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shadowspeak17

Joined September 2017

Gryffindor 🦁 | Book lover 📚📖 | Cat momma 🐈🐈❤️
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The River by Peter Heller
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This gets an easy five stars from me. Everything is so well written and researched, and I really liked the narrative format. I‘d highly recommend it.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

CouronneDhiver Agree! 1d
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1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2. I very rarely listen to podcasts. I think the Eclectic Readers podcast was the most recent, but it‘s been quite a while, so I‘m not sure.
3. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

#weekendreads

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The River | Peter Heller
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I enjoyed The Dog Stars when I read it several years ago and have been meaning to give one of Heller‘s other books a try. So let‘s see what I think of this one.
#currentlyreading

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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
I enjoyed the thought-provoking nature of these stories, and while all of the stories were solid and I liked most of them, it was hard not to compare this collection to Chiang‘s previous one which I enjoyed a lot more.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix #Ember

Leftcoastzen 😻Inspection time! 2w
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The Little Blue Kite | Mark Z. Danielewski
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1. The Fall of Hyperion
2. The Haunting of Hill House
3. The Little Blue Kite by Mark Z. Danielewski and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
4. #GoodreadsChallenge: 23/20
#booked2019: 13/24
#friendrecchallenge: 0/3 but I just started one 👍🏽

#ThursdaySurvey

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EclecticReaders Woohoo! 3w
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Bf: Have you started reading American Gods yet?
Me: No, I‘m waiting on my hold. Still three weeks left.
Bf: Oh... Well, it‘s a good book. Let‘s just buy it.
Me: Okay 😂👌🏽

#bookmailisthebestmail #friendrecchallenge

Drocchio03 My girlfriend has been trying to get me to read this for years! 3w
TheSpineView 🤣 3w
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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1. Exhalation by Ted Chiang
2. I‘d like to finish Exhalation and start either Limit or American Gods. I haven‘t decided which yet. 🤔
3. Exhalation... I‘m only 1/3 through, but it already seems right up my friend‘s alley, so I told him he should read it. 😂

#weekendreads

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Total books read: 4
Ebooks: 4
Physical books: 0
Borrowed: 4
#booked2019: 4
#seriesread: 0

Average rating: 3.5 stars

#MayStats #MayWrapUp

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 💖📚💖 3w
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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This was a tough read but a good one. I really felt for Sadie and I liked the way the podcast was used in the story. I‘ve seen a lot of complaints about the ending, but I personally thought it was perfect.

#booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Cinfhen The ending didn‘t really bother me but it just felt careless/ easy/ lazy. IDK 🤷‍♀️I think I‘m the only one who just wasn‘t impressed with this story. I‘m glad you liked it!!! 4w
JohannaRose @Cinfhen I agree with you that I felt like I didn‘t really understand why everyone loved this book so much? I agree there were some really awesome aspects (like the formatting) and it was an intense story! But I really hate open ended books so maybe if the end tied it up better I would have felt differently? 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
Cinfhen I keep thinking something must be wrong with me as a reader because this book felt very cliched and I thought the writing and plot was average at best @JohannaRose 🤷‍♀️ 2w
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JohannaRose @Cinfhen Nothing‘s wrong with you because I felt the exact same way! I didn‘t understand the hype on this one 2w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @JohannaRose we are definitely in the minority 👯‍♀️ 2w
Suet624 @Cinfhen I felt the same way. 1w
Cinfhen Of course you felt the same way @Suet624 ❣️‼️‼️❣️ I should have known all along you‘d have my back 💋 1w
Suet624 @Cinfhen Haha. You betcha. Your birthday must be coming up, isn‘t it??? 1w
Cinfhen A few days after yours @Suet624 I‘m June 29 🦀 1w
Suet624 @Cinfhen 💕💕💕 Sisters. 1w
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Eeeeeeeep! I‘m so excited to start this one! 😬 I really hope I‘m not overhyping it for myself. 😅

Emilymdxn So jealous! I can‘t wait to get this one in July 4w
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Limit | Frank Schatzing
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I‘ve finished half the prompts for #booked2019 and have exceeded my Goodreads reading goal, but I have yet to start any of the books for my #friendrecchallenge. 😱 It is only three books though, so I‘ve got time at least. 😂 I do have one on hold at the library and I just downloaded this one, so I think I‘ll be starting one of them soon. 😁👍🏽

