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The_Literary_Jedi

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Rabbits | Terry Miles
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Bookzombie I love the bookmarks! 1w
The_Literary_Jedi @Bookzombie - I SNATCHED these the second I saw them! 😂 1w
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Mehso-so

📚📚📚 This took me 3 months to read. It shouldn‘t have because it‘s action heavy, Jedi-centric, and has good bones as far as THR plots go - it took so long because it‘s boring expositional dumping; all tell and no show. I wasn‘t connected to any character, I didn‘t feel the urgency of the situation. Not a favorite but it should‘ve been. 🙁 #starwarsbuddyread

BookwormAHN Sometimes you just don't connect with them 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
TieDyeDude Same! I read everything from the first phase of the High Republic, and there was just no focus. Interesting stories, interesting characters, but just too much new with nothing to anchor to. And such a downer of an ending with no indication of any hope. Disappointing. 2w
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The House of the Seven Gables | Hawthorne Nathaniel
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📚📚📚📚 There‘s something about mid-1800‘s horror - it hits differently. This was an 🎧 book + 📖 & I enjoyed its creepy innuendo. Hawthorne has a way of describing things to make your skin sort of crawl but never gets too graphic or gross

Soscha Love the cover!! 4w
LibrarianRyan i love that old pulp cover. 4w
Linsy Love that version!! 4w
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Mehso-so

📚📚📚 Slow slightly dull romance w/2 daytime actors. This should‘ve been cool Latino rep but instead it read like a diversity check-off list with a bit of a story thrown in. 🌶️ on the spice scale. Probably moving it to my Older Readers cabinet in the classroom with the CoHo books

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Mehso-so

📚📚📚 This had a slow confusing start and ended up being some sort of paranormal fated mates + reverse harem. 🌶️ for sex scenes. Big Bad isn‘t introduced until last 30+ pages and then it‘s wham bam no thank you ma‘am. Honestly, I‘ll read the next one but not in a rush

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📚📚📚📚 Quick paced and suspenseful read; apocalypse plot with pseudo-religious undertones (clues described in exposition but never outright declared) small twist. I didn‘t like the ending but understand the “why” of it

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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Leftcoastzen 😢 2mo
DrexEdit 😭 2mo
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Uglies | Scott Westerfeld
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#bookhaul
Good haul from the library shop for my classroom & some new items for the home library. Underrated place to get books: The Dollar Tree! (called that here in SoCal). Picked up quite a few decent YA for the classroom from there too

JacqMac Nice!! 3mo
FlowerFairy Our library holds a massive book sale twice per year. The second one of the year is coming up next month. Love it! It‘s like a treasure hunt! 😍 3mo
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September TBR - chosen by my husband
Classic of the Month: The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky
#starwarsbuddyread : The Fallen Star - Gray
The Complete Cosmicomics - Calvino
The Shining - King
In the Courts of the Sun - D‘amato
The Religion - Willocks

Jari-chan The Brothers Karamazov - one of those books I've been wanting to read for such a long time now, but don't dare to 😅 3mo
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Hubby came through again 😁 He saw this Hocus Pocus tarot deck and swooped it up for me. I think he‘s a keeper 😂. Trying really hard to get through the tagged book- it‘s slower than the previous ones and I‘m having a hard time staying focused. I will persevere!!

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THRAWN!!! Probably my favorite we‘ve read so far. It‘s a good wrap up to the trilogy and everything comes around to set Thrawn up for the next trilogy he‘s the star of. The pacing is fluid, quick but clean. Character development pays off for almost all the characters. The dual timelines converge to give a terrific ending. Listened to audio as well and it was 👩‍🍳💋
📚📚📚📚📚 #starwarsbuddyread

BookwormAHN Agreed, my favorite of the trilogy too. Glad you enjoyed it. 3mo
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#bookhaul for August

The tagged book was great! I was listening to it on my Libby app and HAD to get a physical copy. Also met author David Putnam (bottom of left stack) this week & he generously donated 3 sets of his Bruno Johnson detective series for my classroom library!!!

