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Now Entering Addamsville | Francesca Zappia
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November wrap up- My best reading month yet, with five books!

Favorite this month- Now Entering Addamsville

2 physical books
1 audiobook
3 library books

3 ebooks

2 Goodreads TBR

1 booked2019 prompt

1 Owlcrate backlog

1 physical TBR

Goodreads Challenge--32/30

The Woman in the Window--⭐⭐⭐

Now Entering Addamsville-⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pumpkinheads-⭐⭐⭐⭐

Da Vinci‘s Tiger-⭐⭐⭐

All-American Muslim Girl-⭐⭐⭐⭐

#monthlywrapup

#novemberwrapup

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#weeklyforecast

My goals for this week:
✳Read 50% of “Always and Forever, Lara Jean.”
✳Start “Worlds of Ink and Shadow.”
✳Start another audiobook from Scribd-title TBD.

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen I JUST discovered Scribd!!!! It‘s so GOOD!!!! 6d
sheffner @Cinfhen I've been a subscriber for a few years, but just recently started using it more. It's been great, especially when my library doesn't have something available or there's a long waitlist for it. 3d
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#bookreport

Met all my goals!

Finished “All-American Muslim Girl”-⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read 11 chapters and finished “Da Vinci‘s Tiger”-⭐⭐⭐

Started “Always and Forever, Lara Jean”-on chapter 2.

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 7d
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All-American Muslim Girl | Nadine Jolie Courtney
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This was really good! Informative, heartwarming, and relatable. I was drawn in from the first chapter and enjoyed listening to Allie‘s journey in rediscovering her faith and family. I adored the audiobook narrator as well- Priya Ayyar was engaging and funny throughout.

#booked2019

#audiobook

#muslimauthorormc

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@4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I‘m listening more and more to audiobooks 💗a good narrator makes such huge difference 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice pick! ♥️📚👊🏻 6d
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Da Vinci's Tiger | L. M. Elliott
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An interesting, fast read. I loved reading historical fiction as a child and teen, so it was fun to read it again. I thought the ending was a little rushed and sudden and some of the dialogue seemed too modern. I did enjoy learning new things about the Renaissance era, as well as the subjects of love and friendship.

Owlcrate Challenge-3/19

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Da Vinci's Tiger | L. M. Elliott
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Woke up to eight(!) inches of snow this morning. Not ready for all the shoveling, but I'm looking forward to three days off, reading, and pie.

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All-American Muslim Girl | Nadine Jolie Courtney
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#weeklyforecast

My goals for this week are:
✴Get to 75% OR finish “All-American Muslim Girl.”
✴Read 11 chapters of “Da Vinci‘s Tiger.”
✴Start “Always and Forever, Lara Jean.”

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Seems like a solid plan ~ are you off Thursday & Friday?? 2w
sheffner @Cinfhen I'm off Thursday and swapped my Friday for Wednesday to have off. Hoping for a few snow days this week too, we'll see. 😅 2w
Cinfhen Snow days!!!!! It‘s still in the 80‘s where I am 2w
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All-American Muslim Girl | Nadine Jolie Courtney
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#bookreport

👎Bailed on “Dread Nation,” might return to it later

📘Started “Da Vinci‘s Tiger” today, currently on chapter 3

🎧I followed @Cinfhen‘s advice and started an audiobook. I usually have a hard time getting into audiobooks, but “All-American Muslim Girl” pulled me in from the first chapter. I‘ve been listening while cleaning, #audiocoloring and catching up on Stardew Valley. (Is #audiogaming a thing?) I‘m currently at 49%.

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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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#weeklyforecast

I have been in a reading slump the last few days. My #weeklyforecast may have me setting aside “Dread Nation” for now and coming back to it later. I‘m also (hopefully) planning on starting “Da Vinci‘s Tiger” or another #Owlcrate backlog, as well as starting something that will fulfill a #booked2019 prompt. Stay tuned!