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This wasn‘t really what I expected. I thought it would focus more on the murder than it actually did. I enjoyed the parts about the murder and trial and some of the parts that weren‘t directly related to that were entertaining/interesting. But I did find myself losing interest and skimming at times, and honestly, I can‘t really say I cared about any of the people in this book. 🤷🏽‍♀️

#booked2019 #nightorientedtitle #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

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Cinfhen This has sat on my #maybeOneDay pile for years!!!!! I‘m drawn to it but haven‘t yet felt compelled to read it. (edited) 1mo
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I haven‘t been on Litsy much over the past week or so because I was out of town for my little sister‘s college graduation! I am a very proud sister! 😄👏🏽❤️

On the book related side of things, despite being out of town for a week, I‘ve actually managed to get some reading done. I finished Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and have gotten about 25% into Sadie. I usually don‘t get any reading done on trips, so I‘m quite pleased with this.

AmyG Congrats 🎉. I love graduations. 1mo
TheSpineView A big congrats to to your little sister! 1mo
sprainedbrain Congratulations to your little sister! ❤️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats to your sis! 👏🎓 1mo
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Yay! My preorder has finally arrived! 😄 I‘m really excited for this one, but it will have to wait until after my trip.

#bookmailisthebestmail

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Preordered this too! 1mo
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Counting by 7s | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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I think I would have liked this a lot when I was a kid. Reading it as an adult, I did like it, but it didn‘t blow me away. It was cute. I loved the introduction to Willow during the flashback section at the beginning, but it lost me a bit after that. I knew some suspension of disbelief would be required, but I found some things just bugged my adult brain a little too much. 😅

#booked2019 #diversemiddlegrade #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

4thhouseontheleft Great pick! My daughter likes this book. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Such a cute kitty!😻 2mo
Cinfhen Nice!!! 2mo
rretzler 😻My older son and I both read and loved it. 2mo
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This was a bizarre read and it took me half the book to really get into it, but when I got to that point, I ended up liking it. I think this is one of those books that could benefit from a reread at some point now that I know what to expect from it.

#booked2019 #soldiersstory #catsoflitsy #Ember

Leftcoastzen Love Vonnegut! I was going to listen to it on audio as I had read it a long time ago.Picked up box of discs , felt light , someone took all the discs & put case back on Library shelf.So not nice. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Cute 😻 2mo
Cinfhen Your fur baby is adorable 2mo
shadowspeak17 @Leftcoastzen Not nice at all! 😧😠 I will never understand how some people are okay with doing things like that. 😒 2mo
Nerdfins Mlem! 😻 1mo
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1. House of Leaves
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. Goodreads
4. #Ember chilling under her cat tree instead of on it. 🤦🏽‍♀️😂

#catsoflitsy #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Happy Kitty 😸 2mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Kind of meh this month.

Total books read: 5
Ebooks: 4
Physical books: 1
Borrowed: 4
#booked2019: 3
#seriesread: 2

Average rating: 2.8 stars

#AprilStats #AprilWrapUp

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did good! 📖💖 2mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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I totally get why there are mixed reviews for this book. It is a challenge to read, requiring a lot of concentration. I had to really pace myself with it to avoid getting overwhelmed. But in spite of this, I really enjoyed it.

#booked2019 #irishauthor #catsoflitsy #Ember

Cinfhen Yay!!! Another prompt completed 2mo
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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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This is one #unpopularopinion I truly did not expect to have. 🙁 I really enjoyed TNotW, so when I started this, I was fully convinced I would like it, but I didn‘t really. There were parts that I genuinely enjoyed, but then there was just so much that I didn‘t. I mostly liked the first part, but then it started to drag and things just went downhill. I can‘t really go into much else without spoilers, but I will say, Kvothe started getting ⬇️

shadowspeak17 on my nerves, and I definitely agree with the reviewers who have described this book as too “side questy.” I‘m still down to give the third book a chance whenever it comes out, but this one was a disappointment.

