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Joined July 2017

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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Got some surprise bookmail over the weekend ☺️

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Last day of vacation book haul!

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In Her Skin | Kim Savage
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Today‘s library haul! 😍

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
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Spent last night relaxing in the bath with #RiverofTeeth

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Girl Made of Stars | Ashley Herring Blake
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Finally getting around to this one ✨

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Trickster's Choice | Tamora Pierce
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Trickster‘s Reread? Time to combat a book slump!

mrozzz Good luck! And fab manicure 🤩 1y
samesfoley @mrozzz thanks! And they‘re press on nails from target 😉 1y
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Rust & Stardust | T Greenwood
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Mehso-so

Just posted my full review of this. An interesting read, but ended up dragging out a little too much for my tastes.

https://samesfoley.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/rust-stardust-review/

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Disquiet | Julia Leigh
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A hauntingly beautiful novella that I‘m hoping to finish tomorrow!

BethM That cover! 1y
samesfoley @BethM I know!! That‘s what drew me to it 😱 1y
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Picked up one of my most anticipated reads of the year while out with book pals!

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Trying to use my love of reading to learn some new stuff at work. Good idea, yes?

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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This seems to be well-loved in the book community, so I‘m glad this was one of the novels chosen for the postal book club I‘m in!

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After a lengthy delay, I‘m finally getting around to this one!

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Baby Teeth | Zoje Stage
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So unsettling, but so good!!

RadicalReader @samesfoley just had it arrive at my library cannot wait to check it out!! Forever love unsettling books they‘re a fav of mine 1y
samesfoley @RadicalReader yay!! I hope you love it :) 1y
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I actually had a visceral reaction to the last few pages of this. A very good ending to a very good trilogy.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
samesfoley @rather_be_reading thanks! More like welcome back ;) 1y
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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I am back!!! And recently finished what I‘m sure will be my favorite book of 2018. 😍

julesG Okay, I need to ask. Do you think the merman was real, or was her mind playing tricks on her? 1y
samesfoley @julesG That‘s such a hard question! I think he was real, mostly because I love pretending fantasy elements are real, but I think an extremely strong case can be made for him not being real. 1y
julesG I guess both works. I think he was real. Anyway, a very weird book. 😉 1y
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All the Crooked Saints | Maggie Stiefvater
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Mehso-so

I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read by Stiefvater, so I was really looking forward to this. The writing was magnificent, as usual, but I just didn‘t feel very invested in the story until the last third of the book. Definitely worth a shot, but not quite my thing! ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

GondorGirl I felt much the same way... It took awhile to get invested in the story, but once I did it was enjoyable. 2y
samesfoley @GondorGirl Yes, exactly! Definitely kind of a slow burner, plot-wise 2y
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Warcross | Marie Lu
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I went into this hoping it would be good, but not expecting a lot and it blew me away. This is one of those books that I couldn't even stop to take notes during because I was so enthralled. I had to put it down a few times just to breathe. I adored this story every step of the way, but the end wrecked me. I had predicted half of the twist, but didn't see the other half coming. I'm really intrigued to see how Lu continues this series! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

398.2 I love this author and I swear all of her endings are amazing. 2y
samesfoley @398.2 this was my first read by her! I need moooore 2y
398.2 Her books can be very addicting! Watch out! Lol 2y
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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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I didn't know what to expect in picking up this book, but Patricia Lockwood's writing blew me away from the start. She manages to tackle a variety of difficult topics with grace and humor. As an aspiring writer, I found myself inspired by Lockwood, who carries a notebook with her everywhere she goes, jotting down the oddities that escape from her parents' mouths. Definitely a good read, I'm glad I got my hands on it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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There's not much I can say about this that hasn't already been said. Leigh Bardugo builds an incredible world and introduces us to a (mostly) lovable cast of characters. I have not felt this immersed in a book in ages. I cannot wait to read the sequel and you better believe I'm adding the rest of Bardugo's books to my TBR. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sundays at Tiffany's | James Patterson
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#sundayramblings @Tiffy_Reads

