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The Ten Thousand Doors of January
The Ten Thousand Doors of January | Alix E. Harrow
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Karen3
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I had a very hard time getting into this one but am glad I stuck it out. After about the first 1/3 it picked up and was really good. A very unique story line and interesting characters. I absolutely love this cover. 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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Mehso-so

I LOVE portal fantasy so the premise of this is totally up my alley. It‘s all about doors to other worlds. Even the story-within-a-story is all doors. Sadly, the execution of it left me feeling ‘meh‘ though. I keep thinking about the potential brilliance of the plot, but I struggled & skimmed (🤦🏼‍♀️) because of the writing style. I am in the minority online in my dislike and I hope y‘all who think this sounds good have better luck than I did...

InBooksILive I couldn't get into this book! I tried a couple times to start it and my mind wouldn't stay focused on it. It sounded so interesting too! 1d
jillrhudy This happens to me a LOT. Everyone is rapturous about a weird book and I‘m like—could the writer help me out a little here? I want to fall in love with this but it‘s too much work. Writing vigorously and writing well aren‘t the same. (edited) 1d
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LoverOfLearning
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Perfect audiobook to listen to on my long drive to work. I'm loving this story. So creative and mysterious. It's a story about a story within a story, woah. 😍

Enchanted_Bibliophile This is one of my top read for thia year. 2d
LoverOfLearning @Enchanted_Bibliophile yes, I'm only 3 hours in out of 12. But it's so different from what I normally read. I love it. 2d
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BookBelle84
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I love this cover. #beautifulbooks

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e.c.vitoria
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Brittbritt
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One of the many books I‘ve started and desperately want to finish 😅

Mccall0113 I‘ve heard great things about this one. My copy is on its way! 4d
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Briary
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The Ten Thousand Doors of January is so far surpassing all my expectations, incredible use of language, a wonderful story. My small cold heart is full. And Bryson does know how to make information sing. So my Sunday is quite luxurious on the book department. 📚👾

ljuliel How are you liking the new Bryson book ? I haven‘t seen many reviews yet, but I‘m guessing it‘s a thick one, as lots of his are. 5d
Briary @ljuliel It's a chonky one, for sure, but he does know how to pack a huge bunch of info in an entertaining way. So far it's a book worth reading 😊 5d
ljuliel Thanks. Being familiar with his other books, I thought this would do well also, I just hadn‘t heard much about it yet. I figured it might be pretty thick and take awhile to plow through. 5d
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LoverOfLearning
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Just started this book on Audible. I love how creative and whimsical the storyline is. I'm 4 chapters in and I feel so connected to the main character already. I read a lot of heavy and cold material for school so it's nice to have a fun, childlike fantasy book every once in awhile.

Bklover This one is one I‘m looking forward to! And welcome to Litsy! 5d
LoverOfLearning @Bklover good, it's a fun one. And thank you! 5d
CrowCAH Beautiful cover! 5d
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LoverOfLearning @CrowCAH Yes, I agree. I love the lettering and how the title plays into the design 5d
Come-read-with-me @lover of learning This sounds a great book. It‘s on my TBR list and give. That it sounds like a “happier” read than some of the things I have been reading I think I‘ll move it up to the top. Thanks for the review! 👍🏻 (edited) 5d
LoverOfLearning @Come-read-with-me You're welcome. Yeah I read so much depressing stuff for work and school. I need a change every once in awhile. 5d
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Tiffiney
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I have too many books waiting in my library to trudge through this. I made it about 40% and found my mind consistently wandering off. The story within the story was painfully boring. I had zero interest in the characters or where they would end up. Mission aborted...on to the next...

Hazel2019 You gotta do what you gotta do!😊 more exciting books waiting! 1w
Tiffiney @Hazel2019 Yep...already started a new one 😊 1w
elkeo_TheBookDragon Agreed! I was worried I was weird when all reviews on GR are soooo positive. 4d
Tiffiney @elkeo_TheBookDragon same here! Sometimes I think “Did we read the same book?“ 😂 3d
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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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1. Living - Alix E Harrow
Dead - Lucy M Montgomery
2. Alix, How did you know exactly what my soul needed ?
Lucy I would just like to thank for giving me Anne
3. Last count was just over 700 🤐

Some of my new friends:
@Mogoeg
@AnneCecilie
@Lifeisasnap
@Schlinkles

#wonderouswednesday
@Eggs

Eggs Love this!! Thanks for joining in 👍🏼🤗👏🏻 1w
Lifeisasnap The a 1w
Lifeisasnap @Enchanted_Bibliophile I agree wholeheartedly with the L.M. Montgomery question!! Thanks for the tag! 1w
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underground_bks
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It‘s the early 20th Century in Vermont, and January Scaller, the “exotic”-looking ward of a wealthy collector who employs her absent adventurer father, discovers that she can open doors to other worlds. What she finds is a lost history, a tragic romance, a nefarious plot, and a wide open horizon. While this didn‘t blow my mind, it was a very satisfying fantasy, impressive from a debut author, and I‘ll be keeping an eye out for Harrow‘s next book!

