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sprainedbrain

Joined May 2016

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Equal-opportunity reader, unapologetic liberal, Jane Austen fangirl/organizer of #PemberLittens www.sprainedbrain.blog www.goodreads.com/sprainedbrain
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Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Oooooh I liked this way more than People We Meet on Vacation.😍

Damn near perfect, fluffy sweet romance with just enough heat and a lot of funny. Emily Henry is SO GOOD at that combination. I liked the swipes at hallmark-movie romance while also being a hallmark-movie romance and I loved the main couple. Could have done without some of the melodrama that seemed like a bit of a stretch, but otherwise this was delightful.

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KristiAhlers I just bought this one today! I‘ll have to move it to the top of the pile. I loved the “People you meet on Vacation” (edited) 2d
MyNamesParadise I‘m almost finished with this one! I really like it. It‘s my first read of Emily Henry‘s. 1d
sprainedbrain @KristiAhlers @MyNamesParadise I just started Beach Read so soon I will have read them all. Hope you love it! (edited) 1d
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KristiAhlers @sprainedbrain I started this one today and I‘m like already 130 pages in. Her writing is so easy to get lost in! 22h
britt_brooke Reading this now and loving it! 20h
MyNamesParadise @sprainedbrain I finished Book Lovers yesterday and really liked it! I‘ll be posting about it on here shortly. I‘m eager to read her other books! 10h
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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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Leslie, I ❤️ this #RecipeSwap package so much!

Excited to read this book, love the bookmarks and of course the chocolate, but I can‘t wait to make your recipe!

Thank you so much, and thanks for hosting, @BennettBookworm ❤️

LeahBergen That recipe sounds interesting!! 3d
LeslieO So glad you like it! Let me know if you try the soup. It started as a Weight Watchers recipe. But then I added the pasta and bleu cheese crumbles! 3d
LeslieO @LeahBergen It is yummy! Send me your email and I‘ll send you a copy! 3d
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sprainedbrain @LeslieO I‘m definitely trying it soon! Will let you know. 😉 3d
LeahBergen @LeslieO Yes, please! It‘s ******** (edited) 3d
LeahBergen @LeslieO Thanks, Leslie! I‘ll edit out my email address now. 😆 3d
Ddzmini Love it I did the same with my recipes I typed them up 🤗 2d
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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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This may be the first time ever I have actually read my BOTM in the month I got it. Of course, I also listened to 90% of it on the library copy I snagged day 1, but those are just details.

I loved this book! Atmospheric and gothically creepy, well-written with two POV characters that I couldn‘t get enough of. Ignore the comparisons to Mexican Gothic and Rebecca—there are elements of both, but this book is glorious on its own. ⬇️⬇️

sprainedbrain The ending took off 1/2 star for me, but it wasn‘t bad so much as not perfect. I LOVED the audiobook and have a narrator crush on Lee Osorio now. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 (edited) 3d
Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, glad to hear you loved it! Rachael Herron interviewed the author on her How Do You Write? podcast and I immediately put the book on hold. 2d
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Having loved Ariadne, I fully expected to love Saint‘s take on three of the women impacted by the events surrounding the Trojan War—I was not disappointed.

Excellent writing and heartbreaking stories… I cried more than once (not afraid to admit once was when Patroclus rode out in Achilles‘ armor, but I am a Song of Achilles super fan, so…).

Not sure about the title choice, since Elektra is not any more central than Cassandra or Clytemnestra⬇️

sprainedbrain I‘m not a fan of Elektra as a character anyway, and this story did nothing to change that. Clytemnestra was justified in her righteous anger for Agamemnon (I like how Saint handled her and Cassandra as well) and I will die on that hill.

This is a really good audiobook, though I was distracted at times by the narrator for Elektra‘s swallowing. 😬 But again, I don‘t like Elektra so maybe that‘s me?! Lol

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CBee I‘m also a Song of Achilles super fan ♥️ 5d
sprainedbrain @CBee Just a perfect book! ❤️ 5d
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I‘m still doing this Booktok/KU thing, but I make myself read an actual planned book or one I own before I start a new one. Discipline!

This one wasn‘t a total dumpster fire. The writing wasn‘t terrible, but it was not super deep and I‘ve definitely read spicier books. It was quick and entertaining enough (love just about any vampire story) and I may even read more in this little series.

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BookBr “Wasn‘t a total dumpster fire” now my new favourite half-compliment😂 4d
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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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I am happy to report that the book I purchased mainly for the pretty cover (checks Goodreads) fully FIVE years ago has made the cut: it‘s good enough it will stay on my forever shelf and not be donated.

I do love historical fiction with alternating POVs and this one is written so beautifully. I loved the story, I loved that Perry is doing a lot of different things with it, and I absolutely adored every single character.

