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sprainedbrain

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member sprainedbrain

Equal-opportunity reader. Indomitable huntress of erudition. 😉 www.sprainedbrain.blog www.goodreads.com/sprainedbrain
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We are opening the #BasicWitchSwap up again for 24 hours only. One participant had to leave us, so we need at least one more person to complete the circle.

We will take all that want to join, but please understand packages must arrive by 10/31—this may not work for witches outside the US.

For more info or to sign up:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckjsmgphBlkftGRGgacz8QY3x2lC4M7bbYLdkE...

Please share! 😃

LibrarianRyan Hey drop me an email when you have time please. MissRyanAF @ Gmail.com. 7h
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5

@charl08 would you like to play? 😃

Post one cover you love each day for 7 days, no explanation needed. Tag someone new each day.

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Peter Pan | J.M. Barrie
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#7covers7days #coverlove Day 4

@Daisey would you like to play? 😃

Post a cover you love every day for seven days, no explanations. Tag a new person to play every day.

britt_brooke So pretty! 1d
Daisey This is tough for me because I‘m not really drawn to books by their covers nor do I specifically remember covers, but I‘ll think of a few and give it a try. 1d
squirrelbrain Love this! ❤️ 14h
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I‘m not sure how, after 30 years of avid reading, I was today years old before I read a Koontz novel, but here we are.

This is a fun, fast-paced paranormal mystery/thriller, with good writing, a supporting cast of colorful characters, and a really great main character: Odd Thomas is wonderful and I‘m going to read more of this series.

This was my #BookGiftedToYou for #Booked2019. My friend @ItsAngel gave it to me a year ago.😳😂

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Cinfhen I don‘t think I‘ve read Dean Kootz either 🙈 2d
JanuarieTimewalker13 I read Intensity, and it scared me off Koontz. But I‘m going to stack this one. 2d
eri.reads I am 40 and have not yet read a Koontz novel either, but...Odd Thomas is the one I planned to start with. 🙈😁 1d
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Leftcoastzen I really don‘t habitually read Koontz, but I have read this one and really liked it , have the 2 next ones on the shelf waiting to be read .Quirky in a good way. 1d
Dragon I love Odd Thomas 💜 1d
Eyelit I read a lot of koontz when I was in Jr high and mostly loved his books. The Odd Thomas series is def high up on my list of faves by him, close behind The Watchers at number 1 😄 1d
meagankc21 I didn't keep up with the series but I did read the first 3 or 4 and I remember I really liked them. I just couldn't keep going once I started undergrad lol and now I feel like it's too late to pick back up after so long. Unless there's a website that gives me a "previously on..." For each book so I can jump in where I left off 1d
sprainedbrain @meagankc21 Wikipedia seems to have enough synopsis for each book that I was afraid to read too far. 😂 1d
sprainedbrain @Eyelit I have The Watchers on my tbr. Honestly, that seems like my kind of book, so no clue why I haven‘t read it ages ago. 1d
sprainedbrain @eri.reads as a 42-year-old who just figured it out, I can definitely recommend starting with this one. 😂 1d
vivastory I haven't read Koontz since I think junior high & the one I remember reading in one sitting was 1d
vivastory I've heard great things about Odd Thomas & will definitely be checking it out after your review 1d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve read some Koontz and enjoyed them! 11h
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Thunderstruck | Erik Larson
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I am not a nonfiction kind of girl, but Erik Larson, with his nonfiction that reads like fiction, has a way of grabbing my attention and keeping it. While this book wasn‘t my favorite of his (they can‘t all be Dead Wake), it was still a good listen. I really liked the story of Dr. Crippen, but the Marconi parts bored me at times. I get that it all comes together, but Marconi seems like a jerk and I just didn‘t care. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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The Bronze Horseman | Paullina Simons
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#7covers7days #covercrush Day 3

Do you want to play along, @Endowarrior21 ?

Post a cover you love every day for 7 days. No explanations. Tag someone new every day.

Endowarrior21 I will try my best to post 2d
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Thunderstruck | Erik Larson
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I timed my #audiowalk tonight so that I could see both the sunset and the rise of the big, beautiful, waning-but-still-pretty-darn-full moon. 🌝

Walking at night means I have to stay closer to home, but I love it this time of year.

Listening to this book, which isn‘t scary, but I managed to freak myself out anyway... I walk near a lot of cornfields and they get creepy at night. 😂

The moon is in Aries, and I‘m feeling energized. 🙌🏻

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Beautiful pictures! 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa But be careful out there at night....especially with your headphones/earbuds on. 3d
sprainedbrain @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I only use one earbud at a time. 😃 3d
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @sprainedbrain Smart Lady! 🤜🤛 3d
Izai.Amorim I'm Aries too! 3d
LauraBeth Those are beautiful pics! That‘s definitely the best time to walk! 2d
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#BFCr3 wrap-up:

I probably could have gotten to 18 miles on my night walk tonight, but it got a little too creepy for me. 😂

Still no sugary drinks 🙌🏻

Healthy eating has been hit or miss... it‘s officially candy corn + peanuts season. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Total miles audiowalked this round: 111.86 🏃🏽‍♀️

Closed all my rings all 42 days 🎯

Only finished 19/24 books, but read some good ones!

