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Middlegame
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
New York Times bestselling and Alex, Nebula, and Hugo-Award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy. Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story. Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math. Roger and Dodger arent exactly human, though they dont realise it. They arent exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet. Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. Hes not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own. Godhood is attainable. Pray it isnt attained. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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cjk
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Had a hard time getting into the storyline at first- glad I switched over to the audiobook!

#audiobook #currentlylistening

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Sarz
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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My best way to ensure an hour (or more) for reading is to take a bath. This will probably be one of my last for the year - the weather is getting so nice!!

Also, this book is so good!!!

#AustralianReadingHour
@LapReader @CarolynM

LapReader I love baths. Enjoy and thanks for joining in. 2mo
CarolynM What a lovely way to spend an hour! 2mo
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bookladyreads
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I loved the Wayward Children series, but I'm not enjoying Middlegame as much as I thought I would. I'm only 340 pages in. We'll see how I feel once I finish this book.

Lovesbooks87 Welcome to Litsy! 2mo
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Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2mo
bookladyreads @Amor4Libros @guinsgirlreads @mom2bugnbee @Nute Thank you all so much for the warm welcome. 2mo
MrBook Welcome to the #LitsyFamily! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
bookladyreads @MrBook Thank you! I'm enjoying the community so far. 2mo
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Aaronlisa
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Pickpick

I read this between Aug 30 & Sept 1; and gave it 5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. This book is everything I didn‘t know I wanted. I really enjoy Seanan McGuire to begin with but this book cemented McGuire as a favourite author. This book is hard to explain but so very good.

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lauren.lerner
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Y‘all. This book is So Good, I‘m sitting outside & listening to the insects screech instead of sitting inside with my husband while he watches baseball. It‘s so good, I don‘t want to be interrupted even tangentially by sportsball. I can‘t stop reading & I love it. Seanan is a gddamn wizard of words who I appreciate so much. #currentlyreading

ETA right after I posted this, I was viciously assaulted by a cicada, aka the devil‘s insect. 🙅🏻‍♀️

AlaMich They‘re so huge and clumsy. Even though I know they‘re harmless, it still creeps me out when one of them flies into me. 😖 3mo
lauren.lerner They are creepy and screechy and I hate them @AlaMich. 3mo
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lauren.lerner
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist of creating out of a void but out of chaos.”



Came across this phenomenal Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley quote in the book I‘m #currentreading; perfect timing to celebrate the birthday of the woman who invented science fiction!! We stan a legend, y‘all. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

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Carolyn11215
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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2 “children” created by an alchemist who wants to control the world and separated at birth find and lose each other (accidentally and deliberately) throughout multiple timelines until they finally figure out how to combine their powers to manifest for a final (?) battle with their creator.

MellieAntoinette I am having a tough time with this one! The writing is super gorgeous but the hike is a slow burn! Love the photo!! 3mo
Carolyn11215 @MellieAntoinette yes, I didn‘t gulp this down the way I have lots of other Seanan books. I joked elsewhere about it breaking my brain. :) 3mo
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rmaclean4
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I found this disappointing. I love the Wayward children series. This book felt repetitive and much longer than it needed to be. It had the signature fairy tale elements but dragged for me. 2 🌟

monalyisha Bummer! 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading 🙁 disappointing to hear. I also enjoy the wayward children series. Wanted this to be good. 3mo
rmaclean4 @monalyisha agreed! Really wanted to love this. 3mo
rmaclean4 @Prairiegirl_reading right there with you. 3mo
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rmaclean4
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Looking forward to finishing this tonight during #deweys24hour #reversereafathon

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rmaclean4
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Chores are done. It is beer and book time for me!

britt_brooke Perfect - enjoy! Interesting cover. 4mo
rmaclean4 @britt_brooke I enjoy her YA fantasy...as far as I know this is her first adult fantasy. 4mo
britt_brooke @rmaclean4 Cool - I hope it‘s good. I‘ve never read her, but I don‘t read much fantasy. 4mo
Cathythoughts I like the sound of beer & book time ... I may have to be a copy cat later today 👍🏻😉 4mo
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rmaclean4
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Calling it quits for this #24in48. Happy to have finished 2 and started 3 more. Love this readathon!