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jlhammar This was a good one! Such a gorgeous cover. Did you see that the adaptation premieres on AppleTV+ tomorrow? Stars Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston. 6d
sprainedbrain @jlhammar yes! That‘s why I finally read it… so I can watch. 😂 6d
BkClubCare I liked this one, too! Isn‘t it fun to “rediscover” a book that is a great read? 👏 6d
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phyhill Fun coincidence -- I got an advanced copy of this and never read it, but I'm reading it now. I had no idea there was a show though! 6d
Smarkies Need to read this before I start watching the new series! 6d
KristiAhlers I legit just bought this one on Tuesday but my cover has Tom Hiddleston on it as it‘s been turned into a tv series on Apple TV. Which I was totally unaware of. Now I can‘t wait to read it. 6d
sprainedbrain @KristiAhlers I suspect a Hiddleston cover is *almost* as pretty. 😂 6d
sprainedbrain @phyhill You picked a good time to read it! Here‘s a link to the trailer… seems a little darker maybe than I read it, but I‘m excited! https://youtu.be/A5GqOeELRFU 6d
zezeki I also bought this book 4 or 5 years ago, mainly for the pretty cover and many positive Litsy reviews, but I still haven't read it. 😅🙈 6d
Dragon What a beautiful cover. I enjoyed this book too 💚🐉 (edited) 6d
PaperbackPirate After being drawn to this book by its cover, I bought this last summer at a library sale. Good to know the story is worthy. Thank you for sharing! 🐍📚 6d
Amiable @zezeki Same! 😀 6d
BookBr Is there really a time limit on the TBR though? (Asking for a friend) 5d
sprainedbrain @BookBr oh no… this one wasn‘t even close to my oldest unread. 😂 5d
phyhill @sprainedbrain Whoa, yeah, that looks intense! What a fantastic cast! 5d
BookBr @sprainedbrain ::sighs in relief:: 😂 5d
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A Green and Ancient Light | Frederic S. Durbin
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@Readergrrl this was a fantastic choice for #LMPBC!

Beautifully written, sweet, magical, and heartbreaking (in the best way), this was a lovely slow read. ❤️

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Readergrrl I do love this book!!! 6d
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In case you were wondering, I still haven‘t learned my lesson with spicy BookTok and our KU subscription has not expired. 🤷🏻‍♀️

This time I was not tempted in the least to read the next book, though, so… progress? 😂

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KristiAhlers Ugh I bailed on that one. I tried but yeah just no. 7d
sprainedbrain @KristiAhlers you were smarter than me about it! 😂 7d
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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This was a wonderful reread… I love the soap opera feel and the scandal, and Austen‘s vicious wit. So much fun! As others have said, I would have liked a novel-length version of this story, but I enjoy it for what it is—Jane was brilliant from a young age!

I do believe I may finally watch Love and Friendship.

Thanks to all of the #PemberLittens who read along, posted, commented, and just made this the usual delightful experience!

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sprainedbrain This was also my #BookSpin for May! 1w
KristiAhlers This was a fun story. And a lot different from her originally published stories! That Lady Susan! 1w
batsy It was so fun and quite brutal 😆 I agree that it's so different from her published works—same with Sanditon. 1w
AllDebooks It certainly was a drama! 1w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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#PemberLittens Dramatic conclusion!

Mrs. J is now forbidden even to write to Lady Susan, on pain of her husband moving her to the country permanently, so the bitchy BFFs can now only hope that he dies soon, along with Mrs. Mainwaring, so Susan can have her man. Reginald retreats home, to the delight of his mom/sister, Susan drags Frederica to town intent on marrying her to Sir James, but ends up marrying him herself for lack of better options. ⬇️

sprainedbrain Frederica is returned to the Vernons, where her mother soon forgets her, and where everyone hopes to match her and Reginald, as soon as Reginald gets over his moping. 1w
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Chili I love that Lady S ended with the dud Sir James! Hopefully Reginald won‘t be moping too long. I would love to see Lady S‘s face if he does marry Frederica. 🤣 1w
KristiAhlers @Chili yes! I totally agree. To be a fly on the wall if that could‘ve happened 😂 1w
MicrobeMom 😂😂 1w
Clare-Dragonfly That guy must be Sir James. He‘s got the perfect Gilderoy Lockhart expression 😂 1w
ravenlee The whole idea of spending months trying to force your child to marry some dude and then marrying him yourself just really gives me the creeps! 1w
sprainedbrain @ravenlee well technically she was flirting with him herself before she decided he would do for Frederica. 😬 1w
sprainedbrain @Clare-Dragonfly Yep! 1w
ravenlee Exactly - it‘s not better. 🤢 1w
mollyrotondo So happy to finally have read this one! It was dramatic yet so funny! Lady Susan and Alicia are so awful. I am relieved Frederica didn‘t get stuck with James. And that last line about poor Miss Manwaring was really sad. She did not escape the hurt in the end. 1w
TheAromaofBooks It would be interesting to know if this one had become a full-length novel, if Lady Susan would have stayed the main character, or if that role would have passed to Frederica. This one was great fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 1w
julieclair I‘m so glad to have finally read this one. Such fun! But I was disappointed in the ending. Lady Susan did not get nearly the public shaming and humiliation I was hoping for. I wanted to see her stock and pilloried in the public square with people throwing rotten tomatoes at her, lol! Instead, she landed on her feet, married to a rich guy, and probably continued her relationship with Mainwaring, despite wrecking the lives of his wife and daughter. 1w
julieclair But I am glad Reginald finally came to his senses. But to think he is most likely going to end up with Lady Susan as his mother-in-law… how weird is that?! 1w
julieclair @sprainedbrain Thanks for your excellent commentaries… I looked forward to reading them each day, and to the ensuing discussion. Thanks, too, for recommending the Serial Reader app. I had never heard of it before, but I really enjoyed using it. 👍 1w
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks that's a great point. I would have loved the story to continue, to give us Frederica's much needed HE and 'Lady' S's comeuppance. 1w
AllDebooks Such an amazing read from such an incredibly young author. Frederica reminded me very much of Mary Bennet 1w
AllDebooks Thank you for your great summaries and headsup on Serial reader app. I've signed up for so many titles. X 1w
MoonWitch94 I‘m glad to have read this one & @sprainedbrain have loved your commentary! 7d
sb3626 This has been on my TBR for awhile now and I‘m so glad I read along with y‘all! It was really fun and enjoyable 7d
SarahBookInterrupted I loved that it was a happy ending, just like I expect with all Jane Austen novels. I wasn‘t sure when Lady Susan was a pretty villainous character. It make me me enjoy her even more. 6d
julieclair @AllDebooks You're right! Frederica is very reminiscent of Mary Bennet. 5d
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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#PemberLittens

