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sprainedbrain

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member sprainedbrain

Equal-opportunity reader, unapologetic liberal, Jane Austen fangirl/organizer of #PemberLittens www.goodreads.com/sprainedbrain
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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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#Pemberlittens

In chapter 2, Catherine has a very low-key parting from her family (no tears or gnashing of teeth), an uneventful journey to Bath (no kidnappings or carriage accidents) with the perfectly nice Allens (no dastardly plans for our heroine) and, after some shopping and style-watching, attends her first ball in the upper rooms. The ball turns out to be crowded & awkward as they know nobody, but two gentlemen think our girl is pretty!

Bookwormjillk No kidnappers. What a letdown 🙄 23h
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Clare-Dragonfly This is soooo undramatic. How is poor Catherine meant to be a heroine? 😂 23h
sprainedbrain @Bookwormjillk @Clare-Dragonfly it really is hampering her adventure! 😅 23h
Chili Not a single dastardly plan! Poor Catherine! How boring. 22h
thegreensofa How different the days..we would just get up and dance. A great chapter, I could just see everybody in the room! 18h
mollyrotondo “Her mind about as ignorant and uninformed as the female mind at seventeen usually is.” 😂 18h
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Gothikana | Runyx
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I had to add this book to the Litsy database, but please don‘t take that as an endorsement.😂

I needed a #DarkAcademia book for #Booked2022 and since I‘ve read most of the great ones, took a chance with a book that Booktok actually seems to think fits that category. While it is dark, and at a school, it‘s also ridiculous and just not well written at all. Must get myself on a better side of Booktok.

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JamieArc I still need to complete that prompt. What are some of your favorites/recommended for Dark Academia? 1d
sprainedbrain @JamieArc I really loved The Secret History (Tartt), Ninth House (Bardugo), and Babel (Kuang). I‘ve seen this book on lists of dark academia as well and I really liked it: 1d
JamieArc @sprainedbrain Thanks! The tagged looks really good! 1d
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Ooof. So sorry … 22h
sprainedbrain @BarbaraTheBibliophage haha, totally my fault for choosing this one! I actually had a different one planned but fell for Booktok hype. 😜 22h
LeeRHarry I have this one and have only heard bad things since I got it ….it may be going in the charity bag sooner than I thought 🤔 21h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @sprainedbrain Ahhh …the socials…that‘ll do it! 10h
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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#Pemberlittens! Show us your copy of Northanger, and tell me… is this your first time or a reread?

In chapter 1, we are introduced to Catherine Morland, who had a quiet, happy childhood with her family, was a good kid with no aims at grandeur, started to get a bit pretty as she got older despite having no dashing potential love interests nearby, is mediocre at piano, can‘t draw, but loves to read, and (at last!) has an opportunity for adventure.

julieclair I love her already! And… I was surprised to read that she liked to play baseball. I thought that was an American sport, and hadn‘t even been invented at the time this was written. 🤔⚾️ 2d
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Christyco125 This is my first time reading this book. Catherine is starting with some interesting characteristics. 2d
mollyrotondo This is the second time I‘m reading this one. So funny right off the bat. “She is almost pretty today,” is one of my favorite lines from this one 😂 18h
sprainedbrain @julieclair @Christyco125 @mollyrotondo I just think Austen was so sublimely funny in this one! 10h
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I read a lot in September… finished 29 books (20 audiobooks, 6 Kindle books, and 3 paper books), had a #BookSpinBingo blackout for the first time ever, and successfully defeated my library holds that tried to bury me.

My favorites for September:

Babel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Funny You Should Ask ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dear Martin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

White Tears/Brown Scars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Bluebird Great accomplishment! 👏👏👏👏👏 2d
Gissy Wow! Impressive 🤩 📚📚📚📚🙌👏👏👏 2d
Bookzombie That‘s awesome!🎉🧁 2d
Kimzey What an accomplishment! 🎉 1d
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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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Mehso-so

Pros: quick, easy listen that I started last night and finished today. My oldest daughter loves CoHo, so we can chat about this.

Cons: kind of a hot mess of ‘new adult‘ tropes, mediocre writing at best, and some the dumbest character names I‘ve seen (that‘s saying something). I spent 80% of this book being annoyed and now have to tell my daughter that. 😂

Of course I will read the 🤬ing sequel.

