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Borne
Borne: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
Am I a person? Borne asks Rachel, in extremis. Yes, you are a person, Rachel tells him. But like a person, you can be a weapon, too. In a ruined, nameless city of the future, Rachel makes her living as a scavenger. She finds a creature she names Borne entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic despotic bear that once prowled the corridors of a biotech firm, the Company, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly, and broke free. Made insane by the companys torture of him, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers. At first, Borne looks like nothing at alljust a green lump that might be a discard from the Company, which, although severely damaged, is rumored to still make creatures and send them to far-distant places that have not yet suffered collapse. Borne reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas. She feels an attachment that she resents: attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, Rachel convinces her lover, Wicka special kind of dealernot to render down Borne as raw genetic material for the drugs he sells. But nothing is quite the way it seems: not the past, not the present, not the future. If Wick is hiding secrets, so is Racheland Borne most of all. What Rachel finds hidden deep within the Company will change everything and everyone. There, lost and forgotten things have lingered and grown. What they have grown into is mighty indeed.
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Schnoebs
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Bailedbailed

Really wanted to get into this because I‘m always down for a good dystopian but I just couldn‘t get into it. I was forcing myself to pick it up and I just gave up after the weird magic flying bear things

#dnf #dystopian #scifi

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j9brown
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So weird! A nightmare dystopia full of monsters, this one definitely isn't for everyone and isn't always an easy read due to the style (which was frustrating at times). There's a terrifying flying bear. There's murderous half-human children. But there's love and heartbreak and the big question, what makes a person a person?
Not sure if I'd recommend it but I'm glad I read it!

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Alicepondpoe
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7 days, 7 covers, no explanation. I still have no one to tag 🤣 #covercrush

vivastory Vandermeer has great covers, his new one is pretty bonkers 2mo
Alicepondpoe It is, wow. It's like a bad acid trip 😂 2mo
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tessavi
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#Day4 #7Days7Covers #CoverLove

If you fancy playing along all you have to do is post a picture of a book cover you love with no explanation.

SilversReviews Gorgeous!! 3mo
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j9brown
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Book_ish Beautiful ❤️ 3mo
GatheringBooks this is gorgeous, indeed! 3mo
Addison_Reads Love this cover! 💚 3mo
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the-flashley
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Anyone else like to read the acknowledgments at the end of a book? These were particularly entertaining.

Another from Vandermeer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely recommend if you like crazy fantasy worlds with larger than life monsters/people.

On a side note, this book has led me to reprimand my cats by telling them they/the things they‘re doing are ‘Not Nice‘. 😂

Texreader Yes I read the acknowledgments. 4mo
Megabooks Always read the acknowledgements! 4mo
Bookzombie I always read the acknowledgements too! 4mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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#LMPBC #GROUPV I'm torn between these two. Which would you prefer?
I'm leaning a slight bit to Borne.
@Avanders @TK421 @Bklover @BethM

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Is this a sequel to River of Teeth? Yay! (Also heard Borne is good, so can‘t decide) 6mo
Avanders I‘m also torn! Both sound really interesting! I‘m a longtime fan of Vandermeer and always welcome an opportunity to read something of his, but American Hippo sounds really good too. I leave it to you all 😁😁 (helpful? Not really... 😉) 6mo
Avanders @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled it‘s not quite a sequel: “In 2017 Sarah Gailey made her debut with River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow, two action-packed novellas that introduced readers to an alternate America in which hippos rule the colossal swamp that was once the Mississippi River. Now readers have the chance to own both novellas in American Hippo, a single, beautiful volume.” 6mo
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TK421 I loved River of Teeth, but I haven't read Taste of Marrow yet. The hippo has my vote. 6mo
Addison_Reads I'm not in this group, so my opinion doesn't matter.😉 However, I recently read both of these and I enjoyed them both, but I feel like you guys might have more to mark-up in American Hippo. 6mo
BethM I‘d also lean Hippo 😂what a weird sentence! 6mo
Bklover Hippo. Or Borne. Either. At first I thought hippo. But maybe Borne. I‘m no help at all. 🤪 (edited) 6mo
Bklover Borne is on my TBR 6mo
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the-flashley
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Wow! It‘s really been a while since I posted. This book is so strange, but in a good way! We‘re in New Orleans for the weekend, so reading it now to pass the time until we leave to explore more of the French Quarter!

