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Merethebookgal

Merethebookgal

Joined May 2016

Bookworm & Co-Host on The Eclectic Readers Podcast. Listen at: eclecticreaders.fireside.fm and check us out on Litsy at @eclecticreaders
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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Toil & Trouble by Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood
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The Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Chester
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Orlando: A Biography | Virginia Woolf
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I had so much fun discussing the Non Fiction genre for #NonFictionNovember and the gender bending novel Orlando in this episode! Listen at eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/71 or podcast apps under Eclectic Readers #EclecticReaders

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Between Burning Worlds | Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
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Here‘s my #bookhaul from #yallfest this past weekend! It was my first time attending and I had so much fun!

Bookzombie They all look good, but I‘m really curious about 1w
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I went to Erin Morgenstern‘s event for her new book last week and it was amazing! I can‘t wait to read it!

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Me | Elton John
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Bucket list item checked off my list! It was an amazing performance and I‘m looking forward to reading the book!

Soubhiville 😲 wow, how amazing! 3w
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The City of Brass | S. A. Chakraborty
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October was a great reading month! I got these 8 books read and the format breakdown was:
3 audiobooks
3 hard copies (including 1 graphic novel)
2 ebooks

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I started this audiobook today and I‘m already enjoying it! Did you know that of the 20,000 cryptographers employed by the US Government during WWII, 11,000 of them were female?

Aims42 Loved ❤️ this ❤️ book!!!!!! 3w
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The Near Witch | Victoria Schwab
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I finished Schwab‘s first book a few days ago, and it‘s interesting to see how her writing has grown. The setting was an integral character in this book and it was very atmospheric. The plot itself was a bit slow, so I wouldn‘t recommend this as your first foray into Schwab, but for already established fans who are interested in seeing how it all started, it‘s worth a read.

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors, and Pumpkinheads did not disappoint! It was utterly adorable and so atmospheric— I want this amazing pumpkin patch to be real so I can visit and eat all the things! 😂 if you‘re looking for a cute, quick, October-y read, definitely check it out!

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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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Who are some of your favorite villains? The Red Rising and An Ember in the Ashes series have some great ones, and of course this villains series by Schwab is so good!

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Look what finally made it across the pond! 😍 #bookmail

readordierachel 😍😍 1mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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“Oh, did you just sit down to read? Let me help you with that!” - Bella 😹 #bellagirl #kittenlitten #catsoflitsy

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The City of Brass | S. A. Chakraborty
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This historical fantasy is full of in-depth world-building, (which I think I‘m still wrapping my head around) interesting characters, and some political and social elements that still ring true today. I‘m excited to talk about it on this month‘s @EclecticReaders podcast episode and definitely looking forward to reading the next book soon!

erzascarletbookgasm Stunning photo 👍 1mo
readordierachel So pretty! 1mo
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Tiny Pretty Things | Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
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It took a few chapters to feel like I was in the story (probably because I listened to the audiobook) but then I just wanted to keep listening! Getting different points of view, especially from two of the “mean girls” helped them to seem more like real people, and not just one dimensional villains. (Not that it made the terrible things they did okay!) I‘m not usually into drama-filled stories, but I‘m definitely looking forward to book 2!

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I just finished reading There There to hear Tommy Orange talk last night & I‘m feeling lots of feelings. It‘s thought-provoking, insightful, and brutally heartbreaking at times. It really brings to question what does it mean to be a Native American when you don‘t live on a reservation; what does it mean to be an “urban Indian?” I enjoyed all the different points of view, and the story behind the title is interesting (I‘ll put it in the comments)

Merethebookgal The title actually comes from a passage in an autobiography by Gertrude Stein, who grew up in Oakland and talked about how the place had changed so much that the “there” of her childhood, the “there there” was gone. The line is “There is no there there.” 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Oh that‘s really interesting. Thanks for sharing! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Interesting info on the title 👍🙂 1mo
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John Marshall Library | Alexandria, VA (Library)
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Today‘s library trip was a success! @jmtrivera @Nitpickyabouttrains and I made it to 3 libraries in the surrounding counties and got library cards. This brings me to 7 total library cards! 🎉 The newest branch we visited was very cool and even had a recording and mixing studio! (We also may have stopped for some wine 🍷) #librarylove

