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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This is a pick with some reservations. The story was harrowing and heartbreaking in its basis in fact, but somewhat flat in its execution. Starting with the archeological dig maybe gave away too much of the story upfront. My other quibble was with the ‘twist‘ in the last chapter, which was really unnecessary. It is an important story and I would still recommend people read the book, but it didn‘t fully live up to my expectations. 3.5⭐️

ljuliel I haven‘t read this and probably won‘t. There‘s another book, I think, written along the same subject matter by one of the boys who lived in a place like that. I don‘t do well reading those sorts of books. Too doggone depressing. 2d
pigeonsandcrows That was pretty much my experience of the book as well. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading, especially if they're interested in learning more about the topic, but the execution was flat and the twist unnecessary, just as you said. 2d
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Monstress Volume 4 | Marjorie Liu
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Stunning art, as usual, for this one. The story is complex and was a little hard to follow in this issue. I got the feeling that mainly the characters are being positioned for the next installment. Good to see more of Kippa‘s backstory in this one. 3.5⭐️ #hoopla

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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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I flew right through this audiobook. Fun story with great characters. I will definitely be moving on to the next in the series. #hoopla 3.5⭐️

sprainedbrain I devoured this whole series so fast on audio. Great story, and I just love Will Patton‘s narration. 🥰 4d
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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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This memoir about emotional and psychological domestic abuse was written in such a unique and compelling way. The author explores the myths and the cultural beliefs that abuse doesn‘t happen in lesbian relationships. The memoir is told through multiple vignettes centered around the time her girlfriend lived in a particular house while enrolled in an MFA program. The unique structure bolstered the powerful and impactful writing. 5⭐️

Reggie Omg, I so wanna read this and your review has renewed my jonesing for it. 3d
Redwritinghood @Reggie It is so good. I think you would like it. 3d
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The Darkling Bride | Laura Andersen
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Good gothic mystery. It had a little bit of everything, but it all worked together well. It had fairy stories, a murder mystery, an old library, and some romance. Good narration on the audiobook. 4⭐️ #hoopla

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Dunce | Mary Ruefle
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Mehso-so

#nbapoetry2019 I found these poems rather strange. I liked a few, but for many of them I felt like I was reading the random thoughts of a very eccentric person. That might work for some, but it was not for me. 3⭐️

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Mehso-so

This was an old-style newspaper reporter-type murder mystery. Much was also made about gender expectations and race relations in 1960s Baltimore. Good, but with a few issues that detracted from the story. My main issue with the book was the multiple side jaunts into peripheral characters. 3⭐️

Theaelizabet A so-so read for me, too. 1w
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Mehso-so

I would have to say that I appreciated this book more than I enjoyed it. It was funny and satirical; it was a critique of the current insanity of American culture; and it was somewhat experimental. The characters, however, were uninteresting—they seemed to stand in for ideas rather than be actual people. This left me a bit detached from the story and definitely impacted my ability to enjoy it. 3⭐️

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Be Recorder: Poems | Carmen Gimnez Smith
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#nbapoetry2019 Be Recorder is a collection of poems about contemporary America, consumerism/capitalism, and what it‘s like being the child of Latin American immigrants in America. Great form and use of language. One of my favorites from the shortlist. 5⭐️

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Variations on Dawn and Dusk | Dan Beachy-Quick
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#nbapoetry2019 This was a short, very quick, and enjoyable read. These poems are lovely little meditations, almost prayer-like. 4⭐️

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This was a fun fantasy novel. Great world building and narration on the audiobook. 3.5⭐️

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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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Really interesting dystopian, feminist story. A good illustration of how fear of the unknown and of a woman‘s intellect and power can drive people to bizarre and dangerous ideas. This was often very brutal and, overall, not without a few flaws, but a great propulsive story. 4⭐️

Texreader Great review 2w
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A Sand Book | Ariana Reines
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Mehso-so

#nbapoetry2019 Despite my appreciation for the word play and structure of the poems in this collection, I often found reading them a chore. I just couldn‘t connect with much of what was here. 3⭐️

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Salt Slow | Julia Armfield
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This was an excellent short story collection focused on women, their relationships, and bodily transformations. Wonderful writing and weird but intelligent stories about how women face society and are impacted by it. Highly recommend. 5⭐️

RachelO And a gorgeous cover to boot! 3w
Redwritinghood @RachelO Yes! It‘s unfortunate that I only have the ebook. 3w
Reggie Sounds good! 3w
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readordierachel Happy birthday! 📚🎉💕 3w
youneverarrived Happy Birthday 🍷🧁♥️ 3w
charl08 Love the cover (and felicitations!) 3w
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Mehso-so

This was ok. I liked the characters, but a lot of the situations were predictable and some of the logistical details seemed missing. It was a light and breezy romance read, though, so overall not bad.

