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MadelineMcCrae

MadelineMcCrae

Joined July 2021

Bibliophile | Journaler | History Nerd | Tired College Student | StoryGraph: madelinemccrae | Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/madelinemccrae
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I‘ve heard of the tale of Vasilisa the Beautiful and her encounter with Baba Yaga, but had never read it. I adore fairytale retellings, and was excited that this one had a darker spin on it. I thought all the nods to the original tale were clever, and I was prepared for how weird it would be based on a review. At times I didn‘t understand some of the character motivations and the book got gruesome at the end. However, I enjoyed it a lot!

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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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This is the best Pride and Prejudice retelling I‘ve seen so far! I loved the writing style and the characters were both likable and had depth. I liked the relationship dynamics and how the author didn‘t stick to close to the original story. Learning about Muslim Indian and Canadian culture was a great part of the book. I‘m sad it took me so long to pick it up! I loved that Jalaluddin tackled so many issues while also telling a romantic story.

MaureenMc I completely agree! This is my favorite P&P retelling. 😊 4w
MadelineMcCrae @MaureenMc I‘m glad you agree! 4w
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I finished my second to last semester on a stressful note, but it is over and I‘m now working before I go to Great Britain for a study abroad. I finally got over my long everything-book-related slump with this audiobook. It was ok, I didn‘t know it was Christian fiction which usually isn‘t my thing. I was more annoyed with Odette and Jorgen‘s insta-love and their perfect, can do nothing wrong character type. The ending was pretty ridiculous too.

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Shadowsea | Peter Bunzl
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This was a great ending to such a fun series! I loved the whole underwater theme, and it was a tad scarier than the previous books. I was more enthralled with this story than the two middle books, and it felt more in tune with the first. I was glad to see Lily, Robert, and Malkin‘s steampunk adventures wrap up in a satisfying way! I was really terrible at guessing the “bad guy” in this one even with all the signs Bunzl dropped🤦🏻‍♀️

bookandbedandtea The cover is beautiful! 3mo
MadelineMcCrae @bookandbedandtea I agree! All of Bunzl‘s covers are incredibly fun! 3mo
bthegood Just saying hi - haven't seen you for awhile on Litsy- 1mo
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MadelineMcCrae @bthegood Thanks for saying hi! I was having a hard semester at school, but I‘ve finished! My family has covid, but we are all doing ok! 1mo
Nutmegnc @MadelineMcCrae I am just getting over it myself. Hang in there!! 1mo
MadelineMcCrae @Nutmegnc Thank you! I hope you are feeling better! 1mo
Nutmegnc @MadelineMcCrae I‘m about 90% better thanks to Paxlovid!! It kept me out of the hospital!! 1mo
MadelineMcCrae @Nutmegnc I‘m glad to hear you‘re ok and that Paxlovid worked for you! 1mo
bthegood @MadelineMcCrae glad family doing well and semester over - have a great day 🙂 1mo
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Keturah and Lord Death | Martine Leavitt
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This book was disappointing. At first I was thrown off by the writing style, which was in first person and modeled after a medieval style of speech. Then the characters lacked real depth throughout the story as well. I think this was a Persephone and Hades retelling (which I usually love), but there was no romantic growth or connection. They were just suddenly in love at the end with barely any interaction. There are better retellings out there.

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Wow, I was not expecting that ending! This was a very atmospheric novella that takes place in 1810 England where Loxley is living with a faerie curse. He meets the handsome Thorncress and receives his aid in trying to sever his ties to faerie, but Thorncress has a secret of his own. I think almost everything about this book was well done, and was a great pick for my fairytale/folklore theme in March and April.

