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Do you study or speak any other languages? What was your first language?
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I grew up bilingual, English and German, and it was a positive as well as a negative. German comes naturally, but there are no easy past experiences of learning languages to help me with my further endeavors.
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I've studied French and Italian in school and have been self-teaching Korean for a few years now, but haven't made it far because I keep breaking off when my motivation slags. One day I'd like to be able to teach English in Korea, but that's still a far way off.
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This isn't my whole collection of Korean books, I have some Harry Potter and some more text books, but this is a recent* haul from Koryo Books in NYC. If you are learning Korean, Talk To Me in Korean is a wonderful resource well worth checking out. Aside from textbooks they have tons of free videos and podcasts available.
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If you're studying any language, or want to study, I can tell you that you need a grammar book and a method. Whether you use Duolingo or follow the whole course of Fluent Forever (a book I recommend to all language lovers), it's important to stick with it. Even if you lapse, come back to it.
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Photo Description: Here you can see some text books, an illustrated book called "Love is Comfortable" that translates when you scan the QR codes, some korean kids stories and a translation of The Little Prince, my favorite alien lol.
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*A year ago
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#evilqueenreadspride book to movie
#notyouraveragetitles favorite title
#grimdragon I'm not saying it was aliens... BUT IT WAS ALIENS
#Captainexplorespassages any book & drink: pg 150
#lunaredreads I wish I could quit you... Gay men
#macaudiogram read & listen
#signedbooksundays book & drink
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[Not my video] Do you like book trailers?
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Turns out I'm still obsessed with hoverboards, and totally wish I could have one. Swipe for the second part.
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“Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same is everyone thinking the same.”
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Rereading this series as audiobooks has been so fun and nostalgic. I can't believe more books are coming out.
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IMPOSTERS by Scott Westerfeld comes out September 11, 2018.
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Blurb: In a world full of social and military tech, power struggles, dictatorships, surveillance, intrigue and the ever-present threat of treachery, Frey is sent on a potentially deadly mission. Impostors is the first book in a new quartet - a thrilling return to the world of the New York Times bestselling Uglies series.
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I downloaded this from Scott Westerfeld's site. All credit belongs to Scholastic and Scott Westerfeld.
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Gah. I'm so excited!
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Video Description: a person steps onto a hoverboard after checking their crash bracelets and flipping up their hood. The tree beside them as they lift off has THE SMOKE LIVES carved into it. We then fly through the woods while a quote is displayed: "What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful." The camera pans from lake, to forest, to a futuristic city in the distance. Fade to black, and it reads: Scott Westerfeld's Uglies, four new novels, the future returns, Sept 2018. IMPOSTERS.
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Sharing this falls under fair use, the content belongs to Scholastic, Simon Pulse and Scott Westerfeld.
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What's your pick-me-up read? I've been oddly sluggish today and want to hear about your best, genres or old favorites. ♡ Hit me up, kindred.
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In between working on book 2 of UNTIL LAMBS BECOME LIONS, Charlotte Anne Hamilton wrote a wee romance novella thats contemporary but every bit as charming as her f/f Robin Hood retelling. I read THE IMAGE OF DECEPTION in a few hours the other day and recommend it for anyone looking for an inexpensive and short book that also envelops your heart in tenderness. *contented sigh*
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Blurb: Clarissa Edwards has been dating her boyfriend, Robert, for two years, and has been living with him in their apartment for three months. Everything has been going fine… until she finds another woman texting him, asking when their next date is going to be.

Pretending to be Robert, Clarissa sets up a date with the woman — this Megan Barry — in order to confront her. But when she comes face to face with Meg she realises that neither she nor Clarissa are to blame; it's Robert who has toyed with them and their emotions.

Teaming up, they decide to work together to make him pay for his betrayal. But as they spend more time with each other, Clarissa and Meg find themselves bonding beyond their taste for revenge.
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Photo Description: the book is up on my phone screen laying on a grey sheet and colorful scarf, beside some postcards wrapped in lilac ribbon.
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#evilqueenreadspride fav m/m couple — Monty & Percy
#grimdragon why, though? — cheaters 😑
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What type of books do you dislike? Are you finishing any books today?
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"Early in the morning students have been sitting there, talking quietly, drinking coffee and reading."
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"Am frühen Morgen hatten hier Studenten gesessen, sich leise unterhalten, Kaffee getrunken, gelesen."
— LASCIA, Judith Hermann
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I started reading these stories to prep myself for my German exam, to get into the flow of comprehension, but while they sometimes amuse, a story like LASCIA perplexes me. It's about an odd, shared experience that brings a drifting couple some hope, but it requires you to sit in it's wake for a while, just digesting.
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Contemporary fiction or rather, literary fiction, seldom appeals to me. I know some people don't like science fiction or fantasy so I try not to let it get to me. Sometimes the fiction is less preoccupied with plot, would rather paint a picture, convey the sense of a day, study a character with a minimalistic string of actions to propel everyone forward. But why does that so often feel boring?
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I've read good fiction, probably only a fraction of the great literary novels, but when the character study is about an unsavory sort, if the day being described is miserable, if the painting is one of desolation, I don't feel as though I'm gaining much. Maybe the point is to convey that there are no happy endings in life.
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But honestly, I don't need literature to tell me that, to philosophize on pointlessness. This isn't school, there is no required reading, and that's for better and for worse.
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So, more often than not, I'll pass. I almost don't want to finish this, but it is helping me learn new words. My goal is to finish this book today, so it's no longer hanging over me.
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Photo Description: holding up a copy of NEW PENGUIN PARALLEL TEXT SHORT STORIES IN GERMAN edited by Ernst Zillekens.
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#notyouraveragetitles Longest title (summer solstice)
#grimdragon Dirty black summer
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Do you participate in reading challenges?
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I've been meaning to do the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge but haven't actually paid attention to it yet, but I've read more than 70 books this year. How're your reading goals going?
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🌱👻🌰
#captainexplorespassages 18. Summer setting: pg 55 — My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki
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»Satsuki had no idea why this bad-tempered boy had turned suddenly friendly, but as she watched him skillfully arranging the kindling, she forgot her puzzlement. The flames leaped up.
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"Hey, you got it going!" Satsuki clapped her hands in delight.
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"That should do it." Kanta made sure the fire was moving from the kindling to the logs. Then he shut the firebox with a clang.
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"Listen now, don't open the door again for a while, or the fire will go out."
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"Okay. Oh, it's so pretty." The fire glowed through the little window in the firebox. "Listen to it pop!"
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"That's the cedar."
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"How do you know it's cedar?"
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“'Cause of the smell."«
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🔥🏰💀
#macaudiogram 18. Listen & LOL — Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
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»“Now, Calcifer,” she said, “let’s have no more nonsense. Bend down your head.”
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“You can’t make me!” crackled the fire demon.
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“Oh, yes I can!” Sophie crackled back, with the ferocity that had often stopped both her sisters in mid-fight. “If you don’t, I shall pour water on you. Or I shall pick up the tongs and take away both your logs,” she added, as she got herself creakingly onto her knees by the hearth. There she whispered, “Or I can go back on our bargain, or tell Howl about it, can’t I?”
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“Oh, curses!” Calcifer spat. “Why did you let her in here, Michael?” Sulkily he bent his blue face forward until all that could be seen of him was a ring of curly green flames dancing on the logs.
“Thank you,” Sophie said, and slapped the heavy pan onto the green ring to make sure Calcifer did not suddenly rise up again.
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“I hope your bacon burns,” Calcifer said, muffled under the pan.«
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🐈📻🥖
#evilqueenreadspride 18. Most anticipated book — Kiki's Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono
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Photo Description: three books lay on a bed sheet.


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Do you like mass market paperbacks or trade paperbacks?
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I keep meaning to finish this series, but I keep starting new ones instead. 😅 LUCK IN THE SHADOWS by Lynn Flewelling is a great fantasy adventure though, so if you're looking for a series to enjoy...
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»Alec noticed that both of his companions had a number of scars, though Micum’s were by far the more numerous and serious. The worst was a pale rope of tissue that began just beneath his right shoulder blade. It curved down around his back to end just short of his navel. Noticing the boy’s interest, he turned to the light and ran a thumb proudly over the end of the welt.
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“Closest I ever came to Bilairy’s gatepost." Lighting his pipe, Micum puffed out a few rings of mellow smoke. “It was nine winters ago, wasn’t it, Seregil?”
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“I believe it was.” Seregil gave Alec a wink.«
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#evilqueenreadspride 17. Adult book
#grimdragon 17. Teeny, tiny books
#captainexplorespassages Sinister vibes: pg 79
#lunaredreads 17. Adam & Eve, let's do both! Bisexual love
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Blurb: When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things–none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine, and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec’s new mentor, and this time there just might be… Luck in the Shadows.
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Photo Description: photos of the book held up against a sunny wood door.
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Do you like super long books? What's the longest book you've read in the last year or so?
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Recently a bunch of folks read THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas, and so I took photos of it but never read it. 🙃 Have you read it?
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#grimdragon 16. doorstoppers! — I'm currently reading a slightly abridged translation of LES MISÉRABLES by Victor Hugo which clocks in at 1,200 pages, and have been enjoying it despite what my pace might suggest. I started it in March. 😰 The longest book I've read this year is OUTLANDER which was 850 pages and I flew through it, I wouldn't recommend it... Honorable mention goes to the THE PUREBLOOD PRETENSE by murkybluematter which is a Harry Potter fanfic of 750 or so pages. It's inspired in part by SONG OF THE LIONESS, retelling SORCERER'S STONE as though Tom Riddle had gone into politics and with Harry as a cis-female who is disguising herself as her male, pureblood cousin Rigel Arcturus Black.
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#captainexplorespassages 16. Florals: pg 286 — "An unseasonably clouded sky sufficed to bring about the collapse of a world." From Hugo's description of the Battle of Waterloo, which is "subdivided into nineteen chapters filling sixty-nine pages of the closely printed French text, and only the last chapter, seven pages long, has any real bearing on Hugo’s story. The rest is entirely concerned with the battle."
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#evilqueenreadspride 16. fav lgbt side characters — 90% of mogai rep is side-story, let's be real. Um... Sirius is my fave non-hetero, Remus is my favorite non-monosexual, Tonks is my fave genderqueer witch, and Charlie is my fave ace dragon-wrassler.
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#lunaredreads 16. Pop culture characters you wish were queer — see above
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Photo Description: the title page of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO folded back and laying on a minimalist floral sheet.
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What's the last book that fucked you up?
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I've read some great books this year, but without a doubt my favorite so far is THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee. It was more than I could have dreamed of, full of heart and adventure, and I recommend it with highest regard.
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It was a delight to see that Mackenzie Lee had studied history, and while some reviewers waggle their eyebrows at anachronism, and perhaps the likelihood of a story like Monty's, or even Percy's, is low, it's far from impossible. The balance between drama and veracity Lee maintains is impressive.
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I must mention that adult m/m romance seems to bank hard on taboo and angst, riding that until the sun sets (or beyond 🙄). But Monty's story doesn't feel exploitive, and the way characters deepen their relationships and grow in complexity as the story goes on, the emotion is somehow always right... It's utterly transportive.
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"It makes me ache to line them up like that, each of those moments that fall just short of where I wish they would land."
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I'm not sure an Instagram caption can do it justice. But after the immense satisfaction (and the smidgen of anguish) of this story, I can't wait for the sister tale, THE LADY'S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY.
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"Right on schedule, the disinheritance rears its ugly head. But after years of holding it over me—clean up, sober up, stop letting lads climb in through your bedroom window at night or else—for the first time, we both know he means it. Because until a few months ago, if it wasn’t me who got the estate, he’d have had no one to pass it to that would keep it in the family.
"Upstairs, the Goblin begins to wail."
pg 22
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#macaudiogram 15. Roadtrip listen
#grimdragon 15. favorite book read this year (so far)
#lunaredreads 15. "it's just a phase"
#evilqueenreadspride 15. rainbow #shelfie
#captainexplorespassages 15. most anticipated: pg 22
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Photo Description: a rainbow of Barnes and Noble classics stands on a shelf beside my ereader showing GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE.


