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The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) | Lev Grossman
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catsuit_mango
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Only 100p left in that book and I know less and less how I feel about it. It started as an older Harry Potter obsessed with Narnia, but now I feel like slapping quentin most of the time... #vendredilecture #bookandtea

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madamereadsalot1
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#chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon day 26 #magic I liked this book, but still haven't made it further than this in the series.
@Clwojick #teamslaughter

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AutumnRLS
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monalyisha
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Lev Grossman just set his profile picture to this stick figure drawing & I am DYING. 😂😂😂 It‘s ridiculous how much it looks like him! I just...I can‘t.

Also, this book‘s Litsy rating is a TRAVESTY.

VioletBramble It is considered the weakest book in trilogy. Quentin is extremely whiney in this one. I love the tv series though. That stick figure does look exactly like Lev Grossman. 3mo
monalyisha @VioletBramble I don‘t think “the worst book in the trilogy” is a curse; I think they‘re all great! But I hated the tv show. 😆 3mo
Pruzy Don‘t know what that says about me that I didn‘t find him whiney 😬 3mo
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monalyisha @Pruzy 😅 I think it‘s a frequent complaint but I also think his immaturity is central to his character; it‘s not like Lev wrote him without intention, so the fact that he needs to *seriously* grow & change didn‘t ruin it for me. It just meant that he was a dynamic character. 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Pruzy @monalyisha Exactly! That‘s a great way to put it. Everyone forgets he was fresh out of high school at the start of the book! 3mo
VioletBramble Quentin definitely grows throughout the trilogy. I personally don‘t mind his whining. It helped me identify with him. But based on reviews he is the reason so many people never finish or dislike the first book. 3mo
LibrarianRyan I love him. He is such a nice guy. We picked the Magicians as our One book one summer title and he did an intro video for my libraries website. I hate to say I thought the book was boring. 3mo
monalyisha @LibrarianRyan @VioletBramble @Pruzy I had a weird experience where I didn‘t think I liked ”The Magicians” the first time I read it. Then, the second book came out & I was strangely...excited??? So, I went back and read the first one again & LOVED IT. I ended up adoring the series & have been chasing read-alikes ever since! (edited) 3mo
monalyisha @Pruzy @LibrarianRyan @VioletBramble Maybe everyone just needs a reread. 😉💕 3mo
monalyisha Updated info with art cred straight from the stick figure‘s mouth: “Major personal/professional milestone: I‘m interviewing Randall “xkcd” Munroe onstage Thursday night at Cooper Union, so he made a stick-figure drawing of me.” 3mo
Kimberlone I love this series! But it definitely has a lot of haters 3mo
LL1964 I loved this series so much 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I thought that looked like Randall Munroe‘s style! How fun 😄 I haven‘t read this book but hope to someday. 3mo
Salaphina The rating of this book is very upsetting! I loved this book and the second one. The third is still on my reading list though. 3mo
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Corar
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Mehso-so

The first half really dragged for me. The second half picked up and held my attention better.

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wanderinglynn
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#30junebooks DNF

I made it about 1/3 of the way, but couldn‘t push myself any further.

