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Marrow Island
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
A new novel from a former bookseller, author of the acclaimedGlaciers, tracks a young womans return home to investigate a secretive community that has mysteriously rescued an island devastated by natural and chemical disaster and taken hold of one of her oldest friends. Twenty years ago Lucie Bowen left Marrow Island; along with her mother, she fled the aftermath of an earthquake that compromised the local refinery, killing her father and ravaging the islands environment. Now, Lucies childhood friend Kate is living within a mysterious group called Marrow Colony a community that claims to be ministering to the Earth. There have been remarkable changes to the land at the colonys homestead. Lucies experience as a journalist tells her theres more to Marrow Colony and their charismatic leader than they want her to know, and that the astonishing success of their environmental remediation has come at great cost to the colonists themselves. As she uncovers their secrets and methods, will Lucie endanger more than their mission? What price will she pay for the truth?In the company of Station Eleven and California, Marrow Island uses two tense natural disasters to ask tough questions about our choices large and small. A second novel from a bookseller whose sleeper-hit debut was praised by Karen Russell as haunted, joyful, beautiful, it promises to capture and captivate new readers even as it thrills Smith's many existing fans.
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Kryckett
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Mehso-so

A quick and beautiful read ... despite the crazy mushroom eco-cult. My big quibble is how unfinished it felt.

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toofondofbooks
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Panpan

This was dreadful. I thought it was going to be about a cult. Turns out it was preachy environmental blahs blah blah the entire book. The main character doesn't shave her underarms and gets upset over killing a spider. Just really not for me lol. No plot. So boring. If I didnt listen on audio and speed it up 3x I would have DNFd it.

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monalyisha
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Now accepting votes for my #MakeMeReadIt list for August! Which book should I read first? Pick one & only one. Choose wisely (for my sake 😉):

*The Virgin Suicides
*Oryx & Crake
*Jane Eyre
*My Brilliant Friend
*Marrow Island
*Interview with the Vampire
*The Secret Garden
*Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff
*A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
*The Bell Jar
*Northanger Abbey
*Akata Witch
*Fates & Furies
*In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad # 1)
*Geek Love

readordierachel That's a damn good list. I say 2y
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vivastory Jane Eyre 2y
Schlinkles Lamb! 2y
gossamerchild If you want something truly weird go with 2y
Crystalblu So many good ones! 2y
CoffeeNBooks Oryx and Crake 2y
monalyisha @Susanita That‘s my only reread! I read it in junior high & it didn‘t grab me. I remember almost nothing about it, but all the love for it makes me think that it just wasn‘t time for me & it to connect. The time is nigh to try again! (edited) 2y
Viji (edited) 2y
sammisho Northanger Abbey! It's what we are reading for the August #janeaustenreadalong and you can join us!😘 2y
monalyisha @sammisho Oh, fun! I‘ve never read anything by Jane Austen, actually. 😱 This one seems the most appealing & I‘ve never seen a movie version, so I‘d be going in fresh. 2y
Craftylikefox In the woods!!! 2y
RedbagReadbooks Geek 🤓 love ❤️ is one of my favorite books of all time. Think American horror story freak show 😁🙃👍👍👍🚨 2y
TiredLibrarian Great picks! I've read most of them & I don't think you can go wrong with any of them, but I'd go with 2y
Ruri_kaichou A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 2y
JulietteGF Jane Eyre 2y
zezeki Great choices, but I have to go with Jane Eyre. 2y
mhillis My Brilliant Friend 2y
Suet624 Lamb! 2y
Billypar Oryx and Crake and The Bell Jar 2y
Billypar Oops... Did not read the instructions 😳 Oryx and Crake then 2y
Copwithabook Interview with the vampire!!! 2y
dariazeoli I loved this one so my vote is 2y
Foragingfantasy Oryx and Crake! 2y
ReadingEnvy Oh my gosh some of my favorite books of all time are on this list. But if I to pick one, I'll pick 2y
monalyisha @ReadingEnvy Ha! I imagine that‘s true for a few people, at least. I purposely picked books that when I have to confess to someone that I haven‘t read them yet, I can‘t quite look them in the eye. It‘s BEYOND time for a lot of these! 2y
hes7 Jane Eyre!! 2y
DoonTheGoon So funny!!! 2y
jillannjohn So many good ones! And some that I really loved but I‘m going with... 2y
MeganAnn Great stack! I'm going with The Secret Garden because it's one I loved as a child and I can't believe you haven't read it yet! 😊💐🗝 2y
BkClubCare THAT is a helluva list 2y
wanderinglynn You have some great titles on there. My first vote would be for 2y
Zelma Lots of good choices but I‘m going with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. 2y
2BR02B Super tough, but any time it appears in a stack my vote has to go to 2y
corycatelyn Interview with the vampire 2y
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morgan_krahn
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I don't know what it is, but I'm just struggling to get into this one right now • I'm putting this title back into my book jar for now and will hopefully give it another go at some point!

