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451Degrees

Joined June 2016

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Anatomy: A Love Story | Dana Schwartz
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I was a bit hesitant on this read after going through some previous reviews on it. However after listening to it on audio I actually really enjoyed this story! The narrator did amazing and I was very drawn to listening to it. Early 19th century Scottish setting about a young woman‘s ambitions to become a surgeon working with a Resurrection Man to study the human body.

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Wowza what a read! It is geared toward a younger audience making it a straightforward read but holds your attention throughout the whole book. I mentioned earlier I initially thought this was nonfiction (😅) so the writer is very persuasive with her prologue and epilogue to set the scene with the main character. A young high schooler becomes famous with his internet sermons under an alter identity.

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So I‘m reading this for book club and was absolutely convinced this is a non-fiction book only for the rest of the group to tell me it‘s not????😩😩 I‘m crushed honestly! But that‘s what makes it good writing 😏 Larry is very wise!

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Night Witches | Kathryn Lasky
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Somehow finished this one in a day! A quick read for my work book club. The writing is geared towards a younger audience so it was easy to read and straightforward. I felt like things moved quite rapidly which is usually what happens with younger audienced books but it left something to be desired. A young Russian girl‘s dream to fly with the infamous Night Witches.

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Sometimes you get to finishing all your books all at once😅 Another I‘ve been working on for several years and another I hold very dear. A witty and honest take on the life of a mortician and facing your own mortality. Accompanied by the one and only #finankitten #catsoflitsy

WorldsOkayestStepMom 😻😻😻 4w
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I was saying this even before COVID😞 An honest remark even if it hits hard

Clare-Dragonfly Did you notice the bit where someone says we will have a shortage of doctors by 2020? 😬 That stuck with me. 4w
451Degrees @Clare-Dragonfly gave me goosebumps reading that😳 of course it was written before covid but I was like what timing! 4w
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The Way of Kings | Brandon Sanderson
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Now that I have finished two (😅) books this week I figured I should dive into this bad boy when camping this weekend! Not too far in but it‘s already a stunning read!

CallMeIshmael Just you wait 4w
451Degrees @CallMeIshmael I‘ve been warned several times over but I appreciate one again! I‘ll buckle up 😊 4w
TrishB You‘ll get arm ache holding that one up! 4w
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451Degrees @TrishB it is such a big book!😆💪🏼 4w
Saknicole Looks like a cozy spot to read! I love a good hammock read! 4w
451Degrees @Saknicole I haven‘t done it enough! It was great! 4w
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How our whole book club felt about finishing this book… we all had the hardest time getting though this pick. I personally didn‘t like 1. the repetition of statements, the book could have been half as long without them 2. The editing was terrible I don‘t know how this author was a NYT journalist and 3. The author seemed to change his opinion constantly throughout the book. With that being said I did appreciate the topics that were brought up!

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Finished this gorgeous story while chilling at work today. This was one of the dumpster books I saved a few months back and I‘m so glad I did! A warrior and a princess‘ journey to save magic that was taken away from their continent. Many ups and downs but much character growth!

DivineDiana I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure! Thank you for saving from the dumpster. ❤️ 1mo
451Degrees @DivineDiana I‘m so glad I did too! I‘m excited to read the next one! 4w
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Words cannot sum up the complete awe and appreciation I have for this book. I have read this book over the last year not because it wasn‘t a good read but because I wanted to take in all that it has to offer. The importance of asking our loved ones how they want the end of their life handled and the reality that we need to think the same of ourselves! An absolute pick!

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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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A novel written during the Prohibition era based out of Portland, OR where I currently live! A story about a girl running from the Italian mafia out of Harlem finds herself in the only black hotel in Oregon filled with secrets and mysteries. Many many twists and turns with this book some that seemed to match the storyline and some were a bit out there and surprising! I felt a little let down by the ending but overall was a book I enjoyed reading!

