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Kimberlone

Kimberlone

Joined May 2016

hp⚡️ twain⚓️ shakespeare🕯beatles💎 alaska🏔 | GR: www.goodreads.com/kimberlone | IG: @readerlykimberly | Storygraph: @kimberlone
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Bleak House by Charles Dickens
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Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Pickpick

On paper, this should have been a 5 star read for me: historical fiction, lovely prose, siblings separated by WWI, PLUS fantasy & romance. While I did end up rating it 4 stars, there were a few things that didn‘t quite work for me in execution: Faland & his magical mystery hotel, the slowest slow burn romance(s) that don‘t come to fruition until literally the final chapters of the book, and some of the plot logistics of the climax and dénouement.

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Mehso-so

I never felt like the author had anything really all that insightful to say about the female character archetypes she sought to examine in this book. There were some sections more interesting to me than others, but I did find myself skimming a lot in some parts. The author‘s inclination to dissect historical/period characters from an intersectional/2024 modern feminist lens was flimsy at best and disingenuous at worst.

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The Phoenix Crown: A Novel | Kate Quinn, Janie Chang
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Mehso-so

I had high expectations for this one because I have loved all of Kate Quinn‘s feminist historical fiction. The setting around the San Francisco earthquake was so intriguing to me, but unfortunately this one fell flat in execution. The romantic subplots didn‘t work for me at all, so it was hard to feel invested in the way they tied into the broader plot. On audio, I felt like the book went on ~2 hours too long. Listened using my Spotify account!

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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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Pickpick

Both of these just edged into Pick territory for 3 ⭐️ reads. I appreciate that Ali Hazelwood is finally branching out from the (now very) repetitive trope formula established in The Love Hypothesis (Grumpy/Sunshine, extreme height difference). Check & Mate still featured a very nerdy subject (professional chess) and Bride‘s FMC is a Vampire Princess-in-STEM, but exploring new genres (YA, Paranormal Romance) has breathed new life into her writing.

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Done and Dusted | Lyla Sage
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Mehso-so

These contemporary western romances were cute enough, but the prose was far too simplistic (bordering on juvenile) to really enjoy the reading experience. The romance/plot felt a bit more developed in the 2nd book, but they are both so short that any strong character development was impossible. I do love the pulpy western-style covers (definitely what convinced me to try), and I could see them being adapted into Hallmark/Netflix-style Rom-Coms.

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The Bridge Kingdom | Danielle L Jensen
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Mehso-so

3 stars, but more So-So than Pick for me. Entertaining enough for me to finish the 1st duology, but I won‘t be continuing. I was curious since A Fate Inked in Blood by the same author is a BOTM on my upcoming TBR (still excited for). This feels incorrectly marketed as romantasy - yes, there‘s a steamy romance, but no magic or fantasy elements (unless you count characters‘ inexplicable ability to run/climb/swim/fight while fatally wounded).

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Plotted: A Literary Atlas | Andrew DeGraff, Daniel Harmon
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Mehso-so

I should have loved this book, and I had high hopes based on my previous experience with Cinemaps by the same artist/author. This one was disappointing because the books featured in the illustrations were overwhelmingly obscure. Even with an English degree, I found myself skipping about half of the books, since there were so many I hadn‘t even heard of and had no context for. Highlights were the “maps” of Pride & Prejudice and A Wrinkle in Time.

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Two Twisted Crowns | Rachel Gillig
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I really enjoyed this duology; the fact that it‘s a complete duology was a big factor in its favor. While I definitely preferred the first book, overall it had a satisfying arc. A really good combination of gloomy, gothic vibes, a truly unique magic system (although I have some questions about the total # of Providence Cards), engaging action scenes, and a swoony romance.

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Well, while it‘s still snowing at home, I‘ve found a couple nice, warm, sunny spots to read while on a work trip further south in Alaska, and I am loving soaking up the vitamin D. I had a yummy mocha earlier and now sipping on a strawberry basil smash canned cocktail. Wishing I had packed sunglasses today!