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How do you like your coffee? Would you ever drink it black? Or not at all?
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A while ago, I can't remember why, I decided to try drinking my coffee black and once I got used to the bitterness, I tend to prefer it. .
"'Bubbly is bogus,' Zane said."
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I've really been enjoying this reread. I remember so few details from this series, but something I've really been enjoying is how the characters are constantly forced to open their eyes and reevaluate their perspective.
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Black coffee seems to help.
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The blurb for this book is so vague, failing to capture how action-packed these books are, how the government's control of humans is more insidious and far-reaching than initially thought. As with the last book, Tally surviving on her own, chasing down clues or trekking across the ruins of the Pacific Northwest are some of my favorite parts. She doesn't have much control in the pretty world she lives in, but when she puts her mind to use, and her body is stretched to the limits, she's so vibrant...
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"What happens when perfection isn't enough?"
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Blurb in the comments.
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#macaudiogram 14. #tbt listen — THE VIRGIN BLUE was one of my first audiobooks
#grimdragon 14. long ass title — HARRY POTTER AND THE PORTRAIT OF WHAT LOOKED LIKE A LARGE PILE OF ASH
#evilqueenreadspride 14. aromantic rep — a secondary character in THE IMAGE OF DECEPTION id's as aro/ace
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Photo Description: PRETTIES by Scott Westerfeld lies on a grey sheet beside a cream blanket and a mug of coffee.
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What are you currently reading?
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"Finally nine-year-old Felix asked what was on everyone's mind: 'So we're all going to die, then?'"
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I'm currently on pg 99 of THRONE OF FIRE and wanted to share a recent quote that really snagged on my thoughts:
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"Something else you must consider," Amos warned. "I don't say this to discourage you, but you asked why Ra might want to stop you from waking him. The Book of Ra was divided for a reason. It was made intentionally difficult to find, so only the worthy would succeed. you should expect challenges and obstacles on your quest. The other two Scrolls will be at least as well protected as the first. And you should ask yourself: What happens if you wake a God who does not want to be awakened?"
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I've just finished PRETTIES, book 2 in Scott Westerfeld's 2005 dystopian YA series, UGLIES. It's so good. And I'm starting THE IMAGE OF DECEPTION, a new f/f novella from Charlotte Anne Hamilton, which you can get on Amazon or from her website. Link is in her bio: @cahwrites along with her f/f Robin Hood retelling.
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#evilqueenreadspride 13. happy ending — THE IMAGE OF DECEPTION
#notyouraveragetitles 13. colorful title - GEORGE by Alex Gino
#grimdragon 13. messy stacks — this whole photo is a mess
#lunaredreads 13. big lesbian crush — THE IMAGE OF DECEPTION
#macaudiogram 13. fav YA audiobook - I loved WANT by Cindy Pon on audiobook...
#captainexplorespassages 13. Retelling: pg 15 — "Marian had her entire life ahead of her. She was rich and could make a good match. She would find someone who could look after her and offer her the entire world. All Robin had to offer her was a life on the run. It would take something drastic for her to come to Robin, and Robin loved her too much to wish that on her."
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Photo Description: THRONE OF FIRE by Rick Riordan stands in a field of purple flowers.
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Do you share or track the books you don't finish?
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It's weird that considering how much I enjoy romance books, it's been difficult to get into f/f ones. But I've finished a couple now, and look forward to reading more~
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I'm also new to f/f ships. Leaving canon aside, at the moment I'm shipping Genya/Zoya from SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo, and Lena/Kara from Supergirl on CW.
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FIRE ON ICE by Jae Hawkins was cute, my favorite thing in it was the internal monologues of the skaters. Reading their thoughts as they go through their routines during the competitions was spine-tinglingly good.
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See the blurb in the comments.
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#macaudiogram 12. fav series - HER ROYAL SPYNESS, Katherine Kellgren was a treasure ♥️ I'm probably not gonna finish the series beyond the ones she narrated. Filling her shoes will be difficult.
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#evilqueenreadspride 12. favorite f/f couple
#grimdragon 12. DNF
#lunaredreads 12. a book nobody knows about
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Photo Description: a magazine lies open to a shot of Hanyu Yuzuru, a Japanese figure skating champion, beside my ereader.
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What's your comfort read? Do the tag and let me know, I'd love to see your answers!
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I haven't done a tag in ages, and am happy to participate in one created by Ekho @_hex_libris & check out their inclusive book club!
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😍 #comfortfoodbooktag
Ice ceam 🍦 a book that helps you chill:
— HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
Nachos 🌮 spicy cheesy goodness:
— KJ CHARLES
Family block of choc 🍫 something sweet:
— STAR-CROSSED
Jelly Snakes 🐍 fav kids book:
— UNICORNS OF BALINOR
Hot Chips to Share 🍟 fav book fandom:
— POTTER/RIORDAN - tho there are a few jerks, like most fandoms.
Popcorn 🍿 book to movie you like:
— LORD OF THE RINGS
Pizza 🍕 a book you & your friends love:
— CARRY ON
Burger 🍔 fav read for a lazy weekend:
— NICHIJOU or SWEETNESS & LIGHTNING
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Since I'm doing #MacAudiogram, I want to say that the audiobook for HOWLS MOVING CASTLE was a delight— the movie's sorely lacking. I miss Howl's backstory! It's so enticing, filling out DWJ's multiverse. Don't even start me on the witches. I only forgave it for the aesthetics.
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It was narrated by the enchanting Jenny Sterlin.
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Blurb: Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.
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Do you have any beloved f/f ships? Canon or not, I'd love to hear them.
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"There's a place you just can't reach unless you have a dream too large to bear alone. We call everything on the ice 'love.'" — Katsuki Yuuri, Yuri!!! on Ice
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I've become a little obsessed with ice skating since I watched Yuri!!! on Ice last year, which I found to be a good introduction to the sport. 😅 I know it's fiction, but it gave me a place to jump off from and a reason to buy a couple magazines featuring the Japanese skating team. 🤭 I've also been getting to know plenty of other solo skaters.
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Was anyone disappointed there wasn't any "yuri" in Yuri!!! on Ice? Yuri in Japanese is a term that refers to f/f relationships in manga, anime and related Japanese media. The postcard above features two female skaters from YOI, Mila Babicheva and Sara Crispino, titled 'the real yuri on ice' on redbubble, haha. I'm trying to get into more f/f ships. Ask me about my ships!
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There's two f/f romance books about ice skaters called FIRE ON ICE out there, and both have mixed reviews, but Jae Hawkins has written plenty of f/f romance before, so I started with hers, the other writes m/f mostly. So far it's cute. There's a struggle for the reigning ice queen and the fiery newcomer to both fit in with the team of American skaters, but I'm here for the cammraderie, and hope there's some bonding in Korea with the other countries skaters as well. ♡ Oh, and romance, too, I guess, lol.
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I'll put the blurb in the comments.
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Photo Description: several photos of the eBook, the postcard, a nendoroid figure of Viktor Nikiforov and a magazine featuring the Japanese skate team.
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#grimdragon 10. I ship it
#notyouraveragetitles 10. title that gives you the feels
#lunaredreads 10. can you keep a secret
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Suicide is not the answer. If you or someone you know is contemplating hurting yourself or others, please consider calling a helpline. WWW. SUICIDE.ORG has listings for almost every country.
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CW for the manga: Suicidal thoughts
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I have difficulty recommending manga, especially ones that deal with nuanced issues like sexuality, or this one, which deals with bullying and being deaf, because they can be insensitive. I want to recommend A SILENT VOICE mostly because of how it dealt with depression, death and miscommunication. A SILENT VOICE appeared to be better representation than most, but that's not saying much. The characters use sign language on occasion and when they don't, and Shoko is left out, that's not ignored. Issues of accessibility continue and are addressed throughout. It's a hard read though because if you shared in the experiences that some of these kids went and still go through, it'll be like dredging up old hurts. But there's something compelling in the growth these characters go through, and I think they support each other well.
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Blurb: Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?
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Photo Description: a page from the manga where a character is working at a sewing machine and says "Almost done! I can't wait for the movie!" and then an overlay text narrates: "Improve yourself. Keep changing. And never stop."
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#grimdragon 9. black and white
#fandwreadchallenge a book made into a movie
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“O, Oreo, Oreo, wherefore art thou Oreo?” she said. “That which we call a fro-yo by any other name would taste as sweet—"
— Barbara Dee
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What a time to be alive. Pick-your-ending Shakespeare exists alongside STAR-CROSSED by Barbara Dee, middle-school Romeo & Juliet with a bisexual protagonist and a happy ending. Oh, and recently, my heart was crushed in the best way by the reckless and passionate bisexual starring in GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee.
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"Love may be a grand thing, but goddamn if it doesn't take up more than it's fair share inside a man."
— Mackenzi Lee
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Blurb: Twelve-year-old Mattie is thrilled when she learns the eighth grade play will be Romeo and Juliet. In particular, she can’t wait to share the stage with Gemma Braithwaite, who has been cast as Juliet. Gemma is brilliant, pretty—and British!—and Mattie starts to see her as more than just a friend. But Mattie has also had an on/off crush on her classmate Elijah since, well, forever. Is it possible to have a crush on both boys AND girls?