Redwritinghood This wasn't one of my favs. 3y
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morgan_krahn
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The calm before the storm • sneaking in a few pages before my insanely crazy afternoon at work •

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morgan_krahn
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Happy Tuesday morning everyone! Nothing better than a book and hot chocolate to start your day! And don't skimp on the mini marshmallows either 😉

Reviewsbylola Def don't skimp! 👌🏻 3y
Skeebies05 This pic makes me super excited for winter! (My fav season) ❄️ 3y
morgan_krahn @Reviewsbylola oh no worries, before they melted down I think there was more marshmallow than hot chocolate 🙈 3y
morgan_krahn @Skeebies05 winter is definitely not my favorite lol Wisconsin can be harsh lol....buuuut I do love hot chocolate! 3y
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morgan_krahn
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YOU GUYS!!! I can't believe I caught this right at 10,000! • Although I have been watching my phone most of the morning hoping to lol • thank you to all my fellow Littens who helped make this happen, definitely makes for a happy Monday morning!!

monkeygirlsmama Happy Monday! 😺🎊🎂🎉 3y
Jas16 Yay!!🎉👏📚 3y
Soubhiville Yay! Fun!🎉🎊😊 3y
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Shemac77 Congratulations! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! 👏🏻🎉🎊📚💕 3y
Dragon 😀👍🎉 3y
TheWordJar Congratulations!! 🌟📚🌟📚🌟 3y
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3y
DebinHawaii Congratulations!! 🎉👍🎉👍😀 3y
JessClark78 Congrats! 🎊🎉📚 3y
La_Cori yay!!! 🙌😄🎉 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Congrats!! 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚🎉🎉 3y
moranadatter Congrats! 3y
tammysue Congratulations!🙌🏻🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Wife Wow!🌹 3y
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morgan_krahn
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This pertains to far more than a simple walk through the woods....

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morgan_krahn
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This momma is running purely on diet Dr Pepper and sugar today • little dude decided that 3:40 was the ideal time to start our day 😩 and on a Monday 😑

Mdargusch Ouch! 3y
morgan_krahn @Mdargusch thankfully he snuggled on the couch with me for a good hour and a half and was perfectly content letting momma close her eyes ☺️ 3y
BethM Yikes! Looks like you have good snacks though! 3y
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morgan_krahn
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Up next. I haven't heard too much about this one...any of my fellow Littens read this one? Thoughts?

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BornReadChicago
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June book haul 🤗🤗🤗http://www.bornandreadinchicago.com/2017/06/june-book-haul.html

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Nat_Reads
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This book has just sucked me in. The writing is beautiful. I love the PNW, and her descriptions of the landscape have me missing it a lot this morning. Of course, the creepy colony aspect, the ecological issues and environmental questions raised, the sexy forest ranger and some murderous plot are keeping me pretty glued to this one, too! Accompanied by rain and jasmine green tea.

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valeriegeary
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Pickpick

A moody and atmospheric environmental novel that captivated me from the beginning. Gorgeous prose, a touch of mystery, but really a book about a woman coming to terms with her past, reconnecting to the land and to herself.

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valeriegeary
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After reading the first few pages of several books, this was the one I didn't want to put down. #currentread #hammockreads

BornReadChicago Oooh, I think that one is set in my neck of the woods (Pacific Northwest) and has been on my TBR for awhile! 3y
valeriegeary @BornReadChicago It is! It's set in the San Juans! Sidenote: PNW is my neck of the woods too! 🙌 3y
mcipher I'm so ready for hammock weather - I have to scout some spots at our new house! 3y
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valeriegeary @BornReadChicago Oh, part of it's set in Malheur Forest too. 3y
valeriegeary @mcipher hammock season is the best season! Hope you find the perfect spot! 3y
Nat_Reads Your picture is #goals 3y
BornReadChicago 👍👋 3y
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moarbookspleaze
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Pickpick

Sooooo good. I can't wait to read whatever she writes next.

