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Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments General reading chat for the month


Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments I have some series/books I need to finish up Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels, #1) by Keri Arthur Fantastical (Fantasyland, #3) by Kristen Ashley Midnight Soul (Fantasyland, #5) by Kristen Ashley Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1) by Elizabeth Lim Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1) by Margaret Owen Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters, #1) by Rebecca Schaeffer The Queen's Wing (The Queen's Wing, #1) by Jessica Thorne

Some ARCs Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

I'm also really anticipating starting these series/reading these standalones:
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Have owned book one for a while and I love the tv show)
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) by Kendare Blake
The King's Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy, #1) by Tracy Borman
Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine
Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) by Jay Kristoff
Loki Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee Love mythology but I'm a bit worried about the illustrator. I don't typically like graphic novels. Just manga.
Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1) by Alex London
Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1) by Shelby Mahurin
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
American Royals by Katharine McGee Really intrigued by this one.
There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness, #1) by Katy Rose Pool
A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young


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Thanks :)


Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments NP. I like seeing all my books here. Helps to motivate me to read them. I really wish my HP 5 book was in better condition. I want to read now!!!!!!


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Ooh good list to work with! Did you order either of those Harry Potter book sets?


Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments Not yet. I'm hoping to maybe pick up some of them on Monday. I have so many books I want/need to buy and I can't figure out how to afford them. :(


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Beth (artemishi) | 341 comments I'm in awe of how many books you're going to get through in September! A good reading month for me is 4-5. :D


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I tend to plan more ambitiously than my reality for my TBR. I just like to have options more than anything. My plan is to start with A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles, #4) by Gena Showalter later tonight and then mixing in IT tomorrow and going from there.


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Sans | 836 comments From the library, I currently have:
The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1) by Margaret Owen Black Spire (Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, #2) by Delilah S. Dawson House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig and The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Even though only Black Spire is a series (I think?).

For YA buddy read, I'm slated for:
Heroes Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures by Stephen Fry and Superman Dawnbreaker (DC Icons, #4) by Matt de la Pena

I've got a big stack of floppies to read, but none that will count as a graphic novel yet, so I may just keep those on ice until I move. Even though I'm super excited about Hickman's House of X and Power of X minis. I've heard they're mind-blowing and are finally going to get the X-Men back on the comic book map as a worthwhile team!

I am DETERMINED to finally finish:
Treason (Star Wars Thrawn, #3) by Timothy Zahn and The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke, #3) by Tessa Dare
They have been on my planned reads for three months now! I have this weird anxiety about finishing series and I cannot, for the life of me, figure it out. I can be in love with a series like this and so excited for the last book but when I get it, it's like I've reversed the polarity in the magnets that drew me to them in the first place. I just can't get to it, pick it up, read it, and finish it. It's been the same with just about every anime, TV, and film series too. I still don't know how most of what I've watched ended!


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Beth (artemishi) | 341 comments Sans wrote: "I have this weird anxiety about finishing series and I cannot, for the life of me, figure it out. I can be in love with a series like this and so excited for the last book but when I get it, it's like I've reversed the polarity in the magnets that drew me to them in the first place. "

Oh, same! I LOVE the The Expanse series so much, but I've been dragging my feet on it because I know eventually it will end and I will be bereft.


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Beth (artemishi) | 341 comments I feel like I need some more sense of accomplishment this Fall, and I'm so close to finishing several series right now, so I'm going to try a new thing where I read 1-2 of these per month, in addition to continuing The Expanse series and Harry Potter series:
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3) by Katherine Arden
Ungodly (Goddess War, #3) by Kendare Blake
The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds, #4) by Alexandra Bracken
Kingdoms of Dust (The Necromancer Chronicles, #3) by Amanda Downum (might need to re-read the first two here, though)
The Rebel Princess (Alais Capet, #2) by Judith Koll Healey
Out of Oz (The Wicked Years, #4) by Gregory Maguire
So Silver Bright (Théâtre Illuminata, #3) by Lisa Mantchev
Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars, #2) by Rob Thomas
Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3) by Amie Kaufman
Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge
Tuck (King Raven, #3) by Stephen R. Lawhead
The Living (Warm Bodies, #3) by Isaac Marion
First Frost (Waverley Family, #2) by Sarah Addison Allen

Now to get my focus back...


