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BookBelle84

Joined September 2016

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These Hollow Vows | Lexi Ryan
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I love a good faerie story! And the love triangle had me switching back and forth unable to commit which is always a good sign. Will definitely be reading the next one. #catsoflitsy #aliceinwonderland #alice

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2h
RaeLovesToRead Awww 😻😻 2h
bibliobliss Beautiful kitty 2h
Booksarelifeaddict Awww sweet kitty 😻 1h
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So much fun! These authors can do no wrong.
#pantone2022 #pop22 #popsugar - a book with a protagonist who uses a mobility aid.

tokorowilliamwallace It's so weird and disorienting looking back on some of these now very popular and trendy authors' (which I hadn't read) backlogs. I guess that's part of the fun of it, just like with genre and era music and the slow shift of musical expression and taste. How do you even find books with such specific themes? I don't imagine synopsis blurbs really cover these kinds of things. That it's mostly what you discover while reading? 24h
BookBelle84 @tokorowilliamwallace sometimes books I read end up falling into a prompt which is convenient. For more difficult prompts goodreads has a group that people can post their suggestions and that's how I got this one. 23h
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Once Upon A Broken Heart | Stephanie Garber
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This book was pure cotton candy, bubblegum fun! I love the world of Caraval and this was a great addition. The descriptions are magical and I feel like there was a missed opportunity to put a unicorn in this story. It felt like reading a Disney princess story. I'm using this for #pop22 fulfills prompt from previous challenge #prettiestontbr #pantone2022 #popsugar

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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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Attempting this one for #authoramonth . I have never read a Barabara Kingsolver book and this one has lived on my bookshelves for years. I probably won't finish it this month but will have a decent start.
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MrsMalaprop I loved this book. 😍 5d
Kimzey One of my favorite authors! 4d
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Once Upon A Broken Heart | Stephanie Garber
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The secret, hidden cover is so much fun. I love it!

Booksarelifeaddict Gorgeous book cover 6d
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A Dark and Hollow Star | Ashley Shuttleworth
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I found many things wrong with this book. It was 500 pages but there wasn't much plot. Chapters alternated between many different POV but only 2 were necessary. The romance came out of nowhere at the end and the villain was nothing special. #pantone2022 @Clwojick #bubblegum

Clwojick Ooooh! I love that you matched the colour to the sprayed edges! 6d
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On living your life with gratitude and joy

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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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I loved every moment of this badass, feminist historical/scifi/ mecha mash up. The characters were perfect, I loved the love triangle and Zetian was such a strong character without coming off as self righteous. It shows the effect that beliefs have on a society and how one person can overcome. My first ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ of 2022. The cliffhanger was epic I can't wait for the next one. #pantone2022 #pop22 #popsugar #ownvoicessff #booked2022 #setinchina

Clwojick Great choice! ❤️ 2w
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Even with the bad reviews I wanted to give this one a chance because it sounded so good. I think where this struggles is as a novella I feel like it should have focused more on the ghost story and not the melodrama of the unlikeable characters. The language was also a big turn off. #pop22 #popsugar #abookyoucanreadinonesitting

Nessavamusic Agree! One of my most disappointing reads of 2021 2w
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Starting this one for #foodandlit2022 . I couldn't have a read #Egypt prompt and not pick an Amelia Peabody mystery. @Butterfinger @Texreader @Catsandbooks #Alice #catsoflitsy #Aliceinwonderland

RaeLovesToRead Awww, kitty! 😍 2w
Catsandbooks Enjoy! Cute kitty! 2w
Read-y_Picker This is great! Never heard of these before but I just borrow Crocodile on the Sandbank from my library. Thanks for the rec! 1w
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Half Sick of Shadows | Laura Sebastian
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This King Arthur retelling was one of my favourites of 2021. #12booksof2021 #2021 #September #bestof2021

Leftcoastzen Oh I‘m glad! It‘s on my TBR need to push it up the pile! 2w
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Blood & Honey | Shelby Mahurin
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First book of 2022 and sadly it didn't really work for me. I absolutely adored the first book but not much happened in this one. I found both Lou and Reid to be rather annoying and I enjoyed the secondary characters more. I still want to finish the series, hopefully it can gain back the spark of the first book.

