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Joined February 2019

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Lone Women: A Novel by Victor LaValle
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Sisters in Arms: A Novel | Kaia Alderson
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The story was fine, writing was decent, I really liked the idea behind it… but it was missing something. I didn‘t really care for the characters, not that I disliked them but I wasn‘t invested in them and I kept waiting for the story to start. Easy read, so I finished rather than bailing.

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What a joy to reread this novel. Spiotta plays with style, including articles with comments, and transcribed films. The narrators are varying degrees of unreliable. Very character driven rather than plot driven with the overarching theme of what makes a person good? Motifs of film, time, and sound. Definitely not a book for everyone but gorgeously done.

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I have to work this Labor Day so I‘m doing so with a good book! This is my #blindbook I titled blue samples on my bingo board this month and it feels very fitting for the book itself. I loved this book when I first read it 5-6 years ago so I‘m excited to read it again!

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Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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My next read! Starting this today while at work. Hoping to get a good way through it before the day is over since it has such short chapters.

ReadingOver50 This book was amazing. I love his writing style. 6mo
CollapsingLibrary @ReadingOver50 I‘m really excited for it, I‘ve heard great things!! 6mo
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My September board! Lots of #blindbook series on here because I‘m moving next month and trying to lower the amount of loose book jackets I need to pack. Excited to see how the month goes!

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Little late but my August board! It looks alright because some of the books were repeated!

Stats:
6 books read
1 reread
4 #blindbook series

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A crime/mystery novel about 2 homophobic men with criminal backgrounds set out to serve their version of justice to the person that killed their gay sons and are forced to face their past along the way. Different than most of the books I read, it was refreshing and I highly enjoyed it. It was part of my #BlindBook series and while I got the color scheme right, the theme couldn‘t have been more off 😂

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Realizing in the current US environment of book bans and attacks on libraries, my username is seeming very less whimsical and not so much the architectural integrity is precariously stacked piles of books that are threatening to collapse on top of me at any moment…😅

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Got about 1/3 way through yesterday and the plot is finally starting to come together. Took a bit longer than expected but the world building needed to be slower for this I think and the chapters are super short which helps keeps my attention. Excited to see where Schwab takes this!

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Pro moving tip: liquor and wine boxes are great for packing books! Small and sturdy so you can‘t overpack and be overwhelmed by the weight. And they fit so nicely. I got these from a restaurant I was working at but my coworker told me if I needed more he got a ton from his local liquor store for free too. Only downside, your new neighbors might think you‘re a raging alcoholic but it could also keep them away for more reading time 😂

Aims42 This is a great tip!! And gives something for the neighbors to talk about 🤪😆 6mo
CollapsingLibrary @Aims42 hahahaha exactly! 6mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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What a beautiful love letter from the author to her mother. A memoir whose storyline revolves around the author‘s mother dying from cancer when Zauner was in her early 20s that touches on identity, grief and loss, connection and food.

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Starting a new book today and someone was eager for us to get into it! Excited to start this series, heard a lot of good things about it.

Also please ignore my bed, I‘m washing sheets today lol

julesG Worst part of washing sheets? Putting the fitted sheet onto the bed. 🙄🙄🙄 6mo
CollapsingLibrary @julesG yes! Last year I bought new sheets and the fitted sheets came with pockets and while it‘s still a pain, at least I know I‘m putting it on the right way rather going through the struggle to realize I had my sides wrong 🤦‍♀️ 6mo
dabbe Those kitty whiskers! 🖤🐾🖤 6mo
CollapsingLibrary @dabbe melt my heart every time 🥰 6mo
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Winter Counts: A Novel | David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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I really wanted to like this book. It could be a matter of timing. But especially after just finishing a book I found expertly written, this feels clunky. I tried giving it extra grace as a debut and read a little over 25% but it‘s not something I‘m moving past so I‘m going to bail for now and try again in the future.

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I always seem to read TJ Klune books when depressed and they always just add more sunshine to my world. I love the romance in this book and I don‘t like romance stories. I love the creativity, the deeper messages on life and death and meaning in all this insanity. Just *chefs kiss*

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Memorial: A Novel | Bryan Washington
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I loved it. It‘s gorgeously written but definitely not for everyone. Reminiscent of Normal People x Hemingway because there is no quotation marks, limited dialogue tags with stifled conversation. But Washington trusts readers to make the jumps between the gaps he leaves rather than holding your hand the whole way. Which I love. The description here says rom-com but for me this is more of a character driven literary fiction with a romance angle.