Smrloomis 😍 And also so great that the author donated some books! Such a kind thing to do. 4mo
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August #tbr

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Books leaving my collection. Most are going to my classroom next week, but the Frassetto [bottom] is going to the library (it‘s SO dull & academic, I don‘t know why my grandfather bought it; he NEVER read anyway)

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The Templar Salvation | Raymond Khoury
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#shelfiesunday
I seem to have run out of space. My Hubs solution…stop buying books. He‘s wrong and to prove it to him, I bought 7 new books. We only need a few more bookcases 😉

Bette 🤣 I just read your comments to my husband…all I hear is his laughter. I totally embrace your solution to over-crowded shelves. 📚📖📚👍 4mo
The_Literary_Jedi @Bette - 👍🏽😂😁 4mo
Gissy Exactly! It is a matter of perspective!😜📚📚📚📚📚🙌 4mo
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June/July 2022 #bookhaul

Purchased at B& N, Amazon, the public library charity shop & won from LibraryThing Early Reviewer‘s (A Suitable Companion…)

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Les Misrables | Victor Hugo
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545‘925 words
1‘260 pages
365 sections
43 Chapters
5 volumes
47 days
58 hours of audio + physical reading
This was my Everest 🏔 and I conquered it

📚📚📚📚📚 for appreciation but personally:
📚📚📚 because it‘s l-o-n-g exposition & history sections

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Copenhagen | Michael Frayn
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#1 for July 22‘ finished. What better way to kick off Independence weekend than reading about atomic bombs 💣💥 This is a 2-act play with a postscript detailing the real-life history of the subject & people in the play. At least I can say I read it. 📚📚📚

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June Book Haul
The Lies of Locke Lamora- Lynch
SW: A New Dawn- Miller
A Lot Like Adiós- Daria
You Had Me At Hola- Daria
Hook, Line, and Sinker- Bailey
The Hunger of the Gods- Gwynne
The Greeks- Beaton

Trying out the reading lap desk, will let you know & new book markers ?

The_Literary_Jedi *UPDATE: the lap desk didn‘t work out. The pillow on the back kept slipping so it didn‘t sit up enough & one of the birthday popped off. Verdict: returned* 4mo
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July TBR:
CotM: Les Misérables- Hugo (cont‘d from June)
LSWBR: Out of the Shadows- Ireland
The Great Medieval Heretics- Frassetto
Copenhagen (a play)- Frayn
Mother Night- Vonnegut
The Doomsday Book- Willis

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June Stats:
21 books total
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?+?: 1
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Pages: 6‘885 (439 of Les Misérables!)
Points: 70 (4 from LM)
Hours: 26h35m combined/15h28m to finish all
I‘m struggling with Les Misérables but I‘m determined to finish it next month.

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The Widow Queen | Elzbieta Cherezinska
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Panpan

I‘m not so excited about this story. It is supposed to be about a bold Polish queen, right? But she‘s spoiled, doesn‘t really have agency and most of this novel is about the men around her who are all participating in off-page battles- all historical events. It‘s boring.

I‘m disappointed. Historical fiction is awesome but this one wasn‘t for me. Going to my classroom library.

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MG story set adjacent to the action at the Galactic Fair on Vallo (The Rising Storm). Exciting for young readers who enjoy speeder-fights and flying with little to no truly scary moments to cause alarm. The padawans experience some fright, trepidation, elation, and ultimately success. There is growth in one of the kids and it demonstrates loyalty, friendship, and ingenuity in the face of danger. #starwarsbuddyread

BookwormAHN Good, after the last one we could all use something lighter and fun 😺 6mo
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My favorite so far in The High Republic timeline. I‘m not a big fan of THR since it‘s really only dealing with a single issue and that‘s told in 3 different versions most of the time (A/YA/MG) but, since I don‘t run the publisher…lol. Marchion Ro is my fave character so far too.
#starwarsbuddyread

BookwormAHN He's my favorite too. 6mo
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Electric Idol | Katee Robert
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May Stats:
18 books
📕7
🎧4 (118hrs tot/56h31m act)
💻 5
📘+🎧3
I technically finished one book from May TBR yesterday so…🤷🏻‍♀️

Bookzombie Great month! 6mo
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10 titles & the upcoming novels are left to get. I have every published title in Legends & New Canon timelines from the timeline on yodasdatapad. I‘m not going to get the older YA or MG on Wookiepedia but I may go for the comics/graphic novels eventually. I have other author collections to catch up on. #starwars #adultmoney #thisiswhatteachingpaysfor

Ddzmini 😍 beautiful 7mo
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Happy Star Wars Day from this Jedi to all others!