#booked2019 #featuresamusician #seriesread #catsoflitsy #Phoenix
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Palimpsest I read The Name of the Wind three years ago and then immediately started reading Wise Man‘s Fear. I got about 500 pages in and I wasn‘t sure if I didn‘t like it as much as the first book or I was just currently burned out on that world. I keep meaning to finish it, but I keep choosing other books to read instead. I did love the slow regard of silent things. 2mo
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Cinfhen OMG!!!! 1100 pages!!!! And it‘s meh!!!!! Yikes ~ that‘s a major bummer 🥴😱 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Major props on finishing it! 👏👏👏 2mo
shadowspeak17 @Palimpsest I could definitely see getting burned out on the world. There‘s a lot of book there between the two of them. 😂 A lot of people like this one, so it might be worth another shot. I‘m glad to hear you liked The Slow Regard of Silent Things. I love Auri, so I do still want to get to that. ❤️ 2mo
shadowspeak17 @Cinfhen It really is a bummer. 😩 I didn‘t want to bail though since I liked the first book and this one could just be suffering from middle book syndrome, so maybe the third will be better (I say hopefully 😬🤞🏽). 2mo
Palimpsest @shadowspeak The Slow regard of Silent Things is very different. Even the intro by Rothfuss says people either like it or they don‘t. I wrote a review about it towards the beginning of the year on here. If you loved Auri you will most likely like it. And I will get around to finishing Wise Man‘s Fear at some point! 😊 2mo
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Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel | Claire Vaye Watkins
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1. The Wise Man‘s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and Milkman by Anna Burns
2. Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
3. Blue

#weekendreads

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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I‘m so glad I got my holds under control before I started reading this. I‘m liking it, but it requires a lot of concentration. I probably would have had to return it if I‘d had another hold come in at the same time.

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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I just saw this on Facebook and had to share. 😂🙃

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#relatable 😅😂

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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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I feel like I‘ve been reading this #chunkster forever, but I‘m getting so close now. Only about 160 pages left to go. 😬

CrowCAH Woohoo congrats; keep at it! 2mo
UwannaPublishme You‘re almost there! You can do it! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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After reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle last year and loving it, I really wanted to love this book too. I did enjoy the haunting aspect of the story. I wasn‘t expecting to be scared by it, and I wasn‘t, but I did enjoy its creepiness. On the downside however, I spent most of the book feeling irritated because the characters and their interactions with each other really grated on my nerves. 😩

#catsoflitsy #Ember

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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
I really like how easy it was for me to get sucked into this series. I had some issues with this one, but I still had fun with it, and I think it‘s a solid conclusion to the series.

#seriesread #booked2019 #NewIn2019 #catsoflitsy #Phoenix

TheSpineView 3😊 2mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Another prompt completed 🎉🎉 2mo
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We went to the Half Price Books clearance sale today, and then they gave us a coupon to the actual store... so then we went there too. This is our #bookhaul. 😁📚

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Geeklet I love the SF Masterworks covers soooooo much. 3mo
Tadams4 Beautiful cat! 3mo
Emilymdxn Left hand of darkness is one of my favourite books! 3mo
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Thank you so much again, @TheSpineView! I ended up getting these three books and preordering the tagged one. Her Body and Other Parties was one of my favorite books I read last year, and I‘d been wanting to add it to my personal library. The others I haven‘t read yet and I‘m really looking forward to them. 😄📚💕

#giveaway #bookmailisthebestmail

TheSpineView You're welcome! I hope you enjoy your new book! 💜📚 3mo
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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I just... hmm... I have mixed feelings about this book. I did like parts of it, but the entire novel I vacillated between intrigue and boredom. During those moments of piqued interest, I would think maybe this is when I‘ll really get drawn into the story. But unfortunately, I never really did.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

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And Evicted has become the first (and hopefully only) casualty of the #holdalanche. I had four holds come in within two days of each other and I officially can‘t keep up. I was looking forward to reading Evicted, but since (unlike the other three) it has a short wait list and I‘m not sure if the #SABC group I was reading it for is even a thing anymore, I‘ve decided to return it for now and check it out again another time.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a good book, but yes, we‘ve all been there...there‘s the will, but just no physical way. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa What‘s the SABC by the way? 3mo
shadowspeak17 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m glad to hear it‘s good. 😊 I‘m looking forward to reading it after I get through all these other holds. The SABC is the social awareness book club. The idea started here on Litsy and moved over to Goodreads, but the group appears to be gone now. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @shadowspeak17 well if it picks back, I‘m interested. Sounds very good. 3mo
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Total books read: 6
Ebooks: 6
Physical books: 0
Borrowed: 6
#booked2019: 2
#seriesread: 0

Average rating: 3.75 stars

#MarchStats #MarchWrapUp

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 📖💖 3mo
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And to think I almost returned this to the library without reading it. 😱 I am so glad I went ahead and read it because this book was fantastic! I really enjoyed the relationship between Korede and Ayoola, as frustrating and twisted as it was, and I really like that while this book is fun and engaging on the surface, it‘s also got more substance to it and things to think about. I‘d highly recommend it. 😄👍🏽

