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Any Way the Wind Blows
Any Way the Wind Blows | Rainbow Rowell
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New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell's epic fantasy, the Simon Snow trilogy, concludes with Any Way the Wind Blows. In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong. In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages and if he doesn't, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she's smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn't sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough. Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet. This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest. Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us.
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Laughterhp
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Mehso-so

Sigh. This was way more angst and romance than I was expecting. I wasn‘t in the mood for it, so it might have affected my feelings for this book. There was not much adventure until the end and honestly, Agatha‘s storyline might have been my favorite. 🤷🏻‍♀️

This is why I stay away from YA and probably haven‘t read a lot of Rainbow Rowell.

#AwesomeAugust - finished this one of Thursday

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3mo
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Lara.Tomme
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Had an amazing time listening to the audiobook.
Had fun listening to their romance and adventures. I will miss the world and the characters.

5 ⭐

#audiobook #audible

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MsRadioSilence
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I finished this book on Jun 18, but oops, been a little burnt out lately. Anyway, I thought it was well-balanced, and a fitting end to the trilogy. A lot of last books are let-downs, but I had a great time with this one. I wish there was more in this world, but I‘m okay to say goodbye.

Read my full review at: https://www.rainyreader.com/single-post/any-way-the-wind-blows.

#fantasy #LGBT #romance

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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#Pantone2022 color challenge…I‘d say that‘s a spun-sugar match 😉

@Clwojick

Clwojick Perfect! 5mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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She did such a great job in this one that when I finished I had to go back through and just read the Baz and Simon relationship chapters again….the way she had them work through their issues together, and slowly negotiate what made each comfortable and feel safe and their hangups and limits, what each would give and could take, was truly beautiful to watch. We all deserve a partner that takes that time, and I rarely see it in print, ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ especially not when both characters need very special handling.

The rest of the storyline was great, loved Pen and the demon, and the Chosen One vacuum being filled… a great ending to such a fun series….but, BUT she left quite a few open questions left lingering, I‘m having trouble believing this is really the end of this series…and if Rowell has another book in her to answer them, that would be fine by me.
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peanutnine I so agree with this!! The Simon and Baz relationship was handled so well and lovely but there were so many other things I wanted her to wrap up better. She says she doesn't have any other books planned for the series though 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @peanutnine *Spoilers below ⤵️ maybe if people ask her a few more of their lingering questions…we can at least get a short story or two. I mean, he is a magician, but somehow “letting it all out” made him immune…come on, there has to be a story there (or two). And he talked about how drained he was from magic that he was literally starving when he returned each school year…so did the big battle drain him and he just needs to fill back up 5mo
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cdreincarnate
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Pickpick

I loved it! Such a satisfying end to the series ❤️

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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ such a great trilogy. I loved all of the characters and was so happy to live with Baz, Simon, Penelope, and Agatha. I‘m going to miss them. I definitely recommend all three books!

Liatrek Loved this series so much❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
mollyrotondo @Liatrek I‘m so glad I read it!! 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

I‘ve read all of these books and I really have no idea what‘s going on but I really enjoy the audiobooks. They‘re super fun. This was a #LitsyAwards2021 winner for YA fantasy/sci-fi

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Gissy
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Mehso-so

3rd book in this trilogy. For me, this last book was disappointed. There were parts that were not necessary or poorly integrated to the whole story. The end was not necessarily the one I was expecting. Many parts that we saw in the two previous books were not resolved in this one. But I still love Baz and I enjoyed Penny and Shepard interaction. 2.5/3⭐️I will keep my trilogy because there were romantic parts I loved. 😍☺️

Megabooks Yes, so many things felt unresolved! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Always sad when a series lets you down in the end. 😕 7mo
Gissy @TheAromaofBooks yes!😕 7mo
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Liatrek
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I absolutely adore Simon and Baz and this whole world ❤️ Rainbow‘s books are always such a comfort read💜💜 I hope some day we get more stories set in this world 🙂

TracyReadsBooks Love Simon and Baz!!! Rowell has a short story collection coming out in November, Scattered Showers, and I‘m pretty sure one of the stories is a new Simon and Baz story. 🤞 7mo
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damselsgotballs
Any Way the Wind Blows | Rainbow Rowell
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Book 64

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GondorGirl
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GondorGirl
Any Way the Wind Blows | Rainbow Rowell
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"I don't think having a vampire city is America's biggest problem..."