Today‘s dramatic Lady Susan action:

Susan is in town, carrying on her affair with married Mr. Mainwaring and plotting to put off her marriage to Reginald by pretending she has some honor (she doesn‘t). Reginald comes to town anyway, and Mrs. Johnson fails to distract him so Susan/Mainwaring can get it on. MRS. Mainwaring shows up and has a chat with Reginald & gouty Mr. Johnson. Reginald ends it, Susan fails to fool him again.😒

jenniferw88 Well done Reginald! I just hope Frederica isn't forced into marrying James (?) 1w
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julieclair That meme! 😂 And I‘m so glad Reginald finally saw the light. Can‘t wait to see how all this finally resolves itself. I am so hoping that Lady S finally gets her very-much-deserved comeuppance. 🤞 1w
BarkingMadRun 🤣🤣🤣 so accurate. May he stay strong and not falter again! 1w
Chili Finally!!! It‘s about time Reginald woke up to Lady S‘s shenanigans. Hopefully he won‘t backslide. 1w
MicrobeMom 😂😂🤣🤣! I am dying!!! 1w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 1w
batsy 😅😅 1w
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It seems like each time I finish a Bridgerton novel it becomes my new favorite Bridgerton novel… not sure how long that could possibly hold up. 😅

So satisfying to finally get Penelope‘s book! I mean there‘s Colin, too, but Penelope! Just delightfully romantic and funny, and appropriately steamy when it needed to be. A perfect weekend binge read.

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Scochrane26 This is probably my favorite one. 1w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Today in #PemberLittens Lady Susan:

Lady Susan writes to Mrs. Johnson to gloat about her manipulation of the situation at Churchhill and to make plans for a return to town, as she‘s still determined to make Frederica marry Sir James. Mrs. Johnson thinks Susan should marry Reginald (a fate his sister is dreading) while she can, and is happy to have Susan come deal with Mainwaring, though Susan is forbidden to be at Alicia‘s house by her husband.😂

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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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Mehso-so

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Another contemporary thriller full of horrible people being horrible, with an over-the-top plot twist. I liked the setting and the concept, but it was still fairly predictable (despite that twist) and I only genuinely cared what happened to about 3 people.

I‘ve had my BOTM copy since April 2020 😳 but listened to the audio. Good narration for the most part, but I wasn‘t such a fan of the male narrator.

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mcctrish I think this was best as an audio book but the male narrator was a weird choice 1w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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#PemberLittens:

Oh you thought Reginald was leaving? Nope!

Mrs. Vernon has to immediately write her mom with the bad news that Reginald is once again under Lady Susan‘s spell and has been manipulated into believing no one (including her daughter) truly knows or understands Susan. Susan does her level best to gaslight Mrs. Vernon over to her side (spoiler: it doesn‘t work). Sir James happily takes his leave, Frederica is still sad, Mrs. V is 😒.

BarkingMadRun Ugh this woman makes me nuts! 2w
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Chili I want to slap Reginald! Wake up dude!! She‘s a manipulative bitch! 2w
KristiAhlers @Chili right? It‘s almost like natural selection is trying to take place here. 2w
KristiAhlers Lady Susan is such a…I don‘t even know what to call her. 2w
julieclair As my mother would have said about Lady Susan, "She's a piece of work, that one." ? 2w
mklong @julieclair Mine would have said “she sure is something!” 😂 2w
AllDebooks LS is no lady. If only the Vernons/de Courcy could read LS's letters to Alicia. Her truly venomous nature would be indisputable. 2w
SarahBookInterrupted I think she is the worst character that Jane has ever wrote. Usually there is something good even about the “bad” characters but not in this case. Rotten to the core. 2w
Liz_M This book really makes me want to re-watch the movie based on the tagged book. Also epistolary, but the plotting, scheming, and bitchiness is on steroids compared to Lady Susan. 😁 1w
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This was a read for one of my postal book clubs…the print copy could not keep my interest more than a few pages at a time. Audio to the rescue!

I just read Four Winds earlier this year & wasn‘t sure I could handle another sad Depression-era story, but there was enough light amongst all the sadness & cruel men to keep me going. I knew nothing about turpentine farming, so that was interesting. Good writing, & the end wasn‘t a gut punch.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

SilversReviews Very good book!! 2w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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#PemberLittens, today in Lady Susan:

Susan is bitching again to the BFF, this time because her daughter has the audacity to continue to refuse to marry the weirdo she groomed for her. She‘s absolutely astounded to find that Reginald actually listened to Frederica and then took her side in the matter. They fight, and miracle of miracles, the spell is broken for Reginald and he‘s heading out, after begging his elated sister to help Frederica.

