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Was able to finish my reading goal of 2021 on this book. It was a good, fun, introspective read. Kinda reminded me of The 5 People You Meet in Heaven without all the religious undertones. 3.5 🌟

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Already finished this one @Booksnchill and absolutely LOVED it, and still adore the bookmark.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Fortunately, for me I am sick. Took an at home test, came back negative, waiting on my PCR results. So I‘m isolating and was able to whip right through this beautifully written book. This will certainly be a reread for me in the near future. CW pandemic

Booksnchill So pleased it worked for you- fingers crossed that you feel better soon! 4w
EKonrad Just finished this and loved it! Are you going to watch the tv show? Always nervous about those adaptations when the books are so good. 😬 4w
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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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Finished this one about a week ago and forgot to post. It was a fun and cute holiday book. Exactly what I was in the mood for, nothing too complex. 🌟🌟🌟 #botm

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One Christmas Eve | Shannon Stacey
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Oh… My… Word I am in LOVE with my #jolabokaflodswap goodies 😍 Thank you so much @Booksnchill you nailed it. I had no clue they made coconut Pocky!?! Also the bookmark is gorgeous and I already dove head first into Station Eleven. Thank you, and thank you to @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing. Have a wonderful holiday season yall!

Booksnchill So very excited that you like it all- Spicy and coconut were fun flavors to play with! Have an excellent night of reading and snacking!!! 1mo
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Did I place my #wintersolsticeswap package right by my bed last night so all I had to do was lean over and open it this morning…. Yes, yes I did do that.

Thank you so much @kellyann28 for the gifts, the candles smell incredible and the crystals are gorgeous 😍 It did take me a while to post because I immediately started reading.

Thank you @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit for organizing! Looking forward to the next!

Chrissyreadit ❄️😍🤍😍❄️😍🤍😍 1mo
kellyann28 You're welcome!! I hope you enjoy it all 1mo
sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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One Christmas Eve | Shannon Stacey
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I didn‘t get a pic of the box but my #jolabokaflodswap is headed your way @jdiehr should be there by Friday!

Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing

jdiehr Woo hoo! 1mo
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@AprilMae this is going on the mail and headed your way as I type! I hope you enjoy your #wintersolsticeswap! Happy Yule!

Thank you @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit for organizing!

Chrissyreadit 🤍❄️🤍❄️🥳❄️🤍❄️🤍 1mo
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One Christmas Eve | Shannon Stacey
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Received my #jolabokaflodswap package today from @Booksnchill ! Now to “patiently” wait for Dec 24th! But I did pull out some Yule potpourri to assist.

Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing and hoping to get mine in the mail by Friday!

Booksnchill Hooray- the mail has been so erratic- so glad it arrived- sorry for the length of time you get to stare at it though🙄😂🎄📚 2mo
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Received my #wintersolsticeswap package when I got home from a long family weekend! Thank you @kellyann28 for sending me a package that I can‘t wait to open. And thank you to @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit for organizing! Hopefully sending mine out this week!

kellyann28 Glad it made it! 🥰❤ 2mo
Chrissyreadit 🎉😍🙌🤍🤍🤍 2mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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This was a pretty cute, quick read! Overall, I enjoyed it. What‘s not to love witches falling in love and curses!?!? There was a bit more “smut” than I typically enjoy but again overall a fun read. 3.5🌟#botm

Ignore the fact that I haven‘t found places for all my plants this winter so the picture is far from wonderful

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Holy cow! I have FINALLY finished this wonderful book ❤️ I loved it exactly as much as I thought I would. Will certainly have this in my reread pile.

Fair warning for ADHD humans- personally, I was very distracted by all the “minor” characters (they were all important for the world/story build) a la ASOIAF but with no index. That‘s why it took me so long to finish. Also with minimal church/bible knowledge.