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Axie Oh‘s book is breathtaking in cover and in story. I was so thrilled to see a new young adult novel set in Korean folklore (I‘m a big fan of Korean dramas!) and I was not disappointed. The surprises toward the end gave me happy tears. The romance was beautiful too! Although, I think I did struggle just a little to connect to Mina because she is only 16 and I wished she were older. Her being so young made her life altering decisions seem rash.

robinb Such a gorgeous cover. 💙 3mo
MadelineMcCrae @robinb I don‘t usually buy hardcover books but I couldn‘t resist it‘s beautiful cover! I have no regrets🥰 3mo
robinb @MadelineMcCrae That would be beautiful as wall decor. 😊 3mo
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peanutnine I'm about halfway through this one and loving it so far 💕 3mo
BiblioLitten Beautiful cover 🤩 3mo
Nute Beautiful cover art! 3mo
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The Will and the Wilds | Charlie N. Holmberg
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I picked this book for a fairytale theme in March and its intriguing synopsis. It ended up being fantastic! I felt like the main characters had great growth/depth, and I loved the romance. The world building with the wildwoods/mistings had the right atmosphere and never felt like info dumping. The author composed a little song for the book too (lovely)! My only complaint is Maekallus‘s character design is strange and I never got used to it.

robinb Such a beautiful cover! 💙 This one has been on my #BookSpin list for awhile. Hope it comes up soon. 🤞🤞 3mo
MadelineMcCrae @robinb It‘s a very beautiful cover and fits the book well😊 (edited) 3mo
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I recently watched Over the Garden Wall for the first time and I‘m obsessed. I love the fall/spooky atmosphere and how much thought went into the details. I learned there are graphic novels written after the show ended, so I thought I‘d give them a try. It turns out only volume one (which gives more background to some characters) and soulful symphonies (creepy and great art!) are worth anyone‘s time. Volumes 2–5 are nothing like the show :(

The_Penniless_Author My daughter and I watched this a few months back and loved it. It's going to be our new annual tradition every fall. 3mo
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Dracula Vs. Hitler | Patrick Sheane Duncan
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This was not at all what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be a 500 page joke, but it‘s actually a well thought out alternate history about a Romanian rebel group fighting Nazis. In this timeline, Dracula and Professor Van Helsing exist. They form an uneasy alliance to aid the rebel group in defending their home. However, the character Harker was annoying, and some parts were a little unnecessary. Overall, I was impressed and enjoyed it!

sprainedbrain This sounds fascinating. Great review! 3mo
WJCintron What a title!! 😱 3mo
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Nightlights | Lorena Alvarez
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Here are all the graphic novels I‘ve read recently! They‘ve been helping me decompress, and I‘d say almost all of these have some kind of theme of love for February. I loved the Nighlights series artwork the most and the storyline from The Tea Dragon Society series the best. My least favorite was Tiny Dancer and Monet (the artwork was beautiful, but some of Monet‘s life choices weren‘t stellar).

EvieBee I‘ve recently gotten back into graphic novels myself! They‘re a nice palate cleanser. 4mo
MadelineMcCrae @EvieBee I completely agree! 4mo
Kenyazero Great selection! Haha I love that most of these are fluffy, delightful reads and then there‘s Monet XD 4mo
MadelineMcCrae @Kenyazero Thanks! 😂 4mo
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Post something positive and tag a friend or two :)

Thanks for the tag @IndoorDame !

Wanna play @damselsgotballs @christineb101 ?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it 💛 4mo
IndoorDame Great quote!💛 4mo
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What the Wind Knows | Amy Harmon
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Opened my #litsylovevalentinesdayswap package today! Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the thoughtful gift!🥰 I can‘t wait to try all the different goodies! Happy Valentine‘s Day everyone!

Thanks to @Bookgoil and @rsteve388 for hosting!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome 💗 4mo
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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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Opened my #Swoonathon package today! Thank you @Kshakal for the lovely gift!💕 I can‘t wait to read the books you selected and enjoy the candy🥰

Thanks to @kimmypete1 and @MidnightBookGirl for hosting!

