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jrosewordsmith

jrosewordsmith

Joined June 2017

Reader, writer, cake-baker (and eater) and general fangirl || She/her || UK
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The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
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The Plague of Doves | Louise Erdrich
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I've not been on here for aaages! New Year's resolution no.379 - manage social media better & keep in touch with people.
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I'm struggling to get going with this book, I'm 50 pages in without much trace of a plot. Anyone read it? Is it worth sticking with?
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#underwhelming #mightdnf

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This doesn't read like any other YA contemporary I've ever read. If it was an adult book it would probably be classed as literary fiction. It had a lot to say about identity, family and acceptance (of yourself & others) and the characters are well developed and painfully real (and in need of hugs). I'll be rereading this one for sure.
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#yacontemporary #diversereads #weneeddiversebooks #booksoutdoors #fivestars

ANovelLove This book has been on my radar for a while - I've only heard good things! 2y
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When We Collided | Emery Lord
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I really enjoyed it but explaining why is another matter. The romance element was pretty typical YA. I didn't mind the fact it was a bit instalove-y as it felt like a reflection of Vivi's character, not the same old trope - the ending helped, too. Where it excelled was the depiction of mental illness; the narration really captured the energy and growing lack of control.
#yacontemporary #diversereads #mentalillness #yalit #yareads

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Enjoyed this, but not as much as the hype led me to believe I would. Cath's anxiety was hugely relatable and I loved all the fandom references. The trouble is I just didn't buy the chemistry of the romance. I was far more interested in Cath's relationships with her roommate and her family. Still worth the read - and it did make me want to read the spin off Carry On.
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3 stars
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#yalit #yacontemporary #anxiety #booksoutofdoors #bookishoutdoors

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Without question one of the best books I've read this year. It ricochets from hilariously funny to tackling serious issues to swoonworthy romance in the space of a few pages. Several moments where I was so choked up I couldn't speak. A fantastic cast of diverse characters - Felicity is goals, Percy is an actual ray of sunshine and needs all the hugs. And Monty defies description!
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#booksoutdoors #yafantasy #diversereads #fivestars #obsessed

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I'll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson
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I don't know why I do it to myself. I'm halfway through Our Dark Duet & really enjoying it, then I was without it to hand at a moment of weakness so I picked this up. And now I'm halfway through this too (well, more like a quarter, but ykwim). Also, glare off library plastic cover thing is fast becoming the bane of my life.
#booksoutofdoors #bookishoutdoors #yacontemporary #diversereads #currentlyreading #librarylove

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I will definitely be reading this when my little girl has finished with it 😊 I wish there was a UK or Europe based bookish subscription box that did MG books - the shipping from the US is too much for us to get these for her often.
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#kidlit #middlegrade #mystery #owlcrate #owlcratejr

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Timekeeper | Tara Sim
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This book, the steampunk world & the main relationship were simply magical. The plot wasn't hugely complicated but it built up piece by piece like an intricate clockwork itself. The side characters were well developed, Colton & Danny are precious cinnamon rolls (& Danny definitely goes on the characters-who-need-a-hug list), there was plenty of well-handled diversity & I can't wait for Chainbreaker!
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#steampunk #yafantasy #diversebooks

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Passenger | Alexandra Bracken
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This was an up-all-night read back last August & got me out of a reading slump that had lasted almost a year. There's adventure & intrigue & a web of lies spanning generations, continents & time. Plus romance, which started a little instalove-y but ended up pretty swoony. Oh, and Nicholas Carter 😉
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4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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#bookishoutdoors #booksoutofdoors #yafantasy #timetravel #upallnight #adventure

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Do you read short stories? If there's prequels or sequels or in-between-quels released for books I've loved I gotta have them. These were very short, but as beautifully written as I'd expect from Renee Ahdieh, & as I'd just finished The Wrath and The Dawn I loved the extra insights - both of these were from Khalid's point of view & there's a 3rd following Despina & Jalal.
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#yafantasy #fantasy #shortstories #prequels

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Iron Cast | Destiny Soria
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🎧 I really enjoyed the setting & atmosphere of this book, which were so vivid & well-developed. The slow build worked, with the plot gradually getting knottier and more dangerous, but the big reveal fell a little flat and some of the characters were hard to warm to. I also found the pacing erratic. Overall, glad I picked it up - 3.5⭐
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#diversereads #yafantasy #yalit #jazzera

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The third book in this series arrived yesterday & guess who still hasn't read bk2? Spoiler: it me. In fact, I haven't read any of the books in this stack, despite them all being sequels to books I really enjoyed #bookwormproblems
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I might make my unfinished series the focus on my July tbr & readathon... but then I'm doing #campnanowrimo as well 😰 What's a bookworm to do?
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#fantasy #yafantasy #bookstack #bookcrown #unfinishedseries

georgianicolaoublog You have such beautiful photos 😻 3y
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I didn't read Harry Potter when it first came out - Prisoner of Azkaban was already out when I picked up my little sister's copy of the first book and never looked back. It was the first fandom to really grab me - almost 20 years later it still has a special place in my heart & now I'm able to introduce my kids to the magic too & my daughter begs for one more chapter every night.
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#harrypotter #20yearsofharrypotter #harrypotter20

