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mdemanatee

mdemanatee

Joined May 2016

Build me a lush world and I'll come over to play https://teaandtomes.wordpress.com
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Exhausted but needed to leave the apartment.

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Fumbled | Alexa Martin
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I didn‘t like this one as much as the first. But I listened to this quickly in a time where jt‘s taking me longer to get through books(physics and audio).

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When one of my books clubs picked this as the book to kick off our summer I had just ordered Normal People on my own and was just like “whelp I hope I like her.” My book Club took a month hiatus due to scheduling but after reading Normal People I am so excited to jump into this for Friday.

BarbaraBB Loved this one! 5d
Cathythoughts I liked this one too. Not as much as Normal People though 5d
Chelsea.Poole Also loved Normal People! Started this yesterday in hopes it is good also🤞🏻 5d
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Home Remedies | Xuan Juliana Wang
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I don‘t know if I am the best or the worst at library holds anymore.

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Guys my new role and actually having a social life is really cutting into my reading time 😭

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Opposite of Always | Justin A Reynolds
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Wasn‘t sure I would get this done before the audiobook is due back to the library but I have to make time because the beginning is so good.

marleed Story of my life - the library thing! 2w
mdemanatee @marleed I know! I am so far behind right now 😭 I just keep getting in holds. I am too good at it. 2w
marleed Me too. I currently have Overdrive accounts at 3 separate libraries. Two of them have an impressive overdrive library, but one of those accounts expires this month. The third is comically sad. I have such fun with these holds. Brand new releases- free for the experience! 2w
marleed Funny thing is that I spend more money on books with overdrive because I often follow up with a physical copy! 2w
mdemanatee @marleed I spend way way too much time planning out my holds. And what will go on hold the minute I have a hold slot free. And then I often get to library books before owned books since there‘s that due date. Ah well. The TBR will always win. 2w
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The Dead Queens Club | Hannah Capin
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“Listen up let me tell you a story” about how the Queens 👑 of Six inspired me to “take you to court” with these readalikes for the Booklist Reader. And “get down” with the Queens at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre through August 4th. https://www.booklistreader.com/2019/06/03/books-and-authors/dont-lose-ur-head-si...

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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson
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I‘m still behind and have to have this sucker done for a book club on Friday. I am 55 pages in 😂😭 (to be fair I have been working like 10 hour days the last couple weeks)

emz711 I'm reading it too. Can you motivate me because I'm a high of chapters in and I'm thinking of bailing 2w
mdemanatee @emz711 I‘m enjoying so far but hopefully I can get chugging. My friend did warn me there‘s a decent amount of set up in this one. 2w
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Mirage | Somaiya Daud
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I‘ve been training in a new role at work so moving through audiobooks slower and longer days combined with the training means I have been moving through regular books slower too—but I am slipping in some audio before bed

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Finale: A Caraval Novel | Stephanie Garber
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I may not be going to BEA this week but I will be finishing a series I picked up at BEA 2016 (Also, yes, I panicked and slapped my preorder signature plate on the front endpapers; don‘t judge me)

ErinSueGreads 😂😂😂 panicked. I can totally relate to that. 3w
mdemanatee @ErinSueGreads the first title page was so busy and I missed the 2nd one on my first pass through and I have regrets 3w
ErinSueGreads NO TAKE BACKS 😳😂 3w
mdemanatee @ErinSueGreads I know 😭 3w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Ok I absolutely adored this. Thanks to tumblr user carpemermaidart for the image.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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I got some really bad news about a HS friend I haven‘t talked to in a while yesterday (reminder on this Memorial Day weekend to not drink and drive). But these jerks are cheering me up immensely.

Lovesbooks87 So sorry to hear about your friend! I loved this book. 3w
balletbookworm I‘m buying this today!! 3w
balletbookworm And sending you hugs and love ❤️ 3w
mdemanatee @balletbookworm I took a chance and preordered and have regretted nothing. Also thank you! ❤️ 3w
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Picked up this tote at B&N to help prep for pride month

Lovesbooks87 You got some pretty amazing books there! 3w
mdemanatee @Lovesbooks87 and those are just my physical copies! 3w
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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A quick but deep novel that adds in a touch of something odd—thoroughly recommend

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It wasn‘t a full read by the water day (what do you mean the river walk is busier now that weekends are my day off too. Shocker) but it was a good sneak in some audiobook time while wandering downtown day.

SamAnne Where is that? Beautiful. 3w
mdemanatee @SamAnne State street bridge downtown Chicago 3w
Samplergal ❤️❤️❤️ love Chicago. Just in summer though. 😂 3w
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SamAnne @mdemanatee Oh wow! Beautiful. Have always wanted to visit Chicago. Have made it to the Great Lakes in Michigan but not Chicago! 3w
mdemanatee @Samplergal I do the winters so I feel like I‘ve really earned the summers! 3w
mdemanatee @SamAnne Come visit! 3w
SamAnne @mdemanatee it‘s on my list! And I get you about making it through the winters to enjoy spring, summer, fall beauty. I‘m in Spokane and it was a long winter! 3w
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Not watching GOT but still enjoying some fantastical courtly politics.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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My preorder has a slight bend to the corner but I am gonna be chill

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This is a K-Pop themed reading evening because my friends are having a BTS weekend complete with seeing the Chicago tour both nights and getting a hotel suite in a city we live in.

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The Mister | E L James
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The library audio was available, so listened while putting in overtime today. I just had to know.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Another Alias Grace-esque story in which a male psychologist attempts to “fix” a female patient convicted of murder he becomes obsessed with, while he has his own issues in the background. I am not through yet so I am waiting to see if it is self aware enough to know it is doing this and provide commentary on this idea through its portrayal.