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Tonton The Cons: 😂😂😂 3d
Kimberlone Yes the name Ryle just made me cringe every time I saw it on the page. Atlas was also bad but not as bad a Ryle. 3d
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 3d
Reggie There‘s a sequel!!!! I had no idea. I loved this one. And the 3 questions she asks him after the baby is born-😭😭😭lol. 2d
sprainedbrain @Reggie it comes out this month, per my daughter! 2d
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Untitled | Unknown
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We are still reading our September/October selections (Northanger starts tomorrow!), but it‘s time to vote for our November/December books!

This time, we will be reading:

- Something by Austen
- An adaptation of one of Jane‘s books, and
- A book by another female author

Everyone is welcome to vote and to add other books that don‘t show in the voting.

Added a question for planning next year too!

Vote here: https://forms.gle/cdwxU77krKo7PnTr7

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This was SO GOOD. Not just for a second-in-series, but in general. Novik‘s usual stellar writing, fantastic characters that have just continued developing from the first book, a nonstop action-packed story, and monsters, monsters, monsters.

I am extremely happy that I waited until the 3rd and final book was out because that ending was just a mean, cruel cliffhanger, and that took a star off my review. 😂

Really great on audio, too.❤️

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ICantImReading You were so smart to wait for the third book to come out so that you aren‘t hanging too long on that terrible cliff 😆 I just started the third one last night! 😀 4d
sprainedbrain @ICantImReading how is it so far? I‘m so tempted to start it right now but I‘m trying to manage a library situation… I‘m a wee bit overbooked. 😂 4d
Clare-Dragonfly Waiting for all three to be out has been my plan too! Now I just have to see if my budget can handle buying them… I‘m sure the wait at the library for book 3 will be long. 3d
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BookBosomed1 I just bought the first in the series! 3d
BookBr The first is on my TBR…glad to know it‘s such a good series! 3d
ICantImReading @sprainedbrain ahh I know that feeling well 😂 so far so good!! It picks up just where it left off 😊 3d
sprainedbrain @Clare-Dragonfly @BookBosomed1 @BookBr I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have! 3d
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My #BookSpin #BookSpinBingo list for October is completely full (no free spaces 😫) in clear evidence of how completely out of control my library situation is. 🤪😳

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4d
KristiAhlers Looks like a great list. I need to get mine posted once I get home Sunday from NOLA 4d
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Mortmain Hall | Martin Edwards
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The first book in this 1930s gothic mystery series was just a so-so for me, but this second installment was really good!

I warmed all the way up to main characters Rachel Savernake, amateur detective, and Jacob Flint, intrepid crime reporter, and this mystery with its maze of interconnecting murders was so fun. Secret clubs, debauchery, lions and tigers, frame jobs… climaxing with a Clue-esque stormy night at a crumbling mansion. 🖤

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sprainedbrain Edwards really hit his stride with this one and I look forward to reading the new (3rd) book when I can get my hands on it. 5d
BookBr Ooo this sounds like so much fun! 4d
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When You Reach Me | Rebecca Stead
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I needed a middle grade novel for one of my reading challenges, and this has just been hanging out on my kindle forever… absolutely loved it!

Time travel, sixth grade angst, late 70s NYC, and $25,000 Pyramid. Lots of fun and a super quick read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Pestilence | Laura Thalassa
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Let‘s get this out of the way first: I 100% bought this Audible book because that cover is giving Brad Pitt in Troy. I am a weak creature, but this turned out to be a sound investment because I enjoyed the heck out of the book.

Pretty brutal at times (biblical apocalypse duh), but also smart, with a snarky female mc who is tough, foul-mouthed and did not annoy me. Of course it gets sexy and romantic too…I mean just 👀 at Pestilence.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

mrp27 😂😂😂 7d
Reggie I was totally all about Eric Bana in Troy. Lol stacked. 4d
sprainedbrain @Reggie That movie has no shortage of eye candy. Lol 3d
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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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#ManicMonday #LetterH

📖 tagged, Harry Potter (any/all), The Highland Witch

✍️ Thomas Hardy, Kristin Hannah, Alice Hoffman

🎥 The Hangover (it‘s ok, you can judge me)