@Cinfhen



Cinfhen Those reading slumps are frustrating but sometimes it‘s necessary to put a book down for a few days and recharge. I find audiocloring is good for a reading slump. I‘ll put on a podcast or a funny book and just relax and let my mind wonder. 3w
sheffner @Cinfhen What a great idea! Thank you. 3w
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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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#bookreport

This week I finished “Pumpkinheads” and “Now Entering Addamsville”-both ⭐⭐⭐⭐.

I‘m currently at 13% of “Dread Nation.” It‘s okay so far, but hasn‘t grabbed my attention completely.

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Oh good!!! That was a successful week ❣️ 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘ve completed my Goodreads challenge of 30 books! This is the first year since 2016 where I‘ve both met my challenge and read more than 20 books.

#goodreadschallenge

rather_be_reading way to go! 4w
JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 4w
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Super cute, quick read for fall.

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Now Entering Addamsville | Francesca Zappia
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A fun, fast read that I‘ll remember for a while. I loved the setting, humor, and family relationships. Looking forward to reading more by the author.

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Now Entering Addamsville | Francesca Zappia
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#weeklyforecast

Gorgeous fall day--ran errands and did some cleaning, before another cold front moves in.

My goal is to finish “Now Entering Addamsville” before I go back to work on Tuesday--it‘s already a few days late, but so worth it.

After that, I have a couple of options. There‘s a few ebooks I want to get to, before they are due. I want to start reading my #Owlcrate backlog again
And I‘d like to get in a few more #booked2019 prompts.

Cinfhen I think you have lots of good options and a solid plan for the week!! And hurray for a lovely weather day!!!! 4w
sheffner Thanks! @Cinfhen It's nice to have options. 3w
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Now Entering Addamsville | Francesca Zappia
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#bookreport

I finished “The Woman in the Window” on Monday. ⭐⭐⭐ and a half stars.

I‘m currently on page 259 of “Now Entering Addamsville.” Francesca Zappia is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. There‘s a paranormal meets Veronica Mars vibes to this book and I am loving it so far.

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen How great to discover a new author you love!! 4w
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WOW, what a ride. I flew through this book and guessed some of the twists, but not all of them.

The second half dragged a bit, but still an enjoyable read.

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October wrap up-A slow reading month, but I‘m still going to try and finish my Goodreads challenge, as well as some #booked2019 prompts.

Favorite this month- P.S. I Still Love You

1 physical book

1 library book

1 ebook

1 Goodreads TBR

1 booked2019 prompt

Goodreads Challenge--27/30

Five Dark Fates--⭐⭐

P.S. I Still Love You-⭐⭐⭐

#monthlywrapup

#Octoberwrapup

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#weeklyforecast

Going to finish “The Woman in the Window,” either tonight or tomorrow.

Afterwards, I‘ll start on “Now Entering Addamsville.” It‘s due back to the library this week and I‘m going to do my best to finish it by Saturday.

The cold front here in Colorado has finally moved out and now it feels like fall again.

Cinfhen Library due dates definitely help dictate reading goals 😊 1mo
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#bookreport:

I didn‘t have time to finish “Imaginary Friend,” and returned it to the library.

I‘m 85% into “The Woman in the Window.” I‘m surprised how much I‘m enjoying it. Short chapters, an unreliable narrator and an overall sense of dread has made this a fast read so far.

We did up having one early closure and one delayed opening this week=extra reading time!

Cinfhen Snow days??!?! Wow!!! 1mo
sheffner @Cinfhen We usually get snow in Colorado around Halloween, but this cold front (four days of temperatures in the teens and single digits, ice, and seven inches of snow) took everyone by surprise. 😰 1mo
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Love this idea! My #weeklyforecast:

I ended up putting aside “No Judgements” for now—I love Meg Cabot, but couldn‘t get into this one, even at 50% in.