If that wasn’t enough to deal with, things offstage are beginning to resemble their own Shakespearean drama: the cast is fighting, and the boy playing Romeo may not be up to the challenge of the role. And due to a last-minute emergency, Mattie is asked to step up and take over the leading role—opposite Gemma’s Juliet—just as Mattie’s secret crush starts to become not-so-secret in her group of friends.

In this funny, sweet, and clever look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to become a lead player in her own life.
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#evilqueenreads 8. bi rep
#captainexplorespassages 8. a classic: pg 65
#grimdragon 8. "Why!? Why was I programmed to feel pain?"
#lunaredreads 8. feminist Friday
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“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”
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One of my all time favorite and most memorable first lines. When I decided to reread UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld, this line was echoing in my head again and again.
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What's your favorite first line or one that has stuck with you the longest?
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#grimdragon 7. great opening line
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Blurb: Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally's choice will change her world forever...
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Such a great series. I'm in the middle of PRETTIES now, gonna reread SPECIALS next and then finally read EXTRAS for the first time.
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Photo Description: I'm holding the book up against a cloudy, cat vomit colored sky.
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Are you into comics and graphic novels?
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I used to do kickstarters for queer comics all the time, and got THE OTHER SIDE over a year ago-- it's filled with old and new favorites.
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The cover is by Mildred Louis.
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THE OTHER SIDE features the talents of:
Kou Chen
Mari Costa
Natasha Donovan
Melanie Gillman
Gisele Jobateh
Margaret Kirchner
Hannah Krieger
Kori Michele Handwerker
F. Lee
Kate Leth
Mildred Louis
Sfé R. Monster
Katie O'Neill
Amelia Onorato
Aatmaja Pandya
Fyodor Pavlov
Bitmap Prager
Ezra Rose
Britt Sabo
Bishakh K. Som
Sarah W. Searle
Laurel Varian
Mary Verhoeven
CB Webb
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#grimdragon 6. books with animals on the cover
#evilqueenreadspride 6. graphic novel
#notyouraveragetitle 6. royal title
#captainexplorespassages 6. travel destination
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Photo Description: THE OTHERSIDE, and two other graphic novels, THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY and THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER lie on a grey sheet.
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"Sometimes it is easier to see the light when you stand partially in darkness."
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I'm dredging up all the old series I never finished. I'd forgotten about Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix, but it was interesting & unusual-- Arthur's house is put into Biohazard Quarantine while he is in the House searching for the living Will...
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Blurb: MISTER MONDAY by Garth Nix — Arthur Penhaligon's first days at his new school don't go too well, particularly when a fiendish Mister Monday appears, gives Arthur a magical clock hand, and then orders his gang of dog-faced goons to chase Arthur around and get it back. But when the confused and curious boy discovers that a mysterious virus is spreading through town, he decides to enter an otherworldly house to stop it. After meeting Suzy Blue and the first part of "the Will" (a frog-looking entity that knows everything about the House), Arthur learns that he's been selected as Rightful Heir to the House and must get the other part of the clock hand in order to defeat Monday. That means getting past Monday's henchmen and journeying to the Dayroom itself. Thankfully, Arthur is up to the challenge, but as he finds out, his fight seems to be only one-seventh over.
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... Kinda tempted to buy the new covers of these. 🤭 But I've been so good on my ban thus far...
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#notyouraveragetitles 5. nautical title
#grimdragon 5. series you need to finish
#captainexplorespassages 5. epic battles: pg 133
#fandwreadchallenge book w/ male narrator
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Photo Description: DROWNED WEDNESDAY and other books in the series lie on top of each other on a gold and black scarf.
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Would you go into space? I kinda want to do one of those parabolic flights so I can experience weightlessness...
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I own a ridiculous amount of unread books. Have a sample of scifi hardcovers. 🚀👩🚀 Want the blurbs? I'll put them in the comments.
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LOST STARS by Claudia Gray — Failure wasn't the same as dishonor, but it felt like it at the moment. (Young Adult)
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NYXIA by Scott Reintgen — Every gesture and movement is a reminder that here, in this world, he's the king. (Young Adult)
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THE COUNTDOWN CONSPIRACY by Katie Slivensky — The door opens to reveal a big room with a massive window off the back, and now I can see what Esteban thought was so great. comfortable armchair surround a large interactive tabletop. Every wall is a programmable touchscreen. I can see the faint traces of solar glass built into the window, probably powering the bulk of the rooms lighting if I had to guess. It's like someone took all the newest home tech and prototyped it in this one space. (Middle Grade)
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BOUNDERS by Monica Tesler — An echo of screams follows. Shrieks for Sheek. I think that's the slogan. I should know. It's scrawled across the poster hanging above Addy's desk. I can't believe Earth Force lets him pose like that—muscles all flexed in his skin tight aeronaut suit. He has a silly half grin and a big pouf of wavy brown hair. Addy always says I could do my hair like Sheek if I wanted to. Right. Give me a razor, and I'd shave my head before I leave the house looking like Sheek. (Middle Grade)
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#captainexplorespassages 4. ombre with 4 books: pg 47
#notyouraveragetitles 4. title with a space theme
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Photo Description: the four books lay on a grey sheet.
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What's the main reason you don't finish series that you liked the first book of?
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I started my book review blog 5 years ago (it's now on semi-permanent hiatus lol) and the Cahill Witch Chronicles was a series I started and never continued because of the million reasons none of us finish series we like...
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I think this one was a combination of reading BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood right after it came out in paperback and forgetting about the series. And yet, I keep thinking about it.
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This book was full of flowers and a love of books, about balancing secrets and showing the right face in society especially when that society would like to burn you at the srake. I loved the Greek Witchcrafy alternate history for America, integrating a close relationship with Japan and envy of more egalitarian Hispanic and Indian cultures. Very interesting. I think I just love alternative history.
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Blurb: Our mother was a witch too, but she hid it better. I miss her. To me, the magic feels like a curse. According to the Brothers, it's devil-sent. Women who can do magic-they're either mad or wicked. So I will do everything in my power to protect myself and my sisters. Even if it means giving up my life - and my true love. If the Brothers discover our secret, we're destined for the asylum, or prison . . . or death.
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#captainexplorespassages 3. Romance: pg 43
#grimdragon 3. a genre you want to read more of
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Photo Description: the book lies in a green field of purple flowers.
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If you could go on a trip with anyone, anywhere, who would you take? Where would you go? France? The Smokey Mountains?
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I feel like I'm repeating myself but I don't care: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE BY MACKENZI LEE WAS AMAZING & I hope you're able to read it soon...
if you like historical adventure and young-adult angst. Oh, yeah. It's top notch. 😎 Can't wait to listen to the audiobook, honestly. And soon there's LADIES GUIDE TO PETTICOATS & PIRACY about Monty's sister!
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Speaking of! I'm currently listening to Book 2 in Scott Westerfeld's UGLIES series, which came out when I was 13 or so in 2005, PRETTIES is totally bubbly right now, and if I remember rightly, I really enjoyed it. I don't remember if I read book 3, SPECIALS, so I may switch to reading instead of listening. I'm not 100% a fan of the narrator's style. UGLIES and PRETTIES both have phenomenal first chapters, sucking me in right away. If you like dystopian YA and haven't checked this series out, it'd make for some great binge material. I mean, go in knowing this is pre-HUNGER GAMES... which I passed over in the store when it came out, I couldn't get into it.
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Blurb: Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
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Photo Description: an illustration by Jess Fink of Monty and Percy, the main characters from the book, leaning against a stack of books.
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What are you looking forward to most on your TBR?
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I've been narrowing down my immense GoodReads and skimming blurbs so I can delete those I'm no longer interested in, and came across THE GHOST BRIDE. I read a few chapters and then sent a copy to my friend who has been waiting for me to finish reading it for weeks.
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Read the blurb and tell me what you think, or if you've read it yourself. It has many aspects that appeal to me and great style.
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Blurb: Yangsze Choo's stunning debut, THE GHOST BRIDE, is a startlingly original novel infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and unexpected supernatural twists.

Li Lan, the daughter of a respectable Chinese family in colonial Malaysia, hopes for a favorable marriage, but her father has lost his fortune, and she has few suitors. Instead, the wealthy Lim family urges her to become a ghost bride for their son, who has recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at what price? Night after night, Li Lan is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, where she must uncover the Lim family s darkest secrets and the truth about her own family. Reminiscent of Lisa See's PEONY IN LOVE and Amy Tan's THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER, THE GHOST BRIDE is a wondrous coming-of-age story and from a remarkable new voice in fiction."
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Photo Description: I'm holding up the book against a dark forest, a lantern hanging behind it.
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Do you prefer a narrator who does voices or who just does a straight reading?
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Had so much commuting for side jobs this month that I managed to finish four audiobooks! 😱 And they were really good, too! They were all rereads for me: WANT by Cindy Pon (RUSE won't be out until 2019 😢), CHARMED LIFE and HOWLS MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones (one of my favorite authors), and PETER DARLING by Austin Chant. I've tagged Cindy and Austin if you want to follow them on IG (I suggest you do 😉).
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Some other great books I read this month: BACKWARDS TO OREGON by Jae (adult f/f historical romance), THE RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan (middle-grade fantasy adventure), GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee (young-adult m/m historical adventure).
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Photo Description: four books lay on a heather grey sheet alongside some white and black headphones.
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#grimdragon 31. Do whatever you want!
#allthebooksmay 31. May Wrap Up
#wethebooksmay18 31. May Wrap Up
#bookqueensmay18 31. May Wrap Up
#rfabmay18 31. May Wrap Up
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Channeling the bookstagrammer I could never be...
with donuts.
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Even tho @bookstagram.buddy.reads is starting the Heroes of Olympus readalong 😅 I'm finishing the Kane Chronicles first.
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Blurb: Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.

