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Booksbymybed

Joined May 2016

mother, artist, reader
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For the Love of the Bard | Jessica Martin
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Another summer romance read. This time with Shakespeare, which made this book so much fun. I really enjoyed banter and slow burn in this one.

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The Wild Swans | Jackie Morris
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The Wild Swans has always been one of my favorite stories. Jackie Morris‘ wonderful retelling, or rather expansion of the original tale is absolutely lovely. 🦢

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Another romance for my summer reading. This one was super cute! A Beauty and the Beast retelling. And for once not written in first person, I LOVED that. Not very steamy, but plenty romantic, which also was refreshing. I enjoyed it very much indeed.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I loved this story of an unconventional life, honest choices and ultimate belonging. It was absolutely charming.

melissajayne Read it a couple years ago and loved it as well. 3w
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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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That was a pretty cute romance read. We went to our first Renaissance Fair last week, so it felt extra fun to read a book on the same topic. I will continue with other books in this series.

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A River Enchanted | Rebecca Ross
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I rather enjoyed this one. It felt a little slow, but i love the plot, the setting and a slow burning romance. The second book is due to come out later this year and I‘m looking forward to it.

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Persuasione | Jane Austen
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Delightful reread, this is my favorite Austen novel, much as I love Pride and Prejudice, yet this one is a pute perfection.

Liatrek My favorite ❤️❤️ I just stared reread it‘s such a comfort read😊 2mo
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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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This one was a good read. It‘s cute, the banter and dialogue were fun. It did start to drag towards the end, and a couple of scenes were just too cheesy for my taste. But I enjoyed it, I think it‘s a lovely summer/beach read

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The Hunger Games Trilogy | Suzanne Collins
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Reread this trilogy after 8 years. It was a much more difficult read this time around, especially Mockingjay.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Quick and fun read, it was a good one as far as romcoms go. Cute banter, plenty of emotional moments, not the worst romantic scenes I‘ve read (but as always it feels a bit weird to me to read it in first person present tense). I loved the bookishness of it, and that it is such a love letter to NYC. The sister relationship in the book was a bit irritating and the ending fell a bit flat for me. But I enjoyed it overall.

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Jones
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Comfort reread, and will have a comfort rewatch of the movie soon. I really love this book, and I love that it is so different from the movie that I can heartily enjoy both.

truthinfiction I have watched and loved the movie. That postcard is beautiful. I hope to read the book soon. 2mo
Booksbymybed @truthinfiction happy reading, I hope you like it! 2mo
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Mother Night: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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This book was on my TBR list for a long time, and finally I got to it. It was chilling and depressing, but also strangely comforting. I can‘t explain why I felt calm after finishing it. Horrific “shades of gray”, rhetoric that happens even now chilling one‘s heart with eerie resemblance to the past. But everything ends. But we didn‘t learn a thing, did we?

“Oh, God— the lives people try to lead.
Oh, God —what a world they try to lead them in!”

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This is an absolutely delightful book of 52 things to look forward to, I managed to savor it over a few days, and it warmed my heart a lot. These are simple things, personal and yet universal.

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This book was published in 2014 right after Crimea annexation and it reads a bit like a prequel to today‘s horrors. It‘s written for a Western reader and in general I didn‘t find a lot of new information, but it did help me to fill some gaps (I left Russia 20 years ago and never lived there as an adult). And some things that were true back then didn‘t change. It‘s a good primer, even if sometimes the book structure felt somewhat shaky.

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The Weight of Feathers | Anna-Marie McLemore
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I enjoyed this one. The story of young lovers from two feuding families reminded me of The Night Circus (which I really should read again). The writing is beautiful enough for me to ignore little snags in the narrative. It was a fast read.

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Lovely story, a retelling of a Korean folktale, imaginative and beautiful. Really enjoyed it. Will pass it to daughter, she‘ll like it for sure.

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It‘s always such a treat to take a peek at a successful illustrator‘s sketchbooks and learn from his process. Especially if the artist is Shaun Tan. Absolutely loved it. It reminded me how grounding sketchbooks are and how ideas are not coming from the void, but through consistent practice.

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Another love letter to Britain, written by Bill Bryson 20 years after The Notes from the Small Island. I started it a while ago, hoping that I can visit again soon. I hope I don‘t have to wait too long to go.

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This one was better! I lowered my expectations and it was an entertaining read. Worldbuilding got better, and while I still don‘t quite buy the regency era setting, at least it didn‘t feel like Wild West (almost). While I see why some people were upset with changes made in the show, but I prefer the way it turned out on the screen. I don‘t reject the possibility of continuing reading the series, just a bit later maybe.