Suet624 Yum!! 2w
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Old Harbor Books | Sitka, Alaska (Bookstore)
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Stopped by this sweet bookstore in Sitka, AK while I was visiting for work. They had a great selection of books (I resisted) and store merch (couldn‘t resist a cozy crewneck and tote bag).

BarbaraBB Looks super cozy! 3w
lil1inblue So cute! 3w
LeeRHarry Sitka will forever remind me of The Proposal movie 😊 looks like a lovely spot for a browse! 2w
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April #BookspinBingo card! My #Bookspin is Bourdain (excited to finally have the impetus to read this Kindle book I bought on a deal ages ago!) and my #DoubleSpin is Green Dot (an ARC I won from a Goodreads giveaway a few months ago).

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 3w
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Two Twisted Crowns | Rachel Gillig
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I did finish my #Bookspin for March, but didn‘t get to my #Doublespin. I came very close to hitting a bingo, but as usual my mood reading distracted me from focusing on that. I did read 10 total books in March, and I have a couple that I am almost done with to get April off to a good start. Overall, I did a good job of balancing reading books from my TBR and those new releases that pull me in from Libby.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 3w
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I just wasn‘t that interested in the options this month. There were a couple I would maybe get from Libby if/when they become available, but I am trying to be more judicious about only choosing something I really want to read. I have way too many BOTM books that are still on my physical TBR.

marleed I‘m still waiting for that month when I have the control to skip - I ordered 5 this month and all 5 are new selections for the month. I have no control! 3w
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This was the appropriately named brewery in Charlotte, NC that I hung out at yesterday!

vivastory I loved this book. Hope you had a good trip! 1mo
Kimberlone Thanks! Loving her insights so far. Surprisingly, I‘ve never read a book by Jane Smiley, but this might be the impetus to finally dig into A Thousand Acres, which I‘ve had a copy of for I can‘t remember how long! (edited) 1mo
BarkingMadRead I don‘t think we‘ve been to this brewery yet, I‘ll have to tell my hubs about it 1mo
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Kimberlone @BarkingMadRead it is in the same area as OMB and Brewers @ 4001 Yancey. I really liked this sour! The flavors were subtle but really complemented the sour ale! If you are in Charlotte, let me know if you have a good bookstore recommendation…I have some free time tomorrow before I have to drive back to Raleigh for my flight home. 1mo
BarkingMadRead Where in Charlotte are you? There‘s one called Park Road books that‘s in the same plaza as a yummy bakery and also a Jeni‘s ice cream! 1mo
Kimberlone @BarkingMadRead I saw that one in my research but it was a bit out of my way when I looked. Might try to fit it in tomorrow, if I have the time. Trying not to have to rush my drive back to Raleigh! 1mo
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In Charlotte, NC for a work trip this week, and yesterday I spent some time at a local brewery with the book I brought. Book accompanied by a yummy pretzel and tasty Plum-Rosemary-Orange Sour Ale. I was impressed, you can really taste the rosemary in this drink!

Side note: any Charlotte/Raleigh Littens around? I have one more day here (I have to drive back to Raleigh tomorrow from Charlotte) and would love a good bookstore recommendation!

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Pickpick

This sequel really lived up to expectations! It is everything you could want from the cozy academia fantasy romance corner. Even though it leans into the cozy genre, there are still serious stakes for Emily & Wendell. Emily is following up her encyclopedia with a a mapbook of the Otherlands, and Wendell tries to return this kingdom while avoiding his stepmother‘s assassins. The faerie world is broadened and endearing new characters introduced.

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Sneaking in some reading this morning before I jump into chores for most of the day. Hoping to finish this book today!

I have been so pleased with this sequel; fans of Encyclopedia of Faeries will love this one too!

JessieKB Fun cover!!! 1mo
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Mehso-so

I kept seeing this series hyped for romantasy readers and thought I‘d give it a chance. It was free on Kindle Unlimited, so I signed up for a free trial to try it out. It wasn‘t any worse than the average romantasy (it felt very ACOTAR meets Hunger Games), but I found its utter mediocrity and tropey-ness to be a turn off. I skimmed A LOT to finish this one, and won‘t be continuing with the sequel, despite a vague interest in knowing the ending.