And now their most threatening enemy yet – the chaos snake Apophis – is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family.

To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.

First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?
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As for a book haul, I'm supposed to be on a book buying ban and I'm doing pretty well, but I did spend money on a couple books 😒 mostly romance. And that is why I got a Kindle Unlimited subscription so I can read romance novellas that aren't available from my library.
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Photo Description: THRONE OF FIRE by Rick Riordan lays on a glass table beside a pink and white iced donut with rainbow sprinkles.
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#grimdragon 30. Book you haven't posted before.
#allthebooksmay 30. May Book Haul
#wethebooksmay18 30. Most Anticipated Read / Book Haul
#bookqueensmay18 30. #BookHaul
#rfabmay18 30. May Haul
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"Death and what came after death was no great mystery to Sabriel. She just wished it was." —Sabriel, Garth Nix
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How do you like your undead? Magical with a side of shambling? Then the Old Kingdom series is the one for you, featuring sword-wielding necromancers who travel the gates of death.
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Blurb: Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.
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"Let this be my final lesson. Everyone and everything has a time to die." —Sabriel, Garth Nix
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I picked up Lirael at a school book fair when I was twelve or so and read the book at least twice before searching for the first book in the series and fell in love with Mogget, Sabriel and Touchstone as well.
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After the Abhorsen trilogy was finished, I read Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series which I also really liked but not as much as the Abhorsen books. Now there are even more books set in the Old Kingdom and I'm so far behind.
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"Sometimes it is easier to see the light when you stand partly in darkness." —Garth Nix, Mister Monday
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Sabriel and Lirael funkos by Nic Gannucci. (@gannucciart)
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Photo Description: two custom funkos of Sabriel and Lirael stand beside cover art for their respective books on a shelf.
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#grimdragon 23. I'll read this someday... soon... STOP LOOKING AT ME!!!
#allthebooksmay 22. Boarding Schools
#wethebooksmay18 27. #Shelfie
#bookqueensmay18 26. Fascinating fantasy creatures
#rfabmay18 17. Book and funko
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What bothers you more: having read one book in a series more often than others or skipping a book in a series?
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I like how the gods interplay in the Magicians books as opposed to those in the Demigods books. I also like how Riordan knows how to make me tearful. 🙃 Uncle Rick, I just met these kids, stop making me care so much about them.
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Other things I loved about THE RED PYRAMID:
• Khufu's slam talk
• Khufu
• "Stimulating."
• "Somebody get a can opener. I've got a god in my head!!"
• "Aunt Kitty."
• Shabti sass
• the sibling feels
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Blurb: Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them–Set–has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe–a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
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Photo Description: the KANE CHRONICLES sit in a stack on a white shelf, fronds of a parlor palm overhead.
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#grimdragon 28. *SOBBING FOREVER*
#allthebooksmay 28. Fave Color Book Stack
#wethebooksmay18 28. Favorite Soldier / Warrior
#bookqueensmay18 28. Greatest character sacrifice Memorial Day
#rfabmay18 29. Auto Buy Author
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What's the last male POV YA you read? I love WANT by Cindy Pon, if you're looking for a eco-thriller, espionage and heist, set in a glittering, gritty near-future Taipei, Taiwan.
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I adore being in Jason Zhou's head. He has his prejudices and foibles, but he understands the mission and manages to stay on task.
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This is one of the best books I've read, and I'm currently listening to the audiobook and really enjoying that, too.
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Can't believe RUSE (set in Shanghai) is still a year away. 😷 I'm looking forward to it.
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Blurb: Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?
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Photo Description: WANT by Cindy Pon in a grassy field of purple flowers, pink and orange clouds in the background, particles flying by.
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#grimdragon 27. #booksoutofdoors
#allthebooksmay 27. Could Read Over And Over
#wethebooksmay18 2. Books + Flowers
#bookqueensmay18 15. Bring the Storm!
#rfabmay18 24. Blue books
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7

Where would you travel if you went on a year-long trip, like a grand tour?
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Just finished THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee last night and I have to echo what so many others have said: I thought this would be silly fun, I didn't expect to get so emotional about it as well. I loved it.
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(Also go follow @themackenzilee, ok?)
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Blurb: Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
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JUST READ IT ALREADY!
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I really loved the ending. ♡
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Photo Description: the title page of GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE is tinged with a bright green filter.
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#grimdragon 26. "Shock me, shock me, shock me with that deviant behavior!"
#allthebooksmay 26. Happily Ever After Reads
#wethebooksmay18 22. Favorite Siblings
#bookqueensmay18 21. Fictional vacation spot
#rfabmay18 23. Green books
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10

How do you feel about witty characters? Have you read the Nightrunner series? Why not?
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Ages ago, I was looking for fantasy with by-the-way queer characters. I enjoy queer romance, but I want to have that world building, especially if the world doesn't bat an eye about sexuality. LUCK IN THE SHADOWS and the rest of this series are set in a familiar yet fascinating world.
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Seregil is like a non-royal Nikolai Lantsov, who... well, if I spoil it for you, you won't get to enjoy the reveal of his origins as much. Alec is like grown up Harry Potter but with 1/3 less sass and 100% more marauding. These are terrible, sorry, just read the blurb:
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When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things–none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine, and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec’s new mentor, and this time there just might be…Luck in the Shadows.
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If you like long series definitely check out NIGHTRUNNER by Lynn Flewelling!
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Photo Description: the first three books in the NIGHTRUNNER series stand on a shelf in sunshine, more books below and above.
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#grimdragon 25. I don't get mad, I get stabby. (also mass market paperback love ♡)
#allthebooksmay 6. Shelfie
#wethebooksmay18 24. Cover Love
#bookqueensmay18 25. Similar characters, different books
#rfabmay18 19. Unfinished series (meaning, I haven't finished it yet)
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What would you name your Pegasus, if you had one?
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It took me a year, but I finally finished PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS. Book 5 was a worthy conclusion and had some great heart wrenching moments. I can't wait to take the time and reread this series properly (I listened to some abridged audiobooks in German and it wasn't actually worth it-- so much banter and wonderful character moments were cut out).
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And I also didn't expect to love Annabeth and Percy as a couple as much as I do. They're kids, they're awesome, as characters I loved them, but it's been a while since I got so invested in a couple that was hetero. Really looking forward to some team-collaboration from those two in Riordan's other books and stories.
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Photo Description: the five PJO books lie on a white sheet lined up to show the entire mural their covers make up.
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#grimdragon 6. This took WAY TOO LONG to read!!
#allthebooksmay 23. Whimsical Reads
#wethebooksmay18 21. OTP
#bookqueensmay18 21. Fictional vacation spot
#rfabmay18 15. Best cover change
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Is anyone else in your family a bookworm?
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Here are some books I inherited from my grandmother, which I searched out when looking for the oldest book I own. I was hoping it would be one of hers, but hers are all from last century. She was a bookworm as well, and owning the novels and poetry she kept is amazing. And holding books published during between the wars and during is surreal.
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The red book contains poetry of a noted Prussian writer, Friedrich Stoltze, who was born and lived in Frankfurt. The cream book is a novella about a lady from Frankfurt. I was born there and my family has been in the area for generations.
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Photo Description: two books on a wooden surface laying beside from pink-tipped roses in sunlight.
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#grimdragon 20. Where did this come from?!
#allthebooksmay 20. Best Title
#wethebooksmay18 24. Cover Love
#bookqueensmay18 19. Take off the jacket - #NakedBooks
#rfabmay18 20. Red books
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Cute! But deadly.
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Anyone else fit that description?
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Okay, I'm warning you that if you swipe you'll see a pretty creepy close-up of the dementor's mouth. Not someone you'd like to get a kiss from, hur hur.
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I just love the mini funkos for Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. I'm trying to get one of each.
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To that end, I was hoping to have a mini Remus for today, but I had to settle for the creature that first threatened his defacto godson and then his estranged partner. My childhood crush and apparently only book character I wish I could date, Remus Lupin.
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Photo Description: a tiny dementor slides across a dark cloth draped over some books and a table. Second pic is a close-up.
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#grimdragon 17. The fuck?
#allthebooksmay 17. Favorite Bookish Shop
#wethebooksmay18 17. Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend
#bookqueensmay18 17. Love that bookish merch
#rfabmay18 17. Book and funko
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10

Whats the last book you picked up based on the cover?
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I bought THE SILVER BRANCH earlier this year or late last almost entirely because of the cover when I was browsing on thriftbooks. Turns out it's the sequel to a book called THE COPPER CROWN, and written by a NYC author called Patricia Kennealy who was married to Jim Morrison from the Doors.
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All you need to know is it's Camelot in space-- or something.
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Blurb: When Earth meets Keltia will the empires fall?
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When lore became legend on ancient Earth in the powers of magic waned, the Kelts and their allies fled for the freedom of distant realms.
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But it was a land that was home too dangerous foes, and millenia later the worlds of keltia still maintained uneasy truce with two enemy empires-- the Imperium and the Phalanx.
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Then, at the start of the reign of Aeron, mistress of high magic and queen of all the Kelts, Earth made contact with her long flood children. And while Earth and Keltia reached out to form an alliance, the fleets of the enemy mobilized for final, devastating war...
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And today @fairyreads reminded me I haven't done #spellyourownnamewithbooks yet!
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🇯- Juniper by Monica Furlong
🇴- Out by Natsuo Kirino
🇸- Saiyuki
🇪- Empires of the Indus
🇵- The Prince and the Dressmaker
🇭- Hark! A Vagrant
🇮- If I Was Your Girl
🇳- The Natural History of Unicorns
🇪- An Ember in the Ashes
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Theme song for THE RED PYRAMID, my current read:
My Feet Can't Fail Me Now - Dirty Dozen Brass Band
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Photo Description: first photo is of the title page of COPPER CROWN, subsequent pictures are of the book with it's front cover visible, and then with SILVER BRANCH.
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#grimdragon 16. Random cover buys
#allthebooksmay 16. Book with a Crown
#wethebooksmay18 16. Book that Starts with E
#bookqueensmay18 16. Give Your Current Read a Theme Song
#rfabmay18 7. Book and pillow
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12

