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elkeOriginal

elkeOriginal

Joined June 2016

More books. Please and thank you.
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elkeOriginal
Estranged | Ethan M. Aldridge
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These are my favorite 2 frames in this graphic novel about a Fae underground kingdom and a changeling child finding out about the many types of family.

Imagine watching the underground train pass by…and then a DRAGON 🐉
That some commuters in the scene don‘t even notice😹😹

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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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What did I just read?

For me, the 1st half and 2nd half were very different.
I thought I knew what was going on, then the 2nd half undid those thoughts. And just confused me.

I now have brain scramblies and just need a lie down on a chaise-longue to let this book either soak in or have the next breeze relieve me of all the contradictory + confused feelings I now have…

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub
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elkeOriginal I need an Agatha-Christie-murder-mystery-character-gathering-wrap-up-in-the-library explanation. 😟 (edited) 13h
Tamra It was not what I was expecting! 😆 But I really enjoyed it and had to keep reading on hoping for a resolution. 13h
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quietjenn It was a doozy! 🤣 And I love your chaise lounge recovery imagery! 13h
elkeOriginal @Tamra I agree! I could not stop reading. I just wish I knew what the heck really happened. 11h
elkeOriginal @quietjenn A doozy, indeed. At least I don‘t regret it? 11h
LeahBergen 😆😆 Right? It was such an odd (but compelling) read! 10h
Ruthiella Yes, it really does throw the reader for loop! 😳 And we have to make up our own version for the bits that were not spelled out. 😅 9h
batsy Ahahaha! I'm with you on needing a Christie-esque wrap up 😆 46m
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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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The letters. Anne said early on that the weird Cecil letters to his mother don‘t sound like him, they seem as if they have been dictated.
Then it seems Lady Guthrie published a selected collection of those letters…do we think SHE wrote them herself as a rewriting of his life? That is why they are weirdly consistent with that weird ‘own boy‘ closing?
Just a random thought!
Not finished so maybe something becomes clear regarding this too…
(Ch 9) ⬇️

elkeOriginal And OF COURSE what she selected corroborates what she says! SHE selected them! 1d
CarolynM Ooh! I like that idea. Lady G was narcissistic enough to do it. 1d
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Cathythoughts I love this quote .. it captures the nebulous feel to the story (edited) 1d
batsy Oh gosh, yes... That's a disturbing possibility! 1d
quietjenn I definitely think she was judicious in the letters she included and we know she's not averse to doing that sort of thing. It would be keeping in what we've read of her, I think. 19h
LeahBergen I was wondering about that myself! 16h
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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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I feel like I took this line from the description too seriously because I honestly have huge doubts that anything Anne tells us is necessarily the reality between Cecil and his mother.

Admittedly, I am only halfway. BUT: so far everything is basically hearsay/speculations and Lady Guthrie has not actually been terrible on screen?

Don‘t throw 🍅 at me yet - just concerned she is an unreliable narrator who never shows SHE is a decent mother…

Ruthiella Interesting hypothesis! 🤔 1d
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CarolynM I have to admit I took Anne at face value, I didn't see anything to make me doubt her. But maybe this is the significance of the "face reflected in the glass" - maybe Anne is less reliable than I thought @LeahBergen 1d
Cathythoughts This is a very interesting view… I got the feeling Anne was a good mother , and that she seemed normal enough … hmmmmm !!! 🤔 1d
elkeOriginal @Cathythoughts I got suspicious from a few comments that seem to show a great distance between her and her daughter, and the boys have barely been mentioned…? Not done yet so will keep an eye out to see if I judged this too soon.. (edited) 1d
elkeOriginal @CarolynM There were also vibes with Anne, her husband, and his cousin thru his mother that seemed like they were all looking for negatives about Lady G. Maybe bad blood about her replacing the first wife, their loyalty was with her as husband Charles‘ mother so automatically thinking the worst of the young 2nd wife? 1d
batsy I felt this about halfway and considered the possibility that Anne was an unreliable narrator... Will be interesting to see how you feel when you get to the end. 1d
elkeOriginal @batsy Exactly! I wasn‘t sure if it was too early in my reading to mention but it was bugging me! Reading onward… 19h
quietjenn Definitely an interesting point to ponder! 19h
LeahBergen What @batsy said! 15h
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elkeOriginal
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A very enjoyable childrens picture book about Edward Gorey - with Gorey-esque art and words. I always loved his books but had no clue what an interesting person he was. This book is the tip of the iceberg and now I will go deep diving to read/find out more about him…