5🌟

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Admittedly, I finished this book awhile ago. I did blow through it because I wanted to know what was going on. Good read overall had me engaged through out. 3.5 🌟 #botm

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It was a bit difficult to get all of these pictures to fit, however, here is my #yule aesthetic for #wintersolsticeswap! I‘ve already bought the gifts for my swap and thinking through book pics. Looking forward to this swap @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit Oh! Is that an evergreen besom? I love your aesthetic 🖤 thank you for sharing! 2mo
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One Christmas Eve | Shannon Stacey
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And on to one of my more favorite swaps of the year! Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for putting on another year of the #jolabokaflodswap

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I‘ve had a rubbish couple of days while trying to adjust to new medication. So was wildly excited to see that @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit tagged me for this upcoming #wintersolsticeswap.

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Holy Samhain! @MsRadioSilence did you absolutely nail the #basicwitchswap and I am so wildly appreciative of you.

Did I notice it was 11:00 pm last night when I was going to bed and decided to wait til I could open at midnight? yes. Did I proceed to stay up for 2 hrs after examining these beautiful tarot and oracle cards? also yes. Thank you so much!

@sprainedbrain @mklong thank you and I want to be involved in all witch swaps in the future!

bridge12 Also featured, my newest dried native plants. Also @MsRadioSilence I wish I could explain the squeal that escaped my mouth when the card popped up, pure happiness 3mo
mklong Those look like beautiful tarot and Oracle decks! Happy Halloween! 3mo
MsRadioSilence Im so glad you like it!! I had so much fun shopping for this swap. Happy Samhain!! 3mo
sprainedbrain What a great package! We will love to have you in all of the witchy swaps going forward! 🖤 3mo
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Holy cow I had a wildly difficult time picking #botm for November! With all of the ads-ons and wanting two monthly picks this is where I landed. Certainly didn‘t need this many books but I couldn‘t help it.

I purely picked the tagged book because I too am wildly in love with #KeanuReeves! #FirstCelebCrush

sharread I picked the same. ❤❤❤ 2mo
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Witches | Roald Dahl
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Received my #basicwitchswap package! Now to just sit and stare at it until opening day. I can‘t tell who sent this yet but I think I saw this packaging in the hashtag, so will come back and add! Looking forward to opening day! @sprainedbrain @mklong

bridge12 Possibly from @MsRadioSilence? 3mo
MsRadioSilence That‘s me! Sorry, the box was set up weird so the “to: from:” is on the inside flap 🤪 Glad to see it‘s reached you safe!! (edited) 3mo
bridge12 @MsRadioSilence completely understandable! I saw that box while scrolling and wanted it, so was able to remember! ❤️ 3mo
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Witches | Roald Dahl
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@AprilMae these #basicwitchswap goodies are headed your way! Taking them to FedEx right this second, will give you a delivery date in the comments. @sprainedbrain @mklong

bridge12 Should be there Wednesday @AprilMae 3mo
AprilMae Awesome, thank you!!🍊🕸 3mo
monalyisha GREAT paper! 3mo
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Witches | Roald Dahl
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I am wildly behind on my #basicwitch aesthetic but figured never late than never! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I‘m exactly a Virgo who leans into Green, Kitchen, and Cosmos witch. I absolutely love dogs, wolfs, and most importantly BATS 🦇. I take a lot of energy from the moon 🌕🌑. I also am learning and trying to meditate my past life (possibly Lemurian).

The pic of the fireplace is my actual fireplace, with bat ornament. #basicwitchswap @mklong @sprainedbrain

bridge12 CRYSTALS!!! I love crystals (and tarot) but I figured I should add that. Got my degree in geology so I‘m very fond of crystals 4mo
bridge12 Ok, not to continue to add buuuut here we are. I have a strong affinity to the Sanderson sisters, being my last name and whenever I leave to go anywhere I look at J and sing “come sisters, we fly!” 4mo
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed this book overall. Lots of, albeit depressing, twists and turns had me hooked from beginning til end. I‘m not going to give it super high stars because it just made me sad instead of spooked, which was what I was hoping more of this book. 3.5 🌟