Kshakal Happy Valentine‘s Day 💗💗💗 4mo
MadelineMcCrae @Kshakal I hope you had a wonderful day🥰 4mo
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I‘ve been reading graphic novels lately as a way to decompress from school, and they‘ve all matched a theme of love. My first was The Magic Fish, which shows the love between family and a coming out story. Coming Back is about the relationship between Preet and Valissa as they face major changes to their lives and relationship. I loved the art and the story so much, however, sometimes the fantasy elements in the landscape could be hard to follow.

GondorGirl I really enjoyed Witchlight, so I'll have to check this one out. Her art style is absolutely charming. 5mo
MadelineMcCrae @GondorGirl I love her style as well! Witchlight is on my tbr now! 5mo
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Magic Fish | Trung Le Nguyen
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This was such a beautiful book weaving together fairytales, a coming out story, and a story of refugees. The author was authentic and emotional in every part of the book, and the color choices throughout enhanced the artwork. 5 ⭐️‘s!

christineb101 This picture is so pretty!! 5mo
MadelineMcCrae Thank you🥰 5mo
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My #Litsylovevalentinesdayswap arrived yesterday! Thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the package! I can‘t wait to open it!!😍😆💕

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! 🎉🎊🎈 5mo
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1. Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance
2. No, but I‘m having The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea shipped to me once it releases this Febraury!
3. A Court of Mist and Fury

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
Thanks @damselsgotballs for the tag!!

My friend Christine just joined Litsy! Her username is @christineb101

eeclayton Welcome to Litsy @christineb101 🎉 5mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 👏🏻📚☺️ 5mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👍🏼🥳👏🏻 @christineb101 5mo
christineb101 Thanks for the welcome!! ☺️ 5mo
bthegood welcome to litsy @christineb101 - enjoy!! 5mo
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Pinned | Sharon Flake
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It‘s between Pinned by Sharon G. flake and The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone for the first romance book I remember. Both are very sweet! @MidnightBookGirl @kimmypete1 #Swoonathon

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3.5 ⭐️‘s rounded up to 4. I actually almost DNF‘d this book about 30% into it. A lot of the beginning felt way too easy without any conflict. There wasn‘t enough reason for things to be so easy that it became frustrating. But I stuck with it, and it did get amazing towards the last 20% of the book. I‘m super annoyed that the majority of the book was so dull and the action was pushed off till the very end, which is why I can‘t rate it any higher.

5feet.of.fury I finished this today and I ended up enjoying it, and I agree I was truly suffering through the first 1/3rd of the book. 5mo
MadelineMcCrae @5feet.of.fury I‘m glad to know others had a similar experience! (edited) 5mo
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I received my #Swoonathon package the other day! Thanks @Kshakal ! I can‘t wait to open it☺️💕 @MidnightBookGirl @kimmypete1

Kshakal So glad it arrived safely! 5mo
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It‘s a little early but I shipped my #LitsyLoveValentinesDaySwap today! 💗

@Bookgoil @rsteve388

Kshakal @MadelineMcCrae I sent yours yesterday… it should arrive tomorrow 💗 5mo
MadelineMcCrae @Kshakal Thank you! I can‘t wait to open it on Valentine‘s Day!☺️ 5mo
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Sent my #Swoonathon package today! 💗

@MidnightBookGirl @kimmypete1

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The Wild Book | Juan Villoro
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This was a fun adventure about books! My favorite topic🥰 Juan spends the summer with his eccentric uncle who lives in a unique library where the books have a mind of their own. The plot was unique and I enjoyed watching Juan reconnect with his family after struggling to accept his parent‘s divorce. The ending was very sweet as well. My only complaint is the way Indigenous people were stereotypically portrayed (in Juan‘s favorite book series).

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The Ice Garden | Guy Jones
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The Ice Garden is 3.5 ⭐️‘s. A young girl suffers from a rare condition that makes her severely allergic to the sun, but finds refuge in a mysterious and magical ice garden. This was a solid middle grade book about friendship, but some of the audio narration was a little annoying and it felt like the author forgot one of the characters and threw them back in at the end. Bumped it up from so-so to pick for the unique plot.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I‘m a little bit miffed this book was so long and yet one of the main storylines felt unfinished. However, I was also very impressed. It‘s a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin from multiple, well developed perspectives. It also critiques the antisemitism behind the original fairytale, while also sprinkling original details into her own plot. I‘ll definitely be reading more of Novik‘s work.

