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SincerelyWinona

SincerelyWinona

Joined August 2016

Reading my way around the world. ✈️🌏🌈
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Powell's Books | Portland, Oregon (Bookstore)
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Wallace Books | Portland, Oregon (Bookstore)
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Wallace Books was my fourth stop for #PortlandBookWeek #BookstoreCrawlBingo and honestly my only regret is I didn‘t have them stamp the bingo square for “your favorite independent bookstore.”

But, I did pick up a cookie cookbook from 1970 for a dollar! “Cookie Originale” by Marilou Dyer.

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Wallace Books | Portland, Oregon (Bookstore)
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Shout out to the owner of Laurie‘s Books for suggesting I stop at Wallace Books on my way back to Portland… because I have officially discovered one of the most underrated treasures in the city. Wallace Books is a house full of books… literally. One of the workers joked with me that “some of the stacks have become load bearing.” It‘s the kind of place I want to get lost for hours, without it feeling overwhelming.

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Spoke & Word Books | Milwaukie, OR (Bookstore)
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Spoke & Word was my #PortlandBookWeek #BookstoreCrawlBingo stamp for “in its first 2 years of operation.” I already can‘t wait to go back! ✨🌈 (Also I just had to pick up the “cracked spines expand minds” sticker! 📚💗)

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Second #BookstoreCrawlBingo stop for #PortlandBookWeek was White Rabbit, which conveniently shares a space with Black Ink Coffee & Tea. I ordered a Spring Honey Latte (bonus points in my book for any coffee shop that has decaf espresso) and enjoyed browsing their gifts and board games as well as their books.

Tagged book is the audiobook I listened to on my drive there!

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Laurie's Paperback Exchange | Oregon City, OR (Bookstore)
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Laurie‘s was my first stop of Bookstore Crawl Bingo where I picked up my BINGO card and first stamp. The owner informed me that the local bookstore was 42 years old! My favorite part was this bookend they had featuring banned books.

#PortlandBookWeek #BookstoreCrawl #BookstoreCrawlBingo #BookstoreBingo

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Powell's Books | Portland, Oregon (Bookstore)
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I‘m a little late to share, but Portland is having its inaugural book week this week and let me tell you I was unprepared for how much dopamine participating has brought me. ✨📚

#PortlandBookWeek

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Love when a book leaves me wanting to read more.

It might be time to dust off my German and do some reading auf Deutsch for the first time in nearly a decade.

Finding references to such rich queer history feels like a treasure. I‘ve never been so engaged in a book‘s Author‘s Note before. I‘m grateful for how thorough Kip Wilson was and how Wilson brings history to life anew.

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“She hadn‘t realized just how heavy her mask had been until she discovered what it was to live without it.”

This cozy palate cleanser I picked up has me reminiscing about all my witchy reads growing up. I think my queerness ached to find others who felt different before I even knew what I was seeking myself.

The quote goes on, “To be at Nowhere House was to put herself in very real peril, so why then did she feel safer than she ever had before?”

SincerelyWinona Photo credit to Cheryl‘s Buzzy Book Review on www.aotales.com 5mo
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The Fae Keeper | H.E. Edgmon

“Our fight may be bloody, but it isn‘t one we have to fight alone.

Thank you for fighting with me, now let‘s get to work.”

A quote from the author‘s note at the start of the book. Deeply about queerness, but pertinent toward life and healing in general. ❤️

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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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“Perks of refusing to play by the rules: you don‘t have to choose between the boy who‘d torture a man to death with you and the boy who‘d welcome you back with pastries after.”

📷: Gabrielle Ragusi
📷: 辞客ck on Weibo

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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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“What is it about gender that matters so much to the system anyway?”

…I‘m barely 30min into the audiobook and I‘m hooked.

This novel feels like a cool drink of water after abandoning Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. I kept listening to Dunn‘s novel thinking it would get better, and I only got more and more uncomfortable.

Hearing the way the authors speak to gender from different genres decades apart is soothing and incredible to witness.

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“Also I haven't lost an ounce of the passionate desire to beat him over the head with a large stick. And surely that was a sign of true love.”

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31 books read in 2022

…not bad for a year spent studying in graduate school. I‘m glad I still find fun books to escape in, even when I should be spending a little more time actually hitting the school books!

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Another dog sitting moment, featuring a sneak peak of a book I‘m marking up as a Christmas gift to a loved one. ❤️🎄

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Called to the Deep | Desire M. Niccoli
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Another dog-sitting week! My favorite time to enjoy some new books, and I finally downloaded my sorority sister‘s new novel Called to the Deep. Also, lots of dog walks means lots of time to listen to audiobooks like the Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason Deaver. 🐕💗

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Dog sitting and one of the dog moms has the entire Heartstopper series! I know what I‘m up to for the weekend! 💕🌈🐾

LiteraryinLawrence Eeeeee! Those books are wonderful! 2y
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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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The TBR pile on my nightstand right now. ❤️📚

Clare-Dragonfly That is an excellent-looking stack. 2y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Reggie Lol 2y
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“He (Frederick Funston) may have served his country best by dropping dead on the eve of his appointment as commander of the US Forces in the First World War.”