TheBee 😍 1d
Cathythoughts This sounds great 👍 stacking 1d
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The Spellbound Village: A Novel | Julia Truitt Yenni
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This 1950s America tale about the effects of a local writer, a small town & a book they think is written about them was a revelation. Though the premise seemed like Miss Buncle, this is different. It is darker but still small town odd/quirky. In the midst of drama, humor.
It gets to the heart of people being people and how small towns are special.

Loved it.

Huge thanks to @Jess_Read_This for gifting it!

imho, @LeahBergen needs this book.

elkeOriginal For those wondering who Miss Buncle is: 6d
elkeOriginal p.s. I am also counting this as #Popcorn for the #Pantone2022 challenge 🍿 6d
LeahBergen Yes, I DEFINITELY need this book! 😍 6d
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Mariana | Monica Dickens, Harriet Lane
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This is one of the few #PersephoneBooks I have with the color cover instead of dove grey - on purpose.
I just love this cover.
And want to get to know these people.
So now it is time to finally read it for #PersephonePick with my #buddyread partners. We will post here as usual, but will be testing out the #StoryGraph buddyread feature.
We will report back on how it goes!
#persephone

Mitch That‘s such a beautiful cover. 7d
Ruthiella I have that cover too. 😃 7d
LeahBergen I love this cover, too. I have several of the Persephone Classic editions, instead of the dove grey, just cuz they‘re so beautiful! 7d
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Kimzey I‘ve see Litsy posts of Persephone books with grey covers. What‘s the story with the uniform book covers? Is it an option? The norm? Why? Just curious. 6d
elkeOriginal @Kimzey @LeahBergen can correct me but the dove grey covers are the more common covers for Persephone books. I just googled and it seems the publisher did this because she ‘likes grey‘. But more recently they began publishing their Classics line of bestsellers with color covers. They say these are more ‘bookshop-friendly‘ editions. And because these color versions do not have the full color endpapers or matching bookmark, they cost a few £s less. (edited) 6d
Kimzey @elkeOriginal Thanks, Good to know. I‘ll go to their website for more info. 6d
elkeOriginal @Kimzey For reference: they have more than 140 titles in the grey covers vs 14 of the color Classics. Grey is the standard by far! 6d
Andrea313 Yay, I'm so excited to see what you all think of Mariana! And curious about feedback on the Storygraph feature, too. ❤️ 6d
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elkeOriginal
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Amy sees peoples‘ flavor. She is also a time traveler of sorts: lived in deep space until her dad lost his job and they took the journey to Earth. The 30-year journey in cryogenic stasis. She is still 16, 30 years later, which makes this an interesting twist on a high school fish-out-of-water story. The art is awesome, the Earth is interestingly jetsons-y, Space boy is a mystery, and I can hardly wait to see where these lovable characters end up!

elkeOriginal Space boy‘s #snowwhite hair makes this a suitable #pantone2022 read! 1w
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Am loving this graphic novel that starts with such a fun idea. Throughout, she sees peoples‘ flavors. And how people/flavors go together, or not.
It is delightful.
I wonder what flavor I am. You?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great! 1w
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Did anyone think how any dove grey #Persephone book would suffice as #NorthernDroplet in the #Pantone2022 challenge? It sure took me long enough to make the connection! Somehow this color was giving me trouble - until I saw a whole shelf begging to be chosen for this prompt 🤦🏼‍♀️

Now to make the #persephonepick

(That postcard is the old London shop. I have not had any friends make the trek to the Bath shop yet! HintHint😉)

#persephonebooks

Jas16 Hint taken- I am hoping to head to there in March. 1w
LeahBergen What a glorious sight! 1w
elkeOriginal @Jas16 You lucky duck! 1w
Clwojick It‘s a perfect match! 1w
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elkeOriginal
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I am enjoying the #StoryGraph stats charts and just noticed that as a notoriously bad-at-nonfiction reader (who has no intention of improving herself by trying harder 🤦🏼‍♀️), this will be the most balanced I ever look: 2 books read, one was nonfiction (graphic memoir). ⚖️
(I will bet you a free book that at year-end I have only this 1 nonfiction book for the entire year! 😹)

