff but did I ever mention how much I love Anne and her over the top dramaticness that could give any leading actress a run for their money?

annahenke Love this edition. 2mo
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I'm torn on this one; while I loved some aspects, overall I was ok with the book. Not in love but also just ok with it as it was fairly predictable to me once it got going but what I did love was the audio narration.

Bahni Turpin and Robbie Daymond totally nailed it and made it just so much more likeable for me.

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Pride and Prometheus | John Kessel
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This was such a good mix of two classics with a twist.
I enjoyed how Kessel was able to keep the characteristics of both novels intact while creating something of his own story within.

#readharder #popsugarchallenge

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Sewing For Dummies | Jan Saunders Maresh
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It's not perfect and I haven't sewn anything other than a button but I am damn proud of the sleeve I made for my tablet.
It fits perfectly 😄

I probably should get myself the tagged book if i plan to make more. Either that or a sewing machine 😂

LiteraryinLititz It looks great! 3mo
mariaku21 @LiteraryinLititz Thank you 😃 3mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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First off, I had way too much fun making this graphic and two it was worth it. 5 ⭐

I and Will present to you my favorite nonfiction book of 2019. It was informative, full of history and personality from the very Central Library and the people who have worked and work within still.

I will never see this library the same and to think I had never known of this fire until now and I visit this library every month.

#readharderchallenge

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The Game Plan | Kristen Callihan
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Let me tell you now that I picked this book specifically because of the cover. I am a sucker for a bearded man, tattoos, and hair that just happens to fall over the forehead. 3 ⭐

Read for #readingwomenchallenge
no.22- Book you got because of the cover

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The Game Plan | Kristen Callihan
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Ended at 19 hours in and had I not been pulled away to be social earlier today I might have pulled off the whole thing but it feels awesome to have finished the 4 I did and get a few more started!

Congrats to all my fellow readers in either #24in48 or #24b4Monday for the reads you enjoyed, finished, or started!

@24in48 @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid I think that's a great number!!! Congrats to you! 👏🏻👏🏻😁🎉🎉🎉 4mo
GypsyKat You did great! 👏👏👏 4mo
mariaku21 @TheReadingMermaid Thanks for hosting the event and can't wait for Feb. 4mo
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mariaku21 @GypsyKat YOU did amazing!! 4mo
Librarybelle Great job! 4mo
Andrew65 19 hours, simply brilliant! 🙌🙌🙌 4mo
hes7 Nice! 🎉 4mo
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The Game Plan | Kristen Callihan
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Ending my reading for the night for some needed sleep but I feel pretty good about my odd book selections.
I am such a mood reader sometimes 😂

#24in48 #24b4Monday

TheReadingMermaid Look at you go girl!!! That's amazing congratulations! 👍🏻😃👍🏻 4mo
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I thoroughly enjoyed this picture book so it stands to reason that so will the age group it's meant for.

Rex has taking his turn at Darth Vader by wondering what scares him, for surely everyone, even Darth Vader, must be scared of something?
The full art illustrations are great to look at, the typography just as fantastic and plays well into the art but stands out for easy reading and I absolutely loved the ending.

#24in48 #24b4Monday

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With more than 60% into another two books plus some fanfic reading, I can claim this one as done! Since last night till now, almost 10 hours
I walked into this book after seeing the film and I am still in disbelief that not only did this happen but that Stallworth lived to tell the tale. Here is a direct piece of history that I am glad to have read as it would never have seen the light had Stallworth not written this.

#24in48 #24b4Monday

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I downloaded this one thanks to @DarcysMom who posted about it months ago and while I wasn't sure by the title how much was going to be a retelling, it works. Nelson stayed fairly true to the original P&P but added her own twist with alternating POVs, space, and changing just enough of the characters that while staying true were also modern.

First book down for #24in48 and #24b4monday!