thebluestocking I felt the same. Not bad. Just not awesome. 3w
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Paper Girls Volume 6 | Brian K Vaughan
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A great finish to a great series. The wrap up was nicely done. I‘m a little sad that it‘s over. #Hoopla

GypsyKat I still have to read this one. I‘ve been putting it off because I don‘t want it to be over. 3w
jb72 I hope to finish book 6 this weekend. 3w
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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#nbafiction2019 Did I miss something here? I‘m not sure. This book raised a number of tantalizing and mysterious situations, but then all the MC did was breastfeed her infant son and take care of her toddler daughter. Big wasted opportunity with this one.

readordierachel I don't think you're alone. Have seen a lot of similar responses to this one. I was intrigued but perhaps I'll skip it. 3w
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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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Not my favorite Rowell, but it was charming and entertaining. Very good narration on the audiobook. 3⭐️

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I finished this yesterday and have been wavering between pick and so-so. It was a good look at the treatment of young women and girls in turn of the century America as well as the racism at that time. I‘m not sure I understood the point of the ghost narrator other than to further emphasize the struggles women faced during this time period. Those two parallel story lines were more distracting for me. 3⭐️ #nbaypl2019

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I thought this would be a good read for October, but many of the stories just aren‘t that good, and none of them are particularly creepy or scary. I only scanned the last third, so I‘ll call this a bail.

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Black Light: Stories | Kimberly King Parsons
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#nbafiction2019 This short story collection was an interesting mix of the dark and gritty with the mundane. These stories center around the lives of the poor and the marginalized. The collection overall was a bit uneven with some stories not as strong as the others. 3.5⭐️

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The Chain | ADRIAN. MCKINTY MCKINTY (ADRIAN.)
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I liked part 1 of this book so much more than part 2. Part 1 had a great premise and tension. The action rolled right along and kept me engaged. I feel like the book should have ended there, even though that might have made it a rather short book. Part 2 completely lost my interest. Perhaps the resolution in part 1 made it difficult to feel any further tension in part 2. Whatever the cause, this wound up more a so-so than a pick for me. 3⭐️

Abailliekaras A bit the same, I wasn‘t expecting it to resolve so quickly! Quite enjoyed it though. 1mo
Reagan-reads Same! 1mo
Schlinkles I had the same feelings! 3w
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This was a well-researched and engagingly written look at why young women from many Western countries were persuaded to move to Syria and join ISIS. Like many extremist groups, young and marginalized people were persuaded by propaganda and charismatic leaders. The author tries hard to put herself in the mindset of these young women and is very sympathetic towards them, but this may be the biggest drawback of the book. 👇🏻

Redwritinghood She seemed to absolve them of their behavior rather then look deeper at individual motives. Nevertheless, it is a gripping account and inside look at the lives of some women within the ISIS organization. 4⭐️ 1mo
crazyspine Love your nails 1mo
Bookishthoughts Intense topic. Great review! 1mo
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iread2much This looks really fascinating! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review 1mo
Nute Interesting title! Does it tie into the message of the book? I‘m stacking! 1mo
Redwritinghood @Nute A little. The women whose husbands have died in the fighting are often put into group homes until they marry again. 1mo
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This was just ok. It was pretty easy to guess what the big secret revealed at the end was going to be. 2.5⭐️

Trashcanman I'm guessing she found Silvia Lee 1mo
Redwritinghood @Trashcanman Indeed, she was found. 1mo
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Slow Storm | Danica Novgorodoff
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This was a quiet, subtle graphic novel with wonderfully moody watercolor images. The story centers around a lonely, misfit firefighter and an undocumented worker from Mexico during the night of a terrible storm. Very touching and great art. 4⭐️

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The Balayage Book | Susie Powers
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I don‘t usually do non-book related posts, but I went and got a balayage done on my hair this afternoon and I‘m so thrilled with the results. Now I‘m at the library making my husband take pictures of the back of my head among the stacks. 😂😂

cobwebmoth Pretty! 1mo
rachelm Soooo pretty!! 1mo
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JoScho Looks awesome! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💁‍♀️ 1mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous! 😍😍 1mo
Julsmarshall Gorgeous! 1mo
BarbaraBB Love it! 1mo
batsy Lovely! 1mo
marleed Oh so pretty! 1mo
readordierachel Looks fabulous! 1mo
kspenmoll I love it!!! 1mo
youneverarrived It looks lovely! 😍 1mo
UwannaPublishme Gorgeous! 1mo
Nute Lovely! 1mo
Redwritinghood @Nute Thanks! 1mo
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I liked the first half of the book. While it all came together in the end, I didn‘t like that the second half because it really went off on some tangents. If you‘re a real foodie, this would probably be a great feel good read.