Where's your current read from? 😏 What is it?
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I have this vivid memory of being given money for the book fair that came to school and of coming back with the first book in a mermaid series by Kara Dalkey, ASCENSION. My mom was dismayed.
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She said something like: "Now you'll want all of them."
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These days, whenever I come back with books I say something like "I only got a few," and she doesn't really say anything. Maybe: "I know." She seems to understand.
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Photo Description: the rainbow shelves outside the storefront of a shop called Binnacle Books.
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#grimdragon 15. #forbookstagram (rainbow shelves... like, I would, but I can't.)
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#allthebooksmay 14. Currently Reading (Charmed Life!!)
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#wethebooksmay18 15. Book + Snack (National Chocolate Chip Day) (there's a custom donut shop next door to the bookstore!!)
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#bookqueensmay18 15. Bring the Storm! - War Storm Release Day (lol jokes on me, tornado warning, car broke down, trees and cables down all over the place, traffic backed up for hours L O L what luck!!)
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#rfabmay18 16. Worst cover change (so many bad Diana Wynne Jones covers...)
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3

Do you believe in reading slumps?
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So, um, HOWARD'S END put me in a weird little reading slump (never mind that I've also been busy 😆) but this was also like a book hangover.
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The essay that sits precariously at the beginning somewhat depressingly notes that Forster didn't enjoy writing heterosexual romance and drama. After a few novels, he turned to criticism and lecturing, wrote fabulous letters and a handful of short stories never published during his lifetime.
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But HOWARD'S END is still brilliant. The essay just put such a dampener on my emotions that I felt a bit listless this past week. I'll probably reread MAURICE soon.
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Oh! I'm still reading LES MIS, GENTLEMANS GUIDE, RED PYRAMID and in a moment of weakness I started reading ROBBY RIVERTON: MAIL-ORDER BRIDE:
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Blurb: Being a fugitive in the old west shouldn’t be this much fun.

The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run--all the way to Santa Fe. When he still hasn't ditched his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters that want to kill him, and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is -- and can't resist him.

Trace Crabtree took the job as sheriff of Flat Bottom because there was never a thing going on. And then Robby Riverton showed up. Disguised as a woman. And betrothed to Trace’s brother. If that wasn’t complication enough, Trace had to find the man as appealing as blueberry pie. He urges Robby to stay undercover until the danger has passed. But a few weeks of having Robby-Rowena at the ranch, and the Crabtree family will never be the same again. .
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Photo Description: HOWARDS END by E. M. Forster lays open on my bed, half of the image is tinted a faded orange color. Colorful paper tabs stick out of the pages and faint pencil marks are on the pages.
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#grimdragon 14. That blurb, though!
#allthebooksmay 14. Currently Reading
#wethebooksmay18 14. Currently Reading
#bookqueensmay18 12. Ombre
#rfabmay18 7. Book and pillow


9

Who is a fave or just otherwise awesome mom in fiction?
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All the dead mothers in books dismay me. Ekho (@_hex_libris) pointed out to me a couple months ago that mothers are also often adversaries in fiction, purely saying "no" to create conflict. Maybe I'm becoming a cliche at this point, but I love Sally Jackson from the Percy Jackson series. #teamadults! (I stole that from the adult fans of The Hundred TV show 😂) I also think that there are other awesome parents in that series. Not-really-a-spoiler: the mortal parents are usually better than the immortal ones.
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*thunder rumbles*
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*at Olympus* I SAID WHAT I SAID.
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Molly Weasley doesn't enter the top-ten list for me, sorry. (Not sorry.)
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Photo Description: a #shelfie of my hardcover Percy Jackson books, the first book pulled back from the rest so we can see Percy standing in a story sea staring at the Empire State Building.
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#grimdragon 13. Badass fictional mom's!
#allthebooksmay 13. Favorite Moms (Happy Mother's Day)
#wethebooksmay18 13. Favorite Fictional Mothers (Happy Mothers Day)
#bookqueensmay18 13. Best Book Moms
#rfabmay18 27. Shelfie
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18

Share a fond bookish memory with me. ♥️ My PMS has got me a little depressed.
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Bit of nostalgia for ya: UNICORNS OF BALINOR by Mary Stanton is a series I'll never finish because after 8 books, it was cancelled. I own them all though, and reread them a lot.
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Ari finds out pretty early on that the woman who she thought was her mom is actually just a loyal guard protecting a princess hidden in another world from forces of evil. Her life living at a stable with gorgeous horses is fiction.
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Did anyone else read this series as a kid? I'm still kinda sore that Mary Stanton never finished the series but posted on her blog that "Ariana does save her brothers in the end" like spoiling the general, and fairly obvious, ending makes up for leaving us hanging? I should blame the publisher though. She's self-published some mystery novels since then so maybe Stanton just isn't into this series anymore. I was tempted to write a conclusion fanfic myself at one point, but there's one I have to read first, it might be exactly what I want.
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Photo Description: the first picture is of my nearly mint first volume in the series, but the second picture is of my original copy which I saw fit to emboss with a needle and trim the edges to round them, all in an effort to make my edition "fancy" if I'd continued I have no doubt I would have deckled the edges.
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#grimdragon 12. ALL THE FEELS!!! #allthebooksmay 12. Didn't See That Coming
#wethebooksmay18 23. Favorite Series
#bookqueensmay18 14. Mirror Image
#rfabmay18 11. Series I won't finish
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5

What's a book you love but wouldn't necessarily recommend?
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I've been slowly reading the DUNE series by Frank Herbert for the last 10 years, and while it is an impressive and awesome sci-fi epic, I would caution any readers there are micro-agressions against same-sex attraction. As far as I can remember, pedophilia is conflated with homosexuality in the first book and lesbians were treated as abhorrent but harmless.
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That said, DUNE astounded me when I first read it, and I still think it's awesome. The scope of this story, almost technically one family, over thousands of years, looking into the future in an attempt to ensure the survival of the species... the "greater good" and all that.
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Btw, kinda excited, this is my first post using my canon camera that I got 6 or 7 years ago and never used much since then. I like how it turned out! I should be able to experiment and get some of that narrow depth of field. 😜✌️ Thanks for liking my post.
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Photo Description: the first photo is of an older Han Solo Funko Pop standing among several scifi paperbacks on a white surface. The book closest to the camera is HERETICS OF DUNE by Frank Herbert. The second is a close-up of Han in the same scene.
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#grimdragon 11. Twilight Zone day: classic sci-fi
#allthebooksmay 11. Still on my TBR
#wethebooksmay18 11. #FunkoFriday
#bookqueensmay18 11. Character Most Like Me
#rfabmay18 17. Book and funko
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4

What's the last book you bought/brought into your home?
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So, I'm on like a book buying ban, right? But I'm like being SO Bad™️ right now... I permitted myself to buy the complete trilogy of Abhorsen because it was an out of print edition, and then I bought Uncle Rick's latest and yesterday I was getting my hair cut and decided to see if that ~fine~ edition of INHERITANCE was still at Binnacle Books... and it was... so I got it.
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I still haven't finished that series, I convinced myself I didn't like it so I didn't continue it? But idk what's up with past-me... little hipster...
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I don't remember how bloody these were, I know that one of the bloodiest and, excuse me, one of the most awesome books I've read was HIS MAJESTY'S DRAGON. 🙈 I loved it so much.
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BRISINGR was pretty scuffed up so I'm gonna be good and not buy that, not from there anyway... I can't decide if I should try to catch up (pretty sure I need to read 40 books I own at this point) or if I should reset?
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Today I learned Tanya Huff, aside from having a large amount of books with queer women in them, is from Canada!
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Photo Description: flat lay of Tanya Huff's THE QUATERS NOVELS vol. 1 and INHERITANCE by Christopher Paolini, and a small fake cherry blossom plant made out of glass.
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#grimdragon "10. ""Knife goes in, guts come out!"" Bloody books"
#allthebooksmay 10. Modern Royals
#wethebooksmay18 10. Canadian Authors
#bookqueensmay18 10. Cover Buy
#rfabmay18 10. Series I need to finish
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10

Name an iconic female duo. 👭 GO!
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This is a panel from RAT QUEENS vol 2 that I really liked, but I'm not sure I'll continue the series. I'm mildly invested now that I finished 2 volumes, but the humor isn't really for me, and the tropes are so-so. I do like the way friendship is handled between the women in the Rat Queens group and others they meet.
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Other awesome female friends:
-- The main characters from LUMBERJANES
-- Supergirl and Lena Luthor
-- Silena and Clarisse
-- Luna Lovegood and Ginny Weasley
-- Inej Ghafa and Nina Zenik
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I used to binge series all the time but haven't in a while. I usually get the urge when I read graphic novels.
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Photo Description: a panel from RAT QUEENS depicting two pointy-eared magic users talking.
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#grimdragon 5. Graphic Novels
#allthebooksmay 7. Binge Worthy
#wethebooksmay18 9. Favorite Female Friendship
#bookqueensmay18 9. Books You Quit
#rfabmay18 11. Series I won't finish
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5

Have you played Hogwarts Mystery? What do you think of it?
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I don't know when I'm gonna get to it, but the new Harry Potter game has really got me in the mood to finish my reread, starting with THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE and pick up the fanfics on my Kindle and the ones I've been meaning to write. Considering I'm kinda luke-warm about the mystery, and the energy runs out way too fast, I'm having a lot of fun!
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You know what's the opposite of fun? This book. But I'm really looking forward to it. Between the confrontation with Draco and the new clues and mysteries, it's probably one of the most gripping books in the series. Ack. Really looking forward to it! Finally! Took me a while to recover from ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.
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Yes, I posted twice today. 😬 Yesterday and today have been very long, and today isn't even over yet! I'm kinda curious what this does to my exposure. 😅 Thanks for checking out this post!
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Photo Description: HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE by JK Rowling stands on a shelf with some mini funkos and the other Harry Potter books.
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#wethebooksmay18 8. Harry Potter Appreciation
#grimdragon 10. "Knife goes in, guts come out!" Bloody books
#allthebooksmay 8. Prince in the Title
#bookqueensmay18 29. You want to play a game? / 1. TBR
#rfabmay18 27. Shelfie
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10

