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Across the Green Grass Fields
Across the Green Grass Fields | Seanan McGuire
A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire's Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series. Welcome to the Hooflands. Were happy to have you, even if you being here means somethings coming. Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late. When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to "Be Sure" before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equinesa world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes. But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem... A standalone Wayward Children story containing all-new characters, and a great jumping-on point for new readers. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Rachiiebookdragon
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I thought that Regan‘s story was a great read.

Read for Wayward Children Readathon

4/5

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Robotswithpersonality
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I can't speak to the intersex rep, but I think there was an important message about self-acceptance, about promoting a world where you love and are loved for your identity/existence as you are, with no further striving or equivocations required, where difference is not a weakness open to cruel abuse/social inequalities. I'm not really a horse person so I was less into this fantasy world, but the message behind it felt particularly strong.

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Robotswithpersonality
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🌲🌳🤫

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Jgacreations
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Finally got to finish this amazing series. Loved them all

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TieDyeDude
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I had never heard of a kelpie before reading this book. Interesting creature #ilovehorsesday #julyjam @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Beautiful art 🐴 7mo
archaeolibrarianologist Kelpies are fun! You should read more about them. 6mo
enno There aren't enough Kelpie stories! Although I did manage to encounter them before this book, in a movie: https://letterboxd.com/film/song-of-the-sea/ and a comic book: https://www.gocomics.com/bad-machinery/2017/08/16
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swynn
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(2021) Sixth in McGuire's series of novellas about refugees from portal fantasy worlds. This one introduces a new character, Regan, an intersex teen who goes to a world of unicorns and centaurs where she is supposed to perform some world-saving destiny, and she'd just prefer not. It's fine, though it felt a bit didactic in parts. Also, I listened to this on audiobook, and disliked the narrator, so that probably didn't help.

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kwmg40
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An entertaining story about a child who passes through a portal into a world containing centaurs, unicorns and other magical creatures. Not as good as some other stories in the Wayward Children series, though.

This book is nominated for a 2022 Hugo Best Novella award and the series as a whole is nominated for a Best Series award. #hugo2022 #hugoawards

#BookSpinBingo #JoysOfJune
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TheAromaofBooks Sounds fun!!! 7mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 7mo
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ErraticElle
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I am in love with the atmosphere & the number of magical lands Seanan McGuire constructs. The stories are always magical/fantastical, but with an underlying more serious message about inclusion & I LOVE that. This volume focuses on an intersex character & I think it was handled extremely well. The political metaphor was well executed. The ending was a bit rushed & didn't feel as smooth as the rest of the book, but I still really enjoyed my read.

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TieDyeDude
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This is one of my favorites of the Wayward Children series! I loved everything about it. Completely standalone (for now), it follows an intersex girl who, after a tough couple years in school, finds a door to a world populated by equines (think centaurs and minotaurs), where a human is heralded as savior but also as bad omen as something is coming that they are going to need saved from. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

GondorGirl I loved this one so much! 🧡🧡 12mo
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AshleyKorinE
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I'll start out by saying I love every book in this series, they are so well written! I don't know how McGuire builds such realistic worlds while keeping these books small novellas. Regan goes to the Hooflands, I mean she is a horse girl, what better world to go to for a horse girl than one where everyone is some type of horse? I loved the characters and Regans journey on discovering herself and what she wants in life. The book was fun!

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alysonimagines
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I enjoyed this bittersweet story about a girl who discovers a world of mythical equines—centaurs, unicorns, kelpies, etc.—and feels for the first time that she‘s truly home.🔸#septemberreads2021

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HufflepuffBruja
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Excited to re-start this again 😁 I kept putting it off because of the bullying at the beginning, but I powered through and am loving it so far. Like with Down Among the Sticks and Bones, McGuire is showing the different ways to be a girl, and this time we get some intersex rep!

TW/CW for childhood bullying, intersex phobia (I'll update if there's more)

#waywardchildren #portalfantasy

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Nelnjali
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Had my first trip to the library in at least a year and a half the other day. I might have been a little overzealous. I only went for the top two books, but ended up with all of these and read another while I was there. 😆

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Shemac77
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Such a wonderful series. Fantastic imagination with some lovely messages in each book.