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Jamie | 2859 comments Mod
I need to focus too. I've been reading so much in other groups with the challenges picking my books, I fell behind this year in general. This month I am taking things easier and hoping to get a few series finished or back underway. Also I want to get some nonfiction and standalones done this month and next.


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Sans | 836 comments I've got scattered focus too. It's so annoying! Today (and the rest of this week) are a wash for me. We got the keys and spent today cleaning. Barely made a dent. How do people think it's perfectly ok to leave places so filthy?? Especially if you're a friend of the landowner??? The teenage daughter scratched "F U" into the bedroom wall. Kid, I know life sucks but what the hell why would you do that.

We're cleaning again and painting tomorrow (and probably Friday??) and then moving boxes in over the weekend. Hopefully we'll rent the truck and get the big stuff out next weekend.

All this to say, I'm trying to read, but by the end of the day I'm wiped and can't focus on more than John Mulaney specials and knitting.


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Jamie | 2859 comments Mod
Some people are so rude to anothers home! I had a couple really bad tenants. Did so much damage I couldn't afford to fix it anymore and had to sell it at a loss. I love when people say "Oh isn't that what the security deposit is for?" $1000 or does not cover nearly $40,000 in damages!

I hope not other damages are found and that the cleanup can be done and over with quick. Glad you go the keys at least to get started.

Take it easy, sometimes we just need to focus and prioritize. Books (and us) will be here when you have time. :)


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I just preordered The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3) by Neal Shusterman and Supernova (Renegades, #3) by Marissa Meyer . I couldn't resist. I am SO excited to finish these series! It is rare for me to actually keep up with publishing.


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Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments Sans wrote: "I've got scattered focus too. It's so annoying! Today (and the rest of this week) are a wash for me. We got the keys and spent today cleaning. Barely made a dent. How do people think it's perfectly..."

OMG that's horrible! So rude!


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Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments Jamie wrote: "I just preordered The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3) by Neal Shusterman and Supernova (Renegades, #3) by Marissa Meyer. I couldn't resist. I am SO excited to finish these series! It is rare for me to actually keep up with publishing."

I can't wait for the Toll! I still need to read Archenemies.... I'll be ordering both beginning of October. ^_^


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Jamie | 2859 comments Mod
Read Archenemies soon and we can buddy Supernova as well. :)


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Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments I will! I'll need to re-read Renegades too. I don't think I have read it this year. :)


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Sans | 836 comments Hahaaaa, I've finished the standalone YA fantasy book from the library! And now I'm going to start the YA fantasy series book I got from the library. Because they're all due at once. And four more are now ready for pickup. I get the feeling I won't be getting to Black Spire if I can't extend the loan.


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Jamie | 2859 comments Mod
My reading died this week. Work has me pulling extra shifts than expected (YAY overtime though).

Oh and I started a new blog https://fantastical-whimsies.blogspot.... I missed blogging. Not sure how much I will do but we shall see.


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Sans | 836 comments Extra cash is always good, but overtime itself is a yikes situation, especially when it impacts your reading. :(

That's great, Jamie! I've never been able to blog/journal and I envy folks who do. I try and end up either plotting fics I'll never write or laying down a stream of the most creative profanity I can think of (usually happens on Very Bad Days).


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Jamie | 2859 comments Mod
I just have to get through today and then I get a day off. Big reading plans tomorrow lol.