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Untitled | Unknown
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@LeslieO my #RecipeSwap package has arrived safely! 😃

LeslieO Yay! 1w
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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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Had to catch up with two chapters tonight, but Lucy Worsley‘s writing is a delight. ❤️

#PemberLittens

nanuska_153 Has this started already? I thought it was today! 😱 2w
jenniferw88 @nanuska_153 It IS today! Naughty Jenni @sprainedbrain 😡😂😂😂 2w
nanuska_153 @jenniferw88 oh thank God! I'm two chapters behind with the Tenant so being 7 behind with this one would be 😖 2w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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In today‘s #PemberLittens installment:

Lady Susan writes to her BFF to bitch about her daughter, who she clearly cannot stand,& Frederica‘s refusal to marry Sir James. She‘s hoping to orchestrate a town meeting for the two of them when she can afford it…

But then Sir James just shows up (uninvited) and decides to stay a few days (uninvited). The De Courcys are all astonishment, Frederica is appalled/terrified, & Lady S is on damage control.

ravenlee I‘m trying to decide if he‘s really ballsy or really clueless. Imagine showing up at some stranger‘s house like, “hey, I‘m an unwanted admirer of your houseguest. I think I‘ll stay for a while.” 2w
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KristiAhlers @ravenlee I think it‘s yes lol. A little bit of both. Maybe like testing the waters. But you can‘t hate on me cuz I‘m a total tool 2w
Chili He‘s got a lot of money right? That‘s the attraction for Lady S to pimp her daughter to him. Cuz he seems to be an idiot. 2w
Christyco125 You have to be completely clueless to just drop in unannounced and say I thought I‘d hang with you lot a while so I can stalk my love interest. 2w
julieclair Mr. & Mrs. Vernon must feel like they‘re in the twilight zone! What in the world happened to their quiet country life? 🤪😩😳 2w
Clare-Dragonfly He‘s definitely too ballsy and/or clueless to have noticed that Susan doesn‘t even like him! @Chili A lot of money and a title. Wanna bet on whether Lady S had that Lady title before her own marriage? 2w
Chili @Clare-Dragonfly I‘m sure she didn‘t. 😉 2w
TheAromaofBooks @julieclair - I thought the same thing! I've enjoyed the letters from Mrs. Vernon's perspective, basically politely saying “WTF?!“ 😂 2w
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks Absolutely 🤣 2w
mollyrotondo @TheAromaofBooks 😂 that‘s exactly what Mrs Vernon is saying in each letter to her mother. 1w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I‘m today‘s #PemberLittens letters:

Mrs. Vernon continues to worry that Reginald is in Lady Susan‘s snare. Susan is seriously displeased when her teenage daughter tries to run away from boarding school rather than marry one of her mom‘s boyfriends. School won‘t take her back, & Susan is now displeased to have to live with her daughter, & does her best to make all hate Frederica. Mrs. V thinks she‘s ok for having been neglected her whole life.

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Dark One | Nikki St Crowe
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(Post 2 of 2)

So, naturally I immediately read the second one. 😏

Guess what? Also badly written, only now the ‘plot‘ is all over the place and in parts directly contradicts the first book, and the main character is even more ridiculous and insufferable. It does have a new (plentiful) crop of sex scenes, so there‘s that.

It took me 5 hours total to read both of these books, and I will probably read the last one when it comes out.😂

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LeahBergen 😆😆😆 2w
Bookzombie 😂 Sometimes bad is enjoyable. (edited) 2w
DGRachel 🤣🤣🤣 Why do we do this to ourselves? KU is the worst. I can‘t remember what series I got sucked into a few years back or even how many books I read, but I‘d finish one-didn‘t like it, but immediately rolled into the next one! 2w
BooksNBowls I‘m so stubborn when it comes to finishing things I‘ve started. I‘ll read a whole series, cursing the author, complaining the whole time, but still read every damn page. 😅 2w
kellyann28 Oh man I'm glad you posted this. The last indie book read that was insanely popular that I chose to read was The Zodiac Academy and it was astoundingly bad. It gave me such mental whiplash that I am hesitant on these Insta/TikTok reads and this series is making the rounds now. (Also if anyone liked ZA I am very glad you did like it, no shade) 2w
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Never King | Nikki St Crowe
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I was persuaded to get a tiktok account by the same daughter who required a Kindle Unlimited sub, & this has created the perfect storm for me reading some trashy books.😬

So this is Peter Pan, but it‘s also a ‘reverse harem‘ as they say, so Peter & the lost boys clearly did grow up.😳

Y‘all know I‘m not opposed to a smutty book, but this is just really badly written, has almost no plot, & the main character is insufferable.

⭐️⭐️

Clare-Dragonfly Oh my goodness. The blurb actually sounds really good until it gets to “unalive.” I can‘t take it seriously now 😂 2w
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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager, Todd Ritter
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Whoopsie… finished this one last night and forgot to post about it.

I really liked the haunted house story-within-the-story better than the current-day events of the book. It has some genuinely creepy parts and I couldn‘t stop listening to this book once I got going. It feels like the author tried to do a bit too much and some plot lines are weak or confusing. The ending was… not great.

Still waiting for the title to make sense. 🤔

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julieclair It always bugs me when I can‘t figure out how the title has anything to do with the story. 2w
Linsy Agreed ... but those snakes tho. 😱 2w
sprainedbrain @Linsy omg that was so gross! 😖 2w
KatieDid927 Oh, this title bugs the heck outta me. 2w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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In today‘s #PemberLittens letters:

Lady Susan writes to her BFF to let her know she‘s now got three men in play: Mr. De Courcy is besotted, but she‘s more into married Mr. Manwaring, and keeping Sir James as a spare.

