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Would you accept a gift of unknown consequences to save something you loved?
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If you've never heard of Kazu Kibuishi, you'll know him as the cover artist for that beautiful set of Harry Potter books that sit on your shelf and make the skyline of Hogwarts. I still want that set. I keep asking for it for Christmas... I guess I should just save up and get it myself...
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BUT HE IS ALSO THE AUTHOR OF HIS OWN GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES. I've seen and heard about AMULET for years, but never picked it up.
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Blurb » Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.
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» After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.
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» Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.
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A few days ago I was staying at a house where the first book was lying out (bless children) so I devoured it. It had less words than I'm used to but that's not a bad thing, Kibuishi's art inflects loss and implies spookiness. This story starts out sad, and doesn't ease up, even as the characters descend down the rabbit hole, they lose even more.
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Yeah. Content warning: non-graphic depictions of death.
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I think this graphic novel series will appeal to fans of Rick Riordan. I thought was predominantly fantasy, but has a strong measure of sci-fi and robots with cogs exposed. Really enticing!
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So, I requested the next three from the library and picked them up today. There's 8 out so far!!
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#grimdragon 13. I AM UNASHAMED! / 14. An unfinished series
#bookreadhappyhour 14. Don't care how... I want it now! | Most anticipated
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Photo Description: the book lies on a bed of bright red and pale leaves, sun dappled.


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How do dreams come true?
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WELCOME TO THE BALLROOM no. 1 by Tomo Takeuchi
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I'm gonna recommend this to fans of Yuri!!! on Ice who enjoyed the nature of single (or in this case, couple) competitor sports. Here's the blurb:
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» THE BALLROOM BECKONS
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» Feckless high school student Tatara Fujita wants to be good at something — anything. unfortunately, he's about as average as a slouchy team can be. The local bullies know this, and make it a habit to hit him up for cash, but all that changes when the debonair Konami sengoku Send them packing. Sengoku's not the neighborhood watch, though. he's a professional Ballroom dancer. And once tutora Fujita gets pulled into the world of the ballroom, his life will never be the same.
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Many stories feature an 'average' main character, and Fujita is no different. His drive to be good at something, however, especially after ballroom dancing catches his eye, is infectious. I really enjoyed the way we saw a specific moment shake him up, because sometimes it does happen that way. You never notice something until it smacks you in the face.
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You know, usually I can read a single volume of a manga in the store which is good when you're unsure if you want to invest in a series, but I decided to not do that yesterday when I bought this (and subsequently inhaled the rest of this this morning) and I'm glad I got it.
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I've been struggling a bit with my depression lately, and trying to remember my passion and dreams, but when you feel like a black pit, it's hard. I'm hoping to make some important steps today. Hope you're having a good Monday, fellow readers. ♡
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#grimdragon 12. Black & White
#bookreadhappyhour 12. #moodmonday | Let your picture reflect your mood!
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Photo Description: holding up an open Manga where a boy is dancing alone in front of a mirror, and another boy is watching him in wonder. The second photo is off the front cover. The third is of the main character loudly proclaiming: "I need to change."


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"Whatever I had glimpsed before—or thought I had glimpsed—this was no monster. No thing of multiple legs and chitinous joints, of wings and reeking flesh. And yet, it was a thousand times more terrible."
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These books are not for kids!
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I didn't like this book as much as the previous one, the few non-white characters felt superficial but the monster was plenty creepy. We also see a bit more PTSD in this one.
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THRESHOLD (Whyborne & Griffin 2) by Jordan L. Hawk
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» Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Whyborne's railroad tycoon father has other ideas, namely hiring Griffin to investigate mysterious events at a coal mine.
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» Whyborne, Griffin, and their friend Christine travel to Threshold Mountain, a place of dark legend even before the mine burrowed into its heart. A contingent of Pinkertons-including Griffin's ex-lover Elliot-already guard the mine. But Griffin knows better than anyone just how unprepared the detectives are to face the otherworldly forces threatening them.
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» Soon, Whyborne and Griffin are on the trail of mysterious disappearances, deadly accidents, and whispered secrets. Is Elliot an ally, or does he only want to rekindle his relationship with Griffin? And if so, how can Whyborne possibly hope to compete with the stunningly handsome Pinkerton-especially when Griffin is hiding secrets about his past?
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» For in a town where friends become enemies and horror lurks behind a human mask, Whyborne can't afford to trust anything-including his own heart.
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#grimdragon 11. The dark recesses of my heart
#bookreadhappyhour 11. #scifisunday
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Photo Description: repitlian teeth and spikes, a mine shaft entrance, two men casually sitting together reading newspapers, a sutured face screaming, grungy surgical instruments, fire blazing in a valley.
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Did I ruin this aesthetic by using Alien? Possibly.


