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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson
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Bailedbailed

I know basically everyone raves about this book, but I‘m disappointed that I didn‘t like it as much as I thought I would. I‘ve tried since September to finish this book, but I couldn‘t even make it to the halfway mark and eventually gave up. The initial concept was interesting, but the different metals was kind of hard to remember and keep track of, and I feel like it could have been better done. Maybe one day I will try this one again.

TheSpineView I loved, but every book can't fit everybody. There is a saying, "One size fits all, fits no one well." 3d
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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson
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“The Lord Ruler is not our god,” he said quietly. “And he cannot kill me. He tried, but he failed. For I am the thing that he can never kill.”

- Kelsier

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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What a book. It may have taken me awhile to get through this one, but it was worth the read. I loved the idea of the color hierarchies, space, and the Hunger Games vibes later in the book. This book was heartbreaking, vicious, witty, triumphant, and full of character development. Overall, this is a fantastic start to an epic series.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Almost a year later, I finally got around to reading my November 2018 #BOTM pick. I was honestly surprised how quickly I got sucked into the story, which was a pleasant surprise because I didn‘t have high expectations for this book. Overall, I thought the plot and story was great, but I felt that the ending fell kind of flat and was a bit abrupt. In addition, the epilogue didn‘t satisfy me and could have had more to it.

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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A well-done murder mystery thriller that kept my heart racing until the end. I recommend if you‘re looking for a chilling read for Halloween.

🚨Triggers: child abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, death of children, parental abuse

BGam I love your kindle cover @Gryffleclaw95 (edited) 3w
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I actually finished this one a couple of days ago, but I wasn‘t sure how I wanted to rate it. After some deliberation, I‘ve decided that this was a 3 ⭐️ read. “The Silent Patient” is a solid book with an intriguing premise, but I didn‘t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, and I found that it lacked a “wow” factor. The plot twist at the end was certainly interesting, but for some reason I felt like I needed something more from this book.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides

“You know, Theo, one of the hardest things to admit is that we weren‘t loved when we needed it most. It‘s a terrible feeling, the pain of not being loved.”

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5/5)

I‘m still fairly new to the mystery/thriller genre, but this book was a really good read. As one of my September #BOTM picks, it made a great Halloween read and is definitely not for younger readers.

🚨Triggers include but not limited to: body mutilation, pedophilia, rape, suicide, graphic violence and murder, child abuse, domestic abuse, torture

If you have any book recommendations similar to this one, let me know!

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the witch doesn't burn in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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And this is yet another book that I bailed on. I enjoyed Lovelace‘s previous “the princess saves herself in this one”, but this one is a lot angrier and felt a bit anti-men. I also thought that some of the poems I had made it through needed some work or were basically just phrases with spaces in between them. I will have to attempt this one again at another time.

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I got approximately 66 pages in and I couldn‘t get myself to read more. From what I had read so far, I wasn‘t a huge fan of the author‘s writing style and how she described her characters. I‘ll have to attempt this read at some other time.

Blaire I‘ve liked her books on audio. 1mo
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I‘ve read this book of poetry once before, and I‘m a bit sad to give it a lower rating this time around. Even though some of her poetry is only a couple of lines on an empty page, Lovelace can still effectively paint the heartbreaking experiences of her life. There was a good chunk of poetry that I couldn‘t relate to, which lowered my rating. However, the last section, titled “you” basically redeemed part of the book for me.

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Louise What an unusual choice to evoke the Biblical imagery of a crown of thorns but give it a completely different significance. In a way, it feels like something is missing here. What do you think? 2mo
Gryffleclaw95 @Louise that is an excellent question! In my humble opinion, I don‘t think there‘s any reference to the Bible. My take on is it is that Lovelace implies thorns in general (like from a bush, on a rose etc.) and turning them (something painful and ugly) into a symbol of power (a crown). Overall, I‘m inferring that the theme is empowerment and self-worth. 2mo
Louise Yes, I think you‘re right that the point of the poem is empowerment. However, it seems to me (IMHO) that the image of a crown of thorns is such a powerful archetype that it‘s a risk to ignore its deeper meaning in a poem that evokes it. It leaves the poem in the shallows rather than the depths. When I think of empowerment in this context, I would want to see the thorns more powerfully transformed than simply woven into a prickly crown. . . (edited) 2mo
Louise . . . Such a crown is to be overcome and eventually replaced with one of gold! 🤓 My two cents. 2mo
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Take Me With You | Andrea Gibson
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Gibson delivers a quick yet powerful read that includes some poetry from their previous works. Their poetry isn‘t for everyone, and there were parts that I couldn‘t relate to. Overall, this was a lovely read.

