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Dimack17

Joined March 2016

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The Chase: A Novel | Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg

Fun book my sister gave me to read. Reminds me of the show "The Chase" with a very similar concept that I was really enjoying- sad that got cancelled.

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Fun story my younger sister is reading this and I could hear her yelp about certain developments even when I was in the shower. She was spite reading it because her Reading teacher doesn't like fantasy. She doesn't like to read usually but I guess I picked her a book with enough violence and intrigue to actually keep her interest. ⚔️

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I love box sets. Got these for Christmas and I'm excited to finally have time to read them. I think I read Sabriel 5 years ago and hadn't known anything came after it. I don't remember anything about it, but I've got a good feeling these are going to hit my sweet spot. 🙂

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Julius Caesar | William Shakespeare

I was discussing Shakespeare with my younger sister. Her favorite is Julius Caesar. She likes how Brutus's soliloquy combines so many metaphors and the overall beautiful writing. I like a Midsummer Night's Dream because it's feels like one of the most easily accessible plays. Also, it's funny.

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Got this for Christmas and loved it. Which is not unexpected as retold fairytales are my favorite. I loved the entire Rampion crew and each couple a dynamic was entirely different yet each one worked really well. (Cinder and Kai though 💜💜💜)

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An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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No fancy review. Just 2 thumbs up 👍. This is the type of good YA book I've been looking for.

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Reading this book on statistics to refresh myself on how they work. One of the hardest lessons growing up is learning that real life math/science isn't as full proof as you think. Nothing quite works the way theories say they will and because we as humans are biased anything we make even using math/science will have a bias in it. We just don't like to admit it!

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I'm excited to start reading this. I've heard such good things. I love fantasy but have never read books that are quite so dense... literally. I weighed the copy of this (1.5 lbs) and the sequel (3lbs) that I bought. These are books for lying in bed with, not ones to stick in my purse.

BeththeBookDragon Worth its weight!! 3y
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Beauty | Robin McKinley
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I love fairy tale retellings. This is one of the first ones I read and I don't know if that's what influenced me but it's also my favorite type where the short story is more expanded on and less flipped on it's head ala Wicked. Being a bookworm myself is was very easy to connect with Belle.

Foragingfantasy Loved this one too! 3y
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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I usually don't bring "young adult" literature to work for lunchtime reading but this book is just too engrossing to leave at home. Sorry Evelina I'll finish reading you eventually I promise.

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo

When you preorder a book but it doesn't come on the first day it's available. 😭

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Eon | Alison Goodman
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#bookrainbow + black and white bonus #somethingforsept

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"Welcome, my little friends! Welcome to the factory." We lost a tremendously funny actor with the death of Gene Wilder recently. I can't think of any weirder books than those of Roald Dahl, can you? #weirdbooks #somethingforsept

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I don't read much nonfiction but when I do it's about things I already love and want to learn more about. For anyone interested in the NHL I would really suggest The Final Call. I was just getting into hockey and getting glimpses of history from someone who was around through it all was a real treat. A super engaging read. #nonfiction #somethingforsept #GoFlyers

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The Chronicles of Narnia | Clive Staples Lewis
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Gotta love the classics. I don't think I could chose two any more different. Narnia is a childhood favorite of mine. I read Dorian Gray because of the show Penny Dreadful and I'm glad I did. The hype of Oscar Wilde's style did not let me down, and the story was so gripping once I got past the first couple of chapter. #faveclassics #somethingforsept

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Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas
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So I don't really go to libraries for physical bookstores because I just don't have the time, they deserve all the love though! I usually have to order all my books online. Look at what just came in the mail. So excited to read and such pretty fan art. #somethingforsept #libraryandbookstorelove

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Blue is for Nightmares | Laurie Faria Stolarz
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Went to one random bookshelf at my place and picked out all of the #shadesofblue. All of these books are good reads. #somethingforsept

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The Windup Girl | Paolo Bacigalupi
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No picture today because I had borrow the book from my college professor. One of the best Sci fi dystopian novels I've ever read. A futuristic setting that doesn't take more than a squint to see as a possibility and a gripping tale. I love how much this book made me think especially because of the focus on food supply and energy. #booksetinasia #somethingforsept

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Austenland: A Novel | Shannon Hale
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A book inspired by another book and both have been made into movies + a couple other classics written by women made into movies. It's probably cheating using Jane Austen but both the movies and books are so good! #booksmadeintomovies #somethingforsept

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Austenland: A Novel | Shannon Hale

A book inspired by another book and both have been made into movies + a couple other classics written by women made into movies. It's probably cheating using Jane Austen but both the movies and books are so good! #booksmadeintomovies #somethingforsept