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LOVE IS HARD FOR OTAKU by Fujita
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I loved this so much I ordered the next two volumes in the omnibus editions today. I was surprised how much the slow growth of affection between two geeky friends who become lovers moved me.
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(Otaku means geek, but an extreme version, kinda obsessive, like us bookstagrammers 😆)
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Blurb » Narumi Momose has had it rough: every boyfriend she’s had dumped her once they found out she was an otaku, so she’s gone to great lengths to hide it. When a chance meeting at her new job with childhood friend, fellow otaku, and now coworker Hirotaka Nifuji almost gets her secret outed at work, she comes up with a plan to make sure he never speaks up. But he comes up with a counter-proposal: why doesn’t she just date him instead? In love, there are no save points.
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I've been seeing more stories come from online, polished and sold by traditional publishers and I think it's a sign of a lack of trust in new stories as well as recognizing that readers what fresh stories. I'm really delighted how this story embraces geek culture and doesn't belittle it the way some popular series focused on geeks does, Big Bang Theory and Kiss Him Not Me for example.
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Highly recommend it.
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Only thing that bugged me is a kinda sleezy guy makes a comment to the male lead and his girlfriend refers to it as sexual assault and her friend wants all the details. Eh. I'm chalking it up to cultural differences.
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I was so desperate to read vol 2 I almost bought it at a bookstore I stopped at EVEN THO I JUST ORDERED IT EARLIER TODAY. I have a friend who can confirm this dumb dilemma if you doubt me. (But I know most of you have been there.) I resisted. 😑
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#grimdragon 5. Nah, I'm good
#bookreadhappyhour 10. Numbers in the title
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Photo Description: the first volume of the manga lays on a blue snowflake bed sheet.
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👨‍💼🎮👩‍💼


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"Convinced myself that I was powerless...that I was a burden...but these two...don't think of me that way."
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Armin, Mikasa and Eren are a great trio. Friendships in stories sometimes take a backseat to romance, but who would Harry be without Ron and Hermione? Likewise, I think Eren draws strength from Mikasa and it's not obvious right away how Armin supports him as well.
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I've only read the first 6 volumes of Attack on Titan but I'm so curious and want to read more. I'm debating just buying all the box sets, but I'm still on book ban and should just get the next couple from the library.
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I'm actually constantly grateful that I have such a great local library system. I know a lot of countries have a hard time getting english books. I prefer to read manga physically rather than digitally, so this makes my current situation really ideal.
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This is honestly just a small reminder to myself to be happy now. What small happiness do you take for yourself today? What happiness do you forecast for yourself?
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Of course, I'm also grateful for my friends.
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#grimdragon 3. "This inhuman place makes human monsters."
#bookreadhappyhour 6. We've all got both light and dark inside us. l Sympathetic villains
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Photo Description: close-up of a manga page, a despondant Armin sits beside his friends in a harrowing situation, we can't see it, but the art makes it clear that he's struggling to be hopeful.


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My brother says this looks tacky, but I think it needed to be pink.
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Tarried a bit in The Shire for the #middleearthroadtripreadathon hosted by @_hex_libris, and read these two Steven Universe bind ups. They were cute and easy reads, fans will wish for more and still be delighted, they're really aimed younger though in terms of straightforward plot and young storylines, but that's all right. They were relaxing.
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I recently caught up with the show, and all I can say is (NOT A SPOILER) I can't wait to see Lars again! 🤩 What a trip! DM me your thoughts. Or keep em spoiler free below.
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#bookishcitytag from @bookishsuitcase: five cities you'd love to visit based on books you've read.
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Hiroshima: one of my favorite books this year was TOWN OF EVENING CALM, COUNTRY OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS about the fallout of a family leaving the city after the bombs dropped, and then returning, decades later.
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Singapore: CRAZY RICH ASIANS was filled with drama I'll pass on, but totally sold me on a country and city I'd never given more thought to before.
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Barcelona: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE didn't necessarily do it on its own, but aparently all the guides at the time then said "DON'T GO TO SPAIN." Also the author said it was one of her favorite cities on her own European jaunt.
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Budapest: DRACULA. Though it's barely mentioned, I'd love to see the Carpathians a little more closely.
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Kathmandu: THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO. Did you know that at the height of the Mongol Empire a letter could traverse the whole of it in two weeks? That was unprecedented at the time.
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Tag me if you do this one!
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I'd love to see answers from @erinwroe @racheliswriting @puttingwingsonwords @_hex_libris and @mostlyfantasybooks
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#grimdragon 9. Stuff happens. Things. stuff & things.
#bookreadhappyhour 7. Cozy
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Photo Description: holding up two comic paperbacks against my full shelf, a pink gradient edited into the background.
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⭐💎🦁