Thanks to Lynn for being a fantastic host! ❤️

britt_brooke Great work!! 🙌🏻 3d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 But I‘m going to delete that “only” and change it to “I read 19 books!” Because 19 books in 6 weeks is AWESOME! 👏🏻🎉 3d
Daisey Awesome! 🎉 3d
Dawnrod1970 Awesome 3d
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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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#7covers7days #covercrush Day 2

Want to join, @HOTPock3tt ?

Post a favorite cover every day for 7 days. No explanations. Tag someone new every day.

vivastory Good choice 👍 3d
Megabooks Nice! 3d
HOTPock3tt Sure!!! 😃 Simon and baz right? 😁 I started reading Fangirl (I own the book) but I haven‘t finished it, so I haven‘t made it to ‘carry on‘ yet 🤦🏽‍♀️ lol 3d
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt Yes, this is Simon and Baz. ❤️ I hope you get to it... I loved it and can‘t wait for Wayward Son. 😍 3d
squirrelbrain Pretty cover! ❤️ 3d
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The Weight of a Soul | Elizabeth Tammi
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Lovely cover and a really good premise: young sisters in a Viking clan, grief and mourning, Norse gods and maybe even Ragnarök? Unfortunately, this book didn‘t do it for me, and I struggled for a long time to even finish it. ??‍♀️

Full review on my blog: https://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/09/14/arc-review-the-weight-of-a-soul-by-elizabe...

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I‘m playing along... thanks for the tags, @vivastory @squirrelbrain and @Meaw_catlady 😘

#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

Care to join, @Chili ?
7 days, 7 covers, no explanations.

Meaw_catlady Beautiful!! 4d
vivastory Nice! I'm overdue for more Austen! 4d
batsy 😍 4d
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squirrelbrain What an unusual (but beautiful!) cover 😁❤️ 4d
Moray_Reads Such a lovely edition 4d
staci.reads I have this one! It's beautiful throughout 😍 3d
ValerieAndBooks Wow, lovely. Do you have this cover @CrowCAH ?! 3d
CrowCAH @ValerieAndBooks nay, not yet. I‘ve had my eye on that beauty! 3d
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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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I am so conflicted.

The characters seem stereotypical, I didn‘t like the glossing-over of the civil rights movement, some of the dialect was cringey, and I‘m uncomfortable with the fact it was written by a white woman.

Still, the story is entertaining, the plot moves along nicely, and I truly enjoyed and was moved by many parts. The audiobook is incredibly well done.

If I just consider this a beach read, feel-good type of book, it‘s ok.⬇️

sprainedbrain I also may have rated it higher had I not read so much really great ownvoices literature dealing more realistically with these themes, or Roxane Gay‘s essay about the movie/book beforehand. I feel like it has to be a pick, though, since I enjoyed the audiobook so much.

This was my #booktomovie choice for #booked2019... but I‘m not sure I want to watch the movie. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Susannah I never felt good about the fact that people thought this was such an amazing representation of the Civil Rights South, and I think it‘s been considered great literature when it‘s ... just not. Your review was great; it captured my ambivalence perfectly. 4d
sprainedbrain @Susannah you just perfectly summed up my overall feeling... this is not great literature and I‘m not sure why it‘s lauded like it is. 4d
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WhatWouldJaneDo My mom gave me a copy of this years ago and I've avoided reading it for all the reasons you mentioned, but it fits a PopSugar category I'm struggling with (more than a million ratings on Goodreads) and since I have it on hand I'm planning to try it and hopefully just keep the beach read mentality. Thanks for the great review! 4d
BarbaraBB Great review. 4d
Moray_Reads This is why I've never read it. I remember being very uncomfortable seeing interviews with the author that failed to address any of these issues
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4thhouseontheleft Excellent review. I read it when it first came out, and remember liking it, but never really considered it literary fiction. And since then, I have read so many better Own Voices books set in the same time period. 4d
Aimeesue Spot on. There are just SO many problems with this one. 4d
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Oh, my heart. 💔

Truly, an excellent and powerful saga about a devout Muslim Indian-American family making their way through the world and trying to relate to each other.

My review: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/09/10/a-place-for-us-by-fatima-farheen-mirza-just...

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melissajayne I felt the same my dear... 1w
alisonrose My fave of the year so far! 1w
JennyM This one is up there as the best for me this year. I adored it ❤️💔❤️ (edited) 7d
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Bookwormjillk I agree. A really good book 7d
Reggie The part where the dad tells the grandson to tell his friend on the phone that it‘s alright we can find a way back....😭😭😭 7d
sprainedbrain @Reggie the part where the dad holds his drunk son outside the hotel, the whole narrative at the end of the book. I can‘t remember the last time I‘ve been so affected by a father/son story. 😭 7d
Rachel_nyc This is one of if not my favorite book I read so far this year! I cannot wait to see what this author does next. 5d
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Not a bad week! I would have liked my eating to have been more consistent, but I improved from last week.

