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sebrittain

Joined January 2017

book nerd | software developer | co-host of Unassigned Reading | www.unassignedreadingpod.com
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Kingsbane | Claire Legrand
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1. Kingsbane and The Wise Man's Fear

2. Red, White, and Royal Blue

3. Going to a wedding

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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4/5

This is a super cute romance. It was a very timely read because I'm planning my wedding and Maui honeymoon right now. I'm definitely going to have nightmares about wedding food poisoning, but my buffet will not have seafood, so hopefully we're safe.

I got a little frustrated by how the sisters in the book treated each other, especially since they were described as being really close, but in the end everything works out. I really enjoyed it.

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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Listening to audiobooks while I #crochet is my new favorite thing.

sebrittain The first few chapters of this book might be the worst thing to listen to while planning a wedding. I'm going to have nightmares. 1w
julesG #audiocrochet is soothing. 1w
Larkken @julesG agreed. Nothing better than a satisfying pattern working up during a good story 1w
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dreamnthegarden I've got to get some more yarn soon and try this 1w
llwheeler Love #audiocrocheting! And gorgeous colours 💛 1w
sberley this is my happy place 6d
sebrittain @julesG @larkken @dreamnthegarden @llwheeler @sberley this is a new hobby for me. I'm glad to see so many others enjoy it too. 6d
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Wise Man's Fear | Pat Rothfuss
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1. Wise Man's Fear

2. Good Omens

3. Probably Season 2 of Outlander now that it's on Netflix

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Oana7 @sebrittain 1.Vanity Fair 2.Outlander season 2 3.Game of Thrones season 8 1w
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4/5

As someone who didn't receive much of a sex education, I picked up this book to try to educate myself as an adult. I feel like I learned so much about how female sexuality works from reading this book. I'm going to be recommend this book to a lot of people.

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4/5

This is a super quick, fun read with advice for introverts ranging from useful to outlandish. I'm definitely guilty of executing more than one of the milder escapes, and I think any introvert is going to see themself reflected somewhere in this book.

The illustrations are very cute and add a lot to each escape scenario.

#netgalley

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4/5

Another great book in a great series. I loved the characters and all their internal conflict. The romance built slowly between the two and it was just super well done.

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Intercepted | Alexa Martin
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Why yes, I did go to the library even though I'm currently reading four books.

rretzler 🤣 2w
tjwill Such is reader life. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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4/5

This is a very cute, fantasy retelling of Little Women where every member of the March family is a witch. It's been years since I've read Little Women, but there were a number of scenes in the graphic novel that I recall something similar in the novel. I thought the art in particular was very cute.

It could have been a little longer to better explain the magic system and to wrap things up in the end, but it's still a fun story. #netgalley

Clare-Dragonfly OMG I need this. 2w
rachelsbrittain This sounds adorable! 2w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This year's #rippedbodicebingo was just released. Since I finished Red White & Royal Blue earlier today, I've already got one square complete.

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Kingsbane | Claire Legrand
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1. Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2. Kingsbane

3. Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

OwlReader Thanks for the follow and all the likes!! 2w
rachelsbrittain Yess Kingsbane!! 2w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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5/5

This book is super sweet. It also forced me to embarrassed pause and unpause when the emotions got too realistic, which I view as a sign of a very talented writer. It was felt like I was reading about a happier alternative universe or alternative present.

I loved it, and it was the perfect book for me to read right now.

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4/5

This was such a fun look into Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi's relationship before The Phantom Menace. My only complaint is that I wish there had been more than a couple of vague references to The Jedi Apprentice series, but I do get that it doesn't really fit with the current canon.

It's a fun read. And the audiobook narrator does a great job with the different voices.

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I'm getting a little concerned whether or not I can finish all my books.

Birdsong28 You can do it!! 📚📖 3w
MelissaSue81 Did you know if you click on that little progress bar, Libby will estimate how much longer it will take you to get through the book you've started? Super helpful!
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sebrittain @MelissaSue81 I did not! It says I can finish it in just under 7 hours. Hopefully I can find 7 hours in the next 3 days! 3w
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It's a long weekend, so I feel like I can still post this

1. Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2. "Whoever wrote the Jedi Code, thought Qui-Gon Jinn, never had to deal with the Hutts."