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"The world was hideously fragile, everyday life nothing more than a thin film laid over infinite depths of chaos and terror."
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FYI this book isn't for kids.
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WIDDERSHINS by Jordan L. Hawk is the first in a series of Lovecraftian horror romance featuring a same-sex couple of sleuths. It's creepy, it's a little over the top, but it's a really enjoyable series. I read several of them over the summer and decided to make aesthetics for them. Here's the first.
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"I had dedicated my life to words. But sometimes, words are not needed. We sat together quietly in the warmth of the fire, and watched snow drift past the window, for as long as we were able."
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Oh, and here's the blurb:
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» A reclusive scholar. A private detective. And a book of spells that could destroy the world.
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» Love is dangerous. Ever since the tragic death of the friend he adored, Percival Endicott Whyborne has ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man. Instead, he spends his days studying dead languages at the museum where he works. So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible.
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» Griffin left the Pinkertons after the death of his partner. Now in business for himself, he must investigate the murder of a wealthy young man. His only clue: an encrypted book that once belonged to the victim.
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» As the investigation draws them closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. But when they uncover evidence of a powerful cult determined to rule the world, Whyborne must choose: to remain safely alone, or to risk everything for the man he loves.
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» Widdershins is the first novel in the Whyborne & Griffin series, where magic, mystery, and m/m romance collide with Victorian era America.
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#grimdragon 8. Is this a kissing book?
#bookreadhappyhour 3. I am both frightened...and aroused.
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Photo Description: creepy reptile teeth in gloom, a pair of men shaking hands, a messy desk of papers and artefacts, a crack in the fabric of reality, a cluster of hooded figures, a book filled with arcane symbols.
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Recognize anything in the aesthetic?


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Favorite Lord of the Rings character (sure, others from Middle Earth books are allowed 😄)?
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I'm currently setting my TBR for a very exciting Road Trip... The #middleearthroadtripreadathon from @_hex_libris, you can find info about joining on their page! It runs for all of November. There's also a giveaway until the 15th!
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I've only settled on a few books so far for the month:
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Fangorn forest - a book with any nature based word in the title or set in a forest
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Isengard - grimdark or dark fantasy (MANY ARE THE DEAD)
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The shire - a book that helps you relax (STEVEN UNIVERSE COMICS)
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Numenor - a book with a fallen civilization
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Gondor - royalty, or lost royalty
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Khand, land of the haradrim - own voices book of a culture not your own
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Mordor - a book that intimidates you (BOTCHAN)
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Rivendell - a book you are anticipating (LADY'S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY)
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The lonely mountain - a standalone novel
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Mirkwood - a book full of monsters
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As for me, I really like Treebeard, but I honestly like so many of the characters, even some who were changed in the movies...
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#grimdragon 4. Drop your sword
#bookreadhappyhour 1. November #TBR
#aclassicreadalong 28. Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - bookish friendship
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Photo Description: the large treebeard Funko figure stands on a book shelf full of mass market paperbacks beside mini Funkos of Merry, Sam and Aragorn.
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🌳🗡️📗


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♡ GIVEAWAY CLOSED: do you prefer physical books or ebooks? Please read all the information below. ♡
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I've decided to do a belated spooky giveaway. 🧛‍♂️ There are two prize packs, both include a book and a book sleeve. There's a prize for physical book lovers and a prize for ebook lovers and if you don't care, you can enter for both!
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The book I'm giving away is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
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The book sleeves are sized for a trade paperback and an ereader or small book, and were bought from @livethecozylife.
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Prize packs will also include additional small goodies, including at least one enamel pin.
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Rules:
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To enter you must answer the question: "physical books or ebooks?" and will be entered for that prize! You may enter for both.
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Additional entries:
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If you like this post and are following me at the time of drawing, that's an additional entry. I will check. ☺️
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If you tag friends that's only one additional entry. So please comment them all at once in order to keep things easier for me. ♡
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If you share this giveaway in your story (only once will count) that's an additional entry. Remember to tag me for this to count!
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If you share this giveaway on your feed (only once will count) that's an additional entry. Remember to tag me in the caption for this to count!
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Please note:
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Giveaway closes at midnight GMT on Sunday, November 11th. (That's 8PM EST on Sunday.)
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You must be age of majority in your country (specifically, you must be old enough to consent to giving your address out).
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This giveaway is not associated with Instagram nor the authors or stores included.
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Any fees that might are arise after shipping are the responsibility of the recipient.
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Prize packs will be shipped after the giveaway ends and winners are chosen by random draw. Tracked shipping is not guaranteed, but prize packs will be sent by first class mail or better.
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Ebook entrants may choose to accept a gifted ecopy of Carry On, or a gift card to a bookstore of their choice for an amount of no more than $15 USD.
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Photo Description: 2 black & white book sleeves with a book and ereader, one has a Gothic swan design, the smaller has a bat and spider design.
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🕷️📓🕸️


