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I just want to shout out Words and Kisses which is an indie online bookstore. It specialises in romance. It has a great selection of books as well as subscription boxes and bundles. I love it so much.
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kelsiersshadow · 2 days ago
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i am TIRED i have been working FOREVERRR im reading my own winters orbit fic for COMFORT
im losing it over the fact that i made kiem say “you shine”. i’m OBSESSED with the concept of Jainan in JEWELS!!! i am momentarily drafting a rambling internal monologue that’s just ‘shiny shiny soft glitter look at my husband SPARKLE’ on behalf of my emotional turmoil!
put. jainan. in a CROWN. give him RINGS. making a...light prism he’s unaware of but kiem has been unapologetically staring at for the last 25 minutes of the perpetual Very Important Diplomatic Meeting he’s at.
...i put sex in the fic too but i’m skipping that cause they ATE PINEAPPLE TOGETHER. idk pals that’s the thursday night vibe maybe i’m just hungry.
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disturbia0509 · 3 days ago
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Review: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
Review: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner #bookreview #bookblogger
Title: The Lost Apothecary Author: Sarah Penner Publisher: Park Row Published: March 2, 2021 Pages: 320 Format: Book of the Month Edition . “First, there was trust. Then, there was betrayal. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot be betrayed by someone you do not trust … what you have learned is the same heart-wrenching journey of every woman to whom I have sold a poison. And it…
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thisshipsailsitselff · 3 days ago
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disturbia0509 · 5 days ago
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Blog Tour- Review: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
Today is my stop on @The_WriteReads #UltimateBlogTour for Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli A sweet book about friendship and love. @WriteReadsTours @penguinplatform #BlogTour #bookreviews #TheWriteReads
Thanks to @TheWriteReads & Penguin for being a part of this tour! Title: Kate in Waiting Author: Becky Albertalli Publisher: Penguin Published: May 4, 2021 Pages: 400 Format: e-ARC through Netgalley- Thank you, Penguin! Blurb:  From bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli (author of Love, Simon) comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in…
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logarithmicpanda · 5 days ago
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Another very pretty cover 👀 I don't even know specifically what it's about but tbh it's Nnedi Okorafor and that's enough to make me excited about it
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real quick book talk! just because I can: 
-I’ve finished reading Mexican Gothic. It was....ok. Not too special. At one point the plot veered off in a different direction suddenly that I didn’t really like, and I did kind of struggle actually finishing the book. I was originally thinking of reading more books by Silvia Moreno-Garcia but I don’t think I will now .
-I’ve preordered Dan Howell’s book, and it’s getting so close to release date now! I’m hype 
-I read The Girls I’ve Been by Tessa Sharpe, which is apparently being turned into a movie with Millie Bobby Brown. Again: it was...ok. A lot more dramatic than I expected, BUT I actually do still think this might make a really good, exciting movie, and I might watch it when it’s out. (AND IT’S QUEER - just thought that deserved capital letters)
-so apparently I’m not the only one who LOVED The Martian by Andy Weir (genuinely one of my alltime favourite books) but who was incredibly disappointed by Artemis. He has a new book coming out in May - Project Hail Mary - and I see a lot of people say this one’s much more on the level of The Martian again so I might actually buy that and check it out. 
I haven’t been having a great reading year so far, by far most books have been kinda disappointing. I’m trying to pick out different books now, and hope I’ll get some that I’ll actually enjoy, but I’m also not entirely sure what I’m looking for. I do know I’ve also been struggling with movies, (I’ve seen 4 this year and liked 2 of them and was very disappointed by the other 2), so maybe my taste is just changing very rapidly and I need to kind of re-figure out what I like now. I do know I’m still slowly working my way through a book about urban planning that I’m going to give 5 stars because I’m enjoying it so much, so maybe I’m just more in a nonfiction mood at the moment. 
if anyone has any recommendations hit me up! 
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disturbia0509 · 6 days ago
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Review: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
Review: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar #bookblogger #bookreview
Title: Star Daughter Author: Shveta Thakrar Publisher: HarperTeen Published: August 11, 2020 Pages: 435 Format: OwlCrate Edition . I was really excited for this one. The premise sounded AMAZING. I was really happy when I got it in my OwlCrate because the edition is gorgeous! It’s got a purple cover with purple sprayed edges. I really wish the inside matched the outside.. it does not. I…
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crommiomancer · 6 days ago
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saying that, wanting a faithful the count of monte cristo adaptation, kind of means. confronting edmond/haydee. and.
and i do not want that.
i don't begrudge adaptations choosing to have edmond/mercedes end up together, because, oh! i want that too, but i also. i also like the fact that it is ruined.
so in some ways, gankutsuo did it best, having haydee be his adoptive daughter, in it to eventually drag ferdinand down
so i think. altering slightly, into making haydee his heart, his daughter, that he raises and cares for, and becomes a true father, or something like that, might be a better ending, where sure, they're together, in the sense of a family, but they're not together like lovers. that could be an ending that might work.
but idk. i haven't finished the book yet, i've got 1000 pages to go, and i'm sure there'll be some dragging issues, but you know what? those first 200 pages were pretty darn stellar.