It‘s becoming clear I don‘t have a chance in hell of hitting my book goal of 24total for the challenge... I‘m only at 16 with one week to go, but the books I have read have been so good!

#bfcr3

Daisey Fantastic! 1w
TheSpineView Great job! 1w
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Possession | A. S. Byatt
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I LOVED THIS BOOK. So very much.

Full review: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/09/07/another-1001book-review-possession-by-a-s-b...

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#1001books

LMJenkins This has been in my Top Ten forever....l love this book. 🙌🏻 1w
Daisey I enjoyed this one much more than I expected to. It was so good! 1w
vivastory Such a brilliant book 1w
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Prairiegirl_reading A few things have held me back from reading this one. 1. It‘s a chunkster and that always scares me. 2. I‘ve heard the first hundred pages are slow and I know I‘ll give up before that. 3. Gwenyth Paltrow is in the movie, enough said. 1w
sprainedbrain @Prairiegirl_reading I would say don‘t be afraid of 1 & 2. Also, I was bummed when I googled to see if there was a movie and then saw that she was in it... maybe I don‘t need to watch this one. 😂 1w
Prairiegirl_reading @sprainedbrain 🤣🤣I‘ll have to give the book some serious consideration then! The movie-hard no! 1w
LeeRHarry I loved this book! 💕 And I actually liked the movie 😊 1w
sprainedbrain @Prairiegirl_reading @LeeRHarry ok, so the movie is on hbo on demand so I just watched it. They changed a lot of stuff (why is Roland American?) and left a lot of stuff out, then rushed through things, but I suppose that‘s to be expected when a huge book is adapted to a little movie. It wasn‘t horrible though! Obviously, the book is far superior. 😃 1w
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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When your teenage daughter asks to join BOTM, too, #bookmail is twice as nice.

Also, a fruitful day in the garden.

😃

Tamra Sweet! 2w
mklong Awesome! I picked Chestnut Man too. 2w
sprainedbrain @mklong that was Sophie‘s pick, but I‘m going to read it too. I got the raunchy historical romance. 😂 2w
mklong Haha, no judgement here. I was very tempted by that one! 2w
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The Stand | Stephen King
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Sharing in case anyone wants to join the tagged Littens (and me) for a buddy read of The Stand, starting Halloween weekend.

If you‘re interested, email Rachel at rpackard92 at gmail dot com so that she can add you to the Slack group. 😃

Meaw_catlady Yay!!! 2w
Stacypatrice Oh fun!!! I haven‘t done a buddy read before and I recently bought “The Stand.” 🎉 2w
sprainedbrain @Stacypatrice awesome! Join us😃 2w
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Stacypatrice @sprainedbrain - Thank you!!! Sounds great! 2w
vivastory Have you read this one before? I was planning on reading The Shining & Dr Sleep before the Dr Sleep adaptation, but after just finishing book 4 of Dark Tower I'm thinking of doing this buddy read instead 2w
sprainedbrain @vivastory I have not read The Stand yet. I just finally read The Shining last year, and I‘m planning to read Doctor Sleep in early October. 😃 Also... I love love love the Dark Tower. 2w
DrexEdit Ooooo! I would really like to join. This one has been on my TBR for ever so long. Such a busy time of year though. Well, I'm gonna sign up and see how it goes! 😊 2w
llcoolnate I've wanted to read this book for a while. Is it worth the investment of time? 2w
sprainedbrain @llcoolnate I haven‘t read it yet, but I‘ve heard very good things... and I‘ve loved so many of his others! 2w
llcoolnate @sprainedbrain I hope you love it!! 2w
Avanders Oh man.. this is so tempting!! 🤭🤭🤭 2w
sprainedbrain @Avanders let‘s do it!! 2w
Avanders I did it 😁😁 2w
sprainedbrain @Avanders Yes!! 🎉 2w
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Mr. Darcy Forever | Victoria Connelly
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I had to spotlight this bookmark. Now my favorite bookmark, featuring my favorite Darcy. 😍

Thank you again, Judy!