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Do you like donuts? Do you have a favorite pastry?
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I've already made it clear that I love food manga, so here's another recommendation.
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SWEETNESS & LIGHTNING 2 by Fido agakure
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» The Thrill of Dumplings, the Agony of Veggies .
» Kohei is a widower; his wife having passed away, he's working hard to raise his rambunctious daughter Tsumugi on his own. But it's gotten a bit easier thanks to a new friendship with his student, Kotori. Together, the two of them are teaching themselves - and each other - how to cook. Though they've had some successes, their greatest challenges await. Can they convince Tsumugi to eat the green peppers she loathes so much? And can Kohei bring himself to try making a recipe that was his late wife's specialty?
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#grimdragon 26. Hack the bone! HACK THE BONE!
#aclassicreadalong 25. Maurice by E.M. Forster - bright and beautiful
#booklyricsoct 27/28. I am the autumn and the scarlet
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Photo Description: holding up the book against a sun soaked tree, the golden light coming through the branches that are turning red.
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"To hear, one must be silent."
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I finished chapter two of A Wizard of Earthsea (First Book of Earthsea) by Ursula K. Le Guin last night and decided to make an aesthetic for it. I've since made some more for other books, and don't think making one for two chapters of a book makes sense, but here we are.
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"But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge."
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Credit must be given to @booksknight for tolerating my taunting about chapter two and finishing that essay anyway.
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Blurb » Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. .
» Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.
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#grimdragon 25/26. Till the storm is gone
#aclassicreadalong 24. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry - shake it up
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First book aesthetic, I dub thee, #auroralectoraes!
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Photo Description: six pictures in a collage: a sparrowhawk, Danny Glover as a wizard, a valley village in Kazakhstan, a viking warrior in mist, sailors in a boat on a wild sea, a shadowy figure with glowing eyes.


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🗝️💀🔔
Five Great Charters knit the land
Together linked, hand in hand
One in the people who wear the Crown
Two in the folk who keep the Dead down
Three and Five became stone and mortar
Four sees all in frozen water
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Yesterday I made the brilliant decision to see if my eLibrary had the audiobook for Clariel by Garth Nix, which I've been struggling with, and it turns out that it's a really well done narration. I've never understood why all the Old Kingdom books, more often than not, the POV character is a young woman, is narrated by very serious sounding men with somber British accents. But it works. The intonations make Clariel's frustrations clear, and make the repetitions in the writing much more bearable.
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"A passion thwarted will often go astray."
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Clariel is also known as The Lost Abhorsen, and if you've never heard of that title before, it's a powerful magic user who battles necromancers and their legions of undead to bring order to life. Clariel is passionate, loves nature, a talented Hunter and a shrewd thinker. She's also asexual. She's also a berserk. Already my feelings about her are shifting, she's destined for a beautiful life, but even if you haven't heard of her before, you'll start to notice that things in her life aren't going to let her go her own way. Or perhaps, too far her own way.
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I don't know why this book had been giving me so much trouble, but I essentially restarted the book yesterday morning and feel as though I'm understanding it much better; no longer as though I'm staring through the facade to the interior constructs, but as though the spell it's casting is finally gripping hold of me. I'm so glad I followed my whim.
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"Two in the folk who keep the dead down..."
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Ah, I just love the Abhorsens so damn much.
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#grimdragon 20. Nightmare fuel
#aclassicreadalong 22. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - lost books
#booklyricsoct 23/24. And all the kids cried out, "Please stop, you're scaring me"
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Photo Description: sunlight warms a shelf of books from the Firebird imprint, including epynomous anthologies, cloth flowers glowing along the bottom juncture of book and shelf.
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🗝️💀🔔


