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wideeyedreader

wideeyedreader

Joined June 2019

26, English degree, librarian. Books are literally my life, I can never have enough!
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Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes
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While not my favorite Poirot, this was really unique and I was lost as to the solution for the entire book! Picked by @AmyK1 for our mother-daughter murder mystery book club this month!
Feat. Goblin, who really wanted to be in the picture. #catsoflitsy

Texreader ❤️🐈‍⬛ 23h
peanutnine 😻 8h
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The Darkest Minds | Alexandra Bracken
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Mild pick for me; I loved the writing and characters, but the ending made me so mad! I don‘t think I‘ll continue the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Had to take a picture of this one with my albums—loved reading about the history of some of my favorite bands and the scene they grew out of! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Pruzy I think this became my newest must have book! (edited) 3w
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Another book finished! I did find this one more confusing than the Earthsea books I‘ve read before, but still a great read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Loved this one as much as the first—and was just as stumped by it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Read with @AmyK1 for this month‘s mother daughter murder mystery book club

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My work received the ARC of this new sci-fi epic, and I‘ve been devouring every word! Good for fans of Iron Widow and anyone who likes space, mech battles, and revenge. This comes out later this month (the 21st!) and I am so tempted to get myself the fancy edition with sprayed edges.
Also pictured: my roommate‘s new kitten, Goblin! #catsoflitsy

AmyG Too cute! 1mo
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Two recently finished books! I finally finished Babel, after a year, and the other is a buddy read with @AmyK1 for mother-daughter murder mystery book club! Really enjoyed both, though I don‘t remember a lot of Babel…. 😄

BooksNBowls A year?!?! 😳😅 2mo
wideeyedreader @BooksNBowls I took a VERY long break because I got kind of bogged down in the middle of the book 2mo
BooksNBowls @wideeyedreader okay I was wondering bc I want to read it 😭 2mo
wideeyedreader @BooksNBowls ahhh that makes sense. I think I‘m an anomaly lol, most people don‘t take that long! 2mo
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The Glass Ocean: A Novel | Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren Willig
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I really enjoyed this book, my first by any of the three authors! I‘ve been very interested in the sinking of the Lusitania since reading Dead Wake last year, and this book was like the perfect treat. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Another book in my quest to read everything Gaiman‘s written (for adults, anyway). Not everything in this was a hit for me, but I really enjoyed most of them, especially the last one, Black Dog, and one in the middle about a cave in the mountains. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I saw this book on the shelf at work, and knew I just HAD to read it with my mom, @AmyK1 We enjoy reading murder mysteries and talking about them together, and we both liked this one a lot! Now I want to go kayaking, lol. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Got this as an ARC through my job at a bookstore.
I enjoyed this book and found it quite funny. However, I did find some of the plot, especially towards the end, very confusing, which detracted from my enjoyment. I can‘t tell for sure, though, if this was a book problem or a me problem. I also disliked the fact that the MC was never given a name. I understand why Bradley chose to do this, but I felt more detached from the main character. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This book is a real-talk, lighthearted yet serious letter to young black girls all over America, from someone who understands them. I‘m not the target audience, but I loved reading it and related to quite a few things! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I feel like I learned so much from reading this—I‘d recommend it to anyone! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wow. I LOVED this book. So glad I suggested it for book club!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ the author was one of my professors in college (for creative writing) and I always enjoyed his classes—glad to say I enjoyed his stories too!

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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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I picked this one up on a whim during a slow day at work, and I absolutely loved it! I‘ll for sure be looking out for lord of Holland‘s work. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookmarkTavern This is in my top three reads of the year! ❤️ 6mo
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Fractal Noise | Christopher Paolini
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This book wasn‘t at ALL what I expected. Way more philosophical and introspective than I expected, but in a way I enjoyed! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Illuminae Files 3. Obsidio | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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All three books in this series have blown me out of the water completely! I feel so much for these characters, and I‘ve loved this journey so much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LibrarianRyan yes. Have you gotten your hands on the short story that shows you the start of Aiden. I believe it is called Momento. It was originally a pre-order swag for book 3, but I think you can get it online now. 7mo
wideeyedreader @LibrarianRyan I have not! I hadn‘t heard of that omg 7mo
LibrarianRyan @wideeyedreader Yes It's less than 100 pages. It was a perfect little short story https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/55654594 It is before about how Aiden became sentient. You can only find it in print used, but it is available in print form a wide selection of platforms. It was originally only print and remained that was for about a year. 7mo
wideeyedreader @LibrarianRyan that is so cool! Thanks for letting me know! 7mo
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Halloween Party | Agatha Christie
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She really stumped me with this one—I had no clue who it could be till the end! Not my favorite, but very good, of course. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

dabbe I'm almost done with it. Love me some Agatha Christie, especially at this time of year! 🖤🎃🖤 8mo
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She Is a Haunting | Trang Thanh Tran
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This was a really spooky book, though some aspects were vague to the point that Jade‘s conclusions seemed to come out of nowhere to me—I don‘t know how she put it all together! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Our most recent book club read, and not a favorite. At least it‘s short and easily readable! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mythology | E. Hamilton
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I really enjoyed reading through this mythology book! I learned several stories I hadn‘t read before.