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Shemac77
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Love this series.

llcoolnate What a creature! 2y
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ChasingOm
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We‘ve finally finished the move and all that is left is putting the new house into a configuration that we like. My first priority was getting our lovely side porch put together for reading during summer storms and I‘m getting to enjoy that at this very moment. 🥰

Texreader BEAUTIFUL 2y
dylanisreading So much green. I love it! 2y
Tamra Awesome reading days ahead! 2y
BethM That looks so great! Moving sucks we just finished too. 2y
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BehindthePages
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Each story in the Wayward Children is as heartbreaking as it is captivating. The depth of imagination that goes into each new world is surprisingly detailed given the length of each book. This one is set as a standalone novel, so none of the characters readers have come to know throughout the series will be present. But it's just as good.
Full review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/across-the-green-grass-fields-by-seanan-mcgu...

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Emmybird01
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4/5 for this one! I enjoyed this one. It wasn‘t my favorite though. I did enjoy Regan, Pansy, and Chicory! I felt the end was really quick. I still loved the story with all the centaurs and the twist at the end. I will be continuing these.

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Lizpixie
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Bk11 of April & Bk1 of #Deweys24hr #readathon is done! The latest in the Wayward Children series, this brings in new characters, Regan, & a new world, The Hooflands filled with kelpies, centaurs & other magical horses. #SeriesRead2021 #StackingTheSeries #PickYourPoison #FinishingTheSeries2021 #Pageathon #PennyPerPage #BookspinBingo

TheSpineView Way to go! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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Lizpixie
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Finally posting my #Deweys24hr #readathon TBR a few hrs before it starts! I‘m definitely hoping to finish Lawyer X(my #doublespin book of April), then the tagged book but after that it‘s up for grabs. I‘m already a few chapters into Crooked Kingdom but London,Burning sounds amazing. Then again, UndermajorDomo Minor has been on my #MountTBRShelvesOfDoom for a few years(I got it in a book swap!) We shall see. Who else is readathonning with me?

Leniverse Yesss, so ready to readathon! 2y
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Zephsomething
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Y‘all I sat down and read this one in one sitting. I love every book Seanan writes in the wayward children series and this one is no different. I loved it so so much and the ending nearly made me cry. If you like stories about children and the doors they travel through it‘s for you (I also recommend liking horses, centaurs, and the like)

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Samary
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I love this series. I want kids just so I can read these book to them.

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Addison_Reads
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#SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView

I really enjoy each addition to this series. Of course I have my favorites, and some characters I like more than others, but overall I'm never disappointed.

This book features a young girl who doesn't quite fit in, who loves horses, and just wants to belong. The creatures and imagery in this book were very well done.

I'm excited to see where McGuire will take the next book. 💚

TheSpineView Great job! 🤩📖 2y
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La_Cori
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⭐⭐⭐⭐+
"She knew better now. The world was bigger now. She was bigger now, and that made all the difference."

I loved it!!! This series is getting better and better!
Regan is such a beautiful character and her story was so well written.. and I loved Hooflands! ??

(Square 9 on my #bookspinBingo card)

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Finished this one in three sittings today.

Also read in two other titles: Indelicacy by Amina Cain & Fistful of shells by Toby Green.

174 + 11+ 12 = 197 pages
And oh, how different those pages were!

#20in4

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BarbaraJean
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Another melancholy little novella in the Wayward Children series. In this series, I usually like the portal stories more than the quest stories. That‘s still true, but this was a weaker portal story. The setup—the circumstances leading up to Regan discovering her door into the Hooflands—was really well done. But the ending left me wanting more once Regan returned home. Hoping McGuire continues with more of Regan‘s story later in the series.⤵️

BarbaraJean ⤴️ There‘s also some wonderful exploration of gender expectations and gender identity that I wish had been fleshed out a little more. This could have been a full novel with that and a more developed ending, and I think the story would have been better for it. 2y
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Alfrazier21
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This series seriously tugs on my heart strings. I loved Regan‘s story so much and I‘m hopeful we get to see her again in the future.

#fantasy #WaywardChildrenSeries #novella #2020ReadingGoals

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monalyisha
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An addition to the series that feels especially apt right now.

Seanan McGuire writes about “worlds that need saving...by someone who loves them.” Remind you of any world you know?

