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Spinning Silver
Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale from the bestselling author of Uprooted, called "very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic" by The New York Times Book Review. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold. But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand. Naomi Novik once again creates a wonderfully rich, multilayered fantasty world that readers will want to return to again and again.
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Purplerosiepage
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This book has a lot of words, but it is engrossing. It‘s really good on audio.

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Lchnessmnstr
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A few cumbersome parts at the end and some of the transitions between characters were ambiguous but overall a great read!

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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If this is on your tbr now is an excellent time to start reading!

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Tiltedwhirled
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I really enjoyed the three strong women that anchor this novel. All prove themselves to be smart, resourceful survivors that don‘t freeze in the face of terrifying events.

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cariashley
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I absolutely loved this, maybe even more than Uprooted. Novik‘s world building was just incredible and the whole atmosphere was mesmerizing. The strong, multi-layered heroines were the best part of the book for me, though. #botm

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Victoria_Clyne
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This is modern fairytale loosely based on Rumplestilskin. I liked the way that the main characters were females who were underestimated yet determined. It is well written with great imagery. A bit of a slow burn but a great read.

Asthecroweflies One of my favs!! ❤️❤️ 2mo
Victoria_Clyne Its the first Naomi Novik I've read. I'll definitely be giving another of her books a go. 2mo
tpixie @BrainyHeroine You might like this retelling! 1mo
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khooliha
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I have owned this Staryk King candle forever, but I am finally burning it (to see if I want to buy more from this store) and it smells SO wintery delicious, I love it.

khooliha It is admittedly far too early for a winter candle, especially since I am horror trash who is ready for fall candle goodness. I also live in Florida in the time of global warming, so seasons aren't super real, making every candle and anytime candle. 2mo
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Oh man, Squidapus liked this a heck of a lot and way more than Uprooted. An amalgamation of folklore and fairy tales into something wholly unique in execution. A story about women being underestimated in a society that doesn't give them many choices or respect. The fantasy was so well thought out and the plot intricately wove varied plot points into a week connected whole. Any minor quibbles Squidapus had were thrown aside by some great writing.

jillrhudy I must say I admire Squidapus's taste in fairy tale fantasies. 2mo
Squidapus @jillrhudy For a cephalopod with an alien mind unlike ours he does have surprisingly consistent taste in literature 2mo
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Currently reading

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stephothebesto
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2. Currently, The Good Place. Honorary mention to Great British Bake Off 🧁
3. Coffee and a slice of toast. Maybe it will fulfill its destiny and become 🥑 toast.
4. Eastern
5. Floral Print Mirror. / Red Mirror.

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Tiltedwhirled
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These are my books for Book Bingo— minus The Chestnut Man. YA novel— The Hunger Games, fantasy novel— Spinning Silver, a cover I like— Gods of Jade and Shadow and a September Book of the Month pick— The Chestnut Man.

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Squidapus
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Real talk, Squidapus is only really reading this for his book club. He'll give her another chance cause there were parts of Uprooted he enjoyed but overall he didn't care for it. So here's hoping!

bromeliad Interesting! I greatly enjoyed the Her Majesty's Dragon series myself. But I am not a squid. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Squidapus @bromeliad To be fair, he has only read one book of hers and not that series so that could be more to his tastes! 2mo
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cariashley
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Just a ridiculously gorgeous night for some rooftop reading on the top of my building. I love New York City. And this book 💙

AmyG Beautiful. I miss Manhattan. 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Wow! Great view! 3mo
LeeRHarry What a view! 😮 3mo
cherylmorton Great view, great book! 3mo
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currerbelle
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I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as Novik's earlier Uprooted, but I'm the end I may prefer it! The examination of racism, prejudice, and class distinctions felt more relevant than I remember Uprooted being. And so entertaining that I didn't want to get out of my car and stop listening to it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 3mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 3mo
Beholderess I actually liked it more than Uprooted. The heroine is clever and resourceful, and the fairytale logic of the magic system makes perfect sense for me. By word and deed 2mo
currerbelle @Beholderess I thinks the end I preferred it to Uprooted, too. 2mo
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cariashley
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As @Liberty would say, HOLY CATS, this book is good. #vineyardreads

LeeRHarry Hope the wine is good too 🍷 3mo
SW-T 😊😊😊 3mo
cariashley @LeeRHarry always 🥰🍷🍇 3mo
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There are men who are wolves inside and want to eat up other people to fill their bellies. That was what was in your house with you, all your life. But here you are with your brothers, and you are not eaten up, and there is not a wolf inside you. You have fed each other, and you kept the wolf away. That is all we can do for each other in the world, to keep the wolf away.