🎤 Harry Styles, Hozier, Hanson

🎶 Hail to the King (A7X), Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley), Handle with Care (Traveling Wilburies), Hard Road (Johnny Flynn), Headfirst for Halos (MCR), Here With Me (The Killers), Hey Jude (The Beatles), Hotel Yorba (White Stripes), Hurt (Johnny Cash)

sprainedbrain Let the record show… I could have gone on with songs for quite a while, but I ran out of characters. 😂 1w
vivastory I literally ended at just the right amount of characters 😂 1w
sprainedbrain @vivastory I had to delete a few. 😅 1w
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CBee LOVE all your song choices ♥️♥️♥️ 1w
sprainedbrain @CBee just like I always love yours! Great minds (or ears) and all of that. 😂 1w
RaeLovesToRead The Hangover is a great film! 7d
CBee @sprainedbrain aw thanks! Yep! Great ears ummmm, hear alike 😂😂😂 7d
bio_chem06 Just saw Hanson in concert for the third time and they never disappoint! 7d
sprainedbrain @bio_chem06 I really need to see them live sometime! 6d
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A Cooler Climate | Zena Collier
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@PatriciaU gave me this book forever ago, but I‘m so happy to have finally read it! Completely unexpected, so quiet and melancholy but somehow also hopeful—I thought the writing was just amazing. I do find myself wishing for more from the ending, but realize it was probably the best way to end Iris‘ story.

Thanks for this gem, Patricia! I probably never would have discovered it if not for you. ❤️

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PatriciaU I‘m so glad you read and enjoyed this! I‘d forgotten all about the “Blind Date” book swaps we used to do. I miss that group! 6d
sprainedbrain @PatriciaU I do, too! ❤️ 6d
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The Winter Sister | Megan Collins
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Mehso-so

In my humble opinion, this debut was neither spellbinding nor suspenseful, but it did keep my interest enough to finish in a day. I wasn‘t really fond of any of the characters, didn‘t understand all the stupid lying everyone did, and thought the ending could have been improved on, but I stuck around to see the mystery solved. 🤷🏻‍♀️

My #AboutSisters book for #Booked2022

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The Roommate | Rosie Danan
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You know that thing where you put a book on hold at the library, then it comes in months later and you don‘t remember why you wanted to read it or have a clue what it‘s about, but you start, thinking ‘oh this is a cute romcom & isn‘t it funny she‘s got a surprise man roommate‘ & then BAM she finds out her funny, endearing, cute surprise roommate is a famous porn star? This book has that thing!😂

Spicy, surprisingly feminist, & funny.

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Prairiegirl_reading Ok, when you say spicy…..how spicy? Scoville scale- a jalapeño or a ghost pepper? 1w
sprainedbrain @Prairiegirl_reading I‘m so bad at this… it seems everyone has different levels they consider spicy. I would say mid-range for me: pretty explicit, frequent tension, pleasant flutter-inducing stuff, but nothing super kinky. On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being ghost pepper, probably 3. 😂 1w
Prairiegirl_reading @sprainedbrain a three on that scale is probably too spicy for me but you made this one sound like a lot of fun! I‘m a wimp when it comes to any kind of spice 🤣🤣🤣 1w
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sprainedbrain @Prairiegirl_reading the cover is way too cutesy for what goes on inside. 😂 But the porn star is amazingly adorable. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
Jemgirl2014 @sprainedbrain I read it and I agree! 😆 1w
UwannaPublishme Just love your reviews and your “spice” scale! 😂 1w
janeycanuck If I had a quarter every time that happened to me……… I‘d have no money 🤪 1w
sprainedbrain @janeycanuck 🤣🤣🤣 1w
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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One week until our chapter-a-day #PemberLittens buddy read begins! Get your copy ready, and I will see you on October 1. 😃

Tagging the people who previously said they want to participate, but all are welcome. Let me know if you‘d like to be added to my tag list! ❤️

