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ulrichyumiodd

ulrichyumiodd

Joined September 2018

PhD student | English Studies | Medieval lit
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4/5 for the #bookmarkswap. @LibrarianRyan

Wow. I don‘t have words. @cobwebmoth please give Isabelle a million thank yous for me. She really put thoughts in her choices and those dragons are so beautiful ❤️ I love all the bookmarks and I feel so lucky to have been matched with her. Would it be okay to send her a thank you card? If so, is there anything she likes that could help me choose?

cobwebmoth I'm so glad you like them! She'll be very happy.😊 I'm sure she'd love a card from you. She is a bird lover, so she likes anything with birds on it. 2d
ulrichyumiodd @cobwebmoth Thank you for the info! I‘ll look for a nice card :) 2d
LibrarianRyan Those are AWESOME!!! I love the dragon bookmarks!! 2d
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3/5 Thank you @ShelleyBooksie ! Those are beautiful bookmarks! I love them all! Good job on the one you made 😄
#BookmarkSwap @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 👍 😁 1w
ShelleyBooksie Yay! I am glad that you like them. :) 1w
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2/5 Thank you @StayCurious !! The bookmarks you made are very pretty. I love them both! The candies were such a nice addition. The Rockets bring back happy childhood memories 😄
@LibrarianRyan #BookmarkSwap

Macker11 Aww candies are such a cute added surprise ! 1w
LibrarianRyan Love the cross stitch one. 1w
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I‘ll probably get the last two later, but I‘ll count my posts on five nonetheless. I have three for now.

1/5 Thank you so much @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego !! You‘ve been so generous. I‘m sorry about the missing handle; I thought it would be asked later so I didn‘t include it with my name, which I should have. All the bookmarks are so pretty! My favorites have to be the Mark Twain one and the black and gold one 💕
@LibrarianRyan #BookmarkSwap

LibrarianRyan I take full credit for forgetting to ask names. Your 2 others have been shipped so you should have them soon. 1w
ulrichyumiodd @LibrarianRyan No worries about the name! I should have messaged you earlier about it. I‘m looking forward to the two other envelopes/packages :) There was no handle for my 1st match, so I‘m not sure if they got my envelope or not. If we have their handle and they don‘t receive it soon, I can send another one. 1w
LibrarianRyan @ulrichyumiodd I'm not sure yet if she got it or not, but she is a very good litten so I think if she hadn't I would have heard by now. 1w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm glad you like them! 🔖🏷❤ 1w
ulrichyumiodd @LibrarianRyan Okay! Just let me know if there‘s any issue. I‘d be happy to replace it if it got lost. 1w
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Got this today! The name written in the address looks like it could be the Litsy handle. However, it seems I‘m not reading it properly as I can‘t find a similar handle. It‘s from New-Brunswick.
#BookmarkSwap @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan I will look in the morning. 1w
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ulrichyumiodd @LibrarianRyan Thank you so much! It seems it wasn‘t the handle after all. 1w
ulrichyumiodd @ShelleyBooksie Thank you for the envelope! I cannot wait to open it! 1w
LibrarianRyan @ulrichyumiodd I get it. I accidentally forgot to stamp my outgoing #Bookmarkswaps so I have had to claim my own envelopes. 1w
ShelleyBooksie @ulrichyumiodd - glad it found it's way to you in time 1w
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I believe this #BookmarkSwap package is from @StayCurious ! Thank you!! 🌸
@LibrarianRyan

StayCurious Wow that was fast! I mailed it yesterday 🤗 hope you like it! 2w
ulrichyumiodd @StayCurious That IS fast, indeed! I‘m looking forward to the opening day :) 2w
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh . That was a quick trip 2w
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Got this today! Thank you!! ❤️
#BookmarkSwap

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 2w
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Bitter Fruits | Sarah Daltry
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Panpan

The total lack of subtlety is almost painful. The writing style is not particularly good. The author should follow the advice “show, don‘t tell”. Most of the time, I could not feel the characters‘ emotions nor their logic. The intimate moments are average and happen in the weirdest locations or at the worst times. I enjoyed the biblical elements woven into the story, but much more could have been done with the myths involved.

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Lai de Lanval (le) | Marie de France
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When Arthur distributes land and woman to his knights, he entirely forgets Lanval. Luckily, a fairy lady offers Lanval countless riches if he grants her his love. There is a condition, however, to their deal: he must never, ever, reveal her existence to the world or he will lose her and her blessings forever.

I loved the story. Who doesn‘t want to read a text from the Middle Ages in which a knight is rescued from financial ruin by a lady?