wideeyedreader Oh, I wish I‘d done the same! The book doesn‘t get any better, trust me! 5mo
wanderinglynn @wideeyedreader I‘ve heard the TV adaptation is better. 5mo
wideeyedreader @wanderinglynn I‘ve watched the first two seasons, and I have to agree—the show is better! 5mo
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Amiable I forced myself to finish, but did not enjoy any of it! 5mo
wanderinglynn @Amiable Wow, that‘s amazing you finished. I just could not push myself to go any further. 5mo
wanderinglynn @wideeyedreader I haven‘t tried it yet. The book kind of turned me off. Maybe after more time has passed, I‘ll give it a try. 5mo
Amiable @wanderinglynn It‘s been a couple of years since I read it, but I am guessing I probably started skimming quite heavily after a short time. It‘s really just not very well written. 5mo
jerra I also couldn‘t get with the book! The tv show was good (tho I watched the first season only) 5mo
wanderinglynn @jerra Eventually I‘ll have to check out the show. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I read an ARC of another book from him. Or I should say I DNF'd another book from him. Not sure I'll ever try this one. Especially after the comments! 5mo
wanderinglynn @BarbaraTheBibliophage I found this one to be tedious, too much detail & not enough action. And I simply couldn‘t care about the characters. So, if you DNF‘d another of his books, passing on this one is a good idea. 5mo
ImperfectCJ I liked this one fairly well, but I definitely can't recommend the second in the trilogy (or the third). They really just get worse. So I wouldn't say you're missing much. 5mo
wanderinglynn @ImperfectCJ it‘s really too bad because this concept is right up my alley. 5mo
Exbrarian I liked this one alright, but I couldn't get into the second one. 5mo
MicrobeMom I used to and still to this da certain music reminds me of certain books! However with kids there always a lot of noise in the background when I read and it is usually not music. I can tune almost anything out. My hubby calls it my super power! 5mo
emz711 I get it. I pushed through and will probably read the next one but yeah I questioned myself 5mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead Ugh, I forced myself to finish this a few years ago but it wasn‘t worth it for me. Quentin is such a douchebag. 🙄 5mo
wanderinglynn @LoveToReadLiveToRead Yes he is. And a boring one at that. 😂 5mo
wanderinglynn @emz711 A lot of people liked it. It just wasn‘t for me. 5mo
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DannyHattan
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Snap, The Magicians at the lil Library in the gym, and it‘s the book we discussed. Double snap 🙌🏻😂 only $3 too. 😀 @Andrea4

Andrea4 Noice!!!🙌 I think it's great your gym has a little library! 5mo
BigHappiness I love that series!!!!!!! 5mo
DannyHattan @BigHappiness I‘ve not started it yet but I do like the TV show 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 5mo
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DannyHattan @Andrea4 Dubai has a great incentive with used books, these lil stalls are everywhere. They use dead space like under stairs etc. And fill them with books. 5mo
Andrea4 @DannyHattan sounds like a dream!!! And it's hot and sunny! Geez, maybe I should pack my bags and move! 5mo
GatheringBooks ooh this is good to know. my family and i will be moving to al ain in september. :) 5mo
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emz711
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Storm might be on its way but I'm the only one on the beach!
Enjoying The Magicians but soooo different than Harry Potter

Thanks for the follow @annahenke @Schmieds @Theaelizabet @olivia.ferz

#beach #magic #coffee #rook #fillory

thegirlwiththelibrarybag That‘s the problem with marketing using phrases like ‘Harry Potter for adults‘ or ‘the next Harry Potter‘ - have you watched the tv series? 6mo
emz711 @thegirlwiththelibrarybag no I haven't, any good? 6mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @emz711, haven‘t watched it yet. I‘m about to start watching A Discovery of Witches - my library hold finally came in! 6mo
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emz711 @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I didn't realize that was a show too. The book was not my thing 6mo
CBee I love the TV series!! 6mo
Scochrane26 It was marketed as HP but is actually much more like Narnia. Also, I‘ve heard the tv show is very different from the books—many seem to like it better. (edited) 6mo
emz711 @Scochrane26 I totally picked up on the Fillroy/Narnia vibes 6mo
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DebbieGrillo
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1. Tagged
2. Women Talking by Miriam Toews
3. What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand and Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
4. I set a goal to read 52 books, that's one a week. I should be on book 23 but I'm on book 17. But, I'm a teacher and summer is coming!
5. @kspenmoll @TheKidUpstairs @FantasyChick

#thursdaysurvey @laurenslibrary

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EastWind76
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I just couldn't get into that last book (100-Year-Old Man), so I bailed. I'm really excited about this one, though, because I love the show!

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wanderinglynn
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Bailedbailed

At nearly 3 hrs in, I‘m bailing. Sadly, I found it too tediously boring for me to even loathe it. It‘s just boring and I just can‘t go any further.