Then, the De Courcy‘s have a collective freak out over how dumb/lovestruck Reginald is. Sister and mom are concerned, dad spells out his disapproval. Reginald isn‘t planning to marry her, but says everyone has Lady Susan ALL WRONG!

KristiAhlers But do they??? Asking for a friend 🤣. Lady Susan is so different from what I‘m used to reading by her. This is like watching a soap opera. And tune in tomorrow for the next episode of Lady Susan! 2w
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Librarybelle I am so loving these letters! 2w
sprainedbrain @KristiAhlers I just love the tone of these! 😂 2w
julieclair @KristiAhlers A soap opera! 😂 And reading it in daily installments makes it seem even more so! 2w
KristiAhlers @julieclair right? 🤣 2w
mollyrotondo @KristiAhlers definitely feel the soap opera vibes too. I didn‘t think Lady Susan was like this. Are people wrong? According to the letters she is writing to Alicia she seems very mean girl-esque but I so wanted to believe she was an inspiration. I guess not? 2w
Chili Lady Susan is a total bitch. She‘s playing Reginald like a violin just because she can. 2w
batsy Reginald doth protest too much, methinks 😆 2w
MicrobeMom I think I could totally love Lady Susan and her modern taste on romance and men, if she wasn‘t so awful to her daughter and everyone else around her. 2w
Christyco125 What is with Mrs. Johnson, the BFF, is she living vicariously through Susan? She‘s seems really invested in the chaos. 2w
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Mr. Malcolm's List | Suzanne Allain
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This is a very basic, goofy historical romance—it‘s predictable and not steamy in the least, but it‘s funny, lighthearted and was a great distraction from the news last night that makes me want to BURN SOMETHING DOWN.

I will absolutely watch the movie this summer. Have you seen the cast?! 😍

https://www.bustle.com/entertainment/mr-malcolms-list-cast-plot-release-date-fre...

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Also my #DoubleSpin (already). 🙌🏼

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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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In today‘s #PemberLittens Lady Susan correspondence:

Mrs. Vernon, having met in the flesh the dangerous creature known as Lady Susan, warns her soon-to-inherit brother in advance that she‘s a tricky one, but her warnings are for naught when her brother meets LS, sees she‘s hot, and ceases to be a rational creature.

Susan talks some crap with her mean girl BFF Alicia about everyone (including her daughter) that they are currently manipulating.

Julsmarshall She is so bitchy about her daughter! 2w
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Christyco125 I know having children is a must in this time period but really couldn‘t she have just skipped that part of the job instead of tormenting her kid? 2w
KristiAhlers I love how this story is so like mean girls today. Clearly we haven‘t evolved 🤣. Truly catty 2w
Chili LS is definitely the head mean girl. I feel bad for her daughter, because that woman is a total bitch. Frederica would be better off being raised by wolves. 2w
batsy I know, I'm already feeling super bad for her daughter! Lady Susan does not seem cut out to be the nurturing type 😬 2w
AllDebooks I'm not a fan of LS at all atm, she treats everyone appallingly, dropped as soon as they're no further use to her. I wonder in what direction Austen takes her, redemption or comeuppance? Either way, I'm here for it. 😃 2w
AllDebooks Also, must rewatch Mean Girls 🤣 2w
mollyrotondo I‘m so frustrated that LS has attached herself to a married man. Even though Alicia also seems like a “mean girl” at least she has sense to tell LS that she can gain nothing further from Manwaring unless his wife dies and she‘s better off setting her sights on an available man like Reginald who will inherit a large estate. Alicia at least has sense right now 😆 2w
TheAromaofBooks I was honestly relieved to hear that her daughter is at boarding school... that HAS to be better than living with LS, right?! 2w
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Birthday Girl | Penelope Douglas
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Mehso-so

Must. Stop. Falling. For. Booktok. Thirst. Traps. 😅

The romance is forbidden, you have to totally suspend disbelief or risk damaging your eyesight with all of the eyerolling, and the main dude‘s name is freaking Pike 😖, but it was steamy enough and I read it in one day.

🤷🏻‍♀️

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Ruthiella But your review was so entertaining! 😂 2w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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#PemberLittens

In today‘s letters, we meet Lady Susan: a recently widowed, shameless flirt who has outstayed her welcome with friends, can‘t wait to offload her poor daughter, and has invited herself to the home of her brother-in-law, whose wife she has disparaged in the past. Mr. De Courcy, brother of Susan‘s sister-in-law, is on his way to check out ‘the most accomplished coquette in England‘ for himself.

I ❤️ how snarky Jane could be!

mklong I love what what troublemaker Susan is in just the first few pages. I think we are in for some fun with her! 2w
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TheAromaofBooks The contrast between the first two letters is just an absolutely fabulous set up for the entire story. I can't believe I have never read this one before! 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig I just read this last month and was going to follow along but had some time so I started audiobook. And I'm hooked again. So now I'm on board for 2nd read. 2w
KristiAhlers Right? She‘s a bratty troublemaker for sure. And @TheAromaofBooks I totally agree with you! This is going to be fun. 2w
julieclair I‘m hooked already! Such fun! And I‘m loving my first experience with Serial Reader. Where has it been all my life?😂 2w
MicrobeMom Oh LS is gonna be trouble! Loving this already! 2w
ravenlee I can‘t wait to see where this goes! I don‘t often enjoy epistolary novels, but I‘m already so invested in this. 2w
Christyco125 Susan is reminding me a whole lot of Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair. 2w
staci.reads I agree! This is going to be fantastic fun! "But where there is a disposition to dislike a motive will never be wanting." Oh Jane ? 2w
myellenbee One thing that always amazes me in Austen's books is how people stayed so long as guests at other's houses. Especially people like Lady Susan who seemed to annoy the women she was staying with. Not the men of course. 🙂 2w
AllDebooks @Christyco125 yes, I thought that too 2w
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A closer look at the jewelry from the Beltane kit, plus this gorgeous besom, bath salts I will be using tonight (the other ones are for full moon), and the lovely Beltane spell jar. 😍

Thank you again, Kelly! You knocked it out of the park for #BeltaneBox!

