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mjdowens

Joined April 2016

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Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
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Old Man's War by John Scalzi
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Antarctic Navigation by Elizabeth Arthur
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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
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Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger
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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
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Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand
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Smoke by Dan Vyleta
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11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
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Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
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A Book of Night Women by Marlon James
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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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I have tried and dnf‘d this book 3 times in the past 2 years I have owned it. Something compelled me to keep the book and keep trying. Started it again last night and am now over 100 pages in. Slightly confused, but really intrigued now. I have a feeling I will be purchasing the rest of the series. Maybe I just wasn‘t ready for it before.

Lauredhel Once it sinks its teeth into you, it won't let go. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really enjoyed it, it takes awhile until all the threads start coming together, but it‘s worth it. I hope the 3rd Times the charm for you. 2mo
mjdowens Finished it last night. SO STINKING GOOD!! So glad I have the box set coming today so I can binge the rest. 2mo
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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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Soooo..... this is the copy of The Poppy War I received from ThriftBooks today. I immediately got on chat with them and told them I received a book marked “very good condition” with no notation about not having a jacket on it. No issues or problems, issued me a refund and said I could keep it. No others in stock however, so back to square one. For as long as I have been ordering from them this is the first time I have ever had this issue

SW-T That‘s weird.😳 Sounds like good customer service on the follow up at least. Too bad they didn‘t have a better copy to send. 2mo
JazzFeathers Happened to me on Amazon (back when l still bought books from them). A couple of times. 2mo
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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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This book is just too hilarious:
“Geese are a crass bunch of douche McGoos.”
This coming from an “enlightened” crow, the MC of the story. Page 18 and I have not stopped giggling yet.

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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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Eh. It wasn‘t terrible, but.... some body horror if you are the squeamish sort, but not the worst I have ever read about. The ending pissed me off though.

Lovesbooks87 Me too! I wonder if there is going to be another book. 2mo
mjdowens That ending makes me think so. 2mo
tpixie great cover art, though... 2mo
mjdowens For sure. The real think is gorgeous and has different textures 2mo
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Gene Mapper | Taiyo Fujii
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Lots of futuristic science and technology to grasp in the book. I loved all of it so much I read the entire book today. Good message on how we view new science and the affects it can have on our planet and humanity.

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Netgalley did not forget about me!! I have been denied so many these past few weeks. This was one of the ones I wanted the most. So stinking happy 🤗

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Myopic Books | Chicago, IL (Bookstore)
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One of my first “out of state” book stops. Myopic Books in Chicago

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This game is played so much in this book I swear I could almost play it by now. Let‘s get to war! 🐉

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out why this book seems so familiar to me. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. The weird back and forth time line thing and contacting yourself from the past and future. Definitely not the same story, but the time thing keeps messing with me just like in Dark Matter. Just 130 pages left and still enjoying it👍

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Wow. So this book completely took me by surprise. I have never tabbed a book for quotes, but this one is tabbed everywhere. I loved it. So sad and sweet at the same time. My only issue is that I felt some things that were said were pretty out of character for most teenagers. However, the story line is so good you can overlook some

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Page 24 and I already want to cry. This book is going to make me cry isn‘t it?? One big sobbing, blubbery mess of a cry right?.....Damn. Why do I do this to myself?🙄

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😂 now I wanna read it too 5mo
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Pivot | L.C. Barlow
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How do you train the perfect assassin? From childhood of course. I love love love the undertones of this story. Cyrus is the devil thinking he can make Jack the perfect conduit to train to take over when he ascends and becomes something “more”. However, Jack knows what she is becoming and refuses to let her entire humanity go. She is brutal and honest, but also loves and refuses to let the world be taken over by evil. Jack is the best.

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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I should be reading but.......

Samplergal What part of Florida is that? I‘m in Fort Lauderdale area. 6mo
mjdowens We are at Indian Rocks. Stayed here for the first time last year and love it! (edited) 6mo
Mdargusch That looks heavenly! 💙 6mo
ReadingSusan Gorgeous! 6mo
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It | Stephen King
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2019 has been selected for my goal for the year of big books. I am also reading The Games of Thrones series. However, once you reach this page count and there is still almost 200 pages left, no other book seems to be “a big book”😂

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The Ruin of Kings | Jenn Lyons
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I have not been so obsessed and absorbed in a book in such a long time! I cannot quite pinpoint what it is about this story that is so intriguing to me, but I don‘t want to put it down. This is a library copy, but I will be getting my own copy soon. This one will be reread more than once.

