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Flight Behavior | Barbara Kingsolver
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite Kingsolver. I didn‘t like Dellarobia at all, and never connected with her. The characters felt too much like caricatures for me than flawed people. I also felt the climate change story, while it rang true, it was also heavy-handed and overly preachy. There was some unnecessary fatphobia and the book felt overly long. I liked Prodigal Summer so much more. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

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Disney‘s Pinocchio is one of my favorite films of all-time. I‘ve had this edition on my shelf for awhile, and #ChildrensClassicRead2022 was the perfect excuse to finally pick it up and read it. I loved it! It‘s even darker than the movie, which I enjoyed. Apparently this edition is annotated for younger readers, so I‘ll have to track down the full edition eventually. @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie 💚💚💚💚💚 3d
TheBookHippie I love your Jiminy cricket! 3d
KatieDid927 @TheBookHippie Thanks! He‘s my absolute fave. I had a whole collection to choose from haha. 🦗 3d
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I loved it! Really intriguing story about family and tradition. #BotM

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My first #FairytaleReadingChallenge book for 2022! This month is Snow White. I‘m using this year‘s challenge to read through more of the Twisted Tales sitting on my shelf. This one was fun! It doesn‘t deviate from the original story too much, and this Evil Queen is no Regina from OUAT. Overall a quick, fun Disney retelling with a more empowered Snow. @Charityann

DinoMom The twisted tales are so fun. I haven‘t read this one yet but have enjoyed all the other ones I read to date 2w
KatieDid927 @DinoMom I didn‘t love the Sleeping Beauty one I read last year, but I really did enjoy this and the Beauty and the Beast retelling. I‘m excited to read more of them! 2w
KatieDid927 @DinoMom I‘m also VERY excited that there‘s a Princess and the Frog retelling coming out later this year. 2w
Charityann Yay! I enjoyed this one.😊 2w
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I‘m using the #ReadSpooky2022 challenge hosted by the lovely @teebe to work through my horror TBR on non-October months. For January I chose this book recently gifted to me in a swap by @MeganAnn . It‘s a great creepy read for winter. I loved the atmospheric tone. I did wish the author delved deeper into the characters and their relationships. I felt like a lot of it was very surface-level. But, I hear there‘s a sequel in the works!

MeganAnn Great review! ❤️ I‘m glad you (mostly) liked it. I still can‘t decide if I should read this or if it will be too creepy for me… I‘m a chicken with an active imagination and a lot of thriller/horror books give me nightmares. 🙈🤷‍♀️ The premise still sounds interesting to me thought. (edited) 2w
KatieDid927 @MeganAnn I was gonna say that this one isn‘t TOO terrible but then I remembered part of the climax and … maybe it would be a little too intense for you. 2w
BiblioLitten I just finished reading this. I wouldn‘t say it is the best in terms of writing but I understand the underlying message. The character build, like you said, could have been better. 1w
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I loved this book so much. It‘s being compared to Station Eleven a lot, which I get because both are well-done novels about plague. This book also has its own unique magic. Jenny Lawson uses the word “bleak” in her Goodreads review. And while that‘s true, I feel like what the planet is going through now is fairly bleak. For me, these stories added a glimpse of hope to that bleakness.

#ARC pub date 1/18

Chelsea.Poole I love the cover on this one. 2w
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The Cook: A Novel | Maylis de Kerangal
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Fun French novella about the unbridled passion and dedication the culinary arts can inspire in a person.

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Thank you so much @LeslieO !! The book is so cool and the chocolates extra yummy! (I may have snuck a taste already.) And thanks to @bookish_wookish for hosting! #LittleChristmasSwap #LCS

LeslieO You‘re very welcome! Enjoy! 2w
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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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I didn‘t have any knowledge or expectations beyond the “two old acquaintances have a run-in at the airport” premise. The book is addicting, almost like a thriller, but it‘s not like other thrillers I‘ve read. I liked the character study. And that ending.