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Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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I've never been one to plan out my reads but I thought I would try it this year and do some challenges to try to catch up with what I already have on my shelf. Plus getting through my growing pile of Illumicrate and Fairyloot books. I also wanted to give myself the added challenge of one self improvement book a month. Since the start of COVID I've gotten into poor habits which I'd like to change. #foodandlit2022 #pop22 #popsugar #booked2022

Cortg Great idea with a self improvement book each month ❤️ 2w
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Sky Without Stars | Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
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I'm falling behind in #12booksof2021 so this is #may #June #July and #August. I read so many amazing books over the summer it was hard to narrow it down. #2021 #bestof2021

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EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE. | JAY. KRISTOFF
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So many great reads this year though the tagged book was definitely the standout. #2021

ReadingOver50 Currently reading Empire of the Vampire. About 1/2 through. I hoped to finish this year but I don‘t think I will 😞 3w
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Christmas #bookhaul Excited for these which I plan to use for #pop22 #popsugarchallenge and #booked2022

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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This was amazing and I can't wait for her next novel. #12booksof2021 #April #2021 #bestof2021 @Andrew65

Andrew65 A very popular book. 3w
Librarianaut I couldn‘t put that one down… 3w
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Once More Upon A Time | Roshani Chokshi
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This was just a little too short so the characters couldn't be fully developed. I loved the world and would have liked to spend more time there.

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Abaddon's Gate | James S.A. Corey
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I am slowly making my way through the Expanse series and I love each book more than the last. #12booksof2021 #March #2021 #bestof2021 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks a series to explore. 3w
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Andrew65 Looks good. 3w
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Cinderella Is Dead | Kalynn Bayron
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rubyslippersreads Gorgeous cover! 4w
Andrew65 Interesting title. (edited) 4w
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Midnight in Everwood | M.A. Kuzniar
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My Christmas read for the month. Such a pretty cover.

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#Top21of21 My favourite book of the year was the tagged book. There were so many 5 star reads for me and I made a decent dent in reading the books on my shelves!

AkashaVampie I agree with u about Amari & the night brothers.... 💜💜💜💜 1mo
Nute Fantastic reading this year! I love the cover art on Amari and the Night Brothers. So good to know that the story holds up as well. I am discovering so many new books because of everyone‘s choices. Reading through these posts is like a Sunday morning heavenly literary smorgasbord from some of my most favorite people on the planet! Such a delight!💕 1mo
kspenmoll I enjoyed Tokyo so much! 1mo
Amandajoy My stepdaughter has Amari & the Night Brothers in her room. I keep thinking about swiping it. 1mo
Cinfhen Wonderful list 🥰 1mo
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I loved this! A group on a research base over winter struggle to survive when someone is killing team members. Trapped in freezing temperatures and 24 hour darkness the setting was amazing. If I hadn't known better I would have believed the author had been to Antarctica. While I did predict the ending, I loved the ride getting there. I do wish the main character was slightly less annoying and I would have liked more romantic drama.

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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I LOVED this book. I went into it knowing very little and picked it up on a whim, I'm so glad I did. For a book written forty years ago it holds up really well and is quite relevant in current times. This is one where I needed to highlight favorite passages and I feel like I could read this multiple times and get different pearls of wisdom everytime. This book is completely heartbreaking, thoughtful and hopeful leaving readers left in wonder.

fredthemoose What a great review! 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I read this for the first time a few years ago, and felt the same way. 1mo
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Escaping From Houdini | Kerri Maniscalco
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Each book is better than the last. And Cresswell is the most perfect love interest!

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Cat Stories | Diana Secker Tesdell
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His favorite time of year and his favorite spot in the house. #Rambo #catsoflitsy

Texreader ❤️🐈‍⬛ and I love colorful tree lights 1mo
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Crucible: A Thriller | James Rollins
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This one sat on my shelves for years until I picked it up. Whenever characters start to settle down, marriage, kids etc, I start to lose interest. I shouldn't have doubted Rollins ability to keep a book action packed. Not my favorite of the Sigma stories but an enjoyable read none the less.

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The Luminous Dead: A Novel | Caitlin Starling
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Claustrophobic, terrifying and suspenseful. A cave explorer is alone on a isolated planet with only an untrustworthy person in her ear for company. Is the cave cursed or is she going crazy? Hallucinations or real threats? What do you do when an outsider can control your suit? An edge of your seat read that would make a fantastic movie!

ozma.of.oz That sounds terrifying and amazing! 2mo
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Sistersong | Lucy Holland
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This book was so good. I feel like it hasn't received the attention it deserves. A retelling if an old British folklore ballad that follows three sisters as they face the coming of Christianity and the Saxons. I think anyone who enjoys the Greek retellings that are so common now will appreciate this book. One of my favourite books of the year and I can't wait to see what this author comes out with next.

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The City of Brass | S. A. Chakraborty
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This was very slow going for me but in the end I did enjoy it. The world building alone (magic carpet rides!) was enough to keep me coming back to this book. I hope the rest of the trilogy expands the world but also brings a bit more excitement as I didn't feel like much happened in these 500+ pages. There was a great deal of focus on racial tensions and politics which added to the depth of the world but I would have liked more adventures.

