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by @biblioseph

What's a book you wish you saw more of on Bookstagram?
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EXTRAS by Scott Westerfeld
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"Rusty software wasn't smart enough to make backgrounds, so they had to build everything. They had whole fake cities for the actors to walk around in. ... And to fill those cities, they hired hundreds of real people to walk around. But they weren't in the story at all. Just in the background. And they were called extras."
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Aya Fuse is an extra. Her brother is famous, cresting the top thousand of a million, while she can't seem to kick it out of 450,000.
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EXTRAS gets a bad wrap in the Uglies fandom, because people got attached to Tally Youngblood and the adventures she went on, and didn't want to trade them for a while new crew, in a whole new country.
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Yet when I finally picked up the book years later, I was struck by how familiar face-rank and the merit system felt. When it first came out, it seemed so alien and hard to grasp. But now, in a society where celebrity can be won based on streams, subscriptions and likes, I can see how the dystopian Pretty society got there.
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Like Tally, Aya is a bit preoccupied with her label. But when she meets some other girls who want to keep their names out of people's mouths, and out of the city's interface that ranks everyone, she begins to think of the merit system a little differently.
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I'm kinda fascinated by how this all works, and while some readers might find Aya a little fame-obsessed, I'm curious to see her grow and am now doubly excited to pick up the first book in the follow up series that came out last week, IMPOSTERS.
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#grimdragon Underrated
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Photo Description: holding up the book in front of my bookshelf.


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by @biblioseph

Caption this?
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"Oh perfect. As if Underground Stupidity Theatre needed a villain."
— Gandalf, book II, chapter V
(via incorrecttolkienquotes.tumblr.com)
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Nice of Morgoth to leave some presents behind, thought no one, ever.
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#grimdragon Multiple editions of the same book
#HobbitWeek Favourite Valar/Maiar
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I think Underground Stupidity Theatre can be attributed to Anne Meyers in a recap of the 1998 Phantom of the Opera movie, posted to phantomprojects.pbworks.com on October 10, 2008. But it could also just be a phrase that two people came up with individually.
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Photo Description: Gandalf stands on a paperback copy of the Silmarillion while a Balrog of Morgoth is hiding behind the illustrated edition.


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by @biblioseph

What books do you keep nearest to where you read? Where do you keep the books you want to read next?
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For me, I keep the priority unreads between my cozy chair and my bed. Sometimes they wander back to the shelves, but I allow them to guilt me and remind me of their existence this way.
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Mug is from @fableandblack and features a quote by V.E. Schwab.
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#grimdragon What's on your bookshelf?
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Photo Description: several books lean against each other on a shelf, a mug stands in front of them declaring "I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still" with an illustration of a mountain.


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by @biblioseph

Tell me about your shipppssss, precccioussss. 🐍
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I'm actually not very into Drarry (Draco/Harry) despite my obsession with Draco's obsession with Harry. I think Draco is fascinating and the interactions between—
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Yeah, okay, I'll try shipping anything at least once. I believe in letting ships coexist as peacefully as possible, and will go so far as plot an alternate universe with amicable, non-violent breakups to get things the way I think they should work out.
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So, to answer my own question, my biggest ship is not from a book. It's Supergirl and Lena Luthor. 😐 But if it's limited to books, I'm currently plotting to get Genya and Zoya together, smooching in a coffee shop. They're from Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone trilogy. I've written a tiny fic about Tamar and Nadia already. Link is in my bio.
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Bookmark was in a @riddlesteashoppe quartly box. ♡ A limited quantity of Autumn boxes are up for sale today, go grab one! They're so amazing. ♡
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#grimdragon Love Will Tear Us Apart
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Photo Description: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince lies open to the chapter titled Half Blood Prince with a wooden bookmark saying Sectum Sempra lying on it.