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VioletBramble
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I‘ve been reading this book since April. While I was enjoying what I read I found myself not reading it for long periods of time. Well, I finally sat down and finished it in a day and a half. The story seems like a mix of various vaguely remembered fairy tales but is actually a unique tale with three strong female characters. Despite the slow start I ended up loving this book.

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5⭐! Even though there were 6 POVs we follow, it's easy to keep up with each narrator because they each have their own distinct personalities. While the story runs much slower than I'm used to, I was just really immersed in the storybuilding and the eventual #slowburn #romance. The main selling point are the girls, but really liked how interwoven everyones stories were and the concept of debts, payments, and consequences

#MagicalReadathon2019

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Crimson613
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So the NEWTs part of the #MagicalReadathon2019 is happening right now! Found out about it because @Schnoebs is participating and figured I'd double book it and do my "make up exams" and the NEWTs ??? And because I think alchemy is cool, my Wizarding career is Alchemist!

I'm going to try to only use novels for as long as I can, then manga once it's almost time to end ??

Learn more about it here: https://youtu.be/Rq7vFHcngYs

Status: 5/29

Schnoebs That‘s so impressive!!!! Good luck! 3mo
Crimson613 @Schnoebs thank you! I'm going to work hard this month xD 3mo
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VioletBramble
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My planned reads for August. As usual many of them are for the Category Challenge at #LibraryThing
I‘ve actually been reading Spinning Silver for months. I‘m enjoying the book but finding it really slow going.

rachelsbrittain I love Akemi Dawn Bowman! Have your tissues ready for those 3mo
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Moll
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It was a grey cold day, and the sun did not come out, but the road glittered anyway.

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Moll
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If you tried to look right at it, you couldn't see it. If you looked away, it was there gleaming in the corner of your eye.

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I love a gritty, no nonsense heroine and Miryem definitely fits the bill. She drags her family back from the brink of starvation and faces every challenge thrown her way with grim determination. Novik‘s fairy tales are atmospheric and utterly gripping. You won‘t be released from her spell until you turn the final page.

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EastWind76
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My book club is having an amazing ladies' weekend in Galena, Illinois this weekend... of course we all brought books, so I just started this one!

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I finally got this from the library, and made the time to read it. I can see why some found it long in parts, but I enjoyed all the shifting POV‘s of the ongoing story, even as I wanted to rush to the end. I loved the mixing and melding of a few classic fairy tales into something new and compelling, and some great nods to ongoing human conflicts, Jewish culture and persecution, environmental issues, women‘s rights, etc.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Hey @BarbaraTheBibliophage I finally finished a prompt from winter! A fairy tale retelling @Booked2019 😂 4mo
TheBookKeepers Loved this one! 4mo
SW-T Took me a bit to get into it, but once I did I enjoyed it. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Woo hoo—great pick and review! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SW-T Same here! 4mo
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....why does this make me think of someone specific 🤔

Bklover Boy no kidding. 4mo
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MarriedtoMrT I loved that book. 4mo
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Moll
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...you could feel the chill creeping along the ground as though breathed out faintly by some distant giant...

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Moll
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I could feel it on my side, a shimmer of colder wind trying to press against me and pierce through to my skin, but I didn't care. I was colder inside than out.

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Moll
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I liked to feel their eyes on me, weighing me like a purse, and being able to hold my head up when they did it, feeling my own worth.

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Okay. This book was marvelous. The ending was amazing and just what I needed. It did get a bit angsty in 3/4 section but it was so good! Like 6-7 POVs by the end of the book. Two iffy scenes that didn‘t go anywhere near smut. It was a solid four star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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It‘s #TBRTuesday & halfway through the month already, & Halfway Through Summer 😱

Here‘s where my July plans stand! Slowly but surely moving forward, the blurred ones are done, 4 others are in progress and will hopefully be finished before the end of the month, and 2 are probably getting swapped out with next month because some library holds came in sooner than I expected.🤷‍♀️. Just keep swimming, swimming 🏊‍♀️🐠, I mean reading, reading.📚

DivineDiana Great progress! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 4mo
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Moll
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His lantern was swinging inside the house, making eyes of the windows, looking for me.

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Cn: death

Da always buried the babies there even though the ground was hard to dig, because he didn't want to spare planting ground.

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Moll
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No one had ever shouted at me in my life: my mother with her quiet voice, my gentle father. But I found something bitter inside myself, something of that winter blown into my heart: the sound of my mother coughing, and the memory of the story the way they'd told it in the village square so many times, about a girl who made herself a queen with someone else's gold, and never paid her debts.

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Moll
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When my mother spoke, I inhaled all the warmth of that memory with her words, and longed for it with my cold hands curled into painful knots. I thought of going there to stay, a beggar girl, leaving my father alone and my mother's gold forever in our neighbours' houses.

