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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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Mehso-so

Imagine being a supernatural of the vampire, witch or demon variety, and having people telling you what to do, always. I can't imagine vampires would want to live forever with this sort of bureaucratic bullshit dominating their lives. I listened to the audiobook. The narrator was adept at the various accents but the weird way she drags out her "twooo"s grates. A book this large would benefit from having a second narrator of the male variety. ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The underlying premise was good, but this was entirely too long. This falls into nearly insta-love territory. Wine, manuscripts, yoga, food...I think the only foods I'm not certain Matthew eats are tacos, pizza, and quince. While I'm on Matthew, I did not get his appeal. He's controlling and I think he thrives on crisis. (1500 years on Earth might do that to you) Diana was boring. I understand why she doesn't embrace her magic, ⬇️ 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick but considering how the supernaturals didn't trust the other species, you'd think her aunt would have insisted she learn something. The Bishop house was fun, I liked Hamish, and I am intrigued by the events that are leading to book 2. I haven't decided if I hate myself enough to continue with the series. 😁 2y
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
aperfectmjk I agree about the second narrator. It's such a long book, but I guess because of how the chapters are written it would have been hard to switch up narrators. 2y
DieAReader @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 👏🏻 I completely agree with your opinion on this one. Took me forever to read it & I disliked more than I liked. That being said, I procrastinated & dreading starting book 2. I was “inspired” to give it some attention yesterday & can say that so far (chapter 11/42) & I‘m enjoying it. There is a lot of character banter that I‘ve really gotten a kick out of. I like it much better than the 1st (as it stands now)😉 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Squidget Good to hear that book 2 seems better from someone with similar feelings about book 1. I think I'll hold off until January and try to limit my listening to 1-2 hours daily so I'm not burnt out by it. This might be a case where I'd enjoy the show more if I gave it a try. 2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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I am not one for legal books, fiction or non-fiction, but I joined in on the #SundsyBuddyRead. This is very thorough, giving us some background about the Borden family and the aftermath of those vicious murders. We move to details of the court case, with day by day descriptions of the case and includes black & white photos of the crime scenes, and closes with the verdict and a brief aftermath. This is DENSE. Well researched, but lots of names ⬇️

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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2 interwoven stories here: Snyder's is set in 1925 Hollywood and focuses on actress Pearl. Stephen King wrote the second which gives us the origin story of an 1880s Old West Outlaw, Skinner Sweet. It's a bit of a new twist on the vampire and the ones are vicious, not sparkly lovers.
511 points for #scarathlon2020 #teamharkness @staycurious
2 interlinked stories x 15, + 2 hr during 24 'thons +1 participation point ⬇️

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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This was a cute listen for just over an hour. The reader really did a performance with the voices and made it sound engaging. I would encourage you to listen other than read.
96 points for #scarathlon2020 #teamharkness @staycurious
25 + 1 + 70 for 1 hour during 7 readathons
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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"YOU're SUCH a FRAIDY-cat" was said a lot! This one felt a bit more mean-spirited, making fun of tbr MC for being afraid of things. Luckily it picks up as it goes and only took me an hour to get through.
86 points for #scarathlon2020 #teamharkness @staycurious
25 + 1 + 60 for 1 hr during 6 readathons
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hes7
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hes7 (I received a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.) 2y
TheSpineView 📚📚📚 2y
Clwojick 🙌 🙌 2y
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hes7
The Canterville Ghost | Oscar Wilde
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Well, I‘m behind with posting again. 🤦🏼‍♀️

Finished Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & The Canterville Ghost during #OutstandingOctober. #sbooktober

Finished The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde & The Halloween Tree during #ReadYourWay. #gothtober #ghostathon20 #nameinthetitlereadathon #readallweekcgb

#scarathlon #teamslaughter #cocoturns50 #screamathon #fallreadathon #10dayreadathon

TheSpineView 🤩👍🧡📚 2y
RebL Behind posting? It me. 👀 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏🍾🥂🍾🥂🥳😊 2y
Clwojick It happens so quickly! I've been falling behind this week too. 2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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3.5🌟 A story of friendship, we see if Abby can save her best friend Gretchen, who begins to exhibit strange behaviors after getting lost in the woods. Full of '80s references, this book shows how hard Abby will fight to save Gretchen when it seems everyone else is against her. A bit dull in the middle, some uncomfortable animal cruelty, and their friendship with Margaret & Glee seems formed out of nothing more than proximity, but overall good.⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Bonus points for an unexpected exorcist. My main gripes are that we don't get a full explanation of how the possession came to be and the adults all seem conveniently tainted by stupidity, classist politics, or illogical thinking. Looking forward to reading more from Hendrix.
#scarathlon2020 #teamharkness @staycurious
15 + 1 + 450 points over 10 'thons
5 hours each for #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft my #bookspin selection @thearomaofbooks

2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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4🌟 for this comic book classic. A murder on Halloween has Batman, Jim Gordon, & Harvey Dent looking for the killer, who continues to strike on holidays. A good amount of Batman's Rogue's Gallery appear. Interesting ending. Helps to have basic knowledge of the DC comics world. Not my favorite artwork overall, but some stunning panels.
326 points (25 +1 plus 300 for 2 hours of reading on 15 'thons)
#scarathalon2020 #teamharkness @staycurious ⬇️

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Cute story about two seasonal friends on their last day working together at a Pumpkin Patch since they'll be heading to college next year. I see why it's a favorite here.
#scarathalon2020 #teamharkness @staycurious
116 points
25 +1 + 1 hour read for 9 readathons
#screamathon @4thhouseontheleft #gothtober #sbooktober #trickortreatathon #bookishbingo #trickortreadathon #nameinthetitlereadathon #supernaturalathon
#outstandingoctober @Andrew65

OriginalCyn620 Love this one! 🎃 2y
Andrew65 Well done, great point scoring 👏👏👏 2y
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