#storygraphstats #balance #notononfiction

KellyK I set a non-fiction goal every year… I always fail. 😢☹️ 2w
Ruthiella I also struggle to read more nonfiction. Good luck in keeping your balance! 2w
sprainedbrain You just described me! Bad at reading nonfiction, zero plans to change that. 🤷🏻‍♀️😅 1w
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This book is very diverse with tales from all over the world but I had to share this classic because the art just stopped me in my tracks.
Love this book. More TK 😉
#fairytales

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2w
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The Callers | Kiah Thomas
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Interesting take on a familiar magic - the calling of objects. Calling is a highly valued skill in Quin‘s family but his talent is lacking. But Quin soon finds out that ‘nothing comes from nothing‘ and the objects his world Calls are being taken from another.
Very well done as a fun but also thought provoking middle grade novel. The worlds are vivid and the magic system is well done and nicely twists expectations. The characters are quite likable.

elkeOriginal Another read for #pantone2022 - I thought this fit for #Dahlia @Clwojick 2w
Clwojick Such a stunning cover! 😍 2w
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous cover! 😍 1w
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elkeOriginal
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This is a heartfelt memoir in mostly drawings about several years in her young adulthood as her career and personal life were taking off.
She distills feelings SO well in one or two drawings! Noelle struggled with depression, coming out, gender confusion, religion, etc so it is not light reading.
But as a fan of her graphic novels, I am glad I read more about her in her own words/images. She is pretty amazing and brave to put herself out there.

elkeOriginal She uses all pronouns now so I used ‘her‘ as she identified herself in this book. FYI before you correct me 😉 2w
elkeOriginal This also was my first #pantone2022 title! #bubblegum @Clwojick 2w
Clwojick Love the colour match! 💖💖 2w
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elkeOriginal
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This book was an after Christmas gift to myself - it was SO gorgeous I could not not buy it!
There is a spread for each fairy tale, myth, or other ‘divine‘ story. I LOVE the art and with a quick page per tale, I will be dipping in and out all year to keep connected to the stories - such variety too!
(I will post favorites here 😉)

Soubhiville Wow so pretty! 2w
LeahBergen That IS a beauty! 2w
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The #endpapers in this book are just so festive! 💗
#christmasallyear

LeahBergen I was eyeing this book before Christmas! Perhaps I‘ll buy it for myself next Christmas. 😆 2w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I gave a couple as gifts but need my own copy next year for sure! Let‘s not forget 😉 2w
LeahBergen Ha! Yes, remind me! 2w
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Enchanted Castle | Edith Nesbit
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A classic that somehow this magic and castle obsessed book freak never read before.
So glad I finally did!
Very much made my #bestof2021 list 📚

Jess_Read_This That‘s a pretty cover! 2w
elkeOriginal @Jess_Read_This I agree that is what attracted me! Such a pretty castle 🏰 2w
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I picked this up thinking it looked like a fun graphic novel set in a Bronte-esque gothic setting. But it is SO much more! Soon, the setting is revealed to be a pocket universe built to stick to gothic romance tropes but things malfunction (evil plots enacted, of course!) and there is some mind-bendy sci-fi stuff that is SO delightful!
Fun, funny, weird.
Plays on gothic tropes while satisfying our love of them.
+ top notch heroine!
#bestof2021

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Vespertine | Margaret Rogerson
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As a fan of the Fair Assassin series, I was all in for this dark, medievalish story of dark arts nuns taking care of things due to their ability to see souls & spirits. There is a bigger story of foiling evil plots but at its heart is a strong, odd girl + the friendship she forges with a revenant who possesses her in the heat of battle. Dark world contains violence/tension, but fun sparring dialogue with revenant lightens it up.
More info ⬇️

elkeOriginal Book 1 in Fair Assassin series - highly recommended! - is (edited) 3w
elkeOriginal And rumor is Vespertine is start of a series but rest assured this is self-contained and ends properly, no cliffhanger. 3w
elkeOriginal No romance to speak of. FYI 😉 3w
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Mrs. Lorimer's Quiet Summer | MOLLY. CLAVERING
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@LeahBergen Have you read Molly Clavering?
She was friend and neighbor of DE Stevenson and several of her novels recently came out from #FurrowedMiddleBrow #DeanStreetPress too.

