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Starless Sea
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world--a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians--it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose--in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
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breemariegarcia
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Hi, I‘m definitely not sitting in a park crying over this book.

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alwz
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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#24in48forever #unofficial24in48 my best time amount while parenting ever. #ReadingWhileParenting

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alwz
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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alwz
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Have read almost 10 hours for this #forever24in48 and thinking it may be time for bed soon

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StellarDoc
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Erin Morgenstern at the Dallas Museum of Art

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StellarDoc
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

*deep breath*

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!

With @Karizma

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Vanessa
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Mehso-so

(Excerpt from my review on Goodreads)

I‘m a little sad... I think maybe Morgenstern was just too ambitious with this one, and it got away from her. Too many threads just wound up in a tangled, inexplicable mess. She can write like nobody‘s business, and I hope she writes another book (and that we don‘t have to wait another eight years!), and I will again read whatever she writes. But this one will not rank among my favorites.

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vivastory
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I entered HPB with the intention of buying one book. So, I rewarded myself with three more.
#noregrets #firsthaulof2020

Hooked_on_books Good intentions should be rewarded! 😬 4w
saresmoore 😂 You‘re my favorite, Scott. 4w
readordierachel As you should! 4w
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BarbaraBB Great reward. Well deserved of course 😂👏 4w
sprainedbrain Ooooh, The Starless Sea. 😍 4w
Reggie Love that cover on the left. 4w
vivastory @Reggie Scroll down my feed a little for a close-up 👇 4w
vivastory @Hooked_on_books Agreed! 👏😄 4w
vivastory @sprainedbrain I flipped through it & I'm really looking forward to it! 4w
LeahBergen As one does. 😉 4w
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valeriegeary
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Well. I was keeping track of my reading time for #24b42020 but then somehow the timer on my phone got turned on inside my purse when I was out running errands and logged a bunch of extra non reading hours. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I think I had about 3.5 before the timer fiasco. So I guess I'll just start over with the tracker & see what happens. My goal is to finish this one before the end of the year!

Caroline2 What an adorable dog! 💖 what breed is he?? 1mo
valeriegeary @Caroline2 he's a mutt, a rescue from the pound. We think he's some kind of beagle/daschund mix? Or a terrier mix? 🤷🏼‍♀️ We call him a standard LBD (little brown dog) 🐶 1mo
Caroline2 With the head wrinkles and the whiskers, I‘d say he‘s got a bit of patterdale terrier in him. We‘ve just got a patterdale pup so now I‘m looking for them everywhere!! 😆 1mo
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valeriegeary @Caroline2 I've never heard of that breed before so of course I googled them and what cute dogs! I suppose it's possible he could have some patterdale in him. I'm too cheap to pay for a dna test. 😂 Your new guy is a cutie patootie though!! 🙌 1mo
monalyisha I *love* the term LBD! 😆💯 1mo
Zelma 😆 I have a standard LBD too. Black and Brown, but same thing. 1mo
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valeriegeary
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Savoring this one.

Bookworm83 Me, too 💜 1mo
valeriegeary @Bookworm83 every page it seems I'm sighing at the loveliness of something. It's such a bookworm's book. 😍 1mo
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CherylRussell
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I been stalling reading this book and I think I finally realized why-I‘m afraid it won‘t live up to my expectations. Anyone else ever do this? #weirdbookproblems #thestarlesssea #erinmorgenstern

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Samreamer
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Mehso-so

I often read reviews and then discard them if they‘re negative; “Aw, they just don‘t truly love ‘X‘ or they‘re too picky.” I should‘ve listened to them for this. I could not follow this book. I‘m all for plot twists. I‘m even here for not understanding a book up until the last chapter, but I finished this one, and I still don‘t fully understand everything. I wanted to love it- it had so many wonderful elements- but it was just too confusing.

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BarkingMadRun
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Happy #Jolabokaflod day! Thanks to @Amandajoy for the amazing book and the yummy chocolate, my fave although I‘ve never tried it with sea salt! So excited! #jolabokaflodswap @MaleficentBookDragon

Amandajoy Hope you enjoy the sea salt! I thought it gave it a little something extra 😉 1mo
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Special_K
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Do not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.

