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Shades of Grey
Shades of Grey: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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An astonishing, hotly anticipated new novel from the great literary fantasist and creator of Thursday Next, Jasper Fforde. As long as anyone can remember, society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see. Young Eddie Russett has no ambition to be anything other than a loyal drone of the Collective. With his better-than-average red perception, he could well marry Constance Oxblood and inherit the string works; he may even have enough red perception to make prefect. For Eddie, life looks colorful. Life looks good. But everything changes when he moves with his father, a respected swatchman, to East Carmine. There, he falls in love with a Grey named Jane who opens his eyes to the painful truth behind his seemingly perfect, rigidly controlled society. Curiosity--a dangerous trait to display in a society that demands total conformity--gets the better of Eddie, who beings to wonder: Why are there not enough spoons to go around? Why is everything--and everyone--barcoded? What happened to all the people who never returned from High Saffron? And why, when you begin to question the world around you, do black-and-white certainties reduce themselves to shades of grey? Part satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, this is the new world from the creative and comic genius of Jasper Fforde.
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OriginalCyn620
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I enjoyed this imaginative and witty book, though it‘s something I would not have picked up on my own. I have read one other book by Fforde and his world-building is top-notch! #lmpbc

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RamsFan1963
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Erofan 😍 2mo
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Samreamer
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Read this one for my #lmpbc group for the month of August. Brilliantly creative and witty, but it somehow was still a tough read for me. It just took me a long time to get through it (@cadyly, sorry for sending it late!). Very worth it though. I loved all the characters, the plot twists, etc. And I will love Jane forever. #teamjane (Picture of the book in my car at the post office because I didn‘t send it off until the last possible moment.)

Samreamer @Cadyly it won‘t tag you for some reason! 2mo
Cadyly It arrived today! 🎉 2mo
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Totally forgot to take a picture, but @Samreamer this lovely is headed your way!! Can‘t wait to see everyone‘s ideas about this quirky novel. #LMPBC #Round6

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mydearwatson
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Getting ready for #round6 of #LMPBC !!!

I‘m gonna use pink for all my writing, if that‘s alright with everyone.
This way we can color-code our markups 😊💜📚📫

OriginalCyn620 Go for it! I love pink! 💕 5mo
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BeaG
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this satire. Although funny at times, there's a lesson in class and government interference.

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJune19 Day 14: to have curiosity #blossom into suspicion sounds very ... umm ... suspicious? I own Fforde‘s Tuesday next series but haven‘t gotten around to reading them yet.

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Shaunesay
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Shades of Grey is interesting and odd. Not my favorite of Fforde's but still good.

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AlaMich
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A perfect morning in the garden, reading Jasper Fforde‘s Shades of Grey (no, not THAT Shades of Grey!!).

It‘s an enjoyable, funny satire despite the prodigious amount of time Fforde spends showing us the world he‘s created. I‘m listening to the #audiobook, which is excellent, as well as reading it on my #kobo.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I need a sequel to this one pronto. 5mo
AlaMich @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I think he plans to, right? But he sure is taking his time about it. 5mo
BookHoarder32 I agree on the sequels . At least he's writing again 😁 5mo
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AlaMich @BookHoarder32 Yeah, Early Riser sounds pretty good. 5mo
BookHoarder32 It really is! That's the most recent one I've read of his. 5mo
BookHoarder32 The satire and the world are more similar to Shades of Grey than his Thursday Next series. 5mo
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BookHoarder32
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Pickpick

Yay! 🎉 Through a combination of reading and listening, I finished today. ...and am now joining the group of people waiting for the next two.

Luckily I have plenty to read in the meantime. 😂 📚🍹

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BookHoarder32
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Started listening to this from Overdrive/Libby last night because Libby didn't have the 3rd Thursday Next novel.

It's different, but I like it. The narrator has an awesome accent.

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j9brown
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Incredibly imaginative! This was one of the most unique things I've read in ages. So clever and silly, yet there's an increasing sense of dread as Eddie uncovers the answers to the mysteries of the Colortocracy.

Beware though, this is the start of a series, and it was published 10 years ago. Whyyyy 😩

mutlee I read this soon after it came out and really enjoyed it. I periodically check for updates on the sequel...to no avail. I feel cursed by falling for incomplete series! 8mo
j9brown @mutlee I'm still very glad I read it, but what a bummer! I know that the author is still putting out other books, so fingers crossed he'll come back to it someday... 8mo
grumpygirlbooks I‘m so glad you liked it! I do the same thing, I check every so often to see if there‘s any update on a forthcoming book.... 8mo
j9brown @grumpygirlbooks It was a satisfying enough wrap-up on its own, and so much fun 😊 Now I'll be keeping an eye out for updates too, lol 8mo
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j9brown
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This book is cracking me up. Another line later on made me giggle out loud on the train ?