Tamra Envious - lucky gals! 2mo
Nitpickyabouttrains So many library cards! 2mo
Chrissyreadit What!? Where? How does one use it? 2mo
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Merethebookgal @Chrissyreadit A bunch of the surrounding counties in the Washington, DC area have an agreement with each other that residents of their counties can get library cards from the others, so it works like a normal library card with the same benefits. I use them mainly to check out ebooks and audiobooks and it‘s amazing! I think other counties do the same thing around the country, so check and see if it‘s available to you! 2mo
Merethebookgal @Nitpickyabouttrains We‘ve gotta collect them all! 2mo
Merethebookgal @Tamra We‘re lucky to have this benefit where we live! 2mo
Chrissyreadit I wonder if they would let a WV resident use the recording studio. My daughter is interested in voicing audio books. We live an hour from DC. And many people in my area work in Louden county. 2mo
Chrissyreadit By the way- what a great way to spend the day!!! 2mo
Merethebookgal @Chrissyreadit It was really fun! And it can‘t hurt to ask! 2mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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My current read while I metro out to meet some friends for a library day!

K.Wielechowski There There was one of the options for One Book One Lincoln and I really enjoyed it. Have tissues handy 2mo
Merethebookgal @K.Wielechowski Good to know, thanks! 2mo
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The Scorpio Races | Maggie Stiefvater
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I finished my first Maggie Stiefvater book last month! This was an interesting read. Kind of a slow burn, but also intense all at once? I listened to the audiobook and the two POV characters were voiced by the same narrators as An Ember in the Ashes and they‘re sooo good! I‘m definitely interested in trying out her Raven Cycle series... maybe next year?

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One upside of moving: I finally got new bookshelves! 😍📚

Coleen Wow! 😍 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Love the shelves and the cameras! 2mo
wanderinglynn Looks amazing! 😍😍😍 2mo
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Soubhiville Yay!!! 2mo
Readergrrl This is...gorgeous! I aspire to this kind of organization paired with an eye toward the aesthetic. Well done!
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Daisey Lovely! 💕 2mo
TheSpineView Nice!🧡🧡🧡 2mo
Stacypatrice She is so beautiful!! (Is it a she? Mine is 🙃) 2mo
Ddzmini The look amazing 😍😍😍📚📖😋 2mo
Merethebookgal @Coleen 🤗 💖📚 2mo
Merethebookgal @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks! I‘ve been collecting them since I was a kid 😊 📷 2mo
Merethebookgal @Soubhiville I‘ve been waiting to get them for so long! I‘m still finding myself stopping to admire them 😊 2mo
Merethebookgal @Readergrrl Aw, thank you so much!! 💖 2mo
Merethebookgal @Stacypatrice Ha, I hadn‘t actually thought about that 😄 She is a beaut if I do say so myself! 2mo
Merethebookgal @wanderinglynn @Daisey @TheSpineView @Ddzmini Thanks, everyone!! I‘m really happy with how they turned out! ❤️📚 2mo
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The Scarlet Pimpernel | Emmuska Orczy
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The story was okay. The pacing seemed a bit weird as some of it was funny and I read quickly, while other parts dragged a bit and seemed repetitive and the ending was quite abrupt. The use of narration was also a bit odd at times. I did like the main characters, though. Overall it was pretty fun but I don‘t feel the need to read more in the series.

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Sky Without Stars | Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
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I really enjoyed this retelling! I‘m not super familiar with Les Mis (aside from the musical) but I could see the retelling elements being weaves through the story without it feeling like an exact copy. The sci-fi elements were great and I can‘t wait to read the next installment when it comes out!

