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Emilymdxn

Emilymdxn

Joined March 2018

Horror and litfic and romance grad school readings in medieval lit 🥰 insta @emilymdxn goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/30587927-emily
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Don't Fear the Reaper | Stephen Graham Jones
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It took me a long time to get round to the second one in this series but in so glad I did! I don‘t think anything other than Scream has ever managed to be a slasher that comments on slashers, gets a few laughs and also is a genuine good example of the genre and a love letter to the classics this well.

I love the Native American heroine too - there aren‘t enough good books with native MCs in horror and this is so well written

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This was such a lush and gorgeous fantasy read - it managed to be both very classically fairytale-ish and also really original which was so cool. It felt quite YA at times, which isn‘t a criticism as much as a thing I just happen not to like, but also very violent at times. I think when I was a teenager I‘d have been absolutely obsessed with this.

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Mehso-so

I finally got to this YEARS after buying it on a friend‘s recommendation. I found it really compelling and it kept me turning the pages, but every time I stopped to think about it I was thinking ‘wow I don‘t want that‘. I think it‘s a very well-done historical romance but I think I have very different fantasies from Claire and Diana both!

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Cleat Cute | Meryl Wilsner
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This was SUCH an adorable romance and it made me giggle and kick my feet with cuteness about a lovely sapphic couple with a gorgeous healthy dynamic. It even made me kind of a bit care about football, which isn‘t easy to do. Was there piles of plot and conflict? Not really, I can‘t say the plot was mega special, but I enjoyed being there so much I didn‘t mind. It was like the best of fan fiction in those ways.

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Tyll | Daniel Kehlmann
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I‘m trying so hard to get through some kindle backlog in 2024! This was weird and while I usually love weird I don‘t know how on board I was for this. It‘s off the tbr though and I‘m proud I got to the end.

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Snow Angels | Stewart O'Nan
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Ahoy there #snowangels! Can you believe the #wintergames ended so quickly?? I swear they go faster every year.

I‘ve already got some people‘s points totals - thank you so much for being so keen and making my job easy! I haven‘t finished adding all mine up yet and have a lot of maths to do 😬

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Winter Games | John Lacombe
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We have one more game for #wintergames team #snowangels!! Can you believe how fast this has gone by??

1. Party dress ?
2. Stay up but just til like 12.30
3. Champagne all the way
4. Couch. I wanna be fancy but I don‘t wanna pay for admission for some 680 new year event that would be (d8 any other day of the year
5. Comfy but pretty flats…?

I normally do Chinese takeout w my parents but they‘re away so I‘ll be at my childhood bestie‘s house

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My grad school essay has been absolutely eating me alive this week and I‘ve just finished three full days at the library in a row 🥺 but I did fit one more Christmas book in for #wintergames and this was maybe my favourite I‘ve ever read! I love Tolkien so much and this was gorgeous! #snowangels

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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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We have some #wintergames last minute points available team #snowangels ❄️

1. The first one that came to mind was Babel!
2. I read some pretty awful TikTok romances but I don‘t remember them well enough to pick one
3. Yep I do it with my family the English way 🍗
4. Rainy but very atmospheric!

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Sugar Cookie Murder | Joanne Fluke
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Grad school work has been SO INTENSE this month it has really damaged my #wintergames vibe, but I was delighted to get to finish this cosy Christmas mystery on the train back to London today. Perfect vibes, absolutely perfect ❄️

#snowangels

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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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Ahoy #snowangels!! It‘s time for our last weekly game of the #wintergames this year ❄️❄️❄️ I can‘t believe we‘re this far through already.

I‘ll tag the team members and then our team read down below to get us started!

