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marie3blue

marie3blue

Joined May 2016

Lovable introvert, Nerdy teacher, Former bookseller
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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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This one is going really slowly. While I don‘t dislike it, the events and characters surrounding one MC are so similar to The Hunger Games that it is distracting. There is also the very obvious likeness to Shadow and Bone. It‘s not so much that the book is unoriginal, it‘s just so similar in some ways to others that that is all I can focus on. Anyone else read this one?

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Enjoying my birthday gift. I‘ve wanted to try one of these for years!

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As much as I enjoy Hobb‘s writing, I feel like I‘ve taken an emotional beating every time I finish one. And the cliff hangers! The characters get such a hold on your heart. I love these books but I think I need a rom-com chaser or maybe a fantasy or sci-fi with a happy ending. 😄

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Took advantage of Prime Day and replaced my old Kindle (that the battery had blown up on).

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Private Label | Kelly Yang
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The book was sweet, funny, and I enjoyed the glimpse into Chinese culture. Having lost a parent to disease two years ago, I could relate to the character‘s struggle with learning that her mom had cancer and what came after. It resonated despite my being ver different from the main character.

marie3blue I blurbed before that I heard about this book through the narrator, Natalie Naudus, on Instagram. It was a good audiobook read 🎧 I enjoyed Naudus‘ performance as well as the person who did the male lead‘s performance. 5mo
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Magic Stars | Ilona Andrews
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Some Ilona Andrews while waiting for the fireworks 🎆

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Private Label | Kelly Yang

Want to listen to. Stated following this narrator on Reels. Love her voice. Put a hold on The Doughnut Trap, another one she narrates. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CeOcBkeAzP1/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

marie3blue The one I put on hold: 5mo
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Fuzzy Nation | John Scalzi
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Currently reading.

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I am of two minds on this book. On one side, I enjoyed the writing, I liked Nina, I enjoyed the small townish setting and the quirkiness that implies. On the other hand, conflict seemed resolved too easily and while I liked the love interest, he got on my nerves with his total lack of understanding even in the face of a full blown panic attack.

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The Orphans of Raspay | Lois McMaster Bujold
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Penric and Desdemona being their lovable selves. Bujold writing an exciting and thoughtful story. I can always count on Bujold, especially in the World of the Five Gods.

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Had to bail on this one. Just not my taste or at minimum not working for me right now.

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Stuck with You | Ali Hazelwood
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Cute short read. Good narrator.

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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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🎉🥳

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Love both of the books I‘ve read by this author so far. Have “People You Meet on Vacation” waiting on my shelf. Borrowed the audiobook 🎧. Good reader.

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This one really hit home. It was an emotional and ultimately uplifting read.

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Penric's Travels | Lois McMaster Bujold
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Love Pendric and Desdemona! All of Bujold‘s stories have excellent world-building, but the “World of the Five Gods” is particularly engrossing.

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“Maybe true safety lies not in roots, but in feet. Or wings.”

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Started my Spring Break by reading Penric‘s Demon. The first novella in this compilation. I have listened to Penric‘s Fox a while back so it was nice to get the beginning of the story. Love Bujold‘s worlds as usual.

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Well Matched | Jen DeLuca
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Enjoyed this contemporary romance. I have been meaning to read Well Met for a while but this one was available and I needed a sweet escape read. Highly recommend if you‘re looking for that too.

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Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Great warm and fuzzy read (though some of the writing especially at the beginning is a little cringy but not anything that turned me off of it). I enjoyed the characters and the development of their romance. Gets hotter than I expected. Between this, Julie James, and Eloisa James I‘m beginning to think I have a “type” of romance author and that type is highly educated 😄

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The Prince and the Troll | Rainbow Rowell
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Mehso-so

Kind of a twilight zone/ fairy tale/ YA short story. Not exactly what I was expecting, but well worth the time it took to read.

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Dragonflight | Anne McCaffrey
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the Harper series sent in this same world, and McCaffrey is classic so I picked this up for an easygoing nighttime read. I can see how this world and McCaffrey‘s style may have influenced some of the series I love now, but this book is not great in my opinion. The writing is much better in the Harper series.

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Power Of Persuasion | Selena Montgomery
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I‘ll have to look into this.

BookishMarginalia I saw that! 2y
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Just ordered from my local bookshop. Violet pet the kitty cat while we were there and I picked up a couple of used cozy mysteries too.

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Tempest | Beverly Jenkins
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Enjoying this one. On the look out for more romance (I‘m not opposed to steamy, but I‘m not into “erotica” 50 Shades types) and fun fantasy by non-white authors with non-white MCs. If you have any great recommendations, let me know.