BookwormAHN Happy May The Fourth! 7mo
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
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May TBR
Classic: Crime and Punishment- Dostoevsky🎧📘
#starwarsbuddyread : The High Republic - Rising Storm - Cavan Scott🎧📘
1. UNSELFIE- Michele Borba, Ed.D📘
2. The Last Duel - Eric Jager📘
3. Twilight of the Idols & The Anti-Christ - Nietzche 📘
4. The Final Solution - Michael Chabon 📘
5. The Widow Queen - Eliźbieta Cherezińska 📘

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April Stats:
31 books completed (15🎧, 4📕, 12KU)
Pages: 10‘169
Hours Listened: 70/132 [I listen to audio at 1.5-1.75 speed]
Kindle & audio titles not pictured

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Thrawn has usurped Palpatine as my number 2 most favorite villain is the SWU! His calculating tactics, subtle malicious undertones, outward calm…here for it. Timothy Zahn has always had a way with this character and even if I HATED Tomie in this book - wanted to shove her out an airlock the ENTIRE. TIME! - I enjoyed this book immensely.
#starwarsbuddyread
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BookwormAHN He's one of my favorites too 😺 7mo
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Dark Tide I: Onslaught | Michael A Stackpole
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40 books for 40 years. My 40th birthday was Friday and I gifted myself 40 Star Wars books for my collection. 🎉🖤

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy birthday 🎉🎈🎂 8mo
Nutmegnc What a great idea!! 8mo
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TheSpineView Wow! That's awesome! 8mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
Librarybelle What a great idea! Happy belated birthday! 8mo
Nute That‘s awesome! Happy Birthday!🎊🎂🎈 8mo
Bookzombie I love this idea! Happy belated Birthday!! 🥳🧁 8mo
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Deviant King | Rina Kent
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Mehso-so

March completed: 17 books finished, 6‘400 pages!
5 were KU books (not pictured)
1 DNF (Doors of Perception, not counted in total)

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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30/52 📚📚📚📚 This is such a charming, witty Grumpy meets Sunshine fake-dating rom-com. Yes, it‘s all those things. Spice:🌶🌶 (remember whose review you‘re reading 😉) and it‘s not gross or gratuitous either, it fits the story & is sexy. Well paced & written, characters you‘ll enjoy. The story is fun & keeps you smiling throughout.

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The Wizard of Oz | Frank Baum
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📚📚📚📚📚 Such a simple story. I‘ve seen the movie but never read the book and was so surprised it‘s so short - it is a children‘s book after all. This was another audiobook for the month.

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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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Quietly scary and thrilling. Slow and subtle like a June heat wave, the story sneaks up and it isn‘t the horrific element that gets you first, no. It‘s the badly damaged people who you question first. A great toe-curler for a sultry summer read 😈 📚📚📚📚

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📚📚📚📚 Really enjoyed this book that looks at what happens after death. The concept is so cool and the lesson the main character Nora learns in the end is one many people may need to understand too.

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📚📚📚📚 Totally loved this book - listened to the audio and it added so much. Lots of things going on & I especially recommend reading the first two books prior to not miss some of the finer connections. I didn‘t and the ending was a bit flat for me because of it. #starwarsbuddyread

BookwormAHN I'm glad you enjoyed it but reading the first two would of helped. This was the best of the trilogy though 😺 9mo
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Not impressed. 📚📚📚 This isn‘t so bad as to get a bad rating but it had a lot of excess that took away from good plot. Not one that I‘ll recommend before #acotar or #tog

sprainedbrain I didn‘t like this one enough to pick up the second 😬 9mo
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His Hollow Heart | Rachel Leigh
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Mehso-so

📚📚📚 A revenge plot second chance romance duet that really doesn‘t give a lot. More Stockholm Syndrome than spicy. Immature MMC & FMC with questionable motives & agency. Someone will love this book.