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While the plot is clearly inspired by The Wife of Bath‘s Tale, a few changes here and there make it an entirely different story. The friendship and loyalty between Arthur and Gawain become central to the conflict, which I liked a lot. Overall, I preferred the details of The Wife of Bath‘s Tale, but this is not a bad version - just different.

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It‘s a story written with a very repetitive pattern, so it can get overwhelming. There is one long list of names and another of demands. Nonetheless, it is definitely readable if you know what to expect. It is believed to be the earliest Arthurian tale or, at least, the earliest we have access to. I personally enjoy it both for its story and for its historical value. Some names are hilarious!

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Five envelopes mailed for the #BookmarkSwap. Sorry for the ugly picture. I never realized how awful that street corner looked!

@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan yeahhh 3w
mreads I received mine today 😁👍 @LibrarianRyan 3w
ulrichyumiodd @mreads 😄 I really hope you‘ll like the bookmarks. 3w
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Ready to go! Mailing them either today or tomorrow.
Each envelope contains two bookmarks and a postcard :)
#BookmarkSwap @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 3w
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Mehso-so

Lots of avoidable mistakes (grammar, spelling, sentence structure, typos) tarnish Clegg‘s writing style. The novel is more a story of lust than of love, with too much focus on what Mordred will lose along with his virginity. Lancelot is not quite himself - certainly, he is not the “best knight of the round table” we know and love. The end brings great twists, but the rest of the book is not nearly as interesting. Good premise, failed to deliver.

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Lancelot and Guinevere‘s love story is ageless, and Chrétien de Troyes was the first to write it. The poem is full of adventure and romance, as a chivalric tale should be. Not a fast read, especially if the modernization/translation you read stays close to the original (as mine did). Give yourself time to appreciate it fully!

Graywacke Cool. !! 1mo
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The book is SO long. The chapters themselves are very short, so we get a glimpse of an element of the plot, then often quickly skip to a new one. While I understand and enjoy the satire, it did become repetitive to see “the Boss” making fun of the Middle Ages again and again and again by proving that he was superior to everyone else. I liked the end, but it is slightly confusing and seems to negate what we already knew about magic.

suzisteffen I read this book SO MANY TIMES as a kid. And I loved it! But now ... yes, I see what you‘re taking about. 1mo
ulrichyumiodd @suzisteffen To be fair, it is part of a reading list for my PhD exams, so I couldn‘t just put it down and come back to it later. I feel it might have been a “pick” in a different situation. 1mo
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@Amabear Thank you so much for the #helpmefindnewbooksgiveaway! I love everything you chose for me! ❤️

I ordered lots of books for my PhD exams before leaving for a one-week trip to Niagara Falls with my boyfriend. Three packages were in the mailbox when we came back tonight, so I assumed they were all books I ordered. I was VERY confused when I opened that one without looking where it came from 😂

Amabear LOL I‘m so sorry it was so late 😂 2mo
ulrichyumiodd @Amabear No worries! I look forward to reading the book and trying on the socks and necklace! Thanks again :) 2mo
Amabear @ulrichyumiodd awesome! :) so glad you like it all 2mo
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Mehso-so

The story has perhaps too much simplicity to meet my expectations. I wish there were more characters, more plot lines, more action. The twist the summary promises - someone else pulling the sword from the stone - happens at the very end. I read to know what came AFTER, but the book told of what came BEFORE. Morgause is not a very satisfying villain, despite the author‘s efforts. Gawen‘s identity did surprise me, but I should have seen it coming.

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The Sea Witch | Sarah Henning
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I had a hard time getting into this novel. The third-person narration of certain chapters can be confusing - I mixed Iker and Nik‘s POVs at least once. The characters sometimes show immaturity in ridiculous ways. I would have liked a darker tone, as I could not quite relate to the tragic events of the past or those to come: I could not feel Evie‘s emotions, be it pain or joy, for most of the book. It was a bland read. (But look at that cover! ❤️)

Shley9225 One of my favourite covers ever. The eyes! They glow!! 2mo
ulrichyumiodd @Shley9225 I totally judged the book by its cover and expected it to be a new favorite, haha. (edited) 2mo
Shley9225 @ulrichyumiodd So will you be reading the sequel when it comes out? 2mo
ulrichyumiodd @Shley9225 I doubt I will. Perhaps if I find it at a good price, just by curiosity. In the end, it wasn‘t a book for me, despite the gorgeous cover. 2mo
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Lear | Jean-Pierre Ronfard
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Mehso-so

Read in translation in A Certain William, ed. Lieblein.

Let‘s be honest: I. Hate. This. Author. I had to read his “Roi Boiteux” part two for some research assistant work, and I could not figure out why someone would write it. I feel the same way about this one, though not as strongly. I enjoyed how he used Cordelia (Laurette/The Fool in this version) and the two Shakespeares, but nothing else. Other students liked it. I must simply not get it.

