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llwheeler

llwheeler

Joined September 2016

sff writer, all around booknerd
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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Emma by Jane Austen
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Literary Women by Ellen Moers
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The Dispossessed: A Novel by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
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The Kalevala by Elias Lnnrot
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The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Afraid I'm going to pull a Gandalf on my fellow adventurers and disappear from the party temporarily. Limited time for the next week or so - I was ahead, soon I'll be behind, but I'll catch up again! I'll do my best to catch up on your posts as well.

#FellowshipofTolkien
#thereandbackagain

Sace Y'all are making me want to read this again. It's been 20+ years since I read it. 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa We‘ll be on the road somewhere when you catch up.... ask for us in Rivendell. 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Sace You should join us, we are doing a chapter-a-day, and it‘s such a fun read for around the busy holidays. 3d
Sace @Riveted_Reader_Melissa oh I'm such a slow and polygamous reader that I don't think I could manage even a chapter a day. I might read it own my own at some point though. 2d
JazzFeathers @Ilwheeler we'll be here when you're back 😉 2d
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The Dispossessed: A Novel | Ursula K. Le Guin
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#bookreport #weeklyforecast

Checked everything off my forecast this week and started two others.

Not making a forecast for this week, as I probably won't be online next weekend, but my tentative plan for the next 2 weeks:
Finish The Dispossessed, Genji, Emma, Broken Stars
Start and finish Christmas Days, and probably The Bollywood Affair
Continue with Literary Women and The Hobbit

Settings Good luck with Genji 5d
Daisey You‘re getting close to the end of Genji! I look forward to seeing your final thoughts. 5d
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Starting my reread adventure in hobbit-approved fashion: with snacks!

#FellowshipofTolkien
#thereandbackagain

JazzFeathers I'm brooling 😃 And l'm so happy to have you n board 😁 4d
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Cyrano de Bergerac | Edmond Rostand
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. I've got too many on the go again! The Dispossessed, Genji, Literary Women, Broken Stars, Emma
2. Read 5 books in Nov, all very enjoyable. Favourite of all would have to be Cyrano
3. Finish all current reads! Lol. Also The Hobbit for chapter a day readalong, and Christmas Days for book club, then Dune.

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Emma | Jane Austen
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Rereading Emma prompted by the news of the upcoming movie, via audio so I can #audiocrochet since I'm getting nervous about finishing this blanket before Xmas 😬 At least it's starting to look more like a blanket than a weird scarf... but I crochet very slowly.

The audio is quite good so far, I still love Emma, and I'm really looking forward to the movie!

Sace Good luck getting it done for Christmas! 🤞 6d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looking good to me! 6d
AshleyHoss820 SO pretty!! 6d
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Andrea4 For whom? 6d
llwheeler @Andrea4 niece 😊 6d
Andrea4 @llwheeler had a feeling ;) 6d
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Cyrano de Bergerac | Edmond Rostand
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Afternoon plans ❤️

Hope to finish today. I've been enjoying reading this so much! I grew up watching the Gérard Depardieu movie and can't help but picture it as I read certain scenes.

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Literary Women | Ellen Moers
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Spent most of the morning on campus, probably the longest I've been there since graduating. Caught up with some people I haven't seen in a couple of years, and set up my alumni card for library access (got tagged book for research). Then got a card for another public library - a library-tastic day!
The wind was absolutely bitter though so now I'm home with a hot drink to warm up. And books! Life is good.

xicanti Any day with multiple library card acquisitions sounds might good. 1w
llwheeler @xicanti I agree 😃 1w
Jaimelire I graduated from Waterloo too! We are taking my son to visit this summer. I met my husband there while doing my undergrad. 1w
llwheeler @Jaimelire that sounds like it will be a nice trip 🙂 1w
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The Dispossessed: A Novel | Ursula K. Le Guin
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"He was borne off to the waiting limousine, eminently photographic to the last because of his height, his long hair, and the strange look of grief and recognition on his face."

(Le Guin's sentences get me every time.)