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valeriegeary
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Friends. I don't know what happened to the weekend but my grand plans for #11thhourreadathon turned into parties w/friends & the Nutcracker ballet w/my niece. Nice things but I only read like 2 hours. 🙈 Anyway, my #bookreport is late too, but here it is: I am sad to say I bailed on the Water Dancer--it was me not the book. I wanted to read Starless Sea more, so that's what I'm doing. Loving it & should be able to finish this week. #weeklyreport

KarenUK This one seems like it is a ‘read slowly and savor the beauty‘ kinda book...... 1mo
emz711 @KarenUK ☝👆🖕 1mo
valeriegeary @KarenUK yes, I'm definitely trying not to devour it. 😊 1mo
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valeriegeary
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My first few hours of the #11thhourreadathon were a bust. I read 18 minutes and promptly fell asleep. I needed it though and I have coffee now! It's raining outside, I've got nothing to do today but this.

JazzFeathers I'm going to start in a few minutes. It's the end of the day over here. It was a busy one. 1mo
EclecticReaders Looks lovely! 1mo
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valeriegeary
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Happy Friday book friends! How was everyone's week? I did a lot of good writing, went on a rare December bike ride, and started crocheting this scarf as a birthday present for a friend. I'm doing an overnight sleep study tonight--trying to figure out why I'm constantly tossing and turning and getting in general terrible sleep. It's weird not being at home but at least I have this magical book to help me drift off to dreamland.

Jas16 Hope you get some answers 1mo
LauraJ Sweet dreams! 1mo
Crazeedi Sleep studies are hard to do! Hang in there! 1mo
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LeahBergen What a pretty scarf! And good luck getting some answers for your sleep issues. 🤞🏻 1mo
julesG Lovely scarf! Hope the sleep study helps. 1mo
valeriegeary @LeahBergen @julesG @Crazeedi @LauraJ @Jas16 thanks all! I slept okay considering. Now just have to wait for results.... 1mo
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perfectlywinged
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Mehso-so

This end paper! 🤩 A layered story with beautiful writing but one I felt disengaged with because I was confused by all the story threads.

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CWilson
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Pickpick

The descriptive lyrical prose was really beautiful, but I feel like the characters and plot were lacking. Would love less lengthy descriptions of libraries and light fixtures and some more plot. Lots and lots of metaphors, and the underlying message was interesting. 3.5/5

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BookHermit
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“He takes a book from one of the shelves, recalling a story that was probably a Twilight Zone episode: so much to read and no eyeglasses.

He flips the book open to a random page anyway and the printed words are crisp and clear. ”

Always love a reference to Time Enough at Last. How many bookworms have been traumatized by that final scene??

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perfectsinner
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Nov reads 2/2

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DavidDiamond
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Mehso-so

You know when you have a crazy dream where the people and the settings are constantly changing and its hard to make sense of anything and when you wake up you say “what in the hell was that?”....this book was like that for me.
This may have been a case of my expectations being too high (as I LOVE The Night Circus) combined with long stretches of not reading due to life things...so perhaps this warrants another read to fully appreciate it?

Sapphire I enjoyed the audiobook, but I can see how it would be confusing in print. Different voices for the four threads helped. But a surreal feeling is intended I think. It's a love story to literature. 2mo
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peaknit
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Pickpick

Why I loved this book “the son of the fortune teller rows a boat across an ocean made of paper”. Of course he did, only in the fairy tale magic of Morgenstern. I did not understand it all but the delightful details helped me conjure rich visuals, I felt like I was there. I will read this again (or listen perhaps?) when I have more headroom, as in not before the holidays. 🐝 🗡 🔑

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peaknit
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To finish or not to finish...that is the question. I‘m not sure this time of year, when my mind is racing with a “to do” list, is right for me and this book. 🤔

emz711 It is incredible but you definitely need some quiet time to soak it in 2mo
peaknit @emz711 that is exactly what I am thinking, on one hand I‘m loving the magic but on the other...squirrel! I can‘t focus 😂 I wonder what the audio would be like, I enjoyed the narrator on The Night Circus so much. (edited) 2mo
emz711 Ooo I did too! 2mo
peaknit @emz711 I finished. It truly was so rich and delicious, I just needed to commit and push everything else away. 2mo
emz711 Yes! Good for you 2mo
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ralexist
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Panpan

This is gonna be an unpopular opinion but I didn't like this. This is the first book of hers that I've read & she is a wonderful writer. There is no doubt that she has a beautiful way with words; and I love a well-turned phrase but I also like substance with my beauty. I got to the halfway point in this & I still didn't know what the point of the story was. There were lots of clever little stories but I had no investment in the characters.