Ann_Reads @sprainedbrain Thank you for hosting. 🙂 I have my ebook and audiobook, ready to go. 1w
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Bookwormjillk Yay, looking forward to this! 1w
BarkingMadRun Can‘t wait!! 1w
inthegreensandblues I am ready! 💜 1w
Ruthiella Ready! 👍 Thanks for the reminder. 😃 1w
jhod Oh yes I'll play please, thankS 1w
Deblovestoread Hey Jenni, you can remove the kdgordon88 and add Deblovestoread. Looking forward to reading along.😊 1w
Christyco125 Yay! 1w
Eyelit Thanks for the reminder!!! Will get my copy ready 😀 1w
DebinHawaii Looking forward to it! 🤗 1w
Librarybelle Yay! Very excited! 1w
Scochrane26 That‘s a very cool cover 1w
julieclair Looking forward to it! 1w
sprainedbrain @Scochrane26 I‘m obsessed with all of the Austen Chiltern editions… so pretty. 😍 1w
AnneCecilie Please tag for me for this one. I have my copy ready 😊 1w
Blackink_WhitePaper Excited ! This is the best way to start new month 😍😅 1w
thegreensofa May I please join in and be tagged too? This will be my first ever Jane Austen. I hope you don‘t mind a newbie in the mix 😯🤞 1w
sprainedbrain @thegreensofa absolutely! I‘ve added you to the list, and we‘re always thrilled to have new Austen readers! ❤️ 1w
Andrea313 Please add me! I'm excited to dig into Northanger once again. :) 1w
MicrobeMom Please add! Looking forward to the reread! 7d
MoonWitch94 Ohhhh I cannot wait! 🥳🖤 6d
vivastory This book still has my favorite defense of fiction. Perfectly concise! 4d
AllDebooks I couldn't wait and started early...whoopsie! Please add me to your tag list 😊 3d
sprainedbrain @vivastory it really is! 3d
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American Queen | Sierra Simone
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Mehso-so

I‘m starting to think I‘m doing this wrong… this one seems to be a 🌶️ darling on Booktok, has great reviews on Goodreads, and a favorable rating here on Litsy, but it annoyed the living shit out of me.

I did devour the whole thing in one day, so I guess I can‘t pan it? 😂

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Suet624 It‘s all very confusing when that happens. 1w
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Under the Dome | Stephen King
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Damn, SK… don‘t let up AT ALL on the tension and misery. 😬

I feel like 17 hours of my last four days have been spent in the dome with this poor, abused cast of characters. Just when I thought the situation for the inhabitants of Chester‘s Mill couldn‘t get any more dire, King thought of something worse.

Great writing, some really excellent characters, a story that I could not quit… all the things I‘ve come to expect from this guy.

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Reggie Lol I love when he tells you in the very beginning only 30something of these 3000 people will survive and then you spend the rest of the book wondering which ones. Lolol Have you ever read Stinger by Robert McCammon? It‘s just like this. 2w
sprainedbrain @Reggie I mean, I was warned. But still. Also, I own 4 books by McCammon, have read 1 of them, and none are that one. Adding it to my list! 😂 2w
AmyG I loved this book. My husband used to be the mayor of our town-years ago- so I found this oddly fascinating. 1w
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@AmyG thank you so much for these lovely, thoughtful gifts! You really didn‘t need to, but I appreciate you. This lotion smells divine. ❤️

mabell The book looks so fun! 2w
AmyG Enjoy, my friend! 😘 2w
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Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
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#ManicMonday #LetterG

📖 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

✍️ Diana Gabaldon, John Green, Neil Gaiman

🎥 Goonies, Gladiator

📺 Game of Thrones, Good Omens

🎤 Gorillaz, Grateful Dead, Green Day, Guns ‘n Roses

🎵 Georgia (Vance Joy), Ghost of You (My Chemical Romance), Glycerine (Bush), Goodnight Rose (Ryan Adams), Golden (Harry Styles), Golden Years (David Bowie), Good Riddance (Green Day), Gunslinger (Avenged Sevenfold), Gypsy (Fleetwood Mac)

AmyG ❤️ 2w
CBee Awesome answers as usual 😊♥️ 2w
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I don‘t have anything new to add to the praise chorus for this book. I will just reiterate that it‘s incredibly well-written, breathtakingly beautiful, intellectual, literary, and every bit as fantastic as promised.

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KristiAhlers I‘m so frustrated I haven‘t been able to get my hands on this book! I just ordered it from Amazon after all of my local independent bookstores sold out. So yay for the stores and for the author but boo for me 🤣 2w
sprainedbrain @KristiAhlers I managed to get a library copy! 2w
KristiAhlers @sprainedbrain my library has a long wait list. I was like 12 on the list. And as we know I‘m not that patient 🤣 2w
sprainedbrain @KristiAhlers I don‘t know what I‘m going to do when Overdrive goes away… I used it to ‘recommend‘ books long before they come out, which usually gets me on the hold list pretty high when the books release. That‘s how I got this one so early… I have zero chill. 😂 2w
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Gallows Court | Martin Edwards
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Mehso-so

This is not really my kind of book, but I read it because I have a galley of the 2nd book in the series.😬

A clever, well-written murder mystery/thriller with a lot going on plot wise and very few characters that are actually likable. It‘s got a few twists I will admit I didn‘t see coming. Definitely going to read the second book!

