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The Cloisters | Katy Hays
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Ok, I had to put my puppy Jethro to sleep on Sunday and this book was an affront on every aspect of my life.

I was SO excited to read this book, however, the plot was subpar, the characters were obnoxious (not in a good read way), and the dialect felt like if a 3 year old wrote it. Do not recommend 2⭐️ #botm

Cuilin Oh no,I was really hoping this would be good. I visited the Cloisters for the first time in August and was looking forward to this. 😞 1w
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Mehso-so

Generally enjoyed this book. It had many great aspects but felt forced with the historical aspects of the book. 3⭐️ #botm

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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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Book dump- because I‘ve been depressed but at least still reading!

I adore this book, I actually gifted it to my mom for the holidays. The characters were excellent and it certainly was a tear jerker at the end. 4⭐️ #botm

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The Rewind | Allison Winn Scotch
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Perched up all day today to read this one, with Penny of course. This was a dynamic, sweet, and chaotic read. 3.5⭐️ #botm

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Thistlefoot | GennaRose Nethercott
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This one is a bit difficult for me to rate. It was a very slow build, honestly almost boring, but the ending and storyline was excellent. The ending saved this book for me. 3.5⭐️ #botm

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Sign Here | Claudia Lux
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Hands down, my favorite book I‘ve read this year. Lux‘s description of Hell made me think of Master and Margarita but with some delicious twists and turns. 4.9⭐️ #botm

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The Kiss Curse: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Much like The Ex Hex I really enjoyed this read. Recommend as a good, smutty, Halloween read. Also the CliffNotes for Ex Hex are hilarious with regards to the smut. 4⭐️ #botm

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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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I adored this book! It was a fast paced, quirky, and honestly bad*ss book. Loved the main characters and wanted to become friends with them in a weird way throughout. Highly recommend 4.5⭐️ #botm

Hoping my BOTM books get here tomorrow because I‘m now ready for spooky reading season!

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Pickpick

Holy cooooooow, I absolutely LOVED this book! I don‘t even know how to review it, but everyone should read it. Let your mama, if you have one, know that you love them! 4.5⭐️ #botm

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I absolutely ADORED this book. By far my favorite of the Owens story. Started it in Salem, so a bit fitting, will certainly be coming back to this one. I‘m giving it the coveted 5⭐️ #botm

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Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Mehso-so

I‘m torn on this book. I liked the idea of the story but the execution wasn‘t quite there for me. It did fulfill a dark retelling of Peter Pan, I was just bored with the main character. There were plenty of other characters we really missed out on in this story. 3⭐️ #botm

marleed I couldn‘t quite give it a pick either. 5mo
bridge12 @marleed right!?!?!? I had high hopes for the concept but it didn‘t really follow through 4mo
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Book of Night | Holly Black
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Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was slow to get to the good stuff, which I now realize because it‘s the first of a series. Looking forward to seeing where this story heads. 3.5⭐️ #botm

Incoming of books I haven‘t rated yet. I‘ve been bad at jumping on Litsy (sad I was too late for #basicwitchswap this year)

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** Spoiler, kind of** Holy science I absolutely adored this book. I don‘t have the cover anymore because it was honestly misleading. But every character was gorgeously written, as everyone says even the dog Sox Thirty. So here‘s a pic of part of my favorite. 5⭐️ #botm

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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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So I was reading this all day today got to page 158/159 and found a pressed 4 leaf clover that I definitely did not put in here 😍

This book was beautiful, a bit of a slow start. But when Sally and Gillian come together it was quite magical. 4.5⭐️ #botm

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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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Mehso-so

Actually catching up on old reviews. This was just pretty alright. I loved the story line most of the time but the ending makes it feel like there might be a sequel and I just don‘t know how I feel about that. 3.5🌟 #botm

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Kingdom of Copper | S A Chakraborty
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I really enjoyed the second in this series. I read the first a while ago and had to do a cliff-notes read to remember. Great writing and story telling, I can‘t wait to see how it ends. 4🌟

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Like Lu, Keanu Reeves was my first and longest love. So naturally, I loved this book. The characters were sweet, heartbreaking, and lovely. 4 🌟 #BOTM

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Mehso-so

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! 13mo
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. 😬 13mo
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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!!! 13mo
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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 ❄️😍🤍😍❄️😍🤍😍 13mo
kellyann28 You're welcome!! I hope you enjoy it all 13mo
sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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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! 14mo
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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 🤍❄️🤍❄️🥳❄️🤍❄️🤍 14mo
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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🙄😂🎄📚 14mo
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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! 🥰❤ 1y
Chrissyreadit 🎉😍🙌🤍🤍🤍 1y
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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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Pickpick

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! 1y
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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 1y
mklong Those look like beautiful tarot and Oracle decks! Happy Halloween! 1y
MsRadioSilence Im so glad you like it!! I had so much fun shopping for this swap. Happy Samhain!! 1y
sprainedbrain What a great package! We will love to have you in all of the witchy swaps going forward! 🖤 1y
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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. ❤❤❤ 1y
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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

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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) 1y
bridge12 @MsRadioSilence completely understandable! I saw that box while scrolling and wanted it, so was able to remember! ❤️ 1y
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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

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AprilMae Awesome, thank you!!🍊🕸 1y
monalyisha GREAT paper! 1y
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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 1y
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!” 1y
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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. 1y
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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager, Todd Ritter
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Mehso-so

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. 1y
bridge12 @AmyG I loved the show! She‘s wonderfully talented 1y
AmyG That she is. I hope to see her some day. Silver is one of my MOST favorite songs. 1y
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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! 1y
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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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