Do you need time to digest between books?
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SWIPE to see the front cover if you forget what Sapphira looks like. 😝 The map is from ERAGON by Christopher Paolini.
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I finished HOWARD'S END on Sunday and spent the last 24 hours digesting it. I love essays that discuss the book but it amuses me that they're always at the beginning, so I didn't read it first, so I read it after and got a little sad and may have tainted the overall experience....
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Here's a series I haven't finished btw, I was really into ERAGON for a while, read 2-3 times, then read ELDEST and convinced myself I didn't like the series?? Despite how harrowing and exciting the last chapters of ELDEST were????
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I'll try to finish this series soon, I think. Have you read any of them?
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Photo Description: the front pages of ERAGON by Christopher Paolini laying flat among several book covers.
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#grimdragon 7. macro monday
#allthebooksmay 7. Binge Worthy
#wethebooksmay18 7. #MapMonday
#bookqueensmay18 7. #MapMonday
#rfabmay18 3. One word title
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While this isn't my favorite victory, it's definitely up there. I honestly like the victory in Thor Ragnarok best. Buuut that's not a book. But if marvel could make a stand-alone novel about the Valkyrie (or just one of them 😉) that'd be swell. Who should write that? I'm honestly blanking.
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Speaking of, anyone else PUMPED that @mackenzilee is writing a Loki novel???
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So I almost watched Peter Johnson and the Lightning Thief, but decided to watch the Cinema Sins "everything wrong with..." instead and was able to laugh and be amazed. Percy was way funnier and just cooler in the books.
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Why did I picture someone more like Marisa Tomei as Percy's mom?
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Photo Description: my tabby cat on crumbled up blankets and sheets beside PERCY JACKSON AND THE LAST OLYMPIAN in streaks of sunlight.
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#grimdragon 8. You're a monster, Hollywood! (Terrible screen adaptations)
#allthebooksmay 2. Naked Spine
#wethebooksmay18 6. Favorite Comedic Character
#bookqueensmay18 5. Favorite Victory - Cinco de Mayo
#rfabmay18 13. Book spines / 6. Suck Sunday
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9

Have you read any manga or graphic novel adaptions of books?
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"I don't know, Sebastian, but I can't help you any more. I'd rather take my chances starting over than languish in your closet forever."
-- Frances, Jen Wang, THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER
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Swipe for spoilers meant to ENTICE you!
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I keep wanting to reread this... And sob... but I have so many awesome unread manga and graphic novels, plus the ones I want to borrow, like SAGA and SNOT GIRL. Plus I'd like to read a manga adaption of a classic novel soon. I think that'd be cool. If you've read any, can you recommend them?
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Photo Description: first image is of the front cover of THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER on my bed, sun bleeding from the bottom of the frame, next images are close ups of pages from the book.
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#grimdragon 5. Free Comic Book Day: Comics / graphic novels
#allthebooksmay 3. Prince & Princesses
#wethebooksmay18 3. Book Quote
#bookqueensmay18 3. Because of Booktube
#rfabmay18 26. Pink books


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Do you read fanfic? If yes, tell me your faves (for anything) in the comments!
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It's been so hot, and it was so late when I considered posting that I just decided to skip it... and it's so late today, barely still May the Fourth, but I know this will turn into a summer long slump if I don't nip it in the bud! Plus I love posting here, and hope you enjoy what I post. 😆
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Also feel free to tell me which of these I should read first, I've only read REBEL RISING and BEFORE THE AWAKENING.
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#grimdragon 4. May the fourth be with you! #fandomfriday
#wethebooksmay18 4. Star Wars (May the 4th be with you)
#bookqueensmay18 4. Rebels and Empires - May the Force Be with You
#rfabmay18 4. Friday freebie
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Photo Description: a shelf of Star Wars books, hit by sunlight, and three Funko Pop figures, the trio from The Force Awakens: Rey, Finn and Poe.
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How many unread books are sitting in that TBR pile right now?
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If I'm honest, I don't even know any more.
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#grimdragon 2. Two authors that should collaborate! .
I kinda feel like it would be fun to get Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson in a story together. It might be terrible. I'm not sure about actual authors... it often works well, but it's hard to predict. Some authors don't collaborate well and it has nothing to do with their personalities, but with their work styles... I can much more easily tell you about all the crossover stories I want. 😂
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#bookqueensmay18 2. Gifted to You
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No one gifts me books anymore, because they know I own too many. 😅
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#allthebooksmay 2. Naked Spines
#wethebooksmay18 2. Books + Flowers
#rfabmay18 2. May TBR
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Photo Description: a stack of naked hardcover books sitting next to a small Tiffany lamp. The books are THE SERPENT'S SHADOW, I AM NUMBER FOUR, A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, and HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.
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Even if you're not headed into spring, tell me your summer type activities. I got a tiny bit overheated today and am delirious with picnic planning... especially looking at this photo. Would you bring a book to a picnic?
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I made a list of all the authors I follow on Instagram whose books I haven't read yet... and I own... 😌
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Progress is slow, but I'm hoping to work on them this month, in no particular order:
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✓ An Ember in the Ashes @sabaatahir
A Torch Against the Night 😅 soon...
✓ I Believe in a Thing Called Love @mauxbot
✓ Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda @beckyalbertalli
☐ Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue @mackenzilee
☐ Warcross @marieluauthor
☐ Truthwitch @stdennard
☐ Passenger @alexbracken
☐ Star-touched Queen @roshanichokshi
☐ Not Your Sidekick @cblee_cblee
☐ THUG @angiethomas
☐ Rebel Seoul @axieoh
☐ Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns @juliecdao
✓ Wrath & Dawn Duology @rahdieh
☐ Flame in the Mist 😅 also soon...
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And the books I don't own:
☐ Red Queen @vaveyard
☐ Wintersong @sjaejones
☐ Dear Martin @getnicced
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I'll keep adding to this list (not*) as I unearth all the unread books I own. 💀 My TBR is terrifying. 📚💦
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* NOT because I realized that each time I update it, all the tagged authors will be notified and IM ALREADY SORRY THAT I'VE UPDATED THIS TWICE. 🙈
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#grimdragon #allthebooksmay #wethebooksmay18 #bookqueensmay18 #rfabmay18 1. TBR
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Photo Description: first picture is of TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir standing in a meadow, second is of the book open to it's map, laying in a meadow.
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If you could control any element, what would it be? Or would you prefer to not control any?
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#aprilbookstagram18 30. April Wrap Up
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I didn't manage to read as many physical already-owned books as I would have liked this month, but I did finally read the second part of TURF WARS which continues the story of Legend of Korra past the battle in Republic City and beyond the teased romance at the end of that emotional finale.
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Seriously, if you haven't watched the show yet I'm about to spoil it for you: 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 It's canon! Seriously, the show leads up to it at a slow but nice pace, and the comics take it those final steps-- and the support they get is so heartwarming!
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Blurb: Relishing their newfound feelings for each other, Korra and Asami leave the Spirit World . . . but find nothing in Republic City but political hijinks and human vs. spirit conflict!
A pompous developer plans to turn the new spirit portal into an amusement park, potentially severing an already tumultuous connection with the spirits. What's more, the triads have realigned and are in a brutal all-out brawl at the city's borders--where hundreds of evacuees have relocated!