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by @biblioseph

Dragons or Librarians? Why not both? What sort of secret society would you join?
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This fantasy series doesn't get enough love on Bookstagram. I'm planning on reading MASKED CITY, the sequel to the brilliant and hilarious INVISIBLE LIBRARY for my Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. since it's about a secret society of librarians who travel the multi-verse to complete their ever-growing collections.
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I just wish we saw more of the Dragons 😍 they're so freaking cool! The fae are also suitably creepy which is always a plus.
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MASKED CITY (The Invisible Library 2) by Genevieve Cogman
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Blurb (edited to remove spoilers) » Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.
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» Irene's mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it's always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.
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#grimdragon I can't tell if you are a lunatic or a genius, but I like it
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Photo Description: holding up the book against the shadows among a pink flowering bush.


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by @biblioseph

Does your phone keep you from reading? What do you do to combat it?
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I read a lot of ebooks and sometimes I read them on my phone, which is a bad idea. I then have to immediately break off when someone calls me. 😪 However, if I use my ereader I have the luxury of pretending I can't hear my phone ring...
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This is another darling queer (nb/f) romance I read recently that contains a touch of magic.
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GREEN TOES by Avery Flinders
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Blurb » Laura left her boyfriend in their rural town to move to the city in the hope that her bisexuality wouldn't be so invisible. She's found the queer scene but is finding it difficult to connect to anyone there, and there are things she misses about her home. The only thing that feels right is her magic hiking boots, which make plants grow wherever she walks. It helps her recreate a tiny version of her parents' organic vegetable farm in her front yard.
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» The tomatoes from her garden draw in Terri, a genderqueer person from down the road who stops to admire them. The two quickly form a bond, and Laura feels she's finally found someone to whom she really connects and with whom she could grow even closer—until a misunderstanding threatens to ruin everything.
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(11,000 words.)
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#grimdragon A book you've never posted before
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Photo Description: my ereader lies in the green, dewy grass.


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by @biblioseph

Ghosts or Fae? 🖤🥀 Do you like spooky stories?
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I love all the spec fic there is out there that uses magical creatures to experiment with pronouns and different life configurations. In this collection there are: grandmas who shave their hair, folx who shapeshift, sailors who haunt lighthouses, the forgotten who haunt causeways and under our beds...and appliances.
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THE OTHER SIDE was a Kickstarter-backed anthology I magaged to join in on. I really enjoyed these stories and would love to see more from the authors.
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#grimdragon #diversereads
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Photo Description: pages from the queer, inclusive paranormal comic book.


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by @biblioseph

What makes a book beautiful?
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Probably the most beautiful thing I've read this year is TOWN OF EVENING CALM, COUNTRY OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS by Fumiyo Kouno.
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The author is probably best known for the manga that was adapted into a movie, also set in Hiroshima, IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD.
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"There's something not quite right about everyone in this town."
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The cover depicts a young woman walking down a dirt city road, her work bag in one hand, her shoes in the other. She's starting up at the pink and blue sky, and crooked wooden houses stand on the other bank of the river.
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"I don't want to wear out my shoes walking to and from work."
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In the ruins of Hiroshima, she lives in a shantyville on the river with her mother. A neighbor girl stops by to help around the house. The woman feels something unspoken, and she can't get the memories of death and destruction out of her head even as the city goes on and rebuilds around her.
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"Oh, why can't I die? I don't want to see any more people I know die from the bomb."
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But life can't go back to how it was. When the younger son comes back after college, he is urged to stay away. But love blossoms where it will, and he won't let fear overshadow him.
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"From before I was born I was there, watching them."
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These marks, the hopes of older folks for younger folks, are intangible to those who were never told to fear loving something too fragile to hold onto. But such fear has driven apart a girl and her best friend, and she follows her father back to his hometown.
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"I visited people who knew her and asked them to share their memories of her with me."
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Blurb » Fumiyo Kouno's light, free style drawing evokes a tender reflection of this difficult period in Hiroshima's post-war past. As the characters continue with everyday life, the shadow of the war and the atomic bombings linger ghost-like in the background.
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#grimdragon Such wow! So beauty!
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Photo Description: the book lies on a pink sweater beside postcards and a mug of tea.