3. "A book is a dream you hold on your hands." - Neil Gaiman

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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3.5/5

This is the fictionalized life of a bee. It's a little weird and took me a while to get into, but I did enjoy it. It really imagines, based on the facts we know about bees, what their society might look like in terms of politics, religion, and relationships.

(I took this photo in my grandmother's gorgeous garden)

#readharder #readharder12

mrozzz Great photo! 3w
CoffeeNBooks Beautiful flowers! 3w
PurpleyPumpkin Those blooms are beautiful. Lovely pic!👍🏽 3w
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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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I don't usually travel with library books, but I am determined to finish this book this weekend.

SW-T This was a different read for me, but I ended up liking it. 3w
BooknerdsLife Oh i loved this book & that‘s a cool cover! 😍🐝 Hope you enjoyed it too 3w
Melissa_J I thought The Bees was such a great book! I didn‘t expect to like it as much as I did, but who knew a story about bees would be so interesting? 3w
Larkken Wow, the synopsis is crazy! What an interesting premise 3w
rachelsbrittain You can do it 😄 3w
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We just released an episode of Unassigned Reading where we review 13 books in 19 minutes! Check it out

http://unassignedreadingpod.com/book-talk-all-books/

📚 Lady from the Black Lagoon
📚 We Set the Dark on Fire
📚 King of Scars
📚 Black Leopard, Red Wolf
📚 An Extraordinary Union
📚 And the Ocean Was Our Sky
📚 Educated
📚 Heretics Anonymous
📚 The Wedding Date
📚 Hurricane Child
📚 On the Come Up
📚 The Only Harmless Great Thing
📚 Becoming

ReadingRover Which is the opened illustrated one in the upper left corner? 1mo
ReadingRover @sebrittain I knew I needed to get that! I‘ve been meaning to! 1mo
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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5/5

This is such a great follow-up to The Kiss Quotient. It's has an awesome romance between Khai and Esme with a few cameos from Michael and Stella. If you liked the Kiss Quotient, you'll probably enjoy this as well.

I can't wait to read her novels about Michael's sisters next.

baes I can‘t wait to get started on this. 1mo
HOTPock3tt I just started this! I ADORED the kiss quotient and liking this one so far too!!! 1mo
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Whichwood | Tahereh Mafi
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1. The Bees, Wise Man's Fear, The Phoenix Project (making slow progress)

2. Whichwood

3. Dahlias

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Rachel.Rencher Dahlias are my favorite, too! I had them for my wedding bouquet. 🤗 1mo
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4.5/5

I love Alyssa Cole and I love the Reluctant Royals series. This was such a fun book, and Nya might be my favorite character out of the series.

I'm sad this series is over, but I'm really excited to see what happens with her next Runaway Royals series. I really hope we get more about Shanti and Sanyu in that series.

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Eyelit I got that result too! Thanks for sharing 😄 2mo
BookwormAHN I got Dr. Strange, Hagrid and John Snow 😸 Thanks for sharing. 2mo
madamereadsalot1 I got Samwell, Dumbledore, and Captain America. And what it said was pretty accurate of my personality. 😆 2mo
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cobwebmoth Thanos, Harry Potter, and Brienne of Tarth 2mo
sudi @cobwebmoth i got the same result 🙌 2mo
rachelsbrittain I got Samwell, Dumbledore, and Captain America 😂 2mo
rather_be_reading Iron Man, Ron Weasley, Tyrion 1mo
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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1. The Bees, The Wise Man's Fear, and The Phoenix Project (nearly the same list as last week)

2. When Dimple Met Rishi

3. The Bride Test!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain My list has been staying pretty much the same too 😅😅 gotta get through these books 2mo
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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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4/5

This is a super sweet YA romance. I loved that it was set at a programming competition, and did a good job of portraying what that kind of space can feel like. I listened to the audiobook, and while at first I found the switching narrators for Dimple and Rishi frustrating, by the end of the book I really enjoyed it.

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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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1. When Dimple Met Rishi, The Wise Man's Fear, The Bees, and The Phoenix Project

2. The Bees by Laline Paull is kind of yellow

3. Yellow and Navy

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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4/5

This is such a wonderful romance novel! I liked it even more than The Proposal. The characters were wonderful, and I liked that the tension really came from the fears and insecurities that come with dating. It's a super sweet romance, and I can't wait to read The Wedding Party in a few months!