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍😍 2w
kellyann28 How cool! I didn't open it up to see what was all in it when it came in 😍 2w
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Thank you so much for this lovely #BeltaneBox package, Kelly! I love everything in it, and I‘m super excited to finally have all of Maia Toll‘s -ary books.

I‘m going to need a second photo to show all of the lovely stuff in the Beltane kit on the left. ❤️

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍😍 2w
kellyann28 I'm so glad you like it!! This was a really fun event to shop for! 💜 2w
erank58 LOVE how these boxes turned out, makes me sad I wasn't able to jump in this time around! 2w
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Beltane blessings to those who celebrate! ❤️

I‘m looking forward to everyone‘s #BeltaneBox posts today. 🌸 🐝 🍃

(This is a previous year image, but WitchyTips on IG always comes through with fun stuff for sabbats… this year they have some low energy Beltane ideas that I‘m definitely feeling today).

StolenBookmobile Love 💕 2w
Chrissyreadit I love this! I May just think about doing those things today vs doing them, but if I get some energy I will def garden. 2w
kellyann28 Beltane blessings today!! ❤️ 2w
AmyG Have a Blessed Beltane! I just took a picture of my wonderful box and will post now. 2w
BookwormAHN Great ideas, Happy Beltane 🌻 2w
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April was a super reading month for me, no doubt helped by that weeklong, birthday staycation where I basically read and binged book-related shows (Sanditon, Bridgerton, Outlander, plus Divergent series and Fifty Shades series again FOR NO GOOD REASON).😅

Anyway! I read 20 books total plus 5 short stories and got six bingos. 😯

My favorites were Sea of Tranquility and the The Bone Clocks, but I really enjoyed most of the others, too!

4thhouseontheleft Great month!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous progress!!! 2w
Prairiegirl_reading Wow!!!! Great month! 2w
AllDebooks That's some very impressive reading x 2w
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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It‘s day 1 of our #PemberLittens buddy read of Lady Susan!

Austen likely wrote this epistolary when she was 19, and never submitted it for publishing during her lifetime.

Mentioning the movie adaptation, called Love & Friendship apparently just to confuse us, as I may use pictures from it in my daily summaries.

Also shown, Lady Vernon & Her Daughter, a retelling I have yet to read that attempts the story with Austen‘s more mature prose style.🤔

sprainedbrain If you want to join and don‘t have a copy, check out the SerialReader app—the schedule we are following is the same as SerialReader uses for its daily issues. Please let me know if you‘d like to be added to (or removed from) my daily tag lists. Everyone is welcome! 😘 2w
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jenniferw88 I think Lady Susan is meant to be based on Lady Hamilton - she was also a real flirt! 2w
mklong Starting now! 2w
Chrissyreadit I‘m trying this one 2w
Clare-Dragonfly This is delightful. It‘s hard to stop reading! 2w
Chili “Where pride and stupidity unite” 🤣 I love it! 2w
sprainedbrain @Chili she was so damn snarky! 😅 2w
LauraBrook Oooh, this sounds fun. Could I jump in and join you all? Totally okay if it‘s a no, you all have been doing this for a while! 💗 2w
sprainedbrain @LauraBrook of course! Adding you to my tag list! 2w
KristiAhlers I‘ve already read the episode! I love a story told through letter writing! 2w
batsy @Chili I snorted 😆 2w
batsy This has started off really well. These letters have so much wit and energy! 2w
StolenBookmobile 4 more letters to read....but I already feel sorry for the daughter.
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DebinHawaii “…were he but one degree less contemptibly weak…” 🤣 I have only read Lady Susan once, & quite a while ago so this will be fun! 2w
Chili @batsy me too! 🤣 2w
LitStephanie @Chili yes that line was so funny! Reginald's letter kind of reminds me of Lizzy Bennet's conversations with her dad about people they dislike. 1w
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Pickpick

This was a good one! A fast ride, sufficiently creepy and just a well-done thriller. Loved all of the different POVs and how it kept me guessing and very invested.

Side note: I‘ve had my BOTM copy on my shelf for a couple of years, but 100% listened to the audio instead because it‘s read by the 9th Doctor.😘

My #MurderMystery for #Booked2022.

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vivastory I really like this one! Have you read his other? 2w
sprainedbrain @vivastory yes, I also liked The Shadows! 2w
vivastory I hope he releases another one in the next couple of years 🤞 2w
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My #BookSpin and #BookSpinBingo list for May. 🌸

julieclair A Green and Ancient Light is on its way to you! 📫😀 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
sprainedbrain @julieclair it arrived today! 2w
julieclair Yay! Enjoy! 2w
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Finally finished my #AuthorAMonth book! Not my favorite John Boyne, but I enjoyed his fictionalization of the murder and subsequent escape attempt. I read Thunderstruck a few years ago, and I think that‘s about enough of the Crippens for me. 😅

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed the humour 😊 3w
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Mehso-so

For such a mid-length novel, this one seems to go on and on…

I really liked the bookshop stuff and the literary references. I was slightly annoyed by the predictable, unrealistic storyline and the clunky writing style. I could not stand the selfish, shallow main character. I stuck with it, but didn‘t love it.