• out and about!!
• dressed to conquer 💪💪
• read all day 📚
• coffee ☕️
• thriller 👀

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The Wild Girls | Pat Murphy
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This is a beautifully written story about two middle school girls who develop a deep friendship with each other while learning lessons about life, interpersonal relationships, and writing. The characters are complex and relatable, the story is soft and heartwarming (although some deep issues are mentioned), and the lessons are applicable to everyone. I cannot recommend this book enough! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(cw for alcoholism & domestic abuse)

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Paper Girls Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Mehso-so

This just didn't push the right buttons for me. I think my problem with it was that the plot moved too quickly and I was just extremely confused. I would probably enjoy it a lot more as a reread, maybe I'l pick it up again around Halloween. I'll definitely keep my eye out for Volume 2. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mehso-so

Overall meh. There are some really compelling parts and the writing is good, but the casual homophobia was super off-putting and I'm sick to death of the catty teenage girl trope. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A little late, but here are the books I read in July!

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Book 2 of the #MakeMeRead readathon. A beautiful collection of short stories. Dubus' writing is lyrical and emotional and I cannot remember the last time I highlighted this many quotes in a book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lost at Sea (Revised) | Bryan Lee O'Malley
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This book was beautiful and heartbreaking and real and got me right in the gut, it was like seeing my thoughts on paper, what an experience. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle | Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
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Book #1 of my #MakeMeRead readathon!!

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Mehso-so

Overall somewhat interesting, but the subject of the book makes a lot of sexist comments and a handful of racist comments as well. It began to drag on after a bit and felt voyeuristic, using the real names of the deceased and revealing intimate information about them and their families. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

overlyattachedreader I found this book fascinating, but you're so right about its flaws. (The 300lb remark, implying the way a man died was strange because his girlfriend was so beautiful, etc.) I'm wondering how the final edition will look. 2y
samesfoley @overlyattachedreader Same here! I'm wondering what they'll decide to cut. 2y
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Hopefully this is a typo 😂

DeleteAcct How miserable! 🤣 2y
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Did the author say "hmm, do you think I can find the most sexist, fat-shamey, racist thing to include in this book?" and then proceed to do it?? This is horrifying and an unnecessary inclusion.

EchoLogical 😣 2y
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Attachments: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Reading this book mainly so I can see if it's as stalkery if it sounds so I can write a review about that and it starts out with jokes about fetal alcohol syndrome. :/ I'm gonna give it another chance but I may have to DNF.

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The Fate of the Tearling | Erika Johansen
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This is the final book in the Queen of the Tearling trilogy and I really enjoyed it! I didn't like the first very much, but loved the second, and really liked the third! I thought the plot progression was interesting, although I got confused at times, and I love the characters. I thought it was really nice to see more of the background of the Tearling. I'd definitely recommend this trilogy to fans of fantasy stories.

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The Fate of the Tearling | Erika Johansen
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Attachments: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Upset stomach? Better pick up those holds waiting for you at the library on your way home!

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Bookworm | Karen Emigh
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As of July 10th, I have already read as many books in 2017 as I read in the entirety of 2016! It's been so nice to start to prioritize reading again, and it's been wonderful having the bookish community at large supporting me 💕

mrozzz That is so stellar!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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samesfoley @mrozzz @Minimalgrl @nosferatoos thank you everyone!! ☺️☺️ 2y
rather_be_reading good job!! 1y
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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The Fate of the Tearling | Erika Johansen
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Read the second book in the trilogy back in January and I can't wait to see how it all comes together!!