Owlizabeth Yes! I loved this book and I‘m so excited book two is out in October so I don‘t have to wait forever for the next installment. 6mo
mjdowens Holy crap, really? Thank you for that info. I had no idea. Wonder how early I can preorder?😂 6mo
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This book. You will not only learn about octopus, but also the contemplation of life, the soul and complete acceptance of other living forms of life. I laughed and cried like a baby. I devoured this book today and was sad when it ended. This will definitely be a reread.

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Got home from vacation at about 12:30 this morning and this beauty had come in the mail. I can officially stop saying “I never win anything from Goodreads”😂😂😂

wanderinglynn Congrats! It always fun to win a GR giveaway 👍🏻😀 1y
BarbaraJean Congrats!! (Also: soooooo jealous!!) 1y
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Only on page 70, but I don‘t want to put this book down. What would you think if you found out that the laws of physics continually differed from place to place and did not actually apply as a constant as was always thought? Holy shit, my mind just hit the brakes.

vivastory I love this series. Consistently surprising, just absolutely brilliant! 1y
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The Young Elites | Marie Lu
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The ending just left me a blubbering mess. This is my 2nd Marie Lu book and both of them are outstanding. I will be getting every book she currently has out. I hope there is a sequel coming soon to The Young Elites. I need more of this story.

8leagueboot Aaaah, definitely pick up Warcross! It's so good. (edited) 2y
mjdowens That was the first book of hers I read last year. I was blown away! 2y
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Returning | Rachelle Dekker

Well Amazon, job well done...NOT! The box you shipped both of my books in was barely what can be considered a box. Two pieces of cardboard wrapped around each other and the contents still can be seen is NOT acceptable. Both books were damaged. Cover ripped and folded on one of them along with the spine being crushed and ripped. Other book cover had at one point been completely bent in half ruining the cover. 😡😡😡

DGRachel That‘s awful. Amazon is getting too big for their britches. I‘m sorry. 😢 2y
Jess7 Yikes. 2y
mjdowens This was seriously a case of one employee not giving a f@$k that day. WOW! 2y
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MicrobeMom That stinks!!! One time I got a package of condoms instead of the book I order for my father from amazon. I could imagine if I gave him the gift unopened! #amazonmessups 2y
mjdowens Oh my God, I am so sorry, but that really is hilarious😂😂😂. Thank you for the laugh 😆 2y
Debiw781 @MicrobeMom 😂😂 I shouldn‘t laugh but omg 2y
MicrobeMom @mjdowens @Debiw781 it is hilarious and we all had a great laugh about it! 2y
Eggs Awful 2y
JoeStalksBeck I would be furious 🤬🤬🤬🤬 2y
batsy 😲😖 2y
Chrissyreadit Oh no! 2y
mrozzz Omg! 😣 2y
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Good thing I already ordered book two for this one. Great suspense and historical facts all over the place. This is a very hard read for me as a lot of my fathers family died in concentration camps. But I feel it is very important to remember these events and of those who helped others escape.

Bookaholicforlife I‘ve wanted to read this one for so long! 2y
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Jane, Unlimited | Kristin Cashore
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Holy crap-a-moley! That was a reading wild ride. This book....there are no words to even begin to describe or review it. A death, art theft, a spy network, multiple dimensions, umbrella art, a talking dog. How it all fits together you ask? Literally the authors note at the end of the book tells you how this all fits together. Overall, I really liked it. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Jane, Unlimited | Kristin Cashore
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My face....I am only on page 64. It is not bad, just freaking weird. So weird that I cannot stop reading to see what weirdness happens next. Is that the point of this book?

Booksnchill 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2y
tracey38 Love the face 😂😂 2y
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Finished this audiobook today. Took me three tries to get through it. I think the problem is me. Fairy tale retelling, I already know going in what the outcome is. Retellings are just a different way to get there is all. Collecting the book series as they are just too pretty. On to Scarlet....

tracey38 I have enjoyed this series so far, though haven't finished it yet. But I have to not really think if these as retellings while I'm reading, otherwise I don't think I'd enjoy them. Hope that made sense, lol. 2y
mjdowens @tracey38 I totally get it! I am making myself stretch a little out of my boundaries with these. I started the Scarlet audiobook today also and so far I am enjoying it. I am liking that Cinder is still kept as a character in Scarlet. Is each new book just adding the characters into each story? If so, that would be a very interesting twist. 2y
tracey38 @mjdowens yep, each book adds another main character but keeps the previous ones. They all add to the overall story. 2y
mjdowens Yay 🤗 2y
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Blood Rose Rebellion | Rosalyn Eves
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What a great story. My family is Hungarian so the language and geography is like visiting again. This story perfectly fits the Hungarian spirit. Throw in some magic and a little romance and you get a great read.