This one is supposedly a thinly veiled portrayal of their friendship. I enjoyed imagining it WAS them!
(The tagged book is the same as the one in my photo)

Leftcoastzen Very cool! 3w
LeahBergen What a great edition! I have this one (under the other title) but haven‘t got to it yet. I ONLY got it this past summer. 🤣 3w
LeahBergen Oh, and I have a couple of the Furrowed Middlebrow editions of her books. One was a Twitter prize and I bought the other that was a sequel to it. 😊 3w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I look forward to Molly‘s books popping up in #furrowedmiddlebrowclub 😉 3w
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Setting Goals | John Renesch
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While nice to get the confetti celebration from Goodreads when I hit my reading goal, I am making a resolution to no longer participate in their challenge.

I am regularly stressed out by GR showing me how far behind I am and sure as hell didn‘t appreciate their ‘check-in‘ emails with suggested ‘short reads to get back on track‘.
Shut up, GR.

Onward, I need to keep reading fun by posting on Litsy + looking into StoryGraph as a GR alternative.

elkeOriginal If there are any #storygraph users with tips, hit me up! #TheStoryGraph (edited) 3w
LeahBergen That‘s annoying. I always set mine way below what I read in a year so end up feeling pretty pleased with myself along the way. 🤣 3w
Jess_Read_This 💯 on board with this plan myself. 3w
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elkeOriginal @LeahBergen That is a smart way to game the system! 😉😹 3w
Deifio I shut off all emails from GR, so I don't have that problem. And I also set my goal very low like @LeahBergen 😊 3w
vlwelser I set mine pretty low and then pretend like it's an accomplishment to get way ahead of the goal. 3w
elkeOriginal @vlwelser @Deifio I clearly did not get the memo to low ball my goal 😉😹 3w
vlwelser It used to stress me out a bit until I did that. But I still like to keep track. 3w
rubyslippersreads I‘m wondering if I should have set mine lower. At least GR didn‘t nag me with emails. 😏 2w
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elkeOriginal
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This guide to not getting murdered is a DELIGHT. Edward Gorey meets cozy mysteries! The tone and jokes are spot on and the illustrations are beyond perfect (with spots of red amongst the black-and-white - amazing!)
Definitely a #bestof2021
#dontgetmurdered

iread2much This title is awesome! 3w
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Damn. This one snuck up on me. Loved the style, the humor, the wise words sprinkled throughout. The odd characters, the sly reveals of truths and ‘character‘ and the surprising connections between the various anxious people.
5 stars.
If you make me tear up, you get 5 stars.
#bestof2021

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Mrs. Tim Gets a Job | Dorothy Emily Stevenson
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Another favorite in 2021 was DE Stevenson - especially this title, the third book in the Mrs Tim series. Previous books were in diary form and more about her life as a WW2 British military wife but here Mrs Tim is in a new setting with a host of fun Highland characters.
DE is a nice comfort read.
#bestof2021 #DEStevenson

Itchyfeetreader This sounds right up my street! 3w
LeahBergen Oh, my! What a gorgeous collection. DE Stevenson is a fave of mine, as well. 3w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I saw her on your shelves! I went a bit nuts last year buying DE as retail therapy - now I need to read them all! 3w
CarolynM Lovely collection😍 3w
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The Stone of Chastity | Margery Sharp
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Reviewing my 2021 reading and found I made a good dent in my #furrowedmiddlebrow TBR stack from #deanstreetpress.
The tagged book was a favorite for sure but they are all fascinating gems in their own ways. So glad these are being regularly reprinted!
And thanks to @Jess_Read_This for enabling me in these purchases and buddyreading many of these with me! Now to check on the titles pubbing in January 2022 because, of course 🤦🏼‍♀️
#bestof2021

