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Leniverse

Joined October 2016

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La Storia by Elsa Morante
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The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir
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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
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The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
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Hum.... Pride & Prejudice and Dragons?

Yay or nay? 😆

Eyelit Intriguing, to say the least 🐉 😄 1w
Crinoline_Laphroaig Oh ya! Good or Bad. I'm always up for Jane Austen retellings. 1w
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Found this intriguing mashup on display at the library. How could I resist? 🐙🕵️
It's either going to be amazing or cringe worthy, right? 😆

vivastory You'll have to let us know your verdict! 1w
Leniverse @vivastory Will do! 1w
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The Morning Star | Debra Dunbar
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A suitably epic conclusion to the series. I'm not sure what do do with myself now. I have lived in the Imp World and been binge reading excessively the last couple of weeks. I don't want to return to real life!

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Queen of the Damned | Debra Dunbar
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I am laughing too. This might be the funniest book of the series. Good thing I'm not in public. 🤣😅

julesG I started the first book on audio. I like the story, but the narrator is terrible. Will seek a printed/ebook copy 1w
Leniverse @julesG I haven't tried any of them on audio, but it's an indie author so I'm not surprised if the narrator isn't top notch. She needs a better proofreader too. Someone who knows the difference between affect/effect, principals/principles, and who can stomp out hypercorrection. These angels are total control freaks, grammar mistakes just shouldn't occur in their dialogue. 🤪 1w
julesG 😂😂😂 Ach, affect/effect who cares? It's probably just us EFL/ESL people who pay attention to such minor details. 😉 1w
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Leniverse @julesG It drives me crazy. I also hate that every character says "different than" rather than "different from", but that seems to be an Americanism, so I'll just have to live with it. I just can't with the hypercorrection though. Makes me aggressive. ? 1w
julesG Use of different prepositions in the US makes me question my knowledge of English all the time. Hypercorrection 😑 1w
Leniverse @julesG Do you read on Kindle? I have A Demon Bound from when it was a freebie. I think it's possible to send it to you? If you like it it's probably worth getting a month of KU, and breeze through the whole series. Plus the inserted spin-offs. 1w
julesG Thanks for the offer. If it's in KU I'll use my brother's account to get it. 1w
Leniverse @julesG Yes, they are currently all available in KU except for one short story that's in an anthology. That one isn't important though. 1w
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Exodus | Debra Dunbar

"A jailbreak orchestrated by an elven basket weaver, a conspiracy theorist, a former changeling slave, and a dragon. What could go wrong?"

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Thank you @CrowCAH for telling me about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube. It took me months to get around to it, but then I binged on the whole series + spinoffs in three days. Then I promptly ordered the book with all the off camera action. Best modern setting adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Best! ❣️

emz711 I had no idea they made a book! 2w
Leniverse @emz711 I haven't read it yet, it just arrived in the mail, but apparently it's Lizzie's private diary and includes the full text of Darcy's letter and stuff like that. 2w
CrowCAH You‘re very welcome! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! 🥰 I agree, it‘s a great adaptation told in such a unique way! (I own the book pictured, but haven‘t read it yet, hope to do so soon) 2w
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Kingdom of Lies | Debra Dunbar
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Immortal beings sometimes have trouble with idioms. 😆

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Kingdom of Lies | Debra Dunbar
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These books are hilarious. 🤣

julesG Sounds like right up my alley. 2w
Leniverse @julesG I am ridiculously addicted to this series. It's on Kindle Unlimited. It does have it's flaws, and I should like to have words with the copyeditors/proofreaders, but it's like a huge bowl of pick and mix that I just can't stop eating. Angels, demons, werewolves, vampires, elves, sass, sex, torture, romance, over the top fight scenes. You name it, it's got it. 2w
julesG I just snagged the first book via my friend's library. I'll give it a try. I like urban fantasy. 2w
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Alpha | Jasinda Wilder
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Say what? "I'm not a dominant, I derive pleasure from control and being obeyed. My wishes will always be for your own benefit, and you will be bound by your own compliance."

Dude. You just described a sub/Dom relationship! The word you're looking for is "sadist". You're not a sadist.

But I really should know better than to read books with "Alpha" in the title. ?