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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The temp dropped in Chicago tonight so I am taking myself on a vacay via this romance.

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It‘s beautiful in Chicago. I went on a walk. I came home with a new book 😂

OrangeMooseReads That is my kind of walk 😆 1mo
mdemanatee @OrangeMooseReads My subconscious was leading me. 1mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Wow this articulates this well

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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My preorder came and I will never be over this cover.

Liatrek This series has the best covers❤️ 1mo
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Defy the Fates | Claudia Gray
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I just finished the last in this trilogy. I don‘t know that this one felt as propulsive as the others, but I was engaged throughout and just glad to get to spend more time with these characters—especially Abel.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would and the audiobook is a great production.

Readergrrl Dang, I loved this book! Listened to it too and I‘m STILL thinking about it!! 2mo
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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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Oops I did it again. Final haul. #ChiLoveBooks

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The Independent Bookstore haul so far thanks to Women and Children First, the Book Cellar, and @RoscoeBooks in Chicago. #ChiLoveBooks

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A Dangerous Collaboration | Deanna Raybourn
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Why does this have a foot note to refer me to the previous book for “the investigation we had just concluded”? That takes me out of the world and I do not think I like it. I flipped through and there is at least one more footnote referencing the previous books. No other footnotes. And I don‘t recall the other books having this. Am I just nitpicking?

rretzler No, the footnotes took me out of the book too - I thought they were quite weird. I think one referenced all the previous books and I thought that was strange. 2mo
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Capturing the Devil | Kerri Maniscalco

The sound I made when I finally read the blurb and realized it‘s HH Holmes

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Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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I read this years ago when it came out and left a copy at home rather than take it back to the city with me. My Mom picked it up when she needed a book for a day of subbing and hadn‘t been to the library and she has mentioned multiple times this weekend how much she disliked it 😂 I gave it 4 stars when I read it.

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Sherwood | Meagan Spooner
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Trying to get caught up on some reading before Easter dinner.

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The Golem and the Djinni | Helene Wecker
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Decided to reread this beloved book on audio for book club before tackling my next frontlist title on Scribd. Only to find myself capped. This is only my second audiobook of the month and I just listened to my first this weekend when I reset on the 26th. I usually get 3 frontlist titles but after a year of seeing my perks get less and less I am frustrated. Any other Scribd users experiencing this?

balletbookworm A number of friends have been commenting on this almost monthly that they get throttled very quickly. It happens so often I‘m surprised the service is still operating and people haven‘t left in disgust 2mo
mdemanatee @balletbookworm I‘m frustrated monthly and this might be my breaking point. If I‘m going to be waiting anyway might as well do it from the library. (edited) 2mo
mdemanatee @balletbookworm I feel like I should clarify I have been using the library too j just only get so many holds on frontlist titles so I had a whole system. But also I am training right now so not getting through as many audiobooks so 2mo
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Arcadia | Tom Stoppard
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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“She appears in an Off Broadway production of A Doll‘s House. A run that lasts 10 years.” I‘m sorry what? This isn‘t the Fantasticks. I‘m sorry. I cannot suspend my disbelief here. Maybe it‘s my theatre side of the same ‘ole plays being programmed over and over. But no. Honestly this was already kind of annoying me.

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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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Ah! Thank you @WilliamMorrowBooks what an absolutely gorgeous ARC with that French flap/deckled edge double whammy. I was already excited but those comp titles have me like 😍. When #blameitonlitsy becomes #thankstolitsy

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The Wicked + the Divine 1: The Faust Act | Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
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Guess the Birthday Boy enjoyed his present.

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Crown of Feathers | Nicki Pau Preto
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On the way to a friend‘s bday brunch one of the independents in the city had a free ARC table. They‘re now my fave.

wen4blu I'm really enjoying the audiobook of 2mo
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Familiar Things | Hwang Sok-Yong
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One of my best friends has a bday next weekend and she‘s looking forward to a trip to Korea later this year so I got her one of my fave Korean books in translation I know she hasn‘t read.

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Finale: A Caraval Novel | Stephanie Garber
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I won this awesome online giveaway from Macmillan teen! And they even threw in the new Meredith Russo!

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Villette | Charlotte Brontë
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My friend Mandy and I are starting a booktube channel. First up is Villette. I yell about attics. Mandy appreciates fops. (We‘ll work on clarity and editing/production as we go, but for now enjoy two former booksellers in their element). Warnings for: spoilers, language, and strong feelings about Emily Brontë https://youtu.be/5a0UdNBXzwQ

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Trouble is a Friend of Mine | Stephanie Tromly
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When Libro.fm has the backlist audiobook you‘ve been wanting to listen to that the library doesn‘t have- and it‘s on sale for $5

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I realize I am cutting off some of the cute cover but I just now read beyond KPop star and journalist and this was an important revelation.

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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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The lush language here is making a great listen so far

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My brother is a music teacher and works with multiple marching band programs, so there‘s only like one break a year where he can find some time to pleasure read. He purchased this based on a recommendation list I made for him last year (Bird Box was last year‘s read) and I promptly forgot what was on the list 😂 Part of me was sad because I was working on a new list. But happy this is what he went with.

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A Question of Holmes | Brittany Cavallaro
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I‘ve worked 12 of the last 14 days so I have earned this

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Villette | Charlotte Brontë
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Well that‘s an interesting typo that makes me genuinely curious as to the editing process of a classic reprint.

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Firestarter | Tara Sim
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Time is an illusion.