*This was an ARC from NetGalley to give my free and honest opinion only*

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Galley Slave | Drago Jancar
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Damn you Netgalley! For months you reject all of my selections. Now that I have a bunch of new reads to dig into you give me two new ARCS in one day?!?

Well-ReadNeck So true. 🙃 2y
Jess7 Haha I have 10 waiting for me right now and I‘m overwhelmed! Lol it‘s going to be a busy month or two of reading!! 2y
mjdowens @Jess7 😳. That would give me so much anxiety! I will shut up about my two then😂😂 2y
Jess7 You‘re fine! Lol I didn‘t think I‘d get approved for as many as I have - so I requested a bunch. I‘ve been approved for the majority of the ones I requested and I have 17 pending. Who knows what will happen there. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Look what came today...SQUEEEEEEE. It is even prettier than any picture could do justice

Reviewsbylola Beautiful 😍 2y
batsy Lovely. I'm so curious about this one! 2y
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Honor Among Thieves | Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine
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I started listening to this at work yesterday and I love it! More than just about space travel and aliens. There is a mystery involved and the MC is learning a lot about herself. Don‘t want to spoil it, but IT IS SO GOOD!

398.2 I just heard about this! It sounds good! 2y
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Changeling | Philippa Gregory
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Just finished book 1, so I am counting each book as a separate one. I love the fact that the adventures so far are disputing religious “mysteries” by solving the mysteries to be explainable events. You have to put yourself into the 15th century mindset and remember that most everything was explained as God willed or due to sin.

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Damn you Philippa Gregory! I have had this book for months and just now getting to it. Only 119 pages in of 1021, and already so drawn into this story. Gregory is an auto-buy author for me and I have never been disappointed. Nuns in a convent, a Pope‘s inquisitor, mysterious rantings, possible stigmata.....sort of a 13th century mystery novel. I see some late nights ahead.

ElishaLovesBooks This looks great! I love Philippa Gregory too! 2y
mjdowens It is about 2:30am and my brain woke me up to tell me I had put the wrong century in my post. This takes place in the 15th century. Now maybe I can go back to sleep. Sorry. 2y
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Aaaannnndddd...another no ordered, at 10pm last night. This one is thanks to @SassenachTheBookWizard

TheBookStacker I cannot wait for this to come out! I preordered it back in December and have been waiting anxiously for March! 2y
mjdowens No way I could wait that long. Too much anticipation😬 2y
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Traitor Angels | Anne Blankman
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The minute I heard this book was about John Milton, I had to read it. I had no idea that a lot of the events in this book are actually true accounts. True works of Galileo and other famous naturalists who risked trying balance science and religion in their society.

Sharpeipup Love that cover! 2y
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The Kiss of Deception | Mary E. Pearson
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Why did no one tell this was another cliff-hanger?!?!? I have to wait until Saturday for book 2 to come from Amazon. Not an action packed adventure, but a slow burning, gut wrenching trek. Love, deception, betrayal and a little magic. Oh man, Lia the MC is so going to put her foot in some asses in the next book!

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Even the Darkest Stars | Heather Fawcett
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Probably should have waited to read this one when it was warm out. The whole book pretty much takes place climbing a mountain and the ice, snow, frostbite and cold just made me shiver the whole way through. Lots of adventure, magic and close calls. Great surprising ending that is a “cliffhanger” and great set up for the next book.

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Victoria Speedwell you are my new hero! Being an outspoken Victorian Lady is one thing, but holy hell the things you say😮. Read this. Find out the entirely inappropriate question she asks in such a lovely English and proper way😂😂

dsfisher She is awesome 2y
Kaye This author‘s books always have such pretty covers. 2y
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I am my Mother‘s third and youngest. We all have very good Catholic names. For some reason she never picked out a name until after I was born. Therefore, I was “baby Jane” until she did. Monica Jane is what I ended up with, after St. Monica. I just added the initial of my maiden last name (D) and Owens for my married name. My love of reading is the greatest gift my Mother could ever give me💕

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Blackhearts | Nicole Castroman
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Started and finished in one sitting today. Not a bad story, but I was a bit bored. I guess because it is about Blackbeard, I was expected more “piratey” stuff to go on. However, it is the story of how Blackbeard came about. More romance than I normally like, but overall not bad. Will read the next book.