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moarbookspleaze
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I think I'll be switching between audio and print on this one. #currentlyreading

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LaurenReads
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Mehso-so

I'll start off saying that the writing was beautiful. The descriptions of the nature around the Pacific Northwest was amazing. But the story was weird, I didn't fully understand many of the characters motivation behind what they did...and the ending, what?!?

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Karen.reads
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Mehso-so

I thought I was going to love this. The writing was really gorgeous, but ultimately it felt uneven. I had a hard time getting into it and I kept feeling like I had missed something. Maybe I read it too fast -- it's a slow burn and I didn't give myself a lot of time to absorb its subtleties.

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Karen.reads
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It's always nice to follow up average writing with something a little more lyrical. This is gorgeous. This is for my Tournament of Books Long List square for #plannergirlbookbingo2017 #PGBB2017 #ToBLonglist

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Ashley_Morgan
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Pickpick

It was about 1/3 of the way in before I was drawn into the story, but I still liked this one.

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Bookworm83
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#bookandfavesnack #readjanuary
I'm a chocolate fiend. Hershey's miniatures are the best. Also, is anyone else drinking coffee at 8pm, because I certainly am 😋

Reviewsbylola I love chocolate!! 3y
josie281 Cheers to coffee at night! 3y
LauraJ Oh yeah. 8:15 and I'm imbibing! ☕️ 3y
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Bookworm83 @LauraJ @josie281 Yaaasss!!!!! It's not just me! 3y
The_Book_Wyrm Wish I could and still get to sleep. Coffee's the best for reading! Looks like a great set-up you have there. 3y
kspenmoll Love my coffee but can't indulge after 5- unless I want to stay up into the wee hours!!!📚☕️ (edited) 3y
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Bookworm83
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Here is my list for the #ERmadlib challenge!

kspenmoll Impressive; I am still contemplating- 3y
Ruri_kaichou I have Carry On on my list too! 😎 3y
jmtrivera Vicious is great! Glad you're playing! 3y
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BookBabe The Nest is on my TBR too! 3y
EclecticReaders Nice choices! Welcome to the challenge! 3y
Bookworm83 @kspenmoll It took me hours of thinking to decided on my choices! @Ruri_kaichou I think I may have stolen the idea from you actually 😉 @jmtrivera It's not one that would normally be in my wheelhouse, so I'm glad to hear that! @BookBabe it's been on my list forever...it's time! 3y
Bookworm83 Thank you @EclecticReaders ! I'm excited! 3y
Ruri_kaichou 👍👍👍 3y
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Worldforreading
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First read of 2017. Happy New Year everyone 🎉

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TNbooklover66
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Enjoying some sunshine on a beautiful afternoon with some of my favorite things. #currentread #books #chocolate #coffee #snoopyandwoodstock

vivjm Ooh that Lindt chocolate with sea salt is my absolute favourite! 3y
TNbooklover66 @vivjm it is sooo good. I have to control myself to only eat a square or two at a time. 3y
britt_brooke Cute mug! 3y
TNbooklover66 Thanks! Got it at Target. 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Lucie left the Northwest islands after her father died in a refinery explosion from an earthquake. She returns to find Marrow Island, once uninhabitable, is home to a farming colony & visits to find closure & visit her former best friend who lives there. Lucie's visit becomes creepy when she discovers it's more like a cult & her neighbor goes missing. She tries to uncover how they all live there without becoming sick after the eco-disaster. 👇🏼

BookishFeminist Beautifully written, this novel is a slow burn full of intrigue, sadness, and longing. Smith infuses her writing with atmosphere & humanity while exploring ecology, nature, rebirth, mourning, & sacrifice. Slow to reach its climax, it's a story that requires patience but is well worth it in the end. 🍄🌿 #ecology #environment #queerauthors 3y
B.Reader Awesome review! 3y
Cinfhen Great review🤓 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Migraine cure. Giant double shot over ice + good book + heated blanket. 💆🏻🤕😌