ju.ca.no Sound intriguing! 1w
underground_bks @ju.ca.no the more I sit with it, the more impressed with it I am! It‘s feminist, post-colonial...and a fun adventure story! 1w
ju.ca.no @underground_bks sold!🤩🤩🤩 (edited) 1w
underground_bks @ju.ca.no can‘t wait to read your review! 1w
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Quirkybookworm
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This story is so colorful as I dive deeper in it!!

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JSW
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October faves ! I loved these beautiful, rich, character-driven, deep books.
This month has been bananas at work and for some reason, I‘ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to read the “should” books - others‘ recommendations, nonfiction because Life is Serious. Yet. My faves this month were books that found me and begged to be read, and I‘m grateful to be reminded of the kinds of stories I love most. ❤️❤️❤️📚

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Matilda
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Will be camped at mailbox waiting for BOTM.

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ShelfRighteous
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If you ever believed magic existed somewhere, or were told to stop dreaming or be more realistic when you were young, this is the perfect story for you. This is a story that makes you believe in exploring and adventure. It has a slow start, but then pulls you right in. The protagonist, January, experiences pain, loss, grief n growing up to find who she really is n the author describes this journey vividly. A great read for imaginative people.

TheSpineView Sounds good! Stacked! 2w
ShelfRighteous @TheSpineView I hope you like it! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 🖤🖤 2w
ShelfRighteous @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know right! Also when you hold the hard copy under Google Lens, you get to see your own door and the back cover turns into a note from the author. It's so cool🤩 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ShelfRighteous wow!! That‘s cool!!! 2w
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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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Every time I opened this book it felt like I opened a door into another world.
My heart felt light and elated; my soul felt like it was at the exact right place at the exact right time. It felt like home

Review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2974367328

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MonikaSadowski
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Can‘t wait to read this one!! Did you like it?

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Amazing, amazing book! What a strong debut. I have to admit, I started and stopped this book and then something nagged me to start it up again. Man, am I glad I did. It‘s funny how the last two books I‘ve read have dealt with doorways that lead to other places/worlds.

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ReadingIsLife
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katlyn447
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Beautiful imagery of a mother and child. Reminds me of curling up with my own little ones.
#botm

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ShelfRighteous
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I had heard a lot about this book before starting. And then the first chapter itself describes the experience of a new book so well. This looks like a promising read🤩

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Mehso-so

I know this book has been getting a lot of love all around. But somehow it just wasn't for me. The world building and lush imageries, as much as I enjoyed them, I found a little overdone, slowing down the pace and leaving the characters much to yearn for, the two things that are important to me in a book. Full review on hookedonbookz.com

#eARC #Netgalley

elkeo_TheBookDragon Not for me either. Glad to see I am not alone 😁 (edited) 1d
Jee_HookedOnBookz @elkeo_TheBookDragon yaaaas! Me too! Phew! ❤️ 1d
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LouBeth
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So far I am loving this book! 💗💗

ShelfRighteous I posted the exact same quote! How is it going so far? 1mo
LouBeth @ShelfRighteous I just finished the audio book. I loved it!! It will definitely be one that I will reread. 4w
ShelfRighteous @LouBeth Wow I'm so excited to finish it🙈🤩 4w
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UnabridgedPod
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I loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January so much. Alix E. Harrow's debut novel is a marvel of storytelling, of fantasy realms, and of the power of books. Its interwoven narratives serve to heighten the magic of the novel and to deepen the development of the narrative arc.⠀

January Scaller is the daughter of an explorer, Julian, who works for the wealthy Mr. Locke. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod While Julian is away, procuring rare objects from around the world for Locke's collection, January lives with Locke, raised with the luxuries of wealth and privilege, but also with the restrictions that come with that position. The novel takes place in America in the early 1900s, and January, whose heritage is unclear but who is definitely biracial, is protected from much of the prejudice others face, because of her isolation on Locke's estate. ⬇️ 1mo
UnabridgedPod Her only friend is Samuel Zappia, who delivers groceries from his family's store. He brings her adventure novels that feed her yearning for adventure and help her to feel more connected to her father.⠀