Started “The Woman in the Window” this afternoon and might try “Imaginary Friend” later in the week. It‘s over 700 pages and due in a few days, so if I can‘t get right into it, I‘ll put it on hold again.

It‘s supposed to be cold and snowy all week: here‘s hoping for a snow day!

Cinfhen Hahaha!!! I actually LOVE that you included a weather forecast too!!!!! That‘s brilliant 😜💕📚 1mo
sheffner @Cinfhen Thanks!! It‘s definitely perfect reading weather! 1mo
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I preferred the first book to this one, but this was still a cute, fun read.
I really hope the whole drama with Genevieve is done with in the last book. I‘m still not sold on Peter, but ADORED John Ambrose.

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September Wrap Up- I really enjoyed all three of my September reads.

Favorite this month- To All the Boys I‘ve Loved Before

2 physical books

2 library books

1 ebook

3 Goodreads TBR

Goodreads Challenge--26/30

To All the Boys I‘ve Loved Before-⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hello Girls--⭐⭐⭐

Tunnel of Bones-⭐⭐⭐⭐

#monthlywrapup

#Septemberwrapup

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Five Dark Fates | Kendare Blake
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Mehso-so

I was underwhelmed and disappointed by this finale. There were pacing issues throughout (similar to the other three books) and then, all the action and the finale were over too quickly.

Spoiler thoughts in the comments:

#booked2019

#newin2019

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Katharine and Mirabella deserved better. I know somebody had to die, but it just left me feeling sad and empty.

Pietyr coming back was a nice surprise and I liked his interactions with the other characters.

I‘m glad I finished the series (doesn‘t happen very often!) but it was a love/hate relationship throughout--loved the idea and characters, hated the pacing and the plotholes.

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Cinfhen That‘s a shame that the final book in a series didn‘t deliver the big finale you were waiting for 😫 2mo
sheffner @Cinfhen There's only been a few finales I've been happy with. I'm picky with my endings. 😅 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sad ... but hey, it checks off a prompt. So, a little yay. 👊🏻♥️📚 2mo
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Five Dark Fates | Kendare Blake
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Up next!

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Tunnel of Bones | Victoria Schwab
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This was just the perfect mix of cute, funny, and spooky. I loved learning more about Jacob (even if I did cry) and I‘m looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Tunnel of Bones | Victoria Schwab
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Mini library haul! Looking forward to both of these new releases.

TheLibrarian Just started Tunnel of Bones and loving it. 3mo
sheffner @TheLibrarian I‘m about 100 pages in and really enjoying it so far. 3mo
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Hello Girls | Emily Henry, Brittany Cavallaro
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The first half of this book was engrossing and I liked it, but didn‘t love it and wanted more. I felt like Winona had more of a distinctive voice, compared to Lucille, and the abusive parent storyline was very authentic.

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This was really cute! Lara Jean was relatable, if a bit naive, but still the kind of character you root for.

I really like the sister/family relationships. I‘m looking forward to seeing how the characters evolve and grow (I‘m looking at you, Peter)  And of course, watching the movie version. 

#booked2019

#booktomovie

Cinfhen Fun choice!!! 3mo
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Making progress!

Favorite this month-Runaways, Vol 2: Best Friends Forever

4 physical books

2 library books

2 physical TBR

4 Goodread TBR

2 Owlcrate backlogs

Goodreads Challenge--22/30

Runaways Vol 2: Best Friends Forever-⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Madness so Discreet--⭐⭐⭐

Runaways Vol 3: That Was Yesterday-⭐⭐⭐⭐

Soundless-⭐⭐ and a half

#monthlywrapup

#Augustwrapup

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Soundless | Richelle Mead
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Mehso-so

An okay read. I liked it in the beginning, but found myself struggling toward the end. I would have liked more world building and more fantasy in the plot.

Owlcrate Challenge-2/19

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All caught up! Now to wait until October...