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The Veldt | Ray Bradbury, Gary Kelley
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Not the twitter thread I needed when I‘ve been distracted by short stories all month and I‘m trying to finish 3 more big books by the end of April…

But the responses are filling up my reading list!

https://twitter.com/bookishseawitch/status/1519692127801860096?s=21&t=5YGfprjubF...

CindyMyLifeIsLit We‘re going to start this one next week!! ❤️❤️ 3w
Kimberlone This prompt makes me think of The Lottery, Harrison Bergeron, anything Poe, Hills Like White Elephants…pretty sure I had my mind blown 🤯 by all of those in high school 3w
sprainedbrain @Kimberlone The Tell-Tale Heart was my first thought, but there were so many great ones! 3w
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sarahbellum A different Ray Bradbury short story, All Summer in a Day, is the one that has stuck with me the most 😔 3w
shortsarahrose “The Immortal” by Jorge Luis Borges, Freshman year of college. Still think about it to this day 3w
AWahle The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst. I still remember it clearly 40 something years after reading it. 3w
vivastory I 💯 agree about Poe. He''s a writer I've returned to throughout my life. 3w
Andrea313 @sarahbellum Yes, same here! Seared into my brain. 3w
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Successful adulting today: I sent all 3 (LOL) of this month‘s #LMPBC books on to the next person, sent out my #RecipeSwap package AND I even managed to take a picture!

StaceGhost Haha! Double points for remembering the photo! I always forget that step 3w
BookBosomed1 I received it today! 2w
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Panpan

This was a NetGalley audio, but I can‘t make myself blog about it.

The writing isn‘t horrible & the idea was good.

HOWEVER:

-ridiculously verbose, with back/side stories nobody needs & too many descriptions of clothing & cars.

-annoyingly sexist. Misogyny from a female author is even more gross.

-struggles to stick with a cohesive plot, spends too much time fawning over rich people stuff

-unnecessary insta-love

-dreadful narration

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sprainedbrain I mean… the author literally had them take time-traveller Julius Caesar to Vegas to freaking Caesar‘s Palace, where he was treated like a highroller/emperor for a couple of days. Thereby making it, in fact, the real Caesar‘s Palace (Allan) since Caesar lived there. And the ending made my eyes roll alllllll the way back. And the ending just keeps going! Was there no editor available?

I cannot even.
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Leftcoastzen Ewwww! 3w
AmyG Sounds fun. 😳 3w
UwannaPublishme 😆😆😆 3w
BookBr Will avoid, lol 3w
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@kellyann28 my #BeltaneBox has arrived!

Thank you ❤️

kellyann28 Woo hoo! I can't wait for you to open it! 3w
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As a Tudor nerd/fascinated fan of the trainwreck that was Henry VIII, I knew how this was going to go and going to end for Queen Katherine, but I was still all about Weir‘s novelization. Somewhat slow and dry at times, but the author obviously knows the facts and enjoyed filling in the details. Overall, I was just angry and sad for the lack of agency/blind faith Kate had.

Also, I really don‘t like this cover, but I digress.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

sprainedbrain This was my book #AboutARealRoyal for #Booked2022 as well. 3w
YasmiNova Just started this one - I'm a big fan of the Tudor era too (and the preceding Wars of the Roses) so hopefully this book won't disappoint 😊 2d
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Men, Women, and Chainsaws | Stephen Graham Jones
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I didn‘t plan to read all of these short stories this month, but a new horror story from one of my favorites? Ok!

This one has slasher references, creepy car Christine-vibes, blood, and rage. Somewhat lighthearted, but with the pervasive creeping dread I‘ve come to expect from this author. I continue to love how well SGJ writes female characters.

Read on Tor:

https://www.tor.com/2022/04/20/men-women-and-chainsaws-stephen-graham-jones/

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mel Love SGJ - thank you for posting this! (edited) 4w
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Dowry of Blood | S T Gibson
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What a delightful retelling! A farewell love/hate letter from one of the brides of Dracula to the monster himself. Fast-paced and well-written, dark, sexy, and brutal, just the way a Dracula story should be.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
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I didn‘t expect to love this book as much as I did, but wow, what a fantastic debut novel. Really solid writing, great handling of some seriously big stuff (broken families, abuse, murder, suicide, rape, teen pregnancy, animal death), and truly fascinating characters. Not really the mystery/thriller I assumed it would be, but more of a quiet, heartbreaking story about what comes after some painful endings.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

BiblioLitten Your review reminded me of 4w
sprainedbrain @BiblioLitten I still need to read that! 4w
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Eventide | Kent Haruf
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Kent Haruf was a wonderful writer. This is the 3rd Haruf that I‘ve read (2nd of the Plainsong trilogy), and I‘m again blown away by the quiet, simple beauty of the characters and the authentic feel of the rural/small town settings. Dipping in and out of the lives of several residents of Holt, Colorado, Eventide gives us more time with some familiar Plainsong characters as well as some new folks. Equal parts heartbreaking and joyful.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Tamra I love them! Time for a reread and definitely worthy of it. 1mo
sprainedbrain @Tamra it‘s been 5 years since I read Plainsong! I almost reread it before starting this one, but decided to jump in. Definitely rereadable. ❤️ 1mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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The #buddyread schedule for our May #PemberLittens Austen selection is above.