RowReads1 Thanks for being honest! I haven‘t read my copy yet. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly That‘s precisely how I felt about Night Circus. 2mo
Reagan @MicheleinPhilly exactly! I bailed on the Night Circus. 2mo
GypsyKat You know, I felt a lot the same with Night Circus. I never invested in the characters at all. 2mo
CWilson Well said! I completely agree. 2mo
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Karisa
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Pickpick

A book about doorways and magical dreamy places. This one's fantasy world is filled with books, perfect drinks, cats, and so many stories layered upon each other. If books were desserts this one would be baklava. Delicious!

JSW I loved it. I'm planning on rereading immediately 😂😂 2mo
Karisa @JSW I totally get that! I have never marked up a book more (digitally). So many moments and visions of pure beauty. 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Pickpick

A beautiful, magical story for those who tested the backs of wardrobes, peered down rabbit holes, and searched for hidden train platforms in hopes of finding passage to a magical land.

#Booked2019 - New in 2019
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Awwww, love your review 2mo
Itchyfeetreader Lovely review 2mo
kspenmoll Love your review. Want to read.... 2mo
sprainedbrain Love this review! ❤️ 2mo
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Sapphire
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"late night drunken story time is over"

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Karisa
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#WonderousWednesday @Eggs#WondrousWednesday

1. Inspired by @Eggs and made a bookface ?

2. "A sleeve could catch on the top of a castle, sending a princess tumbling to the ground below." from tagged (amazing) book

3. Chilly and clear 55* F evening at the moment.

Karisa Added an extra in wondrous somehow. 🤣 It's the California variant spelling! 🤣 2mo
Eggs Karisa !! Awesome bookface 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. Thanks for playing 🤗🥳 2mo
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TheKidUpstairs
Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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My newest snuggly reading buddy (and me trying hard not to drop the almost 500 pg book on her).

"A sleeve could catch on the top of a castle, sending a princess tumbling to the ground below."

4°C, grey, melty. Very November.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Awww beautiful baby 🥰💗❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Aww! 💕💕💕💕 2mo
CarolynM So sweet❤️ 2mo
BiblioLitten Hahah I can relate to that pic so much!! 😁💕 2mo
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emz711
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Pickpick

Finished! And started again!
🐇🐝🗝🗡🐝🐰
#beesandkeys #honeyandbones

Hello to new followers @Theeclecticreader @Hazel2019

Hazel2019 😊 2mo
Paperback.Propensity I'm dying to read it! 2mo
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Bibliogeekery
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I was at this delightful evening tonight! 😍📚

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Karisa
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Lingering over this book's words much more slowly than usual. Erin Morgentstern has the most beautiful way with words! 💗💗💗

sprainedbrain This is one of my favorite quotes in this very-quotable book! 🥰 2mo
Karisa @sprainedbrain Hooray! Kindred spirits... that's why I love @Litsy! 💗 2mo
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countessnicki10
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Make time to read before work 🤗

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Theeclecticreader
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So excited to have received my Waterstones edition of The Starless Sea today! I honestly can‘t tell which cover I like better.
#bookcovers #bookishproblems #cantwaittoread