In order to get through it all, Korra and Asami vow to look out for each other--but first, they've got to get better at being a team and a couple!
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Would you like to see pages from these comics?
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Photo Description: the first two parts of Legend of Korra: TURF WARS lie on a cherry wood surface.
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Favorite character from your childhood? (Movie or book 😊)
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I needed some more green on my feed, so have a book I haven't read. So much cover love though. 😍 Wow!
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#aprilbookstagram18 29. ‎diversity day
bonus: 19. ‎favorite trope
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I've heard the cross-dressing is problematic in this book, but I'm a sucker for it when it's handled well. Whether the character is exploring identity and/or just trying to get around rules that say "X GENDER NOT ALLOWED" I'm there. That's why Mulan is my favorite Disney "princess" movie. (I haven't seen all of the new ones though. 🙇 Forgive me!)
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I prefer if it's handled well, though. Any recommendations?
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Photo Description: holding up FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Ahdieh in front of a sunny meadow, the cover is black and has a glowing phoenix and purple throwing stars on it.
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What are you hoping to read this weekend?
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Bonus: how many books are you reading at the moment?
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#aprilbookstagram18 28. Sock (less) Saturday
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I've got 7 books on my CR stack at the moment! I hope to finish THE RED PYRAMID and GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, and it seems that just in time the weather has taken a turn for the beauticious.
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I'm also getting rid of over 300 books today! I'm donating most of them to my local library sale.
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Photo Description: a book is propped open on my knees, bare feet crossed on my duvet, sunshine is cutting across the scene.
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If you could take any diety as your patron, who would it be?
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Alternate: favorite reading snack?
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"I just love family meetings. Very cozy, with the Christmas garlands round the fireplace and a nice pot of tea and a detective from Scotland Yard ready to arrest you."
-- Rick Riordan, THE RED PYRAMID
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I'm really loving the first book in the Kane Chronicles so far. Have you read them?
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Blurb: Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.
One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.
Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
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#aprilbookstagram18 27. ‎book + mug
and because I missed it: 14. ‎world you want to live in
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Photo Description: THE RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan lies on a wood bench beside a napkin with shortbread on it, a mug of tea as well, in the background are my bookshelves.
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Did you read fairy tales as a kid?
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#aprilbookstagram18 26. ‎favorite fairy tales
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When I was younger my grandma and parents would read me fairy tales, in German and English, and for some reason my favorite was always The Star Money (Die Sterntaler) from the Brothers Grimm. It's never in abridged collections of Grimm stories, and it's entirely possible that it became a favorite because it was one of the shortest stories.
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But I like to think that I loved it as a kid because of the selflessness and generosity that penniless child displayed and was rewarded for. I think it's classified as a story of 'divine reward' in the folklorist indexes, but it doesn't seem like an exclusively Christian divinity, there's something else to it... I wasn't very religious even growing up, so I certainly never connected the heavens pouring gold to God, but to some vague notion of 'other'. To deny the influence that Christianity plays is foolish however, these stories were sometimes censored.
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Photo Description: a view down on an open book, a wood board with jam and choco-nut spread on croissant, a cup of tea and a vase of tinged pink roses.
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Should photography books count towards reading goals?
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"With the entire Earth
drenched in flowers and fragrance
why not peace and joy?"
-- Edith Shiffert
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#aprilbookstagram18 world penguin day
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🐧 I know it's not technically today's prompt, but... how could I resist?
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#marchmonthofmythology 21. ‎Orpheus / enchanting poetry / World poetry day
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Swipe to see the cover of KYOTO: THE FOREST WITHIN THE GATE a collection of photographs by John Einarsen and poetry by Edith Shiffert. Second Edition, 2017. Published by Kyoto Journal.
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Photo Description: a close-up of a tiny ceramic penguin baby sitting on a poem beneath a black and white photo of cherry blossoms. Other photos show the front cover and the full spread of the poem and calligraphy.
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"There are no good men in Ketterdam."
-- Leigh Bardugo, CROOKED KINGDOM
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What character would you want on your side in a fight? Multiple allowed, and it can be a non-physical fight.
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A #shelfie to celebrate sun on my newly arranged books!
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#aprilbookstagram18 24. ‎best fight scenes
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(If you're read CK you know I'm thinking about that staircase scene. I sometimes reread it and get this manic grin on my face.)
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Photo Description: my shelf, an enamel mug sitting on a shelf with HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman on the left and SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo on the right. On the shelf beneath it are SHADES OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab, GUNNERKRIGG COURT by Tom Siddell, and several stand-alone and other hardcovers. The sun is cutting across the pages. The mug has a bridge with houses on it, and the above quote runs across the arches.
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Do you procrastinate on books? (How about posts lol?)
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#aprilbookstagram18 22. #socksunday
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A couple weeks ago I decided to finally just borrow AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION by KJ Charles from the library after thinking about it for so long, and was surprised by how much I liked it. I'd heard much love for her, but wasn't expecting anything outside the ordinary. I immediately got invested in her main characters and totally swept up in this microcosm of Victorian London that she painted for us. The men who populate this series (SINS OF THE CITIES), each playing their own part in a mystery that threatens lives and livelihood, are able to carry the story forward despite handling a different romance in each volume of the trilogy.
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But I'll admit I have a soft spot for the first narrator we meet, Clem, the Anglo-indian landlord pictured on the cover above, even if we only get glimpses of him in the subsequent books. He's a sweetheart.
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I also really enjoyed her trilogy A CHARM OF MAGPIES which is similarly about a string of magical-mishaps but instead focuses on the romance between one pair of men instead of one couple per book. I almost wish I had read them sooner, but I didn't really talk about romance on #bookstagram until recently.
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Photo Description: two pictures of folded legs on a down blanket, rainbow socks and an ereader showing the cover and title page of AN UNSEEN ATTRACTION by KJ Charles.
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Do you prefer reading in the morning or at night?
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#aprilbookstagram18 20. book + pet
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There's something about classics that makes me want to read them in the morning, when it's quiet and a little chilly, pre-dawn, grey light ripening into gold, the steam of tea visible swirling from a hot cup. The only sounds are a few early birds and the ticking of a clock.
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Usually I'll read at the breakfast counter in the kitchen, but my brother has been working on a deck for our house and so I dragged HOWARD'S END out there to read on it for the first time.
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My one constant dream for the future is to live somewhere with a balcony, or porch, that I can sit, read and drink tea.
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Photo Description: the first two pictures are of my book on a sunny side table and my dog staring at the backyard, tea on the table, sticky tabs between the pages. The last picture is of a page from HOWARD'S END by E. M. Forster open on my lap, lines near the bottom underlined, read: "Things so often get spoiled." "I know," flashed Helen, "but people don't."
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Do you preorder books or buy them day of?
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#aprilbookstagram18 21. most anticipated
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I pre-ordered a lot of books last year that came out in late 2017 and early 2018. One of them was THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE which I just found out is getting a sequel about the main character's sister called: THE LADY'S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY. So I'm finally reading this wonderful YA novel and I'm sad it took me this long.
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I've only read a third or so of GG, up to the part called BARCELONA, but I like everyone a lot and don't know how @themackenzilee is gonna keep eveyone safe. 😣 I wish them nothing but happiness and as much hot chocolate as they could wish.
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I think folks underrepresent how much heart there is in this story, it isn't all just romping across Europe. But I mean, there is *some* traipsing. Even when hazardous.
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Blurb: Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
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Photo Description: the book lies open on a wood surface, the page reads BARCELONA and green color fades up the frame.
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Do you need to own all the books you want to read?
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#aprilbookstagram18 11. pastel colors
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I've been sick this week and yet decided to sort my books & get rid of even more, so I set myself up to film a timelapse. 😶 Let's hope it turns out to be a fun watch.
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I think I am privileged to have access to some really great libraries.
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For a long time my mindset was "if I own it, I'll eventually read it" and I also just liked owning books, I guess. My room looks like a library.
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My goal is to only purchase a physical book I know I want to own, that I plan to reread, or that I enjoyed and would like to display and photograph. 😂 It always comes back to the 'gram.
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That was the case with this book; I read it, adored it, and found that my library owned a rare copy. It seems to be out of print! So I bought it for a pretty penny, but that means I can return the library copy and still peruse and reread and sob over this book whenever I want.
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THIS BOOK!!! TOWN OF EVENING CALM, COUNTRY OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS is two stories about a family of bomb survivors from Hiroshima. The first story is set in 1955, ten years after, and is about a young woman just trying to live, while coping with the memories of the bombing. The other story is split in two parts, one set in 1987 about two girls whose friendship is ended due to health issues and distance, but then they are abruptly reuinted 17 years later in 2004 and go on a short journey to understand how the past is still affecting them. And make an effort to overcome prejudices and understand tragedies that cling to us.
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If you see this book, do not let it slip through your fingers! It's one of the best I've ever read.
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Photo Description: several photos of TOWN OF EVENING CALM, COUNTRY OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS, first in a beam of sunlight, then open pages.
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Yo. Are you gonna get the Percy Jackson ILLUSTRATED edition??
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"Far, far below, red liquid bubbled. Blood? Lava? Evil ketchup? None of the posibilities were good."
-- Rick Riordan, THE RED PYRAMID
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#aprilbookstagram18 15. ‎castle and crew
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I just found out about the illustrated edition of the LIGHTNING THIEF (coming this August) and I'm pretty much promising myself I'm allowed to get it. Who knows where I'll be living, but it shall be mine!
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In other news, I'm so excited to finally be starting THE RED PYRAMID!
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#accessibility Photo Description: THE RED PYRAMID, first book in the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan, lays on a tan blanket beside some maps, a journal full of notes, an open compass, and my feet in socks.
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Maybe flat-lays should be more like I SPY books 🤔😂 They are a fond part of my childhood.
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This week Jean Marzollo passed away. She was a prolific author with over 100 titles to her name. Many of them with Scholastic.
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She's probably well known to people as the woman who wrote the rhymes for the I SPY books, the photos of which were artfully arranged and captured by Walter Wick.
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To me, she was a local author and thus an inspiration, but also a wonderful person who was sweet and funny. I will cherish the memories I have of her forever.
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#accessibility Photo Description: the first two photos use photos by Walter Wick as backdrops for HALFWAY DOWN PADDY LANE and DO YOU LOVE ME, HARVY BURNS? both YA books by Jean Marzollo. The third photo is just a cropped version of the green leaf photo used as a backdrop, the fourth is of an easy chair and bookshelf in a dusty library from a haunted house. Photos are originally from I SPY and copyright belongs to Scholastic and Walter Wick, etc.
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What brought you to bookstagram?
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"When the powerless seek their own sense of control, ‘crime’ is what an unjust system produces."
-- Marcus Broaddus, BUFFALO SOLDIER
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#aprilbookstagram18 4. ‎flowers
#marchmonthofmythology 19. ‎Daphne / book and tree
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Blurb: Having stumbled onto a plot within his homeland of Jamaica, former espionage agent, Desmond Coke, finds himself caught between warring religious and political factions, all vying for control of a mysterious boy named Lij Tafari.

Wanting the boy to have a chance to live a free life, Desmond assumes responsibility for him and they flee. But a dogged enemy agent remains ever on their heels, desperate to obtain the secrets held within Lij for her employer alone.