#booksnbucks

Mommamanzi I hope it does the trick! 3y
valeriegeary Good medicine. Hope you feel better soon! 3y
MariaC Feel better! 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds lovely - here's wishing it does the trick! #litsymigrainebookclub 3y
rachelm Feel better, lady! 3y
JulietteGF I hate migraines... Hope you'll feel better soon! 3y
Ericmanciniwriter Hopefully Marrow Island is near Toast Town (sorry, I'll show myself out) 3y
NovelGirl82 I feel your migraine pain. Fellow chronic migraine sufferer here. I hope it goes away soon! 3y
vivastory Do you find you have to take a break from double shots for them to remain effective? 3y
LauraBeth Feel better! 😀 3y
Pandyfish Hope you feel better soon! 3y
Skyler Caffeine helps my migraines too. You're lucky you can read with yours; I usually get blind spots with mine, which SUCK. Hope you feel better! 3y
LauraBrook Sorry your currently a member of #litsymigraineclub. Rest up, and hope you can sleep well tonight! 3y
stacybmartin Feel better soon! Excedrin Migraine and more caffeine and a dark room are usually my cures. 🤕 3y
AmandaL Feel better. 3y
kgriffith At first I thought the book was a giant bar of fancy chocolate. #alternativemedicineformigraines 3y
BookishFeminist @GlitterFemme I had one of those tonight too 😉 3y
BookishFeminist @Mommamanzi @valeriegeary @MariaC @BarbaraTheBibliophage @rachelm @JulietteGF @NovelGirl82 @LauraBeth @Pandyfish @LauraBrook Thanks guys!! It's not gone but thankfully i was able to read tonight since I hadn't been able to do much all day. Feeling much better! 😄 3y
BookishFeminist @stacybmartin Thanks! I did exactly that earlier to get my migraine to go away enough so that I could read. Migraines suck. 3y
BookishFeminist @Skyler Thanks!! I'm definitely doing better. I'm all too familiar with blind spots. I usually can't read with mine- this is a relatively mild one and I had to take a nap & have dark room rest for most of today to get to being able to read. They're awful. But onward! I'm sorry you suffer from them too. 3y
BookishFeminist @vivastory 👀 sometimes. But do I? Usually not. I don't have them every day though. 3y
BookishFeminist @Eamann 😂😂😂😂 That was AWFUL. 3y
vivastory I have them a few times a week. Like to alternate with iced coffee 3y
BookishFeminist @vivastory If I'm alternating with iced coffee it's going to be an iced red eye 😆 3y
vivastory @BookishFeminist That was my drink of choice when I first moved to Minneapolis...until I discovered the delicious madness of americanos 3y
ChiBookGeek Good plan! Migraine yesterday: very dim light + triptan + ibuprofen + heating pad + sunglasses + blanket + book. Migraine didn't leave, but I finished my book! 3y
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BookishFeminist
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PREACH IT, SISTER. 🔥⚡️🔥⚡️🔥⚡️🔥

KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌🙌 3y
AliBG You kind of fall in love with a woman who thinks like that! 3y
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AliBG Also I wish I could like this more than once. 3y
Suet624 Ugh, seriously. 3y
Flaneurette I got mansplained at the Toyota dealership recently 😡- love this quote 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I was putting gas in my car the other day and a guy asked if someone showed me how to put the gas in or if I knew how to do it (granted, the gas tank is in a weird spot, but I doubt my husband gets asked this question). 3y
Arbol I got mansplained about mansplaining once. Down the rabbit hole that one. 3y
B.Reader Love this strategy of using mansplaining against the mansplainer! 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Today has been a dumpster fire. Getting some self care in tonight with some reading and stitching. This X-Files sampler is starting to come together! Bees update: I'm still stitching them. 😭🐝🐝🐝🐝

I'm switching back and forth between Marrow Island and my audiobook of American Heiress right now. I'm digging them both! 🎧