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The writing style reminded me of The Girl Who Drank the Moon. I liked the main character, but almost everyone else fell flat for me. I couldn‘t bring myself to care about the Smallcove villagers, and their audio narrations were annoying. I really didn‘t appreciate how the other apprentice‘s storylines were handled either. Overall a good winter read, but a little bit of a letdown.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Happy Birthday month to @wanderinglynn who is hosting a giveaway! Check out the original post for details! :) 🥳

wanderinglynn Thank you! And thanks for sharing! 🥳 6mo
tpixie @wanderinglynn happy birthday month! 🥳 6mo
wanderinglynn @tpixie thank you! 🥰 6mo
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Fluent in 3 Months | Benny Lewis
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I accidentally received the proof version rather than the final edit from ThriftBooks, but I still enjoyed it! I‘ve been trying language learning for years in school but have nothing to show for it. I liked the suggestions and tips Benny gives, and loved his section on language myths. It‘s basically a compilation of his blog. Some people were angry with his suggestions, but I think they were missing his points. I recommend his book and blog! ⬇️

MadelineMcCrae Also, don‘t be mislead by his use of “fluent.” He doesn‘t mean being equal to your native language in another language. He means conversational without difficulty. 6mo
DannyDan This seems like a very enriching read! 5mo
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The Global Prehistory of Human Migration | Immanuel Ness, Peter Bellwood
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#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz
1. Prehistory
2. I think it‘s fascinating to learn about prehistory, their culture, language, and migration patterns considering it‘s most of our history and it can tell us why we are where we are today!
3. The book tagged!

ozma.of.oz Prehistory sounds super interesting! Thanks for sharing! 6mo
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive Thanks @damselsgotballs and @bthegood (sorry, this is a little late!) for the tag! This is a quote I‘ve really needed to keep in mind lately.

damselsgotballs You're welcome!💕 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
bthegood thank you for the message - a good reminder today - make a great day - 6mo
Tera66 Absolutely right. 💯 6mo
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Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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Thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the copy and for my sister‘s incessant demands for me to read this book! Through the majority of it I was very much enjoying it but I don‘t think I was as blown away with the book as I wanted to be, and the narrator even gives you multiple glimpses of the ending. However, when the ending came it hit me like a train, many tears were shed, and now I can‘t stop thinking about it! I highly recommend it!

Nikki_E I‘m terrified to reread this because I worry that it won‘t live up to my first impression. 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @Nikki_E I hope it does live up to your expectations! I won‘t be able to reread this one for a while; it hit me too hard! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I still haven‘t read my copy 🙊 6mo
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TH3F4LC0N I remember reading this one! Pretty good book! Very moving I thought 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @TH3F4LC0N I definitely agree! 6mo
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The Enchanted Sonata | Heather Dixon Wallwork
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My first book of 2022! I love everything the Nutcracker, and was so excited to receive this as a gift from my sister. I was nervous going in because usually Nutcracker retellings fall flat. However, this book was fun with a creative twist! I have all the love for little Pyotr❤️ Plus, who can‘t resist that gorgeous cover!?

elkeOriginal I am glad this was a positive review! I have been disappointed by Nutcracker retellings 😒 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @elkeOriginal I know how you feel! Hopefully, you will enjoy this one😊 6mo
ShelleyBooksie Awesome photo 6mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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After seeing @thewallflower0707 post that Netflix finally released the mini series of Fredrik Backman‘s book Anxious People, I immediately went to watch it! It was pretty faithful to the books (a few changes here or there but nothing that made me upset). I adored getting to see the characters come to life, with many laughs and tears! I highly recommend checking it out!!