My full GR review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2837541119

VanChocStrawberry I didn‘t like this one, either. I feel like I‘m super in the minority 6mo
heikemarie I don‘t know why but I read this series all the way to the end but I only liked the last half of the last book. I feel you. 6mo
Laughterhp Yeah, I didn‘t like this book either. I bailed on it too and have no interest in trying again! 6mo
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Scochrane26 I read this series (I had bought all 3 books at once) and didn‘t get into it until halfway through book 2. Then, I loved the rest. I know the show is very different, & some argue it‘s a lot better than books. (edited) 6mo
wanderinglynn @VanChocStrawberry I don‘t think we are that much in the minority. I see a lot of 1 and 2 star reviews on GR. 6mo
wanderinglynn @Laughterhp glad I‘m not the only one! 6mo
wanderinglynn @heikemarie @Scochrane26 I know a lot of people who read it. I just can‘t get through even half of the first book. 6mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh 6mo
Amiable Ugh, this book was painful. I‘m in the same camp. 6mo
Reagan-reads I loved the first half and then it just completely lost momentum for me. I finished it but have no interest in going any further. 6mo
Skyrimir I found it interesting but HATED the main character. I haven‘t started the others. 6mo
VanChocStrawberry I was super excited about it, too. And I read more than the first one, I think? There are some major consent issues...I was completely icked out by the (first?) transmogrification scene. 6mo
Brooke_H I had to force myself to finish the first book. But the next two are so great! 6mo
IamIamIam Ditto what @Brooke_H said! I hated everyone in this book but something happened at the end and I was hooked. The 3rd was actually my favorite!! I'm so sorry you couldn't muscle through but I totally understand why. I read this before I decided it was okay to give up if I wasn't enjoying the book so that's why I finished. 6mo
mcipher Watch the show!! It is SO much better than the books, for real. I read all of them but mostly because I forced myself to. They had some redeeming qualities that I don‘t recall now. 😆 6mo
MusicallyMorgan Did George R.R. Martin just compare Harry Potter to a cup of weak tea? 😂🤦‍♀️ 6mo
rachelsbrittain I didn't enjoy this one either 6mo
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brittanyyyjo
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I have been in a reading slump since August. I‘ve finally finished 2 books this week. 🙌🏼 So excited to start this one!

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emz711
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Got the stack at library book sale for $11!
Tagged my most excited to read (only because I read the Night Circus already and loved it)

And welcome @kramerh77 !

#booksale #themagicians

RealBooks4ever Great haul! 📚💜 7mo
Kimberlone I love the Magicians and The Night Circus. You have some great picks in there!!! 7mo
RaimeyGallant Nice! 7mo
emz711 @Kimberlone in the middle of the magicians now. It really skips through the whole school years thing 6mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“As a teenager in Brooklyn Quentin had often imagined himself engaged in martial heroics, but after this he knew, as a cold immutable fact, that he would do anything necessary, sacrificing whatever or whomever he had to, to avoid risking exposure to physical violence. Shame never came into it. He embraced his new identity as a #coward... It didn't matter what he had to do, he would do it and be glad.”

#coward #QuotsyMay19

gradcat Great one! 👍♥️ 7mo
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EmilieGR
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Came highly recommended but I was bored

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Job done, I‘ll start it along side my current read @Andrea4 Looking forward to it 🙌🏻 #fantasy

Andrea4 Oh Gods, now I really hope you like it 🙈🤣 7mo
DannyHattan @Andrea4 no pressure 😆🙃 7mo
Andrea4 @DannyHattan 🤣 keep me updated ! 7mo
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WhatThePuck
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Mehso-so

I very rarely say this: the show is better. These 2 are even more insufferable in the books. The first 300 pages were sooooooo sloooooowwww.