#audiostitching #booksncrafts

HardcoverHearts I've got Marrow Island queued up, so I am happy you are giving it a positive spin so far. 3y
TheNextBook Oh honey! Whats going on? 3y
BookishFeminist @TheNextBook I'll text you 😘 3y
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8little_paws I'm sorry to hear you're having a bad day :(. Your stitching looks fantastic!! 3y
Notafraidofwords I get it. I had the Monday blues today. 3y
Seonjoon The stitching is so gorgeous! And I hope your week picks up... 3y
Megabooks Ugh! I'm sorry! I'm listening to American Heiress too, but I'm #audiocoloring. 3y
stacybmartin I hope your week gets better - I'm digging those bees!! 💛🐝💛 3y
Eyelit 💜🐝💜 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 They are fabulous looking bees though. I've been making hats for my local homeless shelter and I feel like my hands are going to fall off before I run out of yarn. 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 i like your bees! how is Marrow Island striking you? 3y
LeahBergen It's really coming along! 👍🏼 3y
Sraexx I love the stitching!! 3y
TheGernertCo 💕 3y
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valeriegeary
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KarenUK What a lovely sleepy face 🐶💕 3y
LauraBeth Your dog 💕🐶 3y
Chessa Sweet pup! 3y
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valeriegeary @KarenUK @LauraBeth @Chessa Thanks! He's spoiled rotten! 😄 3y
Chessa It's the only way to have pets, in my opinion! 👍🏼❤️🐶 3y
KarenUK @Chessa totally agree! Got 2 utterly spoiled ones myself 👍😉 3y
britt_brooke Cute pup! 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Spent some time tonight relaxing with my book, some tea, and this giant-ass donut. I'd had a bad day so @becausetrains made at stop at Sugar Shack to get this ridiculous thing for me. 😂 Yes it really is that big. 🙈

Trying to finish Marrow Island before the month is out! It's good so far.

LeahBergen I want that donut!!!! 3y
Liberty I would be afraid to sleep with that in the house. That donut is a Tales from the Crypt episode waiting to happen. 😂 3y
Zelma Good man! What in insane and awesome donut. 👍😋 3y
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Serotonin @Liberty hahaha!!! 3y
Serotonin But yes, I also want that donut 🍩 😋 😆 3y
Bookish.Heart Looks wonderful! Some days you just need a giant ass donut! 😀 3y
BookishFeminist @Liberty Right?! 😂😂 Don't worry...sleeping with it in the house won't be a problem. No comment. 🙊🙈 3y
BookishFeminist @LeahBergen It was yummy!! Sugar shack is the best. 3y
BookishFeminist @Zelma It is absolutely insane 😂😂 I was curious what was in the pastry box he brought home, I opened it and my eyes popped out. I wasn't sure whether I should scream or salivate. So I ate it. 😂 3y
BookishFeminist @Serotonin @Bookish.Heart It was a good donut! No way in heck was that staying around the house for long so I ate it 😂 Definitely made my day better. 3y
Cinfhen I'm not even sure how to comment 😳I'm glad that doughnut brightened your mood 🍩💛😊 3y
Cinfhen @liberty 😂😂😂I would so watch that episode!!! Hilarious 💛💛💛 3y
stacybmartin Lovely picture! And that donut! 😍 lol 3y
BookishMarginalia Love the donut! And the pic. 💜 3y
BeththeBookDragon That donut!! 3y
MicheleinPhilly I thought that donut was a dog toy. 😳 3y
Vinjii What a gorgeous photo 😍 3y
Dolly No Sugar Shacks here. I remember the days my mom used to make donuts and the house would fill will the most delicious smell ever. Homemade donuts are like no others!😋😍 3y
Gleefulreader This was like where's Waldo for me. I kept looking at the pic for the donut and my mind was passing over the stuffed toy. Nope, that IS a donut! 😂😂 Sorry about the bad day and hope things improve though. I've always found tea and sugar goes a long way. 3y
JSW Donuts make everything better. 😘 3y
readordierachel Nothing says love like a big-ass donut! 3y
BookishFeminist @Cinfhen Right?! That donut is something. Yummy though. Definitely helped ❤️ 3y
BookishFeminist @stacybmartin @BookishMarginalia @Vinjii Thanks!! I ought to use this puzzle as a background for all my photos. It makes them all pretty. (Even if it's procrastination that it's still sitting on my table rather than on my wall! 😂) 3y
BookishFeminist @BeththeBookDragon @JSW @ReadOrDieRachel That donut was everything. Even if it was utterly ridiculous 😂 3y
BookishFeminist @MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 you and @Gleefulreader both!!! It does look like a dog toy. Imagine my shock when I opened the pastry box! 🍩 3y
BookishFeminist @Dolly Homemade donuts are amazing & make everything better. Especially the smell that fills the house!! Sugar Shack is a small local chain that originates from Richmond, Va so you're unlikely to have them where you are. One of the best shops in the country though if you ever get the chance to stop through! 3y
Zelma 😂 I had no worry that the donut would last overnight for a Tales of the Crypt episode. That donut had no chance! 3y
BookishFeminist @Zelma Not a single chance! You can't just bring something like that home and expect it to last. 😂 3y
MrBook Mmmm 😋! 3y
Chessa Dude I thought that donut was a doll! HOLY CATS! 11/10 would eat. ;) 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Book & snuggles to round out Friday night. 💓 We live life on the edge over here. 😂