Jess_Read_This I still need to read 😬 3w
elkeOriginal @Jess_Read_This You do! 😉 It is a fun comedy of errors! (edited) 3w
LeahBergen Have you checked out our #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub on here yet? We read one together every two months and all casually chat about it on here. 😊 3w
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LeahBergen Our January read is 3w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen OH. Yes, please! Except that will lead to more #bookmail 🤦🏼‍♀️😹 3w
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 I love a good book mail day! We generally start our read sometime in the beginning of the month and aim to talk about it on each other‘s posts starting from around the 15th of the month. It‘s very low key! 3w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Awesome! Just ordered 3w
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Plus ordered a few others 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3w
CarolynM Glad to have you on board the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub 🙂 3w
elkeOriginal @CarolynM Happy to find out about the Club! Serendipity 💗 3w
batsy Love that collection 😍 3w
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This one was outside my comfort zone & so worth it. These southern women are amazing & not-to-be messed with. While an enjoyable time capsule of the 1990s, this suburban horror is chilling - both in how the husbands treat their wives (gaslight much? 😠) and how easily a monster can take advantage of the circumstances at play in a classist, racist town. But that tricky bastard met his match with this book club. Not for the faint of heart, BTW.

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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Such an amazing and gut-wrenching graphic novel about George Takei‘s childhood in the U.S. WWII Japanese internment camps. The art is perfect and I love both his childlike view of what was happening as well as the interludes from his grown self looking back. His parents were strong, amazing people taking care of their family during a horrific and shameful period of American history. This book brings it all to life, and into the light.

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A very interesting and atmospheric graphic novel about the Bronte siblings‘ imaginary world Glass Town. I don‘t know enough about their real childhoods or how much of this is fact, but this is an amazing introduction to their vibrant inner world.
Both fantastical and moving.
Puts me in a Bronte-ish mood...
@LeahBergen - have you seen this?

rubyslippersreads This looks beautiful. 😍 2y
batsy What @rubyslippersreads said! I think I need it 😄 2y
elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads @batsy You won‘t regret it! 2y
LeahBergen I‘ve been eyeballing this one! I‘m glad to hear it‘s good 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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This book was a surprise and a delight. With short chapters and quick, witty narration it was quick to pull me in. It‘s not a ‘serial killer‘ book but more about family and relationships. These sisters have a twisty history together! Set in Nigeria, it is also an interesting cultural experience and a refreshing backdrop. I will follow this author for sure to see what she does next!

Jess_Read_This Nice dagger! You‘ve sold me on this one. I‘m going to read it. 2y
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Empire of Gold | S A Chakraborty
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OMFG - my heart just stopped when I opened this package. So unexpected! 🤯
and SO FAT at 760 pages!
Excuse me while I ignore EVERYTHING to dive into this finale to an amazing series 🥰

hannah-leeloo Beautiful cover! Definitely a long read so you'll be away from the real world for a while 😂 hope you enjoy, happy reading hun 📚❤️📖 2y
night_shift I'm so jealous! I entered to win this on goodreads but didn't get it 😔 I loved the first two in the series! 2y
CaitlinSiem Yay! I ADORED the first two in the trilogy and I am so so so excited for this one! I hope you enjoy every page! 2y
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Mystery in White | J Farjeon
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Nothing says Christmas like murder! This 1937 British classic sees a group not on a train with murder amongst them—they leave their snowbound train & stumble upon a cozy country house with fires burning & tea in the dining room, but no one at home. Commence the murdering and solving.
I loved the period feel & conversations, and was delighted by the sly humor, spooky elements, & pleasantly odd characters. A delight in the christmas murder genre.

LeahBergen I love your mug! 2y
batsy Yes! I really enjoyed this one, too. 2y
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Night Circus for bibliophiles.
Absolutely fantastic & gorgeous & intricate & amazing.

Soubhiville I can‘t wait to read this! 2y
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Miss Buncle Married | D.E. Stevenson
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I loved Miss Buncle‘s Book and this sequel was an absolute delight. A new marriage, a new town, and more of the same sweetly silly but wise Barbara Buncle. And a wonderful, witty, and warmhearted way to chip away at my stack of Persephones 😁
#PersephoneBooks #persephone #DEStevenson

Caroline2 What beautiful books!!! 😯 2y
Kalalalatja What a collection! 😍 2y
LeahBergen Look at all those pretty Persephones! I‘ve decided to do my own challenge next year of reading one a month (or 12 over the course of the year, at least). 2y
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen What a good idea! I hope to follow your lead 😁 2y
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I LOVE portal fantasy so the premise of this is totally up my alley. It‘s all about doors to other worlds. Even the story-within-a-story is all doors. Sadly, the execution of it left me feeling ‘meh‘ though. I keep thinking about the potential brilliance of the plot, but I struggled & skimmed (🤦🏼‍♀️) because of the writing style. I am in the minority online in my dislike and I hope y‘all who think this sounds good have better luck than I did...

