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The Obelisk Gate
The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Stone | N. K. Jemisin
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME. The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring -- madman, world-crusher, savior -- has returned with a mission: to train his successor, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever. It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy. It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last. You are the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And you will not be broken.
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Lizpixie
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#AlphabetGame #letterO


My book for todays letter is the middle novel of the Broken Earth trilogy by Jemisin. One of the best eco fantasy series I‘ve ever read, it‘s strange, it‘s compelling, it‘s depressing & it‘s hopeful. Give it a read if you haven‘t already!

tokorowilliamwallace I'm considering the author eventually, but there's some intimidation with understanding/grasping it, though I try to read above my comprehension level with nonfiction, economics, theory, and philosophy. Intimidating and complex fantasy does sound like something I want to do. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 3mo
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shanaqui
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I have so many questions, and so few answers. Whoa.

And there we go: second line for this month's #BookSpinBingo! Because when I over-achieve I REALLY overachieve, I'm aiming for six lines in all: three verticals, two horizontals, and a diagonal. It's a bit ambitious still but pretty sure I can do it.

Nutmegnc Such good reads!! 7mo
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shanaqui

In a way, I'm annoyed I took so long to read this... especially with my mum and my wife both giving dark hints about it. It's no surprise that I think it's great -- it's N.K. Jemisin! But it IS kinda dark, and I haven't always been in a great headspace for that. So I don't really regret leaving this for when I can enjoy it!

Just discovered who the narrator is. Interesting...

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Karkar
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Loving this series! I am totally flying through them!

Trashcanman 😘 10mo
sprainedbrain Such an awesome series! ❤️ 10mo
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alysonimagines
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So very grateful that I‘m getting along much better with this year‘s (milder) Texas winter storm than last year‘s horrific catastrophe. Thankful for electricity, running water, plenty of food and warm clothes, and maintaining my cozy queen domain: curling up in my reading nook with a fascinating novel and my new micro plush blanket. 🙏🛋☕️📖

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TugstenDragon
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Pickpick

Book 2! Didn‘t pack the same punch as the first book but definitely engaging now I have to read the third book to figure out what happens.

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Kitta
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So excited to read book two in this series!

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bnp
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1. Yes
2. Colorful or intriguing art.
3 The chaos continues!

@eggs, #wondtouswednesday

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BooksMcD
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Starting a new reading adventure with my buddy Brutus by my side 💕❣️

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staci.reads
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Loved the 2nd book in The Fifth Season trilogy, maybe even more than the first! The story is so complex that it doesn't allow for casual reading, but it's so worth it! This was my September #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

wanderinglynn Love your jack o‘lanterns! 🎃 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
BkClubCare So GOOD! Fabulous trilogy. 1y
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Creme_de_la_them
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Book #14 of the year: “The Obelisk Gate” by N.K. Jemisin

This is the second in a trilogy (and I‘m actually reading it in order for once). The first one was intriguing but this one…it‘s been a long time since I‘ve stayed up until nearly 2 to finish a book. I tried to stop a few times but couldn‘t. If you‘re looking for incredible sci-fi/fantasy, here you go!

SamAnne Have read the first one and can‘t wait to get to this one. 1y
Creme_de_la_them @SamAnne I liked the 2nd one so much more! 1y
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jessicamichelle
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“Are you human?”
At this, you cannot help but laugh once. “Officially? No.”
“Never mind what others think. What do you feel yourself to be?”
“Human.”
“Then so am I.”

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jessicamichelle
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“There is such a thing as too much loss. Too much has been taken from you both—taken and taken and taken, until there‘s nothing left but hope, and you‘ve given that up because it hurts too much. Until you would rather die, or kill, or avoid attachments altogether, than lose one more thing.”