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No Country for Old Men | Cormac McCarthy
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The only thing that didn‘t make this book a bail for me was the authors writing is very good and it was for my book club. It took so much effort to get through the story and I cannot begin to tell you how much the structure of this book bothered me. That‘s all I have to say😒

IamIamIam McCarthy is tough for me. I totally understand. 3mo
451Degrees @IamIamIam I‘m glad someone understands😫 the rest of the book club has been in love with it and it‘s just been a slog for me😆 3mo
IamIamIam @451Degrees I read Outer Dark and was so confused by the flow of the story and ambiguous characters that I never understood how it was even horror!!! Lol 3mo
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DGRachel I love McCarthy‘s style, but I can see how it wouldn‘t be everyone‘s cup of tea. Hopefully you‘ll enjoy your next book club selection more. 3mo
451Degrees @IamIamIam yeah I was really confused who was talking and what perspective we were in for most of the book🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
451Degrees @DGRachel yeah I liked his writing but I couldn‘t stand the format or the story🤷🏻‍♀️ not for everyone! 3mo
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Trashy the Trashcan | Khwaish Arora
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There‘s something wrong with this picture 😳😳😳😱 don‘t worry I saved some!! 📚🗑

Aims42 😱 I‘m so glad you saved some!! Poor babies!! 3mo
Tera66 I can't imagine who would throw them in the trash!😵😳 3mo
Soubhiville You‘re a true hero! 3mo
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Finding Sheba | H. B. Moore
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A great read while I was on my trip to Jordan😍 felt like I was right there in the sand dunes with Omar, Jade, and the rest of the characters from this book. I love the writing style bouncing from current day back to when past events that are being examined were happening. This book is a part of a series but follows one of the characters in his job and not the same storyline.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💛 3mo
451Degrees @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you😍😍 it was such a beautiful country! 3mo
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Sometimes you feel like someone‘s watching you…👁

AmyG Ha! 4mo
Soubhiville Yep, it‘s Big Brother 😆 4mo
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Buried Giant | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I again have to commend the author on his writing style. The story wasn‘t for me but his writing certainly is! At the beginning of this novel the characters mention a buried giant that is disguised as a hill and is to be avoided. One thinks that that is why the title is what it is. But then at the end of the book is this quote. Touching on the buried giant actually being the feud between the Britons and Saxons. And I just loved that!

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Buried Giant | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Ishiguro I have to say has an extremely eloquent and persuasive way with his writing. As I started this novel I was very much pulled forward wanting to find out what was behind every mystery and lost memory of the characters. However I was underwhelmed by the story the more I neared the end. The absolute end of the story was perhaps my favorite part of the book but I felt like it took too long to get there with not much substance in the middle.

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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A heart wrenching story that touched on love of books, harshness of the Kentucky backwoods, and townsfolk overcoming prejudice for their beloved book woman. A book about a woman who has a rare disease that turns her skin blue and how she pushed through prejudices to share her love of literature and reading to those that needed it most!

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Another pick for the series. Once again I never read these as a young kid and decided to pick them up for easy reading and have been enjoying the lighter take on some epic adventures! Ended on a surprising note so onward to book three!

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I‘m chipping away at this fantastic read but I just had to share this quote. I am often obsessive about end of life decisions and prepping and telling others to think about it too! This just resonated so much with me that we as a society just don‘t understand that there‘s so much more to dying than just prolonging it to the point of suffering!

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Buried Giant | Kazuo Ishiguro
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We finished our last discussion on The Help last night in our book club and it was my turn to pick sooooo…. Here it is! Hopefully it‘s a good pick!☺️ They have beautiful covers for the book and the audio!

Readergrrl I really enjoyed this novel. Yes, some parts are meandering and a bit foggy, but that‘s the point of the novel, so…. It was a lick for me and I still think about this one! 5mo
451Degrees @Readergrrl that‘s a relief to hear! It seems like people either hate or or love it so it‘ll be an interesting read! 5mo
Readergrrl That should say “pick” and not “lick”!! 🤣 5mo
Readergrrl I liked it. It‘s a quiet read, but worth the time, I think. It reminded me of This Census Taker by China Miéville. (edited) 5mo
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A great classic take on a futuristic dystopian society. The title itself has always pulled me in to read this novel and honestly I was pleased with this story. If you‘re a fan of Blade Runner it was a great way to see where the ideas came from but don‘t expect the book to be anywhere near the story of the movie! A look into what it means to live and who is truly alive!