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GondorGirl
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🧡🧡

peanutnine ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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GondorGirl
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Is #AudioLeatherworking a thing, because that's what I'm up to today. #Studio42Books is waiting to hear if we've gotten into our spring shows, but when we have time between orders we're trying to build up our show stock. Today I'm cutting blanks that will be turned into the pocket and spine pieces for sketch/composition book covers.

I'm listening to the final Simon Snow book and it's already breaking my heart. I don't think I'm ready for this. 😥

LiteraryinLawrence Leather working looks so cool! 9mo
night_shift Neat! 9mo
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StayCurious
Any Way the Wind Blows | Rainbow Rowell
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#Swoonathon @MidnightBookGirl @kimmypete1 Thank you for the wonderful package @ShelleyBooksie - the books and bookmarks were perfect and the treats may or may not be half gone from this afternoon 😄

ShelleyBooksie Aww - your doggo sniffing the parcel - adorable 😍 . So glad you like everything. 10mo
MidnightBookGirl Love it! 10mo
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LibrarianRyan
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Rainbow Rowell makes her second apperance on this years list with the best YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi #LitsyAwards2021

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kezzlou85
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#TwoForTuesday thanks for the tag @Andrew65
1: tagged above. Longest for last year.
2: sometimes I do but if a story is engaging enough I will read it. My favourite book is the Stand which is a chunkster
I tag anyone who wants to play.
@TheSpineView

Andrew65 This is one I need to read. Love Rainbow Rowell. 10mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📖📚 10mo
kezzlou85 @Andrew65 it was a really good read. 10mo
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sprainedbrain
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Catching up my December reviews (so that I can make my best of 2021 lists)… I‘m so behind!

I started the month with this last book of the Simon Snow series. I hadn‘t realized until I started it how much I needed a light, fluffy romp with favorite characters. I am a huge fan of Rowell‘s writing, I adore this cast of personalities, and I appreciate the inclusiveness, humor, adventurous magic, and romance of the series. GREAT audiobook! ❤️

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain Oh this was my #doublespin for December as well! @TheAromaofBooks 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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xicanti
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I got through a fair chunk of ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS while I finished the ornament for my aunt! I toned down the edging compared to the instructions (it was supposed to have multiple layers of ruffles; ick), but it still came out a BIT gaudy. Hopefully she likes it anyways. #audiostitching

Catsandbooks Beautiful! 11mo
catiewithac I love that book! 11mo
AmyG It‘s just lovely! 11mo
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Crazeedi I love this, and a handmade gift is always the best kind 11mo
Megabooks Beautiful! 11mo
xicanti @catiewithac it‘s really working for me so far! I‘m excited to dive back in today. 11mo
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PuddleJumper
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Pickpick

Really enjoyable. I think this is the last in the series and it felt like a good ending

There were a few occasions that threw me out of the book because it didn't feel right for the setting. Just a few things that didn't read quite right for being in the UK

ozma.of.oz I‘ve had the beginning of this series on my TBR for a while now! I‘ll have to bump it up! 👍🏻 12mo
StayCurious I love Rainbow! 12mo
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PuddleJumper
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There is snow on the ground, I have no work as everyone cancelled because of the snow and I forgot my book so I'm starting a new one

Also, fleece lined jeans are amazing 🤩

leah152 Fleece lined jeans are a thing?! That's awesome 😊 12mo
PuddleJumper @leah152 Yep! You can't sit down in them easily but they are great for walking 12mo
leah152 I am so getting a pair of those next winter, this winter just gone was bloody freezing (although probably not if you're from the northern hemisphere lol) 😂😊 12mo
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Centique
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Pickpick

Sometimes you need a blast of light & sparkly joy in your reading - Rainbow Rowell‘s Simon Snow trilogy has been that for me. It started in Fangirl as the Harry Potter/Twilight fan fiction the protagonist was supposedly writing, fans of the book asked to read the “fictional fan fiction” and it took on a life of its own! Completely indulgent YA fantasy with adventure, romance & all the feelings. Loved being in the heads of so many characters.

rockpools And a sparkly photo to go with it 😊💫 12mo
Centique @rockpools oh yes! I forgot to say that‘s a sparkly light in my favourite cafe. ☕️☕️✨✨ 12mo
Cathythoughts Great fun picture 💫 12mo
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chasjjlee
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Because I miss reading Simon and Baz's story!
#SnowBaz #AWTWB #CarryOn

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sarahgreatlove
Any Way the Wind Blows | Rainbow Rowell
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Pickpick