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I think I'll call it a night here. #24B4Monday has been achieved.
That's four novels, a novella and a short story, all in the same series, in 25 hours over three days. This is what a binge looks like. 🤣

merelybookish Nice work! 4w
MrBook Wow!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🔥🔥🔥 You rocked this!!! 😎 4w
mabell Nice job!! 4w
Simona Congrats❣️ 4w
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Devil's Paw | Debra Dunbar
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I've read too many of these in a row. It's getting really hard to ignore the flaws. Like the errors the copy editor missed, and the plot transparency where the reader has to wait 200 pages for the MC to catch on, and the way character development is handled as sudden, inexplicable shifts in attitude. And yet, and yet... So addictive, I'm not sure I can stop until I have finished the series.

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Demon Bound | Debra Dunbar
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I'm on the 4th week of feeling like I'm drowning in my own mucus from sinuses and lungs. Kindle Unlimited to the pity party with another 30 day free trial. I'm spending the weekend with blankets and tea. And with this guilty pleasure series about an imp who has been passing for human for 40 years before getting (somewhat accidentally) bonded with an archangel and selected by a magic sword to be the next Satan. Chaos ensues. 😈

BookwormM Hope you feel better soon series sounds intriguing 1mo
MeganAnn Oooo this series sounds very cool! What is the first book in the series called? Hope you feel better soon ❤️ 4w
Leniverse @MeganAnn Demon Bound is the first book, but there's a prequel novella called "Imp". The whole series is on Kindle Unlimited, but I think the first one is free anyway. It could use a better proofreader, and the plot is predictable, but it is entertaining! And laugh out loud funny in places. I know sassy heroines are the staple for Urban Fantasy, but this one is a step apart! Plus there's a Hellhound and a Demon horse. 4w
MeganAnn @Leniverse thank you!! I have kindle unlimited so I‘m definitely adding this series to my list. Sounds perfect for my ebook reading which I usually try to focus on entertaining and easy reads since I‘m usually reading those on my lunch break at work. 4w
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Monstress | Marjorie Liu
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The artwork in this series is the most gorgeous and dark and brutal. But I am confused as to why Maika Halfwolf has both arms on the front cover. Maybe she'll pick up a prosthetic as I read on.

#readathon

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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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The Firstborn has a #Bingo and is close to blackout.

#Readathon

@DeweysReadathon

NomiReads Wow! 1mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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Are you doing the #readathon #Bingo?
My youngest has a Bingo already! All from one book, a re-read of a volume of Pokémon Adventures. 😆

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Mollyanna Woohoo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
julesG 👏👏👏👏 1mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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No #readathon without graphic novels for the whole family. And no October readathon without something spooky/horror and something by Neil Gaiman.

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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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I've been ill so I haven't managed to prep properly for the #readathon. But the Spouse did a heroic last minute snack run. Not shown in pic: lots of orange juice and two tubs of hummus which are in the fridge.

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Libby1 I hope you feel better soon! 1mo
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Half Lost | Sally Green
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No #coverlove challenge without a cover from the Half Life trilogy.
#7Days7Covers
Day 7

SW-T Loved this series! 😊 2mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Uh, suddenly two days passed without me posting a #coverlove picture. So I guess I should do two today. Here is Day 6.
#7Days7Covers

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RachelO 😍 2mo
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#7days7covers
Day 4

I don't remember buying this book. I don't even remember hearing about this book. Was it a recommendation? Or was it just #coverlove at first sight?

julesG And I just wanted to ask you whether you liked it. 2mo
Leniverse @julesG I shall let you know as soon as I have read it. Which I should probably do soon, before I forget about it again! 2mo
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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories | Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
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vivastory Love this one! 2mo
Leniverse @vivastory It's gorgeous. It's a shame I only have it on Kindle. 😆 2mo
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Cathythoughts Oh that‘s a nice one 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Leniverse @Cathythoughts Folio Society. I was looking through their sale a year and a half ago, and the Spouse leaned over my shoulder, pointed and said "That one". I asked, "You want to read Pushkin?" He replied, "Is that who it's by? Bonus. I do want to read Pushkin, but I just thought that's the best looking book there." ? 2mo
Nute Wow! That‘s really pretty! 2mo
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Spellslinger 5: Queenslayer | Sebastien de Castell
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I haven‘t been doing much reading lately, nor much Litsy! Trying to get back in the swing of things with the #7days7covers #coverlove challenge. And I‘ll refrain from just posting covers from this gorgeous series. 😂 My photography does not do it justice, but I tried my best to reduce the light glare.
Day 1.