Sick burn by Rebecca Solnit. 🔥

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I just discovered #LittensDressedInBlood but I had to jump on the bandwagon to share one of my previous local libraries for Day 25. Nothing beats having your library connected to a maritime museum on the water so you can watch the sun set over a historic tall ship while reading. 📚

wanderinglynn How fun! 3y
MidnightBookGirl It's never too late to join in! That is a gorgeous library! 3y
Clare-Dragonfly Wow, that sounds awesome! 3y
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SLAY | Brittney Morris
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I am LOVING this book so far but my gosh I can‘t stand the main character‘s boyfriend. She‘s such an incredible and intelligent protagonist, why is she with the most judgmental, manipulative and chauvinistic man?! I‘m to the point I actually needed to vent about him. Is this just me? Am I missing something cultural? Because dear lord this queen deserves better!

Reggie Yeah, he‘s a bit much. 3y
SincerelyWinona @Reggie I finished the book today and honestly feel like I should‘ve spoiler alerted this post, but it‘s not my fault I saw him for the trash he was right at the beginning! 3y
Reggie I don‘t think the post was a spoiler alert. You might want to spoiler alert your comment cause that definitely gives it away. I liked this book because she‘s giving that message that there is many ways of being Black. I like that she chose the boyfriend because it gives the message that sometimes your own people will try to tear you down. I would have been ok with the friend‘s brother being the bad guy too. Either way, this book was great. 3y
SincerelyWinona I don‘t think I retroactively spoiler comments @Reggie but I absolutely agree. The comment is borderline, but doesn‘t totally give it away. Plus I don‘t exactly get a ton of following so I‘m not TOO worried. Anyways, I absolutely agree with you points about many ways, and I think the author did a great job with the antagonist choice. 3y
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“She always says that if you keep children going until they‘re exhausted, feed them, and put them in bed, then it doesn‘t leave them with any time to stick themselves with knives or fall down wells. So now that I‘m all grown up I march myself around for hours and I haven‘t fallen down any wells yet.” Proud to say I‘ve also avoided falling in any wells! #adulting

Clare-Dragonfly It‘s hard to keep children going until they‘re exhausted when you have less energy than they do 😅 3y
SincerelyWinona @Clare-Dragonfly oh I bet! I wasn‘t considering this advice for actually small children, as much as for adult children such as myself lmao! 3y
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I can‘t thank @MeganAnn @Michael_Gee & @Reggie enough for sharing their insight and these novels with me the past 4 months. Reading these queer experiences with your commentary had me feeling joy, nostalgia, anger, sorrow, love, and so much more- and I never felt alone for the ride. Thank you so much for your picks, and while I wish mine wasn‘t filled with such toxic characters, I‘m glad you all devoured it as quickly as I did!

Michael_Gee This group was such a wonderful experience! 3y
Reggie This was really great for me, @SincerelyWinona Thanks for making Q queer. I really enjoyed this experience as well. 3y
MeganAnn I so loved reading with all of you! It was such a wonderful experience to read these queer books with your notes and commentary pointing out things and experiences that made each novel richer. ❤️❤️❤️ @Reggie @Michael_Gee (edited) 3y
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Finally finished my last #LMPBC book, ending with this pick by @MeganAnn . I can‘t express how magical it feels to receive such an incredible book with so much heartfelt commentary already inside. I felt like I was experiencing this story surrounded by friends and I absolutely devoured this novel and experience. Thank you Megan (again) for your patience with my belated reading. I had no idea what like was going to throw at me these past 4 months!

SincerelyWinona I‘m excited to get this in the mail and send it home with all of its marked-up goodness back to you @MeganAnn ASAP! 3y
MeganAnn 😍 Love your review! I can‘t wait to get it back and read everyone‘s commentary. And I hope your next 4 months are much more relaxing or at least back to normal. 3y
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Wow. This was gorgeous and heartbreaking and resonated and #LMPBC (round 11) Group Q‘s commentary kept me grinning and feeling seen and understood like Kim Fu masterfully shares and understands the queer experience. It wasn‘t always a joyful ride, but it was a beautiful one and one I would absolutely recommend anyone reads. Thanks for this great pick and it‘ll be in the mail soon!