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by @biblioseph

Are there any books you reread on a regular basis?
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It's that crisp, crunchy time of year again when New England gets hallowe'en weather for two months and the rest of the world is envious.
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When I FINALLY started rereading Harry Potter last year I noticed some surprising things, including that books 2 and 4 are less beloved than they deserve and that book 5 is so heavy on angst and darkness that it necessitates a break. That was almost a full year ago.
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I'm still not sure I've recovered.
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So yeah, I'll be rereading Half-Blood Prince soon, for the first time since it was released! Up until now, book 5 was the only one I'd reread only once, and that the summer it came out. Books 6 and 7 will get the honor for the first time.
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As soon as I do it, I mean.
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#grimdragon Last read/Current read/Next read
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Photo Description: holding up Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with an autumnal slope of trees advancing behind it.


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by @biblioseph

Vampires or Werewolves? 🐺💕 What do you do when you're excited about a book? 🎉 (Personally, I think I'd go with dragons 🐉)
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I'm very pleased to be part of the cover reveal for ROUGH SLEEPERS, the sequel in Nem Rowan's horror series. If this is the first time you're hearing about it, there's still time to read WITCHESKIN before ROUGH SLEEPERS comes out next month! The cover is quite bloody. 😁 Check out the blurb below.
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It's from one of my favorite publishers, Less Than Three Press, which focuses on marginalized orientations, gender alignments, identities and intersex romance. In other words, it's queer.
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ROUGH SLEEPERS by Nem Rowan (@nemrowan)
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Release-date: October 24th 2018
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Blurb » Leon, drag performer and club owner, is attacked by a werewolf one night and loses an arm—and more, after massacring his club guests. Now homeless and tormented by nightmares, he runs away from everything he knows.
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» Eventually, he meets Ceri, who invites Leon to live with him above a shop owned by a woman who lost her husband and son to a werewolf attack. She and Ceri are still hunting the unknown perpetrator, and Leon gladly lends his own assistance, eager to atone for his bloody past in the hopes he might one day be able to have a home and family again…
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#grimdragon I regret nothing!
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Photo Description: my tablet lays on a gold and black scarf beside a red cloth rose, with two ulit candles and overlaid with fairy lights.


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by @biblioseph

What's the oldest book on your TBR? How long has it been there?
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I always felt like NEON GENESIS EVANGELION was one of those classic series. The manga is kinda notorious. It was launched to promote the anime, before it ever screened, but took nineteen years to finish publication of fourteen volumes. Long after the original anime wrapped. That's kinda wild.
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Anyway. I got the first few volumes in german before it finished, for practicing my reading comprehension.
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I didn't actually have a real drive to pick it up because I was never really into Mecha stories but I can blame Voltron for my sudden interest. Now Voltron... 🤣 that's another story.
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NEON GENESIS EVANGELION by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
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Blurb » Once Shinji didn’t care about anything; then he found people to fight for—only to learn that he couldn’t protect them, or keep those he let into his heart from going away. As mankind tilts on the brink of the apocalyptic Third Impact, human feelings are fault lines leading to destruction and just maybe, redemption and rebirth.
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#grimdragon Forever on my TBR
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Photo Description: six volumes of the manga lay in a messy pile.


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by @biblioseph

Who is your reading buddy?
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"There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, 'Do trousers matter?'"
"The mood will pass, sir." — P.G. Wodehouse
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My cat, more often than not, though when my friend isn't in school, she did come over a couple times just to sit in my comfy chair and read.
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I was tagged by @booklovingpanda to do the #cosybookclub tag ♡
★ fave drink: tea
★ fave reading snack: cookies
★ fave time to read: anytime I'm in bed
★ book I recommend: THE WINTERSMITH by Terry Pratchett
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"There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature." —P.G. Wodehouse
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#grimdragon Laugh it up, Fuzzball!
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Photo Description: one book lies open, a small penguin P.G. Wodehouse on top, and a cat with her mouth open beside it, on a red cloth.


