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rjsthumbelina

Joined December 2016

The world is comprised of books and cats.
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The Christmasaurus | Tom Fletcher
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#teamgamesleighers - it's not yet midnight in my time zone, so this is my #wintergames2021 #tbr post! And honestly, I can't make myself construct a solid TBR. I need to finish SO MANY current reads, and I know I'll read at least 2 #holidayromance books. Other than that, lately I've been in the mood for #SFF, #nonfiction, or #spooky books - so I think additional reads will likely fall in these genres. Merry reading!
@StayCurious

StayCurious Great! Good luck on your goals:) 10h
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Interesting take. I love this character (Miranda). Which is funny, bc April was so damn annoying in the first book!

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I'm so late reading this! This was my last read for #LMPBC in our #gothic group, and what an ending! This book was probably my favorite of the round. It is just so perfectly things that I enjoy: gothic, fairytale retellings, and short stories. Some of the stories are dark and disturbing, but honestly, I still wasn't mad at it. @Mynameisacolour it should be in the mail back to you by next week! @AFrostCauseReads @sprainedbrain @suvata

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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Woohoo! Even with a chaotic week, my total points for week 4 of #scarathlon for #teamslaughter come to 5,210! I'm pretty proud of that, even if I didn't get to read as many spooky books as I wanted - the spooky season will just be continuing into November for me! (Along with fantasies, MG, and nonfiction)

Thanks to @Clwojick for being an awesome team leader! See you all for #wintergames

rjsthumbelina If my math is right (a big 'if' bc it's 1:15am after the most stressful day I've had since my son was born), my total points for the entire #scarathlon were 11,225! 1mo
Clwojick You did fantastic this month! Thank you for joining us! 🖤 1mo
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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I'm still working on these, but wanted to make sure that my hours counted toward my point totals!
#scarathlon #teamslaughter

#panspookathon #20in4 #campweekendween #itsbritneywitch #trickortreatathon #wickedathon #spookoweenreadathon #vampathon #bookspinbingo #fallintoreading #spoopathon #spooktober
12*10*20=2,400+1=2,401 pts
@Clwojick

Clwojick Woohoo! 🖤 1mo
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#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Interesting take on monsters throughout American history. Really liked seeing all the ways perceptions twisted and monsters came to represent so many different things over different times

6 pts

#littenlisten #spookoweenreadathon #fallintoreading #itsbritneywitch #trickortreatathon #spooktober #20in4 #campweekendween
8*10*4=320+6=326 pts

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Gamescape: Overworld | Emma Trevayne
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Will be posting all #scarathlon updates in the next hour or so, family emergencies running wild today!
521 points for the word searches
#scarathlon #teamslaughter
@Clwojick

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Bingo! | Roger Caron
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#Scarathlon #teamslaughter

More bingo board updates!

12 more bingos for 241 points

#panspookathon #fallintoreading

@Clwojick

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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Quiet in Her Bones | Nalini Singh
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Mehso-so

TBH, I had higher hopes for this one, as I love the psy-changeling series. I found this main character annoying, and most of the other characters were unlikable as well. The mysteries were interesting enough to get me to finish listening 🤷‍♀️

16 pts

#scarathlon #teamslaughter #wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo

7*10*8=560+16=576 pts

@Clwojick

rjsthumbelina +4 hrs read during #20in4 and #campweekendween, for an additional 80 pts! First book finished during #20in4 @Andrew65 1mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
rjsthumbelina Oops! I forgot to add #littenlisten for 8 hrs, another 80 pts! 1mo
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Interesting enough origin story as to why The Darkling wanted to make Grisha the rulers of the land. Still doesn't mean I have to feel sorry for him, or like him, though!

16 pts

#scarathlon #teamslaughter #wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo
7*10*1=70+16=86 points here

@Clwojick

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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I loved almost everything about this book. What I find most interesting is that there are parts that I would consider the book to be almost horror, which I somehow didn't expect going in to the series.

16 pts

#scarathlon #teamslaughter #wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo
7*10*8=560+16=576 total pts here
@Clwojick

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Haunted House | Susan Meddaugh
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Points for this week were only 2,014 😔 But that's okay! Hoping to come back strong from now through month's end!