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Moll
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The real story isn't half as pretty as the one you've heard.

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Why is DNFing books so hard to do? I‘m trying to be better about not forcing myself through books I am not enjoying and I think I‘m doing better with that this year! In my latest video, I‘ll show you all of the books I‘ve given up on in 2019! https://youtu.be/osXgkL232Ws

#booktube #dnf #abandonedbooks #unpopularbookopinions

Crazeedi I know what you mean, I just bailed on one I read halfway, but I just couldn't...😕 4mo
Sweetkokoro I also recently started DNFing more books this year. It wasn‘t until I got on litsy that I realized it‘s okay to not finish a book if you just don‘t like it. 4mo
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BooknerdsLife Sometimes I just pretend the book (I want to DNF) didn‘t happen 🤣 4mo
Cailey_Mac I used to never DNF a book, so mostly I would just put them down for “later”. There have been at least 5 in the past few years I definitely DNF‘d because of some strong negative feelings towards it 4mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore Enjoyed your video again and your blouse was very pretty. I don't do a lot of DNF but I have done a few. One was very popular, YOU by Caroline Kepnes. The language was horrible. The F word was used so many times that it got annoying to me. Also explicit sex I don't care for. My 1 star book this year has been Something In the Water by Catherine Stedman. It was predictable and I didn't like the main character. 4mo
EadieB Another one I should have DNF'd:
Second Life by S.J. Watson - 432 pgs. - ★★ - 6/4/2019
Julia's sister has been violently murdered. In order to find out who murdered her sister, Julia must become involved with a dangerous stranger online. Her search will jeopardize her marriage, her family and her life. I was a bit disappointed in this book. The main character was very annoying and I did not enjoy the explicit sexual language with the online scenes
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EadieB @Butterflyamore This one is very popular but I did not like it:
Maid by Stephanie Land - 288 pgs. - ★ - 6/28/2019
I listened to this on audio and could not relate to the author. She is an annoying complainer and this book is nothing but a pity party! It‘s very boring and there is a lot more better books out there to read. Poorly written. I cannot recommend this one as it is not worth reading in my opinion!
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EadieB @Butterflyamore I read Spinning Silver and liked it but I agree too many POV's. In Cold Blood was a winner for me because I like True Crime. I thought maybe you didn't like the violence because that was hard to read. 4mo
wordslinger42 I also started DNFing in the last year or so. When I was in college as an English Lit major, I had no choice but to finish books no matter how much I hated them, so it was just my habit for awhile. But it's so much nicer to just stop reading if I want to! Life's too short and there are too many good books to read ones I can't stand! 4mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB Thanks! I wonder how I will end up liking Maid. Pity parties are so draining so I fear I might not care for it. It sounds like I wouldn‘t enjoy You or Second Life. 4mo
Butterflyamore @Sweetkokoro Yes, Litsy and FB book groups have really helped me realize that it‘s absolutely okay to not finish a book. I really do think it ultimately leads to me reading more in the end! Life is too short for books we‘re not enjoying. 4mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore I would have to agree with your assessment. I do own Round House and I know she is a very good author so I do look forward to reading that one someday. 4mo
Suet624 @EadieB I am SO glad to read your opinion on Maid. I bailed on that and I rarely bail. I had similar issues: no money, no support, single mom. I never once complained. I felt like that‘s all she did. 4mo
Suet624 @Butterflyamore @Sweetkokoro Litsy helped me too with bailing on a book. For some reason I never thought I should do it. It‘s still rare for me to do, but at least I give myself permission now and again. 4mo
EadieB @Suet624 I just kind of think that she could have tried a little harder to get a better job and I know my comments would not be popular but where did she get the money for all of those tattoos. She just made very bad decisions and I feel as though she is her own worse enemy. lol Not nice of me but that's my feeling. 4mo
Butterflyamore @Suet624 @EadieB I was a single mom in the same type of situation for 15 years. I did the best I could with what little I had. I‘m beginning to fear this book is going to make me very angry! I definitely empathize with other poverty stricken single moms but there is a difference between telling your story and intentionally trying to make others feel sorry for you. 4mo
Suet624 @Butterflyamore Exactly....doing the best you can with what little you had. And not trying to get others to feel sorry for you. I think there may be smoke coming out of your ears when you read this. 😂😂😂 4mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore I was never in that position but my sister was and she spent most of her time trying to hook up with rich lawyers but most of them were drunks and losers. She lived way beyond her means and my father was constantly having to bail her out. Her life was one bad decision after another. She lived in Florida and had a tanning bed in her house and died of melanoma at age 55 in 2007. So sad. 4mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB Oh goodness! I am so sorry! That is very sad. I‘ve had a few single mom connections with women who have made similar choices. It really breaks my heart because I know their pursuit of “happiness” will be fruitless and I wish they could get to the point that they would see that. It‘s very hard to watch. 4mo
Butterflyamore @Suet624 I‘m definitely going to have to tag you with my thoughts when I finally get to it! Haha 4mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB @Suet624 I am disappointed, too, because I had anticipated a “things were hard and this is what I learned from that” type of book. 🙁 4mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore She spent most of her money making herself look good and never paid her bills. I sent her $1,000 one time and she said she would pay me back. I told her it was a gift but she sent me a check that bounced. What a slap in the face that was! Then she would never answer my phone calls and she told her kids horrible stuff about me and they don‘t talk to me anymore. She quit talking to my dad too. I think she knew she was dying. (edited) 4mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB That‘s terrible. I am so, so sorry. 4mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore Water under the bridge now! Too painful to think about! 4mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB I understand. It‘s not the same but I‘ve been ostracized from my family (sisters) and they have done very cruel and hurtful things but they have money and I think money/success/popularity has gone to their heads. It really does hurt to have to think about it! 4mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore Sometimes you have to forget your family and adopt some good friends and consider them family. I have my best friend that I have known since I was 5 and she is a better sister to me than my real sister. Why does that have to be? Is it sibling rivalry or something else? 4mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB Yes, I agree about family versus good, true friends. Some things go beyond sibling rivalry, I think. I‘m not sad to be free of the toxicity but there still is an ache that I can‘t quite explain. 4mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore I feel it too and I think it‘s because it‘s not suppose to be like that but sadly it is a real happening in some families. I think it‘s more prominent in dysfunctional families as everyone is just trying to survive. 4mo
Ddzmini I completely agree dnfing a book is so hard and I really can‘t write a bad or even iffy review??? Why is that 🙄 . I think it‘s because I see how the author writes the book and his/her feelings. I wouldn‘t want my work done that why so I just can‘t do it to someone else 🤷‍♀️. So I always find the positive and go with that 📖😋 4mo
Butterflyamore @Ddzmini I try to at least sandwich some positives in with my not so positive viewpoint. I do fully believe in honest reviews but I am usually able to find something worth commending when I have read a book all the way through and still failed to enjoy it. I agree that I wouldn‘t want anyone just tearing my work down. But constructive criticism can be a good thing, even when it stings. It‘s just hard to be the deliverer of that sting! 4mo
Ddzmini Yea I agree but I‘ll usually just put my opinion but in a nice way... like you‘ve said constructive rather than critical 📖😋 4mo
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Bindrosbookshelf
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I haven‘t been feeling the best this week and therefore haven‘t been reading that much (which is how you can tell something is off with me!).