Come-read-with-me @llwheeler Wow - breathtaking! 1w
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A Bollywood Affair | Sonali Dev
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Super excited about my #littlefreelibrary find today! I've been wanting to try one of Sonali Dev's books for quite a while. This will be perfect to bring on an upcoming trip... if I don't read it first.

llwheeler I also found another #littlefreelibrary that I didn't know about within easy(ish) walking distance, that was pretty well stocked with good kids books. Made me happy to see! 2w
xxjenadanxx Ooh I might have to try and find this book, I LOVE Bollywood! I'm always scared irrationally to visit the little free libraries here lol. 2w
llwheeler @xxjenadanxx I'm hoping the book is good! I guess it depends on the area, but I love little free libraries. There are a couple around me that are well curated and I check out periodically, and one that I never check anymore because it's not maintained. 2w
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I had some time to kill out and about, and didn't have my book with me - poor planning, but ebooks to the rescue! Started this collection because it was the first thing I found downloaded on my phone, and the first story sorta blew me away. I love discoveries like that.

"Goodnight, Melancholy" by Xia Jia, about depression, AI, and Alan Turing... to do it very little justice by a summary.

Looking forward to the rest, hope I enjoy them as much.

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Cyrano de Bergerac | Edmond Rostand
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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Feels about as accurate as most forecasts...
Finished:
Traitors - excellent standalone fantasy
The Dutch House - my first Ann Patchett, lived up to the hype, excellent audio
Progress:
Genji - got 5% further
Cyrano (play) - loving so far
Broken Stars (Chinese short sff in trans) - first story was so good

Next week, plan to continue with Genji and Cyrano, and start The Dispossessed by LeGuin.

Cinfhen I heard Tom Hanks was an awesome narrator 2w
llwheeler @Cinfhen definitely! 2w
janeycanuck Try Bel Canto next, if you‘re looking for another Patchett to try. It‘s my fav that I‘ve read by her. 1w
llwheeler @janeycanuck thanks for the rec! Stacked :) 1w
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Traitors | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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Busy day today, but I've got a cat on my lap*, a chai latte, and only 30 pages left in this book. Stuff can wait for 30 pages.

*of course by the time I typed that, she's off. There were some tricksy leaves blowing outside that needed a good staring at. She's got a busy day too.

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I've got a mug of tea and about an hour left in this audiobook. Time to make some progress on this blanket #audiocrocheting

BrittanyReads Gorgeous WIP! 2w
llwheeler @BrittanyReads thanks! ☺️ 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. For sure!

2. I rarely completely bail on a book, usually I set it aside to try later after I find myself starting and finishing a few other books without making much progress on that one. The ones I've totally bailed on, it's either when they make me really angry/grossed out, or when I can't handle poor quality (bad writing, bad editing) anymore

TheSpineView Editing is a pet peeve of mine Thanks for playing! 📚📚📚 2w
llwheeler @TheSpineView same here! Thanks for the questions 🙂 2w
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Traitors | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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Joining in on #weeklyforecast! @Cinfhen

I should finish Traitors and The Dutch House, about halfway through both now. And after setting it aside for a while, I've been reading Genji again. I'm about 75% now, so hoping for another 10% or so. If I finish all that, I'll start something new - but I doubt it since let's be real, there's also many hours of playing Pokémon shield in my forecast this week 😁

Crazeedi I totally enjoyed the dutch house! 3w
llwheeler @Crazeedi awesome ☺️ it's my first time reading Ann Patchett and I'm enjoying it so far too! 3w
Cinfhen What‘s Pokémon Shield???? #InquiringMindsWantToKnow 3w
llwheeler @Cinfhen Pokémon shield (Pokémon sword is the other version) is the new Pokémon game that just came out for Nintendo switch 3w
Cinfhen Hmmmm, haven‘t heard any of my kids or nephews talking about it. I‘ll have to ask them (edited) 3w
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Traitors | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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I can see about half my home library... Estimate 500?
2 books in reach
1 of which is green (I'm sure my shelves have more but I'm not gonna pull them all out)
No bookish clothing, book not currently open, no kindle, no cup, no other person.
1 library book in reach
Headquarters = 12
Comes to a guesstimate 528