michellelav I had no idea about this! I know what I'll be starting on my lunch break tomorrow 😁🎉 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @michellelav I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!☺️ 6mo
michellelav @MadelineMcCrae I'm sure I will! 😊 6mo
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LiteraryinLawrence I just watched the first 3 episodes today and they‘re doing a good job, though I think I‘ll still end up liking the book better because it was so well done. 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @LiteraryinLawrence I have to agree! The book goes a lot deeper and has a special place in my heart! 6mo
Zoes_Human YES 6mo
elkeOriginal I had no clue about this! 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @elkeOriginal It wasn‘t as advertised as I thought it would be! I only found out because of Litsy. 6mo
Suet624 i was wondering whether i should read the book first but it sounds as though I don't need to. 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @Suet624 I would still recommend it! There are some characters missing from the show, and the book goes a lot deeper into the characters lives. I hope you like both if you decide to give them a try! 6mo
Suet624 @MadelineMcCrae Good to know. Thank you! 6mo
WJCintron I need to read it!! 👍 Thanks for sharing!! 6mo
BiblioLitten I‘m watching it right now and it‘s so good! I‘m going to read the book. My bestie had recommended it last year. 💖 (edited) 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @BiblioLitten I‘m so glad to hear that!! Can‘t wait to see what you think of the book 😄 6mo
michellelav Well I just finished it and I loved it! They did a really good job, so many tears 😭 but also so much laughter 😊 so happy I saw your post! 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @michellelav I definitely cried more than I‘d like to admit! 6mo
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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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What a beautiful book and the perfect ending to an enchanting series. I‘m so glad I finished 2021 with this book (I split it between my print copy and an audiobook). I think the last book of the series is my favorite, and I‘m excited to show them off on my bookshelf☺️ Wonderful winter read!

GondorGirl I picked these up a new months ago, but thought I'd wait until winter to read them. They look amazing! 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @GondorGirl I hope you like them! They are a perfect fantasy fairytale kind of winter read! 6mo
Jovy Loved this series, and yes, the perfect winter read ❤️ 6mo
PaperbackPirate I love this series too! 💙 6mo
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A fantastic sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale! I loved the beginning and the ending, but the middle dragged for me a bit because I despise court intrigue. However, I‘m very excited for Winter of the Witch! This was a great pick from my winter tbr ❄️

BookBr I just started the Bear and the Nightingale! 6mo
MadelineMcCrae @BookBr I hope you enjoy it!☺️ 6mo
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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SO CUTE😍

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Grimenna | N. K. Blazevic
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Here is my November wrap up! I read 22 children‘s books, and 6 books, with half of the Bear and the Nightingale on audiobook. Really proud of myself for getting back into reading after two months of stagnation! Looking forward to December reading! My favorite book out of November is between Grimenna and The Bear and the Nightingale.

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The best word to describe this book is enchanting!! Vasilisa lives in the deep Northern woods of Russia, and she can see the chyerti from Russian folklore all around her, especially the winter king and death himself, Morozko. It‘s a bit slower as it starts from the beginning of Vasya‘s life to her teenage years, but picks up at the end. I‘m rushing to the bookstore tomorrow for the second book! This is the first book on my winter tbr.

AlaMich I adored this trilogy! 7mo
MadelineMcCrae @AlaMich I‘m so excited to see how the relationship dynamic between Vasya and Morozko plays out! 7mo
BiblioLitten This was such a perfect read for winter months. I read it in January a few years back and loved it. Recently read and enjoyed 7mo
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MadelineMcCrae @BiblioLitten I have small spaces on my tbr! I‘ve been wanting to read the Winternight trilogy for a couple years now because it does seem like the perfect winter read, and I‘m glad I finally got to it! 7mo
megnews #YABuddyRead is discussing on 12/19 if you want to join us 7mo
MadelineMcCrae @megnews omg! Yes please! I have so many thoughts and feelings on this book😂 7mo
megnews That‘s great to hear! I‘ll tag you for discussion. 7mo
AlaMich @MadelineMcCrae I wish I could read them for the first time again. 7mo
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Of Triton | Anna Banks
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I finally coaxed myself into finishing Of Triton last night! It was an ok young adult series about mermaids. I‘m really not a fan of the whole soulmates but the main character hasn‘t finished high school plot line. What‘s wrong with having a character who‘s in college instead? Some plot choices I didn‘t agree with as well. I‘m not going to read the last book in the series, since it seems unnecessary.