readordierachel I'm curious about his books. Was this at all saccharine? I'm cautious of books that people call "heartwarming." 1mo
Redwritinghood @readordierachel I didn‘t find it saccharine. It was very much about foodie culture, though, so it might be more enjoyable if you‘re into that. 1mo
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This was such a lovely book. She writes of her family‘s history and her own with such love and compassion, sadness and joy. These family stories are juxtaposed with stories about her observations of the beauty and brutality of the natural world, as well as paintings by her brother. I found the Derek Walcott quote at the end really summed it up - “So much to do still, all of it praise.” 5⭐️

britt_brooke Nice review! I‘m excited to read this. 1mo
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Whisper Network: A Novel | Chandler Baker
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A timely story, but I felt that the author was more interested in making a point than telling a story. I think it was potentially a pretty good story, but it could have used more depth on the characters. 2.5⭐️

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This was a fascinating story. The author is inspired to take a look into his family‘s history upon seeing the netsuke collection in his great-uncle‘s house. Acquired in 19th century France and later transferred to Vienna as a wedding gift. The author‘s extremely wealthy Jewish family is targeted by the Nazis in WWII and most of the family fortune is lost - except for the netsuke, which are saved by a maid and returned to them after the war. 4⭐️

CarolynM I was surprised by how much I liked this book. His family's story is fascinating. 2mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood I really enjoyed this book as well, I think he has another one out about porcelain? ( P.S voting is on for our November IBR book 😉 ) 1mo
Redwritinghood @Redheadrambles Thanks. I just got online and saw your note. I put in my vote. Dream House looks like it might be the winner. I had trouble choosing between that and The Innocents. 1mo
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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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#NBAfiction2019 A collection of stories centered around Native and Hispanic women in Colorado, particularly the Denver area. All the different relationships between women within a family are explored - grandmother, mothers, sisters, cousins. Themes include absent mothers, poverty, gentrification, and the ways women can hurt themselves and others through their relationships. I wanted more variation in the stories, but still a solid collection. 4⭐️

readordierachel I totally agree about the variation. Some of these felt so similar. 1mo
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Doomstead Days | Brian Teare
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#NBApoetry2019 This poetry collection is a lament about the environmental state of our world. Written based on the author‘s walks in the areas around his home, it includes many observations on the natural world and the damaged state of the environment. A powerful collection. 4⭐️

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Mehso-so

I‘m finding this one a little difficult to review. The audiobook narration was often dry, but I also think I was expecting something more about the book collection than was here. That being said, this was a good overview of Columbus‘ voyages and his son Hernando Colon‘s attempts to preserve his father‘s memory and create an organized book collection. There are many other issues explored, though, that took the focus away from the book collection.

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The Tradition | Jericho Brown
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#Hoopla #NBApoetry2019 A varied collection about race and sexuality. Wonderful language and structure. 4⭐️

merelybookish Pretty cover too! 2mo
Redwritinghood @Come-read-with-me Hope you like it! 2mo
Come-read-with-me @Redwritinghood I‘m sure I will. I‘ll let you know 🤓 2mo
BiblioLitten Love the cover💕 2mo
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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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It was a lovely day to sit outside my library and finish this one up (and try to avoid buying books at the book sale). This was between a pick and so-so, but I enjoyed reading it. I liked the summer Cape Cod setting in this story of finding your own voice. 3.5⭐️

mcctrish Exactly how I feel about it 6d
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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Mehso-so

A little cliche, a lot predictable, but still a decent feel-good story about family, love, and forgiveness. 2.5⭐️

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Build Yourself a Boat | Camonghne Felix
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#Hoopla #NBApoetry2019 There were a few poems here that were great. Poems on the Zimmerman trial and teenaged confusion were affecting. Many of the poems, however, felt flat. Overall, a collection that was a bit uneven. 3⭐️

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Great book! This explores so many topics - money, ambition, marriage, divorce, gender norms, etc. But ultimately I think this is about women. Despite the title character being male, this book has a lot to say about feminism, the promise of “having it all”, and what marriage and having children does to/for women. The ending seemed to get a little preachy to me, but otherwise this would be a 5⭐️ book. With the ending, 4.5⭐️ #NBAfiction2019

