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Magic for Liars
Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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"Sarah Gailey is a writer to watch. Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author Sharp, mainstream fantasy meets compelling thrills of investigative noir in this fantasy debut by rising star Sarah Gailey. Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life lifeshe has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It's a great life and she doesn't wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha. But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabithas private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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ShyBookOwl
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Yes! I loves this one. Putting an ordinary PI in a magical setting made for a brilliant twist on the magic school trope. It deals with grief, guilt, self doubt, imposter syndrome and family drama; all rolled into a murder mystery. A definite pick for me.

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

This had a really interesting premise but was more a standard detective novel than a fantasy novel. It was okay, but I wanted more of the fantasy world than was there. 3⭐️

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TracyReadsBooks
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What a fun book! I enjoyed this story about the investigation of a murder at a school for witchcraft & wizardry. After Ivy takes the job, she must confront not only her past, her twin sister who she hasn‘t talked to in years teaches at the school, but also suspects, secrets, & someone of almost unheard of magical power. Described as magical noir, this book is a great blend of magic & fantasy with an interesting magic system & likable characters.

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TracyReadsBooks
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❤️

“...the books murmuring to each other like a scandalized congregation of origami Presbyterians.”

Have to love a story that starts in a library...and with such a fantastic description too!

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TracyReadsBooks
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Thanksgiving is almost upon us & that means I have finalized,🤞, my reading for the break. (I‘m not the only one who puts a lot of thought into this, am I?) So, in addition to Absurdistan, which is as wild & wacky as you might expect, I hope to read these books, starting with the tagged one, as well as three new comics out today.

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Scochrane26
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I first heard about this book from my librarian, but I still was surprised about the tone of the book. It isn‘t going to be a favorite, but it was still good. A different combo of genres than I‘ve read before. A detective who needs some serious therapy, is drunk a lot, whines about her life, her sister, & not being magic. She‘s asked to solve a murder at her sister‘s magic school. What I didn‘t like-some repetition of her self-loathing thoughts.

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Scochrane26
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1. Tagged, no audiobook for right now
2. Both. I like to read on weekend mornings. I read most nights.
2. Rainbow Rowell
@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads
 @PageTurner789

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rachelsbrittain
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Have you all started voting in the Goodreads choice awards? Any write in votes? I wrote in The Lady from the Black Lagoon for nonfiction because it was one of my favorites of the year

Crazeedi I have to vote!! 1mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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10-30-19: My 88th finished book of 2019! #magicforliars #sarahgailey 👍🏼📖#️⃣8️⃣8️⃣

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rachelsbrittain
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Squidapus
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Pickpick

Squidapus read this in a day sooooo yeah. A non-magic sister gets called to a magic school her sister teaches at to solve a murder. It very early in separates itself from being a variation on Harry Potter and takes a more down to earth but still fantastical setting. He really really enjoyed the relationship between the two sisters as it was very complicated and relatable. Squidapus understands the ending may not satisfy readers but he liked it.

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UnidragonFrag
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Mehso-so

I liked the ideas, but I'm not sure I liked the ending. (6pts. 5 for book, 1 for post)

#TeamStoker #Scarathlon @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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Meaw_catlady
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I love a good PI mystery book and this is a mystery + magic. A modern story of magic and mystery! Love the characters and the unique ideas. I did figure out the ending before the ending but this happens a lot when I read mysteries . An excellent read!

NicoleCeBallos This one has been on my To Read list! I'm glad to hear it's good! 2mo
Meaw_catlady @NicoleCeBallos it has really cool concepts and great imagery. I finished it in about a day which is very quick for me nowadays haha I just needed to get to the ending and understand the mystery! 2mo
Branwen I really loved this book too! 😍📚 2mo
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Sace I'm trying so hard to control my impulsive book buying, but I failed utterly with this book. It sounds so good! 2mo
Meaw_catlady @Branwen glad to hear you loved it too! 2mo
Meaw_catlady @Sace do what I did check it out from the library. However now that I know that the cover is fantastic and the book is good I might go buy it... 2mo
Sace Hee hee... too late! I've already hit that one-click button 🤣 2mo
Meaw_catlady @sace I can‘t blame you!! 🖤 2mo
Sace I did check the library.... A 7 week wait. And they have 14 copies! 2mo
Meaw_catlady @Sace oh wow!!! I guess I got lucky ! 🍀 2mo
Sace That was the Brooklyn Public Library. My local library doesn't have it at all 😢 2mo
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Kimberlone
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Mehso-so

Finished this tonight! Loved the premise, but I felt let down by this book by the end. The magic was cool but the plot played out like a pretty mediocre murder mystery story. Now, onto Dracula...