BarbaraBB I loved this one too! 6mo
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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I reread this book ever 3-4 years and every time I‘m blown away by different aspects of this novel. This time it was how recent this was actually set in our history. My grandma and I discussed her reading this book when it was first published in the US and how much she loved it. A classic for a reason, and something I look forward to rereading again in my 30s.

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A wonderful summer ghost story! This is my first kind of scary, horror book being read as an audiobook and I really enjoyed it! I think listening to it around 4th of July (the same time frame of the story) made it even better. As a lover of history, a fan of fantastical, this story was the perfect spooky summer read.

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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An action/mystery story on identity, family and love. I appreciated the history, the critical look at what love and family and can look like. Maybe because I‘ve never been in similar situations but I felt like at times reality had to be slightly suspended during this read but overall I really enjoyed it!

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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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I really enjoyed this book! Took just a bit to reel me in, but once I was there it was hard to pull me away. Feminist vibes, sometimes a bit too on the nose but still always love to see it, story retelling, mild fantasy. I can‘t speak to how well done the retelling is since I had never engaged with the story before this. Easy pick that I was sad to be down with.

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Good morning Litsy! I haven‘t been on much because I‘ve spent the last couple weeks prepping for an intense job interview process that included flying out to NYC for the day and flying back home the same night! But it‘s finally calmed down enough that I‘m back to post some updates and reviews!!

AmyG Good luck!!!🍀 7mo
DogMomIrene Ohhh, best of luck! Sounds intense but potentially exciting. 7mo
Jari-chan Good luck! 7mo
Ruthiella Good luck! 👍 7mo
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Finally getting into this audiobook. Learning I need to just trudge through the first couple hours typically before I know if I like or dislike a story. Thankfully I listen at 1.5x speed so it‘s not so bad time wise!

ShananigansReads I hate that getting to know you/learning a new world stage. 8mo
StaceGhost I have such a hard time with this! I end up finishing even the books I‘m not enjoying because I‘ve already sunk so much time into it lol 8mo
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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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Starting my next book while at work today. Hoping to finish this book before the month is over!

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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This is a reread for me! I seem to pick it up every couple years with a new appreciation for Plath. Lately, I‘ve been seeing booktok videos (I‘m assuming that‘s where they started but I don‘t have TikTok) creating lists of books to read to master female manipulation and this book is always listed. Maybe I‘m confused, but even as I‘m reading through this I‘m not seeing the MC as some manipulative mastermind.

KathyWheeler It‘s been a long time since I‘ve read that book but that‘s not how I remember or would describe the mc either 8mo
CollapsingLibrary @KathyWheeler part of me feels like people must just be looking up lists of feminist lit and putting those books down because the videos are with books all written by women and I recognize a couple titles but haven‘t read enough to confirm this theory. Because the only “manipulation” I‘ve seen the MC do so far is trying to seduce a man and that didn‘t even work out for her haha 8mo
willaful That sounds like an incredibly offensive tiktok hook. :-( 8mo
KathyWheeler @willaful Doesn‘t it though?! 8mo
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Catching up with some reviews… and this series is such a joy. A creative reimagining to the origin of Peter Pan with familiar and new characters. This was originally the final book in the series and then a 4th book was published much later. But this book was my favorite of the original three. It concluded wonderfully and all the nods to the stories origins was delightful. Great MG series, look forward to reading the fourth book!

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Starting my next audiobook today. It‘s a rainy dreary summer day where I‘m at, so I‘m hoping to get some good reading and light cleaning in today.
I‘m just a couple chapters into this book and so far I‘m finding all the characters a bit confusing and hard to keep straight. It was definitely a book I picked because of the cover so I won‘t be upset if I decide to bail on this one.

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This book had a slow start for me that I would have stopped if not an audiobook but I understand why the author set it up the way she did. I really appreciated the way sex, childbirth and menstruation were portrayed in this story. Since this book was originally recommended to me by my grandma when I was 15 I was surprised by the amount of sex talked about in the book, but nothing graphic. Soft pick because it did reel me in.