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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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A spectacular read by Stockett! A book that sparks all the emotions! You hope, pray, and laugh alongside them as they themselves go through their own struggles and triumphs. A book you don‘t want to put down till you get to the end!

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I hate giving this book a so-so😔 I have so much respect for the women in the dial painting industry for without them I would not have the protections I would probably have as an X-ray tech. But I just don‘t like how the author put the story. It felt redundant and confusing at times with way too many characters involved without much differentiation. Still a fascinating and horrific read about occupational hazards and workers rights!

Booknerd222 I really enjoyed this book but I wish there was more story vs so many facts thrown in. 6mo
451Degrees @Booknerd222 I agree😫 I was really suckered in for the first third of the book and then it just felt like it kept going and going. I got lost a bunch and just didn‘t really like how the writing came out of it. I think with a different author it would have been a knock out of the park. Besides a good chunk of the book was just references. Just felt too stiff almost (edited) 6mo
Booknerd222 I felt the same way lol 6mo
Megabooks Excellent review. You put succinctly why I bailed. 6mo
451Degrees Thank you @Megabooks ! It feels harsh since I have so much respect for the subject matter but it really was a bit of a struggle 6mo
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House of Sky and Breath | Sarah J. Maas
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So so many unexpected happenings in this book!! It all led up to some extremely shocking events and knowledge near the end of the book which makes the the anticipation of the third book all the more intense! A must read for Maas fans!

LitStephanie So better than the first one? 6mo
451Degrees @LitStephanie I think so! It takes a bit again to get into the story. Maybe a third of the book. I was wary of the first one too but this one is really solidifying how much I like where it‘s going! 6mo
LitStephanie @451Degrees ok I will try it. There were things I really didn't like about the first one. 6mo
451Degrees @LitStephanie I totally understand your reservations. For me it was totally worth getting to the end of this book but I agree about the first book completely 6mo
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Haven‘t checked in in a bit but hope everyone is having a wonderful day! Been reading this for my work book club, a group of X-ray techs💀💀, and this book is extremely harrowing! All that these women went through! Can‘t seem to put it down🧪🧪

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I wanted very much to absolutely love this book but I have to admit I felt disconnected to the minor characters through the letter format. It ended a bit suddenly and I felt there was still things that were left undone. With that being said I still did find it worth the read! A very charming read of post WWII in a little town called Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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And for book club number one we are onto The Help after finishing 1984! Can there ever be a more night and day book reading one after the other?😆 I had to make myself stop reading this one tonight to not get ahead of our section because IT IS SO GOOD!! So excited to get more into it!❤️

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Juliet gets it…📖📖 a couple of my coworkers decided to create a book club and this is our first read together! Love how all the characters are into reading❤️ a wonderful story so far in letter format. Also longest title ever!! Happy reading!

Dragon Love this book 💚🐉 7mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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A book that still shocked me even reading it a second time. A read that will have the wheels in your head turning! I find it so interesting that Orwell published this book the year before he died and didn‘t get to see the impact this book had on societies around the world. Even enough for some to ban his work. Such an standout read and must be on everyone‘s tbr!!

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1984 | George Orwell
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Alright all bit of a weird one here. Myself and my book club were trying to figure out what Orwell meant about this armchair. Out of general curiosity does anyone have any input on why he might have decided to use this word?