#scarathlon #teamstoker #scaryscavengerhunt #whereacharacterdies @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid okay so I'm going to give you two points for this one. 1pt for the book and 1pt for the post. Does that sound right? 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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bookladyreads
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I finally finished this book this afternoon after taking a wonderful 2-hour nap. #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon #magicforliars

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Augustdana
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Fall is in the air. I‘m gonna try my best to read a bunch. I‘ve got about seven days to read both these books. Magic for liars is up first because 20 people are waiting for it at the library 😮😮

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valeriegeary
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Happy weekend, reader friends! My week was pretty uneventful. I wrote a lot. I ran a lot. I watched too much TV. So, yeah, a pretty good week. 😂

I know I'm a few days late but this is my October TBR stack! I already finished the tagged book & it is fabulous! A fun genre bender--part gritty private detective novel, part wizardry prep school scandal! I'm really looking forward to digging into the rest of this stack soon. See anything you like?

Christine Humanimal is definitely an intriguing (and new to me) title! 2mo
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SkeletonKey
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Hot tea and trying to finish this up before work.

#booksandtea

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bookladyreads
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Back to reading. #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon

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bookladyreads
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Decided to watch the latest episode of American Horror Story while I eat dinner. #TeamSlaughter

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bookladyreads
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Just finished chapter 16. I'll be done reading this book tomorrow. Has acting anyone read Magic for Liars? #TeamSlaughter #MagicForLiars #currentlyreading

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I listened to the audiobook a few months ago. I really liked it! 2mo
bookladyreads I'm really enjoying it too. 2mo
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bookladyreads
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Hey #TeamSlaughter

Here's what I plan to read this month.⁣

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox⁣
Magic is for Liars by Sarah Gailey⁣
Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware⁣
The Familiars by Stacey Halls⁣
Into the Drowing Deep by Mira Grant⁣
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett⁣

#Scarathlon

samanthagutt This is a gorgeous photo! 😍 2mo
bookladyreads @samanthagutt Thank you very much 😀 2mo
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kyraleseberg
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Started this today and I'm intrigued already!

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Kimberlone
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A bad #spell is at the center of the investigation in this book. Started this the other day, and totally into it so far!

#chillingphotochallenge #day2 #scarathlon #teamstoker

@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I squeaked with excitement when I found this on a library display shelf! I‘ve only been wanting to read this since I first read about it! A private detective gets called into an elite school to investigate the death of a teacher after it was ruled a suicide. The twist? It‘s a school of magic and her estranged sister, is a teacher there. I broke quite a big reading drought on this - loved it!

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valeriegeary
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Sunday evening plans. I'm really enjoying this one!

ShyBookOwl Love the mug! This in in my TBR 2mo
valeriegeary @ShyBookOwl So far it's a pretty fun read! The mug also says keep calm and carry on but it wraps around so I can never get it in a picture 2mo
Eyelit That mug is delightful! 2mo
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valeriegeary
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I'm in love with these end papers! ⭐✴️🌟💫👁️

mcipher They‘re awesome - and the book is even better. I loved it! 2mo
JennyM Ooooo... very cool end papers! 2mo
valeriegeary @mcipher I'm really loving it! It's fun and different! 2mo
valeriegeary @JennyM I may have exclaimed out loud when I saw them. 😂 2mo
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valeriegeary
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Starting this one tonight. A murder mystery revolving around a secret school for wizardry and magic? I could be into that. 🤞🤞🤞

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SkeletonKey
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Currently reading.

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xxjenadanxx
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When the headmaster of The Osthorne Academy for Young Mages shows up in Ivy's office with an offer she can't refuse she finds herself living at a school of magic - the same one her sister teaches at. The first thing she notices is how ordinary everything is. Tiled hallways lined with lockers is hardly the Hogwarts she was expecting. But as she begins to investigate the gruesome murder of a teacher she realizes just how little she actually knows.

AutumnRLS I really really enjoyed this one. Hoping there will be a follow up. I just feel like the characters have so many other places to go. 2mo
xxjenadanxx @AutumnRLS I think there is the potential for a lot more there too but she did write on Goodreads that it was a standalone 2mo
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thebacklistbook
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Murder mystery meets Hogwarts, what's not to love! Helped me on the way to getting rid of my post #elementary hangover.

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xxjenadanxx
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New library haul! I'm so excited about these! Where should I start?

Top to Bottom:
-Outer Order:Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
-The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden
-The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
-Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
-Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
-The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J Ryan Stradal
-First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers

Librarybelle Lager Queen is high on my to read list! 3mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Me : *major book slump, mildly stressed about being behind on my goodreads challenge, not short on book options*
Also me : maybe more books would help? #libraryhaul

Will I read any of these?! Only time will tell 😉

I couldn‘t be bothered checking to see if any of these were sequels - two of them are - so they‘ll be going back until I can track down the first as I much prefer to read in order.

Eyelit In my experience, more books almost always helps 🤣 3mo
Hooked_on_books Magic for Liars is great. Hopefully it helps you out of your slump! 3mo
bookladyreads 🤣🤣🤣. Great library haul. I had a library haul this past Friday and Magic for Liars was one of the five books I checked out. 3mo
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JoScho
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This was a magical murder mystery. A private investigator takes on a murder case that happened at her twin sister‘s school-a school for mages. Lots of magic, family drama, and self-awareness.