Meaw_catlady I really can‘t remember if I bailed on this book or finished it it was that boring. And I‘ve watched every season of the show lol 7mo
WhatThePuck @Meaw_catlady I'm really glad they changed the character's name to Margo in the show too. 😂 I'm behind on my watching. 7mo
IamIamIam LOL, I absolutely HATED the first book but I just had to find out what happened. I ended up totally loving the next 2! 7mo
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JoRead I remember thinking about reading the book when the show came out because I love the show but a couple of friends told me to not even try. They too thought the show was better than the book. How often does that happen?! 7mo
CaramelLunacy I have heard so many people who are excited about the show, but I was really hesitant because of how much I hated the first book and its insufferable protagonists. Maybe I will give it a try after all... 7mo
WhatThePuck @IamIamIam maybe I'll give book 2 a try in a few weeks. I definitely can't read them back to back. Lol. @JoRead not very often! 😊 @CaramelLunacy the show is really great! Eliot & Margo really balance out Q & Alice. 7mo
JenFowler I really loved the first few books in this series (on audio) and not so much the last. I tried watching one episode a long time ago and didn't like how diff it was from the book. Cut to today and I am OBSESSED w/binge watching it! Currently on season 3 episode 8 and it's totally taking over my life.. 😂 7mo
WhatThePuck @JenFowler I am so behind and I keep telling myself I'm going to catch up. I have one more episode of Riverdale and then I'm going to binge watch and catch up! 7mo
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mcipher
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#Grateful21 - day who knows which... 😆
1 -vacation was lovely, but being home with a hot shower, my big couch, and indoor plumbing in general is pretty fabulous too
2 -PB&J ❤️
3 - watching my saved episodes of The Magicians while reading the Chronciles of Narnia (I‘m on Prince Caspian now) is so much fun! Lots of homage to Narnia in the (way darker and so campy) show.

Eggs It‘s always comforting to come home 8mo
PirateJenny Oh, talk to me when you hit the season 4 finale! 8mo
mcipher @PirateJenny I didn‘t get there yet - I‘m doing mini binges... but monster-Elliott is making me so sad right now and it‘s all so bonkers. 7mo
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JenFowler I am knee deep in season 3. I have fallen so behind reading books because of this show!! 7mo
JenFowler @PirateJenny is it really all over after season 4?! 7mo
PirateJenny @JenFowler oh, not at all! The show was renewed for season 5 before season 4 aired. 7mo
JenFowler @PirateJenny oh good!! I heard rumors it was all finished. 7mo
mcipher @JenFowler It‘s so good, right?!? 7mo
mcipher @PirateJenny That‘s awesome! I‘m finishing up season 4 this weekend I think and then let‘s discuss 😂 7mo
PirateJenny @JenFowler that's what happens when people make assumptions and don't look for actual news! I follow things about the show pretty closely because of my ties to the books 😊 7mo
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gentlepet
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Pickpick

well that was a bit fun, wasn‘t it? i watched the first season of the show a few years ago & thought it was great - finally got around to actually reading it. nice to read some YA that managed to combine the twee AND the (kinda) gritty successfully.

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ShelleyBooksie
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Pickpick

Enjoyed this book! There were times that I really did not like the main character but the supporting characters are very interesting. A unique take on magic.

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Andrea4
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Pickpick

Finished in my afternoon of grape washing and picking- having the time of my life right now!
This got dark towards the end; not magical dark but PTSD dark. It is, like many other reviews say, a mash of various magical realms we've visited before and I love it. I shall definitely continue this trilogy.
(Oh yea, I also made a baby scorpion friend today!)

TobeyTheScavengerMonk One of the few trilogies where each book increases in quality. Enjoy. 8mo
Andrea4 @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Perfect! Love to hear that- I rarely do trilogies. 8mo
mdhughes72 Love the photos, including the new profile pic! They‘re luminous. 8mo
Andrea4 @mdhughes72 oh thanks! I think I agree with the sun ;) 8mo
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Andrea4
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Fruit of my labour.
🤣🤣🤣🤣

#audiobook

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Andrea4
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Finally got the #audiobook back which is good because The Golem and The Jinni returned way before I could finish lol and someone put a hold on it!
So just going to wash our greda and pick and wash our grapes for juicemaking while listening to this in the beautiful sunshine.

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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Pickpick

In all honesty I don't known what I'm thinking or feeling on this one.
Some parts I loved, like absolutely loved!
Other parts drove me insane, totally insane.

Maybe a re-read is required before I make my final decision.

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Izai.Amorim
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I'm not much into fantasy but I did enjoy this book. It had a more nuanced, one could even say darker approach to the topic. What happens to your personality when you master magical powers. Some depth for a change, though not always pleasant to read. (PS: I did write this blurb.)

