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The Book Eaters
The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
Sunyi Dean's The Book Eaters is a contemporary fantasy debut. It's a story of motherhood, sacrifice, and hope; of queer identity and learning to accept who you are; of gilded lies and the danger of believing the narratives others create for you. Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book's content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious. Eating a map can help them remember destinations, and children, when they misbehave, are forced to eat dry, musty pages from dictionaries. Devon is part of The Family, an old and reclusive clan of book eaters. Her brothers grow up feasting on stories of valor and adventure, and Devonlike all other book eater womenis raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories. But real life doesn't always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hungernot for books, but for human minds.
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kyraleseberg
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Finished releasing the last of the Valentine's Day bakery treats with this chocolate chip cookie cake.
I can't believe I put down the tagged book (I'm obsessed!!) long enough to bake and post on social today!

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encinarus
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At its core, this is a book about a mother trying to save her son against a system that wants them dead and gone. She happens to be a book eater, a being who eats books, internalizes the words and gains the knowledge inside. That is sustenance, normal food doesn't do it for them.

The core story is interesting, jumping between periods of Devin's life. I wish we had more details about book eaters, where they came from, and an epilogue.

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kyraleseberg
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I've had the tagged book on my TBR for a while and couldn't resist picking it up at the library. It's competing with my current ARC for all my attention!
Thinking about adding flour tortillas to my menu so I made some last night for shrimp tacos.

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Sharv_Sona
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All little children are beautiful. Adults, not so much. We‘ve done too many things in our lives to be beautiful.

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Sharv_Sona
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Everyone is a monster to somebody.

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Sharv_Sona
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“Be strong, love, and don‘t let ‘em see y‘ cry. It‘ll all be reet in the end.”

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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

I've got to assume it's the writing that worked for me here because there's so much about this book that I shouldn't/didn't like. There's something about a dual time period told story that really endears me to short chapters - you don't feel like you're slogging along too long without hearing from the other parallel narrative, especially when one is filling in blanks for the other, but a bit too handmaid's tale for my taste overall. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality I did you enjoy the imaginative way the different books are described as tasting, down to the type of paper and covers used, as well as the genre and subject matter.
Tricky to sympathize with any character other than Jarrow, even knowing Devon, most characters actually, had no good choices - comes back to my disconnect with vampire fiction maybe - hard to relate when the world described has you labelled as disposable prey. 2/?

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Robotswithpersonality A strong theme paralleling several characters: to sacrifice for your family, and lose yourself at the same time - choices and consequences they can't come back from.

I don't know whether this story raised any flags with Romanian readers, I can't speak to the rep - will have to look out for own voices reviews. 3/3
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Zuhkeeyah
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Imagine if words and stories had their own textures and flavors. In this creative thriller, there is a mythical race called Book Eaters who subsist by literally eating books. The words on the pages they eat stay with them, but they are unable to write anything themselves. A whole world of knowledge you can eat without ever being able to pass along your own. I thoroughly enjoyed this twist on a vampiric society living in the shadows.

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Robotswithpersonality
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This introvert is feeling a lot of kinship with this wording: "civilization's hard neon edges...lack of bodies created a vacuum of calm."

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KateReadsYA
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Thank you so much for the book @MatchlessMarie I am so grateful and love this edition!

Soubhiville Beautiful! It‘s a really good book too! 4w
KateReadsYA @Soubhiville I am soooo excited excited to read it. :) 4w
Zuhkeeyah Just finished this today. I really liked it 👍🏾 4w
KateReadsYA @Zuhkeeyah omg maybe I should be reading this as soon as possible haha 4w
MatchlessMarie Awesome! Glad it arrived safely! 😃 4w
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StellaDz
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On its surface, this is a pretty fantastic upgrade to the traditional ‘vampire story.‘ Going deeper it‘s also a fantastic discussion on breaking the mould and finding your own way, whether it‘s your family, sexuality or sense of self. A complex read, with a fantastic fantasy adventure.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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StellaDz
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The trip back home, and back to the real world, begins with the next audiobook!

rachelm I loved this one! 1mo
StellaDz @rachelm I managed 3/4 today and very much enjoying it!! 1mo
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Bookboss
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This is not the book for those who need characters that they like. This is a story about monsters surviving when they are pushed to interact with humans. I found the premise interesting, and the characters intriguing, but the plot wasn‘t very compelling. Overall, I am glad that I read it for the world building and the engaging perspective.