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CogsOfEncouragement by Elin Hilderbrand 4mo
bekakins By Juliet Groom 4mo
sblbooks By Richard Paul Evans 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement by Kate Milford (Christmas) 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement by Laura Durham (Christmas) 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement by Fredrik Backman (Christmas) 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement by Laura Silverman (Hanukkah and Christmas) 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement by Laura Durham (Christmas) 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement by Codi Hall (Christmas) 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement by Bernard Shaw 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement by Debbie Macomber (Christmas) 4mo
kwmg40 by Robert Munsch (winter) 4mo
5feet.of.fury By Fyodor Dostoyevsky 4mo
5feet.of.fury By Hugh Howey 4mo
5feet.of.fury By Margaret Atwood 4mo
5feet.of.fury By Naomi Novik 4mo
5feet.of.fury By Karin Slaughter 4mo
5feet.of.fury (Christmas) by Patricia Cornwell 4mo
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Merry Christmas Litsy friends, winter gamers and #snowangels!! I mainly got books I needed for grad school, for which I am super grateful. I also got the new Clarice bean Christmas book from my parents for a bit of recreational reading! Clarice bean was my first ever favourite book when I was about 4 years old so this is super meaningful to me 💚

TheBookgeekFrau Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎅🏼 4mo
Tamra Kids and I were just talking about Clarice books and couldn‘t remember her name! 4mo
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The Blood on Satan's Claw | David Evans-Powell
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Thank you SO much for my gorgeous parcel Jess! You‘ve hit the nail right on the head with the book and the chocolate 🥰🥰🥰 @jhod

And thank you so much @MaleficentBookDragon for all your hard work organising #jolabokaflodswap as always 😘

jhod Hurrah! I'm sorry I couldn't find any milka, but I will keep my eyes open as it sounds great! Enjoy your Xmas eve reading ☺️ 4mo
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Troilus and Cressida | William Shakespeare
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Alas I have spent the last few days of #wintergames deep deep in reading for my masters essay! Not a huge number of #wgwordsearch words here but at least I reckon I can count them all as tbr reads! They‘re certainly important to get through lol

#snowangels

kwmg40 When I did loads of reading for my graduate studies, I recall that “believe“ showed up frequently, as an alternative to “know“! 😂 4mo
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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Team #snowangels I am so sorry! I have to confess that I forgot to post the team game for this week 😞 I‘ve been wrapping up work for before Christmas and it completely slipped my mind I am SO sorry. We still have a few more days to play though so get those points!

#wintergames

CogsOfEncouragement I‘ve seen others post that this game has been extended through the end of the month. Is that info you have too? 4mo
Emilymdxn @CogsOfEncouragement yep that goes for all the teams 🥰 4mo
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I have absolutely loved my midwinter lord of the rings reread! I‘m getting ready for a module on imagined medieval landscapes for my masters and I‘m hoping to submit an abstract to a conference about the Lord of the rings so I had to spend Christmas rereading it all 🥰

#wintergames #snowangels

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This was cute and optimistic and I‘m all for fantasising about moving to a ranch in Montana during the snow. Having said that tho, the book was very harsh on the best friend who said ‘are we sure we should be moving to the middle of nowhere with a woman you‘re in love with after four days‘. I firmly believe I‘d be that friend lol

#wintergames #snowangels

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Winter Games: A Mystery | John Feinstein
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And here we are with my #wintergames points total for the #snowangels ❄️❄️❄️

LiseWorks Impressive 4mo
sblbooks 😮wow! 🎉 4mo
peanutnine Amazing! 🤩 4mo
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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Thank you so much and a HUGE HUGE well done to the #snowangels team members who have already submitted their points totals so far for the #wintergames ❄️ if you haven‘t posted yet, there‘s still time to tell me your points! You can make your own post and tag me or comment down below 🎅

bekakins I‘m so sorry @Emilymdxn I‘ve been in hospital the last couple of days with appendicitis so not been able to sort this 😢 I‘ll tot up my points when I‘m back home and share 🎄 4mo
Emilymdxn @bekakins I‘m so so sorry! No worries about points at all - focus on feeling better and we can add all your points in at the end 💚 sending lots and lots of love 4mo
bekakins @Emilymdxn thanks! I will do that then tot up my points right at the end! Back at home now and on strict recovery so at least there‘s plenty of time for reading!! 4mo
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Il Filostrato | Giovanni Boccaccio
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I haven‘t been super festive the last couple of days for #wintergames because grad school reading has been dragging me away, but I have finally finished going through this long Italian poem in parallel translation for my paper! It‘s a lot of readathon hours for sure, and super relevant for my essay, so I can‘t complain too much.