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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I have been waiting in vain for this to turn up in the library's audiobook service. Kindle deal at £0.99 almost convinced me to just read it. But I really wanted this on audio, so I added another £3.99 for audible thrown in. I'm ok with that. Pretty sure it will be worth it.

hilded The audio was fantastic, enjoy! 3mo
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Bought this for my youngest for his upcoming birthday. I'm pretty sure he will love it, but he might not be able to lift it. 🤣 Maybe I should have gone for individual volumes instead. Over 1300 pages makes for a hefty book.

xicanti This is the edition I have, and I find it easiest to read resting open on a table! 3mo
Leniverse @xicanti I think that is an alien notion to my kid. His normal reading positions won't be possible with this book though, so he'll have to adapt! 3mo
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Anne of the Island | Lucy M. Montgomery

"Facts are stubborn things, but as someone has wisely said, not half so stubborn as fallacies."

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The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir

"At one time, he had enjoyed the pleasures of comradeship, teamwork. But that was in another age, in another world. Today, as things were, he was just as well off being severely alone; that way he had nothing to lose. Nothing much to gain either, but on this earth who ever gains anything?"

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The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir

'"Oh!" Henri said. "And the camps? Don't they bother him? What does he think of the camps?"
Vincent smiled. "That they don't exist, that they're an excellent institution, that they'll disappear all by themselves."
"I see," Henri said.
Definitely, people don't enjoy asking themselves questions. One way or another, they all manage to defend their systems.'

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The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir

“Girls are weighed down with restrictions, boys with demands - two equally harmful disciplines.”

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Behold the glory that is the Akira 35th anniversary box set! 🤩

Just arrived on the door inside a box that said Do Not Unpack, inside a box that said DO NOT UNPACK, Fragile, Upwards, Keep Dry. And that box again was completely encased in black plastic. 🤣

LibrarianRyan That is AWESOME! 4mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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Finally got around to entering our books for the reverse #readathon into the database. Top left is what we finished (actually, The Promised Neverland was read X3, but I only entered it once as we are signed up as one entity).
Bottom right is what we were in the middle of when the readathon ended.

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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente

"Aquatic species have a notoriously tough time handling the usual technological transition from ruining their own planets to ruining whole solar systems. While mammals, insects, and enlightened lichen can zip about as long as they take along a few houseplants to micromanage the air cycle, the unlucky space whales of this universe have to sort out how to get a ship overburdened with the absurd weight of a personal ocean into high orbit. ⤵️

Leniverse No matter the magnitude of science's triumph over nature, it will always be much easier to get a helium balloon to fly than a water balloon." 4mo
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Simply the Quest | Maz Evans
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My youngest is sad that we don't have the next book in the series on hand. This was such a great book that even when I tried to hide in the back yard he would come out every few minutes to read the latest really funny bit out loud to me. 😆

Fortunately vol. 8 of Phoebe and Her Unicorn arrived in the mail a little while ago, or he would have been moping the rest of the #readathon away.

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Healthy #readathon snacks to keep us focused.
(We have unhealthy ones too, for later on.)

The whole family is up and reading now. 💗

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squirrelbrain Have a great readathon! 😘 4mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻📚🎧 4mo
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Simply the Quest | Maz Evans
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Only Thing2 and I are up and reading so far this morning, and he is working on the #readathon Bingo by reading with his shirt back to front.

He is reading the tagged book, and I am reading Space Opera.

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julesG So cool 4mo
JennyM ❤️ 4mo
Hoopiefoot I love your couch! 4mo
hilded So sweet, he seems to be enjoying the readathon :) 4mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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My youngest Offspring, aka Thing2 has a cat heavy #readathon #TBR, as usual. Additionally there is mad science and Greco-Roman gods. He is currently sleeping with Simply the Quest under the pillow so he can start reading the moment he wakes up.

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Bookzombie That‘s adorable! 4mo
Johanna414 Love that you are doing a family readathon! I can‘t wait until my littles are old enough to take part! 4mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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The Firstborn aka Thing1 decided not to put her entire #TBR in her #Readathon stack this time. Instead she has narrowed it down to the latest book in an excellent series, a book she won in a school raffle, and the latest volume in a favourite manga (which her father and I will read the moment she has finished it).