JKLOLS the only edge I live on is the edge of my seat when this book heats up!! 🔥

#thebookishferrets

LeahBergen Simmer down over there before someone calls the coppers. 😏 3y
JSW I dig your scene. 3y
balletbookworm Yep, super-exciting here at Chez Balletbookworm. I don't know who's more excited about having fresh sheets on the bed: me or the Chaucer-kitteh 😂 3y
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Zelma My crazy excitement for the evening was a glass of wine, cheese plate, and shopping on Book Outlet. 👍👍 yours looks just right for Friday night. 3y
PenguinInFlight Substitute ferret for cat or dog (or sometimes both)...and that's pretty much every Friday night for me. 😂👍🏻 3y
MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Eating chili and reading Marrow Island tonight, which is perfect for a cold late-fall night. Creepy book, hot soup. 🍜🍴

#LitsyCooks

mauveandrosysky Oh, I really liked that one! Enjoy! 3y
LeahBergen Looks tasty! 3y
AbstractMonica Yum! Sounds perfect😋 3y
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Cinfhen Those muffins caught my attention 😍 3y
MrBook Looks great! 😁👍🏻 3y
BookishFeminist @LeahBergen @AbstractMonica @MrBook Thanks! It was very yummy 😋 3y
BookishFeminist @mauveandrosysky I'm definitely enjoying it a lot so far! It might just get me out of my reading slump. 3y
BookishFeminist @Cinfhen I've been munching on leftover muffins all day. They're yummy corn muffins 😀 3y
TheCanuckReader Corn muffins are the best! 3y
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

The writing was stellar in places, but not a lot happened until the last third of the book. The MC was annoying to me, just doing things to make more trouble for herself. I also often felt like the author's choices of when to give details and when not to give them was backwards. There were long descriptions of scenes that didn't seem to add to the story and then there were a lot of plot points that seemed to be left very vague.

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Redwritinghood
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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#bookandcoffee break. Some days require a large cup of coffee in a fancy cup - today is one of those days. I'm having a little trouble getting into this one, but I saw good reviews so I'll persevere.

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Redwritinghood
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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#bookandbrew I don't usually drink beer (unless it's with Indian food), so I'll be doing wine with my book today. A nice relaxing lunch on the water will hopefully help my mood, even if it is too grey and rainy to sit on the patio. #photoadaynov16.

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valeriegeary
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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Alexis Smith is a PNW native and set her book in a dystopian future after The Big One devastates the landscape. The bad choices her characters make, she says, shows you who they really are. This one's definitely on my TBR. #wordstockpdx

saresmoore And she's rocking the PNW style! 👌🏻 3y
valeriegeary @saresmoore Truth. 🌲🌧 3y
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HiddenGemBooks
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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It is 1993 and Lucie and her parents live on Orwell island, her father works on the neighboring Marrow Island at an oil refinery. An earthquake hits and destroys the refinery, and Lucie's father is presumed dead along with many others, the island declared environmentally uninhabitable.

1953, Lucie hears from her childhood friend Katie, who is living with a group on Marrow Island claiming they've made the island a safe place to live.

#TBR 😱📚

theahanner I don't normally read horror, but this sounds perfect for the Halloween season coming up, hope it's not too scary for me! Any similar ones you've read that you'd recommend? 3y
TheGernertCo Such a great read! 3y
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Bookworm83
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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So it turns out I'm not allowed to bring my entire TBR stack on vacation with me 😩😩This is what I've managed to narrow it down to, plus serial reader and Hag Seed on my phone. #bookwormproblems #ineedchoices #darnyou50lblimit

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b.olsenboblitt
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Mehso-so

Stories about damaged women delving into the depths and daemons of their pasts are not quite my thing. So, this book didn't really grab me from the beginning. I stuck with it because the Pacific Northwest plays such a big part in the story, and I enjoyed that element. The ending was extremely unsatisfying and a bit abrupt, so nothing really got tied up.

