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Next up on audiobook. I listened to Furiously Happy earlier this year and laughed my ass off so decided to listen to Jenny Lawson's other books. The past couple of weeks have been rough mentally so I figured I need a few good laughs.

GondorGirl She does such a good job blending serious topics with humor. 🥰 10mo
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The Bone Witch | Rin Chupeco
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I enjoyed this more in audiobook form than the first time that I read a physical copy. The narrator is excellent and really put a lot of genuine sounding emotions into her voice. The story is fascinating to me. Not certain when I'll get to the next book, as I now have two other audiobooks that became available. Maybe the end of the month or November.

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The Bone Witch | Rin Chupeco
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I read this book several years ago and remember enjoying it. I read the second book, but don't remember much about it. I meant to read the third book but it's been so long now that I figured I should start again from the beginning. This time, I'm listening to it on audiobook.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💜 10mo
Gissy I liked that trilogy but is so sad, glooming. I enjoyed the audio and the cover are spectacular. 10mo
Gissy I liked that trilogy but is so sad, glooming. I enjoyed the audio and the cover are spectacular. 10mo
booksandsympathy @Gissy I don't mind sad and gloomy. I doubt I'll get to the second book right away as another book I requested became available. But I'm going on a trip in two weeks, so I might have more time to finish the audiobooks quickly. 10mo
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Such a satisfying conclusion to this series. I adore Eugenides and loved being in his world. I'm sad that it's over, but so glad I decided to give this series a chance. It's a series I definitely want to revisit.

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I read A Psalm for the Wild-built last year and loved it. I kept meaning to get to the second book and I have decided to finally pick it up. This is a book about a tea monk and a wild robot who asks what humanity really wants.

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Vampires of El Norte | Isabel Caas
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A sweeping, lush romance that takes place along the border of Texas and Mexico in the early to mid 1800s... but with vampires. Beautifully written. I often went back and forth between wanting to know what happens next and being anxious about what happens next. This is the second book Isabel Cañas has written and the second book of hers that I loved and I look forward to reading anything else she writes and re-reading what she already has.

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Going to start this audiobook tomorrow. Not sure if I'm fully ready to say goodbye to this series I've so enjoyed listening to this year.

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A fitting end to the Bunnicula series. I've enjoyed this trip down memory lane. It made me ridiculously happy to again be in this world that I loved so much as a child.

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The Monroes are excited. Pete has just won a contest, & the prize is a school visit from M. T. Graves, the bestselling author of the FleshCrawlers series & he's going to stay with the Monroes! Harold & Howie are thrilled, but Chester is suspicious. Why does Graves dress all in black? Why doesn't the crow perched on his shoulder say anything? Why has a threatening flock of crows invaded the backyard? And why is he so interested in Bunnicula?

MariaW Oh God, I was laughing so hard when I read the title. I just ordered the whole series. 🤣😱😂 (edited) 10mo
booksandsympathy @MariaW there is so much fantastic humor in this book series. I hope you enjoy! 10mo
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Not my favorite of these books. I think part of that was there wasn't as much humor in this one. Still a cute book with a really sweet ending.

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Next audiobook: IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN.The Monroes' kitchen is littered with the remains of vegetables drained of all color. To Chester it's obvious that Bunnicula, the vampire rabbit, is up to his old tricks. But Harold is more frightened for Bunnicula than of him. The poor bunny doesn't look too good. Harold isn't going to let anything bad happen to his friend and will risk his own life to help him. But if he fails, is it the end for Bunnicula?

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Loved this one! It was funny and had great side characters, plus a really sweet ending. The Monroes' wirehaired dachshund, Howie, continuously makes me laugh with his puns. There's a Great Dane named Hamlet and the Shakespeare references are fantastic. One was so good, I made my husband listen to the scene. 😂

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Started this audiobook this morning. The Monroes go on vacation so Harold, Chester, and Howie return to Chateau BowWow, where a new mystery unfolds.

rubyslippersreads I ❤️ Victor Garber as the narrator of this series. 11mo
booksandsympathy @rubyslippersreads Yes, he is wonderful. 11mo
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Nighty-Nightmare | James Howe
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In this book the Monroes go on an overnight camping trip on St George's Eve, when spirits are set loose. The Monroes set up camp near two strange men and their even stranger dog. This begins a long terror-filled night full of storms, and a tale of Bunnicula's origins. I love the nods to classic literature in these books and the puns are fantastic.

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I remember being very excited for this book to come out and I remember really loving it when it did. Now I remember why. I was laughing a lot while listening on my way to work this morning. Really enjoyed this trip down memory lane and looking forward to the next four books, which I've never read.