#ARC pub date 1/11

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Black No More: A Novel | George Samuel Schuyler
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My last read of 2021 was this excellent speculative fiction written during the Harlem Renaissance. I would‘ve liked more examination of the hypocrisy of misogyny, particularly the prevalent misogynoir. The book was published in 1931, but the story is timeless in so many other ways that I was hoping for more of that. There are still a lot of layers that make the book a classic.

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The Pearl | John Steinbeck
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A beautiful Mexican folktale / parable retold in Steinback‘s genius prose. Also nice and short, so it helped me reach my reading goal for 2021 on time.

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kspenmoll Nice collection of books! 3w
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Woman, Eat Me Whole | Ama Asantewa Diaka
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This debut poetry collection is a lukewarm pick. I found some of the poems very moving and poignant, while others not as much. She experiments with style which sometimes works. There‘s definitely talent here, the collection is just a bit uneven overall.

#ARC pub date 4/5/22

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The Pearl | John Steinbeck
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Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉 3w
Reggie Congrats!!! 3w
fredamans Congrats!! 3w
sprainedbrain Yay!! 🎉🎉🎉 3w
j9brown 🥳🥳🥳 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Cute cartoon from NYT Books #TBR

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Thank you so much @Gissy for my awesome #CreepyChristmas package! That tote is so cool! The Nightmare Before Christmas artwork is very pretty. I‘m most excited about the books though! I‘ve been wanting to read Brom‘s Krampus for awhile, and I love Silvia Moreno Garcia! Thanks again! And thanks to @teebe for hosting one of my favorite swaps! #CCS #CreepyChristmasSwap

Gissy I read Krampus and I loved that book, it is creepy and weird but I really enjoyed it. The other book is in my wish list.
The tote and artwork are from my favorite store online Society6. They sell many artworks, totes and mugs related with books. I thought you will like the tote since it is related with Krampus and the artwork because you said that movie was your favorite. There is a black tree to celebrate the creepy Christmas☺️Enjoy your reading
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BethM That tote is cool! 1mo
teebe Oh those are cool! I think I‘ll be adding krampus to my tbr now 1mo
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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I didn‘t like this one as much as I expected. Even though Olga is 40, the style felt a lot more like a YA romance novel. The social issues were over-explained and so heavy handed it was cringeworthy. The AIDS storyline felt decades out of date. The story was all over the place in general. I didn‘t like Olga or her brother Prieto, whose messiah complex I found insufferable. Just not for me. #BotM

Reggie That sounds like a lot of yikes! (edited) 1mo
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Greenwich Park | Katherine Faulkner
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This was very readable, but way too predictable for me. I knew whodunnit before they even did it.

#ARC pub date 1/25/22

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I received this surprise from you yesterday @sprainedbrain , thank you so much! The candle smells lovely. Blessed Yule my friend! 🥰

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A closer look at a few of the amazing gifts from @MeganAnn as well as a peak at her beautiful wrapping. She made the star ornament! And the amethyst is lovely. Black Santa approves. @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain #WinterSolsticeSwap #WSS

Chrissyreadit Ohh! Lovely! 1mo
JamieArc What a fun swap! 1mo
Gissy 😍❤️💚💙💚❤️ 1mo
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MeganAnn Yay! They look so lovely on your tree and I‘m glad I could meet Black Santa‘s approval! 😆🎅🏿❤️ Can‘t remember if I included this in the card, but make sure to remove the dried plant material from the candle before burning so it doesn‘t catch fire. Or you can place it on top of a candle warmer/ wax melt if you have one and warm it from the bottom. The crystal will come out when it‘s melted down far enough for you to use also! 1mo
KatieDid927 @MeganAnn Will do, thank you!! 1mo
kspenmoll Such gorgeous ornaments!!! 1mo
TheBookHippie Love it all!!! 1mo
sprainedbrain Omg such gorgeous gifts! I think this swap has had some of the coolest ornaments. ❤️ 1mo
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Oh my goodness @MeganAnn you‘ve blown me away! The gifts are so perfect and thoughtful. The tagged book is right up my alley. The candle and bath salts smell lovely and I‘m SO excited for the spell kit! The ornaments are already up on my tree, I‘ll post pics. Thank you so so much! And thank you to the magnificent @Chrissyreadit and @sprainedbrain for hosting! Happy Yule! #WinterSolsticeSwap #WSS