Assassins, intrigue, and steammen stand between Desmond and Lij as they search for a place to call home in a North America that could have been. .
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😬 I haven't read this yet, which is despicable. It's a steampunk fantasy novella set in alternative-americas. But it soundsa awesome.
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Photo Description: three photos of BUFFALO SOLDIER in various angles in a blossoming dogwood tree.
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If you could live in any time period which would it be? And why?
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I can't stop thinking about the gowns in THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER, so have some of them. So much beauty and a touching story to boot. Swipe to see them! (Spoilers without context are included in the 6th and 9th pictures. But I think they will entice you if you haven't read this or unsure!)
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#aprilbookstagram18 23. ‎balls and gowns
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Blurb: Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.
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Have you read this yet? 😍 Please borrow it from a library or a friend (only steal it if your friend is being a bad book owner and not lending it to you). I implore you.
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Photo Description: the first picture is the title page of THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang with a mannequin wearing an unfinished light pink gown, the next 9 pictures are of various gowns worn by characters.
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Do you do reading challenges?
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#aprilbookstagram18 18. ‎oh la la romance
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This is a recent release which I binge-read on Monday morning. 😅 (Borrowed from honorary-member of the Dregs, @claribel_ortega. She sells bookish/writing shirts as well which are delightful, @gifgrrlshop. You probably already follow her on Twitter. 💁)
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I read so much in those 24 hours that my eyesight got a bit smeary. 😆 Oops.
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So I can see myself doing a 25 hours in 5 days type or 24 in 48 hours, expect I think my eyeballs would rebel. 🙈 And I don't like having to use my phone to track how much time I'm spending... maybe if I used a digital timer?
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Last weeks 7 days, 7 books challenge went well, and I'd love to do something like it again.
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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DUKE MAKES is cute fun, had a lot of heartwarming moments and an enticing cast of characters. I also really liked the pacing. 👌♥️😏 Looking forward to the sequel coming later this year.
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Only content warning would be for a lecher who implies he's going to do something, but the heroine has a good handle on protecting herself from him.
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Bonus Q: how do you like this filter? I'm kinda obsessed with it. 😂 Feel like it might get annoying quick though.
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Photo Description: holding up an advanced reading copy (aka ARC) of WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DUKE MAKES by Lenora Bell.
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What's your favorite food?
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"My favorite sushi is egg!"
-- (Tsumugi) SWEETNESS AND LIGHTNING
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Tsumugi Inuzuka and Kotori Iida have a sister-like realtionship. As the daughter and student of Kōhei Inuzuka, respectively, they marshal under his gentle direction as often as they rebuke it. And sometimes I think the role of sister-as-caretaker is brushed especially as Kotori gets to know the Inuzuka's better. They are their own little found-family, gathering around food like any other.
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#aprilbookstagram18 8. ‎favorite siblings
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SWEETNESS AND LIGHTNING is an ongoing seinen slice-of-life manga series by Gido Amagakure. It's also available as a 12 episode anime.
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What's your favorite quote?
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"And yet, she felt curiously guilty as she slid the supple black leather over her hands, as if she had crept into his rooms without his permission, read his letters, lain down in his bed."
-- Leigh Bardugo, SIX OF CROWS
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Paraphrase your quote if you can't remember it, but be sure to tell me what it's from!
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I'm still rereading Six of Crows as a German audiobook and just heard this great line again. Something about it...
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And I haven't posted any Crows lately. ♥️ So here's a photo I took a year ago but never posted. So pleased with my crow book sleeve.
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#aprilbookstagram18 25. ‎book quote
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Photo Description: SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo, open to chapter 4, an Inej chapter, on my lap in the sun, the pages bending up in the wind.
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She slapped her forehead. “What is it about you mortals? Are your lives so short you don’t worry about the long-term consequences of your actions?”
“I’m thirteen. I’m not meant to think long term about anything.”
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I just finished book one in the Ashoka Mistry series: THE SAVAGE FORTRESS by Sarwat Chadda. 😱 Wow.
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This book is dark for a juvenile fantasy, but the depictions of death and madness totally fit in a story pitting a warrior of Kali against the demon king Ravana...
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If you're at all interested in indian-mythology or fantasy inspired by Hinduism, check this out.
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“The goddess Kali,” said Rishi. “What pleases her most is death.” Kali’s ten arms were outspread, almost all of them carrying a weapon: a spear, sword, ax, noose, an immense bow, a sheaf of long arrows. In one hand she grasped a decapitated head by its hair, and hideous rakshasas writhed in terror beneath her feet. She glared, her red tongue hanging out, hungry for blood. Ash felt her gaze upon him as they drifted past.
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Kali is amazing and terrifying. I really loved seeing her in fiction.
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#aprilbookstagram 12. ‎adventure
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Oh, and this author put a blurb on the back of ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME! Means you should check out both series, to be honest. 😎 Though I think their only actual similarity is a tie to Hinduism.
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He pointed at her. “You. Batman. Cool. Hard as nails.” He pointed to himself. “Me. Robin. I get to wear green shorts. No one is cool in green shorts. Just not possible.” Parvati frowned. “Let’s just hope you’re not a red shirt.”
“Wow, I never figured you for a Trekkie. Popular among rakshasas, is it?”
“You’d be surprised.”
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🍰 "This sucks. I thought if I became a pastry chef, I could eat all the cake I wanted."
"Sigh."
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Fumi Yoshinaga is perhaps best known as the author of WHAT DID YOU EAT YESTERDAY? a touching anthology of stories about gay men in Japan who are looking for connection and compassion. It wasn't her first foray into food and romance apparently, and I've been looking for volume 4 of the series ANTIQUE BAKERY for a little while now.
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And then I went on a book ban.
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"Since life is a bitter thing, we try to make our joys even sweeter."
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Though the physical translations may be out of print, I'm pretty sure the publisher still sells the digital comics, and if you just want to watch something instead there's an anime and a Korean movie that seem to maintain the nuance of this story.
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Don't let the fact that this series is written by a woman dissuade you, it's pretty well-regarded.
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#aprilbookstagram18 2. Book outfit (I decided to do books + cookies instead. Books and sweet things are an underrepresented part of the community. As are manga. Please post manga and cake pictures. Thank you. ♥️)
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Photo Description: Volumes 1-3 of ANTIQUE BAKERY lie on a small wood table beside some cookies and a mug of tea. Fancy cakes are on all the covers.
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"Tell me about a complicated man.
Muse, tell me how he wandered and was lost
when he had wrecked the holy town of Troy,
and where he went, and who he met, the pain
he suffered in the storms at sea, and how
he worked to save his life and bring his men
back home. He failed to keep them safe; poor fools,
they ate the Sun God’s cattle, and the god
kept them from home. Now goddess, child of Zeus,
tell the old story for our modern times.
Find the beginning."
-- Homer, THE ODYSSEY (translated by Emily Wilson)
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Swipe to hear me read the quote. 😏 It's got a great ring to it, I'd love it as an audiobook. Preferably narrated by Natalie Dormer.
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#marchmonthofmythology 20. ‎Odysseus / a character who can talk themselves out of anything / World storytelling day
#aprilbookstagram18 5. ‎road trip reads
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What did you have for breakfast?
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Do you like coffee, tea or chocolate in the mornings?
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I just started my fourth book for #7days7books. Forster is one of my favorite authors despite not having read all his books yet. HOWARD'S END is getting a new adaptation this Sunday staring Hayley Atwell and I am looking forward to seeing it soon.
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HOWARD'S END is about two sisters, the Schlegels and the Wilcox family who live at Howard's End. Death and chance acquaintences bring to the forefront ideas about equality, class, and, of course, love.
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Edited to add: apparently it's @wellhayley's birthday today! Best wishes to her~ 🎉
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#marchmontofmythology 26. ‎Apollo and Artemis / book siblings
#aprilbookstagram18 7. ‎author you admire
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Drinking chocolate at breakfast was a high class thing to do in Europe from the 1700s to the 1800s and I wonder if people still do it. 🤔 Its mentioned in COSI FAN TUTTE the 1730s Opera by Mozart and in several historical novels I've recently read.
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Photo Description: a red mug says 'keep calm and carry on' beside a piece of bagel with schmear, on a blue counter beside HOWARD'S END by E.M. Forster.
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"Our everyday lives may in fact be a series of miracles..." Keiichi Arawi
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Go read NICHIJOU if you like funny and heartwarming stories!
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EVERYTHING in NICHIJOU is over the top, and that's kinda why I love it so much. 😂 It's so bizarre and wonderful. I've heard the anime is pretty good too if you prefer that! And not all the jokes are the same!
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#marchmonthofmythology 27. ‎Oedipus / dramatic irony / World Theater day
#aprilbookstagram18 3. ‎made you laugh
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Photo Description: I'm holding up a manga page on which, in sum, two highschool studentd are in class and the deadpan serious girl Mai is misbehaving in so subtle a fashion that only the prankster, her friend Yuuko, can see that when she raised her hand it was in the shape of a dog, and when she was reading from the text, she had a manga open inside the book!
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What underhyped book or series would you like merch for?
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"Does the Walker choose the path? Or the path the Walker?"
-- Garth Nix, SABRIEL
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These AMAZING Funko Pop figures were custom made for me by @gannucciart! I was going to get Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase (and I might still at some point) but I decided to go with some for my favorite series first: Lirael and Sabriel from the Abhorsen trilogy/Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. And I am so glad I did! 😍 I adore them.
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#aprilbookstagram18 10. ‎favorite trilogy
#marchmonthofmythology 31. ‎Nike / Victorious wrap up
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I'm really pleased with my book buying ban! I read 17 books in March, 10 of which were already on my shelves so I was able to 'earn' a new book. And I bought ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME by Roshani Chokshi! It's so beautiful. I can't wait to read it.
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Sometimes I get a little choked up just looking at these two necromancers. ♥️ ACK.
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Photo Description: the books LIRAEL and ABHORSEN by Garth Nix stand behind two figures of the characters Lirael (in a red vest with a sword, a charter mark on her forehead) and Sabriel (in a blue talbard, bell belt on, bell in one hand, sword in the other).
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What book or series would you like to see adapted? And how?
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"The beauty of the Sikurzoi came on me suddenly. ... [T]hese mountains were gentle, rolling, their soft slopes covered in tall grasses, the valleys between them crossed with slow-moving rivers that flashed blue and then gold in the sun. Even the sky felt welcoming, a prairie of infinite blue, thick white clouds stacked heavy on the horizon, the snowcapped peaks of the southern range visible in the distance. ... Mostly, I thought of Morozova and wondered if he’d once walked these same paths, gazed on these same mountains."
-- Leigh Bardugo, RUIN AND RISING (SHADOW AND BONE TRILOGY # 3)
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Something unexpected happened as I was reading the final book in THE SHADOW AND BONE trilogy: as Bardugo began to describe the Sirkuzoi, where the firebird was suspected to live, I felt myself transported to the fields and mountains of the Steppes as imagined in a Ghibli movie. Something combining the hills and valleys of several movies, but then TALES OF EARTHSEA began to play in my head, and I heard the epic strings and chorus and I began to see Alina, Mal, Genya, Zoya, Tamar and David very clearly traveling through a hand-painted landscape. 😍 Can you imagine how beautiful these books would be as animated movies? 😄
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I mean, it's unlikely, but I've sold myself on this concept. I'd also like the SIX OF CROWS duology to come out as graphic novels. 😊 I can dream, anyway!
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#marchmonthofmythology 24. ‎Dionysus / recommend a book from your country
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Photo Description: I'm holding up my ereader with RUIN AND RISING on the front, an infinite blue sky beyond it, mountains just beyond the river nearby. Second photo is of SEIGE AND STORM with a slightly different angle of the river and mountains.
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