#snowangels

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I‘ve just arrived at my parents for Christmas and I‘m excited to have plenty of time for #wintergames reading and #dashingdecember! I do have a huge grad school paper to write :/ so my goal is to achieve a mix of finishing all my grad school reading in time to write the thing and also fit some fun reads in in the evenings

#snowangels @Andrew65

Andrew65 Best of luck with all of this. 😁 4mo
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I‘m having a luxurious Christmas lord of the rings reread this #wintergames! Just finished the two towers which was a lot of readathon hours and a surprising number of bingo card squares - not quite the elves the bingo board makers thought of but eh its elves. #snowangels

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I‘m so sorry I forgot to post about this when I sent it out! This package went to the post office about two days ago so I hope it will arrive in good time for Christmas 🥰

#jolabokaflodswap @MaleficentBookDragon

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Winter Games | John Lacombe
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Emilymdxn @PuddleJumper it is! 50 points for you 4mo
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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Here‘s one for #wgguessthebook ❄️❄️❄️

#wintergames #snowangels

Emilymdxn @OriginalCyn620 yes it is!! The points are yours 4mo
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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I really enjoyed our #snowangels #wintergames buddy read! This was so divinely creepy and the idea of Christmas music playing in July when you aren‘t expecting to show the wraith is coming is absolutely chilling. Having said that, I found the scary bits more convincing than the human emotional bits, but eh it‘s a horror that was good at being a horror so I can‘t hold it against it too much.

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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Can you believe it‘s time for the second week of #wintergames??? Here‘s the weekly game for week 2 - it‘s an oldie and a classic!

Good luck #snowangels and remember to use the tag #wgguessthebook so non-participants can block it if they don‘t want to see 🥰

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For the #wintergamesphotochallenge and #wildlife I picked this wintry nature book I gave my mum for Christmas last year! She really loved it. I‘ve got her another stack of nature books for this year

#wintergames #snowangels @Clwojick @StayCurious

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Christmas Cards and Tags | Meredith Corporation
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Eggs Perfect 🤩 5mo
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The Bell | Iris Murdoch
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Catching up on #decemberdreams today and for Bella it has to be this one, which is one of my favourite books I read this year!

#wintergames @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #snowangels

Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 5mo
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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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For the #wintergamesphotochallenge today we‘ve got a book with Christmas lights on the cover!

#wintergames #snowangels @Clwojick @StayCurious

5feet.of.fury Have you read this one? 5mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Eggs Absolutely 👍🏼 5mo
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Believe it or not I‘ve read three books in the last couple of weeks in which a woman agreed to fake date a man she barely knows for his family at Christmas and then falls for his beautiful queer sister. This was the second best of the three of them I reckon? A little too silly at times but also genuinely funny and imaginative. I had a great time and felt very immersed

#wintergames #snowangels

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I enjoyed this a lot! I read a lot about education admissions for my job and this was more readable and enjoyable by half than all of them - really good both as a true crime story of a fraud and a commentary on the state of college admissions at the moment.

#wintergames #snowangels

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The Goodbye Cat | Hiro Arikawa
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For today‘s #wintergamesphotochallenge we have a book with green font that I fell in love with the cover of in a bookshop the other day!