SamAnne Oy. I‘m rereading Fifth Season right now so I can start this one with my memory refreshed. 1y
jessicamichelle @SamAnne awesome! I dove in right after I finished The Fifth Season. I wanted to keep the momentum. Started yesterday morning and I‘m already halfway through. It‘s a bit slower than the first, but I‘m loving all the character development and growth that‘s going on. 1y
SamAnne @jessicamichelle I can‘t believe I waited a year to read the second because I LOVED the first one. 1y
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Karmapen
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Oof, the CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT THO

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BacklistReader
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Really enjoyed this one. Picking up the next one soon (I just have to go buy it…)

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cosmicgoddess
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Onto the next one! I finally finished the 5th season.. yes it took me 9 months of reading on and off but I finally finished it today. (I had half the book left and read it all in one sitting so that shows how invested I was!) Summer reading here I come!

cosmicgoddess Finished in 7 days! This series is great!! 1y
SamAnne I‘m going to reread The Fifth Season because it has been a year and I want to refresh my brain before beginning Obelisk Gate. 1y
cosmicgoddess @SamAnne I think that's a great idea! If I hadn't gone immediately from one to the next I would have been pretty lost 😅 1y
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BacklistReader
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It‘s lunchtime. Let‘s read!

#currentlyreading #bookclub #buddyread

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BacklistReader
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More buddy reads this month. My usual with my mom and sister and a new one with a long time friend.

#buddyreads #currentlyreading

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HeyT
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I can‘t believe it took me so long to pick this one up. I love the depth of the world building and the way the magic system is still fleshing out over the course of the trilogy. Essun is a complicated character and I love watching her journey as she tries to get by the best that she can and learns from her failures.
This was my #bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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HeyT
Obelisk Gate | N K Jemisin
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Today‘s I always bring a book adventure is using my stimmy to get new tires since the mechanic estimated I had at most 4K miles before they fell off.

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HeyT
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I always have a book with me and today it came in handy as I wait for my post vaccine period.

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HeyT
Obelisk Gate | N K Jemisin
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#BookReport
Managed to finish The Thousand Names and enjoyed it enough that I'll schedule the next one in somewhere in April. I'm also about 25% of the way into Obelisk Gate and enjoying it.

#WeeklyForecast
My goal is to obviously finish Obelisk Gate and then start on House in the Cerulean Sea. With the month changing over again my new challenge reads will come into play so if I manage to finish both of those I'll start on April reads.

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thewallflower0707
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This book took me weeks and when I finally committed to it I had nearly forgotten everything from the first book. It‘s not the series though, it‘s me. The writing style is immediately recognizable and special. The fantasy world and the whole season & orogenes idea is sooo amazing. I have to remember to hurry up with part 3 before I forget stuff again.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️,5

#TheBrokenEarth #NKJemisin #TheObeliskGate

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HeyT
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Starting what will probably be my last book for March. I went ahead and read a summary of the first one to refresh my memory since it‘s been so long since I read it. Simon supports this decision.
#CatsOfLitsy

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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Book 2 was a bit slower but no less impressive that the first book in the series. I‘m positive Jemisin is setting us up for an incredible ending, and I have no idea what it will be or how we will get there.
If you enjoy fantasy, I highly recommend. I can‘t believe it took me this long to read them.

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sebrittainclark
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5/5

This book is incredible. It's world building is unlike anything I've ever read, and I love the juxtaposition of magic within a sort of environmental dystopia. I loved all the new details of the world fleshed out and Essun's continued growth. I can't wait to see how the final book manages to wrap everything up.

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behudd
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“Hmm. No. I‘m telling this wrong.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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BehindthePages
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The Obelisk Gate enthralls readers with its dark and emotional tones. N. K. Jemisin peels back the layers of history with each. As the pieces fall into place, you‘ll find the broken world may have a chance at survival. But it will take those subjected to centuries of discrimination to rise up and fight. Some of the revelations will be jaw dropping. #fantasy
Review https://www.ityreadsbooks.com/2021/03/15/the-obelisk-gate-by-n-k-jemisin-a-revie...

5feet.of.fury Great review! I was glad to spend the majority of the time with Essun in Castrima. In someways she was further in her grief than the first book, but “her people” gave her something to fight for. I‘m so excited to see what plays out in the 3rd book. 2y
BehindthePages @5feet.of.fury I agree! I saw a lot of reviews that didn't like spending so much time with her, but it added so much to the story! 2y
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5feet.of.fury
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(FanArt credit: https://zinjanthropusboisei.tumblr.com/post/178987577610/cleaned-up-a-bit-cant-d...)
This one picks up traction much faster than the first. Neither book so far has stood well on their own with both endings leaving the reader in the thick of it. This gets more into magical and metaphysical than the previous and I cannot wait to see what is next. World building is among the greatest I‘ve encountered.