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Oh em gee I loved this book!

A very self-aware horror/haunted house/psychological/body horror/ghost story that was creepy and funny, scary and dramatic, and kept me guessing until the end. Bonus: I added a bunch of mentioned horror movies and haunted house books to my to-do list as well.

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ShelleyBooksie Was this one gory? I love a good spoke but I don't like a lot of violence/gore. 2w
sprainedbrain @ShelleyBooksie I wouldn‘t call it gory…it gets a little descriptive in that way at the end though. 2w
LeahBergen Ooo! Stacked! 2w
batsy This sounds good! If I work up the courage to read it, it'll have to be my "daytime book" ?? 2w
BookwormAHN Book arrived 👻 3d
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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So glad that #AAM finally made me try Nic Stone. A really fast, well-written, timely, and impactful read. I loved Justyce, and his story is an excellent way to bring the racial injustice we continue to see today to a wide audience of readers.

The audiobook is especially good, read by one of my favorite narrators.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Soubhiville Glad you liked it 🙂 2w
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Another book that should be required reading, especially for white feminist women. Uncomfortable but extremely important information.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Simone has figured out the perfect formula for writing mysterious/ghostly/slightly romantic books, and I love her for it.

I don‘t have much to add over what others have said about her latest. Well-done dual timelines, a slowly unfurling mystery, fantastic characters… what‘s not to love. Also really good on audio.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MyNamesParadise I loved this book so much! 3w
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Yet another #BookTokMadeMeDoIt because I will never learn.

This book is super popular in my corner of BookTok and has all the trigger warnings for being very dark and very spicy. It is those things, and actually makes an attempt at having a plot. Unfortunately that plot is completely unbelievable, the writing is not great, and it‘s got so many annoying tropes.

Warning: throw your feminism card out the window if you‘re gonna try this. 😬

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Christy2318 And now I have to bump it up my TBR 🤣🍌 3w
sprainedbrain @Christy2318 it passed about 12 other Booktok books on my tbr and I BURNED through it. 😂 3w
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#ManicMonday

I was not expecting #LetterF to be so hard!

📖 tagged, The Fifth Season (Jemisin), Fingersmith (Waters), Flight Behavior (Kingsolver)

✍️ Susan Fletcher, John Fowles

🎥 Ferris Bueller‘s Day Off

🎤 Fleetwood Mac, Florence + the Machine, Foo Fighters

🎵 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead), Famous Last Words (My Chemical Romance), Feel Good Inc (Gorillaz), Fiction (Avenged Sevenfold), Footsteps (Pearl Jam), From Eden (Hozier)

LeeRHarry I forgot about Ferris 😔😏 3w
CBee You did great for Letter F being hard 😊😊 3w
sprainedbrain @CBee it was hard to narrow things down! Lol 3w
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vivastory I feel like I get a F for forgetting Fake Plastic Trees, one of the songs that made me fall in love with Radiohead 3w
sprainedbrain @vivastory so many good F songs, though… but yeah that song is awesome. 3w
CBee @sprainedbrain I understand! I have the same problem 😂 3w
persephone1408 @sprainedbrain I literally gasped when I saw fiction on there lol 💜 3w
sprainedbrain @persephone1408 breaks my heart every time but I love it. 💔 3w
persephone1408 @sprainedbrain I know! I'm still not over it. Dont think I ever will be. 3w
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The Golden Couple: A Novel | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I don‘t read a lot of this genre, mainly because they tend to annoy me, but this one came for postal book club. I ended up listening instead, but I enjoyed this book. It‘s filled with the kind of characters I expected (rich, self-absorbed, hard to believe, and totally unlikable), but it‘s twisty and definitely kept me guessing. Just when I thought it was done throwing me curveballs, it threw a few more just for the hell of it. 😂

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

sprainedbrain Also my #DoubleSpin for September. 👍🏼 3w
KristiAhlers I really liked this one too 3w
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Payback's a Witch | Lana Harper
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This is a fun fantasy-romance/contemporary/witchy/LGBTQ+ book, and an excellent pick for #LMPBC. ❤️

Lighthearted and fast-paced with a pretty cool magic system and snarky main characters. It‘s apparently first in a series, but totally works as a standalone, which I love. I really enjoyed this!