Michael_Gee Yes!! 3y
Reggie ❤️🧡💛💚💙 3y
MeganAnn Looking forward to this!! 3y
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In response to @TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday questions this week:

1. Who is your favorite Greek/Roman god?
Artemis 🌕🦌🗡

2. What was the last book you read about mythology?
The tagged book, based off One Thousand and One Nights

TheSpineView Thanks for playing 3y
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A Spectral Hue | Craig Laurance Gidney
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A book about art, the African-American experience, salt marshes, & the color fuchsia.

Hang out until page 200 for an unexpected paragraph that almost (but not quite) makes the shuffled narration worth it.

Finally finished this last night and getting it mailed to @MeganAnn today! Sorry it‘s belated, but thank you for the kind patience as I had to wait a few weeks to comfortably read after my concussion. I‘ll get caught up before the end of May!

Michael_Gee Oo I can‘t wait to get it back and see which paragraph you are referring to! 3y
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A novel about a queer curvy woman named Noni who travels abroad to seek pleasure? Did someone write my biography?!

I was expecting an Eat, Pray, Love vibe but got mostly the Love portion. Which I wasn‘t mad about. There‘s sex. Lots of it. It‘s a smutty beach read for fat bisexual women and honestly, the world needs more of that! Sometimes a book just exists about, and for, pleasure.

Reggie This sounds great. 3y
Michael_Gee Love it! 3y
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A Spectral Hue | Craig Laurance Gidney
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My physical TBR stack is just piling up and I‘ve had an absolutely intense month that started with an April fool‘s joke of an interstate car accident and severe concussion that literally messed up my vision, focus, and memory. I‘m trying to keep up with everything, especially my Litsy Markup Postal Book Club reads, but I feel like I‘m barely making a dent even though all I want to do is read!

Reggie Oh no, I‘m glad you‘re ok. Take as much time as you need with the books. I‘m sure we all feel the same way. @MeganAnn @GhostStories 3y
SincerelyWinona I just started April‘s because this is the first week that I‘ve been able to visually focus on the pages and my May one just arrived in the mail to add to the pressure! 😅 I love reading and am a quick reader, so I‘m giving it my best effort to stay on track, but I really appreciate the sentiment and concern! I‘ll definitely reach out if it ends up being delayed! 3y
MeganAnn Oh my goodness! I second @Reggie ... I‘m so glad you are okay and please take all the time you need. I usually plan to read the #lmpbc books mid- to late-month anyway so there‘s no rush to get it to me by the first. 3y
Michael_Gee @Reggie We do! That‘s terrible, Winona, and I‘m so glad you are doing better. Take however long you need! Take care of yourself. 3y
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These were my top 5 choices for my book pick for #GroupQ in #LMPBC Round 11. I waited all month to finally decide, but bought the tagged book today. I‘m excited to start marking it up in March!

Michael_Gee I‘m looking forward to all our books! 3y
MeganAnn Yay! All our choices look great! 3y
Reggie I‘m excited for this book! 3y
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Michael_Gee Just sent off my book! Should arrive Monday. 3y
Michael_Gee @SincerelyWinona Did A Spectral Hue make it to you okay? The tracking info said it arrived but I just want to make sure. 3y
SincerelyWinona @GhostStories it did! Sorry I haven‘t been on Litsy much lately. Thank you for getting it to me so early! 3y
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Finished #24in48 despite a weekend full of mechanical issues with my car. Was not the quiet relaxing weekend that I hoped for, but I managed to finish three books! Still working on the one tagged.

Linsy Very nice! 🎉🥳 3y
Soubhiville Woohoo! 📚📚📚 3y
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Haven‘t even finished my current reading event (shoutout #24in48 ) and I discovered my next one! This book club consists of groups of four where you read a book, mark it up with your notes/thoughts/etc, and then mail it on to the next person! After 4 months your book will return to you lovingly marked up! Check out @suvata for sign ups and more information! Or join Group Q with me if you‘re interested in swapping LGBTQIA+ reads! #LMPBC

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Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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1:50:54.33 into the #28in48 #readathon and starting out with the #24in48GroupRead on audiobook! I couldn‘t wait and started Felix Ever After a few days early - and I‘m loving it so far! Can‘t wait to keep reading and join in the discussion! Happy reading everyone!

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This was a sweet YA romance which gave me an innocent ‘Nick & Norah‘s Infinite Playlist,‘ but K-Pop edition, vibe. It was fluffy and somewhat predictable, but I liked the characters and their development. There‘s a passion alongside the ease of this novel that just makes you want to enjoy the same things. I found myself cooking bao to eat alongside Lucky and picked up my guitar (for the first time in years!) after finishing the book.

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@Alfrazier21 absolutely knocked my #ElfSwap package out of the park! I can‘t wait to read both of the novels and enjoy all of the treats! This may be one of the best swaps I‘ve ever received. Thank you so much! ❤️

Alfrazier21 I‘m so glad you liked everything!! Happy Holidays! 🎄⛄️ 4y
Avanders 🧚🏽‍♀️♥️🎄 4y
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My package from @Alfrazier21 for @Avanders #ElfSwap arrived this week! I can‘t believe Christmas is so soon, but I‘m excited to be able to open the box next week!