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The First Ladies | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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3.75 stars for this book club pick. I didn‘t really like the short chapters combined with jumping between the narrators and constant time skips, but I did enjoy learning about these two women.

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Larson never fails to provide a throughly readable and informative book. This one has the double honor of pulling me out of a reading slump, as it‘s the first book I‘ve managed to finish in a month… oops!

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Book club pick! I really liked this one; though I didn‘t think the ending was very satisfying. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️😭

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I Must Betray You | Ruta Sepetys
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Soft pick; the writing style didn‘t seem to gel well with the subject, especially early in the book. I did enjoy it, though! ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75

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Good Girl, Bad Blood | Holly Jackson
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DNF‘d this one upon realizing I‘m not as interested in it as I used to be. Kind of sad, but oh well.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ not my favorite Backman, but still a good read! Parvaneh is the best

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Most recent book club pick! This one had been on my list for a long time so I‘m glad I finally got to read it, even if it was… a little hard to read at times ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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This book. Why did I wait over a year to read it?? It‘s so good, I‘m blown away. Also, I‘m counting it for my march #bookspin and #doublespin, as both were to read any of my BOTM books that month! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!!! 13mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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This series has been on my list for ages, so of course I picked up the physical copy of this when I found it recently—and I‘m so glad I did! I love Murderbot so much, and this little adventure was such a delight to read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Peril at End House (Poirot) | Agatha Christie
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I thought I had this one, but Christie surprised me as always! This one is shorter than some of the other Poirot novels, but no less engrossing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Of course I love this. This is either my third or fourth read (I lose track), and it‘s just as magical and fun as I remember! So excited to discuss in book club tomorrow

JazzFeathers I can't say how many times l've read The Ho bit, but every time is wonderful 🤩 12mo
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Bailedbailed

Sadly this one wasn‘t for me. All the parts I didn‘t like about The Great Gatsby, but more boring. #doublespin this month, but at least I tried it!

TheAromaofBooks Oh dear! At least it's off the list!! 13mo
Tamra I bailed too. 🤷🏾‍♀️ 13mo
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My first read of Weir‘s fiction, and I sadly wasn‘t impressed. I did enjoy knowing more about Lady Jane Grey, but I found the writing just too modern in many places. Perhaps her later novels are better! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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And here‘s my May #bookspin list! I really need to finish the tagged (I‘ve been putting it off…) and the others are ones I‘m excited to read!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I can't decide if I want to read Babel or not. 😂 14mo
wideeyedreader @TheAromaofBooks it‘s a lot lol 14mo
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Smoke and Mirrors | Neil Gaiman
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Finished my April #doublespin just in time for next month‘s drawing tomorrow! I‘m a huge Gaiman fan, so while I didn‘t like all of these short stories and poems, I‘m glad I read them. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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Loveless | Alice Oseman
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And this is what I got from the #greatercharlottebookcrawl! I know you can‘t see all the book titles, but I wanted to show the pins too, lol.

TheSpineView Score!!!📚📚📚 14mo
Soubhiville Yay! Great haul! 14mo
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The Measure | Nikki Erlick
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Some members of my IRL book club and I—with @AmyK1 of course—hit 8 stores on the #greatercharlottebookcrawl today!! It was so much fun; Liberty Bookstore in Rock Hill was my favorite (not a surprise, because I went there in college and adored it). Haul in a separate post!

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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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I was able to read this ARC due to working at a bookstore, and I honestly really liked it!! The romance was a bit TOO steamy for me (I prefer less sex scenes), and I found the love interest a tad possessive at times, but this book really made me feel things! If you‘re interested in an epic fantasy set in an original world with dragons and some steamy romance, check this out when it‘s released! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Not the first Jamie Ford I‘ve read, but you can tell it was his first book. Overall a good story, but not compelling enough for me to come back to! #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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A soft pick, this book was for sure not my favorite. I strongly disliked Sadie and Sam, the two leads, while I enjoyed the writing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

wideeyedreader And if you‘d like to get your hands on my copy, check out my PangoBooks shop! emaleigh737509's bookstore on PangoBooks | handle: @emaleigh737509 | https://pangobooks.com/bookstore/emaleigh737509 1y
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Finally, by April #bookspin list! This is just a collection of books that look good rn, along with my current book club read (tomorrow x3).

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
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Not my favorite Gaiman work, mostly because I felt so bad for Charlie for most of it, but still good! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With the usual Miller magic, I really liked this! Read during a slow half hour at work, lol

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YIKES. This is badly written, poorly plotted, and somehow managed to make outlaws uninteresting. Not my first dnf of the year, but my first for book club.

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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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So. Much. Fun! Sometimes it was a little hard to follow the action, but I really enjoy this adaptation of the podcast, which I love. Best part of this one: Angus, boy detective! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I picked this up when I was bored at work one day and I ended up loving it! Lily‘s story was so great to read, and I felt immersed in 1950‘s San Francisco the whole time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Spinneret | Timothy Zahn
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Almost late, but here‘s my #bookspin list! I‘m trying to finish Bable, and A Day of Fallen Night came out yesterday and I‘m super excited to read it! Also, I‘m trying to do better about actually reading my #botm books lol

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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A book club read that, once again, is a hit! I don‘t think this is my favorite TJR, but I loved Nina as a character so much ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️