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

sprainedbrain This was also my #BookSpin for September. 🙌🏼 3w
BooksNBowls Yeah I loved this one! I‘m definitely gonna check out the sequel! 3w
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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My library loan was expiring so I couldn‘t stick to the #LittensLoveRomance schedule, but I loved this book! Funny and sweet, but this story still touches on some more serious issues. Well-written with lovable characters, and the audio is very well-narrated.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LiteraryinLawrence I loved this one! 3w
julieclair I loved this one too! 3w
KristiAhlers Ha! I had to do the same. My friend and I shared it and her local book club is reading it. I loved this one! 3w
Prairiegirl_reading I loved this one too! If you haven‘t read The Switch, I loved that one too! 3w
Reggie Yeah, I couldn‘t believe how crazy her exboyfriend got. I also loved this one. 3w
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The Nature of Witches | Rachel Griffin
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I‘ve had a galley of this book for an embarrassingly long time…

I really like the magic system in this book: witches have seasonal-based magic and are strongest in their seasons, they work to control extreme weather and help the planet. Very unique themes, a diverse cast of characters, and a very well-plotted story. The only complaint I had was that at times it was super YA. That‘s not a bad thing for everyone, but I sort of struggle.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Clare-Dragonfly Oh, I definitely have to read this 😁🫙 3w
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Their Vicious Darling | Nikki St Crowe
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I read this last week, almost immediately after it was out. Almost immediately wondered why I do these things.😂

I went back to read my reviews of the first two in this series (both 2⭐️ pans) where I complained about no plot… in this one, the author decided to go for a plot, but it was a rambling, incoherent mess that almost made me wish for more smut.

I still don‘t like the MC and barely care about the rest, but Pan & Hook intrigue me.

⭐️⭐️1/2

persephone1408 I don't understand why some people just love smutty books. They barely have plot to them. 3w
sprainedbrain @persephone1408 there are the rare ones that have both a good plot and really good 🌶. This is not one of them. 😬 3w
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I listened to this on the recommendation of my #booksister @HOTPock3tt and absolutely loved it.

Funny, ridiculous, cute, and sexy all at once. Everything you want in a romcom. 😍

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Off to watch the movie!

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Whimsical, funny, and filled with beautiful writing. I love magical realism, but this one was almost a little too over-the-top at times. I felt kind of let down by the end, but really enjoyed this book for the most part.

My #IncludesARecipe book for #Booked2022… it contains several of them, and I‘m planning to try a couple of Tita‘s recipes myself. 😋

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

#1001Books

Susanita Interesting ingredients in some of those recipes 4w
sprainedbrain @Susanita yes I won‘t be trying any of the really exotic ones. 😂 4w
vonnie862 One of favorites! I've made the rose petal recipe. It was good. It tasted like roses. 😅 3w
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Very well written, and very much not what I was expecting. Sort of a love story, definitely a time travel story, absolutely an immigrant story. This audiobook was completely engrossing and has left me with some feelings. 🥺

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

LeeRHarry I enjoyed this one a lot and it has stayed with me - despite Litsy telling me I read it 4 years ago 😊 4w
Chrissyreadit What‘s your latest 5star read? 4w
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sprainedbrain @LeeRHarry I think it‘s going to stick with me! 4w
Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain I have an audio credit and road-trip starting today- is this the one I should get? Or do you have any other recommendations? (This sounds great btw) 4w
sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit either would be good! Ocean of Minutes was definitely the sadder of the two. The other is pure fun. ❤️ 4w
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Ok these magnets are adorable so I had to share.

Am I being rewarded for actually reading 12 of my BOTM books in a year as if that‘s not something I should do anyway? Yes.

Do I still have 28 (now 29 lol) BOTM books on my shelf to read? Also yes.