#catsoflitsy #Ember

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1. The Wise Man‘s Fear and The Water Cure
2. My Sister, the Serial Killer
3. The Haunting of Hill House and Evicted

#weekendreads

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The #holdalanche continues. 😬 I finished My Sister, the Serial Killer yesterday (review coming soon) and just started The Water Cure tonight, so once I‘ve put a good dent in that one, I‘ll move on to this. Thank goodness these first two have been fairly short. 😅

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Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel | Claire Vaye Watkins
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To be honest, all the negative reviews I saw for this book had me intrigued. 😂 I wasn‘t really sure what to expect going in in terms of liking or disliking this, but I was pleasantly surprised when the writing grabbed me right off the bat. That ended up being one of my favorite aspects of the book, although some descriptions were a little too crude for my taste. This story is very bleak, the characters flawed and ⬇️

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#catsoflitsy #Ember
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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Okay, yeah, the avalanche is definitely starting. 😂🙃 I wasn‘t expecting this one for another three weeks either, and I‘ve got four others sitting at ~2 weeks. Oh dear... 😅

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I wasn‘t expecting this one for another three weeks. I‘d better get started. An avalanche of holds may be starting. 😬

Jilly6183 Luckily it's a very short read! 3mo
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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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1. Nay. I haven‘t actually tried it, but I‘m not really interested.
2. Seeing a toddler and blurting out, “I need a child,” in front of my boyfriend of only a month without any context. It made sense in my mind since I needed to collect a language sample from one for a class project, but I forgot he didn‘t know about that...
3. The tagged book has a few times.
4. Hopefully New York to see my sister graduate. 🤞🏽

#wondrouswednesday

Smrloomis #2 😂😂😂 3mo
AlaMich 🤣 3mo
Eggs #2 😂😂😂 Thanks for playing ❣️ 3mo
rather_be_reading if u ever want to try botm i can send u a referral link and we will both get a FREE book!! 3mo
shadowspeak17 @rather_be_reading Thanks, I‘ll keep that in mind if I decide to give it a shot. 😊 3mo
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This Savage Song | Victoria Schwab
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Since I let my boyfriend change his pick, I gave the opportunity to my other two friends as well. One changed, the other didn‘t. I‘m not allowing anymore changes, so here are my finalized #friendrecchallenge books. Not sure which will be first, but I think I‘ll be starting on them soon.

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Wow. Just wow. This book was well written, well researched, and absolutely horrifying.

#SABC #catsoflitsy #Ember

booklahoma I'm sure the book is great, but please just mail Ember to me. What a beautiful feline! 🐈 3mo
Weaponxgirl I felt the same way with this book 3mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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It has arrived! Yesterday, actually. I‘m a little late posting. I love the bookmark and the pin! (I also like purple and that quote, so that was a lovely surprise. 😊) Thank you so so much, @TheSpineView! I will definitely be getting lots of reading pleasure from my prize! 💕 I‘ll post soon about the books I decide on. 😄 Thank you so much!

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The Fall of Hyperion | Dan Simmons
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Yay! I actually got six prompts read this quarter for #booked2019! 😄

#FairyTaleRetelling: The Bear and the Nightingale
#NewToYouAuthor: Fox 8
#CliFi: The End We Start From
#Genrebusting: Friday Black
#BookGiftedToYou: The Fall of Hyperion
#PoCMCParanormal: Kindred

MelissaSue81 I loved Fox 8 so much! 3mo
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The End We Start From | Megan Hunter
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I must have jinxed myself with my last post. 😂 Oh, well. This wasn‘t bad or anything, it was just okay. I like the style it was written in and the juxtaposition of new motherhood and catastrophe. Unfortunately, I just felt like the story held me too much at a distance which kept me from really feeling for the characters.

#booked2019 #clifi
#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

ReadingRover That cat smirk is priceless! 😼 3mo
Cinfhen I was really disappointed by this book. Your review is spot on. Writing & storytelling was too detached. Didn‘t work for me 3mo
booklahoma Great review by Phoenix! And @shadowspeak17 , too! 3mo
Crazeedi Your kitty is just gorgeous !😻😻 3mo
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Fox 8: A Story | George Saunders
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One got cut off, but all ten of my reads so far this year have been picks. 😄 I wonder how much longer the streak will last. 🤔

Crazeedi Keep it going!!😉 3mo
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So much of this book was absolutely fascinating! I have to say though, I did enjoy the first half more than the second half. The second half got a little dull.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Palimpsest Your cat is precious 4mo
Megabooks Totally agree! 4mo
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