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Bookish_Gal

Joined August 2019

I like big books and I cannot lie. Adventure fiction and poetry is my jam. The more diverse characters the better. Tea riding a dragon reigns supreme
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Game Changer | Neal Shusterman
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Game Changer | Neal Shusterman
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phenomenal story. When Ash gets hit playing football game, he finds he can jump universes. What entails is creating new universes, trying to find better ones. Where he finds they all have problems. I loved the various perspectives throughout them. From Leo, being black. Katie, being a girl. He‘s not the center of the universe. Or is he, if he can change universes. Neal does it again in showing different ways to think about the world.

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Panpan

Not a fan of this style of writing. The sentences were really long, as if the words jest kept coming out, an endless river of thoughts. The plot confuses me a bit, though I did like the premise. The book was mellow all through. Not enough emotional lows to make a grand comeback. Couldn‘t relate to either. The premise does make you think though. Lord of the Flies mentality here. How everyone would riot if there was no border between “us and them”

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No spoilers but I really enjoyed this book about facing your fears. Fears that you‘re not good enough. Fear that clouds where you‘re going. Paola is a favorite RR presents series. She knows who she wants to be, yet is scared she‘ll never be enough. That she has to keep proving herself. The way she goes about it is very characteristic for her and just any 13-yr old. Epilogue was an amazing ending. #RiordanPresents

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Priory of the Orange Tree | Samantha Shannon
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12 hr later… incredible story of a world apart by a difference in religion. Dragon‘s god or evil? Damsel or knight cause Religious wars. Until two woman (with others) across the abyss find a way to fight together. Book is long, and takes a while to build, but the end is so satisfying. Once you got there, couldn‘t stop. I can‘t find myself to hate those I wanted to, and I love those I didn‘t think I would. Definitely worth a read. sapphic+gay rep.

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Priory of the Orange Tree | Samantha Shannon
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This birthday I am going to aim to get through this brick of a book. 804 total pages. As well as focus more on fun books, as I‘ve fallen into the goal setting of reading (yes I made over 100 books) but how much fun have I had? Also want to k ow where my family found this shirt.

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Mad Honey | Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan
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Mehso-so

Enjoyable that I wanted to determine these twisting mysteries, yet not enough to say it blew me away. This followed Olivia‘s future and Lily‘s past surrounding Asher. Heartbreaking story of love like bees; violent and sweet. Many concepts on abuse and being a female. What compelled me was Olivas past coming to light. My parents do bees, so I enjoyed the honey lingo, facts and recipes. It was not my type of book, though I can appreciate it.
#ouabc

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Mad Honey | Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan

There is one type of honey you should avoid at all costs.
Mad honey comes from bees that forage on rhododendron and mountain Laurel, and it‘s full of poisonous grayanotoxins. [….]
The secret weapon of mad honey, of course, is that you expect it to be sweet, not deadly. You‘re deliberately attracted to it. By the time it mess with your head, with your heart, it‘s too late.

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Never Name the Dead | D M Rowell
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Storytelling is in my blood
This is a tribal story about a tribal mystery. Mae is a Kiowa native born who finds herself thrust into not just a murder mystery, but one that shakes the whole tribe. A story of past and present traditions being a catalyst is deterring the future. I felt it. The closure left me a bit too open minded, but the story held me fast throughout its slow paced mystery of twists and turns. #ouabc had good gifts implemented

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Michael Vey 8: The Parasite | Richard Paul Evans
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I missed these kids, whom are now grown up from the previous books. This is a continuation that both feels like a continuation yet not. In a good way. I got right into this books just like I put the last down yesterday. They‘ve grown, yet are still the same. Intriguing new development on where they‘re going now, still surprises me through the story boarding.

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Love is a privilege, not a possession. We can‘t control our own feelings, much less those of others. Sometimes love means letting go - for yourself, if not for them.

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Beautiful sequel that encompasses the passion of love and standing up for yourself. This book was just as powerful as the first, and still brought more. The stakes were different, yet just as powerful and impactful. This love triangle drove me crazy, yet her choice felt so raw and real by the end. Xingyin is a powerful and complicated woman. She is vulnerable and incredibly independent.

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Heavenly Tyrant | Xiran Jay Zhao
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August can‘t come soon enough!!! This is a GORGEOUS cover.
With political unrest and perilous forces aiming to undermine Zetian at every turn, can she enact positive changes as a fair and just ruler? Or will she be forced to rely on fear and violence and succumb to her darker instincts in her quest for vengeance?

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Mehso-so

Final book of 2022!
Charming sorry that felt like it got ahead of itself. Izzy, a cupcake cafe owner in London. Austin, upstart banker who gets an offer in New York City. How can they cope? I was expecting a book more upon compromising for the other, but got one of crazy holiday people and a relationship that doesn‘t feel stable. Not enough real-feel romance for this Christmas romance story. The “sacrificing” didn‘t feel right.