"The cucumber and the tomato are both fruit; the avocado is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians, on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable."

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JoyBlue
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I'm behind on Litsy because I was sick last week and then away for birthday weekend. Today's my birthday, and I get to do whatever I want. Book logging it is (and other good stuff). 😉📚

Nearly seven years since my first reading, it again earns 4 stars!

BennettBookworm Soooo good, but I want the sequel already!! 9mo
LeeRHarry Happy birthday 🎉🎉 9mo
Mollyanna Happy Birthday 🎂🎈🎂 9mo
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sherryvdh Happy birthday! 9mo
TheSpineView Happy Birthday!🎂🎁 9mo
Elma Happy Birthday!! 9mo
DrexEdit Happy birthday! 🎂🎉🎉 I don't like pestering authors for sequels, but this is one is really like to see! 9mo
tracey38 Happy birthday! Yes, today is for doing whatever you want. 🎂🎉🎂🎉 9mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎁🎈 9mo
Prairiegirl_reading Happy birthday!!! 9mo
QueenJen 🎉🎂Happy Birthday!🎂🎉 9mo
sprainedbrain Happy birthday!!🎂 9mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 9mo
Reggie Happy Birthday!!🎂 9mo
CarolynM Happy birthday to you 🎂🎈🎉 9mo
BennettBookworm Happy birthday!!! 9mo
JoyBlue @BennettBookworm Thank you! 😀 9mo
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JoyBlue
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"Good residency is about having the power to ask someone to do something but not necessarily exercising it. Impoliteness is the mildew of mankind, Eddie."

As Overdrive restricts me to a hold list of a measly 7 books (yes, I *am* going to complain about this ad nauseam), I have resorted to re-reading (and reading things that really shouldn't be on my wish list at all, but that's not going well). Anyway, I originally read this Spring of 2012.

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BookHoarder32
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"It began with my father not wanting to see the Last Rabbit and ended up with my being eaten by a carnivorous plant."

#firstline

BookHoarder32 I wish I could #litsypartyofone but I'm going to a family super bowl party with half the people not there for the football. 9mo
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elypse
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What an incredibly unique story with a fantastic world building concept. Both literalyl and metaphorically colorful. I really hope Jasper continues this series.

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abbielistenstobooks
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Mehso-so

Strange. If you like Vonnegut, or just absurd stuff, you'll probably like this. In a sense it reminded me of Night Vale?

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abbielistenstobooks
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75% done. What an absurd book! I can't tell if I like it. But it's making me think. It's a strange world he's built.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome! 📖💙 12mo
ashley_o13 Welcome to Litsy🤗🤗 12mo
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abbielistenstobooks
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Something about this writing style/flavor/voice reminds me of my memory of Vonnegut, though it's been decades since I've read him

tpixie I‘ll have to check out Vonnegut. I love Fforde and Thursday Next! 12mo
abbielistenstobooks @tpixie it's the imaginative absurdity, I think! 12mo
tpixie @abbielistenstobooks yes! Perfect name for it! 12mo
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abbielistenstobooks
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I'm glad I read a YA after putting my reading of Song of Achilles on hold. It was a good palette cleanser, so that I could better enjoy the silliness that this book appears to have. And I *AM* enjoying it!

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Heideschrampf
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Pickpick

I was unsure whether to opt for 🤘PICK or 👈SO SO but that might be due to high expectations coming from the Thursday Next series. It is of course a great concept but knowing what Fforde is capable of I wish this one would have been either a bit more sinister OR a bit funnier. Instead it‘s neither fish nor fowl and a bit slow getting started. After only stepping up pace in the last 100-150 pages or so I‘m eager to read the sequel... if only...