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What books totally sweep you away?
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ALANNA: THE FIRST ADVENTURE (The Song of the Lioness) by Tamora Pierce
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I finished ALANNA this morning and honestly enjoyed it. I'd never read it before, it's aged pretty well for a book from the 80s.
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Kudos to @bookplaits for taking beautiful audiobook photos and inspiring this shot. Check out her account. ♡
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Blurb below:
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» From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight.
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» And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
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» But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.
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» Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins - one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.
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I didn't really like the narrator. A bit like a bedtime story: not much variation in the voices, a bit sedate, not very loud. However, this was the only way I could get the book from my eLibrary. I'm glad I did! I've already started the second audiobook.
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I think the characters are great. Alanna and John have the basis for a great relationship going forth, I may have gotten emotional when the prince said "I would die for him, and he would die for me" I'm paraphrasing because I don't have a copy to refer to for quotes.
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Bonus: "he thought he was drowning in violets." 💜
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Still not really okay, but routine and distraction help. Need to get my life back on track.
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#booklyricsoct 21/22. Come as you are
#grimdragon 21. The suspense is killing me!
#aclassicreadalong 14. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen - other people's books
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Photo Description: my phone lies on an open book beside wireless over-ear headphones.
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Do you think it's bad to go into a book with low or negative expectations?
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ARTIFICIAL CONDITION (Murderbot Diaries 2) by Martha Wells
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Well, I had nothing to be worried about for Murderbot 2, apparently. I read a review that called this book many negative things, thought Murderbot was unfairly nasty to ART, and I was ready for a slog. No need! It was better than I expected by far. True, it feels like the next step in a larger adventure, but stands well on its own, I think. (It's not a standalone tho, the first book in the series is ALL SYSTEMS RED and is very, very good.) Murderbot is coming to some relevantions about it's existence and I identified with it a bit in my current depressive state. You can do it, Murderbot! You'll be okay! (I may have teared up by the end.)
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I really liked this. Really looking forward to the next one!
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Edited to add: so far I've read 5.7 hours for #8inboo!
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Blurb for ARTIFICIAL CONDITION below.
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» It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.
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» Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.
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» What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…
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#aclassicreadalong 20. One Hundred Years of Solitude - a lonely road
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Photo Description: holding up my ereader against a blue sky and red leaf tree, golden sunlight coloring the branches and grass.
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To those brave souls who began reading Dracula by Bram Stoker with me for @aclassicreadalong, I don't want to abandon you, let's chat soon. Post will be up as soon as I'm able. Thank you for your patience.
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And thanks to you for well wishes. I'm fine. I swear. I'm basically having an all consuming existential crisis. Looking for Normal™, please send them my way when you're done. I need to get back to, yanno, "things."
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But I'm taking part in #8inboo (hosted by @25infive) and I've already read almost 2 hours. I'll be catching up with Dracula, reading some more Clariel by Garth Nix (I'm upset at how slow reading that is...) and hope to read the next book in the lovecraftian m/m romance series, Whyborne & Griffin by Jordan L. Hawk, as well as Artificial Condition, the second novella of the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. Let's go, Murderbot!
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Of course I've spent most of my time reading a random thrift store romance that isn't even very good! Meh. I feel committed at this point. Do you DNF books?
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#grimdragon 19. There will be BLOOD
#aclassicreadalong 18. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cap Xueqin - epic and unreal
#booklyricsoct 19/20. Space and time, creep across the line
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Photo Description: Dracula sits a bit too close to the fire pit where a blaze is going. I'm worried, but to spoil the story, the book is okay.
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I kinda love it when a book throws you in the deep-end and forces you to keep swimming. The interesting thing about BINTI is that you might not know if something is made up by her, or belonging to a real people, a real language, she treats them with the same emphasis. It's up to you to figure it out. I think it's not the space opera most people are expecting. This novella feels like the first step in an epic journey. And I was surprised by how dark it was.
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Also, I love the TOR novellas and short stories. So glad they exist.
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BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor
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» Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.
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» Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.
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» If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself - but first she has to make it there, alive.
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#grimdragon 17. Apocalyptically Yours
#aclassicreadalong 15. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy - small books
#booklyricsoct 9/10. And there's a special kind of sadness that seems to come with spring
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Photo Description: my ereader lies on a yellow patterned silk scarf.