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The 100 | Kass Morgan
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Mehso-so

3 stars - enjoyable, easy read but nothing special. Some of the characters were a bit too much Drama! Angst! Secrets! and the reveals/flashbacks didn't quite flow with the 'present day'. It also ended a bit abruptly for me - the twist & cliffhanger just didn't gel with what had gone before. If someone handed me book 2 I'd read it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to.
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I haven't watched the series, so I can't compare
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#dystopian #yalit #yareads

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Given to the Sea | Mindy McGinnis
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I haven't read anything by Mindy McGinnis yet. I like the sound of Female Of The Species as well as this.
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#yafantasy #fantasy #booksoutside #bookishoutofdoors

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Taken | Erin Bowman
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Did I mention I like dystopians? These were all the ones I hadn't read when I took the picture but I've added some more since. And by 'some' I mean 11 😅
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Anyone have more favourite dystopians to recommend?
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#dystopian #yalit #yareads #somanybookssolittletime

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Welcome to another edition of Jamie Was Super Excited For This Book But Still Hasn't Read It 😅
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I've heard nothing but good things, and I'm supposed to be making more of an effort to branch out with my reading but... I haven't had a single month this year where I've read more than I've hauled, so I don't think this problem's going anywhere soon.
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#booksquare #scifi #bookwormproblems #pridemonthbooks

BookishMarginalia I have that problem too. I've accepted it. Embraced it, even 😉🤓💜 3y
jrosewordsmith @BookishMarginalia I think that's the only way 😅 3y
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3 months on & I still can't believe this series is over 😭 Def in my all time favourite books, ADSOM grabbed me from the 1st page & they never let go. Everything's so vivid & the characters are so real & flawed & adorable. Plus, y'know, I can never get enough sass. She was an auto-buy author before I finished the first book - I'm expecting heartbreak all over again with Our Dark Duet this weekend.
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#fantasy #shadesofmagic #fivestars #allthefeels

SamMaybe Our dark duet is so good!!! 3y
jrosewordsmith @SamMaybe I keep seeing people saying the ending is heartbreaking - I'm getting really nervous! I'm trying to finish my current read first but I'll get to ODD by the end of the month 3y
SamMaybe I thought the ending was perfect! 3y
Twainy I would like to read these! 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Why not? And I get to be called a Litten now, so freaking cool!
1 - the UK
2 - currently? Six of Crows maybe
3 - Shades of Magic
4 - Sliding Doors
5 - none
6 - maybe One Republic?
7 - green
8 - fantasy, especially YA
9 - i'm half stay-at-home-mum, half working on being an author
10 - One cat, Tommy
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#meetthelittens #newlitten #sayhello

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Daughter of the Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller
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So I may have done a thing when Owlcrate were selling off their past boxes...

2 books I've really wanted to read, and loads of lovely goodies - I've only put a small selection out here but, but, but.... There were 3 different Rainbow Rowell candles sent out in the April box AND I GOT BAZ AND SIMON 😍😍😍😍😍 From Novelly Yours as well, so I know it'll be perfect

#yalit #yareads #owlcrate #yafantasy #fangirling

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Flashfall | Jenny Moyer
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"Step in my steps"
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Now that A Conjuring of Light & Our Dark Duet are both on my possession, the sequel to this beauty is probably my most anticipated new release of the rest of the year ?
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#dystopian #yalit #yareada #scifi #debutauthor

anniekslibrary I still have to read this one🙊 I take it you enjoyed it then? 3y
jrosewordsmith @anniekslibrary OMG yes! One of my fave reads of the year. It's so fast-paced, the world-building is 👌 (I mean, it's got the corrupt unequal society stuff you'd expect from a dystopian but also the whole damn world and everything in it is DEADLY - and probably out to get you) and Orion is firmly into my top 3 fictional girl crushes (behind Lila Bard!) The end let it down a little or it would've been a solid 5⭐ 3y
anniekslibrary @jrosewordsmith That sounds really good! I'll try to read it soon😊 3y
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I've skimmed a few pages of this (Bad habit. I've spoiled myself a few times & I still do it) and I'm optimistic it might be on the hit side of my hit-and-miss relationship with #yacontemporary

The lizard has no relevance. I just think it's pretty.

#librarylove #booksoutofdoors #pridemonthbooks

ludreadsbooks I liked Simon vs. The homosapiens agenda when I first read it! It was a cute, light read, but I really appreciated it ♥ 3y
jrosewordsmith @ludreadsbooks I read a lot of SF & fantasy but sometimes light & cute is what I'm in the mood for 😊 I just got her other book too 3y
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

Is this the most recognisable first line in literature or what? Closely followed by Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ?

MrBook Great pic! 😊👍🏻 3y
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A cute, quick read with fantastic rep for anxiety disorders and deafness. I loved that it steered clear of so many awkward tropes I find too often in YA contemporaries - no instalove, no love-interest-fixes-mental-health, no forgetting friends & family exist when love interest appears.

MrBook Nice review and pic! And welcome to @Litsy !!! We hope you enjoy your time on here with us 😊👍🏻! Won't find a better bibliophile community than right here, imho. 😎👌🏻🙌🏻 3y
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