Bookish_Gal I‘m about to write my review, and I‘m lost as to how to go about it. The ending saved it, politically, though it dragged long for me. 1mo
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Turned in my winter reading challenge bingo card to the local library today; I got 6 entries to the final giveaway, 2 coupons for a personal pizza, and 3 cute stickers (I declined the bookmarks because I already have far too many), but resisted checking out any physical books, since my physical and Kindle TBR are already overflowing.

Leftcoastzen I agree with that quote! 1mo
Cupcake12 Great quote! 1mo
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The Seven Year Slip | Ashley Poston
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Limited work this week due to spring break. I had a dentist appointment at 8 am, now biding the time for a bit at a local cafe, so that I can hit up the nearby library when it opens at 10 am.

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Fireside Books | Palmer, AK (Bookstore)
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Impromptu bookstore popup at a local brewery! I resisted buying anything, but they had a lot of Alaskana options, as well as popular bestsellers.

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The Atlas Complex | Olivie Blake
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Mehso-so

An unfortunately disappointing finale to the trilogy. I absolutely love Olivie Blake‘s writing style and characterization (which is still highlighted in this book), but the plot was basically incomprehensible to me. I honestly couldn‘t describe what happened outside of a few set piece scenes and character deaths. I‘ll credit my lack of comprehension partially to distracted audiobook listening, but I didn‘t have that problem w/the first 2 books.

Meshell1313 This seems to be the consensus. I‘m reading it now! 2mo
Kimberlone @Meshell1313 yep, I will eventually give it another try, I have the hardcover so I might understand the plot better if I read the physical book. I want to do a full reread of the series, so I hope I‘ll appreciate the final book more in that context. 2mo
emz711 Oh no! I just finished the first and requested the second one quick from the library 2mo
Kimberlone @emz711 I really liked the first two! 2mo
RamsFan1963 @Kimberlone I was pretty disappointed by the final volume also. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who found the story incomprehensible. 1mo
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Two Twisted Crowns | Rachel Gillig
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March #BookspinBingo card. My #Bookspin is Two Twisted Crowns and #Doublespin is Ask Again, Yes.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!!! 2mo
vivastory What did you think of Dune 2? 2mo
Kimberlone @vivastory amazing adaptation! I think it did a great job of translating the very complex Bene Gesserit/messiah stuff from the book. The visuals were incredible. I‘ll be curious how the series moves forward, though. I‘ve only read Dune but I‘ve spent enough time on Wikipedia to know things get real nuts in the second book. 2mo
vivastory I think that it's a safe bet that he will get the third film that he has planned. I thought it was as good as the first one & although I read book 1 years ago & was happy stopping there, but I am now seriously contemplating continuing. I'm thinking of seeing it again before it leaves, which I very very rarely do. I'm glad that you liked it. 2mo
Kimberlone @vivastory I only saw part one at home on streaming…seeing part 2 in theaters really made the experience exceptional. 2mo
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One Dark Window | Rachel Gillig
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Overall, a good reading month. I finished 8 books, and have two in-progress carrying over to March. Higher than average ratings for me, which means I read a lot of good books in February! My top read of February is the tagged; I finished it in 2 days and immediately started the sequel. According to Goodreads and Storygraph, I am 6 books ahead on my 2024 reading goal (75 books).

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Technically The Fragile Threads of Power and The Atlas Complex are still in-progress, but I am marking them off because I don‘t plan on including them on the March bingo card. No bingos, but I did clear all the free spaces (I always leave those to account for my mood reading tendencies).

Now off to plan for March #BookspinBingo!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 2mo
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The Lily of Ludgate Hill | Mimi Matthews
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I‘ve enjoyed all the entries in this historical romance series (I feel like Mimi Matthew‘s is becoming an auto-read author for me). This one especially nailed all of the romance tropes it includes (childhood friends > lovers > enemies > lovers), by actually making the scenario feel realistic based on the characters‘ circumstances and the timeline of their relationship.