Something changes when January, age 7, accompanies Locke on a trip to Kentucky. It's there that she wanders through a door that opens into a different world. When Locke finds her as she re-enters their world, something changes. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod Locke, who had been quite indulgent with January, shuts her into her room, isolating her until her spirit breaks. From that point forward, she immerses herself in the expectations of Locke's world. January has small moments of freedom and self-control, including her rebellion in keeping the puppy, Sindbad (Bad, for short), that Samuel gives her. ⬇️ 1mo
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UnabridgedPod One day, she finds a book called The Ten Thousand Doors, and her understanding of everything begins to change.⠀ You definitely should go into this book spoiler free, so I'll stop there. But I loved every moment of this novel, of the ways that January begins to understand herself and the possibilities of the world, and of Harrow's world building and positively gorgeous writing. ⬇️ 1mo
UnabridgedPod What an amazing fantasy novel. It lives up (completely!) to the beautiful cover.⠀

Who else has read The Ten Thousand Doors of January? What other amazing fantasy books are you reading?
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🧡🧡 1mo
TorieStorieS I loved this one too!! And what a lovely photo!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
UnabridgedPod @TorieStorieS It was phenomenal! And thank you. ❤️ 1mo
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Briary
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Life's been ..interesting, and I took a longish sabbatical from my social media. But books have been happening, here is my current reads and TBR in sweet disarray. 👾📚

julesG Welcome back! 1mo
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EchoLogical

Let that be a lesson to you: If you are too good and too quiet for too long, it will cost you. It will always cost you, in the end.

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irre
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These are my picks for #LMPBC.
Let me know if there‘s one you‘re really excited about or any you‘ve read or don‘t want to read. Can‘t wait to read with you all. @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @Johanna414

kellyann28 These all look great! My Dark Vanessa seems dark and deep, I will be sure to read that if you go with something else! 1mo
TheBookKeepers I‘m fine with any of these!! 1mo
Johanna414 I really don't care for books about student/teacher relationships, but the rest all look like solid choices. 1mo
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irre Totally understand @Johanna414 I won‘t pick that one. 1mo
Bookishthoughts I love almost all the books you pick! Such a wide range of rich storys!❤ 1mo
kellyann28 Sounds awesome! 1mo
Johanna414 Can‘t wait! 1mo
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EchoLogical
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My current stack...

SW-T Nice! 😊 1mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt2 is this gorgeous book that recently released. In the early 1900s, January is a ward of wealthy Mr Locke, spending her days wandering his mansion filled with artifacts & treasures. Until she finds a book, a book that tells the tales of secret doors, adventure & danger. And January finds it‘s a story increasingly entwined with her own. Not a #Scareathlon #TeamSlaughter book unfortunately, looks like it‘s waiting for November. 1point

LeeRHarry Hey Liz, how are things with that bushfire out Penrith way? Is that near you? 1mo
CarolynM Echoing @LeeRHarry's questions. Hope everything is good where you are. 1mo
Amiable What a gorgeous cover! 1mo
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Lizpixie @LeeRHarry @CarolynM thanks for the concern guys, the fire is on the other side of Penrith atm, more towards Richmond & Londonderry which is far enough away not to concern us right now😘♥️♥️ @Amiable it is isn‘t it. It‘s one of the reasons it caught my eye #coverlove 1mo
CarolynM 👍 1mo
LeeRHarry 👍 1mo
JacqMac That cover is amazing! 1mo
Clwojick Stunning! 1mo
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NotCool
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She writes a Door of blood and silver. The door opens just for her.

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kymmiesreads
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Pickpick

All I can say is this book was stunningly beautiful! The writing was lyrical and the whole book was whimsical! It‘s a book that is are to describe; all I can say is READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!!! 🥰😍🤩

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suvata
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7 days. 7 covers you love. No explanation. Tag a new person to participate each day.

#7covers7days #coverlove Day 3

@DarcysMom Wanna play?

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CoffeeCatsBooks
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Pickpick

In this YA fantasy, January is raised by her father‘s benefactor in a mansion filled with relics. When her father disappears on a relic hunting mission, a blue door to another world that she opened long ago tugs at her memory...

I really enjoyed this story and nearly finished it in one sitting, but my eyes gave out on the last 50 pgs. One note, I did think, given the title, January would be visiting lots of worlds but it‘s not that kind of story.

PetrozavaRR Stacked on my TBR list😁👌Glad you liked it❤🤗 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @PetrozavaRR I hope you will too! 📖 2mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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“Cats, I have found, seem to exist in more or less the same form in every world; it is my belief that they have been slipping in and out of doors 🚪 for several thousand years. Anyone familiar with house cats will know this is a particular hobby of theirs” 😹

I haven‘t been tracking my hours for #24B4Monday but this is my 9th book and I think I must be close hrs wise. I‘m posting this now in case I fall asleep 😴 on the couch before I finish.