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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A few pages into a new book with my favorite furry reading companions 😍 #jimmycat #bellagirl #catsoflitsy #kittenlitten

SauerPatch Illuminae was such a fun one to read the hard copy of! 2mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Here are the books I picked up last month. I‘m excited for all of them! #bookhaul

ladym30 Great photo! 3mo
AmyG Agree. Beautiful photo. 3mo
Merethebookgal @AmyG Thanks so much! 2mo
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The City of Brass | S. A. Chakraborty
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Here‘s what I‘m hoping to read this month, along with with my current read, The Scarlet Pimpernel! #tbr #TBRTuesday

writerlibrarian Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my all time favourite. 3mo
Merethebookgal @writerlibrarian Awesome! I‘m reading it to discuss on the next @EclecticReaders podcast episode! 3mo
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Wildcard | Marie Lu
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My buddy read of Wildcard with @jmtrivera was a lot of fun! It was actually a bit darker than I was expecting, and a couple of plot points surprised me, which was cool. I‘m still not sure if I‘m complete sold on the ending, but I don‘t want to give any spoilers, so I‘ll leave it at that.

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Another adorable YA Romance from Menon! I don‘t think I liked it quite as much as “When Dimple Met Rishi,” but I loved Sweetie. She was such a great character! I also enjoyed that this story included the theme of self-love and acceptance, separate from the romantic storyline.

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Wildcard | Marie Lu
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I‘m buddy reading this with @jmtrivera and things are getting interesting!

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Daughter of the Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller
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Apparently it‘s National Rum Day? Sounds good to me! 😂 I‘m planning to read Daughter of the Pirate King later this month, and this passion fruit and ocean breeze Princess Alosa lip balm by Bookish Balms is getting me in the pirate-y mood 🏴‍☠️ you can use my rep code MERE10 to save on your next order from her Etsy shop: etsy.com/shop/bookishbalms

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The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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I love listening to Carrie Fisher‘s books via audio. This was definitely a bittersweet book as she made a lot of jokes about dying, and while I did enjoy the excerpts from her diaries back from filming the first Star Wars movie, I felt the last 1/3 or so of the book dragged a bit. Definitely worth a read or listen, though! 3.5/5 stars.

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The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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Started this on audiobook tonight and already halfway!

NovelGirl82 I loved this book so much! I‘ve read it once and listened to it twice. 3mo
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This was such an interesting book! Having a tidally locked planet as the setting was different and add that to the themes of time, climate change, colonialism, the “alchemy of being seen,” and transformation was ambitious but done so well. There were many times I was disoriented, or it felt like the story dragged a bit, but I think that was the point. This is a super smart book that I‘d recommend if you‘re looking for a different type of story.

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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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I just finished a reread of Carry On in anticipation of Wayward Son and I think I liked it even more this second time around! This photo shows me in my natural summer reading habitat: sitting in my lounger out on my balcony when the weather‘s nice and before the sun comes beating in while I‘m sipping on some Strawberry Mojito herbal iced tea by The Forest Witch Tea in my Owl Crate mason jar mug. Pretty much the epitome of me. 😂

StayCurious sounds wonderful!
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Tamra My daughter adores your book sleeve! 3mo
Merethebookgal @Tamra It‘s super adorable! I got it from The Lit Luminary on Etsy: https://etsy.me/2MdiEVM 3mo
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Hoopiefoot That tea sounds tasty! 3mo
Soubhiville The tea sounds fabulous! I‘m going to look them up! 3mo
Merethebookgal @Soubhiville It‘s so good! I love all the teas I‘ve tried from her, and she‘s got some fun bookish tea collections, too! She has an Etsy shop https://etsy.me/1Rj5WOr and a regular website theforestwitch.ca 3mo
Merethebookgal @Hoopiefoot It‘s so yummy and a perfect hot weather drink! 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Cute sleeve! 🐱🧜‍♀️ 3mo
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I‘m so excited Pierce Brown stopped by a local book store on his Dark Age tour; not only so I could meet him, but so that my husband could meet him as he‘s his favorite author. My husband‘s never been a reader, so I was giving him audiobooks to try and he devoured Red Rising and the rest of the trilogy. Brown is such a nice person and seriously brilliant! (M & T for Meredith & Tyler 😊)