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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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Not the best read of my life. But a fast one and it helps that I wasn‘t expecting literature, but rather what it was. Was disappointed by the lack of regency feel, if author didn‘t tell us I would have pictured it takes place in America. The romance felt tepid and went in circles a lot. That one scene left a bad taste (and so did the scene in the show). I hear book 2 is better so I‘ll give it another chance.

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Viscount Who Loved Me | Julia Quinn
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I was meh about 1st season, but the 2nd one was awesome! Are books any good?

Tianarose I binged the books after the first season. There are changes but for the most part they are not life changing. Except lady whistledown! The show spoils the reveal out of sequence to the books. (Earlier) 4mo
BrittanyReads I truly enjoyed book 2 much more than the show! It's quite different. 4mo
Karons1 The books 📚 are pure delightful escapism I inhaled them all in the second lockdown and so glad I did ! Love the tv 📺 show but oh my your in for a treat with the book 📚 series - 100% better , books 2 , 3 and 4 , 6, 7 were my favs . Happy 😃 reading 📖 4mo
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Booksbymybed @Tianarose yay, thank you! Will definitely check them out. Don‘t mind spoilers too much, just hoping that books at least as fun as the show:))) 4mo
Booksbymybed @BrittanyReads yay, I‘m intrigued! Thank you! 4mo
Tianarose @Booksbymybed totally worth the read, it‘s true the books are@always better 4mo
Booksbymybed @Karons1 delightful escapism is definitely what I‘m very much in need of! Thank you! Will dive right in! 4mo
Booksbymybed @Tianarose 💜I‘m super excited! 4mo
rubyslippersreads I enjoyed Season 2 more than Season 1. (Partially due to the corgi! 😄) (edited) 3mo
Booksbymybed @rubyslippersreads the puppy was a delight! 3mo
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Columbine | Dave Cullen
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I‘ve finished Columbine by Dave Cullen today, it was a very difficult read, but I‘m glad I finally did it. Not just because it‘s my community where it happened 8 years before it became my home, but because turns out what I knew about it was mostly wrong. I also needed to read it especially now, as I watch most heinous deeds unfold, asking why. This book provided some answers, and it made me very sad. Because despite everything, horrors go on.

EvieBee This was an eye-opening read. 4mo
Booksbymybed @EvieBee very much! 4mo
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The Handmaid‘s Tale+Never Let Me Go+ every parent‘s worst nightmare = this novel. It was a well written book, along with dystopian flavor it raises very real issues. But it was not a happy read, though it was a quick one. I would not recommend it for new moms, though, I had my insecurities resurfacing, even though mine are teenagers. I chose “pick”, but won‘t reread.

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Robert A. Heinlein | If This Goes On
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“If this goes on-“ is a sci-fi novella by Robert A. Heinlein, written in 1940. I often reread it. This story is set in the USA that was overtaken by theocratic dictatorship, and where population is ruled by propaganda, until at last there is a revolution. And the whole time I was fascinated by the fact that it was written 80 years ago, right at the beginning of WWII, and yet people didn‘t change at all. I definitely recommend it.

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Live Oak, with Moss | Walt Whitman
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I heard about this collection of passionate, sensual poems from Brian Selznick‘s brilliant talk during #scbwi winter conference. I really enjoyed this book, beautiful artwork opens and closes the book, most interesting literary notes about Whitman and this specific collection.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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A quick read, a romcom I needed to lose myself in to exhale. I didn‘t know much about this book, but apparently it‘s very popular online. I don‘t know anything about the world of academia, so again a new topic. It was sometimes cute and sometimes stupid, full of sweet and sometimes cringey moments. It has problematic bits, and some that are outright ridiculous. But I enjoyed it, and though I probably won‘t reread it, it was fun.

shanaqui I'm planning to read this, so super curious about the problematic stuff, if you wouldn't mind saying a little more? Thanks! 5mo
Booksbymybed @shanaqui I don‘t want to spoil it too much for you, but here goes: I wasn‘t crazy about how hero‘s character was set up, student-professor relationship is also a little iffy. Some romantic moments made me uncomfortable. Not super major stuff I suppose. (edited) 5mo
shanaqui Interesting, thank you for sharing! And don't worry, I don't mind spoilers anyway! :) 5mo
Booksbymybed @shanaqui you‘re welcome! 5mo
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The Scent Keeper | Erica Bauermeister
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I really enjoyed The Scent Keeper , it had two things I love -scents and islands, the story is compelling and full of heart. It was a “librarian favorite” in my library, and it‘s now one of my favorites too.

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These days I‘m craving something gentle and stable. This novel was perfect. Who knew that math could provide as much reassurance as unconditional love and kindness. Even baseball (for which I generally don‘t care at all) was a comforting addition as a thread that connects people‘s hearts.