Crazeedi This is so true, my kitties instantly know when I open a door even for a second, and have been trapped at times unbeknownst to me! 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @Crazeedi Yes! I‘ve unwittingly trapped mine in the closet and bathroom. 2mo
Crazeedi @CoffeeCatsBooks and my clothes closet! Lol 2mo
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AshleyKorinE
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Mehso-so

This is a book inside of a book with info dumping and dramatic villains and lots of words that took FOREVER to read. At the end it got exciting and lots of stuff was happening but the beginning wasn‘t worth the trip. There is also a couple trigger warnings for animal violence and self harm for the use of magic and it all adds up to an okay book that I‘m not mad I read but nothing to shout the roof off about either. I was glad to read the ending.

Jee_HookedOnBookz I totally agree with you! 1mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Agreed. 👍🏻 1d
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sharread

The book started great but later it was way too redundant, especially with what she would repeatedly say, then the asylum just lost me, went even worse from there. You never read about her going into any doors.

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Lillie
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Loved this YA fantasy. What a fun and absorbing adventure this was! Highly recommend it if you're looking to get lost for a time.

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kymmiesreads
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An afternoon of reading 📚📖📚 Is there anything better?

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kymmiesreads
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Omg I‘m so excited to start this!

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AutumnRLS
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Couldn't help myself. #sorrynotsorry

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 2! Recently released. January Scaller is the ward of wealthy Mr. Locke. She resides in his house filled with strange, exotic miscellany. One day she comes upon a book. It tells of other worlds, and spins a tale of secret doors and dangerous adventure. As she reads, she finds it interwoven with much of her own. Magic seems to abound in this Secret Garden-esque debut novel. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Branwen I just finished this book yesterday and absolutely loved it! One of the best YA books I've read so far this year! 2mo
AutumnRLS This just came in the mail today! Very excited to read it! 2mo
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Between.The.Covers
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So many to read! Not enough time! #triptopowells

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Branwen
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"She accumulated the dust of other worlds on her skin like ten thousand perfumes, and left constellations of wistful men and impossible tales in her wake."

Ahhhhh this book was so fabulous! The story is top notch and the writing absolutely gorgeous! One of my favorite YA books that I've read so far this year! If you only read two YA fantasy books this year, make sure this is one of them! (And make sure the other is Sorcery of Thorns!) ??

Melissa_J Does this read like a YA book? I‘m asking because it‘s classified as regular rather than YA fantasy up here. 2mo
Branwen @Melissa_J Oh wow, really? 🤔 Yes, I think it definitely reads as YA! 2mo
Melissa_J Strange! It‘s in the regular fantasy section at the bookstore and is priced like a regular fantasy hardback. I guess I‘m going to wait for it to show up at Book Outlet to buy it, since I don‘t want to pay regular prices for what is a YA novel. Maybe the publisher is different in Canada and they don‘t judge it as YA. I‘m going to investigate this 😂 2mo
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Branwen @Melissa_J That IS really weird! I haven't seen it in the bookstores here but I know I got my copy through Book of the Month, and it was one of the new YA books from last month! 🤔 So strange! 2mo
Dragon 😻 2mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Melissa_J I am in the US and It‘s totally priced and shelved as an adult fantasy 💸 1d
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Mirandareads
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This was such a beautiful fantasy!!! I loved it!💜

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Branwen
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There's just something so magical about orchards...don't you think? ?????

"Come let us watch the sun go down
and walk in twilight through the orchard's green.
Does it not seem as if we had for long collected,
saved and harbored within us old memories?
To find releases and seek new hopes,
remembering half forgotten joys..."

~Rainer Maria Rilke

Leftcoastzen Beautiful!🍎🍏🍎🍏 2mo
rather_be_reading yes! 😍 2mo
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Branwen
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Apple picking today! 🍎🍏🍎 Happy weekend, dear littens! 😊🍁💕📚

kspenmoll Love your photo! Enjoy your apples! 2mo
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Branwen
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This weekend is the harvest moon festival in my town! Lots of food, local brews, music, and dancing. It's my favorite festival of the year! 😍🎃🍁🍂🍺 The tagged book is what I brought along with me tonight, because of course I can't go anywhere without a book! 😁📚💕

Caroline2 Ohhh that festival looks lovely! 😯 2mo
PetrozavaRR With all of the lights and music it looks magical🥰🤗Hope you have fun!👋🤗 2mo
Branwen @Caroline2 @PetrozavaRR Thank you! It really was so magical and I had a great time! 😀💕 2mo
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Lostinagoodbook
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THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow
Beautifully written, evocative and imaginative. Must read!
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#reading #fantasy #NetGalley #mustreads #bookbloggers
Full review here:
https://lostnagoodbook.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/the-ten-thousand-doors-of-januar...

bookladyreads I can't wait to read this book. It's on my October tbr. I chose this book as an add-on for my September book of the month. Also, the cover is just stunning. 2mo
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