#hftss

Ddzmini 🥰🥰🥰 2w
monalyisha Oh, it‘s so wonderfully silly-serious! 2w
JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 2w
Bookish_B That is awesome and I want it! 👏🏼❤️ 2w
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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I suspect I was spoiled in the #HighFiveToSummerSwap 😍😍😍

Thank you SO MUCH, Judy! I‘m overwhelmed by all of the Austen goodness, I‘m eating candy for dinner, and having a blue bath with pink candles later. You are awesome! This bookmark! Omg ❤️

And thank you, Jody, for putting this great swap together. 🤗

Judybskt I‘m glad you like everything!! 2w
monalyisha I love the bath idea! 🛁 2w
JoScho Great package! Thanks for participating Jenni 😘 2w
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catiewithac Omg that big bag of sour patch kids!!! Good luck with the restraint! 2w
Bookish_B Those socks 😍 2w
LeahBergen How wonderful! 2w
Liz_M Always love those deluxe penguin editions designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith! 2w
sprainedbrain @Liz_M yes, I‘m working on completing my Austen collection and Judy helped me out! 2w
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Mehso-so

The cover is cute, and the title is great. Unfortunately, I couldn‘t stand the main character (I hate to dislike a fellow Jennifer, but she‘s ridiculous), the story was predictable and silly, and the supporting characters were cliche.

I generally prefer my poorly-written trashy reads to have a lot more graphic sex. 🤣

This is really between a so-so and a pan for me.

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Ms_T 😂😂😂 2w
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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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This sort of book is why I love to read. An absolutely beautiful, quiet story of an immigrant family in America. My first book by Lahiri, but this will definitely not be my last.

Full review: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/09/02/1001books-review-the-namesake-by-jhumpa-lah...

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Readerann I loved this, too. ❤️ 2w
Tanisha_A I love love this one, and Lahiri. Check out this 2w
sisilia I love everything by Lahiri 💞 2w
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meagankc21 I'm reading this right now! 2w
sprainedbrain @meagankc21 oh I hope you love it! ❤️ 2w
Reggie I thought this book was kind of depressing. 2w
ValerieAndBooks I loved this one when I read it several years ago 💖 2w
4thhouseontheleft I love her books. 2w
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Dark Triumph | Robin LaFevers
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Every bit as good as (maybe even better than) the first book in the series, this second installment was full of action and nearly impossible to stop listening to. I loved learning Sybella‘s backstory, and she couldn‘t be much more different from Ismae. Strong writing and a compelling plot. This is definitely the best fantasy series I have read in a while, and I‘m looking forward to reading book 3 very soon.

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Laughterhp Love this series! Well at least the first 2. I haven‘t read the 3rd yet. 2w
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Favorites time!

Color: black 🖤 and pink 💕
Tarot: The Fool, The High Priestess
Crystal: hematite, citrine
Book: Circe by Madeline Miller is my fave witchy book
Flower/Herb: patchouli, sage, lavender
Candy: anything gummy, chocolate, or caramel 😋
Essential oil: Angelica, lemon, lavender

What are your favorites?

#BasicWitchSwap

Meaw_catlady Great favorites all around !! 🖤🖤💕 2w
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The tagged book was a popular gift in the witchy swap last year... did you know that you can sign up for The Night School with the author? Free ‘online Hogwarts‘ for those who are interested in practice as well as stories.

Thanks to the lovely Erin and the fabulous Rachel for sharing! 🖤

https://maiatoll.com/the-night-school?utm_source=enrollmentsuccess_FBshare

#basicwitchswap

4thhouseontheleft I just signed up last night! 💜🖤 2w
Nevermore88 Signed up today 2w
MoonWitch94 Just signed up! Very cool 2w
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#BFCr3 Week 4... reporting live from Busch Stadium.

I managed all of my goals this week except the healthy eating. 😬

Go Cards!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2w
Meaw_catlady Yay!! You‘re awesome! 👏💕 2w
vivastory Are you going to any of the bookstores while you're there? This is one of my favorites 2w
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sprainedbrain @vivastory not this trip... only one of my kids is ever down for a bookstore crawl. 🙄 I‘ve been to Left Bank! Love it. 2w
vivastory That's a shame. I hope you have a good trip though! 2w
sprainedbrain @vivastory Almost home now... it was just a couple of days and one night. We go there a lot! 2w
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Dark Triumph | Robin LaFevers
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1. My current audiobook has me all 😍

2. Headed to StL for our annual weekend visit. Cardinals game, zoo, and the Arch. 🙌🏻

3. What, like pick one?? Rocky road 😋

4. Piano (poorly) and saxophone (even worse) 😬

5. Done! 😁

#FriYAYintro

AlaMich I read Dark Triumph last month and now cannot wait for the next one. Did you read the trilogy that came before? It was equally great! 😊 3w
sprainedbrain @AlaMich no?! There‘s a trilogy that came before? I will have to check that out. I read the first one in the series recently and just had to continue. Love them! 3w
AlaMich @sprainedbrain oh yeah! You‘re in for a treat! In fact, reading the trilogy will give you a ton of backstory to Dark Triumph. The first book is 3w
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AlaMich Wait, I see that you read Grave Mercy! 3w
sprainedbrain @AlaMich yes, loved Grave Mercy. 😃 3w
AlaMich @sprainedbrain 🤦🏻‍♀️ Disregard everything I said! I got your book mixed up with the first book of her new series. Never mind.... 3w
sprainedbrain @AlaMich well this is still good news. There is a another trilogy coming after I finish this one?? 2w
AlaMich @sprainedbrain There‘s the His Fair Assassins trilogy, of which you‘re currently reading the second book, and then LaFevers is writing a duology. The first book of that is Courting Darkness, which I just finished. The second book probably won‘t be published for awhile. The duology picks up exactly where the trilogy leaves off. (edited) 2w
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New Moon | Stephenie Meyer
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Rachel, I love your #moonreflections 🌚

1. I‘m excited for a short getaway with the kids this long weekend, & for October. Bring on the screamathon, Samhain, & our witchy swap!