Suet624 Another beautiful photo of a board. 😀 love it. 8mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Thanks! I took it that same day. 8mo
Sarah83 I really wanted to ask, if it is really your post. 😂 I still need to read this book 😍 8mo
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Izai.Amorim @Sarah83 I was told there is no bug in the software, it's always me posting even if I'm sleeping. I must be a sleepwalker - or better said a sleep-poster. I could live with that. What really bothers me is to realize that my sleep-posting self had such a bad literary taste. I must go see a shrink about that. 😂 8mo
Suet624 How strange about your post. Posting the language of the angels. 8mo
Sarah83 That's really curious 🙄 8mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 @Sarah83 The first time it was a book called "Bait", I believe a romance, the second was "Beyond Humus and Falafel", a cookbook. I'm curious about the next one... I try to look at the bright side: if the software is doing this only to me, maybe I'm some kind of "chosen one" like Neo in the Matrix movie? ?? 8mo
Sarah83 If you post about Jane Austen, I will get more curious. 😂😂 8mo
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jessicarenee
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“She became moody and depressed. She started wearing black and listening to the Smiths and reading Camus in the original whatever.”

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julesG I like this! 9mo
Crazeedi 💜💜💜 9mo
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Mandigolightly
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Mehso-so

I liked this one, but the first 80% was a slog. It might be Stockholm Syndrome

(Also! My #booked2019 New-to-me-Author. I know it‘s March, but there‘s still snow on the ground and the spring equinox hasn‘t happened yet!)

mcipher The TV show is AMAZING though.... 9mo
Cinfhen First quarter goes until March 31 plus you have ALL YEAR to complete the challenge so you‘re in GREAT shape ‼️🙌🏻😀 9mo
Mandigolightly @Cinfhen that makes me feel better! 9mo
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Mandigolightly @mcipher I‘m watching it now! 9mo
mcipher Do you love it?! ❤️ 9mo
Mandigolightly @mcipher I‘m enjoying it so far! I like that they kept that feeling of pervasive unhappiness in the series 9mo
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DebbieGrillo
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1. This is my house.
2. I like where I live but I wish the winters were milder.
3. Tagged
4. I don't have a specific time where I read more often.
5. Friday night we had Mexican street corn and enchiladas.

I'm playing catch up with #friYAYintro @howjessreads

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic of gorgeous house ♥️👍🏻 9mo
ShyBookOwl Hello fellow Canadian 🧣🧤 hope you're staying warm 😄 9mo
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DebbieGrillo
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Pickpick

This book has been sitting unread in my classroom library for years. It came recommended and I sensed that I'd love it. Why I waited so long to read it, I'm not sure. I borrowed the audiobook from my library and started listening to it while walking. I was less than halfway through the book before I pressed it into a student's hand. I knew he would love it, and he finished it before I did. HP fans and fantasy lovers, this one is not to be missed!

Cortg Thanks! I‘m adding it to list of audiobooks for a 9hr drive this summer with a car full of high schoolers girls. They probably won‘t listen on the way down but will be exhausted on the way home, I‘m hoping! 9mo
DebbieGrillo @Cortg Another good choice for that would be We Were Liars 9mo
monalyisha I love these books so much. 🖤 9mo
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Cortg My daughter and I listened to We Are Liars on a road trip to Ohio. We loved the twist at the end! Great minds think alike 😉 9mo
BibliOphelia I had this book forever before reading and thought the same thing. I tore through the trilogy and it remains among my faves! 9mo
Elma Love The Magicians! 9mo
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Mandigolightly
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Well, I already like Eliot

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jazzigen95
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Mehso-so

This book took me almost two weeks to read, which is forever for 400 pages. I enjoyed the plot but something about the writing style just didn't hook me. I'll eventually move on to the second book but I need a break from Grossman.

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RealLifeReading
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This is a reread. I first read this over 5 years ago and thought it was ok but then I just finished watching the first 3 seasons of the TV series (on Netflix) and LOVED it (especially Elliot and High King Margo). So I thought I‘d try the books again. And so far not really. Maybe the focus is to much on a younger Q (TV Q is older) and no Julia (while I don‘t like her, at least she‘s a major female character).