...I can already tell that my spooky season will have to extend through November - I have too much stuff left to read 🤓🎃🧡🐈‍⬛

#scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick You did better than me! Way to go! 1mo
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This book delivered on the gothic atmosphere - the haunted house vibes and creepy magic vibes were there. But, the ending didn't fully explain what was going on, which was frustrating.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter 16 pts

#fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo #littenlisten
7x10x10=700

716 total points for this one
@Clwojick

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I loved every second of this book! The angst, the drama, the historical, supernatural, the list goes on. Can't wait for the sequel to come out next month! It's already pre-ordered

#scarathlon #teamslaughter 16 pts
Plus the last 2 weeks' worth of readathon time : #wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #itsbritneywitch #OutstandingOctober #bookspinbingo
8x10x5=400+16=416 pts
@Clwojick
#sundaybuddyread

TheBookHippie ♥️🗡🖤💀 1mo
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I very much enjoyed this introduction to this world! Most stories are fairy tale retellings, which was a fun twist. Will definitely be continuing with the series.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter By my count, 10 of the stories in this collection have an element of mystery and/or suspense. So that's 15x10=150
#spoopathon #wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #panspookathon #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo ⬇️

rjsthumbelina #outstandingOctober so 10 readathons x 7 hrs x 10= 700 pts 1mo
rjsthumbelina 700 + 150+ 1=851 points total for this one @Clwojick @Andrew65 1mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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Little Teammate | Alan Williams
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My #scarathlon points for #teamslaughter this week we're 2046!

This brings my total points so far to 4001. 🎃🦇🕸️

As a preview, one of the next books on my list to start is Salem's Lot.

@Clwojick

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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I know that this got pretty mixed reviews when it came out, but I enjoyed it. Multiple perspectives, a place of mystery: do the women jump into the water, or is the water a place to get rid of troublesome women?

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
#panspookathon #littenlisten #wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo
16 pts
9x10x7=630+16=646 pts
@Clwojick

rjsthumbelina I forgot #outstandingOctober! That adds another 70 pts 🤓 1mo
Asthecroweflies I loved this book…I just felt like she rushed the ending. 1mo
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Sabrina Animated | Mike Gallagher
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3 episodes of Sabrina today! I loved this show so much as a kid. I don't think I missed any episodes of this or Boy Meets World through both whole series!
#scarathlon #teamslaughter 16 pts
@Clwojick

rjsthumbelina Make that 4 episodes... 21 points 😂🐈‍⬛🧡 1mo
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Currently: sitting on the floor with my one-year old, playing with baby puzzles and watching Hocus Pocus 🎃👻🧙🐈‍⬛

#scarathlon #teamslaughter 6 pts
@Clwojick

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The Holdout: A Novel | Graham Moore
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Wow, I'm so glad I read this book! The mysteries were great, the storytelling and character depth were excellent, and the social commentary was interesting and on point! This is definitely underhyped, and is now one of my favorite mystery books of all time.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter 16pts
#wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo
7 readathons x 10 pts x 7 hrs =490 pts+16=506

rjsthumbelina I forgot #outstandingOctober! That's an additional 30 pts, bc I only read the last 3 hours of this during that particular readathon 1mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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This was moving, but not in the way that I expected. It is more about the impact of relationships and about wanting to experience a connection to the culture of your family than it is strictly about grief.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter 6 points
#fallintoreading #littenlisten #trickortreatathon #spookathon #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo
5 hours x 10 points x 6 readathons = 300 points
306 points total for this one

@Clwojick

TieDyeDude Loved this! 2mo
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Girls with Sharp Sticks | Suzanne Young
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I LOVED this YA scifi thriller. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did! Such an intriguing plot that just gets more interesting as it goes - I may have to listen to the sequel as my next audiobook!
#scarathlon #teamslaughter
6 hours x 10 points x 7 readathons = 420
420 + 16 = 436 points 🎃🕸️