LeafingThroughLife I ended up skipping the third book, too. I read about 50 pages before also determining that it was unnecessary. 7mo
MadelineMcCrae @LeafingThroughLife I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 7mo
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1. Holly Black, Fredrik Backman, and Rick Riordan
2. The last book I read had a character named Paiva and I thought it was pretty
3. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronvitch

#wondrouswednesday
@Eggs Thanks @damselsgotballs for the tag!

damselsgotballs You're welcome! 7mo
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Grimenna | N. K. Blazevic
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I first discovered Grimenna as a webtoon, totally enraptured by the artwork. I was delighted to find out Blazevic had written a book first and was reimagining it as a webtoon. Great world building, storytelling, and romance! The artwork was a huge plus! Highly recommend the book and webtoon!🥰

jessjess I'm going ti add this to my TBR, it looks interest, thank you 7mo
MadelineMcCrae @jessjess I hope you enjoy it☺️ 7mo
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I really enjoyed Willis‘s accounts of shipwreck and disaster from ancient to modern times. Seamless blend of shocking facts and immersive storytelling!

SolaRaynor This looks interesting :) 7mo
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Methoughts I saw a thousand wrecks; / Ten thousand men that fishes gnaw‘d upon; Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl, / Inestimable stones, unvalu‘d jewels, All scatter‘d in the bottom of the sea.

I am loving all the maritime history and fascinating facts so far! A little over halfway through now and on the Titanic!

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Rook | Sharon Cameron
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📚Anxious People by Fredrik Backman had an unreliable narrator and it ended up being an epic plot twist! So I guess it would depend on the book.
📚 I have an embosser that I use in all of my books! It‘s my favorite part of buying a book and adding it to my shelf!
📚 I recommend for more people to read Grimenna by N.K. Blazevic and Rook by Sharon Cameron! They are so amazing!

@MoonWitch94 #ThoughtfulThursday
Thanks @TheRiehlDeal for the tag!

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Dear Treefrog | Joyce Sidman
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I‘ve been reading batches of 20 children‘s books for the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards - Star of the North Awards. Dear Treefrog really stood out to me because of the gorgeous artwork and poetic prose! Really beautiful book!

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Géraldine Schwarz learns that in 1938, her grandfather received his Nazi party membership. Since this discovery, Schwarz has done a case study of the Mitläufer, followers during the Third Reich who were opportunists and complicit in Nazi crimes against Jews. An amazing study in memory vs amnesia!

“The most dangerous monster is not a megalomaniacal and violent leader, but us, the people who make him possible, who give him the power to lead.”

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Grimenna | N. K. Blazevic
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1. Those Who Forget and Grimenna
2. I am going to an orchestra performance with friends and I‘m so excited!
3. Super gushy pda instalove. It drives me up the wall when there‘s an overflow of affection and declarations of love at the beginning of the book. I‘m a big fan of slow burn.
#ThoughtfulThursday
@MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 8mo
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MadelineMcCrae
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1. I would really love to go to bookstores in Europe!
2. Sometimes I have a list, and sometimes I meander around and take pictures of interesting books for later
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@TheSpineView
Thanks @Chrissyreadit for the tag!

Chrissyreadit Yes! Someday I want to go to Europe and visit bookstores too! 8mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! ❤📕❤ 8mo
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I love natural history, so this was a fun read! Pictured above is Argentinosaurus, believed to be the largest dinosaur to ever live and found in Argentina.