SamAnne I hope to start this in a week or two. I feel like I need to go back and at least read parts of the first book before starting this one. 2y
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5feet.of.fury
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#MarvellousMarch #MarvellousMarchReadathon #goals Only about 50 pages left in The Obelisk Gate so setting a goal to finish the trilogy as well as devour Karin Slaughter‘s Pieces of Her (hoping to have that done this weekend but I have a lot to do!) 🤞🏻 plus my 2 audio book choices which each have about 5 hours left, since Spring is springing 🌤Im hoping to take more walks and pop them on

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Good luck. 😊👍 Good book choices. 2y
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Moray_Reads
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Mehso-so

The Fifth Season was a tour de force but the sequel suffers from serious second book syndrome. The complex POVs and timelines become more conventional and the narrative loses out. There is a LOT of exposition that interferes with the pacing and somehow the characters have lost their allure. I was utterly engrossed by book 1, I struggled a little with this one. It is my #bookspin though, so I can cross it off the bingo card @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I read this series in January & struggled with this one... relentlessly depressing & the second person narration honestly drove me batty haha 2y
Libby1 💯% agree! 2y
Moray_Reads @TheAromaofBooks I enjoyed it in the first one but it started to grate here! 2y
TheAromaofBooks I was glad to finish the series and did overall enjoy them, but I also felt like there wasn't exactly enough material to make it the bulky trilogy that it is. 2y
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Liatrek
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Absolutely amazing! The depth of characters, the continued world building and the magical elements was all perfectly balanced. And there is something so refreshing following a story were the main character with the power to save everyone is a middle aged woman of color. I wish more books like this were adapted for the screen.

LazyOwl Love this series. I agree it would be great on screen. 2y
Pogue I am currently reading the tagged book and I am finding it well written but so hard to read. It raises my anxiety so I read a chapter or two then walk away. The read a bit more. (edited) 2y
Copwithabook I‘m in love with your shelves 2y
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Liatrek @Copwithabook Thank you🙂 my sister built them for me. 2y
Liatrek @Pogue I had to do the same thing with the first book. It took me little over a month to read it but the second book was easier for me. 2y
Pogue @Liatrek thank you for letting me know it is not just me. 2y
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StellarDoc
Obelisk Gate | N K Jemisin
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Nothing to grade yet, so we'll read book four for #AuthorAMonth and relax while we can! #CatsOfLitsy #ReadingCompanions

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Jovy
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The Broken Earth series might be the most unique I have encountered and book two is even better than the first. The magic system is fascinating, the characters are multi-layered and the writing is just gorgeous!

#Booked2021 #SFWrittenByAWoman @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView
#MountTBR2021

TheSpineView This is a good series. The books are real chunksters!🤩📖 2y
LazyOwl 💯 agree 2y
emz711 Agreed! So amazing 2y
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Carolyn11215
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Had to search out a quick summary of The Fifth Season to reorient myself. Amazing world building in this trilogy.

Deblovestoread I have just finished The Fifth Season and am trying to decide whether or not to continue. The world is unlike anything I‘ve read before and fascinating but it felt a little chaotic with the changes in voice and time. 2y
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dearb00kshelves
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A phenomenal sequel! I can't wait to finish this series. I was so excited to learn more about a character I was curious about in the first novel. I also really loved learning SO MUCH more about the world.

TheNeverendingTBR Gorgeous cover! 😍👌 2y
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cozypunk
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E P I C S T O R Y !

There are more characters to keep track of than in book 1. I'll be relistening to this #audiobook again before diving into book 3 in Feb. Don't want to miss any details before the world-shaking conclusion.