Fun quiz, @ljuliel, thanks 🙂

ljuliel Great job, thanks for playing 😊📚 3w
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Storyteller | Amy Thomson
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Finished this just at sunset on my last full day in the Azores. 5 million stars for the reading location, ~4 stars for the book. A lovely standalone sci-fi/fantasy set on a colonized planet that is mostly ocean with many small islands, and a native species of giant sea creature that can communicate telepathically with humans. An excellent pairing with my island vacation! (though no telepathy with the dolphins or whale that I saw)

LGBTQ comment ⬇️

wanderinglynn Gorgeous view! 3w
TrishB Looks lovely 😊 3w
llwheeler I haven't seen this book on the lists of sci-fi/fantasy with LGBTQ content that make the rounds periodically, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it. One char has a lot of internalized homophobia at first that made me quite nervous for the direction the story would go, but it didn't go there (imo). 3w
llwheeler @wanderinglynn @TrishB it was so beautiful there! 3w
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Traitors | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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Slow, lazy morning on my first day back after vacation. Went from plus 20 yesterday to negative temps and a winter wonderland today, but hot chocolate with whipped cream and a (so far) very good fantasy make that no problem.

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Storyteller | Amy Thomson
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Flight delay means time to start a new book!

Andrea4 So jealous!!! Hope you and Cyndy have a FANTABULOUS time!!! 1mo
llwheeler @Andrea4 thanks!! 1mo
janeycanuck Safe travels! (Also, is it wrong that I sometimes secretly hope a return flight will be so hugely delayed, I‘ll have to drop a small fortune in the airport bookstore to keep me entertained?) 1mo
llwheeler @janeycanuck thanks! Haha, that doesn't sound too bad 😛 1mo
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Anyone interested in joining in a buddy read of the tagged LeGuin? Check out @DuckOfDoom 's feed!

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The Guest Cat | Takashi Hiraide
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1. The Grace of Kings
2. The Guest Cat (tagged)
3. The first time the heater turns on... Going for walks while the trees are changing... The inevitable in-between days where within a few mins you will see people out in everything from t-shirts and shorts to parkas 😛

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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240 pages left and I want to finish it before going out of town Tues. I believe my mug is right! (even though today is mostly busy with housework and I still have to pack 😅)

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It rained absolute buckets yesterday, but today we woke up to the first snow of the year. Just a dusting. Now I'm sipping my tea and birdwatching #audiobirdwatching?

I've been so busy the past few weeks that I still have ~10 hrs left in this audiobook that's due in 2 days. Challenge accepted!

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The Guest Cat | Takashi Hiraide
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Dipping into one of my new acquisitions while dinner cooks.

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In case you can't tell, I had a great time at a friends of the library used book sale today 😁
#bookhaul

Lcsmcat Excellent! 1mo
Sace 😍 1mo
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Took a long break from this book just shy of the halfway point. Not cause I wasn't enjoying it, just cause it's long. I'm still really enjoying it now that I've picked it back up.

I'm not loving the tiny font though. Very hard on my eyes just before bed, which is when I want to read it. I give this book an A for overall look of the design but a C- for readability. If the sequels are like this too, I'll prob switch to ebook or audio.

AmyG Your cat looks like my Hilly. ❤️ 1mo
llwheeler @AmyG ☺️ ❤️ brown tabbies 1mo
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Elementary Korean: (Audio CD Included) | Ross King, Jaehoon Yeon
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1. Not really... I speak English and French, both official languages here. I studied Latin and ancient Greek in school, but you don't really speak those... And I'm learning Korean but I'm very lazy about it and don't force myself to speak it 😛
2. I haven't so far but I just started Portuguese on duolingo in prep for an upcoming trip, so maybe this is the first time!

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Have a safe and fun trip! 1mo
llwheeler @TheSpineView thanks for another round of fun questions! 1mo
TheSpineView @llwheeler You are welcome! 1mo
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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In case anyone else needs a waiting for election results distraction - or for non-Canadians, if your Monday needs some cheering up - have some sleepy cuddle cats.

I just finished the tagged book but don't really have my thoughts in order about it yet. Overall, probably a good book that's not quite my kind of book?