Oh man. What a satisfying conclusion. I loved this so much - it didn‘t go in the direction I expected, which was so wonderful. I finished and immediately started it over again 😆 as always with a series, I recommend going back and rereading the previous books for maximum enjoyment! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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kezzlou85
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Aww the third book in the series and definitely better than the second but the first is still my favourite. I must say I love Baz and Simon so much, I will read this just for them, they're adorable. You want them to be endgame. The plot was interesting and I liked the dynamic between Penny and Shepherd. The ending was really good though I had figured out who Lucy was earlier in the series. #OutstandingOctober 5*

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AlizaApp
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Loved the third and final book in this trilogy too! In this book, Simon and Baz finally act like they are in a relationship and begin working on their issues. Penelope is awesome. I get the feeling Rowell didn‘t really know what to do with Agatha, who seems to spend most of the trilogy away from the other characters, but her story had a nice conclusion too.

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rsteve388
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WriterAtHeart
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Pickpick

What a great way to end the trilogy. I felt like we get a lot of closure as readers and we still get one more adventure. I am sad to see Simon and Baz's story end, but now that all three books are out, I feel a reread in my future.

KathyWheeler I read, and loved, the first book. I don‘t know why I haven‘t read the others. 1y
peanutnine This one definitely made me want to go back and read their story from the beginning again! ❤️ 1y
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chasjjlee
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"As if I wouldn't make the world spin backwards if I thought he'd like it better that way."
-Baz ?

I will always recommend this series!!

Nutmegnc I‘m buying right now! Thanks for the rec!! (edited) 14mo
chasjjlee @Nutmegnc 💜 I hope you love it!! 14mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Tagged book is current read, but the others are next up!

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chasjjlee
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Pickpick

I have never been so sad for a book to come to an end. I love Simon and Baz so much and it took me 3 days to move on to another book 😭. Absolutely loved this WHOLE series!

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marleed
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I might have substituted more action and less melodrama between Simon & Baz, but still, a satisfying third read to this series. The Smith Richards storyline was spot-on fun for the tale.

#BookSpin @TheAromaOfBooks

Megabooks Is it wrong that I wanted Simon‘s magic to come back? 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
marleed @Megabooks So did I! Aren‘t there rules? Doesn‘t the good guy deserve his magic restored!? . ….But then I appreciate that is wasn‘t completely predictable, as well. 1y
marleed @TheAromaofBooks My books at spots 13 & 15 this month, make it a given that I meet this challenge. In fact, I see at least 2 bingos coming my way! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Love it when those BookSpin slots line up just right!!! 1y
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Branwen
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I've got a three day weekend starting today! 🎉🎉🎉 Jazz has been helping me pick out which books to read this weekend! 😹 I'm planning on finishing the tagged book and the new Stephen King book, and hopefully starting the new Laurel K. Hamilton book. I've got an exciting weekend ahead of me! 💕📚💕 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #jupiterjazz

TrishB Enjoy 😁 1y
Leftcoastzen Nice helper ! 1y
Hooked_on_books So the big question is, do you read the books Jazz is or isn‘t standing on? 😆 1y
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CoverToCoverGirl Lovely assistant! 1y
wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐱 1y
Nebklvr Training kitty to make recommendations? Now that is a reader! 1y
Branwen @Hooked_on_books I work around her and just read what she's not sitting on! 🤣😂 @Nebklvr You gotta start them young! 😁 @Leftcoastzen @TrishB @CoverToCoverGirl @WanderingBookaneer Thank you! 😘💕📚 1y
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Branwen
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Ice cream for breakfast is always a great idea - especially when you liberally sprinkle it with marshmallow bits! 😋 I've really been enjoying sharing my time with Simon and Baz (and Bunce!) again! I don't want this series to be over! 💕📚

Ruthiella Ice cream is a wonderful meal! I agree!! 🍦 1y
AFrostCauseReads Simon would approve, lol 1y
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GypsyKat
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I absolutely LOVE this special edition!!! It‘s so gorgeous, there‘s art inside too! 😍😍😍 here‘s a link to my IG if anyone wants to see more pics of this

https://www.instagram.com/p/CSlUUdIrmao/?utm_medium=copy_link

marleed Following - because You!!! 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Now I want a special edition too…. So pretty! 1y
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peanutnine
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I enjoyed this final installment in the Simon Snow trilogy. I was just so relieved that Simon and Baz FINALLY started to communicate their feelings to each other! So there was a lot of that. The actual plot/crisis wasn't a huge deal in comparison, but I didn't mind. I loved Penelope's storyline! She grew into her character a bunch and I love her😍
My only disappointment, I was hoping for more concrete answers on a few issues from the earlier books