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Bunnicula is missing! Chester is convinced all the world's vegetables are in danger of being drained of their life juices and turned into zombies. Soon he has Harold and Howie running around sticking toothpicks through hearts of lettuce and any other veggie in sight. Of course, Chester has been known to be wrong before...but you can never be too careful when there's a vampire bunny at large!

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Howliday Inn | James Howe
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This book was pretty funny. It was full of a bunch of other pets that were full of character. It kept me smiling. I liked the mystery and atmosphere too.

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Howliday Inn | James Howe
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On to the next book:
The Monroes have gone on vacation, leaving Harold and Chester at Chateau Bow-Wow. On the animals' first night there, the silence is pierced by a peculiar wake-up call -- an unearthly howl that makes Chester observe that the place should be called Howliday Inn.

But the mysterious cries in the night are just the beginning of the frightening goings-on. Soon animals start disappearing, and there are whispers of murder.

Blueberry Bunnicula 🤍🥕 11mo
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Bunnicula | Deborah Howe, James Howe, Alan Daniel
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I was actually a bit scared that I wouldn't enjoy this book as much as I did as a kid. I still love it! It is so much fun and put a big smile on my face while listening to it. 💜

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Bunnicula | Deborah Howe, James Howe, Alan Daniel
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The audiobook I had planned on listening to next was not available on Libby right now, so I started searching for a different book to listen to. I am absolutely delighted to discover the first three Bunnicula books are available to listen to. I adored these books when I was in elementary school. Going to start the first one in the morning.

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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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I was uncertain about this audiobook during the first 1/3 as there was a lot of set up that happened in a way I was a bit confused with at first. It all began to come together and became an enjoyable read. I will definitely be continuing on with the series.

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Murder, gothic elements, a parody of Regency-era's decorum, a feisty heroine, and a handsome inspector all came together to create a fun, humorous adventure. I'm definitely looking forward to whatever the author writes in the future.

Dragon Sounds good 👍 stacking 💚🐉 11mo
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Started this audiobook this morning on my way to work: When a wealthy bachelor drops dead at a ball, a young lady takes on the decidedly improper role of detective in this action-packed debut comedy of manners and murder. It already has me laughing, so that's a good sign.

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Thick as Thieves | Megan Whalen Turner
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I have once again found myself not wanting to stop listening to a book in this series. Each book is from a different character's point of view and it's a credit to Megan Whalen Turner's writing that I've enjoyed each one so very much when Eugenides isn't the main character of each book, though he's the main character of the series as a whole. This one was like a fantasy buddy movie and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Winterset Hollow | Jonathan Edward Durham
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I am tired of summer & tired of the relentless heat. I want dark & spooky. Also this book takes place at the end of summer.
Everyone has wanted their favorite book to be real, if only for a moment. Everyone has wished to meet their favorite characters, if only for a day. But be careful in that wish, for even a history laid in ink can be repaid in flesh and blood, and reality is far deadlier than fiction . . . especially on Addington Isle.

Pogue That was an interesting book. 11mo
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Thick as Thieves | Megan Whalen Turner
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Started this audiobook this morning. Happy to be back in the world of the Queen's Thief.

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This was such a fun book! I loved the humor in it. It also made me want some good tea and Chinese food. Loved the found family in this book. Vera is quite the character. Such a fun, cozy mystery.

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Vampires of El Norte | Isabel Caas
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My new Book of the Month and my bonus birthday book came today! I am so ridiculously excited! I absolutely adored The Hacienda and cannot wait to read Vampires of El Norte! I am needing some dark, gothic vibes. Bring on spooky season!

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Started this audiobook this morning: Sixty-year-old self-proclaimed tea expert Vera Wong enjoys nothing more than a good cup of Wulong & doing ‘detective‘ work on the internet (AKA checking up on her son).

But when she wakes up one morning to find a dead man in her tea shop, it‘s going to take more than a strong Longjing to fix things. Knowing she‘ll do a better job than the police could, Vera decides it‘s down to her to catch the killer.

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A Death in Door County | Annelise Ryan
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This was a fun mystery about Morgan, a cryptozoologist, who is hired by a local police chief to help them investigate suspicious deaths in the Great Lakes. Loved the characters and the dog. It was fast paced and kept me hooked, wanting to know what would happen next. Looking forward to the next book out later this year.

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty

"For the greatest crime of the poor in the eyes of the wealthy has always been to strike back. To fail to suffer in silence and instead disrupt their lives and their fantasies of a compassionate society that coincidentally set them on top. To say no."