2. Taking more time to take care of me, now that my kids are getting older. I‘ve been a single mom for 15 years, & I‘m excited to have this time.

3. I‘m so ready!

4. Blessings to @MeganAnn @MaleficentBookDragon @Catsandbooks @4thhouseontheleft & everyone else!

Catsandbooks Thank you so much for the well wishes dear! 😘 3w
Meaw_catlady Yay! Long weekend!! Also take all the time for you love!! You deserve some you time and doing the things that make you feel at peace !!! 🖤🖤 so glad I am blessed with a sister as great as you! 3w
Tamra Parenting is a tough job, so extra kudos for you! 3w
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The Swap | Megan Shull
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Look what arrived today! I‘m so excited for Wednesday. Thank you, Judy! ❤️

#highfivetosummerswap #hftss

Judybskt Yay!! 3w
JoScho Awesome! 🖤🖤🖤 3w
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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After seeing mixed reviews of this one around here, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. Once I got started, I could not stop. I had moments when I wanted to pitch it across the room, but I refrained because I‘m trying to be a better friend to books. 😂

Full review: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/08/29/i-finally-read-the-great-alone-by-kristin-h...

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Prairiegirl_reading Have you read any other Kristin Hannah? I haven‘t read this one yet but I had similar feelings about firefly lane which I only finished because I was trying to be better about finishing instead of bailing on everything I didn‘t like. (Btw it‘s one of my most hated books of all time) 3w
Bklover Enjoyed reading your blog. You might enjoy Winter Garden! 3w
The_Real_Nani I was really into the first half of the book, then was disappointed by the second half! 3w
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TorieStorieS I literally just bought this one- so happy to see you loved it!! 3w
sprainedbrain @Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve only read The Nightingale and Night Road. I liked them both, but they also had some elements that made them seem unrealistic to me. What did you hate about Firefly Lane? Sounds like I need to avoid that one. 😂 3w
sprainedbrain @Bklover another friend recommended that one to me! I have it on my tbr. Thanks for your kind words about my blog. I‘m still new at it. 😃 3w
sprainedbrain @The_Real_Nani It got sort of Hallmark movie-esque in parts, which was my only issue with the book. 3w
sprainedbrain @TorieStorieS I hope you enjoy it! 3w
Crazeedi Following your blog! And good book! 3w
TorieStorieS Thanks- me too!! 🤣 3w
Prairiegirl_reading @sprainedbrain I couldn‘t stand the stereotypes! It‘s about two lifelong friends, one gets married and has kids the other becomes a newscaster. One is miserable and the other is lonely. This gets repeated over and over. I rolled my eyes so hard and so often!! 3w
sprainedbrain @Prairiegirl_reading oh that doesn‘t sound appealing at all. Thanks for the tip! 3w
sprainedbrain @Crazeedi thank you! 😊 3w
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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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Of course I‘m getting this one.

The BOTM quick take says: ‘A little feminist, a little romantic, but mostly just fun—and downright dirty on top of that. Yes, please.‘

They had me at ‘downright dirty.‘

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Soscha Love the cover! 3w
Karen3 Just finished it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 3w
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Victoriahoperose I got this one too! 3w
UwannaPublishme 😂👍🏻 3w
HOTPock3tt “Downright dirty” Sounds like a plan! 🤗🤣 #stacked (edited) 3w
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Match Game | Beverly Brandt
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We are still waiting to hear from 3 witches to know that they have received their match. If you‘re tagged, can you please let @Meaw_catlady or me know?

🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

#BasicWitchSwap

Q84 👍 3w
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Apologies for yet another post that is not book related (I am a terrible Litsy-er lately) but all of this #BasicWitchSwap talk and Alyisha‘s last post made me wonder if anyone else uses Co-Star for daily horoscope? If you want to add me on there, I‘m sprainedbrain (obv).

I tried the light bulb... no ding, and this was all I thought of doing. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

MeganAnn Well now I feel like I NEED this app.... 3w
RvnclawWhovian Added you! 3w
i-am-papercrane Added you! May come up as Klutzy Lousie haha 3w
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Eyelit This app sounds cool. Downloading now! 3w
Meaw_catlady downloading! Thanks for sharing !! 3w
Meaw_catlady Got it added you! I‘m meaw_catlady as usual!! 3w
youneverarrived This looks interesting! Just downloading it now. Shall add you 💙 3w
Clare-Dragonfly I just signed up and added you! I‘m clare_dragonfly. 3w
sprainedbrain @RvnclawWhovian @i-am-papercrane @Eyelit @Meaw_catlady @youneverarrived @Clare-Dragonfly Yay! Thanks for adding me. 😃 3w
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Hey, witches, @Catsandbooks created this cute questionnaire to help with our stalking/shopping.