TheSpineView That's awesome! 3mo
Christine ❤️ 3mo
SauerPatch I was there but we were dummies and didn‘t get in early enough to get inside. 😩 3mo
Merethebookgal @SauerPatch We got there at 5:45 and got the last 2 seats in the back with the rest of my friends standing behind us, it was crazy! We overheard some of the people in front of us saying they drove up from NC to be there! 3mo
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I‘m in the mood for some fun reads this month! Carry On will be a reread via audiobook, and I‘m also finishing up The City in the Middle of the Night and need to read Sky Without Stars for my YA book club, which I‘ve got waiting for me on my Kindle. What are you hoping to read this month? #tbr

That-Bookish-Hiker I just love all your pics. They are put together well and are so pretty! 4mo
Merethebookgal @That-Bookish-Hiker Awww, thanks!! 🥰 4mo
thewallflower0707 Great photo! 4mo
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I read 5 books in July & here‘s my breakdown:
2 Graphic Novels (Saga Vol 8 & 9)
1 Audiobook (Red Seas Under Red Skies)
1 Paperback (To All the Boys I‘ve Loved Before)
1 Ebook (Iron Gold)
Seeing that two of these were over 500 pages I‘m pretty happy with what I got read!
I‘m currently repping for Bookish Balm‘s Etsy store etsy.com/shop/bookishbalms & love this ocean breeze Percy Jackson body scrub! Use my code MERE10 to save on your next order!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done. TATBILB was such a cute read. 💕📚💕 4mo
Merethebookgal @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! It really was so cute! 4mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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How many books did you acquire this month? My haul is small, but I‘m looking forward to reading all of them and they‘re all signed!
#BookHaul

thewallflower0707 That‘s a very good haul! Happy reading 🌟 4mo
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I finished Iron Gold, and, wow! I had a bit of trepidation starting this book after loving Morning Star so much, but it did not disappoint! The depth and breath of this world and its characters are truly amazing, and I can‘t wait (but am also scared) to see what‘s in store for us in Dark Age!

KimmyM I've just started the first book but I'm excited to finally be reading this series! 4mo
IndyHannaJones Talk to me about this series 4mo
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This episode was so fun to record because for the first time in 4 years of podcasting all 4 of us cohosts were in the same room! We gush a bit about the Good Omens mini series, talk a little about the theatre, and then find out we may be bunburyists while discussing The Importance of Being Earnest. Listen at eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/67 or on Apple Podcasts/your favorite podcast app under “Eclectic Readers” #EclecticReaders

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My sister-in-law got me a giftcard to one of my favorite local indie bookstores! She lives in a different state, so she must have called them up and the store mailed it to me with these cute bookmarks and a handwritten card with a note she must have given over the phone. What a sweet and thoughtful gift! (And they ship too if you don‘t have any local indies in your area and want to support a small business!)

Hooked_on_books What a great name for a bookstore! 4mo
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I love these gentlemen bastards! This series somehow gets even better upon a reread and I can‘t wait to get to book three!

JazzFeathers What a great edition 😍 4mo
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Started this on my commute and hope to have it done before Dark Age is released and Pierce Brown comes to town on tour!