@Clwojick

#wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo #littenlisten

Clwojick Awesome job! 🖤🎉 2mo
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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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I haven't been successful with #bookspin #bookspinbingo in the past, bc I struggle to hold to a TBR. But I thought I'd try to again for #scarathlon, even though I haven't gotten around to putting together a post for it until now! I left some a bit broader so that I can mood read somewhat.
#teamslaughter 1 point
@TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Never too late to BookSpin!!! Just let me know if you can't find this month's posts!! 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. It depends on my mood and on the writing style, but normally I prefer cozy mysteries. Unless it's an urban fantasy crime novel (a la October Daye), which will always win

2. To me, a cozy mystery is normally about a small town, and the main character isn't a professional detective. Also, they are normally themed in a light-hearted way about a particular area of interest.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

#scarathlon #teamslaughter - 1 point

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🧡📖🧡🎃🧡 2mo
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I found the Halloween episode of Dinosaurs that I remember being TERRIFIED of when I was little! Plus, my kid is pretty cute 😊

#scarathlon 6 points
@Clwojick

marleed So cute!! 2mo
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Scary, Scary Halloween | Eve Bunting, Jan Brett
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Total books finished = 3
Spooky books finished = 2
LOTS more books in progress 🙃😉
2 Halloween-ish movies watched

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
@Clwojick

Clwojick Awesome job!!!! 2mo
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I can't even detail all of the amazing history I learned from this book that I didn't know before. A great read, an important read. (And the audiobook is also pretty good. Almost all the sections are read by their authors.) This is definitely one I will have to read many times over to get the full effect of. #400souls
2nd book finished for #anywayyoureadathon

#scarathlon (5 points + 1 for posting) + 3 hours x 10 points (#anywayyou) = 36 points

rjsthumbelina @megnews thanks for hosting this #readalong and I'm looking forward to starting #othersuns! 2mo
rjsthumbelina #scarathlon total points so far for #teamslaughter = 1,954 I believe 😊 2mo
megnews You‘re welcome! I didn‘t realize most of the authors read their sections. That truly makes it a choir of voices. I don‘t normally reread but I may have to give it a listen because that sounds very interesting. 2mo
rjsthumbelina @megnews I loved being able to listen to each author. Truly adds to the experience 2mo
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Little Teammate | Alan Williams
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I got 102 words! 1,021 points for this post. That takes me to

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I'm continuing to have so much fun with this one! It isn't an easy read like I expected, though. Each 100 page section has taken me about 3 hours to read! But so far, I think it's well worth it. I'm also really enjoying tabbing and noting my thoughts with this one

#sundaybuddyread

rjsthumbelina #scarathlon points for this one so far - 6 hours read x 3 readathons (#scarathlon, #wickedathon, and #spookoween) x 10 points = 180 points + 3 hours x 10 points (#anywayyoureadathon) = 210 points + 1 = 211 points so far for this one 2mo
rjsthumbelina That makes 897 total points for me so far (with the time I have counted as of now - there's still some missing) for #teamslaughter #scarathlon 2mo
TheBookHippie I agree, it takes longer, but worth it. 2mo
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I enjoyed this one quite a bit, but man, don't read this at night! This one was extra gothic and extra creepy. I have been wanting to try Laura Purcell for some time, and she certainly didn't disappoint! Read for #LMPBC @Mynameisacolour @sprainedbrain @AFrostCauseReads @suvata

rjsthumbelina For #scarathlon, this hit a total of 5 readathons. #spoopathon (dark or black cover), #wickedathon, #anywayyoureadathon, #spookoween. 7 hours reading time x 10 points x 5 readathons = 350 +15= 365 +1 = 366 points for this one 2mo
Clwojick ☠ WAY TO GO!!! ☠ 2mo
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The Lace Reader: A Novel | Brunonia Barry
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Somewhere between a pick and a so-so, so it gets the benefit of the doubt bc I would like to read from this author again. This book has a subtle element of magical realism, and a whole lot of mystery! Actually read this last week, but hadn't posted

This was actually from the previous round of #LMPBC. @tdrosebud, I will mail it back to you next week!