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I wasn‘t really sure I liked this book enough to continue listening but didn‘t want to take the time to find a different book. Well, I‘m finally at a point where I want to keep listening and it‘s almost over. Hoping to finish this book either tonight or tomorrow!

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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My sister picked my next read and went with my poolside paradise #blindbook. I‘ve barely started but I‘m excited!

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Still one of my favorite reads! Definitely going to make this something I revisit yearly. I love how Wilder pushes boundaries and while the theme of the play isn‘t revolutionary, the presentation is. It‘s a quick read that could really be done in a couple hours.

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The Lacuna | Barbara Kingsolver
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I couldn‘t do it @Kshakal 😂 I kept trying to pick it back up, to get at least 35% in before bailing but I just had no interest in forcing myself through that. After doing a quick search online, I saw quite a few people felt this book was missing something and didn‘t feel as bad bailing. It just feels too disjointed and apathetic for me.

Kshakal Thanks for the update! 🤓 8mo
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Enjoying a slow Saturday morning with a cute MG book and some iced coffee! Have a couple reviews I‘m behind on that I‘m hoping to post later today. But for now, I‘m going to enjoy the birds singing and a Peter Pan adventure. Hope everyone‘s having a great weekend!

hannah-leeloo I loved this series 8mo
CollapsingLibrary @hannah-leeloo I‘m discovering a ton of great middle grade/young adult series from my SO. We recently moved to be closer to his family so he‘ll visit his mom and bring back books he loved as a kid for me to read. Gotta say, he‘s had good taste so far! 8mo
hannah-leeloo Awww that's so sweet I love that 💕 8mo
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One of my favorites reads from high school… found this copy in a little library outside the local school. So happy I picked it up and it‘s fun to see what notes the different kids have left in the margins. Also super interested to see how I‘ll feel about the story now that I‘m in “act 2” compared to when I first read it!

Eggs I read it every few years to get perspective… 8mo
ravenlee When I took Intro to Drama in college, we had to pick a play and write an essay. Prof said we could write on anything we wanted EXCEPT OUR TOWN NOBODY EVER WRITES A SUCCESSFUL ESSAY ON OUR TOWN DON‘T EVEN TRY PICK SOMETHING ELSE! 8mo
CollapsingLibrary @Eggs I‘m pretty sure I‘m going to start doing the same thing! It‘s much better than I remembered! 8mo
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CollapsingLibrary @ravenlee I believe it! I was personally trying to think how I would even begin approaching a paper over this play and there‘s just so much packed into 100 pages! 8mo
ravenlee I‘d guess lots of young students had read it in high school and thought it would be easier than reading/writing on something new. I don‘t blame the prof for not wanting to go through that repeatedly! 8mo
TheLudicReader One of my most favourite plays. Love it. 8mo
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The Merchant of Death | D.J. MacHale
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Cute start to a series. The world building was its strongest feature. The MC was a bit annoying but he‘s also a 14year old boy so it felt fitting. Excited to keep reading the series to see how things progress!

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This was a mid book for me. Nothing remarkable, quick simple read. I liked the premise and wish we got more of the historical aspects or a story that focused on their journey more. I also was not a fan of the husband at all and have a spoiler related question in the comments for others! This is something I‘d recommend to people who are just getting into reading and need a simple story with slight intrigue.

CollapsingLibrary Was it just me or was the whole husband purposely making himself violently ill too manipulative to just casually walk past like the MC did? Cause after that scene I was ready to opt out. 8mo
dabbe I just finished it last night. I couldn't believe he drank eucalyptus oil, and it was near impossible to suspend my disbelief on it. Who does that? And to find out that he did it on purpose? #wtf And what an absolute a-hole. I could have done without that part. 6mo
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This is the best my bingo card has ever looked and that‘s entirely because I repeated books on my list! I‘m okay with that, because it‘s motivating to keep reading! Currently reading a freebie, not for a bingo but because my SO picked my next read and didn‘t follow directions 😒😂 happy reading everyone!

