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SquiBella

SquiBella

Joined February 2019

New to Litsy. Give me adventure, fantasy, steamy romance, and everything fae! I‘m a sucker for grim-dark and paranormal worlds. New lover of YA.
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Yaassss! New glasses! After months of headaches, dizziness, and nausea and a week of aura migraines, I‘m hoping these bring me some relief! 🤓🤓🤓 Let‘s get reading again! 📚📚📚

BookwormAHN Cute 😺 9mo
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Even though I haven‘t been able to read all week due to migraines, I‘m still proudly sporting my love for books... and dogs (of course).

cobwebmoth I hope the migraines ease up soon. 9mo
nu-bibliophile I hope you feel better soon. I love the sweater! 9mo
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Exile | R A Salvatore
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As I became a creature of the empty tunnels, survival became easier and more difficult all at once... I could defeat almost anything that wandered into my chosen domain. It did not take me long, however, to discover one nemesis that I could neither defeat nor flee. It followed me wherever I went—indeed, the farther I ran, the more it closed in on me. My enemy was solitude, the interminable, incessant silence of hushed corridors.

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Exile | R A Salvatore
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Book Two 👏
Let‘s do this!

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I first stumbled across The Dark Elf Trilogy/Legend of Drizzt many, many years ago. Considering my difference in age now, when deciding to read it again, I was worried I‘d find that I‘ve well outgrown this series. Well, I‘m pleased to say I loved book one all the same... maybe even a little more this time around. My goodness, I even cried!💔 Thankfully, I have the next two books on hand, but I‘ll have to start ordering more soon.

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“Nothing burns in your heart like the emptiness of losing something, someone, before you truly have learned of its value.”

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Guenhwyvar!!! My favorite companion. The nostalgia is hitting me hard rereading this series ❤️

heikemarie Oh god, the BEST sidekick. 9mo
SquiBella @heikemarie Seriously! 😻 where can I get my own? 😫 9mo
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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon
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Thriftbooks book haul
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BookwormAHN Nice 👏🏻 9mo
SquiBella @BookwormAHN There can never be too many books, right? 😂 9mo
BookwormAHN Right 😸 9mo
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”Never does a star grace this land with a poet‘s light of twinkling mysteries, nor does the sun send to here its rays of warmth and life. This is the Underdark, the secret world beneath the bustling surface of the Forgotten Realms, whose sky is a ceiling of heartless stone and whose walls show the gray blandness of death in the torchlight of the foolish surface-dwellers that stumble here...”

DannyHattan I always get stuck at around book 15 🤦🏻‍♂️🙁 tried three times to push past!! The first 5 I thought where brilliant though!!! 9mo
SquiBella @DannyHattan I‘ve only read the Dark Elf Trilogy years ago and loved it. I just recently found out there‘s 31 in the whole series. 😱Where the hell I have been?! So I‘ve decided I‘m rereading from the beginning (I know I‘m supposed to read Icewind Dale first, but oh well, I didn‘t know that 🤷‍♀️)... let‘s see how far I get 😂. One friend told me things started going downhill around book 8 or 9, another has read all 31! We‘ll have to see... 9mo
DannyHattan For me it went downhill too, I won‘t state the reason but I‘ll be interested to see what you think when you get into it 🙌🏻 9mo
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Outlander took time to lure me in, but once it did, I was fully engaged. I was, however, surprised to stumble upon some heavily graphic material toward the latter end of the book (torture/sexual assault/rape). I often found myself stepping away just to unwind from these scenes. That said, it is an incredibly well-written and fascinating read. The fiction is so seamlessly interwoven with historical accuracy, I have to remind myself it‘s not real!

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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“I wish ye could ease me, Sassenach, I do wish it most fervently, for I‘ve little of ease in me now. But it‘s not like a poisoned thorn, where if ye found the right grip, ye could draw it out clean. It‘s not even like a brokenness anywhere. If ye could mend it bit by bit, like you did my hand, I‘d stand the pain gladly.”

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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“It‘s as though everyone has a small place inside themselves, maybe, a private bit that they keep to themselves. It‘s like a little fortress, where the most private part of you lives—maybe it‘s your soul, maybe just that bit that makes you yourself and not anyone else.”

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Aaaand after a little breather and a nice read in between, I‘m diving straight back into Outlander
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Art: Book Lover by Milklos Mihalovits

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A Torch Against the Night is equally as thrilling as An Ember in the Ashes. Without missing a beat, Sabaa Tahir had my heart racing from page one. I felt like I couldn‘t catch my breath until I finished the book.

Wow, just wow. This series is packing one powerful punch.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Next up on my TBR, after Outlander and A Torch Against the Night, is The Dark Elf Trilogy! I can‘t wait to read these books again after so many years... and eventually catch up on the next *28 books* in the whole Legend of Drizzt series😱. Will I ever make it to the end?