I decided to follow the sections @SerialReader uses in the app… if you don‘t have a copy of Lady Susan and want to join us, I highly recommend the app—it‘s a great way to read classics for free, and if you read LS on it, you‘ll already be following the schedule above.

Thanks to all who responded with input! Tagging those I *think* plan to join, but all are welcome!

MicrobeMom Looks great! Can‘t wait to start! 1mo
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mollyrotondo Thank you! 1mo
AllDebooks I didn't know about SR, signed up andready to go 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Thank you!!! 1mo
julieclair This will be my first experience with the @SerialReader app. Looking forward to it! 1mo
sprainedbrain @AllDebooks @julieclair I love it! I‘ve actually read quite a few classics in it. 😃 1mo
mklong Yep, looking forward to it! 1mo
Andrea313 Looks good to me! Thanks for organizing! 1mo
MeganAnn Yay! 🎉 1mo
AnneCecilie Looks good to me. 1mo
nanuska_153 Looks good to me, looking forward to reread this one, thought it was so funny when I first read it! 1mo
MoonWitch94 Looks great! Can‘t wait 💜📚 1mo
batsy Sounds good! Thank you 💜 1mo
Librarybelle Yay!! 1mo
eeclayton Great! Thank you 😊 1mo
DebinHawaii I own a hard copy and have it on Kindle but I think I‘m going to go with the Serial Reader experience this time.😉 1mo
inthegreensandblues I will be reading along, if you'd be so good as to tag me ☺️ 4w
StolenBookmobile Perfect! 4w
i.besteph Ohh tag me please! 4w
KristiAhlers Please tag me! I‘ve downloaded the app! 3w
myellenbee Wow, I hadn't heard of this book. Will have to give it a try. 3w
sprainedbrain @myellenbee would you like me to add you to my daily tag list? 😃 2w
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Our May/June #PemberLittens book by another author will be Anne Brontë‘s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

I‘ve read this in the last few years (LOVED it — it‘s my second favorite Brontë sister book), so I‘m hoping someone else would be willing to lead/host the readalong? Please comment if so!

The book has 53 chapters, so would lend itself well to a slow chapter-a-day buddy read, but of course that‘s up to the host. ?

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sprainedbrain Again, tagging those who were interested in the initial post, but please comment if you want to be added to the list. And don‘t forget to let me know if you‘re up for leading! 1mo
BarkingMadRun I‘m in, I‘ve never read it. I can host, no problem 1mo
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ravenlee I‘m in for this read! 1mo
Chili I‘m in. I‘ve never read this. 1mo
megnews I‘m in for this read. 1mo
sprainedbrain @BarkingMadRun wonderful! Thank you! 1mo
MoonWitch94 I‘m in for this read! It‘s new to me & should be fun! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m looking forward to this. It‘s been on my TBR list forever. 1mo
Kdgordon88 I‘m in! 1mo
quietjenn It will be new for me and I'm quite excited about it! 1mo
Lcsmcat I‘m interested. Can you add me to the tag list, please? 1mo
MeganAnn I‘m in for this one! What‘s your favorite Brontë sister book if this is second favorite? Jane Eyre? (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain @MeganAnn Yes, ma‘am. Love Jane Eyre! 1mo
MeganAnn @sprainedbrain I love Jane Eyre too! As it‘s the only Brontë sister book I‘ve successfully finished it‘s my favorite by default. I bailed on Wurthering Heights a couple of times and haven‘t tried any of the other sister‘s works. 1mo
mollyrotondo I‘m definitely in! 1mo
tpixie Anne may be my favorite Brontë 1mo
eeclayton This has been on my TBR forever. I'm looking forward to reading it with all of you. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm in for this one - another new read for me!! 1mo
julieclair I'm in! I read it many years ago and remember nothing about it 🤷except that I liked it. 🙂 1mo
StolenBookmobile I‘m in! 4w
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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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Our #PemberLittens May/June book about Jane is Jane Austen at Home by the amazing Lucy Worsley.

@jenniferw88 has graciously offered to host and I‘m taking her up on that!

Tagging those who have previously expressed interest in reading this one, but all are welcome. Please comment below if you‘d like to be added to Jenny‘s tag list for this book.

Jenny, can you please tag everyone when you have a schedule worked out? 😘

jenniferw88 Will do! 1mo
AllDebooks Me, I'm in. Love both Austen and Lucy Worsley, so excited about this one. 1mo
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BarkingMadRun I‘m in!! 1mo
MoonWitch94 I‘m in!!!! This looks great! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m in! 😊 1mo
KristiAhlers Please add me! I‘m totally in. 1mo
ravenlee I‘m in for this one, too. My copy should arrive next week sometime. 1mo
Ruthiella Looking forward to reading this! 😊 1mo
quietjenn Can't wait! 1mo
Kdgordon88 I‘m in! 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Yes Please! 1mo
StayCurious Please tag me! 1mo
MeganAnn I‘m interested in this one too if I can get a copy from the library. Please tag me! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m in! Please tag me! 1mo
DivineDiana Please tag me! Want to read this one! 1mo
mollyrotondo I‘m in! 1mo
eeclayton Please tag me too! 1mo
Blackink_WhitePaper I m ok please tag me 💐😊 1mo
julieclair I'm excited to read this one! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm in for this one - please keep me posted on the schedule!! 1mo
janeycanuck I‘m in for this one, please! 1mo
nanuska_153 I'm in for this one! 1mo
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