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ravenlee

Joined March 2018

Homeschool mom trying desperately to read grown-up stuff (at least occasionally)
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This paragraph really hits the nail on the head, doesn‘t it? #DeadPhilosophersSociety #ThisLife @GingerAntics @kspenmoll @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie Right?!?! 🤯 2d
GingerAntics 100% 2d
kspenmoll So true. 2d
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I had to go clothes shopping, which is absolute torture. But Old Navy is next door to Barnes and Noble, so…I feel a tiny bit better now. Also, there seems to be a theme here.

vivastory I recently read an excerpt of the Haynes on LitHub & immediately purchased it! 3d
Tamra I‘d really like to read Pandora‘s Jar! 3d
ravenlee @vivastory @Tamra it‘s been on my radar but I wasn‘t actually looking for it (all I was really looking for was the Post-Roe America 😡), but I stumbled across it and it just fell into my hands! 3d
Tamra @ravenlee lucky you, at least on one count! 3d
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7 Days In May | Peter Barns
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My stack for #MarvellousMay with @Andrew65 and co. I also have Jane Austen at Home, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, This Life, The Purpose of Power, and HP 7 on the go. Overall goal is 1000 pages and finish two books. 🤞🏻 Tomorrow is a HP day with kiddo, so I don‘t know how much reading time I‘ll get, but the rest of the week should be fair.

Andrew65 Good luck, and thanks for playing along 😊 4d
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Houses of Stone | Barbara Michaels
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Meh. I‘ve read one other Michaels and felt the same - I thought this was supposed to be spooky and thrilling and chilling, but it was all pretty bland. Minor romantic elements, small amount of academia, but meh. And a very early-90s focus on feminism (in academia and otherwise) that was actually really obnoxious. Not terrible but disappointing. This was my #roll100 #96 @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Some stuff does not age well 5d
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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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Trying to catch up with #PemberLittens and I‘m confused - how did a monthly magazine that ran from Jan 1789-Mar 1790 tally sixty issues?

Clare-Dragonfly Huh. If it‘s such an admirable and professional magazine, my guess would be that one of those years has a typo, but that‘s just a guess. 🤔 6d
ravenlee Ah, ok - now that I‘m less tired I was able to find the answer. The Loiterer was a WEEKLY periodical, not monthly. That makes a difference. @Clare-Dragonfly so the dates are correct. 6d
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Oh yeah - that was the other library book I requested! In my defense, I thought about requesting about 8-9 books over the course of a day or two, so trying to remember what I had ACTUALLY requested was confusing.

LiteraryinLawrence That happens to me sometimes! 6d
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Kiddo is studying present participles in Spanish, and we noticed that “participles” could sound like an ancient Greek hero if pronounced “Par-TISS-i-plees.” So kiddo‘s cheetah stuffy and kiddo collaborated on this comic. You‘re welcome.
#cheetahsofLitsy

Alfoster 👍❤️! 6d
BookNAround Love it! 6d
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Houses of Stone | Barbara Michaels
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Working my way through the tagged book, wondering when it‘s going to get spooky and/or interesting (1/3 through and the answer is “not yet”). But I got this awesome package from my friend‘s tea shop today and am so excited to try these amazing teas!
https://www.thesouthernkitchenwitchery.com/

Bklover Tea looks wonderful! 7d
Megabooks Beautiful teas! 7d
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Today‘s library #bookhaul - though there should be another in a couple of days. Which I can‘t remember the title of, at the moment…oops.

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Friends Forever | Shannon Hale
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Ugh. Book Outlet sent me one with a super-sticky sticker and one with a torn jacket. But at least I got my #bookmail in less than a month this time. 🤷🏻‍♀️

ozma.of.oz That‘s disappointing. Goo Gone has worked pretty well for me in getting rid of stickers. 1w
ravenlee @ozma.of.oz Luckily, I was able to peel it off very slowly and get all of it. It wasn‘t as bad as it seemed. 1w
ozma.of.oz That‘s good! 👍🏻 1w
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The Last Bear | Hannah Gold
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I‘m wrecked. This was an amazing story about love and family and adventure and finding yourself and your purpose. April befriends a lonely and injured polar bear where bears shouldn‘t be. Her distracted, grieving father doesn‘t believe her, leading her to take a dangerous and disastrous step.