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"Any questions so far?" / "Hmmm... why does your drawing suck so bad?"
— BLEACH v. 1: Strawberry and the Soul Reaper, Tite Kubo
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A day may come when I don't post. But it is not this day.
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I've been very low lately and just witholding myself from the usual interactions. Kinda don't know what to do with myself? So now maybe I understand better why folks share booksta photos without deeper captions. I have no energy, but I still want to post. What a laugh.
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I began a reread of Bleach the other night, and it was sooooo nice. It was nostalgic and funny and the art is really good. It's bloody and messy and over-the-top and I don't care.
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I actually was introduced to Bleach on the Harry Potter Network! Which was a forum I frequented to discuss rumors and news with fans from all around the world. It's because of the awesome Hufflepuffs there that I identified with that house for so long, even though I'm a Ravenclaw, no doubt about it. (#harrypotternetwork)
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I'm really behind on Dracula for @aclassicreadalong, but hopefully will have that up today! Hope so, anyway. And I've decided I want to finish Clariel before I start any new books (HAHA), but comics are okay. They can be a good palate cleanser. Can be, anyway. BLEACH kinda got me down last night. The cherry on top of bad days, I think. Just saddness or something.
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Really glad I started listening to Alanna, gonna paraphrase this great quote: "He thought he was drowning in violets." Ah~ ♡
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And last night I fell asleep reading ARTIFICIAL CONDITION by Martha Wells, the second book in the MURDERBOT DIARIES. I'm feeling it, Murderbot. JUST LET IT BINGE SHOWS AND LISTEN TO MUSIC, OKAY?
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#grimdragon 16. The kids aren't all right.
#aclassicreadalong 16. There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien - reread
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Photo Description: two books lying open, the top one is a manga with the chapter illustration displayed. It shows a fake ad for a Horror Show, hosted by the Kurosaki family.
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"Your blood may be pure but your heart is spoiled / You wouldn't be so tough without Crabbe and Goyle / Malfoy wouldn't be so cool if I wasn't around / I'm his enemy at school he really wants to get me down"
— The Foil (Draco Malfoy) - Harry and the Potters
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Do you have a favorite Wrock song?
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I took this picture a year ago when I began my Big Harry Potter Reread (for the First Time Since Half-Blood Prince Came Out) and think I'm finally ready to reread Half-Blood Prince for the first time. Reading it after the midnight release has kinda left my feelings in a blur, so this will be a *trip*. All I wanna do is reread the first book instead.
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I just had the most amazing tea called Thé Des Amants from Palais des Thés. .
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#booklyricsoct 15/16. Walk with me to the water's edge
#grimdragons 15. What fresh hell is this?
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Photo Description: holding up Chamber of Secrets with a laminated Draco Malfoy bookmark, a bottle-green bush in the background.
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‘My dear,’ Professor Trelawney’s huge eyes opened dramatically, ‘you have the Grim.’
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‘The Grim, my dear, the Grim!’ cried Professor Trelawney, who looked shocked that Harry hadn’t understood. ‘The giant, spectral dog that haunts churchyards! My dear boy, it is an omen – the worst omen – of death!'
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Seems like a good day to get cozy with a book. What's the last Harry Potter you read? Mine's The Order of the Phoenix.
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"You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?"
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Just reminiscing.
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#grimdragon 14. Black... black like my soul!
#booklyricsoct 13/14. Know how a man becomes a beast when the wolfsbane blooms
#aclassicreadalong 9. Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton - sad truths
#charmsextracredit #magicalreadathon2018 14. Rictusempra - Read that gave you the butterflies
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Photo Description: holding up The Prisoner of Azkaban open to a chapter titled Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs. With an illustration of a big shaggy black dog.
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My favorite Ghibli movie *isn't* directed by Hayao Miyazaki and my favorite Ghibli soundtrack *isn't* composed by Joe Hisaishi! Do you have a favorite movie or soundtrack from Ghibli? ☺️ My answers are a bit further down.
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📖 So I've been thinking a lot about older juvenile fantasy and got this huge urge to read this and will hopefully buddyread it soon! I'm just stipulating that I catch up with Dracula first (since I'm hosting it for @aclassicreadalong) and finish Clariel by Garth Nix.
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🎧 I'm currently listening to Alanna: The First Adventure, the first book in Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series and WOW it's good. Thank you to everyone who pestered me to read it, I can't think of you all, but that includes @relentlessexuberance @defenderofkittens and @_hex_libris. It's even better than I could have imagined.
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🎥 My favorite movie is a tie between Only Yesterday, dir. by Isao Takahata, and Whisper of the Heart, dir. by Yoshifumi Kondo*. If I have to pick a favorite of all of Miyazaki's movies, it's probably Kiki's Delivery Service. Though Joe Hisaishi is probably my favorite composer of all time, my favorite soundtrack is from Tales of Earthsea, dir. by Gorō Miyazaki, soundtrack composed by Tamiya Terashima.
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*Yoshifumi Kondo was hired as a planned partner and future leader for Studio Ghibli, but he died after Whisper of the Heart was finished. It was suspected he died of a heart attack after overworking himself. He was in his 40s. It's around this time that Miyazaki adopted a slower pace and began announcing his retirement, feeling the younger man's death was a warning.
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#charmsextracredit #magicalreadathon2018 13. Accio - top of your tbr
#aclassicreadalong 13. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk - works of art
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Photo Description: my beat up copy of Wizard of Earthsea lies on my favorite scarf, a brown, blue and red Paisley scarf from my mom.
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I used to get comics from my local comic shop, but I'd buy them and never read them. 😝 Do you go to the comic shop?
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"You can't jail the revolution."
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These comics put me in a Mood™, been a while since I liked a comic from the get go. I think I read them when my dog was really sick and they were really engrossing. Really appreciated that.
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Note, there is a lot of violence, and the second volume gives you an assault/abuse trigger warning.
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But check out the blurb! I really liked these Non-Compliant babes. 😊 Plus one scene reminded me of Cool Hand Luke and gave me a jolt. "Water, boss."
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» Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation.
» In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?
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#grimdragon 12. "Well, now that is some fucked up shit."
#aclassicreadalong 12. The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - looks may be decieving
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» They hear you when you cry
This love is far and wide
When you smile the stars align
Flower of the universe
And child of mine «
— Sade Adu
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I finished A WRINKLE IN TIME the other day and watched the movie last night. Thanks for buddy-reading it with me, @isleofthebooks! In brief, I think I would have liked the book better if I'd read it as a kid. I think I'm too analytical, I'm always thinking about writingcraft, and plus, the Christian elements didn't sit well with me. I'm not religious, so maybe they just don't speak to me.