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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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I felt the tone was a bit uneven, between the fun/cute/sexy moments and the tragic event the characters had to cope with. The resolution of every problem was predictable and felt rushed. While the romance was okay and the characters were mostly enjoyable, it was not enough to make it a “pick”. By the end, the whole “fangirl” thing was also getting annoying.

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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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I enjoyed Nadine Brandes‘ reimagination of Romanov history in a world mixed with magic. The magic system is not explained in details, which is a shame, but it plays a wonderful role as a background element to the revolution. The characters felt very real, so their pains and struggles touched me deeply.

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You get what the cover promises: Pride and Prejudice in (nowadays) Pakistan. The idea is clever and works well. I am not a big fan of Pride and Prejudice, so I knew it would not be a new favorite, but it was fun overall. It could be a bit more subtle.

DGRachel It was definitely not subtle. 😆😆 2mo
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I had to book in another hotel for a night, and I wish I stayed here all week. This chair is as cozy as it looks and is perfectly situated to read with the light falling on the book. I might take the day to rest and enjoy a good novel!

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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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I had to read King Lear in undergrad but ended up skipping it for reasons unknown (I LOVE Shakespeare, so it is baffling). Having it assigned again, for a PhD class this time, finally made me read it! It‘s a great play with themes of power, manipulation, family, and madness. I‘d be interested to do more academic research on it, too!

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The Arabian Nights | Anonymous
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Small book haul from Paris ❤️
They are both gorgeous!

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Reviews of last week‘s readings to come when I get a minute!

Just finished this one. It‘s a fun, light, easy read. I‘ve been in the mood for lighter novels lately, and it was exactly what I needed. Some elements are predictable, but it still kept my interest.
Note: Darcy‘s objectification of Tom and their possessiveness towards one another can seem problematic. I‘m choosing to let it go because it WAS enjoyable for me nonetheless.

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Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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✈️ I‘m participating in an exchange seminar with the New Sorbonne university. This week, we had class in Montreal. Next Friday, I‘m going to Paris for the second part of the seminar! That‘s very exciting!

📖 Resting from a very intense week of class and doing some readings for the Paris seminar.

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Hamlet, le Malecite | Yves Sioui Durand
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Read the original French version. Also available in English in A Certain William, ed. Lieblein.

The play tells the story of Dave, a young member of the First Nations from the Maleceet tribe, who serves as a reflection of Shakespeare‘s Hamlet. I truly enjoyed the adaptation, especially with its ingenious twists. I think the end should have been even more tragic, but I get why the author chose that ending. Still tragic enough!

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Mehso-so

Read an English translation in A Certain William, ed. Lieblein.

While some might appreciate this adaptation for its clever use of Quebec history, my political views do not match the message of the play, so it was not for me. I also found it telling that, in this version, the two female characters represent a man and an institution (the Church). Women need a voice in politics!

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Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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I read Hamlet years ago for an undergrad class - and read it again today for a PhD class! While not my favorite play by Shakespeare (that would be Othello!), it is certainly a classic. I enjoy Shakespeare‘s style a lot. His characters are witty and, when the story calls for it, deeply tragic.

rretzler 😻 3mo
BookishMarginalia What a gorgeous kitty! 3mo
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William S | Antonine Maillet
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What would Shakespeare's characters have to say to him if he suddenly appeared in front of them, centuries after their creation?

The play, written in French, provides a clever exploration of Shakespeare's characters and of their personnal struggles. The author must answer for his choices as Juliet, her Nurse, Shylock, the “Shrew“, Falstaff, Lear, and Hamlet lay down their complaints. I truly loved Katherine confronting Shakespeare for her taming!

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What if Snow White decided to take her kingdom back? What if the Evil Queen poisoned the prince instead?

I enjoyed the Evil Queen‘s story more than I did Snow White, which is a shame, because Snow also had potential. Ingrid felt more human and more developed because of her flaws and internal conflicts. I wish Snow White was tempted by the “dark side” - perhaps by offering her mother or her prince back. Still, this was an enjoyable read.

Jess_Franzino Glad you liked it! I was intrigued by Ingrid, too! 3mo
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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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Mehso-so

Arthur and Ben meet at the post office. Then they lose each other. Then they find each other. And maybe it was meant to be.

I truly wanted to like this book. Sadly, the “search” part of the story felt unnecessary, and the romance itself was WAY too awkward and complicated. I could not root for the characters, because I did not feel they should be together. The friendships are much more satisfying and might make the book worth reading.

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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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I had high hopes for this book as a cute gay romance, but I‘m now a bit disappointed. More than a hundred pages in, I‘m getting frustrated by the slow pacing and way-too-YA writing style.