1. So many! lilac, freesia, peach, vanilla, sea, lavender...

2. Pretzels, gummy candy, fruit

3. Crystals, candles, incense, essential oils, tarot, cats

4. All of it! Walks in the woods, bonfires, trick-or-treating with my little, followed by soup and homemade bread.

Now you!

#BasicWitchSwap

Catsandbooks Thanks for sharing! 😘 3w
sprainedbrain @Catsandbooks thank you for making it! 😘 3w
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Post-Office Girl | Stefan Zweig
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I had a productive lunchtime outing today, and my #HighFiveToSummerSwap package is on its way... should arrive by Saturday. 😃

Also, Branddy, your next book for #ReadersGonnaRead is on its way and should arrive early next week!

JoScho Yay!!! Thanks for the update ❤️ 3w
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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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Mehso-so

I read and liked this book before I was ten. Decided to reread before the new movie, since I wasn‘t sure what I remembered from the book and what was actually the Winona movie (which I love).

While I did enjoy this audio, I think maybe the book is just a bit too sugary sweet and preachy for grown-up me. I still love Jo, but was disappointed with the way her character ends up... the whole ending seems like kind of a cop out. 😬🤷🏻‍♀️

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sudi I bought this book recently because i wanted to read it before the movie too. But i haven't read this previously, this will be the first. 3w
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Which Witch? | Eva Ibbotson
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Let‘s play, my pretties!

🌝 tea (black, mint or unflavored)

🌚 fiction

🌝dark

🌚cats

🌝tarot

🌚both!

🌝crystals

🌚west

#BasicWitchSwap #ThisOrThat

Meaw_catlady 🌔🌓🌒🌑🌘🌗🌖 3w
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It Would Be Night in Caracas | Karina Sainz Borgo
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Mehso-so

I finished this galley last night, and needed some time to compose my thoughts.

A well-written story of loss and upheaval set in chaotic Venezuela. Overall, a good (and at times, disturbing) story, but I struggled to stay interested due to some flashbacks that didn't seem to advance the story.

Full review is on my blog: https://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/08/25/arc-review-it-would-be-night-in-caracas-by...

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RiaWritten Gorgeous cover though! 3w
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Wild | K Webster
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I wasn‘t even going to post about this book, as I was sort of ashamed to have wasted a few hours reading it. It‘s been on my kindle for years and I‘m actually mad that I can‘t demand my money back... it‘s not even available anymore that I can see.😂

It‘s bad, and not just because of the ‘taboo.‘ Lazy, manipulative writing. Disgusting characters. Not erotic in the least. Gross.

This is absolute garbage. Seriously.

Soscha Ive read a lot of questionable stuff & somehow missed this author. I do recognize the name though. 3w
sprainedbrain @Soscha I‘ve read a fair share of it, too, and usually at least enjoy the trashiness. Not this time! Ugh. 3w
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Not a bad week 3 for #BFCr3, but I must get to 5 or 6 days per week of healthy eating. I always feel much better when I have fewer cheats. 😃

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3w
Daisey Fantastic! 3w
Dawnrod1970 Awesome job! 3w
Ash.on.the.line Great job!! 3w
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One of the better Austen-related novels I‘ve read so far. If you like historical fiction, wish you could have met the amazing Jane, and don‘t mind a little time travel, this could be the book for you.

My full review, with only two penis references, is on my blog. 😂

https://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/08/24/another-gushing-review-the-jane-austen-pro...

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mcipher Only two? So restrained! 4w
BethM This sounds good! 4w
BookNAround I thoroughly enjoyed this one. 4w
sprainedbrain @mcipher I thought so! 4w
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 Great review! 3w
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Hey, witches!

All match emails have been sent, so please check your inbox and (if you haven‘t already), respond to let us know you have it.

Let the stalking and shopping commence! 😊

#BasicWitchSwap

MoonWitch94 Got my email & responded! Can‘t wait for this swap! 4w
i-am-papercrane Got my email! I AM SO HECKIN EXCITED 4w
TheBookKeepers thanks for hosting! Got my email and sent confirmation response! (edited) 4w
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Gaylagal2 Hello @sprainedbrain. I know I'm late but if your short any matches I'd love to participate. If not, it's all good and have a great time 🤙🤓 4w
sprainedbrain @Gaylagal2 Can you please email me at jenni.d.langford@gmail.com? I will see what I can do! 4w
AprilMae Received and responded! 4w
Readergrrl I‘ve confirmed by email! 4w
monalyisha Communication received! Roger! ✅ @Meaw_catlady (edited) 4w
Gaylagal2 @sprainedbrain I sent an email to ya 🤙 3w
sprainedbrain @Gaylagal2 I emailed you back this morning! 😊 3w
Gaylagal2 @sprainedbrain So sorry, not sure what happened but I did not get it. Gaylagal2@gmail.com Thanks 🤙 3w
PaperbackPirate Hooray! I got mine! So fun! 3w
sprainedbrain @Gaylagal2 I just sent your match email to you! :) 3w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I have to work 5/8 of these days, and the kids start back to school on Monday so things are going to get nutty... but I‘m still planning to join in the #SummersEndReadathon. 😃