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Very interesting story about a boy who humed to the national anthem and found himself suspended. While the closure didn‘t sit well with me, the way the story was delivered was fabulous. Short blurbs of conversation helped keep the story separate between the many spins offs from multiple outlets; news, parents, school board… etc. everyone had a say in something they didn‘t really know. Amazing this was written originally 1991.

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Michael Vey 8: The Parasite | Richard Paul Evans
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Book 8 of the 7 book series. That comes out 5 years after the last book. This takes place a couple of years after the Elgen “final battle”. Very nice to see how these kiddos have grown over that time. I adore this group of kids simular to Percy Jackson.

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The Merciless Ones | Namina Forna
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First book is always better, yes, yet seconds have incredible world building. Or here, mystery and betrayal. This page cementes most of the books plot. No spoilers though. Book is very lgbtq inclusive. There were many revelations within how the state of the world was, is and should be. Because of the gods, yes. But Deja is done with playing their games. She is the endgame.
Hope all safe in New England. We‘re without power because of the wind.

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Heart wrenching diary about a 12-year old fleeing her city of Kharkiv, a Russian speaking Ukraine city. 10 days after her birthday, she is awoken to her city being bombed. The pain and panic are evident. So is Desiree to live to return to her school. Her neighborhood. Her friends, whom she constant contacts, have scattered. Yeva is glad to be safe, but she wants to go home. End has some of her friends stories, too
🇺🇦 https://youtu.be/zcBMQ9dq_SU

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“I just want to say this: we are all only children, and we deserve to live a life of peace and happiness!”

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When there's a war going on, you've only got one goal-to stay alive. Everything that seemed hard or bad in the past becomes trivial. You're afraid for the lives of your loved ones, and every day is interrupted by the sound BOOM... you start thinking about how fortunate you are that this one rocket hit far away from you, while hiding the terror gripping your heart. You pray all day, asking God for peace.

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Zelenskyy is the author, and these are his chosen speeches to share here. All proceeds go to United24. There‘s not much to say about these speeches. They give an incredible insight to his amazing manner of speaking. The passion is evident. Some moved me so much I was brought to tears.
Only book authorized by Zelenskyy himself 🇺🇦
#Ukraine

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“Read my lips: without gas or without you? Without you. Without light or without you? Without you. Without water or without you? Without you. Without food or without you? Without you.”
-President Zelenskyy in response to putin

Texreader 😞 1mo
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A collection of speeches made through 2019-2022 selected by the author Zelenskyy himself? Beautiful

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Volodymyr Zelensky in His Own Words | Lisa Rogak, Daisy Gibbons
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Mehso-so

Quick read. All it is is a collection of quotes taken out of context given a topic. Years range significantly from 2015 through 2022. My concern is that these quotes are taken out of context alongside the price of such a book. I didn‘t seem anything about proceeds (which I would‘ve been good with). Not the best insight on Zelenskyy, I believe. I don‘t care what he has to say about some political stuff. You cannot quote somebody so out of context.

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Volodymyr Zelensky in His Own Words | Lisa Rogak, Daisy Gibbons
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Decent book for having Christmas themes, thou I‘m not sure how much I‘d call it a Christmas book. Yes, it happens through the week of Christmas and is about family. I did enjoy it. I was expecting more direct holiday feels. Piper going back in time to “meet” her grandmother as a child left more of a understanding of family. 2022 to 1944; there‘s a big leap. Worth a read, just didn‘t live to my preconceived notion‘s. Love Nugget the reindeer

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Sea Serpent's Heir, Book 1 | Mairghread Scott
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Decent book 1, with lots more to come. Didn‘t blow me away, yet kept my attention wholly. Aella has quite the emotional journey between everything. She finds out there‘s a demon reincarnated inside her, Xir, destined to drown the world. Xir‘s best hope for destroying the world is for Aella to let him take control. That‘s not what Aella wants. She doesn‘t want to hurt people. But emotions run high after betrayal abound. Love the art style.

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Sea Serpent's Heir, Book 1 | Mairghread Scott
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I‘ve heard good thing about this graphic novel. Setting up a new original story is difficult. Typical born to be destined to destroy the world here. There‘s some slack to be picked up on, but strong art style.

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Amazing book that you cannot put down. If you think about the plot, it is predictable. Though you‘re probably having so much fun, you don‘t notice. Magic, unicorns and Destiny bonded together. Amazing world building. Can‘t help but think the Weaver is doing good in a bad way. Skandar and his quartets are a very diverse an interesting bunch. So different but so supportive. Let alone crazy unicorns. Pg 375 had me in tears because of the raw emotions

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Velvet Dragonflies | Billy Chapata
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Very nice third poetry about sincere connections. It is more of a continuation of the others than a stand alone. That‘s the one less star, though still a must read. I like the vulnerability in this collection. It did get deeper than the others. Got bit more serious into finding yourself and not changing who you are for anybody but your own growth.