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But the movie was a good adaptation, and made me understand some more of the child-like wonder, and I really appreciated the nuanced ending that implied something more came after in a way the book didn't. Maybe the evil will be vanquished in another book, or that evil can never be truly vanquished, but it felt more satisfying in the movie.
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Also there was something so sweet about how Calvin just liked *looking* at Meg.
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I have more feelings, but I'm not sure how to put them in words. In both the book and the movie Meg was my favorite character.
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Also, the movie got Sade to sing a ~ b e a u t i f u l ~ song. It made me cry. I love Sade.
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Have you read this and the other books in the series? I was sure I wouldn't read them, but the movie has made me want to.
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#grimdragon 11. Scary monsters (& super creeps!)
#booklyricsoct 11/12. Can't you see that my relationship is stable?
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Photo Description: holding up the book by Madeline L'Engle in front of a sun dappled lawn and trees.
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Recommend me some anthologies, please! » swipe to see the contents of these amazing anthologies »
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Edited repost from July 20, 2017.
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I've been thinking about giving contemporary books another try more than once in a blue moon 😬 and realized it would be best if I could find a nice anthology of stories I could dip in and out of. I have a literary magazine I can start with. 🤞
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Desperately hoping you can recommend one for me that fits the bill (nothing of experimental form, please!!) but any anthology you enjoyed would be appreciated. 🤗 These are some of my faves, featuring fabulous spec fic authors! If you swipe you'll see the table of contents for all of them and I think you'll recognize at least a couple.
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More info from my original post:
» » The Firebird anthologies of speculative fiction came out in 2003, 2006 and 2009. They seem to be of a more antique YA flavor, if I dare say. I kinda prefer it. They are *really* good.
» » Firebird became an imprint in 2002, spearheaded by Sharyn November, and remains one of the best crossover imprints featuring speculative fiction that appeals to both teens and adults. I ADORE THIS IMPRINT.
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#grimdragon 9. Fire in the Sky
#aclassicreadalong 11. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells - a throwback
#charmsextracredit #magicalreadathon2018 10. Incendio - fire
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Photo Description: three books lie on my bed, wrapped in warm tone fairy lights. All the books feature firey designs. The subsequent photos show them open to the contents, also wrapped in fairy lights.
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“The library was full of wizards, who care about their books in the same way that ants care about their eggs and in time of difficulty carry them around in much the same way.” ― Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites
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I did a little tidying this weekend, so now I have an assortment of exciting unread books beside my bed! I think I'd like to keep this up, and rotate out books that lose their interest for me (possibly unhauling them 😬) and add books as I remember they exist.
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Having a fuck ton of books is exhausting. I don't recommend it. Unless it's like, you acquire one, read it, acquire another. Having mostly unread books is a burden I don't enjoy. Especially with all the new exciting books coming out!
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I will admit that having a library full of books you know seems very satisfying. Please tell me what it's like.
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Oh, btw, if you want to buddyread something, just drop me a line. 😊
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#grimdragon 10. I feel personally attacked
#charmsextracredit #magicalreadathon2018 9. Lumos - light book cover
#aclassicreadalong 9. Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton - sad truths
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Photo Description: a lot of books sit on a white table, including novels and manga, a glass for water is on the table as well, and anothwr table is beside it, with a floral cloth, a lamp and a succulent.
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*CLINK* ☕ Just wanted to share my favorite panel with you from THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE: SIÚIL, A RÚN v. 1 by Nagabe.
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The one in which the monster and the child have tea by a roaring fire, of course.
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I spoke more about this in my previous post, but it's touching and creepy. The blurb will follow.
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» Once upon a time... «
» In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. «
» This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day. «
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Photo Description: a close up of the panels as described.
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"I suppose it's not so easy to change fate."
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THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE: SIÙL, A RÙN v. 1 by Nagabe.
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» Once upon a time... «
» In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. «
» This is a story of two people--one human, one inhuman--who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day. «
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Perfectly creepy!! 👹 Really curious where this one goes~
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I'd seen this book around, but didn't acquire it until I saw it on @_hex_libris's feed (check out that dark theme + they have great taste 👌) and still it took me this long to read it. Book bans are great for reading our own tomes.
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What a curious thing it was! The art is unique, not the usual manga-style, and the subtlety suits the story. And it's lightly sweet at times... It's got the feel of a fairytale and yet something dangerous and sinister is roiling beneath.
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Crossing my fingers that this stays the *right* kind of creepy.
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Bonus points for adorable use of an umbrella.
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#grimdragon 8. Creepy covers
#aclassicreadalong 7. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro - long neglected
#booklyricsoct 1/2. Hello Monday, goodbye bread .
Photo Description: holding up the manga against an out of focus bookshelf.
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"Psst, see that?"
"Leave them be."
"I ship it."
"It's none of our business."
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One of my all time favorite — I cry EVERY single time — friendships is Samwise & Frodo. I mean, I love the entire Fellowship, even Boromir, but the hobbits are a bit special, don't you agree?
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Though shippers might have something to say about the exact nature of their friendship, the fact remains that they are something special.
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I think, er, Merry thinks so, too.
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Can't believe I actually came up with an entire mini story for this photo. I won't bore you with it, but I think you can come up with something better. Please comment below what you think is going on! Maybe you know where the rest of the fellowship is? Or what Merry is thinking about?
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This photo brought to you by Merry's sneer.
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It's @puttingwingsonwords birthday! Go wish them a happy day 😊 (they/them pronouns, please!)
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#booklyricsoct 7/8. It's my birthday too, yeah! (Isa's birthday)
#aclassicreadalong 6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - widely beloved
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Photo Description: Sam and Frodo (regular funko Pops) are traversing dark ground, and Merry and Aragorn (mini Funko mystery figures) bring up the rear. Aragorn, ever dutiful; Merry, with a knowing look.
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Stay on task, Merry!! You can have a pint when we get back to civilization. 🍻