Tera0707 I‘m reading Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan. I‘m not too far in, but so far I‘m enjoying it ☺️ I also really like Alyssa Cole and her Reluctant Royals series 2y
Mrs_B I‘m reading this one at the minute - it‘s a cute romance so far! @Tera0707 2y
marie3blue Thanks for the recommendations 😊 I‘ve seen a lot of mentions of “Queen Move”. Think I‘ll add that one to my list of books to pick up next time I visit the bookstore. 2y
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Clean Sweep | Ilona Andrews
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Gertrude Hunt is #goals

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A Civil Campaign | Lois McMaster Bujold
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Miles channeling Benedick ❤️

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A Civil Campaign | Lois McMaster Bujold
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‪Pretending that I might get a few minutes to read today. 😂 #wishfulthinking #DistanceTeaching
‪PS please don‘t judge my Baen cover art. Or my stellar breakfast choices. 😄Focus on my cool bookmark and fantastic taste in science fiction 😉‬

tokorowilliamwallace I don't usually eat breakfast, but when I do it's oatmeal with cottage cheese. You're making me want to look out for this author at the resale charity shop. I need more classic 80s/90s fantasy. 7mo
marie3blue Bujold is fantastic. This one is well into her Vorkosigan series which is science fiction but I also highly recommend her World of the Five Gods books, which is fantasy. Vorkosigan begins with “Shards of Honor” 7mo
marie3blue Five Gods begins with 7mo
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Longbourn | Jo Baker
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Taking a break from Vorkosigan for some regency. Can‘t run out of Vorkosigan in the middle of this thing. #carona #quarantine

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Falling Free | Lois McMaster Bujold
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"Our troubles would have been over if Brucie-Baby had scored a hit. Or if the vortex mirror had blown up in the middle of the jump. Or if- Don't be afraid of trouble, Silver. They're a sign of life. We'll deal with them together - tomorrow"

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Falling Free | Lois McMaster Bujold
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My current audiobook read is proving to have been a great choice. 😊

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Mad Ship | Robin Hobb
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Mad Ship | Robin Hobb
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Intriguing continuation of the Live Ship Trader story. Can‘t wait to see what happens in the conclusion.

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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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I saw this quote on FB and had to share. I read Bleak House a few year ago, really need to read Great Expectations.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 4y
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My past few weeks have called for romance novels and a couple of beers. This was a great Stout and Julie James always delivers an enjoyable romance.

tokorowilliamwallace Yes, Founder's is a solid brewery. 7mo
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Mirror Dance | Lois McMaster Bujold
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Didn‘t feel like using the audiobook cover art again, and this seems to fit. Great book, heart wrenching and well written. With the typical Vorkosigan ending that leaves you resolved but so wanting more.

tokorowilliamwallace Have you read the Rick and Morty and Philosophy volume of the massive Philosophy and Pop Culture collection? There's one for Discworld and Adventure Time, too. 7mo
marie3blue I have not. I like Rick and Morty but as far as his shows I‘m more of a Community fan. 7mo
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Mirror Dance | Lois McMaster Bujold
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Despite the fact that I know Miles lives (he must I‘m pretty sure there are more books with him) it is agonizing to have him dead. 😫

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I finished Fire Touched today. Not the best entry in the Mercy Thompson universe, but I still enjoyed it as I do all of Briggs‘ books. Also finished a re-listen to Alpha & Omega and Cry Wolf. PHOTO CREDIT- David Moynahan

marie3blue The Walking Stick 😢😭 4y
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Wearing my bookworm socks to work for literacy week!

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1. Fantasy
2. Don‘t like heights or any “hairy” type spiders
3. An astronaut or a veterinarian
4. 78F (Florida 🤷🏻‍♀️)
5. Hello to me 😉😁

#friyayintro @howjessreads

A little late, but I wanted to do this anyway 😊

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White Hot | Ilona Andrews
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😂 Library‘s shirtless guy display. 😄

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The Spirit Ring | Lois McMaster Bujold
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One of the benefits of your baby refusing to nap in her crib, is lots of forced downtime on the weekends for reading in bed or in the arm chair in her room. I think it‘s a good thing, as I work so hard all week and since my work (teaching 21+ elementary students) tends to seep over into family time. Currently reading this dark fantasy by one of my favorite authors.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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“Offer people a new creed with a costume and their hearts and minds will follow.”
How painfully true for those of us living in the US right now.

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Never Touch a Dragon | Rosie Greening
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Never Touch a Dragon is her favorite!

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Just started the audiobook version of Good Omens. Great performance and a fun read so far.

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I finished Wildfire a few days ago. Great read from Ilona Andrews as usual. 😄

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Just posted this to my store's page. I am still a little bit jealous of people's snuggly snowed in pics. But just a little. --It's a snow day and we're snuggled up with a good book. Just kidding, it's Florida and a gorgeous, sunny 65 outside. We do have coffee, a cozy bookstore, and lots of good reads for you to choose from.

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Seraphina | Rachel Hartman
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It's been quite a while since I first read Seraphina, but it was my pick today for a bookstagram for my store. Sally, the store cat, was having none of my picture taking. She wanted my full attention and lots of petting. Seraphina is a great read, BTW.

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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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This didn't have the impact on me that Fangirl had, but if you like Rainbow Rowell this one has the same feeling of realness, of connection to a time of life and to characters who you know and feel familiarity with . I liked that it made a story of abuse accessible without drowning the reader in depression or down playing the awful realities. Read it. Offer it to the teens in your life.

britt_brooke Love this one! 💕 (edited) 6y
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