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Addison_Reads
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I finished this one last week, but to be honest I'm still not quite sure how I feel. It's definitely a unique, wild ride through the evolution of Borne; however, I'm still left wondering what the point was in all of it.

VanderMeer paints very vivid pictures with his words and Borne is a character I will not soon forget.

#Letter V #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia

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tessavi
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I enjoyed the pacing & overall flow more than the Southern Reach trilogy. I kept imagining Borne as a post-apocalyptic wasteland wandering Barbapapa 😅

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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

I just couldn‘t get into this really. It was a bit too scattered and abstract for me.

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Tonton
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I have to confess: the news every day is affecting what I read. Started this, and just could not connect.Dystopian future narrative too depressing right now for me; feels like it‘s already upon us. Extremely well written and brings up important questions about what makes us human but will need to come back to read again to do it justice. Will give proper review when I can. Besides, giant flying bear and sentient something deserves respectful read!

Suet624 I know just what you mean. 8mo
Toniyesss Oh for sure, dystopian futures are hitting too close to home right now 8mo
Reggie Totally understandable. 8mo
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SammyKat
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Story of the perils and adventures of adopting an eldritch anemone child. People who love each other but don't always know how. POC characters, including the badass, tender MC herself! Finished at 1 a.m. FEELINGS.
Sex present but not explicit, so the only real warning here is some language, plus creature/human violence like you'd expect in a post-apocalytic biopunk wasteland.

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SammyKat
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"Anyone else confronted with Favor Borne would have run screaming."
Love this book.

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mab-solenne
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Really weird stock photo reminds me of Borne

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mab-solenne
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sherryvdh
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Does this look right? I'm trying to decide if it's a typo or an alternate spelling that I'm just unfamiliar with. Is it a Canadian vs American spelling? I'm used to seeing it spelled #mannequin. #ExcuseMyIgnorance #AskingLitsy #LittensKnowBest

MayJasper I have not seen that spelling (manikin) before 13mo
TrishB Because I‘m a nerd!! 13mo
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sherryvdh @TrishB That is fascinating! I had no idea. Thank you! 13mo
ravenlee I‘ve seen this in books, usually dealing with magic. It‘s also in the card game Magic: the Gathering. 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @TrishB that is quite interesting. Who knew? 13mo
hermyknee I love Litsy 💖 @TrishB 13mo
TrishB @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I know 😁 have to try and drop it in conversation or scrabble!! 13mo
TrishB @hermyknee 😘❤️ me too. We‘re allowed to be as nerdy as we want!! 13mo
Slajaunie Interesting 13mo
CouronneDhiver Sleepy editor? 13mo
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sherryvdh
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New book in from the library. Hoping maybe this one will do the trick for my current reading drought. I'm just not feeling inspired to pick up a book and read lately.
On the bright side, baby boy turned a year old today. The year has just blown by!
#MajorReadingSlump

Bklover Happy Birthday to your little punkin!! ❤️💙 13mo
CouronneDhiver Already?! Wow! That went by quickly 13mo
merelybookish Ditto @CouronneDhiver A year already! Time sure flies on Litsy! 13mo
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JenFowler
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I chose this image because it shows you what the character of Borne looks like (some of the time, because he changes). The actual cover of the book is different. This is a weirdly good apocalyptic novel, the first in the series. Very interesting but odd.

Book_Fairy_Mary Definitely a cool cover! 1y
GypsyKat Interesting! Makes me want to check it out! 1y
sudi The cover is so creepy but seems interesting. It actually reminds me of H.P Lovecraft's 1y
JenFowler @sudi They do have similarities! In this book, the character of Rachel becomes very close to Borne. They almost become like family. They discover who (or what) Borne is as time goes on. 1y
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akckitty
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This is based around Rachel, and her relationship with Wick, an ex employee at the Company & how they‘re surviving in a ruined city controlled by a deformed creature named Mord, a biotech mishap created by The Company. Rachel then meets Borne, an ever growing, shape shifting creature who learns how to speak. When their territory is threatened and livelihood, Borne does everything he can to protect Rachel and Wick, including risking his own life.

akckitty I feel like mentioning that I am very sad that this book is over. If I could erase my memory to experience it all over again, I would. I feel that I grew very close to the characters and I will miss reading the antics of Borne and Rachel. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
minkyb Love the review! 1y
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akckitty
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I am off to a GREAT start this month with book reading! Here is all that I‘ve read so far:

Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian - ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Annihilation - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2.