Larkken It was kind of a bummer, I agree. 4mo
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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager, Todd Ritter
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I did enjoy this book but was a bit upset about the ending, just wasn‘t what I was looking for. Overall, I pretty entertaining spooky read. The twist at the end was just not my favorites of Sagers. 3.5🌟#botm

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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager, Todd Ritter
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It WAS dark and stormy this morning so I was in a mood…. Now I‘m halfway through this book. Fortunately/unfortunately I have to stop for the day because I‘m seeing Waxahatchee tonight in #KCMO. #botm

AmyG Oh wow! She is awesome. Enjoy the show. 5mo
bridge12 @AmyG I loved the show! She‘s wonderfully talented 5mo
AmyG That she is. I hope to see her some day. Silver is one of my MOST favorite songs. 5mo
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I absolutely love this modern, feminist retelling of mythology from around the world. Bolu Babalola did a beautiful job giving the women in these stories a voice of their own. I actually suggested it to a friend who is teaching a mythology course this year. 4 🌟 #botm

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Witches | Roald Dahl
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Looking forward to the #BasicWitch swap this year! While I love summer, fall is my favorite reading season. Thank you @mklong and @sprainedbrain for hosting! 👻

mklong Thanks for spreading the word! 5mo
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This book was exactly what I needed, a wonderful summer camp thriller! I usually can tell where a book is going halfway through, about 5 pages from the end I thought “dang there‘s going to be so many plot holes in this.” And Riley Sage wrapped it all up in about 5 pages, he stuck that landing 4🌟 #botm

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Holy crow this book! I was so enthralled throughout I had to finish it in one day. May be my favorite of 2021 so far. The lessons the main characters learned throughout are wonderfully written. Excellent book S.A. Cosby! 5 🌟 #botm

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This was a slow build for me but I loved the character development through out. It got a *bit* confusing towards the end with all the characters but overall a really strong book. 4🌟 #botm

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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I adored this book! There were parts that I thought could have been paced a bit faster but that ending was shocking. I‘m hoping for a sequel and very much highly recommend. 4.5⭐️ #botm

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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4.5 🌟I absolutely adored this story, so much that I had to force myself to stop and sleep last night and finish it this morning. It was a wonderful tale of love and found family in a Back to the Future x Rent type of way. Highly recommend. #botm #pride 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

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Just found this #20in4 #readathon and I‘m going to challenge myself on this since my backlog is currently overwhelming.

10 pages into the tagged book, I‘m looking forward to finishing it this weekend.

@Andrew

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Mehso-so

Ok, I loved this book until the end. It was a gripping tale until about 3/4s of the way. It became very predictable. Also, my little archaeology heart broke at the end. However, still a riveting tale just a few humps to get over. #botm

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Truly and honestly this is my most favorite book I have read in recent memory. #StopAAPIHate #KaraBrownBookClub

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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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I absolutely adored this book! It was a very slow start but once the Burroughs were introduced I fell in love with the entire story. I have never been to NYC and could see having spent anytime there, loving this book even more. #BOTM

The_Heeler_Booklife I picked this as an add on this month! Glad it is good. 9mo
bridge12 @The_Heeler_Booklife I hope you like sci fi/fantasy because it‘s prominent. Also, definitely give it a bit because it‘s a slow build. Can‘t wait to hear how you liked it 9mo
The_Heeler_Booklife @bridge12 I love sci-fi and fantasy! I can‘t wait to get it. 9mo
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Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe
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Ok, I LOVED this book but it took some time to get into the story line. Looking back I understand the slow build and appreciate the story telling. The end truly took my breath away. I loved learning about Okonkwo‘s culture and dealing with wh*te supremacy. Stick with this book, I promise it‘s worth it. #ReadABookWithKara

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Outlawed | Anna North
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I really enjoyed this book. It‘s a fun take on standard feminist novels, although a massive trigger warning with regards to infertility.

