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Briary

Joined September 2016

Of course you have run out of bookshelf space.
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Getting to Know You | Jeanne McSweeney
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❤ Finland
🧡 38
💛 I'm a neuropsychologist at a hospital. Libraries suck here so I buy mine mostly from Bookdepository and Amazon etc.
💚 Happily single, never wanting to mingle
💙 She/her
💜 Some variation of it has nearly always been my username so here we go again.

Chrissyreadit You have an amazing job! Why are libraries bad in Finland? That just surprised me.... now I‘m curious about libraries around the world. 3d
Briary @Chrissyreadit I like reading in english and my library is not that keen on those. Not to mention more obscure non-fiction ones.. 😅 Libraries in bigger cities are better, but the collections are still mainly in finnish. 3d
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Ugh had a bizarre compulsion to read the Belgariad by David Eddings, and after five books in a row of THAT, I think my IQ dropped at least 10 points. Yay for nostalgia, but dear heavens the books got on my nerves after a point. 🤨

I shall rest my poor brain with this lovely book for a while. We'll see if I am masochistic enough to continue with uncle Eddings later. 🙈

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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I must confess that I wasn't that amored with her Six of Crows, but I loved her short stories in The Language of Thorns. So here's hoping her adult book wows me, especially since I splurged on this Waterstones edition.. 👾🙈

julesG Ha, that's so interesting, I was the complete opposite. I love Six of Crows and didn't care for a single story in The Language of Thorns. Also, read the first Grisha book and am not tempted to read the other two. Still, I'm looking forward to getting my grubby hands on this novel. 😁 7d
Briary @julesG Heh, here's hoping we'll both enjoy this monster😁 4d
SweetAngst What is the bonus content in that one? I got the BN version with the annotated chapter. 3d
Briary @SweetAngst This too has the annotated chapter (4 Last Fall). 3d
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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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Usually I'm not one for horror, but when it's T. Kingfisher, I will read anything she writes. And this was creepy, and wonderfully messed up, but at least at the moment I think I can sleep without keeping every light on. I will be thinking about this for a while.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Life's been ..interesting, and I took a longish sabbatical from my social media. But books have been happening, here is my current reads and TBR in sweet disarray. 👾📚

julesG Welcome back! 1w
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The Order of Time | Carlo Rovelli
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So, it has come to pass that my relationship with my regular bookseller of 10 years has come to an crash and burn-end. They increased prises for about 40 % and it took longer and longer to get your books, I waited my latest order for a month. And the customer service basically said f*ck you.

So now on I am in a polyamorous relationship with Amazon (😑), Waterstone, and Bookdepository. 👾

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Tor has been killing with these short stories and novellas lately and their cover game is A+. Darn.

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So. I am running seriously behind my review, Waterstones keeps announcing more and more Exclusive Editions (weeps in Ninth House and The Starless Sea), AND I keep stumbling upon Very Interesting Books that I need to start reading immediately despite my other.. hm.. 5 current reads.

BUT this is a queer female sorceress Sherlock Holmes retelling with eldrich magic and mad gods. 🎉

esurient Oh gosh I want. Thanks for posting! 4mo
Briary @esurient So far this has been rather brilliant! Here's hoping it will last and you will like it too 🍹 4mo
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A Winter's Promise | Christelle Dabos
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These have been a long time coming, I made the order in May.. And I am STILL missing one book from that order. Things with my regular bookseller are not looking good. Eh.

But! Books! 📚😁

Heideschrampf Can i please have all of these? Great choice! 4mo
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Silver in the Wood | Emily Tesh
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Yay yay this is finally out today!