Roary47 I‘m using that same bookmark! 🥰💛 2mo
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Velvet Dragonflies | Billy Chapata
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This is a set of short stories from the world of the Scythedom. Some before the series, some during, some afterwards. Good completion of many stories. Something of note is that each story is co-authored. I enjoyed all of the stories from the dog to Cirrus contemplating life after. They were so different, yet still fit within same type of writing I fell in love with in the first book. Great continuation of going deeper without feeling forced.

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Flowers on the Moon | Billy Chapata
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This really spoke to me.
This second felt like a continuation of the first. Not much as a stand-alone, though it did feel to focus more upon relationships and how unabashed one should feel upon how they put themselves out there. If someone wants you, they will have all of you. How “she‘s an ocean; she‘s not meant to be controlled, she‘s just meant to be.”

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Flowers on the Moon | Billy Chapata
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This cuts deep. I fall back on my comfort zone a lot. I don‘t go out and do a lot because of my comfort zone.

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Flowers on the Moon | Billy Chapata

(Never stop)
You never know who you are inspiring or saving just by being YOU

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Flowers on the Moon | Billy Chapata
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The Lost Ticket | Freya Sampson
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Bloody hell this was amazing. The 88 London Bus passengers were lovely. Frank is such a sweet old man, searching for a love 60 years ago. Breaking the stereotype on Dylan was masterful. It was Libby that I really got excited for, cried over, and cheered on throughout the book. She may be 30, yet this was a coming of age for her in taking control of her life. Choosing what she wants, not what others want her to do and to be. Fantastic
#ouabc

Bklover I‘m convinced! Sounds wonderful! 2mo
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Chameleon Aura | Billy Chapata
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This authors way of writing just popped out at me. Something about the title (really of all their books) or serenity on the pages. This one is all about how you have magic in healing. How unique everyone is. How to connect spiritually with someone. Yes, generally a woman.

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Chameleon Aura | Billy Chapata
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This is really growing on me. #poetry

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Cookbook of recipes, with Ukrainian word, and how to cook them was amazing to go through. Nice list of ingredients, beautiful photos, short blurb on what it is in relation to the author. Really helps it feel like it could be from my Бабса. Including some old Slavic and other countries recipes.
My problem is the translation to Ukrainian. Most do correctly, some don‘t seem to. I‘ll have to ask Мамо when I gift it. Language is usually overshadowed

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It‘s an indescribable feeling to see foods I grew up with, being Ukrainian, in a cookbook. Especially one designated as the countries. Although I do wonder about some of these being “recipes from a Ukrainian kitchen” as in something more European than Ukraine itself. Ukraine is smelting pot all its own, though, from all its years under other countries rule.
This soup is borsch.
This will be a Christmas gift to my мамо

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Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, while written phenomenally, I couldn‘t get fully invested. Incredible description of breaking the cycle of generational trauma. Throughout the different generations. Just never clicked for me. This is not one for those looking for a happy story. This is about hurtful -yet needed- healing. The many perspective times confused me. #ouabc

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Prince of Song & Sea | Linsey Miller
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Worth a read if you like fill in story‘s that could be argued as a retelling. ghost side story of Ursula‘s was odd, but fit well with the story. I have more love for Eric now; he wants a pure love (because of curse) and real intimacy (getting to KNOW someone). Watching the two of them together filled me with joy, even if it was fleeting for his side story. part with his mother was confusing. But that‘s something not mentioned in the movie
#Disney

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Prince of Song & Sea | Linsey Miller
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It‘s really nice to see my favorite Disney Princess getting to know her prince. It‘s her wonder at the world that Eric falls for, how easy she is to communicate with. How it‘s the right thing to do to help a girl who can‘t speak without family anywhere nearby. Now include the sign language they come up with. Eric being cursed is new and odd, but fits pretty well actually.

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Sweet poems. Missed Atticus writing poems. While it didn‘t feel powerful, it felt calming. Loved the closing love her but leave her wild short story. The message that love is imperfect is felt throughout poems on “her, love, wander, soul, and cuddle.” Love the cursive, some are hard to figure. The doodles are cute, makes the clearer point that Atticus is the most tattooed poet. I think it fell short of his older works, but still a very nice read

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Be yourself
Someone out there loves
The person
You‘re trying to hide

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What a shame it would be
To see only what is real in this world

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This is a very nice comprehensive anthology about 40 different artists relationship with their autism. This allows for a grand scale of many aspects of the spectrum. Stimming in its many forms. Masking. Mental battery. Getting overwhelmed. How important knowing how each individuals autism affects their daily life. Because autism is a soup mixture. This feels like a book I can easily share to explain how it feels to be so different. Simple telling

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This hit differently. A different bird than the hummingbird telling them they are flying wrong. Why can‘t they fly, it‘s so easy to do.
It‘s because they are different and have different needs. The hummingbird could never fly like the raven. #autism