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Frog and Toad All Year | Arnold Lobel
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Happy Leap Day (aka bonus reading day), Littens!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You too!! 💛 2mo
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Holly: A Novel | Stephen King
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Holly was my favorite character from King‘s The Outsider, so I‘ve been looking forward to reading her stand-alone since it was announced. I haven‘t read the Mr. Mercedes series, although I‘m interested now to go back to the start of her story. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I kind of feel like giving away who the serial killers were right at the beginning took away some of the suspense. Didn‘t care at all for the heavy handed COVID commentary

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I‘ve been really underwhelmed with the BOTM picks recently, so I was excited to see several interesting options for March! I ended up choosing A Fate Inked in Blood, but I almost picked Annie Bot. If I see good feedback on that one, I might add on later.

The BOTY winner and other finalists were really not my jam this year (plus I‘d already read 2 of them), but I feel like Shark Heart is one I might actually enjoy.

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Trying to post more regularly on my bookstagram. I love this sweatshirt I received as a gift from my SIL. It‘s my favorite reading outfit! I also have a lot of reviews overdue to post on Litsy!

If you want to follow me on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/readerlykimberly?igsh=ZW9keXpreTVpZW0y&utm_source=qr

BarbaraBB Reviews are never overdue on Litsy 😉❤️ 2mo
bthegood cute pic and sweatshirt! 2mo
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Thoughts on this year‘s BOTY finalists?

I had a lot of issues with the content and execution of Weyward, and I thought The Wishing Game was very mediocre with juvenile writing (despite a promising premise). Really surprised that they were voted that highly. Not interested in the romance or mystery/thriller options, so I guess I‘ll be choosing Shark Heart.

BookwormAHN I'm not very impressed with any of them 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Kimberlone @BookwormAHN right?! I just feel like the overall quality of the finalists have really declined. Just glancing at the monthly picks in 2023, there are a ton of books better (and more popular?) than what was included here. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Also not impressed. The lack of diversity is expected but disappointing. I only read one. Shark Heart and I found it very average. 2mo
JenReadsAlot Huh those surprise me... 2mo
Laughterhp I own all but Shark Heart… 2mo
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The Lily of Ludgate Hill | Mimi Matthews
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It‘s only appropriate that I should be settling in for a quiet Valentine‘s night in with a sweet historical romance. Unfortunately, my husband headed back to his work yesterday (he has a 2 week on, week off schedule), but at least I have a swoon worthy duke to spend my solo evening with 😉.

Side note: the page turner remote that @Saknicole gave me for Christmas has completely revolutionized my Kindle/iPad reading!

Crazeedi That's a very cool tool! 2mo
lil1inblue I am obsessed with the idea of that remote. I find I'm always hovering my thumb over my kindle in anticipation of a page turn, and sometimes it actually gets sore holding in that way! 😂 2mo
Kimberlone @lil1inblue @Crazeedi now that I have one, I am totally reliant! Can‘t go back! 2mo
Saknicole So cozy! Happy late Galentines! 2mo
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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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Does it count as a Target run if you *don‘t* get sucked into the book section? A pleasant surprise for me is that these books ended up being BOGO 50% off at checkout, so I got to feel less guilty!

TheBookHippie My adult daughter loves Target book and movie section. She‘s gotten some really good deals. 2mo
Kimberlone @TheBookHippie I like that they usually have the paperback versions and they are always at least 20% discounted! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Kimberlone She prefers paperback as well. 2mo
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TEArificbooks Target also lowest price matches on books as well. You can even ask the cashier to check the low price online for you. Sometimes their sales make the books cheaper than Amazon 2mo
Kimberlone @TheBookHippie Yes, I feel like I am unusual that I prefer paperbacks! 2mo
Kimberlone @TEArificbooks oh my goodness, I never knew that! 😲 2mo
TheBookHippie @TEArificbooks oh I‘ll tell my daughter! Wow! 2mo
vivastory The Target BOGO def sucked me in last week 2mo
Ruthiella Any time I get out of Target without spending at least $50 is a miracle . 😆 2mo
Tamra My paychecks should be direct deposit to Target. 2mo
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Happy V Day, Littens!