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A Madness So Discreet | Mindy McGinnis
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Finished my first Owlcrate backlog title in a week! A Madness So Discreet was an interesting read, much darker in its tones then first realized. I liked how there was no romance, (yay!) but found the last third of the book to be jarring in the plot choices. Overall, a quick read and I look forward to reading more by the author.

Owlcrate Challenge-1/19

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A Madness So Discreet | Mindy McGinnis
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In the midst of organizing and decluttering, I realized I have a lot of Owlcrate backlog books. (How many? 37 unread Owlcrate books! 😳) I arranged them from oldest to newest and the goal is to get through 19 of them before 2020, either by finishing or DNF-ing them.

#owlcrate
#backlog

Booknerd222 I have at least 5 #owlcrate #backlog and like 6 #botm books that I need to get through. Hoping to read at least 4 #botm before I get any more. 3mo
sheffner @Booknerd222 I thought about subscribing to botm, but talked myself out of it... Need to get through my current backlog first. 😅 3mo
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Runaways Vol. 1 | Rainbow Rowell
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I got sick the last two weeks of July and then was in a reading slump. But I‘m inching closer to my Goodreads goal--18 books for this year, compared to 17 for all of 2018!

Favorite this month-both of them.

2 ebooks

2 booked2019 prompts

1 library book

1 Goodreads TBR

Goodreads Challenge--18/30

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle-⭐⭐⭐⭐

Runaways: Find Your Way Home-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#monthlywrapup

#julywrapup

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Got through this on my lunch break today-that ending! Really enjoying Rainbow Rowell's writing in this revival.

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I checked the library catalog this morning...
And we had both volume 2 and 3 of the new Runaways on the shelf at my branch/work! Now I have some reading material during my lunch break.

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Runaways Vol. 1 | Rainbow Rowell
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I read the original Runaways series back in high school and loved it. This revival was awesome and I‘m looking forward to the rest of the volumes, along with catching up on Hulu!
(Karolina is still my favorite)

#booked2019
#comicorgraphicnovel

BarbaraTheBibliophage What a fun pick! ♥️👊🏻📚 4mo
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Super unique take on a traditional murder mystery. The characters all felt real and the writing was engrossing and detailed. There were a few twists I predicted and some I didn‘t see at all. Would have liked more to the ending, but otherwise, a great, thrilling read that completely engrossed me.

#booked2019

#genrebusting 

Cinfhen Good choice!! I thought this book was very clever!! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 5mo
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Here are my #Top6reads of 2019.

I've read almost everything by Sarah Dessen and Emily Henry and loved them.
Grateful to have finally discovered Holly Black, Alice Oseman, and Victoria Schwab this year.

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The Rest of the Story | Sarah Dessen
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June was a busy month. I was promoted from part time to full time at my current branch and have been adjusting to my new schedule.

Favorite this month- The Rest of the Story.

1 ebook
2 physical books
2 booked2019 prompts
1 library book
1 physical TBR (on shelf)
3 Goodreads TBR

The Sandcastle Empire-⭐⭐⭐

Hearts Unbroken-⭐⭐⭐

The Rest of the Story -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#monthlywrapup

#junewrapup

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Hearts Unbroken | Cynthia Leitich Smith
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My spring wrapup for #booked2019. Only got three prompts done, but I did get through some of my physical TBR! 

1- Vassa in the Night (Night-oriented title)

2- The Sandcastle Empire (cli-fi)

3- Hearts Unbroken (Indigenous Author)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Awesome—thanks for posting! 5mo
Cinfhen Echoing @BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad you‘re enjoying🤓 5mo
sheffner @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thank you! I've definitely been reading outside of my normal genres and authors, which is great. 5mo
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The Rest of the Story | Sarah Dessen
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The Rest of the Story was love at first chapter. I can safely say this is my 2nd favorite Sarah Dessen book.

I found myself relating to Emma so much and we had quite a bit in common--reading the obituaries, an addicted parent, and anxiety about driving.