#RaisingReaders

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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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#Dewey‘s Reverse #readathon #TBR
The Spouse is going with an excellent graphic novel omnibus, a volume of a magnum opus classic that he would like to make some progress on, and a novel by a favourite author.

bromeliad China Mieville is SO GOOD! 4mo
Leniverse @bromeliad That he is! I will be reading this one after the Spouse is finished with it. 4mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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#Dewey‘s reverse #readathon is starting in a few hours, 2am for me, which is a nope 😂 it will start when I wake up tomorrow. I have everything ready for a day of family reading. And of course you‘ll all want to see our readathon stacks. So here‘s mine. As you can see I like both types of entertainment: Glitter AND gore. 🤩☠️
Family book stacks coming up.

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The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir

"In her books she willingly proclaimed the inferiority of her sex. But she herself, she imagined, escaped it by the virility of her talent. And she believed she was even superior to men, since, gifted with the same qualities as they, she had in addition the singular and charming merit of being a woman. That trick irritated me."

(I hear you Simone/Anne. The "I'm not like other women" spiel of internalised misogyny is terribly annoying.)

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The Mandarins | Simone de Beauvoir

"Foolishness, lies, injustice, suffering; all around me a deep, black chaos. And how absurd it all was! Those days that repeated themselves from week to week, from century to century, without ever getting anywhere. Living was simply a matter of waiting some forty or sixty years for death to come, trudging along through emptiness. That was why I studied so avidly: only books and ideas were able to hold their own; they alone seemed real to me."

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Cauldron of Ghosts | David Weber, Eric Flint
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Now that I have slept like the dead for several hours, here is my #24in48 summary. I completed the pictured books and got a few chapters into the tagged book. I didn't reach 24 hours this time, which annoys me a bit, but today is a new day of summer holiday and I can keep reading. Yeet! (As my kids say.)

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Megabooks Great job! 🥳🥳📚📚 5mo
Oryx Impressive! 5mo
Mollyanna Nicely done! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
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Stacy_31 My kids say “Yeet” as well. 😂😂 5mo
Librarybelle Great job! 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin Well done!🎉 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏🎉 5mo
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I'm at 19 hours now, and so can technically reach #24in48 if I read non-stop until the end of the readathon - which is 5 am for me. This is a doubtful scenario, but I'll at least read some Sandman and contemplate starting another book. It's only just midnight.

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Finale (Caraval, #3) | Stephanie Garber
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It's a pick. It feels like a guilty pleasure, sugar and spice and everything nice and full of empty calories. It went down a treat.

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Finale (Caraval, #3) | Stephanie Garber
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Excited about this book! But also a bit apprehensive as it is posed to pit a 16 year old in a love triangle/competition with two immortals, one of which is a psycho who kills with a kiss and the other a compulsive liar who could teach Machiavelli a thing or two about manipulation. I sort of hope they go off with eachother and leave her to grow up in peace. (Yeah, I'm not really in the YA target audience 🤣)
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julesG 😂😂😂 5mo
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Wise Children: A Novel | Angela Carter
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Madcap, unbelievable, larger that life, shocking, crude, sophisticated, yet down to earth. This book contains multitudes in just 232 wildly tangential pages. And I think it must be the ultimate book of sisterhood.

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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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I didn't manage as many hours as I'd hoped today, but I might still get to #24in48. I just need to close my eyes for an hour or eight. 😆

9h30 min of reading. 2 1/2 hours spent on Pokémon Adventures (lap 3 and 4), and seven on Angela Carter's Wise Children.

Happy continued reading for those of you who are awake. I'll be back in the morning. 💤

xxjenadanxx You‘re doing great! 5mo
parttimedomestic 🎉 awesome job so far! 5mo
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The Earthsea Quartet | Ursula K. Le Guin
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#24in48 Hour 6 challenge
I love #SFF
The tagged book is a much read favourite posed with my SFF TBR for the readathon.

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff I love Earthsea! 5mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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I have my #24in48 #TBR ready in the sofa corner. 😃
I‘ve gone with tried and tested authors (can you tell I like SFF? 😂), and because it‘s both a #readathon and the start of the summer holiday I wanted nothing taxing or sad, or likely to give me a book hangover.
Super excited to get started tomorrow morning, and only regret that there‘s no way I‘ll be able to read them all in one weekend.😅

Cathythoughts Good luck in the #readathon 🎉🎉 5mo
Born.A.Reader That's a very smart idea -not wanting anything sad or heavy. I need to redo my stack now! 5mo
Leniverse @Born.A.Reader Or at least have a pick-me-up or comfort read on standby! 5mo
Leniverse @Cathythoughts Thank you! 😀 5mo
UwannaPublishme Great strategy to read happy books! 👍🏻 5mo
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