I have been managing bits and pieces of Spinning Silver, my atmospheric read for the Hallow Isle in the #bookjunkietrials

Definitely a great read for winter, which it is here in Australia ❄️

#currentlyreading #bard #bookjunkietrials

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BarbaraJean
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June was a very prolific reading month, partly thanks to audiobooks for the #bookfitnesschallenge, and partly because I finished up several that had been in progress for a while. Here are my reading stats!

📕Nonfiction: 5 👧🏽Kids/YA: 4☀️SFF: 2 🐐Classics: 2 📚Fiction: 1 📓Poetry: 1

📚Print: 9 🎧Audio: 5 🖥eBook: 1

🏫Library: 8 💸Purchased: 4 📚TBR: 3

⭐️Five-star picks: Spinning Silver and Inspired

Julsmarshall Well done! I loved Spinning Silver too! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You had a great month! 💖📖💖 4mo
Aswenson Loved Spinning Silver as well! Next time Novak comes out with a book I will be buying it. 😉 4mo
BarbaraJean @Julsmarshall @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you! 📚💜📚 @Aswenson Definitely—I really want to check out her dragons series now! 4mo
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BarbaraJean
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This was excellent. I enjoyed it just as much as Uprooted, if not more—and was impressed at how well Novik handled the multiple first-person narrators. The richness of the themes woven throughout just became more apparent through my book club‘s discussion over the weekend. I kind of dismissed it as a bit of a stretch to call it a Rumpelstiltskin retelling until we started getting into all the thematic parallels during our discussion. So, so good!

catebutler I really enjoyed this one too! And LOVED Uprooted. I think she‘s an author I‘ll automatically pick up here on out. 4mo
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What fun! I will read everything Novik writes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

jchawkins The Temeraire series was one of my favorites! 5mo
TheBookKeepers Same! 5mo
LyndseyReads @jchawkins I need to read those! 5mo
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