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How many books do you read at once?
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"This diary holds memories of terrible things. Things that were covered up." — Tom Riddle, Chamber of Secrets
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I'm trying to find the balance between carefree reading and balancing my time. So I've started two buddyreads, a readalong, and don't ask me about the ebooks.
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I'm #currentlyreading The Silmarillion with @puttingwingsonwords, A Wrinkle in Time with @isleofthebooks, Dracula with @aclassicreadalong, and Die Alchimistin on my own.
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Plus so many ebooks... It's good but it also is annoying. I can't decide what I'll sit down and read so I'm tempted to start a new book, but I've already started so many, that I just waste time procrastinating.
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#aclassicreadalong 5. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin - polyreading
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Photo Description: a stack of books sits on a table with succulents, and a Minolta camera. Behind it are stacked more books with a Tom Riddle Funko Pop standing on top.


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"After this...the three of us...will probably never...be together again." — Armin Arlert
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I really didn't expect to like Attack on Titan as much as I do. That ever happen to you? It seems I like dark fantasy more than I anticipated. Hoping to give some grimdark novels a try soon. Any recommendations?
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But, man... These scenes with Armin make me so sad.
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But I'm back on my book ban, so I'll have to borrow them from the library if I want to read more. Do you have a good library you can borrow from? My local library system is pretty well stocked, I must say.
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#booklyricsoct 5/6. Do you remember lying in bed / with the covers pulled up over your head?
#grimdragon 3. Things got real dark really fast
#aclassicreadalong 4. The Swan Book by Alexis Wright - dead trees
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Photo Description: the manga lies open on a black and gold cloth, the open pages depicting the scene this quote is from, with the three friends kneeling on the ground, in the past as carefree kids, and in the present, in the midst of battle.


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My, but the trees are changing color quickly, now... » swipe to see the unedited photo »
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I didn't think I'd post today 😄 but I just finished this sweet little novel and wanted to share it with you.
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ALCHEMY AND MEGGIE SWANN by Karen Cushman
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Another entry into the historical fiction opus that Karen Cushman writes for middle-grade/juvenile readers and their fans. I loved CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY and MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE when I was younger, so when I needed a book for #magicalreadathon I took a chance without reading the blurb.
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Blurb » Fans of Karen Cushman's witty, satisfying novels will welcome Meggy Swann,newly come to London with her only friend, a goose named Louise. Meggy's mother was glad to be rid of her; her father, who sent for her, doesn't want her after all. Meggy is appalled by London,dirty and noisy, full of rogues and thieves, and difficult to get around in--not that getting around is ever easy for someone who walks with the help of two sticks.Just as her alchemist father pursues his Great Work of transforming base metal into gold, Meggy finds herself pursuing her own transformation. Earthy and colorful, Elizabethan London has its dark side, but it also has gifts in store for Meggy Swann.
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And what a delightful surprise it was! I rarely see this look at the dirtiness and squallor that most medieval folks lived in, or a positive representation of someone disabled in those times. And the afterward shed some very interesting light on that as well! During the reign of Elizabeth I the superstitions that had long held sway were beginning to slip, as a unified country sought scientific advancements, as well as the alchemical secrets as some did...
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Anyway, if you like historical fiction, you should check this out! So many glimpses of different lives rolled into one story.
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#grimdragon 4. Dead leaves on the dirty ground
#aclassicreadalong 2. When a Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - fearful beginnings
#booklyricoct 3/4. He's such a dear boy
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Photo Description: holding up my ereader against a tree changing color against a blue sky.


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