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Bindrosbookshelf
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Better late than never right?
Recap of the 17 books I read in August.
Would love to know what you think about any of the above books pictured.
#readingrecap #monthlywrapup

Bindrosbookshelf @Crinoline_Laphroaig it was soo good, a five star read for me 🙌 3mo
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JoScho
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I had to take like 50 pictures to get a decent one of his face. He hates having his picture taken. I have to be sneaky. He thinks it steals his soul.
#dogsoflitsy #millhouse

AmyG Awwww ❤️ 3mo
Hollie That tongue! How cute! ♥️ 3mo
Kappadeemom Mine hates it too. He turns his head every.single.time. 3mo
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LauraJ I looooooooove him! 3mo
wordslinger42 Aww he's so cute ❤❤❤ 3mo
Mimi28 He‘s adorable!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
Leftcoastzen 😂so cute! 3mo
Soubhiville I love him so much! 3mo
DaveGreen7777 Awww! 😊🐶 3mo
LauraJ @Soubhiville He and Froedrick should be besties! 3mo
Maria514626 That‘s quite a unibrow! 😄 What a sweetpea! (edited) 3mo
UwannaPublishme What a cutie! ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Soubhiville @LauraJ I can just imagine the trouble they could get into together. 😼 3mo
JoScho @AmyG 😊❤️ 3mo
JoScho @Hollie thank you-sometimes that tongue sticks out super far! 😋 3mo
JoScho @Kappadeemom it is funny and frustrating at the same time. Like why little weirdo? 3mo
JoScho @LauraJ thank you ❤️😊 3mo
JoScho @wordslinger42 thank you! 😊❤️ 3mo
JoScho @Mimi28 thank you Michelle 😊❤️ 3mo
JoScho @Leftcoastzen thank you 😊❤️ 3mo
JoScho @Soubhiville thank you Soubhi! I know you can appreciate a hairless companion ❤️ 3mo
JoScho @DaveGreen7777 😊❤️ 3mo
JoScho @Maria514626 lol yep-that is pretty much the extent of his hair other than a slight combover down the back of his little head. 3mo
JoScho @UwannaPublishme thank you 😊❤️ 3mo
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JoScho
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Dinner is in the oven so we are sitting on the porch enjoying listening to this audiobook.
#dogsoflitsy #mork #millhouse

Bookzombie 💕🐶🐶 3mo
BookNAround I wish it wasn‘t so chokingly humid here so we could sit on our deck! Very jealous. 3mo
LauraJ I think we need to see the dog‘s face! 3mo
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JoScho @BookNAround it has been unbearable the past few days but it is marginally better today. 3mo
JoScho @LauraJ which one? The hairless one? 3mo
JoScho @Bookzombie 😊🖤 3mo
Leftcoastzen Puppers!🐶 3mo
LauraJ @JoScho yes, please! 3mo
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Melmar
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Listening to this using Libro.fm. I‘m I. The beginning intrigued, but not yet to anything juicy. Excited to see where it goes

chaoticgoodhufflepuff It gets real good! 🔎 3mo
Melmar @chaoticgoodhufflepuff can‘t wait! 3mo
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kd_lawson
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Finished “Magic for Liars” this morning.
It‘s an interesting mix of old-fashioned noir and magic school fantasy.
I‘m still processing my feeling before I rate it.

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Kathrin
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Mehso-so

I actually quite liked the story. It was interesting and innovative and had some nice twist and turns.

The only reason, that it's not a complete pick for me, is that I am tired of the literary figure of the “down on his/her luck“ cop or PI.

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mdemanatee
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Back to school

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IhoardBOOKS
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On the one hand...it would be very unprofessional to skip an interview.
On the other hand she could explode me with a touch.
Judging by the way she was looking at me she‘d be very happy to do so.

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daena
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A very delayed week 4 wrap up post for #bfc Ended up going to the gym 2x, did a yoga class (I was short one) and walked way over my weekly goal (weather has been beautiful here). One walk included a big family hike of 3.5 miles. This book will wrap up my challenge goal of 6. I am struggling with it a bit though. Sadly it feels just ok for me, I guess my expectations were too high. #TeamFitLit #bfcr3

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
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BookHoarder32
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#libraryhaul Now, what to start first? 🤔

kyraleseberg I'm so excited for 3mo
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JSW
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I‘m going with pick. The characterizations sold it for me. The insight Ivy has into others, while ignoring her own complexities, was a fascinating contrast. I‘ve been reading more books lately where characters are LGBTQ and it‘s just one aspect of who they are, just part of the fabric of community, and that was cool about this book too. However, solid, if not predictable, mystery, and the premise wasn‘t as cool as I hoped.

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JSW
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Hahahaha!!! What a great description. “I had an immediate fantasy of shoving him aside on the train so I could sit.” 😂😂😂

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Copwithabook
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Mehso-so

This was an easy read, but I can‘t say I was gripped by it. Overall, I felt like it could have been more.

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Scash1114
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Bailedbailed

DNF

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Areader2
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Bailedbailed

I bailed, I couldn‘t get into any of it ! I hate not finishing 😫
🎶thank you next 🎶📚📚🤣

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Heather_Allen
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Latest library haul: Magic for Liars, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, and Circe by Madeline Miller