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Unassigned Reading's vote to pick the anniversary read ends at noon today. The vote is super close right now.

If you want to have a say go to our Instagram story or Twitter to vote.

http://instagram.com/unassignedreading

http://twitter.com/unassignedpod

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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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Made a trip to the library today.

BooknerdsLife Wow! Love this cover 😍 🐝Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did 🤗📚💕 2mo
Annl Yep, the cover! I could own a whole library of books with covers I love! 2mo
sebrittain @BooknerdsLife @Annl it took me forever to find it in my library because it was out on a display of books with cool covers instead of on the shelf. 2mo
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BooknerdsLife @sebrittain so lucky you found it 🤗🐝 Its a very cool cover 💛Hope you're enjoying the book too! 2mo
SW-T This was a different book for me, but I really liked it 😊 2mo
rachelsbrittain Such a great cover! 2mo
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5/5

This is a book about a fascinating artist in Hollywood and the author's journey to uncover her legacy after it has been overlooked for decades. It's incredibly interesting, and I definitely recommend the audiobook as it's read by the author.

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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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For Unassigned Reading's one year anniversary in May, we're letting our listeners pick our book. We've currently got the first round of voting happening on Twitter and Instagram, and we'll have two more rounds on Tuesday and Friday this week.

If you'd line to participate checkout out these links to our other social media:

http://instagram.com/unassignedreading
http://twitter.com/unassignedpod

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1. Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory Omeara and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2. Becoming by Michelle Obama and The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

3. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain I can't wait to start Lady from the Black Lagoon after your description of it! 3mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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5/5

I loved this memoir. I thought the first half of the book (before Obama runs for president) was super interesting. Especially the sections when she was my age, which really got me thinking about my life. The second half is a fascinating look at her experience as first lady. I feel like she has a very clear voice that comes through in her writing.

It definitely lives up to the hype, and I'd recommend it even if you don't read memoirs.

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Wise Man's Fear | Pat Rothfuss
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1. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2. Captain Marvel

3. Well I just had a chai with a shot of espresso, and I'm pretty into that right now.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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5/5

This is a great scifi. It's set on a tidally locked planet that humans have colonized generations ago, and now as the environment becomes more unstable, humanity is running low on resources. It makes you think a lot about what it means to be human, and the effects of our relationships with others.

It's wonderful and really unlike anything I've read before, including All The Birds In The Sky. I just wish it had been longer.

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4/5

Alyssa Cole has become my favorite romance writer. All her books are so wonderful. We finally get to meet Reggie's mystery man from A Duke By Default, as well as understand more about Reggie. It was short, sweet, and I can't wait for A Prince on Paper to come out in just a few weeks.

CoffeeK8 I loved this book so much! I am dying to read the next one! 3mo
Liatrek She is one of my favorites ❤️ I love Reggie and this book. Just wish it was longer. 3mo
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Star Wars Queen's Shadow | Emily Kate Johnston
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4.5/5

This is such a fun book for anyone who loves Star Wars and thinks Padme didn't get nearly as much character development as she deserved. Here Padme, and get handmaidens, get their moment to shine. It does a really good job of doing some world building for Naboo. It also has some really fun parallels with Leia, Princess of Alderaan.

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Star Wars Queen's Shadow | Emily Kate Johnston
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1. The Queen's Shadow by E. K. Johnston & The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

2. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

3. Morning

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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4/5

I've really been enjoying some contemporary romance novels recently, so I decided to checkout The Wedding Date since I'd heard so much about it. I put a hold on it and for its sequel, The Proposal, which had a much longer wait. Then my library purchased more copies of The Proposal, so I got that first. Luckily, it's not much of a spoiler that the couple from The Wedding Date wind up together.

It's a super fun romance that I really enjoyed!

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The Black God's Drums | P. Djeli Clark
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4.5/5

This a such a great short read. It's a super interesting blend of alternate history, steampunk, and fantasy all set in New Orleans. The world building is phenomenal, and I really enjoyed this novella.

