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12 Men for Christmas | Phillipa Ashley
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My 2nd Bail of 2022.

In effort to clean off my nightstand and because I've read some less than stellar Holiday Reads, I popped over to Goodreads. Several Reviewers complained about not meeting the 12 of the Calendar and that it's not a Christmas Story but set during Spring/Summer. The only Christmas is just barely mentioned in Epilogue.

I want my Christmas Stories to have Christmas. Shame. It has such a beautiful cover. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Crinoline_Laphroaig I did read the Epilogue. Way to syrupy sweet. 🤢 Oh and apparently the heroine of the book has long dark hair but we put a blond on the cover. #dontjudgeabookbyitscover 3w
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Well, I was certainly sold the dummy here. Quite definitely the worst book I have read so far this year ... perhaps even a contender for worst of this century. Even the beautiful presentation (the cover beneath the dust jacket, and the endpapers, are exquisite) could not redeem it.
See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50202953. #books #bookstagram #fiction #dontreadit #art #history #dreadfulbook #dontjudgeabookbyitscover

mackelie I‘m really sorry you didn‘t enjoy this book! On the contrary, I loved it and think it‘s a brilliant read. But I do agree that it may not be for everyone :) 11mo
Moonprismpower I enjoyed this book. However starting out, the story was very confusing and I had to read and reread quite slowly before it turned into a good book for me. I feel like it leaned quite close to literary fiction and usually literary is a hard pass for me. I hope you find a better next read! 11mo
Palimpsest I can‘t access your Goodreads review, but I was only going to read your review to see what you found so unlikeable because this book in my opinion is brilliant. I may have interpreted it differently than the author‘s intention, but for me it was about creation, almost an ethnography; of being alone and trying to make sense of a world with very few clues, but continuing to live because that‘s what we are built to do. Book reminds me of Borges too. (edited) 11mo
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Palimpsest I‘ve also read quite a bit about the real Piranesi and his imagined prisons, so my English lit trained brain was making all sorts of connections in theory which is how I look at literature. Just had to defend it because I think it‘s the best new fiction book I read last year. Not that anyone cares about my opinion, but to say that even the boards don‘t do it justice is harsh. 😕Then again I don‘t like what most people read. 11mo
Bookwomble @Palimpsest I loved it, also, and I got a Borges feel from it as well. The Narnia connection was delightful, too, but mostly the power and grace of Clarke's language and images. Then again, I don't like what most people read 😃 11mo
Palimpsest @Bookwomble I agree with the Narnia feel. I also got a bit of Samuel Beckett. Please note I don‘t mean to sound flippant when I said like you that I don‘t like what most people read, but I don‘t automatically buy what publishers push (although this book deserved the publicity) and I enjoy a lot of classical works, classic novels, non-fiction, some fantasy and a little avant-garde. I like well written, thought provoking stories and this fits. 😄 11mo
Bookwomble @Palimpsest I didn't think you sounded flippant 🙂 11mo
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Sometimes it‘s impossible not to judge a book by its cover! I love artistic covers and I‘m especially happy when the story inside lives up to the enticing cover! Let me share 5 of my favorites with you: https://youtu.be/XpPDkqCbP5A

#beautifulbookcovers #dontjudgeabookbyitscover #goodreads #booktube #magicalrealism #fairytaleretellings #gothicmystery

EadieB @Butterflyamore I don‘t look at book covers much as I do read lots of thrillers. I basically look at author names but i have read the Diane Sutterfield and Neil Gaiman book and enjoyed them. (edited) 2y
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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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Sometimes the right man for the job is a woman.

#girlpower #backwardsinheels #dontjudgeabookbyitscover

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Way to go, Book Outlet 🤣🤷‍♀️ #dontjudgeabookbyitscover

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That feeling when you crawl into a freshly made bed to read 😊

GA_Bookworm07 Definitely don't wanna read after seeing the first episode of this. It sucks 3y
Kimberlone @GA_Bookworm07 the book is very different from what I hear. So far it is very good, and sci fi is definitely not my usual genre #dontjudgeabookbyitscover (edited) 3y
Bethaj11 @ga bookworm07 Definitely don‘t compare the show to the book, the book is very different and so so much better!! (edited) 3y
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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
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I absolutely cannot stand this cover, but the book itself was a humorous and enjoyable read about family, mythology and gods being tricksters. I‘m not usually a fan of urban fantasy/magical realism, but Gaiman does it well!

#DontJudgeABookByItsCover 😂

CocoReads That‘s a terrible cover! 3y
GypsyKat I loved this one as well! 3y
candority @CocoReads Ugh, I know! I don‘t even understand how it is relevant to the novel 🙄 3y
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candority @GypsyKat Yes, so good! 3y
CocoReads @candority yes, it‘s perfectly appropriate for a 70s pulp fiction novel but not Gaiman. Sheesh. 3y
LauraJ I‘m not big on fantasy, but love mythology and Gaiman is wonderful! Glad you liked it 😸 3y
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#CatchUpFriday - still reading this one. Only reason: it‘s the only library book I‘ve ever destroyed (leaky ice bag that leaked through another bag into a bigger bag and onto the book). Cutting the soggy margins helped me to salvage the book. However sluggish the narrative is, I‘m going to finish this and file this under #dontjudgeabookbyitscover .

Cinfhen Ha! Pretty cover 4y
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Dreams in Thin Air | Michael Nybrandt
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I was offered this book at Metro Comics, looked at it, and declared, "I don't think this is my cup of tea."
Turned it around.
Read what it was about.
"This is right up my alley!"

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