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Anthem | Noah Hawley
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I did not expect to spend the afternoon wrapped up in this! I HATED Before the Fall, but this is so different. I‘m enjoying it for the same reason I enjoyed The Blinds - an unusual take on a thriller.

Also, I‘m loving the new Libby look. 🎧

vivastory I admit that I thought The Fall was okay, but you have me *very* intrigued with your comparison to The Blinds. I often think of that book, years later... 6d
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Cinfhen I‘ve heard Anthem is great!!! And I loved The Blinds!! #stacked 6d
Megabooks @vivastory I often think of The Blinds as well. (Back when BOTM made edgier, more thoughtful choices! 😉) Hawley has a lot of balls in play right now, so I‘m excited to see where he takes it. 6d
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 6d
BarbaraBB I loved The Blinds too! So I will stack this one too! 5d
Megabooks @vivastory @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @NatalieR this ended up being NOTHING like The Blinds! I wrote that at the start of section 2. By section 5, it had turn into an apocalyptic, Tarantino-esque revenge fantasy. There were a lot of plots and people and some made more sense than others. When I got to the end and he explained his writing process, it made sense. I don‘t think he‘s the most cohesive writer, but this was an interesting turn of current ⬇️ (edited) 4d
Megabooks ⬆️ events. I think this is the opposite of the Jane Goodall book I read where she talked about hope for the future. The is the No hope book!! 😂 truth is, we don‘t know how it will end for us, the following generations. They‘re interesting books to read in the same week. 4d
vivastory apocalyptic Tarantino-esque revenge fantasy? Sign me up! 4d
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Monster in the Middle | Tiphanie Yanique
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In love with literary romance! The author believes you bring the love that made you to each new relationship. Fly‘s father fled the 1989 SF earthquake with his first love. We learn about Fly‘s mom and then Fly‘s first love. Stela‘s family is from the Virgin Islands and we meet her mom and dad, too. My fave story is Stela‘s first love and how it unspooled after a semester abroad. Then, Fly & Stela find each other in spite of the pandemic. #botm

Megabooks Not YA, fwiw. I get asked that sometimes. 7d
Librarybelle Hooray! 6d
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Megabooks @Librarybelle 👍🏻👍🏻🇬🇭 6d
BarbaraBB This sounds so good despite it being completely out of my wheelhouse! And all those prompts… tempting! 6d
Cinfhen Ohhh, I need a #Ghana book ! Thanks for sharing ❤️#Stacked 6d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I really enjoyed it despite hating romance. It was equally literary fiction as romance. 👍🏻 6d
Megabooks @Cinfhen the whole book is not in Ghana, but stela does study abroad there for part of it, which really affects the rest of the book. So it depends on how strict you are with it. 6d
Cinfhen It‘s good for me!!! 6d
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Dava Shastri's Last Day | Kirthana Ramisetti
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Dava Shastri, a billionaire philanthropist, is dying but none of her children or grandchildren know. She has brought them to her private island to say goodbye. So obsessed with controlling her legacy, she leaks the news of her death a few days early, and the family learns about two long-held secrets, mom would rather bury. A great family drama about controlling and letting go. I would‘ve read more!

#AboutASecret #pop22
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Megabooks I like how she set this in the near future (2044) so many readers could relate to the cultural touchstones the author includes from Dava‘s childhood and young adulthood (1970s to 2000s). Also: I wonder how this will compare to Black Cake, which sounds similar. I‘m really kicking myself for not ordering BC because I‘d like to compare the two. 1w
BarbaraBB This sounds very good. 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it‘s solidly enjoyable contemporary fiction. It‘s everything I look for in a family drama. 1w
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Cinfhen Great review #stacked 1w
Cinfhen I have an idea….I‘m gonna email you later xx 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen this is definitely in your wheelhouse. I hope you can find it! Just emailed you and @BarbaraBB back. 💜 1w
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Blue Bay Palace | Nathacha Appanah-Mouriquand
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“Like this country, I am a child in extremis. That is why my parents named me Maya -- illusion, the one whom we believe is, but who is not.”