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Aprilly | Jane Abbott
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Better late than never - in April I read 13 books and got two #BookSpinBingo lines. I still feel like I‘m barely reading, but it was a better month than the previous two.

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The Last Bear | Hannah Gold
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“Friluftsliv,” April repeated softly. It was a word that sounded like mermaids, enchanted forests, or something ethereal and magic.

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In a democracy: “We cannot invoke religious dogma as the final word in a debate or as the founding authority of a law.” Somebody, PLEASE explain this to the Republicans. 🙄😡

Julsmarshall So true! 1w
Karisa Hear! Hear! 👏👏👏 1w
Branwen YES! EXACTLY THIS! ☝️💕 1w
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Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1w
batsy The point that the law should exists for the sake of the human being is so pertinent! Same with how I feel about people suffering because they're unable to make ends meet... The economy should exist for the sake of the human being and people shouldn't have to suffer for it. The world is so wrong on so many levels. 1w
TheBookHippie RIGHT?! I read this and YELLED. UGH. THIS !!!!!!! TRUTH!!!! 1w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I couldn‘t resist finishing this a few days ago (also I forgot my other book for kiddo‘s Lego club, which is held in a library but I was trying to resist temptation). It‘s like kettle corn - salty, sweet, addictive, and then mysteriously all gone. It‘s not like the novels, not quite as good, but what is?
#DannyBoy is sulking because he‘s feisty and I won‘t let him wrestle with my bare hand. #catsofLitsy #PemberLittens

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Playing Catch-Up | A. B. Guthrie
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I‘ve been working on all (most of, anyway) my current reads since I got home from playing at a graduation this morning. Well, except when I got tired and apparently took a nap for 45 minutes or so (I blame the cat). Hopefully by this time tomorrow I‘ll be caught up on buddy reads.

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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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It took me a while to get into this, but once I did it was immersive. I didn‘t want to put it down; I just wanted to read it all as quickly as possible. This isn‘t a romance, or at least that‘s not the most important part. Both characters have issues to work through but they‘re so good for each other, and the friend crew is awesome. I even loved the side stories. TW below, pretty significant.

ravenlee Gaslighting and severe emotional abuse, with some threatening violent moments toward the end (no physical abuse) 1w
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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Starting this one next. A couple chapters in and I‘m ambivalent, but we‘ll see how it goes.

TheAromaofBooks I remember it took me a while to adjust to the male MC's narrative style. 2w
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#DannyBoy inspecting today‘s library #BookHaul - for myself, for a change! Very different books but they both look interesting. Naturally, I put these on hold AFTER I made up my #BookSpin list…

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The Girl with the Silver Eyes | Willo Davis Roberts
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Nostalgia points; this was a favorite of my sister‘s and I remember begging to read it, and maybe finally just stealing it. Now I have my own copy 😆 and I think it still works, if some parts are a little dated (30 cents to ride a bus?). Katie can move things with her mind, and her silver eyes make people uncomfortable. When someone starts asking too many questions she starts to wonder if there might be more kids like her.

HeyT I remember loving this when I was younger. It‘s the first genre fic that stuck with me after I read it. 2w
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The Girl with the Silver Eyes | Willo Davis Roberts
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AND she‘s reading my favorite book from childhood. I don‘t remember noticing any of this when I read this as a kid.

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The Girl with the Silver Eyes | Willo Davis Roberts
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When your book character shares your birthday - September 10. I think this is a first for me.