Avanders 🎄♥️🧚🏽‍♀️ 4y
Alfrazier21 look at all that beautiful snow!!! 😍😍😍 4y
Alfrazier21 glad the package made it to you! 4y
SincerelyWinona @Alfrazier21 I went to my parents for Christmas Eve and due to the weather don‘t think I‘ll be home again until later this weekend so I may be a little belated opening and posting! Just a heads up. Hope you have a merry Christmas! 🎁🎄 4y
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Thankful Book | Todd Parr
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🙏🏻 Time to learn more about myself.
🙏🏻 Added yoga teacher certification to resume.
🙏🏻 Acceptable to stay home all weekend.

katy4peas Important things! Thanks for playing! Congratulations on the Yoga certification! 💕 4y
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The Night Before Christmas | Clement C. Moore
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Just signed up for @Avanders Christmas book swap! This swap has a quick turn around (matches sent 11/27 and send-by date of 12/18 or earlier) and the sign up closes tomorrow Nov. 25th!

Info and sign up at: https://forms.gle/XWwVtzq6f6KfgvmH6

#ElfSwap #LitsySwap #LitsySwaps #Swap #Swaps #LitsyHappenings
Photo is from @hellokarilynn on IG.

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You Exist Too Much | Zaina Arafat
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I lasted exactly 4 minutes and 27 seconds before I deleted the audiobook. The narrator is British/Indian/Australian... and it‘s horribly jarring to hear her butcher Arabic as she‘s supposed to be narrating a Palestinian American character. I still want to read the book seeing as I identify as a queer woman and have lived in Palestine and walked the very streets this book opened in, but I couldn‘t palate this narration a second longer.

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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani
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I loved listening to this audiobook. It was raw and beautiful. The characters are all deeply flawed but felt achingly real even if they weren‘t always likable. And revolving around a sexually liberated somewhat-queer woman in a poly situation was incredibly refreshing. Well written, dark, and captivating.

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Upright Women Wanted | Sarah Gailey
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5⭐️s for this incredible novella set in a dystopian future that felt slightly akin to the Handmaid‘s Tale. A western, but with queer librarians instead of cowboys. My only complaint is that there isn‘t a whole librarian series set in this world yet!

ItsAnotherJen Sounds interesting! #stacked 4y
lahousewyfe Loved this book! ❤️ 4y
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Saw @mariaku21 post this, and had to share! I discovered the podcast Hot & Bothered this spring and it‘s made my appreciation for the romance genre significantly grow. 2020 is definitely the year for a guaranteed happy ending. Anyways, my title is Surrendering The Billionaire‘s Forbidden Wife... which is a lesbian erotica just begging to be written!

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | Swami Satchidananda
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I had 5 weeks off work due to the pandemic during which I had all the time in the world to learn whatever I wanted. And instead I chose my first day back to work to compulsively decide to start Yoga Teacher Training. 🧘🏻‍♀️

SW-T Good luck with your yoga teacher training! 4y
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The Witch's Daughter | Paula Brackston
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“I have no need of a friend who thinks me good enough to share his bed but not his name.”

Listening to this audiobook while whipping up some macaron batter way too late at night. There is undoubtedly magic in meringue, and even more so in strong independent women.✨

Cinfhen Looks delish 4y
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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“We are the stars,” he answers, as though it is the most obvious of facts afloat in a sea of metaphors and misdirections. “We are all stardust and stories.” ✨📚

sprainedbrain Omg that‘s lovely! I hadn‘t seen any fan art yet. 😍 4y
SincerelyWinona I wish I knew who it was by so I could credit them, but I‘m not sure! It‘s beautiful though! 4y
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Panpan

I found myself scrolling OverDrive and by accidentally searching “adult fiction” (my brain meant non-YA novels) I came across the realization that my library has an erotica collection. So I picked one with the most ridiculous description and flipped through for a laugh... which I never found. Instead, I found a toxic male who is coercive, controlling, and isolated his partner without her knowledge or consent.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Bookish This or That 📚
I got tagged in this on Instagram and I don‘t usually participate in things, but I figured I‘d migrate this one to Litsy to profess my love of un-sandy dog-eared bittersweet fiction novels. Although I‘ll admit, I could never dog-ear the tagged book I‘m currently reading. My Erin Morgenstern hard copy is far too dear to me.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Reading a Morgenstern novel makes everything seem a little more magic... not that a pink sparkly cupcake needs any help in that regard! ✨💖

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The Regrets | Amy Bonnafons

“We generally expected little from other humans besides absurdity. As a result, we were rarely disappointed.”

Books88 Timely 4y
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