The romance one suits my personality, as a total cynic who can‘t stand most actual men, but loves romance novels. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

BiblioLitten They‘re pretty cool! 4w
MatchlessMarie I totally read that as the husband was reading instead of the “me” from the top left magnet 😂 4w
ErinSueMreads Ok but can any of us stand actual real men?? Let's be honest here 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 4w
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PatriciaU Those are wonderful! 4w
Clare-Dragonfly I mean, most actual men suck 😂🫙 (edited) 4w
UwannaPublishme So cool! 4w
Kimzey Way to go keeping current with the BOTM reading! Cute magnets! 3w
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#ManicMonday #LetterE

📖 Ethan Frome (Edith Wharton), End of Watch (Stephen King), Emma (Jane Austen)

🖊 Louise Erdrich

🎥 Emma (2020) ❤️, Edward Scissorhands

📺 ER

🎤 Elvis, Elbow, Eminem

🎵 Easy Plateau (Ryan Adams), Every Breath You Take (The Police), Evil Urges (My Morning Jacket), Exodus (Bob Marley)

AmyG Elbow 🙌🏻 1mo
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Hello, my pretties!

Matches for #BasicWitchSwap were sent on Saturday, so if you haven‘t already, please check your email and respond to let me know you‘ve received yours. Any questions, please ask. 🖤

Feel free to use the above optional image to post and let your match know more about your witchy self!

We have a great group this year, and I can‘t wait to see what everyone comes up with. Happy shopping and swapping!

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I absolutely loved this audiobook, start to finish.

The author has said the inspiration came from Edith Zimmerman‘s GQ interview with Chris Evans, and honestly if you‘re a romance reader who also has ever had any kind of movie star crush, how is that not prime fantasy material? 🤩😍

Happily, the execution was perfect for me: good writing, funny characters, actual feels… I didn‘t roll my eyes at all and actually wish for a sequel. 😯

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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I was starting to think Bardugo was going to employ every single YA trope before we were done, but I think she left a couple out. 😂

A satisfying, if abrupt, ending to this series. Love the Grishaverse, so many of these characters, and the writing. I definitely loved the Six of Crows series more, but I‘m going to read King of Scars next.

And now I can watch the Netflix show! 🎉

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory I have been meaning to read these... (edited) 1mo
Asthecroweflies She wrote the Grishaverse first. I agree, I like the Six of Crows duo better. I think she was just warming up in Grishaverse. 1mo
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August was another great reading month! 😃

I finished 23 books: 12 on audio, 9 on Kindle, and 2 print. I got 5 BookSpin bingos, too.

One of my favorite stats from Storygraph is my ratings. I like to read diversely, and that includes reading some masterpieces, some absolute crap, and a lot of just good books. 😉

My favorites last month (all 5 stars):

Alone With You In the Ether

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

The Silver Dark Sea

Leftcoastzen Is Book Tok smut fails an official category !😂😉Love it! 1mo
BookwormAHN Lockdown for #LMPBC came in yesterday. 1mo
Daisey Great way to sun up your monthly reads! 1mo
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sprainedbrain @Leftcoastzen nah, that‘s one of my own special categories. 😂 1mo
sprainedbrain @BookwormAHN I sent early this time! 1mo
charl08 I'm another fan of your categories here, as @Leftcoastzen says 🤩 1mo
5feet.of.fury BookTok smut fails got me twice this month! 1mo
sprainedbrain @5feet.of.fury it happens at least once a month, but that doesn‘t stop me from trying more. 😂 1mo
5feet.of.fury @sprainedbrain every now and then there‘s a gem! 1mo
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The Silver Dark Sea | Susan Fletcher
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My last finished book of August… I didn‘t want it to end.❤️

I‘m so enamored with this author and her books. Such gorgeous prose…this is not really fantasy, not really romance, maybe magical realism? It‘s a story about grief and love and family and loneliness and storytelling, set on a tiny Scottish island with a varied, colorful population of characters. It‘s so sad and so sweet and I loved every page.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeeRHarry I love this author too - Eve Green is one of my favourites 💕 1mo
sprainedbrain @LeeRHarry I still need to read that one! 1mo
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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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I‘m just powering through these I guess. My review of book 1 actually said I like how Bardugo writes YA that doesn‘t make me roll my eyes BUT

Alina seems to find it impossible to just be friends with the selection of hot men she‘s around, so despite being in lifelong love with one of them she‘s thinking of kissing all of them but him.🙄🙄🙄

Still, action-packed beginning & end, slower, angsty stuff in the middle, & fun new characters.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Signups for #BasicWitchSwap are coming to a close!