Karisa I had a hard time getting into that book. It felt like all the pieces were there but the world just fell flat. 🤷‍♀️ On the other hand, your cats are adorable! 😻😺 2mo
BethM How long will it take you guys to know? 2mo
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llwheeler @BethM not too much longer probably 2mo
llwheeler @Karisa yeah, I agree. It's very strong for a debut, but something was missing for me. And thanks! 😸 2mo
Amiable OMG, my heart is going to explode from the cuteness of this photo ... 1mo
Jaimelire I just started this book and am feeling kind of blah about it. Should I finish it? Elections were last night, I am not too surprised by the results. Should be interesting for the next few years. 1mo
llwheeler @Jaimelire it was pretty consistent for me, the way I felt about it didn't really change throughout. And yes, true. 1mo
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Dream Lake | Lisa Kleypas
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Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! Hope you have had a lovely weekend. Mine has been great, low-key but still full of delicious food. And voting! I love voting in advance polls, so much less stressful with no crowds.

I'm back up to way too many books on the go again, but started the tagged romance anyways cause I'm feeling like I need a good, easy read.

Lindy Hooray for voting 🗳! I voted at the elections office in my riding because I am away from home during the advance polls and also on Election Day. 2mo
llwheeler @Lindy yay voting! 2mo
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Dream Lake | Lisa Kleypas
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One of the little free libraries near my house was vandalized 😞

Contemporary romances are not usually my preferred subgenre of romance but I've liked one of Kleypas' historicals so I'm thinking I'll like this book. I wanted to pick something up from there, and I dropped a book off too, to try and let the people who run that #littlefreelibrary know that their efforts are appreciated.

Laughterhp Oh no! I don‘t understand why people would do that! 😒 2mo
Sace How awful! That makes me sad. 2mo
llwheeler @Laughterhp @Sace I know eh. I don't get it. 2mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. I have books I'm interested in but don't own stacked here and in a wishlist tag on Libby. I don't have a list of owned but unread books, I just look at my shelves. Sometimes I make specific short term tbr lists e.g. for challenges
2. Anything with a time consideration like library books or book club picks first. Otherwise, pretty much by mood.

TheSpineView 🧡📚🧡 2mo
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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Taking advantage of another of these library big read things. This was already on my wishlist (largely due to that gorgeous cover, let's be real) so figured why not.

Looking forward to reading it.

Hforrester12 Me took 2mo
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Fall of a Kingdom | Hilari Bell
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Not too shabby for a grey Sunday morning

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Fall of a Kingdom | Hilari Bell
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Hoping this is pretty much the rest of my day. Unless I fall asleep lol. It's been a long day so far - good, but long.

I'm liking this book so far, aside from one repeated bit of misogynistic name calling that is rubbing me the wrong way. We'll see what happens, but either way glad to be reading one that's been on my tbr for years.

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Fall of a Kingdom | Hilari Bell
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Found a blast from the past in this used book! I think I got this one from a used book sale back when a) I still lived in Ottawa and b) the Corel Centre was still called the Corel Centre

Jaimelire We used to live in Ottawa too. Lovely city. 2mo
llwheeler @Jaimelire it is ☺️ 2mo
Lcsmcat I love finding things in secondhand books! 2mo
llwheeler @Lcsmcat me too! 2mo
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Very much enjoyed this book on cephalopods, blending biology, psychology, and philosophy - and learned quite a few new things! E.g. how their skin colours work. I would have liked a conclusion that brought more of the elements discussed all together, but each section was very interesting.

Pic: me with an octopus at the Quebec aquarium in 2011

Lindy That‘s a large octopus! 2mo
llwheeler @Lindy It was! so cool to watch 2mo
Lindy @llwheeler 🐙❤️ 2mo
batsy Yes, awesome 🐙 photo! The book sounds super fascinating... Adding it to the infinitely expanding TBR 2mo
llwheeler @batsy Thanks! Hahaha gotta love infinitely expanding tbrs... sounds like mine too lol 2mo
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1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Other Minds; The Loneliest Magician; la petite poule d'eau
2. Probably will be Other Minds (tagged), I'm really enjoying and definitely will finish before the end of the month
3. Hmm... not sure! Maybe Dune

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Fun afternoon at an etsy fair with @Andrea4 😁 Loving the necklace I bought!