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Twilight | Stephenie Meyer
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Not exactly ugly but such pretentious covers I spent a year avoiding the series until my mom bought it for me as a present. At least they aren't movie covers... I HATE movie covers. #uglycovers #somethingforsept

kaitlyn Agree! Movie covers are the worst 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag These would work as book to movie as well 😂 3y
Dimack17 @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I thought about it but then I decided I needed everyone to know of my disdain for these covers instead 😉 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Dimack17, priorities! ☺️😂 3y
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I'll admit I am an easy crier so here's a whole stack of books that made me cry. Death, betrayal, abuse, and sometimes just the feeling of loss causes tears. Special shout out to Tower of Thorns that actually made me sob so loudly that my sister came to check on me. #mademecry #somethingforsept

BookNerd4Ever Love all those!! Especially Mastiff!! Because Tamora Pierce is AMAZING!! 3y
Dimack17 I was very unprepared for THE THING in Mastiff. I did not pick up on it at all. It still makes it hard for me to reread the trilogy. 3y
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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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The book I've decided to bring with me to lunch. Love me some fairy tale retellings. Only one chapter in and I already love the writing style. I can tell this is going to be one emotional ride. #pocauthor #workplacebook #somethingforsept

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Fairest | Gail Carson Levine
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Loved Ella Enchanted, loved this book. A retelling of Snow White as you can probably tell from the apple. #readandeat #somethingforsept

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Project 17 | Laurie Faria Stolarz
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No I didn't buy this book because my favorite number is 17... It was a quick enjoyable read. #septemberphotochallenge #somethingforsept #numberintitle

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What do you mean it's not Christmas? All of the Pink Carnation books are sweet but this one is sugary sweet with icing just what I'm in the mood for 😊

annahenke I didn't wait for Christmas to read this either! 3y
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Uglies | Scott Westerfeld

So I've been rereading this series (which I adore) and realized this is one of the few sci/fantasy series by a man which I've loved. All of my favorite sci fi/fantasy series seem to be written by women (it does not escape my notice the the main character is still female in this series)...So maybe a weird question but anyone have good recommendations for not grim dark or overly long series for sci fi/fantasy written by a man?

helgagrace I like Scott Lynch's series! 3y
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I remember buying this from a book fair in middle school. Do they even still have those? It's one of the books that started my love of fairy tale retelling. I'll still reread it if I need something short and sweet. In this case I read it during the Olympics when there was too much reporting and not enough sports lol.

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Dorothy Must Die | Danielle Paige

I usually don't do well with "edgy" retellings where the bad guys are good and good guys are bad, most of the time it feels like a cheap emotional tactic. However my sister bought it to read so I decided to give ita a whirl. This does not feel like an exception. But I'm only 100 pages in so for now I'll keep reading since I hate not finishing things and the book isn't horrible.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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After reading a lot of meh YA fantasy books about the "one true savior plus friends" lately I picked this up expecting more of the same. I couldn't even tell you if it was better written than what I've been reading but the premise is everything I ever wanted. A ragtag group of 6 all with their own unique skill set coming together for a heist of epic proportions set my heart aflutter. 10/10 would recommend to everybody. Can't wait for the sequel.

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The Tough Guide to Fantasyland | Diana Wynne Jones
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So glad I bought this a few weeks ago. Any page I open to is good for a laugh and sure way to improve any lackluster day I have.

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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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I believe this was Maas's first book, and it shows in some of the cliche writing. For instance if Caelena isn't somehow lost magical royalty I'll eat my hat- which sort of contradicts my next point. As someone who grew up on Tamora Pierce I was disappointed in how Calaena was the best assassin in the history of ever with minimal effort. I really loved the portrayal of her rage however. Overall I see the potential but would give it a 2.75/5.

The.lonely.bookworm Don't give up on this series. The character building is incredible and the series gets better with every book. One of my favorite series 3y
Dimack17 I actually bought the first three and I do think there's a lot potential, especially in the characters, so I am going to keep reading. Your comment is incentive to do it sooner rather than later! 3y
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These covers are as beautiful as the books inside. 1 sentence summary: Blackthorn and Grim are Sherlock and Watson for fairy tales mysteries. However the best part is the characters. I can't even describe how much I love Blackthorn and Grim as individuals and how much their friendship means to me.These two are so damaged and yet so strong. I'm excited to read these again. I preordered the 3rd book and look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy

Otherworld_Library The wen of the last one killed me (in a good way). Can't wait for the third one! 3y
Otherworld_Library Excuse typo -that was supposed to be 'end'. 3y
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After finishing the entire trilogy my opinion has gone up. Quentin finally shows the character development he mostly only talked about in the first two books. I feel like all of the loose parts were all tied together very well. Be ready for the long haul because you either read all three or nothing.

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The Magicians: A Novel | Lev Grossman
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I will be reading the rest of the series but I would never recommend this to anyone. Quentin is one of the most unlikeable main characters and doesn't even influence the plot of the story enough to justify it. Most of the secondary characters were not much better.