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Once & Future | Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta
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Merlin has known Arthur through 41 reincarnations. Yet, the 42nd brings an unexpected twist to the story: Arthur is a woman.

I LOVE this book. I did not expect it to be the first of a series, but I now have high hopes for the second one. I do think such a small group of people would not be SO diverse in our world, which makes it a bit unbelievable - but who knows what the future could bring. In any case, Once and Future is a new favorite of mine!

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The Sea Witch | Sarah Henning
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My first book sleeve. I love it!
Made by FabricBound on Etsy.

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Once & Future | Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta
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I was afraid this new Arthurian retelling would be a disappointment, but I LOVE it. One could argue that there is such a thing as “too much diversity”, but the authors create a world that is naturally inclusive. I am willing to believe that such a world would encourage people to explore their sexual orientation and gender identity, thus leading to more diversity in a small group of people than there would be in our society.

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I couldn‘t miss the occasion to share Kit in his non-book-related cuteness.

#NationalPetDay #PetsOfLitsy #CatsofLitsy

rretzler 😻Awww. Adorable 4mo
Jess_Franzino Kit is everything 4mo
Tadams4 Beautiful cat! 4mo
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The Sea Witch | Sarah Henning
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Kit wants my attention this morning! Not reading a lot because of Camp NaNoWriMo this month, but I still keep my book close by, just in case!

Erofan 😻 4mo
rretzler Awww 😻 4mo
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The Goshawk | T.H. White
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T. H. White recounts the (failed) training of his first goshawk, simply named Gos.

Short book, feels long. Not my cup of tea. The story is well written, but not of interest to me. Helen Macdonald‘s memoir was a lot more engaging - even the parts about T. H. White himself! Additionally, a few lines about women made me want to bury the book under feminist writings.

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The Goshawk | T.H. White
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“The way to every creature‘s heart was through the belly. This was why women had insisted on the prerogative of being allowed to cook.”
Oh, for real, White?!

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What a beautiful book!

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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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Helen Macdonald‘s memoir covers her grieving process after the death of her father, as well as her relationship with the goshawk she then decided to train. Intertwined with her own story, we learn about the life of T.H. White; his book Goshawk is one that deeply touched Macdonald, from her childhood to those moments of grief. I enjoyed reading H is for Hawk, but it might not be a book I would ever get back to once my class is done.

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On Monday, I was presenting at a Graduate conference organized by my university. My presentation adressed the reversal of gender norms through seduction in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. SGGK is one of my favorite piece of literature from the Middle Ages. Lady Bertilak woos like the most courtly of knights. Seduction empowers her, and it is delightful to read.

wanderinglynn That sounds fascinating. And congrats—being asked to present is a great honor. 👍🏻🎉 5mo
ulrichyumiodd @wanderinglynn Thanks! I must say they accepted everyone who sent a proposal - but it was still a great opportunity to share my research with fellow students! 5mo
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The Girl from the Well offers a mix of Japanese folklore, ghosts, possessions, and exorcisms. Chupeco has a remarkable writing style, and she brings great characters to life in a tale of horror and hope.

A big thank you to @Jess_Franzino for the book. Your reading tastes are always impeccable!

Jess_Franzino So glad you enjoyed it 💖 6mo
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Retelling of the Arabian Nights.

Not what I expected, but an enjoyable read. I wish there were more tales: they‘re perfect. The writing is usually good, BUT the repetition of a character‘s name in the space of a few sentences is sometimes ridiculous. The end is good - I look forward to reading the sequel.

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Look at that cutie 💕 He‘s sleeping at my feet while I read, but he wakes up if I move.
#catsoflitsy

TheBookKeepers Adorable!! Also I loved this book!! 6mo
ulrichyumiodd @TheBookKeepers I like the book so far. I‘m curious about how it will end! 6mo
TheBookKeepers I just finished her other series A Flame in the Mist and really liked it too, but this one was my favorite! Hope you like it!! 6mo
ulrichyumiodd @TheBookKeepers I have Flame in the Mist, but I haven‘t read it. I also have The Rose and the Dagger at my parents‘ house; I‘ll need to get it next time I visit. 6mo
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Kingdom of Copper | S A Chakraborty
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I LOVE the Daevabad series. I love the characters, the emotions, the twists. I love the beautiful writing style and the wonderfully magical world. If you enjoy Islamic mythology, djinns or even just fantasy in general, I strongly recommend reading City of Brass and its sequel, Kingdom of Copper.

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Touching memoir of a man who is legally blind yet has lived as if he was sighted for most of his life. When he loses his job, he decides to finally get a guide dog. It is a short read full of emotions. I recommend it!

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