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I've had a lovely weekend at our summer cabin. Reading, swimming, and seeing family. But tomorrow it's time to return home.

rather_be_reading 😍 lovely! 4mo
Crazeedi The last day is always so hard! And sad! And back to reality! Hope you had a great time 4mo
Briary @Crazeedi Reality is a bugger.. Thank goodness there are books 😂 But I had a wonderful time ❤ 4mo
Crazeedi @Briary 💞💞💞💞 4mo
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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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It's finally here! And it's even more beautiful than I thought it would be. Man, I will be pissed if I don't love this. But.. Libraries with monstrous grimoires, sorcerers and conspiracies.. It's bound to be good, right? Please?

sparrowssavvy I keep hearing amazing things about this book and need to get it! 4mo
Briary @sparrowssavvy I've been seriously hyped since forever 😅 4mo
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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My current reads. I'm finding McFarlane absolutely fascinating. The writing is beautiful, that goes without saying, but it is a surprisingly dark book, with current themes. And I am in love. Even though I get a bit claustrophobic at times.

Good Omens and The Strange Case of the Alchemist Daughter are both loved rereads.

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At the Beach | Brittainy Cherry
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We spend our day at the beach and puppy was quite pleased. Not much reading today, but lots of sun, and sea, and happy dog drool. 😁

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Bingo | Jeffrey B. Fuerst
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EclecticReaders Fantastic!! 5mo
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Mehso-so

Hm. Maybe this was a case "it's not you, it's me", considering I am not that huge on contemporary, but this left me feeling rather meh. The conflicts were a non-issue and.. frankly nothing happened. The representation and conversations about many important issues was yay, but.. this just stayd on a weird surface level, which I did not expect. So. Eh. ⭐⭐⭐

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Darn. Forgot this absolute beauty of a book since it was on my reading stack. Been really enjoying it, love the cooking magic, love the effortless writing. 🔥

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Finally my book order arrived, I nearly lost all hope. 😅 The Macfarlane book is a beauty, I hope it lives up to my sky high expectations.

And please, dear and lovely new dinosaur treasure, please do not be a disappointment. I was one of the few who did not enjoy The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, so now I am wary..

Freespirit Lots of reading pleasure ahead for you? 5mo
Briary @Freespirit Lots and lots 😁 My TBR is out of control, but oh well.. 5mo
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I read this in slowly digested bits and enjoyed my time with Darwin, and his bees, and his orchids, and earth worms immensely. The odd little experiments were marvellous and most of all, I enjoyed the different rhythm of the time period. This book did not dwell much on the controvercy, which was nice for a change. Lovely, well-researched and written book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Wood Wife | Terri Windling
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The moment when you can't make up your mind whether you want to pick a rearead or a new read.. So you are stuck with a stack. 📚

Freespirit Great stack! 5mo
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So, we jumped into my summer holiday with a splash. Finally I have time to read pretty much as I like! And swim, as soon as the water gets tiinsy bit warmer.. 😅

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The Beast Player | Nahoko Uehashi
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My poor bank account.. Just did a rather large book order and of course I keep finding more interesting books. And BookCon a BEA are happening soon, they are always murder for future TBR.

Deary deary me. 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚

HotTeaGoodBooks Gorgeous cover 5mo
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Nose | Nikolai Gogol
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Saturday morning and cuddles with little doggie. Things could be worse. 😊

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Yay my books arrived! Or some of them. I seem to be having some trouble with my usually reliable seller and two books are still stuck at the warehouse. And what is worse, they suddenly did a huge increase in their prices.. So boo. 🤨

Clwojick Beauty Queens was great! ♥️ 5mo
Briary @Clwojick Excellent! I've heard good things and been meaning to check it out for a long time. 🤩 5mo
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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Also I have a mighty need to have this.

"an epic exploration of the Earth‘s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself."

Gimme!?

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Bessie Bell and the Goblin King | Charlotte E. English
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This was.. endearing, lovely, fun, and oddly enchanting. Combining regency romance with goblin magic and faerie was an excellent recepy. It managed to capture some of that weird enchantment I seek in portal fantasy, and I liked Bessie. A good light read for rainy days, shall be reading more from this author for sure. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Bessie Bell and the Goblin King | Charlotte E. English
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Since I read Spinning Silver AND Digger, I've been in a serious book hangover. They are pretty hard ones to top, so I've been wandering aimlessly here and there with my books and nothing seems right.