Readerann 14 hours is great! 4mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahh ⭐️💗👍 4mo
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Bug_gwen
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Pickpick

This book was *exhausting*. Took a bit for me to get into it but ended up emotionally wrung out. In a good way? Sort of?

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Lizpixie
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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#BookMail Pt6 There was a box of books delivered this afternoon, just scraping into this weeks mail. The hubby has started to call my library “The Book Fort”🏛First up is the new one from Seanan McGuire about Rodger, an expert with language & his twin sister Dodger, a numbers genius. But the twins are not quite human & their creator is trying to set them up as gods. Just because you can make gods doesn‘t mean it‘s a great idea. Sounds promising!

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daniwithtea
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Week 2 of #bfcr2 complete!

✅ 10,000 steps/day every day except the day that I fell in the driveway taking out the trash 🤪
✅ one book/week - finished the tagged book

@wanderinglynn #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc

sudi Great job 👏👏👏 4mo
wanderinglynn w00t! Way to go! 🙌 Great week! 🎉 4mo
daniwithtea @sudi thanks! 4mo
daniwithtea @wanderinglynn thanks! I hope you are taking time to cheer yourself on in between cheering the rest of us on! 4mo
wanderinglynn With all this #BFC positivity and encouragement, I'm definitely feeling the love. ❤ 4mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
Mehso-so

This book took me waaay longer to read than it should have done.. Overall great story, interesting characters and a strange concept 😳 3/5

shanaqui I know what you mean -- something about it tangled me up so it felt slow. If I hadn't been reading it for a challenge I feel like it could have taken me ages! 5mo
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daniwithtea
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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That dinner when you‘re exhausted because you only got 3 hours of sleep last night because the cat is *not* adjusting well to the new move, but past you was smart and stuck easy Trader Joe‘s foods in the freezer.

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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"Time is the most precious commodity of all."

What a journey that was, I'm slightly exhausted for the book characters. Roger and Dodger both made me fall in love with them. I really enjoyed watching their sibling relationship wax and wane, strengthen and weaken. Seanan McGuire has such an awesome, creative mind. I have no idea how she ever came up with the idea for the story but I absolutely loved it.

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CaitlinR
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Pickpick

A friend recommended that I read Seanan McGuire. I couldn‘t put MIDDLEGAME down. She has crafted a fascinating take on the terrors of the Alchemical Arts.

“”I‘m saying if they wanted to control the elemental forces of creation, they shouldn‘t have turned us into people. People have their own agendas.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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NotCool
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Imagine having a secret best friend, a magic sibling that you could communicate with without anyone knowing, a soulmate, and then becoming estranged from them not once, but twice. Loneliness and alienation are more powerful in this book then all the evil alchemists and homunculi ever.

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OnlyYoo
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Super excited to be starting this today!

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The.Intentional.Reader
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Happy Father‘s Day to all the fellow dads out there in Litsy Land. Been reading this one for past couple of days. Really, really like it. Basically it‘s about (and this is the ultra short-doesn‘t do it justice snippet) a rogue alchemist trying to bring magic back into the world by capturing logic and math in two children. Very good!

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MCYmermaid
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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About to the middle of MIDDLEGAME. Twisty tale is becoming very twisty!!

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daniwithtea
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Pausing for coffee (and some reading, of course) between packing, carting boxes downstairs, and unpacking. And laundry. So much laundry. Lol

Puredragonstar Love your mug!!!! 😍😍😍 (edited) 5mo
daniwithtea @Puredragonstar thanks!! It was a gift from my MIL. The artist has a bunch of great stuff (for GG and other fandoms) - check out ratherkeen.com ! 5mo
MCYmermaid Great mug!! (Although I never was able to appreciate the Loreleis‘ love o‘ coffee.) 5mo
daniwithtea @MCYmermaid thanks! (I don‘t know if there‘s anyone in the real world who loves coffee as much as they do...) 5mo
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Lauredhel
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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#library #bookhaul of the day!