TrishB I think at the time Orwell will have meant unclean/dirty? 8mo
Bookwomble What @TrishB said. Slut originally referred to a woman who did not do her domestic chores well and kept a dirty, slovenly house. It was still misogynistic slut-shaming, though. 8mo
451Degrees @TrishB @Bookwomble I think this is a good interpretation. I couldn‘t believe it was in there and of all things describing an armchair🤦🏻‍♀️ 8mo
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Bookwomble Well, there's always a book about it, whatever the incongruous juxtaposition, for instance: "The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Tale by Ogdred Weary" by Edward Gorey ? 8mo
TrishB @Bookwomble Orwell not known for his feminism 😁 Much as I appreciate his socialism. 8mo
Bookwomble @TrishB It's funny how a political philosophy of equality can so often be embraced by some who are blind to the inequality inherent in the system (sorry, I heard myself turning into Michael Palin's oppressed serf in Monty Python and the Holy Grail 😁). 8mo
TrishB @Bookwomble 😁😁 tbh there were those in the suffragette movement that just wanted the educated, middle class women to have the vote. Not the great unwashed working class. We battle on for inclusion! 8mo
Bookwomble @TrishB And transphobic and racist feminists 🤷🏻‍♂️ We do battle on, and winkling out our own unquestioned assumptions being part of it 🙂 8mo
swynn The Oxford English Dictionary agrees with @TrishB: “sluttish, adj. ... 2.a. Of a thing: unclean, dirty, grimy; untidy. Now somewhat dated.“
Interestingly, the oldest attribution in the OED has the word referring to a man: in Chaucer's “Canon's Yeoman's Tale“ (1405): “Why is thy lord so sluttish?“, apparently referring to the lord's untidy dress or habits.
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House of Earth and Blood | Sarah J. Maas
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So I‘ll be honest this was a bit of an uphill climb for the first half of this book. I was motivated to read it since I‘m currently home with COVID😷 I will say that it was a clever book with many unexpected twists and turns that made the second half easy to read through (took me two days!) I am gonna make this a pick because I did enjoy it outside some nitpicking that I have about the writing style.

Bookzombie Hope you are feeling better! 8mo
451Degrees @Bookzombie thank you! Feeling much better! I was lucky that it wasn‘t so severe🙏🏻☺️ 8mo
Bookzombie @451Degrees So glad to hear that! 💕 8mo
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Been reading this for about a week and I don‘t know if it‘s just me but did anyone else have a problem with the point of view shifting mid dialogue from one main character to the other without a break? It‘s not gonna make me stop reading this but it‘s something that has just stuck out to me😬 enjoying it otherwise though!

Kimberlone I‘ve seriously been listening to the audiobook off and on since October…still at 50% Barely understand the plot ☹️ 8mo
451Degrees @Kimberlone oof😬 I couldn‘t imagine listening on audio with this book. Have to go back to see who‘s thinking what a lot. I heard the end gets better!😬🙏🏻 8mo
Hestapleton It definitely took me about 300 pages to figure out who (and what) everyone was and establish the world. Then it started flowing better. 8mo
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Kimberlone @451Degrees I haven‘t listened in awhile but I do wAnt to give it another chance and finish it eventually 8mo
BookBelle84 I'm struggling with this one too! 8mo
451Degrees @Hestapleton @Kimberlone @bookbelle We will get there!!! I‘m sure the second one will be worth getting through the first one😆 8mo
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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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Wowza is there a lot to unpack with this book! I initially was a bit wary of it because of my dislike of Nesta but as expected she very much redeemed herself and even became likable💙 And boy were there indeed flames in this book!🔥 very spicy😏 There is still much left unsaid in this book which means hopefully there will be another book coming along! I look forward to continuing on with this story!

BookLove4Ever I loved this one so much! 😊 8mo
451Degrees @BookLove4Ever it took me a while to get really into it but it‘s definitely one of my favorites from the series so far! 8mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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New book club book! I‘m so incredibly excited to be reading this in an environment where there will be discussion! I never read it in school and have read it on my own time but so excited to hear about other people‘s opinions and thoughts!😍 #bookclubbook #bookclubreading

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Roadside Picnic | Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
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I wanted very much to like this book. But I found that I wasn‘t all that entertained. And perhaps this book isn‘t about entertainment but about hardship and work and taking care of your family no matter what during a dangerous and hazardous time. I honestly had a hard time with the main character but know that he did what he did out of his best intentions. Not a book for easy reading but definitely one of survival.