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Heideschrampf
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The only thing against those nasty cramps: a bath and a book! #bathandbook

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Heideschrampf
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It‘s always sunday at momas house! #booksanddesserts (apple&pumpkn cobbler, devon custard, salted caramel ice cream and a smoothie bowl for some pretense)

Suet624 💕💕 13mo
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Heideschrampf
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I love myself a good #bookpun and Jasper Fford is the premier master of his craft! „Murdoch on the Orientated Ex-Best“, „The Science of the Slams“ , „Sheer Luck Holmes“...🙊🙉🙈

LoveToReadLiveToRead Ah, I really like Jasper Fforde and remembered enjoying this one. There never seems to be any news about a sequel though. 13mo
julesG Is this a Thursday Next book? 13mo
Heideschrampf @julesG no, it‘s a standalone and it‘s even weirder! 13mo
Itchyfeetreader Oh I have not read this but loved the Thursday Next novels (edited) 13mo
Sarah83 Still sitting on my shelf 😂 13mo
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Heideschrampf
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#teatime with the family, using the national holiday (german union!) to put up our feet at the firplace! #hygge

Cathythoughts Oh yum 😋 13mo
Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 13mo
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Heideschrampf
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tpixie Yum!! I‘m relistening & alternatelying re-reading 13mo
Heideschrampf @tpixie oh thursday! 😍 13mo
Sarah83 So cosy 💖 13mo
tpixie @Heideschrampf yes!! Fforde has the best literary brain!! 13mo
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Heideschrampf
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Passing the time backstage while the band plays on the other side of the curtain #hardatwork #readingatwork

Decalino I loved this book! So original and creative. I wish there had been a sequel. 14mo
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TheBookKeeper
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"After all, colour in itself has no colour - it's simply a construction of the mind: a sensation, like the Humming Chorus from Madam Butterfly and the smell of honeysuckle."

Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey
Glass sculpture by Glass Baron

#reading #TheBookKeeper #jasperfforde #shadesofgrey

Slajaunie That is a beautiful frog. Do you own that or is it a picture? 14mo
TheBookKeeper @Slajaunie thank you - it's a picture of one of many glass sculptures by Glass Baron - unfortunately I don't own one! 14mo
BookwormM Love the frog 14mo
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tpixie Great quote ! 13mo
TheBookKeeper @BookwormM I do too, I love glass 13mo
TheBookKeeper @tpixie thank you, I like it too 😊 13mo
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Heideschrampf
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#humpdaypost tagged by @Ddzmini
1.last weekend i went to the horse races for the first time since i was six -and had a blast taking my fave fascinator for a spin (won 7€, bet 11€; fair enough)
2. probably HALDERN POP FESTIVAL in august #haldernpop fave bands: astronautalis and fink
3. the occasional cigarette and junk food
4.THE FALL (which you could say is the realistic version of 50 shades of grey)
5. the hilariously punny jasper fforde

Mdargusch Fun! I love the fascinator! 14mo
Cathythoughts Nice fascinator ! Who is your milliner ?!! I love hats ❤️ 14mo
Heideschrampf @Cathythoughts i got this one in old town york somewhere. Could‘ve bought the whole shop! 14mo
Ddzmini Cute picture 😋 14mo
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BookBabe
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Dining al fresco and listening to an audiobook with @MrBook here at the historic Dimmick Inn in Milford PA on this lovely, cool, breezy evening. There‘s a promise of fall in the air. 🍂 They recently put in a big fancy wood-burning pizza oven, so we decided to try their margherita pizza. Yum! 👌🏻 Happy reads and happy eats!

#PoconoMountains

Djspens That pizza looks delicious! 1y
Copwithabook Yum! That‘s one of my favorite pizzas! 1y
rather_be_reading i love historic places! 1y
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MrBook
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After around 7 hours, #Brodina was done. 😂👏🏻 She didn't even want to do the periodic stretching and walking anymore--just get me to wherever we're going!!! 🙈 #dogsofLitsy

Zelma This photo story of her ride home is cracking me up. 😂 1y
squirrelbrain Bless her! She just wants to be home now.... ❤️🐶❤️🐶 1y
rather_be_reading 😂😂 1y
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LibrarianRyan That babyyyyy. And here I thought you were just a cat person!! 1y
peaknit She looks straight out of Dr. Suess with those wispy ears! 😊 1y
myellenbee I love the progressive pictures. Captures the feeling of a long trip perfectly. 1y
Readingismyescape I agree with @myellenbee the progression of pictures is spot on. And she is adorable. 1y
Itchyfeetreader This trip in pictures is me on every road trip ever! 1y
mabell Loved the progression! ❤️🐶😂 1y
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MrBook
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This was #Brodina halfway through the drive home. 😆 #dogsofLitsy

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MrBook
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This was #Brodina ~3 hours into the drive. 😁 #dogsofLitsy

MicrobeMom That face! Those ears! Simply adorable! 1y
Readerann 🐶❤️ 1y
amb What a fox! 🦊🦊 1y
Bookzombie So cute! 1y
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MrBook
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This was #Brodina as we started our journey home from North Carolina. She loooovvves rides! #dogsofLitsy