rjsthumbelina Total points for#scarathlon #teamslaughter = 320 2mo
tdrosebud I know I expected the magical realism aspect to be bigger than it was but I want disappointed. 2mo
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rjsthumbelina @tdrosebud I actually thought that the magical realism hit just right in this story. It was there and mattered but didn't overtake the rest of the plot. That was probably my favorite element 2mo
Clwojick Way to go! 2mo
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Followed by Hotel Transylvania 3! This one's my favorite ❤️🧛‍♂️🦇

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

6 points
Total = 64

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Getting our Hotel Transylvania (2) on while eating lunch and while I read!

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
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❤️ this. This book is a great fit for October! Great atmosphere, monsters, and a scary mysterious illness. I'm having a lot of fun with it.

Later today, I will update my reading for the week for #Scarathlon. I had decided to just track points as I finish books, but now I think I will switch to participating more regularly...I wasn't finishing any books! 📚📖

#Sundaybuddyread

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Total = 52 points

@Clwojick

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So, I'm behind on this week's readalongs (#400souls, #shesaid, and #sundaybuddyread) bc this weekend was super busy. However, I'm 75 pages into this one and it's really getting me to engage and think about different elements! I can already tell that this one might be an example of why I tend to say that I think some of the best writing today comes from the #YAfantasy genre

TheBookHippie It is intriguing for sure. 2mo
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Here's my question: lately I have been trying to annotate my thoughts in everything I read using post-it notes. I do feel like I am engaging more with what I read this way, and I'm left with a more concrete understanding of what I read. (Not putting down a book and not being able to remember what I just read until I open the book again.) But, it's taking me significantly longer to read that way, which is distressing to me, bc I have SO MANY ⬇️

rjsthumbelina ...books that I want to get to read. I'm honestly not sure which is more enjoyable to me. I would be very interested to hear otthers' thoughts on this topic, bc I'm really torn! 2mo
GingerAntics The more you annotate, the faster you‘ll get at it for starters. More importantly, though, you don‘t necessarily have to choose one or the other. If it‘s a book you just want to read for fun, to relax, don‘t annotate. If you‘re trying to learn something new, dive deeper into a subject, or you just enjoyed a book you didn‘t annotate so much that you want to go back, then annotate. (edited) 2mo
GingerAntics Another option besides annotating for some books, is to read through the discussion questions in the back or find some online. This will let you explore the book a little more, engage more, and think about it some more without all the annotating. 2mo
wanderinglynn I second @GingerAntics that you don‘t have to annotate all or nothing. I only annotate where my goal is to learn something/want to dive deeper, or it‘s a book I know I‘ll go back to or for a book club discussion, or it‘s a book for work. Otherwise I don‘t worry about annotating. 2mo
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Audrey Lorde was such an important feminist thinker. Some of the things she has to say are still so relevant today! Will definitely be picking up more of her work

#shesaid

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Meh. This books had a lot of things to say, but the plot went in too many different ways. None of the elements got fully explored, and the story got too meandering. Sometimes less is more, and I wish the author would have separated some of her different plot ideas into different books.

#sundaybuddyread

marleed I feel the same way. There‘s just no way one 15 year old could have all those personal experiences in a single year and come out on the other side even slightly okay. I feel the author could have picked one or two - hell, even five - to weave a better story. 2mo
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The fantasy elements in this one are so unique! Chimera and angels. Wishes granted through teeth. War in another world.

I also really enjoyed the characterization present throughout the story. Some of these characters felt very real.

I was surprised how different this felt for a YA fantasy, considering it was first released in 2011. And what a cliffhanger ending!

GondorGirl I devoured this trilogy! And this cover is so much better than the original one. 🧡 2mo
rjsthumbelina @GondorGirl I specifically purchased the UK paperback set bc the covers are so much better! 2mo
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Like a Love Story | Abdi Nazemian
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I have trainings all day today and tomorrow, so I'm working from home. Hoping I can catch up on reviews for the month!