The Other Side of Everything - ⭐️⭐️⭐️

2 Degrees - ⭐️ (I almost DNF this one)

Exit West - ⭐️⭐️

Borne - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2.

I will post up some reviews when I have time!

Anyone else having a good reading month so far???

Beachesnbooks Yes! Although definitely not as many books as you--that's impressive! I finished Yes We (Still) Can by Dan Pfeiffer, 4⭐️, and am reading/loving Record of a Spaceborn Few at the moment 1y
jillannjohn Wow! In 5 days! Amazing! 1y
Bookjunkie57 I wish mine was going that well. I‘m hot/cold on one book, about to DNF another and can‘t settle on an audiobook to listen to. 1y
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CouronneDhiver Goodness! Great work. I‘m still plugging away on several. None finished yet. 1y
akckitty @Beachesnbooks I really enjoyed Yes We Still Can by Dan Pfeiffer myself! Glad to hear your month is going good so far ☺️ thanks for sharing ❤️ 1y
akckitty @jillannjohn I was thankful to have had very little Labor Day weekend plans. It contributed to this list so far. Wondering if I can keep it up! Hope your reading is going well :) 1y
akckitty @Bookjunkie57 ugh, book ruts like that suck! I feel that‘s what I was experiencing last month. I hope it changes around for you!! ❤️ 1y
akckitty @CouronneDhiver I give my thanks to the long weekend ;) I‘m jealous you‘re able to work on multiple at once though! I feel I can only concentrate on one at a time. I can‘t vary, even if one is physical and one is audiobook :/ (edited) 1y
RavenLovelyReads Wow! I just finished my fist book for the month 😳 1y
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jackilynn
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It was a dead night tonight at work so I was thankful for the chance to finally finish my book.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2506227211?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

*art found on Google*

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jackilynn
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Just another lazy Saturday. I have fallen behind on my Goodreads reading goal so I am hoping play catch-up this weekend.

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shadowspeak17
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️
Very creative, and I loved the character Borne, but there was something about the way this book was written that just didn‘t work for me. I never felt truly invested in the story. It just felt like it was missing something. 🤷🏽‍♀️

#MakeMeReadIt 3/5
#catsoflitsy #Ember #Phoenix

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Moray_Reads
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1. I don't watch many films so I'll go with Avengers: Infinity War. Didn't love it but it was better than the last few. Plus, Edinburgh setting!
2. Bail? 😬🙃
3. Borne. I'll probably go back to it at some point
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

saresmoore Getting married was such a relief, just because I didn‘t have to date anymore. In my wizened retrospect, after 11 years of marriage, I wish I had simply quit dating... 😬🤫 1y
Cathythoughts I love no. 2 ..... 👍🏻❤️ dates are hard going. I love them now with my husband , but pretty scary before I was married (edited) 1y
batsy 2! Haha 👏🏽 1y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @Cathythoughts @batsy really it's not so much bailing as just not dating in the first place 🙃 1y
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shadowspeak17
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Up next, my third book for #MakeMeReadIt.

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Settings
Borne: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
Mehso-so

Read because it was nominated for some SFF awards.

Wavering between pick and so-so.

The goal seems to be to explore philosophical issues and people's relationships with each other (via interestingly weird monsters and technology) , but it's on a very shallow underdeveloped level and doesn't raise enough questions.

Thought Borne was the least interesting character in the book.

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mab-solenne
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THERE'S MORE!!!

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mab-solenne
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DARChocolate #BloomArt packaging reminds me of Borne. https://www.darchocolate.com/bloomart #chocolate

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Rudis
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I really enjoyed this bizarre novel. I was never quite sure what was going to happen next, and that kept me reading. I was also curious about Borne, and although part of the magic is not knowing, I wish we‘d known more at the end. I do want to read more of the authors other works now though!

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Briary
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A gigantic, flying, psychotic bear. That really hooked me in. But this is a book that rather defies a short explanation so I won't even try. It was cruel, weird, gently humorous, heartbreaking. The only thing I was sort of iffy about was the ending, but we can't have everything.

"You are a person. But like a person, you can be a weapon, too."