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So I have had a TERRIBLE past 24 hours.
A bit over a month ago we found a runaway puppy who had been abused and have been fostering and trying to find him a home.
Then about 1-2 weeks after we find him we notice a knot on our dogs throat, like a mass. Vet thought it was his Lymph Nodes and would need a specialist surgeon. We we get a specialist that says our regular vet get to the blood work and biopsy to save us some money. Yay more stress.
Then still trying to find a home for the but being he is still a large/medium breed mix it is hard, add in abuse history and people run. So many disappointing attempts...
Finally we find someone. A college girl who misses her parents dogs back home. Lives in in sorority house, got all her sisters and head of house to agree. Meet and great went great! YAY a new home!!! Or so we thought...
Meanwhile 2 days ago I made the appt for the biopsy (for today). Last night suddenly we noticed the mass had somehow doubled in size!!! Also last night the new pup Weston went off to what was to be his new home (bittersweet tears here on my part).
Took our dog Sparky to the vet this morning and informed them of the change. Went home as it would take several hours to get him in. Then we get a text from the girl that her roommate suddenly wasn't okay with the dog. So back he came. Forget it, looks like we are keeping him. Not fair on him to be bounced around and get his hopes up!
Then the vet calls with a change of plans. He wasn't to immediately remove the mass today. With the size growth he was very concerned and that it wasn't the lymph nodes but the mass was on his larynx! We were told 50/50 odds of success not resulting in death or major complication!! Most worried stress afternoon ever possibly!!!!!
We just heard back in the last hour surgery went well. Vet wil discuss details in the morning and mass will be sent off for biopsy to see if we have any further bit to be concerned about. Now we have to find a way to protect his neck from scratching or the other puppy. He can't wear a cone and the surgery was on his throat. Fun times ahead.


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Sans | 836 comments Holy shit, Jamie, I’m so sorry that happened. I hope you and the pups will be ok!


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Sans | 836 comments So this is nowhere near as bad as Jamie has it right now. We are officially moved in (though still carting stuff over from the old place oh my god, so. Much. Junk.). And we realized the stray cats in our yard? Literally starving because we haven’t fed them at all this past week. Someone came and took the food bin and bowls away over the weekend so the little tortoise shell and her dad, who apparently have nowhere else to go, have been scavenging but resources are scarce on the bird and rat front I’m guessing because holy gods, there were 12 strays here when we first viewed the place. My aunt caught the two youngest, an orange tabby male I named Charlie and his grey sister, Hazel. I think they’re still living with her.

We broke tonight because the tortoise (whom we have named Shelley) was crying so loud at the kitchen window when she heard me open Casey’s (my ancient orange tabby, this baby of mine is 19, can you believe it?? He’s blind and half deaf but he’s still here!) wet food tin. It was goddamn heartbreaking. So I put some dry food and water outside and god, Shelley and her dad, now named Rebel, wolfed down half if it before they stopped to take a breath.

They ALSO wanted wet food, but I put my foot down. They did get fresh water though. Shelley, who has been super skittish up to now, tried to follow me into the garage and came up to me for cuddles. As did Rebel. I put my foot down again though. I didn’t want to be scent marked by strays and make Casey nervous or anxious after we just moved him to a totally new environment!

So we have to figure out what to do. We can try to catch them and surrender them to the Homeless Cat Network (the only local no kill option) and HOPE they can be adopted or capture, spay/neuter, and bring them back since they, y’know, lived here first. We can build them a sand pit in the back corner so they stop using the grass next to my window as a litter box, maybe get them used to us enough so I can dose them with Frontline every 30 days, spray down the yard with flea repellent, lay chicken wire over the not-sandbox areas, plant lavender around the windows (cats are not fond of lavender)...

You can guess which option I’m leaning towards. I am the biggest sucker for cats, I love them so much. I am doomed.

I am also starting Superman: Dawnbreaker! Let’s hope I don’t fall asleep two pages in.