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Mehso-so

Other reviews saying there isn‘t much “library” in this Mercenary Librarians story are accurate. The epilogue on that storyline felt like an afterthought. I wanted to like this so much more, but it felt like Trail of Lightning in a lot of ways. The focus of the book was more on Knox than Nina, and the “villain” reveal/turnaround was a let-down. And the big moment at the end? Completely predictable. Sad to say I was disappointed. #Roll100 #85

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My final count for #20in4 is…62 chapters! I set my goal as 20, so I‘m ecstatic, especially because we got our raised garden bed set up this weekend as well and have been stocking it with lots of goodies. Thanks @Andrew65 for another awesome readathon!

Andrew65 That‘s brilliant, well done. 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🥳 2w
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉 2w
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BINGO TIME | J S Lubandi, Jaja Books
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My #BookSpinBingo board for May. Lady Susan is my #BookSpin and it‘s already underway with #PemberLittens, #DoubleSpin is Haunted (also a #SeriesRead2022 pick), and I‘m working on Deal with the Devil for #Roll100. I‘m on the fence so far. Other #Roll100 picks are Houses of Stone and Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe.

TheSpineView Looks good! 2w
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First day and I‘m already behind, but here‘s my copy @BarkingMadRun ! An unexpectedly busy day left me with no reading time yet, but I hope to get a start this evening. #PemberLittens

BarkingMadRun Fabulous!! 2w
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Winterhouse | Ben Guterson
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Surprisingly good. I wasn‘t sure about the ghost part of the story, and tbh that wasn‘t my favorite storyline. But the friendship is awesome (they even have a fight and have to compromise!), the hotel people are great, and Elizabeth is a good MC. I ordered the third book already but Book Outlet didn‘t have the second in hardcover so now I have to find it. Gotta have them match, ya know. Also, 38/20 chapters for #20in4 done!

Andrew65 Doing brilliantly 👏👏👏 2w
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The first 2.5 books in the series (not trilogy like I thought) were okay, but it got better in this one. While there‘s still some annoying repetition, characters are settling in and some of the long-game action is playing out. Now I need to find the remaining four books - and, of course, the first four are mass markets and the last three are trade paper.
#seriesread2022 #doublespin for April

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
TheSpineView Awesome! 2w
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Anybody else just happily going along and then realize it‘s Saturday and you forgot you have a bazillion book discussions on Sunday and you haven‘t touched those books? Oops. In my defense, this week was completely upended with kiddo‘s schedule so I lost track of the days, I was sick early in the week, and it‘s just been a tough time for me mentally.

Here‘s a cat picture for your trouble. #catsofLitsy #DannyBoy

SRWCF The cat picture makes it all worth while. There's a creature who knows how to enjoy life! 2w
Singout I hear you! 2w
TheBookHippie We‘ve had influenza and moving my daughter into her new house 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
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Here we go for #20in4 - I‘m going for 20 chapters because the family never lets me read 20 hours!
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Good luck 😊 3w
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#BookwormProblems - I‘ve been reading these books off and on for years now. While I‘m reading I enjoy them (despite annoying cut-and-paste repetition) but don‘t feel the urge to come back to the series. I bought all three years ago, so when I got to this one I thought I could be done with it all. Except yesterday I found out the series continues, and now I have to fight conflicting urges of series completion and general meh-ness.

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I Will Spin Again | Jeanann Taylor
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May #BookSpin list