#readharder2

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4/5

It took me a ways into this book to understand the format of the poetry, and I suspect it might have been easier to read in a physical copy, which is a frequent issue with poetry books. The poetry was beautiful, and a lot of the imagery really spoke to me. I want to check out the rest of get volumes to see where she goes from here.

#readharder #readharder24 - poetry collection published after 2014

KathyWheeler I‘ve read all of her books as ebooks, and I‘ve had a format issue with all of them. Come to think of it, all the poetry I‘ve read recently has been in ebook format and it‘s been an issue with most of them. 3mo
hjreviews I won‘t read poetry as ebooks for that exact reason. Plus format is so important to poetry I fear I‘m missing out if I‘m not seeing it the way the author originally wanted 3mo
TrishB @KathyWheeler @hjreviews same! Can‘t read poetry on my kindle. 3mo
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sebrittain @TrishB @KathyWheeler @hjreviews I read it on Hoopla, which has even more formatting issues than kindle too. 3mo
KathyWheeler @sebrittain I read it on Hoopla too. I didn‘t know they had even more formatting problems than other ebook platforms. 3mo
sebrittain @KathyWheeler It's more of a personal opinion than an actual fact. Hoopla just doesn't offer as many formatting options as kindle. 3mo
KathyWheeler @sebrittain I‘ve noticed that problem with all of the poetry but I didn‘t think about it being Hoopla in particular. 3mo
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A Hope Divided | Alyssa Cole
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4/5

This is a great sequel with characters just as great as the ones in the first book. I continue to enjoy all of Alyssa Cole's books.

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3.5/5

This book's gotten a lot of mixed reviews. I didn't think it was as good as The Hating Game, and the characters were frequently frustrating, but I did enjoy the story overall, and I'll certainly read the sequel when it comes out.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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4/5

This is an excellent memoir all about Tara's journey from a child who received no schooling to a PhD and how that changed both her and her relationship with her family. Parts of it are really tough to read, but it's definitely worth it.

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4/5

I love Alyssa Cole's Reluctant Royals series, so I was super excited to get started on her historical romance series. An Extraordinary Union is great. The romance is fantastic and the high stakes of spying during the civil war had me so worried for the characters that I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

It's an excellent choice for the #readharder historical romance.

#readharder16

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4/5

I've been in a bit of a book slump recently, so I decided to listen to a romance audiobook. I'll admit for the first few chapters I almost put it down because the workplaces are not like that in real life, and it really bothered me, but the main characters' interactions were so good that I kept listening.

I'm glad I did because this is a super sweet romance that I really enjoyed, even if it was more like a movie than real life a times.

hjreviews I have such a hard time with romance novels because I was always find a disconnect from reality too distracting 😬 3mo
sebrittain @hjreviews yeah I'm okay if I don't know anything about a situation. Like A Princess in Theory, I don't know anything about princesses or immunology so I can go with it. But this was set in an office, and I know about that, so it was a little tough for me to roll with the disconnect. It definitely got better after the first few chapters. 3mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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4.5/5

This book is every bit as good as The Hate U Give. It deals with similar themes of injustice and racism, but from a different narrator with her own perspective on how to use her voice. It also takes place in Garden Heights, so we get some information on what's happened to the community afterward, even if we're don't get to catch up with Starr.

It's a great book that I definitely recommend checking out.

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I'm not sure what's going on, but this is the second book I've read this month with an alien crocodile/ alligator.

Thankfully The City in the Middle of the Night clarifies that the crocodile is in fact alien. The Knife of Never Letting Go left me wondering whether or not the alligators were brought to a new world by colonists or if some alien species was similar enough to share that name.

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Evening plans

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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5/5

This book is so good! I was so excited to be back in Ravka and seeing how Nikolai has done after the events of Ruin and Rising. Unsurprisingly, things are not great, which is unfortunate for Nikolai but great for readers. It was also nice to catch up on so many excellent characters: Nina, Zoya, Tolya, Tamar, and Genya to name a few highlights.

Now I have to anxiously await the sequel.

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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5/5

This is a fantastic book. Trevor Noah is a fantastic story teller and had written a great book. It's definitely more serious than most comedian memoirs, but there are still plenty of funny moments in the book. It doesn't talk much about how he started his career as a comedian, the focus is really on his childhood in South Africa.

Carolyn11215 I loved this book!! 4mo
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