Tex2Flo I‘d have bought Fran Kiss Stein just for the title. Hope it holds true to the cleverness of the name. 5mo
emtobiasz Oh, I really liked this one— gorgeous art! 5mo
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daniwithtea
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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She can no more conceive of failure than a butterfly can conceive of calculus. ❤️❤️

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allusory
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Took this to read between my nephew‘s soccer games today. #auntlife

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Lisas.Library
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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My signed copy arrived today!!! The cover 😍
I‘m not really sure how to describe this one. It sounds really interesting. Check Goodreads for the longer synopsis.
Reed is skilled in the alchemical arts. He created twins Roger and Dodger. Reed wants to raise the twins to the highest power and claim their authority as his own.
I‘ve heard nothing but great things about this book. Add it to those TBRs 📚

AutumnRLS Love McGuire. Need to catch up on her October Daye series and get my hands on the Wayward books. 5mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Can't wait to read this, 3 more weeks on the library hold list though 5mo
Lisas.Library @AutumnRLS ~ I got extremely lucky and was able to buy all 4 Wayward books for $20 shipping included. ☺️ @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime ~ 3 weeks isn‘t too bad. It will fly by. I wish I used my library more but I have a thing for pretty covers and signed editions. It‘s costly 💸🤦🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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shanaqui
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I made a list of 22 books for #WyrdandWonder and was bet that I couldn't strike them all off the list by the end of May. It was agreed that May doesn't end properly until I sleep after midnight on the 31st, and that for the sake of sense that 4am was the cutoff.

I have done it!

Middlegame was the last book. Tricksy timeline, lots of fascinating stuff, still need to digest it.

littlelionlynnet Whoo! 💕 6mo
MCYmermaid So tricksy!! 5mo
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Skyrimir
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Oooohhhh, so this is creepy and interesting and I can‘t stop reading. My first book by McGuire but if it‘s all as good as the first 50 pages it definitely won‘t be my last.

Lisas.Library I‘m waiting for my signed copy to arrive. I‘m anxious to read this one 6mo
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lauren.lerner
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Recent bookmail, including a YA subscription book box focusing on BIPOC authors & artisans that I backed on Kickstarter! This is the first box & I have credits for two more; I will likely save them for the fall since I‘ll have a lot less reading time once camp starts (in 1mo!!!) I haven‘t opened it yet, but I‘ll do an unboxing post when I do because I‘m super excited about this one!

📦📚
#bookmail #diversereads #marginsbox

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daniwithtea
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I am SO excited for this. There are about a dozen other books “in line” (AKA due back to the library) before this one, but I have a feeling this will jump to the top of the pile.

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Yeah_I_Read
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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@JoScho ❤️❤️
For one of my favorite books so far this year

JoScho Yay! So glad you love it! 🤗🖤 6mo
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Branwen
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Here is the book haul I picked up with the Barnes & Noble gift card my sister sent me! 😄 I've heard so many good things about the Red Queen trilogy and I'm excited about it! Also I loved Middlegame so much when I read my library's copy that I felt compelled to get my own copy! 💕📚💕 #bookhaul

RainyDayReading Prince of Fools was both compelling and infuriating when I read it. Mostly because of Jal haha. I‘m planning to continue on with it though for Snorri‘s sake. Hope you like it! 6mo
Branwen @RainyDayReading Thanks for the tip! I read his Book of the Ancestor trilogy recently and really loved it, but I heard so many gross things about his Broken Empire trilogy I was afraid to try it! I'm hoping this one will be at least somewhere in the middle for me! 😁🤞 6mo
RainyDayReading @Branwen I‘ve heard great things about his Book of the Ancestor trilogy! But I haven‘t managed to get my hands on it yet. Yeah I‘ve heard some mixed things about the Broken Empire trilogy, some people hate it and other people adore it. I guess it depends on how far along the grimdark line you want to go. I would say that for PoF at least it‘s not that bad at all. Jal just annoys me to death haha. I‘m hoping to pick up the next book soon. 😁 6mo
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mjdowens
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out why this book seems so familiar to me. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. The weird back and forth time line thing and contacting yourself from the past and future. Definitely not the same story, but the time thing keeps messing with me just like in Dark Matter. Just 130 pages left and still enjoying it👍