Are you interested in magic, nature, spells, spirituality, &/or feminine power (fiction, real or both), or just down for some witchy stories or witch-related spookiness? Do you love Litsy swaps?

#BasicWitchSwap is back for the 4th year… sign up now, as the form will close tonight!

Matches will be sent by 9/3. See the link for more info:

https://forms.gle/6zGj9HSvgRgVFxxf8

🖤🖤🖤

erank58 Thanks for the reminder!!!! I'll be sure to fill the form out tonight 😁 1mo
sprainedbrain @erank58 🖤 Yay! 1mo
sprainedbrain Tagging a few friends from previous years who I have not seen on the signups… no pressure AT ALL, but I wanted to be sure you saw this just in case. 😉 @Annie1215 @MeganAnn @DebinHawaii @monalyisha @Moonprismpower @MoonWitch94 @MaleficentBookDragon @slategreyskies @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @BookBosomed1 @tdrosebud 1mo
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tdrosebud @sprainedbrain Thanks for the tag! August has been a whirlwind for me and I had this on my radar and I thank you for the reminder. I will be signing up later tonight. 1mo
MoonWitch94 🤦🏻‍♀️ Thank you for tagging me!!! I haven‘t been on much & would have hated to miss this one! 🖤 1mo
DebinHawaii Thank you for tagging me—I really love this swap but after a lot of long & hard thinking about it, I am going to sit this fall out & wait for the winter swaps.😔 The month is going to be crazy for me & I don‘t want to commit to getting a box out. I‘ll watch enviously to see what everyone does! 😍 1mo
monalyisha Thanks for thinking of me, @sprainedbrain! I was on the fence about participating in Fall swaps this year and, based on the embarrassing sum I just spent at HomeGoods seeing to my own spooky needs, I think I‘ve come to the conclusion that I have to skip them this time around. But I know I‘m going to be kicking myself come the end of October! I hope everyone has so much fun! And I‘ll be back next year. 🔮🖤 (edited) 1mo
BookBosomed1 Thanks for thinking of me! I‘m limiting myself on swaps this year, and I already had signed up for a Fall one. ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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My September #BookSpinBingo list. 😬

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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I read and loved the Six of Crows duology years ago, and have had this whole series on my Audible shelf for years, but it took Ben Barnes in the Netflix show and my silly book-first rule to make me listen. 😅

I really enjoyed this one! Fast-paced and full of action, with characters I give a damn about and great world building. I love that Bardugo can write YA that doesn‘t make me roll my eyes. I‘m a simple reader.😂

On to book 2!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookBr Loved this series — and the Netflix adaptation is actually pretty good too… 1mo
Centique Ben Barnes! Have to go watch it then 😍 I have read the first one so I‘ll allow it! 1mo
sprainedbrain @Centique @BookBr I‘m almost done with the second book… the Netflix series is definitely on my horizon soon! 😍 1mo
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Dandelion Wine | Ray Bradbury
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#ManicMonday

📖 Dandelion Wine, The Dutch House, Doctor Sleep

✍️ David Duchovny, Charles Dickens, Anthony Doerr

🎥 Dirty Dancing, Dead Poets Society

📺 Doctor Who

🎤 The Doors, Death Cab for Cutie

🎵 Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins), Dear God (Avenged Sevenfold), Desire (Ryan Adams), Don‘t Cry (GnR), Drive (The Cars), Dustland Fairytale (The Killers)

CBee Ahhhh Disarm is a favorite - never gets old 😍 1mo
vivastory I've never seen a full episode of Dr. Who 😬 1mo
Bluebird Ah! Dirty Dancing! How could I forget that one. Love it 😍 1mo
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Duma Key: A Novel | Stephen King
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When I‘m not reading (or listening to) Stephen King, I forget how freaking much I love Stephen King… but it all comes back so fast.

My Duma Key hardcover has been on the shelf long enough for several people to borrow/read it (and to lose its dust jacket) but I listened instead.🤷🏻‍♀️

I loved the weirdness, creeping dread in paradise, difficult relationships honestly dealt with, and amazing characters. Plus art and a ghost ship!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

DGRachel This is one of my favorite King novels. It has this quiet dread hanging over the whole thing. 1mo
PaperbackPirate If hard pressed I would call this my favorite King. Glad you enjoyed it too! 1mo
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