Kdgordon88 I 💜 this book so much. 5mo
Booksbymybed @Kdgordon88 💜it was beautiful! 5mo
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Booksbymybed @tenar 💜💜💜 5mo
jlhammar Loved this book! 5mo
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The Crown of Gilded Bones | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Finished book 3. It got better! The action was throughout the book with a few twists. I think the infodumping could have been spread out a bit more. The heat got turned up even more and frankly I got tired of it, there‘s only so much play by play one can handle especially when there‘s a certain routine established in passionate encounters of heroes. Main hero character felt flat, I‘d love to see him grow. But overall I enjoyed it.

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The reason that it‘s a “pick” instead of “so-so” is the final 15% of the book which is absolutely marvelous and I can‘t wait to see what‘s going to happen next. First 85% of the book is sexy times with some bickering and that‘s about it. The banter is repetitive, which is a bit sad because I love banter. World building is there though, one just has to find it. It was an easy and fast read. Will I continue with the series? Absolutely.

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This one was a quick easy read, I wanted some high fantasy romance to distract myself during a difficult week. And this one ticked all the boxes of the genre-a beautiful tortured heroine, a dark and handsome hero, a secret, high stakes. Romance was ok, a little too spicy for YA, perhaps. The storyline is somewhat generic,not much happened for about 65%, yet pacing felt ok. I will probably keep reading, it kept me entertained enough.

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50% in and not a lot of things are happening. It‘s an easy read, but the plot needs to hurry up and unfurl.

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The Queen of Nothing | Holly Black
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Reread just for fun

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Wow, I can‘t believe I‘m done with the series. This book was one hell of a wild ride. I‘m still not sure how I feel about the ending…this series was excellent, the characters, the worldbuilding (reminded me of Studio Ghibli movies a lot), it‘s been a while since a story pulled me in like this.
I really hope that the story will continue…

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The Memory of Babel | Christelle Dabos
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Devoured the third book in just under 24 hours. What a page turner! The series hold up, new flavors are added to the story. On to the final book next!

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The Missing of Clairdelune | Christelle Dabos
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Oooh, it was a good one! Dynamic plot, just the right dose of mysteries and delicious slow burner romance. Can‘t wait to see where the story goes from here! Oh, and the translation has improved considerably too.

magicalshelves I really enjoyed this one too! 7mo
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A Winter's Promise | Christelle Dabos
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Finished first book of #themirrorvisitor series, delighted by excellent world building and intriguing set up for adventures to come. (I am also trying to read the original version, though my French is very rusty, because the translation felt a bit aloof to me.)

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Back in 2021 I kind of took a dive into some cult documentaries and someone said in one “We talk to our kids about drugs and alcohol, but we don‘t talk to them about cults.” And it really resonated with me as a mom of teenagers. I came across this book by @amanda_montell and found it very interesting.And especially as a linguist by education found the idea of how language and cults work together absolutely fascinating. Son is reading it now

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First book of 2022. I really enjoyed it! I‘ve actually watched the movie before, which I very much enjoyed, but, as expected I loved the book much more. It‘s very atmospheric and poetic, and even though there‘s so much sorrow, it is also full of beauty.

CSeydel Oh, I loved this one! 7mo
Booksbymybed @CSeydel 💜 the movie was really good as well 7mo
tenar I‘m about to finish this book this evening, and it‘s feeling very bittersweet! 7mo
Booksbymybed @tenar totally how I felt! 💜 7mo
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Final book of 2021. Interesting interlacing of Japanese culture and self help, though I would prefer more culture. Listened to the audiobook and it was a bit too fast for me, so will have to refer back to paper copy for the bits I‘d like to revisit. Nature section was my favorite.

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Had an absolutely delightful week rereading this series, gripping plot, wonderful characters, perfect slow burner romance that was carefully stoked throughout the book.

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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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Recovering from the disappointment of my previous read by rereading The Raven Boys. Red leaves 🍁 were brought in by my daughter to use as bookmarks

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This one was only an ok, quick read. The Butterfly Effect +self help book wrapped up as a novel. Alas a bit too bland for me.

CSeydel Totally agree. I didn‘t understand all the hype around this one. 7mo
Booksbymybed @CSeydel I‘m so glad I‘m not the only one!💜 7mo
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An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson
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Reread and I was quite bored, though I rather liked it the first time I read it a few years back.

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Heartbreaking, horrifying, uplifting story of survival, resilience and life-long healing. I couldn‘t put it down, a must read for all.

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Wintering came to me just in time for my own strong desire for pause and hibernation. Reading of author‘s journey was comforting, I can certainly relate to a lot of the struggles.I‘m looking forward to the actual winter and embracing the winter within. Marked a few chapters to reread later.

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Across the Universe | Beth Revis
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Always fun to reread Across the Universe trilogy

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It took me a while to finish but I enjoyed it very much!

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Feet of Clay | Terry Pratchett
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Brilliant as always