(and while taking this pic, I realized it's been over 10 years since I last read LotR - how did that happen? - so now feeling a re-read might be due soon)

Hestapleton It‘s been 12 years for me! I started a reread 2 weeks ago. It‘s going to take me MUCH longer to read this time than it did when I was 12 😂 2mo
llwheeler @Hestapleton I reread it when I was 19... and I bet it will take me longer now too haha. Unless I do it during a readathon maybe... 2mo
Daisey A group of us are currently reading the History of Middle Earth books, and we are planning to go back for a reread of The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings starting later this year after we finish the next one. #LotRHistory It might be a good time to join in rereading with others. 2mo
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llwheeler @Daisey That sounds great 😄 I enjoy seeing some of the History posts. It will be fun to reread with you and see what insights/layers you may find after reading all those other books. 2mo
Andrea4 I had much fun!!! And definitely had to purchase some things to help local artists! Lol 2mo
llwheeler @Andrea4 😁 of course lol 2mo
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A Blunt Instrument | Georgette Heyer
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When you have like eight bajillion things to read including about eight books actually on the go, but can't stop impatiently checking your library holds 🙃

cjk Me.All.The.Time. 😂 (edited) 2mo
llwheeler @cjk 😂 2mo
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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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Three years! I'm celebrating by spending the evening reading, of course 🎉🎉

Thanks for making this the best place to hang out, everyone ❤️❤️

batsy Happy Litsyversary! 😁📚📚📚 2mo
llwheeler @batsy 😁 thanks! 2mo
Ddzmini Happy Litsyversery 🎊🎉🥳📖😋 2mo
llwheeler @Ddzmini thanks! 😄 2mo
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Death in the Stocks | Georgette Heyer
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My first time reading Georgette Heyer - already have a library hold on another, so it won't be the last. Definitely understand why she's a classic, excellent prose and great characterization. A thoroughly enjoyable read, especially on a week when I was quite tired.

1935 for #192019challenge (yep still doing that, though haven't posted much for a while)

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Range of Ghosts | Elizabeth Bear
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#7days7covers #covercrush
Day 7 - what a fun challenge! And I'm loving all the cool art and designs in my feed 😊

Cover art by Donato

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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 6 (catch up from yesterday)

Cover art by Chuma Hill
Kitty toes photobomb by Callie 😸

Erofan 😍🐾🐱 2mo
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Death in the Stocks | Georgette Heyer
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Reading in the window seat ❤️
I've got a few more minutes to read before my in-laws get here and I have to people for the rest of the day.

Happy Saturday everyone!

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#7days7covers #covercrush

Day 4 - cover art by Jeffrey Alan Love (who I just looked up further for the first time and his art is really cool).

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Son of a Trickster | Eden Robinson
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I'm intrigued! This book has been on my radar for ages, sounds like it's time to bump it a little higher up the tbr.

https://www.cbc.ca/books/cast-revealed-for-cbc-s-upcoming-series-the-trickster-1...

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Aria | Nazanine Hozar
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#7days7covers #covercrush day 3

Cover art/design by Jennifer Griffiths

TheAromaofBooks This cover is gorgeous! 3mo
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks I love it! Totally a cover buy - though it sounds good and I'm excited to read it. 3mo
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#7days7covers #covercrush

Day 2 (catch up from yesterday, busy day) - all the Raksura books have awesome covers.

llwheeler Cover art by Steve Argyle 3mo
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Angelica | Sharon Shinn
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#7days7covers #covercrush
Thanks for the tag @Dragon! 😄

Day 1 - John Jude Palencar is probably my favourite cover artist. I love his style, can't pick just one.

silentrequiem Wow! He did the cover of one of my favorite books. I recognized the style as soon as I saw this. 3mo
llwheeler @silentrequiem he definitely has a distinctive style. I hadn't heard of that book, it sounds really good! Lovely cover. 3mo
Ruthiella I just checked and he did Kushiel‘s Dart too...the same style. That‘s pretty neat! 3mo
llwheeler @Ruthiella Awesome 😄 3mo
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