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Frasdawg
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Ok, I‘m liking this book so far BUT, if I were a book eater I can‘t see myself starting with the spine of a book. You know that feeling when something is off-centre and you need to fix it, or when a crease is in the wrong spot... That itchy feeling when your socks heel and toe are in the wrong position on your foot. That‘s how the book eating is feeling to me 😬

julesG That's a great analogy. 2mo
Frasdawg Haha makes me shudder 😆 2mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Check out Book Riot's Best Books of 2022! My pick is tagged.

https://bookriot.com/bestbooks2022/amp/

TheLudicReader I love these end of the year lists. 2mo
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Frasdawg
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My first SWAP done!! #creepychristmas going out today 😆

DinoMom So it has begun! They are addicting. Lol 2mo
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wen4blu
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These days, Devon only bought three things from the shops: books, booze, and Sensitive Care skin cream.

#firstlinefridays
#currentlyreading

Breanne1 I have that pan in green and ❤️❤️ it. 😂 2mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-20-22: My 116th finished book of 2022! Loved this one. Devon is a book eater, she comes from an old secret family of book eaters, people who consume books as their source of food but also retain all the knowledge that comes from it. Devon starts as a princess with a family of brothers, uncles and aunts, but turns out to be a bad ass Mom who would do anything for her kids. Her chosen family surpasses her related one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣1️⃣1️⃣6️⃣

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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-19-22: Enjoying some outdoor reading this afternoon 📖☀️

emz711 How is it? 3mo
GidgetsTreasures75 @emz711 Just finished and I loved it! 3mo
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Shallett
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What a Strange read but i am loving it

KateReadsYA I want to read this one very soon!!! It sounds like nothing I've heard of before. 3mo
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AllDebooks
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On my final book for #20in4 easily acieved 20+ hours reading goal. Books finished over the weekend
Disability Visibility - 4 ⭐️
The Virago book of witches - 4 ⭐️
The Blackhouse - 3.5 ⭐️
The nature of witches - 3 ⭐️ Loved the nature writing but loathed the repetitive tendencies
The Book Eaters - great so far, I'm off to finish it

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65

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Beck9lol
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Happy Halloween! This day is almost always dreary in PA. Good thing I have a fantastic #litsypenpal that always brightens my day with goodies. She is the best! There are four spooky books, a pumpkin candle, a scare-tea cat tea diffuser, Jack bookmark, a Jack and Sally crochet kit, and lots of yummy candy. A beautiful doggie card too. The cat came separately. 😺 Thanks a bunch @Litlady for making my Halloween special and spooky!!! 👻

Litlady Glad it all came safe and sound, dear friend! Your pretty kitty makes the whole picture! 😻😻🎃 Happy (cozy) Halloween, Becky! Big hugs to you! 👻🎃💀🥰 3mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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A unique dark fairy tale with a lot to say about trauma, motherhood, family, tradition, stories, and patriarchy; a vampire-esque story with a bookish twist and queer characters. Yes: they do actually eat books. This is a book big on ideas/plot, rather than characters. I would have liked a little more attention to the characters' emotional interiors and relationships. Devon's story of ruthless motherly love is left distinctly unfinished. Sequel?

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Linsy
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Loved this one! I mean, book vampires — of course I did! 🧛🏻‍♀️

#wicked #ominousoctober
#teamslaughter

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DuckOfDoom
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When all your pre-ordered books this year arrive at once, because of GB to EU shipping stuff.
Which one should I start?

julesG Book Eaters 3mo
TracyReadsBooks That‘s a great stack of books. I haven‘t read it yet but The First Binding in high on my list. I‘ve read good things about it. 3mo
DuckOfDoom @TracyReadsBooks I heard very good things about it, too! I might squeeze in a Discworld novel between my current read and The First Binding, though :D 3mo
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Conservio
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A dark fairytale about family. #books #family #motherhood

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BookBelle84
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Rambo loves #bookmail . Especially the boxes they come in. #catsoflitsy

RaeLovesToRead Rambo!!!!!! 🥰🥰🥰 oh my days... look at those floofs! 🤗💕💕 4mo
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RamsFan1963
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Bailedbailed

Maybe it was my mistake, listening to a dark fantasy after just finishing one, but this book failed to hold my attention. I found myself drifting away, then having to rewind the audio to figure out where I was in the story. Interesting premise, but its not the book for me right now.