Maya grows up in poverty on the island of #Mauritius, near a luxurious tourist resort. When she falls in love with its manager, she dares to dream but in the end the gap between their two worlds is too big. Her love turns into fury.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇲🇺 #19822022 #2004 #pop22 #ReadInOneSitting

Megabooks Stacking! Sounds very interesting! 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks It is. Short and easy and I learned a bit about this isolated country. 1w
Librarybelle Definitely stacking! 1w
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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward Nice quote, stack on! 1w
Cinfhen Sounds great!!! And photo is GORGEOUS 1w
Cinfhen #stacked 💕🙌🏻 1w
Reggie This sounds great. Stacked! 1w
Cathythoughts Yes, sounds good. Stacked 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Librarybelle @MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @Cinfhen @Reggie @Cathythoughts So many stacks! I was the first to review this book so I‘d be happy for the author if her book would be known and appreciated more widely 💙 (edited) 1w
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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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I really loved this book. It's the first 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 book that I've read in awhile. It's a Norse mythology retelling of the witch Angroboda who married Loki and prophesied Ragnarok.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#WickedWords #winter (there were 3 years of winter before Ragnarok) @AsYouWish
#TheSupernaturalYear #Prophet @AkashaVampie
#Pantone2022 #Daffodil @Clwojick
#Booked2022 #religion @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Cool choice!! I‘m intrigued #stacked 2w
StaceGhost Really looking forward to this one! I‘ve had it on hold forever and this makes me even more excited 😊 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Gorgeous cover, too!! 2w
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AsYouWish Yay!!!! This books looks really good!!!💙💙💙💙 2w
Clwojick Awesome colour match! 💖 2w
AkashaVampie Great job sweetie... u are trying to cover all ur bases, aren't u? 2w
BookwormAHN @AkashaVampie I may have signed up for a ton of challenges this year 😸 2w
AkashaVampie @BookwormAHN haha sounds like it. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I am anxious to give this one a go! 2w
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I finished this advent devotional & I feel as though I have encountered Christmas itself. Moving, soul searching, thought provoking. #christian #scribd #advent #christmas

BookBabe Oooh! Sounds wonderful! #stacked 😃🙌🏻 3w
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The sisters find themselves on the run after the events of Phoyongsa III. Picking up a refugee & a new postulant only add to the difficulties they have to deal with.

This feels like a middle book. A too short middle. The big plot isn‘t resolved, only deepened. Our story is split between 2 parties that don‘t reconnect. We get more worldbuilding, more secrets & confusion. This is less philosophical than the first, but still interesting. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

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There Were No Windows | Norah Hoult
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This was a pick for me, mostly for the incredibly vivid writing, but beware- its a heartbreaking, gut-punching portrait of aging, decline, and dementia. We get the POV of our MC, who succumbs to memory loss, mood swings, and paranoia, as well as that of her cook, her live-in companion, old friends, and a doctor. Nobody gets off easily; there is suffering all around. But there's also real wit and an up-close look at humanity at its most vulnerable.

BarbaraBB That sounds heartbreaking but I can‘t resist a good Persephone! #stacked 1mo
catebutler I haven‘t found a Persephone I didn‘t like! And this one sounds extremely intriguing. 4w
elkeOriginal Nice #persephonebooks collection! (edited) 3w
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Yesterday I went to a little Free Library by me to drop off some books. I saw this signed copy in there. I have had this on my TBR list for awhile. I finished it in a day. Sometimes we need something like this to make sure our roots stay strong.

BookBabe Amen! 🙌🏻 This looks like a great book. #stacked! 1mo
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Universe of Two: A Novel | Stephen P. Kiernan
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This story is making me cry. So you know it has to be good.

BookBabe Wow. 😮 I think you convinced me. It sounds really intense (and really good!) 1mo
Crazeedi Oh wow, another book to add!! 1mo
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