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by @biblioseph

Do you ever buy a book based on the cover?
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I haven't done that in a long time, but then I saw this a couple months ago and...was I speaking about book bans the other day? 🤣
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Today is a good day because I'm off and I can actually read on the couch. So rare! .
Enjoy the moments you scrounge for yourself. ♡ You deserve them.
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THE PRICE OF TEMPTATION by M. J. Pearson
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Blurb » Stephen Clair, the notorious Earl of St. Joseph, has a lover he can't afford, a social calendar that's out of control and a libido that rules his life. If he can't gain control of his finances, his social calendar and rid himself of his lover, he will fall into financial ruin. Could the youthful, handsome and dependable Jamie Riley be the solution to his problems?
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» Jamie Riley has a secret that keeps him from accepting the sexual advances of his employer, Stephen Clair, and a past he would like to leave behind. But Stephen Clair is a handsome man who knows how to awaken a passion that Jamie has been trying to suppress, and carries a price that Jamie would rather not pay. But it isn't easy to ignore passion, especially when it's so temptingly close.
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» Julian Jeffries, lover to Stephen Clair, has found a way of living the high life without lifting a finger. It isn't until Julian notices that Stephen has been spending time with his latest employee, Jamie Riley, that he begins to worry about losing everything he'd schemed to have. Now Julian needs to find a way of getting rid of Jamie Riley without raising suspicion. And, as Julian knows, the best way to do that is to dig into Jamie's past and find something to use against him.
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#grimdragon Mission Impossible: Rarely seen on Bookstagram
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Photo Description: holding up the book against a pink flowering bush. It's worth mentioning that the painting for the cover features two men in the foreground, one looking down, shirt open, his chest hairless and chiseled, with short curly hair and a golden neck chain, and a bulge in his pants. The man at his feet is fully dressed, has shoulder length hair and is looking up. In the background is a small frame, of a window, a mirror or a painting, where a man slightly scandalized looks at the pair.


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by @biblioseph

Do you pre-order anticipated books or buy them after they come out?
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I'll be brief, but this is important; if you have the means, there are two things you can do to support your favorite authors: pre-order their books and write reviews.
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If you can't pre-order it yourself, ask a library to preorder a copy!
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Hyping a book is also good, which is why I'm here. 😂 I love hearing about other people's great reads. I hope I'll convince you to check out a couple of mine. 💕 This one's up soon.
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RUIN OF STARS by Linsey Miller
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Blurb » As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and most importantly the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down. Which means trying to ignore the fact the Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner, and that the queen may have ulterior motives. And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can't be ignored.
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#grimdragon Predicted 5 star read
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Photo Description: my tabler with the cover of the book lies among golden and ivory fabrics, warm fairy lights draped across.


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by @biblioseph

In a graphic novel, what matters more, art or story?
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"What was I supposed to do, lie in the report? Covering up the truth wouldn't do humanity any good."
— Rico Brzenska, Attack on Titan, Hajime Isayama
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See, yesterday I lulled you into a false sense of security, because here is another ATTACK ON TITAN post.
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I think pacing is underrated. Though the art in ATTACK ON TITAN is a little hard to follow at times, the action is clipping along at the right speed for each scene. That's hard to do. I think one of the reasons I disliked SAGA is that the pacing felt off to me.
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Now that I've found out that one spoiler for ATTACK ON TITAN, tho, I'm like... doubly excited to keep reading? Usually spoilers literally spoil the mood. But this series is such a roller coaster ride... I can't wait to get back to it.
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This tag is weird, but here goes 😂 I was tagged by @mostlyfantasybooks to do #schoolforbookworms » Are you a rule follower or a rebel? I am not the Droid you're looking for. 🤖 » Prefect or sports captain? Can I be Quidditch Captain? 🤩 » Popular or unpopular? I like to think I was popular with my friends! Er, still am. 😅 » What's your favorite school subject? Ohh History. I would have said English, ages ago. Oh, but I also love languages. » How are your grades? Why do you ask? 😳 Is this gonna count toward our average? » What sports do you enjoy? Soccer and Running from Zombies. 🧟‍♀️ » Least favorite subject? Mathematics. I just... It was like white noise. » What clique are you in? We're the Weird Ones, mister....is a thing I would say if I had ever watched the Craft.
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#grimdragon IT HURTS SO GOOD!
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Photo Description: manga panels where Rico says "I refuse to die a dogs death" as she discusses a plan to overcome the Titans.