I‘m going to have to take a break from feminist novels in which infertility is a major theme for a bit because I have been reading this genre a bunch lately. #botm

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Parable of the Talents | Octavia E. Butler
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I‘m pretty sure I said this about Parable of the Sower and didn‘t learn my lesson.... I don‘t know what took me so long to read this book. But holy cow this book was wonderful! It is so relevant and a quick, heartbreaking, read.

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Honey Girl (Original) | Morgan Rogers
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Hollllly crap! I am in LOVE with this book and can‘t quit thinking about it. The writing is exceptional and will make you want to fall in love with love all over again. These characters were diverse and lovely. Highly suggest reading this book #botm

Copwithabook Yes! I‘m almost done with it. I told my girlfriend that it reminded me of the early days of our relationship. I got major brownie points for the comparison 😁 11mo
bridge12 @Copwithabook I feel this... I was truly the most “giddy” reading this and thinking about the beginning of my relationship. It is the best description of that butterfly feeling you have, at the beginning, in the best way 11mo
Copwithabook Yes, her descriptions are spot on. Even with some pretty difficult to put into words type of emotions. I‘m actually surprised at how well written it is for a debut! 11mo
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Y‘all.... THIS BOOK! I absolutely loved it and devoured it. I highly recommend. I feel I can‘t describe it without spoilers but the characters are such a *chefs kiss* #botm #bhm

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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So I have apparently been sitting on this one for FAR too long! Absolutely fell in love with the characters and world building. Pleasantly surprised to find out that it is going to be a series of books or I would have been so disappointed with that ending.

Also, very much got this from a #bookswap, can‘t remember which, but thankful I had every intention of using the note @Copwithabook sent as a bookmark! Thank you! ❤️ ETA- was #jolabokaflodswap

Copwithabook @bridge12 I‘m so glad you liked it! I‘m also really hoping it gets turned into a series 12mo
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One thing I‘ve realized lately is that I truly LOVE short stories, and this book falls directly into the LOVED collection. I devoured this book and will be rereading in the future, highly recommend.

CW- one story does have violence against black peoples and white s*premacists.

First five star book of 2021! #botm

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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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I blew through this book in a couple of days. It had everything... murder, ghosts, citizen detectives, familial bonds, and a very spooky hotel. Highly recommend.

Cheers to 2021 y‘all! Hoping to read much more this year than last.... that pandemic hit my reading goals hard. #botm

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Winter Counts: A Novel | David Heska Wanbli Weiden
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I absolutely loved this book! It was one of my favorites from 2020. Had it all vigilantism, indigenous culture, revenge. I was here for all of it. Highly endorse

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I actually finished this awhile ago and never posted a review. This had a bit of everything I wanted in this book. Spooky haunted house, a curse, a weird eugenics storyline. I appreciated this story and blew through it.

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The boyfriend got me this as an early birthday gift!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Holy crap! I LOVED this book and blew through it. I‘m so upset I‘ve waited this long. The characters are excellent and the plot kept me on my toes.

I work as an environmental advocate and this hits a bit close to home, falling more in love with “cli-fi”

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Holy crap I fell completely in love with this collection of short stories! I‘m not sure why I haven‘t always been a fan of short stories but this was beautifully written and had it all. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

I read this as part of Kara Brown‘s new book club, if you‘d like to join along go to www.readabookwithkara.com

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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | Stephen King
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Well I just blew through this. Loved the continuation of Danny Torrance‘s story. Looking forward to watching the movie, I‘ve got big hopes.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I forgot how much I absolutely love this book. It‘s a bit different reading it as an adult compared to a high school student. I was certainly able to pick up on the beautiful nuance that Hurston is known for

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The Book of Dust | Philip Pullman
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I love Philip Pullman and was completely unaware this prequel existed! 😱 This book is so good! It‘s so descriptive and honestly had me more on the edge of my seat than the original His Dark Materials.