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MDodge
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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I read Glaciers in August, and luckily enough this one arrived at the library not too much later! Love her writing so much! This is so beautiful; even though the story is so uncertain and chilling, it's also comforting in a way. Kind of makes me want to move to a cabin in the woods .... without the wildfires and earthquakes I guess.

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Welcome BACK to Litsy 😉🙌🎉 3y
MDodge Finally got a phone smart enough to use it more 😉 3y
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A.Shari.A
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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I matched my book today. Thanks for the lovely read, @wrenbeth !

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Jokila
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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LauraBeth
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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I'm just going to the library to return. I'm just going to the library to return. I'm just going - never mind

PurpleyPumpkin 😂😂😂 3y
BookishTrish 😉📚📚📚📚 3y
britt_brooke 😄 3y
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megt I say the same thing every time I go! 3y
mllemay That's never how it works lol 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 😂😂😂 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Because that's NO FUN! 3y
AmandaV Every time ? then I have to think "can I read all of these in two weeks?" 3y
Vblancsbooks Happens to me everytime!! 3y
ReadingRover I never just return things. I have a hold list that never ends!!! 3y
LauraBeth @ReadingRover occasionally, I have that rare day when something is due back and no holds are in. Occasionally 😀 3y
ReadingRover @LauraBeth those are the saddest days for me at the library. I always feel like ugh now what am I going to read. Lol like there are no other books around! 3y
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Twocougs
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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What a story. Creative, unusual,and beautifully written. As a PNW native, her attention to the settings details (from the storied SanJuan Islands, to the majestic Cascade mountains and her forests, & my beloved rolling hills of the Palouse) was fantastic. Additionally, I haven't thought of the sisters of the Holy Names for years (& owe them gratitude for the excellent education they provided me).

AmyS Hey, I went to a Sisters of the Holy Names school, too! 3y
BookMusings I loved this book too 😀 3y
Lynnsoprano My only real experience in the PNW was a week on San Juan Island, and loved it! I have to add this to TBR, just because of that😄 3y
Jillsandypants I live in the PNW too, and the San Juan Islands are one of my favorite vacation spots. I'll have to read this! 3y
MrBook Nice review! 😁👍🏻 3y
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Twocougs
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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Road trip book,heading off across the state for some college football. My husband will tease me because I'll read until right before the kickoff. Sounds perfect to me, a book and my beloved Cougs playing on a sunny day😎

marixa How fun! 3y
Erinloves2read @Twocougs as in BYU Cougars playing in my hometown sunny state of Arizona? Enjoy!! 3y
Twocougs @Erinloves2read no, WSU Cougars playing in Pullman. But love when my Cougs play in your state😀 3y
kspenmoll I am lucky I can read in car as well. Many cannot. 3y
Erinloves2read @Twocougs of course! I grew up in Puyallup. I'm an original WSU Cougar (my grandfather taught there) except now I'm an ASU Sundevil. 😎 3y
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Kelly
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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Take two, this time I'm not sick while trying to read.

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gibbsne
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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"This was my last glimpse of Marrow Island before the boat pulled away: brown and green uniforms clustered on the beach, tramping up the hill to the chapel and through the trees to the cottages of Marrow Colony." #firstlines #pnw

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Kelly
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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eager to read this, as I've heard it would appeal to fans of STATION ELEVEN.

Matilda Eep bunny! 4y
Lacythebookworm 🐰❤️ 4y
BooksForEmpathy Interested to hear what you think! I picked it up a while ago but it's one of those where I've forgotten why I was so excited! 4y
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JPeterson
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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A modern-day gothic tale, with a huge ecological backdrop. The imagery of the island is just astounding. The story is slow paced, taking it‘s time to explore the pain & love. What happens almost seems natural, leaving a dread and eerie sensation that this could happen to anyone.
My only complaint is the execution of Lucie‘s time on the island and the aftermath. The flashback technique did not do it justice.
Brilliant novel, overall!

Bette Had this home from the library but too many others pushed it back. Now I'll try again, thanks. ☺️ 4y
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Lindy
Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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Disasters - emotional & environmental - are triggered by a massive earthquake on the west coast. Dark secrets are slowly revealed. Lucie, a part-Indigenous bisexual woman, tells her story in alternating timelines, beginning with: "I forgive them for trying to kill me."
#queerbooks

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Woah. Helluva beginning! 4y
Lindy @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com Yeah! It's a slow burn after that, circling back to the trying to kill her thing. 4y
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