The overarching message of this volume, set in the Hooflands - a place of centaurs, fauns, kelpies, & kirin -, is a plea to stay a little wild because “civilized people don‘t know how to listen. All their magic goes into the places *they believe* it belongs.” 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/3: I like the idea that we could ALL have magic (in the form of potential, & the expanded ability to fulfill our dreams) if it weren‘t being hoarded by the 1%. This IS a magic world. We just have to break down walls, smash glass ceilings, & rip down fantastical curtains (or cloaks of invisibility) — get rid of all of the falsely-erected barriers! — to let it out. (edited) 2y
monalyisha 2/3: This book‘s specific “hero” or protagonist comes with an additional lesson: there‘s no right way to “perform girlhood.” Gender is a construct. (edited) 2y
ozma.of.oz Love your review! ❤️❤️ I felt the same way! 2y
monalyisha 3/3: This one did feel a smidge fast & didactic but I was still charmed. And I maintain that the novella format helps to bring the charm, so I‘ll sacrifice some details & complexity to maintain that. But...McGuire manages to tuck more details & complexity into some of these short books than she does others. This probably falls into the latter category (whereas Down Among the Sticks and Bones, for instance, qualifies as the former). 2y
Read-y_Picker Great review! I'm planning on diving into the series next month :) 2y
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monalyisha
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Late-afternoon light, falling prettily across the pages of an unknown world (namely, Hooflands 🦄).

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ErikasMindfulShelf
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I really like the Wayward Children series. This was no exception.

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danimgill
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Eh, this standalone entry in the series was just okay at best. I may or may not come back to the series as she adds to it, I loved the first few but the last couple have felt like a step down to me. At least it was a quick read!

monalyisha Oh no! I have this waiting for me. My favorites have been Down Among the Sticks and Bones, & In An Absent Dream. 2y
danimgill @monalyisha I hope you enjoy it when you get it! This was definitely just a case of it not clicking with me, the writing itself was as good as ever. I loved those two as well! 2y
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khooliha
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I felt terrible all day yesterday and got to feeling sad once the night rolled around, so instead of sleeping I administered this novella directly to my brain. It was a real balm, a type of fantasy tale I love when I come across them - just living in a magical world. There's a quest, but it's not the important thing. Living is what's important.

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Moray_Reads
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10 year old Regan learns something unexpected about herself and entrusts her secret to to the wrong person. In the aftermath she finds a doorway to the Hooflands, a place populated by mythical creatures where humans always save the world. Although I prefer the stories about the pupils of the Home for Wayward Children, this standalone tale is a great addition to the series, full of McGuire's typical wisdom, imagination and fantastic LGBTQIA heroes

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Moray_Reads
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A new Wayward Children book is just what I need right now!

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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"...but the world has never traded in easy when it didn't have to."

The 6th book in the Wayward Children series follows a new character, Reagan, who enters a doorway that takes her to the Hooflands. Full of centaurs, unicorns, & other mystical creatures with cloven hooves, the Hooflands seems to be a magical place. Raegan soon finds that she is expected to save the world, but she's not sure she's ready to live up to her destiny.

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Branwen
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I love this series SO MUCH, so I was really excited when my hold for this one finally came in! The boys are enjoying it with me! #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #roxas #chaplin

Leftcoastzen 😀😻😻👏 2y
Meaw_catlady Awww what cutie pies! Give them kisses from me ! 💋 2y
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Exbrarian
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A departure from the previous books in the series, but no less enjoyable.

monalyisha 😱 I have this waiting for me! I do this thing where, when I REALLY want to read something, I almost get nervous about it? And I put it off? But it‘s on my nightstand! I didn‘t realize it was a departure. Don‘t tell me why but...now I‘m even more intrigued/nervous! 😅 2y
Exbrarian @monalyisha Well, a Wayward child goes through a door, so that's all still expected. But, it's a new child and a new world. 2y
monalyisha @Exbrarian Oh, okay! That, I can handle. 😉 2y
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xicanti
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I started ACROSS THE GREEN GRASS FIELDS last night while I ate a not-so-good mug cake. I had this vision of myself reading the whole thing before bed, but I crashed about 60% in (perhaps because of the claggy little cake). It‘s really good so far, though, and I‘ll finish it today. Maybe even this morning, depending on what else demands my attention.

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ReadingEnvy
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After a friend betrays her at school, Regan runs to the woods and finds a door leading to the Hooflands. For every girl who was ever into horses....(you don't have to have read the previous Wayward Children books first.)

Centique Oh wow a new one! *jumps on to Libby immediately* Thanks for the heads up 🙌 2y
ReadingEnvy Oh yeah just on the 12th! 2y
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stretchkev
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Another great installment to the Wayward Children Series. I'd say this is my third favorite of the worlds, behind the Moors and Confection. I do like the logical worlds better.

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Soubhiville
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Hooray for another Wayward Children book! This one is a stand alone about Regan, a horse loving girl who finds herself in a world full of centaurs, fauns, Minotaurs, and lots of other creatures after stepping through a doorway made of two entwined trees.