Roo and Emma‘s relationship was a slow burn, but so worth the journey. Roo is one of my favorite book boyfriends-he was so full of life and joy, even with everything in his past.

BookHoarder32 Moving this up the tbr list 👍 5mo
sheffner I hope it‘s a good read for you, too. 😊 5mo
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The Rest of the Story | Sarah Dessen
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Leftover pesto pasta and the new Sarah Dessen= a perfect, quiet lunch break.

#lunchandabook #newbooks

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Hearts Unbroken | Cynthia Leitich Smith
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Another okay read. I liked the own voices element and the short chapters. But I thought the writing was choppy, there was too much going on with the plot, and Joey, the love interest, left me unimpressed.

#booked2019

#indigenousauthor

Cinfhen At least it wasn‘t a bail 😉 6mo
sheffner @Cinfhen Right? It did hold my interest for the most part. 6mo
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I was in such a reading slump in May--it took me a while to finish my only read, Vassa in the Night, and then I didn‘t pick anything else up until the end of the month.

But I did finish a book off my physical TBR, completed a booked2019 prompt, and am still on track with my Goodreads challenge!

1 Goodreads TBR

1 Physical TBR (owned/on shelf)

1 booked2019 challenge prompt

Vassa in the Night-⭐⭐

#monthlywrapup #maywrapup

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The Sandcastle Empire | Kayla Olson
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Mehso-so

An action dystopian where climate change resulted in floods, death, and a faction called the Wolfpack.

I really enjoyed the first half of this book, but could have done without the romance, and found myself struggling through the second half. I think this would have been better as a duology.

#booked2019 #clifi

Cinfhen Great review!! My #CliFi also started strong but second half was bonkers 🤪I hated my selection 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I think publishers sometimes push romance into books where it doesn‘t belong. Thanks for the review! 6mo
4thhouseontheleft I didn‘t realize this was clifi and I have it on my bookshelves! I might choose this too since I have been meaning to read it. 6mo
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sheffner @Cinfhen Thanks! I had a hard time finding a clifi title I could get into. 6mo
sheffner @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks! Yes, and in this book, the love interest wasn‘t even introduced in the first hundred pages. 6mo
sheffner @4thhouseontheleft I didn‘t realize either, until I saw a review online. Glad it was a title I had! 6mo
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Mehso-so

There have been a few recent weird reads (Strange Grace, Sawkill Girls, The Hazel Wood) that I‘ve enjoyed, but this one missed the mark. It was darker and more gruesome than I‘d expected.  The beginning of the book pulled me in, but I found myself disconnected and apathetic about the characters and plot by the middle. An surreal, dark retelling on an unfamiliar folktale, but this just wasn‘t for me.

#booked2019 #nightorientedtitle

Cinfhen At least you completed the prompt 😝 7mo
sheffner @Cinfhen I thought about DNF-ing a few times, but I was determined to finish both the book and the prompt. 😅 7mo
4thhouseontheleft I like the original source folk tale, but I also thought this book was too weird and gave it a 👎 when I read it a few years ago. 6mo
sheffner @4thhouseontheleft Yes, too weird, even for me. 6mo
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Preparing for my nephew‘s baptism, job applications, interviews, and spring cleaning... I only had time to read two books in April. But I am still three books ahead of schedule for my Goodreads challenge and I really enjoyed the books I read.

Favorite this month--both of them! :)

1 ebook

1 physical book

2 library books

1 Goodreads TBR

When the Sky Fell on Splendor-⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Wicked King-⭐⭐⭐ & 1/2

#monthlywrapup

#Aprilwrapup

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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It took me until the 50% mark to really get into this book--loved the banter and tension and all the political intrigue. Those last few chapters have me dying for the last book in the series.

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Not my favorite Emily Henry book, but I really enjoyed the characters, plot, and the topics of grief and small town life. Beautiful and heartbreaking, as always.