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Yeah_I_Read
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Loving this! If you‘re a fan of The Wayward Children series, pick this up.

Erofan Impressive cover! 😍 6mo
Yeah_I_Read @Erofan that‘s half the reason I bought it! Lol 6mo
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Branwen
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Reading in bed with Chaplin for a bit before work! 😸💕 I picked this up from my library yesterday and am SUPER excited to be starting it! I love her Wayward Children series and if this is half as awesome as those are I am certainly in for a treat! 💕📚 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten

Branwen @BookishMarginalia He loves to cuddle! 😻💕 6mo
bookseller_cate What a perfect name for him. He looks so dapper. 😻 6mo
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Branwen @bookseller_cate Hahaha! Thank you! He is my little charmer! 😸💕 6mo
Kshakal I just want to cuddle with Chaplin !! 6mo
Branwen @kshakal He would absolutely love that! 😻 He loves to cuddle and he's super friendly! 💕 6mo
Trashcanman I like your new profile picture. 6mo
Branwen @Trashcanman Thank you so much! I love reading with my dragons! 😁🐲🐉 6mo
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Rudis
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Pickpick

I flew through this weird & wonderful, mad & marvellous novel in a little under a day. It had a captivating magic that made it hard to put down. The characters & concept grabbed my attention, and the emphasis on time through the novel kept it. Another damn good book from one of my favourite authors.

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bookish_wookish
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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In store pick up while in the store! It saved me money on the book but then cost me more because i found more books i wanted! 🤣

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bookish_wookish
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Anyone else excited about this one??!!?

LibrarianRyan Would it kill you if I told you I had a copy sitting in my office. 7mo
bookish_wookish 😱😱😱 @LibrarianRyan Did you read it?!? How was it?!? Tell me everything!!!! 7mo
LibrarianRyan @bookish_wookish no. It‘s not for me. And I don‘t think I could read it without creasing it. It‘s for the library conference I run. 7mo
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LibrarianRyan
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Wanna be jelly?? Okay these are not for me. They are for the library support staff conference I chair but I am still so thankful to Tor books and @HarperCollins for sending them. I can‘t wait to show them off and hand them out to our librarians.

Now the only challenge, not reading them before hand.

AlaMich I will have to buy Dear Haiti Love Alaine, since my name IS Alaine, and I never see it anywhere, much less on a book cover! 😀 8mo
LibrarianRyan @AlaMich 👍🏻👍🏻😁😁 8mo
RainyDayReading So excited for Middlegame and Gideon the Ninth! 8mo
LibrarianRyan @RainyDayReading me too. I squealed when I opened the pack. But I have to remember that they are not for me. 🙄 8mo
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aeeklund
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Soooooo this is a hell of a book to be reading during a storm-fueled power outage... 😳🌧🌬🕯

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aeeklund
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Excuse you, Miz Thang, may I have my book back, please??? 🙄🤦‍♀️

In other news, this is my first book for #25infive, and it‘s AMAZING! I looooove Seanan Maguire‘s use of language. It makes my heart sing.

(I will post a photo of the book when I‘ve wrestled it away from the Floof.)

#miyacatsprite #miyareads #booksellerperks

Leftcoastzen 😍😻 11mo
Andrew65 That would be a no. 😼😽 Well done on the book. 👏 11mo
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JessReads
Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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Eating lunch, starting this beauty, and I could not be more excited if I swallowed a cat and broke out in kittens 😍

LibrarianRyan 🤪🤣😂 12mo
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