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collegecatlady
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This novel was crazy imaginative. I loved the character of Borne and found myself rushing through the book to see what would happen with him. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Booksnchill I have lusted after that cover since I saw it! 2y
trazo I really enjoyed this book! Glad you liked it too! 2y
2BR02B Borne was so unexpectedly charming. And I liked that the ending was (mostly) happy. 2y
BzerkMcD There‘s a new Novella “The Strange Bird” A Borne Story. It is quite good as well. 2y
collegecatlady @BzerkMcD Thanks, I‘ll have to check that out! 2y
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sloanghost
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I poked around--by which I mean went to the author's Twitter--and discovered that Three Dead Astronauts is still being written and as such isn't even out in arc form, hence the lack of reviews. The notif I got was an error.

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sloanghost
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Amazon has scrambled the Three Dead Astronauts reviews with the Three Body Problem reviews so all it talks about is whether or not it's a good translation from Chinese. Please, I need to know things!!

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Briary
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This has been tickling my interest for a while, and now seems to be a perfect time to give it a go. Let's see how I like it.

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mab-solenne
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mab-solenne
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#ProjectFi marketing reminds me of Borne.

LibrarianRyan This image is amazing. What is project if? 2y
mab-solenne @LibrarianRyan it is google's fiber optic wireless phone network. The shiniest new plan out there. I do not have but i do see their beautiful ads around. And they look like cute fuzzy creatures. 2y
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mab-solenne
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"Borne was offering up so many approximations, so many near misses on what he meant that might have meant other things. Much later, when I realized this, i went back over our conversations in my memory, to see if i could translate them into some other meaning. But it was too late. They are what they are. They mean what they meant."
I'm rereading the whole book. Even if nothing changes *sniffle* I still want to understand these people better.?

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Scott_BookInvasion
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Listening to this during work. It‘s tough to sink into at first and you have to be ready to be placed into a different world unlike our own. It‘s hard to keep my investment but I‘ll soldier on.

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nofutureparttwo
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“Names of people, of places, meant so little, and so we had stopped burdening others by seeking them. The map of the old horizon was like being haunted by a grotesque fairy tale, something that when voiced came out not as words but as sounds in the aftermath of an atrocity. Anonymity amongst all the wreckage of the Earth, this was what I sought. [...] These things became blissful; how could names have power next to that?”

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Sue
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Mehso-so

I‘ve seen so many raves about this one but for me it was just ok. All of the stuff I found really interesting was revealed in the last 20 pages and I would have really enjoyed seeing that played out on the page.

Look at that cover tho

#boutofbooks

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Lesliereads
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Mehso-so

I loved the first 200 or so pages - Vandermeer‘s writing and world-building are excellent but for me, this just didn‘t live up to its promise.

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Jinxfoot
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New book purchase! After reading Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, I desperately wanted to revisit the world of the Southern Reach. Borne is a slow-burn wade through a world thoroughly desecrated by artificial life forms. If you loved Annihilation or any of the Southern Reach books, you‘ll probably enjoy Borne just as much.

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Schnoebs
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So for Independent Bookstore Day they were giving away maps of all the indie shops in the Midwest of the United States! I‘m definitely interested in checking them all off my list! I also got some free bookmarks and a pin that says booked for the weekend!

#indie #mapsoflitsy #bookhaul #mpls #twincities

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bnp
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The book Borne is, "as terrible and beautiful and sad and sweet as life itself." (p. 7) This quote is actually Rachel speaking of the drug (memory beetles) that her companion Wick sells. But I think it's an accurate description of each of the three main characters and the strange family they comprise.

It is also a meditation on what a person is and how trust, distrust, secrets, love, and forgiveness mingle in our lives, and where hope comes from.

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Tara
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Realized “Borne” was the perfect name for my new airplant 🤓🌱

shortsarahrose Your airplant is so cute! And I still need to read this book. 2y
Tara @shortsarahrose I definitely think you‘d like it! 2y
mab-solenne Awesome plant lookalike! 2y
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leahrosereads
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I'm absolutely loving this so far! The writing was a bit jarring for the first 20ish pages til I got used to it.

Do you ever wish you were at the end of a book because you so desperately want to know what happens now? And just can't wait to get there? That's where I am with this book.

mab-solenne I'm at the end and now wish I were at the beginning. So I'm rereading! 2y
leahrosereads @makovienka yay!! 😄 It's a good book. I love Borne. 2y
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