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crommiomancer · 6 days ago
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it genuinely makes me sad that there will never be a perfect adaptation of the count of monte cristo, i know i haven't finished the book, and the gankutsuo adaptation took liberties, which i like! dgmw! but! i'm also. idk. somewhat iffy in some of their choices made.
like. it has to be a miniseries. i think. the book is 1200 pages long, you cannot condense it perfectly into a movie, and do i think you can condense it perfectly in a mini series? perhaps not!
but i do! i do want to see a faithful count of monte cristo adaptation that is this long sprawling con of how a man gets his revenge and thinks, much later, about the hollowness and misery of it all.
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crommiomancer · 6 days ago
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the stress and tension i felt while edmond dantes was imprisoned, befriended by abbe faria, escaped, and looked for the treasure really was something
like. i knew. i knew that the treasure abbe faria had to be legit, because i mean? how else is edmond going to get all that money and become the count of monte cristo
but like?
several times, the dread i felt, the sheer -- wtf is that treasure -- when edmond looked for it, genuinely did get to me
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kelsiersshadow · 7 days ago
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my roommate’s reading oathbringer and it’s fun
“i think you have a funny scene coming up”
“yEAH real funny!!! she just got stabbed!!!!”
“oh no! no i meant before...”
“oh. oh yeah when she essentially flashed her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s boyfriend that’s also her boyfriend. that was funny.”
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theoracleparadox · 7 days ago
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So I've been reading this series, The Belgariad by David and Leigh Eddings, for several months now. I guess it has had some influence on my fanfic. When I started it, I didn't have much interest because it's a series from the 80s, so it's full of heteronormative conventional fantasy tropes. But the characters do grow on you, and the authors do start to turn some of those conventional tropes on their heads. The biggest thing they toy with is prophecy and Chosen Ones. They wrote the series to critique the fantasy genre at the time (which followed a strict formula), and it makes for some interesting reading. There's a good prophecy to fulfill, and an evil prophecy to prevent. The Chosen Ones shift from people to people until their duties are fulfilled. It's definitely interesting to read while I also play around with the theme of prophecy and Chosen Ones.
Of course, good wins in the end and all of the characters get to live happily, forever. The Eddings don't play too much with the tropes, just bending them here and there. In my fanfic, I explore what happens when something unexpected interferes with prophecy, and the fallout when it falls apart. Not many stories about prophecies deal with paradoxes; one way or another, the prophecy is always fulfilled. I want a story where the prophecy is broken and thwarted, but evil doesn't win.
Of all the interesting characters in The Belgariad, I think the sorceress Polgara has been the most influential on Andromeda (and Aulea). Polgara, however, is 7000 years old and has been an agent of the prophecy since before she was born. Still, Andromeda shares many characteristics with her. They both have long black hair, are very powerful, know much more about the prophecy and other goings on than they should, have traveled all around their world and met many people and learned many different things, are a bit temperamental, are both perceived as healers, and finally, they both share a sharp wit. It makes me wonder if Polgara was also based on Morgana.
The only annoying part of the series is that both sorcerers are over 7000 years old, so they know everything, have been everywhere, and have done everything. So some of their dialogue is just annoying. Some of the humor the Eddings used has not aged well/is only funny to weird older married couples.
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albelen · 8 days ago
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Book Talk: a disaster reading month
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So. I know I posted a TBR for March and while I read the chapters I was interested in from the Grand Design, I didn't immediately start reading Norwegian Wood because I couldn't stop myself from binge-reading Jujustu Kaisen and I regret nothing.
After that, I was actually excited to finally get into Norwegian Wood because of all the hype I've seen, but alas I couldn't bring myself to finish it.
I like Murakami's writing, it gives you a sense of nostalgia and longing, but as the story progressed I didn’t find energy to keep reading. After the meeting between Watanabe and Midori, everything just started to go downhill. Such a pity, I was actually rooting for Watanabe at first.
I wanted to pick up the third book of my supposed March TBR, but I knew I was in a reading slump so I picked up something I know I will like and that will be easy to read.
A Curse So Dark And Lonely is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and say all you want about that fairytale, but it's personally one of my favourites.
What I liked about this book is that instead of your usual fantasy setting, the main female character Harper is actually from our universe (specifically from the US) before she was taken to "the other side" where the kingdom of Emberfall is located.
There is nothing special or mind-blowing about the story, but it's enjoyable enough that I finished it in three days. The characters are likeable and I'm actually excited to read the sequel because of the secret revealed in the epilogue.
I expected more from the romance, but since it's a fairytale nothing you didn't expect happened there. I have to admit though - I preferred Harper's chemistry with Grey than with Prince Rhen and was hoping for a love triangle, but Grey is way too loyal for that.  
I’m hoping for a better reading month for April. 
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