I could live in this universe, but my favorite is still Lundy and the Goblin Market.

Supervised as always by my Sietje.

Hooked_on_books Hi cutie! She‘s sure keeping an eye on you! 😆 2y
Exbrarian Just started this one this evening! 2y
monalyisha The Goblin Market was one of my favorite worlds/books in the series, too! 2y
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ozma.of.oz
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After disastrously sharing a secret, Reagan runs away and finds a door. A door to the Hooflands, a place of centaurs, unicorns, and kelpies, where humans are destined to save the world.

McGuire‘s works continue to be a gut punch. I had to take a break, because the memories of being a young girl who trusted the wrong person were too visceral.

The world building is phenomenal as always, and Reagan was a great addition to the series. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

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jackilynn
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I may have a new favorite in this series! 🤔🤓

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ozma.of.oz
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*pterodactyl screeching*

monalyisha I bought this yesterday! I‘m not ready to start it yet but I feel THE EXACT SAME. 2y
Alfrazier21 I cannot wait to read this!! 2y
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DakotaWilde
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Ahhh so excited for the newest book in this series!

Exbrarian Jealous! I placed my hold before Christmas and I am 6 months deep on the waiting list. 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I may have a new favorite in the Wayward Children series! (nah, Lundy is still my favorite). Of all the worlds in this series, the Hooflands is where I would like to go. These books are short. I wish they were much longer. There is so much more to explore here. I hope Regan shows up at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children and we get to go back to the Hooflands. I really want that door to reopen.
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MaleficentBookDragon I SHOULD be working but I couldn‘t put this book down.😻 2y
Soubhiville I can‘t wait to read this! I‘m so glad you loved it. 2y
TEArificbooks Live the play doh on your desk. I also have play doh in my desk. Mostly to give to my kids to keep busy and work on my special needs kid‘s fine motor delay but I always play with it too and sometimes even when they aren‘t even around. 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I just got approved for two more #netgalley books and I just had to drop everything to start reading this one. I really like this series.

witchyreader13 Oooooh! 😲 2y
Soubhiville Yay! I preordered both of these and Green Grass Fields just shipped! Happy dance 💃🏻! 2y
CoffeeK8 Oh those are good ones! 2y
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ozma.of.oz
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#BingoBoard all ready to go! I‘m so excited! I will finally, FINALLY, get a bingo!

#BookSpin 20 - Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

#DoubleSpin 4 - Butcher by Natasha Miller

Fun story, I put the book spin book up there because I was so excited about it, but it‘s not actually getting published until the 12th. 😅 So I‘ll be starting with my double spin book, which is also a #NetGalley ARC!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Oops, that‘s funny! Can I ask what app you used to make your bingo card? 2y
ozma.of.oz @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Of course. I‘m on iOS, so I use Collageable to create the five by five spread for the board. Then I use Over that allows me to layer in the background and the icons. 2y
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underground_bks
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Since starting the Wayward Children series, it seems like every fellow fan has a favorite installment—and now I‘ve found mine! Join Regan among the unicorns, centaurs, kelpies, and more in the Hooflands! Across the Green Grass Fields has all the charm of Narnia but with nuance, diversity, and a sharp skepticism toward the concept of destiny, whether you‘re a human destined to save a world of magic talking equines or a prepubescent girl—or both.

underground_bks Okay maybeeee tied with Down Among the Sticks and Bones, though they‘re very different! 2y
stretchkev Among the Sticks and Bones is my favorite so hoping this is a strong number 2, can't wait to read it! 2y
underground_bks @stretchkev I can‘t wait to hear what you think! It‘s a very gentle story for the series but I LOVED how it subverts expectations, the representation in the main character, and the ideas about destiny at its heart. Also in case you hadn‘t seen yet, McGuire signed with Tor for at least 4 more books—we‘ll get a new one every January for the next 5 years! 🤩 2y
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stretchkev Yeah I saw that she's publishing more to this series from one of your earlier posts. Got to say this is the first series in a long long time that I can actually look forward to each next release. 2y
MaleficentBookDragon I just got this from #netgalley and am excited to read it. So far my favorite is 2y
underground_bks @MaleficentBookDragon I continue to waffle but the more I think about it, the more it‘s In An Absent Dream—the idea of fair value in the Goblin Market continues to stay with me! 2y
MaleficentBookDragon @underground_bks same here. I also found Lundy's story to be the most tragic and heartbreaking in the series, especially knowing happens to her in the first book. 2y
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