RealLifeReading A rare case of the adaptation being better than the book - at least in my opinion 10mo
TheBookKeepers I really didn‘t like the book, but I did enjoy the TV show 10mo
Blaire I also felt so-so about the book and only read the first one. 10mo
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Zelma Have you read the next two books? Book two will give you all the Julia you‘re missing. Plus the scones is soo good; book three is good but book two is heartbreaking and excellent. 10mo
Zelma Plus Q matures as the books continue; that is kind of the point and his ultimate maturity/redemption/growth to me is the real story. 10mo
RealLifeReading @TheBookKeepers right?? The TV show is so much fun! 10mo
RealLifeReading @Blaire have you seen the TV series? 10mo
RealLifeReading @Zelma I think I did but it was years ago although Goodreads tells me I did rate 2 and 3 higher than book 1. I‘m gonna push through book one and finish it though! 10mo
GatheringBooks now am wondering if we have the magicians on netflix here in singapore 10mo
RealLifeReading @GatheringBooks hopefully they do! 10mo
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DebbieGrillo
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My #24in48 is off to a slow start. I slept in and now the coffee is brewing. Not pictured is the tagged audiobook. #letsgo #letsdothis

Annl I am off to a slow start also, but a start it is! Happy reading! 10mo
TorrieB I‘m off to a slow start too! Happy reading 📖 10mo
Briget66 Such pretty books! ❤️ 10mo
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WhatThePuck
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I 💗 these 2. They are the best part of this show. While purging my TBR list I realized I've had this book on my TBR since 4/25/2012!!! 😲😲

ofbooksandme I've read the first one and started the second one a while ago but didn't finish it because of life (not that I didn't like it). It's veeeeery different from the series but I like both. Eliot and Margo are the best! 11mo
Cailey_Mac Honestly Eliot is my favorite 😍🔥 11mo
WhatThePuck @ofbooksandme @Cailey_Mac Eliot and Margo are my favorite. I'm watching season 3 right now and I find myself being impatient for them to change scenes and go back to Fillory. 11mo
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MichelleScott_author
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Binging this series on Netflix while I knit my first sweater of 2019. If you haven‘t read this book, I strongly recommend it. It‘s like Harry Potter for adults. The show is lots of fun, too. Great casting.

Suet624 Beautiful sweater. 11mo
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WolfGirl16
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Mehso-so

So I see a lot of people panning this book or bailing. Well I guess I agree because I skipped around some which I never do. I like the show better which is so unusual for me. I‘ll probably keep watching the show.

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FeastingOnFiction
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Bailedbailed

I‘m so upset that I just COUKD NOT get into this book no matter how hard i tried.

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Traci1
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Panpan

It took three attempts to slog through this one, and I am thinking I should have just bailed after the first try. Of the 402 pages, I'd say roughly 50 of them were entertaining. The rest was just so incredibly boring. 🌟🌟 (I'm feeling generous)

Moving on to the next book for #25inFive.

kellyann28 A lot of people like this book but it was a struggle for me as well! It seemed so.....bland! 12mo
Laughterhp Yeah, I ended up bailing on this book. It just wasn‘t doing it for me! 12mo
Booklover2 Same. I finished and not sure why! 12mo
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VioletBramble The second and third books in the series are much better than this one. I love the television series, which, at this point, is only loosely based on the books. 12mo
Andrew65 Oh dear! 12mo
shanaqui Yeah... I hear good stuff about this series but the first book bored me, especially since I disliked the characters. 12mo
Autumnscribe I wanted to like this book, and I tried really hard to like it, but in the end I was not a fan either. I loved the first maybe 50 pages, but then it became clear it wasn‘t for me. (Of course I made myself finish it) Oddly enough though, the television production is very entertaining. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
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Amiable
The Magicians: A Novel | Lev Grossman
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Panpan

High school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he is unexpectedly admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. He learns how to be a magician, graduates, and embarks on an adventure with his friends. Read like a bad mash-up of the "Harry Potter" series and The Chronicles of Narnia with a dash of "Men in Black" tossed in. Not for me.

Clare-Dragonfly I really should read this. If you took the word “bad” out of your review I would think it sounded amazing. 12mo
Amiable @Clare-Dragonfly Give it a try, then! Hope you like it! 🙂 (edited) 12mo
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Traci1
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I have started this book 3 times now. The second time I started from the beginning, but this time I'm starting from where I left off at page 238. Here's hoping I can finish it this time around. Otherwise I think I should maybe just give up.