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CaitlinR
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This is a wild ride, but a great read! Devon grows up as a member of the Family , a clan of human-like folk who survive by eating books. Women are in short supply and, although they grow up like princesses, they are sold into marriage contracts to produce children. Devon‘s 2nd child is a mutant mind-eater who must consume brains and memories two survive. She refuses to give him up to a horrible fate, challenging, and changing the Family forever.

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RaeLovesToRead
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Swung by my beloved Waterstones today and *ahem* made a few purchases.

After seeing some very positive reviews, I decided that I needed Babel right away #blameitonlitsy

The book off-screen is Entitled by Kate Manne.

Still have quite a few books in my Waterstones Online basket 🤔 To buy or not to buy... that is the question.

P.S. if anyone didn't see my post before about the mystery book I'm trying to identify... please check it out 😊😇

Aims42 Babel was aaaaaaaaaamazing!! And I‘m so excited for Richard Osman‘s newest 🥳 4mo
Soubhiville 💜💜💜📚 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ nothing more than a good book haul. Well, maybe my wife. And Pickles, I guess. 😉 4mo
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jlhammar Good work! I can‘t wait to start the new Osman. 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Aims42 @Soubhiville @jlhammar Thanks for the enthusiasm!! 😁❤ Can't wait to get stuck in! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @MicheleinPhilly I knowww! It's such a good feeling bringing home a new stack 😄 (pets called Pickles are the best!! 😊) 4mo
Branwen The answer is ALWAYS to buy. NEVER not to buy! 🤣😂 Those books look absolutely lovely! I'm excited to start Babel as well! 💕📚 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I made a few more cheeky purchases 🤭 Have saved a few for later... later probably being next week 😅😅😅😅 4mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead I feel your pain! I went to the bookstore this afternoon myself and went a bit crazy! 😅📚💕 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I'm still waiting to be paid and I keep checking my bank account like 👀😄 4mo
marleed Nice. And you should be proud of yourself for supporting physical books! That‘s what I tell myself ;) 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @marleed Yes! Keeping bookshops on the high street! 😉 I love this way of looking at it. 4mo
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CaitlinR
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“These days, Devon only bought three things from the shops: books, booze, and Sensitive Care skin cream.”

#greatread

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Linsy
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Can't believe it took me this long to actually read Carmilla. I loved it!! I especially loved Carmen Maria Machado's footnotes and intro. I would highly recommend this edition!

The Book Eaters was another vampiric delight! The MC was so strong -- I loved that she was not your typical "princess" and that the narrative showed her really struggling with the horror of certain choices.

#superseptember @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 4mo
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vlwelser
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This started out really strong so giving it a pick.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Linsy
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Finally well enough to go out with my boys and the weather is perfect! Just a bit breezy and not yet cold. The park by my house has an excellent playground AND lots of shade, a surprisingly difficult thing to find around here. Fall is my fav!! 🍂 #superseptember

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angieinwonderland
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This book was quite the trip merging science fiction/fantasy in the world of fables. Sometimes the mention of current devices like mobiles and Playstation playing against an antiquated setting pulled me out of the story.

But imagine how fast I could get through my 3000 book tbr if I could eat them ;)

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ErraticElle
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Creative, modern twist on vampires blending gothic & contemporary. A medieval feel meshed with present technology in an odd, but well-crafted juxtaposition. Dark, twisted, & gripping. Highly misogynistic plot that created some stomach-turning content & great social commentary. The book element wasn't explored as thoroughly as hoped, but was a creative setup. The magical world did not disappoint. A strong & intriguing debut.

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Soubhiville
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Ooooo, this was fun! Old secret families who eat books as sustenance, but also absorb the knowledge of the pages they eat. There‘s a gene mutation that results in a kind-of vampire who craves human brains, called mind-eaters, and eating someone‘s mind results in absorbing their knowledge and life experience.

A fantasy/thriller/horror story that‘s mostly about parenthood and chosen family. I loved it!

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I just started this one and love it so far! 5mo
marleed Ohh, maybe this explains why my granddaughter eats her board books! 5mo
Soubhiville @marleed 🤣😆 5mo
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TrishB
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#kindledailydeal
Worth a read at 99p.