Chrissyreadit The tagged book is a favorite of mine! This whole package is 😍🤍 1mo
Bookwormjillk @Chrissyreadit I agree- great book! 1mo
KatieDid927 @Chrissyreadit @Bookwormjillk It‘s moving to the top of my TBR pile! 1mo
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MeganAnn I‘m so happy you like everything — especially the spell kit! The tagged book keeps going on and off my tbr based on different reviews so I‘ll be curious to see what you think of it! ❄️🥰✨🌲 Blessed Solstice! 1mo
KatieDid927 @MeganAnn Blessed Solstice!! 🎄🎁🥰 1mo
sprainedbrain Absolutely lovely! ❤️ 1mo
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The Ice Queen | Alice Hoffman
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I enjoyed this retelling of The Snow Queen for the #FairytaleReadingChallenge. It was my first time reading a Hoffman book that wasn‘t about the Owens family. Her lyrical, magical prose was still present but it was nice to experience some of her other characters. I‘m now 12/12 on the challenge for this year! Thanks for the fun idea @Charityann !

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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#LittleChristmasSwap is now on Santa‘s sleigh and on its merry way! @bookish_wookish #LCS

bookish_wookish Woohoo! 🎄 1mo
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MeganAnn Yay!! I can‘t wait for opening day! 🎉✨❄️🌲🔥 1mo
Chrissyreadit 🤍❄️🤍❄️🤍❄️ 1mo
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Well, this was one of the most terrifying books I‘ve ever read. I think we‘re still not fully realizing or acknowledging how bad climate change has already become, and this book sure is a wake up call. I could‘ve used less of the author‘s personal feelings and proselytization because the statistics and input from the scientists and folks on the ground are enough on their own. This is not an easy read, but we need to be aware of what‘s at stake.

Suet624 Some folks keep their heads in the sand about what's happening to our democracy. Others keep their heads in the sand about climate change. Both are important to know as much as we can about. Thank you for posting about this book. 1mo
Kimberlone I live in Alaska and this is something that is very apparent to any anyone who has lived here for the past 20-30 years; there are many coastal communities that are on the verge of collapse or have Had to be physically relocated due to coastal erosion from rising sea levels. Native communities that still rely on subsistence hunting for whales, walrus, and polar bears are impacted by the loss of ice cover and shrinking populations animal resources. 1mo
KatieDid927 @Kimberlone This book goes into those exact things. Each chapter focuses on a different area of the world that's already beyond repair, and there was a whole chapter dedicated to just Northern Alaska. I live in New York City and I have to come to grips with the fact that I may need to leave. That this city where I've lived my entire adult life may be completely underwater in a matter of decades. 1mo
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KatieDid927 @Suet624 For sure. It's admittedly scary stuff, on both counts, but it's scarier to me to not acknowledge the truth. Pretending that Miami and New Orleans and New York aren't going to be underwater if we don't do something is scarier than acknowledging that hey, we gotta serious problem here and we need to figure it out. 1mo
Kimberlone @KatieDid927 sounds like a fascinating book, but might be too real/depressing for me to enjoy, since climate change is a reality I definitely feel like I experience first hand in AK. 1mo
KatieDid927 @Kimberlone It's an incredibly difficult read, I won't mince words about that. 1mo
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@Gissy ! I received my #CreepyChristmasSwap package today! Thanks my friend, can‘t wait! @teebe #CCS

Gissy I hope you like what is inside 🤗📚❤️🖤❤️👻 1mo
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This arrived today! Thanks @LeslieO ! Now we play the waiting game… #LittleChristmasSwap #LCS @bookish_wookish

LeslieO Yay! 2mo
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I have finally read all three of Jenny‘s books! I think Broken remains my favorite. It‘s the most vulnerable but it also showcases how Jenny has evolved as a writer. This as her first book feels much less cohesive and focused than her later books. Her relationship with Victor is still my fave.