InBooksILive I couldn't get into this book! I tried a couple times to start it and my mind wouldn't stay focused on it. It sounded so interesting too! 2y
jillrhudy This happens to me a LOT. Everyone is rapturous about a weird book and I‘m like—could the writer help me out a little here? I want to fall in love with this but it‘s too much work. Writing vigorously and writing well aren‘t the same. (edited) 2y
LoverOfLearning I love it so far! I'm listening to the audiobook and I have never read a book like this before. So it's intriguing to me. I'm about 1/4th of the way through. 2y
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I have read my share of quote books and this one had awesome new things I was unfamiliar with! I was charmed by the title, but won over by the variety of amazing quotes and surprised by those new to me. Perfect when you are in a mood and want some perfect Words and strong ladies to prop you up.

Hooked_on_books The title! 😂 2y
sprainedbrain What a great title! 😆 2y
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The Virago Book Of Witches | Shahrukh Husain
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A gorgeous book of witch stories from around the world? Yes, please! What an amazing variety of stories! Not just tales from all over the world, but includes all varieties of crafty and powerful ladies - exactly what I need this (or really any) time of year.
Ordered from the UK and as lovely & timely as any Virago book. 💃🏼

LeahBergen I‘ve been tempted by this one! 2y
ozma.of.oz I love that cover! ❤️ 2y
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I can‘t believe you didn‘t jump on it the way I did! Virago is the best. 2y
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jillrhudy Virago is one of my LibraryThing tags! 2y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Ooooo only 3.99 on kindle! Woot woot! 2y
rubyslippersreads @elkeo_TheBookDragon @LeahBergen has to buy dog food now. 😹🐶❤️ 2y
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I was very excited this appeared on my doorstep today. I felt in a properly angry, feminist mood for it. Chapter 1 is just reminding me what a crap situation we are living in right now but I will keep on keeping on since her writing is so fun & conversational...

Hooked_on_books I can‘t wait for this—I‘m terribly jealous! 2y
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There is nothing quite like roadtripping with the Discworld witches! They grab their brooms and head off for some alternate fairy godmothering (to STOP a gal marrying a prince). As expected, the witches are awkward tourists disrespecting foreign foods & massacring languages. Along the way they encounter a suspicious number of stories and ‘rural legends‘ being acted out. A very satisfying story, with some Granny Weatherwax backstory revealed.

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Tales of the Peculiar | Ransom Riggs
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Very much enjoyed this book of Peculiar fairy tales. The tales are enjoyable, giving both a wider world view of their experiences along with lessons learned (hint: don‘t reveal you are Peculiar) and the artwork is GORGEOUS - not photos like the novels but amazing black and white drawings/etchings. These stories don‘t fit in a specific place within the series so pick it up anytime you like! You won‘t regret it.

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The True Queen | Zen Cho
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This sequel to Sorcerer to the Crown is a delightful return to Regency London and our favorite characters all make appearances, but as supporting players! I found the new MC Muna quite engaging and her storyline involving mystery & magic, and a trip thru/to Faery, complimented and contrasted nicely with the world of Crown—with new plot twists layered on top. It is also self-contained so while there will be a book 3, this is nicely wrapped up.

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Folk Tales of Britain: Legends | Katharine M. Briggs
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Another gorgeous addition to my Folio shelf 😁

#noimpulsecontrol #FolioFreaks #FolioSociety #FolioFreak

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 3y
Eyelit Fab!!! 3y
Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 3y
LeahBergen Ohhh, how did I miss this post? 😍😍 2y
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Snuff | Terry Pratchett
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Good news for those of us in the #PratchettPosse who like these Collector Library hardcover editions - two new ones coming in November!
#TerryPratchett