Kaye 👍🏼 4mo
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Signed up and ready to go for this weekends #24in48readathon

Who else is with me?
https://24in48.com

Kaye Good luck 🍀 4mo
Traci1 I'm in. Can't wait! I'm sure I'll fail spectacularly, but it should be fun anyway. 😁 4mo
TheSpineView I am going to do it in conjunction with the #24B4Monday readathon that @TheReadingMermaid @andrew65 are hosting. I have to work so I don't think I will make either goal 4mo
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Andrew65 Good luck with it and great to have you with us. 👏👍 4mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Key thing is to enjoy the reading you do manage to get to. 4mo
mariaku21 @TheSpineView omg, thank you for reminding me about the #24b4monday readathon... I can't believe i forgot. 😵 it's been a crazy few days in RL. Well @TheReadingMermaid and @Andrew65 count me in! 4mo
TheSpineView @mariaku21 You are welcome!🙂 4mo
TheReadingMermaid Lol it's okay sweetie no worries. There's still lots of time to clock in! 😁 4mo
Andrew65 @mariaku21 Yey! 👍👏 4mo
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A short and sweet novella featuring a second chance trope as well as a large misunderstanding gone wrong from the two MCs plus one lovable dog that was just what I was looking for in between heavier reads. A solid 3 ⭐s

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The offbeat, raunchy, yet honest recording captured their wittiness as they bantered with each other and had me laughing and sighing as Offerman waxes poetically and generously about how much he loves Mullally and Mullally, in turn, had me laughing with her side commentary ("Not her again.") and gushing over how she fell in love with him.

Jdav9613 I love her....she is so funny! 4mo
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American Gods Volume 1: Shadows (Graphic Novel) | Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell
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This is a fairly word per word version of the first arc of the novel which was great to read again but the artwork itself was not as engrossing and in some moments didn't do enough justice to the scenes as written but I did love some of the David Mack pieces that are in between the issues but then again it was hard to not love them with their color and touch of magic.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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1.the tagged book
2. Coffee 😍
3. Coffeeeee. Haha

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in ☕😊 4mo
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I unexpectedly blew my original goal of 75 out of the water thanks to a lot of new bookish apps and audiobooks.
Thanks to anyone that ever recommended a book and can't wait to see what'll be read in 2019.

Amabear Is this a goodreads screenshot or Litsy? 5mo
mariaku21 It's a Goodreads screenshot @Amabear . sorry about the late reply, RL is keeping me away 4mo
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In reading this one, I realized just how much of a Batman fan I am as I couldn't suppress what I already know of him in order to take this book as a reimagining or retelling.

Listening to Will Damron read this was a delight and he brought so many emotions to Bruce that helped the writing be a bit more grounded and for me, that was the real reason I enjoyed it because I was close to DNFing this more than once.

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Thanks again to @SerialReader for another interesting read!

Definitely different than what I was expecting as I was thinking this was a novella steeped in horror but instead it's an interesting but convoluted story that features gothic elements.

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Fully Booked | Emma Strandberg
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imabusybee You got this 💪🤩 5mo
mariaku21 @imabusybee Thanks 😁 5mo
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I ended up much more in love with these flawed characters because of their flaws and while not everyone overcomes them, which is true in life, I loved them anyway and can't wait to read another book from Dawson in the future. 4 ⭐

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Better late than never but wishing you great people a very happy holiday with love, laughs, and especially great reads! 🎉📚🎁🎉

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I Flipping Love You | Helena Hunting
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A case of mistaken identity leads one Pierce Whitfield to probably the best thing that could happen all summer as he finally catches the women who hit his car. Too bad he was yelling at the wrong twin 😂

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This volume was an interesting ride into possibly different "origin" stories but let me just say that I love Nancy and her "I'm the Xander" moment.
I'm an Oz myself, but I feel you Nancy ?

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I fell in love with this set of characters and am loving the audiobook read by an ensemble cast of actors that brought out the character traits of each. Interesting book told through letters about the love of literature and the strength of the human spirit.

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This book was a complete and utter surprise! Not only did it include some great basics but Parks went above and beyond to include up to 4 variations per dish and start every chapter with history on the dish of choice. Did you know that there was a real man called Captain Licorice? How about what we consider as fudge today had roots in a sorority bedroom? I didn't either till reading this and i loved the history just as much as the recipes!

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@amabear the above package was shipped out to you so you should be getting it hopefully this weekend.🙂

Again I'm sorry if this delays your reading 😩

Amabear It‘s all good :) I‘ll catch up fast. 6mo
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Why did I wait this long to read about the amazing and unbeatable Squirrel Girl is beyond me but this was great and funny read.
Plus the cameos were both adorkable and unexpected.

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I Flipping Love You | Helena Hunting
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Thanks @Jerdencon for the tag! #friyayintro @howjessreads
1. This'll sound boring but laundry. The laundry will eat me if I don't.. 😭

2. See above plus I'll see about sneaking in some reads and maybe some holiday movies and wine.

3. All cookies are holiday cookies aren't they?

4. Currently at work so no reading yet but hopefully i'll finish the tagged book.

5. Tagging #grouph @Amabear

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Oops! | David Shannon
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Dear #grouph I am so sorry!
I messed up on the address 😢 the good news is that the USPS has returned the package to me so I'll be sending it back out again tomorrow with the corrected address.