🩷💖💗💓💞💕💘

TheBookgeekFrau Happy Valentine's Day 💝 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!! 😍 2mo
BooksNBowls 😂😂 love it! 2mo
Ruthiella Happy Valentine‘s Day!💘 2mo
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Bookshelves and Books | Alfred H. Wall
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Shelves and drywall patching are done and arranged for now. So happy that at least a portion of my books are now on display! Decided to focus these shelves mainly on my nicer hardcovers.

Still need to figure out shelving in our office for all of my paperbacks (10 boxes worth 😬 packed away), but that‘s a project for another week. We also want to display some of our framed artwork around the shelves on this wall.

Enjoy the #bookhusband cameo!

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
Ruthiella Nice work! 👏👏👏 2mo
IndoorDame Looks awesome!!! 2mo
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UwannaPublishme 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻 2mo
TheBookHippie Whew. Looks so wonderful. 💕 that‘s a lot of work. I never know what to do with paperbacks. 2mo
Kimberlone @dabbe @Ruthiella @IndoorDame @UwannaPublishme @TheBookHippie my hubby did a great job installing the shelves! I‘ve been looking forward to having them since we moved into our place in October! The paperbacks are going to be their own beast 😬 2mo
WildAlaskaBibliophile Your sofa looks super comfy too! 2mo
TieDyeDude 🎉 Looks so good! 2mo
TheBookgeekFrau Bravo BookHusband!! 🎉 2mo
Gissy 😍📚📚📚👌Beautiful 2mo
mabell Turned out so pretty! 2mo
kspenmoll They looked great! Wonderful hubby!!! 2mo
BarbaraBB Wow that looks so attractive! The ahelves I mean, or rather all of it 😃 2mo
marleed It looks great! 2mo
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I made all the snacks (not pictured: nachos and second round of wings still currently in the oven) and now I get to enjoy the game (i.e. read my book) until the half-time show (who else is excited to see Usher?!).

Ignore the book boxes I emptied yesterday when filling out living room shelves.

Bookzombie I‘m not watching the game but I will definitely look up the halftime show later. 🙂 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yeah, yeah, yeah 🎤 🕺🏾 🙌🏻 love Usher! 2mo
Kimberlone @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks he brought it! 🥵🔥 2mo
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Just finished my re-read of this series in anticipation of finally reading The Fragile Threads of Power. While it can be a common fantasy series pitfall, I really appreciate how Schwab uses the increasing lengths to deepen the character development, expand the world building, and add complexity to the continuing plot. Each book still tells a distinctive story that builds upon the overarching narrative. I ❤️ Kell, Lila, Rhy, Alucard, and Holland.

TieDyeDude Nice! I read Darker Shade a couple years ago, and I'm really anxious to continue the series. Hope you like Fragile Threads! 2mo
Kimberlone @TieDyeDude it‘s really a wonderful series! 2mo
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Bookshelves and Books | Alfred H. Wall
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Shelves are partially filled. My husband has to finish the drywall patching before I can finish the top shelf.

I will probably also be reorganizing the bottom shelf, moving most of the fiction hardbacks to the top, where I am also going to display my non-fiction and then fill in the bottom with more fantasy books to go along with the HP collection.

Will be happy when this project is done, so we can push the couch back towards the wall.

Ruthiella Looking good!👍 2mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
Gissy Yes, looking good 👌 (edited) 2mo
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TheBookgeekFrau Looks good! 🤩🤩 2mo
BarbaraBB That looks absolutely gorgeous 😍 2mo
Bookzombie Looks great! 2mo
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Bookshelves and Books | Alfred H. Wall
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Status update on my husband installing shelves in our living room! I can‘t wait to fill these with books!

The plan is to use these living room shelves for my nicer hardcovers. We still have to figure out shelving for the rest of my books; there are still 15 boxes worth packed up since our move back in October!

Bookzombie Can‘t wait to see what it looks like! 2mo
Kimberlone @Bookzombie of course I will post the final result! 2mo
Leftcoastzen I bet that‘s going to look great! 2mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
BarbaraBB Such great things to worry about ❤️ 2mo
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I was out of state attending a wedding last weekend, so finally getting to post my February #bookspin board.