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MrBook
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#BookNBreakfast! We've stopped at a local breakfast place that specializes in aMAZing donuts 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! This is my breakfast sandwich: a vanilla donut with bacon, eggs, and cheese, inside. Also a semi-sweet tea. MMMmmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Cortg Yum! I‘ve been to the original one in Duck, NC and the one in Hershey 😋 1y
Redy2trvl My absolute favorite doughnut!!!!! 1y
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MrBook
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Listening to an audiobook as we cross to Ocracoke Island on a ferry. First time on a ferry like this, pretty cool. Clear blue sky, gorgeous blue-green water, sandy bars just under the surface, great cool breeze. Ahhhh, this is great!

Betty Love seeing the wild ponies on the island! 1y
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Heideschrampf
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Using lunch break as an opportunity to read!

knotmagick Love that book! There needs to be a sequel. 1y
Heideschrampf @knotmagick i think there‘ll be a thursday next first 1y
Sarah83 I still need to read this 💖 1y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! (Audiobook.) #PandaExpress Edition! Driving to Hatteras, North Carolina, now for a wedding. Third beach wedding I'll have attended 👌🏻. Accompaniment this clear and warm evening: chow mein, orange chicken, Beijing beef, and Sprite. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 👌🏻

Lcsmcat Be sure and get some barbecue while you‘re here! We know how to do pig. 1y
Tanzy13 😊🐼 1y
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Minervasbutler
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Pickpick

Wildly inventive fantasy comic dystopia set in a hierarchical future society where rank is dependent on the ability to perceive colours. Shades of Pratchett and Adams, perhaps, but this is really like nothing I've ever read. Will definitely be reading more JF.

margreads Love this series 1y
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eshchory
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I am savouring Jasper Fforde's usual satirical prose though the subject matter is a little darker than Thursday Next.
I do wonder where it will lead but am enjoying the journey meanwhile.

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BarbaraJean
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My last post was also Jasper Fforde, but this one works too well for #colorfulcover. It‘s set in a quirky, very Ffordian, post-disaster world where individuals can only see a narrow portion of the color spectrum, and social classes are determined by which colors you can see. Of course, there‘s more going on under the surface. There‘s also the Last Rabbit. I wish Fforde would publish the next book already! #readingresolutions

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saradxxiii
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So much for my book-buying ban for this month! 😂 I am not sorry!

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AlaMich
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This sounds super fun! I enjoy Fforde a great deal. Kindle deal today, $1.99. Today is the first time I‘ve heard of it.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk It‘s pretty great! But fair warning: it sets up a sequel that so far doesn‘t exist. 2y
AlaMich @TobeyTheScavengerMonk That‘s okay. I‘m not one of those readers who has to go on to the sequel immediately. Although maybe I should be, because the older I get, the worse the memory 👵🏻😂 (edited) 2y
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@Dempsey thank you so so much! It's all so great! The books are amazing - I haven't heard of the tagged book but it looks so fantastic. Have you read it? Refugees has been on my list for awhile and will definitely be my next commute book for the train!

Casper adores his new toy! Not pictured is the amazing amount of chocolate in the bag that I will now commence consuming while watching the Olympics! 🍬 #cupidgoespostal

Dempsey @PandaPanda It's one of my favorite books! I'm so glad you like everything! When I saw you had a Goldendoodle, I had to get her a toy! I got mine a matching toy. Happy Valentine's Day! 2y
PandaPanda @Dempsey he's currently rolling around the bed with it:) happy Valentine's day! 2y
Dempsey @PandaPanda Sorry, I meant "him." Mine is a girl, so I'm just used to saying "she." 2y
PandaPanda @Dempsey no problem! He's so pretty that's pretty common anyway 😜 2y
Avanders Yay!! 💋💖🌸 And Shades of Grey is such an interesting dystopian! 2y
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Roebbe
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It was a great read! I have taken so so long to finish it but the book was worth all of this time. The world is so weird and strange and yet you get why characters do what they do. I hope the second book will be written/get published someday 😊

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smilingshelves
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I love Jasper Fforde's opening lines!

Molly_the_mezzo This is my favorite book of all time! 2y
BookNAround Love Jasper Fforde. 2y
smilingshelves @Molly_the_mezzo This is the first time I'm rereading this one since it came out. I'm so looking forward to revisiting it! 2y
smilingshelves @BookNAround He is ridiculous and awesome. 😊 2y
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