1 Notes from a Small Island
2 The Arthurian Legends
3 The Girl with the Silver Eyes
4 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
5 Lady Susan
6 Wicked and the Wallflower
7 Gods & Men
8 Why I‘m No Longer…
9 Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe
10 Dear Martin
11 Houses of Stone
12 The Flatshare
13 Confronting the Classics
14 Folklore & Literature: Rival Siblings
15 The Ship Thieves
16 Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
17 Beezus and Ramona
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ravenlee 18 Deal with the Devil 19 At Last 20 Haunted 3w
julieclair Great list! We have similar reading tastes. 🙂 3w
ravenlee @julieclair you mean all over the place? 😆 Glad I‘m not the only one. 3w
julieclair 😂😂 My excuse is that I'm a Gemini. ♊ 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3w
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The Parker Inheritance | Varian Johnson
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Low pick. Honestly, it suffers from the Westing Game comparisons - because it isn‘t that brilliant. I think Johnson stuffed too much into this story: it‘s a mystery, a family drama, a friend story, a racial history and critique, and a love story…all at the same time. And there was kind of a cop-out on one of the mysteries (bracelet) at the end, which was frustrating. A good story, but not a great one.

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Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld | Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
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Princess Amaya is a spoiled kid who abuses her magic and leads her brother into trouble, so her parents send her to Earth for a week‘s punishment. Something goes wrong, and three years later Amaya and her guardian don‘t remember Gemworld at all. But Gemworld is in danger, and Amaya is the key to saving it. This MG fantasy GN was really fun. Kiddo told me I HAD to read it, and I recommend you do, too.

AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie have u seen this one? 3w
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie No I haven't, but it looks interesting I am going to “stack“ it 3w
ravenlee @AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie it is a really quick read, and as far as I can tell it‘s a standalone. Though it could easily be turned into a series, in my opinion. Kiddo and I both enjoyed it. 3w
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Fascinating look into proximate and ultimate causes in world history, specifically who conquered whom rather than vice versa. Looks at environmental resources (domesticable plants/animals, minerals), climate, continental axes - and how they all affect the peoples who live in these regions.
March #Roll100 and April #BookSpin

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 3w
KCofKaysville @ravenlee Always wanted to read it. Sounds informative. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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#DannyBoy insists on snuggling my feet…which is kind of ticklish. Kiddo and hubby are playing chess while we all wait for our loaded baked potato pizza to bake. Friday nights are wild around here! #catsofLitsy

Ruthiella That‘s my idea of an excellent “wild” Friday night!😆 4w
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Den of Thieves | Julia Golding
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#catsofLitsy #DannyBoy says this magazine is his and kiddo must find other reading material.

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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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#Bookmail! Tagged is for #PemberLittens next month, the top two are for the kiddo (both frequent library borrows she asked to own), S&T gives me all three, the Bardugo matches my King of Scars so maybe now I can actually read it (probably need to reread the first three, and read the other duology…), and the others just looked good. Book Outlet is dangerous…

Clare-Dragonfly Definitely read the Crows duology if you haven‘t yet before reading King of Scars! 4w
ravenlee @Clare-Dragonfly I don‘t even know why I haven‘t yet! I‘ve had them forever! Why am I like this? 4w
Clare-Dragonfly I, um… can relate 😅 4w
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Low pick. I loved the Wynchesters (not enough to seek out the rest of the series though) and the bluestocking reading circle. Philippa‘s parents were vile. I felt like Tommy‘s insecurities were overdone but the conflict made sense. I‘m not rushing out to find more by Ridley but I enjoyed this well enough.

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I still love these books, despite Rowling‘s ickiness and the books themselves being problematic in so many ways. I‘m so happy to share this world with my kiddo. We finished this morning and hope to watch the movie later this week, then it‘s on to the end. There will be tears.

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Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
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My library does Sunday Punday.

LeahBergen 😆 1mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 1mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻🤣 1mo
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The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood in this collection of Perrault‘s tales was different than I remember. The Prince‘s mother is an ogress? That‘s new! And the Prince keeping his little family a secret in the enchanted (formerly enchanted?) castle in the woods for two years was new, too. I liked it, just different.
#childrensclassicread2022 @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie I liked it too! I‘m reading several versions this month as well. 1mo
batsy Yes! It was all so different and definitely made things more interesting. 1mo
tpixie And Aurora was Sleeping Beauty‘s DAUGHTER‘S name! 1mo
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The Hob's Bargain | Patricia Briggs
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The Mercyverse will always be my favorite, but this was really good. It‘s a standalone high fantasy, comparable to Briggs‘ Raven and Dragon duologies. Aren‘s husband and family are massacred by raiders. After her metaphorical world is upended the literal world follows, and she and her village must adapt to the reawakening magic. What will Aren do to save those who won‘t accept her?