erzascarletbookgasm After such positive reviews from @Cathythoughts and you today, stacking this! 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes I hear what your saying about the very ending preachy part ( v small part of book ) ... but it was 5🌟for me ... I‘ve forgotten about that part already ... 2mo
merelybookish Yes! Excellent description! I am mid 40s, around the same age as Libby and Rachel, and grew up on "having it all" message and am still recovering from it . Funny like @Cathythoughts I don't even remember the ending! 2mo
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Cinfhen REALLY want to read this ☝🏾!!! 2mo
Redwritinghood @merelybookish @Cathythoughts Maybe it‘s because I sat down and wrote my review as soon as I finished the book, so the ending was still fresh for me. I think it‘s important because you really get the gist of the book from it, but I thought it could have been done better considering how strong the rest of the book was. 2mo
BarbaraBB If I weren‘t already sold after reading @merelybookish thoughts on this book, I would because of your great review! 💜 2mo
merelybookish @barbarabb @cinfhen I think you'd both enjoy it! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ve preordered the paperback copy @merelybookish just 209 days to go 🤗😉 2mo
batsy Nice review! 2mo
Nute This is on my radar, even more so now after this nice review! 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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This was a great read, even though it wasn‘t quite what I expected. I had expected to find out more about what happened to Offred than was included here. The only character from the first book that appears regularly in this one is Aunt Lydia, but her chapters gave detail on how Gilead developed. The book was somewhat predictable, but Atwood‘s writing and characters were so engaging that I still read this compulsively. #booker2019 shortlist. 4⭐️

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Sight Lines | Arthur Sze
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#Hoopla #NBApoetry2019 I found the poems in this collection difficult to connect with. While it seems that Sze was writing about transformation and impermanence, I often felt that the lines of the poems were somewhat random and didn‘t give a clear impression of the the author‘s meaning. Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for poetry. 3⭐️

vivastory I haven't read this one, but I have enormously enjoyed past collections such as 2mo
Redwritinghood @vivastory Thanks. I‘ll see if I like those better. 2mo
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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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The writing in this one was often quite good, but it was sometimes hard to take it seriously. My big issues, though, were the sophomoric humor and that it went on for about 100 pages too long. 3⭐️

Trashcanman 🤗👁️👁️ 2mo
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#Hoopla #NBAnonfiction2019 Abdurraqib is a very gifted writer. With amazing elegance and verve, he weaves the story of the early rap group A Tribe Called Quest with observations on race and culture. There are aspects of memoir as well when he relates how the group‘s music impacted him at pivotal points in his youth. I am not a music lover and certainly don‘t listen to much rap, but the language and passion of the author kept me rapt. 4.5⭐️

Redwritinghood Longlisted for the National Book Award for nonfiction. 2mo
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Light and breezy read, but also kind of vapid. Moving on to other things.

mcipher Her first book was my favorite but I did enjoy this one too. 2mo
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The narration was a little dry, but this was otherwise a fascinating, in-depth account of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Arrogance, incompetence, and truly masterful levels of denial worked to create the nuclear meltdown. It had far-reaching effects for the health of the people throughout Asia and Europe, as well as political consequences for the former USSR. Well-researched and written. 4⭐️

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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Day 7

Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new everyday. Tagging Anyone who hasn‘t been tagged and wants to post!

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Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new everyday. Tagging @Mirandareads !
(I know it‘s supposed to be no comments, but this is a blank book made by yours truly.)

Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 2mo
GatheringBooks nice! 2mo
ravenlee That‘s gorgeous! 2mo
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Mirandareads Beautiful!!! 🤗💜 2mo
readordierachel You made that?? It's lovely! 2mo
DivineDiana Great job! 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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I‘m enjoying an afternoon out with a cortado, macaroons, and my next read.

JennyM Enjoy! Looks perfect 👌 2mo
BiblioLitten Those macaroons match the cover💚💛 2mo
youneverarrived Macaroons 😋😋 2mo
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Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new everyday. Tagging @Sarah83 !

Soozee I‘ve just had to google Richard Minsky! 2mo
Lcsmcat Wow! Love this one. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty ❤️❤️ 2mo
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Come-read-with-me @Redwritinghood Simply stunning 💗 2mo
Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 2mo
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 2mo
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Bunny | Mona Awad
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I had a great time reading this dark, creepy, absurdly funny satire of MFA programs. Centered around an outsider who finds herself enmeshed in the insular, clique-ish MFA program at an elite New England school. So many tropes of “women‘s” writing are paraded out and chopped up with an axe (literally). On the serious side, though, book also looks at ways that the imagination can both save us and isolate us. More profound than at first appears. 4⭐️

Ruthiella I‘m hoping this makes the Tournament of Books long (if not short) list for 2020. I thought it was so weird but in a good way!😍 2mo
Tiffiney I‘ve been dying to read this one! 2mo
readordierachel "More profound than at first appears." Yes! Exactly. 2mo
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McSweeney's | Dave Eggers
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Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new everyday. Tagging @samanthagutt !
(FYI - this is a dos-a-dos binding, so showing both sides.)

Erofan 😍 2mo
batsy Their covers are so good! 2mo
Redwritinghood @batsy On the older issues they are fantastic. Not so much, lately, though. Originally, they worked with an Icelandic book producer that did some amazing things. I wish they still did. 2mo
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