I have a whole bunch of audiobooks on loan from the library that I need to finish, plus an embarrassing number of NetGalleys to read as I wrap in the #reviewathon. I will post my tbr and goals tomorrow.

Let‘s get this, readathoners! 🙌🏻

Clwojick Woohoo! Thrilled to see you‘re joining us! ♥️ 4w
Bookzombie 🎉🎉 4w
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The Year of the Flood | Margaret Atwood
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According to Goodreads, it‘s been 2 years since I finished Oryx and Crake. No idea why I didn‘t get to this one soon...it was awesome.

Atwood is a fantastic writer (not news, I know). This is the perfect dystopian for me. Scary because it seems like a possible future for us. Excellent characters, a grown up storyline, humor, and non-stop action.

Highly recommend the audio, as it made Adam One‘s preachiness bearable-with fun songs! 😆

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I need to finish the 3rd book, and it's been years since I picked up these as well. I better get on it. 😊 4w
Rachel_nyc I loved this series! 4w
Clare-Dragonfly Aw, I liked Adam One! This was definitely my favorite of the trilogy. 4w
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sprainedbrain @Clare-Dragonfly I liked him too! I saw a few reviews where people thought his parts were too preachy, but they didn‘t bother me and they all ended with a fun song. 😂 (edited) 4w
sprainedbrain @rwmg omg. 😂 it‘s on Apple Music too. (edited) 4w
4thhouseontheleft This was my favorite of the trilogy! 4w
Liz_M Definitely the best of the three. And I thought MaddAdam was too redundant. I loved the audiobook of these, for the songs! 4w
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Happy Like This | Ashley Wurzbacher
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I often have a hard time connecting to short stories or end up wanting more. I was drawn to this collection mainly because it‘s published by University of Iowa Press (my alma mater) and won the Iowa Short Fiction Award.

So glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone. These ten stories are all about smart women in different stages of their lives and the choices they are faced with, each on their own search for happiness and fulfillment. Cont‘d ⬇️

sprainedbrain The writing is just gorgeous, the characters all unique and real, and I saw a little of myself in more that one of their internal explorations. There‘s a story about a professional ballet dancer who has recently ended a pregnancy that just floored me. A story about a family of four each dealing with their own issues and coexisting that felt authentic. 1mo
sprainedbrain Themes of loss and new beginnings throughout, with wit and humor sprinkled throughout. I took my time with these stories and I‘m really surprised with how connected I was to each one. Fantastic storytelling, and I look forward to more from this author.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#NetGalley #reviewathon
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JennyM Sounds fantastic! Great review 😊 1mo
Megabooks Sold! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Sold! And I‘m not big on short stories either. GREAT review! 1mo
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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This is an incredibly good audiobook. I say that both a person that isn‘t drawn to westerns, and as a woman who is often disappointed with how male writers write female characters.

Pointing that out as this is a western, written by a white man, about an absolutely brilliant, strong, unforgettable female mixed-race character. This book is beautifully written, heartbreaking, and does not shy away from race, gender, class or sexuality themes. ⬇️

sprainedbrain I went in not knowing much, and actually had to check the author name halfway through. Jess as a character is so well-written, believable and deep. I really wish her story could go on and on. After I finished, I looked up Larimer, and I may have a bit of an author crush now. This guy can write. https://vimeo.com/331129553 1mo
sprainedbrain The audiobook is very well done. Sophie Amoss captures the language and voice of these characters and just brings them to life. Can‘t recommend it enough for audio fans who are interested in this book.

This was also my #genrebusting book for #booked2019, and it certainly did that. It is gritty and violent and set in the old west, but such a fresh take on the old westerns. I loved everything about it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great, gushing review. Sounds well deserved! 1mo
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SamAnne @sprainedbrain oh wow! Thanks for this review. This is been on my sub TBR list for some of the same reasons you mention. But I‘ve followed him on Goodreads and got intrigued. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review, and stacked! 📚 I‘m compiling a list of audiobook suggestions since I will be in the car a lot more this school year. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Except my library doesn‘t have it as an audiobook. 😩 1mo
sprainedbrain @4thhouseontheleft oh no! Can you recommend it through overdrive? I love that feature. 1mo
sprainedbrain @SamAnne I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 😊 1mo
UwannaPublishme Great review! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I‘m sold. 1mo
Tamra @4thhouseontheleft mine doesn‘t either yet. 1mo
monalyisha Adding this to my “TBL”, too! 👂🏻 4w
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I met most of my goals in week 2 (I had that dang wine last Sunday, but otherwise was on plan). 😳

I still need to catch up on my books read... Kristin Lavransdatter really slowed me down in week 1, and I‘ve only finished 4/24 so far.