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by @biblioseph

Do you hate spoilers? How do you avoid them?
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"The world is merciless, and it's also very beautiful." — Hajime Isayama
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Ha, you thought you wouldn't be getting another post about ATTACK ON TITAN so soon? Well, you're off the hook today, but I've just spoiled something for myself from like volume 24 so I need to catch up. I'm just deciding whether I'm gonna binge a couple from the library or slowly start buying them...
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Here's something I already own that I should read in the meantime. And if you like dark fantasy (and romance) you might want to check it out as well. The sequel will be coming out October 24th.
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WITCHESKIN by Nem Rowan
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Blurb » Following the disappearance of his father, Owen returns to the Welsh village where his parents grew up to live with his mother and her boyfriend. While pursuing the mystery of cattle mutilations in the area, he meets Maredudd, an old friend of his mother's, and learns something about his parents that they've never told him...
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#grimdragon There is some fuckery going on here
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Photo Description: the book lies on a black and gold cloth, beside a mug of tea and a couple of cookies on a wood board.


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by @biblioseph

Do you impulse buy or carefully maintain a wishlist? Or a mix of both?
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So I've had a couple reads recently where I immediately wanted to acquire the next book in the series. Ebooks I'm a bit more lenient on, if I'm gonna immediately read it, but physical books need to be earned by reading stuff I already own.
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Gah, it's hard. I really liked vol 1 of AFTER HOURS by Yuhta Nishio, a slice-of-life manga about two girls' burgeoning relationship, one is an old hand at disk-jockeying, the other is between jobs, and just getting into the EDM scene with her new friend's help.
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AFTER HOURS v. 1 by Yuhta Nishio
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Blurb » There’s always something going on at night. Sooner or later, you’ll find your scene. » Emi Ashiana is 24, unemployed, and not really sure what she wants do with her life. When a friend invites her to a dance club, Emi doesn’t expect much. But what she finds will change her world! » The club is hopping and Emi isn’t… so she ends up hiding in a corner after her friend ditches her to flirt with a guy! Emi figures the night is a bust, but then someone amazing comes to her rescue. Kei is a DJ, and her effortless self-confidence captivates Emi. Is this just a wonderful night out or the start of the rest of her life?
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I'm not a fan of the phrase "[person] who happens to be [adjective]" yet these two girls are dating, and it's not an overtly Yuri comic. It's a low-key story and I love it.
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Funny, I don't really/often like contemporary lit, but slice-of-life manga is my jam. *shrug*
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Anyway, here's hoping I don't spiral and buy the sequel before I've earned it. I've got some reading to do. 😅
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#grimdragon The beginning of the end
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Photo Description: holding up the manga against an out of focus bookshelf.


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by @biblioseph

Do book bans work? How do you pick your next read?
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Which should I read first? Comment below! ✋ ETA: it was decided by a margin of two votes and because I liked the style of one better than the other: I'm reading SILK.
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#grimdragon TBR
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THE LOVER by Marguerite Duras
» The story of an affair between a fifteen-year-old French girl and her Chinese lover, set in prewar Indochina.
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SILK by Alessandro Baricco
»An unlikely love blossoms between a French silkworm merchant and a Japanese baron's concubine in 1861 that is strengthened over time.
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I'm a big mood reader. But I have this impending move on my radar and I own well over a thousand physical books. Many of them are unread that I acquired as I was a precocious reader attempting to read that vague list of 1001 Books To Read Before You Die... Which is largely shit, btw. Several authors have their entire bibliography on there while several international classics are missing. So I scrapped the effort recently— officially— yet still have several interesting books on my shelves.
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That's where these two come in. They are similar in some ways, but I'm sure readers who know them would be quick to tell me their differences. .
I've paired them up because they are novellas, about affairs, from European perspectives, set in Vietnam and Japan— which are similar in proximity on the globe, perhaps also in the minds of foreigners, but culturally very different. .
One clearly mentions colonialism in the blurb, the other is set in a time of isolationism.
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Anyway, I've got a poll up in my story, but you can comment here to vote as well.
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This will probably work well for my O.W.L.s since I want to use physical books I already own.
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Photo Description: two novellas lay on top of each other on a grey sheet.