Reviewsbylola Those are gorgeous! 3y
Soubhiville Yay!!! You know I‘ll be getting them! 💙 3y
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Angel Mage | Garth Nix
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Granted, Garth Nix‘s Old Kingdom series is a favorite so I was already inclined to like his new book. But the Three Musketeers vibe and setting are even more enjoyable than expected because he pairs it with an interesting historical set-up and more importantly, cool magic. I loved the magic and the characters. Those are my key needs fulfilled.
But the ARC had no map.
I am counting the days until it pubs in October (2019) so I can get me my MAPS.

aeeklund SO good to hear you liked it! I‘ve been terrified to start it! 3y
elkeOriginal @aeeklund Don‘t worry - it‘s Nix! 3y
Centique OMG I‘m so excited to hear this. Love Garth Nix! 2y
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Angel Mage | Garth Nix
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While amazed and excited a friend gave me this ARC (Garth Nix is a favorite!), when it comes to #bookswithmaps ARCs suck rocks😣
Despite this disappointment, this gorgeous fatty is my holiday weekend read.
Review TK when I come up for air.
#mapsinbooks #bookswithoutmaps #mapsoflitsy

LeahBergen Aargh! 3y
Lindy ...the invisible map... 3y
elkeOriginal @Lindy Which is not useful for navigating the kingdom! 😹 3y
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The Shadow Queen | CJ Redwine
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I am surprised by the low % on this title because I found it to be a delightful YA retelling of Snow White with an awesome map, an amazingly vivid apple scenario, a fantastic twist on dragon magic, and the requisite plucky heroine and romance were endearing (and not annoying). A retelling that felt fresh. What else do you want? A definite enjoyable read if you like good winning over evil.
You may not look at 🍏🍎 quite the same way again though 😁

elkeOriginal And thanks to @Branwen for this #summersanta gift from 2 years ago! You figured out my likes perfectly! 3y
Branwen Hooray! I'm so so so glad that you enjoyed it! 🤗💕 3y
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The Shadow Queen | CJ Redwine
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Some maps really get me more excited than others.
Take me to there!
#bookswithmaps #mapsinbooks

Leftcoastzen Nice! 3y
GypsyKat Oooo! Love it! 3y
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I very much enjoyed this new novella in the #RiversofLondon series. There is no Peter Grant though as it is set in Germany with his German counterparts investigating magical troubles near Trier which has plenty of Roman history + several rivers to draw on in creating magical mayhem. I would love more novels with this group & setting!
This does not fit into the series in a specific place—if you know the London set-up, just jump into this anytime!

Centique So good to hear! I love this series and I‘m on hold for this at the library 😍 3y
elkeOriginal @Centique It is just as good as the London books - and just makes my mind wander to where else the books can go - hoping he writes more all through Europe and the world! 🌏 3y
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Book 7 in the Rivers of London series is fast & fun! I was slumping a bit and these adventures of Peter Grant snapped me out of it big-time. The underlying magic of modern London along with major progress in the ongoing diabolical plans of the Faceless Man make this an excellent installment.
#seriesread #riversofLondon

Bradleygirl ooo i will have to stack the rest of these, I've only read book 1! 3y
Ericalambbrown I love this series so much! I got the first one from blind date with a book - I wouldn‘t have heard of these otherwise. 3y
ozma.of.oz I‘ve bought this entire series on Audible! I love it so much! 3y
elkeOriginal @Ericalambbrown I stumbled on this series too - and haven‘t looked back! 3y
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Akin | Emma Donoghue
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This ARC was a delightful surprise on my doorstop - surprise free #bookmail cannot be beat!
This sounds like a family history digging into previously unknown WWII connections for the MC. It‘s going on top of my TBR for sure. I mean, it‘s Emma Donoghue!

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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Where her first book Enchantment of Ravens was all atmospheric fairy court/woods fabulousness, this title is a fast, fun adventure with tricky evil sorcerers, enchanted libraries of grimoires that speak to our MC, a mercurial & mysterious demon, and sassy romance. Pure fun, full of magic. Fresh twists mixed in with typical fantasy tropes. I read an ARC, but this one is good enough to get me a hardcover - and puts Rogerson on my auto-read list!

aeeklund This one reminded me of Howl‘s Moving Castle in a few ways... 3y
elkeOriginal @aeeklund HA. Now that you mention it, I can see more than a few parallels. Well played 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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