Avanders Loved that series! 2y
samesfoley @Avanders I adored the second book!! I hope I like this one as much 2y
Avanders I listened to the whole series on audio.. for me, they were all wonderful. I've heard that the third, when reading, starts a little slow, though. 😉 hope you love it! 2y
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Zombie Penpal | Ken McMurtry
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I signed up for @Litsypenpals did you??? #litsypenpals

EchoLogical Yep! 😄 2y
samesfoley @EchoLogical good!! 😄 2y
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Mehso-so

The three star rating is based on my personal enjoyment of the read, not an objective scale. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who has read The Stranger by Camus. It provides a fascinating contrast and goes to show that there are many sides to every story. I struggled a bit with the meandering, rambling way it was written, but it served a purpose and it was well-done overall. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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"Oh to be a pear tree--any tree in bloom. With kissing bees singing of the beginning of the world! She was sixteen. She had glossy leaves and bursting buds and she wanted to struggle with her life, but it seemed to elude her. Where were the singing bees for her?"

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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✔️First book checked out of the Boston Public Library
✔️First hold placed online
✔️First time reading this book!!

aeeklund I love this book so much! 2y
samesfoley @aeeklund I've heard literally only good things and can't believe I haven't read it already! 2y
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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So true!! 😂😂😂 Currently bringing The Book Thief with me everywhere

BellaJourney I have the same habit. Always bringing a book to a party, dinner or family night. 😇😊 2y
samesfoley @Bella1217 The very rare occasions that I forget books are always the times I end up needing them the most! Thank god I have the kindle app on my phone now 😉 2y
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So, uhhhhh, this is my TBR stack of owned-but-unread books 😅😅 What should I dig into next??

Librarybelle The Book Thief is very good! 2y
samesfoley @Librarybelle I was thinking I might do that next!! 2y
Error404 I would definitely start with The Book Thief, it's a great book! 2y
samesfoley @Error404 it's decided, then! 2y
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Arrows of the Queen | Mercedes Lackey
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This was my second read and I didn't like it nearly as much as I did the first time.

The main character, Talia, was kind of a Mary Sue the main romance felt forced and random; the pacing of the story itself was weird. On the plus side, the world-building was good, the concept was really interesting, and there were several women loving women!!! It wasn't completely without its merits, but just wasn't really an enjoyable read for me.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

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Here are my June 2017 books! My favorite of the month was Everything, Everything. I'll post my tentative July TBR later. You can find my full June wrap-up post and my review at http://samesfoley.wordpress.com (wrap-up post to be published at 11am EST, y'all are getting a sneak peak!!)

maximoffs Curious why you didn't like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo! I haven't read it yet but you're the first person I've seen who wasn't a fan (edited) 2y
samesfoley @steverogers I wrote a lengthy review but the TL;DR is that the characters were boring to me, it began with 200 dry pages of exposition, every woman wanted to sleep with the main character (why), and I felt that sexual assault was used mostly for shock value. I almost DNFed it but was too far in to warrant giving up. 2y
actualdisneyprincess True story: I put down Girl With the Dragon Tattoo after about fifteen pages because I just didn't care. I figured there was something wrong with me since everyone kept saying "omg you have to read this!!!!" so I'm glad to know you felt the same way!! 2y
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samesfoley @actualdisneyprincess I'm so glad you had the foresight so stop it so early!! I almost wish I hadn't read it all, but I'm also glad I know for sure that it's NOT for me. 2y
actualdisneyprincess @samesfoley usually I muddle through things even when I'm not feeling them (coughGoneGirlcough), but for whatever reason, I just couldn't do it with that one! Sometimes I think I might try again, but then I realize how many other things there are that I really want to read. 😂 2y
samesfoley @actualdisneyprincess You didn't like Gone Girl???? I haven't read it yet! 2y
actualdisneyprincess @samesfoley I H A T E D it. It took me two frickin' years to read it, and by that point, I felt like I had spent way too much time on it to give up, even though I loathed both characters SO MUCH and really didn't care what happened to either of them. 🙄 2y
samesfoley @actualdisneyprincess Omg that's good to know!! I've heard only positive things so far 2y
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