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by @biblioseph

What's your dream bookish trip?
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So the city I was born in was the hometown of Goethe, who wrote that famous play about Faust and Mephisto, and it's been my goal to follow in his footsteps, in his travels anyway, across Europe. I should also get around to reading his Italian travelogues...
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#grimdragon meet the Bookstagrammer: Five facts about yourself!
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Oh dear.
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I was a developmentally slow reader at first.
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Then I was a precocious reader, devouring Tolkien at 11.
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I can read well in two languages and slowly in two more.
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My first book crush was Remus Lupin, and I had trouble accepting Tonks as his love interest.
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I prefer ebooks to physical books!
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And an old tag from @puttingwingsonwords: #behindthebookstagrammer
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One fact about yourself — see above 🙅‍♀️
Favorite color — purple? 🤔 Unsure.
Favorite food — potatoes and green sauce
Nickname — Seph ✨
Hair color — brown
Eye color — indeterminable 😆
Skin color — pale as milk-cheese or alabaster
Dream job — translator and novelist
Favorite subject — anything Jane Goodall teaches 🐒
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Photo Description: me standing on a balcony overlooking the model replica of Hogwarts at Leavesden Studios in England.
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Picture taken in August of 2013. Yes, the lighting really did make hogwarts a beautiful lilac color!


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by @biblioseph

Are you a morning reader or an evening reader? Do you pick based on mood or follow a strict TBR?
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I signori si alzano dopo i contadini, ma un minuto prima degli scansafatiche. — Mine Vaganti
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"The gentlemen get up after the peasants, but a minute before the slackers." — Loose Canons
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#grimdragon So here we are.
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August was a bit of a messy month. I did read a lot! I set myself a goal of 31 books for no other reason than there are 31 days, and while I didn't get very close, the motivation to keep reading was great.
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Once I finished THE RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan, I immediately jumped into the sequel, THE THRONE OF FIRE, but I spent the next several weeks dragging my feet through what should normally be a quick and fun read. So I'm gonna wait until I'm ready to finish the Kane Chronicles. 😊 That'll be soon enough, though!
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Man, I miss reading Italian. I'm so rusty though! German's hard enough, Italian will be harder.
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Did you know I'm teaching myself a minimalist conlang called Toki Pona? It's very simple and doesn't favor European or romance languages making it totally different from any language I've studied before. And different than a fair few 'popular' conlangs.
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Anyway, so far I've read 22 books and may finish one more by the end of tomorrow. How many books have you read this month?
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Photo Description: THRONE OF FIRE lies on a lawn chair beside a cup of ice water.


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by @biblioseph

What's the ideal weather for reading, for you?
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I wonder- if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all? — Alice Oseman, Radio Silence
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Did you know it's much more difficult to find out what the weather was like yesterday, or even this morning? All the resources of the internet, conspiring to keep what actually happened a secret.
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#grimdragon Get caught up on book tags day! ✨ #booktag love .
#spellyournameinfictionalcharacters tag from @thelovingbookpanda and @thewallflowerreads and because I'm sure I'm overdue a #spellyournameinbooktitles, these are all books that have the characters name in the title.
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🇸abriel
🇪lionor Oliphant
🇵eter and the Starcatchers
🇭annibal
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And I like the tag @the_infinite_bookdragon did this morning which was #7thingsilikeinabook
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1️⃣ Dragons
2️⃣ Drama
3️⃣ Discussions of Gender and Sexuality
4️⃣ Dogs
5️⃣ Nuanced Villains
6️⃣ Music
7️⃣ Cats
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Psst, I'm terrible at tags, but you're it!
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Photo Description: Holding up RADIO SILENCE by Alice Oseman to a chapter titled I ALWAYS WISHED I HAD A HOBBY, with an American road and lampposts stretching out into the distance behind it.