About the narrator: Based on book 1, I knew Robin Miles was good. But her work in book 2 blew me away! She's one of *thee* great audio-performers. #dw2021

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HOTPock3tt
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Book 2: And we learn so much about about the central characters (lots of surprises!) as well as other characters who are newly being brought into focus. Lots of behind the scenes storyline. I‘m still curious to learn certain characters‘ motivations! And to see the fanart for this series! 😎 #AuthorAMonth2021
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5

HOTPock3tt @Soubhiville I wasn‘t sure if I was ok to tag you for the challenge if we read more than one of the authors‘ books in the same month! 😂 but thank you so much for doing this challenge!! ❤️🤗 it convinced me to finally try this authors work (I had wanted to for a long time!) and this is shaping up to be one of my favorite series!! 😃 (edited) 2y
Soubhiville Feel free to tag me as much as you want! At the end of the month I‘ll tag you in a post asking for the total number of books you read. But I love seeing your thoughts and reviews. I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying these. 😊 2y
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TheAromaofBooks
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A low pick as I am really struggling with the absolutely relentlessly depressing tone of this book & the 2nd person narration is driving me batty. I'm completely engaged in the story but am not particularly excited about another 400+ pages to find out where the story goes...
#SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView #AuthoraMonth @Soubhiville #Fourfoursin21 (Discovery) @Lauredhel #JumpStart2021 @Clwojick @Lizpixie

Lizpixie Keep going lovely! I know it‘s depressing but the journey is worth it in the end I promise👍 2y
Soubhiville Wow, you‘re going through these quickly! I only read the first one in this series. 2y
TheSpineView I liked this series but I agree there are places it gets slow. 2y
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TheAromaofBooks @Lizpixie @TheSpineView - It's just one of those series where every time something can go wrong it does!!! I'm excited to see how it all wraps up, though. 2y
TheAromaofBooks @Soubhiville - January is one of my “down“ months between my two seasonal jobs, so I try to get through some of my heftier reads haha 2y
AlaMich Second-person narration is not my favorite. I don‘t really see the point. 2y
TheAromaofBooks @AlaMitch - about partway through this book (the 2nd in the trilogy) you find out who is narrating the 2nd person parts/actually the whole story... but it still makes no sense to me. How is this character able to tell 'you' how you feel/what you are thinking/explain motivations/etc. And it's also being told in present-tense, which makes even less sense! Also hate it because sentences like 'she was a little shorter than you' tell me literally ⬇ 2y
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) nothing about this person's height because the 'you' in this story is not the same height/weight/background as me so it's just annoying & not remotely informative! 2y
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TheAromaofBooks
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#WeeklyForecast - I am trying to start the month with my "assignments" before moving on to my general TBR reads. Starting with The Broken Earth books (actually finished The Fifth Season last night) for #authoramonth then on to the Heyer book which needs to go back to the library. Active Defense is a publisher's review, The Flip Side is for #NewYearWhoDis & the next two are for #foodandlit !! I'm excited about the challenges I'm doing this year ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) a good mix of books I've been meaning to read anyway & books that are stretching me a little!!

@Cinfhen @Cupcake12 @Soubhiville @Butterfinger @TexReader
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Texreader I think that‘s a great idea and I‘ll probably try the same thing. 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 “assignments” 😜🙌🏻💕#TeachersPet 😘😘 2y
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Cinfhen I‘m thinking of reading this one too 2y
TheAromaofBooks @Texreader - I was mixing in the “assigned“ reading with everything else throughout the month last year, but realized that it was low-key stressing me out if I wasn't getting them done “in time“ despite the fact that literally no one cares but me! 😂 So this year I'm trying to read those first - I think it will also help me assess if I'm trying to participate in too many challenges or not!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - That was the one the library had, so the fates decided for me!! 😂 And I do feel silly calling them assignments, but haven't come up with a better term. I always did enjoy school, though, so maybe this is just me subconsciously trying to fill the gap!! 😅 2y
Texreader @TheAromaofBooks That exactly describes my feelings too! So yea, good plan!! 2y
Butterfinger I know that is why I do challenges. I want to go back to school to get my doctorate degree, but it is not the right time so this makes me feel like I do when I am in school. Excited about the planning, the journaling, all of it. 2y
TheAromaofBooks @Butterfinger - Yes!! I love the planning, organizing, & tracking just as much as I do the actual reading!! 2y
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dearb00kshelves
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Here are some books I'm hoping to pick up next month ✨ What are you hoping to read?