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Star Wars: Victorys Price | Alexander Freed
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Listening to this audiobook for the March #starwarsbuddyread and Darth Plageuis by James Luceno as well. Rearranged my bookshelves to put my Star Wars collection in a larger shelf. Happy with the results 😃🚀

BookwormAHN Looks great 💚 9mo
Gissy Love it📚📚📚😍 9mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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📚📚📚📚📚 This book is awesome. Slow at the beginning but by page 67 the dark twisting truth begins to unsettle you and by page 88…you realize how out of depth you are and it‘s brilliant. The rest of the story flys by. I sat down at 1600 and finished at 1920; the book is THAT good.

Bklover Okay, I think I‘ll have to give this another shot. I read about the first thirty pages and bailed. It sounds so good! 10mo
The_Literary_Jedi @Bklover - I nearly did the same because it wasn‘t capturing my attention but it got there 😁 9mo
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📚📚📚 Decent read that correlates along with last months “A Test of Courage” More action and twists for the Jedi & company as they travel to Starlight Beacon but encounter the inciting incident from “Test”. This was an audiobook for me and was well read. #starwarsbuddyread#starwars #highrepublic

BookwormAHN I love the Star Wars audiobooks. 10mo
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King Solomon's Mines | H. Rider Haggard
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📚📚📚 Published in the 1880‘s as an adventure novel that inspired such legends as Indians Jones, this novel is just interesting enough for the imagination to fill in the blanks - especially for its first readers. Modern readers might find it stilted, slow, & out of sync with modern ideologies. Keep historical context in mind if you choose to read this.

Daisey I recently read Haggard‘s book She and felt some of the same. The writing absolutely shows development of adventure stories but also so much a product of its time. 10mo
Susanita IIRC there was a movie adaptation in the 80‘s that wasn‘t very good. 10mo
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The Doors of Eden | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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📚📚📚📚 A bit slow to start and some confusing science that isn‘t easy to follow until the end. Giant intelligent rats, other worlds, rifts in time & space…interspersed with chapters of evolutionary lectures. While not my favorite of his books, it was interesting & picked up after the 60% mark

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📚📚📚📚📚 I loved this book! It was funny & sweet & such a quick read. The new cast of characters is sure to be a hit. (rec‘d from GoodReads & Avon Books) Release date: 3/22

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Book mail!! 😁

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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📚📚📚Enjoyable if slow & frustrating at points. The dialogue can get stilted & wooden & not provide any feeling in certain parts. Overall intriguing though some may find it easy to put down. Descriptive in some parts but bland in others. Characters aren‘t wholly likable & are pushed through some quest parts. Will be putting in my classroom library - a younger reader may really like this.

DuckOfDoom I agree, even if I had to dig in my brain to remember I actually read this 10mo
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Punk 57 | Penelope Douglas
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📚📚📚 Not utterly disappointing but not overwhelmingly great. I enjoyed this book enough to want to read it in one sitting. Is it worth the hype, no. Is it worth the swooning and the mooning…if you‘re a teenage girl, sure. Is it worth reading, yes. I liked the “twist” in the story but as a reader of much heavier & darker romance, this was a 🌶🌶 since teen sex doesn‘t do it for me. I am looking forward to reading others by Douglas. *KU read*

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A Moveable Feast | Ernest Hemingway
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📚📚📚📚 A series of true to life vignettes surrounding Hemingway‘s early Paris life. Collection includes interludes with Fitzgerald, Pound, Ford, Stein and mentions other great arts figures. Not for the easily offended or without historical context. A rich tableau of what a creative existence was in the early 1900‘s without heavy existential conundrums.

CoffeeNBooks This is my favorite Hemingway book! 11mo
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Luca | Nikki J. Summers
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**NOT THE CORRECT BOOK**
I read The Psycho by the same author on my KU sub yesterday - 📚📚📚 Some of the dialogue was wooden and shallow but the overall story was okay. Uses a stalker trope. Part of a longer series I may keep reading.