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peanutnine
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#LitsySummerCamp @ImperfectCJ
1. I did a lot of short rereads this week because work was super stressful. I reread 4 graphic novels (Heartstopper 1-3 and Witch Boy) and Every Heart a Doorway. Plus I read the tagged book. I've also started 4 new ebooks but haven't finished any yet. My goal this week was to focus on physical books, which I did 😊
2. I've only ever been camping with family so no fun songs or scary stories like at a summer camp

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Eggbeater
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Mehso-so

A little too much time spent on dysfunctional relationship angst and not enough time spent on magic and fun for me. I like the characters a lot, but the plot went nowhere and the book was disappointing compared to the first one.

Megabooks Agree. Virtually no magic. Too much angst between Simon and Baz. 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
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July was a good month for quality reading—15 books total, far fewer than June, but those 15 included some of my favorite books of the year. Any Way the Wind Blows was a most satisfying conclusion to the story of Simon & Baz. Cosby‘s writing is visceral & powerful & Razorblade Tears was excellent. The Blacktongue Thief was one of the most entertaining & funny fantasy books I‘ve read in ages & She Who Became the Sun was an excellent debut.

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JenaJenkins
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Pickpick

I enjoyed a lot of things in this one: Penny being a magical genius, Agatha having her own adventures, Lady Salisbury and her delicious cakes, Shepard being overly friendly and curious about everything. Lots of fun!

The Simon & Baz relationship at the heart of it all didn‘t quite work its magic on me. And there are so many unresolved things about their future. I‘m still deciding how I feel about it - but I am glad I went along for the ride.

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bullbunny
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This is the third book of a series, and it is THICK

Love the author's pun on a song with the titles in this series

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kissmehardy
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...Are we SURE there can't be a fourth one? (It can end here. I just love Simon and Baz and Penny so much.) (And Agatha, naturally.) #yafantasy

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JenaJenkins
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I‘m glad I got to go straight into Any Way the Wind Blows after Wayward Son. I can sort of think of it as one longer adventure. It definitely feels like there are more things going on in the story now!
#anywaythewindblows #simonsnow #rainbowrowell

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Missusb
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This makes me a little bit happy. #squee Wish I had time to reread #carryon and #waywardson before I get into the third one. #maybeoneday #rainbowrowell

Karisa Just finished it last week. So. Freaking. Good! 💗 1y
Missusb @Karisa I am so happy about how thick it is…. (edited) 1y
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Andrea313
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Weekend at last! Got big plans to finish all of these things in the next 48 hours. 🙂 #currentlyreading

BookDadGirlDad The ice cream would last maybe 2 hrs....😁😁😁🍧🍨🍦 1y
Andrea313 @BookDadGirlDad Ha! I'm sure it'll be the first thing I finish. 😊 1y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Finished earlier this week and forgot to post my Review. 🤦🏻‍♀️

I don't want to spoil Anyway the Wind Blows so I'll just say I loved seeing characters after the HEA. Also I really liked that Daphne isn't the typical Evil Stepmum. Her and Baz's scenes are some of my favorite in the book. I have one complaint. It's a Mild Spoiler so I'll put it in the comments and hide it. 🐐

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Crinoline_Laphroaig The Epilogue. I get why the goats are important but really the whole Epilogue is Agatha (my least favorite character) and the Goats⁉️ When I turned the page and that was it I was sooo bummed. I wanted to see where Simon and Baz were a year later. 1y
Nute Pretty photo! 1y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Nute Thank you! Loving the summer flowers. 1y
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Julsmarshall
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So so so so good! I loved being back in the company of these characters and watching them learn how to love each other well. A bit longer than it probably needed to be but that just kept the magic going. I can‘t wait to read the whole series again!

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Karisa
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Savoring this last Simon Snow book, and I love the dedication! 😍

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AFrostCauseReads
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There‘s a lot I wanna say about this book, but mostly, I‘m satisfied with it. I still have one or two questions, but I‘m happy with most things that happened.

I think Rainbow Rowell is very aware of her audience, and I think this book is largely fan service. I‘m not gunna complain 😎

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Every time I see a post about this book I get Queen stuck in my head. Lol. 1y
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