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“Most people are nothing but glimmers in the great darkness of time. But you... are no swift-burning spark. You are a torch against the night - if you dare let yourself burn.” 🔥
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I love when you find the title in the book ☺️

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An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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February Reads: 📚
Elvish ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Kings of the Wyld ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
An Ember in the Ashes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Spinning Silver ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
A Court of Thorns and Roses ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Court of Mist and Fury ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
A Court of Wings and Ruin ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice job! 📖💖 10mo
DannyHattan Best of the lot???? 10mo
SquiBella @DannyHattan it‘s a close call between Kings of the Wyld and An Ember in the Ashes. They were both phenomenal reads from near opposite ends of the Fantasy-spectrum. One had me grinning from ear to ear the entire time, while the other had my heart palpitating from page one. I couldn‘t put either down from the moment I started them. I highly recommend them both. 10mo
DannyHattan @SquiBella my TBR list just got 2 books taller 🤦🏻‍♂️😂😏 9mo
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Map-time 🗺

Catsandbooks I just got this book! I can't wait to read it! I loved the first one! 😍 10mo
SquiBella @Catsandbooks An Ember in the Ashes is decidedly one of my favorite books of all time. The second one had my heart racing the moment I started reading it. It‘s honestly so good ☺️ 10mo
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Looking to clear my mind before diving back in to Outlander, I‘ve decided pick up book two from An Ember in the Ashes series. The new covers are absolutely gorgeous! What a difference. I‘m going to have to buy the newer version of An Ember in the Ashes to match. 😍

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Me, putting the book down: Damn you, you eighteenth-century Scottish bastard! I LOVED you!

Its time to take a step back and digest a moment. I have been caught well off guard by some jarring behavior exhibited in these past couple of chapters, and my heart and head are wildly conflicted over it. I understand the context of the situation, but at the same time, my understanding doesn‘t relieve the sour taste in my mouth. ...Damn you, Jamie!

SquiBella Art: Reflection by Francis J. Wyburd (edited) 10mo
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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We‘re a wee bit addicted. 😂 #sassenachlassie

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Jamie: *Breathes in a Scottish accent*
Me, a Sassenach Wench: 😍🤪 *Swoons*
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No rest for the wicked, it seems. It‘s 1:30am, and there are no signs of stopping now 🙃
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Art credit: @ jessicalotufo on Instagram

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 10mo
SquiBella @CrowCAH Thank you! ☺️ 10mo
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The Three Musketeers | Alexander Dumas
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Okay, seriously. I‘m in love with this entire book. The illustrations are AMAZING. #raidinggrandmaslibrary

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one... just remember that all the people in this world haven‘t had the advantages that you‘ve had.” #raidinggrandmaslibrary

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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A lovely 2004 special edition ☺️ #raidinggrandmaslibrary

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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway
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For Whom the Bell Tolls #raidinggrandmaslibrary

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Mary Poppins in the Park | P. L. Travers
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Mary Poppins in the Park #raidinggrandmaslibrary

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Mary Poppins in the Park | P. L. Travers
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I could admire these lovely books all day 🤓 #raidinggrandmaslibrary

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The Three Musketeers | Alexander Dumas
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These illustrations... My goodness! 😍 #raidinggrandmaslibrary

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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway
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Going through my grandma‘s library and finding some first-edition and special-edition classics 😍 Yes, I will be keeping these.

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Mehso-so

I‘m so torn with this one. I have become deeply invested in these characters and this world. However, this was my least favorite of the series. I continued to read mainly because of how much I loved the characters and not because I was always interested in what was happening. I wasn‘t fully hooked until the later chapters. For a 700 page book, that‘s a long time. I‘d say it would have been better if it was shortened by 150 pages or so.

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Indie YA-Fantasy. Yes, please.

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Reading buddy reporting for duty 🥰

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Well, if this isn‘t me every night... 😂

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 10mo
SquiBella @Eggs Thank you ☺️ 10mo
CourtSmall Me too !! 9mo
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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Well, here we go... into the rabbit hole 🌪

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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For this week‘s Epic Reads reading challenge “read about something you want to do”, I‘ve decided Outlander would be perfect! I have always wanted to visit the gorgeous land of of Scots, and I would love to time travel it were real, so here‘s my pick! At the same time, if could choose something fictional I want to do, it would be to save Prythian and live happily ever after in Velaris, so ACOWAR is here too 😂❤️

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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I grumbled through the first 1/5th of this book, tired of high-lord romance, wanting Feyre to shine on her own. And as if Maas heard me, she gave me exactly that. Feyre‘s transformation was amazing! The new characters were a breath of fresh air. I couldn‘t choose one favorite. Then, Maas threw a bomb in the later chapters that made me realize how clueless I‘ve been this whole time, made me go back and re-read everything, and it‘s beautiful.