#BFCr3

Daisey A great week and I‘m sure you‘ll catch up on the books! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
Bookwm85forever Way to go!! 1mo
Meaw_catlady Wine gets me every time!! Great job with your goals! 1mo
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Grave Mercy | Robin LaFevers
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I really liked this! A fast, fun historical fiction with court intrigue, a little romance, a touch of magic, and NUN ASSASSINS. Solid writing, an interesting story, appealing characters, and good narration.

Thanks to the always fabulous reviews of @Ashley_Nicoletto for putting this series on my radar.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Librarygirl88 One of my favorite series ! 1mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I‘ve loved the first two! I think I actually liked the second better than the first. 1mo
vivastory Can't go wrong with nun assassins 1mo
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Reggie Nun Assassins kinda really puts this on the map for me. Lol 1mo
vivastory @Reggie It has nun vampire hunters 1mo
Reggie @vivastory I was just about to ask if it has nun assassins in it. 😊I‘ll check it out. 1mo
UwannaPublishme 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
monalyisha @vivastory @Reggie @sprainedbrain Nun Assassin fans are my PEOPLE! Have you all read “Red Sister” etc. already? 4w
vivastory @monalyisha I haven't, but I just stacked it! Sounds fantastic 👍 4w
sprainedbrain @monalyisha I have not but that looks great. Stacking! 😊 4w
monalyisha @sprainedbrain @vivastory The audio‘s pretty great, too! (edited) 4w
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Hey, weirdos! If you‘ve been on the fence about the #BasicWitchSwap, it‘s time to execute a perfect dismount and sign up!

Rachel and I are closing the form in the morning so that we can start matching people up. If you love witchcraft in stories, practice, or both, I hope you will join us!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckjsmgphBlkftGRGgacz8QY3x2lC4M7bbYLdkE...

BethM Just squeaked in! 1mo
sprainedbrain @BethM Yay! I went in to close it and realized I hadn‘t filled it out, so it‘s open a little extra time. 😂 1mo
Nevermore88 Unfortunately I didn‘t get it on time. Oh well! Have fun ladies!! 1mo
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sprainedbrain @Nevermore88 Mina, I will happily open it again if you are wanting to join! Please let me know ASAP. 😃 1mo
Nevermore88 Omg yes plz!! 1mo
sprainedbrain @Nevermore88 it‘s open for you! 1mo
Nevermore88 Just finished signing up. Thank you thank you thank you. 1mo
sprainedbrain @Nevermore88 you are welcome. Happy to have you! 1mo
cellogogreen Is this still open? Thanks! 🎃 1mo
sprainedbrain @cellogogreen we aren‘t done matching yet, so I can reopen it if you want to sign up. Let me know! 1mo
cellogogreen @sprainedbrain That would be awesome, thanks!! 1mo
sprainedbrain @cellogogreen ok it‘s open. Please let me know when you‘re finished! 😃 1mo
sprainedbrain @Shuga Can you please check your email for one from me and one from @Meaw_catlady ? We need a little more info from you so that we can finish matching. Thanks! 1mo
Endowarrior21 @sprainedbrain have matches gone out yet I am just wondering 😁 4w
sprainedbrain @Endowarrior21 Not yet... we had said by 9/1, but we are ahead of schedule and they will be going out today. 😊 4w
Endowarrior21 @sprainedbrain okay I was just making sure seeing my email has been acting up. 4w
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1. Anything Reese‘s, candy corn (but only without the weird black and brown!) and mellowcreme pumpkins.

2. I like both for decorations, but I mainly read scary.

3. Kindle covers (I‘m weird), funko pops, witchy/magical charms (for bracelets)

4. Medusa, Frankenstein‘s monster, Circe, Elphaba, Agnes Nutter, Hermione Granger, Molly Weasley, Vasya (Winternight trilogy)

#screamathon

4thhouseontheleft Medusa and Circe almost went on my list too! 1mo
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I was already familiar with most of these stories, but I think I was bound to love Gaiman‘s fanciful, often funny, spin on them. Especially in audiobook format, read by the author. 😍

It‘s like listening to a brilliant storyteller recount magical legends... because that‘s exactly what it is.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Meaw_catlady Loved this one!! 1mo
mom2bugnbee I really enjoyed this on audio! 1mo
RealBooks4ever This audiobook is so good I wanna cry! 💜 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I loved this one! I need to listen to the audiobook, I love listening to Gaiman narrate. 1mo
JazzFeathers The audiobook is simply fantastic! 1mo
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