BUT. This little series combining regency novels and fantasy seem just the right kind of fun. And goblins are always A Good Thing.

esurient Super curious to learn your thoughts upon reading these. 6mo
Briary @esurient Did a little review on Bessie, will be continuing definitely. Now I am reaally interested in her Faerie Fruit and Gloaming etc. books.. 6mo
esurient @Briary Awesome! 6mo
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Reaper Man | Terry Pratchett
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This is a weekend for rereads. My brain is mush from all the work so this seems like the only viable strategy.. 📚😅

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Digger | Ursula Vernon
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I had a bit of a slumpy week after reading Spinning Silver last weekend, nothing seemed good enough after all that gloriousness. But then I remembered THIS.. 🤩

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The Wonder Engine | T. Kingfisher
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So, this was a treat, a very satisfying conclusion to the duology. I could even tolerate the romance plot bunny when it was done like this, along with demon slaying and multilayered themes handled with subtlety and humor.

I haven't actually come across a book from T. Kingfisher that I haven't adored and soon my ongoing project of reading through her entire biography is complete. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 👌

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Mehso-so

Eh. It wasn't great. Started promisingly, but in the end it was all just family drama, both light and suffocating at the same time. And then it just ended with a pretty bow on top and all was, well, not well, but forgiven and... meh. The fact that books were present in some way or another was a plus. ⭐⭐⭐

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Well, I could spend my Sunday a lot worse. Puppy is helping me read and so far I'm liking the book too. Yay.

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The Ice Monster | David Walliams
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I have this thing for kiddies books with these kind of surprise covers underneath the dust jacket.. 📚☺

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I'm having guests over this week so reading is sadly happening on a very tiny scale, BUT a little bundle of eagerly awaited books landed on my doorstep. So yay! Now I'll really try to have a little Book Buying Ban for real, at least until May and till Seanan McGuire's new book is published. Heh, let's see how I'll manage. 📚📚👌

Crazeedi I'm reading the library one right now, so far I like it 7mo
Briary @Crazeedi It sounds very charming so I couldn't resist, even though it's a bit out of my usual reading comfort zone ☺ 7mo
Crazeedi @Briary I hope you find it worthwhile 7mo
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Digger | Ursula Vernon
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I did it! I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of this monster! And I only went a little bankrupt. Success! 🎉💪

esurient Ahhh it's so pretty! #covet 7mo
kgriffith This looks amazing! 7mo
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Going Postal | Terry Pratchett
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And instead of all the new books I am listening Pratchett's Going Postal for the... cannot even say how many times I've gone down this particular rabbit hole. This usually ends with me doing very many Pratchett audio books and then continuing with the rest. Oh well. I will get a lot of crocheting done.

Kaye Very pretty. What‘s the pattern you‘re using ? 7mo
Briary @kaye The whole blanket is a kit from an Etsy store (CrochetObjet), first time trying something like this. I usually plan my own colors, but this is rather relaxing 😅 7mo
Kaye It‘s very pretty. Great cheerful colors for the coming seasons ❤️🧡💛💚💙📒📕📗📘📙 7mo
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Bloom | Kevin Panetta
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A smallish haul arrived and made my weekend. I should do a book buying ban cause of reasons, but don't wanna. 😅

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Clockwork Boys | T Kingfisher
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Ah thank you T. Kingfisher. Reading the first book in this duology was like a breath of fresh air, I just inhaled the whole thing in nearly one sitting. I seem to keep forgetting how much I enjoy her writing, and she does seem to keep getting better and better. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and a half.

Now onto the next one!

esurient I loved these! Well, I loved the first one, then ran and hid midway through the second because I got an exciting bit and I am a great coward. 🙄 7mo
Freespirit They sound great! PS nice rug😊 7mo
Briary @esurient Oh dear, let's see how my reading goes then 😅 7mo
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Echo North | Joanna Ruth Meyer
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Second weekend book. I have always loved the fairytale East of the Sun West of the Moon so whenever a book pops out based on that, my Wanna Wanna-radar starts beeping.

So far so good, but no wow factor (yet). But the cover is stunning..