Again I'm sorry @Amabear @Jerdencon @ads0123

Jerdencon Happened to me too last round! It happens. 6mo
Amabear I‘m sending my book tomorrow! I got behind but all on track now! 6mo
Amabear Also- I love you for using house 😂😍 6mo
mariaku21 @Amabear He felt appropriate 😂 6mo
mariaku21 @Jerdencon Haha I'm sure the post office is used to it 6mo
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Monstress Vol. 3 | Marjorie Liu
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That's it, this comic owns me! 🤣
The story has just gotten even more interesting with every subsequent read and the artwork, which I can't stop staring at is just as amazing to look at!

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This has been in my iPad for a while and once started it was a fairly fast read. I loved Finn and Pru's relationship. They both really balanced each other out and were quick on the dialogue and flirting but real enough to admit when they mess up and apologize to each other about it which a nice change from other reads. A solid 4 stars.

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The Turn of the Screw | Jeffrey Hatcher
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Finished 1 book, 6 comics, and made pretty good progress in the others pictured this weekend for #24b4monday but only managed to read for 20 hrs.. Work still managed to thwart my plans 😩

@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid You still did very well and I'm sure you'll do even better next month 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
Andrew65 Only managed to read 20 hours, that is a great total - well done! 👍👏👏👏 Thanks for playing along 😊 6mo
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Monstress Vol. 2 | Marjorie Liu
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Read for #24b4monday and am still loving the art style, the use of muted colors among the bright pops of color, and the odd but intricate storyline that has me hooked still.

This volume ends with a cliffhanger that i can't wait to get to so heading over to #hoopla to find it!

@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Great going, well done! 👏 6mo
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Early on I realized that this was an early Reid book and that the hero, is actually a relation to one of Reid's characters in her Winston Brothers series, which I'm very much in love with, and contented to the idea that maybe this wouldn't be up to par with her current writing and I'm pretty thankful that I didn't compare the two too harshly. The traits that I love about Reid's heroines are visible in Janie the MC but I wasn't in love with her.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls | Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo
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100 short but interesting stories centered on 100 amazing women, from various fields, and around the world and read by an equally amazing set of female narrators.
Safe to say I loved this right? 😍

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Still loving Kamala! Girl writes her own fanfiction 😍

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Interesting book. Still, thinking about it as it included a lot of technical details about pianos, malaria and history.

Blaire I felt similarly. Also, I will get your book back to you in the mail shortly. It‘s been in my car for weeks just haven‘t made it to the post office. Will do this week. 6mo
mariaku21 @Blaire Sorry I've been absent but I did get the book back. With the holidays all coming in the way they do, everyone gets busy but thank you! 6mo
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Book Clubbed | Lorna Barrett
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@Jerdencon I'm definitely going to be mailing your book tomorrow, work has me going in before and leaving after the postal offices are closed. I'm sorry bout that.

@ads0123 and @Amabear I'm excited for this round and can't wait to see what you ladies picked!

Amabear Are we supposed to be mailing our books now? Or reading and mailing at the end of November? 7mo
mariaku21 Reading to mail for the end of november. Sorry bout the confusion 😅 7mo
Jerdencon @mariaku21 no worries - I just finished my book too and will be putting it in the mail to @Wannabe_Quijote this week 7mo
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Monstress Vol. 1 | Marjorie Liu
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Omg the artwork alone is worth second and third glances...Takeda is an amazing illustrator to bring life to the story by Liu that I can't wait to get my hands on the next volume 😍

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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The nice thing about work -listening to audiobooks on repeat. I couldn't get over how amazingly well written this book was and Acevedo's voice has this beautiful accent and her rhythm as she reads this is just so on point I can gush about it for hours....HOURS!!!
5 ⭐

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Read for @TheReadingMermaid #24b4mondayreadathon

Got to finish these 4, put a dent in another two and read a lot of fanfiction to get me to just 14 hours. If it wasn't for working on Saturday, I might have gotten another 8 hrs 😢

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Just finished this book so I'm off to re-watch the movie again as the holiday insists.
The all-new sequel was a good story that introduced some new characters to go along with Max and Danny as the Sanderson Sisters are back again.

Read in part for #24b4mondayreadathon