SquiBella I “liked” this series from book one, but Maas has me “loving” it now, ever since that ‘reveal‘. Wow, she has me backtracking like crazy. (edited) 10mo
SquiBella Photography credit: Darren J. Bennett 10mo
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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When you finally see Rhysand for the precious little moonbeam that he really is 😁. P.S. This will be me all day today 😂

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying Litsy so far 📖💙 10mo
SquiBella @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I am! Thank you ☺️ 10mo
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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I am in some mood, y‘all. I am SO done with “high lords” right now. Their mighty power, expansive estates, bountiful riches, all their male posturing... Ugh! Feyre, you are transformed! Get your magical-ass out there, find some kick-ass fae girls, and make yourself a girl gang. Girl 👏Gang👏 and invite Lucien because he‘s my favorite and not trying to get into anyone‘s pants! Rebuild the world with these ladies & kick some evil ass. - 22% comp.

SquiBella Art credit: Erin Lefler 10mo
ProfReader Love the picture!!! 10mo
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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Well, there‘s a good 1,323 pages left in this series (so far), so I‘m going to be a bit preoccupied for a while 🤣

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I was so afraid I wouldn‘t like this series that I held off reading this book for so long! I‘m so glad I finally decided to dive in this week. What a pleasant surprise! It blew my expectations out of the water, and now I‘m hooked. I ran out to the store as fast as I could after finishing this one to grab books 2 and 3. I‘ll be preoccupied for a while!

DannyHattan I couldn‘t get passed the first book 🤦🏻‍♂️ I‘m planning on trying again, everyone tells me it just gets better! 10mo
SquiBella @DannyHattan I‘ve read so many masterpieces recently that I must admit this doesn‘t compare. However, I found the story quite addicting. I‘ve immediately jumped into the next book. It‘s one of those that mess with my girl emotions 😂. I‘ve heard a number of people say that the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury, is their favorite Maas book of all time, so I‘m excited to find out why. (edited) 10mo
DannyHattan Well I look forward to your review, could be the deciding factor, so no pressure 😂🤗 10mo
SquiBella @DannyHattan Ooh, the pressure! 😂 10mo
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I have no words only 🔥🔥🔥 ...I‘ve given up all hope for sleep tonight. This better not leave me heartbroken on Valentine‘s Day! - 48% completed

DannyHattan Your committed now, may as well finish it 😂😂😂 10mo
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I absolutely LOVE that my girl, Feyre, is an artist, but what I love even more is that [he] got her enough art supplies to fill an entire room! Oh my god! Yes, I will serve a life sentence in Prythian as long as there‘s a fully stocked studio space at my disposal. Are you kidding? I would never want to leave. Here, take my soul while you‘re at it! Goodness, I am seriously emotional over this. I am SCREAMING! 😱 - 41% completed.

SquiBella - Artist/Photographer unknown, source: Pinterest (edited) 10mo
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Miss Bella and I are cozying up for our next read 😊

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I loved Novik's writing style in this. It made me feel as though I stumbled upon an old-world fairy tale, but I have to admit the pacing was very slow at first. There were times when I felt plot progression was being stagnated by pages and pages of descriptive detail. Though, my patience paid off. After a hundred pages or so, the tale began to truly spin, and I fell deeply in love with these characters. Plus, the ending was just so, so lovely.

SquiBella Art credit: @ la_di_doodles 10mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Snow day snuggles with Miss Bella

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Just when I‘m loving Miryem‘s sass, Irina blows me away with her fortitude and witticism. Girl, yes! Slay, my queen! 🙌. Ooh, I‘m even more fascinated by her part of the story now, I think. (Art by Clarissa Cabral) - 44% completed.

hannah-leeloo I keep looking at this book. I'm a YA fantasy reader. Would you recommend this? Please and thank you 10mo
SquiBella @hannah-leeloo I‘m not finished yet, but yes, I can confidently say I wound recommend this! Some points to note: the first 100 pages or so are mostly character and backstory building. The writing is beautiful, but it takes time for the tale to start spinning. After that slow pacing in the beginning, once I got to the meat of the story, I was (and am) fully hooked. I hope you do pick this one up. It‘s quite the treat! Enjoy! 10mo
hannah-leeloo I'll defiantly add it to my wishlist. Thank you for your input. Happy reading ☺️📚📖 10mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I love this adorable cartoon-style depiction of Miryem and the Staryk King from Spinning Silver (made by Clarissa Cabral). Our little Miryem is tough as nails and quick as a whip against the Staryk King. You go girl! Look at those angry eyebrows 👏 - 33% completed

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Radiance: A Novel | Grace Draven
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Favorite character dialogue from this (last) month‘s reads:
There‘s lots from Kings of the Wyld, but what stands out to me most is Ildiko and Brishen‘s banter in Radiance. Goodness, I absolutely LOVED Radiance 😍. It deserves infinitely more recognition.

LaurenReads I‘m so glad a friend recommended it to me! It was awesome. 10mo
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Taking a peek at the beautiful world I‘ll be entering in a couple of days. I keep getting ahead of myself, though. I must finish my current reads! It‘s an endless struggle 😫