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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I have been so tired these past couple of weeks and haven't been reading the tagged book the way I was hoping. I am enjoying what I've read so far and I am hoping to finish this book. IF I have time, I'll start another book, but my goal is just to finish Amina al-Sirafi. @Andrew65 #20in4

Andrew65 Best of luck and hope things improve for you. 12mo
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A Death in Door County | Annelise Ryan
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And now for something completely different:

Morgan Carter, owner of the Odds and Ends bookstore in Door County, Wisconsin, has a hobby. When she's not tending the store, she's hunting cryptids--creatures whose existence is rumored, but never proven to be real.

So when a number of bodies turn up on the shores of Lake Michigan with injuries that look like bites from a giant unknown animal, police chief Jon Flanders asks for her help.

BrandedKristen Ooh. This sounds cool. 12mo
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A Conspiracy of Kings | Megan Whalen Turner
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When I got home from work, I meant to listen just until I finished the chapter I was on. A few hours later, I finished the book. This was Sophos' story and I was so happy to hear him become a stronger, more confident character and start to really come into his own. I'm looking forward to the next book so I can find out what happens next. I have to wait for it to be available through Libby though.

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A Conspiracy of Kings | Megan Whalen Turner
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Started listening to the fourth book in the Queen's Thief series this morning. I'm hoping to finish this series before the end of the year.

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These books really are so much fun! There is some bullying and exclusion in this book, which honestly just made me relate to Morrigan but she always had her found family and a surprising new friend on her side. This world really is magical.

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty

"Traders along our fair shores warn against speaking her name as though she is a djinn that might be summoned as such - though, strangely, they have little compunction when it comes to spreading vicious rumors about her body and her sexuality: these things that men obsess over when they hate what they desire and desire what they cannot posses."

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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Tackling this chonky book next. Amina al-Sirafi is a retired pirate who just wants to live a quiet life with her family. When she‘s tracked down by the mother of a former crewman, she‘s offered a job no bandit could refuse: retrieve her comrade‘s kidnapped daughter for a kingly sum. She gets the crew back together but they soon realize there's more to the job, and the girl's disappearance, than she was led to believe.

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Adored this! It was a perfect combination of faerie lore, found family, some creepiness, and a light romance with grump and sunshine trope. It would make a great winter read as it takes place in a cold climate. Very cozy.

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Starting the audio for the next book in the Morrigan Crow series this morning.

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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This book had more twists in it than I was expecting. I liked Molly and kept getting angry at the people taking advantage of her naivety, but she turned out much smarter than she seemed. I wasn't expecting there to be a found family aspect to it. I look forward to the next book. Lauren Ambrose was a great narrator.

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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Well this book was fun! I adored the four main women in this book. They were some funny badasses. The plot moved quickly and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. It was different to see Deanna Raybourn writing a contemporary book, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

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I am so very excited to finally read this book! This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I just hadn't gotten around to buying it until recently. Emily Wilde is a faerie expert who's not good with people. When she arrives in a small town to research The Hidden Ones, her rival is also there, charming the townsfolk and getting in the middle of her research, completely confounding her.

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booksandsympathy @JazzFeathers I am absolutely devouring this book. I'm almost 100 pages in already and I don't want to stop reading it. 13mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I requested this audiobook on Libby and last time I checked, it had a wait of several months so I was surprised to see it was available for me to listen to. Looking forward to listening to this story of a hotel maid who finds a wealthy guest dead one day. Her differences make her targeted police as the main suspect. But unexpected friends unite with her to untangle the clues and find the murderer.

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An enjoyable sequel with intrigue and romance. The first book ended on a cliffhanger, and I was happy for the characters to have closure. I'm definitely looking forward to reading anything else Dana Schwartz writes.

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Started listening to this on my way to work today. I listened to the first book on a whim last year and it was a pleasant surprise for me. I finished the prologue and first chapter this morning and that prologue has me very intrigued.

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The King of Attolia | Megan Whalen Turner
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Really enjoyed being back in this world with Eugenides. He's such a fascinating character: petulant like a child with humor and hidden depths and strengths. I just adore him. This book was fun and moved so quickly. Each book in this series just keeps getting better.

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I agree with Pippin

Caroline2 😆 love this!! 13mo
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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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Went to Barnes and Noble and used my gift cards today. I went specifically for the T. Kingfisher and Emily Wilde book and was pleasantly surprised to find the tagged book on a display front and center when you walk in and I've been curious about it, so I had to get it. I've been meaning to read The Golem and the Jinni for years and now I have the sequel so I have to read them. 😂

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn

"My mother always says it's common as pig tracks to go around with a run in your stocking," Helen says, eyeing Billie's ripped hosiery critically.

Deanna Raybourn always has fantastic opening lines.

robinb 😂😂😂 13mo
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