CleverBaggins That one was good, but like you said, no wow factor for me either. 7mo
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Clockwork Boys | T Kingfisher
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Saturday is the best! Although puppy doesn't always understand the wonder of reading, he does like to participate in taking pictures..

I picked T. Kingfisher's The Wonder Engine as my new read and having a blast so far. 📚🎉

Freespirit Your doggy is gorgeous! 7mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Yay for weekend! I've been messing around with my TBR, and have decided to read some of my favorite authors for a chance. Have had some not so steller reads of late so maybe a few rereads, few new books from my old friends will turn this no-love-boat around.

So here's to Naomi Novik (if I can make up my mind between editions), T. Kingfisher, and Peter S. Beagle! Don't let me down!

akckitty Yay for the weekend indeed! I hope you enjoy your stories!! 7mo
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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Hm. I was fully entertained while reading, the writing is solid, yay for representation, and I am a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings. It was a good, fun book. But something was lacking, for me. ⭐⭐⭐ and a half-ish..

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Well. I can't believe I read a comic book about hockey (and pies, and boys in love), but here we are. It was cute. It was funny. It was occasionally kinda heartbreaking too. The way the story was told made it slightly hard to follow, many major events were only told afterwards. But I will be continuing with this story, whenever the next book comes out. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Mehso-so

Hm. There were few poems I liked, some of the short stories where quite fun too. And some I had read before. All the right ingredients were there. But I kept waiting for the punch, the bite, and it never really came. Sort of a let down, but not a total bust. ⭐⭐⭐

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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My weekend TBR. Darwin's Backyard is wonderful, but I want to save some of it for the week, it works well for smaller reading sessions. And I already read Snow White Learns Witchcraft, so two more to go, both started.

Freespirit I can see a lovely crocheted rug❤️Did you make it? 7mo
Briary @Freespirit ☺ thank you, yep, made by me 😄 7mo
Freespirit Gorgeous. It‘s such a nice hobby for winter evenings in front of the TV. You‘ll have to post some more rugs with your books for me to see😊 7mo
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Trying to take a photo of my weekend TBR is garnering some audience. Puppies are not very helpful, let me tell you. I now have drool and two squeaky toys on my books.. Oh well.. 😅

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I've been eagerly anticipating this, Theodora Goss is an interesting writer and this is her new collection of poems and short stories. I loved her Red as Blood and White as Bone short story, and even though some of her other stuff haven't been as good, I have really high hopes for this one.

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So. Very long time since posting anything. Losing my Bookbear really took the wind of my sails, but I'm finally trying to get back to posting. Been accumulating a LOT of books, maybe I will do some late bookhauls too. Seeing all the pretty books should do me good. ☺

kgriffith So sorry for your loss, and glad to have you back. 8mo
Briary @kgriffith Thank you, glad to be finally able to return 💪📖 8mo
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I have been waiting this sequel since January and now I am slowly making my way through it. Goss is still brilliant as ever, even if there seems to be an annoying trend to stick some romantic subplots in this one. The absence of those were one of the many things I enjoyed The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.

ofclumsywords That cover is beautiful!! 😍 I will have to go and check this book out, the series sounds really interesting! 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I agree with you about the romance 😕 13mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I have been absent for a while. I lost my Book Bear Nalle after a brief illness and even books have failed to help distract me.

I will try to get back to posting and stuff when things are a bit clearer.

Redwritinghood Sorry for your loss. 💔💔 1y
LizzieChantree Sorry for your loss. 🌸 1y
imabusybee Sorry for your loss 1y
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akckitty So sorry to hear. 💓 hope things get better 1y
Burghbookaddict So sorry ❤❤ 1y
JoScho I‘m so sorry. Losing a pet is so hard and it just leaves a hole in our hearts and homes 😔🖤 1y
tonyahoswalt So sorry for your loss 1y
AsYouWish I'm so sorry for your loss. 1y
Nute I only just saw this post today. It is so painful to say goodbye to a beloved pet. I know that you have many cherished memories...hopefully they will comfort. Thinking of you! 7mo
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