Cazxxx I‘ve just bought this too 😁 5mo
julesG It was worth a read for 🤔 13€(?) too. Why are books so expensive here? 5mo
TrishB @Cazxxx I‘ve read & enjoyed 👍🏻 5mo
TrishB @julesG prices creeping up and up here I‘ve noticed. 99p offers are great when they have good ones! 5mo
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Twainy
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Signed & numbered special edition from The Broken Binding. A lovely book deserved a lovely SE! I enjoyed this book. I need a bookshelf … books are stacked everywhere 😩

julesG 😍😍😍 5mo
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PatriciaU
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Anyone who loves to read will be captivated by this story centered on the concept of books as actual food, overlaid with what turns out to be a pretty harrowing & dark tale. Dean‘s writing is some of the best I‘ve read this year – tight and descriptive then flowing and expansive – all coming together in a whopper of a story.

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Branwen
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And of course I had to grab this as well today, because I am completely incapable of going into the bookstore for only one item! 🤣😂❤️📚

rachelsbrittain This is a great one! 5mo
jlhammar Well, it feels wrong to get just one! That is such a fun cover. 5mo
Branwen @rachelsbrittain I'm excited about it! @jlhammar I totally agree! 😂📚💕 5mo
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julesG
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Thank you @TrishB and @scripturient for nudging me towards this book.

Really enjoyed the concept of the book. It's a very new twist on vampire stories.

Devon is an adorable single mum character trying to save her son. She felt very real to me.

There might be a lot of the author/author's life in the story?

Full review on my blog: scepticalreading.com/2022/09/a-new-spin-on-vampire-books/

#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 5mo
TrishB Yes I thought so too- good point 5mo
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julesG
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Finished Moon Called last night and just picked the next book on my Kindle. I liked Always, in December, but the last chapters were tough - even though I knew what was coming.

Now The Book Eaters, because those enablers (@scripturient and @TrishB) made me get it. 😘

#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

TrishB I hope you enjoy it 🤞🏻 5mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 5mo
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @klou
Prompt: Monsters Inc

PageShifter I love the cover of that book! 5mo
CaroPi @PageShifter I have no idea what is that book about. Not sure if I will like it but I already put it on hold in my library 5mo
PageShifter Haha, I love your attitude @CaroPi 🥰🤣 5mo
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Klou Great choice! This book sounds so interesting!! 5mo
TheSpineView @Klou It does! 5mo
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Lizpixie
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Bk1 of #20in4 #readathon is done. I actually finished this a few hours ago but we babysat our handful of a grandson tonight! I enjoyed this story, it‘s strange, creepy & a little bit morbid. What a great combo🙃A unique take on the “creature” genre, it also has common themes of what a mother will do to save her child. Even when the child is classed as a monster. Highly highly recommend👍 #BookspinBingo

Andrew65 Great time already 😁 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Lizpixie
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It‘s #newbook & #newyarn day!🙌 Isn‘t the yarn gorgeous? It‘s LITLG sock called “Firefly”, some MadTosh merino light called “Deathly Hallows”( I‘m getting some Dumbledores Phoenix next🫶)& Belissimo 8ply “Butter”. And the book! It‘s brilliant so far. I opened it to read the 1st page & am now 107pgs in already. I love autistic authors, they write the best weirdest, imaginative stories I‘ve ever read. Highly recommend already👍👍 #LitsyCrafters

Librariana I did not know the author was neurodivergent! 😊 I picked this up a week or so ago and am looking forward to starting it soon (I hope!) 🤞 5mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m loving this picture! 😍 5mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture 💫 5mo
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julesG The Madeline Tosh yarn is 😍😍😍 looking forward to seeing your knitting. 5mo
ju.ca.no The colors are so pretty! And the book sounds great too🥰 5mo
Soubhiville Oooo, yes love the gold and green together. Can‘t wait to see what you create! 5mo
ravenlee Your yarn is swoon-worthy. 5mo
Lizpixie @Librariana I hope you like it. If you like sci-fi, this is another fantastic book by a neurodivergent author 5mo
Lizpixie @Hooked_on_books @Cathythoughts thank you! @julesG I‘ve heard great things too, planning on making a shawl for those cold nights I‘m up reading till 4am @ju.ca.no I highly recommend both @Soubhiville I‘m thinking a shrug maybe? @ravenlee thanks! There‘s so many beautiful yarns out there, hubs is gonna have another fit over my yarn hoarding as well as my book hoarding soon🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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parasolofdoom
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Screenshot of my GR review, I was way over the Litsy character limit 😅. Love love LOVED