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The Lacuna | Barbara Kingsolver
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Welcome to the time of year where all my photos will be taken on my very messy balcony. My SO picked my next #blindbook and it‘s a reread of The Lacuna. I read this book about 4 years ago and just remember being confused for most of it. After reading the first 30 pages, I can see why. Going to try to be intentional with slow reading this time to try to cancel some of that

Kshakal This is one of the few books I have dnf‘d in my life 8mo
CollapsingLibrary @Kshakal I might be doing the same this time around too. Last time I read this I was really about quantity reading over quality so I added it to my reread stack thinking it was me but it might really just be the book 😂 8mo
Kshakal @CollapsingLibrary I will be interested to hear your take this time around! 8mo
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What a charming, thought provoking yet simple story. Four separate stories that are loosely tied together all centering around a small cafe that can let customers travel in time within a set of strict rules. At first I was found the narration style irksome but quickly grew to enjoy it. A great reminder to live your life in the present and to its fullest. Would recommend for a nice light read.

suvata One of my favorites 8mo
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Started this book 2 days ago as next in #blindbookdate series and it‘s my #bookspin for June! Only a couple chapters left so I‘ll finish it tonight!

SW-T Enjoy! 8mo
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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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A modern day twist on the legend of King Arthur and the round table, filled with grief, loss and growth. I wasn‘t sure I was going to like this book despite the rave reviews at first, and then it even ended with my biggest book irk and set up for a sequel (I don‘t know why, but I like first books to be able to stand alone) but I still loved it and can‘t wait to read the second. It‘s ya in the way I needed a good ya story.

CBee I love this series! The second one is better than the 1st, IMO 😊 8mo
TracyReadsBooks Agreed. The second book is even better! 8mo
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Soft so-so, arguably a pan. The stories were short enough that I kept reading but I was waiting for something new, for love to be expressed in a new way. The drama all felt very ya to me (which would be fine if it was marketed as ya) and the stories felt the same just packaged differently. Highly disappointed as I was looking forward to this book when I got it.

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Mixed feelings on this read. I didn‘t see the twist coming until almost the end when it was basically there but overall it was pretty meh to me.

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Help, I‘m trapped sitting outside on this gorgeous day reading because a cat thought my legs were the perfect place to take a nap 😂

dabbe 🤣🤩😍 9mo
peanutnine 😹😹😹 9mo
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Working through this short story collection as my #blindbookdate submarine book. Mot sure how I‘m feeling about it so far, most of the short stories have been predictable and not given me anything different on the idea of love to be wowed by 🤷‍♀️

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Catching up on some reviews… this was a neat debut novel with interesting concepts and a cute ya romance. Parts felt a bit unrealistic for the characters and that could be because I can‘t relate to aspects of their lives. Felt like there was room for more character growth but it was overall alright.

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My June #bookspin list! Since last months reading was so slow, I decided to repeat the book spin and double spin books from last month in my empty spaces this month. Definitely will feel like some cheating on my bingo card but I‘ll get them read 😂

tpixie And getting them read is the real goal!! 9mo
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May was a slow reading month for me. If it wasn‘t for audiobooks I don‘t know if I‘d have even finished one physical book 😅 but that‘s okay! Still glad I got these off my TBR!

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It‘s been a slow reading month for me with lots of personal drama and potential country crossing moves. Hoping this audiobook is an easy listen that gets me back into it!

DivineDiana Sounds like a stressful time. Hoping your books help. ❤️ 9mo
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A great ending to this feel good trilogy. I enjoyed the descriptions of smells and feelings, it reminded me of the book The Scent Keeper. Parts felt repetitive, as in readers are repeatedly told the same information about characters from the first two books. This would probably be nice if you were picking this book up first, but I found it tiresome. Overall, still a pick!

Susanita She posted on Facebook about a fourth book. Maybe she just means her fourth book??? 9mo
CollapsingLibrary @Susanita really?? I thought I saw somewhere this was supposed to be the end, and it ended in a way that felt like it‘d be the last to me. I‘ll have to check it out! 9mo
Susanita I think it‘s a standalone? The post isn‘t completely clear on that… 9mo
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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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A historical fantasy that follows one persons desire and journey to greatness in 1300s China. Heavy themes of fate, desire and what people will do for what they want with a sprinkle of LGBTQ vibes. I enjoyed this book, but I think I would have liked it more as a physical book over an audiobook. Still a pick and I look forward to reading more books by this author!

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My bingo card is all set up! Excited to see both the book spin choices were books from my #blindbookdate choices!