WordWaller I respectfully disagree. I thought it was a wonderful case of going against the norm of extremely likable characters. I love me some reality at this point in my life, so it was refreshing to find someone with faults like me. Glad to hear others' opinions though, and doesn't mean yours is less valid. 4y
Otherworld_Library The problem with this was that while I often love unlikable characters, I have to care what happens to them. In this I could not have cared less. 4y
Dimack17 I did like the book overall. I think the main reason I found Quentin so unlikeable was because at the end of each "arc" he would say all the right things but then his behavior wouldn't change at all. It grows tedious after a while when there are quite a few arcs in the book. 4y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon Disagreements with details are helpful to those of us on the fence! Thanks for sharing @WordWaller @Otherworld_Library 4y
MinDea I just started this book and having trouble getting into it. I so far really do not like Quentin. Appreciate your review! Trying to decide whether to keep reading or bail on it...but so many people love this book...?!? Has to get better, right? 3y
Dimack17 Hi @MinDea I'd say either bail now or be prepared to read all three. The best character growth Quentin has is in book 3 which I actually ended up really liking. These books really don't work well as individual novels so you won't get a satisfying conclusion until the third book in my opinion. Happy reading! 3y
wanderlustywriter Just finished the first book and agree with your review. I'm not sure I can make myself struggle through the rest of the series, though I am mildly curious as to what happens next. Maybe someday? Maybe I just watch the show? We shall see... 3y
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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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Anne is one of my favorite characters ever. With today's landscape in YA of narrators having this world weary cynicism even before they even reach the age of 18 I love going back and reading about Anne and her determined optimism.

WordWaller Agree. I loooooooove her and her story! I even named my cat Gilbert Blythe, haha 😻 4y
Shannonkay Sometimes when I find that someone hasn't read Anne of Green Gables, I start reading it out loud to them. 3y
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Poison Study | Maria V. Snyder
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Just found out there is more to this series. Time to reread these and freshen up my memory. I only remember liking them. Step one is to remember if these are YA books or not.

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Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 4th Edition | Richard M. Felder, Ronald W. Rousseau, Lisa G. Bullard
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I saw you could search by ISBN... Decided to test if you could review text books- you can LOL. For real though this is a great text book for when you are just starting out as a ChemE. Kudos to the writers on their clarity and useful tables in this one. I still own it even though I've graduated.

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Move over Mr. Darcy Captain Wentworth is here. Every time I read that letter I have to close the book and compose myself for a couple of seconds. My favorite Jane Austen book 💜

Foragingfantasy Captain Wentworth has always been my favorite. 4y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Yes! I thought I was alone in holding Wentworth even above Darcy😉 @Foragingfantasy 4y
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Wrath and the Dawn | Rene Ahdieh
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Never thought I'd see a prominent character have the same name as my mom. It is a very pretty name though.

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Squire | Tamora Pierce
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I may not be a knight but I (and I'm sure many others) can to relate to this quote.

"When people say a knight's job is all glory, I laugh and laugh and laugh. Often I can stop laughing before they edge away and talk about soothing drinks." - Raoul to his squire, Kel.

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Ever since I read Howl's Moving Castle I've become really attached to this style of chapter naming.

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The Midnight Queen | Sylvia Izzo Hunter
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I hope this book doesn't disappoint. It has a lot of superficial things going for it: the purple cover, the main characters names are Sophie and Gray, it takes place in a historical fantasy England, and I even bought it without realizing Julier Mariller my favorite author has a quote on the cover.

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My favorite book of all time. A tale based on the Seven Swans fairy tale set in a historical fantasy Ireland. No matter how many times I reread it I'm in a daze for days. There is a lasting melancholy about this book. But everything about it is beautiful- the writing, the characters, the story.

Puredragonstar Mine too, I wish I could go back and retread it for the first time again. 4y
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The Peripheral | William Gibson
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A very long very slow book that was nevertheless engrossing. Essentially a murder mystery that is wrapped up in some pretty amazing sci fi world building. The world building is what makes the book slow but is also the best part so don't expect too much from the characters and plot.

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Discovery of Witches | Deborah E Harkness
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Twilight for adults, and a longer book than it needed to be.

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Crown Duel | Sherwood Smith
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I love this book. Mel remains one of the most frustrating heroines I've ever read, but that's only because she makes all the same rash/naive decisions I know I would make in the same situation. A little bit of everything - action, romance, politics, and more- makes for a very fun read.

WordWaller OMG I have the BEST memories about this book. I need to find it.. 4y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I love this book/duet so much - now you have me wanting to reread! Curse you adding rereads to my TBR shelves! 😉 4y
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Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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A fun little book with magical realism. Both sisters had their very distinct stories and romances but at the end I felt like their relationship was still the most important part.

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Goose Girl | Shannon Hale
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If you liked Disney's Frozen but wanted something with a little more depth- read this. As you might guess it's based on the fairy tale and while Isi very much starts off like the wishy washy princess of the original she has so much character growth. There are also sequels if you end up loving it.

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The Blue Castle | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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A wonderful stand alone book, especially for those who wish they could just wake up one day and cast their old life away. Valancy is a nice break from those heroines who are strong, brave, and beautiful who everyone falls in love with right away. It's a comforting book.

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