BethM I bailed on it. 12mo
Traci1 @BethM so it's not just me? I thought everyone loved the book, but I'm finding it so dull. 12mo
Soubhiville I finished it but didn‘t like it at all. 12mo
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LibrarianRyan I so bailed on this book. I tried I really did. 12mo
Lisaw13 I didn't care for this book either 12mo
jillrhudy It‘s unanimous 👎🏻 12mo
riversong153 I watched the first season of the show. I liked it but it had a ton of unnecessary sex scenes in it for my taste. I didn‘t watch season 2. 12mo
Amiable I wasn't a fan of this one, either. 12mo
Traci1 @Soubhiville @LibrarianRyan @Lisaw13 @jillrhudy @Amiable Idk if I should feel better that it's not just me or worse that I spent money on this book. I'm conflicted about bailing. On the one hand I only have about 60 pages left and hate giving up on books. On the other, do I really want to waste another hour on this book? 12mo
Traci1 @riversong153 I watched the first couple of episodes, and it just didn't do anything for me. I thought it might encourage me to finish the book, but it didn't. 12mo
jillrhudy 50 shades of Hogwarts or something. Gratuitous and stupid. 12mo
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Deborah42
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Mehso-so

A coming of age story targeted to adults that is obviously inspired by Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. I‘ve been waiting to watch the TV series until I could read the book, but I think this might be one of those rare cases where I prefer the show to the book.

Though the writing is good, the main characters (brilliant and rich) are pretentious little shits who spend their time getting drunk and bitching about how miserable they are.

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danielbyrne
The Magicians: A Novel | Lev Grossman
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Good

TheEscapist Nice 13mo
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hgrimes
The Magicians: A Novel | Lev Grossman
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1. #catsoflitsy
2. Just 1.
3. There‘s a freaking “❄️” marked in the forecast for Saturday. 😡
4. yes
5. The Magicians. Seems like people either love or hate this series. It‘s just not for me. After having time to reflect, I really think my main issue was that the characters reminded me too much of the scummy kids I knew in high school, so I probably got a little triggered by it.
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mcipher The Magicians show is better than the books... I love watching it and I didn‘t love reading them nearly as much. 13mo
hgrimes @mcipher I‘ve heard! Maybe I‘ll check it out someday. 13mo
MinDea @hgrimes I tried reading The Magicians last year and I seriously could not get into it at all. Maybe I'll watch the show! I keep wanting to read the series then watch the show but I don't see me ever trying again with the books 😒 @mcipher 13mo
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hgrimes @MinDea I kept ”almost” getting into it. Like, often a chapter would end on something interesting like a monster killing people and it would seem like a conflict in the plot was starting to develop...and then it wouldn‘t ever continue in the following chapters. 😐 I got about 4/5 of the way through the first book before I bailed! 13mo
mcipher @hgrimes @MinDea I read them all but I found myself feeling kind of disappointed with them. I don‘t know what it was - they were good but something didn‘t sit right. Just watch the show - it is amazing!!😆 13mo
hgrimes @mcipher lol ok!! Will add it to the list! 13mo
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Swizzlestick
The Magicians: A Novel | Lev Grossman
Mehso-so

As a fan of the show on SyFy, I thought for sure I‘d love the series, but it‘s just “so-so.” It‘s different enough from the TV show to keep it interesting, but I found it kind of difficult to get through at some points.

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Elma
The Magicians: A Novel | Lev Grossman
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📖 (The) Magicians, Mississippi Blood, Mr. Mercedes
✒ M.R. Carey, Mary Kubrica, Margaret Atwood, Kimberly McCreight
🎞 Moulin Rouge!, (A) Man Called Ove, Moonrise Kingdom
📺 (The) Magicians, Mr. Robot, Marcella, Mr Mercedes
🍽 Mac and cheese, mango

#manicmonday #letterm

JoScho 💙😊💙 14mo
Guildedearlobe Marcella! Season 2 was mind blowing. 14mo
Elma @Guildedearlobe Right? I loved it! 14mo
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