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Didn‘t get pictures of my packages this time, but the #CreepyChristmasSwap and #WinterSolsticeSwap are on their merry way! Along with the first batch of #HolidayCardSwap cards. #CCS #WSS @teebe @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 2mo
teebe Great!💀🎄 2mo
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I read this Middle Grade Frog Prince retelling for this month‘s #FairyTaleReadingChallenge. The portrayal of the witch is eh as she‘s referred to as The Hag and the illustrations of her are grotesque. Otherwise a cute fairy tale retelling. @Charityann

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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This is a lukewarm pick for me. YA is not my fave, and a lot of the things that I don‘t enjoy about YA were in this book. I loved the parts about Ojibwe culture, which pushed this up to a Pick instead of a So-So for me. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

ICantImReading I felt the same about this! 2mo
KatieDid927 @ICantImReading I love Native literature enough that I hoped maybe it‘d transcend the YA genre a little but ultimately too YA-y for me. 2mo
ICantImReading @KatieDid927 exactly!! Have you read Winter Counts yet? It was similar, but not YA. I enjoyed that one more! 2mo
KatieDid927 @ICantImReading YES! It made me think of Winter Counts too. I liked that one more as well, but I found both storylines a little predictable. Would read more from David Heska Wanbli Weiden for sure tho. 2mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This is a tough one, but I have to be honest. I was so excited for this book. Unfortunately it was very meh for me. The setting was beautiful. I love Harlem, and New York historical fiction. I just did not connect at all to these characters. There were too many, most of them one dimensional. I cared about Carney in the beginning, but by the end I didn‘t. The story and characters overall lacked the electricity that his Pulitzer winning books have.

Hooked_on_books I bailed on this one—I couldn‘t get into it at all. I‘m still a little shocked. 2mo
KatieDid927 @Hooked_on_books I liked it enough to see if it went anywhere. Unfortunately, it didn‘t. 2mo
BoleyBooks I had a similar experience with this one…fell flat. 2mo
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I want to preface this by saying my review is of the book and not Simone herself, who I adore. This book was published at the end of 2016. Since then, we‘ve learned a lot more about Simone and what she‘s been through. Reading this now, it‘s obvious how emotionally detached Simone is from the story she‘s telling. It‘s also clear that this is a very sanitized version of her story. There‘s no depth or introspection to make this a worthwhile memoir.

Megabooks This read as more for mg/teen audiences for me. I‘d love to read something more authentic from her when she‘s a bit older. 2mo
KatieDid927 @Megabooks Well put. I‘d love a memoir from her about her abuse and Tokyo, IF it‘s something she wants to do. 2mo
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Yes, the story of the Osage murders a century ago is enraging. It‘s also not remotely surprising. It‘s so important to keep sharing these buried stories of our ugly and violent history. This is definitely essential reading. Martin Scorsese is currently filming a movie based on the book, and Lisa Ling has an hour special on the Osage murders this Sunday night on CNN. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NonfictionNovember

Reagan Ooh Brendan Fraser is in the movie. I am so excited. 2mo
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A really lovely book that highlights a diverse swath of inspirational Native people. I was familiar with more of them than I thought I‘d be going in. My only minor critique is I wish there had been more representation from Northeastern tribes, who I feel are often underrepresented. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NonfictionNovember

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I really liked it. I liked the characters a lot. Some parts did feel a little tedious and drawn out in the middle, but I enjoyed the journey overall. I have one specific spoiler-y critique in the comments below. ⬇️ The book is good, but it doesn‘t quite live up to the expectations I had after the brilliance of All The Light We Cannot See.

KatieDid927 One of my biggest critiques of the book is the character of Seymour and his journey. I am very much not in a place to empathize with domestic terrorists in any capacity right now, and I never did with Seymour. The happy ending with him and his survivors really bothered me. I felt there was no true accountability for what he did at all. I liked the rest enough for it to not ruin the book for me, but it impacted my opinion greatly. 2mo
Suet624 I'm with you on the critique. 2mo
KatieDid927 @Suet624 Thanks, I was starting to feel alone on it. 2mo
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The Perishing: A Novel | Natashia Deon
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The Goodreads reviews for this book aren‘t great, and I get why. The premise of multiple lives and reincarnation is interesting, but the author doesn‘t do anything remotely interesting with it. It all felt pointless. Anyone looking for that type of storyline might want to check out Alex Landragin‘s Crossings instead. I felt it was much more successful and impactful. #BotM

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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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So, I get the mixed reviews with this book. The mythology and setting were lovely, but the rest of it falls flat. The majority of the book is obnoxiously cloying YA insta love. Many reviewers warned me of this, but it was still worse than I anticipated. The narrative itself is also super flat. It‘s a shame, because there‘s a lot of potential here.