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by @biblioseph

What are you currently reading or loving?
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ASSASSIN'S APPRENTICE by Robin Hobb
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I began this over the weekend and have already felt so many things. (I'm only a year late, @hobbsquad!)
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So, when you begin your first Robin Hobb, know that folks will line up to tell you two things: you're going to love your journey, but make sure you bring tissues. 🤧 Yay, me. I'm barely 40% through and already been near to tears 3 times. And I don't like the tone that Fitz keeps taking when he introduces the chapters from an older perspective.
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Yep, this is probably gonna wreck me.
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Blurb: In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
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#grimdragon This book DESTROYED me!
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by @biblioseph

What's the last book that physically affected you?
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So, after bingeing ATTACK ON TITAN I had a weird association with eating food at breakfast the next day. Partly because the Titans bite into humans like they're gingerbread cookies, and partly because of the way the manga-ka draws regular people eating food in this story. Like, theres an image of Mikasa biting into bread that I could not remove from my head, and every bite of bagel felt almost vile, like chewing on it was almost nauseating? I didn't have time to get over it though because I was gonna be late for work, so I just put it in a to go container...
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But yeah, once you've seen a Titan bite into a person, it kinda can't be unseen...
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I still recommend this series if you like dark fantasy. Oof.
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Blurb: For eons, humans ruled the natural world. But a century ago, everything changed when the Titans appeared. Giant, grotesque parodies of the human form, these sexless monsters consumed all but a few thousand human beings, who took refuge behind giant walls. Today, the threat of the Titans is a distant memory, and a boy named Eren yearns to explore the world beyond the wall. But what began as a childish dream will become an all-too-real nightmare when a Titan finally knocks a hole in the wall, and humanity is once again on the brink of extinction.
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#grimdragon Cannot unsee!
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by @biblioseph

Do you have a favorite non-human character?
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Sorry, not sorry: Here's Lirael again with her Disreputable Dog, who may or may not be a demon, but is definately gonna break my heart the next time I reread this series.
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Do you think there need to be more dog-companions in fiction? Hint, the correct answer is YES.
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I just started reading ASSASSIN'S APPRENTICE by Robin Hobb, first book set in the Realm of the Elderlings I believe, and am delighted to see that the main character will most likely have a delightful dog companion who will more than likely also break my heart.
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Blurb: Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Now, two years past the time when she should have received the Sight that is the Clayr's birthright, she feels alone, abandoned, unsure of who she is. Nevertheless, the fate of the Old Kingdom lies in her hands. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, Lirael must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil.
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#grimdragon #shelfiesunday
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by @biblioseph

Do you ever take a break from a book?
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Bounders is now called EARTH FORCE RISING and is the first in a series by Monica Tesler.
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👨‍🚀🌭👽🎶🤯
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"Fans of Ender's Game will feel right at home in this fast-paced debut!" —Wesley King
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Blurb: In the tradition of Michael Vey and The Unwanteds, twelve-year-old Jasper and his friends are forced to go up against an alien society in this first book in a brand-new adventure series!

Thirteen years ago, Earth Force—a space-military agency—discovered a connection between brain structure and space travel. Now they’ve brought together the first team of cadets, called Bounders, to be trained as high-level astronauts.

Twelve-year-old Jasper is part of this team being sent out into space. After being bullied back on Earth, Jasper is thrilled to have something new and different to do with other kids who are more like him. While learning all about the new technologies and taking classes in mobility—otherwise known as flying with jetpacks—Jasper befriends the four other students in his pod and finally feels like he has found his place in the world.

But then Jasper and his new friends learn that they haven’t been told everything about Earth Force. They weren’t brought to space for astronaut training, but to learn a new, highly classified brain-sync technology that allows them to manipulate matter and quantum bound, or teleport. And it isn’t long before they find out this new technology was actually stolen from an alien society.

When Jasper and his friends discover the truth about why Earth Force needs them, they are faced with a choice: rebel against the academy that brought them together, or fulfill their duty and protect the planet at all costs.
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It's worth noting that the kids who have the genes for "bounding" read like kids on the autistic spectrum, having traits which might put them on a bullies radar but come together here like a team with the perfect building blocks. While this is my interpretation of the kids, no where is it stated that they are autistic or on the spectrum in anyway.
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#grimdragon Emoji-only review
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by @biblioseph