BookSpin: The Family
DoubleSpin: The Fragile Threads of Power

KristiAhlers I love your board! 2mo
Kimberlone @KristiAhlers thank you! I use the iPad app Paper and have just recently figured out how to best use the tools/templates…only took me 2 years to finally maximize! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Late post for my final January #bookspin. I did finish my BookSpin (The Mitford Affair) but not my DoubleSpin. Still very proud that I finished 10 books last month!

KristiAhlers That's awesome! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 2mo
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January 2024 | S. H. Miah
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Proud of my strong start to reading in January! Apparently I am already 4 books ahead on my 2024 reading challenge (set for 75 books).

I did a lot of escapist/destress reading this month due to a lot of anxiety around work (today is actually my last day at the job I have done for 9 years 😳), and am now looking to be fun-employed for a few weeks before I start a new position.

My top book of January was Bright Young Women!

Gissy Congratulations for your successful reading month and wish you the best in this new position, new year, new good challenges 🙌 3mo
Ruthiella Good luck on the new position! Enjoy your fun-employment. 👍 3mo
LiteraryHoarderPenny Good luck at the new job! Bright Young Women was a great read from January for me too! 3mo
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Dreams Lie Beneath | Rebecca Ross
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I fell in love with Rebecca Ross as an author last year when I discovered A River Enchanted and Divine Rivals, and wanted to explore more of her back catalog (found on Hoopla).

This ended up being a light pick (3.5 ⭐️). Ross has a beautiful writing style that really brings forth the magic of the worlds she creates. Overall, though, this ended up being a somewhat generic (but above average) YA fantasy romance.

I recommend to #BorrowNotBuy!

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If I was rating just on the merit of the bold, stylized illustrations, this graphic novel would get 5 ⭐️, but I found the approach to the narrative was really lacking.

I would have preferred a more even split between the biographical elements and the imaginary Glass Town. The silliness of the Glass Town characters‘ exploits took away too much from the reality of the Brontës‘ early lives. Maybe because the book‘s aimed at a young audience?

3 ⭐️

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Bright Young Women | Jessica (Author) Knoll
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This book was so close to perfect for me (rated 5 ⭐️ on GR and 4.75 on SG). Directly inspired by the Ted Bundy case, specifically the sorority house attack in Florida, one of his final crimes. The books centers on two characters (Pamela, the sorority president, and Ruth, a victim from Seattle) and moves back and forth in time. What this book does differently from other true crime inspired novels is breaking down the media mythologizing of…👇🏼

Kimberlone The Defendant by revealing there is actually nothing special or impressive about him. His crimes weren‘t perpetrated by a charismatic, genius serial killer, but rather a textbook misogynist who was only able to get away with them for as long as he did due to police incompetence and patriarchal inability to take crimes against women seriously. (edited) 3mo
Kimberlone My one criticism is why use a real case as setting for a book about the screwed up relationship we have with true crime and the tendency of the media focusing on the perpetrator rather than victims? At the end of the book it gets a little too meta when the MC overhears a group of younger women discussing the new Bundy-related media including the Zac Efron movie. I would have personally preferred the book to not be so obviously about Bundy. 3mo
TieDyeDude Interesting. I don't think I've read a fictional book inspired by a true crime event. Thanks for the review! 3mo
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Kimberlone @TieDyeDude glad to share! 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures This is my next up! 3mo
JenniferEgnor This one is sitting on my couch. A friend let me borrow it, said it was really good. 3mo
Melismatic @Kimberlone Im with you on this. It bugged me a bit that it‘s so obvious what it‘s based on - but some names are changed while others aren‘t. I‘m guessing there‘s rationale behind it. 3mo
Kimberlone @Melismatic yeah overall I thought the book dealt with the subject matter so well, that was the only thing that didn‘t sit right with me. If you‘re going to only call him The Defendant to make a point, why even have it be so obviously a Ted Bundy facsimile? The conversation at the end of the book removes any ambiguity and for some readers will definitely lead them to just seek out more Bundy content which I thought the book was critiquing 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
vivastory I had seen this around but was unaware what it was about. Stacking! I just finished Dahmer & really appreciated for several reasons, some of which you enumerated in your review (despite their victim demographics being entirely different) 3mo
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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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If I hadn‘t used an Audible credit, I would‘ve DNF‘d this, but I felt obligated to finish. The premise sounded pretty interesting (alternate history in which women have the power to turn into dragons) in theory, but the execution did not live up to expectations. Sort of a coming of age story, but the overall theme is just Patriarchy = BAD. The level of suspension of disbelief needed to accept the society-level ignorance/amnesia is laughable.