(Danny, again, won‘t let me up for a book photo #catsofLitsy)

RaeLovesToRead Stripy floof 😍 1mo
ravenlee Oh, I forgot - this was my #Roll100 #100 @PuddleJumper slowly picking away at that list! 1mo
PuddleJumper You're doing great and have a pretty floof! 1mo
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Tornadoes! | Gail Gibbons
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Today‘s #bookmail is very welcome! I missed my favorite used book sale because I was working and then mostly struck out at my fave used book store, so I did some online shopping instead. (Book Outlet order still to arrive)

Last night a probable tornado hit our neighborhood, and while we had no damage we haven‘t had electricity for the past 15 hours, and no estimate on restoration. So I‘ll be back on tomorrow or so!

RaeLovesToRead FARSEER TRILOGY!!!! 😁💕💕💕 1mo
LeahBergen Eek! I‘m happy to hear you‘re okay. 1mo
Ruthiella Hope the power comes back soon so you have heat and light to read! 1mo
ravenlee Thanks @LeahBergen @Ruthiella everything‘s going well now and when we came home from dinner out the power came back on, too! Now the house is cooling down and the humidity is dropping (from about 85%!). We might actually get some sleep tonight. 1mo
ravenlee @RaeLovesToRead yes, you and a couple other Littens got me too interested to resist! 1mo
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Sweet Tea Tuesdays | Ashley Farley
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1 - ummm, yes. Sometimes for good reason (I held off Hunt the Stars until I could really dive in, rather than nibbling at it), sometimes just because
2 - 2 years ago I read The Old Man and the Sea, which my fourth grade teacher gave me in 1991. I also have a boxed set of Narnia that I got a year or so earlier and I‘ve only read half of them. 😬
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
Tagging @GingerAntics @Chrissyreadit

TheSpineView Got to love the never ending TBR lists! Thanks for playing! ❤📚 1mo
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An excellent look at male archetypes and how they influence both men and women. I recommend reading this after Goddesses in Everywoman, though it can stand alone. There is some excellent analysis of patriarchy and its costs, though the concluding chapters about “the sons of Metis” and how we can change our society felt a bit off/outdated. (Beware, Trump is used as an example early on 🤢)
#roll100 #48 @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Sounds like an interesting read! 1mo
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This was a fun MG mystery starring a young Agatha-Christie-like writer/sleuth-in-training. I guessed the culprit early, but there were still some twists I enjoyed. I don‘t know yet if I will continue the series.

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Today‘s library #bookhaul is actually all for me! That almost never happens. The tagged is a #blameitonLitsy, and the MG is from A Mighty Girl (I think) but I‘m excited for both. I need some quicker reads to get my momentum back after a slow few weeks

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Hunt the Stars | Jessie Mihalik
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Danny won‘t let me take a pic of the book.

Mihalik‘s books are such good reads. I have loved all her previous stuff, and now am eagerly awaiting the next installment. As kiddo said, I devoured this (in about 26 hours!). International intrigue, romantic tension, enemies (literal) to lovers…and the most adorable animal companion ever. Loved everything about it.

Zoes_Human I‘d rather look at Danny anyway 🤷🏻❤️ 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Aww, Danny, you handsome fellow!!! ❤ 1mo
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Hunt the Stars | Jessie Mihalik
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My reading companion, as he just woke up and looked at me as if I put him in this weird position.
#catsofLitsy

wanderinglynn Too cute! ❤️🐱 1mo
kspenmoll 😻😻 1mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 1mo
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