Scochrane26 I‘ve realized recently that I need to pay attention to the Waterstones‘ editions, they‘re so pretty. 2mo
Theeclecticreader @Scochrane26 I saw this through someone‘s feed on Instagram. There are three different colors of the book under the dust jacket: red, teal, dark navy. When you order it you don‘t know which one you‘ll get. I got the red one. 2mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy! Are you new here? You'll love it!! 2mo
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Theeclecticreader @Crazeedi Yes I am! Thank you! I was so excited when I learned about Bookstagram last year and this seems so much better! Nothing but books! 2mo
Crazeedi Check out #litsywecomewagon and @LitsyHappenings , ask questions and jump right in!! 2mo
Theeclecticreader @Crazeedi Thank you! I will! 2mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves Ugh, I think I'm going to have to order the blue cover too....it's SO pretty. 2mo
Theeclecticreader @EliNeedsMoreShelves I think it was totally worth it. The side of the pages even had the key, bee, and sword stamped on. It‘s beautiful 😍 2mo
Brittybuhh This was my favorite book of the year and I asked for the Waterstones edition for Christmas because it‘s so beautiful! 2mo
Theeclecticreader @Brittybuhh You‘ll have to let me know what color you get! I got the red cover 2mo
rather_be_reading 😍😍 2mo
emz711 Black! ☻🕵🗣👤👥🕴👣💤💣🕳🕶🎩🎓 2mo
JoyBlue Ooh—I love the Waterstones cover! Is it signed? I enjoyed the book so much that I suggested to my DH that I would happily accept a signed edition for the upcoming holidays (he has a favorite place to order signed editions). He bought it right that minute on his phone and gave it to me the day it arrived! Score! 📚💙 2mo
Theeclecticreader @JoyBlue That‘s awesome! Happy early holidays! 2mo
JoyBlue @Theeclecticreader Thanks! Happy holidays to you! 2mo
Nute Does Waterstones ship outside of the UK? 2mo
Theeclecticreader @Nute Yes they do! It takes a little longer and there‘s more for shipping but for a book like this it was worth it 😊 2mo
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perfectsinner
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Picked this up at the library today. It's on my want-to-reads list. Starting it now 😁📚📖

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Slajaunie
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Listening to this on audio, fabulous by the way, and I hear what is supposed to be a New Orleans accent. Why do movies, tv shows, and audiobooks depict people from New Orleans and even Louisiana in general as having a heavy southern accent and sounding like a Georgia bell? We don‘t! It irritates me to no end. Do your research!

Bookwormjillk As someone from Boston I can relate to your accent irritations 2mo
Zelma Omg, yes. Cajun is not Deep South and New Orleans does not sound southern or Cajun. 2mo
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LDavisMunro
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It is suddenly freezing in Toronto with a lot of snow, so I couldn‘t have come across this passage at a more perfect time.
“The weather. It‘s like a poem. Where each word is more than one thing at once and everything‘s a metaphor. The meaning condensed into rhythm and sound and the spaces between sentences. It‘s all intense and sharp like the cold and the wind.”

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emz711
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Gorgeous!

Texreader Yes! 3mo
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lynneamch
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At Politics & Prose in DC tonight up close and personal with Erin Morgenstern.

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emz711
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It's here!

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sharread
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Sumi
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The Starless Sea has arrived!! But then I discovered that I have A second copy coming. Christmas present for someone on my list? It turns out I preordered on Amazon & on indiebound.

umbrellagirl Jealous! Enjoy 🙂 3mo
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DavidDiamond
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The wait is over!!!
🙌♥️

Andrew65 😊👍 3mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Happy Pub Day!!!! So excited for this one to be on shelves.

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/the-starless-sea-erin-morganstern/

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HotCocoaReads
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Pickpick

Such a beautiful, atmospheric book. I love the world Morgenstern created and enjoyed the book—however, sometimes as I was reading along, I would find myself completely lost. Perhaps that‘s how the characters felt too. I think people who loved The Night Circus will probably love this too.

Follow.my.read Mine comes today!!! SOOOO EXCITING 😄 3mo
emz711 I get it tomorrow, wee! 3mo
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Craftylikefox
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Happiest early birthday to me! A day early on their release and I know my birthday isn‘t till Thursday but this is the absolute best way to start celebrating especially after the day I had 🖤 I hope there is something that brings you joy this Monday 🖤

wordslinger42 I have The Starless Sea on hold at my library! Mercifully, I'm only number 8 on the list, so hopefully I won't have to wait too long 😅 3mo
Linsy Pretty books!! 😍 3mo
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StellarDoc
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Using @DeweysReadathon as reason to blow off grading and dive into this beautiful book!

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Bailedbailed

Run fast, run away. Wow was this a struggle, and in the end completely not worth it. The writing is bad, the characters are boring, every other chapter is a different story and not in an interesting way. I dreaded having to pick it up to finish it.