Did any required reads in school end up as favorites?
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So, the year that everyone read WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle , I was in a group that was required to read THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells. I mean, I devoured it, but I can't say I loved it. And I haven't really had to read any more Wells since then.
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But did you know that Wells coined the term we now use almost universally for a vehicle that travels through time?
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Anyway, I almost bought a copy of WRINKLE IN TIME when the movie came out, but turns out I had a dusty copy on my shelves that I have been meaning to pick up for ages.
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I think a reason I didn't read it on my own before is because I heard there are Christian undertones. But I'm not against religious motifs in books anymore, like I was in my teens, so I'm hoping to read this scifi-fantasy soon.
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Blurb: It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract". Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
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#grimdragon Required reading in school
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by @biblioseph

Do you read on any digital devices?
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I sometimes read on my phone and have read a lot of stuff on my computer even though I avoid it now, but mostly I read longer stories on my ereader.
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But... I used to be obsessed with webcomics. Some of my favorite comics now were intrroduced to me because I read the author online first. I actually went back into the web app I used to check the webcomics I was interested in, and it's kinda weird to see some continue on without me, but most are now done and the authors have moved on to new things.
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One that finished a couple years ago but I hadn't finished readinf until the other night was called BUYING TIME. It's an animated webcomic that was recommended by the author of ARTIFICE and YOUNG PROTECTORS, Alex Woolfson. (He's a writer who was mostly writing comics about gay men at a very high production value that I'd never seen before. From what I recall, he's worth checking out.)
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Blurb: Buying Time is a sci-fi cyberpunk romance. Set in the future megalopolis of Hyperion City where all forms of entertainent, including our own personal social lives are regulated by a micro-transaction monetary system called Daily Leisure Credit.

When Vinnie Smalls, a lonesome welder working for the Hyperion City Core finds he has a crush on a fellow co-worker, he finds he must break away from his usual loner lifestyle and dive headfirst into the inner workings of the Daily Leisure Credit system. Our story deals with the ups and downs of his relationship in the midst of system that makes staying in contact with someone a financial battle.
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You can read BUYING TIME by Casey J at buyingtime.the-comic.org with any flash-capable device.
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#grimdragon No books!
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by @biblioseph

Do you ever conflate literary fiction with contemporary fiction? Is literary fiction its own genre?
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If you're wanting to watch/read TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE, you shouldn't sleep on it— do it!
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Up until a few days ago I thought of literary fiction as it's own genre, but then I read a short blog post on knowledgelost.com called Contemporary Fiction vs. Literary Fiction, which kinda echoed something that I've been thinking about. Literary fiction tends to describe something more highbrow as opposed to genre fiction— sci-fi, romance, horror, paranormal, comedy, etc— all of which can overlap in a myriad of ways. Most books fall into one genre before another, depending on what it's focus is on. But now I'm gonna say it like it is, that's kinda elitist.
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And, all things being equal, most classics were contemporary novels when they were published, being set in the period they were published or in the very near past.
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So, what is all this snobbery for? I don't know.
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Anyway, all this to say, TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han is probably a contemporary romance, but I'll take arguments that it's a contemporary novel with a strong romantic element. We're probably both right.
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Blurb: What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
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#grimdragon Title page
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by @biblioseph

Do you wish some fiction inside fiction were real?
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“Can you play for time, Cousin?” came Sphene’s reply. “A few years, maybe?”
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Ever since I first read Ancillary Justice a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to read one of the described historical dramas about ships with AI who go mad with grief when their captains died.
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The Radchaai changed some programming so that didn't happen anymore, and I'm not saying that Sphene is such a ship, but it certainly has a certain something that newer ships like Toren don't.
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"Oh, Cousin,” replied Sphene. “We sit here arguing, we can hardly agree on anything, and then you go straight to my heart like that. We must be family."
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Anyway, here's the latest book from Ann Leckie that I can't bring myself to read yet since Breq isn't in it, but it's set in the same universe.
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PROVENANCE by Ann Leckie
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Blurb: Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.
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#grimdragon This secondary character deserves their own series!
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#littlebrownbookclub
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by @biblioseph

Have you ever read a book and realized that if you'd read it much earlier in your life, you wouldn't have appreciated it the same?
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I know lots of folks who read Harry Potter as kids, 15-20 years ago, feel like reading the books is comforting. Like visiting a familiar place or seeing old friends.
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I was in a weird slump when I reread the first four books a year ago, and I was surprised how much I still liked about those books.
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#grimdragon Right book at the right time
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