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Awwwm yeah I'd be the type to want to take them in. One of the reasons we tried fostering the puppy was we didn't want him in a shelter. Even a no kill. So few get picked for adoption before their spirit is broken I feel. If they are trying to follow you maybe they aren't to feral so a capture/release for them getting fixed would be good and yeah...see what can be down for the yard. The fleas though, especially being you already have a cat can be an issue. Also worms. Congrats on you cat making it to 19 and still going!!

Hope you make a good, enjoyable dent in Dawnbreaker! I might try to read some tonight in bed. Get my mind off things. Haven't been able to read all day. Too stressed. But my house is cleaner! I have to keep physically active when stressed. Otherwise it goes into a fast depression.


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Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments Jamie wrote: "So I have had a TERRIBLE past 24 hours.
A bit over a month ago we found a runaway puppy who had been abused and have been fostering and trying to find him a home.
Then about 1-2 weeks after we fin..."


OMG Jamie I'm soooooooooooo sorry. I'm glad your puppy pulled through!

I'm really sad the adoption didn't work. 😭


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Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments Sans wrote: "So this is nowhere near as bad as Jamie has it right now. We are officially moved in (though still carting stuff over from the old place oh my god, so. Much. Junk.). And we realized the stray cats ..."

I am always amazed when people talk about stray cats in their hood. O.o We have never had any. We have cats who have homes roam around here. But no stray starving cats.


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Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments Jamie wrote: "Awwwm yeah I'd be the type to want to take them in. One of the reasons we tried fostering the puppy was we didn't want him in a shelter. Even a no kill. So few get picked for adoption before their ..."

Yes. Definitely need to take your old boy/girl into consideration. ^_^


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Sans | 836 comments I think I found a flea solution. It's a yard spray that's supposed to repel fleas, ticks, mosquitos, other nasties. I found the hose finally (it was in a box marked "bathroom" because that's how stressed out I've been) so I'm going to spray down the back AND front yards this weekend. I also found an outdoor urine odor eliminating spray that might keep the pee stink down as well.

Book, I'm pretty sure some of the cats that come around during the day do have other homes. Those ones are fat and well cared for. They're here for the free grub the last tenant left out. Shelley and Rebel seem to just...live here. They never really leave like the others do. I'm glad you didn't have to deal with strays where you live! It's just heartbreaking for me.


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Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments It would be heartbreaking for me too! I can't understand people who don't care for their cats and who don't spay. (Unless you are a breeder). It would really solve a lot of issues.


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We have more stray dogs than cats where I live. Back in Colorado though stray cats were more common. Either is utterly heartbreaking. We joke that if we had enough money we'd have our own neighborhood rescue but if we cold I think we really would.


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Anna 'Bookbuyer' (bookbuyer) | 1168 comments So would I! I hate seeing homeless pets! I think every pet should have a home. 😭

I really want to get some cats again but so far Ruby takes all my time. I will have to see next year if I have more time and if I can afford it.


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Beth (artemishi) | 341 comments Yikes, Jamie! How are you doing today? I hope it's good news about your pup. I know that can be scary- for what it'd worth, my golden retriever would get sudden growths like that and every time we had them biopsied and they were totally benign "fatty tumors". I bet your boy is ok, too.

It's been a difficult week for a lot of people I know- hang in there! When things are terrible, it just means the only direction is up, right? And don't forget to take deep breaths, eat and drink water, and take care of yourself.


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I am doing mostly okay today. Just on major doggy duty to keep Sparky calm. The surgical cut does the entire length of his throat so like 7-8 inches long. And he wants so badly to put play. Poor baby.

Vet said about a week for biopsy results so hopefully it is just benign.

I think I am just ordering pizza for tonight and make it a movie night and relax. Plus the dogs will be happy with dropped toppings and maybe a bit of crust.

Trying to read when the dogs are calm. Haha. Calm= we all dozed off for a bit. Cat (Keno) on one side, Sparky on the other and Weston the pup at my feet.


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