I loved this book so much. These are characters that I miss. Set in the 80s, a gay male Iranian teen moves to a new place and confronts his sexuality, develops relationships, gets a closer look at the AIDS crisis.

The audiobook was fantastic, as well!

marleed I loved it too and experienced it on audio. Then I had to own the physical book! 2mo
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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Quickly went through my physical books to choose potential picks for my #scarathlon #tbr Anything I should prioritize getting to?

Lots more possibilities with ebooks and audiobooks as well! I need a whole year of spooky and/or mystery reading.

@Clwojick

TheKidUpstairs Rebecca is one of my favourites! I also loved 2mo
Clwojick Ahhhhhhhhh! This is such a good stack! There are so many books in this stack that I want to read! 😍😍😍 My favourite was definitely Middlegame! 2mo
rjsthumbelina @Clwojick I have a tendency to collect books that I want to read "eventually." That leads to me having a TON of books in most categories, all that I want to get to! Seanan McGuire is one of my favorite authors, so I definitely hope I can fit Middlegame in this month. I love her urban fantasy/mystery series, October Date. Hoping to get a few of those in this month, too! 2mo
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Clwojick I loved the Wayward Children series! 2mo
BookwormAHN The Book of Accidents, 56 Days, The Guest List and Into The Drowning Deep were really good 👻 2mo
rjsthumbelina @TheKidUpstairs I loved Stuart Turton's other book, so I'm excited to get to his new one. And Rebecca is on my soft list of "books I absolutely have to get to this year" 2mo
rjsthumbelina @BookwormAHN glad to hear good feedback for Chuck Wendig - I know he can be hit or miss for people. I'm really into the idea of 56 Days. And I'm interested to see how I feel about Into the Drowning Deep, bc I absolutely love Seanan McGuire, and have never read any of her horror written under Mira Grant 2mo
LeslieO I loved Into the Drowning Deep! 2mo
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Blazewrath Games | Amparo Ortiz
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Not sure why this book is still so unknown - it was so fun! (Plus, it has a great cover.) Not only do we have well-developed dragon rider lore, but a whole sport designed around dragon riding! And there is magic unrelated to dragons as well.

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Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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This was very different for Octavia. Her take on vampire lore is outside the realm of the ordinary, but developed well. I always love how she mixes strong world-building and characters with social commentary. I will say, though, the relationships in this were something I couldn't get past. I don't like that the main character looks like a child (even though she's not - vamp thing) but engages in sexual activities with adults. I was surprised at ⬇️

rjsthumbelina Butler's choice there. I do still wish that she'd gotten to tell more of Shori's story though. I would have been interested to see how the Ina world continued to develop over time. 3mo
Mynameisacolour Sounds good! I'm about to send Melmoth out tomorrow 3mo
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Good Morning, Midnight | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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This book was a lovely exploration of loneliness and what it means to be human, the importance of the power of connection, and the balance between being remembered for your achievements vs being remembered by those you love for what you did with/for them. Alternates chapters between an elderly man at a research facility in the artic and an astronaut returning from a mission to the moons of ⬇️

rjsthumbelina Jupiter, all after a mysterious apocalyptic event happens. No definite answers here, but that's not what this one's about. 3mo
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Opposite of Always | Justin Reynolds
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I really enjoyed my time listening to this, but I find that the further I am away from it, the less highly I think of it. It was very engaging and I really liked the main character, but I already don't think I can tell you how it ended! 'Charming' is I think the perfect word for this story. Less about the substance than how it makes you feel

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This book totally lived up to the hype for me - the characters are wonderful. I'm not a person who can always picture what I read, but I have clear visual memories of so many events from the story

Sargar114 This is one of my faves 💚 3mo
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Enjoyable, but not my favorite Austen (that remains Emma). I liked the plot quite a bit, but wasn't really a fan of any of the characters, especially the main character.

Since I didn't take a picture of my copy of the book, please enjoy this picture of my silly little guy eating spaghetti and striking a pose 🙃

Read this with #pemberlittens

MaureenMc 😄 3mo
GingerAntics Looks like he enjoyed it!!! 3mo
Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏😂 3mo
batsy 😂😂 3mo
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