CatLass007 You do know that you can return a book to Audible within a year of purchase and get your credit back, don‘t you? There was a lawsuit a few years ago. 3mo
Kimberlone @CatLass007 yes I am aware! Last time I tried it was too long since purchase to get a refund but I might try again with this. 3mo
Kimberlone @CatLass007 thanks for the reminder! I was able to return and get back my credit! 3mo
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CatLass007 You‘re welcome. I‘m glad you were able to get your credit back! 3mo
ICantImReading I remember being disappointed in this one! The premise had seemed so great! 😕 3mo
Kimberlone @ICantImReading the whole time I kept forcing myself to keep listening I was just hoping it would get better. Nothing happens in this book! 3mo
SamAnne It should have been a short story, not a novel. I would have DNFd if it wasn‘t a book club read. (edited) 3mo
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Pickpick

Light pick (3.5 ⭐️) The premise is perfection (reclusive author of an extremely popular children‘s book series comes out of hiding to hold a Wonka-esque competition for his most rabid fans to win the only copy of his next book), but the boring Mary Sue main character with the predictably traumatic backstory (that isn‘t even that traumatic) really brought down the vibe for me. Overall I liked it, but totally understand the mixed reviews.

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Pickpick

Is this a pretty obvious Hunger Games/Red Queen YA dystopian ripoff? No doubt. Did I still have a fun time reading it and enjoying the very slow burn romance? For sure. Light pick (3.5 ⭐️) that I would recommend if you enjoyed the YA dystopian era of the early 2010s, but it‘s not doing anything original and of course ends on a cliffhanger since it‘s the first in a duology. If you know what you‘re getting into and that sounds appealing, go for it.

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Panpan

I rated this 2 ⭐️ on GR and 2.5 on SG. This was just not it. I really enjoyed Nancy Mitford‘s Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate, so I was really interested in learning more about her and her family, whom many of the characters in her autobiographical novels are based on. Read like a narrative Wikipedia article. It was impossible to root for any of the characters: Nancy is so passive & woe-is-me, while Diana and Unity are straight up Nazis.

TheBookHippie I cannot stand this author 😂😵‍💫🤷🏻‍♀️ but I‘m in the minority. 3mo
Kimberlone This my first by the author, but I‘m aware she is a prolific historical fiction writer. I will definitely not be seeking out anything else by her. How could a book about spying and Nazis be SO boring???? It took me over a month to finish this! 3mo
Karisimo This author‘s books always sound so good but then never deliver. I‘ve tried a few, but don‘t want to waste time on more. (edited) 3mo
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Kimberlone @Karisimo yeah so disappointing…if I hadn‘t bought it on kindle I probably would have DNF‘d 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Agree with @Karisimo I read the summary of her books and they always sound so good but she does not deliver for me, always too light on facts and the writing is too boring. 3mo
Karisimo @ChaoticMissAdventures glad to know I‘m not alone! 3mo
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Kimberlone
The Atlas Complex | Olivie Blake
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I meant to post this last week when they arrived in the mail, but….it finally happened…I preordered the same book twice 🤦🏽‍♀️

My husband opened the packages and was totally “WTF, Kimberly?!”

Thankfully I have a sister that already owns the first two in this series in hardback, so the extra copy will end up going to her.

vivastory 😂 😂 If it's any consolation over the weekend I realized I had 2 copies of the same book checked out from the library 3mo
Kimberlone @vivastory haha! That is even funnier 🤣 3mo
Saknicole So pretty 😍 now I just have to read the two I have on the shelf 😂 (well I have two others of her‘s I haven‘t read either from our Target outing a while back) 3mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole you could also start with one for my enemy since it‘s a standalone and I think you would really love it (magic, folk tale, Romeo & Juliet vibes)! 3mo
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