dearb00kshelves @TheNeverendingTBR I have that one on my shelves to pick up at some point 😅 2y
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Carolyn11215
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Ohhh...I want to join in. So many great authors in here. Just put a reserve on tagged book for January. 2021 #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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broughtyoubooks
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Left it a little too long between reading the first one and felt a little lost, but love the continuation from Fifth Season. Love the world building and the way characters are explored. And finally getting to see more of Nassun's role in the whole narrative.

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Book 105, audio

Really enjoyed the character building here after the world building of the first book.

Solid pick, and I will definitely be reading it again, but my mind kept slipping. I had to rewind and relisten to some parts multiple times to get the whole picture. Though, to be frank, that could very well have been stress from the election more than the writing. I've struggled to accomplish much of anything lately.

cozypunk I thought there was a good amount of world-building, too. But you're right about characters - the size of the cast expands as well as their relationships. 2y
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SamAnne
Obelisk Gate | N K Jemisin
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I made my #BookspinBingo list yesterday but forgot to post. Excited that my #Bookspin is Obelisk Gate. I‘ve needed to get back to Jemisin‘s world. #Doublespin is a book club read, Elton John‘s bio. I have Halloween leftovers, new fiction and non fiction for #NFN2020 And I plan to finish the final 300 pages of War and Peace. I have yet to score a bingo, but this card is looking pretty good! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!!! 2y
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I'm putting this on hiatus but not marking it as a bail because the book is excellent. This is definitely a case of it's not you it's me and I don't want to bring the book's rating down. Hopefully I'll be able to revisit this in a few months but right now I just can't do it.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego There is definitely a lot more to take in in the last two books. Better to wait until you're in the proper mood, because they are excellent. 2y
bookandbedandtea @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It's so good yet painful. I'm so curious about the obelisks though! But finding out that Shaffa (not sure about spelling as I'm listening to the books) is in this (a lot, it sounds like) gave me a stomach ache. 😧 So I have to take a break. 2y
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cariashley
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Such a strong second installment in this series. I love that feeling of not only having one more in this series to experience, but all of her other books to discover too 😊

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bookandbedandtea
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I realized last night that I didn't read AT ALL over the weekend. Every time I thought about picking up my book or listening to my audio book I felt anxious. I think I'm going to have to set aside my current reads (ESP the tagged) and try the lightest, fluffiest, sweetest books I can find. 😩

Caroline2 This is a lovely comforting read (edited) 2y
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m having more anxiety lately too. Just be kind to yourself and if doing something other than reading sounds better, that‘s ok! The books will still be there. 💗 2y
Sharpeipup I‘ve felt the same way. 2y
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VictoriaLegend Wow. I have never felt anxious about leisure reading before. That sounds like an awful feeling, but it looks like some fellow readers have come to the rescue with some more light-hearted recommendations. Happy reading! 2y
bookandbedandtea @Caroline2 I've read that one but thank you for reminding me of her! I've just downloaded this and plan to start tonight 2y
bookandbedandtea @LiteraryinLititz @Sharpeipup @VictoriaLegend I have NEVER been too anxious to read before now (in fact I've spent my whole life escaping into books to get a break from reality) so not being able to reach that escape right now is kind of freaking me out. Hopefully a switch to light, sweet reads will get me through this. 🤞 Either way it's good to know I'm not alone. 💜 2y
marleed I find that fluffy hallmark movie in book form reads are a great pallet cleanser. I try to judge the book in the genre it was written and just have fun with it. In fact, in oct I‘m going to read the tagged - first in series and might be goofy fun: 2y
VictoriaLegend @bookandbedandtea Good luck - and let us know how things turn out for you! 2y
bookandbedandtea @marleed Your description of hallmark movies in book form is perfect! That seems to be exactly what I need right now and the one you tagged sounds good. Thanks! 😊 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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I'm going in 🎧

rachelm Yesss enjoy! 2y
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