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I just finished this book last night, and it was SO cute!! It was also unexpectedly cool that it was set in Virginia. Hopefully I can continue with the next two books soon! And now that I‘ve read the book I can finally watch the movie 😅 I‘m repping for an Etsy bookish themed beauty shop on my IG for a few months, so if you‘re looking for body scrubs, lip balms, or lip scrubs (pictured) use my code MERE10 to save 10% etsy.com/shop/bookishbalms

Lovesbooks87 I loved this series and the movie! 4mo
jmtrivera That's on my summer TBR too! 4mo
Merethebookgal @Lovesbooks87 hopefully I‘ll get to the rest of the series soon! 4mo
TheLudicReader The movie is adorable. 4mo
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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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Happy 4th to all my fellow Americans! Do you enjoy fireworks? I love them, but we‘ll see if the weather cooperates tonight for me to see them 🎇

JanuarieTimewalker13 Gorgeous!! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love this photo! Happy 4th! 5mo
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Sky Without Stars | Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
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Here‘s what I‘m planning to read in July! I‘d like to fit in some more contemporary reads, but we‘ll see how the month goes! #TBR

Cortg Looks like a great line-up!
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I had a great book haul this month! See any that are on your TBR or that you‘ve read and loved? The Rosie Project was my book club‘s pick 5 years ago, so when we got together last weekend to celebrate 10 years we wrote notes to each other in our copies of the book 💖 And I ended up reading 10 books this month, which is a huge number for me 🎉

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 5mo
Susannah Tote bag 💜! (edited) 5mo
Merethebookgal @Susannah Isn‘t it so cute! 5mo
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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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This was an interesting novella with some great worldbuilding for something so short. I‘m glad I didn‘t know anything going into reading it and I‘m looking forward to seeing where the story goes next. And I got in some reading by the pool with friends, which was really nice!

RealLifeReading Lovely! 5mo
Merethebookgal @RealLifeReading It was a nice way to spend the afternoon! 5mo
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Saga Vol. 5 | Brian K. Vaughan
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On to my 2nd graphic novel of the #EclecticReadathon which is a reread because I read it so long ago I‘ve forgotten, like, everything 😅

EclecticReaders I have to do that too. Especially since the story is not simple. 😬 5mo
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Attempting to read this next for the #EclecticReadathon with my #BellaGirl 😻

Robothugs She‘s beautiful! But she doesn‘t want you to read. 😹😻 #KAL (edited) 5mo
Erofan 😻 5mo
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Merethebookgal @Robothugs Yup! She gets jealous of anything (other than herself) taking up space on my lap 😹 5mo
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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I finished my first book of the #EclecticReadathon! 🎉I only had about 15 minutes left of the audiobook when the Readathon started, so it‘s nice to already feel accomplished! I think I‘ll dig into some graphic novels next.

Robothugs That‘s a pretty edition! 5mo
Bindrosbookshelf I need to read this for my bookclub next week, after I do, I would have finally made my through all of Austen‘s main novels. 5mo
Merethebookgal @Robothugs I agree! I‘d love to get all of Austen‘s novels in this edition 5mo
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Here‘s my initial TBR for the #EclecticReadathon starting in less than 30 minutes! I‘m also about to finish Persuasion on audiobook so I‘ll have to pick something else out to listen to as well.

MrBook Ohhh, why didn‘t I see the Readathon before?! What do I have to do to get in on this? What does it entail? 5mo
Merethebookgal @MrBook It‘s mainly about reading and having fun! We‘re posting check-in questions over on @EclecticReaders and if you want to play our scavenger hunt game for a chance to win a prize, that‘s running through our Goodreads page https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19904490-june-2019-eclectic-readathon check out more info on our website eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/eclecticreadathon 5mo
EclecticReaders Come read and play with us, @MrBook! 🙂 5mo
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MrBook @Merethebookgal @EclecticReaders You ladies rock, but you already knew that! 😁 5mo
EclecticReaders @MrBook aw~ thank you! The readathon has become a really great way to read but also interact with everyone. There's great conversations and it's fun to see how and where readers are completing their scavenger hunt. 5mo
DeeLew Saga!! I‘m obsessed with Saga right now. 😍 5mo
Merethebookgal @DeeLew It‘s sooo good, right? 5mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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6 hours to go!! #EclecticReadathon eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/eclecticreadathon