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The Falconer | Elizabeth May
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Faeries, fighting, a little romance, pain, acceptance and a lot of ass kicking. I loved that there is always something happening in this story, no downtime ever. I would love to have a honey loving little faery who mends my clothes. I am going to assume (HOPE) there is going to be another book based on how the story ended on a cliffhanger which made me say more than a few curse words😂😂

Christine11 Love the cover! 😊 2y
mjdowens I know. So pretty. Ashamed to say there are books I will buy because I just love the cover art. LOL 2y
CoffeeK8 Glad you liked it! I just got books 2 & 3 from the library! Can not wait to see how it ends. 2y
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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WOW! This book has me a bit scared. The premise of never having to die and there is nothing new to learn freaks me out. Society has had to create groups of people who must fill a quota to randomly kill people for population control is even scarier. I am not sure which scares me more though, being told I was to be killed or to have to be the killer😳😳😳.

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Pretty good adventure. I spent more time being mad at the MC father for being an opium addicted, grief stricken ass though. That part got better be the end, but the storyline got a little hokey-weird for me. Ultimately, time traveling sea farers was pretty good though. I will read the sequel just to see where they go from here

SandyW You had me at "time-traveling!" Stacked 2y
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I am really liking the MC in this story. She is smart, snarky and generally not afraid to do what she must. My only issue is that I cannot get over what a douche-canoe her father is and why she keeps catering to him and his opium addiction.

SassenachTheBookWizard Oh yeah! I'm glad you're enjoying it. Nix and her bae are so adorable 2y
mjdowens Loving it! My entire 12 book purchase yesterday was all based off of your reviews. Thank goodness for gift cards😂😂 2y
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Spellslinger | Sebastien de Castell
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I loved the adventure and the lessons learned in this story. I just kept cringing at how much this poor kid kept getting his ass kicked the entire way through the book. Cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

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Either I am drunk or I totally took this quiz wrong😂😂😂😂

batsy I got the same result 😇😂 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 That‘s how I felt about this quiz. 2y
mjdowens My husband even cracked up at what I got. He asked how I managed to get the quiz to lie for me😂😂 2y
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Book two is done. Major cliffhanger with a big WTF?? Glad I have the third book to read or I would be majorly pissed. Such a good story.

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Air Awakens | Elise Kova
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I started this one Sunday and finished Tuesday morning. Thank goodness Amazon prime has all three books you can read for free. I get to work an hour early so I can sit in my car and read this series. What will happen to my life when I have read them all??😣. I love these people, I need them around forever. Book two is breaking my heart. Please send help, I am a YA junkie now😂😂

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Champaign | Raymond Bial
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Another reason why I️ love my new job. The pampering we get for being Monday and the weather is crappy. Mimosas and donuts in the AM. Spoiled rotten I️ am🤗

tpixie Mimosas at work?! 🍷 2y
Mdargusch Wow! That‘s so fun! 2y
mjdowens Yep. Mimosas PROVIDED by work... even better😂😂 2y
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britt_brooke Um, yum!! 2y
ReadingsByTheC That's my kind of job! 👍 2y
Reviewsbylola Damn! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
Redwritinghood Lucky! 😋😋 2y
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Air Awakens | Elise Kova
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I️ know who I️ am going to blame for this late night. Any book that can leave you speechless (book two) is a MUST read for me. I️ just started book one this afternoon and I️ am wondering if sleep or work are now just overrated activities😂😂 @SassenachTheBookWizard

SassenachTheBookWizard Yaaaaas! I love this book! 2y
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Sleeping Beauties | Stephen King, Owen King
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Might as well start my first chunkster of the new year now. I️ have quite a few of them on the pile. Attempted to remove that stupid sticker but it is just tearing. Pisses me off to have a book ruined like that😡

Christine11 I hate that so so much - especially when you‘ve paid for a beautiful hardback ! 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai There's a special place in hell for the people that put stickers on books... 😤 2y
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The Fold: A Novel | Peter Clines
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First book down for 2018. That means $2 into the jar. I️ was really enjoying the science of this one. The MC has an eidetic memory and I️ really liked how he describes recalling stuff. The last third of the book however went totally “Men in Black” and kind of ruined the story for me. Overall, not a bad book though. I️ only give it 3 ✨

tomes4gnomes I had a similar reaction to this book. First 2/3 I was thinking, wow, this book is so good! But the direction it took at the end was totally disappointing to me. The ending can really make or break a story. 2y
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One last book down for 2017! I️ loved this story. All the 80‘s references and adventure. Hit every geek button I️ have and am proud to have. Great lessons on friendship, trust and doing the right thing in the face of adversity. Will be a definite reread

toofondofbooks You should try the audiobook. It's narrated by Wil Wheaton and he does a great job. 2y
mjdowens @toofondofbooks That sounds like a great idea when I️ am ready to reread it. Thank you 2y
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