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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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October / #Screamathon Wrap-up!

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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Thanks to my #HHS package from @Littlewolf1 , I finally got to read this classic. I loved the Disney version as a kid. There was some unnecessary racism, which probably shouldn‘t surprise me. Otherwise it‘s a fun spooky classic. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: A Graphic Novel | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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I enjoyed the graphic novelization of one of the greatest novels of all-time. My favorite part was the visual interpretation of Frankenstein‘s monster. The art did an excellent job bringing him to life. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

kspenmoll Fabulous graphic novel we use in school.🙂 3mo
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Aah thank you so much, Chrissy! I love all the witchy goodies! The crystals and powder and candles for my altar are so lovely! Everything is so great. Thanks again my friend!

And special thanks to @sprainedbrain and @mklong for hosting one of the best swaps around! Happy Samhain! #BWS #BasicWitchSwap

mklong That candle is gorgeous! 3mo
sprainedbrain Oooooh that towel! 😍 what a great box. Blessed Samhain! 🖤 3mo
KatieDid927 @mklong It‘s a battery operated LED candle! So it‘ll never melt away! 3mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m glad you like everything!! 3mo
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The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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Look at the super cute pillow covers @Littlewolf1 got me for #HauntedHallowSwap ! I love them! Thanks again, Crystal!! 🥰 #HHS @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Super fun! 🎃🧡 3mo
Chrissyreadit Those are perfect! 3mo
LibrarianRyan Those are awesome! 3mo
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Thank you so so much @Littlewolf1 ! You sent me so many wonderful things I struggled to get them all in the photo! (I‘ll post the super cute pillow covers separately!) I love everything! Happy Halloween! 🎃

And special thanks to @wanderinglynn for being such a great host! #HHS #HauntedHallowSwap

Littlewolf1 So glad you loved everything 3mo
Crazeedi Wow, super lovely presents 3mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🧡 (edited) 3mo
BethM Great box! 3mo
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Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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I absolutely loved it. This is one of the best vampire stories I‘ve ever read. I didn‘t have a problem at all with any of the narrative choices. The way Butler flipped the typical vampire tropes is genius. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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A Monster Like Me | Wendy S. Swore
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Sophie is a little girl with a hemangioma blood tumor on her face. She thinks this makes her a monster, and sees monsters and magical creatures wherever she looks. I liked Sophie, but the book was just okay. Her mom and her friend‘s mom are irredeemably awful in this book. There are too many excess characters and storylines. It‘s a cute premise but meh in execution. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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I‘ve never read the original Aladdin tale, so for this month‘s #FairyTaleReadingChallenge that‘s what I decided to do. It‘s really different from the Disney movie. Aladdin is kind of a jerk. The genie doesn‘t have much personality. It was still an interesting story. @Charityann

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The Witch's Boy | Kelly Barnhill
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I loved it! This book did feel a little drawn out at times, but the story was really lovely. I love Kelly Barnhill‘s brain. This is my witchy read for the week. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

LoverOfLearning Wow I love that cover!! 3mo
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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This is finally out the door and on the way! Should arrive later in the week. @wanderinglynn #HHS #HauntedHallowSwap

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 3mo
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Horrorstor | Grady Hendrix
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I liked it, but I felt like the gimmick of the store/IKEA catalog format overtook the story and characters, both of which felt flat and underdeveloped. Overall it was more like an episode of Supernatural that peters out at the end instead of a fully fleshed out novel. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

ozma.of.oz An episode of Supernatural is the perfect way to describe this book! 😆 3mo
KatieDid927 @ozma.of.oz I think it would‘ve been more entertaining if Sam and Dean were in the mix lol 3mo
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