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An Enchantment of Ravens | Margaret Rogerson
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5/5)

This book honestly didn‘t impress me that much. Some of the plot was a bit rushed or confusing at the times, and the romance was a bit insta-love for my taste. Even though the book description was intriguing and there were parts that were entertaining, this one fell a bit short and I didn‘t enjoy it that much.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5/5)

I must say that “Herding Cats” is my favorite out of Anderson‘s “Sarah‘s Scribbles” collection so far. I didn‘t think her humor could top her previous two books, but she managed to do that and give us comics that are incredibly relatable. I look forward to when she releases her next book in the series.

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Anderson‘s follow-up to her debut “Adulthood is a Myth” is just as funny and relatable as the first of this series. Her humor is something I always enjoy, and I look forward to re-reading the next book in this series.

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Black Butterfly | Robert M. Drake
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ (2.5/5)

I really wanted to like this book, but I unfortunately found that I couldn‘t. I really didn‘t connect with the poetry, and almost gave up on this book a couple times. There were only a couple stand-out poems in my opinion, and the random pictures of girls that are illustrated every few pages didn‘t really relate to the poetry at all and was a bit weird.

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Light Filters In: Poems | Caroline Kaufman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5/5)

I was feeling a bit down last night and decided to pick this book off of my shelves. I‘m glad I did, because this book was just what I needed. Even as a teenager, Kaufman manages to put together words that help smooth the splinters of ones‘ soul. Be warned for Kaufman touches on topics of love, depression, suicide, sexual assault, self-harm, and more.

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Today, on my birthday, I finished re-reading Jenny Lawson‘s “Furiously Happy”. I have always enjoyed Lawson‘s writing and I adore her humor, but I don‘t think I appreciated this book as much the first time I read it compared to now. This book is filled with humor, outrageous stories of Lawson‘s life, living with mental illnesses, and just plain weirdness. Overall, this book is something you didn‘t realize you needed until you read it.

Bookjunkie57 Happy Birthday!!! 3mo
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The Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood
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My August #BOTM!

What were your picks?

The_Heeler_Booklife Turn of the Key and Well Met. 4mo
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Beyond a Darkened Shore | Jessica Leake
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I have to say that I‘m disappointed with this one. The premise seemed really promising, but a combination of the author‘s annoying writing style and the way the story was told turned this one into a “meh” read. The fact that Ciara‘s and Lief‘s relationship had a heavy emphasis on lust instead of love bothered me and was kind of weird. Also, the battle scenes, even if they were key parts of the book, were short and lasted a few pages.

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Heir of Fire | Sarah J Maas
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5/5)

It took me several months to finish this bad boy, but it was worth it in the end. This book was just as or even more heart-wrenching than the previous books in the series, and the tides have definitely turned by the end of this novel. We also are introduced to new badass characters that I‘m sure will play a major part in the series down the road. On to the next one!

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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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Buckle up ladies and gentlemen because I have a lot of thoughts about this one. The “Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock” was my one of my picks for BOTM in September 2018 and even though I just got around to reading it, I didn‘t love it like many other readers have. Keep in mind that this book is graphic and see my review for specific triggers.

To read my full and spoiler-full review, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2514218278

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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My July #BOTM picks!

What is yours?

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Golden State | Ben Winters
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Golden State was my BOTM pick for January 2019, and I thought it would be a good read for my trip to California. This was definitely an interesting book and the world that Winters writes is intriguing and I felt could have been explored more. However, I felt that the end of the book fell flat and I wish that Winters had expanded a bit more and given us more of a conclusion. In addition, I wish some of the plot had been explained better.

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Golden State | Ben Winters
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Today I read by the ocean and it was magical 🌊 📖

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This was a quick but good read that centered on self-love, anxiety, depression, and mental health. Beth Evans throws in bits of humor in this somewhat-serious book and uses her illustrations to bring her words to life. However, one part I was not a fan of was the layout of each chapter, in which the story was interrupted by her illustrations.

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More Than We Can Tell | Brigid Kemmerer
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I didn‘t enjoy this one as much as I loved “Letters to the Lost”, but it still was a good read. I found Emma‘s character to be annoying several times throughout the story, but she had redeemable parts. Overall, a solid read!

🚨Be aware there are mentions and scenarios of abuse, domestic violence