Texreader Hmmm this one‘s on my tbr and I‘m wondering if I should keep it there. I really don‘t like boring books. 2mo
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I've officially finished all the stories of the Bridgerton siblings! Anthony and Benedict's were my favourites. Eloise and Gregory's are the ones I cared for the least. I found the series declined a bit once Whistledown was exposed. And the parts that involved the family being together were by far the most entertaining.

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Will | Will Smith
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This was fantastic. Such an impressive and honest memoir. I went into this with no expectations, I'm not even a big fan, but this made me have a greater appreciation for how hard he worked for his accomplishments. I want to go back and rewatch all of his movies. I can't think of a single slow moment or any point where my interest waned. Stunning cover! I recommend watching the video on how the cover was made.

tokorowilliamwallace Have you seen his performance in Collateral Beauty, though? I saw in theatres by myself, and it was very heart affective, one of his most impactful, at least. Got watch it, if not! I heard part of his interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his memoir and his life; and his articulations about just wanting to let it all out after hiding for the benefit of future generations just hits.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4682786/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_19
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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My hold didn't come in on time to read for Halloween but still excited to start this one!

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Starting this one this morning. I've never read Jane Eyre but I was completely lured in by the beautiful cover.

tpixie This may tempt you to read ! 2mo
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All my library holds came in on the same day! I don't know where to start. #librarybookhaul

BrittanyReads The Ex Hex was one of my favorites of the year! Def if you like Gilmore Girls/Hocus Pocus vibes. 2mo
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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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I didn't love this as much as I thought I would. I kept comparing it to The Poppy War which I don't think helped my opinion. I enjoyed the eunuchs storyline but I never became attached to the monks. She didn't have much of a personality, she used everyone and I never believed in her motivations. Unsure if I'll continue this series.

Twainy Ditto 😩 2mo
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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For 2022 after seeing everyone else's lists, I want to try some of the reading challenges. I've never really planned out my reading year before but I thought it might be an interesting goal. I'll probably try the #pop22 and then either the #booked2022 , #bookedreadingchallenge or #52booksin52weeks. My added goal is going to be to see if I can do most of the prompts with my existing tbr on my shelves. Excited to make my lists! #bookshelves

Texreader I‘m looking forward to planning my 2022 reading list too! 2mo
KristiAhlers I LOVE everything about this picture! 2mo
Twainy Bookshelf envy 🖤 2mo
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I really can't decide how I feel about this one. I had really high hopes that this would be a book I loved and maybe that's part of the problem. The plot was awesome but I found Juliette hard to like, Roma didn't have much of a personality and 1920s Shanghai didn't have enough worldbuilding. And they spend the majority of the book hating each other. I'll finish off this series because the book did improve near the end.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Perfect. This book made me so happy.

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Daughter of the Deep | Rick Riordan
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While I'm disappointed there won't be more mythology stories, Riordan can do no wrong. It still feels like a typical Riordan adventure book which I'm happy about. Since I had read the Verne books as well I felt like it added to the experience. I can't wait to read future under water adventures and see what he comes up with next.

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Well I finished it and I have to say I don't understand the popularity. Yes I thought the world was unique and well done but the characters were not overly likeable and nothing really happened. I still want to see the movie cause it looks amazing but the book I just found boring.

Nutmegnc I read it back in the 80‘s/90‘s and liked it but I‘m not sure it‘s aged well…. 3mo
Librarianaut Movie is dope. Amazingly gorgeous and just…dope. 3mo
TugstenDragon Woah that‘s a beautiful cover though! 3mo
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Gilded | Marissa Meyer
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Two of the books I've been most excited for all year! #bookhaul

JillsBookshelf I‘m so excited for Gilded too! Marissa Meyer is the best ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ 2mo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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This book is a slow burn in a really interesting setting. The mystery was complex and I will definitely pick up the next one to see where it goes. The only thing I struggled with was that this book was very dark and none of the characters were overly likeable. Bardugo is likely going for the idea that there's no such thing as a perfect hero but at times it I found it hard to read. A very original mystery.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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This didn't work for me. I found it longer than it needed to be and rather boring. I enjoyed the heroine but no one else stood out to me. This didn't have the magical feel that I normally get from a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I likely won't be continuing this series as reviews seem to say this was the best book of the trilogy. I am a sucker for a pretty cover though.

Johanna414 Yeah I liked this one ok but didnt love it. Thought the second book was terrible... 3mo
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I loved this! I read the first book but never picked up the second. This has renewed my interest and I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with these characters in the future.