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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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I am in love with this series but this is the first time I‘m actually hesitating while reading these books. This one is from the perspective of Nesta and I have SUCH a hard time with her. I know the author will probably turn my opinion on her with this book but I can‘t say I‘m not struggling with the beginning😬😩

SilverShanica I found this one to be quite redeeming for Nesta. You just have to get through a lot of her issues first. And it‘s good to recognize that she uses sex as a distraction and coping mechanism, so it happens a lot. 9mo
451Degrees @SilverShanica that‘s a great way to look at it! I‘ve heard that she gets redeemed in this book! It‘s great the author is bringing some of these coping mechanisms to light and hopefully how to fix them! 9mo
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Another lovely short addition to the Court series! Covered post war Night Court and how all characters are learning to cope through their nightmares and daily struggles. But also shines through with hope for the future!✨

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A great way to end the first part of this series! So many feelings and sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book! Onto the next one!

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Can I just say book husband or whaaaat❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥😍

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Guys I‘m cruising through this series so quickly that I forgot to do a review of this one! I‘m already half ways through the next one😆😩 mostly just have to say if you‘ve been thinking about reading this series just do it already!!❤️

Read4life I agree! I‘ve just started the series and I‘m on to book 3. Don‘t know why I put it off so long, but I‘m glad I‘m reading the series now. 9mo
erinreads This one is the best one! 9mo
451Degrees @Read4life right?! My coworker has been trying to get me to read it for at least a year and now I‘m trying to pace myself 😂 9mo
451Degrees @erinreads right?! So many things happen!! 9mo
LitStephanie Ooh, I had been eyeing the first book in the series on my library app. Sounds like I should just check it out! 9mo
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Happy Christmas all!! I hope for a wonderful day for everyone and that you get all the books on your lists❤️❤️ spending the day reading and traveling home to see my family! #airportreading #pdxcarpet #pdx

Bookzombie Happy Christmas!🎄 9mo
451Degrees @Bookzombie ❤️❤️ 9mo
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Stuck at work and wishing I was back to my reading spot😩 Is the work day over yet!!?

RaeLovesToRead That looks like a cosy spot!! 9mo
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A friend of mine has been trying to get me to read this series for MONTHS and I finally gave in. YA is seriously a guilty pleasure of mine, I hate to love it but this series has me by both hands and we are running through the books quite quickly! A take on Beauty and the Beast with a little bit of spice😏🔥

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Roadside Picnic | Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
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New book club book! Anyone heard of or read anything about this book?? #bookclubreading #bookclub

Vansa Yup, the basis for Tarkovsky's absolutely excellent Stalker! 10mo
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What a delight of an American Classic novel❤️ Ray Bradbury‘s novels have always changed my outlook on reading and how words can transform the way things can be written and seen in life. This was no exception! A story of friendship, and conquering your deepest fears. #bookclubreads #bookclub #bookclubpick

Suet624 Darn it.. I‘d forgotten all about this book. I need to find it. 10mo
451Degrees @Suet624 you won‘t regret it! 10mo
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The Beautiful Christmas Tree | Charlotte Zolotow
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Book Christmas tree year seven🎄📚💙😍 no other way to make a Christmas tree in my opinion 💁🏻‍♀️😊 #obsessed #booktree #bookchristmastree #bluelights #stackobooks #christmasdecor

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How lucky we are to travel and live many lives through reading!❤️📖

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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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I am constantly astounded by this book every time I get a chance to listen to it. We were on the topic of horror tonight in my book club and I was brought back to this book constantly within our discussion. This novel is not by any means the definition of a horror story. But I feel that sense of shock and unbelief as Mariam‘s story goes on. It‘s truly heart wrenching and raw. Glad to be reading it even if it‘s difficult.

Soubhiville I have loved all of his novels. 11mo
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Anyone else feel this way about 0300?? Love how Bradbury writes❤️😩

RaeLovesToRead Ha! I'm at my most awake and alive between 1200am-3am 😄 11mo
451Degrees @RaeLovesToRead that‘s crazy! I used to work swing shift and would get home around one but would always be asleep before three! Do you work a night shift? 11mo
RaeLovesToRead Nope... just nocturnal... I am not a morning person though and if it gets as late as 4am/5am I'll be exhausted! Usually it'll get to midnight and I'll suddenly be wide awake 😅 11mo
451Degrees @RaeLovesToRead that‘s probably frustrating at times!😬 I‘m definitely not a morning person either😆 11mo
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