#wintergames #snowangels @Clwojick @StayCurious

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Icebreaker | Hannah Grace
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For #decemberdreams and ice skating my brain went right to this booktok romance classic. Did this have much plot? No. Did I like the characters? Not loads. Did the spicy bits do much for me? Also no, but I have to say I had a good time reading it. #wintergames #snowangels @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Popular choice today ⛸️🩵❄️ 5mo
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I read this apocalypse novel thinking it would be good for #wintergames word search (and it absolutely was) but the writing was very clunky. The premise was fine I love a good old school horror movie end of the world, but there was a lot of telling not showing and the characters were pretty much four masculine blokes and a hot woman who never said anything

#snowangels

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A Vicarage Christmas | Kate Hewitt
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This was sweet and I wanted to like it but I couldn‘t quite do it. Characters made very big decisions very quickly, decades-old grief and mental health problems had turning points after single conversations, and people who‘ve had two conversations are planning lives together without discussing being in a relationship at all?

Also it‘s petty but the narrator kept mispronouncing Keswick and it grated so much, but the author couldn‘t have foreseen

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The Winter People: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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This was a good book that I definitely enjoyed reading- maybe the reviews sold me a more surreal story than we ended up getting, but I can‘t really say I‘m disappointed. It was very atmospheric and the ending was a great pay off which is rare in horror novels.

#wintergames #snowangels

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One More for Christmas | Sarah Morgan
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For today‘s #wintergamesphotochallenge we have a book about a holiday I‘m very excited to read this month!

#wintergames #snowangels @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick Read this one a few years ago and enjoyed it! 5mo
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St Pancras Station | Simon Bradley
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For #decemberdreams today we have the gorgeous bookish Christmas tree at st pancras station this year!

#wintergames #snowangels @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs So awesome 👏🏻 💚📚 5mo
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A Merry Little Meet Cute | Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone
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This was great fun and I‘m glad I found it through kindle unlimited. I‘m all for more plus size representation in rom coms, and I found Christmas Notch a suitably fun and bizarre town to spend time in. Not flawless but I had a good time.

#wintergames #snowangels

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Let It Snow: Three Holiday Stories | John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
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Eggs Loved this one❄️❄️ 5mo
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For day four of the #wintergamesphotochallenge I found this gorgeous snowy picture book!

#wintergames #snowangels @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick Cute! 5mo
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I really love silly queer holiday rom coms, but unfortunately this book just delivered all of it really badly. It‘s partly my taste and me struggling to enjoy British rom coms that are all too sweet and twee, but the prose was bad, none of the characters had much reason for doing anything, the twists weren‘t twists and everyone spoke in that annoying therapy language speak. Just a lot of people declaring why they do things rather than doing much.

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The Night Before Christmas | Clement C. Moore
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There‘s only one book to choose for day 3 of the #wintergamesphotochallenge and #santa 🎅

#wintergames #snowangels @Clwojick @StayCurious

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Kiss Her Once for Me | Alison Cochrun
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My favourite holiday song is Tis The Damn Season from Taylor Swift‘s Evermore and I was so happy to see it discussed in detail in the tagged book I read this week. I was already in love with the book when a debate about Taylor swift‘s best album arrived and I loved it even more!

#decemberdreams @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #wintergames #snowangels

Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 🎼🎄 5mo
peanutnine Yes! Loved all the Taylor references in that book! Such a great song ❤️ 5mo
Kimberlone I love this song! Such a great non-traditional holiday song. 5mo
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For day 2 of the #wintergamesphotochallenge and #love we have my favourite recent romance novel!

#wintergames #snowangels

Jjaxn95 I picked this up today !!!! 5mo
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For #decemberdreams today, a great addition to any #whitestack ❄️❄️❄️

#wintergames #snowangels @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Perfect 🤍🤍 5mo
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A Burning: A novel | Megha Majumdar
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This was a painful but pretty perfect read. The ways the stories blended and came together and you saw the ending coming but didn‘t want to believe it for so long was really, really powerful. One of my favourite Indian novels of the last few years and I can‘t believe I let it sit on my tbr for so long!

#wintergames #snowangels

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